films The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest comedies starring people of color, made primarily for black audiences.

Some of the funniest movies ever made feature talented casts of African American actors and actresses. The top black comedies spotlight quick-witted characters and hilarious situations, all with a focus on family and friendship. This is a list of the greatest funny black movies including everything from The Nutty Professor to How High to Think Like A Man.

What films will you find on this list of African American comedy movies? In Coming to America, Eddie Murphy stars as an African prince seeking his true love and queen in New York City. Murphy and his co-star Arsenio Hall played multiple roles in this classic comedy. Barbershop is another crowd-pleasing hit, and Friday - starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker - is a hilarious look at a day in the life of two good friends. Other great films featured on this list include Beverly Hills Cop, A Madea Christmas, and House Party.

Which movie do you think is the funniest? Take a look at this list and give the best films a thumbs up to make sure they end up in the top spot.

If you're looking for more entertainment featuring talented African American stars, take a look at this list of the best black TV shows

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Friday is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Friday 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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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Coming to America Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones 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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Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Life Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence Life is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written by Robert Ramsey & Matthew Stone and directed by Ted Demme. The film stars Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. The supporting cast includes ...more

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Girls Trip is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Girls Trip Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish Girls Trip is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, from a story by the pair and Erica Rivinoja. It follows a group of four friends ...more

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Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Rush Hour 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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Barbershop is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Barbershop Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar Barbershop is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Tim Story, produced by State Street Pictures and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on September 13, 2002. Starring Ice Cube, Cedric the ...more

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White Chicks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
White Chicks Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter White Chicks is a 2004 American buddy cop comedy film written, produced and directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, and also written and produced by Wayans brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans, who also ...more

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House Party is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
House Party 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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Harlem Nights is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Harlem Nights Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall Harlem Nights is a 1989 crime 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 ...more

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Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
CrystalPayne added Bad Boys 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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Think Like A Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Think Like A Man Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Rowland Think Like A Man is a 2012 comedy film written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman and directed by Tim Story.

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The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
The Nutty Professor 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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Blue Streak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Blue Streak 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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How High is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
How High Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies How High is a 2001 stoner film starring Method Man and Redman, written by Dustin Lee Abraham, and director Jesse Dylan's debut feature film. Despite negative reviews from critics, the film ...more

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Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
CrystalPayne added Next Friday Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps Next Friday is a 2000 American stoner comedy film, and the sequel to the 1995 film Friday. This is the first film to be produced by producer Ice Cube's film production company Cubevision. The ...more

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Money Talks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Money Talks Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Chris Tucker 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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Don't Be a Menace to South Cen... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood 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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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser 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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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Trading Places Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd 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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Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
CrystalPayne added Bad Boys II Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino Bad Boys II is a 2003 American action-comedy film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. The film is a sequel to the 1995 film Bad ...more

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Friday After Next is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added Friday After Next Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams Friday After Next is a 2002 comedy film directed by Marcus Raboy, starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps. It is the third film in the Friday series, and the sequel to the 2000 film Next Friday. As of ...more

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House Party is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added House Party Christopher Reid, Robin Harris, Christopher Martin

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Class Act is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Class Act Pauly Shore, Karyn Parsons, Loretta Devine Class Act is a 1992 comedy film, directed by Randall Miller and starring hip-hop duo Kid 'n Play. An urban retelling of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper, the screenplay is by Cynthia ...more

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Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added Boomerang 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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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Cool Runnings 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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Madea Goes to Jail is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Madea Goes to Jail Sofía Vergara, Whoopi Goldberg, Tyler Perry Madea Goes to Jail is a 2009 parodic comedy-drama film written and directed by Tyler Perry, which was based on his 2006 play. The play and the film deal with Perry's recurring character Madea ...more

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Booty Call is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
CrystalPayne added Booty Call 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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Hitch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Hitch Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Paula Patton Hitch is a 2005 romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant and starring Will Smith. The film, which was written by Kevin Bisch, co-stars Eva Mendes, Kevin James, and Amber Valletta. Smith ...more

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Last Holiday is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Last Holiday Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Alicia Witt Last Holiday is a 2006 American comedy film starring Queen Latifah and directed by Wayne Wang. Latifah plays a humble store assistant, Georgia, who is told that she has a rare brain condition, ...more

