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The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made 

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Updated June 23, 2020 30.1k votes 6.2k voters 457.9k views 86 items

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 of the best Black comedies 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 or best Black horror movies.

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Friday is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

Released: 1995

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

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
Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Landis

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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After A Contentious Six-Month Production, It's A Miracle 'Coming To America' Even Exists #6 of 630 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #34 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

Released: 1999

Directed by: Ted Demme

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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Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brett Ratner

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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Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
CrystalPayne added Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steve Carr

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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Girls Trip is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish

Released: 2017

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

Girls Trip is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee. It follows a group of four friends who go to New Orleans on a retreat in an effort to reconnect.

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White Chicks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Jaime King

Released: 2004

Directed by: Keenen Ivory Wayans

White Chicks is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. FBI agents Kevin (Shawn Wayans) and Marcus Copeland (Marlon Wayans) don whiteface to go undercover as white women in ...more

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Harlem Nights is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

Released: 1989

Directed by: Eddie Murphy

Harlem Nights is a 1989 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 brother ...more

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Barbershop is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar

Released: 2002

Directed by: Tim Story

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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Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
CrystalPayne added Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

Released: 1995

Directed by: Michael Bay

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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Friday After Next is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

Released: 2002

Directed by: Marcus Raboy

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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The Funniest Quotes From 'Friday After Next' #68 of 630 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #66 of 226 The Worst Sequels Of All Time

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Don't Be a Menace to Sou... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

Released: 1996

Directed by: Paris Barclay

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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House Party is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady

Released: 1990

Directed by: Reginald Hudlin

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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Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
CrystalPayne added Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

Released: 2003

Directed by: Michael Bay

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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The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

Released: 1996

Directed by: Tom Shadyac

The Nutty Professor is a 1996 American slapstick science-fiction comedy film directed by Tom Shadyac, and a remake of the 1963 film, which starred Jerry Lewis. Grossly overweight yet ...more

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How High is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jesse Dylan

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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Blue Streak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Octavia Spencer

Released: 1999

Directed by: Les Mayfield

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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Money Talks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Chris Tucker

Released: 1997

Directed by: Brett Ratner

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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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

Released: 1984

Directed by: Martin Brest

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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What Men Want is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Max Greenfield

Released: 2019

Directed by: Adam Shankman

What Men Want is a 2019 romantic fantasy-comedy film directed by Adam Shankman. A woman (Taraji P. Henson) is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge ...more
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Think Like A Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Rowland

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tim Story

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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Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1983

Directed by: John Landis

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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Rush Hour 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Rachel Vilt added Maggie Q, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi

Released: 2001

Directed by: Brett Ratner

Rush Hour 2 is a 2001 martial arts buddy action comedy film. This is the second installment in the Rush Hour series. A sequel to the 1998 film Rush Hour, the film stars Jackie Chan and Chris ...more

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A Madea Family Funeral ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral is 2019 American comedy film written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry. It is the eleventh and reportedly final installment of the Madea film series. ...more
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Welcome Home, Roscoe Jen... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Yaseen“Yas”Amin added Louis C.K., James Earl Jones, Martin Lawrence

Released: 2008

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins is a 2008 American comedy film written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film features an ensemble cast featuring: Martin ...more

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