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The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members  

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List Rules Vote up the funniest comedy movies that star present or former members of the "Saturday Night Live" cast.

Which comedies starring former SNL cast members are actually funny and worth watching? Since Saturday Night Live debuted in 1975, the sketch series has launched many careers, with plenty of SNL cast members going on to star in classic comedy films. Actors like Steve Martin, Kristen Wiig, and John Belushi found post-SNL fame, largely thanks to their roles in comedies like Father of the Bride, Bridesmaids, and Animal House.

This list is not limited to movies based on SNL sketches. Mean Girls was never an SNL sketch, but the screenplay was written by Tina Fey, and she and her former "Weekend Update" co-anchor Amy Poehler both appear in the teen comedy. Considered among the funniest female SNL alumni, they also re-teamed on the big screen in 2008's Baby Mama.

Below you’ll find any funny comedies with an SNL alum in the main cast. From Tommy Boy to Anchorman, which movies featuring SNL cast members are the funniest? Did we miss any? Vote up the best and add any others you love that aren’t yet listed.

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd
Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more
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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon
Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott. It was written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, based on a story ...more
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Tommy Boy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
David Spade, Chris Farley, Dan Aykroyd
Tommy Boy is a 1995 American road comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by Bonnie and Terry Turner, produced by Lorne Michaels, and starring former Saturday Night Live castmates and close ...more
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Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen
Happy Gilmore is a 1996 sports comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by Robert Simonds. It stars Adam Sandler as the title character, an unsuccessful ice hockey player who discovers ...more
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Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield
Caddyshack is a 1980 American sports comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian Doyle-Murray, Ramis and Douglas Kenney. It stars Michael O'Keefe, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, ...more
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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron B... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, or simply Anchorman, is a 2004 comedy film directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow, starring Will Ferrell, and written by McKay and Ferrell. The ...more
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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd
Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. It tells the story of an upper-class commodities broker and a homeless street ...more
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Wayne's World is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Chris Farley
Wayne's World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar, hosts of the Aurora, Illinois-based ...more
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The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Carrie Fisher
The Blues Brothers is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from ...more
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Austin Powers: International M... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 American action comedy film and the first installment of the Austin Powers series. It was directed by Jay Roach and written by Mike Myers, ...more
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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser
Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who heads to Beverly Hills, California to ...more
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The Wedding Singer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Steve Buscemi
The Wedding Singer is a 1998 romantic comedy film written by Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank Coraci. It stars Adam Sandler as a wedding singer in the 1980s and Drew Barrymore as a waitress ...more
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Vacation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid
National Lampoon's Vacation, sometimes referred to as Vacation, is a 1983 Technicolor comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron, ...more
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Elf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage
Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more
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National Lampoon's Animal Hous... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Donald Sutherland
National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis. The film was a direct spinoff from National Lampoon magazine. It is about a misfit group of fraternity ...more
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Bridesmaids is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph
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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The Jerk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams
The Jerk is a 1979 American comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and written by Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, and Michael Elias. This was Martin's first starring role in a feature film. The film ...more
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What About Bob? is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Charlie Korsmo
What About Bob? is a 1991 comedy film directed by Frank Oz, and starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. Murray plays Bob Wiley, a psychiatric patient who follows his egotistical psychiatrist ...more
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Talladega Nights: The Ballad o... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Will Ferrell, Amy Adams, Sacha Baron Cohen
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a 2006 American sports comedy film directed by Adam McKay. Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) stays atop the heap thanks to a pact ...more
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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
TotalSoup added Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers
Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more
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¡Three Amigos! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Martin Short
¡Three Amigos! is a 1986 American comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and Randy Newman. The plot is loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film ...more
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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Lindsay Lohan
Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, ...more
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Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
TotalSoup added Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers
Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated, comedy film directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon. It is the sequel to 2001's Shrek and the second installment in the series. ...more
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This Is Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean
This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and starring Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film portrays the fictional ...more
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Fletch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
Chevy Chase, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Geena Davis
Fletch is a 1985 comedy film about an investigative newspaper reporter, Irwin M. Fletcher. The film was directed by Michael Ritchie and written by Andrew Bergman, loosely based on the popular ...more