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Looking for big laughs from the sofa right now? We’ve got you covered! Let’s be real; we all need a good laugh sometimes. Fortunately, Netflix is host to a virtual library of hilarious comedy movies from all over the world. We’ve selected the very best to help you make your next streaming selection.

For this list, we’re focusing exclusively on feature films. Comedy covers a lot of ground, and we’ve included selections for all ages and a variety of tastes. This includes Netflix originals and imports.

Here are the 25 best, funniest comedy movies you can watch right now on Netflix.

Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now

1. Legally Blonde (2001)

If Freeway made her a star, Legally Blonde cemented Reese Witherspoon in the A-List. It’s quite a thing for a performer who’s only been in the game for a matter of years to headline a $144-million smash that seemingly came out of nowhere, and delights millions as a fan-favorite to this day. In Robert Luketic‘s uproariously funny and entertaining comedy—which isn’t as fluffy as it might have been, thanks to Witherspoon’s deathly serious conviction just beneath the chipper exterior—Elle Woods goes after a boy who underestimates her, and discovers herself along the way. If you can’t fall under the spell of this heartwarmer, check for a pulse.

2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

A John Hughes classic stars Matthew Broderick, as everyone’s favorite teen slacker. The wiseguy youth’s eventful Chicago trek still charms 35 years later. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was one of the biggest hits of 1986, and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2014.


3. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

Classic comedy troupe Monty Python‘s crowning achievement, this edgy and ambitious British satire has lost none of its bite 40 years later. In many circles, it’s considered a strong contender for best British comedy movie of all time.

The religious subject matter has made Life of Brian hugely controversial since it was released, with many markets (including several in the United Kingdom) outright banning it back in the day. The UK’s Channel Four named this the greatest of all comedy films from around the world in a 2006 poll.

4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Another high-water mark for Monty Python is this endlessly quotable, micro-budgeted lampooning of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail.

In 2011, Tom Bergeron and Cynthia McFadden hosted Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time. This was a collaboration between People and ABC News to give film fans a chance to vote for their all-time favorites. Monty Python and the Holy Grail was named the second-best comedy ever, behind Airplane!.

Note: Netflix is currently streaming several Monty Python specials, and episodes of Flying Circus. These are full of iconic zany moments, and they’ve held up really well.

Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World' Universal Pictures
Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ (Universal Pictures)

5. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

A bass guitarist (Michael Cera) must do battle with the Seven Evil Exes of Ramona Flowers (ever-brilliant Mary Elizabeth Winstead) in Edgar Wright‘s action/comedy adaptation of the graphic novel series. It’s a delightful, kinetic trip with a heartbeat that’s become a widely adored cult classic. This is the kind of thing midnight movies exist for.

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6. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

One of Will Ferrell‘s best, most enduringly popular farces is a Southern-fried buddy comedy about race car drivers. Endlessly quotable and rewatchable, Talladega Nights co-stars Isla Fisher, Sacha Baron Cohen and John C. Reilly.



7. The Death of Stalin (2017)

Based on a French graphic novel of the same name, Armando Iannucci‘s historical black comedy features an ensemble cast including Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Wright, Jason Isaacs and Andrea Riseborough. Making farce of the violent Soviet power struggle in the wake of the eponymous dictator’s demise, The Death of Stalin was one of the most critically acclaimed comedies of the decade.

Lucas Hedges and Saoirse Ronan in 'Lady Bird' A24
Lucas Hedges and Saoirse Ronan in ‘Lady Bird’ (A24)

8. Lady Bird (2017)

We’ve seen so many tremendous debut features in recent years, but few writer/directors create a sensation right out of the gate on par with Greta Gerwig‘s Lady Bird. Her semi-autobiographical dramedy had a much-publicized run as the most critically acclaimed film ever (on Rotten Tomatoes), and thanks to great word-of-mouth, it broke indie box-office records. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf are a mother-daughter pair for the ages, and not since Silver Linings Playbook has a filmmaker captured the often-intertwined humor and pain in family life like this.

Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture.



9. Dolemite is My Name (2019)

2019 saw a considerable Eddie Murphy comeback. The film, TV and standup legend won an Emmy for hosting SNL, and received a Golden Globe nod for his work in Craig Brewer‘s acclaimed biopic of blaxploitation and comedy icon Rudy Ray Moore. Many observers say Murphy was robbed of an Oscar nod.



