Beverly Hills Cop

(Photo by Paramount Pictures/ courtesy Everett Collection)

All Eddie Murphy Movies Ranked

Eddie Murphy’s movie career came roaring out of the gate in the early ’80s, with three yearly successive Certified Fresh classics in a row: 48 HRS, Trading Places, and Beverly Hills Cop. His presence represented a shake-up in the comedy status quo: Provocative jokes, tough action, and even some social commentary. Combined with his other seminal ’80s movie, Coming to America, Murphy was the king of American comedy. And if you needed even more raw (literally) material, you could turn to his hard-hitting stand-up movies.

Harlem Nights was a highlight in his immediate post-America career, if only in having Murphy in the director’s chair, and luring Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx into the same movie. But it was the softening of Murphy’s image that propelled him into the blockbuster stage of his career with The Nutty Professor, where he performs seven separate roles. Along with roles in Mulan, Dr. Dolittle, and Shrek, suddenly every kid out there knew his name. (The Golden Child apparently had not worked.) In-between, Murphy was still able to put out more adult-oriented movies like Bowfinger and Life.

But the cracks began to show with The Adventures of Pluto Nash, one of the more notorious bombs in Hollywood history, along with The Haunted Mansion and Daddy Day Care, where audiences slowly started to turn on his family material (the critics were already out). A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nom for Dreamgirls in 2006 was quickly overshadowed by the pile-up disasters of Norbit, Meet Dave, Imagine That, and A Thousand Words. Murphy peaced out from filmmaking until a time audiences and critics would be more appreciative of his talents, hopefully with the movies to back it up.

It seemed like that moment might have been four years later with 2016’s Mr. Church. Nah, nobody saw it. Instead, the true comeback would hit in 2019: Dolemite Is My Name, where he plays bold and brash blaxploitation legend Rudy Ray Moore, and for which he received the most glowing reviews of his career. And he’s picked Dolemite director Craig Brewer to helm Coming 2 America, the long-gestating sequel that will finally hit theaters this December. Before then, we’re ranking all Eddie Murphy movies by Tomatometer!

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 1955%
Critics Consensus: Dated jokes (A Thousand Words was shot in 2008) and removing Eddie Murphy's voice -- his greatest comedic asset -- dooms this painful mess from the start.
Synopsis: A fast-talking literary agent (Eddie Murphy) must learn how to live without speech upon discovering that he has only a... [More]
Directed By: Brian Robbins

#35
Adjusted Score: 6491%
Critics Consensus: The Adventures of Pluto Nash is neither adventurous nor funny, and Eddie Murphy is on autopilot in this notorious box office bomb.
Synopsis: In the future, the owner (Eddie Murphy) of a nightclub on the moon refuses to sell his business to a... [More]
Directed By: Ron Underwood

#34

Norbit (2007)
9%

#34
Adjusted Score: 12311%
Critics Consensus: Coming off his Oscar-nominated performance in Dreamgirls, the talented-but-inconsistent Eddie Murphy plays three roles in Norbit, a cruel, crass, stereotype-filled comedy that's more depressing than funny.
Synopsis: Though married to a terrible shrew, a man (Eddie Murphy) tries to figure out a way to be with his... [More]
Directed By: Brian Robbins

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 12753%
Critics Consensus: Despite being set at an amusement park, Beverly Hills Cop III forgets to have any fun as it churns out uninspired violence and witless gags, with an uncharacteristically lethargic Eddie Murphy not helping matters.
Synopsis: A hip detective (Eddie Murphy) from Detroit tracks a crime ring to a Los Angeles fun park called WonderWorld.... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 12963%
Critics Consensus: Neither scary nor very funny, this misguided effort never lives up to its premise.
Synopsis: A Caribbean vampire (Eddie Murphy) seeks the half-vampire, half-human New York homicide detective (Angela Bassett) destined to be his bride.... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#31

Holy Man (1998)
12%

#31
Adjusted Score: 14728%
Critics Consensus: Cloying and unfunny, Holy Man wastes the repartee between Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum on the gospel of toothless satire and unearned sentimentality.
Synopsis: Sales skyrocket when a burnt-out TV programmer (Jeff Goldblum) puts a guru (Eddie Murphy) on his home shopping network.... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Herek

