The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians Films

The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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

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!


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  1. 1
    + 309
    - 55
    Good Will Hunting


    Robin Williams

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  2. 2
    + 310
    - 94

    the people's #1
    Jim Carrey

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  3. 3
    + 301
    - 92
    The Truman Show


    Jim Carrey

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  4. 4
    + 237
    - 62
    Dead Poets Society

    most listed
    Robin Williams

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  5. 5
    + 213
    - 84
    Little Miss Sunshine


    Steve Carrell

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  6. 6
    + 150
    - 90
    Lost in Translation


    Bill Murray

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  7. 7
    + 158
    - 78
    Stranger than Fiction


    Will Ferrell

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  8. 8
    + 109
    - 83
    Man on the Moon


    Jim Carrey

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  9. 9
    + 110
    - 60
    Ray


    Jamie Foxx

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  10. 10
    + 86
    - 65
    The Fisher King


    Robin Williams

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  11. 11
    + 80
    - 82
    Being There

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Peter Sellers

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  12. 12
    + 88
    - 85
    Punch-Drunk Love


    Adam Sandler

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  13. 13
    + 99
    - 76
    Rushmore


    Bill Murray

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  14. 14
    + 139
    - 80
    The Pursuit of Happyness

    ranked low on reranks
    Will Smith

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  15. 15
    + 59
    - 19
    Awakenings

    ranked low on reranks & added by Ralphie
    Robin Williams

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  16. 16
    + 54
    - 66
    The King of Comedy

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Jerry Lewis

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  17. 17
    + 70
    - 31
    Patch Adams

    added by Ralphie
    Robin Williams

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  18. 18
    + 46
    - 39
    Enemy of the State

    added by wiabux
    Will Smith

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  19. 19
    + 56
    - 31
    One Hour Photo

    added by wiabux
    Robin Williams

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  20. 20
    + 49
    - 41
    Seven Pounds

    added by wiabux
    Will Smith

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  21. 21
    + 39
    - 72
    Broken Flowers

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Bill Murray

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  22. 22
    + 49
    - 45
    Reign Over Me

    added by RichieRich123
    Adam Sandler

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  23. 23
    + 67
    - 58
    Insomnia


    Robin Williams

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  24. 24
    + 49
    - 38
    The Number 23

    added by wiabux
    Jim Carrey

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  25. 25
    + 21
    - 6

    added by looksharp
    Michael Keaton

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  26. 26
    + 54
    - 70
    Dreamgirls


    Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy

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  27. 27
    + 40
    - 45

    added by wiabux
    Jack Black

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  28. 28
    + 46
    - 62
    Funny People

    added by stokified
    Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen

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  29. 29
    + 40
    - 62
    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    ;
  30. 30
    + 27
    - 65
    The Spanish Prisoner


    Steve Martin

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  31. 31
    + 25
    - 61


    Patton Oswalt

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  32. 32
    + 11
    - 26
    The Majestic

    added by willyboymcoy
    Jim Carrey, Matt Damon, Rob Reiner

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  33. 33
    + 36
    - 66
    Six Degrees of Separation


    Will Smith

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  34. 34
    + 9
    - 7
    Collateral

    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp
    Jamie Foxx

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  35. 35
    + 7
    - 8
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou


    Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe

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  36. 36
    + 10
    - 10
    Everything Must Go

    added by looksharp
    Will Ferrell

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  37. 37
    + 22
    - 61
    Permanent Midnight

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson

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  38. 38
    + 3
    - 9
    Crimes and Misdemeanors


    Woody Allen, Daryl Hannah, Mia Farrow

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  39. 39
    + 22
    - 61
    Mrs Brown

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Billy Connolly

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  40. 40
    + 7
    - 7
    Leap of Faith

    added by looksharp
    Steve Martin

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  41. 41
    + 5
    - 6
    Clean and Sober

    added by looksharp
    Michael Keaton

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  42. 42
    + 1
    - 1
    Shopgirl

    new! & added by Cablogula
    Claire Danes, Steve Martin, Rachel Nichols

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  43. 43
    + 1
    - 2
    Spanglish

    added by Cablogula
    Adam Sandler, Sarah Hyland, Téa Leoni

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  44. 44
    + 4
    - 9
    Jakob the Liar

    added by MattSchwarck
    Robin Williams, Liev Schreiber, Alan Arkin

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  45. 45
    + 3
    - 8
    The Razor's Edge

    added by looksharp
    Bill Murray

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  46. 46
    + 0
    - 9
    A Face in the Crowd


    Andy Griffith, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick

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  47. 47
    + 0
    - 11
    Grand Canyon


    Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Mary-Louise Parker

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