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The 27 best funny movies on Netflix you can watch right now (September 2022)

Add a little humor to your next movie night with one of these funny picks!
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September 6, 2022
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There are lots of funny movies on Netflix, from rom-coms to dark satires to “dramedies.” However, it can be hard to find the best and funniest movies on Netflix using just the service’s search box or by following its personalized recommendations. Fortunately, we can help out by giving our picks of the best funny movies on Netflix. As you’ll see, this list of top-tier Netflix comedy films includes some classics, popular newer fare, and some lesser-known gems.

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. Here, you’ll find only feature-length fiction films to make you laugh — or sometimes cringe.

And if you’re not already a Netflix subscriber, you can hit the link below to sign up.

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Netflix is still the leading premium streaming service, with over 200 million worldwide subscribers. It offers thousands of movies and TV shows to binge watch, including its always growing list of original films and series, including Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton, and many more.

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 (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail - best netflix comedies
EMI Films

Runtime: 89 minutes
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Main cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

After gaining 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. Monty Python and the Holy Grail remains one of the funniest movies ever made (and maybe the best film about the myth of King Arthur too). If you’ve never seem it, prepare to start quoting a ton of its famous lines. You can also catch the entire run of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Monty Python’s Life of Brian on Netflix.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

Lana Condor and Noah Centineo shake hands at a picnic table in To All the Boys I've Loved Before - best funny movies on Netflix
Netflix

Runtime: 99 minutes
Director: Susan Johnson
Main cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

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 tells the story of a teenage girl and her letters to all of her past secret crushes. She’s written these notes for herself, but when they get out into the wild, she has to deal with the fallout.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

Rachel McAdams as Sigrit Ericksdottir singing, with Will Ferrell in the background at the piano in Eurovision Song Contest the Story of Fire Saga - best netflix comedies
Netflix

Runtime: 123 minutes
Director: David Dobkin
Main cast: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is Netflix’s loving parody of the storied international songwriting competition. When not-quite-ready-for-primetime Icelandic musical duo Fire Saga find themselves finally representing their country at Eurovision, they have to rise above their insecurities and lack of polish to make Iceland proud. With plenty of laughs, top-notch performances and chemistry between Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell, and a heartfelt and touching finale, Eurovision is an easy addition to this list.

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan eating in a diner in When Harry Met Sally
Columbia Pictures

Runtime: 96 minutes
Director: Rob Reiner
Main cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

A classic romcom from screenwriter Nora Ephron, When Harry Met Sally is a timeless will they/won’t they story with iconic performances from Crystal and Ryan. Harry and Sally meet as college students, sharing a car ride and debating whether men and women can ever maintain platonic friendships. When they meet again 10 years later, they attempt just such a friendship, managing the possible romantic attraction developing between them.

Yes, God Yes (2019)

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Vertical Entertainment

Runtime: 77 minutes
Director: Karen Maine
Main cast: Natalia Dyer, Alisha Boe, Timothy Simons, Wolfgang Novogratz
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Stranger Things’ Natalie Dyer stars in this indie comedy about a Catholic school girl in the early 2000s who begins exploring her sexuality after an AOL chat takes a steamy turn. She struggles with new feelings and urges in an environment where she’s taught to repress any sexual desire not aimed at procreation after marriage. Based on a short film of the same name also starring Dyer, Yes, God, Yes is one of the best funny movies on Netflix.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

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Miramax Films

Runtime: 98 minutes
Director: Sharon Maguire
Main cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

A single British woman struggling to find love and life’s meaning is suddenly in the middle of a love triangle with two very different men: the caddish Daniel Cleaver and the dashing Mark Darcy. The romantic comedy on Netflix is based on the bestselling novel.

Catch and Release (2006)

Catch and Release
Sony Pictures Releasing

Runtime: 112 minutes
Director: Susannah Grant
Main cast: Jennifer Garner, Timothy Olyphant, Kevin Smith
Rotten Tomatoes: 22%

Despite some very bad reviews, Catch and Release has found a second life on Netflix, and it deserves a look. While not reinventing the wheel, it’s a heartfelt rom-com drama with real heart and some terrific performances from its leads. A woman mourning her fiancé discovers secrets he was keeping from her while growing closer to his friends and taking a second crack at love.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Tim Blake Nelson as Buster Scruggs playing a guitar on horseback in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - best funny movies on netflix
Netflix

Runtime: 132 minutes
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Main cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan, Tom Waits, Clancy Brown
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

This Netflix original western 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. That choice was probably for the best. This anthology of six 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 — you’ll find it on our list of best westerns on Netflix too.

Mean Girls (2004)

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Paramount Pictures

Runtime: 96 minutes
Director: Mark Waters
Main cast: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

A classic comedy about the dog-eat-dog nature of high school, Mean Girls is one of the best funny movies on Netflix. Teenager Cady Heron grew up in Africa with her scientist parents. Now that she’s moved to suburban Illinois, she’s experiencing American public school for the first time. At first, things seem to be going well, and she’s embraced by the school’s popular girls, dubbed “the Plastics.” But Cady has to learn firsthand about the cruelty of youth and the cost of popularity as she forges her own path.

