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List of Richard Pryor Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)
11
3
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
11
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Jeff Margolis
Genres:
Comedy, Documentary
Star Cast:
Jennifer Lee Pryor, Patti LaBelle
2. Lily (1973)
9
3
Lily
9
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Juke
Director:
Rick Wallace
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Lily Tomlin, Alan Alda, Judith Kahan, Felix Silla
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Best Writing in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music
3. Lost Highway (1997)
62
20
Lost Highway
R
62
20

Fred Madison, a Jazz musician, who is suspicious of his wife Renee’s loyalty, receives video tapes of their house, and one showing Renee’s murder. Accused of her murder, he is sentenced to death. In the prison, he mysteriously transforms into mechanic Peter Dayton, who is then released. Peter meets a gangster’s girlfriend, Alice, who is Renee’s mirror-image, which deepens the mystery further. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller
4. The Muppet Movie (1979)
22
7
The Muppet Movie
G
22
7

The Muppet Movie is a musical road comedy film, which tells the story of Kermit the Frog, who is told by a talent agent, to try his luck in Hollywood. He soon sets out on a journey to Los Angeles, California, but on the way, he is pursued by an entrepreneur who wants him to be a new spokesperson for his restaurant.

As:
Cast
Director:
James Frawley
Genres:
Musical, Family, Comedy, Adventure
5. Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982)
10
3
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
R
10
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Joe Layton
Genres:
Comedy, Documentary
Star Cast:
Gene Cross, Julie Hampton, Jesse Jackson
6. Blue Collar (1978)
11
4
Blue Collar
R
11
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Zeke
Director:
Paul Schrader
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Harvey Keitel, Ed Begley Jr., Harry Bellaver, Yaphet Kotto
7. Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales (1969)
8
3
Uncle Tom's Fairy Tales
8
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Penelope Spheeris
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Franklyn Ajaye
8. The Richard Pryor Special? (1977)
8
3
The Richard Pryor Special?
8
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself / The Reverend James L. White / Idi Amin Dada / Shoeshine Man / Willie
Director:
John Moffitt
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Maya Angelou, LaWanda Page, Shirley Hemphill, William Guest
9. Richard Pryor... Here and Now (1983)
8
3
Richard Pryor... Here and Now
R
8
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Richard Pryor
Genres:
Comedy, Documentary
Star Cast:
Paul Mooney
10. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
9
4
Lady Sings the Blues
R
9
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Piano Man
Director:
Sidney J. Furie
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Music, Romance
Star Cast:
Diana Ross, Scatman Crothers, Billy Dee Williams, James T. Callahan, Paul Hampton
11. Silver Streak (1976)
14
6
Silver Streak
PG
14
6

During a cross-country train ride, a book editor George Caldwell meets an enigmatic woman named Hilly Burns, and falls for her. However, his vacation is interrupted when he witnesses a murder for which he is then accused. Things get worse when the actual murderers kidnap Hilly and attempt to throw him off the train.

As:
Cast
Role:
Grover
Director:
Arthur Hiller
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Action, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
12. See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
25
12
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
R
25
12

Karue, a blind man, and Dave, a deaf man, are the prime witnesses in the murder of a girl. They try to figure out who the killer is, with their collective senses, but the investigating detective suspects them of the murder. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Wally
Director:
Arthur Hiller
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Kevin Spacey, Gene Wilder, Alan North, Joan Severance
13. The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)
7
3
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
PG
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie Snow, All-Star (RF)
Director:
John Badham
Genres:
Comedy, Sport
Star Cast:
James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams, Rico Dawson, Sam 'Birmingham' Brison
14. Stir Crazy (1980)
16
8
Stir Crazy
R
16
8

Two friends are wrongfully accused and convicted, after which they are sent to prison. They realize that they have no other choice but to make a foolproof escape plan. They soon realize that the annual rodeo competition may provide them with a perfect opportunity to escape.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Harry Monroe
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jonathan Banks, Craig T. Nelson, Gene Wilder, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams
16. Brewster's Millions (1985)
19
10
Brewster's Millions
PG
19
10

Montgomery Brewster, a minor league baseball player, learns that a wealthy uncle he didn’t know existed has left him $300 million….but with a condition. Brewster must spend $30 million in 30 days; however, he cannot donate to charity, waste or destroy any money or possess any assets. Also, he can’t tell anyone about it. So, Brewster has an enormous task to tackle

