Top 10 Action Comedy Movies You should Watch

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Last Updated on February 13, 2023 by Okoro Daniel O.

Here’s an awesome pick of Top 10 Action Comedy Movies you should watch. Uhm, don’t forget to add yours via the comment section below. Enjoy. You might also wanna check out Top 20 Movies For Couples.


1. Bad Boys

Bad Boys

Bad Boys is a series of American buddy cop action comedy films created by George Gallo. It stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as two detectives in the Miami Police Department, Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett. Joe Pantoliano and Theresa Randle also appear in all three films. Michael Bay directed the first two films and Adil & Bilall took over directional duties for the third. Gabrielle Union, who starred in the second installment, also stars alongside Jessica Alba in a spin-off television series, L.A.’s Finest.

The series has grossed over $840 million worldwide. The first film received mixed reviews from critics, the second was unfavorably received and the third had a generally positive reception.



2. Rush Hour

Rush Hour

The Rush Hour franchise is a series of American action comedy films created by Ross LaManna and directed by Brett Ratner. All three films center around a pair of police detectives, Chief Inspector Lee and Detective James Carter, who go on their series of misadventures involving corrupt crime figures in Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

The films incorporate elements of martial arts, humor, and the buddy cop subgenre. The films were released theatrically from 1998 to 2007, attaining commercial success; critical reception was mixed.



3. Jumanji


Jumanji is an American media franchise, based on the children’s books Jumanji (1981) and its sequel Zathura (2002), written by Chris Van Allsburg. The first film was produced by TriStar Pictures, and subsequent films by Columbia Pictures, both subsidiaries of Sony Pictures. The franchise follows the adventures of various people who find themselves imperiled when playing an enchanted game that comes with a variety of dangerous elements that the players must survive as they play. Ultimately, the only way to end the disruptions is to finish the game while enduring its dangers.

The franchise includes four films: Jumanji (1995), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019); and an animated television series which aired from 1996 to 1999. The first film received mixed reviews from critics, while the three follow-up films received positive critical response. The films have grossed $2 billion collectively at the global box office.



4. Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005 film)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a 2005 American romantic action film directed by Doug Liman and written by Simon Kinberg. The film stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a bored upper middle class married couple surprised to learn that they are assassins belonging to competing agencies, and that they have been assigned to kill each other. Besides being a box office hit, Mr. & Mrs. Smith also established Pitt and Jolie’s personal relationship.

The film was released in the United States on June 10, 2005. It received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $487 million worldwide.



5. Red Notice

Red Notice

Red Notice is a 2021 American action comedy film written, directed, and produced by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Dwayne Johnson, who also served as a producer, stars as an FBI agent who reluctantly teams up with a renowned art thief (Ryan Reynolds) in order to catch an even more notorious criminal (Gal Gadot). The film marks the third collaboration between Thurber and Johnson, following Central Intelligence (2016) and Skyscraper (2018).

Originally planned for release by Universal Pictures, the film was acquired by Netflix for distribution. It began a limited theatrical release on November 5, 2021,before digitally streaming on the platform on November 12, 2021. The film received mixed reviews from critics and positive response from the audience, who praised the performances of the cast (particularly Reynolds and Johnson), humor and action sequences but criticized lack of originality. It became the most-watched film in its debut weekend on Netflix, as well as the most-watched film within 28 days of release on the platform. It also became the 5th most-streamed movie title of 2021.

Two sequels are in development and will be filmed back-to-back with Johnson, Reynolds, Gadot, and Thurber expected to return.



6. Coffee and Kareem

Coffee and Kareem

Coffee & Kareem is a 2020 American action comedy film directed by Michael Dowse and written by Shane Mack. It stars Ed Helms, Terrence Little Gardenhigh, Betty Gilpin, RonReaco Lee, Andrew Bachelor, David Alan Grier and Taraji P. Henson, and follows a bumbling Detroit cop who must rescue his girlfriend and her 12-year-old son from gangsters after the boy witnesses a murder.

It was released on April 3, 2020, by Netflix. The film received generally negative reviews from critics, who called it an “awkward blend of kid-friendly premise and thoroughly adult humor”.



7. Johnny English

Johnny English

Johnny English (taglined in some countries as “Little Brother of James Bond“) is a 2003 spy comedy film directed by Peter Howitt and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and William Davies. It is a British-French venture produced by StudioCanal and Working Title Films, and distributed by Universal Pictures.

Starring Rowan Atkinson in the title role, Natalie Imbruglia, Ben Miller and John Malkovich, it is the first instalment of the Johnny English film series and serves as a parody and homage to the spy genre, mainly the James Bond film series, as well as Atkinson’s Mr. Bean character. The character is also related to Atkinson’s bumbling spy character from a series of adverts in the United Kingdom for Barclaycard in the 1990s.

Released theatrically in the United States on 18 July 2003, the film met with mixed reviews from critics but was commercially successful and grossed $160 million worldwide against a budget of $40 million. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 11 April 2003 and topped the country’s box office for the next three weekends, before being overtaken by X2. It was followed by two sequels, Johnny English Reborn (2011) and Johnny English Strikes Again (2018).



8. Central Intelligence

Central Intelligence

Central Intelligence is a 2016 American buddy action comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and written by Thurber, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen. The film stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson as two old high school classmates who go on the run after one of them joins the CIA to save the world from a terrorist who intends to sell satellite codes.

The film premiered in Los Angeles on June 10, 2016, and was theatrically released in the United States on June 17, 2016. Central Intelligence received praise from critics for Hart and Johnson’s performances but criticism for the script, and grossed $217 million worldwide against its $50 million budget.



9. Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery is a 2019 American mystery comedy film directed by Kyle Newacheck and written by James Vanderbilt. The film stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, and Luke Evans, and follows a married couple who are caught up in a murder investigation on a billionaire’s yacht.

It was released on June 14, 2019, by Netflix. It received mixed reviews from critics. A sequel is scheduled to be released in 2022.



10. The Spy Next Door

The Spy Next Door

The Spy Next Door is a 2009 American action comedy film directed by Brian Levant, written by Jonathan Bernstein, James Greer and Gregory Poirier, produced by Robert Simonds with music by David Newman and starring Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta, Magnús Scheving, Madeline Carroll, Will Shadley, Alina Foley, Billy Ray Cyrus and George Lopez. Filming started in late October 2008 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and was finished in late December 2008.

The film was released on January 15,2010 in the United States by Lionsgate. The film was released on DVD, and Blu-ray on May 18, 2010. The film tributes Chan’s films by showing clips, references and even referencing Chan’s real life childhood. The film received negative reviews from critics and it earned $45.2 million on a $28 million budget.


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