The Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now

 If you are bored and want to watch something light, Netflix is the place for you. When browsing Netflix’s library of comedy titles, it can be overwhelming to find a good one among many subpar entries. Collider has you covered, though. Find out which Netflix comedies are the best by checking out our list. We have a wide variety of comedies, from silly buddy movies to big commercials to more obscure independents. On our Netflix’s best comedies list, you’re sure to find something you like, so scroll through and find one you want.  

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Director: Navot Papushado

Writers: Navot Papushado, Ehud Lavski

Cast: Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Paul Giamatti

Gunpowder Milkshake stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, and Angela Bassett as ass-kicking women. Having saved her target’s daughter when ordering her to kill him, Gillan’s Sam must reunite with her estranged mother (Headey) and her former co-workers to save them both, resulting in a bloody and chaotic final confrontation. Amidst Netflix’s CGI-heavy, male-led action offerings, Gunpowder Milkshake stands out as a fresh perspective. Featuring the biggest names in cinema, its script makes you wonder why it took so long to produce. This is a quote from Maggie Boccella.

Senior Year (2022)

Director: Alex Hardcastle

Writers: Andrew Knauer, Brandon Scott Jones, and Arthur Pielli

Cast: Rebel Wilson, Justin Hartley, Angourie Rice, Mary Holland, Sam Richardson, Zoe Chao, Chris Parnell, and Alicia Silverstone

In her role as Stephanie Conway, Angourie Rice portrays a hardworking high school student. When she moved from Australia, she was a dorky girl, but now she’s captain of the cheerleading squad and dating the hottest boy in school. Inevitably, Tiffany (Ana Yi Puig) is their nemesis. During a stunt, Tiffany drops Stephanie, and she wakes up in a coma 20 years later. Stephanie (now played with 20 years between her and graduation, Stephanie (now played by Rebel Wilson) isn’t going to let aging stand in her way. While she was sleeping, Stephanie learned about the world. She begins to piece together a better life as she knows more about the world she’s found herself in.0s and early 2000s with Senior Year, a coming-of-age film that will touch your heart.Jay Snow

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Director: Nora Ephron

Writer: Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron

Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Dave Chappelle, Steve Zahn, Greg Kinnear, and Jean Stapleton

You’ve Got Mail has been updated for the new century with The Shop Around the Corner. According to Ron, “You think this movie will suck, but after watching it, you become part of it.” Ron is right; you’ve Got Mail is a delightful update on The Shop Around the Corner. Fox Books, owned by Tom Hanks’ Joe Fox, threatens the small bookstore owned by Meg Ryan’s Kathleen Kelly. Despite dislikes in person, the two have formed a friendship that may grow. Hanks There is almost too much charm in Hanks and Ryan’s delightful romantic comedy.s Bonaire.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Writers: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Rob Greenberg

Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, and Neil Patrick Harris

This charming story of Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), whose latest invention causes food to fall from the sky, deserves a lot more attention since Lord and Miller directed and co-wrote it before their massive animated hits like The LEGO Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. As Flint’s invention rains giant foods down on the world, disaster threatens. Lord/Miller films are known for their heart and odd humor, and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is no exception. Everyone will enjoy this comedy because it is pleasant and strange at the same time. — Ross Bonaire

Last Action Hero (1993)

Director: John McTiernan

Writer: Shane Black, David Arnott

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austin O’Brien, Charles Dance, Robert Prosky

Does Arnold Schwarzenegger spoof the excess and explosions of an Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie in a story that doubles as a fantastic action movie? In this over-the-top shoot-em-up, director John McTernan pays homage to the 90s. A magic ticket sends the villain Benedict (Charles Dance) through the silver screen, and Jack Slater teams up with young cinephile Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien) to stop him. This film is a wild good time, including Robert Patrick’s cameo as his T2 Terminator, Schwarzenegger as himself, and Danny DeVito as a feline detective named Whiskers. Yes, please. —Vinnie Mancuso