As:
Cast
Role:
Montgomery Brewster
Director:
Walter Hill
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
John Candy, Rick Moranis, Alan Autry, Hume Cronyn, Jerry Orbach, Stephen Collins, Pat Hingle
17. The Mack (1973)
7
4
The Mack
R
7
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Slim
Director:
Michael Campus
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Don Gordon, Max Julien, Carol Speed, Roger E. Mosley
18. Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin' (1971)
6
4
Richard Pryor: Live and Smokin'
R
6
4

The stand-up comedy special is one of the earliest recordings of Richard Pryor who took to stage on April 29, 1971, to deliver one of his unique performances. He focuses on everything ranging from racial tensions, family dynamics and even showcases bits like Wino Preacher and Willie the Junkie. 

As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Michael Blum
Genres:
Comedy, Documentary
19. Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)
6
4
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
R
6
4
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Role:
Jo Jo Dancer / Alter Ego
Director:
Richard Pryor
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Debbie Allen, Fay Hauser, Michael Ironside, Art Evans
20. Greased Lightning (1977)
6
4
Greased Lightning
PG
6
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Wendell Scott
Director:
Michael Schultz
Genres:
Sport, Comedy, Biography, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Pam Grier, Cleavon Little, Vincent Gardenia, Beau Bridges
22. Which Way Is Up? (1977)
6
4
Which Way Is Up?
R
6
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Leroy Jones / Rufus Jones / Reverend Lenox Thomas
Director:
Michael Schultz
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Morgan Woodward, Margaret Avery, Lonette McKee, Marilyn Coleman
23. Car Wash (1976)
8
5
Car Wash
PG
8
5

The epicenter of this cult comedy is a group of friends. They work at Sully Boyar's Car Wash. This team meets a number of people everyday - from a wacky cab driver, to an eloquent preacher, to an ex-convict and others. Set up in a manic energy, the eccentric customers talk about everything under the sun, from politically incorrect jokes to disco and funk. Some of the team members find romance while the others feel glad that they got through another shift.

As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Schultz
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
George Carlin, Danny DeVito, Antonio Fargas, Darrow Igus, Otis Day
25. Hit! (1973)
5
4
Hit!
R
5
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Mike Willmer
Director:
Sidney J. Furie
Genres:
Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Billy Dee Williams, Paul Hampton, Gwen Welles, Warren J. Kemmerling
26. Harlem Nights (1989)
12
8
Harlem Nights
R
12
8

Harlem Nights is a crime comedy film which takes us to the 1930s. It tells the story of a New York City gambling house owner and his associates who face strong competition as well as problems from gangsters and corrupt policemen.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sugar Ray
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy, Della Reese, Danny Aiello, Michael Lerner, Redd Foxx
27. Bustin' Loose (1981)
6
4
Bustin' Loose
R
6
4
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Joe Braxton
Director:
Michael Schultz, Oz Scott
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Cicely Tyson, Vincent Price, Angel Ramirez Jr., Jimmy Hughes
29. The Toy (1982)
9
6
The Toy
PG
9
6

Jack Brown, an unemployed journalist finds himself literally purchased as a toy for Eric, a rich, spoiled brat of the department store where Jack is the night janitor. In order to spend a week with the troubled kid, Jack is paid handsomely. However, Jack soon learns the root of Eric's bad behaviour and gradually teaches the boy what it is to have a friend.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Brown
Director:
Richard Donner
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty, Teresa Ganzel, Scott Schwartz
30. Some Kind of Hero (1982)
5
4
Some Kind of Hero
TV-14
5
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Eddie Keller
Director:
Michael Pressman
Genres:
War, Crime, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Margot Kidder, Ronny Cox, Ray Sharkey, Lynne Moody
31. The Busy Body (1967)
4
4
The Busy Body
4
4

Chicago gang-boss Charley Barker sends his minion, clumsy George Norton, to dig up mob-courier Archie Brody’s body that got buried in a suit lined with $1million of syndicate’s money. When he first digs it up, the casket is empty, while after a few days, he finds a stranger’s corpse. Now a prime suspect, George must find the body or retrieve the money.

As:
Cast
Director:
William Castle
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Sid Caesar, Anne Baxter, Robert Ryan, Jan Murray
32. In God We Trust (or Gimme That Prime Time Religion) (1980)
5
4
In God We Trust (or Gimme That Prime Time Religion)
PG
5
4

Innocent Brother Ambrose arrives in Hollywood to raise funds to save their monastery, where he meets many, including Dr. Sebastian Melmoth, who robs him. Mary, a prostitute, helps him and tutors him about the ways of the world. Ambrose joins televangelist Armageddon T. Thunderbird’s ‘Church of Divine Profit,’ only to realize that it’s a money-making trick. Can he succeed in raising funds?

