10 Best Black American Comedy Movies

Saturday, January 29 by Shawn Lealos

Many of the best entertainers working today are also responsible for the best black American comedy movies of all time. From comedians like Eddie Murphy to musicians like Ice Cube, these black entertainers turned their talents to acting and what resulted was some of the funniest movies ever made.

  1. “Friday” Ice Cube stars in one of the best black American comedy movies of all time. The movie takes place over one day after Craig is fired from his job. He tries to survive despite dealing with neighbors, drug dealers and gang members.
  2. “Coming to America” Eddie Murphy stars as an African prince who comes to America to find a wife in one of the best black American comedy movies. Murphy perfects his gimmick of appearing in different roles under heavy prosthetics in this very funny movie directed by John Landis.
  3. “Car Wash” This classic comedy remains one of the best black American comedy movies of all time. The movie features employees who work at a Los Angeles car wash and the people they deal with. Richard Pryor and George Carlin make appearances in the movie.
  4. “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka” Blaxploitation movies are spoofed in one of the best black American comedy movies of all time. Keenan Ivory Wayans directs and stars in this movie about a group of heroes who band together to get revenge on Mr Big. Classic blaxploitation stars Isaac Hayes and Jim Brown co-star.
  5. “Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood” Shawn and Marlon Wayans star in this movie, one of the best black American comedy movies of all time. The movie spoofs films like “Boyz n the Hood” and “Menace II Society.”
  6. “Barbershop” Ice Cube stars in this movie, one of the best black American comedy movies. The movie follows a day in the life of people working in a barbershop. The movie is low on action but high on crisp, fun dialogue as the men discuss hot-button topics in their society. Cedric the Entertainer is a highlight.
  7. “Boomerang” This underrated comedy stars Eddie Murphy in one of the best black American comedy movies. Murphy plays an ad executive and womanizer who finds himself working for a woman who treats him the same way. The movie also stars Robin Givens and Halle Berry.
  8. “Undercover Brother” Another spoof movie that stars Eddie Griffin and is one of the best black American comedy movies of all time. Murphy plays a secret agent who sets out to take down The Man. In a very inspiring moment, Neil Patrick Harris plays the “token white guy.”
  9. “House Party” The hip-hop duo Kid n’ Play star in this movie, one of the best black American comedy movies. The movie follows Kid as he attempts to sneak out of his house to attend a party and comes across obstacles along the way. The movie also stars Martin Lawrence and has a cameo by George Clinton.
  10. “How High” Another movie starring hip-hop stars, this movie remains of the best black American comedy movies. Redman and Method Man star as two guys who get into college thanks to drugs helping them ace their entrance exams. Once in college, they disrupt the entire institution in one of the best stoner movies in recent years.