Eddie Murphy Movies

10 Biggest Eddie Murphy Movies

Eddie Murphy should be in the short list of the greatest comedians of the 21st century. Eddie Murphy movies have grossed a combined $6.6 billion worldwide, making him one of the most successful African-American actors of his era. Here is a list of the most memorable flicks from this comedian, singer, and director.

Below are Eddie Murphy movie ratings:

Trading Places7.5
Beverly Hills Cop 7.3
Shrek 27.2
Coming to America 6.9
48 Hrs.6.9
Dreamgirls 6.5
Shrek Forever After 6.4

1. Shrek (2001)

Murphy is the voice of the unforgettable character Donkey in this hit animated movie about an ogre who agrees to rescue a princess from a villainous lord so he can get his land back after being swamped with magical creatures.

Shrek was both a commercial and critical success, earning more than $480 million at the box office. Produced by Dreamworks Animation, the film also earned a best supporting actor nomination for Murphy from the British Academy for Film and Television awards.

2. Mulan (1998)

Mulan is another animated film where Murphy lent his voice. This time around, he was the voice of the dragon Mushu that guides the lead character. Produced by Walt Disney, the movie was a smashing hit as it grossed more than $300 million at the box office.

3. Trading Places (1983)

This comedy stars Murphy with fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus Dan Aykroyd about a commodities broker and a street hustler who become part of an elaborate bet. It also stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Ameche, and Ralph Bellamy. Critics describe the plot as a modern take on the classic 19th century novel The Prince and the Pauper.

This is the first movie where Murphy made a mark as a comedian. It also did very well in the box office taking home more than $90 million, making it the fourth highest grossing film of 1983.

4. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

This is the movie that really made Murphy into a legit box-office draw. He stars as Axel Foley, a Detroit cop who goes to Beverly Hills, California to solve the murder of his best friend. It catapulted Murphy to global stardom, with the movie winning the People’s Choice Award for favorite motion picture. It grossed more than $230 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing film of the year.

5. Shrek 2 (2004)

The sequel to the hit movie of 2011, Shrek 2 focuses on the family of Princess Fiona after she and Shrek get hitched. The movie also features the voices of Mike Myers as Shrek, Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona as well as other stars like Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, and Rupert Everett.

Like the original movie, Shrek 2 was a critical and commercial success. It has a worldwide gross of $918 million making it the most successful film in Dreamworks Animation history.

6. Coming to America (1988)

Based on a story by Murphy himself, this movie tells the adventure of an African crown prince named Akeem Joffer who comes to the U.S. in hopes of finding a wife. Murphy continued his lucky streak at the box office as it grossed more than $288 million, which is more than nine times its production budget of $39 million.

7. 48 Hrs. (1982)

This is the big screen debut of Murphy, who plays a convict. Nick Nolte meanwhile is a cop, and together they join hands in catching a cop killer in 48 hours. It is widely considered the first buddy-cop movie in history, paving the way for other successful films with the same formula like Lethal Weapon and Rush Hour. It grossed more than $78 million worldwide.

8. Life (1999)

Murphy stars with Martin Lawrence in this movie that tells the story of two criminals who discover the meaning of life after they were sentenced to life imprisonment. It was a mild hit, earning around $98 million at the box office.

9. Dreamgirls (2006)

Murphy is not only a talented comedian but also a gifted actor, and he showed it in this movie. This movie is the film adaptation of the 1981 Broadway musical of the same name, and follows the history and evolution of American R&B music. It also stars Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, and Jennifer Hudson.

Playing the role of a soul singer, Murphy won a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor but lost the Academy Award for the same nomination. The critically acclaimed movie went on to gross more than $150 million worldwide. With a production cost of $80 million, this movie has the distinction of being the most expensive flick with an all African American starring cast in U.S. film history.

10. Shrek Forever After (2010)

The fourth and last in the Shrek movie series, this movie was still surprisingly strong at the box office despite perceptions of audience fatigue. It was one of the top grossing Eddie Murphy movies with worldwide gross of $753 million. In this movie, Shrek makes a deal with Rumpelstitskin that wipes out his entire existence. He then has to regain the love of Fiona to restore his existence.

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