The best comedies on Netflix right now

Comedy is the great equalizer. When you’re scrolling and scrolling and can’t figure out what to watch, you can always fall back on a good ol’ fashioned comedy. Fortunately, Netflix has a comedy collection that has something for everyone. From rom-coms and horror comedies to sci-fi romps and buddy comedies, Netflix has it all. But the library is also huge, so to help you find something good, we’ve pulled together the best comedies on Netflix right now.

There’s more to streaming than Netflix. Fortunately, we’ve also rounded up the best comedies on Amazon Prime and the best comedies on Hulu.

Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde (2001)

Whenever a comedy inspires a musical, you know it’s pretty good. And Legally Blonde is one of the most beloved and quotable comedies of the early aughts. Reese Witherspoon became a superstar for her portrayal of preppy, spoiled SoCal child Elle Woods, who has everything except the title of Mrs. Warner Huntington III. After Warner dumps her for being “too blonde” and not serious enough about life after college, Elle rallies all of her resources and persistence to earn admission to Harvard Law (what, like it’s hard?) to prove to Warner that she’s serious.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair
Director: Robert Luketic
Rating: 
PG-13
Runtime:
96 minutes

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My Best Friend's Wedding

My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

One of the better rom-coms of the ’90s, My Best Friend’s Wedding shines on the strength of its young all-star cast: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, and Cameron Diaz. Julianne Potter (Roberts) and Michael O’Neal (Mulroney) are childhood friends who made a pact to marry each other if they were still single by age 28. Four days before Julianne’s 28th birthday, Michael announces he’s marrying 20-year-old Kimberly (Diaz). The announcement triggers something in Julianne, who realizes she’s deeply in love with Michael. She vows to stop the wedding at all costs, which becomes more complicated when she is appointed maid of honor.

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz
Director: P.J. Hogan
Rating: 
PG-13
Runtime:
105 minutes

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Crazy, Stupid, Love

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living a seemingly perfect, all-American life. He has a great job, a loving wife, and a happy family. But it all falls apart when he finds out his wife is actually cheating on him and wants a divorce. Suddenly single in his 40s, Cal struggles when he’s thrown back into the dating pool. Feeling desperate, he enlists the help of self-styled ladies’ man Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) to find some more success. But Jacob’s currently having his own romantic problems that have surprising consequences for Cal.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Stars: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Rating: 
PG-13
Runtime:
118 minutes

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Tenacious D

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)

Jack Black and Kyle Gass’ Tenacious D made a name for itself through hilarious lyrics, low-budget music videos, and building an entire sub-culture beyond the music. Case in point: The Pick of Destiny, the movie adaptation of Tenacious D’s storied quest to become the greatest rock band in the world. In The Pick of Destiny, the righteous duo pursues a legendary guitar pick that possesses supernatural powers that is sure to put them over the hump.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Stars: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Tim Robbins
Director: Liam Lynch
Rating: 
R
Runtime:
97 minutes

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Chris Farley in Beverly Hills Ninja

Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

Beverly Hills Ninja is a screwball comedy that’s essential viewing for any Chris Farley fan. If you’re not a fan, you can probably pass. Farley plays Haru, a young man who, as a baby, washed ashore near a village populated by Japanese warriors. The warriors raise the child as one of their own and instruct him in the ways of ninjitsu. Unfortunately, he grows up to be overweight and inept — although it does not daunt his enthusiasm. When Haru receives his first assignment — protecting a beautiful Californian woman — he travels with her to Beverly Hills where he gets his first taste of Western culture.

Rotten Tomatoes: 14%
Stars: Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan, Chris Rock
Director: Dennis Dugan
Rating:
PG-13
Runtime:
88 minutes

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Jason Isaacs in The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin (2017)

There has been no shortage of satire at the expense of Soviet Russia but The Death of Stalin strikes an outstanding balance between crackpot comedy and genuine political intrigue. After Joseph Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off to become the next Soviet leader. Dweebish Georgy Malenkov (Jason Isaacs), wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and sadistic Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale) are the chief contenders, and each hates each other as much as they covet the prime position. As they bumble and back-stab their way toward power, the question lingers: Who is actually in charge of the Soviet Union right now?

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs
Director: Armando Iannucci
Rating: 
R
Runtime: 
107 minutes

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

James Franco directed and stars in this unusual dramedy that earned a Best Picture nomination. The Disaster Artist tells the true story of Hollywood outsider and all-time curiosity Tommy Wiseau as he and his best friend make the infamously bad cult classic The Room. Refusing to take no for an answer and convinced of his film’s genius, Tommy embarks on a hilarious odyssey to make his dreams a reality.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Stars: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen
Director: James Franco
Rating: 
R
Runtime: 
103 minutes

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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

The Naked Gun (1988)

While it’s not Leslie Nielsen’s masterpiece (Airplane! anyone?), The Naked Gun is still an absolutely uproarious spoof on cop movies. Nielsen plays Frank Drebin, a clueless police detective who sets out to foil a plot that turns innocent people into assassins through mind control. His investigations lead him to business tycoon Vincent Ludwig (Ricardo Montalban), but Frank has no evidence against Ludwig until Ludwig’s assistant, Jane Spencer (Priscilla Presley), very conveniently falls in love with Frank.

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, O.J. Simpson, Priscilla Presley
Director: David Zucker
Rating:
PG-13
Runtime:
85 minutes

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Aziz Ansari and Jesse Eisenberg in 30 Minutes or Less

30 Minutes or Less (2011)

Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) leads an ordinary, boring life as a pizza delivery boy. But when he crosses paths with two aspiring criminal masterminds (Danny McBride, Nick Swardson), they kidnap him, strap a bomb to his chest, and force him to rob a bank for them. It’s a lot! Nick has 30 minutes to pull off the task, so he enlists his estranged friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) to help him navigate the many obstacles ahead of him.