As:
Cast
Role:
G.O.D.
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Marty Feldman, Andy Kaufman, Louise Lasser, Peter Boyle
33. The Wiz (1978)
8
7
The Wiz
G
8
7

The Wiz is a fantasy adventure film which revolves around a shy 24 year old schoolteacher named Dorothy, who is magically transported to the urban fantasy Land of Oz. She soon befriends a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, and they embark on a quest together to look for a way to send her back home.

As:
Cast
Director:
Sidney Lumet
Genres:
Adventure, Musical, Family, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Lena Horne, Nipsey Russell, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Ted Ross, Mabel King
34. Some Call It Loving (1973)
4
4
Some Call It Loving
R
4
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Jeff
Director:
James B. Harris
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Carol White, Zalman King, Tisa Farrow, Veronica Anderson
35. You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat (1971)
4
4
You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat
R
4
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Wino
Director:
Peter Locke
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Allen Garfield, Robert Downey Sr., Zalman King, Suzette Green
36. Critical Condition (1987)
5
4
Critical Condition
R
5
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Kevin Lenahan / Dr. Eddie Slattery
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Wesley Snipes, Joe Mantegna, Rubén Blades, Rachel Ticotin
39. Carter's Army (1970)
4
4
Carter's Army
4
4
As:
Cast
Director:
George McCowan
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Rosey Grier, Billy Dee Williams, Stephen Boyd, Susan Oliver, Robert Hooks
40. Superman III (1983)
21
21
Superman III
PG
21
21

Business magnate Ross Webster takes help of computer genius Gus Gorman to take hold of weather satellite control, but doesn’t want Superman to interfere. So he orders Gorman to destroy Superman. Gorman prepares a synthetic Kryptonite, but replaces a missing element with tar. This flaw in Kryptonite brings out a total change in Superman’s personality. Will he be the same savior Superman?

As:
Cast
Role:
Gus Gorman
Director:
Richard Lester
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Comedy, Action
41. Wholly Moses! (1980)
4
4
Wholly Moses!
PG
4
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Gary Weis
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Dudley Moore, John Ritter, Dom DeLuise, James Coco, Laraine Newman, Jack Gilford
42. The Phynx (1970)
3
4
The Phynx
GP
3
4

In order to rescue a group of American celebrities, members of a rock band are sent to Albania, in Europe.

As:
Cast
Director:
Lee H. Katzin
Genres:
Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Johnny Weissmuller, Edgar Bergen, Lou Antonio, Michael A. Miller
43. Adiós Amigo (1976)
2
4
Adiós Amigo
PG
2
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Sam Spade
Director:
Fred Williamson
Genres:
Western, Comedy, Action
Star Cast:
James Brown, Mike Henry, Fred Williamson, Robert Phillips
44. On Location: The Comedy Store's 11th Anniversary Show (1983)
7
3
On Location: The Comedy Store's 11th Anniversary Show
7
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Marty Callner
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jim Carrey, Sandra Bernhard, Don Novello, Paul Rodriguez

Director

Richard Pryor... Here and Now (1983)
12
5
Richard Pryor... Here and Now
R
12
5
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Richard Pryor
Genres:
Comedy, Documentary
Star Cast:
Paul Mooney
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)
9
5
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
R
9
5
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Richard Pryor
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Debbie Allen, Fay Hauser, Michael Ironside, Art Evans

Narrator/Dubbing

The Three Muscatels (1991)
7
8
The Three Muscatels
7
8
As:
Cast, Narrator
Role:
Narrator / Wino / Bartender
Director:
Romell Foster-Owens
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Joe Torry, Flynn Belaine, Cal Wilson, Reynaldo Rey

TV Shows

The Richard Pryor Show
8
2
The Richard Pryor Show
8
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1977)
Director:
John Moffitt
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard, Edie McClurg, Allegra Allison

Richard Pryor Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
Lily Best Writing in Comedy-Variety, Variety or Music 1974
Grammy Awards
Winner Best Comedy Recording 1982
Winner Best Comedy Recording 1977
Winner Best Comedy Recording 1976
Winner Best Comedy Recording 1975
Winner Best Comedy Recording 1983
Winner Lifetime Achievement Award 2006
Winner Best Album Notes 2002