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The best comedies on Netflix right now

It’s not hard to find a great comedy movie on Netflix. Unlike some other genres like sci-fi and fantasy, Netflix keeps its lineup of comedies well-stocked with some recent box-office hits, like Jennifer Lawrence’s No Hard Feelings, as well as classic titles on loan from other studios and a lot of original films. This month’s new additions include the first theatrical adaptation of The Addams Family, The Big Lebowski, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with those flicks.

Comedies come and go, which is why it’s important to stay glued to what’s new on Netflix. If you’re looking for laughs, these are the best comedies on Netflix right now.

We’ve also curated guides to the best comedies on Hulu, the best romantic comedies on Netflix, and the best rom-coms on Hulu if you’re looking for additional recommendations.

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No Hard Feelings (2023) new

No Hard Feelings
59 %
r 104m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman, Laura Benanti
Directed by Gene Stupnitsky

What kind of woman answers a Craigslist ad promising money from wealthy parents in return for dating their awkward son? Why, that would be Jennifer Lawrence’s character in No Hard Feelings. Lawrence plays Maddie Barker, a woman in her early 30s who is on the verge of losing everything she has, including her home and her car.

Unfortunately for Maddie, dating 19-year-old Percy Becker (newcomer Andrew Barth Feldman) may be next to impossible. He seems impervious to her charms, and even afraid of intimacy. For Maddie, it’s just a job, but she also hasn’t thought about what will happen if Percy ever learns the reason she pursued him.

The Addams Family (1991) new

The Addams Family
57 %
pg-13 102m
Genre Comedy, Fantasy
Stars Raúl Juliá, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

In the early 1990s, movies based on TV shows didn’t tend to be very good. And yet, The Addams Family was not only great, it has a large fan base of its own thanks to Christina Ricci and the late Raul Julia. But the entire Addams family is impeccably well-cast for this revival. Gomez (Julia) and his wife, Morticia Addams (Anjelica Huston), fully embrace their macabre life, as do their kids, Wednesday (Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman).

The only thing haunting Gomez is the loss of his brother, Fester, years ago. That’s when Addams’ shady lawyer realizes that Gordon Craven (Christopher Lloyd) looks just like Fester. A scheme is soon hatched to use Gordon to steal the family’s immense wealth. But when Gordon is instantly embraced by the Addams, he finds his loyalty torn between them and his malevolent mother.

The Big Lebowski (1998) new

The Big Lebowski
71 %
r 117m
Genre Comedy, Crime
Stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

It’s a common misconception that Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is The Big Lebowski of the film that shares his name. This is a mistake that even characters in the movie make, but Jeffrey “The Big” Lebowski (David Huddleston) is the only one of the two Lebowskis who actually has wealth and power.

When the Dude is accosted by a mobster’s enforcers over Lebowski’s debts, he is unwittingly thrown into a tangled mess that involves Lebowski’s supposedly kidnapped trophy wife, Bunny (Tara Reid), and a wide array of eccentric criminals who just won’t let the Dude enjoy his chill.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) new

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
69 %
pg-13 113m
Genre Action, Comedy, Romance
Stars Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong
Directed by Edgar Wright

Director Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a comic book movie that plays by video game rules. We’re talking boss battles, power-ups, and even an extra life for Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), the leading character in Bryan Lee O’Malley’s hit graphic novel series.

Scott’s an otherwise ordinary slacker living in Canada who catches the attention of Ramona Flowers (Final Destination franchise actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Scott is so taken by Ramona that he doesn’t even bother to break up with his actual girlfriend, Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), until after he pursues his next love. Too bad for Scott, because now he has to face Ramona’s seven evil exes in battle if he wants to win her heart.

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Hot Tub Time Machine
63 %
r 101m
Genre Science Fiction, Comedy, Adventure
Stars John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry
Directed by Steve Pink

It’s a rare movie that has a title that gets right to the point of its high concept. There is indeed a Hot Tub Time Machine in this film, but this is more of a comedy than a sci-fi story. In the aftermath of a suicide attempt by Lou Dorchen (Rob Corddry), his friends Adam Yates (John Cusack) and Nick Webber-Agnew (Craig Robinson), decide to take him to the Colorado resort where they vacationed decades earlier. Adam’s nephew, Jacob Yates (Clark Duke), also accompanies them.

Once the group accidentally turns a hot tub into a time machine, everyone except Jacob finds themselves back in their 1986 bodies. And while the guys realize that history has to be maintained, the temptation to fix their past mistakes may prove to be too difficult to resist.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall
67 %
r 111m
Genre Comedy, Romance, Drama
Stars Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis
Directed by Nicholas Stoller

Following a brutal breakup with his famous girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), Peter Bretter (Shrinking‘s Jason Segel) is emotionally bereft. And as the title of Forgetting Sarah Marshall implies, Peter finds it very difficult to get over his ex. Even when Peter goes on a solo vacation in Hawaii, he ends up at the same resort as Sarah and her new boyfriend, Aldous Snow (Russell Brand).