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

Director: Mike Rianda

Writers: Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe

Cast: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, and Beck Bennett

Undoubtedly, The Mitchells vs. the Machines is the best-animated family comedy movie ever made. A father and daughter struggle to connect in the original film, produced by Sony Pictures Animation. They must work together to survive the robot apocalypse that occurs along the way. Mitchells vs. the Machines abounds in astonishment. The emotional scenes in Mike Rianda’s work hit hard because of the way he pushes the boundaries of visual expression, but they’re also vibrant and visually stunning. Aside from that, the film is hilarious, reminding us of Lord and Miller’s other films, such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Easily one of the most memorable films of 2021, this movie will have you cackling and crying simultaneously. – Adam Chitwood

Paddington (2014)

Director/Writer: Paul King

Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, and Peter Capaldi

2014’s Paddington is a delightful introduction to the marmalade-loving bear, while Paddington 2 gets most of the attention. He seeks a new family in London after leaving Darkest Peru. There is a heartwarming quality to the Paddington franchise, a series full of warmth and kindness. Although the Brown family takes in Paddington, he causes some havoc. — Ross Bonaire

Murder Mystery (2019)

Director: Kyle Newacheck

Writer: James Vanderbilt

Cast: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans

Murder Mystery is an uber-charming Netflix original film despite Adam Sandler’s spotty history. In this sequel to Just Go With It (also pretty good), the Sandman reunites with Jennifer Aniston to solve a murder mystery aboard the yacht of a billionaire he just met. The star power of the actors elevates Murder Mystery, as with most Netflix comedies.

The Lovebirds (2021)

Director: Michael Showalter

Writer: Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall

Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Paul Sparks, Anna Camp

This movie just has such a freaking charm to it. After witnessing a murder four years after they first met, Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani find themselves on the run. In this action-comedy/rom-com, Nanjiani and Rae make endlessly entertaining leads. A lesser-known Netflix original, The Lovebirds, is worth checking out.

Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)

Director/Writer: Scott Aukerman

Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Lauren Lapkus, Ryan Gaul, and Jiavani Linayao

Between Two Ferns: The Movie is a hilarious road trip comedy full of great cameos, featuring Zach Galifianakis and Scott Aukerman. Matthew McConaughey drowns, Galifianakis has an affair with Chrissy Teigen, and David Letterman appears in a film for the first time. We’ve expected incredible interviews and weird humor from Between Two Ferns, which expands beyond its original conceit.Ross Bonaire.

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

Director/Writer: Kelly Fremon Craig

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, and Hayden Szeto

You won’t be disappointed by The Edge of Seventeen, a sweet coming-of-age comedy. Featuring Hailee Steinfeld, this R-rated comedy follows the ups and downs of a high school junior. Although she has problems with friends, boys, and her family, she develops a close friendship with a teacher played by Woody Harrelson. Steinfeld’s outstanding performance in Edge of Seventeen does not suffice to convey the true-to-life feel of everything in the movie. I feel insecure and anxious. It is essential to take care of all aspects of your life. – Adam Chitwood

She has to Have It (2017)

Director/Writer: Spike Lee

Cast: Tracy Camilla Johns, Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Raye Dowell, and Spike Lee

Spike Lee joined Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen on the Mount Rushmore of New York City directors with his debut film. Nola Darling’s (Tracy Camilla Johns) love and independence are central to Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It? There’s no point in this woman tying herself down to one man. With a small budget, Lee shows flair behind the camera, including a stunning tribute to The Wizard of Oz and his charisma as an actor and director. Lee presents a solid and uncompromising lead character throughout She has to Have It. Among the world’s top filmmakers, Lee has already made his mark. — Ross Bonaire

The Duff (2015)

Director: Ari Sandel

Writer: Josh A. Cagan

Cast: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca A. Santos, Skyler Samuels, and Ken Jeong

DUFF – designated ugly fat friend DUFF (Mae Whitman) is living a dream life with her best friends Casey and Jess. Bianca breaks free of the stereotype imposed on her by her childhood best friend Wesley (Robbie Amell) by tutoring him in science. After learning that appearances aren’t everything and what others think isn’t essential, Bianca falls in love with Wesley. As with the cWith The Duff, expectations are exceeded, becoming much more than what it appears to be at first.

