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Are you looking for the best comedy movies to stream on Netflix right now? While the service often seems to be flooded with comedies, it’s not always clear which ones are funny and which will flat-out ruin your evening. And that’s where we come in with our monthly updates on the best new movies on Netflix. It’s time for our list of the latest funny flicks and great laughs that are just waiting to brighten up your life once you watch. After a hard week at school/work/whatever, everyone deserves a little laugh to lighten their mood!
We’ve scoured the vast expanse of the digital service (twice!) and come back with our picks for the best comedy movies on Netflix right now, including many of the top recent comedies from 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015, as well as many of the all-time greatest classics. Some of these movies are silly, some of these movies are dark, some are raunchy, some are witty, some are indie, some are pitch-black comedies, some are a bit of all of the above. Some of them are fun for the whole family, some make more sense for a drunken evening hanging out with your pals. No matter the case, these new releases in comedies that are on Netflix right now prove that the genre is a big and broad one and there’s something for everyone! So read on for the hottest and funniest new comedy movies on Netflix!
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Please note: This list pertains to U.S. Netflix subscribers. Some titles may not currently be available on international platforms.
Best Comedy Movies on Netflix Right Now
Jim Carrey had a very busy year in 1994, starring in no fewer than three soon-to-be-classic comedies. Of that trio, Dumb and Dumber is the one that best stands the test of time. Carey and co-star Jeff Daniels gave us one of the all-time great buddy duos in Lloyd and Harry, two numbskulls who venture on an ill-advised road trip in search of true love. This is one of those cases where you’ll be glad a movie makes you feel dumber for having watched it.
If Shaun of the Dead didn’t prove definitively that zombies and comedy are a great combination, Zombieland sealed the deal. Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin star as one of the most entertaining zombie-slaying teams on the big screen, four unlikely friends who just want to make their way to the post-apocalyptic paradise that is Pacific Playland. The film lovingly spoofs zombie tropes even as it functions as a pretty solid horror thriller in its own right. Best of all, the film boasts what may be the single greatest celebrity cameo in Hollywood history.
You might occasionally need subtitles, but director Guy Ritchie is at his best in this goofy yet complex crime movie. Snatch stars Jason Statham, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Jason Flemying and a nigh-incomprehensible Brad Pitt in a movie full of wacky plot twists, interconnected storylines and a truly unique sense of visual style.
John Landis’ Animal House is gross in so many ways, and yet it’s still terrific. The tale of a bunch of also-rans who can’t get into the “cool” frat — and really, who would want that anyway — birthed so many iconic moments and jokes, while also giving us John Belushi’s unforgettable performance as historian and future senator Bluto. “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!” Nope, and it’s not over until you watch Animal House.
This romantic comedy features several veterans of the genre, including director Marc Lawrence and stars Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. Grant plays a washed-up pop star (a la Duran Duran) and Barrymore plays an aspiring writer who join forces to make music together. While predictable and formulaic, Music and Lyrics is a very charming and lighthearted way to spend a couple hours. And really, isn’t that exactly what most rom-com viewers are looking for?
You may think you know what to expect from a Michael Cera comedy, but Nick & Norah veers in a completely different direction. This is less Superbad-style raunch-fest than sweet, low-key romantic comedy. It benefits from strong chemistry between Cera and co-star Kat Dennings, a truly excellent soundtrack and a surprisingly deep, nuanced look at the highs and lows of teen romance.
Molly Ringwald stars as a teenager torn between her quirky best friend and a dashing upper crust suitor in Pretty in Pink, one of the most iconic teen comedies of the 1980s. The film features some of the richest and funniest characters John Hughes ever concocted (no easy feat) and one of the best soundtracks of the decade (which is even more impressive), and it holds up better than most of the other popular Brat Pack films of the era. The nostalgia is well deserved.
One of the silliest, funniest, and most inspired comedies ever made. The British sketch comedy troupe Monty Python took aim at the history of Britain and its most beloved cultural icon, chopped all the limbs off, and made more than a few pointed remarks about just how ridiculous humanity was in the past (and, by extension, just how ridiculous it still is). Graham Chapman stars as Arthur, tasked with locating the Holy Grail, a quest that sends him and his idiot knights on one absurd and unforgettable mission after another, to accomplish tasks like buying shrubberies, ruining arranged weddings and not having sex.