Peter does make an instant connection with Rachel Jansen (Mila Kunis), a clerk at the hotel. As Peter and Rachel get closer, Sarah starts to feel jealous, which may jeopardize both of their new relationships.

The House Bunny (2008)

The House Bunny
55 %
pg-13 97m
Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone
Directed by Fred Wolf

Anna Faris stars in The House Bunny as Shelly Darlingson, an aspiring Playboy centerfold who is unexpectedly evicted from the Playboy Mansion. Desperate to find a new place for herself, Shelly ends up getting hired as the new house mother of Zeta Alpha Zeta, a sorority of awkward students including Natalie Sandler (Emma Stone), Mona Rita (Kat Dennings), Harmony Bowels (Katharine McPhee), Carrie Mae Staten (Dana Goodman), and Joanne Davis (Rumer Willis).

While Shelly teaches the girls how to attract guys by appearing more superficial, she has a hard time landing Oliver Hauser (Colin Hanks), a man she really wants to impress. That’s why Shelly has a lot to learn from the Zetas as well.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High
61 %
r 90m
Genre Comedy
Stars Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold
Directed by Amy Heckerling

For its time, Fast Times At Ridgemont High was considered an edgy comedy. But since it came out 41 years ago, it seems a lot more subdued by today’s standards. But it’s still one of the classic high school comedies of the 1980s, with a cast full of breakout stars including Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Forest Whitaker, and even Nicolas Cage in a minor role.

Penn’s Jeff Spicoli gets most of the film’s funny moments, but the heart of the story revolves around Mark “Rat” Ratner (Brian Backer), his best friend Mike Damone (Robert Romanus), and Mark’s crush, Stacy Hamilton (Leigh). Mark would do anything to be with Stacy, but she falls for Mike’s charms and ends up pregnant … which may end Mark’s relationship with both of them.

Midnight Run (1988)

Midnight Run
78 %
r 126m
Genre Crime, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Stars Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto
Directed by Martin Brest

Within the context of this movie, a midnight run is supposed to be an easy assignment for bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro). He has five days to retrieve a nonviolent criminal accountant, Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas (Charles Grodin), who embezzled money from mob boss Jimmy Serrano (Dennis Farina).

What Walsh fails to realize until it’s too late is that Mardukas is a high-value target for the FBI, Serrano’s men, and even a rival bounty hunter named Marvin Dorfler (John Ashton). And much to his surprise, Walsh even finds himself bonding with Mardukas during their journey. That’s one of the big reasons why Midnight Run is remembered as one of the best buddy comedies of the ’80s.

The Jerk (1979)

The Jerk
61 %
r 94m
Genre Comedy
Stars Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams
Directed by Carl Reiner

Only Murders in the Building‘s Steve Martin finally got to headline his own film in The Jerk, which was directed by comedy legend Carl Reiner. Martin plays Navin R. Johnson, the titular jerk, but The Moron would have also been an appropriate title for this film. Navin is a true nitwit, and he embarks on a journey to Los Angeles because he believes that it’s his destiny.

Along the way, Navin inadvertently strikes it rich and forms a relationship with Marie Kimble Johnson (Bernadette Peters). However, Navin’s good fortune is fleeting, and he may lose everything that he has gained, even Marie.

Fatherhood (2021)

53 %
pg-13 109m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Kevin Hart, Melody Hurd, Alfre Woodard
Directed by Paul Weitz
In Fatherhood, Kevin Hart ditches the four-letter-word shtick (for the most part) in favor of a role that allows him to deliver some humanity in a warm and embracing way. After the passing of his wife, Matt (Hart) is determined to do everything in his power to give their daughter the life she deserves. As any parent can attest to, raising a child can be the most beautiful adventure of your life … but also a never-ending nightmare, complete with diapers, saving for college, and any number of unexpected, overbearing situations. While not reinventing the wheel by any means, Fatherhood lands its laughs with kindness and compassion for its characters.

The Polka King (2017)

The Polka King
65 %
pg-13 95m
Genre Comedy
Stars Jack Black, Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman
Directed by Maya Forbes
The Polka King stars Jack Black as the ever-off-kilter Jan Lewan, a polka band leader who has dreams of making it big in America. Leaning on the love, support, and cold hard cash of his dedicated fans, Jan launches a Ponzi scheme to grow the funding for his polka-flavored empire. But as the government starts closing in on his exploitive financial gains, the figurative walls start closing in too, as thousands of invested dollars evolve into millions. A rags-to-riches narrative with a “fall from grace” backbone, The Polka King leans heavily on the idiosyncratic chops of Jack Black, a calling card talent that does a pretty great job at portraying Jan Lewan, a real-life Ponzi devotee and polka extraordinaire.
The Polka King | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)

Between Two Ferns: The Movie
59 %
r 82m
Genre Comedy
Stars Zach Galifianakis, Lauren Lapkus, Ryan Gaul
Directed by Scott Aukerman
Between Two Ferns: The Movie goes for a meta approach, treating the Between Two Ferns web series as a cultural sensation that bumbling host Zach Galifianakis has no choice but to rescue. After getting recognition from comedic content host Funny or Die, platform-helmer Will Ferrell pitches Zach the deal of a lifetime: shoot 10 celebrity interviews in two weeks and become president of Funny or Die. Thus, the infamously clueless TV personality hits the road to chase his dreams of true stardom. Leaning on the many awkward strengths of the series it’s based upon, Between Two Ferns: The Movie manages to deliver plenty of laughs and a handful of ultra-cringeworthy moments, too.

