These days, nothing hits better than a genuine laugh.
With Netflix subscribers everywhere continuing to socially distance themselves, it can feel like we’re missing out on a lot. Thankfully, the streaming service has a huge archive of killer comedy to help us fill our days and nights with jokes, disasters, and mayhem.
From hidden gems to legendary favorite films, here are our top 15 picks (plus, two honorable mentions) for the best comedies on Netflix streaming right now. Enjoy!
Before Adam Driver starred in Marriage Story, director Noah Baumbach cast him in the hidden gem of a movie, While We’re Young. Driver and Amanda Seyfried appear opposite Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in this touching look at what it means to grow older while staying young at heart.
How to watch: While We’re Young is now streaming on Netflix.
“Welcome to Good Burger, home of the good burger! Can I take your order?” Starring Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson, this ’90s classic comedy started as a sketch on Nickelodeon’s All That. Now, it’s the reigning king of fast food cinema. Hilarious, stupid, with a side of jock jams… What’s not to love?
How to watch: Good Burger is now streaming on Netflix.
There’s never a bad time to watch Space Jam. One of the most baffling creations in comedy film history, this animation-meets-live-action hybrid casts NBA All-Star Michael Jordan opposite iconic rabbit Bugs Bunny in a basketball-fueled, intergalactic battle to end Looney Tunes enslavement. Yep. That’s the movie.
How to watch: Space Jam is now streaming on Netflix.
Ah, John Hughes: lover of parades, champion of Ben Stein, and notorious appreciator of vacation days. In this quintessential Hughes film, Matthew Broderick stars as a slacker high school student eager to enjoy one last day of freedom. As always, #SaveFerris.
How to watch: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is now streaming on Netflix.
Once again, legend Eddie Murphy completely crushes it. Portraying the late Rudy Ray Moore (aka Dolemite), Murphy embarks on the poignant and uproarious ride of an underdog with a dream. Supporting performances by Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Wesley Snipes, Craig Robinson, and more.
How to watch: Dolemite Is My Name is now streaming on Netflix.
Every time we think we’re over Austin Powers, we watch a clip and laugh enough to change our own minds. Starring Mike Myers as the titular super-spy and the titular super-spy’s arch-enemy Dr. Evil, Austin Power: International Man of Mystery imagines what would happen if a 1967 Bond type were transported into the ’90s. If you’re down, Netflix also has both sequels. Groovy, baby.
How to watch: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is now streaming on Netflix.
In this mystical, magical journey, John Cho and Kal Penn lead as two stoners desperately trying to get their hands on some tiny square burgers. On the way, they have some very confusing interactions with a raccoon, a cheetah, and Neil Patrick Harris. God speed, you warriors.
How to watch: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle is now streaming on Netflix.
One of many collaborations between Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, this buddy cop spoof checks off all the right comedy boxes. It’s got ridiculous dialogue, spectacular action, tragic back stories, Mark Wahlberg being extremely aggressive, and just an obscene amount of property damage.
How to watch: The Other Guys is now streaming on Netflix.
From the regularly inventive folks over at A24, Swiss Army Man is a dark comedy that follows beats similar to Cast Away — if Wilson were a rotting corpse instead of a volleyball. Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe lead in an increasingly strange tale of survival, friendship, and imagination.
How to watch: Swiss Army Man is now streaming on Netflix.
Oh, Hot Rod. How dumb and delightful thou art. A Lonely Island creation featuring performances by Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Isla Fisher, Ian McShane, and more, this coming-of-age film (starring full-grown adults Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone) combines amateur stunt work with professional comedy in all the right ways.
How to watch: Hot Rod is now streaming on Netflix.
So, put your little hand in miiiiine… Directed by Harold Ramis, Groundhog Day is the Bill Murray staple film that defined a narrative structure. Set in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (aka home of the world’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil), this dark comedy follows a cynical weatherman stuck in a time loop. So, put your little hand in miiiiine…
How to watch: Groundhog Day is now streaming on Netflix.
It’s the freakin’ Catalina Wine Mixer. Another team-up between Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, Step Brothers follows Brennan (Ferrell) and Dale (John C. Reilly) — two man-children forced to combine their lives when their single parents get married. Even if you’ve seen it a million times before, this is one of the best movies to pop on while you do [gasp] ACTIVITIES!
How to watch: Step Brothers is now streaming on Netflix.
Directed by Sydney Pollack, this 1982 classic film remains one of the best Dustin Hoffman films ever created. Hoffman stars as Michael Dorsey — a down-on-his-luck actor who transforms himself into the fictitious Dorothy Michaels to land a part on a medical soap opera. With supporting performances by Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, and Geena Davis, Tootsie holds way up.
How to watch: Tootsie is now streaming on Netflix.
There are tons of great Monty Python films to pick from (including Life of Brian, which is also streaming on Netflix), but The Holy Grail will forever hold a special place in our hearts. It’s endlessly quotable, stupidly funny, and captures everything that made this comedy team spectacular. Not to mention, it forever changed how we see coconuts, swallows, hamsters, and elderberries.
How to watch: Monty Python and the Holy Grail is now streaming on Netflix.
We are Sex Bob-Omb: 1-2-3-4! Based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s beloved graphic novel series, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the favorite we keep coming back to. It’s got great actors: Chris Evans! Anna Kendrick! Brie Larson! Kieran Culkin! Plus, a killer soundtrack, wonderful visual effects, more references than you can count, and some of the best lines ever written. We’re in lesbians.
How to watch: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is now streaming on Netflix.
A celebration of rap, comedy, and the Oakland Athletics, The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is the surprise short film Lonely Island fans didn’t know they needed. Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer, portraying MLB players Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, unceasingly commit to the bit in a 30-minute tribute to the limits of sanity, reason, and acceptability.
How to watch: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is now streaming on Netflix.
As the foremost experts on David Harbour’s mind-boggling short film, we cannot begin to recommend this Netflix original enough. We’ve seen it countless times, analyzed it even more, and sought answers every way we know how. Still, it charms us with its perplexing WTF-ery each time. You’re welcome.
How to watch: Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein is now streaming on Netflix.
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