The Madea movies were released in the following order: Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea’s Family Reunion, Meet the Browns, Madea Goes to Jail, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Madea’s Big Happy Family, Madea’s Witness Protection, A Madea Christmas, Boo! A Madea Halloween, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, and A Madea Family Funeral. According to Madea creator Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral will be the last of the Madea movies. Perry told the Hollywood Reporter that he had other projects he wanted to work on and felt it was time to move on from the character that helped make him famous.
Perry had a rough upbringing, but he turned his life around when he began writing plays during the 1990s and producing them in Atlanta theaters. His first play featuring Madea was I Can Do Bad All by Myself, which debuted in 2000 and became a film in 2009. Perry, who dresses up like an elderly female to play the character, says Madea is a combination of his own mother and aunt.
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
The first Madea movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, started out as a play written by Perry. It tells the story of a well-to-do couple who is about to celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary when the husband decides to leave his wife. She deals with the shocking news by escaping to her the house of her grandmother, Madea. It was released in 2005.
Madea’s Family Reunion
Released in 2006, Madea’s Family Reunion was also based on one of Perry’s plays. In the movie, Madea takes on guardianship for rebellious teenagers, must help her nieces deal with relationship trouble, and plans a family reunion at the same time.
Meet the Browns
The 2008 film Meet the Browns was also based on a play by Perry. It tells the story of a single mom in Chicago who goes to Atlanta for her father’s funeral and meets an eccentric family she never knew she had. Madea makes a cameo appearance in the film.
Madea Goes to Jail
Just like his previous films, Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail began as a play and became a major motion picture in 2009. After a high-speed chase, Madea lands herself in jail, and the film shows how her family rallies behind her to show their support and help her find freedom again.
I Can Do Bad All By Myself
Another 2009 released that started out as a play, I Can Do Bad All By Myself starts with three teenagers attempting to rob Madea’s home. She takes the delinquent children to live with an aunt who has problems of her own, and they all learn life lessons.
Madea’s Big Happy Family
Madea’s Big Happy Family debuted in 2011, and it focuses on Madea’s niece who has a health problem and wants to share the news with her three kids. The three kids are too wrapped up in their own lives to pay their mother much attention, so Madea attempts to gather them all together. This film was also based on a Perry play.
Madea’s Witness Protection
Released in 2012, Madea’s Witness Protection is about Madea’s nephew, a chief financial officer of a bank who finds out he’s been set up in a Ponzi scheme that involves the mob. The nephew’s only hope to get through it is to join the witness protection program and stay with his aunt in Atlanta.
A Madea Christmas
Madea celebrates the holidays in the 2013 film A Madea Christmas. The movie follows Madea and her friend as they travel to a small town in the country to visit the friend’s daughter, but they discover more than they bargained for.
Boo! A Madea Halloween
The first of two Madea Halloween movies, Boo! A Madea Halloween debuted in 2016. The movie shows Madea both taking care of a group of delinquent teenagers and fighting off ghosts, zombies, and other creepy creatures that come out during the Halloween season.
Boo2! A Madea Halloween
The second of the Madea Halloween movies debuted in 2017, and it’s part comedy, part horror. In Boo2! A Madea Halloween, Madea and some pals visit a haunted campground.
A Madea Family Funeral
Released in 2019, Perry says A Madea Family Funeral will be the last time the character appears on the big screen. It features Madea and her usual gang traveling to a 40th-anniversary party when one half of the couple celebrating dies while having an affair. Throughout the rest of the movie, Madea and her group must keep the cause of death a secret.