I Care a Lot (2020)

Director/Writer: J Blakeson

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Chris Messina, and Dianne Weist

People who enjoy dark comedy – pitch-black comedy – will probably like it. Rosamund Pike plays a con artist who takes care of older adults for a living by using their money. As her next target, a ruthless criminal’s mother (played by Peter Dinklage), she may have reached the end of her rope. Despite the possibility of several ways in which this satirical comedy could have gone wrong, the film’s point becomes apparent in the final minutes. It is Pike’s pitch-perfect performance that makes a despicable character watchable. – Adam Chitwood

Bad Trip (2021)

Director: Kitao Sakurai

Writers: Dan Curry, Eric Andre, and Kitao Sakurai

Cast: Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish

Watching Bad Trip will make you laugh hysterically. Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery star in this road trip comedy about two friends searching for Andre’s dream girl in New York. Howery’s character has a newly released sister, Tiffany Haddish, who is hot on their tail. As the film is shot as a prank, unwitting strangers play background and supporting roles. As silly and embarrassing as it is, it also highlights some ridiculous tropes familiar to traditional romcoms, such as Andre breaking out into song in front of strangers with “WTF?” looks on their faces. The film is insanely R-rated, so be warned. – Adam Chitwood

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Director/Writer: Taika Waititi

Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rhys Darby, Rima Te Wiata, and Rachel House

Taika Waititi’s whimsical comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a must-see if you’re in the mood for a whimsical comedy. A foul-mouthed child and a grumpy Sam Neill are forced to team up when they are faced with a search throughout New Zealand bush in this 2016 adventure movie. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is based on an existing book, but it often feels like a Roald Dahl adaptation we’ve never heard of. With Waititi’s playful anarchy filling out the whole thing, it’s delightful, whimsical, and frightening. You’re sure to feel good after watching this movie.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

Director: David Dobkin

Writers: Will Ferrell and Andrew Steele

Cast: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, and Demi Lovato

Don’t let Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga fool you. You might cry by the end of this musical comedy, one of the most pleasant surprises of the decade. Icelandic musicians and lifelong friends are unexpectedly thrust into the Eurovision Song Contest, testing their talents and relationship. In this movie, Rachel McAdams proves she is one of the top comedic talents working today. Ferrell is hilarious as always, but it’s Rachel McAdams who steals the show. What about the songs? It’s incredible what they can do. – Adam Chitwood

The Babysitter

Director: McG

Writer: Brian Duffield

Cast: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Hana Mae Lee, Andrew Bachelor

This black comedy-horror from Brian Duffield (Spontaneous) mixes blood, guts, and gore with plenty of laughs. In anticipation of a night with his babysitter, Bee (Samara Weaving), preteen misfit Cole (Judah Lewis) is looking forward to spending time with her. Even so, things go from bad to worse when Cole discovers that Bee and the crew she invited over-Max (Robbie Amell), Allison (Bella Thorne), Sonya (Hana Mae Lee), and John (Andrew Bachelor)-are, as it turns out, part of a devil-worshiping cult bent on human sacrifice. Despite its mayhem, there’s a beautiful heart beating at its center, even if you have to cut through a few layers to find it. — Vinnie Mancuso

Jackass: The Movie (2002)

Director: Jeff Tremaine

Writers: Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Preston Lacy, Jason “Wee Man’ Acuña, Dave England, Ryan Dunn, Ehren McGhehey, Brandon DiCamillo, Dimitry Elyashkevich, Rob “Whitey” McConnaughy, Sean Cliver, Loomis Fall, Tim Payne, Anne Zogby, Phil Clapp, and Vernon Chatman

Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Steve-O, Jason “Wee Man Acuña, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacy, Dave England, and Ehren McGhehey

There are some truly insane concepts in Jackass, which makes it one of the best comedy series of the 2000s. From the opening credit stunt with the entire cast hurtling down a hill to the stunning X-ray car toy finale, Jackass: The Movie is jam-packed with some of the best jokes this crew has ever done. You probably wondered what would happen if you pooped in a hardware store’s display toilet or got a paper cut on your body. Jackass fans will love this movie. — Ross Bonaire

