If Tyler Perry isn’t a genius, then nobody is. The American actor and comedian has equally excelled as a playwright and filmmaker; making it obvious that he is a profound entertainer. There are many reasons that would make one think highly of Tyler. For starters, the filmmaker acquired a 330-acre former military base where he is building elaborate studios. Regarded as one of the most innovative filmmakers in some quarters, the New Orleans native’s endeavors have been super profitable, almost always. Little wonder Forbes listed him as the highest-paid individual in entertainment; this was in 2011 and according to the popular American business magazine, he earned as much as $130 million in a year. As of this writing, it is believed that the actor is worth more than $800 million. The films listed below are some of the finest Tyler Perry movies, you can’t be a true fan of the actor if you haven’t seen any of them
Must-Watch Tyler Perry Movies
10. THE FAMILY THAT PREYS (2008)
This movie marked Tyler Perry’s fifth outing as a director and it proved that beyond hilarious gimmicks and exaggerated narratives, he was capable of creating a potboiler that was full of suspense, honesty, and life lessons. With a seasoned cast including Alfre Woodard, Robin Given, and Academy Award winner Kathy Bates, the storyline was elevated even further. The film tells the story of two families, one wealthy and the working class whose lives become entwined in a very complicated way. It is full of emotion and heartbreak but doesn’t go overboard on either one.
9. FOR COLOURED GIRLS (2010)
Adapted for film from a Tony-nominated play of the same title, For Coloured Girls is one Tyler Perry movie everyone should see, particularly because it veers away from the style of movies that he has come to be known for. The movie is packing with star power featuring performers such as Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, and Janet Jackson amongst others. Although the script is glitchy in some places, the stellar acting more than makes up for it. It’s a truly entertaining movie dedicated to celebrating all facets of experience for girls and women of color. It is a compelling watch from the opening scene to the closing credits.
8. DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN (2005)
Although this film has Madea at the heart of it, it does not really revolve around her. Every character’s story seems just as vital and full of promise and makes you want to rethink everything you know about love, commitment, and family. It follows Madea as she tries to help her granddaughter whose husband left her to be with his mistress. However, all her attempts at being helpful somehow end up making things worse and actually leads to her being placed on house arrest to avoid further complications. It’s a beautifully scripted and moving picture that you will thoroughly enjoy seeing.
7. TEMPTATION: CONFESSIONS OF A MARRIAGE COUNSELLOR (2013)
Now, this is one movie that takes you on the rollercoaster ride of your life. It follows the titular marriage counselor as she tells a heart-wrenching story of the love that she has had and lost in her life. Although she marries her best friend whom she has known since they were both in high school, things start to get a little rocky and instead of fighting to make things work, she chooses to walk away and follow a better man. Things take a very twisted turn and she soon finds her life on the line. The movie reminds the viewers that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
6. MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION (2012)
Initially, it might not seem like the best idea to pair a wealthy white family with a nontraditional working-class black family like Madea’s but it actually goes quite smoothly. George Needleman is forced to move with his family and hide out in witness protection at Medea’s house after his finance firm becomes entangled in a web of criminal activities that are spearheaded by the mob. In order to protect himself and the people he loves from being killed by these dangerous mobsters, he must accept help from a very unlikely place, and trust in the safety it brings.
5. WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO? (2010)
The sequel to the well-received comedy-drama Why Did I Get Married, returns with the four couples on another getaway together. The goal is to reconnect with their friends and also spend quality time with their cherished partners, but once again disturbances lie in wait. An abusive ex-husband shows up and tries to win back the love of his former wife who is now happily married to her new boo. This leads to a very hilarious and unexpected unfolding of events that will leave you glued to your seats.
4. MADEA’S FAMILY REUNION (2006)
There are so many Madea movies to choose from in Tyler Perry’s creative canon and each one seems to be better than the last. However, Madea’s Family Reunion is one of the very best out there that you should definitely see. The family has found themselves in an uncomfortable situation. They have to hold a wedding and a funeral on the same day, so Madea has to step in and make sure things don’t get out of hand. This, of course, is a difficult task considering how large the family is, so Madea has to employ all the weapons at her disposal, literally and figuratively. It’s a fun movie to watch and the jokes are splendid too.
3. WHY DID I GET MARRIED? (2007)
This star-studded ensemble tells the story of eight married friends who go on a vacation together in the scenic Colorado mountains but end up getting more than they bargained for out of the trip. It’s a wonderful story about love, trust, betrayal, and forgiveness and the many forms they can take in our lives. When you realize that your friend’s relationship is not as great as you imagined it to be, it forces you to take stock of your own and try to make things work for the better before they get out of hand.
2. I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF (2009)
Tyler Perry is at his best when he’s making a movie about a woman turning her life around. With Taraji P. Henson at the helm of affairs in this magnificent piece, every moment is truly captivating. It tells the story of three orphans who are sent to live with their aunt played by Taraji so they won’t end up in foster care. The aunt has problems of her own and really cannot be bothered to deal with raising three children that she did not give birth to, but a series of events soon changes her outlook on life. As far as Tyler Perry movies go, this one is a showstopper and everyone should definitely see it at least once.
1. ACRIMONY (2018)
No other Tyler Perry movie has sparked debates both in the real world and on social media as Acrimony. The psychological drama stars Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, and Crystle Stewart as the lead characters. It follows a supportive and loyal wife who stands by her husband through thick and thin as he struggles to make a living by selling his battery designs. Money problems and infidelity soon send their marriage to the rocks, after which her husband becomes wealthy and marries another woman and so Taraji decides to seek out revenge for the wrong she believes he has done to her. It’s a very emotional story so don’t be surprised if you find yourself choosing sides.
What Awards Has He Won?
With a long list of film, television, and stage works to his name, it is only natural to imagine the extent at which this fella has been rewarded with prestigious accolades. Well, Tyler has been nominated for a good number of awards over the years but has only won a handful of them. Way back in 2005, he picked up the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards under the Worst Supporting Actor category. That same year, Tyler bagged two BET Comedy Awards.
A decade later (in 2015), he received the African-American Film Critics Association award for Best Supporting Actor. The previous year brought him a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress, he received the award again in 2018. Star Trek earned him a Boston Society of Film Critics award in 2009 and two years later, Perry was rewarded with two NAACP Image Awards.
In 2009 and 2012, he was respectively nominated for the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and BET Best Movie Awards. Tyler has also received three nominations for the Black Movie Awards, five for the Black Reel Awards, and two for the MTV Movie & TV Awards. That’s not all as he was also nominated for Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2010 amongst other miscellaneous nominations. In all, there is no doubt that Tyler has distinguished himself in the field, thriving more behind the scene. Verily, history would have a hard time forgetting his works and contribution to the industry.