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

Updated August 1, 2019 1.1k votes 116 voters 7.6k 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
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Parent Trap
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Mulan
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • 4
    21 Jump Street
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    8

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Mrs. Doubtfire
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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 on Wikipedia
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    22 Jump Street
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    22 Jump Street

    Channing Tatum, Anna Faris

    Released2014

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

    22 Jump Street is a 2014 action comedy film written by Oren Uziel and directed by Phil Lord... more on Wikipedia
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    Sister Act
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 8
    She's the Man
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Miss Congeniality
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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 on Wikipedia
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    While You Were Sleeping
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
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    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Steve Martin, Michael Caine

    Released1988

    Directed byFrank Oz

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Frank Oz, and a remake of... more on Wikipedia
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    Tootsie
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Dave
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Some Like It Hot
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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 on Wikipedia
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    ¡Three Amigos!
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    ¡Three Amigos!

    Chevy Chase, Steve Martin

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Landis

    ¡Three Amigos! is a 1986 American comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Lorne... more on Wikipedia
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    Weekend at Bernie's
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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 on Wikipedia
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    White Chicks
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Aladdin
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Galaxy Quest
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Lady Eve
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    The Lady Eve

    Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck

    Released1941

    Directed byPreston Sturges

    The Lady Eve is a 1941 American screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Superbad
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    Superbad

    Emma Stone, Seth Rogen

    Released2007

    Directed byGreg Mottola

    Superbad is a 2007 American teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jonah Hill... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Roman Holiday
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    Roman Holiday

    Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck

    Released1953

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Roman Holiday is a 1953 American romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler. It... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    The Tuxedo
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    The Tuxedo

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jackie Chan

    Released2002

    Directed byKevin Donovan

    The Tuxedo is a 2002 American comedy–action film directed by Kevin Donovan and starring Jackie... more on Wikipedia
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    The Birdcage
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Catch Me If You Can
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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 on Wikipedia