Drama is hard, but when your a natural funny person it makes drama even tougher. This list recognizes the actors and actresses who made the transition easy or at least made it look easy.
10. Steve Coogan (Philomena)
Definitely most commonly known for his comedic performances as his alter ego Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan has made us all laugh at one point or another. In Philomena he delivered an outstanding performance of journalist trying to find justice for an old woman who's child was wrongly taken away from her many years before. He also wrote the screenplay for which he won a BAFTA.
9. Bill Murray (Lost in Translation)
Murray is better known for roles in comedy movies such as Rushmore, Hamlet, Ed Wood etc. Murray's portrayal of a fading Hollywood star in town to shoot a TV advert when he develops a relationship with a recent college graduate (Scarlett Johansson) was heart-warming and brilliant to it's core.
8. Steve Carrel (Little Miss Sunshine)
Definitely known primarily for his comedic performances in feature films and as Michael Scott in hit TV sitcom The Office, his performance in Little Miss Sunshine as gay man recovering from a suicide attempt is brilliant. His performance was flawless in an equally excellent film. Carrel achieved even greater levels of brilliance in Dan In Real Life and Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, the latter earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor which proves Carrel has equal value as a drama actor.
7. Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader (The Skeleton Twins)
Although her performance in Bridesmaids was relatively dramatic, this movie was the first time we saw her real potential to do drama and this is definitely Hader's fist serious drama role. The SNL comedians performance as sister and brother, with Hader recovering from a failed suicide attempt whilst Wiig is dealing with her husband's ambitions for children and having an affair with her scuba instructor and then having to emotionally reconnect with her estranged brother.
6. Ben Stiller (Greenberg)
Made famous for his leading roles in Zoolander, Meet the Parents, Duplex, and Dodgeball, Stiller's performance as a brother recovering from a nervous breakdown is moving and definitely a highlight of his career.
5. Robin Williams (Good Morning Vietnam)
Robin Williams found fame as Mork in Mork and Mindy and as a stand-up comedian. However, his stand-out roles include parts in dramas such as Good Will Hunting, One Hour Photo, and Good Morning Vietnam.The latter of those movies he plays a radio presenter covering the news for the American Soldiers in the 'Nam war. A chilling performance.
4. Adam Sandler (Punch Drunk Love)
Sandler's performance as Barry, a middle aged lonely man with a difficult social and love life is surprisingly brilliant and honest from an actor who made his name in awful, irritating Dennis Duggan comedies (if you'd call them that).
3. Jim Carey (Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind)
Famous for his wacky comedic roles in movies such as The Grinch, Bruce Almighty, Mr.Poppers Penguins, and Dumb and Dumber his performance in this romantic science-fiction comedy drama about the nature of memory and romantic love is moving to its core. Pity he doesn't do more of this stuff.
2. John C. Reilly (Hard Eight)
Reilly's character in Paul Thomas Anderson's feature film debut is a man who is financially struggling when an elderly man called Sydney begins to help him. He then develops a relationship with a prostitute (Gwenyth Paltrow) who kills a man, forcing the young couple to runaway whilst Sydney deals with the situation. John C. Reilly's performance in this picture is as honest as honest can be and moving. Other dramatic roles for Reilly include Terri and Gangs of New York.
1. Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society)
Last but not least, we say hello to Robin Williams for the second time. This time for his leading role in Dead Poets Society. Dead Poet's Society tells the story of an English teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry. This performance is one of the most memorable of Robin Williams' extraordinary career.
"Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary."
~Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society