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The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite African American comedy films that were released in the 1990s

Prepare for a plethora of Wayans brothers, because this is a list of '90s black comedy movies, ranked from best to worst. It's time to settle once and for all just which 1990s black comedy film is the best. It won't be easy, because '90s black comedies actually cover a lot of ground, from movies that feature action and adventure to films that sprinkle romance on top of the funny stuff. With your votes, though, one African American comedy from the 1990s will emerge victorious.

What are some of the best '90s black comedy movies? No list would be complete without Friday, the classic comedy co-starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker as a pair of stoners hanging out on a crazy Friday. As for the Wayans family, Major Payne, Mo' Money, and Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood also appear on this funny 1990s African American comedy films list. They join Eddie Murphy, who is a comedy heavyweight in more ways than one thanks to The Nutty Professor.

Several hilarious franchises also began in the 1990s, including Bad Boys, House Party and Rush Hour. Sister Act is another black comedy movie released in the '90s, and it also spawned a sequel.

Vote up your favorite African American comedy movies from the 1990s and vote down the films that just aren't as good.  If we missed any classics, don't hesitate to add them. And if you've seen all of these, go ahead and rerank to create your own definitive '90s black comedy movie list!
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Friday is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long
Friday is a 1995 American stoner buddy comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Bernie Mac, Tiny 'Zeus' Lister Jr, and John ...more
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Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence
Bad Boys is a 1995 American action comedy film produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, producers of Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop, and directed by Michael Bay in his directorial debut. It ...more
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Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker
Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush Hour series, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It was followed by ...more
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House Party is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady
House Party is a 1990 American comedy film released by New Line Cinema. It stars Kid and Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid 'n Play, and also stars Paul Anthony, Bow-Legged Lou, and B-Fine from ...more
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Major Payne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Damon Wayans, Karyn Parsons, Bam Bam Bigelow
Major Payne is a 1995 comedy film, starring Damon Wayans.
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Don't Be a Menace to South Cen... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Paris Barclay, and produced by Keenen Ivory Wayans, and also written by Wayans ...more
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Blue Streak is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Octavia Spencer
Blue Streak is a 1999 film, directed by Les Mayfield with Martin Lawrence. The director has also directed other famous films, including the remake of Miracle on Thirty-fourth Street in 1994. In ...more
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The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle
The Nutty Professor is a 1996 American science fiction comedy film starring Eddie Murphy. It is a remake of the 1963 film of the same name, which starred Jerry Lewis, and was itself based on ...more
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Money Talks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Chris Tucker
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Money Talks is a 1997 American action comedy film directed by Brett Ratner, starring Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen. This film is the first of four collaborations between Brett Ratner and Chris ...more
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Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock
Boomerang is a 1992 American romantic comedy film directed by Reginald Hudlin. The film stars Eddie Murphy as Marcus Graham, a hotshot advertising executive who also happens to be an insatiable ...more
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House Party 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Iman Abdulmajid
House Party 2, the sequel to the 1990 film House Party, was released in October 1991 by New Line Cinema, and returns most of the cast of the first film along with new cast members such as Queen ...more
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Booty Call is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac
Booty Call is a 1997 comedy film, written by J. Stanford Parker and Takashi Bufford, and directed by Jeff Pollack. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox and Tamala Jones.
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Mo' Money is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Stacey Dash, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans
Mo' Money is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Peter Macdonald, and written by Damon Wayans, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Stacey Dash, Joe Santos, John Diehl, Harry ...more
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Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel
Sister Act is a 1992 American comedy film released by Touchstone Pictures. Directed by Emile Ardolino, it features musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman and stars Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno lounge ...more
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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau
Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film was released in the United States on ...more
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Bébé's Kids is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Nell Carter, Tone-Lōc, Louie Anderson
Bébé's Kids is a 1992 American animated comedy film produced by Reginald Hudlin and Hyperion Pictures, directed by Bruce W. Smith, and released on July 31, 1992 by Paramount ...more
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B*A*P*S is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Halle Berry, Bernie Mac, Martin Landau
B*A*P*S is a 1997 comedy film written by Troy Beyer, directed by Robert Townsend, and starring Halle Berry and Martin Landau. The movie includes actors such as Bernie Mac, Natalie Reid, and Ian ...more
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Sister Act 2: Back in the Habi... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill, Maggie Smith
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit is a 1993 American comedy film loosely based on the life of Crenshaw High School choir instructor Iris Stevenson, and starring Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Bill ...more
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Good Burger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Shaquille O'Neal, Carmen Electra, Linda Cardellini
Good Burger is a 1997 American comedy film directed by Brian Robbins and starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. The film evolved from the comedy sketch "Good Burger" featured on the ...more
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Dr. Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
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House Party 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac, Chris Tucker
House Party 3 is a 1994 comedy film, starring Kid 'n Play and Bernie Mac and TLC. It is the third and intended final installment of the House Party film series. This was to be the last film in ...more
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Blankman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Jason Alexander, Damon Wayans, Arsenio Hall
Blankman is a 1994 American superhero comedy-parody film directed by Mike Binder and starring Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier. It was written by Wayans and J. F. Lawton, whose biggest success ...more
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Strictly Business is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Rockwell
Strictly Business is an 1991 American comedy film directed by Kevin Hooks, and starring Tommy Davidson, Joseph C. Phillips, and Halle Berry. The supporting cast includes Anne-Marie Johnson, ...more
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Woo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
goolizap added LL Cool J, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle
Woo is a 1998 romantic comedy film, directed by Daisy V.S. Mayer, and starring Jada Pinkett Smith in the title role. Tommy Davidson co-stars. Woo was filmed in 1996.
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Bulletproof is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s
Adam Sandler, James Caan, Monica Potter
Bulletproof is a 1996 American action-comedy film directed by Ernest Dickerson, and starring Damon Wayans, Adam Sandler, James Caan, and Jeep Swenson.