my top African american comedy movies

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1. Friday (1995)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

Two homies, Smokey and Craig, smoke a dope dealer's weed and try to figure a way to get the $200 they owe to the dealer by 10 p.m. that same night.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister

Votes: 93,044 | Gross: $27.47M

2. Friday After Next (2002)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

35 Metascore

Two cousins work nights at a local mall as security guards. When their house is robbed on Christmas Eve they team up to track the robber down.

Director: Marcus Raboy | Stars: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, John Witherspoon, Don 'D.C.' Curry

Votes: 24,318 | Gross: $32.98M

3. Next Friday (2000)

R | 98 min | Comedy

41 Metascore

Uncle Elroy and Day Day owe money on taxes so Craig finds a way to steal from the next door neighbors to pay off the taxes so Uncle Elroy's house doesn't get put up for auction.

Director: Steve Carr | Stars: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Justin Pierce, John Witherspoon

Votes: 34,603 | Gross: $57.33M

4. The Nutty Professor (1996)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

Grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn, Larry Miller

Votes: 103,988 | Gross: $128.81M

5. Barbershop (2002)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A day in the life of a South Side Chicago barbershop.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Anthony Anderson

Votes: 28,265 | Gross: $75.78M

6. Half Baked (1998)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Crime

16 Metascore

The story of three not so bright men who come up with a series of crazy schemes to get a friend out of jail.

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Díaz, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams

Votes: 55,456 | Gross: $17.28M

7. Norbit (2007)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

27 Metascore

A mild-mannered guy, who is married to a monstrous woman, meets the woman of his dreams, and schemes to find a way to be with her.

Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton, Terry Crews, Clifton Powell

Votes: 64,488 | Gross: $95.67M

8. Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

38 Metascore

Scientist Sherman Klump's inventions, his upcoming marriage to his pretty colleague Denise Gaines and his reputation are threatened by his evil clone Buddy Love.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Larry Miller, John Ales

Votes: 46,395 | Gross: $123.31M

9. Soul Plane (2004)

R | 86 min | Comedy

33 Metascore

Things get raucously funny aboard the maiden flight of a black-owned airline, thanks to some last-minute passenger additions.

Director: Jessy Terrero | Stars: Dwayne Adway, Snoop Dogg, Tom Arnold, Kevin Hart

Votes: 20,742 | Gross: $13.92M

10. High School High (1996)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

33 Metascore

Richard Clark has just left the well-known Wellington Academy to teach at Marion Barry High School. Now, he will try to inspire the D-average students into making good grades and try to woo a fellow teacher.

Director: Hart Bochner | Stars: Jon Lovitz, Tia Carrere, Louise Fletcher, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 12,166 | Gross: $20.95M

11. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

R | 117 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson

Votes: 21,758

12. Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

As their surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, the crew at Calvin's Barbershop come together to bring some much needed change to their neighborhood.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Ice Cube, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve

Votes: 13,590 | Gross: $54.03M

13. Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

The owner of an historic South Side Chicago barbershop is pressured to sell out to a land developer, but must face the impact this would have on his close-knit community.

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan | Stars: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Queen Latifah

Votes: 13,651 | Gross: $65.11M

14. Big Momma's House (2000)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

33 Metascore

In order to protect a beautiful woman and her son from a robber, a male FBI agent disguises himself as a large grandmother.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Nia Long, Paul Giamatti, Jascha Washington

Votes: 77,425 | Gross: $117.56M

15. Big Momma's House 2 (2006)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Crime

34 Metascore

An FBI agent reprises his disguise as a corpulent old lady and takes a job as a nanny in a crime suspect's house.

Director: John Whitesell | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Emily Procter, Nia Long, Zachary Levi

Votes: 38,576 | Gross: $70.17M

16. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

22 Metascore

Malcolm Turner and his stepson Trent go undercover at an all-girls school to flush out a killer.

Director: John Whitesell | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Jessica Lucas, Michelle Ang

Votes: 24,028 | Gross: $37.92M

17. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

17 Metascore

Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat

Votes: 3,685 | Gross: $47.32M

18. Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

30 Metascore

Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat

Votes: 7,195 | Gross: $73.16M

19. Boomerang (1992)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

A successful executive and womanizer finds his lifestyle choices have turned back on him when his new female boss turns out to be an even bigger deviant than he is.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry, David Alan Grier

Votes: 24,261 | Gross: $70.10M

20. Coming to America (1988)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

47 Metascore

An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife that he can respect for her intelligence and will.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Paul Bates, Garcelle Beauvais, Feather

Votes: 150,997 | Gross: $128.15M

21. Death at a Funeral (2010)

R | 92 min | Comedy

51 Metascore

A funeral ceremony turns into a debacle of exposed family secrets and misplaced bodies.

Director: Neil LaBute | Stars: Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Keith David, Loretta Devine

Votes: 43,581 | Gross: $42.74M

22. Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

36 Metascore

A couple's seemingly solid marriage begins to crumble when the wife discovers that her husband intends to divorce her.

Director: Darren Grant | Stars: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Tyler Perry, Cicely Tyson

Votes: 13,097 | Gross: $50.63M

23. How High (2001)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy

29 Metascore

Two guys by the name of Silas and Jamal decided to one day smoke something magical, which eventually helps them to ace their college entrance exam.

