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I may not have the best jokes up my sleeve, but Netflix US certainly does. From movies that will give you belly-pain, to dark comedy so uncomfortable it’s funny, it has a bit of everything for everyone.
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To compensate for my lame jokes, I’ve compiled this list of the best comedy movies on Netflix US. Take your pick!
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The 20 Best Comedy Movies on Netflix Right Now
Netflix has dozens of comedy films in its catalog, so choosing the top 20 was quite a task! Trust me, these aren’t random movie titles I picked with my eyes closed. I used the following criteria to ensure only the best films made the cut.
- ✅ High ratings. Each movie on this list scored higher than 7 or 70% on at least one aggregator site. Quality over quantity, right?
- ✅ Diversity and inclusivity. Female directors, African American productions, and LGBTQ+ representation? Heck yes! You’ll find a few diverse films to pick from on my list.
- ✅ Variety. What are you in the mood for? A funny adventure, a hilarious horror, or a fluffy rom-com? My picks span an array of comedy subgenres to hit your sweet spot.
- ✅ Age. Take your pick from family films to mature comedy, and everything in between!
Without further ado, here are the best comedy movies on Netflix:
20. The Mitchells vs The Machines
Meet Katie. She just made it into film school and comes from a seemingly normal, if not dysfunctional, family. Her father, Rick, forces the family on a cross-country road trip as a last effort to bond before Katie goes off to college. The Mitchells soon find themselves in the middle of a robot uprising, and it’s up to them to stop the mayhem now.
The Mitchells vs The Machines is a heartwarming and hilarious story that the whole family will enjoy. It’ll leave you laughing for days.
|Directed by||Michael Rianda|
|Starring||Abby Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph|
|Subgenre||Action, sci-fi, animation|
|Rated||G (general audiences — all ages can view it)|
You might also like: ParaNorman, The Addams Family, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
19. Sorry to Bother You
Riley’s imaginative debut film follows Cassius “Cash” Green, a starving African American artist. Cash gets a job as a telemarketer to pay his rent. There, Mr. _______ (seriously, that’s his name) guides him to use his “white voice” to climb the corporate ladder.
In doing so, Cash discovers a cruel, capitalist plot and plunges into a fantasy world where his dreams come true. At what cost?
Sorry to Bother You may be strange, but it’s a brilliant surreal take on greed, fame, racism, and what goes on behind closed doors.
|Directed by||Boots Riley|
|Starring||Lakeith Stanfield, Terry Crews, Danny Glover|
|Subgenre||Surrealist, black comedy|
|Rated||R (Graphic nudity, sexual content, profanity, drug use)|
You might also like: Get Out, The Art of Self Defense
18. Between Two Ferns: The Movie
It’s always refreshing to see A-listers make fun of themselves. Between Two Ferns: The Movie features celebrity cameos subjected to Zach Galifianakis’ awkward and invasive talk show questions.
The film kicks off with Galifianakis accidentally killing Matthew McConaughey on set. The incident goes viral and Zach pursues his own talk show. He also goes on a road trip with his crew to hunt down content. It can only go downhill from there.
Sometimes, all we need is a brain-dead comedy movie that doesn’t have to do much to incite laughter. Between Two Ferns: The Movie excels at this.
|Directed by||Scott Aukerman|
|Subgenre||Cringe, improvised, parody|
|Rated||TV-MA (Profanity, sensitive subject matter)|
You might also like: Bad Trip; Funny People; Hail, Caesar!
17. The Half of It
Don’t let the trailer fool you. What looks like a generic YA drama has much witty hilarity that few teen movies can match.
This bittersweet movie focuses on Ellie Chu, an outcast in her town. She writes homeworks for her classmates to make money. One day, a boy approaches her looking for help writing a love letter. She obliges, only to fall for the same person he has a crush on.
It’s a sickly sweet story that’ll tug on your heartstrings. It’ll also make you chuckle. It’s worth a watch if you prefer simpler comedies with quality storytelling.
|Directed by||Alice Wu|
|Starring||Leah Lewis, Daniel Demier, Alexxis Lemire|
|Subgenre||Coming-of-age, drama, romance|
|Rated||PG-13 (Profanity, depictions of underage drinking)|
You might also like: Ladybird, Alex Strangelove, Edge of 17
16. I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore
Depressed nursing assistant, Ruth, returns home after a bad day at work to discover she’s been robbed. The thieves stole her medication, her laptop, and her grandmother’s silverware. The police don’t help, so she takes matters into her own hands.
