Eddie Murphy has been making people laugh since the 80s. He’s a comedy favorite, snagging a Golden Globe, Emmy and a SAG Award. Even after a brief hiatus, he made an epic comeback with his portrayal of Rudy Ray Moore in Netflix’s Dolemite is my Name. The film was so good it made his return well worth the wait (at the top of posting it had a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In summary, Murphy is a legend.
To celebrate the Coming 2 America actor, I’m rounding up my five favorite Eddie Murphy movies.
Beverly Hills Cop III
Honestly, this is one of my all-time favorite movie trilogies. The first is a classic but my favorite is actually the third. The film is inside the theme park Wonder World, which we come to find out is a front for a counterfeit ring. With Alex Foley on the case, we enjoy some over-the-top action with some great comedic laughs.
Dolemite is my Name
Dolemite is one of my favorite movies of 2019 and one of the last decade’s best comedies. Murphy oozes charisma and swag as Rudy Ray Moore. He looked like the Murphy we all fell in love with years ago. Everyone’s performances are fantastic in this movie, including Da’Vine Joy Randolph’s star-making performance as Lady Reed. Dolemite is my Name is as funny as it is inspiring, telling a story of a man who doesn’t let society hold him back.
This one makes the list because the combination of Michael Myers as Shrek and Eddie Murphy as Donkey is hilarious. The movie is different — a perfect addition to the world of animated films.
Coming to America
Coming to America is one of the greatest comedies of all time. That’s right. I said it. Prince Akeem is the African Prince coming to America with his buddy Semmi, and it does not go as planned. Murphy and Arsenio Hall play multiple characters throughout that is truly laugh-out-loud funny.
So maybe I cheated a little adding this one to the list but I couldn’t leave it off. It’s one of the funniest stand-up specials of all time. When Murphy hits the stage in his red leather suit, the laughs don’t stop.
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