Eddie Murphy Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

Trading Places
R

Trading Places

(1983)
75
3
As:
Cast
Director:
John Landis
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Denholm Elliott, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Frank Oz
Plot:

Louis Winthorpe is a well-to-do broker working for Mortimer and Randolph Duke, who decide to switch Winthorpe’s lifestyle with that of street hustler Billy Ray Valentine’s, for a bet to test whether heredity or upbringing decides the character. So Valentine gets Winthorpe’s job while Winthorpe is falsely framed for a crime. As the two realize the situation, they design their own plan. 

75
3
Beverly Hills Cop
R

Beverly Hills Cop

(1984)
78
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Axel Foley
Director:
Martin Brest
Genres:
Comedy, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
Ronny Cox, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher
Plot:

Detective Axel Foley’s friend Mikey gets killed at former’s residence and he seeks permission to investigate the murder. However, his reckless behaviour and closeness with the victim, denies him the chance. Axel officially goes on a vacation, but actually tries to uncover the killers. He is joined in his effort by Sergeant John Taggart and Detective Billy Rosewood. 

78
6
Coming to America
R

Coming to America

(1988)
76
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Prince Akeem / Clarence / Randy Watson / Saul
Director:
John Landis
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Arsenio Hall
Plot:

The crown prince of Zamunda, Akeem Joffer, leads a luxurious life and is supposed to marry a girl of his parent’s choice. However, he decides to choose his life partner himself and along with his aide, Semmi, travels to Queens for the purpose. Disguised as poor student, he finds his perfect match in Lisa McDowell, but she has a boyfriend and her father does not approve of him.

76
3
48 Hrs.
R

48 Hrs.

(1982)
54
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Reggie Hammond
Director:
Walter Hill
Genres:
Action, Crime, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Nick Nolte, James Remar, Frank McRae, Annette O'Toole
54
2
Mr. Church
PG-13

Mr. Church

(2016)
63
18
As:
Cast
Role:
Henry Church
Director:
Bruce Beresford
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Natascha McElhone, Xavier Samuel, Britt Robertson, Lucy Fry
63
18
Eddie Murphy: Raw
R

Eddie Murphy: Raw

(1987)
44
7
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Robert Townsend
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
Star Cast:
Tatyana Ali, Billie Allen, Clebert Ford, Geri Gibson
44
7
Beverly Hills Cop II
R

Beverly Hills Cop II

(1987)
55
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Axel Foley
Director:
Tony Scott
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Comedy, Action
Star Cast:
Ronny Cox, Judge Reinhold, Jürgen Prochnow, John Ashton
55
2
Life
R

Life

(1999)
41
5
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Rayford Gibson
Director:
Ted Demme
Genres:
Crime, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Anthony Anderson, Martin Lawrence, Obba Babatundé, Nick Cassavetes
41
5
Harlem Nights
R

Harlem Nights

(1989)
51
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Role:
Quick
Director:
Eddie Murphy
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Danny Aiello, Michael Lerner, Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor
51
3
Dreamgirls
PG-13

Dreamgirls

(2006)
36
3
As:
Cast
Role:
James 'Thunder' Early
Director:
Bill Condon
Genres:
Musical, Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Danny Glover
36
3
Dolemite Is My Name
R

Dolemite Is My Name

(2019)
6
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Rudy
Director:
Craig Brewer
Genres:
Biography, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock, Snoop Dogg, Mike Epps
6
3
The Nutty Professor
PG-13

The Nutty Professor

(1996)
43
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Sherman Klump / Buddy Love / Lance Perkins / Papa Klump / Mama Klump / Grandma Klump / Ernie Klump
Director:
Tom Shadyac
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Dave Chappelle, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn, Larry Miller
43
6
The Golden Child
PG-13

The Golden Child

(1986)
35
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Chandler Jarrell
Director:
Michael Ritchie
Genres:
Fantasy, Mystery, Action, Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Charles Dance, J.L. Reate, Charlotte Lewis, Victor Wong
35
6
Another 48 Hrs.
R

Another 48 Hrs.