10. The Disaster Artist (2017)

James Franco and brother Dave Franco co-star in this star-studded, critically acclaimed biopic about the real-life bromance of Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero behind the scenes of 2003’s The Room, one of the worst movies of all time. Based on Sestero’s critically acclaimed, stranger-than-fiction memoir of the same name.

Julian Dennison in 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' The Orchard
Julian Dennison in ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ (The Orchard)

11. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

If you’re curious as to how New Zealand’s Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) rapidly became one of the most prominent filmmakers in Hollywood, look no further. This screamingly funny comedy adventure stars Julian Dennison and Sam Neill as a son/father figure duo who become the target of a massive manhunt in the New Zealand bush. This is fairly family-friendly, and an overall gem. Don’t miss it.

12. Holidate (2020)

We love a Netflix holiday rom-com. In the first Netflix Christmas film of the 2020 season—more risqué and star-studded than other films of its ilk, Emma Roberts and Hacksaw Ridge hottie Luke Bracey star as lonely singles who agree to be platonic plus-ones for a year…only to catch feelings along the way. Sappy? Sure. It’s fun, too. Holiday time or any other time of the year.

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Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon in ‘Other People’ (Vertical)

13. Other People (2016)

A splendid tragicomic performance from Molly Shannon is the big draw in this dramedy, a semi-autobiographical look at writer/director Chris Kelly‘s family life. Shannon won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work here.

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in 'Murder Mystery'
Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in ‘Murder Mystery’

14. Murder Mystery (2019) — and other Adam Sandler comedies!

It would be remiss not to mention the undisputed king of Netflix comedies. Sandler’s movies are often panned by critics (save for the occasional outlier like last year’s hailed Uncut Gems), but given the string of recent hits, it looks like his star is shining brighter than ever.

Co-starring Jennifer Aniston, Sandler’s most recent Netflix venture, Murder Mystery, reportedly had the biggest opening weekend in Netflix’s history, surpassing Bird Box.

Other Sandler films on Netflix right now include Hubie Halloween and critical hit black comedy thriller Uncut Gems.

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Laura Dern and Scarlett Johansson in ‘Marriage Story’ (Netflix)

15. Marriage Story (2019)

Noah Baumbach‘s emotional juggernaut showcases career-best work from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. The rare kind of picture that can make you guffaw hysterically and ugly-cry within the same scene, this epic divorce saga is an instant classic. Laura Dern won an Oscar for her portrayal of an L.A. power-lawyer who wears pants so tight you can see bone, then fake-apologizes for looking like a slob. Perfect. Brilliant. Nailed it.

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16. Scary Movie V (2013)

Please hear us out. The critically panned fifth entry in the parody franchise is actually pretty amusing. Ashley Tisdale and Simon Rex star in Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee‘s send-up of Paranormal Activity, Mama, Black Swan and more. The hilarious original Scary Movie wasn’t a great film, and Scary Movie V is nowhere near as good as Scary Movie. But if you’re looking for some guaranteed lowbrow laughs from the couch (doesn’t sound half-bad, does it?), Scary Movie V does the job.

17. Superbad (2007)

Jonah Hill and Michael Cera star in Greg Mottola‘s Judd Apatow-produced raunchy teen comedy, looking to party hard and lose their virginities on the eve of their high-school graduation. Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, this low-budget box-office smash also proved a breakthrough for Emma Stone.

Madeline Weinstein, Daniel Doheny and Antonio Marziale star in ALEX STRANGELOVE Netflix
Madeline Weinstein, Daniel Doheny and Antonio Marziale star in ALEX STRANGELOVE (Netflix)

18. Alex Strangelove (2018)

All at once joyous, raunchy and disarmingly poignant, this Netflix original movie stars Daniel Doheny as Alex Truelove, a deeply closeted high school senior who loves his girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein), but is overwhelmed with confusion when he falls for a handsome, comfortably out boy named Elliot (Antonio Marziale).



19. Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Co-writers Ali Wong and Randall Park star in this charming rom-com about childhood friends reunited years after a disastrous fling. A loose and nimble Keanu Reeves, playing himself, can’t help but steal every scene he’s in.

20-22. The Austin Powers Trilogy (1997-2002)

Yeah baby– they’re all here! From International Man of Mystery to The Spy Who Shagged Me to Goldmember, the complete exploits of Mike Myers‘ Bond-spoofing superspy (and his nemesis Dr. Evil) are streaming on Netflix. We’re still crossing our fingers for a fourth installment.

