Since coming to the attention of movie audiences back in the 1980s, Eddie Murphy has built up a reputation as one of the funniest actors in Hollywood. His career has spanned decades, and over the years he has appeared in a wealth of movies including The Nutty Professor (1996), Meet Dave (2008), and Dolemite Is My Name (2019), to name but a few.

His pictures have ranged from rib-tickling comedies and explosive action movies, to cartoon capers and family films. To an entire generation of fans he is the voice of Donkey in the Shrek movies, while to others he will forever be known as Axel Foley in the Beverly Hills Cop series.

But do you know about all of his films? Well, if the answer is ‘no’, then don’t worry, you’re about to!

In this post I am taking a look back at the film career of Eddie Murphy, with a rundown of all his movies. I will be going through his films, decade-by-decade, to showcase all of the pictures in his portfolio.



The 1980s

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As mentioned above, Eddie Murphy got his big break in the movie business during the 1980s, and more specifically in the 1982 action-comedy, 48 Hrs. Here he played the role of the wise-talking Reggie Hammond, where he was teamed up with Nick Nolte.

From 48 Hrs. he went on to appear in a number of high-profile hits including Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, The Golden Child, and Coming to America. Eddie Murphy’s movies during the 1980s included:

  • 48 Hrs. (1982)
  • Trading Places (1983)
  • Best Defence (1984)
  • Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
  • The Golden Child (1986)
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
  • Coming to America (1988)
  • Harlem Nights (1989)



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Moving into the ‘90s now, and this decade proved to be a busy one for Murphy, with the actor kick-starting a long run of films with a sequel to 48 Hrs., in the shape of Another 48 Hrs. He then appeared in Boomerang and films such as Vampire in Brooklyn, The Nutty Professor, and Bowfinger.

Other movies in this decade included Metro, Doctor Dolittle, and Life. He also took on the part of Mushu for the animated Disney movie, Mulan.

Eddie Murphy’s movies during the 1990s included:

  • Another 48 Hrs. (1990)
  • Boomerang (1992)
  • The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)
  • Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
  • Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
  • The Nutty Professor (1996)
  • Metro (1997)
  • Mulan (1998)
  • Doctor Dolittle (1998)
  • Holy Man (1998)
  • Life (1999)
  • Bowfinger (1999)



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Onto the 2000s now, and Murphy began the decade with another sequel, this time it was The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. He then provided vocal duties for the animated film, Shrek, before appearing in films including Dr. Dolittle, Showtime, Daddy Day Care, and The Haunted Mansion.

Eddie Murphy’s films throughout the 2000s included:

  • Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)
  • Shrek (2001)
  • Dr. Dolittle (2001)
  • Showtime (2002)
  • Pluto Nash (2002)
  • I Spy (2002)
  • Daddy Day Care (2003)
  • The Haunted Mansion (2003)
  • Shrek 2 (2004)
  • Dreamgirls (2006)
  • Norbit (2007)
  • Shrek the Third (2007)
  • Meet Dave (2008)
  • Imagine That (2009)



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Heading into the 2010s and Eddie started the decade with yet another sequel, this time to the Shrek movie series. He then followed this up with films such as Tower Heist and A Thousand Words.

Murphy’s film output was significantly smaller in the 2010s, although during this period he did continue to voice Donkey for a run of Shrek animated shorts which kept him busy.

Eddie Murphy’s movies throughout the 2010s included:

  • Shrek Forever After (2010)
  • Tower Heist (2011)
  • A Thousand Words (2012)
  • Mr. Church (2016)
  • Dolemite is My Name (2019)



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And finally, moving into the 2020s, and Eddie Murphy’s movies include:

  • Coming 2 America (2021)
  • You People (2023)
  • Beverly Hills Cop 4 (2023)


So, those are all the Eddie Murphy movies, but what are your favourites? Are you a fan of The Nutty Professor or is 48 Hrs. your No.1 movie? Perhaps Beverly Hills Cop is the film for you, or possibly Pluto Nash?

Whatever your favourite Eddie Murphy movie, be sure to drop a comment below.


And if you are a fan of Eddie Murphy you might like to know that many of his hit movies are available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray, including one of his most acclaimed films, Dreamgirls.

If you’ve not watched Dreamgirls before, the film follows a group of singers as they aim to make it to the big time!

The Dreamgirls DVD is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.



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