The Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now

Last Updated: February 20th

So you’re browsing through Netflix, looking for something to watch, but you’re in the mood for something light. Netflix’s massive library can be intimidating, especially when you’re looking for a good comedy amidst a sea of subpar entries in the genre. Not to fear, though, because we here at Collider have you covered. Below, we’ve curated a list of the very best comedies on Netflix right now. We’ve got everything from silly buddy comedies, big splashy commercial comedies, more esoteric indies, and even a couple of films that toe the line between comedy and drama. Surely you’ll find something to your liking, so scroll through our list below and find that perfect pick.

And if you’re looking for a broader list of recommendations, check out our list of the best movies on Netflix right now.

Ocean's Eleven

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Director: Steven Soderbergh

Writer: Ted Griffin

Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Carl Reiner, Elliot Gould, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, and Shaobo Qin

There’s an effortlessly cool vibe to Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven that makes it one of the most rewatchable movies ever made, and while it’s certainly a heist film, it’s also hilarious. Soderbergh’s cast plays the whole thing with a dryness that suits the suave con men looking to rob a Las Vegas casino, and clearly George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, etc. are having a blast. So yes, while Ocean’s Eleven is a thrilling heist movie all its own, it’s also sneakily one of the best comedies of the 21st century. – Adam Chitwood

While We're Young

Directed and Written by: Noah Baumbach

Cast: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, Charles Grodin, Adam Yauch

Starting with Frances Ha, filmmaker Noah Baumbach hit a much more joyous, optimistic stride with his films, and that’s certainly the case of his 2015 movie While We’re Young. This is almost in the vein of a traditional studio comedy for the Squid and the Whale filmmaker, but it’s a very, very good one. Ben Still and Naomi Watts star as a middle-aged couple living in New York City who are having trouble coming to terms with the fact that they’re no longer young. Stiller plays a documentary filmmaker who strikes up a friendship with an aspiring documentary filmmaker played by Adam Driver, who with his very hipster girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) befriend Stiller and Watts’ characters. A culture clash of sorts ensues, as Stiller and Watts struggle to prove they’re still hip while Driver and Seyfried struggle to prove they’re cool. The film has a lot to say about image and the passage of time, but it’s also just incredibly funny. – Adam Chitwood

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Adam McKay and Will Ferrell

Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amy Adams, Gary Cole, Leslie Bibb, Jane Lynch, and Michael Clarke Duncan

It’s tickling to no end that a Best Director Oscar nominee is the same mastermind behind such silliness as Anchorman and Step Brothers. But writer/director Adam McKay’s masterful hold over tone and subject matter in The Big Short is simply an extension of something he’d been doing for years, with Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby acting as one of the biggest dupings of general audiences in recent memory. On the surface, it’s a silly comedy starring Will Ferrell as a goofy race car driver. But at its heart, Talladega Nights is a searing takedown of corporate culture and “Southern pride.” It’s darn effective, with hilarious supporting turns by John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon upping the goof factor exponentially and the late Michael Clarke Duncan showing a side of himself audiences had never seen before. This is Adam McKay doing what he does best, only on a broader canvas and with considerably more Mountain Dew. – Adam Chitwood

 

13 Going on 30

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Director: Gary Winick

Writers: Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa

Cast: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, and Andy Serkis

So 13 Going on 30 is basically a riff on Big, except instead of coming off as a ripoff, it’s charming as all get-out. Jennifer Garner plays a 13-year-old girl who suddenly wakes up in her 30-year-old self’s body. She’s horrified to discover that her adult self has eschewed the friendships and virtues that she once held dear for cold-hearted success as the co-editor of a fashion magazine. Thus begins a journey of self-rediscovery littered with laughs, romance, and a ton of heart. Mark Ruffalo is terrific as her former best friend, and Andy Serkis dances to “Thriller”. What more could you ask for? – Adam Chitwood

