Eddie Murphy received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on Sunday night. For the first time in 28 years, Murphy got up on stage and cracked jokes; namely at the expense of Bill Cosby. SNL and controversial stand-up were what made Murphy famous back in the ’80s, but he’s since moved on to make some comic masterpieces. Here’s our list of the best Eddie Murphy comedies that are sure to have you in stitches.
Beverly Hills Cop (1984, 1987, 1994)
“Disturbing the peace? I got thrown out of a window! What’s the f*****’ charge for getting pushed out of a moving car, huh? Jaywalking?”
The first film in the series is what sent Murphy into true Hollywood stardom. All three movies in the series earned more than $735 million dollars worldwide. Though Beverly Hills Cop 4 is on the back burner for Paramount until further notice, we’re totally fine re-watching the three films a few hundred more times.
Coming to America (1988)
“Is it just me, or does every woman in Queens have a severe emotional problem?”
If John Landis is the king of ’80s and ’90s comedies, Eddie Murphy was the Prince. He played the Crown Prince Akeem Joffer, from the fictional nation of Zamunda in hopes of finding someone he can marry. This was the first film where he played several different characters, which became a staple in his career from then on.
The Nutty Professor (1996)
“Come on, Cletus! It aint nuthin’ but a short walk. You might walk over, but you limpin’ back!”
Murphy plays seven different characters in one film. Pretty impressive. Though this film was a remake of the 1963 film of the same name, this version of The Nutty Professor is full of laughs, fat jokes, fart jokes, and general hilarity. Eddie Murphy reportedly made $12 million making the film, so is that $1.7 million per character?
Doctor Dolittle (1998)
“My son Rodney. Little hairy boy, sleeps in the cage. I have to keep him in the cage because he has hygiene problems.”
Murphy has a knack for remaking ’60s films, revitalizing them for a more modern audience, and making a franchise out of it. The original Dr. Dolittle was a total bomb, but Eddie Murphy had a hit with this revamped version. It made a whopping $294 million at the box office worldwide, though the film received mixed reviews. We’re still a fan of Ellen Degeneres as a dog.
“You know what ELSE everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, “Let’s get some parfait,” they say, “Hell no, I don’t like no parfait.”? Parfaits are delicious!”
Murphy and Mike Myers were fantastic together as the dynamic duo of Donkey and Shrek, but Donkey is easily the best character in all four movies in the franchise. Anyone who disagrees is simply incorrect.
“How you doin’?”
HA. Just kidding. It’s ok Eddie, we’ll give you a flop or two. This one just happened to be outrageously terrible.
Eddie Murphy’s played some pretty awesome characters over the last few years, and a few not so awesome ones. Which of his films is your favorite? Which ones could you have done without? Join the conversation by commenting below!