The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians Films
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The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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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    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey More
    100
  2. 2
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    Jim Carrey More
    96
  3. 3
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    Robin Williams More
    96
  4. 4
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    Robin Williams More
    86
  5. 5
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    Steve Carrell More
    76
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    Will Ferrell More
    72
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    Jim Carrey More
    71
  8. 8
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    Peter Sellers More
    69
  9. 9
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    Robin Williams More
    67
  10. 10
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    Will Smith More
    67
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    Ray

    Jamie Foxx More
    66
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    Punch-Drunk Love

    Adam Sandler More
    66
  13. 13
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    Bill Murray More
    65
  14. 14
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    Bill Murray More
    62
  15. 15
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    Jerry Lewis More
    59
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    Broken Flowers

    Bill Murray More
    53
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    Will Smith More
    52
    added by: wiabux
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    Robin Williams More
    51
    added by: Ralphie
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    Patch Adams

    Robin Williams More
    50
    added by: Ralphie
  20. 20
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    Will Smith More
    48
    added by: wiabux
  21. 21
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    Adam Sandler More
    47
    added by: RichieRich123
  22. 22
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    Steve Martin More
    45
  23. 23
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    Robin Williams More
    44
  24. 24
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    Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy More
    44
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    Jack Black More
    43
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    Mo'Nique More
    37
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    Patton Oswalt More
    37
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    Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson More
    36
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    Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen More
    35
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    Will Smith More
    32
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    Mrs. Brown

    Billy Connolly More
    29
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    One Hour Photo

    Robin Williams More
    18
    added by: wiabux
  33. 33
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    Jim Carrey More
    16
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