Tropic Thunder

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Directed by: Ben Stiller

Written by: Justin Theroux

Cast: Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Jay Baruchel, Steve Coogan, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Nick Nolte, and Matthew McConaughey

Ben Stiller’s 2008 action-comedy Tropic Thunder is a great comedy for movie lovers. The film takes on self-important Hollywood types by chronicling the production of a big budget Vietnam War film that marks key career turns for its stars. Ben Stiller is a huge action superstar trying to recover from a misstep into drama territory; Jack Black is an Adam Sandler/Eddie Murphy-esque comedy actor with a severe drug addition; and Robert Downey Jr. is a lauded Australian performer known for going intensely method. Chaos ensues when the actors find themselves in real danger, which they think is simply their director making things as “real” as possible. This is a big comedy with lots of laughs and an unforgettable RDJ performance that earned him an Oscar nod. – Adam Chitwood

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

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Directed by: David Wain

Written by: John Aboud and Michael Colton

Cast: Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, Martin Mull, Emmy Rossum, Joel McHale, Thomas Lennon, Matt Walsh, Neil Casey, Matt Lucas, Natasha Lyonne, Ed Helms, Max Greenfield, Paul Scheer, and Jon Daly

If you’re a comedy nerd, A Futile and Stupid Gesture is a must-watch. The Netflix original film chronicles the origins of National Lampoon magazine through the eyes of co-founder Doug Kenney (Will Forte), a hilarious free spirit who would go on to co-write Animal House and Caddyshack before meeting an untimely end. Forte is the driving force of the film as it tracks the irreverent beginnings of National Lampoon, and the actor delivers a dynamic turn that is equal parts funny and sad. But Domhnall Gleeson nearly steals the show as his more dry partner Henry Beard, with cameos galore of folks playing famous actors from the time like Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner. Wet Hot American Summer and Role Models filmmaker David Wain directs with a knowing eye, but takes the drama inherent in Kenney’s tragedy seriously. – Adam Chitwood

Sleeping with Other People

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Writer/Director: Leslye Headland

Cast: Allison Brie, Jason Sudeikis, Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, Natasha Lyonne, Adam Brody, and Amanda Peet

Filmmaker Leslye Headland broke out in a big way with the raunchy comedy Bachelorette, and her follow-up feature is a straight up romantic comedy—with a bit of an edge of course. Lovably described as “When Harry Met Sally with assholes,” Sleeping with Other People stars Jason Sudeikis and Allison Brie as a pair of acquaintances who lost their virginity to each other in high school, and reconnect years later in New York City. They quickly become platonic best friends, airing romantic grievances with one another while they both have trouble commiting to their respective relationships. It’s a hilarious, sweet, and at times very dirty spin on the romcom formula that’s a pure delight to watch. – Adam Chitwood

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Director: Tim Burton

Writers: Phil Hartman, Paul Reubens, and Michael Varhol

Cast: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger, Judd Omen

Filmmaker Tim Burton‘s feature directorial debut Pee-wee’s Big Adventure would serve as a fitting announcement of Burton as a series filmmaking talent, but also still stands today as a tremendously inventive comedy. Paul Reubens‘ Pee-wee gets the big screen treatment as he sets out on a “big adventure” to find and return his stolen bike. Shenanigans ensue, but the combination of Reubens’ silly comedy and Burton’s whimsy makes for a wholly unique and somewhat trippy experience unlike anything else. — Adam Chitwood

Burn After Reading

Directors/Writers: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Cast: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, and J.K. Simmons

How did the Coen Brothers cash in on their clout from winning Best Director and Best Picture with No Country for Old Men? With an absurdist comedy that adds up to a punchline, of course. Burn After Reading is a hilarious romp of sorts played very, very straight, as the Coens pack this espionage story to the brim with idiots, but shoot, edit, and score it as if it’s a Michael Clayton-esque thriller. It’s a brilliant subversion of expectations, and while some certainly felt slighted by the ending, the way the story abruptly deflates is precisely the point. This is a movie that gets better and better with each watch, and though it may feel slight in the shadow of something as rich and complex as No Country, the range it displays from the Coen Brothers only solidifies them as two of America’s greatest directors of all time. – Adam Chitwood

