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There is a surprising dearth of quality biopics about comedians. There are, however, a handful of movies that masterfully capture the magnetic personalities and dynamic lives both onstage and off of some great comic performers. With rumors swirling about a Richard Pryor biopic directed by Lee Daniels, here are the best comedian biopics.


Trailblazer, rebel, and criminal Lenny Bruce is portrayed brilliantly by Dustin Hoffman in the film
Lenny. Directed by Bob Fosse, the film received six Oscar nominations and stands as the most accurate and acclaimed comedian biopic to date. Jim Carrey’s turn as the eccentric and reclusive Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon gives Hoffman's Lenny a run for its money. Carrey perfectly channels the manic energy of Kaufman, while also capturing his striking vulnerability.


Other legendary comedians with quality biographical films include Charlie Chaplin, Peter Sellers, and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Hopefully more quality comedian biopics will come out, but for now check out these titles and vote up your favorites!

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Man on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
Man on the Moon Courtney Love, Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito Andy KaufmanMan on the Moon is a 1999 American biographical comedy–drama film about the late American entertainer Andy Kaufman, starring Jim Carrey. The film was directed by Miloš Forman and also features Danny DeVito, Courtney Love, and Paul Giamatti. ...more

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Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
Chaplin Robert Downey Jr., Milla Jovovich, Diane Lane Charlie ChaplinChaplin is a 1992 British-American biographical comedy-drama film about the life of British comedian Charlie Chaplin. It was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and stars Robert Downey, Jr., Marisa Tomei, Dan Aykroyd, Penelope Ann ...more

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The Late Shift is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
The Late Shift Kathy Bates, Ed Begley, Jr. David Letterman, Jay LenoThe Late Shift is a 1996 American TV movie produced by HBO. It was directed by Betty Thomas and based on the book of the same name by The New York Times media reporter Bill Carter.

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The Three Stooges is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
The Three Stooges Michael Chiklis, John Kassir, Paul Ben-Victor Moe Howard, Curly Howard, Larry FineMovie Description: In 1959, a TV executive tries to persuade Moe Howard (Paul Ben-Victor, TV’s “In Plain Sight”) to reunite with his former onscreen partners to publicize the television premiere of a package of Three Stooges classic comedy ...more

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The Life and Death of Peter Se... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, John Lithgow Peter SellersThe Life and Death of Peter Sellers is a 2004 British/American film about the life of English comedy actor Peter Sellers, based on Roger Lewis's book of the same name. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins and starred Geoffrey Rush as Sellers, ...more

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Lenny is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
Lenny Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Gary Morton Lenny BruceLenny is a 1974 American biographical film about the comedian Lenny Bruce, starring Dustin Hoffman and directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay by Julian Barry is based on his play of the same name.

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Gleason is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
Gleason Terry Farrell, Brad Garrett, Saul Rubinek Jackie GleasonGleason is a 2002 film directed by Howard Deutch.

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The Joker Is Wild is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
RobLein added The Joker Is Wild Frank Sinatra, Jeanne Crain, Eddie Albert Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialThe Joker Is Wild is a 1957 American musical drama film directed by Charles Vidor, starring Frank Sinatra, Mitzi Gaynor, Jeanne Crain, and Eddie Albert, and released by Paramount Pictures. The film is about Joe E. Lewis, the popular singer and ...more

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Bud and Lou is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
Bud and Lou Bud Abbot and Lou Costello

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Wired is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
Wired Michael Chiklis, J. T. Walsh, Alex Rocco John BelushiWired is a 1989 biographical film of comedian and actor John Belushi, directed by Larry Peerce, and adapted from the investigative journalism book Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi written by Washington Post journalist Bob ...more

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Frankie Howerd: Rather You Tha... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me David Walliams, Rafe Spall Frankie Howerd

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Martin and Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
Martin and Lewis Sean Hayes, Jeremy Northam, Kate Levering Dean Martin and Jerry LewisMartin and Lewis is a 2002 biographical CBS TV film, written and directed by John Gray, portraying the lives of the comedy team of Martin and Lewis. The film stars Jeremy Northam as Dean Martin and Sean Hayes as Jerry Lewis. Also featured in ...more

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Eric and Ernie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
Eric and Ernie Victoria Wood, Vic Reeves, Reece Shearsmith Eric Morecambe and Ernie WiseEric and Ernie is a 2011 television film produced by BBC Wales on the early career of the British comic double-act Morecambe and Wise. It completed production in 2010 and premiered on BBC Two on 1 January 2011. It was watched by 6.65 million ...more

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The Buster Keaton Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
The Buster Keaton Story Peter Lorre, Rhonda Fleming, Donald O'Connor Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialThe Buster Keaton Story is a 1957 American black and white film starring Donald O'Connor as Buster Keaton. The film was described by the New York Times as "sublimely inaccurate" regarding details of Keaton's life. It was produced by ...more

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Gilda Radner: It's Always Some... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
Gilda Radner: It's Always Something Jami Gertz Gilda RadnerGilda Radner: It's Always Something is a 2002 tv film directed by Duane Clark.

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Hattie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
Hattie Aidan Turner, Ruth Jones, Robert Bathurst Hattie JcquesDrama about the way Carry On actress Hattie Jacques's home life was blown apart by a secret sexual liaison with her young driver while she was married to John Le Mesurier.