To be sure, the massive and constantly rotating Amazon Prime Video library gives viewers access to a wide selection of movies and television shows to stream for days. But it should be said that among all that content is a generous selection of comedy films. You’ll undoubtedly find some old favorites while also discovering something new to get you laughing, and if you’re already an Amazon Prime member, you can access the video library at no additional cost. Pop some corn and get out the Twizzlers, because we regularly scour the service to bring you the best comedies you can currently watch on Amazon Prime.
Knives Out (2019)
Daniel Craig is at it again, but this time he isn’t playing James Bond. Knives Out is a mystery comedy film directed by Rian Johnson and starring a full cast of stars, including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, and more. When a wealthy mystery novelist, Harlan Thrombey, is found dead after his 85th birthday party, Detective Benoit Blanc, played by Craig, steps in to solve the case. While primarily a murder mystery, Knives Out packs a few comedic moments sure to throw a smile on every movie watcher’s face.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon
Director: Rian Johnson
Runtime: 130 minutes
The Big Sick (2017)
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.
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
Director: Michael Showalter
Runtime: 119 minutes
A real jewel of the 1980s, everyone should see this black comedy-mystery film based on the Parker Brother’s Clue board game at least once. It’s starring the likes of Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn, Martin Mull, Michael McKean, and Lesley Ann Warren, and we guarantee you’ll be laughing the entire way through. Set in 1954 at a secluded New England mansion, seven guests meet, only for one to die. A genuinely fantastic whodunit, the film even features three different endings for a new surprise every time you watch.
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
Stars: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Runtime: 96 minutes
Coming to America (1988)
Eddie Murphy’s star role in Coming to America is an iconic performance that will leave you in stitches. As Murphy’s character, crown prince Akeem Joffer, comes to New York City, he learns that the suburb of Queens might not be what he is cut out for initially. Accompanied by his friend and personal aide, Semmi, the two men set out to find a bride worthy of the prince. Other noteworthy cast members include Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, and Shari Hadley. Watch it now, then catch the 2021 sequel, Coming 2 America.
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair
Director: John Landis
Runtime: 106 minutes
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Held up as the premier buddy stoner comedy, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle has established a legacy since it was released in 2004. Directed by Danny Leiner, the film stars John Cho and Kal Penn, with a wild appearance by Neil Patrick Harris. Follow this crazy convoluted journey as two friends try to make it to a White Castle. Packed with laughs, this film will have you craving sliders and a friendship as close as Harold and Kumar by the end.
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Ethan Embry
Director: Danny Leiner
Runtime: 88 minutes
Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon step into this hilarious black comedy from 1999, directed by Alexander Payne. The movie is staged as a satire of politics and high school life. Witherspoon steps into her role as Tracy Flick, an overachiever running for student president. Broderick isn’t far behind as Jim McAllister, a civics teacher who attempts to sabotage her candidacy. While Election didn’t see huge numbers at the box office, it is now viewed as an essential comedy film of the late 1990s that black comedy fans will love.
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein
Director: Alexander Payne
Runtime: 102 minutes
Another tremendous black comedy film, Heathers stars Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen 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.
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
Director: Michael Lehmann
Runtime: 103 minutes
A Simple Favor (2018)
This black comedy crime thriller is based on Darcey Bell’s novel; it features Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, and Andrew Rannells. When vlogger Stephanie Smothers becomes friends with Emily Nelson, she thinks it will be nothing more than an ordinary friendship, until Emily disappears while supposedly in Miami. A Simple Favor follows Stephanie as she searches for her missing friend, but it isn’t all doom and gloom; a few laughs are in store for lovers of dark comedy.
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding
Director: Paul Feig
Runtime: 116 minutes
Young Adult (2011)
Released in 2011, Young Adult is a comedy-drama directed by Jason Reitman, starring Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, and Elizabeth Reaser. Theron plays the part of Mavis Gary, a 37-year-old alcoholic ghostwriter who must finish the last book of her soon-to-be-canceled young adult novel series. When Mavis receives a sudden picture from a previous high school boyfriend and his wife, she decides it’s a sign they must be together. As Mavis returns to her hometown of Mercury, Minnesota, a storm of comedy quickly brews.
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Stars: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser
Director: Jason Reitman
Runtime: 93 minutes
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