The 32 Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now

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The 32 Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now

So you’re browsing through Netflix, looking for something to watch, but you’re in the mood for something light. Netflix’s massive library can be intimidating, especially when you’re looking for a good comedy amidst a sea of subpar entries in the genre. Not to fear, though, because we here at Collider have you covered. Below, we’ve curated a list of the very best comedies on Netflix right now. We’ve got everything from silly buddy comedies, big splashy commercial comedies, more esoteric indies, and even a couple of films that toe the line between comedy and drama. Surely you’ll find something to your liking, so scroll through our list of the best comedies on Netflix below and find that perfect pick.

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Editor’s note: This article was last updated on July 22nd to include Dumb and Dumber.

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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 is John Wick for angry feminists, featuring a stellar lineup of ass-kicking women, including Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, and Angela Bassett as they fight back against the vengeful assassins sent by The Firm, a group who hires out killers as a fully-functioning business. When Gillan’s Sam goes against orders and saves the man she was ordered to kill, she must reunite with her estranged mother (Headey) and her former coworkers in order to save the life of her target and his young daughter, ending in a bloody and chaotic face-off that would put Keanu Reeves to shame. Gunpowder Milkshake is one of Netflix’s better action offerings, bringing a fresh perspective to the table amongst a number of CGI-heavy, male-led action flicks, and its cast brings together some of cinema’s heaviest hitters, with a script that’ll make you wonder why it took so long to get made. —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

Stephanie Conway (Angourie Rice) has worked hard to get to the top of her high school by senior year. Captain of the cheerleading squad and dating the hottest boy in school, it’s a far cry from the dorky girl she was when she moved from Australia. But, with being on top comes the inevitable nemesis: Tiffany (Ana Yi Puig). When Tiffany arranges for the squad to drop Stephanie during a stunt, Stephanie falls into a coma and wakes up 20 years later. Stephanie (now played by Rebel Wilson), is ready to finish high school and win Prom Queen, and she’s not going to let a little thing like aging 20 years get in her way. But, over the time she’s been asleep, the world has changed. As Stephanie begins to understand the world she has found herself in, she learns what really matters in life and starts to put together the pieces to build a better future for herself than she had ever imagined. Senior Year is an unlikely coming-of-age film that will touch your heart and transport you right back to the late 90s/early 2000s. — Jay Snow


Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay

Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Fred Willard

Before Adam McKay became an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, he made arguably one of the funniest films of the 2000s with his directorial debut, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. At this point, Anchorman has been quoted to death, and yes, this is a shaggy film that often feels like a bunch of sketches connected by a loose narrative. And yet, Anchorman remains hilarious, despite how much it has inundated our culture, largely thanks to the fantastic cast news team cast that includes Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner. This team together is absolutely brilliant, a collection of odd weirdos that might take their pants off during a news broadcast, or bring a grenade to your standard news team back-alley brawl. Anchorman is still absurdly strange and laugh-out-loud funny, no matter how many times you’ve seen these scenes or heard these lines. — Ross Bonaime


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

Before working on such huge animated hits as The LEGO Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Lord and Miller directed and co-wrote this incredibly charming tale of inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), whose latest invention causes food to fall from the skies. Of course, it starts well enough, but when giant food starts raining down, Flint’s invention threatens to ruin the world. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs has all the heart and odd humor that one comes to expect from later Lord/Miller films, and a hilarious voice cast that makes this great for all ages. A lovely and strange comedy that certainly deserves more attention, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a delight for everyone. — Ross Bonaime


Last Action Hero (1993)

Director: John McTiernan

Writer: Shane Black, David Arnott

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

Arnold Schwarzenegger spoofing the excess and explosions of an Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie inside a story that also functions as a pretty incredible Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie? There is simply too much to love about Last Action Hero, director John McTernan’s send-up and love letter to the over-the-top shoot-em-ups of the 1990s. When a magic ticket sends young cinephile Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien) through the silver screen, he teams up with his favorite action icon, Jack Slater (Schwarzenegger) to stop the villainous Benedict (Charles Dance) from entering the real world. This movie is an indulgent, wild good time of a romp that includes everything from Robert Patrick cameo-ing as his T2 Terminator to Schwarzenegger playing himself to a brief appearance by Danny DeVito as the voice of a feline police detective named Whiskers. Hell yeah. —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

You’ve seen a zillion animated family comedy movies, but The Mitchells vs. the Machines is undoubtedly one of the best. Produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and originally made by Sony Pictures Animation – the studio behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – the film finds a father and daughter struggling to connect, and follows the family as the father decides they should take a road trip to send her off to college where she’s studying to be a filmmaker.Along the way, the robot apocalypse occurs, forcing them to work together to make it through. At every turn The Mitchells vs. the Machines is surprising. It puts in the work so that the emotional scenes hit hard, but it’s also wildly colorful and beautifully artistic as Mike Rianda pushes the boundaries of visual expression. On top of all that, the film is hilarious, bringing to mind the colorful comedy of Lord and Miller’s other films – most notably Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. This movie will have you cackling and crying in equal measure, and it’s one of the best films of 2021 full stop. – Adam Chitwood


