Melissa McCarthy established herself as one of Hollywood’s most fearless and funniest actors with her scene-stealing Melissa McCarthy performance in the blockbuster comedy Bridesmaids. Since then, she has appeared in films like The Heat, Spy, and Ghostbusters, demonstrating her ability to endure even the most awkward situations in Melissa McCarthy performances.
McCarthy has demonstrated her dramatic prowess in more somber films like St. Vincent and Gilmore Girls, which helped her get a Best Lead Actress Oscar, but which one of the Melissa McCarthy performances is the best one yet?
1. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Her most dramatic performance is really rather humorous, however, this Melissa McCarthy performance is more of the laughing while internally sobbing kind of humor. She portrays Lee Israel, a once-promising biographer who is on the commercial fall in Marielle Heller’s heartbreaking true-life story, she then has the brilliant notion of forging letters from well-known authors and selling them to New York’s antiques merchants.
Since her co-star Richard Grant received most of the praise, it’s simple to overlook how quietly devastating this Melissa McCarthy performance was. She and Grant are a sharp-elbowed duo who enjoy their whip-smart banter, and McCarthy had never before had the opportunity to explore the grief that is frequently locked up in her wide comedic performances.
Because it doesn’t truly feel like a Melissa McCarthy performance, Spy is in the 2nd place on this list because it shows us a unique perspective of her. Paul Feig, the film’s writer-director, didn’t have McCarthy in mind when he created the part of Susan, a deskbound CIA agent. He reasoned that she was too preoccupied with other tasks, and the lack of reliance on McCarthy’s trademark wide humor and crude characterizations in Spy may be due to this. Instead, Susan is a likable, sympathetic character who has long been underappreciated in the movie.
McCarthy may have been the key factor in why the comedy film that launched McCarthy’s career, and, earned her her first Oscar nomination. It remains one of the greatest comedies of all time for an amazing Melissa McCarthy performance as she dominates everything in her way like a juggernaut in this scene; she is scary, amusing, and completely alluring and serves as the moral compass of the movie, the leader, and the one who teaches the other ladies that they don’t have to back down.
4. The Heat
McCarthy portrays an exaggerated version of her Oscar-nominated character in this critique of cop dramas, reuniting with Bridesmaids director, and although Shannon is a competent investigator, she is also a jerk who loves to pick fights with her cynical colleague Sarah, giving us an amazing Melissa McCarthy performance. The Heat tries to extract as much humor as it can from that setting and deserves to be on this list.
The 2016 Ghostbusters reboot was a legitimate movie and not simply a social media scandal among the online freak-outs and man-child tantrums about damaged childhoods. The picture, which is flawed and hindered by its effort to please everyone, stars McCarthy in a role that actually allows her to play the straight woman. This Melissa McCarthy performance is devoted to franchise fans and slavishly true to blockbuster norms.
Tammy, the first of the Falcone movies, is among the least humorous since Falcone seems to have left his wife on her own to improvise as quickly as she can. Kathy Bates and Sandra Oh play a nice married couple after a jarring first half with McCarthy’s criminal Tammy, and McCarthy doesn’t really portray a particular role, but nobody does in this movie.
7. Identity Thief
After Bridesmaids, McCarthy’s first leading role movie surfed the success of that groundbreaking hit, but it lacked charm: she portrays Diane, a character who subsists on other people’s credit cards and identities. Jason Bateman, a mild-mannered accountant, learns one day that Diane has compromised his data, which sets off a madcap cross-country journey.
8. The Boss
It’s odd how the movies McCarthy creates with Falcone, which you’d think would be familial labors of love, are instead among the most cynical of all her films: this is one of the four McCarthy movies directed by her husband Ben Falcone, and it’s the worst, almost. The most desperate of them all, McCarthy plays a millionaire businesswoman who loses everything and needs Kristen Bell and some Girl Scouts’ assistance.
9. The Starling
McCarthy and Theodore Melfi originally collaborated on the sentimental drama St Vincent and there is no escape from the sap-filled black hole The Starling, which stars her as Lilly. She is a woman who is mourning the death of her newborn girl, however, that forgettable movie was at least tolerably schmaltzy. Her problems are made worse by her husband as he leaves her alone.