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

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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  • 1
    Robin Williams, Sally Field
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    9

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Troubled that he has little access to his children, divorced Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) hatches an elaborate plan. With help from his creative brother Frank (Harvey Fierstein), he dresses as an  ...more
  • 2
    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid
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    11

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    In this update of a 1961 film, twins Annie and Hallie (Lindsay Lohan) are strangers until happenstance unites them. The preteen girls' divorced parents, Nick (Dennis Quaid) and Elizabeth (Natasha  ...more
  • 3
    Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall
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    8

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) is the prince of a wealthy African country and wants for nothing, except a wife who will love him in spite of his title. To escape an arranged marriage, Akeem flees to  ...more
  • 4
    Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum
    38
    10

    Released2012

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

    When cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) join the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go under cover as high-school students. They trade in their guns and  ...more
  • 5
    Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen
    35
    9

    Released1998

    Directed byBarry Cook, Tony Bancroft

    Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes his spot -- though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to  ...more
  • 6
    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith
    35
    11

    Released1992

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    When lively lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) sees her mobster beau, Vince LaRocca (Harvey Keitel), commit murder, she is relocated for her protection. Set up in the guise of a nun  ...more
  • 7
    Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine
    30
    7

    Released2000

    Directed byDonald Petrie

    When a terrorist threatens to bomb the Miss United States pageant, the FBI rushes to find a female agent to go under cover as a contestant. Unfortunately, Gracie is the only female FBI agent who can  ...more
  • 8
    Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum
    31
    12

    Released2014

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

    Although they made their way through high school successfully, an investigation at a local college brings big changes for undercover officers Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill). When  ...more
  • 9
    Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
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    9

    Released1959

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising  ...more
  • 10
    Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver
    25
    6

    Released1993

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Shifty White House chief of staff Bob Alexander (Frank Langella) hatches a scheme to use a double for the president (Kevin Kline) at a public photo opportunity. Small business owner Dave Kovic  ...more
  • 11
    Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange
    24
    9

    Released1982

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    New York actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is a talented perfectionist who is so hard on himself and others that his agent (Sydney Pollack) can no longer find work for him. After a soap opera  ...more
  • 12
    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried
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    16

    Released1992

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    When street rat Aladdin frees a genie from a lamp, he finds his wishes granted. However, he soon finds that the evil has other plans for the lamp -- and for Princess Jasmine. But can Aladdin save  ...more
  • 13
    Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum
    30
    17

    Released2006

    Directed byAndy Fickman

    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, and  ...more
  • 14
    Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans
    30
    19

    Released2004

    Directed byKeenen Ivory Wayans

    Two FBI agent brothers, Marcus (Marlon Wayans) and Kevin Copeland (Shawn Wayans), accidentally foil a drug bust. As punishment, they are forced to escort a pair of socialites (Maitland Ward, Anne  ...more
  • 15
    Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver
    24
    14

    Released1999

    Directed byDean Parisot

    The stars of a 1970s sci-fi show - now scraping a living through re-runs and sci-fi conventions - are beamed aboard an alien spacecraft. Believing the cast's heroic on-screen dramas are historical  ...more
  • 16
    DeborahTragasz addedTom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio
    13
    1

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by  ...more
  • 17
    Robin Williams, Gene Hackman
    21
    13

    Released1996

    Directed byMike Nichols

    The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, and a remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian film La Cage aux Folles by Édouard Molinaro. A gay cabaret owner (Robin Williams) and his  ...more
  • 18
    Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford
    17
    9

    Released1988

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Savvy New York City receptionist Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) gives her conniving boss, Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), an excellent business tip, but Katharine simply steals the idea without  ...more
  • 19
    Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman
    21
    14

    Released1989

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    Fun-loving salesmen Richard (Jonathan Silverman) and Larry (Andrew McCarthy) are invited by their boss, Bernie (Terry Kiser), to stay the weekend at his posh beach house. Little do they know that  ...more
  • 20
    Joyce Hyser, Clayton Rohner
    16
    9

    Released1985

    Directed byLisa Gottlieb

    When Terry Griffith (Joyce Hyser) loses her high school's writing competition, she's convinced that it's because she's a girl. So Terry decides to change high schools and pose as a boy to prove her  ...more
  • 21
    Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman
    18
    12

    Released1995

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Lonely transit worker Lucy Eleanor Moderatz (Sandra Bullock) pulls her longtime crush, Peter (Peter Gallagher), from the path of an oncoming train. At the hospital, doctors report that he's in a  ...more
  • 22
    Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy
    13
    6

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Oz

    On the verge of bankruptcy and desperate for his big break, aspiring filmmaker Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) concocts a crazy plan to make his ultimate dream movie. Rallying a ragtag team that  ...more
  • 23
    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale
    13
    6

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

    Flik (Dave Foley) is an inventive ant who's always messing things up for his colony. His latest mishap was destroying the food stores that were supposed to be used to pay off grasshopper Hopper  ...more
  • 24
    Chevy Chase, Steve Martin
    14
    7

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Landis

    ¡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 Seven  ...more
  • 25
    Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson
    12
    6

    Released1999

    Directed byLes Mayfield

    When a heist goes wrong, thief Miles (Martin Lawrence) hides a diamond at a construction site before he's arrested. After serving two years, Miles returns to the location of his treasure and finds it  ...more