Metal Lords (2022)

Metal Lords
r 97m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Music
Stars Jaeden Martell, Isis Hainsworth, Adrian Greensmith
Directed by Peter Sollett
Game of Thrones co-creator D.B. Weiss is making his Netflix debut as the writer of a new rock comedy, Metal Lords. Within the film, high school students Kevin Schlieb (Jaeden Martell) and Hunter Sylvester (Adrian Greensmith) form their own heavy metal band even though they don’t quite have the talent to work as a duo. A new student, Emily Spector (Isis Hainsworth), may be just what the band needs. However, personality conflicts between the trio threaten to tear them apart before the big battle of the bands.

Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020)

Vampires vs. the Bronx
76 %
pg-13 86m
Genre Comedy, Horror
Stars Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV
Directed by Oz Rodriguez
Vampires vs. the Bronx may have skipped a theatrical release, but this Netflix original has earned its place on this list. As the title implies, gentrification isn’t the only evil thing to worry about, as Miguel Martinez (Jaden Michael) and his friends, Bobby Carter (Gerald W. Jones III) and Luis Acosta (Gregory Diaz IV), discover that the pale Europeans taking over the neighborhood literally want to suck out their blood. Realizing that the vampires are real and proving it are two different matters. The only guide these kids have to fighting vamps is the original Blade movie. But when push comes to shove, the people of the Bronx aren’t going to let some creatures of the night take their blood — or their homes.
VAMPIRES VS THE BRONX | Official Trailer | Netflix

A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)

A Futile and Stupid Gesture
55 %
Genre Comedy
Cast Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, Martin Mull
This Netflix original movie tends to get buried under more high-profile releases, but A Futile and Stupid Gesture is a strongly constructed comedy biopic about Douglas Kenney (Will Forte), the co-founder of National Lampoon. Martin Mull co-stars as an older Doug while looking back at his career with his comedy partner-in-crime, Henry Beard (Domhnall Gleeson). Together, Douglas and Henry helped revolutionize comedy, and also paved the way for Animal House. But Doug’s struggle with addiction destroys nearly all of his relationships in the process. A very talented supporting cast including Joel McHale, Ed Helms, Matt Lucas, Thomas Lennon, Rick Glassman, and more also play some comedy legends who came to prominence thanks to Doug and Henry. This is a story that needed to be told, even though Doug’s legacy has largely been forgotten.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
91 %
pg 91m
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Directed by Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
What is the airspeed of an unladen swallow? How do you tell if someone is a witch? And if you come across a rabbit at the entrance of a cave, how fast do you run and why aren’t you running already? All of these questions and more can be at least partially answered only with the 1975 comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The second feature film made by the legendary cast of Monty Python’s Flying CircusHoly Grail is absolutely mandatory for any fan of swords and sorcery fantasy, comedy, or any kind of movie that keeps you laughing so hard from start to finish that you’ll never stop to consider whether or not it makes any sense (SPOILER: it does not).

Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

Dolemite Is My Name
76 %
r 118m
Genre Drama, Comedy, History
Stars Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps
Directed by Craig Brewer
All hail the return of Eddie Murphy! Murphy plays Rudy Ray Moore in this Netflix original. Moore was a washed-up musician who transformed himself into the 1970’s blaxploitation character named Dolemite, becoming a cult star in the process. An ode to extremely independent filmmaking with a subtler touch than Bowfinger, this film features additional, outstanding performances from Wesley Snipes and Keegan-Michael Key.
Dolemite Is My Name | Official Trailer | Netflix

Life of Brian (1979)

Life of Brian
77 %
r 94m
Genre Comedy
Stars Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam
Directed by Terry Jones
A person doesn’t truly love Monty Python unless they love Life of Brian. Well, and Flying Circus. There’s much more to Monty Python than Holy Grail. While Grail is the better-known film, Life of Brian is more ambitious, cynical, and downright crazier for a very simple reason: It parodies Jesus Christ rather than King Arthur. Well, Christ’s neighbor, Brian Cohen, played by Graham Chapman. The film follows a case of mistaken identity as Brian is treated as a prophet, blasphemer, and enemy of the state in a series of events meant to skewer the Bible. It was, needless to say, not popular with the Church upon its release, but it’s still darn funny and encourages everyone to “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life.”

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