Netflix has released more hilarious comedies in the last year than in its entire lifetime. But what are the best comedy movies on Netflix?
Here’s our roundup of the top 10:
10. The Ridiculous 6
Adam Sandler is back and, well, he’s still the same. If you’re a fan of his brand of comedy and just want to veg out on your couch for an hour-and-a-half then The Ridiculous 6 won’t disappoint. There are some nice cameos from Luke Wilson, Terry Crews and Taylor Lautner as well.
We can half recommend this one with reservations – it’s definitely not up there with his best work but if you’ve watched The Wedding Singer more than once you might find something to enjoy here too.
9. The Comedy Lineup
A great cast, a cool concept and some really funny segments make this Netflix comedy special one of the best in years. Standout moments from Rachel Feinstein’s opening set to Stewart Francis’ killer jazzy act are too many to count but there is no doubt that the whole thing is anchored by Chris D’Elia who effortlessly steals the show with his manic energy (he even got a standing ovation at our screening).
Some seriously good stand-ups on here, including Brent Morin who gets things off to an incredible start. Give it a watch – we guarantee you’ll find something you like.
8. A Futile and Stupid Gesture
The story behind National Lampoon hasn’t been told before until now in this biopic about its co-founder Doug Kenney starring Will Forte as he attempts to create something new while still dealing with his own personal demons.
It has more life than The Wolfpack and although not quite as hugely successful as that film, it deserves your attention nonetheless – especially if you’re partial to some dry humour. But don’t be fooled by its ‘mockumentary’ style opening credits – what follows could almost pass for an indie drama rather than a laugh out loud comedy movie which puts it into very different territory indeed.
7. The Office (UK)
Okay, so this one might be cheating a bit but if you’re looking for the best comedy on Netflix right now then chances are you’ve already block-watched all nine seasons of Ricky Gervais’ classic British sitcom anyway – and with good reason too. It’s an absolute beauty and although it’s been around since 2001 when it first aired on BBC2, its appeal is as strong now as ever before.
If you haven’t seen any episodes then prepare yourself – there will never be another character quite like David Brent in your life again. But here he is nonetheless: as hilarious now as he was 15 years ago… if not more so.
6. Superbad (2007)
What to say about this film that hasn’t already been said? It’s probably Seth Rogen’s finest hour alongside his partner in crime Jay Baruchel who also wrote the script which means everything from the characters to the dialogue has real bite.
In short, they don’t make teen comedies like this anymore – at least not very often these days where they focus less on sex and drugs than they do on self-awareness and sarcasm – those are just some of many reasons why we love Superbad though because it retains all of those elements while still being warm enough not to alienate younger audiences (take note Blockers.). It’s probably the best teenage comedy of all time.
5. The Big Sick (2017)
Okay, so this one might be a cheat in its own way too but it was only released last year and it’s still got loads left to watch on Netflix so we’re including it anyway. Based on Kumail Nanjiani’s real-life experience as he meets his now wife Emily Gordon while struggling with life, love and family issues in Chicago while also dealing with his Pakistani Muslim cultural identity – which is quite the task – The Big Sick is a unique kind of romantic comedy that draws you in from beginning to end. It helps that the writing by Michael Showalter and Nanjiani himself is top notch too, resulting in some of the funniest moments imaginable for any movie about falling head over heels in love or at least trying really hard to do just that.
4. Blockers (2018)
Okay, this one might be pushing it a bit but we’re big fans of the new wave of raunchy comedies that are currently coming out – including Game Over Man, Dude and The Package – which is why this one deserves to be on our list too. It’s got an ensemble cast consisting of Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena as well as some hilarious performances from Geraldine Viswanathan in particular who steals the show with her awkward teen character Kayla at every turn. We can’t help thinking that if Superbad was made today it would probably look something like this.
3. Bridesmaids (2011)
Who knew ‘female centric’ cinema could be so damn funny? From beginning to end Melissa McCarthy shines in what is arguably her best movie yet alongside co-star Kristen Wiig who should have been rewarded for her performance here at least by winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar many believe she deserved for it anyway after being nominated instead for 2011’s Win Win – where she failed to win either way.
Alongside Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne plus supporting roles from Chris O’Dowd and Bobby Cannavale plus cameos from Ellie Kemper, Matt Lucas (Brian), Jon Hamm and Tina Fey among others make this film all kinds of awesome – so much so that even just typing about it makes us want to watch it again right now.
2. Super Size Me (2004)
Before you write this one off as being just another documentary, it’s not. Sure, Morgan Spurlock narrates the story of his 30-day McDonalds binge but what an interesting and funny tale he has to tell – if ever there was a film that summed up why fast food is so bad for your health then this is it because at least for a little while we see what happens when someone eats nothing but McDonalds for every meal.
It’s about time someone went out on a limb like this too because although studies have shown how unhealthy their products are over the years, Big Mac still remains extremely popular especially in America. This movie really hammers home why exactly that could be though: good luck feeding any of them into your DVD player though as they don’t sell these kinds of movies on Netflix unfortunately – you’ll have to catch ’em all yourself instead.
1. The Big Lebowski (1998)
To think that when Joel and Ethan Coen began working on their script for The Big Lebowski back in 1991 nobody wanted anything to do with it. They persevered however and two years later were able to finally get funding from PolyGram Filmed Entertainment after various studios turned them down including Universal Pictures who passed on it multiple times before eventually selling its rights off cheaply due to financial problems at the time – obviously never thinking what would become of the film once released which made everyone involved very rich indeed.
So much so in fact that Jeff Bridges even ended up winning Best Actor at 1998’s Academy Awards despite having been nominated alongside Nick Nolte, Will Smith and Michael Caine among many other talented actors around him no less.
There you have it, the top 10 best comedy movies on Netflix right now. If there are any that we’ve missed then please do let us know in the comments below as we’d love to check them out for ourselves. Whatever your favourite kind of comedy is, whether it’s a goofy teen movie or even something a little more raunchy like Superbad or Blockers then you should be able to find plenty of choice on Netflix.