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The Funniest Quotes From 'Coming to America'

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The best quotes from Coming to America make you realize how funny the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest Coming to America quotes, with the help of your votes. Starring Eddie Murphy, Paul Bates, and Garcelle Beauvais, Coming to America was directed by John Landis and released in 1988.

What are your favorite lines from Coming to America? One of the memorable one-liners was when Prince Akeem said, "No journey is too great when one finds what he seeks." Another great line from Coming to America is, "Wrong. You are a Prince who has never tied his shoes. Believe me. I tied my own shoes once. It is an overrated experience." spoken by King Jaffe Joffer who is played by James Earl Jones.

Vote up your top quotes from Coming to America, regardless of which character they come from.

  • 1

    Good Morning

    Prince Akeem:  Behold, Semmi. Life. Real life! A thing that we have been denied for far too long! (shouts from balcony) Good morning, my neighbors!!

    Neighbor: Hey, f*ck you!

    Prince Akeem:  (very excited and happy) Yes, yes. F*ck you too!


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  • 2

    Unchanging Hands

    Reverend Brown: Now I want you to reach onto God's unchanging hand. He helped Joshua fight the Battle of Jericho. He helped Daniel escape the lion's den. He helped Gilligan get off the island.


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  • 3

    He Did Not

    Clarence: You know, Sweets, I met Dr. Martin Luther King once.

    Sweets: You lyin'. You ain't never met Dr. Martin Luther King.

    Clarence: Yeah, I met Dr. Martin Luther King in 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee. I walkin' down the street minding my own business, just walking on. Feelin' good. I walk around the corner, a man walk up, hit me in my chest, right. I fall on the ground, right. And I look up and it's Dr. Martin Luther King. I said 'Dr. King?' and he said 'Ooops, I thought you were somebody else.'

    Sweets: Oh man, you lyin'. You ain't never met Martin Luther the King.

    Clarence: Knocked the wind out of me, yes he did.

    Sweets: No, he didn't.

    Clarence: Yes, he did.

    Sweets: No, he did not!


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  • 4

    Stay Off Drugs

    Prince Akeem: Sir, did you happen to catch the professional football contest on television last night?

    Cleo McDowell: No, I didn't.

    Prince Akeem: Oh sir, the Giants of New York took on the Packers of Green Bay. And in the end, the Giants triumphed by kicking an oblong ball made of pigskin through a big "H." It was a most ripping victory.

    Cleo McDowell: Son, I'm only going to tell you this one time.

    Prince Akeem: Yes?

    Cleo McDowell: If you want to keep working here, stay off the drugs.

    Prince Akeem: Yes.


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