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The 10 best funny movies on Netflix to add to your watchlist
There are lots of funny movies on Netflix, from rom-coms to dark satires, to even superhero comedies. However, it can be very hard to find the funniest movies on the premiere video service using just Netflix’s search box. Fortunately, we can help out by giving our picks for the current best funny movies on Netflix. As you will see, this list of awesome comedy films includes some true classics, as well as more modern releases.
A quick clarification on this list. We have concentrated on funny films on Netflix, and not all of the many comedy specials that are available on the service. We are also not diving into the many funny TV shows that are also available to binge on Netflix.
Best funny movies on Netflix:
Editor’s note: This list will be updated as new funny movies leave and other comedy movies make their debut on Netflix.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
After gathering a cult following for their work on the BBC comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus and a movie based on it, this group of sketch comedians blew audiences away with their first original film. 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail remains one of the funniest movies ever made. If you have never watched it, prepare to start quoting a ton of its lines. This may be the best movie ever made about the myth of King Arthur as well, and that’s saying something.
You can catch up on the group’s earlier work on Netflix, which is streaming the entire run of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV series. Also make sure to watch another great film, Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Netflix has recently hit it big with original young adult romantic comedy movies, which have turned its actors into major social media hits. Perhaps the best movie in this category is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Based on the best selling book of the same name, it was released on Netflix in 2018. It tells the story of a teenage girl and her letters to all of her past secret crushes, but she’s only written these notes for herself. However, these letters get out into the wild, and she has to deal with the fallout.
The movie may have a cute premise, but it’s made more relatable thanks to the performances of Lana Condor, who plays the letter-writing girl Lara Jean, along with breakout teenage male heartthrob star Noah Centineo, who plays one of her crushes.
This 2007 comedy is also one of the best, and funniest, coming-of-age movies ever. Two teenagers are close to graduating from high school. So, will they get to go to college with or without their virginity? The movie shows how these two teens, played by Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, experience night of total chaos to get to their goal. We also get a star-making turn from Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who turns from a nerd named Fogell into a fake-ID holding cool man named “McLovin”. Is it one of the best funny movies on Netflix? You bet.
50 First Dates
50 First Dates may actually be one of’s Adam Sandler’s best movies. He plays a ladies man in Hawaii who get smitten by a new woman, played by Drew Barrymore. The problem. She has a brain injury that causes her to forget everything in her life, every morning. Can a true romance occur? Well, in this movie, of course it can. However, the fun for the audience is trying to figure out how. Sandler and Barrymore are perfect together in this funny, and ultimately sweet, film.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Based on the Scott Pilgrim comic book series, this 2010 movie adaptation from Hot Fuzz writer-director Edgar Wright was a major box office bomb when it was released in theaters. Since then, the movie has garnered a cult following that gets its mix of young adult romance and video game action.
Michael Cera plays the title role of Scott Pilgrim, a bassist who falls for the pink-haired Ramona Flowers, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. One problem for Pilgrim: in order to keep dating Flowers, he must battle and defeat all seven of her ex-boyfriends. All of these confrontations are inspired by retro video games, and Wright’s use of gaming graphics and icons in Pilgrim’s fights with the exes is one of the funniest things you will see in a long time.
The Disaster Artist
The Room is one of the most well-known movies that very few people have actually seen. The 2003 “drama,” written, directed, and starring Tommy Wiseau, has been called one of the worst films ever made. While The Room is not available on any streaming service, we do have this 2017 comedy, which tells the true story of how Wiseau and others made this film. It’s both funny and fascinating to watch, and it helps that it has an all-star cast.
This 2017 film is one of the best funny movies on Netflix. Technically, this is what you would call a “dramedy” but there are still plenty of laughs to be had while watching. Saoirse Ronan is perfect as the title character. Christine McPherson has renamed herself “Lady Bird” to sound more cultured, even though she’s a teenager in 2002 Sacramento. She learns a lot in her final year of high school, including how to deal with her mother, played perfectly by Laurie Metcalf.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
This Netflix exclusive 2018 comedy comes from directors Joel and Ethan Cohn. It was originally supposed to be a five-part limited series for the streamer, but a decision was made to combine the segments into one movie. It was the right choice. This anthology of five Wild West short films is terrific to watch all at once. The best of the five is perhaps the title sequence, where we see a singing cowboy who is not to be messed with. It’s a must for our list of the best funny movies on Netflix.
Safety Not Guaranteed
This 2012 movie is actually based on a real story, or at least a real classified ad. The ad asked for a person to be a partner in a time travel adventure, with the tagline “Safety Not Guaranteed.” This fictional film follows a team of undercover journalists who try to find out who placed this ad, and why. As this very funny movie progresses, you will also be kept guessing if the person behind the ad is just playing a practical joke, is crazy, or did he really figure out time travel.
Dolemite is My Name
This is one of the best funny movies on Netflix, along with one of the best Netflix exclusive films. Eddie Murphy plays Rudy Ray Moore, a real-life comic in 1970s Los Angeles who just can’t seem to get his big break. He makes the decision to create a character, Dolemite, so he can say anything he wants. It becomes a big hit for stand-up audiences, and he later expanded his reach to star in his own film. This film shows one how one of the most popular series of blaxploitation films got its start, and it’s both funny and fascinating.
These are our picks for the best funny movies on Netflix, as of right now. We’ll add more as new comedies come and go on the streaming service.