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19 Best Comedy Movies On Netflix Right Now

19 Best Comedy Movies On Netflix Right Now

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From Monty Python and the Holy Grail to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, here are the 19 best comedies on Netflix right now!

The rise of streaming services has revolutionized the way we tickle our funny bones. And leading the charge in this laughter revolution is none other than Netflix.

There are blaxploitation films, like Dolemite is My Name, and even the odd absurdist dramedy like Little Evil, Life of Brian. This list will have romantic comedies, for mainstream audiences, like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, timeless classics, contemporary hits, and international gems like I Used to be Famous.

Movies like Superbad, Scott Pilgrim, and Hot Fuzz are very specific types of humor. They are relatable enough to make the viewer uncomfortable while still understanding the characters and being able to laugh at the insane situations. On the other hand, movies like The Big Short, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs aren’t outright comedies, but the audience is still laughing. The dark comedy is evident in all of these, and the dramatic aspects of them don’t take away from that. Regardless, all these films, along with some kid-friendly and animated films, have made it onto our list

What better than to sit in the comfort of your home and laze away with a good comedy movie? We’ve got you covered if you’re stumped on what to watch. Here’s a list of the funniest movies on Netflix right now.

 

Best Comedy Movies on Netflix

1. Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)

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After the successes of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright decided to adapt Bryan Lee O’Malley’s beloved comic books into a brilliant action, romance, and comedy movie. The story follows a young man, Scott Pilgrim, as he battles all seven of her exes to win his crush Ramona’s love.

The editing, visuals, and cinematic style of the film are an absolute treat to watch, and most of the cast has gone on to achieve greater things, like Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Brie Larson, and Chris Evans. And it stars the beloved Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Michael Cera. It’s a very strange movie with wacky, out-of-place elements all put together and made into one perfect script. One of the best comedy movies to come out of Hollywood in the last decade.

 

2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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The OG comedy, which still gets people laughing till they’re way out of breath. If there was ever a timeless classic, this would be it. Intelligent comedy mixed with ridiculous jokes, the movie still works and still gets you laughing. The irreverent and uproarious masterpiece, created by the iconic British comedy troupe Monty Python, perfectly blends surreal humor, sharp wit, and unforgettable characters.

From the very beginning, the film bombards viewers with non-sequiturs and bizarre twists that leave you equal parts confused and amused. Based on the mythical King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, this movie, low budget as it is, has produced some of the finest moments in cinematic history. That fight with The Black Knight still lives rent-free in our heads. It’s the type of absurd comedy that we don’t see very often anymore. “‘Tis but a flesh wound.”

And if you love it, there’s more where that came from. Look for Monty Python’s Life of Brian, also on Netflix.

 

3. Superbad (2007)

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Superbad was the coming-of-age comedy for the 90s kids. It was the movie you’d watch with your bros. It’s got heart, it’s got humor, it’s got d*** jokes. Of all of Judd Apatow’s creations, this one is truly special. The film was lauded for its ability to capture the awkwardness of teenage years with authentic performances from Jonah Hill and Michael Cera that struck a chord with viewers of all ages.

Directed by Greg Mottola, this is a comedy film that takes us on a wild ride through the lives of three high school friends, Seth, Evan, and Fogell, as they navigate the treacherous landscape of adolescence and attempt to secure their spot at the cool kids’ party. Set against the backdrop of their impending high school graduation, the movie explores themes of friendship, teenage angst, and the humorous chaos that ensues when hormones run rampant.

Who knew that the fat kid from Superbad would go on to be a multiple Academy Award nominee? Where has the time gone?

 

4. Hot Fuzz (2007)

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Edgar Wright stormed into Hollywood with his amazing Shaun of the Dead, and he continued that form with the better, much more funny Hot Fuzz, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost once again. But the director didn’t just look at the comedic element. 

Set in the fictional village of Sandford, the film follows an overachieving London police officer, Nicholas Angel (played by Simon Pegg), who is reluctantly transferred to the seemingly idyllic countryside. However, things are not as peaceful as they seem, and Angel soon finds himself amidst a series of bizarre accidents that point to a nefarious plot. Officer Angel’s relentless pursuit of justice and the hilarious dynamic between him and his bumbling partner, PC Danny Butterman (played by Nick Frost) make it an action-thriller-noir-pulp-satire-comedy fusion, and it was absolutely brilliant.

