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The 25 best funny movies on Netflix you can watch right now (May 2022)

Add a little humor to your next movie night with one of these funny picks!
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May 9, 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 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. 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 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.

 


The Disaster Artist (2017)

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A24

Runtime: 103 minutes
Director: James Franco
Main cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

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. The Room is not available on any streaming service — it helps to see it with a crowd anyway — but we do have this 2017 comedy, which tells the true story of how Wiseau and others made this notorious cult film. It’s both funny and fascinating to watch, and it boasts an all-star cast.


Lady Bird (2017)

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A24

Runtime: 93 minutes
Director: Greta Gerwig
Main cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Beanie Feldstein, Tracy Letts, Timothée Chalamet
Rotten Tomatoes: 99%

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 is a teenager in 2002 Sacramento. She has renamed herself “Lady Bird” to sound more cultured. She learns a lot in her final year of high school before her escape from her hometown, including how to deal with her mother, played perfectly by Laurie Metcalf.


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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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 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. 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.


Sword of Trust (2019)

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IFC Films

Runtime: 89 minutes
Director: Lynn Shelton
Main cast: Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins, Jillian Bell
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

The last film from mumblecore auteur Lynn Shelton before her tragic and untimely death in 2020, Sword of Truth is a moving and hilarious character study starring Shelton’s real-life partner, comedian and podcaster Marc Maron. A grouchy pawnshop owner unwittingly gets involved in a bizarre interaction with conspiracy theorists when a couple comes to him with a Civil War-era sword that some believe is proof the South actually won the war.


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.


The Other Guys (2010)

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Columbia Pictures

Runtime: 107 minutes
Director: Adam McKay
Main cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%

Two deskbound cops suddenly find themselves back on the streets when a big case lands on their laps. One is raring to go and wants to prove himself while the other would rather hang back and enjoy the safety of the office. This hilarious buddy action-comedy from the director of Anchorman, Step Brothers, and Don’t Look Up is one of the best funny movies on Netflix.


Jackass: The Movie (2002)

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Paramount

Runtime: 85 minutes
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Main cast: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius
Rotten Tomatoes: 49%

Somewhere between a comedy, reality TV, and a documentary lies Jackass: The Movie. This 2002 feature film follows the stars of TV’s Jackass as they take on absurd feats involving everything from golf carts to panda costumes to live alligators and more. If Jackass isn’t your thing, then there’s no chance you’ll be into the original movie, but if this particular brand of male bonding and slapstick hijinks appeals to you, then look no further.


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.


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.


You’ve Got Mail (1998)

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Warner Bros.

Runtime: 119 minutes
Director: Nora Ephron
Main cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton
Rotten Tomatoes: 69%

A small bookstore owner can’t stand the corporate bookstore chain owner who’s muscling into her territory, and he’s not much of a fan of hers either. But online, they’re falling for each other hard behind the veil of anonymity. Can they put aside their differences in the face of such a strong connection? You’ve Got Mail is perfect of its time while still feeling relevant and irresistable today.


Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

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Universal Pictures

Runtime: 111 minutes
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Main cast: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%

When he’s unceremoniously dumped by his girlfriend, sad-sack Peter decides to distract himself with a trip to Hawaii. Unfortunately, that’s exactly where his ex, Sarah Marshall, is headed with her new boyfriend. While he tries to avoid them at their shared resort destination, Peter begins to fall for someone new and reexamine his love life with a fresh perspective.


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 Edge of Seventeen (2016)

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STX Entertainment

Runtime: 104 minutes
Director: Kelly Fremon Craig
Main cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

One of the best-reviewed teen movies of the last decade, The Edge of Seventeen sees high schooler Nadine feeling more alone than ever when her best friend starts dating her popular older brother. Her spirits are lifted, however, when she develops a new friendship with another classmate and begins to see things through a new lens in this moving and funny coming-of-age drama/comedy on Netflix.


Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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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)

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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.

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Netflix
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.