Tyler Perry is an American comedian, writer, director, producer, and actor best known for his role as Madea in Tyler Perry Madea movies.
The majority of the Madea movies are based on stage plays written by Perry himself that were performed in the 1990s and early 2000s.
The Madea franchise is responsible for a large part of his success. The Madea franchise follows the antics of the titular Madea or Mabel Earlene Simmons.
Madea’s mother and aunt were based on Perry’s mother and aunt. While each Madea picture is a comedy, it also incorporates several topical issues and problems that Perry manages to address in his unique way.
While Perry considered retiring, Madea follows the release of “A Madea Family Funeral”, he chose to film “A Madea Homecoming”.
Perry now claims he’s ready to hand up the role of Madea to someone fresh. As a result, here’s a list of every Tyler Perry Madea movies.
Table of Contents
- A Madea Christmas (2013)
- Madea’s Witness Protection (2012)
- A Madea Homecoming (2022)
- Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)
- Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017)
- Madea Goes to Jail (2009)
- Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
- A Madea Family Funeral (2019)
- Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011)
- I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)
- Meet The Browns (2008)
- Madea’s Family Reunion (2006)
A Madea Christmas (2013)
This is one of Tyler Perry Madea movies. Tyler Perry decided to bring his Madea character into the fray with a Christmas movie that acts almost like a Madea Christmas special rather than a feature movie for the big screen.
Tyler Perry tries to surprise with some interesting commentary on religion in the public sphere in A Madea Christmas.
Unfortunately, it comes together in what feels like a sloppy attempt to cash in on the holiday season rather than make an entertaining and clever comedy, which Perry is more than capable of.
Perry gives it his all as Madea, but the movie’s cheap budget shines through, making it feel more at home on the Hallmark Channel than in a cinema.
Madea’s Witness Protection (2012)
Madea’s Witness Protection is carried by Tyler Perry and Eugene Levy, who both provide amusing and appealing performances in this delightful series installment.
With a Wall Street banker and his family being sent down to Madea’s house as a type of witness protection from the mob, the narrative is one of the sillier set-ups of the franchise.
Despite that, with the Madea movies, the sillier they are, the more amusing they tend to be for the most part. Madea’s Witness Protection is by far the funniest of the bunch, and it’ll satisfy your thirst for Tyler Perry’s distinctive style of humor.
A Madea Homecoming (2022)
This is among Tyler Perry Madea movies. Madea’s profane side prevails, flashing a pistol and dispensing delicacies from her handbag, after years of working under the constraints of the PG-13 rating.
Madea’s Big Happy Family is the funniest and best-directed Tyler Perry movie since “Madea’s Big Happy Family.”
Thanks to a family reunion involving her great-college grandson’s graduation, which brings the usual dose of family conflict, which Madea wisely resolves in a late-narrative moment of lucidity.
A welcome and chaotic flashback sequence depicting Madea as a child and an end-credits mini-documentary adds to the mayhem.
Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)
Tyler Perry’s first effort at a Madea Halloween flick offers precisely what one would expect from this genre. It’s a fun Halloween frolic with all the witty dialogue and absurd humor that a series fan could want.
Perry’s ensemble of eccentric characters engages in a lot of excellent banter, and the cast is having a lot of fun, which can be contagious. It is so far one of the funniest installments in the series.
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017)
Madea, Aunt Bam, and Hatti hurry to save Tiffany from the same fate as a group of teens three years ago as she travels to Derrick Lake for a Halloween frat party.
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is the sequel to Boo! A Madea Halloween is the first Halloween installment in the franchise.
This movie has little appeal because it is only a repeat of the original Halloween Madea movie and not a particularly good one at that. Tyler Perry earned another Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for the movie.
Madea Goes to Jail (2009)
This is one of the top Tyler Perry Madea movies. Madea ends up in jail following a high-speed automobile pursuit due to her quick temper.
While Madea waits for her trial, District Attorney Josh Hardaway is assigned to the case of Candace. She is a young former addict and sex worker whom he knows Madea looks after while in prison.
Madea Goes to Jail was a dramatic change from Perry’s regular antics based on the play of the same name.
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
Tyler Perry made his shift from actor to filmmaker with Diary of a Mad Black Woman. This is a picture that has a few solid chuckles but suffers from a severe absence of the Madea character, which drags the movie down.
Helen, played by Kimberly Elise, is an uninteresting protagonist, and the plot reads more like a bland melodrama than a humorous comedy.
A Madea Family Funeral (2019)
The Madea franchise was supposed to end with A Madea Family Funeral, but Perry chose to bring the character back with A Madea Homecoming.
It’s a good thing, too, because A Madea Family Funeral lacks the atmosphere of a franchise finale and is a fairly dull edition.
It follows the Madea model with an affair narrative that feels rehashed from previous movies and doesn’t contribute anything fresh or original to the pattern. As a conclusion to Tyler Perry’s Madea series, it’s underwhelming, to say the least.
Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011)
Madea’s Big Happy Family is among the most underappreciated of the series’ entries, while not being one of the better ones.
With a narrative that focuses on a cancer diagnosis, this picture successfully blends both the more tragic aspects and the humor unlike others in the series.
The picture, however, retains the outrageous antics that spectators expect from a Madea flick.
It doesn’t provide as much steady amusement or as many chuckles as some of the other entries, but it manages to stand on its own with possibly the most well-balanced tone of the bunch.
I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)
Despite the absence of Perry as Madea, actor Taraji P. Henson lights up the screen in I Can Do Bad All By Myself.
The picture refined the Madea franchise’s dramatic tones and managed to convey a fascinating and emotional narrative while also giving some great chuckles. April, played by Taraji P.
Henson is a damaged but captivating protagonist. Her story is by far the most intriguing in the franchise, providing this installment the most emotional weight and overall effect towards the finale.
Although it isn’t the funniest movie in the franchise, it is the most memorable and distinctive work of Perry’s directorial career and the best to date.
Meet The Browns (2008)
Madea herself has relatively little screen time in Meet the Browns, similar to Diary of a Mad Black Woman, resulting in another movie that fails to balance its genres appropriately.
In the primary part of Brenda Brown, actress Angela Bassett performs an excellent job, somewhat elevating the conventional melodrama material provided to her.
Apart from that, the romance is adequate but insufficient to keep the picture together, as it feels more like a feature-length pilot for the House of Payne spin-off series, which premiered a year later.
Madea’s Family Reunion (2006)
Madea’s Family Reunion comes at the bottom of the list because it is the most forgettable of the Madea movies. The notion of Madea being summoned to court to become the guardian of a rebellious teenager is intriguing enough, but the result isn’t compelling or hilarious.
It’s a rather middle-of-the-road effort that gets lost in the Madea formula’s shuffle and struggles to separate from the crowd.