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

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List Rules Vote 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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Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy film, starring Robin Williams and Sally Field and based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. It was directed by Chris Columbus and ...more

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei 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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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and produced and co-written by Charles Shyer. It is the second adaptation of Erich Kästner's German ...more

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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones 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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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube 21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, executive produced by and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and scripted by Michael ...more

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Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel Sister Act is a 1992 American comedy film released by Touchstone Pictures. Directed by Emile Ardolino, it features musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman and stars Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno lounge ...more

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She's the Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lucas She's the Man is a 2006 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Fickman, inspired by William Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night. The film stars Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, ...more

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22 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Channing Tatum, Anna Faris, Queen Latifah 22 Jump Street is a 2014 action comedy film written by Oren Uziel and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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Some Like It Hot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in ...more

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Tootsie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy-drama film that tells the story of a talented but volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman to land a ...more

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White Chicks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter White Chicks is a 2004 American buddy cop comedy film written, produced and directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, and also written and produced by Wayans brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans, who also ...more

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The Birdcage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Hank Azaria The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film, directed by Mike Nichols and stars Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, and Dianne Wiest. Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, and ...more

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Date Night is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Mila Kunis, Olivia Munn, Tina Fey Date Night is a 2010 comedy crime film directed by Shawn Levy and starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey. It was released in the United States on April 9, 2010. For a time it was marketed as Crazy ...more

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Weekend at Bernie's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Skeet Ulrich Weekend at Bernie's is a dark comedy film written by Robert Klane and directed by Ted Kotcheff. The film stars Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman as young insurance corporation employees who ...more

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Miss Congeniality is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Sandra Bullock, William Shatner, Michael Caine Miss Congeniality is a 2000 comedy film directed by Donald Petrie, written by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford and Caryn Lucas, starring Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt and Candice

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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and written by David Howard and Robert Gordon. The film follows the adventures of a troupe of actors ...more

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Just One of the Guys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Sherilyn Fenn, William Zabka, Joyce Hyser Just One of the Guys is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Lisa Gottlieb. The film is marketed with the tagline "Terri Griffith is about to go where no woman has gone before." It ranked ...more

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Dave is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella Dave is a 1993 American political comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman. To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner (Kevin ...more

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Superbad is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill Superbad is a 2007 American teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. The film was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who began working on the ...more

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Blue Streak is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Octavia Spencer Blue Streak is a 1999 film, directed by Les Mayfield with Martin Lawrence. The director has also directed other famous films, including the remake of Miracle on Thirty-fourth Street in 1994. In ...more

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Frances Conroy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Frank Oz and starring Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenne Headly. The screenplay was written by Dale Launer, Stanley ...more

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Working Girl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike Nichols. It tells the story of a Staten Island-raised secretary, Tess McGill, working in the mergers ...more

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Big Momma's House is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long Big Momma's House is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by Darryl Quarles and Don Rhymer, and starring Martin Lawrence as FBI agent Malcolm Turner. The majority of the ...more

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¡Three Amigos! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Phil Hartman ¡Three Amigos! is a 1986 American comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and Randy Newman. The plot is loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film ...more

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Bowfinger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham 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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A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by ...more

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The Tuxedo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jackie Chan, Jason Isaacs The Tuxedo is a 2002 American comedy–action film directed by Kevin Donovan and starring Jackie Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt. It is a spy spoof that involves a special tuxedo that grants its ...more

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Maid in Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins Maid in Manhattan is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Wayne Wang about a hotel maid and a high profile politician who fall in love starring Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, and Natasha ...more

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Connie and Carla is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
David Duchovny, Debbie Reynolds, Toni Collette Connie and Carla is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Michael Lembeck and starring Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, and David Duchovny. The screenplay was written by Vardalos. The film was ...more

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The Lady Eve is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Coburn The Lady Eve is a 1941 American screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges which stars Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. The film is based on a story by Monckton Hoffe about a ...more

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Desperately Seeking Susan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, John Turturro Desperately Seeking Susan is a 1985 American comedy-drama film directed by Susan Seidelman and starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna.

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a 2005 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written and directed by Shane Black, and starring Robert Downey, Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan and Corbin Bernsen. The ...more

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The Great Dictator is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Billy Gilbert The Great Dictator is a 1940 American satirical political comedy-drama film starring, written, produced, scored, and directed by Charlie Chaplin, following the tradition of many of his other ...more

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Ladybugs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Rodney Dangerfield, Tommy Lasorda, Jonathan Brandis Ladybugs is a sports-comedy family film released in 1992 starring Rodney Dangerfield and directed by Sidney J. Furie. Dangerfield plays a businessman who takes over a girls soccer team which the ...more

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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian, who ...more

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The Importance of Being Earnes... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Colin Firth The Importance of Being Earnest is a 2002 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Oliver Parker, based on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners play The Importance of Being ...more

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While You Were Sleeping is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Sandra Bullock, Monica Keena, Bill Pullman While You Were Sleeping is a 1995 romantic comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub and written by Daniel G. Sullivan and Frederic Lebow. It stars Sandra Bullock as Lucy, a Chicago Transit ...more

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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner crime comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los ...more

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Let's Be Cops is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Nina Dobrev, Andy Garcia, Natasha Leggero Let's Be Cops is a 2014 American buddy cop comedy film written and directed by Luke Greenfield, and co-written with Nicholas Thomas. The film stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr. as two ...more

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Roman Holiday is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert Roman Holiday is a 1953 American romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler. It stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess out to see Rome on her own. ...more

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Being There is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden Being There is a 1979 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby. Adapted from the 1970 novella by Jerzy Kosinski, the screenplay was written by Kosinski and the uncredited Robert C. ...more

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Sorority Boys is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Brian Posehn, Michael Rosenbaum, Heather Matarazzo Sorority Boys is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Wallace Wolodarsky, about a group of college guys who dress up as women in order to prove their innocence for a crime they did not

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Keanu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Keanu is a 2016 American action comedy film directed by Peter Atencio. The film stars Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key as cousins searching for a kitten who was stolen from a drug dealre. The ...more

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Twin Dragons is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Movies About People Who Are Pretending to Be Someone Else
Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, David Chiang Twin Dragons is a 1992 Hong Kong action comedy film directed by Ringo Lam and Tsui Hark, and starring Jackie Chan in two roles as a pair of twin brothers. A blockbuster Telugu film titled Hello ...more