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The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies

Updated January 29, 2021 622 votes 183 voters 16.8k views32 items

List RulesVote 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

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story...  more
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    Trading Places

    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd...  more
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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

    Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring...  more
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    Stir Crazy

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder

    Released1980

    Directed bySidney Poitier

    Stir Crazy is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Gene Wilder...  more
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    48 Hrs.

    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte

    Released1982

    Directed byWalter Hill

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    48 Hrs. is a 1982 American action comedy film directed by Walter Hill, starring Nick Nolte and...  more
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    Harlem Nights

    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor

    Released1989

    Directed byEddie Murphy

    Harlem Nights is a 1989 comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor and directed by...  more
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    Beverly Hills Cop II

    Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

    Released1987

    Directed byTony Scott

    Beverly Hills Cop II is a 1987 action comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Tony...  more
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    Brewster's Millions

    Richard Pryor, John Candy

    Released1985

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Brewster's Millions is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy based on the...  more
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    The Toy

    Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Toy is a 1982 American comedy film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Richard Pryor...  more
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    I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

    Chris Rock, Jim Brown

    Released1988

    Directed byKeenen Ivory Wayans

    I'm Gonna Git You Sucka is a 1988 parody film of blaxploitation movies written, directed by,...  more
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    The Last Dragon

    William H. Macy, Vanity

    Released1985

    Directed byMichael Schultz

    The Last Dragon is a 1985 martial arts musical film produced by Rupert Hitzig for Berry Gordy...  more
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    Jumpin' Jack Flash

    Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Hartman

    Released1986

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Jumpin' Jack Flash is a 1986 spy comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg. The film was directed...  more
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    Hollywood Shuffle

    Damon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans

    Released1987

    Directed byRobert Townsend

    Hollywood Shuffle is a 1987 satirical comedy film about the racial stereotypes of African...  more
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    Best Defense

    Eddie Murphy, Dudley Moore

    Released1984

    Directed byWillard Huyck

    Best Defense is a comedy film starring Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy. The original music score...  more
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    Burglar

    Whoopi Goldberg, John Goodman

    Released1987

    Directed byHugh Wilson

    Burglar is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson and distributed by Warner Bros....  more
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    Bustin' Loose

    Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson

    Released1981

    Directed byOz Scott, Michael Schultz

    Bustin' Loose is a film released by Universal Pictures in 1981 starring Richard Pryor as an...  more
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    Critical Condition

    Richard Pryor, Wesley Snipes

    Released1987

    Directed byMichael Apted

    Critical Condition is a 1987 comedy film directed by Michael Apted, and starring Richard Pryor....  more
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    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Released1989

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed...  more
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    Fatal Beauty

    Whoopi Goldberg, Sam Elliott

    Released1987

    Directed byTom Holland

    Fatal Beauty is a 1987 American comedic action thriller film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sam...  more
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    Identity Crisis

    Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles

    Released1989

    Directed byMelvin Van Peebles

    Identity Crisis is a 1989 comedy film directed by Melvin Van Peebles. Written by Mario Van...  more
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    In God We Tru$t

    Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman

    Released1980

    Directed byMarty Feldman

    In God We Tru$t is a comedy film starring Marty Feldman, Andy Kaufman, Louise Lasser and Peter...  more
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    Moving

    Richard Pryor, Stacey Dash

    Released1988

    Directed byAlan Metter

    Moving is a 1988 American comedy film starring Richard Pryor as Arlo Pear, a father moving his...  more
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    School Daze

    Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1988

    Directed bySpike Lee

    School Daze is a 1988 American musical-drama film, written and directed by Spike Lee, and...  more
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    See No Evil, Hear No Evil

    Kevin Spacey, Richard Pryor

    Released1989

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Arthur Hiller. The film...  more
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    She's Gotta Have It

    Spike Lee, S. Epatha Merkerson

    Released1986

    Directed bySpike Lee

    She's Gotta Have It is a 1986 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee....  more