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The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members

Updated October 15, 2019 6.5k votes 367 voters 12.5k views106 items

List RulesVote 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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    Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

    Released1993

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis. A derisive... more on Wikipedia
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    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Caddyshack is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Caddyshack

    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase

    Released1980

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Caddyshack is a 1980 American sports comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian... more on Wikipedia
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    Tommy Boy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Tommy Boy

    David Spade, Chris Farley

    Released1995

    Directed byPeter Segal

    Tommy Boy is a 1995 American road comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by Bonnie and... more on Wikipedia
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    Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

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    Wayne's World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Wayne's World

    Mike Myers, Dana Carvey

    Released1992

    Directed byPenelope Spheeris

    Wayne's World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike... more on Wikipedia

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    The Blues Brothers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    The Blues Brothers

    Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Trading Places

    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd... more on Wikipedia
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    Austin Powers: International M is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Released1997

    Directed byJay Roach

    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 American action comedy film and the... more on Wikipedia
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    Bridesmaids is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Bridesmaids

    Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2011

    Directed byPaul Feig

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    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron B is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller

    Released2004

    Directed byAdam McKay

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    Vacation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Vacation

    Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo

    Released1983

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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    Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Happy Gilmore

    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller

    Released1996

    Directed byDennis Dugan

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    National Lampoon's Animal Hous is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    National Lampoon's Animal House

    John Belushi, Tim Matheson

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    The Wedding Singer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    The Wedding Singer

    Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore

    Released1998

    Directed byFrank Coraci

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    The Jerk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    The Jerk

    Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters

    Released1979

    Directed byCarl Reiner

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    Elf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David... more on Wikipedia
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    What About Bob? is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    What About Bob?

    Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1991

    Directed byFrank Oz

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    Shrek is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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    Talladega Nights: The Ballad o is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members

    Released2006

    Directed byAdam McKay

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    ¡Three Amigos! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    ¡Three Amigos!

    Chevy Chase, Steve Martin

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Mean Girls

    Tina Fey, Amy Poehler

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Fletch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Fletch

    Chevy Chase, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Released1985

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

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    This Is Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    This Is Spinal Tap

    Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer

    Released1984

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Superbad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Movies Starring SNL Cast Members
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    Superbad

    Emma Stone, Seth Rogen

    Released2007

    Directed byGreg Mottola

    Superbad is a 2007 American teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jonah Hill... more on Wikipedia
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