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Directors/Writers: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Cast: George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Alden Ehrenreich, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, and Frances McDormand

The Coen Brothers’ 2016 comedy still ranks underrated despite its solid reviews. Salutations, Caesar! It follows Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), a Capitol Pictures “fixer” who fires, stifles scandals, and searches for missing movie stars. One of George Clooney’s best comedic performances; its chaos and shenanigans. No matter what you think about Solo: A Star Wars Story, this movie will remind you that Alden Ehrenreich is a great actor. – Adam Chitwood

Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

Director: Craig Brewer

Writers: Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, and Titus Burgess

In addition to giving us Eddie Murphy’s best performance in years, Netflix’s original comedy Dolemite Is My Name is also an incredibly entertaining movie about creativity. Based on the true story of Rudy Ray Moore, a comedian who wrote, I produced and starred in a highly low-budget film to introduce his hit standup character “Dolemite” to the world. This movie is a funny behind-the-scenes account of one man’s creative passion despite all odds, just like Bowfinger. A brilliant performance from Murphy, a breakout performance from Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and an outrageous performance from Wesley Snipes as Dolemite’s director. I found this comedy to be highly entertaining and inspiring at the same time. – Adam Chitwood

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Director: Nahnatchka Khan

Writers: Ali Wong, Randall Park, and Michael Golamco

Cast: Ali Wong, Randall Park, Michelle Buteau, James Saito, Daniel Dae Kim, Karan Soni, and Keanu Reeves

With 2018’s Set It Up, Netflix brought the romantic comedy back in a big way, and Always Be My Maybe is no different. A teenage best friend and former best friend who drift apart during their adolescent years are pushed together again in adulthood, despite living very different lives. This film was co-written and starred Randall Park and Ali Wong. With some well-paced dramatic sequences, Park and Wong are dynamite together. It also boasts a couple of scene-stealers, Michelle Buteau and Keanu Reeves. – Adam Chitwood

Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Writer/Director: Boots Riley

Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yuen, and Armie Hammer

Sorry to Bother You is best-experienced cold, but if you’d like the short synopsis, it follows Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), who discovers his skills as a telemarketer when he puts on his white voice. Still, as he becomes more successful, he compromises his values. Boots Riley’s scathing satire on race, capitalism, art, masculinity, and commerce is premised on that simple premise. The movie isn’t 100% successful, but it has an undeniable ambition, and it’s both hilarious and damning at times. – Matt Goldberg

Wine Country (2019)

Director: Amy Poehler

Writers: Emily Spivey and Liz Cackowski

Cast: Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, Ana Gasteyer, Tina Fey, and Jason Schwartzman

You’ll love Wine Country if you want an easy, breezy watch. Despite not being thematically satisfying or airtight, Amy Poehler’s directorial debut delivers enough laughs and heart to make it worthwhile. The film is based on the cast’s and friends’ real-life trip to celebrate Dratch’s 50th birthday, in which they laid bare their friendship. The fun is seeing how these SNL alumni interact since they play only slightly exaggerated versions of themselves. The movie is straightforward to watch, perfect for a Friday or Saturday night with friends (and wine). – Adam Chitwood

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Directed by: Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones

Written by: Monty Python

Cast: John Cleese, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam

The 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail is not just one of the best comedies ever made; it’s one of the best films ever made full-stop. British comedy troupe Monty Python chronicle King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail in hilariously silly fashion, throwing in some creatively inspired imagery and swell production value for good measure. This was Monty Python’s second feature ever after gaining popularity for their TV show, but unlike their first film, And Now for Something Completely Different, Holy Grail is one continuous narrative, not a string of sketches. While senses of humor and indeed the comedy genre as a whole have changed in the ensuing four decades, Holy Grail remains a landmark achievement and, above all, a hilarious movie all these years later. – Adam Chitwood

The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience (2019)

Directed by: Akiva Schaffer and Mike Diva

Cast: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Sterling K. Brown, and Maya Rudolph