23. Charlie’s Angels (2000)

The ABC detective drama that all by itself set up the term “jiggle TV” was reinvented for the new millennium in this runaway hit action/comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. Bottom line: these three are movie stars, well-cast, and they have chemistry.

The leads returned for 2003’s Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, which sadly got bogged down in too much silliness and wasn’t as successful with critics or audiences. This admittedly featherweight franchise started out super-strong, and it’s a pity it didn’t last for at least another installment or two.

Charlie’s Angels is peak “wire-fu,” the aerial combat style that was hugely, briefly popular around the turn of the century in films like The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The action scenes here—though largely impossible—are graceful and undeniably a ton of fun to watch.

24. Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

One of the better spoof farces of the turn of the century (the high water mark was the first Scary Movie; many like Epic Movie and Disaster Movie are unwatchable), Not Another Teen Movie stars a committed, pre-Avengers Chris Evans in a send-up of classics like Pretty in Pink and Never Been Kissed. It’s R-rated, unapologetic, undeniably amusing at times.



25. The Big Lebowski (1998)

The Dude—an iconic unemployed slob who inspired nothing less than a religion—abides, in the immortal cult classic follow-up to Fargo. Jeff Bridges is El Duderino, who’s entangled in a ransom plot, some sex stuff—and lots and lots of bowling.

Want more Netflix movie recommendations? Try the Best Thrillers on Netflix.

Madeline Weinstein, Daniel Doheny and Antonio Marziale star in ALEX STRANGELOVE
Madeline Weinstein, Daniel Doheny and Antonio Marziale star in ALEX STRANGELOVE (Netflix)

Just in time for LGBT Pride Month, writer/director Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins) and Netflix have brought us a fresh and unique take on the coming-out story.

All at once joyous, raunchy and disarmingly poignant, Alex Strangelove is coproduced by Ben Stiller and stars Daniel Doheny as Alex Truelove, a deeply closeted high school senior who loves his girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein), but is overwhelmed with confusion when he falls for a handsome, comfortably out boy named Elliot (Antonio Marziale).

Johnson says Alex Strangelove loosely reflects his own teen experience. Parade spoke with the filmmaker about Pride Month, Ben Stiller’s influence on the film, and what it takes to be comfortable in your own skin.

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Daniel Doheny and Antonio Marziale in ALEX STRANGELOVE (Walter Thomson)

What does Pride Month mean to you?

It’s a celebration. I remember before I was out, living in Seattle, I would go up to the Pride Festival, even separate from any sense of sexuality or sexual identity, it just felt so inclusive, a celebration of being who you are. I think this movie has a celebratory spirit. It’s kind of candy-colored, poppy and fun–on a certain level. It’s a big ole rainbow flag of a movie [laughs].

What sets Alex Strangelove apart from other coming-out movies?

Traditionally in a lot of coming-out stories, the conflict is: What is gonna happen to me when I come out? — in terms of the external world. I wanted to set this movie in a world where it’s OK to come out. Alex goes to a progressive high school in present-day. There are out-of-the-closet kids all around him, so that means the conflict becomes internal.

More than anything, this movie is ultimately about his friendship with Claire.

I agree.

Did Madeline Weinstein’s casting have anything to do with Beach Rats?

Not explicitly, funnily enough. When she auditioned, I didn’t recognize her because that character was so, so different from her as a person. But then I was like, “It’s the girl from Beach Rats!” Her character in that movie is actually dealing with that same struggle, but the movies and her characters couldn’t be more different.

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Daniel Doheny and Madeline Weinstein in ALEX STRANGELOVE (Wally McGrady)

It’s great that this movie found a home on Netflix, because it would be tough to make this film elsewhere.

You literally couldn’t, and not even because of content so much as there weren’t roles for movie stars. It took place entirely in the world of the kids. We would hear from studios who really liked the movie and thought it sounded fresh but were like, “Could you beef up one of those teacher roles?! We could cast ‘X’!”

But I was just like, I can’t! This takes place in the world of the kids. I just didn’t see the financing model. It really took Netflix being invented in order for this movie to exist.

So this is exactly the movie you wanted to make, no compromises?

I got 100% freedom. That is a gift, an unfettered joy. Netflix trusts their filmmakers. They say, “Here you go–have fun!” Anything that works or doesn’t work in the film, I take full responsibility for [laughs].

One thing Alex Strangelove effectively explores is that when you’re lying about who you are to yourself, you’re no good for the people around you, even those who mean a lot to you.

