The 30 Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now (April 2021)

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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 of the best comedies on Netflix below and find that perfect pick.

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Bad Trip

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Director: Kitao Sakurai

Writers: Dan Curry, Eric Andre, and Kitao Sakurai

Cast: Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish

Bad Trip is outrageously juvenile, and will make you laugh incredibly hard. The film is a cross between Jackass and a traditional road trip comedy, as Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery play a pair of friends who drive from Florida to New York so that Andre’s character can track down the girl of his dreams. Hot on their tale is Howery’s characters sister, fresh out of a prison break and played by Tiffany Haddish. But every scene in the film is shot as a prank, with unwitting strangers serving as the background and supporting characters throughout the movie. It’s silly and embarrassing, but also singles out how ridiculous some of the tropes in traditional romcoms are – like when Andre breaks out into song in the middle of a mall, surrounded by strangers with “WTF?” looks on their faces. And be warned, this is insanely R-rated. – Adam Chitwood

My Best Friend’s Wedding

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Director: P.J. Hogan

Writer: Ronald Bass

Cast: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, and Philip Bosco

You can’t talk about great romcoms without Julia Roberts, and one of the Oscar-winning actress’ most successful 90s films was certainly Best Friend’s Wedding. The film finds Roberts playing a single 28-year-old who gets a call from a close friend (Dermot Mulroney) that he’s getting married, only to realize she’s in love with him. She then decides to sabotage the wedding with one of her best friends (Rupert Everett) posing as her fiancé to invoke jealousy. Your mileage may vary depending on how you feel about “homewreckers,” and My Best Friend’s Wedding may not be as satisfying as other romcoms like Notting Hill or Pretty Woman, but the 1997 feature certainly has its moments – including an iconic sing-a-long to “I Say A Little Prayer.” – Adam Chitwood

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Writer: John Hughes

Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, and Julia Louis Dreyfus

There’s no rule that says you can only watch Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at Christmastime, and now that the comedy classic is on Netflix, you can watch it whenever you want. Released in 1989, the film is the third in the Vacation franchise following the iconic original and subpar first sequel European Vacation. This one, obviously, takes place at Christmas and finds the Griswolds hosting extended family at their house for the holidays. Clark (Chevy Chase) is overly stressed as he awaits a hopeful bonus from his company all while trying to keep his family from burning his house down. There are those who say Christmas Vacation is too mean-spirited to be funny, to which I say you must have a very different kind of family. For those of us how can relate to Christmas Vacation, we relate hard. – Adam Chitwood

Superbad

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Director: Greg Mottola

Writers: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg

Cast: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, and Bill Hader

was pretty much a coming-of-age classic as soon as it hit theaters in 2007, as writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, director Greg Mottola, and producer Judd Apatow crafted a high school comedy that was equal parts heart and humor. While the comedy is indeed R-rated, there’s a sweetness to the friendship between Michael Cera and Jonah Hill’s characters that elevates this above your average raunchy comedy. It’s as much a story about a kid being afraid he’s gonna lose his friend at college as it is a story about trying to score alcohol for a high school party, and the surprising twists and turns make it all that much more memorable. – Adam Chitwood

Can’t Hardly Wait

/Writers: Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont

Cast: Ethan Embry, Lauren Ambrose, Seth Green, Peter Facinelli, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Charlie Korsmo, and Jenna Elfman

If you like your comedy with a hefty dose of nostalgia, the 1998 film ’t Hardly Wait will do the trick. This is your standard 90s teen comedy, but there’s a certain charm to it that remains kinda timeless. Set on graduation day at a high school, it follows the stories of various teens tying up loose ends at a party before they head off to college. Ethan Embry is The Shy Guy who just wants to profess his love to his crush (Jennifer Love Hewitt), former childhood BFFs Lauren Ambrose and Seth Green get locked in a bathroom together and are no longer able to continue acting like strangers, and Charlie Korsmo gets absolutely wasted and sings “Paradise City.” And the soundtrack? Iconic. – Adam Chitwood

50 First Dates

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Director: Peter Segal

Writer: George Wing

Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, and Dan Aykroyd

As far as Adam Sandler romcoms go, Barrymore) and has a pleasant day. But when he goes to follow up and ask her on a date the next day, she doesn’t remember who he is. As it turns out, she suffers from short-term memory loss and her memory resets every day. So he spends the rest of the film winning her over day after day to try and strike up a relationship. It’s honestly extremely sweet, and Barrymore and Sandler have great chemistry. – Adam Chitwood

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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Director/Writer: Taika Waititi

Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rhys Darby, Rima Te Wiata, and Rachel House

If you’re in the mood for a whimsical comedy from Thor: Ragnarok writer/director Taika Waititi, you absolutely have to see for the Wilderpeople. Released in 2016, this New Zealand adventure movie follows a grumpy Sam Neill as he’s forced to team up with a foul-mouthed child when the two are the target of a manhunt throughout the New Zealand bush. It’s based on an existing book, but in tone and execution Hunt for the Wilderpeople oftentimes feels like an adaptation of a Roald Dahl book we never knew about. It’s delightful and whimsical and a little terrifying, with Waititi’s playful anarchy filling the whole thing out for good measure. This movie is guaranteed to put you in a good mood.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

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Director: David Dobkin

Writers: Will Ferrell and Andrew Steele

Cast: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, and Demi Lovato

If you think Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is just another “dumb Will Ferrell comedy,” think again. One of 2020’s most pleasant surprises, this musical comedy is surprisingly sweet and genuinely emotional – don’t be surprised if you find yourself welling up with tears by the end. The story follows a pair of lifelong friends and musicians from Iceland who are unexpectedly thrust into the Eurovision Song Contest, which tests their talents and their relationship to one another. Ferrell is hilarious as always, but it’s Rachel McAdams who steals the show here and proves yet again she’s one of the best comedic talents working right now. Oh and the songs? They’re spectacular. – Adam Chitwood

The Death of Stalin

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Director: Armando Iannucci

Writers: Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin

Cast: Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Simon Russell Beale, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine

If you like your comedy as dark as human history, you’re in for a real treat with Death of Stalin. A horrifying, hilarious, existentially terrifying treat. Veep and The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci is Hollywood’s best working political satirist and with his 2017 feature, he hones in on the absurdity of totalitarianism with a razor-sharp comedic bent on the death of the Soviet Union’s infamous fascist leader, Joseph Stalin. And believe me when I say this movie is razor-sharp. Carried out in the fashion of Iannucci’s signature acerbic stylings, The Death of Stalin is the kind of movie you have to laugh at to keep from crying out in horror, because every absurd beat and bit is laced with terrible truth, laying bare the fragility of human life, nations, and ideas alike. There have been many attempts to capture the helpless, surreal experience of watching authoritarian, nationalist leaders around the world over the last 5 years, but The Death of Stalin might be the most cutting yet. Fortunately, Iannucci twists the knife right into your funny bone. – Haleigh Foutch

Lady Bird

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Director/Writer: Greta Gerwig

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, and Stephen Henderson

Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Bird rules so incredibly hard, and is so tremendously funny. This is a coming-of-age story with soul, as Saoirse Ronan plays a young girl named Christine who struggles through her senior year at a Catholic high school—struggles with boys, struggles with friendships, struggles with money, and struggles with her parents. At heart this is a mother-daugther story, and while it gets intensely emotional, it’s also incredibly funny. Ronan is tremendous in the Oscar-worthy lead role, Beanie Feldstein is a hoot as her BFF, Timothee Chalamet nails the “pretentious cool guy” role, and Gerwig’s writing and direction are downright masterful. This is one of the best comedies of the last decade. – Adam Chitwood

The Disaster Artist

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Director: James Franco

Writers: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber

Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson, and Jackie Weaver

A film about the making of the infamously terrible movie The Room should not be this good nor this emotional, but here we are. Disaster Artist is technically a chronicle of how Tommy Wiseau defied pretty much every cinematic convention (for the worst) to make his film The Room, and how the movie became a cult favorite for its absolutely bonkers construction and execution. James Franco is legitimately great both in front of and behind the camera here, as the film hones in on the friendship between Tommy and Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) serves as a surprisingly emotional foundation for this stranger-than-fiction story that is also very, very, very funny. – Adam Chitwood

Hail, Caesar!

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Directors/Writers: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Cast: George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Alden Ehrenreich, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, and Frances McDormand

This 2016 comedy from the Coen Brothers was a long time in the making, and while it earned solid reviews, it’s still somewhat underrated. , Caesar! takes place in 1951 follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), a “fixer” for a movie studio called Capital Pictures who spends the day trying to stave off various scandals, put out fires, and track down a missing movie star. Chaos and shenanigans ensue, and George Clooney delivers one of his best comedic performance. This movie will also remind you that, whatever you think of Solo: A Star War Story, that Alden Ehrenreich can sure act. – Adam Chitwood

Dolemite Is My Name

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Director: Craig Brewer

Writers: Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, and Titus Burgess

Not only does the Netflix original comedy film Dolemite Is My Name give us the best Eddie Murphy performance in years, it’s also just a tremendously entertaining movie about creative expression. The movie is based on the true story of Rudy Ray Moore, a comedian who aimed to bring his hit standup character “Dolemite” to the masses by writing, producing, and starring in an extremely low-budget film. Not unlike Bowfinger, this movie is a hilarious behind-the-scenes story of one man’s creative passion coming to life against all odds. Murphy is explosive, Da’Vine Joy Randolph gives the definition of a breakthrough performance, and Wesley Snipes goes full To Wong Fu in an outrageous turn as the director of the Dolemite movie. This is an extremely entertaining comedy that is also incredibly inspiring. – Adam Chitwood

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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Director: Edgar Wright

Writers: Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright

Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, and Jason Schwartzman.

Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s outstanding comic didn’t find much of an audience upon its release, but over the years it has grown into a cult classic. The movie follows Scott Pilgrim (Cera), a sweet if slightly selfish and misguided young man who falls for delivery girl Ramona Flowers (Winstead). He can only continue to date her if he defeats her seven evil exes. Scott’s comfortable with the video game framework, but the film is really about two people discovering they have to get over their own baggage if they’re going to find new love. Wright decorates the whole picture with video game tropes and fun little nods, but never loses sight of the core romantic story.  Pilgrim vs. the World is funny, effervescent, and only gets better on repeat viewings. – Matt Goldberg

Always Be My Maybe

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Director: Nahnatchka Khan

Writers: Ali Wong, Randall Park, and Michael Golamco

Cast: Ali Wong, Randall Park, Michelle Buteau, James Saito, Daniel Dae Kim, Karan Soni, and Keanu Reeves

Netflix brought the romcom back in a big way with 2018’s Set It Up, and the streaming service’s 2019 effort Be My Maybe is similarly charming and delightful. Co-written by and starring Randall Park and Ali Wong, the film follows a pair of teenaged best friends who have since drifted apart and are pushed together once more in adulthood, even though their lives have followed very different paths. Park and Wong are dynamite together, and the film takes time to breathe with some well-paced dramatic sequences. It’s also not lacking in scene-stealers, as Michelle Buteau is a hoot and Keanu Reeves once again proves his talent knows no bounds. – Adam Chitwood

Wine Country

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Director: Amy Poehler

Writers: Emily Spivey and Liz Cackowski

Cast: Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, Ana Gasteyer, Tina Fey, and Jason Schwartzman

If you’re looking for a breezy, easy watch, check out Country. While Amy Poehler’s directorial debut may not be the most thematically satisfying or airtight comedy, it’s a solid effort packed with sufficient laughs and a solid dose of heart. The film is inspired by a real-life trip the cast members and real-life friends took to celebrate Dratch’s 50th birthday, during which their friendship was laid bare. The actors play only slightly exaggerated versions of themselves, so part of the fun is seeing what the dynamic between these SNL alums is really like. This is a really easy watch, especially if you’re looking for something to enjoy with friends (and wine) on a Friday or Saturday night in. – Adam Chitwood

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Directed by: Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones

Written by: Monty Python

Cast: John Cleese, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam

The 1975 film Python and the Holy Grail is not just one of the best comedies ever made, it’s one of the best films ever made full-stop. British comedy troupe Monty Python chronicle King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail in hilariously silly fashion, throwing in some creatively inspired imagery and swell production value for good measure. This was Monty Python’s second feature ever after gaining popularity for their TV show, but unlike their first film And Now for Something Completely Different, Holy Grail is one continuous narrative, not a string of sketches. While senses of humor and certainly the comedy genre as a whole have changed in the ensuing four decades, Holy Grail remains a landmark achievement and, above all, an incredibly funny movie all these years later. – Adam Chitwood

The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience

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Directed by: Akiva Schaffer and Mike Diva

Cast: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Sterling K. Brown, and Maya Rudolph

If you’re looking for a lot of laughs in a short amount of time, may I humbly suggest Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience. Essentially a short film that accompanies a new Lonely Island album, the special is presented as a rap album that baseball legends Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire created in the 1980s, during their time as the “Bash Brothers.” Andy Samberg plays Conseco and Akiva Schaffer plays McGwire, and the whole thing is delightfully silly and extremely funny—like pretty much everything The Lonely Island does. If a parking lot standoff between a bashful Samberg and Schaffer with an extremely aggressive Maya Rudolph alongside the band Haim sounds like it’s up your alley, hit play on this 30-minute experience ASAP. – Adam Chitwood

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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Directors/Writers: Joel and Ethan Coen

Cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Tyne Daly, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Heck, Grainger Hines, Zoe Kazan, Harry Melling, Liam Neeson, Jonjo O’Neill, Chelcie Ross, Saul Rubinek, Tom Waits, Clancy Brown, Jefferson Mays, Stephen Root, and Willie Watson

Almost every Coen Brothers movie could be classified as a comedy in some way, and even their few straight dramas are rich with dark humor. That’s certainly the case with Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a six-part Western anthology that tells six disparate stories, ranging in tone but all hitting upon the same theme: death. It qualifies as a comedy because at least three of the segments are explicitly such, including the rollicking opening segment starring Tim Blake Nelson and the second installment “Near Algones”, which stars James Franco and is basically one long joke with a perfect punchline. If you consume the whole you’ll get a heavy dose of melancholy and thoughtfulness to accompany the belly laughs, but given that the Coen Brothers are two of our greatest living filmmakers, it all fits together like a perfect meal. – Adam Chitwood

Set It Up

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Director: Claire Scanlon

Writer: Katie Silberman

Cast: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu, and Taye Diggs

If you’re looking for a charming romantic comedy, but don’t want to rewatch something from a previous decade for the umpteenth time, you should definitely give Claire Scanlon’s charming  It Up a look. The plot follows two beleaguered assistants (Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell) who decided to set up their bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs, respectively) in order to just get some precious free time away from their demanding jobs. However, with all their scheming, they start to fall for each other. You can see the romcom beats coming from a mile away, but they’re done so well and so effectively that you won’t mind. Plus, the film sizzles thanks to the outstanding performances from the dazzling Deutch and Powell, who should be the streaming generation’s Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. – Matt Goldberg

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, 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

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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Director: Susan Johnson

Writer: Sofia Alvarez

Cast: Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Noah Centineo, Israel Broussard, and John Corbett 

If you’re looking for a fun, sweet, YA romantic comedy to brighten your day, you won’t do much better on Netflix than  All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Based off the novel by Jenny Han, the story follows Lara Jean (Lana Condor), a teenager whose worst nightmares are realized when five letters she wrote to her secret crushes are sent out without her knowledge. When she’s confronted by her old crush Peter (Noah Centineo), she’s afraid it could get in the way of her current crush Josh (Israel Broussard), so Lara Jean and Peter resolve to fake a relationship so they can get with who they really want to be with. Naturally, pretending to be together starts to create real feelings between the two. The film is a joy from start to finish, letting you relive a time when who “liked” you was the most important thing in the world, but without any of the trauma high school entails. – Matt Goldberg

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

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Director: Jody Hill

Writers: Jody Hill, John Carcieri, and Danny McBride

Cast: Josh Brolin, Danny McBride, Montana Jordan, Carrie Coon, and Scoot McNairy

Filmmaker Jody Hill burst onto the scene with his indie comedy The Foot Fist Way, which was followed up by the supremely dark Observe & Report, but then he and Danny McBride spent nearly a decade in the world of TV, creating, writing, and directing Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals. Now Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter marks Hill’s return to features, and while it has the edge that fans of his are familiar with, it’s also far sweeter and more heartwarming. Josh Brolin stars as a reality TV hunter who takes his son on a hunting trip along with his friend/cameraman, played by McBride. Tension ensues, owing mostly to Brolin’s estranged relationship with the boy’s mother, as Hill crafts a story that’s funny and endearing in equal measure. – Adam Chitwood

The Incredible Jessica James

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Writer/Director: Jim Strouse

Cast: Jessica Williams, Chris O’Down, Lakeith Stanfield, Noel Wells

Jessica Williams still hasn’t got the breakout she deserves since her tenure on The Daily Show, but the indie romcom  Incredible Jessica James is the first time since then we’ve got to see her step into a lead role and she just lights up the screen. Now, the character of Jessica James may not be quite as incredible as the title leads you to believe — she’s actually pretty selfish and naive — but she’s passionate, raw and ambitious, and Williams makes you love her in spite of her faults. A supporting performance from the constantly charming Chris O’Dowd certainly doesn’t hurt, and the two have electric chemistry as they try to navigate the waters of heartbreak together toward something healthy and new. Sexy, funny and decidedly modern, The Incredible Jessica James is a refreshing spin on the romcom that doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator. — Haleigh Foutch