The best comedies on Amazon Prime right now

Laughter is more important to our lives than we like to believe. Cinema lovers may devour their action flicks, horror movies, and relationship dramas, but it’s the comedies that allow us to break the tension and share a common response. When that happens, laughter really is the universal language. That’s why Amazon Prime Video has lined up several original comedies to go along with a selection of films from other studios. Currently, Prime Video has a lot of Wes Anderson movies, but there’s more than that in our updated list of the best comedies on Amazon Prime. You just have to decide which comedies are right for you.

Looking for laughs using a different streaming service? We’ve also curated guides to the best comedies on Netflix and the best comedies on Hulu.

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Coming 2 America (2021) new

Coming 2 America
52 %
pg-13 110m
Genre Comedy
Stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Morgan Freeman
Directed by Craig Brewer
Amazon Prime Video paid a high price to get Coming 2 America to bypass theaters as an original movie. Most of the cast members from Coming To America reprise their roles from the 1988 film, including Eddie Murphy as King Akeem Joffer and Arsenio Hall as Akeem’s best friend, Semmi. Following his ascension to the throne of Zamunda, Akeem discovers that he had an illegitimate son, Lavelle Junson (Jermaine Fowler), during his time in America. Because Zamundan law demands male heirs, Akeem brings Lavelle home and attempts to groom him into a worthy successor. Meanwhile, General Izzi (Wesley Snipes) schemes to seize control of Zamunda for himself.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) new

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
37 %
pg-13 86m
Genre Comedy, Adventure
Stars Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young
Directed by Tom Shadyac
Contrary to popular belief, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was not Jim Carrey’s first movie. However, it was the first film to really let Carrey go wild. Within the story, Carrey portrays Ace Ventura, an eccentric detective with an unusual affinity for finding animals and bonding with them. Two weeks before the Super Bowl, Ace gets the case of a lifetime when the Dolphin’s mascot and quarterback Dan Marino are kidnapped by someone out for revenge. Courtney Cox co-stars as Miami Dolphins publicist Melissa Robinson, a woman who becomes Ace’s defacto sidekick during the case. But this is Carrey’s movie all the way to the big game.

Napoleon Dynamite (2004) new

Napoleon Dynamite
64 %
pg 95m
Genre Comedy
Stars Jon Heder, Haylie Duff, Aaron Ruell
Directed by Jared Hess
Jon Heder stars in this oddball comedy as Napoleon Dynamite, a rural Idao teenager with more than a few awkward quirks in his life — he lives with his grandmother, has a pet llama named Tina, and his brother Chip (Aaron Ruell) cruises chat rooms all day and dreams of being an MMA fighter. When his grandma is hurt and recovering in the hospital, the brothers’ deadbeat former football star uncle Rico (Jon Gries) arrives to take care of them. In the meantime, Napolean is just trying to survive at high school when he meets Pedro, a Mexican transfer student who decides to run for class president. Napolean and the girl he has a crush on, Deb (Tina Majorino), help Pedro take on the school’s popular girl, Summer (Haylie Duff).

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) new

The Royal Tenenbaums
76 %
r 110m
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller
Directed by Wes Anderson
Most of director Wes Anderson’s films are currently on Prime Video, but The Royal Tenenbaums still stands out as one of his best movies. In this quirky family dramedy, Gene Hackman plays Royal Tenenbaum, the father of three gifted children and husband to Etheline Tenenbaum (Anjelica Huston). Decades after Royal abandoned his family, he worms his way back into their lives when he learns that Etheline is about to remarry. Royal lies about a terminal illness to win back his wife, as well as the love of their children Chas Tenenbaum (Ben Stiller), Richie Tenenbaum (Luke Wilson), and Margot Helen Tenenbaum (Gwyneth Paltrow). And as much as Royal needs his kids, they need him to help shake them out of the downward spiral of their own lives.

Fargo (1996)

85 %
r 98m
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi
Directed by Joel Coen
Fargo could work simply as a crime story gone wrong, but the Coen brothers bring such heart and biting black comedy to the film that it remains one of their greatest movies. Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a police chief who investigates the kidnapping of Jean Lundegaard (Kristin Rudrüd), the wife of a beleaguered auto dealer, Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy). Jerry arranged the crime to ransom his own wife, but he underestimated the ineptitude of his collaborators: Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) and Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare). Jerry also underestimated Carl and Gaear’s capacity for violence, which takes a simple plan…and complicates it.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
62 %
r 119m
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Stars Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett
Directed by Wes Anderson
Not one of Wes Anderson’s most critically acclaimed movies, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is nonetheless a classic for Anderson fans. Billy Murray is on top of his game as renowned oceanographer Steve Zissou, off on the high seas to revenge himself upon the rare shark that ate a member of his crew. On board, he’s joined by a man who believes Zissou to be his father, a journalist pregnant with a married man’s child, and the rest of his regular crew. Traveling the sea in search of vengeance, they bizarrely stumble across increasingly dangerous figures from Zissou’s past.

The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick
86 %
r 120m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
Directed by Michael Showalter
Released in 2017, The Big Sick is a romantic comedy film, starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, and Ray Romano. Directed by Michael Showalter, The Big Sick follows Kumail, an Uber driver and struggling stand-up comedian living in Chicago. Kumail’s parents have locked him into an arranged marriage with a woman for whom he has little interest. Follow the laughs and romance as Kumail meets Emily, a woman he quickly falls for, but not everything is laid out as one would hope.

Heathers (1989)

72 %
r 103m
Genre Comedy, Crime
Stars Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
Directed by Michael Lehmann
Another tremendous black comedy film, Heathers stars Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannon Doherty. Directed by Michael Lehmann, it features four girls named Heather who find their everyday lives suddenly thrust into chaos by someone murdering popular students at school and staging their deaths as suicides. If you don’t mind a bit of morbid humor, this teen film is sure to produce a few laughs. Having since been adapted into a musical and a television series, Heathers has become a popular cult comedy.

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