Ruth finds a new lease on life, and goes on a mission to recover her stolen goods with her obnoxious neighbor, Tony. If you’re in the mood for a chilling, charming, and hilarious roller coaster ride, this movie is a must-see.
|Directed by||Macon Blair|
|Starring||Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood|
|Subgenre||Thriller, black comedy|
|Rated||R (Violence and gore, graphic nudity, sexual content, profanity)|
You might also like: I Care A Lot, Swiss Army Man
15. The Other Guys
The Other Guys is old but gold, and I cried many tears of laughter when I watched it. It’s a preposterous story of incompetent, bottom-rung partner cops with a mutual aversion.
While investigating a minor crime, they accidentally uncover a major case. To climb the ranks, they decide to work together on this case.
This movie is full of all the quips, absurdity, and action you want in a buddy cop film. Add stellar performances and blockbuster quality, and it may become your favorite.
|Directed by||Adam McKay|
|Starring||Mark Wallberg, Will Ferrell, Eva Mendes|
|Subgenre||Buddy cop, action|
|Rated||PG-13 (Nudity, sexual content, violence, profanity)|
You might also like: Anchorman, 21 Jump Street, Hot Fuzz, The Heat
14. Vampires vs. the Bronx
Wholesome horror movies aren’t easy to find. If you like a bit of gore and some thrills thrown into your comedy, this is the one.
Vampires vs the Bronx tells the story of young Miguel, who wants to save his town from gentrification. The problem? The affluent aren’t the only newcomers to the Bronx. Vampires have moved in too, and Miguel and his friends have to slay them.
Vampires vs the Bronx may lean towards teen audiences, but all ages will find it highly entertaining. It’s a must-watch.
|Directed by||Oz Rodriguez|
|Starring||Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV, Sarah Gadon|
|Rated||PG-13 (Violence, profanity, suggestive references)|
You might also like: Vampire in Brooklyn, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film), The Witches
13. Our Idiot Brother
Paul Rudd is a national treasure. If you haven’t seen him play Ned yet, you should. This character is a goodhearted but troublesome man down on his luck, and you’ll enjoy watching him.
After Ned makes the mistake of supplying a cop with some green, he has a stint in jail. Based on his good behavior, he’s released early with nowhere to go. He turns to his sisters for help, and unintentionally uproots each of their lives.
Our Idiot Brother is a feel-good film that makes excellent work of portraying the love-hate relationships between siblings. The cast is perfect, and you won’t control your smiles.
|Directed by||Jesse Peretz|
|Starring||Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel|
|Rated||R (Nudity, sexual content, profanity, suggested drug use)|
You might also like: I Love You, Man; Pineapple Express; Stepbrothers
Back in the 80s, Richard Thorncraft was a TV star. He played the popular and beloved Detective Bruce Mindhorn, who fought crime with his lie-detecting cybernetic eye.
Flash forward 25 years, and an escaped lunatic has committed murder. He wants to speak to Mindhorn, and only Mindhorn, believing the action character to be real. Washed up Richard then has to reprise his role and help the police catch the bad guy.
This independently produced British comedy film is a delight to watch. If you’re looking for a film that doesn’t take itself seriously, add Mindhorn to your list now!
|Directed by||Sean Foley|
|Starring||Julian Barrat, Essie Davis, Kenneth Branagh|
|Rated||TV-MA (Mild nudity and sexual content, profanity)|
You might also like: The Other Guys, Special Correspondents, Red Notice
11. Deidra and Laney Rob a Train
Dierdra and Laney’s mom goes to jail and the girls have to fend for themselves and their younger brother. To keep the siblings from the foster care system, Dierdra goes to rob trains to get enough money to bail their mom out.
Her scheme sets the police on their trail, and brings someone from their past back into their lives. The event pushes boundaries and tests relationships, in the most entertaining way.
