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List Rules Vote up your favorite African American comedy films that were released in the 1980s

When you think of the best '80s black comedy movies, you probably think of Eddie Murphy. He starred in many of the top 1980s black comedy films, but this list will decide if his blockbusters stand the test of time as the greatest black comedies released in the '80s. Murphy's movies ranged from action-comedies to classic fish out of water stories, but he still left room for some slapstick movies from comedic titan Richard Pryor. With your votes, this '80s black comedy movies list will settle once and for all just which actor ruled the decade.

What's an example of a good 1980s black comedy movie? How about Coming to America? Murphy and Arsenio Hall both played multiple roles in this classic that stands as not only one of the best '80s African American comedy films, but one of the best black comedies of all time.

As for Richard Pryor, he teamed-up with Gene Wilder for the 1980 two-hander Stir Crazy and also with The Honeymooners funnyman Jackie Gleason for the 1982 comedy The Toy.

Which film do you think is the funniest? Vote up your favorites, vote down the films that haven't stood the test of time, and if we missed any films, add them to this list of '80s black comedy movies!
Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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Coming to America


Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the lead role. The film also co-stars Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos. The film was released in the United States on June ...more

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Actors: Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones, Cuba Gooding Jr., Garcelle Beauvais, + more

Initial Release: 1988

Directed by: John Landis

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#3 on List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

#45 on The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked

#13 on The Funniest '80s Movies

#47 on The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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Trading Places


Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. It tells the story of an upper-class commodities broker and a homeless street hustler whose lives cross paths when they are unknowingly made part of an elaborate bet. Ralph Bellamy, Don ...more

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Actors: Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Al Franken, Jim Belushi, + more

Initial Release: 1983

Directed by: John Landis

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#44 on The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked

#1 on The Best Comedy Films On Amazon Prime

#78 on The Best Christmas Movies of All Time

#9 on The Funniest '80s Movies

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Stir Crazy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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Stir Crazy


Stir Crazy is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as down-on-their-luck friends who are given 125-year prison sentences after being framed for a bank robbery; while in prison they befriend other inmates and ultimately escape. ...more

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Actors: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Jonathan Banks, + more

Initial Release: 1980

Directed by: Sidney Poitier

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#37 on The Funniest '80s Movies

#91 on The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

#12 on The Best Movies of 1980

#14 on The Best '80s Black Movies

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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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Beverly Hills Cop


Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who heads to Beverly Hills, California to solve the murder of his best friend. Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox, Lisa Eilbacher, Steven Berkoff ...more

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Actors: Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser, Jonathan Banks, Judge Reinhold, + more

Initial Release: 1984

Directed by: Martin Brest

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#15 on The Best '80s Action Movies

#49 on The Greatest Action Movies of All Time

#30 on The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked

#6 on The Best Buddy Cop Movies

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