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List of Melissa McCarthy Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Life of David Gale (2003)
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The Life of David Gale
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David Gale, an anti-capital punishment advocate, is charged with the brutal rape and murder of his fellow activist. Few days before his execution, he agrees to give an exclusive interview to an investigative reporter, Elizabeth Bloom, on certain terms. Meanwhile, she also receives evidence that might prove Gale’s innocence. Bloom needs to figure out the truth before it is too late.

As:
Cast
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Kevin Spacey, Laura Linney, Kate Winslet, Cleo King, Constance Jones
2. St. Vincent (2014)
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St. Vincent
PG-13
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After separating from her husband, hardworking single mother, Maggie, and her adoptive son, Oliver, move in next door to Vincent MacKenna, a grumpy and alcoholic Vietnam War veteran. When Maggie is forced to leave Oliver in Vincent's care due to work pressure, the naive boy and his flawed mentor develop an unlikely bond with each other.

As:
Cast
Role:
Maggie
Director:
Theodore Melfi
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
3. Go (1999)
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Go
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2

This crime comedy film tells us the story of three friends who somehow get involved in a drug deal just before Christmas. Together they try to find a way to get out of this mess, before their lives get ruined. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Doug Liman
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Jane Krakowski, Katie Holmes, Taye Diggs, Robert Peters, Sarah Polley
4. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
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Can You Ever Forgive Me?
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Lee Israel used to be a well-known celebrity biographer. However, when her career starts declining and she starts finding herself in financial trouble, she decides to turn her art form to deception. She starts forging letters from deceased authors and playwrights.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lee Israel
Director:
Marielle Heller
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Comedy
Star Cast:
Lucy DeVito, Jane Curtin, Richard E. Grant, Anna Deavere Smith
5. White Oleander (2002)
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White Oleander
PG-13
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2

White Oleander is a drama film, which tells the story of a teenage girl named Astrid who is highly dependent on her single mother Ingrid. However, Ingrid gets arrested and is eventually sentenced to prison for poisoning her boyfriend, after which Astrid goes through a series of different foster homes.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Kosminsky
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Michelle Pfeiffer, Billy Connolly, Robin Wright, Renee Zellweger, Amy Aquino, John Billingsley, Elisa Bocanegra
6. Spy (2015)
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Spy
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Spy is about an unpretentious, desk-bound CIA analyst Susan Cooper, who actually is the unacknowledged backbone of many risky missions of the Agency. She supports the field agent by live-monitoring him, but when he gets removed from the scene, Cooper turns an undercover agent to track down Bulgarian arms dealer Rayna Boyanov and the nuclear device, to avert a worldwide disaster

As:
Cast
Role:
Susan Cooper
Director:
Paul Feig
Genres:
Crime, Action, Comedy
7. Bridesmaids (2011)
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Bridesmaids
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Annie’s life is in a mess – her bakery business has failed, her boyfriend has left her and she has to share her room with two not so likeable people. So when her best friend Lillian invites her to be the maid of honour at her wedding, she is happy. But then, she has a rival in the affluent and beautiful Helen who too considers Lillian as her BFF.          

As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Feig
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Comedic Performance, MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Gut-Wrenching Performance
8. The Heat (2013)
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The Heat
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2

This action comedy film tells the story of Sarah, an FBI agent, who comes to Boston to track down an elusive drug lord, so that she can gain a promotion. However, she is forced to work with Shannon, a skilled but foul mouthed and hot-heated police detective. Although they don’t like each other, they try to work together to bring down the drug lord.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Mullins
Director:
Paul Feig
Genres:
Action, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Sandra Bullock, Marlon Wayans, Jane Curtin, Michael Rapaport
9. Life as We Know It (2010)
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Life as We Know It
PG-13
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2

Life as We Know It centres around a man and a woman who dislike each other but end up with the responsibility of taking care of their best friends' baby after their friends die in an accident. It stars Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel as the baby's godparents whose mutual hate turns into acceptance after the arrival of the baby.