This Netflix original has it all: laughs, tragedy, and an odd positive message. It’s well worth a watch!
|Directed by||Sydney Freeland|
|Starring||Ashley Murray, Rachel Crow, Tim Blake Nelson|
|Subgenre||Drama, crime, family|
|Rated||PG-13 (profanity, delinquency)|
You might also like: Coin Heist, Red Notice, Win It All
10. Mr. Roosevelt
Mr. Roosevelt feels like a teen movie made for adults. It follows Emily Martin, whose ex-boyfriend calls to give her bad news. She takes the next flight home and finds herself staying with him and his flame, the insufferably nice and seemingly perfect Celeste.
Noël Wells wrote, directed, and starred in this weirdly funny movie. Audiences absolutely love this one, and so will you!
|Directed by||Noël Wells|
|Starring||Noël Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower|
|Rated||TV-MA (Nudity, profanity)|
You might also like: Road Trip, The Incredible Jessica James, My Best Friend’s Wedding
Hunt for the Wilderpeople begins on a grim note. When problem child Ricky Baker’s mom abandons him, he’s taken to live on a remote farm with a foster family. His guardian, Bella, is kind to him, but tragedy strikes.
Fearing child services will come to claim him, Ricky runs away. Yet, his escape spurs the authorities on his trail. He finds himself stuck in the wilderness with Bella’s grumpy husband, Hec, hoping to evade arrest.
This New Zealand masterpiece is cheeky, thrilling, and hilarious. It’ll hit you in the feels and in your funny bone, too!
|Directed by||Taika Waititi|
|Starring||Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rhys Darby|
|Rated||PG-13 (Violence, profanity)|
You might also like: Boy, Dierdra and Laney Rob a Train, About A Boy, Wild Child
No comedy must-watch list would be complete without the classic and controversial Caddyshack. In this sports comedy, we follow the characters as they go about their endeavors at a snobby golf country club. They also keep getting in each other’s way as they do their thing.
If you’re in the mood for a raw comedy, give Caddyshack a watch. This movie also doesn’t feel bad about its humor… It may be from a different time, and it may even offend some today. That said, you can watch it to see why it’s deemed the greatest, funniest sports comedy of all time.
|Directed by||Harold Ramis|
|Starring||Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O’Keefe, Bill Murray|
|Rated||R (Sexual content, profanity)|
You might also like: Stripes, Happy Gilmore, Tin Cup, The Caddy
7. The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience
Sometimes, all you need is a quick dose of laughter. The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is sure to hit the spot. This Netflix special only runs for 30 minutes.
In this “Visual Album”, The Lonely Island spoof real-life baseball stars Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire. The film depicts the two living their glory days in the 1980s, telling their story through a rap album.
It sounds ridiculous, right? Well, it is. We don’t expect anything less from The Lonely Island boys.
|Directed by||Mike Diva, Akiva Shaffer|
|Starring||Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer|
|Subgenre||Musical, Spoof, Sport, Short|
|Rated||PG-13 (Profanity, references to sexual content and gore)|
You might also like: Popstar Never Stop Never Stopping, The Sapphires, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
6. The Disaster Artist
You’ve heard of The Room, right? The Disaster Artist shows us how The Room was made, and he shows us the impact it had, be it good or shockingly bad.
James Franco stars as Tommy Wiseau, the man who became a legend for all the wrong reasons. The Disaster Artist is a glimpse at his naive determination and journey to stardom making what’s often considered the worst movie ever.
Despite its story, this movie is excellent. It has won many awards for its quality and performance. The irony!
|Directed by||James Franco|
|Starring||James Franco, Seth Rogen, Vince Jolivette|
|Rated||MA (Nudity, sexual content, profanity, violence)|
You might also like: Uncut Gems, Funny People, Between Two Ferns: The Movie, Dolemite Is My Name
5. Private Life
The Guardian described Private Life as painfully funny, which speaks volumes. It tells the story of Rachel and Richard, a couple of over-forties, hoping to have a baby. Yet, their attempts are all failing.
Their niece, Sadie, enters the picture. They may have the solution they’ve been praying for, but it’s controversial, and might not even work.