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

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Director: Jake Kasdan

Writers: Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan

Cast: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Kristen Wiig, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Raymond J. Barry, Jane Lynch, David Krumholtz

There was a time when Hollywood was obsessed with cradle-to-grave boics—films about famous people that covered their entire lives from childhood to death. And during this time, filmmaker Jake Kasdan teamed up with Judd Apatow and John C. Reilly to take aim at this genre trope, making one of the best comedies of the 21st century in the process. Walk Hard tracks the story of Dewey Cox, a world famous country singer whose life mirrors that of Johnny Cash’s, while taking quite a few detours into other famous musicians territory (from The Beatles to The Beach Boys). The film is clearly riffing on movies like Walk the Line and Ray, but it’s compelling in its own right and features catchy original songs to boot. Oh, and it’s absolutely hilarious. – Adam Chitwood

I Love You, Man

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Directed by: John Hamburg

Written by: John Hamburg and Larry Levin

Cast: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Jon Favreau, Rob Heubel, Joe Lo Truglio, and Andy Samberg

This 2009 “bromantic comedy” pairs Paul Rudd and Jason Segel to delightfully funny results. Rudd plays a mild mannered man who recently proposed to his girlfriend, but when wedding planning begins, he discovers he doesn’t really have any male friends. He meets Segel’s character, a free-spirited goofball, and the two hit it off immediately. I Love You, Man is basically a romantic comedy about male friendships, but what really makes it worthwhile is the chemistry between Rudd and Segel, and the ridiculous improv riffs they find that somehow spawn iconic lines. Slappa da bass, man! – Adam Chitwood

Frances Ha

Director: Noah Baumbach

Writers: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig

Cast: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Summer, Charlotte d’Amboise, and Adam Driver

Before 2012’s Frances Ha, filmmaker Noah Baumbach was the king of melancholy. With this breezy black-and-white indie, however, Baumbach changed course dramatically, churning out something that is much more optimistic and downright playful. In a star-making turn, Greta Gerwig plays a 27-year-old dancer living in Brooklyn who is forced to find a new place to live when her best friend opts to move out, thus meaning Frances is unable to afford rent. Frances subsequently bums around with her friends, returns to her home for Christmas, and even jets off the Paris, all the while trying stave off adulthood for as long as possible. Narratively there’s little to Frances Ha, but thematically and character-wise, this thing is rich beyond belief. It’s also just an absolute delight to watch, with a stellar soundtrack and a camera that adores Greta Gerwig. – Adam Chitwood

Hot Fuzz

Director: Edgar Wright

Writers: Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg

Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Rafe Spall, Olivia Colman, Timothy Dalton, and Paul Freeman

Edgar Wright is one of the best filmmakers working today, and his 2007 take on the action genre Hot Fuzz remains one of the best films of the past decade. Simon Pegg stars as an obsessive British cop who is assigned to work in a small village when the big city department becomes tired of his unending drive for perfection. What is meant as a means of getting him away from the action soon turns out to be a blessing, as Pegg’s character soon uncovers strange goings-on in the seemingly perfect village of Sandford. The ensemble here is stacked, led by a hilarious (and heartbreaking) co-starring turn from Nick Frost as well as icons of cinema past like Timothy Dalton and Paul Freeman. The film goes places you’d never expect, all while tipping its hat to the action greats like Michael Bay. Hot Fuzz is a comedy, but it’s a comedy that takes its action, characters, and story very seriously, which makes all the difference. – Adam Chitwood

The Big Short

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Marisa Tomei, and Finn Wittrock

