Melissa McCarthy’s funniest moments in film

Taryn Davies
Published: June 5, 2015

Melissa McCarthy has proved time and time again that she’s a comedic scene-stealer and this week she’s back with what looks set to be another hilarious film, Spy.

Reviews have indicated that action-comedy Spy is her funniest film to date, and it has a lot to live up to.

The movie reunites McCarthy with Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig and sees her play CIA desk analyst Susan Cooper, who’s sent into the field for the first time to find a rogue nuclear bomb.

With Melissa’s central performance backed by an excellent supporting cast, including Rose Bryne, Jason Statham, Jude Law and Miranda Hart, there’s a chance this could have comedy movie of the year within its grasp.

With this in mind, we’ve taken a look through Melissa’s funniest moments in film so far.

We have a feeling there’s plenty more to come from her as well, especially when she works with Kristen Wiig again on the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters which is being directed by Feig too.


Bridesmaids certainly had a lot of hype, with plenty of people dubbing it the female version of The Hangover, and thankfully it lived up to it. Kristen Wiig may have been the star, but there was plenty of comedic genius in the supporting roles from McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd, to name a few. We’re pretty sure there are more, but these are just a few of our favourite funny moments from McCarthy.

Identity Thief

Admittedly Identity Thief wasn’t as funny as we expected, but that doesn’t mean McCarthy didn’t give it her all. See what we think are her funniest moments below.

The Hangover Part III

Of course, The Hangover follow-ups were never going to live up to the original, but the third instalment was definitely a lot better than the second.

Melissa only appears briefly in movie, but her relationship with Alan certainly has us wishing for a film that pairs both her and Zach Galifianakis together.

The Heat

Melissa McCarthy cemented her status as a legitimate comic talent in this film, and pairing her Sandra Bullock was a genius move. The pair work well together, but McCarthy manages to still upstage her. From the start to finish we laughed through this film, but here are some standout parts.


So Tammy may not have lived up to its expectation, but that doesn’t mean McCarthy didn’t provide some classic comedy moments. She wrote the film with her husband Ben Falcone, who also directed the film. We suspect we’ll see the pair work together again in the future. If you haven’t seen this film before, we think these few clips will be enough.

This is 40

Melissa only appears in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up spin-off for about five minutes but McCarthy manages to stand out against the stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. She plays an impossibly angry mother whose school meeting with Rudd’s character results in some hilariously gruesome threats.

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