Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is turn on Netflix, whip up a hilarious movie, and disconnect from the rest of the world. Luckily, there are a variety of standout films on the streaming service, from raunchy late-night comedies to sweet romantic comedies to clever satires. There’s also a mix of old and new, so you can skim through a classic 80s comedy-drama before moving on to a star-studded Netflix Original and then back again.
Whatever your genre preference, Netflix probably has it. But to take the guesswork out of the process — and so you don’t have to scroll through a seemingly endless number of titles — we’ve compiled some of the best comedy movies on Netflix right now. As of September 2022, these films are all available for streaming.
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To all the boys I’ve loved before (2018)
Based on Jenny Han’s trilogy of young adult books, this romantic comedy – the first of three – follows 16-year-old Lara Jean after secret love letters she wrote as a child are mysteriously mailed to his five childhood crushes. What ensues, of course, is a love triangle, a fake (but real?) relationship, and lots of “woah woah woah” from a love interest (if you know, you know).
With : Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish
sorry to disturb you (2018)
The protagonist of this satirical black comedy is a black telemarketer who begins to use a “white accent” when speaking on the phone and then begins to climb the corporate ladder. Unfortunately, he is also drawn into a corporate plot that has him questioning his entire value system.
With : LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler
When two astronomers learn that a doomsday comet is heading for Earth, they attempt to warn everyone by embarking on a media tour. The film – which was nominated for Best Picture at the 94th Academy Awards – is a satire on climate change, so when scientists say the world is in danger…the world isn’t really doing anything to change it.
With : Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep
This female-led comedy-drama tells the interconnected story of six women in a small, tight-knit Southern town. Prepare the tissues: there are births, deaths and all community support.
With : Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Olympia Dukakis
If you fancy something light and easy, put on this romantic comedy, which follows two overwhelmed assistants who have the brilliant idea of arranging a date with their two demanding bosses. Knowing how it’s going to end is really part of the charm.
With : Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs
Ferris Bueller’s day off (1986)
This classic John Hughes teen comedy has a great premise – high school student Ferris Bueller decides to skip school one day and run around Chicago with two friends – and it’s also packed with hilarious scenes. Read: the Art Institute montage, the crashed Ferrari, Ferris breaking the fourth wall and, of course, the parade. Even if you’ve seen the movie more times than you can count, it will still make you laugh.
With : Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jennifer Gray
It’s one of the most iconic teen comedies of all time – and it’ll take you right back to the early 2000s (not that you necessarily mean that). Cady, 16, has been homeschooled her whole life, so when she enters high school for the first time and gets sucked into the coolest clique – the Plastics – she learns that being popular isn’t everything. , it’s crazy to be .
With : Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
It’s probably one of the funniest movies of all time, so you really should watch it already. The Monty Python crew – full of their dry British humor – don chain mail and capes to become King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and seek – yes – the Holy Grail.
With : Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Although it’s technically a thriller, this Netflix original also has all the dark comedy elements. Pike won the Golden Globe for Best Actress playing Marla Grayson, a con artist who works as a court-appointed legal guardian. While hijacking another one of her elderly clients, she finds herself entangled with a real murderous crime lord. If you like, well, rooting for the villain, you’ll love the moral ambiguity (and sometimes just outright immorality) on display here.
With : Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Dianne Wiest
Miss Conviviality (2000)
When an FBI agent who cares no less about her appearance is tasked with going undercover as a contestant in the Miss United States beauty pageant, she’s forced to undergo a complete makeover. The makeover scene is truly iconic, and you won’t be able to get enough of Sandra Bullock’s hilarious fish out of water situation.
With : Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, Candice Bergen, William Shatner
When Harry meets Sally… (1989)
The quintessential romantic comedy follows our lovebirds, Harry and Sally, for 12 years – from when they actively hate each other, through years of friendship, and, well – we won’t spoil the ending.
With : Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher
Always be my maybe (2019)
When childhood friends – who have secretly harbored mutual crushes for years – reunite after 15 years apart, they can’t help but feel the attraction all over again. Yet their worlds are completely different: Sasha is a celebrity chef and Marcus plays in a local band (read: unsuccessful). Come for the great chemistry from Wong and Park, stay for the quirky cameo from Keanu Reaves.
With : Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito, Michelle Buteau
Bridget Jones Diary (2001)
A Pride and Prejudice-inspired love triangle between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant? Sign us up. The British film is endlessly funny, following Bridget as she gets it wrong (and then gets it wrong again) while trying to find success in her career and find love. Plus, there are two more movies in the series, so you can kick off a marathon if you’re particularly in need of a laugh.
With : Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant
The forty-year-old version (2020)
This critically acclaimed indie film is written and directed by Radha Blank, who also stars as a character named Radha who seeks inspiration as her 40th birthday approaches. His solution? Become a rapper, of course.
With : Radha Blank, Peter Kim, Oswin Benjamin
crazy and stupid love (2011)
This multi-generational love story is one of the best rom-coms, featuring an all-star cast and moments that are both hilarious and feel-good. It begins with Cal and Emily Weaver, who were high school sweethearts, splitting up, and follows a Six Degrees of Separation style storyline where everyone is in love with the wrong person, but eventually finds where they need to be.
With : Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)
A family comedy that kids and adults alike will truly enjoy, this film follows the Mitchells as they attempt to save all humans from a robotic apocalypse. Your dysfunctional family vacation sounds like a walk on the beach, doesn’t it?
With : Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph
If political and satirical comedies are your beat, this Dick Cheney semi-biopic will be a riot. It gives a view of Cheney’s rise to power, handling various government officials all the way to the vice presidency. Bale won the Best Actor Golden Globe for his portrayal of Cheney.
With : Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell
Another family friendly, but if you choose to watch it without your kids, that’s cool too. The utterly adorable Paddington Bear arrives in London and quickly begins looking for a home and a family to take him in.
With : Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters
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