The Big Short is proof that you can both be amused and infuriated at the same time. The genius of Adam McKay’s dark comedy is that he knows the secret weapon the financial industry has against the American public is ignorance. If you don’t know a credit default swap from a collateralized debt obligation, you may feel that the particulars of the financial market are too complex, and you may just have to walk away in frustration. The Big Short won’t get rid of your frustration, but it will effectively target it. Make no mistake, McKay is making an active attempt to educate his audience, but he cleverly does it within humor. It’s a bagful of sugar to help the harsh medicine go down. – Matt Goldberg

Zootopia

Directors: Byron Howard and Rich Moore

Writers: Jared Bush and Phil Johnston

Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Jenny Slate, Idris Elba, Nate Torrence, J.K. Simmons, Bonnie Hunt, and Octavia Spencer

Walt Disney Animation Studios found itself lagging behind when Pixar’s track record was pristine, but look no further than Zootopia for evidence that the tables have turned. While Pixar is more hit-or-miss nowadays, Disney Animation is on a roll with 2016’s Zootopia proving to be a pleasantly surprising hit both commercially and critically. While talking animal stories have been done to death, Disney dared to use the colorful, vibrant, and diverse world of Zootopia to tackle issues of inherent bias and racial prejudice head on, resulting in a viewing experience that’s both entertaining and thought-provoking. The movie is funny and gorgeous, with top-notch world building, but it also has something to say, which ensures that it’s much more than a lazy cash grab. With any luck, this one’s gonna have a lengthy shelf life. – Adam Chitwood

Moonrise Kingdom

Director: Wes Anderson

Writers: Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola

Cast: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Jason Schwarztman, Bob Balaban, and Tilda Swinton

Wes Anderson’s ode to summer lovin’ is quite possibly his most romantic film yet, as the filmmaker perfectly encapsulates what it feels like to be young and head-over-heels in love. It’s a delightful picture with an undercurrent of sadness running throughout, and it features some of the most stunning production design of Anderson’s oeuvre—and that’s saying something. Moonrise Kingdom also features the anachronistic casting of Bruce Willis and Edward Norton, who turn out to be absolute perfect fits for Anderson’s brand of auteurism. This is one melancholic treat worth savoring. – Adam Chitwood

The Overnight

Director/Writer: Patrick Brice

Cast: Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, and Judith Godrèche

If you’re in the mood for a raunchy comedy that really goes there, then The Overnight might be right up your alley. The film stars Adam Scott and Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling as a somewhat conservative couple who, while at the park with their son, meet a nice and somewhat mysterious parent named Kurt (Jason Schwartzman), who invites them and their son over to his family’s house for a playdate. All is going somewhat normal until the kids are put to bed, at which point Kurt and his wife Charlotte (Judith Godrèche) pull Scott and Schilling’s characters out of their shells, taking them to sexually adventurous places with plenty of humor to boot. For anyone who’s been itching to see Scott and Schwartzman don some hilariously exaggerated prosthetic genitals, The Overnight is for you. – Adam Chitwood

Force Majeure

Director/Writer: Ruben Ostlund

Cast: Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Kristofer Hivju

If it’s an offbeat comedy you’re looking for, Force Majeure is your movie. This 2014 Swedish film has a great premise that gets the ball rolling: A businessman is on vacation with his wife and two children in the French Alps. One day, while eating lunch outside, a sudden avalanche heads their way. As it moves right over everybody, the husband gets up and runs for his life, neglecting his entire family. The kicker is, nobody was hurt, everybody’s fine, and now he has to deal with the fallout of bailing on his family in a life-or-death situation. This movie swings wildly in tone from hilarious farce to moving relationship drama, and it’s got a couple of actors you might recognize from Game of Thrones and Wonder Woman. And yes, we’re still annoyed by its Best Foreign Language Oscar snub. – Adam Chitwood