As:
Cast
Director:
Greg Berlanti
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Josh Duhamel, Katherine Heigl, Jean Smart, Kumail Nanjiani, Josh Lucas, Alexis Clagett, Brynn Clagett
10. The Nines (2007)
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The Nines
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2

The film comprises of three segments – ‘The Prisoner,’ ‘Reality Television,’ and ‘Knowing.’ The stories of these three segments revolve around 3 men - a disturbed actor, a television show runner and a celebrated videogame designer, who try to find out the cause behind the peculiar occurrences in their seemingly unconnected lives, which sometimes appear to intersect and entwine in a mysterious way.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Margaret / Melissa McCarthy / Mary
Director:
John August
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Elle Fanning, Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, David Denman
11. Central Intelligence (2016)
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Central Intelligence
PG-13
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2

Calvin Joyner, a former star athlete dissatisfied with his work as a forensic accountant, suddenly meets heavily-muscled Bob Stone, who claims to be his former severely-bullied and overweight classmate, and asks him to review some transactions. Following a CIA raid, he learns that Stone is a rouge agent and finds himself entangled in a global multimillion-dollar conspiracy.

As:
Cast
Director:
Rawson Marshall Thurber
Genres:
Action, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
12. This Is 40 (2012)
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This Is 40
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A spin-off of the movie Knocked Up, the comedy follows Pete and Debbie, whose complicated married lives are under severe stress as they both turn 40. Besides a stale marriage, they also need to contend with financial struggles and two bickering young daughters Charlotte and Sadie, and not kill each other.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
13. Pumpkin (2002)
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Pumpkin
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Adam Larson Broder, Anthony Abrams
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Christina Ricci, Amy Adams, Brenda Blethyn, Sam Ball, Hank Harris
14. The Kid (2000)
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The Kid
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2

He is an image consultant, successful, but coarse and therefore disliked and unhappy. One day he comes home to find a toy plane on his porch and a strange boy inside his house. Although he chases him out he finds the boy sitting on his couch when he comes home the next day. Very soon, he begins to see a resemblance between them.              

As:
Cast
Director:
Jon Turteltaub
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Lily Tomlin, Jean Smart, Spencer Breslin, Emily Mortimer
15. The Hangover Part III (2013)
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The Hangover Part III
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2

The final movie of The Hangover trilogy finds the Wolfpack, two years after they escaped disaster in Bangkok. Phil Wenneck and Stu Price soon find themselves in a dangerous and hilarious adventure after they decide to help Alan Garner deal with a personal crisis. Chow returns to cause mayhem as they are hunted by mob boss Marshall. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Todd Phillips
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
17. Identity Thief (2013)
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Identity Thief
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Identity Thief is a comedy film that revolves around a gullible accountant who is about to lose his job when a con woman steals his identity. Starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, it sees the accountant hunting down the identity thief and the duo embarking on a cross-country road trip as they try to evade bounty hunters.

As:
Cast
Role:
Diana
Director:
Seth Gordon
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
19. Charlie's Angels (2000)
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2
Charlie's Angels
PG-13
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2

Natalie, Dylan and Alex are three 'Angel' femmes fatales who work as private investigators for unseen millionaire Charlie to rescue kidnapped software genius Eric Knox and recover his revolutionary voice-recognition system. The three talented and attractive women, apart from utilizing their sex appeal, also employ various disguises, high-tech equipments, and martial arts to save the day.

As:
Cast
Director:
McG
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Adventure, Comedy, Action
20. Life of the Party (2018)
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Life of the Party
PG-13
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2

This comedy film revolves around Deanne, a middle-aged mother, who decides to complete her college education, after she is divorced by her husband. Soon, her daughter is quite shocked to see that her mother is sharing classes with her.

As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Deanna
Director:
Ben Falcone
Genres:
Comedy
Awards:
People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Star
22. The Boss (2016)
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The Boss
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2

Michelle Darnell, a wealthy CEO, gets busted for insider trading and lands in federal prison. After being released, she finds herself not only broke and homeless, but also hated. She tracks down a former assistant named Claire, the only person who is willing to help her. 

