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The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies

Updated July 13, 2020 617 votes 175 voters 15.7k views14 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '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 on Wikipedia
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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

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    48 Hrs. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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    48 Hrs.

    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte

    Released1982

    Directed byWalter Hill

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    Harlem Nights is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Beverly Hills Cop II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Brewster's Millions is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Stir Crazy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    I'm Gonna Git You Sucka is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Toy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Last Dragon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Jumpin' Jack Flash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Hollywood Shuffle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Doin' Time is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Black Comedy Movies
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    Doin' Time

    Dey Young
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