24 Best Comedy Movies on Netflix

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Updated for January 2019. You can see a complete list of new Netflix releases here.

Sometimes you just gotta laugh. And your friendly neighborhood streaming services are always up to help. Netflix in particular knows of your intense desire to laugh. Netflix knows everything about you. Netflix loves you. Do what Netflix tells you. 

Whoops! Sorry about that. Blacked out for a moment. But anyway, here is our list of the best comedy movies on Netflix.

Heathers

This might be one of the best films of all time. Let’s also be honest, this is the original Mean Girls. Everything about this movie is terrible. The “Heathers Clique” is terrible, there’s bullies and guns. Basically, this movie amplifies everything that is wrong with high school and brings it to an absurdist level, which is exactly what you want, right?

The best thing about this movie is that at its worse, it’s a rom-com and at its best, it’s a horror flick. Heathers is incredibly dark. It gives most other dark comedies a run for their playing-it-safe money. J.D. and Veronica in the boiler room is one of those moments that will remain in the canon of unforgettable scenes in movie history. 

– Daniella Bondar

Hot Fuzz

The action segment in Edgar Wright’s “Three Flavors Cornetto” Trilogy, Hot Fuzz is a genre-busting delight. Yes, Hot Fuzz is a very funny film, and yet another satisfying contribution from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, but it’s also one of the most intelligent action films that you’ll come across and a brilliant dissection of the genre.

further reading: The Best Comedy Movies on Hulu

It’s not surprising that Edgar Wright used over 100 action films for inspiration here. There is also plenty of buddy cop bliss to laugh at while watching Pegg’s Nicholas Angel get used to his new stomping grounds. The jokes come fast and aggressive, and it’s crazy that Wright and company have more ammunition for the action genre than they did with zombies in Shaun of the Dead.

Also, that turn towards the end when the film becomes all of the action films that it’s been making fun of the entire time is such a glorious, insane moment of cinema.

– Daniel Kurland

Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday

It blows my mind that Netflix’s recent Pee-Wee project could not only be so successful, but that it might even be a little more fantastical than the previous films before it. John Lee and Paul Rust step up to the plate as director and writer as they perfectly tap into Pee-Wee’s warped innocence.

further reading: The Best Comedy TV Shows on Amazon Prime

Reuben’s iconic character is taken on a cross-country road trip, introducing him to many off kilter individuals, all of which underscore the idea that everyone has a little Pee-Wee in them. Plus, it’s got Joe Manganiello (your next Deathstroke) playing himself, acting as Pee-Wee’s best friend, and it’s sort of incredible.

– Daniel Kurland

Don’t Think Twice

Our culture’s appetite for comedy has never been more voracious. Still we don’t get enough movies about the inner-workings of comedy as a profession and an industry as we deserve. Don’t Think Twice is one of the great exceptions. Don’t Think Twice is the second film from stand-up comedian and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia.

further reading: The Best TV Comedies on Netflix 

It features an amazing cast that includes Gillian Jacobs, Keegan Michael-Key and about a half-dozen other “hey, I know that actor(s).” It’s about members of a comedy troupe who are all vying or have vied for an appearance on an SNL-like comedy show. Don’t Think Twice is both funny and an uncomfortably realistic saga about the limitations of dreams. 

– Alec Bojalad

Masterminds

Nothing says comedy moreso than Zach Galifianakis’ physical appearance in this movie. Galifianakis has always been good at utilizing his versatile head and facial hair to great comedic effect but they’ve never worked better than they do in Masterminds.

further reading: The Best TV Comedies on Hulu

Beyond just the hair, Masterminds is a funny comedy featuring an even funnier cast. Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Owen Wilson all make appearances in this true story about a folksy robbery gone wrong. 

– Alec Bojalad

Little Evil

Little Evil is one of the original movies that Netflix seems to excel at identifying and picking up. The premise is just so killer that you can’t conceive of why it’s taken so long to get here. What if The Omen were a comedy? Adam Scott stars as a man named Gary who loves his new wife Samantha (Evangeline Lily).

