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

Add a little humor to your next movie night with one of these funny picks!
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December 8, 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.

Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling sitting at a bar in Crazy Stupid Love - best Netflix comedies
Warner Bros.

Runtime: 118 minutes
Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Main cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

A man who seems to have it all — a good job, a beautiful house, a happy wife and kids — is suddenly adrift when he learns of his wife’s infidelity and desire for a divorce. Trying to get back on his feet, he meets a self-styled player who takes him under his wing to help him up his game with the ladies.

Runaway Bride (1999)

Julia Roberts and Joan Cusack in Runaway Bride - best comedy movies on Netflix
Paramount Pictures

Runtime: 116 minutes
Director: Gary Marshall
Main cast: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack
Rotten Tomatoes: 46%

Pretty Woman stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere reteam for this 90s romcom. Roberts is a woman with a habit of leaving men at the alter. Gere is a journalist hoping to get her story and catch her escaping her latest groom-to-be. Will she finally make it to “I do”? Can he get his story? Is there a spark between them that may send the whole thing off the rails.

Dope (2015)

Three youths at night in Dope - best funny movies on Netflix
Open Road Films

Runtime: 103 minutes
Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Main cast: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Zoë Kravitz
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

A group of LA teens from a rough neighborhood try to keep their heads down, playing in their punk band and hoping to get into Harvard as they approach the end of high school in this sharp coming-of-age comedy. Their plans go a little haywire after a wild party that leaves them holding a stash of ecstasy as armed thugs try to track them down to get the drugs back.

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.

Scooby-Doo (2002)

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Runtime: 86 minutes
Director: Raja Gosnell
Main cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr.
Rotten Tomatoes: 32%

A surprisingly good live-action adaptation of cartoon classic Scooby-Doo, this 2002 feature is one of the best funny movies on Netflix at the moment. With a stellar cast and made from a screenplay by Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn, the film sees the Scooby gang investigating a mysterious party island where young people are flocking only to be lured into a cult. Don’t let the bad reviews fool you; Scooby-Doo is a ton of fun.

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)

The Mitchell family sits at the dinner table, everyone but dad focused on their devices, in The Mitchells vs. the Machines - Funny movies on Netflix
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.

Rush Hour (1998)

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour
New Line Cinema

Runtime: 98 minutes
Director: Brett Ratner
Main cast: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker
Rotten Tomatoes: 61%

A classic of 90s action-comedy, Rush Hour is a fairly standard buddy cop flick, but it stands out for the wonderful odd-couple dynamic of its stars, Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan and American comedian Chris Tucker. A Chinese detective is called to help find the kidnapped daughter of a Chinese diplomat, but he has to work with his wisecracking LAPD counterpart to get the job done.

Frances Ha (2012)

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IFC Films

Runtime: 86 minutes
Director: Noah Baumbach
Main cast: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Co-written by and starring Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha is among the best comedies on Netflix. The black and white film follows a twenty-something New York woman looking for meaning in her life and chasing her vague dreams.

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.

21 Jump Street (2012)

Two cops in 21 Jump Street
Columbia Pictures

Runtime: 109 minutes
Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Main cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

This buddy comedy reimagines the 1980s TV drama of the same name in the present day, ramping up the laughs. Two rookie cops go undercover as high school students to stop the distribution of a new synthetic drug. Reliving their best and worst days, the two bond over their new understandings of their respective teen experiences.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Ali Wong eats at a diner in Always Be My Maybe - best netflix comedies
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)

Will Forte stands in front of a national Lampoon sign in A Futile and Stupid Gesture - best netflix comedies
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)

Adam Sandler and Julie Bowen at a school dance in Hubie Halloween - best netflix comedies
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)

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones holding sci-fi weapons in Men in Black - netflix funny movies
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-New 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 Nice Guys (2016)

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys - best Netflix comedies
Warner Bros. Pictures

Runtime: 115 minutes
Director: Shane Black
Main cast: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Margaret Qualley
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

A down-on-his-luck P.I. and a gruff enforcer reluctantly team up when a girl goes missing. As they did deeper, they realize they’ve stumbled upon a much bigger conspiracy than just a missing girl and find themselves up against some very dangerous people in this hilariously dark comedy-mystery from the director of Lethal Weapon.

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. 

Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Sorry to Bother You
Focus Features

Runtime: 111 minutes
Director: Boots Riley
Main cast: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Steven Yeun
Rotten Tomatoes:

Boots Riley’s feature directorial debut is a bizarre and brilliant bit of social satire, and it’s one of the best comedies on Netflix. A Black telemarketer finds himself climbing an exploitative corporate ladder, first posing as a white employee and then discovering an elaborate conspiracy with major ethical implications in this clever film.

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. 

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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.