(1990)
32
5
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Reggie Hammond
Director:
Walter Hill
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Drama, Crime, Mystery, Comedy
Star Cast:
Nick Nolte, Kevin Tighe, Brion James, Ed O'Ross
32
5
Beverly Hills Cop III
R

Beverly Hills Cop III

(1994)
40
8
As:
Cast
Role:
Det. Axel Foley
Director:
John Landis
Genres:
Comedy, Thriller, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
George Lucas, Jon Tenney, Joey Travolta, Eugene Collier
40
8
Tower Heist
PG-13

Tower Heist

(2011)
21
5
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Slide
Director:
Brett Ratner
Genres:
Action, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick
Plot:

Arthur Shaw, one of the richest residents of The Tower, is under house arrest for embezzling over US $2 billion from his investors. These include building manager Josh Kovaks and his co-workers, who then plan a tower heist with petty criminal, Slide, to break into the apartment to steal their money back. 

21
5
Daddy Day Care
PG

Daddy Day Care

(2003)
31
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie Hinton
Director:
Steve Carr
Genres:
Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
Regina King, Steve Zahn, Lacey Chabert, Jeff Garlin
31
4
Boomerang
R

Boomerang

(1992)
33
5
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Marcus
Director:
Reginald Hudlin
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
David Alan Grier, Martin Lawrence, Robin Givens, Halle Berry
33
5
Bowfinger
PG-13

Bowfinger

(1999)
21
14
As:
Cast
Role:
Kit Ramsey / Jiff Ramsey
Director:
Frank Oz
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Christine Baranski, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Martin, Jamie Kennedy
21
14
The Distinguished Gentleman
R

The Distinguished Gentleman

(1992)
29
14
As:
Cast
Role:
Thomas Jefferson Johnson
Director:
Jonathan Lynn
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Joe Don Baker, Victoria Rowell, James Garner, Lane Smith, Eddie Murphy
29
14
A Thousand Words
TV-14

A Thousand Words

(2012)
16
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Jack McCall
Director:
Brian Robbins
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Kerry Washington, Emanuel Ragsdale, Jill Basey, Greg Collins
16
6
Imagine That
PG

Imagine That

(2009)
22
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Evan Danielson
Director:
Karey Kirkpatrick
Genres:
Family, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Ronny Cox, Stephen Rannazzisi, Yara Shahidi, Thomas Haden Church
22
6
Metro
R

Metro

(1997)
21
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Insp. Scott Roper
Director:
Thomas Carter
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Drama, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Rapaport, Art Evans, Kim Miyori, James Carpenter
21
6
Doctor Dolittle
PG-13

Doctor Dolittle

(1998)
25
8
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. John Dolittle
Director:
Betty Thomas
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Oliver Platt, Ossie Davis, Paul Giamatti, Ellen DeGeneres
25
8
Showtime
PG-13

Showtime

(2002)
17
9
As:
Cast
Role:
Officer Trey Sellars
Director:
Tom Dey
Genres:
Action, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Robert De Niro, Rachael Harris, Zaid Farid, Alex Borstein
17
9
I Spy
PG-13

I Spy

(2002)
15
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Kelly
Director:
Betty Thomas
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller
Star Cast:
Owen Wilson, Gary Cole, Malcolm McDowell, Famke Janssen
15
6
Dr. Dolittle 2
PG

Dr. Dolittle 2

(2001)
23
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. John Dolittle
Director:
Steve Carr
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Star Cast:
Mandy Moore, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Lisa Kudrow
23
6
The Haunted Mansion
PG

The Haunted Mansion

(2003)
21
10
As:
Cast
Role:
Jim Evers
Director:
Rob Minkoff
Genres:
Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Mystery, Horror
Star Cast:
Terence Stamp, Nathaniel Parker, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly
21
10
Meet Dave
PG

Meet Dave

(2008)
19
8
As:
Cast
Role:
Dave / Captain
Director:
Brian Robbins
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Family, Adventure, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union, Scott Caan, Ed Helms
19
8
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
PG-13

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

(2000)
26
5
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Sherman Klump / Buddy Love / Granny Klump / Mama Klump / Papa Klump / Young Papa Klump / Ernie Klump / Lance Perkins
Director:
Peter Segal
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
John Ales, Larry Miller, Wanda Sykes, Janet Jackson
26
5
Vampire in Brooklyn
R

Vampire in Brooklyn

(1995)
19
6
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Maximillian / Preacher Pauly / Guido
Director:
Wes Craven
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Horror, Romance
Star Cast:
Angela Bassett, John Witherspoon, Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison
19
6
Norbit
PG-13

Norbit

(2007)
29
7
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Norbit / Rasputia / Mr. Wong
Director:
Brian Robbins
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Terry Crews, Thandie Newton, Clifton Powell, Lester Speight
29
7
Holy Man
PG

