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The 10 Best Comedies to Stream on Netflix Right Now

Jake Rossen
Ben Stiller gives his best Blue Steel in 'Zoolander' (2001).
Ben Stiller gives his best Blue Steel in 'Zoolander' (2001). / Paramount Pictures

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 10 of the funniest movies currently streaming on the service.

1. Moxie (2021)

Hadley Robinson stars in this winning coming-of-age comedy about teen Vivian who discovers her mother (Amy Poehler, who also directed) was a covert high school feminist leader who published a 'zine calling out bad behavior. To address her school's toxic atmosphere, Vivian decides to follow in her mom's footsteps. Robinson, who plays 16-year-old Vivian, is actually 26.

2. The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

The minds behind 2019's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse have another winningly irreverent animated film on tap. The slightly dysfunctional Mitchell family has to contend with technology gone awry—but to save the human race, they'll have to interrupt their vacation. The movie was such a critical hit that Netflix decided to offer it as a limited theatrical release six months after it began streaming.

3. Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Ali Wong was already an accomplished 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 wonderfully unique perspective, 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: He agreed to the role because he's a big fan of Wong's stand-up.

4. 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. Murphy met Moore several times before Moore's passing. Murphy once said that Moore wanted to go on a comedy tour with him.

5. 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. The film is based on author Jonathan Evison's 2012 book The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: It underwent a title change.

6. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

En route to turning Thor into the comedic lunkhead he was always meant to be in Ragnarok, writer-director Taika Waititi crafted this sweetly irreverent story about a Tupac-obsessed orphan (Julian Dennison) who teams up with his reluctant foster father (Sam Neill) to evade the cops after an overzealous child welfare worker (Rachel House) decides he is in imminent danger. Waititi’s idiosyncratic humor and irresistible sentimentality are both vividly on display in this affecting, woefully underppreciated comedy that's based on the 2005 book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump.

7. Zoolander (2001)

Ben Stiller brings his best Blue Steel to this cult comedy hit about a male model who finds himself involved in international intrigue. Stiller actually debuted the character for a skit at the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards.

8. Paddington (2014)

This charming adaptation of the popular ursine launched a franchise. Colin Firth was originally cast as the voice of Paddington before he mutually parted ways with the production; Ben Whishaw replaced him.

9. Something's Gotta Give (2003)

Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, and Keanu Reeves lead the cast of this ensemble comedy about second chances in love. Keaton scored a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role.

10. Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson re-teamed for this self-aware take on the classic '70s cop show. Director Todd Phillips also helmed 2019's Joker.

A version of this story ran in 2020; it has been updated for 2022.