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The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies

Updated April 7, 2021 5.6k votes 2.1k voters 154.6k views29 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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    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 Paul Feig. The plot centers on Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn and...  more

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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 (Melissa McCarthy) is assigned her mission as a field agent to foil the sale of a suitcase nuke....  more

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    #85 of 90 The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives#2 of 44 The Greatest Spy Comedy Movies Ever Made

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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 Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, and produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, and Clayton Townsend. The plot centers...  more

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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 Harmon Feldman and Michael Green and directed by Greg Berlanti....  more

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    #15 of 26 The Funniest Movies About Parenting#192 of 326 The Best Teen Movies Of All Time

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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 starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. The film tells a story about a man whose identity is being...  more
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    The Boss

    Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell

    Released2016

    Directed byBen Falcone

    The Boss is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Ben Falcone, released on April 8, 2016, by Universal Pictures. The story follows Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy), a titan of industry who is...  more
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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 Apatow. It is a stand-alone sequel to the 2007 film Knocked Up and stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann....  more

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    #610 of 1,141 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#67 of 95 The Funniest Movies About Family

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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 home release) is a 2016 American supernatural action comedy horror film directed by Paul Feig. It is the...  more

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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 starring Melissa McCarthy as the title character. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Dan...  more
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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, and starring Missi Pyle, Melissa McCarthy, and Octavia Spencer. The film is the story of a group of...  more
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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. It was released theatrically in the U.S. on April 23, 2010, and later in other regions. ...  more

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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, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu as three women working for a private investigation agency. The film is based...  more

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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 her husband (Matt Walsh), forty-something mom Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) decides to attend the same...  more
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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, based on the memoir by Lee Israel. When bestselling celebrity biographer, Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy),...  more
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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 Reynolds, Hope Davis, Melissa McCarthy, and Elle Fanning. The film debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film...  more
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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, making his "theatrical feature film debut". The film stars Bill Murray as the title character and features...  more

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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 Randolph. To date, it is Parker's last film as a director. The film is an international co-production...  more

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    #127 of 139 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again#4 of 10 Movie Twist Endings That Made No Sense Whatsoever

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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 intertwining plots that happen to involve one deal. The film stars William Fichtner, Katie Holmes, Jay Mohr,...  more

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    #217 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies#59 of 82 The Greatest Party Movies Ever Made

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    Central Intelligence

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart

    Released2016

    Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber

    Central Intelligence is a 2016 American action-spy comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and written by Thurber, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen. The film stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne...  more
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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 book miniseries by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. After the FBI arrests their Irish mobster husbands,...  more

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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 distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the sequel to 2009's The Hangover and 2011's The Hangover Part II,...  more
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    White Oleander

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Kosminsky

    White Oleander is a 2002 American drama film directed by Peter Kosminsky. The cast features Alison Lohman in the central role of Astrid Magnussen, and Michelle Pfeiffer as her temperamental mother...  more
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    Thunder Force

    Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer

    Released2021

    Directed byBen Falcone

    Thunder Force is a 2021 American superhero comedy film directed by Ben Falcone. In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a...  more
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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. In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced...  more
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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 written by Audrey Wells. It stars Bruce Willis and Spencer Breslin, with Emily Mortimer, Lily Tomlin, Chi...  more