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List Rules 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 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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Dead Poets Society Robin Williams

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The Truman Show Jim Carrey

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Little Miss Sunshine Steve Carrell

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Lost in Translation Bill Murray

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Ray Jamie Foxx

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Stranger than Fiction Will Ferrell

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The Fisher King Robin Williams

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Being There Peter Sellers

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Man on the Moon Jim Carrey

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Rushmore Bill Murray

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Ralphie added Awakenings Robin Williams

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Punch-Drunk Love Adam Sandler

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Ralphie added Patch Adams Robin Williams

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wiabux added One Hour Photo Robin Williams

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians
looksharp added Batman Michael Keaton

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The King of Comedy Jerry Lewis

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Insomnia Robin Williams

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wiabux added Enemy of the State Will Smith

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Broken Flowers Bill Murray

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RichieRich123 added Reign Over Me Adam Sandler

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wiabux added Seven Pounds Will Smith

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Tom Islava added Birdman Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis

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Dreamgirls Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy

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wiabux added The Number 23 Jim Carrey

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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians
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willyboymcoy added The Majestic Jim Carrey, Matt Damon, Rob Reiner

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Funny People Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen

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51 73
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looksharp added Collateral Jamie Foxx

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The Spanish Prisoner Steve Martin

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Crimes and Misdemeanors Woody Allen, Daryl Hannah, Mia Farrow

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Grand Canyon Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Mary-Louise Parker

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

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Big Fan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Serious Movies Starring Comedians
Big Fan Patton Oswalt

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

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Permanent Midnight Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson

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looksharp added Everything Must Go Will Ferrell

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Tom Islava added Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni

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Mrs Brown Billy Connolly

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Cablogula added Spanglish Adam Sandler, Sarah Hyland, Téa Leoni

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looksharp added Leap of Faith Steve Martin

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looksharp added Clean and Sober Michael Keaton

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Lilytabby added The Big Short Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Finn Wittrock - Steve Carell

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Jim_In_Texas added MASH Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

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Jim_In_Texas added Arthur Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, John Gielgud

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Jim_In_Texas added Foul Play Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore