The 23 Best Comedy Movies Streaming on Netflix Right Now!

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It's time for a sneak peeks into the best comedy movies on Netflix right now. So get ready to laugh because this collection of IMDb-approved knee-slappers is too good to keep to ourselves!

Always Be My Maybe

Date of Release: 2019

IMDb Score: 6.8

This hilarious and heart-warming Netflix original movie stars old best friends Sasha and Marcus. Played by Ali Wong and Randall Park, the childhood lovers eventually went their separate ways for 15 years. As viewers tag along to find out what happened during their emotional falling out, we also witness their adorable reunion. Once back by each other's sides, Sasha and Marcus help one another overcome various life issues they've had throughout the years. Not only do these talented costars appear in front of the camera together, but it turns out Wong and Park were both producers behind the scenes too. Talk about the good life of having your Hollywood cake and eating it too! So, who is ready to laugh alongside these two in their long-awaited reunion?

Bad Trip

Date of Release: 2021

IMDb Score: 6.6

Another one of the best comedy movies on Netflix right now is Bad Trip. This hilarious film stars Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish doing what they do best: being goofballs! In the hidden camera film, the funny trio goes out into the world to prank real people in real life. The best part? They capture a variety of genuine reactions to the shenanigans that go down. These friends created a fun-filled series of events, from porta-potty accidents to car chases in their bubble gum pink car of choice for their road trip. Some of what we see is scripted, while other scenes are completely improvised. But in the end, nearly everything the trio does evoke confusion to the subjects of their many pranks - accompanied by side-eye and smiles from the actors and comedians, of course. Leaving a wake of bewilderment in their path, Andre, Howery, and Haddish's journey on our screens is one for the books.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Date of Release: 2020

IMDb Score: 6.5

This flick is the song-filled tale of two small-town singers chasing their dreams in hopes of becoming the next pop stars. This movie - starring Lars, played by the hilarious actor Will Ferrell, and Sigrit, played by Rachel McAdams - quickly became the epitome of comedy. The film's mission? To prove that dreams can be within reach if a person is willing to fight for them. Nominated for a Grammy Award, and having won six awards, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga quickly became recognized as one of the best comedies on Netflix. For those who are especially fond of these talented actors - and even those who have never seen a title with these names in it - this movie is sure to keep you laughing (and possibly even singing along) from opening to ending credits! So, who is ready to watch what could be your next favorite flick?

Silver Linings Playbook

Date of Release: 2012

IMDb Score: 7.7

Pat, played by Bradley Cooper, and Tiffany, played by Jennifer Lawrence, star in this romantic comedy as two people who, while dealing with a variety of issues of their own, learn to lean on each other for support. While Pat struggles with mental health issues, Tiffany's life is just as confusing to her and others. In this movie, Cooper and Lawrence take viewers on an emotional ride of a lifetime, as they convey the raw emotions that come along with large, sometimes painful, realizations. But again, who said there can't be comedic relief and romance within some of life's most confusing times? In this award-winning film, Lawrence and Cooper are joined on the screen by other Hollywood icons such as Robert Di Nero, Jacki Weaver, Julia Stiles, and more.


Date of Release: 2007

IMDb Score: 7.6

Two high school buddies, played by the hilarious Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, get into trouble while trying to have one last hurrah before attending separate colleges. There's simply no denying it: when these two comedians take over the screen, viewers are certainly in for a treat. So, if you're wondering what is the best movie to watch on Netflix right now? According to IMDb ratings, this is one of them! As Empire's critic, Olly Richards put it, Superbad is "Equally hilarious and heartfelt; this is the best teen movie since American Pie." While the actors are already widely recognized personalities in Hollywood, this flick could be the cherry on top. As their characters maneuver through the last of their boyhood antics before becoming college attendees, Jonah and Michael do not disappoint!

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

Date of Release: 2017

IMDb Score: 8.3

The widely recognized comedian, Hasan Minhaj, left fans laughing all night long during his first stand-up comedy special back in 2017. Originally set as a TV special, Netflix launched the 1 hour and 15 minutes long set on their platform. While the now-famous comic shared his life story full of humor and true tales of his time as an Indian-American Muslim man in America, Minhaj won over hearts. Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King features stories of the less attractive side of meeting the demands of stricter parents. And, from the looks of it, critics, including those at IMDb, certainly approve of his work, seeing as though he received a score of 8.3/10 on the platform! To add to his success, Hasan won two shining awards for his big debut special, the Peabody Award, in 2017 and 2018.

The Bling Ring

Date of Release: 2013

IMDb Score: 5.6

Inspired by true events detailed in Vanity Fair's 2010 article, The Suspects Wore Louboutins, a group of wanna-be-famous teens utilizes the internet's capabilities to track the locations of celebrities. Their goal? To rob the homes of the rich and famous in search of anything valuable: cash, jewelry, extravagant accessories, and more. The cast includes a talented group of people such as Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Claire Julien, and Taissa Farmiga. Together, the group schemes through a list of possible ways to get in on the fame. From breaking into cars to stealing credit cards to go on a shopping spree with, these teens certainly weren't afraid to take risks. But, when met with a tragic event, the group must reevaluate their intentions versus the impact they're having. From burglarizing the home of Paris Hilton to getting caught on CCTV, this group of trouble-making kids has to weigh their options more than ever before.

Between Two Ferns: The Movie

Date of Release: 2019

IMDb Score: 6.1

Zach Galifianakis and his crew of fellow funny people take a road trip to conduct a series of celebrity interviews in this slap-stick movie. With large inspiration from his prior web series, Between Two Ferns, this comedy has all of that familiar fun and hilarity - only this time, it's on the go! While he rarely seems to let viewers down with the guests that come across his fern-filled stage, among Zach's many famous guests is the sultry country-man, Matthew McConaughey, accomplished actresses, Awkwafina, Gal Gadot, Rashida Jones, Hailee Steinfeld, Chance the Rapper, and many more. Nick Allen of the renowned critic's website,, stated that the movie, "Takes what's made the series so extremely funny and lovingly expands it into a feature film, in a way that would make all those '90s Saturday Night Live movies envious." So, who's ready to combine a love for plants with that of humor and our favorite celebs?

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Date of Release: 2011

IMDb Score: 7.4

What does one get when crossing Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, and Marisa Tomei? We'll tell you! A laughter-filled, romantic flick that highlights regaining manhood, newfound love, and learning new tricks. When Cal's (Steve Carrell) wife tells him she has been unfaithful in their marriage and asks him for a divorce, life seems to turn dim. But, without clear signs of where to go from there, a newfound young friend of Cal, Jacob (played by Ryan Gossling), offers some relationship advice. While Jacob may have tips and tricks for Cal, he is also widely known as a womanizer. In the end, a large number of hidden plot twists confuse all of the characters tenfold. But, with several different love stories in the works, a naughty babysitter, and a grown man rediscovering what dating can be like in this day and age, the movie is sure to have you giggling in no time!

Yes, God, Yes

Date of Release: 2019

IMDb Score: 6.1

In Karen Maine's directorial debut, Natalie Dyer stars as Alice in a comedy-drama about a Catholic high school teen whose harmless AOL chat becomes risque. In the flick, Dyer's character is met with confusing facts about sexual interactions. Growing up in a religious school system, Alice had been taught that the many budding desires she began to feel were a sin. But, when she and her classmates decide to attend a school retreat, she's met with exciting yet confusing realizations about herself. Critic Nikki Baughan of Empire described the movie as "Successfully mining the awkward humor of the adolescent experience." When Alice is forced to acknowledge the sexual awakening happening within her mind, she's faced with confusing conversations between herself and friends, as well as challenging topics with the very strict Father Murphy. This film shows the hilarious ups and downs of being a teen who's just trying to figure out the world of pleasure in a space where every thought is viewed as wrong.

The Wrong Missy

Date of Release: 2020

IMDb Score: 5.7

When a man named Tim (David Spade) invites the girl of his dreams, Missy (Lauren Lapkus), to be his date on a work-related Hawaiian getaway, he soon realizes he made a massive mistake. Unfortunately, Tim didn't double-check his invitation before he hit "send" on his phone, and in the end? He invited the wrong woman. Instead of reaching out to the lady he had real-life heart eyes for, he accidentally messaged a one-time blind date gone terribly bad. Even worse? Tim didn't realize it until she was standing right in front of him. After putting all of the pieces together, Spade finally realizes where he slipped up. To keep himself from foreseen embarrassment in front of his new boss, he tries to solve his problems by shooing the woman away. But, in the end, he comes around to a new realization about this Missy: maybe she isn't the wrong one after all? 

Set It Up

Date of Release: 2018

IMDb Score: 6.5

After countless late nights in the office, picking up take-out, running errands, and more, two assistants, Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell,) hatch a plan to set their two workaholic bosses up on a date. But in the series of events that follow, things go terribly, beautifully wrong. Their bosses, Kirsten (Lucy Liu) and Rick (Taye Diggs), seemingly fall right into place with the assistants' plans to get some free time back in their busy schedules. Ironically, the employees soon discover that this whole ordeal might be more work on them than initially planned. This laughter-inducing comedy takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride of finding true love, choosing the "right" person, and realizing that the heart simply can't be kept from what it really wants.

The Lovebirds

Date of Release: 2020

IMDb Score: 6.1

In a mix of action, crime, and comedy, Leilani (Issa Rae) and Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) play a couple who, while trying to work through the harder-to-swallow aspects of relationships, find themselves wrapped up in the middle of a bigger issue. And we certainly weren't expecting this one, so we wouldn't be shocked if you weren't either! As it turns out, the couple finds themselves wrapped up in the crosshairs of a murder mystery, one they know nothing about...or do they? You'll have to watch the 2020 flick to find out, but we can guarantee that you won't see several of the big twists coming. With what we can only refer to as the adventure of a lifetime, The Lovebirds offers what many other relationship-focused movies do not: The captivating mystery of a crime investigation intertwined with two people trying to salvage their union. Oh, and Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, of course.

Dolemite Is My Name

Date of Release: 2019

IMDb Score: 7.3

The hilarious Eddie Murphy plays real-life comedic legend Rudy Ray Moore in the American biographical flick Dolemite Is My Name. During production, the actor develops an alter ego named Dolemite and is faced with struggles left and right that challenge his abilities as a performer. Not only is his different persona hilarious, but he also manages to fight kung-fu as just another one of the tricks up his sleeve. Alongside Murphy are several other talented actors such as Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, and Tituss Burgess. The production team must have done something right because, according to reviews, both Time magazine and the National Board of Review listed this film as one of the year's 10 best films. In addition, the film snagged more winning titles and awards, including 3 African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Awards, 8 Black Reel Awards, and several others.

The Meyerowitz Stories

Date of Release: 2017

IMDb Score: 6.9

A family made up of Danny (Adam Sandler), Matthew (Ben Stiller), Harold (Dustin Hoffman), and others was once closer than ever. But since their seemingly irreconcilable split several years back, everything changed. But, when it came time for the brothers to gather and honor the impressively artistic works of their father, they are forced to travel to New York and put their pasts behind them. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times described the cast as "A smart and sophisticated and relatively privileged bunch, but they're miserable and ridiculous, which makes for some poignant insights and some sharp comedy." He continued playfully, "We enjoy the Meyerowitz clan; even as we praise the heavens we're not like them, and we don't live next door to any of 'em." This funny bunch must have done something right because in 2017 when they hit the big screen, The Meyerowitz Stories took home 3 big wins!

Lady Bird

Date of Release: 2017

IMDb Score: 7.4

This coming-of-age yet funny adventure stars the talented Saoirse Ronan as Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson, a teen who withstands the twists, turns, and troubles of being a senior in high school. As she maneuvers her first shot at a romantic relationship, landing a role in the school play, and keeping her college applications secret, "Lady Bird" was widely seen as so relatable and touching to the hearts of many that the film earned two wins: Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy at the 75th Golden Globe Awards. This comedy shows a young teenage girl's trouble with budding dating life, new friendships, and the many other struggles that come with adulthood. Lady Bird has been described by The New York Times critic A.O. Scott as "Big-screen perfection... exceptionally well-written, full of wordplay and lively argument."

The Breaker Upperers

Date of Release: 2018

IMDb Score: 5.9

Best friends Jennifer and Mel, played by Madeline Sami and Jackie van Beek, started an unusual business: breaking up couples. But where did the idea come from? Well, when the gals suddenly found out that they were both dating a mutual friend of theirs, they decided they had to move on. But, one of them had a harder time than the other. Thus, the idea for their big plan came to be. The women help couples break up by impersonating cops, telling a fib or two (or several), and many more antics for the right price. But are they just avoiding their own demise in this Netflix comedy movie? Within this adventure, viewers experience a wide range of emotions as the friends ride out the ups and downs of the plan that was once genius to them. But above all else, onlookers are bound to walk away with a good chuckle.

Nacho Libre

Date of Release: 2006

IMDb Score: 5.8

This oldie but goodie stars the one and only Jack Black as Ignacio, or Nacho Libre, an orphanage cook turned luchador. Despite loving his orphanage, Libre decides to break the monastery's strict rules in hopes that he will be able to bring funds home one day soon. To accomplish this new goal of his, Nacho turns to the help of a local thief, a mask, and a bright red cape. With every win in the ring, the driven wrestler is able to bring home better food to the children he cares for at the shelter. Many fights, Eagle eggs, wins and losses later, and Ignacio finds himself fighting for it all at a battle royale. This hilarious comedy movie shows some of the many sides of Jack Black, as an actor who many believe immerses himself in his character from opening to ending credits.

Mr. Right

Date of Release: 2015

IMDb Score: 6.4

Anna Kendrick plays Martha, a girl who falls for an absolute prince charming of a man, Francis (Sam Rockwell). The only catch? He's a clown-nose-wearing hitman on the run from those who pay his bankroll. The bigger catch? Martha soon begins to learn about her new man's antics and even picks up on a trick or two herself, like catching a knife by the blade without being injured! (Yikes!) All was going well until a somewhat scary event caused Martha to ask for some space. But, that didn't last long as the adventurous pair were soon drawn to each other once again when her dream knight in shining armor actually comes to save the day (and her)! But, can she look past his constantly on the run lifestyle? Will Martha be able to trust Francis? All of the answers are within the action-packed scenes of Mr. Right.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Date of Release: 1975

IMDb Score: 8.2

Within this classic mid-1970s movie, members of the Monty Python comedy group, including actors Graham Chapman (King Arthur) and John Cleese (Second Swallow-Savvy Guard), wrote and starred in the comical depiction of King Arthur's search for the Holy Grail. The two men were joined by fellow members Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. According to reports, despite the flick coming out several decades ago, Monty Python and the Holy Grail remains one of the best comedy movies on Netflix being streamed today. It is widely thought of as timeless, as it follows the story of everything from the men meeting a wizard to killer rabbits and even completely splitting up due to disagreement. The film has done exceptionally well since it came out. So much so that in 2011, it was chosen as the second-best comedy of all time in ABC's special, Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Date of Release: 2010

IMDb Score: 7.5

To win over the heart of Ramona, who he hopes to make his new girlfriend, Scott Pilgrim, played by Michael Cera, must fight off and defeat the 7 evil ex-boyfriends she has had. In order to prove he is the one for Ramona, Pilgrim must dive into the girl's confusing past and prove that he is the only one worthy of her heart. Scott is in a band, which he and his mates believe is destined for success. In fact, they even sign up for a music competition with high hopes of winning a record deal. Thus, while trying to find and gain immense fame, Pilgrim juggles numerous battles - the largest possibly being the guard up around Ramona's heart. This romantic action comedy combines some film lover's favorites. It even includes a taste of comic book imagery and some of what we now know to be award-winning visual effects.

Safety Not Guaranteed

Date of Release: 2012

IMDb Score: 7.0

When three magazine company employees, Darius, Jeff, and Kenneth, are tasked with tracking down the truth behind the story of a man attempting time travel, they embark on an adventure of a lifetime. This science-fiction romantic comedy is full of action, and best of all? It includes Hollywood stars Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson, Mark Duplass, and Karan Soni! It all started with a newspaper ad that read, "Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke...I have only done this once before. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED." And, that was enough for these hardworking employees to embark on an adventure full of unknowns to get to the pulse of the story. They must have done something right along the way because in 2012, when the flick came out, it was met with much recognition - including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at that year's Sundance Film Festival.

War Dogs

Date of Release: 2016

IMDb Score: 7.1

Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in an adaptation of the true story of David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli. The flick is based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson, written in 2011, and the 2015 book Arms and the Dudes. In this dark comedy-crime film, two arms dealers who agreed to only place little bets on small deals suddenly won a $300 million Pentagon-funded contract to arm the Afgan Military. Hill and Teller are joined on screen by Ana de Armas and Bradley Cooper, who all work together to put on the show of a lifetime. It not only exemplifies the darker side of a deal gone wrong but includes all sorts of action-packed moments such as bribery, sweet-talking, thinking on their toes, and much more. With a potential $100 million reward dangled in front of their faces, the buddies have to decide whether or not the risk is worth the reward.