Simon Pegg only complemented Edgar Wright’s ideas with his excellent performance, as well as his writing prowess, forming a formidable duo with the director. Wright could do no wrong.

 

5. Always Be My Maybe (2019)

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The most politically correct rom-com ever, this movie is about diversity, gender equality, and the dynamic of a relationship all rolled into one, and it still manages to be a funny, well-written movie with great characters.

The film follows Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) and Marcus Kim (Randall Park), two best friends who grew up together in San Francisco. After a falling out in their teenage years, they lose touch and go their separate ways. Years later, Sasha, a successful celebrity chef, returns to her hometown for a restaurant opening, where she reunites with Marcus, who lives with his dad and works as a handyman. As they spend time together again, old feelings resurface, and they grapple with the question of whether they should be more than friends.

The whole cast is clearly having a ball. It’s funny, it’s thoughtful, it’s intelligent, and it’s worth a watch. Check this one out. This is a must-watch for anyone in need of a good dose of laughter and romance. Oh, and Keanu Reeves is there, too.

 

6. The Big Short (2015)

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In all fairness, this is a comedy-drama of sorts, but the humor is very evident. Directed by Adam McKay, with an all-star cast of Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Jonah Hill, Steve Carrel and Brad Pitt, The Big Short is one of the most underrated movies of recent years.

This critically acclaimed film tackles the serious subject of the 2008 financial crisis through a comedic lens, delivering a thought-provoking and entertaining experience. With its brilliant satirical elements, unconventional storytelling techniques, and a stellar ensemble cast, The Big Short creates a unique viewing experience that goes beyond the typical expectations of a comedy.

While it may not be a laugh-out-loud comedy, it turns a real-life event into something of a satire, with some brilliant performances by the lead actors. That coupled with the social commentary makes it an excellent mix of education and entertainment. And if you’re into movies like Wall Street, you’ll love this one.

 

7. Zombieland (2009)

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This exaggerated apocalyptic comedy was an instant hit that showed audiences what would happen if  Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin teamed up for the end of the world. It also gave us tips on the many ways to kill a zombie, if the occasion ever called for it. Funny, and scary, with a tinge of romance and not enough of Bill Murray. Still a fun movie to watch. The sequel, 2019’s Zombieland: Double Tap, sees all four actors return and it is just as fun.

What makes Zombieland so special is its ability to be funny while still being genuinely scary. It takes the grim premise of a zombie apocalypse and injects it with a healthy dose of wit and humor. The scares are there, but they’re tempered with clever one-liners, unexpected jokes, and a general sense of self-awareness that keeps the audience laughing even in the face of imminent danger.

 

8. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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A comedy by the Coen Brothers? Yes, please. Known for classics like Fargo and The Big Lebowski, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will soon join the Coen Bros’ list of timeless classics in a few years. It is an anthology-style movie that presents six short films with distinct stories, each offering a unique perspective on the classic Western theme. From a singing gunslinger to a bank robber with a haunted past, the film takes the audience on a twisted journey through the quirks and tragedies of life on the frontier.

Sure, the comedy isn’t evident, but there are several hints of dark humor and off-beat comedy that are so typical of their style. Not your slapstick comedy, fun for the whole family type, but if you watch this, you just might feel the same way I do about this movie. After all, the Coen Brothers are two of the greatest filmmakers of our time.

 

9. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

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Glass Onion builds upon the success of its predecessor, continuing the legacy of clever writing, sharp humor, and unexpected plot twists. However, don’t worry if you missed Knives Out – this is a stand-alone film, welcoming both newcomers and previous fans into its twisted world.

After meticulously planning a murder-mystery game, tech billionaire Miles Bron, Edward Norton, invites his close friends for a weekend getaway at his luxurious island in the Aegean. But a secret invitation is sent to investigator Benoit Blanc, Daniel Craig. Blanc eagerly mingles with the secretive entourage of Bron’s deceitful guests, knowing that each one harbors a dark secret. However, Blanc believes that the solution is right in front of him, waiting to be discovered. The only question is, can he uncover the vital missing piece of information before the tranquil paradise is tainted with crimson blood?

Some of the guests include Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, and Janelle Monae.

