Tyler Perry has been making us laugh for years with his hysterically amusing films that deal with serious subjects. Alongside Perry’s wide ensemble of characters, audiences get to experience some of life’s lowest lows and highest highs. Madea, a character who has appeared in more than a dozen films and in which Perry stars, writes, directs, and produces, is the only one to have achieved the same level of fame. The outspoken yet generous grandma is renowned for her outrageous desire for vengeance, direct demeanour, and enormous heart.
May 13, 2023 update: This article has been changed to reflect the most current entries to the Madea movie series.
Madea is still enthralling audiences with new films more than 15 years later. Perry has frequently made it known that he would like to end his relationship with Madea and is open to someone else assuming the part. With a series that has lasted more than ten years, Madea is currently just as vast as The Fast & Furious or the DCEU. Here is a list of the series’ films in both chronological order and order of release, in case you need help keeping track of them all.
The chronological sequence of the movies perfectly matches their release order because there isn’t a lot of continuity within the Madea-verse.
Table Of Content
- 1 Diary of a Mad Black Woman
- 2 Madea’s Family Reunion
- 3 Meet the Browns
- 4 Madea Goes to Jail
- 5 I Can Do Bad All By Myself
- 6 Madea’s Big Happy Family
- 7 Madea’s Witness Protection
- 8 A Madea Christmas
- 9 Madea’s Tough Love
- 10 Boo! A Madea Halloween
- 11 Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
- 12 A Madea Family Funeral
- 13 Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
This movie must have done something good for Tyler Perry for there to be an 11-feature series centred on the same character. Kimberly, Madea’s granddaughter, seeks aid in Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Exactly one week before their wedding anniversary, Kimberly’s husband deserts her. Never one to take things lightly, Medea takes matters into her own hands and instructs her granddaughter on how to defend herself. The movie serves as the ideal introduction to Madea’s radical strategies, exaggerated personality, and loyal and loving heart.
Madea’s Family Reunion
Everyone leaves family reunions with amusing tales to tell, regardless of whether a family maintains tight connections or has poor relationships. Given Madea’s outspoken nature, it comes as no surprise that Madea’s Family Reunion is jam-packed with funny, relevant gags that make the audience laugh out. Madea is once again need to save her family when they begin to reveal their hidden troubles. This movie expertly deals with issues of abuse while yet being a joyful, light movie that makes viewers feel good.
Meet the Browns
Madea receives far less attention in Meet the Browns than in the other films on our list because she just makes a cameo, but her impact is still felt. Brenda and her two children travel to Georgia to attend a family funeral after she reaches her lowest point. To rescue their small family, they set out on an emotional trip, during which they come to adore the family they were unaware they had. Meet the Browns is not Tyler Perry’s most humorous movie, but its intricate ideas, deep emotions, and heartfelt romance make it a surprisingly compelling viewing. Despite this, the film is nonetheless entertaining and charming.
Madea Goes to Jail
Everyone has felt resentment against others for minor irritations like cutting us off in traffic or stealing our parking spaces. Madea fulfils all of our darkest fantasies and doesn’t hold back while taking retribution on those who have wronged her. Due to its outrageous situations and ludicrous humour, which is frequently a little darker than the typical Madea frivolity, Madea Goes to Jail is frequently regarded as the funniest Tyer Perry film. Even if viewers don’t have time to watch the entire movie, they can get a taste of the absurd humour in the film by watching the famous Dr. Phil scene that has been widely imitated and shared online.
I Can Do Bad All By Myself
I Can Do Bad All By Myself by Tyler PerryI Can Do Bad All By Myself from Tyler Perry Studios is a frequently tearjerking movie that explores the issues of spousal abuse and healing. Perry’s direction and performance as Madea are at their pinnacle in this movie. Madea uses the outrageous style that made her famous to teach these kids a lesson after she hears them breaking into her house. The three teenagers are taken to their aunt, a nightclub performer who doesn’t want anything to do with them, by Madea.
As their aunt develops feelings for a lovely man who has moved into their basement, she steadily overcomes her alcoholism and begins to better herself. This movie is a fantastic representation of Tyler Perry’s style of filmmaking since it successfully strikes a balance between serious storylines and traditional Madea humour.
Madea’s Big Happy Family
Shirley, Madea’s niece, asks Madea for assistance in gathering their family for a significant announcement. Madea gives everyone a lesson about respect when she confronts the family’s divergent viewpoints and attitudes. The funniest incident ever captured on camera at a drive-through window may be in Madea’s Big Happy Family, but there are also some tragic family deaths. Although it makes viewers reflect on what’s important in life, it always makes them smile.