Dolemite is My Name (2019)

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Netflix

Runtime: 118 minutes
Director: Craig Brewer
Main cast: Eddie Murphy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

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 expands his reach to star in his own film. This film shows how one of the most popular series of blaxploitation films got its start, and it’s both funny and fascinating.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

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Netflix

Runtime:114 minutes
Director: Mike Rianda
Main cast: Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

Katie Mitchell is off to college, but not before one last impromptu road trip with her family. En route, the Mitchells suddenly find themselves the last hope for humanity following a robot uprising and emerging war with humans. From Sony Pictures Animation, the company behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Mitchells vs. the Machines is a heartfelt family film and one of the best comedies on Netflix.

Last Action Hero (1993)

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Columbia Pictures

Runtime: 131 minutes
Director: John McTiernan
Main cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austin O’Brien, Charles Dance
Rotten Tomatoes: 39%

Despite some pretty bad reviews when it came out, Last Action Hero is a clever, self-reflexive action film that’s full of laughs. When a kid is magically transported into the newest installment of his favorite action franchise, he has to work with his action star idol to get home safely. Using his knowledge of genre tropes and the franchise, he navigates a world full of familiar characters and tries his best to keep the bad guys out of the real world.

Miss Congeniality (2000)

Sandra Bullock and William Shatner on a pageant stage in Miss Congeniality
Warner Bros.

Runtime: 110 minutes
Director: Edward Shearmur
Main cast: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, Candice Bergen
Rotten Tomatoes: 41%

Despite negative reviews upon release, Miss Congeniality has become a beloved cult classic and a major stepping stone on Sandra Bullock’s superstar resume. To foil a terrorist plot, an unfashionable FBI agent has to infiltrate a beauty pageant, becoming a believable but unconventional contestant along the way.

A Knight’s Tale (2001)

Heath Ledger in armor in A Knight's Tale
Sony Pictures Releasing

Runtime: 132 minutes
Director: Brian Helgeland
Main cast: Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk
Rotten Tomatoes: 59%

A critical and commercial dud when it came out, A Knight’s Tale is another title with a huge cult following. The Medieval adventure comedy sees a young squire conning his way into jousting tournaments, passing himself off as a knight. As jousting champion, he also has the chance to woo an admiring princess. This anachronistic comedy also features contemporary pop songs of the day, and it’s one of the best comedies on Netflix.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Sam Neill and Julian Dennison in the forest in Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Piki Films

Runtime: 101 minutes
Director: Taika Waititi
Main cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

Oscar-winning director Taika Waititi made one of his best films right before Thor: Ragnarok. Hunt for the Wilderpeople sees a boy and his foster father — or “uncle” — stranded in the New Zealand wilderness. In their absence and without their knowledge, they become the subjects of a manhunt and soon have to face their confused pursuers. The film is both touching and hilarious, featuring gorgeous cinematography and some wonderful performances by its two leads.

Clueless (1995)

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Paramount

Runtime: 97 minutes
Director: Amy Heckerling
Main cast: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%

A 90s comedy classic based on Jane Austen’s Emma, Clueless sees a valley girl playing matchmaker to her friends, classmates, and even teachers. When a “clueless” new girl transfers to her school, Cher vows to give her a makeover and find her a match, but in the process, she starts to think of her own social status, responsibilities, and romantic prospects.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

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Netflix

Runtime: 101 minutes
Director: Nahnatchka Khan
Main cast: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito, Michelle Buteau
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Comedians Ali Wong and Randall Park star in this Netflix original rom-com, shot from a screenplay they co-wrote with Michael Golamco. Successful restaurateur Sasha returns to her native San Francisco to open a restaurant. There, she reconnects with her childhood sweetheart, Marcus, who she hasn’t spoken to in 15 years. Can the two make it work after all this time apart?

A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)

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Netflix

Runtime: 101 minutes
Director: David Wain
Main cast: Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, Emmy Rossum, Martin Mull
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%

Will Forte stars as comedy writer Douglas Kenney, who co-founded American humor magazine National Lampoon in the 70s, in this true story of the magazine’s genesis and Kenney’s own struggles and triumphs breaking into comedy publishing. The film is a snapshot of history, but it’s also a hilarious comedy in its own right, with some truly dark and heartbreaking moments too. It’s one of the best funny movies on Netflix, despite little buzz or recognition since its release.

Bad Trip (2021)

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Netflix

Runtime: 84 minutes
Director: Kitao Sakurai
Main cast: Eric André; Lil Rel Howery; Tiffany Haddish
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%

Part scripted buddy comedy and part unscripted hidden-camera prank format, Bad Trip sees two best friends bonding on a raucous road trip to New York, where they prank unsuspecting strangers along the way. Bad Trip is an odd little experiment and one of the best Netflix comedies you can watch.