This bizarre comedy from director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite) stars Colin Farrell as a man who has to find a lifelong mate in 45 days… or he’ll be transformed into a lobster. It’s not even a unique problem: Everyone in this world has to find a romantic partner or risk being shuffled aside in The Lobster, which is a pretty damning take on a culture that enforces and judges based on unrealistic expectations for our social behavior and lifestyles. The whole movie plays like a Monty Python routine that got way out of hand, and that’s the whole point, showing just how absurd our values are once we take them to extremes.
The last film directed by comedy legend Nora Ephron is one of her very best, a light and inspirational story of two women connected by food and not much else. Amy Adams stars as Julie Powell, a young woman who turns her quest to prepare every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking into a phenomenon, and Meryl Streep as Child, who overcame impressive obstacles on her path to becoming a world famous chef. Both the lead performances are wonderful, in a film that will inspire you to try harder and cook your own meals more often.
One of Disney’s most disastrous production cycles (look it up, it’s crazy) yielded, surprisingly enough, one of the studio’s funniest comedies. David Spade stars as an egomaniacal emperor who gets transformed into a llama, and has to team up with a peasant played by John Goodman, who hates him, to get his kingdom back and grow as a person. The jokes fly faster than any other animated Disney flick, Spade and Goodman are great together, and the extremely weird story ties it all together.
Leslye Headland’s overlooked but brilliantly written romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People stars Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie as people who decide that their sex drive has gotten them into trouble and decide to be platonic friends, even though they really, really, really want to get into bed together. Sudeikis and Brie have incredible chemistry, and the film’s sparkling dialogue is priceless.
The Coen Brothers are famous for their Oscar-winning crime films (Fargo, No Country for Old Men) and their iconic comedies (The Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona), but most of their lesser known films are very good too. Case in point: Burn After Reading, an acidic spy spoof about a pair of fitness trainers who stumble across what they think are top secret documents, and who set in motion a sequence of events that leads to murders and ruination. It’s a merciless satire of naive ambition, unexpected and surprisingly dark, and Brad Pitt gives what is probably his funniest performance.
A pair of kids discover, quite unexpectedly, that they have the power to hypnotize their mean principal, so they transform him into a superhero in this exceptionally eccentric animated movie. Captain Underpants was overlooked when it came out in 2017, but the film has a creative streak a mile wide, and an earnest and believable friendship at the core of these wild shenanigans. It’s probably the closest we will ever come to getting a Calvin & Hobbes movie.
Lady Bird writer/director Greta Gerwig co-wrote and stars in Frances Ha, a bittersweet comedy about a young woman gradually coming to terms with the possibility that she won’t achieve her big dreams of becoming a professional dancer, and might need to do something else with her life. It’s a difficult lesson to contemplate, let alone learn the hard way, and yet – as directed by Noah Baumbach – the film never loses its sense of humor, no matter how self-deprecating it becomes.
Goon is one of the best sports comedies in years, and surprisingly enough so is the sequel. Seann William Scott stars as a hockey player who can’t skate, and can’t score goals, but can take and dish out a punch better than anyone in the league. When he’s not brawling inside the ring, he’s figuring out his place in a world where getting hit in the face isn’t considered a valuable skill. Everyone in the cast is a delight, but Seann William Scott in particular has never been better.
It’s hard to imagine a comedy as dark as Heathers getting made today, at least without being labeled as a horror movie. Winona Ryder stars as a teenager who falls in with a charismatic rebel, played by Christian Slater, and together they kill the most popular girls in school and trick the community into thinking it’s a rash of suicides. The humor is so biting you might need a disinfectant, but it’s so danged daring – even to this day – that it stands out as one of the best teen comedies ever made.
Simon Pegg plays a by-the-book city cop who moves to a small town and finds more danger than he could ever have expected. Edgar Wright’s comedy is to cop movies what Shaun of the Dead was to zombie movies, a merciless riff on every cliché in the book, and an inspiring, heartwarming buddy comedy to boot. Pegg and Nick Frost are golden together, and the bravura action-packed finale is one for the books.
The cult comedy nobody cared about, which became a cult hit, which became a popular Netflix comedy series. Wet Hot American Summer has been on quite a journey, but the original is still (arguably) the best. A bunch of high school kids (played by 30-something adults) have one day left at summer camp, and embark on some of the craziest adventures imaginable. The humor is absurdist and unpredictable, the cast is funny as hell, and if you have any affection for the summer camp movie genre, the satire is incredibly spot-on.
So there you have it: what to watch on Netflix right now in the world of comedy movies. Check back here each month for new titles as Netflix adds them!
Note: This article is frequently amended to remove films no longer on Netflix, and to include more comedy films that are now available on the service.