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The best comedies on Netflix right now

There’s a reason why comedies are one of the most popular genres on all of the major streaming services. Who doesn’t like to laugh?! Unfortunately, what’s not funny is how frustrating it can be to scroll and scroll and not find anything you’re excited to watch. And let’s be honest: That happens a lot when you’re trying to find a good comedy. Netflix’s comedy collection is good, but it’s massive, so it’s easy to miss the ones worth your time. But don’t worry, we’ve already done all the searching. These are the best comedies on Netflix right now.

We’ve also curated a guide 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.

Recently added to Netflix
Julie & Julia (2009) new
Julie & Julia
66 %
pg-13 123m
Genre Romance, Drama
Stars Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci
Directed by Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia draws from two true stories: legendary chef Julia Child’s My Life In France and New Yorker Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. Separated by time and space, both Child (Meryl Streep) and Powell (Amy Adams) are dealing with loose ends in their lives. But through passion, fearlessness, and plenty of butter, they find they can do anything they set their minds to.
Spanglish (2004) new
Spanglish
48 %
pg-13 130m
Genre Comedy
Stars Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega
Directed by James L. Brooks
In this culture-colliding comedy, Mexican immigrant and single mother Flor Moreno (Paz Vega) goes to work for Deborah and John Clasky (Téa Leoni and Adam Sandler) as a housekeeper. But when the schedule becomes too much for Flora to manage with her responsibilities to her daughter, Deborah invites them to move into the Clasky home. Needing the work, Flor agrees but soon finds that she and the Claskys have very different ideas of how to share a space and how to raise their children.
Fletch (1985)
Fletch
68 %
pg 98m
Genre Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Stars Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Investigative reporter Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher (Chevy Chase) is working undercover at a local beach to write a piece about the drug trade when he’s approached by businessman Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson). Stanwyk offers Fletch $50,000 to murder him so that his wife will inherit a greater insurance windfall. Fletch, however, senses there’s more to meet the eye and steers his attention to a new story: One of murder, police corruption, and forbidden romance.
This Is 40 (2012)
This Is 40
59 %
6.2/10
r 134m
Genre Comedy
Stars Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, John Lithgow
Directed by Judd Apatow
A slightly more grounded follow-up to the more famous Knocked UpThis Is 40 sees Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Bibb) both on the verge of 40 and feeling everything fall apart. Their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they’re on the verge of losing the house, and it’s all threatening to destroy their relationship. But at least they both have a sense of humor.
The 'Burbs (1989)
The 'Burbs
45 %
pg 102m
Genre Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Stars Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher
Directed by Joe Dante
Life in the suburbs can drive you a little crazy. So when secretive new neighbors move in next door, Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) and his crew quickly misinterpret privacy for something more sinister. Even though Ray would rather drink beer, read his newspaper, and watch the ball game, he somehow just can’t stop investigating what he believes to be a Satanic cult next door.
21 Jump Street (2012)
21 Jump Street
69 %
r 109m
Genre Action, Comedy, Crime
Stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson
Directed by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
In high school, Jenko (Channing Tatum) was big man on campus. Schmidt (Jonah Hill) was a loser. They came to the police force for different reasons, but when they were partnered on the city bike cop patrol, they became buddies. But now, they’re forced to go undercover back at high school to infiltrate a violent drug ring that has seeped into the school. Unfortunately, high school is nothing like how it was years ago and they quickly discover they aren’t over that teenage social anxiety just yet.
The Bad Guys (2022)
The Bad Guys
64 %
6.8/10
pg 100m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family, Crime
Stars Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina
Directed by Pierre Perifel
Based on the bestselling children’s book series, The Bad Guys follows an infamous criminal crew known as — you guessed it — The Bad Guys. There’s pickpocket and leader Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell), safecracker Mr. Snake (Marc Maron), master of disguise Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson), the muscle Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos), and hacker Ms. Tarantula (Awkafina). But after a heist goes wrong, the gang finally gets caught. In exchange for their freedom, Mr. Wolf brokers a deal to go good. Of course, he has absolutely no intention of keeping that deal. That is, until he starts to actually … enjoy being a Good Guy?
Dope (2015)
Dope
72 %
7.2/10
r 103m
Genre Crime, Drama, Comedy
Stars Shameik Moore, Kiersey Clemons, Tony Revolori
Directed by Rick Famuyiwa
This thoughtful, compelling comedy is told from the perspective of drug users, sellers, and law enforcement in Inglewood, California. At the center of it all is Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a geek who is determined to get into Harvard despite the tough neighborhood he grew up in. But when Malcolm is invited to a big underground party, he can’t resist the chance to transform from being a geek to being dope. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
Fatherhood (2021)
Fatherhood
53 %
6.6/10
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 %
5.9/10
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.
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Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)
Between Two Ferns: The Movie
59 %
6.1/10
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.
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Sorry to Bother You
80 %
6.9/10
r 112m
Genre Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy
Stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler
Directed by Boots Riley
A wacky, modern-day fantasy, LaKeith Stanfield stars as Cassius Green, an Oakland telemarketer who discovers a magical key that leads him to material glory. But as his career takes off, his friends and coworkers begin a simultaneous protest against corporate oppression and make a stand for the value of their labor. Cassius continues to fall under the spell of his company’s hard-partying CEO, who keeps offering him more money and perks just so long as he helps to quell his friends’ unrest.
Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020)
Vampires vs. the Bronx
76 %
5.7/10
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.
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Hail, Caesar!
72 %
6.3/10
pg-13 106m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand
Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
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.
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)
A Futile and Stupid Gesture
55 %
6.7/10
tv-ma
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 %
8.2/10
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 %
7.2/10
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.
Life of Brian (1979)
Life of Brian
77 %
8/10
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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