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The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else

Updated August 1, 2019 1.1k votes 125 voters 8.9k views46 items

List RulesVote up the best comedies in which a character is going through the world under an assumed identity.

This list contains information on the best comedy movies about people who are pretending to be someone else, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best funny assumed identity films come in many forms. Some good assumed identity comedies are about sports while other good films about assumed identities are about going undercover. Many of the best movies about assumed identities star hilarious comedians.

What films will you find on this top assumed identities comedies list? Coming to America has to be near the top. Eddie Murphy is hilarious in this comedy about a royal prince who comes to the United States to find a bride that is not aware of his royal status. Arsenio Hall co-stars in the 1988 movie which was directed by John Landis. Mrs. Doubtfire is another funny movie about someone pretending to be someone else.

In Tootsie, Dustin Hoffman plays an actor who assumes a new identity – as a woman – in order to get more roles. Other funny assumed identity movies featured on this list include Sister Act, Big Momma's House, and Date Night. Do you have a favorite assumed identity comedy? Give the best movies a thumbs up and please add any good films we may have missed.

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    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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    Mulan

    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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    21 Jump Street

    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum
    21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher...  more
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    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid
    The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and...  more
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    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan
    Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the...  more
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    Sister Act

    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith
    Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by...  more
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    Miss Congeniality

    Sandra Bullock, William Shatner
    Miss Congeniality is a 2000 comedy film directed by Donald Petrie, written by Marc Lawrence,...  more
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    22 Jump Street

    Channing Tatum, Anna Faris
    22 Jump Street is a 2014 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller,...  more
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    She's the Man

    Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum
    She's the Man is a 2006 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Fickman, inspired by...  more
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    Tootsie

    Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman
    Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy-drama film that tells the story of a talented but volatile...  more
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    Dave

    Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver
    Dave is a 1993 American political comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman. To avoid a potentially...  more
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    White Chicks

    Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans
    White Chicks is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. FBI agents Kevin...  more
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    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon
    Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder,...  more
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    Aladdin

    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried
    Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature...  more
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    Weekend at Bernie's

    Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman
    Weekend at Bernie's is a dark comedy film written by Robert Klane and directed by Ted...  more
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    While You Were Sleeping

    Sandra Bullock, Monica Keena
    While You Were Sleeping is a 1995 romantic comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub and written...  more
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    The Birdcage

    Robin Williams, Gene Hackman
    The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, and a remake of the 1978...  more
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    Galaxy Quest

    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman
    Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot...  more
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    Catch Me If You Can

    Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio
    Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of...  more
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    The Importance of Being Earnest

    Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench
    The Importance of Being Earnest is a 2002 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed...  more
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    Just One of the Guys

    Sherilyn Fenn, William Zabka
    Just One of the Guys is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Lisa Gottlieb. The film is marketed...  more
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    Big Momma's House

    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence
    Big Momma's House is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by Darryl...  more
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    Working Girl

    Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford
    Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike...  more
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    ¡Three Amigos!

    Chevy Chase, Steve Martin
    ¡Three Amigos! is a 1986 American comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Lorne...  more
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    A Bug's Life

    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale
    A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar...  more