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The Best Richard Pryor Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 3.6k votes 1.0k voters 93.1k views37 items

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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.

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    Stir Crazy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Stir Crazy

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder

    Released1980

    Directed bySidney Poitier

    Stir Crazy is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Gene Wilder... more on Wikipedia

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    Brewster's Millions is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Brewster's Millions

    Richard Pryor, John Candy

    Released1985

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Brewster's Millions is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Harlem Nights is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Harlem Nights

    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor

    Released1989

    Directed byEddie Murphy

    Harlem Nights is a 1989 comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    See No Evil, Hear No Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    See No Evil, Hear No Evil

    Kevin Spacey, Richard Pryor

    Released1989

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Arthur Hiller. The film... more on Wikipedia

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    Superman III is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Superman III

    Richard Pryor, Christopher Reeve

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Lester

    Superman III is a 1983 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is the... more on Wikipedia

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    Silver Streak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Silver Streak

    Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder

    Released1976

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Silver Streak is a 1976 comedy-thriller film about an event on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train... more on Wikipedia
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    Which Way Is Up? is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Which Way Is Up?

    Richard Pryor, Margaret Avery

    Released1977

    Directed byMichael Schultz

    Which Way is Up? is a 1977 comedy film starring Richard Pryor. It was directed by Michael... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Toy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    The Toy

    Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Toy is a 1982 American comedy film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Richard Pryor... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Wholly Moses! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Wholly Moses!

    Richard Pryor, Dudley Moore

    Released1980

    Directed byGary Weis

    Wholly Moses! is a 1980 Biblical spoof similar to that of Monty Python's Life of Brian. Dudley... more on Wikipedia
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    Moving is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Moving

    Richard Pryor, Stacey Dash

    Released1988

    Directed byAlan Metter

    Moving is a 1988 American comedy film starring Richard Pryor as Arlo Pear, a father moving his... more on Wikipedia
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    Bustin' Loose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Bustin' Loose

    Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson

    Released1981

    Directed byOz Scott, Michael Schultz

    Bustin' Loose is a film released by Universal Pictures in 1981 starring Richard Pryor as an... more on Wikipedia
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    Car Wash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Car Wash

    Danny DeVito, Richard Pryor

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Schultz

    Car Wash is a 1976 American comedy film released by Universal Pictures. The Art Linson... more on Wikipedia

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    Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Cal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling

    Richard Pryor, Debbie Allen

    Released1986

    Directed byRichard Pryor

    Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling is a 1986 semi-autobiographical film starring Richard... more on Wikipedia

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    The Mack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    The Mack

    Richard Pryor, Juanita Moore

    Released1973

    Directed byMichael Campus

    The Mack is a 1973 blaxploitation film starring Max Julien and Richard Pryor. Although the... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Greased Lightning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Greased Lightning

    Richard Pryor, Pam Grier

    Released1977

    Directed byMichael Schultz

    Greased Lightning is a 1977 American biographical film, starring Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Adiós Amigo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Adiós Amigo

    Richard Pryor, Fred Williamson

    Released1976

    Directed byFred Williamson

    Adiós Amigo is an American comedy-Western starring Fred Williamson and Richard Pryor. The film... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    You've Got to Walk It Like You is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies

    Released1971

    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Lost Highway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Lost Highway

    Richard Pryor, Gary Busey

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Lost Highway is a 1997 French-American psychological thriller film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Some Call It Loving is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Some Call It Loving

    Richard Pryor, Zalman King

    Released1973

    Directed byJames B. Harris

    Some Call It Loving, also known as Sleeping Beauty is a 1973 drama film written, produced, and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Bingo Long Traveling All-S is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Released1976

    Directed byJohn Badham

    The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings is a comedic sports film about a team of... more on Wikipedia

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    In God We Tru$t is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    In God We Tru$t

    Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman

    Released1980

    Directed byMarty Feldman

    In God We Tru$t is a comedy film starring Marty Feldman, Andy Kaufman, Louise Lasser and Peter... more on Wikipedia
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    Blue Collar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Blue Collar

    Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel

    Released1978

    Directed byPaul Schrader

    Blue Collar is a 1978 American crime drama film directed by Paul Schrader, in his directorial... more on Wikipedia

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    Uptown Saturday Night is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Uptown Saturday Night

    Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor

    Released1974

    Directed bySidney Poitier

    Uptown Saturday Night is a 1974 comedy film written by Richard Wesley, and directed by Sidney... more on Wikipedia
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    The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    The Wiz

    Michael Jackson, Diana Ross

    Released1978

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    The Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure film produced in collaboration between Motown... more on Wikipedia

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    Critical Condition is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Richard Pryor Movies
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    Critical Condition

    Richard Pryor, Wesley Snipes

    Released1987

    Directed byMichael Apted

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