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

Updated August 1, 2019 1.1k votes 123 voters 8.0k 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 America1
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    Coming to America

    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Coming to America is a 1988 American comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story...  more
  • The Parent Trap2
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    9

    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and...  more
  • Mulan3
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    6

    Mulan

    Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Bancroft, Barry Cook

    Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney...  more
  • Mrs. Doubtfire4
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    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

    Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the...  more
  • 21 Jump Street5
    33
    9

    21 Jump Street

    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum

    Released2012

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

    21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher...  more
  • 22 Jump Street6
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    22 Jump Street

    Channing Tatum, Anna Faris

    Released2014

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

    22 Jump Street is a 2014 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller,...  more
  • Sister Act7
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    Sister Act

    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith

    Released1992

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Sister Act is a 1992 American musical comedy film directed by Emile Ardolino and written by...  more
  • Miss Congeniality8
    26
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    Miss Congeniality

    Sandra Bullock, William Shatner

    Released2000

    Directed byDonald Petrie

    Miss Congeniality is a 2000 comedy film directed by Donald Petrie, written by Marc Lawrence,...  more
  • She's the Man9
    26
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    She's the Man

    Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum

    Released2006

    Directed byAndy Fickman

    She's the Man is a 2006 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Fickman, inspired by...  more
  • Tootsie10
    24
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    Tootsie

    Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1982

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy-drama film that tells the story of a talented but volatile...  more
  • Dave11
    22
    6

    Dave

    Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1993

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Dave is a 1993 American political comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman. To avoid a potentially...  more
  • Some Like It Hot12
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    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon

    Released1959

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder,...  more
  • White Chicks13
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    White Chicks

    Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans

    Released2004

    Directed byKeenen Ivory Wayans

    White Chicks is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. FBI agents Kevin...  more
  • Weekend at Bernie's14
    17
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    Weekend at Bernie's

    Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman

    Released1989

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    Weekend at Bernie's is a dark comedy film written by Robert Klane and directed by Ted...  more
  • Aladdin15
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    Aladdin

    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried

    Released1992

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature...  more
  • Galaxy Quest16
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    Galaxy Quest

    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman

    Released1999

    Directed byDean Parisot

    Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot...  more
  • Catch Me If You Can17
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    Catch Me If You Can

    Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of...  more
  • While You Were Sleeping18
    13
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    While You Were Sleeping

    Sandra Bullock, Monica Keena

    Released1995

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    While You Were Sleeping is a 1995 romantic comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub and written...  more
  • The Birdcage19
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    The Birdcage

    Robin Williams, Gene Hackman

    Released1996

    Directed byMike Nichols

    The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, and a remake of the 1978...  more
  • The Importance of Being Earnest20
    12
    6

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench

    Released2002

    Directed byOliver Parker

    The Importance of Being Earnest is a 2002 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed...  more
  • Working Girl21
    14
    9

    Working Girl

    Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford

    Released1988

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike...  more
  • Big Momma's House22
    13
    8

    Big Momma's House

    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence

    Released2000

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    Big Momma's House is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by Darryl...  more
  • Maid in Manhattan23
    11
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    Maid in Manhattan

    Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2002

    Directed byWayne Wang

    Maid in Manhattan is a 2002 romantic comedy film directed by Wayne Wang about a hotel maid and...  more
  • Just One of the Guys24
    13
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    Just One of the Guys

    Sherilyn Fenn, William Zabka

    Released1985

    Directed byLisa Gottlieb

    Just One of the Guys is a 1985 comedy film, directed by Lisa Gottlieb. The film is marketed...  more
  • Bowfinger25
    11
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    Bowfinger

    Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Oz

    Bowfinger is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It depicts a down-and-out...  more