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 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.
Life can’t be easy in a zombie apocalypse, but this group of oddballs sure makes it funny. The group consists of a nerdy college guy (Columbus), two dorky sisters (Wichita and Little Rock), and a tough guy (Tallahassee). As you can imagine, these are not the most conventional candidates to share a zombie apocalypse with, but somehow they make it out alive. Not without plenty of funny moments to keep you entertained, though!
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. The Waterboy
1998 film The Waterboy became an instant classic and is definitely one of the best funny movies on Netflix. Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler) is in charge of keeping his school’s football players hydrated, but it turns out he has an innate talent for the sport. He becomes one of the most successful players, but his overprotective mother isn’t about to let this happen.
8. Step Brothers
A couple marries and moves in together, but they both come with baggage; each has a middle-aged son that hasn’t moved out. Brennan and Dale (Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly) become step-siblings, and childish rivalry makes this one 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.
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 funniest 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.
- Take Me Home Tonight — Here’s another great classic comedy about teenage life, and also the need for some teens to grow up.
- 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.
- You Don’t Mess with the Zohan — This Adam Sandler movie is as ridiculous and funny as his other films. Zohan is an Israeli special forces soldier who is tired of his life and wants to follow his dream of becoming a hairstylist in New York.
- Bedtime Stories — Skeeter Bronson, a hotel’s handyman, finds himself in quite the adventure after the crazy stories he tells his nephews start becoming a reality.
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.