Madea’s Witness Protection
The Needle Family is placed in witness protection at Madea’s Witness Protection, and Madea decides to take them in. Strong personalities clash as Media squares out against the opulent yet well-intentioned family. As the narrative progresses, Madea and her family embark on her biggest expedition yet in an effort to save their local church and other deserving causes around the nation. This film is adored for its mingling of cultures and the timeless comedy that always goes with Madea. It has some of the craziest, most ludicrous humour in the Madea series.
A Madea Christmas
In order to complete our family movie marathons during the last few months of the year, Tyler Perry immediately launched three holiday flicks in theatres. The holiday season, with its emphasis on family, faith, and sentimental romance, is ideal for Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas’ style and makes this more than just a seasonal aberration. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas features the same cheery humour and family comedy we adore. A Madea Christmas is a wonderful piece of feel-good entertainment, but it’s also a significant holiday picture since it has a varied ensemble of people of colour, in contrast to the frequently whitewashed Christmas movie classics.
Madea’s Tough Love
Madea’s Tough Love, the franchise’s first and only animated film, came in between the Madea holiday films. The plot centres on Madea discovering a conspiracy to demolish the community centre after being ordered to perform community service in a youth centre. Although the majority of the film is animated, the beginning and finish of the film do have live-action scenes. This movie had a direct-to-video distribution as opposed to a theatrical or Netflix release, unlike the other movies on this list.
Boo! A Madea Halloween
Boo! The third-highest-grossing Madea movie, A Madea Halloween is more than just a seasonal money-grab; it made $75 million against a $20 million budget. The plot of the movie centres on Madea pulling increasingly elaborate pranks on a group of frat boys who want Tiffany and Aday to attend their Halloween party.
Tiffany sneaks away, and Madea crashes it. The fraternity then seeks retribution, with Madea comically pushing out. A Madea Halloween is ultimately an entertaining film, despite the fact that the film surprises the audience occasionally and doesn’t truly show its cards until the very closing moments.
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
Tyler Perry released Boo 2 just a year after the original movie! A Madea Halloween, frequently regarded as Madea’s worst movie, is essentially the first Boo! People get pranked, kids get in trouble for partying, family members teach one other lessons, and Madea is being her normal wild self. Although the movie has some genuinely terrifying parts and does raise the actual degree of fear from Boo!, as a whole, it is a very shoddy and worn-out remake.
A Madea Family Funeral
A Madea Family Funeral takes the customarily serious and sombre setting of a family funeral and turns it into a farce and wild adventure, making it one of the most irreverent Madea flicks. Dramatic and repulsive secrets are revealed as Madea’s family comes together in this episode. The lack of serious subjects in this movie frustrated some spectators, but most just enjoyed seeing their favourite characters again.
This movie, which was supposed to be Madea’s last, is one of many notable “final chapters” of 2019. The conclusion of The Infinity Saga by Avengers: Endgame or The Skywalker Saga by The Rise of Skywalker likely had more significance than Madea. This would also not be the real end, just like those two.
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming
Four years after making the decision to revive Madea, Tyler Perry told Entertainment Weekly that he was “looking at the state of the world and how polarised it is… nobody’s laughing.” Tyler Perry had previously stated that he would be retiring the Madea character in 2018. Nobody has the opportunity to laugh out loud anymore. And I think, “What weapon do I have that can make people laugh that much?” As a result, Perry collaborated with Netflix to release the most current and maybe final Madea movie, which was adapted from his stage production Madea’s Farewell production.
Our favourite family is the focus of Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming as they celebrate the graduation of Madea’s great-grandson. The movie attempts to keep the same level of humour that viewers have come to expect while introducing serious issues regarding equal rights. Although critics tended to like the movie more, viewers thought it was a little weaker than usual. Even so, it’s more of the same, so if you enjoyed Madea in any way, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy this.
Although none of Tyler Perry’s next movies have a fixed release date, he may be prepared to cast a new Madea, but Madea’s legacy will endure. In each of his subsequent films, he has provided a singular depiction of familial affection, taking care to capture the sense of genuine comfort in each. He frequently uses the same actors, which is a parallel to the fidelity he depicts in his movies. There is undoubtedly more for Madea since she founded Tyler Perry Studios, one of the most prosperous production firms.