#30
Adjusted Score: 12743%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Armed with the same name as a late U.S. senator, a con man (Eddie Murphy) goes to Washington and plays... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Lynn

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 17385%
Critics Consensus: Neither scary nor funny, The Haunted Mansion is as lifeless as the ghosts in the movie.
Synopsis: A real estate agent (Eddie Murphy) and his family encounter ghosts in an old New Orleans house on a remote... [More]
Directed By: Rob Minkoff

#28

I Spy (2002)
16%

#28
Adjusted Score: 19281%
Critics Consensus: Insipid and mirthless, I-Spy bares little resemblance to the TV series that inspired it.
Synopsis: A special agent (Owen Wilson) and a boxing champion (Eddie Murphy) travel to Budapest, Hungary, to locate an arms dealer... [More]
Directed By: Betty Thomas

#27

Another 48 HRS. (1990)
21%

#27
Adjusted Score: 23238%
Critics Consensus: Even the return of Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, and director Walter Hill can't hide the lazy, patchwork quality of Another 48 Hrs.
Synopsis: Slick jailbird Reggie (Eddie Murphy) hits the street with sloppy policeman Jack (Nick Nolte), this time to nab a drug... [More]
Directed By: Walter Hill

#26

Meet Dave (2008)
20%

#26
Adjusted Score: 22874%
Critics Consensus: Easy gags and slack direction drag this occasionally clever alien-out-of-planet comedy down to unimaginative lows.
Synopsis: Tiny aliens explore the wilderness of New York City in a human-sized spaceship modeled after their captain (Eddie Murphy).... [More]
Directed By: Brian Robbins

#25

Harlem Nights (1989)
21%

#25
Adjusted Score: 22705%
Critics Consensus: An all-star comedy lineup is wasted on a paper-thin plot and painfully clunky dialogue.
Synopsis: Business partners (Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor) sting a white mobster trying to take over their nightclub in 1930s Harlem.... [More]
Directed By: Eddie Murphy

#24

Mr. Church (2016)
24%

#24
Adjusted Score: 24704%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a young girl and her dying mother are joined by a black male cook who comes to live with... [More]
Directed By: Bruce Beresford

#23

Showtime (2002)
25%

#23
Adjusted Score: 28836%
Critics Consensus: Showtime starts out as a promising satire of the buddy cop genre. Unfortunately, it ends up becoming the type of movies it is satirizing.
Synopsis: A straight-laced cop (Robert De Niro) must work with a bumbling patrolman (Eddie Murphy) on a reality-based TV show.... [More]
Directed By: Tom Dey

#22
Adjusted Score: 29328%
Critics Consensus: While Eddie Murphy is still hilarious as the entire Klump family, the movie falls apart because of uneven pacing, a poor script, and skits that rely on being gross rather than funny.
Synopsis: In an attempt to remove Buddy Love from his subconscious, professor Klump (Eddie Murphy) accidentally creates him as a separate... [More]
Directed By: Peter Segal

#21

Daddy Day Care (2003)
27%

#21
Adjusted Score: 31079%
Critics Consensus: Daddy Day Care does its job of babysitting the tots. Anyone older will probably be bored.
Synopsis: After company downsizing, two former executives (Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin) decide to open a day-care center for kids in their... [More]
Directed By: Steve Carr

#20

Shrek the Third (2007)
42%

#20
Adjusted Score: 49166%
Critics Consensus: Shrek the Third has pop culture potshots galore, but at the expense of the heart, charm, and wit that made the first two Shreks classics.
Synopsis: Shrek (Mike Myers) and friends set out to find Fiona's slacker cousin, Artie (Justin Timberlake), and bring him back to... [More]
Directed By: Chris Miller

#19

Imagine That (2009)
41%

#19
Adjusted Score: 43905%
Critics Consensus: Despite a promising turn by newcomer Yara Shahidi, Imagine That is another pedestrian family comedy that squanders Eddie Murphy's comedic talents.
Synopsis: Consumed by career woes and personal crises, a financial executive (Eddie Murphy) finds the answers to all his problems within... [More]
Directed By: Karey Kirkpatrick