Hubie Halloween (2020)

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Netflix

Runtime: 103 minutes
Director: Steven Brill
Main cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Kenan Thompson
Rotten Tomatoes: 52%

Adam Sandler has made tons of movies at Netflix, and it would be hard to pretend they’re all gems. Still, there are a few pleasant surprises among them, and his Halloween comedy is among them. Hubie Dubois is an enthusiastic community volunteer dedicated to keeping his town safe on Halloween. He’s also extremely easy to scare and the frequent victim of town pranks. His overactive sense of danger may make it extra hard for him this year, as he begins to suspect a real killer is loose and threatening the people least likely to believe him.

Men in Black (1997)

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Sony Pictures Releasing

Runtime: 98 minutes
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Main cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Fiorentino
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

What if there were people tasked with keeping us safe from the things that go bump in the night? That’s the Men in Black. When an LA cop starts to realize there may be aliens among us, he joins the shadowy organization, which manages human-alien relations without the world knowing, and begins his training as a new extraterrestrial threat emerges.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
New Line Cinema

Runtime: 89 minutes
Director: Jay Roach
Main cast: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York
Rotten Tomatoes: 72%

One of the biggest sleeper hits of the 90s, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery became of massive pop-culture phenomenon, even spawning two (far lesser) sequels. Funnyman and SNL alum Mike Myers plays a secret agent in this parody of James Bond and spy fiction. When his nemesis Dr. Evil is frozen, Austin has himself frozen too, to be thawed out when the evil mastermind returns. Now back and ready for action in the 90s, Austin is a man out of time who needs to adapt to the present day to thwart Dr. Evil’s plans of world domination.

The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020)

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Netflix

Runtime: 124 minutes
Director: Radha Blank
Main cast: Radha Blank, Peter Kim, Oswin Benjamin
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

Radha Blank stars in her directorial debut (which she also wrote and produced) as a New York City playwright on the eve of her 4oth birthday, based loosely on Blank’s own life. Radha is stuck and needs to shake things up in her personal and professional life. With no time to lose, she decides it’s time to try her hand at hip hop and begins a mid-life musical journey.

The Terminal (2004)

Tom Hanks crying in an airport terminal in The Terminal
DreamWorks Distribution

Runtime: 129 minutes
Director: Steven Spielberg
Main cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci
Rotten Tomatoes: 61%

Largely considered one of Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg’s lesser works, The Terminal is nevertheless a moving, feel-good movie about identity and belonging. Based on a true story, the film follows an Eastern European tourist trapped at JFK Airport in New York when war breaks out in his country just before he lands. With the Department of Homeland Security refusing to grant him entry to the U.S. but also refusing to let him leave, the man must make the airport terminal his temporary home while the political red tape is sorted out.

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

George Clooney in a Caesar costume in Hail, Caesar! - best funny movies on netflix
Universal Pictures

Runtime: 106 minutes
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Main cast: George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Jonah Hill
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

Mostly forgotten as a minor Coen brothers effort, Hail, Caesar! deserves a little more love among the prolific filmmaking duo’s body of work. With an all-star cast and clever unpacking of old Hollywood, it’s a real winner and one of the best funny movies on Netflix. Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer who works to solve problems and dodge scandals already has his hands full with difficult stars and directors when an A-list actor is kidnapped and held at ransom. 

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

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Sony Pictures

Runtime: 89 minutes
Director: Joel Gallen
Main cast: Chyler Leigh, Chris Evans, Jaime Pressly
Rotten Tomatoes: 30%

If you want high-brow humor, you may want to skip right past this one. But for fans of the teen comedy, Not Another Teen Movie is a pretty clever, raunchy, and hilarious send-up of classics like Sixteen Candles, She’s All That, Can’t Hardly Wait, Cruel Intentions, Varsity Blues, and every other teen movie under the sun. As parodies go, this one’s pretty spot-on.

The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

Jessica Williams and Chris O'Dowd have a picnic in The Incredible Jessica James - best funny movies on netflix
Netflix

Runtime: 83 minutes
Director: James C. Strouse
Main cast: Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, LaKeith Stanfield, Noël Wells
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

Aspiring playwright Jessica James is trying to get over a breakup when she meets Boone, a fellow recently single New Yorker navigating his own bachelorhood. The two hit it off in this Netflix original romantic comedy starring former The Daily Show senior correspondent and 2 Dope Queens co-host Jessica Williams.


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. Be sure to also check out our list of the best teen movies on Netflix if you’re in the mood for a high-school-rom-com!

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Netflix is still the leading premium streaming service, with over 200 million worldwide subscribers. It offers thousands of movies and TV shows to binge watch, including its always growing list of original films and series, including Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton, and many more.