Funny is one of the most subjective things in the world, and we’d be idiots if we guaranteed you’d laugh at every single film on this list.
To assemble a list of the best comedies on Netflix out of a pretty staggering selection, we tried to sample from just about every subgenre of funny stuff there is. Everything from dialogue-heavy British political satire to the lowest poop and pee jokes is represented, with flicks from all over the world and the last 40 years or so.
Netflix is a fertile ground for comedy, and we’ll update this list as new films are added and removed. As a note, this list completely leaves off the multiple amazing stand-up sets streaming on Netflix, but if you dig those a few gems are Eddie Murphy’s Delirious and John Mulaney’s New In Town.
Directed by Ben Stiller, this meta-Hollywood action movie tells the tale of a trio of deluded actors sent to a real-life war zone to make a movie. Probably the most notorious element of this movie was Robert Downey Jr. in blackface as method actor Kirk Lazarus, but the flick is full of good laughs. Tom Cruise is endearingly grotesque as a studio executive who puts the whole nightmare in motion. Skewering self-important actors is always a recipe for success in our book, and throwing in some massive explosions doesn’t hurt matters any.
Beavis And Butt-Head Do America
Mike Judge’s big-screen cash-in on his idiotic heshers took the boys off of the couch and into the great United States for a ridiculous road movie that’s amazingly funny 20 years later. When their precious television set is stolen, Beavis & Butt-Head try to get a replacement, only to be mistaken for hitmen, accidentally smuggle a biological weapon, cause a 400-car crash on the freeway, and wind up in the White House. Nothing is sacred in this one, and it was a critical and commercial success. The soundtrack is equally awesome, featuring tracks by the Butthole Surfers and AC/DC.
Eagle Vs. Shark
In ten years, Taika Waititi went from this quirky low-budget New Zealand comedy to directing Thor: Ragnarok. That’s quite a career arc! His breakthrough feature stars Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords as a gamer geek who falls in love with a mousy songwriter at a “Dress As Your Favorite Animal” party. It’s a funny, weird and oddly heart-warming chronicle of two misfits falling in, out of, and back in love and it’s well worth a watch. At times it feels a little Napoleon Dynamitey, but never loses sight of its own charms.
Sure, the 2016 sequel might be the least necessary movie ever made, but Billy Bob Thornton’s turn as an alcoholic mall Kris Kringle struggling with his inner demons was a tremendous hit. As Willie Soke, the malevolent Claus stakes out malls only to rob them at night. When a naive young kid comes into his life, what could be a powerful journey of personal growth goes horribly off the rails. Sure, the holiday season isn’t quite here, but there’s always room for a movie this funny.
Martin McDonagh’s 2008 cult classic starts with an oddball premise – a pair of Irish hitmen have to hide out in the “most boring city in Belgium” – and wrings unexpected hilarity out of it. When a murder goes wrong, Ray and Ken are forced to lay low in Bruges, but an ill-fated night out leads to things going hilariously awry. An incredible supporting cast of quirky characters make this one eminently rewatchable, but be warned: this movie is very dark. If you can’t laugh at the worst elements of human nature, you might want to find something else.
Tina Fey wrote the screenplay for this 2004 comedy based on her own high school experiences, so she obviously had it pretty rough. A pre-insanity Lindsay Lohan stars as Cady Heron, a transfer student who just isn’t ready to deal with the intense social life of public school.
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