As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Michelle Darnell
Director:
Ben Falcone
Genres:
Comedy
23. Ghostbusters (2016)
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Ghostbusters
PG-13
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The remake of the 1984 classic Ghostbusters, follows paranormal researchers Abigail Yates, Erin Gilbert, Jilian Holtzman, and Patty Tolan. They take up the mantle of the Ghostbusters to stop occultist Rowan North who is summoning an army of deadly ghosts to bring an end to the world. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Feig
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy
24. The Back-up Plan (2010)
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The Back-up Plan
PG-13
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2

Previously known as Plan B, the film explores the relationship between Joe, who is fed up with waiting for the right man, and Stan who bumps into her the day she undergoes artificial insemination. Continuing to bump into each other, they fall in love. But by that time, Joe realizes that she is pregnant and does not know how to break the news to Stan.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Alan Poul
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jennifer Lopez, Tom Bosley, Anthony Anderson, Rowan Blanchard, Alex O'Loughlin, Michaela Watkins, Eric Christian Olsen
26. The Kitchen (2019)
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2
The Kitchen
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9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Andrea Berloff
Genres:
Action, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Elisabeth Moss, James Badge Dale, Domhnall Gleeson, Tiffany Haddish
27. The Happytime Murders (2018)
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2
The Happytime Murders
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9
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Detective Connie Edwards
Director:
Brian Henson
Genres:
Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Leslie David Baker
28. Pretty Ugly People (2008)
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2
Pretty Ugly People
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Becky
Director:
Tate Taylor
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Missi Pyle, Allison Janney, Phill Lewis, Larry Sullivan, Josh Hopkins
29. Tammy (2014)
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2
Tammy
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8
2

Tammy is a road comedy film, which tells the story of a woman who after losing her job, also finds out that her husband has been unfaithful to her. She decides to hit the road with her alcoholic grandmother. 

As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Tammy
Director:
Ben Falcone
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
30. Thunder Force (2021)
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Thunder Force
PG-13
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1

Two childhood friends reunite after one of them invents a way to gain superpowers. Together they decide to fight crime against powerful super villains.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Lydia Berman
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
31. God (1998)
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God
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Margaret
Director:
John August
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Sam Pancake, Martin Yu
32. Chicken Party (2003)
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Chicken Party
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Tot Wagner
Director:
Tate Taylor
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Allison Janney, John Wesley, Octavia Spencer, Tate Taylor
34. The Captain (2007)
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The Captain
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Sean K. Lambert
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Jennifer Coolidge, Cheryl Hines, Michael Hitchcock, Tim Bagley
35. Cook Off! (2007)
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Cook Off!
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7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Cathryn Michon, Guy Shalem
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Louie Anderson, Diedrich Bader, Phil LaMarr, Jordan Black

Animation(s)

TV Shows and Videos

Mike & Molly (2010)
Mike & Molly
TV-14
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Molly Flynn (127 episodes, 2010-2016)
Director:
James Burrows, Victor Gonzalez, David Trainer, Michael McDonald, Phill Lewis
Genres:
Comedy
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Rita Rocks (2008)
Rita Rocks
As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Marc Jacobson
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Harry Shum Jr., Swoosie Kurtz, Tony Danza, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Richard Ruccolo
Walmart: The Box (2018)
Walmart: The Box
As:
Director
Director:
Melissa McCarthy
Genres:
Comedy, Documentary, Drama
Star Cast:
Keala Settle, Aubrey Fitzgerald, Evan Alex, Dylan Conrique, Connor Cain
The Jenny McCarthy Show (1997)
The Jenny McCarthy Show
As:
Cast
Director:
Troy Miller, Terri McCoy, Joel Gallen, Dan Redican
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jenny McCarthy, H. Jon Benjamin, Jack Plotnick, Paul Greenberg, Michael Loprete

Melissa McCarthy Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
Saturday Night Live Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series 2017
Mike & Molly Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series 2011
People's Choice Awards
Life of the Party Favorite Comedy Star 2018
Winner Favorite Comedic Movie Actress 2016
Winner Favorite Comedic Movie Actress 2017
Winner Favorite Comedic Movie Actress 2015
MTV Movie & TV Awards
Bridesmaids Best Comedic Performance 2012
Bridesmaids Best Gut-Wrenching Performance 2012