I humbly suggest The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience if you’re looking for many laughs in a short time. Andy Samberg plays Conseco, and Akiva Schaffer plays McGwire in an animated short film that accompanies the new Lonely Island album. Like everything Lonely Island does, it’s delightfully silly and hilarious. Hit play on this 30-minute experience if you’re up for a parking lot standoff between a shy Samberg and Schaffer, an aggressive Maya Rudolph, and Haim. – Adam Chitwood

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Directors/Writers: Joel and Ethan Coen

Cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Tyne Daly, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Heck, Grainger Hines, Zoe Kazan, Harry Melling, Liam Neeson, Jonjo O’Neill, Chelcie Ross, Saul Rubinek, Tom Waits, Clancy Brown, Jefferson Mays, Stephen Root, and Willie Watson

Even their few straight dramas are full of dark humor, and most of the Coen Brothers’ films are comedies at heart. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology that tells six stories that range in tone, yet all revolve around a common theme: death. The second installment, “Near Algodones,” starring James Franco, is one long joke punctuated by a perfect punchline and qualifies as a comedy because at least three of the segments are explicitly that. It’s an ideal treat for those who appreciate the Coen Brothers’ work since the whole is infused with melancholy and thoughtfulness along with belly laughs. —Adam Chitwood

Set It Up (2018)

Director: Claire Scanlon

Writer: Katie Silberman

Cast: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu, and Taye Diggs

When it comes to romantic comedies, Claire Scanlon’s Set It Up is one of the best choices. A beleaguered assistant (Zoey Deutch) and her boss (Lucy Liu) decide to set each other up so they can get some precious free time. Despite their scheming, they end up falling in love. While the rom-com beats are apparent, they’re done so that they won’t go unnoticed. Moreover, Deutch and Powell, who should be Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks of the streaming generation, deliver exceptional performances. – Matt Goldberg


Director: Daniel Monzón

Writers: Jorge Guerricaechevarría and Daniel Monzón

Cast: Luis Tosar, Rodrigo de la Serna, Joan Pera, Stephanie Cayo, Gloria Muñoz, Alicia Fernández, and Txell Aixendri

Since 2019, Rodrigo de la Serna has become quite popular among Netflix audiences worldwide due to his role as Mart*n Berrote / Palermo in Money Heist. Whether you like Money Heist, you will enjoy him as Yucatán’s suave protagonist. This Spanish comedy succeeds in its aim of being nothing more than a light-hearted, entertaining ride. A cruise ship from Spain to Mexico employs Clayderman (de la Serna) and his wife Verónica (Stephanie Cayo) as pianists. Their accomplices have a great time scamming their affluent passengers.

Former friend and associate Lucas (Luis Tosar) joins the ship, interrupting their bliss. They are traveling with a lottery winner who won 161 million Euros with his family. To steal the million first, Veronica, Clayderman, and Lucas race against each other. A three-way competition soon breaks out as tensions rise. There aren’t too many surprises in Yucatán, but there are some great song-and-dance routines, beautiful scenery, and laugh-out-loud humor. As Remus Noronha put it

The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

Writer/Director: Jim Strouse

Cast: Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield, Noel Wells

In The Incredible Jessica James, Jessica Williams takes on the lead role for the first time since her stint on The Daily Show. Despite being selfish, naive, and ambitious, Jessica James is passionate, raw, and ambitious – even if the title implies otherwise. Despite her faults, Williams makes you love her. The two have electric chemistry as they navigate the waters of heartbreak, with Chris O’Dowd as a supporting actor. The Incredible Jessica James is a modern rom-com that doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator. — Haleigh Foutch

American Ultra (2015)

Director: Nima Nourizadeh

Writer: Max Landis

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, and Tony Hale

The action-comedy American Ultra is not to be missed. With this 2015 film, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart reunite after Adventureland to tell a new kind of story. After discovering he is a sleeper agent with unique fighting skills, Eisenberg becomes the target of the CIA as a stoner headed nowhere. While running away with his girlfriend (Stewart), he engages in a combination of action and deadpan stoner comedy. Chitwood, Adam.

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