Director: Jesse Dylan | Stars: Method Man, Redman, Obba Babatundé, Mike Epps

Votes: 50,886 | Gross: $31.16M

24. Life (I) (1999)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

In 1932, two strangers are wrongfully convicted and develop a strong friendship in prison that lasts them through the 20th century.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Obba Babatundé, Nick Cassavetes

Votes: 42,419 | Gross: $63.84M

25. Little Man (III) (2006)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Crime

26 Metascore

A wannabe dad mistakes a vertically challenged criminal on the lam as his newly adopted son.

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans | Stars: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Kerry Washington, John Witherspoon

Votes: 47,616 | Gross: $58.65M

26. A Madea Christmas (2013)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

28 Metascore

Madea dispenses her unique form of holiday spirit on rural town when she's coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Chad Michael Murray, Tika Sumpter, Larry the Cable Guy

Votes: 5,572 | Gross: $52.44M

27. A Madea Family Funeral (2019)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy

39 Metascore

A joyous family reunion becomes a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Mike Tyson

Votes: 2,889 | Gross: $73.26M

28. Madea's Witness Protection (2012)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

A Wall Street investment banker who has been set up as the linchpin of his company's mob-backed Ponzi scheme is relocated with his family to Aunt Madea's southern home.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Tom Arnold

Votes: 9,678 | Gross: $65.65M

29. Madea's Family Reunion (2006)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

While planning her family reunion, a pistol-packing grandma must contend with the other dramas on her plate, including the runaway who has been placed under her care, and her love-troubled nieces.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Boris Kodjoe

Votes: 10,238 | Gross: $63.26M

30. Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

45 Metascore

The crazy and comical Mabel Simmons, otherwise known as Madea, tries to wrangle her fighting family together for a family dinner regarding the health of her niece Shirley.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine, Shad Moss, Cassi Davis

Votes: 7,147 | Gross: $53.35M

31. Madea Goes to Jail (2009)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

50 Metascore

Mischievous grandma Madea lands in jail, where she meets a variety of mixed-up characters.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Derek Luke, David Mann

Votes: 11,025 | Gross: $90.49M

32. White Chicks (2004)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

Two disgraced FBI agents go way undercover in an effort to protect hotel heiresses the Wilson Sisters from a kidnapping plot.

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans | Stars: Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Busy Philipps, Maitland Ward

Votes: 122,106 | Gross: $70.83M

33. Black Knight (2001)

PG-13 | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

32 Metascore

Martin Lawrence plays Jamal, an employee in Medieval World amusement park. After sustaining a blow to the head, he awakens to find himself in 14th century England.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Marsha Thomason, Tom Wilkinson, Vincent Regan

Votes: 36,162 | Gross: $33.42M

34. Good Burger (1997)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family

41 Metascore

Two dim-witted teenagers are forced to save the fast food restaurant they work at from going out of business, despite a new-and-improved burger joint opening across the street that want to be the "Top Dog" in the fast food industry.

Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Sinbad, Abe Vigoda

Votes: 24,533 | Gross: $23.69M

35. Girls Trip (2017)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish

Votes: 31,126 | Gross: $115.17M

36. Last Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh European hotel.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 26,667 | Gross: $38.36M

37. Night School (2018)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy

43 Metascore

A group of high school dropouts are forced to attend night school in hope that they'll pass the GED exam to finish high school.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Rob Riggle, Romany Malco

Votes: 28,147 | Gross: $77.34M

38. Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Romance

46 Metascore

Dr. RJ Stevens is a talk show host who visits his family in the deep south. While there he reunites with his brother Otis, his sister Betty, his cousin/rival Clyde and his childhood love interest Lucinda Allen.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Louis C.K., James Earl Jones, Margaret Avery

Votes: 12,781 | Gross: $42.44M

39. I Think I Love My Wife (2007)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

A married man who daydreams about being with other women finds his will and morals tested after he's visited by the ex-mistress of his old friend.

Director: Chris Rock | Stars: Chris Rock, Kerry Washington, Gina Torres, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 16,039 | Gross: $12.55M

40. The Ladies Man (2000)

R | 84 min | Comedy

22 Metascore

The Saturday Night Live character gets a big screen treatment.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Tim Meadows, Karyn Parsons, Billy Dee Williams, John Witherspoon

Votes: 12,026 | Gross: $13.59M

41. Fat Albert (2004)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

39 Metascore

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids come to life and step out of their animated, inner-city Philadelphia world.

Director: Joel Zwick | Stars: Kenan Thompson, Kyla Pratt, Omarion, Marques Houston

Votes: 10,741 | Gross: $48.12M

42. The Wood (1999)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

While dealing with a friend's cold feet on his wedding day, a writer reminisces about his youth with his best friends.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa | Stars: Elayn J. Taylor, Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones, Sean Nelson

Votes: 7,841 | Gross: $25.05M

43. Held Up (1999)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy

21 Metascore

After a falling out with her fiance leads a woman to head for the airport in disgust, her boyfriend desperately tries to catch up but is waylaid by a convienience store robbery in the Arizona desert.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Nia Long, Barry Corbin, John Cullum

Votes: 3,324 | Gross: $4.69M



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