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The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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Dramatic movies starring comedians, ranked by comedy and film fans. Often, after making a name for themselves appearing in wacky or silly movies, comics will purposefully take on a more serious role, often in an attempt to show off their range. Comics like Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler and Robin Williams are all noted for their tendency to alternate between funny and more serious roles (with Williams at some points in his career altogether abandoning comedies in favor of dramas.)

Often, fans are initially resistant to attempts by comedians to change around their style or appeal to new audiences. Sometimes, the experiments blatantly don't work out, with viewers unable to see their favorite funny performers in a new light. But other times, the decision to switch gears in favor of working in a drama pays off for a comedian, sometimes even resulting in award nominations or greater appreciation from acting peers. (As when Eddie Murphy was nominated for an Oscar - and won a Golden Globe - for his role in the musical "Dreamgirls" after years of being written off as the star of goofy features like "Nutty Professor" and "Norbit.")

What are the best serious movies starring comedians? Vote for your favorite serious dramatic films starring comedians. And if your favorite comic-starring drama isn't featured, make your own list and add it as a suggestion!

List Criteria: Dramatic or serious films with a traditionally comic actor in a lead role

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    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey More
    100
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    Robin Williams More
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    Jim Carrey More
    97
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    Robin Williams More
    87
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    Steve Carrell More
    81
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    Will Ferrell More
    74
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    Man on the Moon

    Jim Carrey More
    73
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    Being There

    Peter Sellers More
    73
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    Lost in Translation

    Bill Murray More
    71
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    Bill Murray More
    71
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    The Fisher King

    Robin Williams More
    68
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    Punch-Drunk Love

    Adam Sandler More
    68
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    The King of Comedy

    Jerry Lewis More
    67
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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith More
    63
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    Ray

    Jamie Foxx More
    63
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    Broken Flowers

    Bill Murray More
    58
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    Will Smith More
    56
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    Will Smith More
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    Jack Black More
    51
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    Reign Over Me

    Adam Sandler More
    50
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    Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy More
    47
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    The Spanish Prisoner

    Steve Martin More
    47
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    Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen More
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    Big Fan

    Patton Oswalt More
    43
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    Patch Adams

    Robin Williams More
    42
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    Insomnia

    Robin Williams More
    41
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    Permanent Midnight

    Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson More
    39
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    Mo'Nique More
    36
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    Robin Williams More
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    Robin Williams More
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    Jim Carrey More
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    Mrs. Brown

    Billy Connolly More
    30
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    Will Smith More
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    Steve Coogan More
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