Eddie Murphy’s Five Best Movies
Picking the best five Eddie Murphy movies is not easy. Eddie has made more movies than all the other all the other actors in the world combined (that might not be true). Eddie has made some of my all time favorite movies, but he has also made some of the worst movies known to man. There's one thing that we have always debated about Eddies filmography. Are the greats so great that they wash out the bad ones? Or do the flops, flop so hard that they bring the greats down? We will look at my personal top five and bottom five Eddie Murphy movies, and answer the question once and for all.
I know this technically is not Eddie, but by the time you've seen it more than 5 times you almost see Eddies head on donkey. The original 'Shrek' was by far the best, and like any series, the quality goes down as the numbers go up. One thing has stayed consistently good though, Donkey. This is one of my favorite scenes from 'Shrek', and is a phrase I use in everyday life . . . often. Disagree with 'Shrek' as the fifth best Eddie Murphy movie if you want but if you do you'll cut me, you'll cut me real deep.
When 'Trading Places' is number four on the best of Eddie Murphy list, you know it was a tough list. One of the major themes that will come up in this list is “Chemistry”. The Eddie movies that are great all have great on screen chemistry. 'Trading Places' reunites Eddie with former SNL alumni Dan Aykroyd, and that is a good thing. Valentine and Winthorpe combine for a perfect on screen duo and it hurts my heart that they are number four. I hope after seeing the top three you can understand.
‘The Golden Child’
This is one of Eddie Murphy's most underrated movies in my opinion. It could be the fact that the story was “iffy” and the special effects were cheesy. If you can look past that though, you see Eddie walking into a cave yelling, “Only a man with a skinny ass may walk down these stairs, and mine is that ass”. 'Golden Child' is probably the biggest stretch to make the list for others, but it is solid at third for my five best Eddie Murphy movies list.
‘Coming To America’
Eddie Murphy as ‘Prince Akeem’, ‘Clarence’, ‘Randy Watson’, ‘Saul’
I know what you are thinking, “How can this not be on top of the five best Eddie Murphy movie?” The answer is simple, I flipped a coin. That's right, I couldn't decide between this and 'Harlem Nights' so I flipped a coin and 'Coming To America' lost. You can be angry, and cuss me out as much as you would like to. You have the right to believe whatever you like, but do you know what I believe? (Randy Watson voice) “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way . . .” I feel terrible about only having one clip so watch here, here and here.
If I were on an island with only one movie to watch for the rest of my life, it would probably be 'Harlem Nights'. Eddie Murphy as 'Quick' fighting Della Reese might be one of the funniest moments in film. Instead of gushing about how great the movie is, I'll just get to the point. Does the greatness of 'Harlem Nights' over rule the sheer awfulness of Eddie's worst movies? That's what we are trying to find out.