#18

Dr. Dolittle (1998)
42%

#18
Adjusted Score: 44873%
Critics Consensus: Doctor Dolittle finds some mirth in the novelty of wisecracking critters, but this family feature's treacly tone is made queasy by a reliance on scatological gags that undercut the intended warmth.
Synopsis: A 20th-century San Francisco doctor (Eddie Murphy) rediscovers his ability to communicate with animals.... [More]
Directed By: Betty Thomas

#17

Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)
42%

#17
Adjusted Score: 45815%
Critics Consensus: Although there are laughs to be had in Dr. Dolittle 2, its preoccupation with toilet humor and Murphy's restrained performance makes this a missed opportunity.
Synopsis: To save an endangered species, a veterinarian who can talk to animals (Eddie Murphy) must reintroduce a performing bear to... [More]
Directed By: Steve Carr

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 48593%
Critics Consensus: Eddie Murphy remains appealing as the wisecracking Axel Foley, but Beverly Hills Cop II doesn't take him -- or the viewer -- anywhere new enough to justify a sequel.
Synopsis: A clever detective (Eddie Murphy) from Detroit shows Los Angeles how to stop a hit woman's (Brigitte Nielsen) so-called Alphabet... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#15

Boomerang (1992)
43%

#15
Adjusted Score: 44783%
Critics Consensus: Boomerang injects some fresh color into the corporate rom-com formula, but the frothy fun is undercut by off-putting gender dynamics and misjudged gags.
Synopsis: A Manhattan playboy (Eddie Murphy) gets a new corporate boss (Robin Givens), and she treats him the way he has... [More]
Directed By: Reginald Hudlin

#14

Life (1999)
50%

#14
Adjusted Score: 52109%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining if not over-the-top humor from a solid comic duo provides plenty of laughs.
Synopsis: Wrongly convicted of murder, two men (Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence) become close friends during decades in a Mississippi penitentiary.... [More]
Directed By: Ted Demme

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 64032%
Critics Consensus: While not without its moments, Shrek Forever After too often feels like a rote rehashing of the franchise's earlier entries.
Synopsis: After Rumpelstiltskin tricks him into making a pact, Shrek (Mike Myers) finds himself in an alternate version of Far Far... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mitchell

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 66358%
Critics Consensus: The Nutty Professor falls back on juvenile humor eagerly and often, but Eddie Murphy's consistently funny work in dual roles means more for audiences to love.
Synopsis: An obese scientist (Eddie Murphy) drops the pounds and his poor self-image when a secret formula turns him into a... [More]
Directed By: Tom Shadyac

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 76669%
Critics Consensus: Eddie Murphy was in full control at this point, starkly evident in Coming to America's John Landis' coasting direction.
Synopsis: Pampered Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) of Zamunda comes to New York with his royal sidekick (Arsenio Hall) to find a... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#10

Tower Heist (2011)
68%

#10
Adjusted Score: 74536%
Critics Consensus: Tower Heist is a true Brett Ratner joint: little brains to this caper, but it's fun fluff, exciting to watch, and showcases a welcome return to form for Eddie Murphy.
Synopsis: The manager (Ben Stiller) of a luxury condominium joins forces with a petty crook (Eddie Murphy) to steal back the... [More]
Directed By: Brett Ratner

#9

Dreamgirls (2006)
78%

#9
Adjusted Score: 86138%
Critics Consensus: Dreamgirls' simple characters and plot hardly detract from the movie's real feats: the electrifying performances and the dazzling musical numbers.
Synopsis: After an ambitious manager (Jamie Foxx) gives them a shot at stardom, three singers learn that fame can carry a... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#8

Bowfinger (1999)
81%

#8
Adjusted Score: 86444%
Critics Consensus: A witty commentary on modern film-making, with enough jokes to keep it entertaining throughout.
Synopsis: A broke producer (Steve Martin) hires a nerd (Eddie Murphy) who looks like a famous actor and other misfits to... [More]
Directed By: Frank Oz

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 87900%
Critics Consensus: The buddy cop movie continues its evolution unabated with this Eddie Murphy vehicle that's fast, furious, and funny.
Synopsis: A hip Detroit detective (Eddie Murphy) drives out to Los Angeles and shows local police (Judge Reinhold, John Ashton) how... [More]
Directed By: Martin Brest

