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The Best Richard Pryor Movies

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List of the best Richard Pryor movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Richard Pryor is one of the best stand-up comedians of all-time and he also appeared in several films including Harlem Nights alongside fellow comics Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. Richard Pryor's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Richard Pryor movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Richard Pryor movies will be at the top of the list. Richard Pryor has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Richard Pryor movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Richard Pryor films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Richard Pryor role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Richard Pryor performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

The list you're viewing has a variety of films in it, like Stir Crazy and The Mack.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Richard Pryor movies?" and "What are the greatest Richard Pryor roles of all time?" If you are a fan of stand-up comedians in film, you might also enjoy our list of best Chris Rock movies and best Eddie Murphy movies.


  • 1

    Stir Crazy

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder


    Directed bySidney Poitier

    Stir Crazy is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as down-on-their-luck friends who are given 125-year prison sentences after being...  more

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  • 2

    Brewster's Millions

    Richard Pryor, John Candy


    Directed byWalter Hill

    Brewster's Millions is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy based on the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon. It is the seventh film based on the story, with a...  more

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  • 3

    Harlem Nights

    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor


    Directed byEddie Murphy

    Harlem Nights is a 1989 comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor and directed by Murphy. The film featured Michael Lerner, Danny Aiello, Redd Foxx, Della Reese and Murphy's brother Charlie...  more

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  • 4

    See No Evil, Hear No Evil

    Kevin Spacey, Richard Pryor


    Directed byArthur Hiller

    See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Arthur Hiller. The film stars Richard Pryor as a blind man and Gene Wilder as a deaf man who work together to thwart a trio of...  more

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  • 5

    Superman III

    Richard Pryor, Christopher Reeve


    Directed byRichard Lester

    Superman III is a 1983 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is the third film in the Superman film series based upon the long-running DC Comics superhero. The film is the...  more

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  • 6

    Car Wash

    Danny DeVito, Richard Pryor


    Directed byMichael Schultz

    Car Wash is a 1976 American comedy film released by Universal Pictures. The Art Linson Production was directed by Michael Schultz from a screenplay by Joel Schumacher. Starring Franklyn Ajaye, Bill...  more

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  • 7

    Silver Streak

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder


    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy-thriller film about an event on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train journey. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and stars Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, and Richard Pryor, with...  more

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  • 8

    Which Way Is Up?

    Richard Pryor, Margaret Avery


    Directed byMichael Schultz

    Which Way is Up? is a 1977 comedy film starring Richard Pryor. It was directed by Michael Schultz, and is a remake of the 1972 Italian film The Seduction of Mimi, which was written and directed by...  more
  • 9


    Richard Pryor, Stacey Dash


    Directed byAlan Metter

    Moving is a 1988 American comedy film starring Richard Pryor as Arlo Pear, a father moving his family cross-country. Other notable appearances in the film include Randy Quaid as an annoying neighbor,...  more

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  • 10

    Bustin' Loose

    Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson


    Directed byOz Scott, Michael Schultz

    Bustin' Loose is a film released by Universal Pictures in 1981 starring Richard Pryor as an ex-con who gets a second chance after violating his probation. School teacher Vivian Perry hires him to...  more
  • 11

    Wholly Moses!

    Richard Pryor, Dudley Moore


    Directed byGary Weis

    Wholly Moses! is a 1980 Biblical spoof similar to that of Monty Python's Life of Brian. Dudley Moore, between performances in 10 and Arthur, plays Old Testament-era idol maker Herschel, whose life...  more
  • 12

    Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling

    Richard Pryor, Debbie Allen


    Directed byRichard Pryor

    Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling is a 1986 semi-autobiographical film starring Richard Pryor. This was the first and only feature film he directed....  more

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  • 13

    California Suite

    Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby


    Directed byHerbert Ross

    California Suite is a 1978 American comedy film directed by Herbert Ross. The screenplay by Neil Simon is based on his play of the same title. Similar to his earlier Plaza Suite, the film focuses on...  more
  • 14

    The Mack

    Richard Pryor, Juanita Moore


    Directed byMichael Campus

    The Mack is a 1973 blaxploitation film starring Max Julien and Richard Pryor. Although the movie was produced during the era of such blaxploitation movies as Dolemite, its producers do not label it a...  more
  • 15

    Greased Lightning

    Richard Pryor, Pam Grier


    Directed byMichael Schultz

    Greased Lightning is a 1977 American biographical film, starring Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges, and Pam Grier, and directed by Michael Schultz. Greased Lightning is a film loosely based on the true...  more

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  • 16

    The Toy

    Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason


    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Toy is a 1982 American comedy film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason, with Ned Beatty, Scott Schwartz, Teresa Ganzel, and Virginia Capers in supporting...  more

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  • 17


    Directed byPeter Locke

    You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat is a 1971 comedy-drama film directed by Peter Locke. It involves a young hippie and his search for the meaning of life while in Central...  more
  • 18

    In God We Tru$t

    Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman


    Directed byMarty Feldman

    In God We Tru$t is a comedy film starring Marty Feldman, Andy Kaufman, Louise Lasser and Peter Boyle. A biting religious satire, it was also produced, directed, and co-written by Marty Feldman....  more
  • 19

    Some Call It Loving

    Richard Pryor, Zalman King


    Directed byJames B. Harris

    Some Call It Loving, also known as Sleeping Beauty is a 1973 drama film written, produced, and directed by James B. Harris, based on a short story by John Collier....  more
  • 20


    Directed byJohn Badham

    The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings is a comedic sports film about a team of enterprising ex-Negro League baseball players in the era of racial segregation. Loosely based upon William...  more
  • 21

    Critical Condition

    Richard Pryor, Wesley Snipes


    Directed byMichael Apted

    Critical Condition is a 1987 comedy film directed by Michael Apted, and starring Richard Pryor....  more
  • 22

    Blue Collar

    Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel


    Directed byPaul Schrader

    Blue Collar is a 1978 American crime drama film directed by Paul Schrader, in his directorial debut. It was written by Schrader and his brother Leonard and stars Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and...  more

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    Directed byPenelope Spheeris

    Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales: The Movie for Homosexuals is a 1968 film directed by then-film student Penelope Spheeris, starring famed comedian Richard Pryor. The only known negative of the film was said...  more
  • 24

    Lady Sings the Blues

    Diana Ross, Richard Pryor


    Directed bySidney J. Furie

    Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 American biographical drama film directed by Sidney J. Furie about jazz singer Billie Holiday loosely based on her 1956 autobiography which, in turn, took its title...  more

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  • 25

    Uptown Saturday Night

    Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor


    Directed bySidney Poitier

    Uptown Saturday Night is a 1974 comedy film written by Richard Wesley, and directed by Sidney Poitier, who also stars in this film, along with Bill Cosby and Harry Belafonte. Cosby and Poitier teamed...  more