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Beauty Shop is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Beauty Shop Alicia Silverstone, Queen Latifah, Kevin Bacon Beauty Shop is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Bille Woodruff. The film serves as both a third installment and a spin-off of the Barbershop film franchise, and stars Queen Latifah as ...more

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Half Baked is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added Half Baked Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, Willie Nelson Half Baked is a 1998 American stoner comedy film starring Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Díaz. The film was directed by Tamra Davis, co-written by Chappelle ...more

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Black Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Black Dynamite Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall, Salli Richardson Black Dynamite is a 2009 American action comedy film starring Michael Jai White, Salli Richardson, Arsenio Hall, Kevin Chapman, and Tommy Davidson. The film was directed by Scott Sanders and ...more

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Madea's Big Happy Family is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Madea's Big Happy Family Tyler Perry, Bow Wow, Lauren London Madea's Big Happy Family is a 2011 comedy-drama film written and directed by Tyler Perry.

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Mo' Money is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added Mo' Money Stacey Dash, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans Mo' Money is a 1992 American criminal 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, ...more

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I'm Gonna Git You Sucka is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Damon 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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A Thin Line Between Love and H... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown A Thin Line Between Love and Hate is a 1996 American dark comedy-romance film that was directed and co-written by Martin Lawrence, who also stars in the film. Lawrence co-wrote the screenplay ...more

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Def Jam's How to Be a Player is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added Def Jam's How to Be a Player Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac, Lark Voorhies Def Jam's How to Be a Player is a 1997 comedy film, starring Bill Bellamy, Natalie Desselle and Bernie Mac. The film was directed by Lionel C. Martin, and written by Mark Brown and Demetria ...more

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White Men Can't Jump is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added White Men Can't Jump Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez White Men Can't Jump is a 1992 American sports buddy comedy film written and directed by Ron Shelton, starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson as streetball hustlers. The film was released in ...more

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House Party 2 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added House Party 2 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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House Party 3 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added House Party 3 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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Brown Sugar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Brown Sugar Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man Brown Sugar is a 2002 American romantic comedy film written by Michael Elliott and Rick Famuyiwa, directed by Famuyiwa, and starring Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan. The film is a story of a ...more

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Pootie Tang is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Pootie Tang Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristen Bell, Chris Rock Pootie Tang is a 2001 American comedy film written and directed by Louis C.K. Adapted from a comedy sketch that first appeared on The Chris Rock Show, the character Pootie Tang is a satire of ...more

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Roll Bounce is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
CrystalPayne added Roll Bounce Meagan Good, Nick Cannon, Paul Wesley Roll Bounce is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written by Norman Vance Jr. and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film stars hip hop artist Bow Wow as the leader of a roller skating crew in 1970s ...more

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CB4 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added CB4 Halle Berry, Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Rock CB4 is a 1993 American comedy film directed by Tamra Davis, and starring Chris Rock. The film follows a fictional rap group named 'CB4', named after the prison block in which the group was ...more

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A Madea Christmas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
A Madea Christmas Tyler Perry, Chad Michael Murray, Tika Sumpter A Madea Christmas is a Christmas comedy film directed, written, produced by and starring Tyler Perry. This is the first Christmas themed film from the prolific writer-director; and also adapted ...more

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Ride is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added Ride Snoop Dogg, Cedric the Entertainer, Malik Yoba Ride is an American comedy film, written and directed by Millicent Shelton. The film stars Fredro Starr, Malik Yoba, and Melissa De Sousa. The film is sometimes confused with The Ride, another ...more

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Talkin' Dirty After Dark is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added Talkin' Dirty After Dark Martin Lawrence, Tommy Lister, John Witherspoon Talkin' Dirty After Dark is a comedy film starring Martin Lawrence. The film was directed by Topper Carew, who also wrote the film. Carew also directed, created, and produced Lawrence's TV show, ...more

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Vampire in Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added Vampire in Brooklyn Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Joanna Cassidy Vampire in Brooklyn is a 1995 American horror comedy film directed by Wes Craven, and starring Eddie Murphy and Angela Bassett. Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison, John Witherspoon, Zakes Mokae, and ...more

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Hollywood Shuffle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added Hollywood Shuffle Damon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, 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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The Meteor Man is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added The Meteor Man Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Don Cheadle The Meteor Man is a 1993 American superhero comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Robert Townsend with supporting roles done by Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume, James ...more