Rotten Tomatoes: 45%
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Rating:
R
Runtime:
83 minutes

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George Clooney in Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Yes, it’s another Coen brothers movie on the list. That’s because they’re very good at making funny movies, even with a dash of drama. Hail, Caesar! takes place in the ’50s and puts the spotlight on a real Hollywood fixer, Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), and puts him through a wild fictionalized story that includes a Communist abduction of movie star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). There are a lot of familiar faces in this film, including Scarlett Johansson as a starlet, DeeAnna Moran, whose pregnancy causes some potential PR problems. It’s all Eddie can do to keep his head above water during the constant insanity in his life. But you can laugh at him, and with him.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Rating: 
PG-13
Runtime:
106 minutes

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A Futile and Stupid Gesture

A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)

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.

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Stars: Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, Martin Mull
Director: David Wain
Rating: 
TV-MA
Runtime:
101 minutes

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Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Stranger Than Fiction is about a man named Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), who discovers that his life will soon end thanks to the wishes of an author, Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson). Harold isn’t fictional, but his fate is somehow tied into Karen’s new novel. Despite his best efforts and the newfound love of Ana Pascal (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Harold just can’t seem to escape the dark destiny that he desperately doesn’t want. Even when faced with death, Harold still finds moments of joy and reflection. But can he convince Karen to write him a better ending?

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman
Director: Marc Forster
Rating: 
PG-13
Runtime:
113 minutes

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Scott Pilgrim

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Although Scott Pilgrim vs. the World didn’t find success in theaters, it’s become a cult classic in the ensuing decade. Based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series, Scott Pilgrim is a gleefully weird movie that embraces comic book tropes and video game imagery for its own unique narrative. Michael Cera stars as the perpetually put-upon loser, Scott Pilgrim, who finally meets the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

To win Ramona’s heart, Scott has to face her seven evil exes in battle. That includes Chris Evans in a hysterical turn as action star Lucas Lee, shortly before he became Captain America on the big screen. Scott Pilgrim deserved to have greater success, but it’s still readily available for viewers to discover its charms.

Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jason Schwartzman
Director: Edgar Wright
Rating: 
PG-13
Runtime:
112 minutes

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Even 45 years after its initial release, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of the most quotable comedies of all time. “’Tis but a flesh wound!” is among many famous lines in the film as the legendary British comedy troupe, Monty Python, dive into Arthurian lore as only they can. This movie mocks everything from its own low budget to the traditional heroics of a Grail quest. Not everyone is going to get the humor. But if you’re willing to run with the zaniness, keep an eye out for that rabbit. It’s a killer!

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones
Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Rating: 
PG
Runtime:
92 minutes

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Superbad

Superbad (2007)

Possibly the defining high school movie for the Millennial generation, Superbad is a raunchy comedy with heart. Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the movie is based on their own relationship as high school seniors primed to head off to different colleges. Jonah Hill and Michael Cera play co-dependent high school seniors with high hopes to get to a graduation party. So when their friend Fogle scores the worst fake ID in the history of fake IDs, they decide to volunteer to get the booze for the in-crowd’s party. Things get complicated.

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Stars: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen
Director: Greg Mottola
Rating: 
R
Runtime:
113 minutes

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Lady Bird on Netflix

Lady Bird (2017)

Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, Lady Bird, works equally well as both a comedy and a drama. Saoirse Ronan stars as the titular Lady Bird. It’s the name adopted by Ronan’s character, Christine McPherson, as she starts openly rebelling against her Catholic high school and her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf). Over the course of Lady Bird’s senior year, she redefines herself through her friends, new and old, as well as her ambitions for college and her quest for love. Gerwig didn’t shy away from showing Lady Bird’s mistakes and growing pains, but those are some of the qualities that make her story so endearing to watch.

Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts
Director: Greta Gerwig
Rating: 
R
Runtime: 
94 minutes

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The Muppets on Netflix

The Muppets (2011)

Disney has had trouble figuring out what to do with Jim Henson’s signature creations since buying the Muppets in 2004. But The Muppets feature film is not only hilarious but also firmly understands what made the franchise great in the first place. Jason Segel co-wrote the film and stars as Gary, a long-time fan of the Muppets who has a Muppet brother, Walter, with a bit of an identity crisis. Amy Adams is also very charming in the film as Mary, Gary’s girlfriend, and longtime romantic partner. But the Muppets and Walter are at the heart of the story, as they get one last chance to make a comeback and save the historic theater where they filmed The Muppet Show. This is great fun for kids of all ages.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Stars: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Rashida Jones
Director: James Bobin
Rating: 
PG
Runtime:
102 minutes

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Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

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.

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Director: Craig Brewer
Rating: 
R
Runtime:
118 minutes

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Monty Python's Life of Brian on Netflix

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

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.”

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones
Director: Terry Jones
Rating: 
R
Runtime:
92 minutes

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The Artist on Netflix

The Artist (2011)

There are elements of drama and romance, but at its core, The Artist is a comedy. Once you move through the black-and-white barrier, you enter a world of cinematic nostalgia unparalleled in film today. While old, silent films can be difficult on modern sensibilities, The Artist never stops trying to surprise with visual and audio tricks, along with humorous title cards and visceral acting. The 2011 film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and closes with a rollicking dance scene that rivals anything Fred Astaire created during his heyday.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Rating:
PG-13
Runtime:
100 minutes

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