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The Best Martin Lawrence Movies 

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Updated October 15, 2019 6.7k votes 1.3k voters 152k views 30 items

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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.

Notable directors that have worked with Martin Lawrence include names like Michael Bay, John Whitesell and Dennis Dugan.

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Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

Released: 1995

Directed by: Michael Bay

Bad Boys is a 1995 American action comedy film produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, producers of Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop, and directed by Michael Bay in his directorial debut. It ...more

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#370 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #13 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Octavia Spencer

Released: 1999

Directed by: Les Mayfield

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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#215 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #558 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #17 of 84 The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made

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Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

Released: 2003

Directed by: Michael Bay

Bad Boys II is a 2003 American action-comedy film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. The film is a sequel to the 1995 film Bad ...more

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#14 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #94 of 101 The Worst Part II Movie Sequels

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Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

Released: 1999

Directed by: Ted Demme

Life is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written by Robert Ramsey & Matthew Stone and directed by Ted Demme. The film stars Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. The supporting cast includes ...more

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#512 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #23 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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Martin Lawrence, Eric Roberts, Jeff Ross

Released: 2003

Directed by: Dennis Dugan

National Security is a 2003 action comedy film, directed by Dennis Dugan, starring Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn. In addition to Lawrence and Zahn, National Security boasts an additional cast ...more

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#843 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #12 of 34 The Funniest Comedy Movies About Cops

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Kelly Preston, Tim Robbins, Martin Lawrence

Released: 1997

Directed by: Steve Oedekerk

Nothing to Lose is a 1997 comedy film starring Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins. The film was directed by Steve Oedekerk who also wrote the film and made a cameo appearance as a lip-synching ...more

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#610 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #106 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies

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Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long

Released: 2000

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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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#41 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #15 of 34 The Funniest Comedy Movies About Cops #109 of 139 The Funniest Slapstick Movies Ever Made

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Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown

Released: 1996

Directed by: Martin Lawrence

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate is a 1996 American dark comedy-romance film that was directed and co-written by Martin Lawrence, who also stars in the film. Lawrence co-wrote the screenplay ...more

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#21 of 84 The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made #17 of 51 The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked

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Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady

Released: 1990

Directed by: Reginald Hudlin

House Party is a 1990 American comedy film released by New Line Cinema. It stars Kid and Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid 'n Play, and also stars Paul Anthony, Bow-Legged Lou, and B-Fine from ...more

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#527 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #27 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #243 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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Louis C.K., James Earl Jones, Martin Lawrence

Released: 2008

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins is a 2008 American comedy film written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film features an ensemble cast featuring: Martin ...more
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Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Joe Pantoliano

Released: 2020

Directed by: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

Bad Boys for Life is a 2020 is an action crime comedy film directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and the third film in the series. Detectives Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike ...more
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Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

Released: 1992

Directed by: Reginald Hudlin

Boomerang is a 1992 American romantic comedy film directed by Reginald Hudlin. The film stars Eddie Murphy as Marcus Graham, a hotshot advertising executive who also happens to be an insatiable ...more

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#374 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #38 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #484 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies

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Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Iman Abdulmajid

Released: 1991

Directed by: Doug McHenry, George Jackson

House Party 2, the sequel to the 1990 film House Party, was released in October 1991 by New Line Cinema, and returns most of the cast of the first film along with new cast members such as Queen ...more

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#121 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #45 of 84 The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made

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Martin Lawrence, Tom Wilkinson, Daniella Alonso

Released: 2001

Directed by: Gil Junger

Black Knight is a 2001 American comedy film starring Martin Lawrence. The film was directed by Gil Junger, whose experience was primarily with television sitcoms. In addition to Lawrence, Black ...more

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#211 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #609 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #51 of 84 The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made

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John Travolta, Marisa Tomei, Martin Lawrence

Released: 2007

Directed by: Walt Becker

Wild Hogs is a 2007 biker comedy road film directed by Walt Becker and starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. It was released nationwide in the United States and ...more
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Kat Dennings, Chloë Grace Moretz, Martin Lawrence

Released: 2006

Directed by: John Whitesell

Big Momma's House 2 is a 2006 American comedy film and the sequel to Big Momma's House. The film was directed by John Whitesell, based on the characters created by Darryl Quarles from the ...more

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#270 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #30 of 219 The Worst Sequels Of All Time #22 of 94 The Worst January Movie Releases

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Zoe Saldana, Chris Rock, Peter Dinklage

Released: 2010

Directed by: Neil LaBute

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

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#332 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #44 of 84 The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made

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Martin Lawrence

Released: 1994

Directed by: Thomas Schlamme

You So Crazy is a stand up comedy film starring Martin Lawrence. It was his first major film and stand up act. The film was directed by Thomas Schlamme. Lawrence wears a black, leather suit in ...more
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Nancy O'Dell, Dayna Devon, Mikki Padilla

Released: 2002

Directed by: David Raynr

Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat is a 2002 stand-up comedy film starring Martin Lawrence, and directed by David Raynr, also responsible for Whatever It Takes. Lawrence also has producing and ...more
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What's the Worst That Could Happen? Danny DeVito, Martin Lawrence, Bernie Mac

Released: 2001

Directed by: Sam Weisman

What's the Worst That Could Happen? is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Sam Weisman and starring Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito. Loosely based on the book of the same name by Donald E. ...more
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Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

Released: 1989

Directed by: Spike Lee

Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee, who also played the part of Mookie in the film. Other members of the cast include Danny ...more

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#9 of 722 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #140 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Rankedlisted on Movies Set in Brooklyn

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Martin Lawrence, Chris Tucker, D. L. Hughley

Released: 1995

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Ashton Kutcher, Debra Messing, Martin Lawrence

Released: 2006

Directed by: Jill Culton, Roger Allers, Anthony Stacchi

Open Season is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film, written by Steve Bencich and Ron J. Friedman and directed by Jill Culton and Roger Allers, and co-directed by Anthony Stacchi. The ...more

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Martin Lawrence, Jessica Lucas, Sherri Shepherd

Released: 2011

Directed by: John Whitesell

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son is a 2011 American comedy film and the second sequel to Big Momma's House. The film was directed by John Whitesell, written by Matthew Fogel and Don Rhymer, and ...more
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Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally, Tom Arnold

Released: 2005

Directed by: Steve Carr

Rebound is a 2005 comedy film directed by Steve Carr and starring Martin Lawrence as a disgraced college basketball coach who returns to his old middle school to coach the boys' basketball team. ...more

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#30 of 32 The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports #22 of 30 The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made