#6

Mulan (1998)
86%

#6
Adjusted Score: 89832%
Critics Consensus: Exploring themes of family duty and honor, Mulan breaks new ground as a Disney film, while still bringing vibrant animation and sprightly characters to the screen.
Synopsis: A Chinese maiden disguises herself as a man to take her father's place in battle against invading Huns.... [More]
Directed By: Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft

#5

Trading Places (1983)
88%

#5
Adjusted Score: 92179%
Critics Consensus: Featuring deft interplay between Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places is an immensely appealing social satire.
Synopsis: Sporting billionaire brothers reverse the roles of a Wall Street commodities broker (Dan Aykroyd) and a street hustler (Eddie Murphy).... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#4

Shrek (2001)
88%

#4
Adjusted Score: 95343%
Critics Consensus: While simultaneously embracing and subverting fairy tales, the irreverent Shrek also manages to tweak Disney's nose, provide a moral message to children, and offer viewers a funny, fast-paced ride.
Synopsis: In order to save his home, a monster (Mike Myers) with a donkey (Eddie Murphy) makes a deal with a... [More]

#3

Shrek 2 (2004)
89%

#3
Adjusted Score: 95689%
Critics Consensus: It may not be as fresh as the original, but topical humor and colorful secondary characters make Shrek 2 a winner in its own right.
Synopsis: A green ogre (Mike Myers), his new wife (Cameron Diaz) and a donkey (Eddie Murphy) find adventure while visiting his... [More]

#2

48 HRS. (1982)
93%

#2
Adjusted Score: 97612%
Critics Consensus: Marking an auspicious feature film debut for Eddie Murphy, 48 Hrs. is a briskly paced action comedy that succeeds largely due to the outstanding chemistry between its two leads.
Synopsis: A rumpled detective (Nick Nolte) gets a slick convict (Eddie Murphy) released into his custody for two days to help... [More]
Directed By: Walter Hill

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 108416%
Critics Consensus: In dramatizing Rudy Ray Moore's stranger-than-fiction story, Eddie Murphy makes Dolemite Is My Name just as bold, brash, and ultimately hard to resist as its subject.
Synopsis: Performer Rudy Ray Moore develops an outrageous character named Dolemite, who becomes an underground sensation and star of a kung-fu,... [More]
Directed By: Craig Brewer

