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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    most listed
    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey More
    100
  2. 2
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    Robin Williams More
    99
  3. 3
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    Jim Carrey More
    98
  4. 4
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    Robin Williams More
    87
  5. 5
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    Will Ferrell More
    74
  6. 6
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    Steve Carrell More
    74
  7. 7
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    Jim Carrey More
    73
  8. 8
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    Peter Sellers More
    72
  9. 9
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    Down 48
    Robin Williams More
    70
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    Punch-Drunk Love

    Adam Sandler More
    69
  11. 11
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    Jamie Foxx More
    68
  12. 12
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    Bill Murray More
    68
  13. 13
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    Bill Murray More
    67
  14. 14
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    Will Smith More
    65
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    The King of Comedy

    Jerry Lewis More
    61
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Broken Flowers

    Bill Murray More
    54
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    Robin Williams More
    53
    added by: Ralphie
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    Will Smith More
    50
    added by: wiabux
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    Patch Adams

    Robin Williams More
    49
    added by: Ralphie
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    The Spanish Prisoner

    Steve Martin More
    47
  21. 21
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    Will Smith More
    46
    added by: wiabux
  22. 22
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    Adam Sandler More
    45
    added by: RichieRich123
  23. 23
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    Robin Williams More
    45
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    Jack Black More
    43
    added by: wiabux
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    Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy More
    43
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    Patton Oswalt More
    40
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    Mo'Nique More
    38
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    Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen More
    38
    added by: stokified
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    One Hour Photo

    Robin Williams More
    36
    added by: wiabux
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    Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson More
    35
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    Will Smith More
    34
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    Billy Connolly More
    30
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    Jim Carrey More
    14
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