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The Best Martin Lawrence Movies

Updated October 15, 2019 6.2k votes 1.3k voters 153.4k views30 items

List RulesVote for your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

This list of the best Martin Lawrence movies is ranked best to worst and includes movie trailers when available. Martin Lawrence has been captivating fans since he made his cinematic debut in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. The order of this Martin Lawrence movies list is decided by how many votes they receive, so only his most highly rated films will be at the top. 

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Martin Lawrence movies?" and "What are the greatest Martin Lawrence roles of all time?" So which comedian does he feed off the best? Do you like the movies where Martin Lawrence teams up with Eddie Murphy, or the ones where he costars with Will Smith? His old movies or his newest flicks? This Martin Lawrence filmography includes Bad Boys and Big Momma's House, but it's up to fans like you to decide upon the best.  If you think Martin Lawrence's funniest role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. 

If you are a fan of Martin Lawrence's ability to combine comedy and action, you might want to check out our list of the best Will Smith movies and best Chris Tucker movies.

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  • Blue Streak1
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    Blue Streak

    Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle

    Released1999

    Directed byLes Mayfield

    Blue Streak is a 1999 film, directed by Les Mayfield with Martin Lawrence. The director has...  more

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    Bad Boys

    Will Smith, Téa Leoni

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Bad Boys is a 1995 American action comedy film produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer,...  more

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    #215 of 450 The Best Movies For Guys#88 of 247 The Best Whodunit Movies

  • House Party 23
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    House Party 2

    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence

    Released1991

    Directed byDoug McHenry, George Jackson

    House Party 2, the sequel to the 1990 film House Party, was released in October 1991 by New...  more

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    #92 of 141 The Best College Movies Ever#55 of 82 The Greatest Party Movies Ever Made

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    Bad Boys II

    Megan Fox, Will Smith

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Bad Boys II is a 2003 American action-comedy film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry...  more

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  • You So Crazy5
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    You So Crazy

    Martin Lawrence

    Released1994

    Directed byThomas Schlamme

    You So Crazy is a stand up comedy film starring Martin Lawrence. It was his first major film...  more
  • Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat6
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    Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat

    Nancy O'Dell, Dayna Devon

    Released2002

    Directed byDavid Raynr

    Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat is a 2002 stand-up comedy film starring Martin Lawrence, and...  more
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    Life

    Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery

    Released1999

    Directed byTed Demme

    Life is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written by Robert Ramsey & Matthew Stone and...  more

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    #1073 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies#3 of 24 The Funniest Movies About Jail

  • National Security8
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    National Security

    Martin Lawrence, Eric Roberts

    Released2003

    Directed byDennis Dugan

    National Security is a 2003 action comedy film, directed by Dennis Dugan, starring Martin...  more

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    #43 of 61 The Best Buddy Cop Movies#508 of 625 The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time

  • Nothing to Lose9
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    Nothing to Lose

    Kelly Preston, Tim Robbins

    Released1997

    Directed bySteve Oedekerk

    Nothing to Lose is a 1997 comedy film starring Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins. The film was...  more

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    #28 of 32 Movies That Have Spiders In Them#21 of 51 The Best Action Movies of 1997

  • Big Momma's House10
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    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

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    #18 of 57 The Funniest Movies About Cops#127 of 165 The Funniest Slapstick Movies Ever Made

  • Rebound11
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    Rebound

    Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally

    Released2005

    Directed bySteve Carr

    Rebound is a 2005 comedy film directed by Steve Carr and starring Martin Lawrence as a...  more

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    #311 of 661 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#104 of 144 The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made

  • A Thin Line Between Love and Hate12
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    A Thin Line Between Love and Hate

    Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan

    Released1996

    Directed byMartin Lawrence

    A Thin Line Between Love and Hate is a 1996 American dark comedy-romance film that was...  more

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    #17 of 101 The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked#32 of 65 The Best Black Comedy Movies Of The '90s

  • Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins13
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    Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins

    Louis C.K., James Earl Jones

    Released2008

    Directed byMalcolm D. Lee

    Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins is a 2008 American comedy film written and directed by Malcolm D....  more
  • Black Knight14
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    Black Knight

    Martin Lawrence, Tom Wilkinson

    Released2001

    Directed byGil Junger

    Black Knight is a 2001 American comedy film starring Martin Lawrence. The film was directed by...  more

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    #34 of 47 The Best Time Travel Comedies, Ranked#95 of 129 The Best Medieval Movies

  • Bad Boys for Life15
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    Bad Boys for Life

    Martin Lawrence, Will Smith

    Released2020

    Directed byAdil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

    Bad Boys for Life is a 2020 is an action crime comedy film directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall...  more
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  • House Party16
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    House Party

    Martin Lawrence, George Clinton

    Released1990

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

    House Party is a 1990 American comedy film released by New Line Cinema. It stars Kid and Play...  more

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    #108 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies#560 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

  • Boomerang17
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    Boomerang

    Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy

    Released1992

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

    Boomerang is a 1992 American romantic comedy film directed by Reginald Hudlin. The film stars...  more

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    #18 of 130 The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women#46 of 59 The Best Movies Released July 4th Weekend

  • Talkin' Dirty After Dark18
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    Talkin' Dirty After Dark

    Martin Lawrence, Tommy Lister

    Released1991

    Directed byTopper Carew

    Talkin' Dirty After Dark is a comedy film starring Martin Lawrence. The film was directed by...  more
  • Big Momma's House 219
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    Big Momma's House 2

    Kat Dennings, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Whitesell

    Big Momma's House 2 is a 2006 American comedy film and the sequel to Big Momma's House. The...  more

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    #36 of 224 The Worst Sequels Of All Time#65 of 68 The Best Comedy Movie Sequels

  • We Don't Die, We Multiply: The Robin Harris Story20
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    We Don't Die, We Multiply: The Robin Harris Story

    We Don't Die, We Multiply: The Robin Harris Story is a 2006 documentary film directed by...
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  • Death at a Funeral21
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    Death at a Funeral

    Zoe Saldana, Chris Rock

    Released2010

    Directed byNeil LaBute

    This film is a 2010 comedy film written by Aeysha Carr and Chris Rock and directed by Neil...  more

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    #490 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#47 of 90 The Funniest Movies About Family

  • Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son22
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    Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

    Martin Lawrence, Jessica Lucas

    Released2011

    Directed byJohn Whitesell

    Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son is a 2011 American comedy film and the second sequel to Big...  more
  • Do the Right Thing23
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    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Released1989

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed...  more
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    #19 of 63 Movies Set in Brooklyn#299 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

  • Open Season24
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    Open Season

    Ashton Kutcher, Debra Messing

    Released2006

    Directed byJill Culton, Roger Allers, Anthony Stacchi

    Open Season is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film, written by Steve Bencich and Ron...  more

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    #317 of 575 The Best Animated Films Ever#26 of 33 The Best Movies About Hunting

  • Before They Were Kings: Vol. 225
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    Before They Were Kings: Vol. 2

    Martin Lawrence, Steve Harvey

    Released2005

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