There just happens to be something a little weird about her son, Lucas. Namely that’s he’s clearly the son of the devil. Which would make sense as Samantha was in a cult in her wild younger years. 

– Alec Bojalad

She’s Gotta Have It

Like many of Spike Lee’s films, calling She’s Gotta Have It a “comedy” seems a bit reductive. Still this comedy-drama is very much equal parts both. She’s Gotta Have It, Lee’s first film (and he actually co-stars as well) stars Tracy Camilla Johns as Nola, a young woman juggling three suitors.

She likes aspects of each of them but not any one of them entirely. The movie is about self-discover and autonomy – which may seem to be at odds with its comedy and romance movie aims but that’s the genius of Spike Lee. It all makes sense under his stewardship and Johns’ command of her character.

– Alec Bojalad

I Love You, Man

Sometime in the mid-00s we all became enamored with the concept of the “bromance.” Men didn’t quite know what to do with our intense emotional energy towards our friends so we decided to come up with a term to ironically distance ourselves from that energy.

A lot of the movies from this time are bad. I Love You, Man is not one of them. Paul Rudd stars as a man who on the eve of his wedding realizes that he’s not created any lasting male-friendships in his life. So his wife-to-be encourages him to go out and make some. In steps Jason Segel and his dog named Anwar Sedat.

Rudd and Segel’s chemistry is great and I Love You, Man is much more of a legitimately sweet, affecting movie than in had any right to be.

– Alec Bojalad

Shrek

A sizable portion of the Internet is probably only aware of the character of Shrek as a weird one-size-fits-all meme. He’s like a big green Rick Astley or Chuck Norris. The animated movie that bears his name, however, remains just a legitimately hilarious film.

Shrek came around in 2001, shortly after Pixar made digital animation a big thing. Shrek was  kind of like a family-friendly Deadpool, a movie that lightly satirized its genre (fairytales instead of superhero movies) while presenting a legitimately funny and entertaining take on it. 

This is a movie in which the main villain’s name is designed to sound like “Lord Fuckwad” and it’s immediately implied he has a tiny penis. Watch or rewatch Shrek, please.

– Alec Bojalad

In Bruges

In Bruges‘ genre is hard to nail down. Is it an action-thriller? A drama? A comedy? Well whatever it is, it sure is enjoyable…and funny.

In Bruges comes from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri director Martin McDonagh. Two hitmen, Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are sent to quaint Bruges, Belgium after a hit gone wrong to cool down and await further orders. While there Ray hates the quiet town while Ken is captivated by it. The two ingratiate themselves with the quirky orders until one of them receives an order that he cannot possibly follow.

– Alec Bojalad

Ibiza

Ibiza is your classic “woman flies to Barcelona for a work event and then decides to divert her path to the island Ibiza to fall in love with The King in the North” romantic comedy. Gillian Jacobs (Britta on Community, Gary Marshall’s wife on Comedy Bang! Bang!) stars as Harper, who brings her two best friends Nikki (Vanessa Bayer), and Leah (Phoebe Robinson) on her work trip to Barcelona.

While there Leah and Nikki (mostly Leah) convince her to ditch work and fly to Ibiza. There Harper reluctantly falls in love with a DJ (Game of Thrones’ sexiest Stark Richard Madden). Ibiza is a largely conventional story of throwing risk to the win in pursuit of a life-well lived. It’s also a very funny film, thanks to its cast of mostly bit players who are granted an opportunity to shine.

– Alec Bojalad

Happy Gilmore

As a child of the ’90s, it’s sometimes jarring for me to view the Rotten Tomatoes entries of early Adam Sandler films and discover they’re not all 100%. So yes, Sandler movies have always been a touch obnoxious but this early effort remains one of his least…and least obnoxious.