 

10. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

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P.J. Hogan’s rom-com starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, and Rupert Everett, the film tells the story of Julianne Potter, a charismatic and determined woman who realizes her true feelings for her best friend Michael just as he announces his engagement to another woman, Kimmy. In order to win Michael’s heart, Julianne sets out on a comical and sometimes ludicrous journey to sabotage the wedding.

Critics praised the performances, particularly that of Julia Roberts, and applauded the script for its witty dialogue and unexpected twists. My Best Friend’s Wedding has become a beloved classic in the romantic comedy genre and continues to entertain audiences to this day. It also had an openly gay character, played by an openly gay, actor Rupert Everett, which is a very big deal, especially for the time.

 

11. This is the End (2013)

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This movie quickly established itself as a standout comedy film, gaining a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim. Directed by frequent collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the movie follows a group of celebrities playing exaggerated versions of themselves as they navigate an apocalyptic event in Los Angeles.

When it comes to apocalyptic films, you might not immediately think of laughter. But This Is the End takes the end of the world and infuses it with a healthy dose of comedy. The film follows a group of actors playing themselves, as they navigate a party at James Franco’s house during the apocalypse. It’s the perfect blend of comedy and disaster, proving that even in the face of imminent doom, there’s always room for a good laugh.

The ensemble cast of This Is the End is a comedic dream team. Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and Michael Cera are featured, and we get cameos from a ton of huge celebrities, like Rihanna, Channing Tatum, and Emma Watson.

 

12. You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah (2023)

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Sammi Cohen directs this film adaptation of Fiona Rosenbloom’s eponymous book. Adam Sandler stars in the film alongside his wife, Jackie Sandler, and his two daughters. Cry nepotism all you want, but the whole family is wonderful in the film. 

BFFs Stacy and Lydia have always fantasized about having amazing bat mitzvahs. But, their dreams take a hilarious turn when they discover they both have a crush on the cute and impeccably cool boy from Hebrew class. The girls struggle to find their place in this world as they grow into young adult. This middle school drama and overflowing emotions unexpectedly jeopardizes their friendship and their special milestone.

Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company has been happily churning out Netflix comedies of varying quality for years. However, they are now shifting gears and aiming for a completely different audience. The film is aimed at teens. It brings fresh humor and a perfect portrayal of adolescent anxiety.

 

13. I Used to be Famous (2022)

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Vince was once part of the most popular boy band in town. Now, he’s facing tough times as a washed-up ex-popstar, feeling lonely and desperate. He holds onto a dream of making a grand comeback and decides to showcase his talent on the streets of Peckham, hoping that someone, anyone, will lend an ear. One day, while performing, he crosses paths with Stevie, a gifted young drummer with autism who possesses an unbelievable proclivity for rhythm. Their spontaneous jam session leads to an unexpected friendship, as the two misunderstood musicians connect and form a special bond through the magic of music.

2022’s I Used to be Famous is a British comedy that was adapted from a short film of the same name. The performances are committed and sensitive, making the film funny and heartwarming enough to bring a tear to even the most cynical viewers.

 

14. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

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Directed by Nicholas Stoller and released in 2008, the film follows the story of Peter Bretter, played by Jason Segel, a heartbroken musician who takes a trip to Hawaii to heal his broken heart. Filled with hilarious moments, memorable characters, and a relatable storyline, this Judd Aatow production is a hit.

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It’s a hilarious comedy that follows the excruciatingly awkward breakup of struggling musician Peter Bretter, Jason Segal, and his famous girlfriend, Sarah Marshall, Kristen Bell. Devastated by the split, Peter decides to take a spontaneous trip to Hawaii to escape heartache. But of course, fate has other plans when he realizes that Sarah and her new rockstar boyfriend are staying at the same resort. Cue the cringe-worthy encounters and laugh-out-loud moments as Peter tries to navigate this sticky situation and find a way to truly forget Sarah Marshall.

It also stars Mila Kunis, Paul Rudd, Rachel Jansen, Jonah Hill, and Russell Brand.

 

15. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

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Beverly Hills Cop stands as an iconic comedy that has left an indelible mark on both the action and comedy genres. Released in 1984, the film follows the hilarious adventures of Detroit detective Axel Foley as he navigates the glamorous and unfamiliar world of Beverly Hills to solve the murder of his best friend. Eddie Murphy stars alongside Judge Reinhold and John Ashton who play the by-the-book detectives.