In the movie, that’s rooted in a flashback of Alex being bullied in his middle school years, which I experienced. There is nothing more influential in your life than a mean 13-year-old boy calling you gay, because if you are, at that age puberty is kicking in and you’re starting to have those feelings. It’s suddenly like, “I can’t prove this mean kid right!” So it’s like: [snaps] Turn it off! Shove it down!

That was part of my confusion, was not wanting that part to be true. I felt like when I was putting this movie together, we needed to dig deeper as to why Alex wasn’t embracing this quickly, even though he’s in a time and place where coming out is an option. The influence of a mean 13-year-old boy to another 13-year-old boy can cause a lot of trauma.

I had a number of girlfriends growing up that I had genuine love for. I was emotionally invested in them. But–the sex part wasn’t working out so well. So that was a conflict I had to figure out and resolve. I told myself many different “stories.” I went through that winding journey until I just said, I’m gay. That story is largely Alex’s story.

On that note, the “love scene” between Alex and Claire, though excruciating to watch, is exceedingly well-written and well-performed by the actors.

No matter who you are, when you’re a teenager, your first encounters are awkward. It was very important for me that these sex scenes were infused with that anxiety and nervousness and that desire to accomplish…but then reality kicks in.

In its way, Alex Strangelove is a pretty dark movie. There are many layers of denial in Alex.

Very much so.

Antonio Marziale and Daniel Doheny in ALEX STRANGELOVE  Wally McGrady
Antonio Marziale and Daniel Doheny in ALEX STRANGELOVE (Wally McGrady)

What was Ben Stiller’s influence on this film?

I had a producer involved who passed the script to Ben. He loved it, and came on as a producer. It was wonderful; it legitimized the movie. Ben offered his thoughts about the script that were really smart and helped shape it. He was there on set. There are no movie stars in this movie; these are all fresh faces. But to have Ben Stiller on set just excited the young cast, and made them think, “We’re making a movie here!” Ben just has a great sense for bittersweet comedy; that’s his sweet spot. That’s my sweet spot, too.

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What does it take to come into your own, stand on your own two feet and be comfortable in your own skin?

That’s a tough one. I think no matter who you are, you have to embrace your journey—but don’t be afraid to go on the journey. If you’re feeling something, try it out, talk to people about it—don’t keep it bottled up. The only way you’ll come into your own is a mix of experience, risk-taking and trying to be as truthful to yourself as you can be. Even if that truth is I’m confused. Go on the journey; don’t wait until the time is right.

What would you say any general audience could obtain from this coming-out story?

Even more than a coming-out story, this is a coming-of-age story. Whether you’re gay or straight, being a teenager and figuring out love and sex is inherently confusing and fraught with anxiety. I hope this movie will be embraced by queer kids, by confused kids and by straight kids. There’s a part of me that’s a 14-year-old straight boy—like, I love gross-out humor! We wanted to infuse that into this to invite the straight kids.

I’d like to think that a straight kid will see this and then go to his buddies and say, “Hey, you should see this movie. It’s a little gay—but it’s actually pretty good!” [laughs].

My hope is that queer characters will infuse all of my movies, but integrated into all kinds of stories. I’d like to see us get to a point where we don’t bat our eyes anymore at queer characters in lead roles in mainstream movies. I want to see a gay James Bond… who spends some time with his boyfriend, then goes out to save the world… and we don’t care. That’s what I’d like.

It really feels like you made Alex Strangelove FOR teenagers, in the best way.

I love the teenage mind. You’re seeing it with young people in the U.S. today; you’re seeing this spirit, optimism, fight and vitality. It was important to me to capture that, as well as to make it feel that these teens are living today.

You directed an episode of Looking on HBO. Andrew Haigh has expressed interest in reviving Looking on Netflix. If that becomes a thing would you want to be a part of it?

Absolutely. Sign me up if there’s a new version. I had a wonderful experience on Looking. Andrew is a genius.

What are you working on next?

I’m kind of spinning a few plates; I don’t know what’s gonna happen next. I’m on deck to direct an adaptation of a novel from a few years back called The Art of Fielding. I’m dipping my toes into the documentary thing. We’re trying to make a documentary on the B-52s, specifically on their inception through the 1980s. That would be very, very exciting for me to do because I’m a lifelong fan.

Alex Strangelove is now streaming on Netflix, and it’s playing in a limited theatrical release.