Holy Man

(1998)
13
11
As:
Cast
Role:
'G'
Director:
Stephen Herek
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Kelly Preston, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Betty White
13
11
Best Defense
R

Best Defense

(1984)
4
10
As:
Cast
Role:
Lieutenant T.M. Landry
Director:
Willard Huyck
Genres:
Comedy, War
Star Cast:
Helen Shaver, George Dzundza, Kate Capshaw, Dudley Moore
4
10
The Adventures of Pluto Nash
PG-13

The Adventures of Pluto Nash

(2002)
8
13
As:
Cast
Role:
Pluto Nash
Director:
Ron Underwood
Genres:
Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Alec Baldwin, Joe Pantoliano, Rosario Dawson, John Cleese
8
13

TV Movie(s)

Eddie Murphy: Delirious

Eddie Murphy: Delirious

(1983)
26
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Bruce Gowers
Genres:
Comedy, Documentary
Star Cast:
Clint Smith, James Argiro, Gus Loundermon, Brian O'Neal
26
2
Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop

(2013)
29
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Director:
Barry Sonnenfeld
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
David Denman, Chasty Ballesteros, B.J. Britt, Kenzie Dalton
29
2
A Party for Richard Pryor

A Party for Richard Pryor

(1991)
6
5
As:
Writer
Director:
Louis J. Horvitz
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Loni Anderson, Chevy Chase, Danny Glover, James Brown, Elayne Boosler
6
5
What's Alan Watching?

What's Alan Watching?

(1989)
3
5
As:
Cast, Producer
Director:
Thomas Schlamme
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Fran Drescher, Cheryl Pollak, Corin Nemec, Barbara Barrie
3
5
Uptown Comedy Express

Uptown Comedy Express

(1987)
7
3
As:
Producer
Director:
Russ Petranto
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Chris Rock, Robert Townsend, Arsenio Hall, Barry Sobel, Marsha Warfield
7
3
The Kid Who Loved Christmas

The Kid Who Loved Christmas

(1990)
5
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Arthur Allan Seidelman
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sammy Davis Jr., Charlie Murphy, Cicely Tyson, Michael Warren, Gilbert Lewis
5
2
Clippers

Clippers

(1991)
2
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Matthew Diamond
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Barry Shabaka Henley, Phill Lewis, John Amos, Arnold Stang, Cicely Tyson
2
2

Animation(s)

Shrek
TV-PG

Shrek (2001)

As:
Cast
Role:
Donkey
Director:
Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Family
Star Cast:
Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Mike Myers, Vincent Cassel
Plot:

Grumpy ogre Shrek's blissful solitude is interrupted when a host of fairy creatures, including a talkative Donkey, are banished to his swamp by the diminutive Lord Farquaad. As Shrek attempts to complain, Farquaad, a scheming ruler planning to become a king, assigns him to rescue Princess Fiona from a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon.

Mulan
G

Mulan (1998)

As:
Cast
Director:
Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
Genres:
Fantasy, Animation, Adventure, Musical, War, Family
Star Cast:
June Foray, Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein, James Hong
Plot:

Fearing that her ailing father will be drafted into the Imperial Army to fight with the invading Huns, young Chinese maiden Fa Mulan disguises herself as a man to replace him. Learning about this, her ancestors send for a mighty stone dragon to protect her, but the disgraced small dragon Mushu ends up as her companion.

Shrek 2
TV-PG

Shrek 2 (2004)

As:
Cast
Role:
Donkey
Director:
Conrad Vernon, Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Family, Romance, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, John Cleese
Plot:

The second film in the Shrek film franchise, Shrek 2 follows the newlyweds Shrek and Fiona as they go to visit Fiona’s parents who are organizing a royal ball to celebrate their marriage. The movie went on to become the highest-grossing film of 2004 worldwide.

Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party

Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party (2001)

As:
Cast
Role:
Donkey
Director:
Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson
Genres:
Short, Family, Romance, Comedy, Music, Animation
Star Cast:
Mike Myers, Christopher Knights, Guillaume Aretos, John Bisom
Father of the Pride
TV-14

Father of the Pride (2004)

As:
Cast
Director:
John Stevenson, John Holmquist, Bret Haaland, Klay Hall, Steve Hickner
Genres:
Comedy, Animation
Star Cast:
Danny DeVito, Danielle Harris, Jane Lynch, Cheryl Hines, Eddie Murphy
The PJs
TV-14

The PJs (1999)

