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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
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      Robin Williams More
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      Jim Carrey More
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      Robin Williams More
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      Awakenings

      Robin Williams More
      81
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      Steve Carrell More
      80
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      Will Ferrell More
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      Being There

      Peter Sellers More
      73
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      Jim Carrey More
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      Jamie Foxx More
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      The Pursuit of Happyness

      Will Smith More
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      Punch-Drunk Love

      Adam Sandler More
      69
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      Bill Murray More
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      Robin Williams More
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      Bill Murray More
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      Jerry Lewis More
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      Robin Williams More
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      Will Smith More
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      Will Smith More
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      Bill Murray More
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      Adam Sandler More
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      The Spanish Prisoner

      Steve Martin More
      51
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      Jack Black More
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      Insomnia

      Robin Williams More
      49
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      Patton Oswalt More
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      Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy More
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      Mo'Nique More
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      Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson More
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      Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen More
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      Robin Williams More
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      Jim Carrey More
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      Billy Connolly More
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      Will Smith More
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