The best comedies on Hulu right now

Hulu is one of the best streaming services available, offering thousands of titles for film and television enthusiasts alike. That includes being home to a large collection of raucous — and subtle — comedies. After all, sometimes there’s nothing better than kicking back on the couch and laughing along with a film designed for exactly that.

To help you sift through Hulu’s massive library, we’ve rounded up some of the better comedies available.

Looking for more than just laughs? We’ve also put together guides to the best movies on Hulu and the best shows on Hulu, along with a number of other platforms.

Parasite (2019)

Sweeping the Academy Awards and giving director Bong Joon-ho some serious clout in Hollywood, this black comedy is almost universally liked by anyone who watches it. Set in South Korea, it tells the tale of a poor family who concocts a clever plan to work for a wealthy family, each by recommending one another for different jobs within the home, even though they aren’t the least bit qualified. The film took home four Oscars, including those for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film. If nothing else, it’s worth checking out just to see what all the fuss is about.

Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Stars: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Rating: R
Runtime: 132 minutes

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The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

If you’re looking for a feel-good martial arts flick, this isn’t the movie for you. If anything, The Art of Self-Defense is the anti-Karate Kid. Jesse Eisenberg headlines this darkly comedic story as an accountant named Casey Davies. After getting assaulted by a gang, Casey joins a local karate dojo under the instruction of Sensei (Alessandro Nivola). He also befriends Anna (Imogen Poots), the only female student in Sensei’s dojo. Casey gradually comes under Sensei’s wing, and he embraces his inner toxic masculinity … with devastating results on his personal life. All of Casey’s new instincts are wrong, and they lead him to some wild places.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
Director: Riley Stearns
Rating: R
Runtime: 104 minutes

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Back to School (1986)

Back to School is one of those quintessential comedies that could have only been made in the ’80s. The late Rodney Dangerfield stars as Thornton Melon, a successful businessman who never completed his higher education. To keep his son, Jason (Keith Gordon), from dropping out, Thornton bribes his way into the school and embraces the college lifestyle. Along the way, Thornton catches the eye of literary professor Diane Turner (Sally Kellerman), and he earns the wrath of the campus authorities for his constant partying. This film largely exists for Dangerfield’s signature comedic riffs, but the impressive supporting cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Sam Kinison, Terry Farrell, William Zabka, and Adrienne Barbeau. And where else are you going to find a movie where Kurt Vonnegut makes a cameo as himself?

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Keith Gordon, Robert Downey Jr.
Director: Alan Metter
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 96 minutes

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Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in The Birdcage

The Birdcage (1996)

We’ve come a long way since The Birdcage, but the film itself remains a classic. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane co-headline the film as Armand and Albert Goldman, a happily married gay couple. However, their life is thrown into turmoil when their straight son, Val (Dan Futterman), intends to marry Barbara (Calista Flockhart), the daughter of staunchly conservative U.S. Senator Kevin Keeley (Gene Hackman). At the young couple’s request, Armand and Albert pretend to be straight in order to impress their new in-laws. Unfortunately for the senator, the Goldmans can only hide their true selves for so long. By embracing themselves for who they really are, the Goldmans finally bring both families together in a very unexpected way.

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Stars: Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane
Director: Mike Nichols
Rating: R
Runtime: 119 minutes

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Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

Evil Dead II (1987)

While the original Evil Dead was more of a straight horror film, Evil Dead II fully embraces its comedic side as it gets even gorier than before. The movie plays like a remake of the original as Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) and his girlfriend, Linda (Denise Bixler) take a vacation to a cabin in the woods where a demonic force awaits them. A good deal of this film involves Campbell beating himself up in darkly hilarious situations. Linda, and even Ash’s hand, turn on him as he tries to make his escape. This is the true beginning for the Evil Dead franchise, and it’s a hell of a comedy in its own right.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks
Director: Sam Raimi
Rating: R
Runtime: 119 minutes

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Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Tim Burton’s live-action feature film debut sent Paul Reubens’ Pee-wee Herman on a cross-country journey to find his beloved bicycle after it gets stolen by a jealous rival. Pee-wee lives in a world and reality all of his own, much to the astonishment of almost everyone he meets along the way. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure is a bizarre story, to say the least. But the movie is also relentlessly funny, and it helped shape the course of Burton’s cinematic career. When anyone asks why you had to see this film, tell ’em Large Marge sent ya.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Stars: Paul Reubens, E. G. Daily, Mark Holton
Director: Tim Burton
Rating: PG
Runtime: 91 minutes

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The Mask (1994)

“Somebody stop me!” The Mask is pure, unadulterated Jim Carry madness to the max. Released during the height of Carrey’s fame as a comedic actor in the ’90s, this flick sees him don green makeup and an elastic face to play hapless bank clerk Stanley Ikpiss, a man who discovers a magical mask in the harbor. When he puts it on, the mask transforms him into a mischievous troublemaker who also happens to be much more confident than his usually reserved self. It’s the perfect escapist comedy that’ll make you laugh at the ridiculous — yet hilarious — premise.

Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Stars: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegart
Director: Charles Russell
Rating: PG
Runtime: 101 minutes

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Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Marking the directorial debut for Boots Riley, this absurdist black comedy features elements of sci-fi and magic. The film follows Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield), a young, Black telemarketer who fakes an accent to make him sound white in an effort to do better at his job. Riley drew from his own experience of having worked as a telemarketer in his youth and finding success in doing the same thing. In the film, however, as Cassius enjoys greater success, he uncovers a corporate conspiracy and faces a crisis of conscience: What’s more important, making money and being successful or speaking out against the dirty dealings of the company for which he works?