Frank

Director: Lenny Abrahamson

Writers: Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy

Filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson is now an Oscar-nominated director for his work onRoom, but his previous film, Frank, proves the director’s range as he stretches into truly strange territory. Based on true events, the film follows a young aspiring musician played by Domhnall Gleeson who joins an eccentric pop band fronted by the mysterious Frank, a character played by Michael Fassbender who wears a giant mask over his head for almost the entire film. It’s a truly spectacular performance from Fassbender, who must use only his voice and body to convey the character’s complex emotions, and Gleeson is terrific as a naïve musician who, at heart, is just not very talented. This is an incredibly weird movie about art, music, and trauma, but it’s also delightful and wickedly funny. So for something off the beaten path, check out Frank. – Adam Chitwood

Wedding Crashers

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Directed by: David Dobkin

Written by: Steve Faber and Bob Fisher

Cast: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Walken, and Jane Seymour

If you’re looking for a more traditional studio comedy, Wedding Crashers is a safe bet. This 2005 film may feel a tad dated nowadays, but there are still plenty of funny parts throughout. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn star as a pair of friends who crash weddings in their spare time, but things take a turn when Wilson falls for the Maid of Honor at one wedding in particular and the duo—who have introduced themselves as extended family members—are invited back to the family home. Shenanigans ensue, but the film takes time to craft a love story worth investing in between Wilson and McAdams, and that goes a long way. – Adam Chitwood

I Give It a Year

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Director/Writer: Dan Mazer

Cast: Rafe Spall, Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng, and Olivia Colman

If you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy with a little bite to it, look no further than I Give It a Year. The feature directorial debut of Borat and Bruno co-writer Dan Mazer is the perfect mix of salty and sweet, chronicling the first year of marriage between the ambitious Nat (Rose Byrne) and struggling writer Josh (Rafe Spall). The couple comes to the realization that they may not know each other as well as they think they do, and while the comedy can get sharp and a little dark, there’s a good heart throughout that keeps things at least somewhat optimistic. Byrne proves she’s one of our most underrated comedic actresses and Spall proves he’s leading man material, while scene-stealing supporting turns from folks like Stephen Merchant and Minnie Driver make this a delight to sit through. Here’s the very definition of an underseen gem, and one that’ll make you seem very in-the-know once you start recommending it to folks. – Adam Chitwood

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Director: Eli Craig

Writer: Eli Craig and Morgan Jurgenson

A comedic spin on the “party-going youths meet backwoods sociopaths” subgenre of horror, a la Texas Chainsaw MassacreTucker and Dale vs. Evil is a straight up comedy of errors in horror movie clothing. The film follows the titular Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine), two country bumpkins best friends renovating their dilapidated remote vacation home where they encounter a group of preppy, wildly biased college kids. When Dale’s attempt at friendly conversation is perceived as a threat, it sets off a series of ever-escalating confrontations that are only as hilarious as they are deadly. As far as I’m concerned, every Alan Tudyk performance is a gift, but it’s Tyler Labine’s soft-hearted Dale who steals the show as he tries to comprehend the fresh hell he somehow wandered into. Thanks to their on-point performances and some gore gags that are equal parts gruesome and guffaw-inducing, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is one of the most delightful horror comedies in recent memory.  – Haleigh Foutch

Tangerine

Director: Sean Baker

Writers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch

Cast: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan, and James Ransone

If you’re in the mood for a comedy of a different sort, or maybe just something energetic and colorful, Tangerine is a must-watch. Shot entirely on an iPhone to tremendous results, the film follows a day in the life of two transgender prostitutes on the streets of Los Angeles, as fresh-from-jail Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) goes on the hunt to find the woman her boyfriend (James Ransone) has been shacking up with in her absence, all the while her quiet, aspirational friend and co-worker Alexandra (Mya Taylor) tries her best to put out the fires. It’s a hilarious, heartfelt, and surprisingly emotional little film that’s a breath of fresh air from the cliché-ridden comedies that Hollywood tends to churn out year after year. – Adam Chitwood

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