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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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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Good Will Hunting Robin Williams

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Jim Carrey

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    The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    The Truman Show Jim Carrey

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    Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Dead Poets Society Robin Williams

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    Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Little Miss Sunshine Steve Carrell

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    Lost in Translation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Lost in Translation Bill Murray

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    Stranger than Fiction is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Stranger than Fiction Will Ferrell

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    Man on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Man on the Moon Jim Carrey

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    Ray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Ray Jamie Foxx

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    The Fisher King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    The Fisher King Robin Williams

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    Being There is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Being There Peter Sellers

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    Rushmore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Rushmore Bill Murray

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    Punch-Drunk Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Punch-Drunk Love Adam Sandler

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    The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith

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    Awakenings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Awakenings Robin Williams

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    The King of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    The King of Comedy Jerry Lewis

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    Patch Adams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Patch Adams Robin Williams

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    One Hour Photo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Robin Williams

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    Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Enemy of the State Will Smith

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    Seven Pounds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Seven Pounds Will Smith

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    Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Insomnia Robin Williams

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    Broken Flowers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Broken Flowers Bill Murray

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    Reign Over Me is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Reign Over Me Adam Sandler

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    The Number 23 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Jim Carrey

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    Michael Keaton

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    Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    King Kong Jack Black

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    Funny People is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Funny People Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen

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    Precious: Based on the Novel P... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Mo'Nique

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    The Spanish Prisoner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    The Spanish Prisoner Steve Martin

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    The Majestic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    The Majestic Jim Carrey, Matt Damon, Rob Reiner

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    Patton Oswalt

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    Six Degrees of Separation is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Will Smith

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    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zi... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe

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    Collateral is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Collateral Jamie Foxx

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    Everything Must Go is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Will Ferrell

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    Permanent Midnight is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson

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    Crimes and Misdemeanors is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    Crimes and Misdemeanors Woody Allen, Daryl Hannah, Mia Farrow

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    Mrs Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Billy Connolly

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    Leap of Faith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Leap of Faith Steve Martin

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    Grand Canyon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Mary-Louise Parker

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    Clean and Sober is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Michael Keaton

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    Shopgirl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Claire Danes, Steve Martin, Rachel Nichols

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    Spanglish is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Spanglish Adam Sandler, Sarah Hyland, Téa Leoni

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    The Razor's Edge is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    The Razor's Edge Bill Murray

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    Jakob the Liar is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians

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    Robin Williams, Liev Schreiber, Alan Arkin

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    A Face in the Crowd is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians


    A Face in the Crowd Andy Griffith, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick

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