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler
Director: Boots Riley
Rating: 14A
Runtime: 112 minutes

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Vice (2018)

Christian Bale stars as former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in this satirical comedy-drama about Cheney’s journey to the White House. Released on Christmas Day, views were split about the film, which received eight Academy Award nominations. While some pundits criticized the film, making it one of the worst-reviewed films to ever be nominated in the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards, others applauded Bale’s transformation and the film’s ability to present truths in a humorous way. It’s one of those films you just need to watch to decide for yourself.

Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Director: Adam McKay
Rating: 14A
Runtime: 132 minutes

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

After a tough breakup with his TV star girlfriend, a depressed composer, Peter, goes to a Hawaiian resort to get away for a while. Unfortunately, his ex just so happens to be there with the guy she’s already started dating, a completely uninhibited rockstar who can’t stop making sexual innuendos. Desperate to find some peace, Peter does what he can to enjoy his vacation while avoiding Sarah Marshall and her new beau, taking him on more of a local’s journey of the island, with a ton of incredible character cameos and ridiculousness.

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Stars: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Rating:
R
Runtime:
118 minutes

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James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Interview

The Interview (2014)

For a time, The Interview was the most famous film nobody in the world had seen. It’s imminent arrival, featuring portrayed attempts to assassinate the dictator of North Korea, caused an international firestorm, leading to its initial delay and a hacking of Sony Pictures by a group with ties to the country. Ultimately, the chatter surrounding the film let up and it was allowed to stand on its own merits. While Dave Skylark (James Franco) and Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen) ultimately had more success altering the geopolitical landscape than their real-life counterparts, they seemingly had a hilarious time doing it. Randall Park’s portrayal of Kim Jong-un remains memorable, as do standout comedic performances from Franco and Rogen.

Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen
Directors: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Rating: 
R
Runtime:
112 minutes

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Booksmart (2019)

One of the most acclaimed comedies of 2019, Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut provides an unflinching, hilarious look at coming-of-age from a female perspective. Molly Davison (Beanie Feldstein in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) and Amy Antsler (Kaitlyn Dever) are determined to finally party and have the night of their lives as their high-school careers come to a close and their paths diverge ahead of college. The jokes come often and come packed with social commentary and witticisms, and despite being geared toward a younger audience, there are elements any film fan can enjoy. It’s essentially the flip side of Superbad, and proves Wilde is just as proficient behind the camera as in front of it.

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever
Director: Olivia Wilde
Rating: 
R
Runtime:
102 minutes

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A Simple Favor (2018)

For those who like their comedy a little darker, A Simple Favor dives into mystery and murder, all while maintaining its comedic edge. Based on a Darcey Bell novel of the same name, A Simple Favor follows Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), a mommy-vlogger who befriends Emily Nelson (Blake Lively), a mysterious and rich woman who suddenly disappears without a trace, leaving her child in Stephanie’s care. Stephanie slowly shifts from feelings of concern toward curiosity, going down a long path to discover where Emily has gone… and who she really is. Twists come at every turn, keeping audiences guessing as to how the caper will end.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively
Director: Paul Feig
Rating:
R
Runtime:
117 minutes

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Chicken Run (2000)

Stop-motion animation may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but when it’s done right, it can provide more depth than typical animation does. That’s the case with Chicken Run, a turn-of-the-century stop motion comedy that perfected the formula of Wallace and Gromit. The film follows a group of chickens who are constantly trying to escape a farm, with failure all but assured each time. A rooster (voiced by Mel Gibson) soon joins their ranks, however, and conspires to help them escape before they all are turned into pie. It’s all very British, which makes it even better. Two decades later, the movie doesn’t feel dated and now may be the perfect time for a refresher, with a sequel reportedly in the works.

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson
Directors: Peter Lord, Nick Park
Rating: 
G
Runtime:
84 minutes

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I, Tonya (2017)

Sometimes, truth is funnier than fiction. At least that’s the premise of I, Tonya, which can be darkly dramatic at times and downright silly at others. Based on a true story, the sports flick takes on the trials of 1990s figure skater Tonya Harding in the lead-up to, and aftermath of, the 1994 attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. While the story is told from the perspective of Harding, played brilliantly by Margot Robbie, it’s dictated through interviews with the characters, weaving an intricate tale where it’s not always clear how to separate fact from fiction. Robbie earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance, while Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actress for playing Harding’s abusive mother.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Stars: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan
Director: Craig Gillespie
Rating:
R
Runtime:
119 minutes

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My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Marisa Tomei won an Oscar for this classic fish-out-of-water tale. When quiet Northerners Bill and Stan are mistakenly picked up and accused of murder in a Deep South town, they’re suddenly caught penniless, friendless, and facing life in prison. Fortunately, Bill has a lawyer in the family: His cousin Vinny! Turns out, Vinny (Joe Pesci) isn’t exactly a star. He just passed the bar on his sixth attempt and has never tried a criminal case in his short career. Still, Vinny, a street-smart, slick, motormouth New Jersey wise-ass, comes to his cousin’s aid with his equally brassy girlfriend, Mona Lisa (Tomei), in tow. While Bill and Stan stress in jail, Vinny and Mona Lisa have to navigate the culture shock of the rural south and a criminal justice system that seems determined to put these two Northern boys in jail.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Stars: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Rating:
R
Runtime:
120 minutes

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