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The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies 

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Updated July 13, 2020 630 votes 169 voters 15k views 14 items

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!

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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Landis

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 ...more
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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1983

Directed by: John Landis

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 ...more
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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

Released: 1984

Directed by: Martin Brest

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 ...more
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Stir Crazy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Craig T. Nelson

Released: 1980

Directed by: Sidney Poitier

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 ...more
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Brewster's Millions is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
Richard Pryor, John Candy, Rick Moranis

Released: 1985

Directed by: Walter Hill

Brewster's Millions is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy based on the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon. It is the seventh film based on the story, ...more
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Beverly Hills Cop II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Gilbert Gottfried

Released: 1987

Directed by: Tony Scott

Beverly Hills Cop II is a 1987 action comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Tony Scott. It is the first sequel in the Beverly Hills Cop series. Murphy returns as Detroit police ...more
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The Toy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Released: 1982

Directed by: Richard Donner

The Toy is a 1982 American comedy film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason, with Ned Beatty, Scott Schwartz, Teresa Ganzel, and Virginia Capers in ...more
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48 Hrs. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Annette O'Toole

Released: 1982

Directed by: Walter Hill

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 48 Hrs. is a 1982 American action comedy film directed by Walter Hill, starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy as a cop and convict, respectively, who team up to catch a cop-killer. The title ...more
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Harlem Nights is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

Released: 1989

Directed by: Eddie Murphy

Harlem Nights is a 1989 comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor and directed by Murphy. The film featured Michael Lerner, Danny Aiello, Redd Foxx, Della Reese and Murphy's brother ...more
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The Last Dragon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
William H. Macy, Vanity, Keshia Knight Pulliam

Released: 1985

Directed by: Michael Schultz

The Last Dragon is a 1985 martial arts musical film produced by Rupert Hitzig for Berry Gordy and directed by Michael Schultz. The film was a critical disappointment but a financial success, and ...more
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I'm Gonna Git You Sucka ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Damon Wayans

Released: 1988

Directed by: Keenen Ivory Wayans

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka is a 1988 parody film of blaxploitation movies written, directed by, and starring Keenen Ivory Wayans. Featured in the film are several noteworthy African American actors ...more
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Jumpin' Jack Flash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz

Released: 1986

Directed by: Penny Marshall

Jumpin' Jack Flash is a 1986 spy comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg. The film was directed by Penny Marshall in her theatrical film directorial debut. The film was one of the first to feature ...more
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Hollywood Shuffle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
Damon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Robert Townsend

Released: 1987

Directed by: Robert Townsend

Hollywood Shuffle is a 1987 satirical comedy film about the racial stereotypes of African Americans in film and television. The film tracks the attempts of Bobby Taylor to become a successful ...more
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Doin' Time is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
Doin' Time Dey Young