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The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made

Updated October 7, 2020 36.7k votes 6.4k voters 465.9k views87 items

List RulesVote 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 famous 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
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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 Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Next Friday

    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker

    Released2000

    Directed bySteve Carr

    Next Friday is a 2000 American stoner comedy film, and the sequel to the 1995 film Friday.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Life is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Life

    Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery

    Released1999

    Directed byTed Demme

    Life is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written by Robert Ramsey & Matthew Stone and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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 Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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 Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Don't Be a Menace to South Cen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made

    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 Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Friday After Next is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Friday After Next

    Ice Cube, Terry Crews

    Released2002

    Directed byMarcus Raboy

    Friday After Next is a 2002 comedy film directed by Marcus Raboy, starring Ice Cube and Mike... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Harlem Nights is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Harlem Nights

    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor

    Released1989

    Directed byEddie Murphy

    Harlem Nights is a 1989 comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Bad Boys II

    Megan Fox, Will Smith

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Bad Boys II is a 2003 American action-comedy film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    House Party is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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 Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Rush Hour 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Rush Hour 2

    Maggie Q, Jackie Chan

    Released2001

    Directed byBrett Ratner

    Rush Hour 2 is a 2001 martial arts buddy action comedy film. This is the second installment in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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 Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Barbershop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Barbershop

    Ice Cube, Eve

    Released2002

    Directed byTim Story

    Barbershop is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Tim Story, produced by State Street... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

    Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Blue Streak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Blue Streak

    Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle

    Released1999

    Directed byLes Mayfield

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    White Chicks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    White Chicks

    Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans

    Released2004

    Directed byKeenen Ivory Wayans

    White Chicks is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. FBI agents Kevin... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Money Talks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Money Talks

    Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear

    Released1997

    Directed byBrett Ratner

    Money Talks is a 1997 American action comedy film directed by Brett Ratner, starring Chris... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Trading Places is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Trading Places

    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    How High is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    How High

    Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan

    Released2001

    Directed byJesse Dylan

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    Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins

    Louis C.K., James Earl Jones

    Released2008

    Directed byMalcolm D. Lee

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    Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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 Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Norbit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Norbit

    Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton

    Released2007

    Directed byBrian Robbins

    Norbit is a 2007 American romantic comedy film directed by Brian Robbins, and written and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Girls Trip is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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    Girls Trip

    Regina Hall, Queen Latifah

    Released2017

    Directed byMalcolm D. Lee

    Girls Trip is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee. It follows a group of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Thin Line Between Love and H is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made
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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 Wikipediaamazon buy button
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