film The Best Comedian Biopics

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List Rules Vote up the best biographical movies about stand-up comedians and comic actors

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 Kaufman

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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 Chaplin

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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 Leno

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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 Fine

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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 Sellers

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Gleason is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
Gleason Terry Farrell, Brad Garrett Saul Rubinek - Jackie Gleason

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Lenny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
Lenny Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine Gary Morton - Lenny Bruce

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The Joker Is Wild is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedian Biopics
The Joker Is Wild Frank Sinatra, Jeanne Crain Eddie Albert - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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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 Belushi

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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 Lewis

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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 Wise

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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 Trial

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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 Radner

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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 Jcques