Melissa McCarthy movies: 11 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Melissa McCarthy started her career doing improvisational comedy at The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, which is also where she met her husband Ben Falcone. She then went on to a successful run on the TV series “The Gilmore Girls” for seven seasons. She followed that up with other TV shows and small movie roles but it would be a return to The Groundlings crew that would launch her into super-stardom. Her former castmates Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo wrote a female gross-out comedy called “Bridesmaids” and cast McCarthy along with other Groundlings veterans Maya Rudolph and Wendi McLendon-Covey. The film would become a surprise hit in the genre which was usually dominated by men and even earn McCarthy an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress.

McCarthy found herself in a unique position in show business as just as “Bridesmaids” made her a movie star she had also just begun a new TV sitcom called “Mike and Molly” which would bring her a 2011 Emmy for Best Comedy Actress. McCarthy won an additional Emmy in 2017 as Best Comedy Guest Actress for “Saturday Night Live.” She earned a second Oscar bid in Best Actress for her dramatic turn in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (2018).

Let’s take a tour of McCarthy’s film work with her greatest 10 performances, ranked from worst to best, including “Spy” and “St. Vincent.”

– Original text and gallery published in May 2018.