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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.

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

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Spy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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The Heat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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Bridesmaids is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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Identity Thief is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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The Boss is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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Tammy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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This Is 40 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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Life of the Party is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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The Back-up Plan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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Life as We Know It is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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Central Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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Pretty Ugly People is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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Can You Ever Forgive Me? is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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The Nines is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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The Life of David Gale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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The Third Wheel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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The Hangover Part III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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Go is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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The Happytime Murders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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The Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss
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 ...more
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Disney's The Kid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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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White Oleander is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Melissa McCarthy Movies
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