Eddie Murphy’s 10 Best Comedy Films

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Eddie Murphy began drawing national attention for his comedy when he became a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live” in 1981. His impersonations of James Brown and ethnic characterizations of Gumby and Mr. Robinson made him a fan favorite. Given his popularity, it was only a matter of time before his hilarious talent would move to the big screen.

Eddie Murphy has starred in a lot of movies, but some of them really stand out as his best films for uncontrollable laughter. Following is a list of what we consider to be Eddie Murphy’s 10 Best Comedy Films, which not only includes some of his feature-length movies, but also two of his best stand-up comedy routines that have been captured on film.

Be prepared to laugh!

(All of the movies are listed in chronological order.)

1. 48 Hours (1982)

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In his film debut, Eddie Murphy co-stars with Nick Nolte as smart-mouthed crook who is temporarily paroled to a gritty cop to help find a killer.

2. Trading Places (1983)

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Eddie Murphy is Billy Ray Valentine, a streetwise con artist who goes from rags to riches but eventually discovers that he is part of social bet between two millionaires.

3. Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983)

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Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983) – This hilarious, classic Eddie Murphy standup comedy routine was filmed in Washington D.C. and features many of his famous jokes including those about the ice cream man, Mr. T and Stevie Wonder.

4. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

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Eddie Murphy stars as Axel Foley, a comical, freewheeling Detroit cop who is pursuing a criminal in the posh area of Beverly Hills, California. The popularity and box office success of this movie led to three more Beverly Hills Cop films.

5. Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)

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Filmed at New York’s Felt Forum, this Eddie Murphy standup comedy video is just like the title suggests – raw, with shocking, funny routines and celebrity impersonations.

6. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

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In this comedy sequel, Eddie Murphy’s funny character, Axel Foley, returns to Beverly Hills to help solve a series of local robberies.

7. Coming to America (1988)

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Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall team up in this hilarious story about an African prince who comes to America in search of a wife.

8. Mulan (1998)

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Instead of physically starring in this movie, Eddie Murphy shares his comedic voice as Mushu, the guardian dragon of a Chinese maiden who has secretly taken her father’s place in the army.

9. Shrek (2001)

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Eddie Murphy won the Kids Choice Award for Favorite Voice in an Animated Movie for his role as the Donkey in this amusing animated movie that became a worldwide blockbuster film.

10. Shrek 2 (2004)

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Eddie Murphy returns as the voice of the loud and obnoxious Donkey friend to Shrek in this humorous, entertaining sequel.

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