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The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies

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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
    The Heat is a 2013 American buddy cop comedy film written by Katie Dippold and directed by...  more

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    #38 of 57 The Funniest Movies About Cops#28 of 61 The Best Buddy Cop Movies

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    Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham
    Spy is a 2015 American action comedy spy film directed by Paul Feig. A desk-bound CIA analyst...  more

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

  • 3

    Identity Thief

    Melissa McCarthy, Amanda Peet
    This film is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, written by Craig Mazin, and...  more
  • 4


    Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm
    Bridesmaids is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Paul Feig, written by Annie...  more

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    The Nines

    Ryan Reynolds, Elle Fanning
    The Nines is a 2007 science fantasy film written and directed by John August and starring Ryan...  more
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    The Life of David Gale

    Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey
    The Life of David Gale is a 2003 thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Charles...  more

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

  • 7

    The Third Wheel

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
    The Third Wheel is a 2002 American film directed by Jordan Brady, starring Luke Wilson, Denise...  more
  • 8

    The Boss

    Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell
    The Boss is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Ben Falcone, released on April 8, 2016, by...  more
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    Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig
    Ghostbusters (alternatively known as Ghostbusters: Answer the Call and marketed as such on...  more


    #53 of 170 The Most Rewatchable Comedy Movies#452 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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    This Is 40

    Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy
    This Is 40 is a 2012 American spin-off comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Judd...  more

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    #66 of 91 The Funniest Movies About Family#2 of 59 The Funniest Movies About Marriage

  • 11


    Susan Sarandon, Melissa McCarthy
    Tammy is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Ben Falcone and produced, co-written by, and...  more
  • 12

    The Back-up Plan

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

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

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    The Hangover Part III

    Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham
    The Hangover Part III is a 2013 American comedy film produced by Legendary Pictures and...  more

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    #750 of 1,139 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#101 of 225 The Worst Sequels Of All Time

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    Life as We Know It

    Christina Hendricks, Katherine Heigl
    Life as We Know It is a 2010 comedy film written by Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinson, Jon...  more

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    #11 of 26 The Funniest Movies About Parenting#191 of 324 The Best Teen Movies Of All Time

  • 15

    Thunder Force

    Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer
    Thunder Force is a 2021 American superhero comedy film directed by Ben Falcone. In a world...  more
  • 16

    Life of the Party

    Melissa McCarthy, Molly Gordon
    Life of the Party is a 2018 comedy film directed by Ben Falcone. After a surprise divorce from...  more

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    #94 of 126 The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members#102 of 141 The Best College Movies Ever

  • 17

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant
    Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Marielle Heller,...  more
  • 18

    St. Vincent

    Naomi Watts, Bill Murray
    St. Vincent is a 2014 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Theodore Melfi,...  more

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    #24 of 42 The Best Single Mom Movies#22 of 60 The Best Mother-Son Movies Ever Made

  • 19

    Central Intelligence

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart
    Central Intelligence is a 2016 American action-spy comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall...  more
  • 20

    Disney's The Kid

    Bruce Willis, Melissa McCarthy
    Disney's The Kid is a 2000 American comedy-drama fantasy film, directed by Jon Turteltaub and...  more
  • 21

    Charlie's Angels

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

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    #133 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#26 of 117 The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

  • 22

    The Happytime Murders

    Melissa McCarthy, Bill Barretta
    The Happytime Murders is a 2018 American puppet comedy thriller film directed by Brian Henson....  more
  • 23

    The Kitchen

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

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    #119 of 123 The Best Mafia Films Of All Time#18 of 62 The Best New Gangster Movies Of The Last Few Years

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    Drowning Mona

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Will Ferrell
    This film is a 2000 comedy-mystery film starring Danny DeVito as Wyatt Rash, a local police...  more
  • 25

    Just Add Water

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