Sandler stars as the titular Gilmore, an amateur hockey player with no skills other than a strong slapshot. After he exhibits the ability to drive a golf ball more than 400 yards he reluctantly begins training to become a professional golfer. He discovers his new skill just in time as his beloved grandmother must give up her house unless she finds $270,000 in unpaid back taxes. 

Happy Gimore is a weird, utterly ludicrous film that features fatal alligator bites, Subway endorsements, and Shooter freaking McGavin

– Alec Bojalad

Clerks

Hold on, now wait just a minute. I know what you’re thinking: a Kevin Smith movie?! Well kids gather around. A long, long time ago, in a decade far, far away (the 1990s), Kevin Smith wasn’t a podcaster who occasionally made the odd awful horror movie with at least one member of the Johnny Depp family. Nay, once upon a time, he was one of the most creative and refreshing comedic voices coming out of independent cinema, putting an expletive-laden chorus and refrain to young Gen-X pain.

further reading: Clerks – An Unlikely Multimedia Franchise

And among his several quality ’90s comedies remains the one that started it all, the mythical film that he made by maxing out his own (and his parents’) credit cards to pay for the $28,000 passion project, which was shot on black and white 16mm film. Thank Alanis Morissette for that, because this movie is a triumph of whining, low expectations, and written dialogue giving self-loathing slackers more credit than they’re due. And if you don’t believe me, or have never seen it, I’ll give you the advice that forced even Harvey Weinstein to stick around during his second attempt to watch it at Sundance: Don’t leave until you hear the number “36.” Or should that be “37?”

– David Crow

The Emperor’s New Groove

Animated Disney movies take on a certain format. You likely know it by heart at this point. Protagonist suffers great calaminty. Protagonist overcomes calamity and learns an important lesson. Many songs are sung in the process. The Emperor’s New Groove takes that basic format and then replaces the multitude of songs with actual, honest-to-goodness hilarious jokes.

Pound for pound, The Emperor’s New Groove is one of the funniest Disney movies ever made. The story of Emperor Kuzco’s unfortunate circumstance (in this case being turned into a llama) is funny enough on its own but then Patrick Warburton’s Kronk sends it into hilarious new heights. This may be an unexpected choice for best comedy on Netflix but come on: Kronk speaks fluent squirrel.

– Alec Bojalad

Role Models

Role Models is a movie populated with likeable actors, playing unlikeable characters, doing likeable things. 

Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott star as Wheeler and Danny, two adult energy drink salesman stuck in a rut. After an incident involving a tow truck and a Minotaur, Wheeler and Danny are forced to endure 150 hours of community service. Even worse that community service involves being “role models” to two children (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Bobbe’J. Thompson). Ugh kids. The worst.

Role Models comes from director David Wain, who along with his Wet Hot American Summer/State/Stella buddy Michael Showalter has directed some exemplary comedies in recent years.

– Alec Bojalad

Blazing Saddles

When Gene Wilder passed away in 2016, he left so many classic comedy performances for people to celebrate. The movie that perhaps most captured Wilder’s talent and headlined many a tribute video was Blazing Saddles. Mel Brooks 1974 satirical Western about a Black sheriff (Cleavon Little R.I.P. as well) in an all-White frontier town.

The film is beyond absurd, completely ahead of its time and wonderfully funny. It also features one of the best natural breaks ever caught on camera. Keep a close eye on Little as Wilder delivers the line “You know, morons.”

– Alec Bojalad

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Rarely are movie titles more descriptive than “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.” Take a quick guess what it’s about!

Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) are childhood friends living together in Pittsburgh. After attending their high school reunion they realize they’re sick of their paycheck-to-paycheck lives and decide to do something about it. That something is to produce a porno in the coffee shop that Zack works at.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno is probably writer/director Kevin Smith’s best post Jay and Silent Bob era works. It has a ton of heart and in a perverse way captures the joy of movie making.

– Alec Bojalad

Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Monty Python’s film offerings are always a good time and Life of Brian may be the best one. 

