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. 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.
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. To save the human race, they'll have to interrupt their vacation.
3. 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 into their ear.
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. After years spent in the kiddie pool of family comedies, it's nice to see Murphy embrace the edge that made his name.
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.
6. 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.
7. Step Brothers (2008)
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly continue their winning comedy duo partnership as two adults whose parents decide to get hitched, making them middle-aged step-siblings.
8. Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson send up the '70s cop drama with a perm, lots of oversized sweaters, and Snoop Dogg as informant Huggy Bear.
9. Legally Blonde (2001)
Reese Witherspoon turns in a star-making performance as Elle Woods, a California sorority girl who, against all odds, heads off to Harvard Law School in the hopes of winning her boyfriend back. But instead finds herself as a fish out of water.
10. Tommy Boy (1995)
11. Midnight Run (1988)
Before Robert De Niro entered the comedic phase of his career in the 1990s, he got a crash course with Charles Grodin in this action-comedy classic. As bounty hunter Jack Walsh, De Niro is tasked with escorting mob accountant Jonathan Mardukas (Grodin) to Los Angeles, with the mafia and FBI close behind them.
A version of this story ran in 2020; it has been updated for 2021.