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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The 1986 comedy doesn’t feel dated when you watch it today. It just feels and looks like a very funny movie about a teenager who really doesn’t want to go to school. Matthew Broderick plays Ferris, who decides to fake being sick and goes on a one day epic adventure in Chicago with his best friend and girlfriend tagging along. It is realistic? No. Is it one of the best funny movies on Netflix? You bet.
4. 3 Idiots
3 Idiots is a satirical comedy about three students at one of India’s top engineering schools. It’s a Bollywood movie, but it’s remarkably palatable for Western audiences, and one of the funniest and most touching films out of the region in the last decade. It’s nominally a comedy, but it contains sharp social criticism of Indian society in a fun, entertaining package. And yes, there is singing and dancing.
5. 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.
6. Nacho Libre
You know a movie will be funny as soon as you see Jack Black on the cover. Especially when he is dressed as a silly-looking wrestler. This Netflix funny movie tells the story of a monk who takes on a night job as a Mexican luchador to help an orphanage in financial need. He is also in love with a nun, which makes the story all that more… interesting.
7. Groundhog Day
This 1993 film has become a true classic. Bill Murray plays a TV weatherman assigned to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. However, instead of six more weeks of winter, he keeps repeating the same day in Punxsutawney over and over again. Murray is at first bewildered, then mad, then he learns to use this “gift” to his advantage. But does he ever get out of this time loop? Watch to find out. It’s definitely one of the best funny movies on Netflix.
This 1982 comedy features Dustin Hoffman playing an actor not unlike himself in real life. In this movie, the character is a perfectionist, but he is so hard to work with that he cannot get acting jobs in New York City. So Hoffman’s character decides to create an alter-ego to get jobs; a female actress named Dorothy Michaels. He manages to get himself a role in a daily soap opera, and that’s where things get interesting and funnier.
Hoffman’s portrayal of an actor playing a role to get an acting job may be the best performance of his career. Jessica Lange won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a young actor who befriends “Dorothy”. It’s a must for our list of the best funny movies on Netflix.
9. How to Be a Latin Lover
Maximo (Eugenio Derbez) made a life out of seducing sugar mommas (rich older ladies). After a long career, he decides to settle down with one of them and wait until he inherits all her money. After 25 years of luxury living, he is dumped and thrown in the streets. Forced to move in with his sister, he begins to learn about real life, struggling, and family. That’s when things get funny and that’s what makes this film one of the best funny movies on Netflix.
10. The Lobster
This dark comedy takes place in a dystopian future, where single people are sent to a hotel to find a mate in 45 days. Upon failure, they are turned into an animal and released into the nearby woods. Colin Farrell headlines the film, and if he can’t make it work with his potential mate Rachel Weisz, he might end up turning into a dog like his brother. This absurdist comedy is one of the best funny movies on Netflix, although it is considerably more substantial than many other entries on the list.
Best funny movies on Netflix — honorable mentions:
There are tons of great comedy films currently streaming on Netflix that just missed the cut. Here’s a look at just some of these still funny movies on Netflix:
- Always Be My Maybe — This recent Netflix original romantic comedy is co-written by its stars, Ali Wong and Randall Park, as they play friends since childhood who are trying to become more than friends in adulthood.
- Mac & Devin Go to High School — Any movie with Snoop Dogg has to be funny, right? This one is, and it tells the story of a high school valedictorian’s friendship with a weed dealer. You can guess which one Snoop is.
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.