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The Best Eddie Murphy Movies

Updated April 19, 2021 8.4k votes 1.5k voters 88.2k views45 items

List RulesVote for your favorite Eddie Murphy movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

Here is the list of the best Eddie Murphy movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Eddie Murphy got his start appearing on Saturday Night Live in the early-1980s, and it wasn't long before he was starring in his own featured films. Eddie Murphy's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of this Eddie Murphy movies list is decided by how many votes each film receives, so only his most highly rated movies will be at the top. Eddie Murphy has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what his greatest movie of all time is... so if you and a friend are arguing about this, then use this list to end the squabble once and for all.

As of 2014, Eddie Murphy's movies have grossed over $3.8 billion in the United States and Canada box office, and $6.6 billion worldwide. Known for playing multiple characters in comedy hits like The Nutty Professor and his voice role as Donkey in the Shrek films, Eddie Murphy is one of the most successful comedians of all time. 

If you think the best Eddie Murphy role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Eddie Murphy performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list of films include Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America, and many additional films as well, and answers the questions, "What are the best Eddie Murphy movies?" and "What are the greatest Eddie Murphy roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Murphy's humor, you might also enjoy our list of best Dan Aykroyd movies and best Chris Rock movies.



  • 1

    Trading Places

    Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis
    Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd...  more

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  • 2

    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans
    Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring...  more

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  • 3

    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson
    Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story...  more

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  • 4

    48 Hrs.

    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte
    48 Hrs. is a 1982 American action comedy film directed by Walter Hill, starring Nick Nolte and...  more

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  • 5

    Beverly Hills Cop II

    Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock
    Beverly Hills Cop II is a 1987 action comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Tony...  more

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    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy
    Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks,...  more

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  • 7
    Delirious is a stand-up comedy television special starring Eddie Murphy. The 70-minute show,...  more
  • 8

    The Nutty Professor

    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith
    The Nutty Professor is a 1996 American slapstick science-fiction comedy film directed by Tom...  more

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  • 9

    Shrek 2

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy
    Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated, comedy film directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly...  more

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  • 10


    Samuel L. Jackson, Tatyana Ali
    Eddie Murphy Raw is an American stand-up comedy film directed by Robert Townsend and starring...  more

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  • 11

    The Golden Child

    Eddie Murphy, Charles Dance
    The Golden Child is a 1986 fantasy comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Eddie...  more

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  • 12


    Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery
    Life is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written by Robert Ramsey & Matthew Stone and...  more

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  • 13

    Another 48 Hrs.

    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte
    Another 48 Hrs. is a 1990 action comedy film and a sequel to the 1982 film 48 Hrs.. It was...  more
  • 14

    Harlem Nights

    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor
    Harlem Nights is a 1989 comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor and directed by...  more

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  • 15


    Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy
    Boomerang is a 1992 American romantic comedy film directed by Reginald Hudlin. The film stars...  more

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  • 16

    Daddy Day Care

    Eddie Murphy, Lacey Chabert
    Daddy Day Care is a 2003 American comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and co-starring Jeff...  more

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  • 17

    Dr. Dolittle

    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres
    Dr. Dolittle is a 1998 American family comedy film starring Eddie Murphy as a doctor who...  more

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  • 18


    Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen
    Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney...  more

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  • 19


    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy
    Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical drama film, directed by Bill Condon and jointly produced...  more

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  • 20

    Shrek the Third

    Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake
    Shrek the Third is a 2007 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film, and the third...  more

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  • 21


    Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy
    Bowfinger is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It depicts a down-and-out...  more

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  • 22

    Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

    Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson
    The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps is a 2000 American romantic comic science fiction film...  more

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  • 23

    Shrek Forever After

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy
    Shrek Forever After is a 2010 action animated film written by Tim Sullivan and Josh Klausner...  more

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  • 24


    Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton
    Norbit is a 2007 American romantic comedy film directed by Brian Robbins, and written and...  more

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  • 25

    The Distinguished Gentleman

    Eddie Murphy, James Garner
    The Distinguished Gentleman is a comedy starring Eddie Murphy. The film was directed by...  more

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