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The Best Black Comedy Movies of the '90s

Updated December 14, 2020 4.5k votes 880 voters 80.5k views42 items

List RulesVote 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

    Ice Cube, Meagan Good

    Released1995

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    Friday is a 1995 American stoner buddy comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray in his directorial... more on Wikipedia
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    Bad Boys

    Will Smith, Téa Leoni

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Bad Boys is a 1995 American action comedy film produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Rush Hour

    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez

    Released1998

    Directed byBrett Ratner

    Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush... more on Wikipedia

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  • House Party4
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    House Party

    Martin Lawrence, George Clinton

    Released1990

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

    House Party is a 1990 American comedy film released by New Line Cinema. It stars Kid and Play... more on Wikipedia
  • Major Payne5
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    Major Payne

    Damon Wayans, Karyn Parsons

    Released1995

    Directed byNick Castle

    Major Payne is a 1995 comedy film, starring Damon Wayans.
  • Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood6

    Released1996

    Directed byParis Barclay

    Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood is a 1996 American... more on Wikipedia
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    Blue Streak

    Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle

    Released1999

    Directed byLes Mayfield

    Blue Streak is a 1999 film, directed by Les Mayfield with Martin Lawrence. The director has... more on Wikipedia
  • Money Talks8
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    Money Talks

    Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear

    Released1997

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    Money Talks is a 1997 American action comedy film directed by Brett Ratner, starring Chris... more on Wikipedia
  • The Nutty Professor9
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    The Nutty Professor

    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith

    Released1996

    Directed byTom Shadyac

    The Nutty Professor is a 1996 American slapstick science-fiction comedy film directed by Tom... more on Wikipedia
  • Booty Call10
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    Booty Call

    Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox

    Released1997

    Directed byJeff Pollack

    Booty Call is a 1997 comedy film, written by J. Stanford Parker and Takashi Bufford, and... more on Wikipedia
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    House Party 2

    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence

    Released1991

    Directed byDoug McHenry, George Jackson

    House Party 2, the sequel to the 1990 film House Party, was released in October 1991 by New... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sister Act12
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    Sister Act

    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith

    Released1992

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by... more on Wikipedia
  • Mo' Money13
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    Mo' Money

    Stacey Dash, Bernie Mac

    Released1992

    Directed byPeter MacDonald

    Mo' Money is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Peter Macdonald, and written by Damon... more on Wikipedia
  • Cool Runnings14
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Good Burger15
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    Good Burger

    Shaquille O'Neal, Carmen Electra

    Released1997

    Directed byBrian Robbins

    Good Burger is a 1997 American comedy film directed by Brian Robbins and starring Kenan... more on Wikipedia
  • B*A*P*S16
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    B*A*P*S

    Halle Berry, Bernie Mac

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Townsend

    B*A*P*S is a 1997 comedy film written by Troy Beyer, directed by Robert Townsend, and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit17
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    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill

    Released1993

    Directed byBill Duke

    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit is a 1993 American comedy film loosely based on the life of... more on Wikipedia

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  • Boomerang18
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    Boomerang

    Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy

    Released1992

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

    Boomerang is a 1992 American romantic comedy film directed by Reginald Hudlin. The film stars... more on Wikipedia
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    House Party 3

    Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac

    Released1994

    Directed byEric Meza

    House Party 3 is a 1994 comedy film, starring Kid 'n Play and Bernie Mac and TLC. It is the... more on Wikipedia
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    Fear of a Black Hat

    Faizon Love, Kasi Lemmons

    Released1994

    Directed byRusty Cundieff

    Fear of a Black Hat is a 1994 American mockumentary film on the evolution and state of... more on Wikipedia

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    Woo

    LL Cool J, Jada Pinkett Smith

    Released1998

    Directed byDaisy von Scherler Mayer

    Woo is a 1998 romantic comedy film, directed by Daisy V.S. Mayer, and starring Jada Pinkett... more on Wikipedia

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  • A Thin Line Between Love and Hate22
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    A Thin Line Between Love and Hate

    Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan

    Released1996

    Directed byMartin Lawrence

    A Thin Line Between Love and Hate is a 1996 American dark comedy-romance film that was... more on Wikipedia
  • Vampire in Brooklyn23
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    Vampire in Brooklyn

    Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett

    Released1995

    Directed byWes Craven

    Vampire in Brooklyn is a 1995 American horror comedy film directed by Wes Craven, and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • Blankman24
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    Blankman

    Jason Alexander, Damon Wayans

    Released1994

    Directed byMike Binder

    Blankman is a 1994 American superhero comedy-parody film directed by Mike Binder and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • A Low Down Dirty Shame25
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    A Low Down Dirty Shame

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson

    Released1994

    Directed byKeenen Ivory Wayans

    A Low Down Dirty Shame is a 1994 action-comedy film, written, directed by, and starring Keenen... more on Wikipedia