Private Life is a bittersweet and charming story of aging, hopelessness, determination, and family values. Give it a watch if you like comedic portrayals of serious themes.
|Directed by||Tamara Jenkins|
|Starring||Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Kayli Carter|
|Rated||R (Nudity, sexual content, profanity, mature themes)|
You might also like: Tallulah, Knocked Up, Making Babies, The Squid and the Whale
4. Win It All
Eddie Garrett, a gambling addict, has the worst luck in bets. Still, he can’t seem to stop throwing his money away. While recovering from his addiction, a local thug brings him a proposition: protect a mysterious duffel bag, no questions asked. In return, he’ll earn $10,000.
Eddie’s curiosity gets the better of him, so he opens the bag, and… can of worms. His life takes a turn as he builds himself off the ground, while landing himself in hotter water than he started in.
Win It All is so genuine you might forget you’re watching a film. Watch it now!
|Directed by||Joe Swanberg|
|Starring||Jake Johnson, Aislinn Derbez, Joe Lo Truglio|
|Rated||TV-MA (Mild sexual content, profanity, mature themes)|
You might also like: Snatch, 21, Where’s the Money?
3. The Hangover
Doug Billings is getting married in two days, so he travels with his friends to Vegas for his bachelor party. After a night of drinking, they wake up with no memory of what happened the night before.
They can’t figure out where the bengal tiger (or baby) came from, and realize the groom is AWOL. Doug’s friends try to find him and piece things together in time for the wedding.
If you haven’t seen The Hangover yet, now’s the time. It may be crude, outrageous, and at times cringeworthy, but it’s arguably a legendary comedy film.
|Directed by||Todd Phillips|
|Starring||Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis|
|Subgenre||Shenanigans, satire, dark|
|Rated||R (Nudity, sexual content, profanity, depictions of drug use)|
You might also like: Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express
2. Bad Trip
Two best friends, Chris and Bud, head on a road trip to New York City. Chris found out his lifelong crush, Maria, runs a gallery there, and he wants to declare his love for her. It sounds innocent enough.
Wait ‘til you learn all the mishaps, mischief, and failures along the way. Everything that happened was at the expense of unsuspecting, real people. You’ll laugh, cringe, and hate that you love this one. It’s candid comedy done right, if not a little over the top.
|Directed by||Kitao Sakurai|
|Starring||Eric Andre, Lil Rey Howery, Tiffany Haddish|
|Subgenre||Candid, Hidden camera, prank|
|Rated||R (Nudity, sexual content, profanity, violence)|
You might also like: Jackass, Girls Trip, The Hangover, Borat
1. Hail, Caesar!
Hail, Caesar! takes a look at early 1950s Hollywood. Eddie Mannix, head of production at Capitol Pictures and the studio’s “fixer”, focuses on saving the stars’ reputations.
Eddie’s hands are full. He’s dealing with a scandalous pregnancy, his leading man has been abducted by notorious individuals, and some annoying gossip columnists are bugging him. On top of that, he’s also handling a hopeful but failing actor.
Throw in some dazzling song and dance numbers, an all-star cast, and the Coen Brothers, and we have a winner.
|Directed by||Joel Coen, Ethan Coen|
|Starring||Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlet Johannsen, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Alden Erhenreich|
|Rated||R (Nudity, sexual content, profanity, violence)|
You might also like: American Hustle, The Big Lebowski, This Is The End, No Country for Old Men
A handful of movies didn’t match the criteria but may still be worth a watch. If the Top 20 didn’t do it for you, check out these movies:
- 🏅 A Madea Homecoming. The reviews are trash, but, it’s Madea!
- 🏅 A Futile and Stupid Gesture. An interesting look at pop culture with mixed reviews.
- 🏅 Wine Country. Fans of Amy Poehler will love it, though it has lukewarm ratings.
- 🏅 The World Is Yours. A funny French film (for those who don’t mind subtitles).
- 🏅 The Monty Python films. Hilarious, if not a little overhyped classics.
- 🏅 Eddy Murphy’s Raw. Not quite a film, but Netflix has a great selection of stand-up, including this R rated legend.
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What is the best comedy movie?
Comedy is subjective, so I can’t give you a one-size-fits-all answer. That said, the highest-grossing comedy movie in history is The Incredibles 2. For more mature audiences, Deadpool 2 has the highest rating on IMdB’s comedy category.
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