Looking for some help in finding some comedies to load up on with your NetFlix account? Of course, there are hundreds or more to choose from so we narrowed it down a bit to save you time. If you are seeking a good laugh, here are a dozen of the best comedies currently available on the world’s favorite streaming service.
Our list is in no particular order as all of these films are hilarious and worth a couple of hours of your time and countless laughs.
Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle (2004)
When John Cho and Kal Penn teamed up for this out of control THC induced adventure in 2004, a new stoner classic was born ala the Cheech and Chong films of the 70s and 80s. The film was such a success that it spawned two sequels and launched the careers of both actors, one of which (Penn) would go on to work for the Obama administration.
The story centers on two guys muddling through boring young careers that spend a night seeking a cure for the “munchies” that includes the popular White Castle “sliders”. On the way, hilarity ensues including run-ins with Neil Patrick Harris who plays himself and somewhat disturbing bathroom scene with two gorgeous ladies.
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)
One of the great comedies of the 90s that spawned a plethora of quotables that made their way into our pop culture and endure to this day, Austin Powers features Mike Myers in his prime as a British secret agent with slightly less charm and skill than 007.
Cryogenically frozen in the free-loving 60s, Agent Powers is awakened from hibernation in 1997 to combat his mortal enemy, Dr. Evil. Ironically, Dr. Evil has also just been thawed and the two characters have quite a time hysterically adapting to the world around them.
Written by Myers, this comedy is one of the funnest takes on the spy genre and certainly one not to miss.
Free Fire (2016)
Produced by Martin Scorsese and set in Boston in the late 70’s, Free Fire is a wild ride with tons of personality and grit. The film is centered on two parties meeting in an abandoned warehouse to conduct a gun deal, but things quickly unravel and we are presented with a 2 hour witty shootout.
Ben Wheatley directed the film and scored a great cast including Brie Larson and Armie Hammer and even features the music of John Denver, which is ironically inserted into the comedy. Lots of fun and refreshingly unpredictable.
Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)
Zach Galifianakis treats us to an awkward masterpiece that perhaps only he is capable of bringing to life. The lovable star of the Hangover hosts a series of short encounters with guests but as the set is irreparably destroyed, he hits the road.
The cameos in the film help make it one of the funniest films to date regarding the celebrity interview genre and features the likes of Keanu Reeves, David Letterman and more. If you loved the series, the movie is a must.
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Eddie Murphy is back in form with Dolemite is my Name. After drifting out of the spotlight for a couple decades, Murphy hits a homerun with this comedy of a comedian trying to turn his stage act into a feature film with the help of his friends and supporters.
The foul-mouthed, but popular character, Rudy Ray Moore (Murphy) takes us on a comedic tour of the absurd and cheesy and Murphy delivers like few in comedy can or ever could. Charming and hysterical – Dolemite delivers the goods.
Peter Farrelly struck Oscar gold for the first time last year by winning Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for his fact-based period drama, Green Book. You would never believe that this was same guy who, along with his brother Bobby, directed Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, and this comedy that raises the stakes of knocking down pins higher than ever.
Years after a misunderstanding leaves star bowler Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson) without his good hand, he finds hope in the talent of Ishmael (Randy Quaid), whom he convinces to bowl competitively, something his Amish community would never allow, and they are soon joined on the road by the beautiful Claudia (Vanessa Angel). While Kingpin initially got mixed reviews, Roger Ebert praised the film for its consistency in delivering one striking comedic bit after another. Stream it here.
Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)
Absurdist comedy usually panders to a very niche audience. Nevertheless, Monty Python, the groundbreaking British comedy troupe who pushed absurdity dangerously further than anyone before or since, managed to pull off one of the most iconic and widely beloved farces of all time with this comedy that turns Arthurian literature on its head.
The Knights of the Round Table embark on a quest to find the Holy Grail, but run into the far too resilient Black Knight, rude Frenchmen, and a homicidal rabbit, along the way, all culminating to a hilariously abrupt conclusion that supposedly coined the term “cop out.” Co-directed by eccentric visionary Terry Gilliam and the late Terry Jones, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is commonly considered the troupe’s greatest cinematic achievement and one of the strangest experiences you will ever have laughing. Stream it here.
The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988)
Speaking of dangerous levels of absurdity, here we have a tale of man so unwittingly a danger to himself and other that it is just plain absurd. Of course, that is very thing we can expect from this movie from the creators of Airplane! starring the best straight face in comedy: the late, great Leslie Nielsen.
The legend reprises his role as Lt. Frank Drebin, from the short-lived crime procedural spoof series Police Squad!, who must foil an assassination plot against Queen Elizabeth II despite countless goofy sight gags getting in the way. If you can get past seeing O.J. Simpson in a starring role as an equally bumbling officer, The Naked Gun is the ultimate detective parody and the beloved Leslie Nielsen’s most definitive comedic role. Stream it here.
Scary Movie (2000)
The irony of Wes Craven’s 1996 slasher revival, Scream, is that Kevin Williamson’s script was intended as a deconstruction of the teen horror genre. Therefore, when The Wayans Brothers wanted to use the film as the focus of their slasher send-up, they had to go for a more overtly humorous tone.
Scary Movie is essentially a parody remake of Scream, with all the clever plot twists and hair-raising suspense supplemented with over-the-top callbacks to common horror cliches and tasteless sight gags that, impressively, never run out of steam. It just may be the last in an era of good cartoonish spoofs. Stream it here.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
If films like Hot Fuzz or Baby Driver were not enough to convince you that Edgar Wright is one of cinema’s most inventive modern day visionaries, maybe Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will. A movie that complements its video game-esque plot line with 8-bit music cues and imagery has to be considered genius.
Struggling punk band bassist Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must defeat the seven evil ex-boyfriends of his new love interest Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) in order to win her heart. Based on a series of graphic novels, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a game-changing comedy with a nerd-tastic visual style and brilliant twists and turns, all while never sacrificing its tone that fuses off-beat slacker quirkiness with fantasy so uniquely, it veers on cinematic rebellion. Stream it here.
Of the many films that pay tribute to the pioneering achievements of Night of the Living Dead creator George A. Romero through a more humorous lens, I would rank Zombieland second to a certain British horror comedy. However, this goofy road trip through an apocalyptic landscape, with a killer cameo from a beloved comedian, is still a great time for any occasion.
A quartet of mismatched survivors (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin) must learn to work together as they seek refuge in a world overrun by the undead. The impeccably witty script from future Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and the cast, who clearly enjoyed themselves making this, make Zombieland one of the funniest films focusing on otherwise morbid subject matter ever made. Stream it here.
Are you laughing yet? No? Then, I suppose that means you have not started your binge of funny movies on Netflix yet. Go ahead and get your comedy fix and be sure to check back for more recommendations of what to stream here on CinemaBlend.