Paddington (2014)

Director/Writer: Paul King

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

While Paddington 2 often gets all the attention, 2014’s Paddington is a lovely introduction to the maramalade-loving bear. Voiced by Ben Whishaw, Paddington leaves his home of Darkest Peru and comes to London to find a new family. Once he is taken in by the Brown family, Paddington causes a bit of havoc, but despite this, the family eventually welcomes him in with open arms. Paddington as a franchise is warm and kind, a charming series that is as packed with heart as humanly possible. After watching Paddington, it’s simply impossible not to fall in love with this silly bear. — Ross Bonaime

Murder Mystery (2019)

Director: Kyle Newacheck

Writer: James Vanderbilt

Cast: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans

You could generously call Adam Sandler’s history with Netflix original films, uh, spotty, but there is one genuinely uber-charming gem on the list in the form of Murder Mystery. Re-teaming the Sandman with Jennifer Aniston after Just Go With It (also pretty good!) the film follows married NYPD officer Nick (Sandler) and hairdresser (Audrey) as they become increasingly entangled in a—you guessed it—murder mystery aboard the yacht of a billionaire they just met. Murder Mystery, like most Netflix comedies, is pretty much designed to be watched in the background with a boisterous bunch of friends, but the sheer professional movie star power of its two leads really does elevate it to that next level.

The Lovebirds (2021)

Director: Michael Showalter

Writer: Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall

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

Man, this movie is just so freaking charming. The Lovebirds stars Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae as a couple on brink of breaking up after four years together who suddenly find themselves on the run after witnessing a murder. Director David Showalter eventually settles things into a pretty standard set of action-comedy and rom-com beats, but Nanjiani and Rae are so endlessly entertaining as the film’s two leads, you’ll pretty much follow them anywhere. One of Netflix’s more unfortunately under-the-radar originals, The Lovebirds is absolutely worth hooking up with again.

Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)

Director/Writer: Scott Aukerman

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

Turning a beloved online webseries into a film is almost never a good idea, but with Zach Galifianakis and Scott Aukerman teaming up once more for Between Two Ferns: The Movie, the series expands into a hilarious road trip comedy packed with great cameos. Matthew McConaughey drowns, Galifianakis has an affair with Chrissy Teigen, and David Letterman makes one of his rare film appearances. Between Two Ferns works so well because it expands beyond the original conceit, while still delivering on the incredible interviews and weird humor that we’ve grown to love from the series. – Ross Bonaime

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

If you’re in the mood for a sweet coming-of-age comedy with a tremendous lead performance, look no further than the gem that is The Edge of Seventeen. This hilarious and heartfelt R-rated comedy stars Hailee Steinfeld as a high school junior who experiences the ups and downs of teen life in brutally honest fashion. She strikes up a close friendship with a teacher, played by Woody Harrelson, who counsels her through friend, boy, and family troubles. It’s as sweet as it is filthy, but what makes Edge of Seventeen so striking—beyond Steinfeld’s stellar performance—is how true to life it all feels. The anxiety. The self-consciousness. The importance of it all. – Adam Chitwood


She’s Gotta Have It (2017)

Director/Writer: Spike Lee

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

Right away with his debut film, Spike Lee places himself amongst the other iconic New York City directors, like Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, borrowing from both to make his own presence known as one of the greats, a deserving addition to NYC’s Mount Rushmore of directors. His greatness can already be seen with She’s Gotta Have It, as Lee tells a complicated story of the love and independence of Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns), a woman who doesn’t want to be tied down to any one man, instead seeking her own pleasure. She’s Gotta Have It shows Lee’s charisma as an actor and director, as Lee’s character Mars is hilarious on screen, and behind the camera, Lee shows flair even with a small budget, including a surprising homage to The Wizard of Oz. Right from the beginning, Lee presents in She’s Gotta Have It a strong lead character, proud of who she is, and uncompromising in her desires. Already, Lee makes himself a filmmaker unlike any other. — Ross Bonaime


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

Life is good for Bianca (Mae Whitman) until she learns that her classmates have been secretly thinking of her as the DUFF — designated ugly fat friend — to her best friends Casey (Bianca A. Santos) and Jess (Skyler Samuels), popular girls that everybody wants to know (or sleep with). With a little help from her childhood best friend Wesley (Robbie Amell), Bianca reinvents herself and breaks free of the stereotype that has been thrust upon her in exchange for tutoring Wesley in science. Along the way, Bianca and Wesley grow closer and begin to fall in love as she begins to learn that appearances aren’t everything and it doesn’t matter what others think of you. The Duff is the perfect teen movie of finding yourself and finding love that, like the characters, exceeds expectations and becomes much more than it appears to be. — Jay Snow


