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The Best Eddie Murphy Movies 

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List Rules Vote 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.

 

Eddie Murphy is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Brett Ratner, Tony Scott and Brian Robbins. Eddie Murphy has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Mike Myers and Ben Stiller in terms of fame and success.

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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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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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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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Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Annette O'Toole

Released: 1982

Directed by: Walter Hill

48 Hrs. is a 1982 American action comedy film directed by Walter Hill, starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy as a cop and convict, respectively, who team up to catch a cop-killer. The title ...more

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Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Gilbert Gottfried

Released: 1987

Directed by: Tony Scott

Beverly Hills Cop II is a 1987 action comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Tony Scott. It is the first sequel in the Beverly Hills Cop series. Murphy returns as Detroit police ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

Released: 2001

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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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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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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Eddie Murphy

Released: 1983

Directed by: Bruce Gowers

Delirious is a stand-up comedy television special starring Eddie Murphy. The 70-minute show, released in 1983, showcases his most racy material. It was recorded on August 17, 1983 at DAR ...more
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Samuel L. Jackson, Tatyana Ali, Kim Wayans

Released: 1987

Directed by: Robert Townsend

Eddie Murphy Raw is an American stand-up comedy film directed by Robert Townsend and starring Eddie Murphy. It was Murphy's second feature stand-up film, following Eddie Murphy Delirious. ...more
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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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Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

Released: 1992

Directed by: Reginald Hudlin

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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Eddie Murphy, Charles Dance, Frank Welker

Released: 1986

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

The Golden Child is a 1986 fantasy comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Eddie Murphy as Chandler Jarrell, who is informed that he is "The Chosen One" and is destined to ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated, comedy film directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon. It is the sequel to 2001's Shrek and the second installment in the series. ...more

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Eddie Murphy, Lacey Chabert, Elle Fanning

Released: 2003

Directed by: Steve Carr

Daddy Day Care is a 2003 American comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and co-starring Jeff Garlin, Steve Zahn, Regina King, Anjelica Huston and Lacey Chabert. Written by Geoff Rodkey and directed ...more

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Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

Released: 1998

Directed by: Betty Thomas

Dr. Dolittle is a 1998 American family comedy film starring Eddie Murphy as a doctor who discovers that he has the ability to talk to animals. The film was inspired by the series of children's ...more

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Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Tisha Campbell-Martin

Released: 1990

Directed by: Walter Hill

Another 48 Hrs. is a 1990 action comedy film and a sequel to the 1982 film 48 Hrs.. It was directed by Walter Hill and stars Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Brion James, Andrew Divoff, and Ed O'Ross. ...more

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Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. The 36th animated feature in the Walt ...more

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Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bill Condon

Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical drama film, directed by Bill Condon and jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. The film debuted in three special road ...more

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Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Wanda Sykes

Released: 2000

Directed by: Peter Segal

The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps is a 2000 American romantic comic science fiction film directed by Peter Segal. It is a sequel to the 1996 film The Nutty Professor and stars Eddie Murphy. As ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Murphy

Released: 2007

Directed by: Chris Miller, Raman Hui

Shrek the Third is a 2007 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film, and the third installment in the Shrek franchise. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and is the first in the series ...more

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Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Released: 2007

Directed by: Brian Robbins

Norbit is a 2007 American romantic comedy film directed by Brian Robbins, and written and produced by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Thandie Newton, Terry Crews, ...more

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Kate Upton, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

Released: 2011

Directed by: Brett Ratner

This film is a 2011 American comedy film directed by Brett Ratner. The plot follows Josh Kovaks (Ben Stiller), Charlie Gibbs (Casey Affleck) and Enrique Dev'reaux (Michael Peña), ...more
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Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham

Released: 1999

Directed by: Frank Oz

Bowfinger is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It depicts a down-and-out filmmaker in Hollywood attempting to make a film on a small budget with a star who does not know that he ...more

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Eddie Murphy, James Garner, Charles S. Dutton

Released: 1992

Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

The Distinguished Gentleman is a comedy starring Eddie Murphy. The film was directed by Jonathan Lynn. In addition to Murphy, the film stars Lane Smith, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Joe Don Baker, James ...more

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