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Amy Adams’ Best Comedy Movies, Ranked

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Amy Adams is an actress well-known in the film industry for both her successful comedic and dramatic movie roles. However, in her early days, this artist’s true passion had nothing to do with acting, but rather with dancing: Adams worked very hard for several years in order to become a dancer, and even got to work in live theater restaurants. Coming from a rather modest family, the actress had to work several odd jobs to support herself while she was studying, such as GAP and Hooters. Yet, upon coming of age she realized that she would not be talented enough to pursue a career in ballet, so she decided to lean towards a somewhat similar art form, musical theater, which shortly led her to take a chance on the silver screen.

Although her film debut was as a minor character in Drop Dead Gorgeous, the first role that earned her some recognition was as Brenda Strong, the nurse in Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film Catch Me If You Can. After this role, Adams faced some difficulties when it came to receiving job offers. The ones that she did get were uninteresting and stereotypical characters, so she made a decision that would influence her career: she dyed her hair red. After that small modification, the deals kept on coming, and in 2005 she had her first big starring role in the movie Junebug

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. Among her best productions are the dramas American Hustle, Big Eyes, and Arrival, though she has been involved in more than 40 films. Adams also ventured into the children’s genre, playing Giselle in Disney’s Enchanted, to which a sequel, Disenchanted, is expected in late 2022. This production will also feature some of the actors from the original cast, such as Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, and Idina Menzel.

Adams’ acting roles over more than 20 years have been quite diverse, transitioning successfully from dark and tragic characters to funny and refreshing parts in musical comedies. While most of the awards nominations this actress has had were for her dramatic roles, many of her comedic performances are worthy of recognition as well. Therefore, here is a review of the best comedy movies featuring Amy Adams, ranked.

The first Night at the Museum sequel was released in 2009, and once again revolved around Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) and the figures at the American Museum of Natural History. Following some renovations to the facility, all the exhibits were sent to the Smithsonian Institution, known to be the largest museum in the world. Once this museum is brought to life, Larry has to team up with old and new friends in order to stop four of the worst villains in history from taking over Ahkmenrah’s tablet and dominating the world. In Battle of the Smithsonian, Adams starred as Amelia Earhart, the airplane pilot famous for being the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Over the course of the film, Amelia explores her feelings for the leading man, and they both engage in several romantic moments.

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The 1999 satire is included in this ranking for marking Adams’ cinematic debut. Featuring an all-star cast including Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Allison Janney, Elle Barkin, and Brittany Murphy, Drop Dead Gorgeous is a comedy mockumentary centered on a beauty pageant in Mount Rose, a small town in Minnesota. Amber Atkins (Dunst) and Becky Leeman (Richards) sign up for what would be the pageant of their lives. However, the Sarah Rose Cosmetics Mount Rose American Teen Princess Pageant is not going to be as they expected, as, in the days leading up to the event, a few tragedies occur that shape these young contestants’ performances. Adams plays Leslie Miller, a cheerleader who also enrolls in the beauty pageant and, even though she seems to stand no chance against the two biggest competitors, she ends up wowing the crowd with her performance.

Will Ferrell, John Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gary Cole, and a few other famous actors star in this sports comedy, directed by Adam McKay and co-written by him and Ferrell. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is precisely about Ricky Bobby (Ferrell), a man who, from the moment he was born in the back seat of a race car, seemed to be destined for a fast-paced life. Becoming a NASCAR driver has always been his dream, and eventually he succeeds. But with the arrival of French driver Jean Girard (Baron Cohen) to Bobby’s team, his career and personal life are turned upside down in a tragic twist that only he can reverse. Adams starred as Susan, Bobby’s assistant who eventually develops a romance with him.

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