Murphy, known for his incredible comedic timing and infectious energy, was already a rising star in the comedy world when he took on the role of Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop. With his successful stint on Saturday Night Live and hits like 48 Hrs under his belt, Murphy was the perfect choice to bring the witty and street-smart detective to life.

It’s the funniest buddy-cop movie you’ll see. With its action-packed sequences and side-splitting humor, Beverly Hills Cop has solidified its place in pop culture history.

 

16. Spy Kids (2001)

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Spy Kids is a beloved family comedy that has captured the hearts of audiences around the world. Released in 2001, this action-packed family film combines thrilling top-secret adventures with a generous dose of silly humor. With relatable characters, clever dialogue, comedy, and action, Spy Kids has proven to be a timeless classic that continues to entertain children and adults alike.

The film follows Carmen and Juni, two young children, as they embark on a daring mission to rescue their ex-spy parents from the clutches of an evil mastermind. Equipped with an array of advanced gadgets and extraordinary modes of transportation, they fearlessly soar through the sky, explore the depths of the ocean, and travel across the globe in a series of exhilarating escapades. Their mission not only involves saving their parents but also potentially safeguarding the entire world.

It features big names like Antonio Banderas, Machete, and Carla Gugino.

 

17. Paddington (2014)

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Paddington, the lovable bear from Peru, has charmed audiences worldwide with his endearing personality, amusing adventures, and heartwarming story. 

Paddington has become a beloved character in both children’s literature and on the big screen.

It’s the tale of a bear who, after losing his home in Peru, travels to London in search of safety, and it resonates with audiences of all ages. It’s a story about finding family, embracing diversity, and learning to navigate a new world with a positive outlook.

The charm of the story is further enhanced by the memorable characters that inhabit Paddington’s world. Taxidermist Millicent Clyde has nefarious plans for the bear, but the kind-hearted Brown family takes him in. With the eccentric neighbors and friends he encounters along the way, each character adds depth and humor to the narrative. Whether it’s the adventurous Mrs. Bird or the grumpy Mr. Curry, every character brings their unique comedic flair to the story.

 

18. The Addams Family (1991)

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The Addams Family, a dark and unconventional comedy, has captivated audiences for decades with its unique blend of humor, eccentric characters, and biting social commentary. From its humble beginnings as a comic strip in the 1930s to its successful adaptations as a television series, films, and even a hit musical, the Addams Family has firmly established itself as a beloved and enduring franchise.

When a man, Christopher Lloyd, shows up at the Addams’ house, claiming to be Fester, the long-lost brother of Gomez Addams, the family is overjoyed. But Morticia, played by Anjelica Huston, starts to have doubts about this man’s authenticity. He can’t seem to remember any important details about Fester’s life. Fester manages to kick the Addams family out of their own home. Gomez soon realizes that he is scheming to steal the family fortune.

One of the key elements that set this film apart as a comedy is its ability to embrace the dark side of humor.

 

19. Horrible Bosses (2011)

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Three dudes, who are best friends, all realize that they are fed up with their dead-end jobs and their overbearing and abusive bosses, each of whom gives them hell. They complain about them night after night, and they decide that the only solution left is to murder their bosses. They plan to help each other, of course. 

This movie didn’t need much direction, with Seth Gordon just letting the insanely talented cast, including Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Jennifer Aniston, loose and let them do their thing. It’s a perfect example of a successful ensemble cast. Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell have supporting roles as well. 

Granted, overall, it’s just an okay movie, but the great performances are what make it truly brilliant on the comedy front. And it’ll be a damn good watch on a lazy weekend on the couch. If you haven’t already seen this, you’ll love it.

 

Conclusion

These are the top 19 comedies on Netflix. Of course, we couldn’t list all of the available comedies Netflix has to offer, so we hope there’s no hard feelings. If we could, we might’ve included Bad Trip, The Nice Guys, Murder Mystery, and The Bad Guys. There are hidden gems that we didn’t mention as well, like Game Night or The Death of Stalin. Don’t forget to check out all the hilarious series available like Derry Girls and stand-up specials like Ali Wong’s Don Wong.

Over to you. What are you binge-watching on Netflix this weekend?

 

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