Tag Cloud

strong female leads 2017 based on movie HBO indiana jones TruTV robots Holidays adventure indie lord of the rings Sneak Peek A24 Nominations justice league Mudbound OWN Reality Competition werewolf reviews El Rey Set visit GLAAD Toys Valentine's Day Lifetime Christmas movies batman quibi Food Network gangster Academy Awards E3 Trivia ESPN space superhero stop motion streaming Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Disney Plus comiccon joker legend Film rt labs critics edition TNT video 2019 The CW video on demand Nickelodeon nature singing competition Mary Tyler Moore Starz Dark Horse Comics Tubi cars Teen spinoff Women's History Month cancelled TV shows Discovery Channel Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Superheroe Stephen King TLC Netflix Grammys Brie Larson Classic Film Super Bowl boxoffice blockbusters japan latino CNN king arthur Trailer YouTube Esquire Red Carpet nbcuniversal films concert Black History Month FX jurassic park game of thrones 93rd Oscars BBC America slasher Rocky anthology TV movies Mary poppins SDCC Comic-Con@Home 2021 sag awards archives dark Anna Paquin TIFF psychological thriller toy story docuseries Opinion YouTube Red Lucasfilm discovery APB debate romance canceled TV shows Comic Book parents dceu Apple President universal monsters telelvision Wes Anderson adenture television satire remakes Podcast ITV Paramount Network sequel mission: impossible streaming movies Black Mirror Photos VICE Heroines south america Amazon Prime Video LGBTQ Crunchyroll news TCA 2017 RT21 Spring TV BET Awards Musical Spectrum Originals scary movies james bond San Diego Comic-Con superman ID ratings Nat Geo TCA GoT supernatural Ovation dogs Legendary Masterpiece Rom-Com Schedule hidden camera Travel Channel DGA YouTube Premium Marvel Studios Tarantino Alien unscripted documentary Music comics Mystery Summer Comedy Central king kong cinemax festival TCA Winter 2020 Sony Pictures TV Land HBO Max godzilla twilight Turner 2020 Shudder Avengers saw Exclusive Video ViacomCBS mutant BAFTA anime 007 The Purge christmas movies YA Ellie Kemper docudrama animated Calendar Kids & Family ABC Signature Fox Searchlight travel Pop TV japanese golden globes facebook Sundance TV Family directors Lifetime FXX Television Academy 45 new star wars movies asian-american SundanceTV Disney versus Disney Channel screenings police drama spain Star Wars Action mockumentary dc halloween ABC Family worst stoner Year in Review 2018 Cannes crime thriller Hallmark talk show target Best and Worst USA The Witch Freeform Endgame tv talk Sundance Now Disney+ Disney Plus french italian TV renewals NBA Britbox chucky pirates of the caribbean Logo 21st Century Fox Pop Hulu stand-up comedy 2021 2015 reboot crime high school award winner new york TV One BBC dragons Columbia Pictures Acorn TV thriller Superheroes HBO Go slashers war sitcom Showtime diversity X-Men dramedy technology rt labs First Look cancelled television Paramount Plus Writers Guild of America cooking Watching Series international Oscars cartoon PBS Rocketman revenge rom-coms festivals Interview 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Countdown spy thriller Vudu Premiere Dates PlayStation rotten National Geographic AMC Emmys fast and furious social media Certified Fresh Universal true crime cults game show foreign deadpool olympics comic book movies Tomatazos Musicals hollywood scorecard nfl Television Critics Association Cosplay TBS aapi suspense classics TCM Polls and Games venice Fox News sequels doctor who Turner Classic Movies Reality Fall TV DC Comics movies best book adaptation Infographic renewed TV shows Song of Ice and Fire Epix Broadway BET CBS romantic comedy Marathons composers 24 frames halloween tv Western a nightmare on elm street Extras Funimation die hard cancelled TV series cops posters spanish language Trophy Talk medical drama name the review WarnerMedia book live action Mindy Kaling Election 4/20 20th Century Fox popular prank Character Guide Apple TV+ Holiday LGBT heist movie Ghostbusters Amazon Studios Lionsgate Animation Video Games Creative Arts Emmys RT History spider-man Amazon 2016 new zealand Pacific Islander A&E New York Comic Con marvel cinematic universe series vampires Awards natural history 72 Emmy Awards Captain marvel WGN elevated horror 90s rt archives The Academy laika psycho Bravo theme song Film Festival DC Universe zombies Crackle Binge Guide royal family TCA Awards transformers Comics on TV Winter TV women miniseries documentaries political drama FX on Hulu Disney streaming service zero dark thirty basketball mcc comic book movie binge free movies Rock wonder woman 73rd Emmy Awards critics Box Office casting marvel comics Emmy Nominations all-time Marvel toronto hispanic Comedy 99% worst movies Syfy PaleyFest australia adaptation Drama disaster blockbuster franchise DirecTV football Fantasy Thanksgiving American Society of Cinematographers what to watch Biopics OneApp Pet Sematary Hallmark Christmas movies critic resources richard e. Grant criterion dexter screen actors guild CMT Apple TV Plus Elton John FOX hist 1990s Horror TV comedies serial killer biopic E! historical drama CW Seed movie spanish Quiz Pixar obituary Sundance Spike Walt Disney Pictures BBC One feel good kong CBS All Access The Arrangement Country fresh First Reviews VOD See It Skip It Star Trek science fiction ABC GIFs Baby Yoda independent Pride Month period drama scene in color politics IFC aliens History Mary Poppins Returns child's play golden globe awards Netflix Christmas movies know your critic monster movies finale NYCC razzies Winners The Walking Dead Cartoon Network The Walt Disney Company crime drama VH1 MCU cancelled Shondaland Marvel Television SXSW rotten movies we love MTV Christmas Chernobyl sports NBC jamie lee curtis kids harry potter ghosts trailers Warner Bros. DC streaming service Sci-Fi children's TV witnail boxing blaxploitation young adult Arrowverse Tokyo Olympics black Hear Us Out Tumblr Paramount hispanic heritage month action-comedy Amazon Prime Image Comics Adult Swim Pirates crossover teaser comic books Awards Tour cats canceled Peacock IFC Films comic USA Network MSNBC breaking bad biography Martial Arts kaiju green book emmy awards zombie 71st Emmy Awards