Comedy 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.

If you're a fan of Richard Pryor, then check out our lists of the best Gene Wilder and John Cleese movies as well.

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Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Craig T. Nelson
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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Richard Pryor, John Candy, Rick Moranis
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, ...more
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Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Ned Beatty
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, ...more
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Kevin Spacey, Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder
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 ...more
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Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall
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 ...more
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Danny DeVito, Richard Pryor, George Carlin
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, ...more
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Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson, George Coe
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 ...more
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Richard Pryor, Margaret Avery, Paul Mooney
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 ...more
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Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Wilfrid Hyde-White
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 ...more
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Richard Pryor, Stacey Dash, Rodney Dangerfield
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 ...more
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Richard Pryor, Debbie Allen, Michael Ironside
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.
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Richard Pryor, Juanita Moore, Roger E. Mosley
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 ...more
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Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Ed Begley
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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Richard Pryor, Pam Grier, Beau Bridges
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 ...more
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Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Sidney 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 ...more
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Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams
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 ...more
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Richard Pryor, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams
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 ...more
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Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Richard Pryor
The Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure film produced in collaboration between Motown Productions and Universal Pictures, and released by Universal on October 24, 1978. A reimagining of L. ...more
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Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor
The Muppet Movie is a 1979 American-British musical road comedy film and the first of a series of live-action feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets. Directed by James Frawley, the film's ...more
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Richard Pryor, Wesley Snipes, Bob Saget
Critical Condition is a 1987 comedy film directed by Michael Apted, and starring Richard Pryor.
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Richard Pryor, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder
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 ...more
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Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder, Ronny Cox
Some Kind of Hero is a 1982 film starring Richard Pryor as a returning Vietnam War veteran having trouble adjusting to civilian life. Soon he is involved in an organized crime heist. It co-stars ...more
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Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Vanessa L. Williams
Another You is a 1991 American comedy film. It was the final film pairing of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, neither of whom appeared again in a leading role in another film, together or apart. ...more
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Richard Pryor, Dudley Moore, John Ritter
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 ...more
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Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby, Michael Caine
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 ...more