As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Director:
John Logue, Paul Harrod, David Bleiman Ichioka, Sean Burns, Mike Johnson
Genres:
Comedy, Animation
Star Cast:
Loretta Devine, Ja'net DuBois, Michele Morgan, Pepe Serna
Shrek the Halls
TV-PG

Shrek the Halls (2007)

As:
Cast
Role:
Donkey
Director:
Gary Trousdale
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Family, Animation, Short
Star Cast:
Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz, Mike Myers, Sean Bishop
Shrek 4-D
TV-PG

Shrek 4-D (2003)

As:
Cast
Role:
Donkey
Director:
Simon J. Smith
Genres:
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Family, Short
Star Cast:
Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Mike Myers, Christopher Knights
Shrek's Thrilling Tales

Shrek's Thrilling Tales (2012)

As:
Cast
Role:
Donkey
Genres:
Short, Sci-Fi, Family, Animation, Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Hugh Laurie, Mike Myers
Shrek Forever After
PG

Shrek Forever After (2010)

As:
Cast
Role:
Donkey
Director:
Mike Mitchell
Genres:
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz, Jane Lynch, Julie Andrews, Eddie Murphy
Plot:

Shrek, bored of his uneventful domestic life, longs for his past as a fearsome ogre and naively signs a contract with devious dealmaker Rumpelstiltskin to return to a day before he met Fiona or his friend Donkey. However, he soon learns that in this alternate Far Far Away kingdom, ruled by Rumpel, Shrek was never born.

Far Far Away Idol
G

Far Far Away Idol (2004)

As:
Cast
Role:
Donkey
Director:
Simon J. Smith
Genres:
Family, Short, Comedy, Fantasy, Animation, Music
Star Cast:
Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz, Mike Myers, Simon Cowell
Shrek the Third
PG

Shrek the Third (2007)

As:
Cast
Role:
Donkey
Director:
Chris Miller, Raman Hui
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Star Cast:
Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews
Plot:

King Harold of Far, Far Away land is dying and Shrek is unwilling to wear the crown. So he sets out with Donkey and Puss in Boots, to bring the King’s nephew, Artie, back from magic school and crown him instead. In his absence, the evil Prince Charming with his army takes over the land. Shrek, Artie and Fiona must now defeat the villain and regain the kingdom.

Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular
TV-PG

Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular (2010)

As:
Cast
Role:
Donkey
Director:
Walt Dohrn, Raman Hui
Genres:
Family, Animation, Comedy, Music, Short
Star Cast:
Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz, Walt Dohrn, Mike Myers

TV Shows and Videos

Saturday Night Live
TV-PG

Saturday Night Live (1975)

As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Ben Stiller, Dave Wilson, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Don Roy King, James Signorelli
Genres:
Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
Andy Griffith, Ben Stiller, Chris Farley, Colin Firth, Don Pardo
Michael Jackson: Remember the Time

Michael Jackson: Remember the Time (1992)

As:
Cast
Role:
King
Director:
John Singleton
Genres:
Short, Musical, Comedy, Fantasy, Music
Star Cast:
Michael Jackson, Wylie Draper, Iman, Magic Johnson
The Best of Eddie Murphy: Saturday Night Live

The Best of Eddie Murphy: Saturday Night Live (1989)

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Himself / Various
Director:
Dave Wilson, Claude Kerven, Andy Breckman
Genres:
Comedy, Documentary
Star Cast:
Brian Doyle-Murray, Ron Howard, James Downey, Mary Gross
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy (1998)

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself / Various Characters
Director:
Dave Wilson, Claude Kerven, Andy Breckman
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
Star Cast:
James Downey, Billy Crystal, Robin Duke, Sheree Ali
The Royal Family

The Royal Family (1991)

As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Shelley Jensen, Jack Shea
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Della Reese, Jackée Harry, Mariann Aalda, Sylver Gregory, Larenz Tate
CBS Summer Playhouse

CBS Summer Playhouse (1987)

As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Peter H. Hunt, James Frawley, Corey Allen, Peter Baldwin, John Pasquin
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Action
Star Cast:
Lee Majors, Mark Ruffalo, Lori Loughlin, Brandon Lee, Daphne Reid
Eddie Murphy: Party All the Time

Eddie Murphy: Party All the Time (1985)

As:
Cast
Role:
Eddie Murphy
Director:
Edd Griles
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Rick James

Eddie Murphy Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Dreamgirls Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2007
People's Choice Awards
Winner Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Comedy 2002
Winner Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actor 1989
Winner Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer 1985
Grammy Awards
Winner Best Comedy Recording 1984