The 11 Best Comedies to Stream on Netflix Right Now
If you've exhausted your go-to list of reliable comedies, there's hope: Netflix has a steady flow of classics and contemporary hits, including a handful of originals. Check out 11 of the funniest movies currently streaming on the service.
1. Jumping the Broom (2011)
Paula Patton and Laz Alonso experience love at first sight in this romantic comedy from director Salim Akil. Their respective families, however, don't have quite the same experience when their contrasting lifestyles clash at the wedding. Angela Bassett co-stars.
2. Easy A (2010)
3. Superbad (2007)
Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and "McLovin" Christopher Mintz-Plasse rewrite the rules of high school comedies with this bawdy hit about a trio of pals who want to deflower themselves before graduation.
4. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
A newspaper reporter (Aubrey Plaza) responds to an ad from an eccentric (Mark Duplass) who claims to be in search of companions for his attempt to travel in time. Is he serious, or seriously in need of help?
5. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Stephen Chow’s juxtaposition of tones is virtually peerless in world cinema; almost no one else can slam Looney Tunes-style comedy and heart-wrenching pathos together and pull it off, but he almost always does. In this martial arts comedy, a feckless crook reluctantly discovers his destiny as a great fighter after coming between a ruthless gang and the eccentric residents of a rundown slum. Chow’s cinematic references are conspicuous, but they only add to a tone that would become unwieldy, or even schizophrenic, were it not for his sure directorial hand, which elevates even the silliest gag to something emotionally meaningful.
6. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
Suffice it to say that there’s been plenty of time for self-inventory during the quarantine, but Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series of the same name offers a unique bit of wish-fulfillment as the young, decidedly immature Mr. Pilgrim (Michael Cera) gets to wrestle, quite literally, with the romantic history of his would-be partner—rollerblading dream girl Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). From Chris Evans to Kieran Culkin to Brie Larson, the casting choices offer an embarrassment of riches, while each new showdown—peppered with an exhilarating blitz of pop culture references—shepherds young Scott ever closer to the woman he thinks he loves, and of course, a few important life lessons of his own.
7. About Time (2013)
Richard Curtis’s story of a young man named Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) who discovers he can travel through time offers an often extremely funny but beautifully bittersweet tribute to the special, meaningful, and always too-short time we get to spend with the ones we love. If anyone could make a lovesick boy turn down an invitation to Margot Robbie’s hotel room, it’s a delightfully daffy Rachel McAdams, with whom Tim builds a beautifully messy life. But it’s his relationship with his father James (Bill Nighy) that truly teaches him how to experience and appreciate each moment with friends and family for how precious they are, with or without magical abilities.
8. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
The ever-reliable Paul Rudd stars in this amiable indie film about a writer who takes on a side hustle as a caregiver for a teen (Craig Roberts) with muscular dystrophy. Lessons are naturally learned, but it's also a prime example of the affability that's made Rudd one of the more pleasant screen actors of the past two decades.
9. The Death of Stalin (2017)
Armando Iannucci never pulls punches in his political satires, from The Thick of It to In the Loop to Veep. This slightly off-the-radar comedy is no exception, depicting the ferocious, petulant battle for power that ensues after, well, the death of Joseph Stalin. As the most politically overt film on this list of winners, it offers some insights to more than a few recent parallels in world events—a bonus to some, but too close to reality for others—but it also delivers a merciless takedown of world leaders and the sniveling, manipulative sycophants who all seem destined to destroy themselves as they claim the fleeting, fragile power they crave.
10. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Eddie Murphy returned to form with this funny and moving biopic of Rudy Ray Moore, a struggling stand-up comic in the 1970s who finds his big break as Dolemite, a butt-kicking alter ego that became the subject of Moore's low-budget film debut. After years spent in the kiddie pool of family comedies, it's nice to see Murphy embrace the edge that made his name.
11. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Ali Wong was already a treasure as a stand-up, but this romantic comedy cemented her unique, irresistible charms, playing a celebrity chef reconnecting as an adult with her childhood crush (played by Randall Park). The cultural specificities of a largely Asian-led cast and crew give the film a decidedly different flavor than others, even as those details underscore the universality of its ultimate truths. Meanwhile, Internet Boyfriend Keanu Reeves plays himself as a love interest for Wong’s character, offering some truly choice lines to replay for those eager to hear the actor whisper sweet nothings in their ear.