Film 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 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.

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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
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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689 147
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
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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610 125
Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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570 120
Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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362 57
Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
CrystalPayne added 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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374 78
Harlem Nights is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall
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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260 38
A Madea Family Funeral is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely
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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336 65
What Men Want is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Max Greenfield
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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262 39
Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
CrystalPayne added 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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421 105
Barbershop is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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267 43
Don't Be a Menace to South Cen... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added 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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251 40
Friday After Next is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added 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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885 314
Girls Trip is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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221 31
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
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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334 78
House Party is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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463 152
White Chicks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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269 63
Blue Streak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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265 65
The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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286 81
How High is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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214 45
Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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142 19
Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Jay Rizzo added 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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223 59
Money Talks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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203 49
Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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104 10
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
Yaseen“Yas”Amin added Louis C.K., James Earl Jones, Martin Lawrence
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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356 134
Think Like A Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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.