Monty Python’s Life of Brian is a religious satire written and starring every member of the Monty Python comedy troupe (John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin). The Life of Brian tells the story of Biblical era Jewish man named Brian (Chapman), who just happens to be born on the same day as Jesus and is mistaken for the Messiah.

Life of Brian has a lot to say about religious dogma and just happens to be completely hilarious in the process.

– Alec Bojalad

Animal House

It’s hard to overstate the impact of Animal House when it arrived in 1978.

The simple comedy about an unhinged frat house jumpstarted the careers of director John Landis, writer Harold Ramis, and actor John Belushi. In Belushi’s case, his success did a lot to legitimize Saturday Night Live as a cultural powerhouse. The film has since aged…weirdly. But regardless of its various problematic elements, it remains one of the more important comedies ever in the modern movie canon.

further reading: Harold Ramis Changed Movie Comedy

What? Over? Did you say ‘over’? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!”

– Alec Bojalad

Ghostbusters

You’ve likely seen Ghostbusters by now because how could you not? Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ivan Reitman’s 1984 sci-fi comedy is rightfully one of the all-time comedy classics. It’s worth taking a step back for a moment and realizing just how weird and unique it is.

Ghostbusters is an earnest and exciting action-ish comedy written by a man (Akroyd) with a sincere belief in the paranormal and a desire to make the rest of the world believe in it too. Ghostbusters takes that unlikely concept and turns it into something that’s just fundamentally funny and watchable. It helps to have funny people like Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Rick Moranis involved. Beyond even that, however, Ghostbusters understands perfectly the amount of “set-up’ plot to present in relation to its overarching “end of the world” plot.

Give Ghostbusters a rewatch and appreciate it all over again.

– Alec Bojalad

Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead kicks off Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, and Simon Pegg’s “Cornetto Trilogy” in the best way possible.

Pegg stars as Shaun, a young Londoner with a serious case of arrested development. Shaun, along with his best friend Ed, sleepwalks through life with little ambition. Then, when the world descends into zombie chaos, Shaun has the opportunity to become a real hero…or not.

Shaun of the Dead is a fantastically funny, entertaining film with a real appreciation for the horror genre (and pretty much every other genre). It established its creative team as a serious force to be reckoned with.

– Alec Bojalad

Baby Mama

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are close friends, former SNL Weekend Update hosts, and two of America’s comedic actresses. That’s why it’s kind of strange that Baby Mama represents their only major co-starring comedy movie.

Fey stars as Kate Holbrook, a successful single businesswoman who decides she wants to have children. After discovering her uterus is a “T-shape” and she will be unlikely to conceive, she enlists the help of a surrogate, an immature woman from South Philly named Angie Ostrowski (Poehler). Angie and Kate struggle to get along as they embark upon a strange, difficult relationship of need.

Baby Mama isn’t one of the millennium’s best comedies but it’s a Poehler/Fey showcase that we all deserve.

– Alec Bojalad

Friday

Bye Felicia! You’ve heard the meme now watch the film!

Friday is a legitimately great comedy and legitimately incisive social drama. Ice Cube stars as Craig Jones, a young South Central L.A. dude who gets fired on his day off. Craig decides to spend his newly-off Friday sitting on a front stoop with friend Smokey (Chris Tucker), smoking some weed, and watching the day go by. 

Friday is the kind of personal, slice-of-life comedy that the ’90s was well known for. What is F. Gary Gray’s classic first film if not Clerks set in South Central?

– Alec Bojalad

Monty Pyton and the Holy Grail

Legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python is not a lacking in masterpieces. But The Holy Grail really may be Monty Python’s masterpiece…and Holy Grail.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail finds the boys telling the story of King Arthur in their own, peculiar way. After deciding that Camelot is a silly place, Arthur and his legendary knights of the round table accept a quest from God to go seek the Holy Grail. The path to the Grail takes Arthur and crew through a very determined knight, a particular cave troll, and many knights who say “Ni.”

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is absolutely bonkers and deliriously funny from beginning to end.

– Alec Bojalad

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