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The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies

Updated October 16, 2019 5.8k votes 2.0k voters 152.3k views28 items

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This list of the best Melissa McCarthy movies is ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Melissa McCarthy has been acting since 1997, but her breakout role in 2011's Bridesmaids made her the go-to actress/comedian for Hollywood's funniest movies. Melissa McCarthy's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world, but the order of this Melissa McCarthy movies list is decided by how many votes each film receives, so only her most highly rated movies will be at the top.

The greatest Melissa McCarthy performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. Items here include everything from The Heat to This Is 40. If your favorite McCarthy flick isn't at the top, be sure to upvote it now! 

Melissa McCarthy has been in a lot of comedies, so people often debate each other over what's the greatest Melissa McCarthy film of all time is.  This list should help answer the questions, "What are the best Melissa McCarthy movies?" and "What are the greatest Melissa McCarthy roles of all time?" once and for all.

If you are a fan of McCarthy's physical comedy, you might also enjoy our list of best Kristen Wiig movies and best Sandra Bullock movies.

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    Spy
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    Spy

    Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham

    Released2015

    Directed byPaul Feig

    Spy is a 2015 American action comedy spy film directed by Paul Feig. A desk-bound CIA analyst... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    The Heat
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    The Heat

    Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2013

    Directed byPaul Feig

    The Heat is a 2013 American buddy cop comedy film written by Katie Dippold and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Identity Thief
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    Identity Thief

    Melissa McCarthy, Amanda Peet

    Released2013

    Directed bySeth Gordon

    This film is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, written by Craig Mazin, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Bridesmaids
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    Bridesmaids

    Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm

    Released2011

    Directed byPaul Feig

    Bridesmaids is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Paul Feig, written by Annie... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The Nines
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    The Nines

    Ryan Reynolds, Elle Fanning

    Released2007

    Directed byJohn August

    The Nines is a 2007 science fantasy film written and directed by John August and starring Ryan... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    The Life of David Gale
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    The Life of David Gale

    Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey

    Released2003

    Directed byAlan Parker

    The Life of David Gale is a 2003 thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Charles... more on Wikipedia

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    #112 of 134 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again#4 of 10 Movie Twist Endings That Made No Sense Whatsoever

  • 7
    The Boss
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    The Boss

    Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell

    Directed byBen Falcone

    The Boss is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Ben Falcone, released on April 8, 2016, by... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Third Wheel
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    The Third Wheel

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released2002

    Directed byJordan Brady

    The Third Wheel is a 2002 American film directed by Jordan Brady, starring Luke Wilson, Denise... more on Wikipedia

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    #14 of 14 The Most Random Matt Damon Cameos#60 of 67 The Best Matt Damon Movies

  • 9
    This Is 40
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    This Is 40

    Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2012

    Directed byJudd Apatow

    This Is 40 is a 2012 American spin-off comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Judd... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Ghostbusters
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    Ghostbusters

    Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig

    Released2016

    Directed byPaul Feig

    Ghostbusters (alternatively known as Ghostbusters: Answer the Call and marketed as such on... more on Wikipedia

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    #472 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#6 of 25 The Best Comedy Movies of 2016

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    Tammy
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    Tammy

    Susan Sarandon, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2014

    Directed byBen Falcone

    Tammy is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Ben Falcone and produced, co-written by, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The Back-up Plan
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    The Back-up Plan

    Jennifer Lopez, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2010

    Directed byAlan Poul

    The Back-up Plan is a 2010 romantic comedy film, starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin.... more on Wikipedia

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    #16 of 26 The Funniest Movies About Babies#29 of 101 The Best Romantic Comedies Of The 2010s Decade

  • 13
    Life of the Party
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    Life of the Party

    Melissa McCarthy, Molly Gordon

    Released2018

    Directed byBen Falcone

    Life of the Party is a 2018 comedy film directed by Ben Falcone. After a surprise divorce from... more on Wikipedia

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    #79 of 106 The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members#72 of 82 The Greatest Party Movies Ever Made

  • 14
    Life as We Know It
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    Life as We Know It

    Christina Hendricks, Katherine Heigl

    Released2010

    Directed byGreg Berlanti

    Life as We Know It is a 2010 comedy film written by Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinson, Jon... more on Wikipedia

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    #15 of 26 The Funniest Movies About Parenting#183 of 294 The Best Teen Movies Of All Time

  • 15
    The Hangover Part III
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    The Hangover Part III

    Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

    Released2013

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    The Hangover Part III is a 2013 American comedy film produced by Legendary Pictures and... more on Wikipedia

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    #103 of 225 The Worst Sequels Of All Time#81 of 102 The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

  • 16
    Pretty Ugly People
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    Pretty Ugly People

    Melissa McCarthy, Allison Janney

    Released2009

    Directed byTate Taylor

    Pretty Ugly People is a 2008 American comedy drama film written and directed by Tate Taylor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Can You Ever Forgive Me?
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    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant

    Released2018

    Directed byMarielle Heller

    Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Marielle Heller,... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    St. Vincent
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    St. Vincent

    Naomi Watts, Bill Murray

    Released2014

    Directed byTheodore Melfi

    St. Vincent is a 2014 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Theodore Melfi,... more on Wikipedia

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    #2 of 39 The Best Single Mom Movies#29 of 60 The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made

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    Central Intelligence
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    Central Intelligence

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart

    Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber

    Central Intelligence is a 2016 American action-spy comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Charlie's Angels
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    Charlie's Angels

    Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore

    Released2000

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

    Charlie's Angels is a 2000 American action comedy film directed by McG, starring Cameron Diaz,... more on Wikipedia

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    #583 of 1,647 The Most Rewatchable Movies#139 of 836 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

  • 21
    Disney's The Kid
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    Disney's The Kid

    Bruce Willis, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2000

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Disney's The Kid is a 2000 American comedy-drama fantasy film, directed by Jon Turteltaub and... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Go
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    Go

    Katie Holmes, Melissa McCarthy

    Released1999

    Directed byDoug Liman

    Go is a 1999 comedy film written by John August and directed by Doug Liman, with three... more on Wikipedia

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    #219 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies#530 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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    The Happytime Murders
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    The Happytime Murders

    Melissa McCarthy, Bill Barretta

    Released2018

    Directed byBrian Henson

    The Happytime Murders is a 2018 American puppet comedy thriller film directed by Brian Henson.... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    The Kitchen
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    The Kitchen

    Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish

    Released2019

    Directed byAndrea Berloff

    The Kitchen is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Andrea Berloff, based on the comic... more on Wikipedia

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    #108 of 108 The Best Mafia Films Of All Time#31 of 40 The Best New Gangster Movies Of The Last Few Years

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    Just Add Water
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    Just Add Water

    Danny DeVito, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2008

    Directed byHart Bochner

    Just Add Water is a comedy film released on June 17, 2008. The film stars Dylan Walsh as a... more on Wikipedia