We all know the feeling. You are in the mood to watch something light on Netflix, but instead of finding something you like, you end up spending a couple of hours browsing through Netflix’s endless library, only to give up at the end because it’s nearly time for bedtime.
Netflix has become the country’s favorite past-time activity and biggest source of laughter after a long day or a week at work. But with so many movies to choose from, it can be a task on its own finding just the right one to help you unwind.
We know the struggle, and that’s why we’ve decided to put together a list of the very best comedy movies on Netflix right now.
No matter if you are in the mood for something between a comedy and drama, the evergreen rom-com, silly buddy comedy, or splashy commercial comedy, we’ve put in the work to explore and curate from the best comedies on Netflix to find the best picks that will inspire a good laugh.
Here are the 10 best comedy movies on Netflix that you can watch right now.
21 Jump Street, is an immensely enjoyable, frequently hilarious film, although a movie based on a Fox television series remembered mainly for helping launch the career of Johnny Depp. However, the big-screen take of the eponymous Fox series by Phil Lord and Chris Miller was received pretty successfully.
In the movie, we see Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill starring as the spectacularly incompetent police officers who are assigned as undercover agents and pose as high school students in an attempt to target a drug bust. Without a doubt, 21 Jump Street is the must-watch ultimate take on the buddy-cop comedy that will suit all comedy tastes.
The cult classic farce Step Brothers starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as unemployed 40-year-old rivals whose parents fall in love and marry is an endlessly popular comedy by Adam McKay. Even if you haven’t seen this movie, the chances are you can quote a big part of the film. The story portrays the two grown men who go from becoming step-brothers to mortal enemies and eventually inseparable friends, and ultimately transform into an astonishingly beautiful musical duo.
Step Brothers is simply a masterpiece that happens when two of the finest comic actors come together to play off each other, displaying a unique chemistry that would be impossible to make up.
There are a few movies that portray Jack Black in all of his Jack Black-glory like School of Rock. In this heartfelt music-comedy, we see Black as Dewey Finn as the destitute wannabe rockstar, recently banished from his local rock band, poses as a substitute teacher to pay his bills. Dewey plans to make a quick buck take a different direction when he sees an opportunity to form the greatest rock band with the students at Horace Green, who are hands down good at music.
School of Rock is a funny family comedy film with a huge heart and one of Black’s most captivating performances, featuring a classic-rock-fueled soundtrack and packing an unexpected emotional wallop.
Greta Gerwig’s Oscar nominee Lady Bird is a semi-autobiographical dramedy, telling a heartwarming and funny story about a quirky teenager who tries to find her place in the world. Saoirse Ronan stars as a young Californian who longs for someplace cooler than her own hometown while preparing to leave for college.
More dramedy than laugh-out-loud comedy, Lady Bird is one of the most personal and striking coming-of-age films of the 2010s that captures the humor and pain-intertwined family life of the mother-daughter duo.
This rom-com is a real dramedy hit starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as the match made in heaven. Silver Linings Playbook follows the story of the bipolar man Pat, played by Cooper, who is working hard to get his life back on track and rekindle his marriage.
After being released out of a psychiatric hospital, he returns to his parents’ home in Philadelphia where he meets the enigmatic widow Tiffany, played by Lawrence. Tiffany offers to help him win his wife back under the condition that he competes in a local dance competition with her, until the two lost souls find a new purpose in one another.
Hail, Caesar! is a can’t miss epic fictional comedy for all of you who are Coen brother fans and love Old Hollywood. The retro 1950s-set comedy offers big laughs and a star-stacked cast featuring Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand and Ralph Fiennes.
The plot follows the abduction of George Clooney, who stars as the handsome leading actor. The other stars we see are Alden Ehrenreich in the role of a young Western cowboy actor, Ralph Fiennes acting the part of an arrogant European film director, and Scarlett Johansson in the role of an actress/synchronized swimmer. Hail, Caesar! is along the lines of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but with a little less blood and a lot more song and dance.
The 2005 remake of the 1977 Fun with Dick and Jane is a fantastic mix of slapstick and heartwarming starring Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni. When a middle-class couple’s employer’s bankruptcy leaves them down and out, the two decide to find their way back to wealth by becoming robbers.
The intelligent couple actually gets pretty good at robbing people and even enjoy it -- but they have second thoughts when they're reminded that crime can hurt innocent people. The comedy is a must-watch for all Jim Carrey fans who enjoy a light, witty piece.
We can’t talk about the best comedy movies without including Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
There are several Monty Python movies on Netflix, but this one is a non-negotiable winner for the most beloved comedy troupes of all time.
The Arthurian legend gets the parody treatment in this absurd cult classic in which the Monty Python players star as the Knights of the Roundtable on the search for the legendary treasure. The Holy Grail movie is an endlessly quotable lampooning of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail. Its popularity simply never diminishes.
The Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is far from just another “dumb Will Ferrell comedy”. This 2020 musical comedy is a genuinely enjoyable and emotional movie that may have you tearing up by the end.
The plot heroes are two Icelandic lifelong friends and musicals starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, who travel around the world to realize their dream of becoming pop stars at the EuroVision Song Contest. However, their dream for EuroVision stardom tests their talent and relationship with one another. A great choice for all EuroVision fans and newbies alike.
If you love a Netflix holiday rom-com, Love Hard should be at the top of your Netflix watchlist. The romance touches on the ups and downs, excitements and loops of online dating.
The story centers around Natalie (starred by Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev), who doesn’t have much luck in dating, but desperately wants to find love. When she turns to her dating app, she falls for an East Coast guy who seems perfect. But when she decides to surprise him in person, realizes she’s been catfished.
This hilarious, but endearing romantic comedy should be the Christmas movie of choice for everyone that has at least once dived into the adventures of online dating.
There you go — our list of the best comedy movies on Netflix for 2022 that will help you decide what to put on when you are in the mood for something light.
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