Film 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. The order of these top Melissa McCarthy movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Melissa McCarthy movies will be at the top of the list.

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.

Movie fans who love Melissa McCarthy have also been known to enjoy films starring Lauren Graham and Rebel Wilson.

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Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans 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 ...more

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Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne 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.

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Rose Byrne, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig 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 ...more

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Melissa McCarthy, Amanda Peet, T.I. 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 ...more

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Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Kathy Bates 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 ...more

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Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Rudd 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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Jennifer Lopez, Melissa McCarthy, Danneel Ackles 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.

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Susan Sarandon, Melissa McCarthy, Dan Aykroyd 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 ...more

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Christina Hendricks, Katherine Heigl, Steve Nash 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.

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Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon 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 ...more

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Melissa McCarthy, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer 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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Naomi Watts, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy 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 ...more

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Melissa McCarthy, Molly Gordon, Maya Rudolph 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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Ryan Reynolds, Elle Fanning, Melissa McCarthy 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 ...more

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Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan 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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Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey, Melissa McCarthy 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 ...more

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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Denise Richards The Third Wheel is a 2002 American film directed by Jordan Brady, starring Luke Wilson, Denise Richards, Jay Lacopo and Ben Affleck. The plot of the movie revolves around a first date between ...more

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Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham, John Goodman 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 ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu 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 ...more

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Katie Holmes, Melissa McCarthy, Timothy Olyphant 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 ...more

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Melissa McCarthy, Bill Barretta, Maya Rudolph 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 ...more

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Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Jane Curtin 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 ...more

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Bruce Willis, Melissa McCarthy, Matthew Perry 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 ...more

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger, Robin Wright 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 ...more

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Danny DeVito, Melissa McCarthy, Jonah Hill Just Add Water is a comedy film released on June 17, 2008. The film stars Dylan Walsh as a hardworking man living in the same small town in which he grew up, Danny DeVito as a gas station owner, ...more

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Will Ferrell, Danny DeVito This film is a 2000 comedy-mystery film starring Danny DeVito as Wyatt Rash, a local police chief from Verplanck, New York, who investigates Mona Dearly, a spiteful, loud-mouthed, cruel and ...more

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Amy Adams, Christina Ricci, Brenda Blethyn Pumpkin is a 2002 romantic dark comedy film starring Christina Ricci. It is a story of forbidden love between a developmentally-handicapped young man and a sorority girl. The film was directed ...more