I Care a Lot (2020)

Director/Writer: J Blakeson

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

If you like your comedy dark – and I mean pitch black – you’ll probably love I Care a Lot. The Netflix original stars Rosamund Pike as a savvy, unrelenting, and unapologetic con artist who makes a living by winning guardianship over elders and using their money as her own piggy bank. But when her next target turns out to be the mother of a ruthless criminal (played by Peter Dinklage), she finds she may finally be in over her head. While this film could have gone wrong a number of ways, writer/director J Blakeson plays it perfectly, and the point of this satirical comedy comes into clear focus in the final minutes of the film. Pike is pitch perfect in the lead role, making a despicable character tremendously 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

Bad Trip is outrageously juvenile and will make you laugh incredibly hard. The film is a cross between Jackass and a traditional road trip comedy, as Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery play a pair of friends who drive from Florida to New York so that Andre’s character can track down the girl of his dreams. Hot on their tale is Howery’s characters sister, fresh out of a prison break and played by Tiffany Haddish. But every scene in the film is shot as a prank, with unwitting strangers serving as the background and supporting characters throughout the movie. It’s silly and embarrassing, but also singles out how ridiculous some of the tropes in traditional romcoms are – like when Andre breaks out into song in the middle of a mall, surrounded by strangers with “WTF?” looks on their faces. And be warned, this is insanely R-rated. – Adam Chitwood


Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Director/Writer: Taika Waititi

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

If you’re in the mood for a whimsical comedy from Thor: Ragnarok writer/director Taika Waititi, you absolutely have to see Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Released in 2016, this New Zealand adventure movie follows a grumpy Sam Neill as he’s forced to team up with a foul-mouthed child when the two are the target of a manhunt throughout the New Zealand bush. It’s based on an existing book, but in tone and execution Hunt for the Wilderpeople oftentimes feels like an adaptation of a Roald Dahl book we never knew about. It’s delightful and whimsical and a little terrifying, with Waititi’s playful anarchy filling the whole thing out for good measure. This movie is guaranteed to put you in a good mood.


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

If you think Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is just another “dumb Will Ferrell comedy,” think again. One of 2020’s most pleasant surprises, this musical comedy is surprisingly sweet and genuinely emotional – don’t be surprised if you find yourself welling up with tears by the end. The story follows a pair of lifelong friends and musicians from Iceland who are unexpectedly thrust into the Eurovision Song Contest, which tests their talents and their relationship to one another. Ferrell is hilarious as always, but it’s Rachel McAdams who steals the show here and proves yet again she’s one of the best comedic talents working right now. Oh and the songs? They’re spectacular. – Adam Chitwood


The Babysitter

Director: McG

Writer: Brian Duffield

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

If you want a bit of blood, guts, and gore mixed in with your laughs, look no further than The Babysitter, director McG’s black comedy-horror from writer Brian Duffield (Spontaneous). Pre-teen misfit Cole (Judah Lewis) is looking forward to a night with his babysitter, Bee (Samara Weaving), but things take a turn for the demonic when Cole accidentally discovers that Bee and the crew of high schoolers she’s invited over—Max (Robbie Amell), Allison (Bella Thorne), Sonya (Hana Mae Lee), and John (Andrew Bachelor)—are, in fact, a devil-worshipping cult hellbent on human sacrifice. This movie is absolute mayhem in its purest form, but there’s actually a really sweet beating heart at its center, even if you have to cut through a few layers of skin to see it. — Vinnie Mancuso


Dumb and Dumber (1994)

Director: Peter Farrelly

Writers: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, and Bennett Yellin

Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Karen Duffy, Mike Starr, Charles Rocket, and Teri Garr

It takes a lot to pull of stupid and make it as effective, believable, and hilarious as Dumb and Dumber does. The directorial debut of Peter Farrelly, Dumb and Dumber follows two absolute dolts, Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) as they travel across the country to return a briefcase to its owner. Dumb and Dumber is delightfully idiotic, packed with iconic one-liners and scenes that made it arguable one of the most beloved comedies of the 1990s. Not only has Dumb and Dumber become a classic in its own right, but it helped establish the Farrelly brothers as modern-day comedy legends, and alongside The Mask and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (both also released in 1994), helped launch the massive career of Carrey. — Ross Bonaime


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

This 2016 comedy from the Coen Brothers was a long time in the making, and while it earned solid reviews, it’s still somewhat underrated. Hail, Caesar! takes place in 1951 follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), a “fixer” for a movie studio called Capital Pictures who spends the day trying to stave off various scandals, put out fires, and track down a missing movie star. Chaos and shenanigans ensue, and George Clooney delivers one of his best comedic performance. This movie will also remind you that, whatever you think of Solo: A Star War Story, that Alden Ehrenreich can sure act. – Adam Chitwood

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