Comedy is one of the most difficult genres to pin down. Every individual has their own sense of humor, and no list of the best comedy movies is ever going to align perfectly with everyone. That being said, we’ve gone and attempted to handpick the very best comedies on Netflix right now.
If you’re looking for other Netflix movies to watch, we’ve also found those too. But if you’re simply looking for a cheap laugh, keep scrolling for our top comedy picks for 2021.
A crude and endlessly classic comedy, Superbad is probably the most popular work of comedy produced by writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in their prime. Two sexually obsessed high school students Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) and their strange friend Fogel (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), are not the coolest in school, but when they get a chance to supply a party with alcohol, every inconvenience imaginable will stand in their way. Written at a very young age (and refined at a later date) about their own personal high school experience, this is a fine story describing how and where Rogen and Goldberg undoubtedly developed their sense of humor as the not-so-cool kids.
Directors: Greg Mottola
Main Cast: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Runtime: 113 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Happening upon this gem after a penchant for action and comedy movies collides serendipitously with a love for rom-coms, Mr. Right is fun throughout the entire film, and Sam Rockwell is an absolute treasure. The story follows a woman (Anna Kendrick) who is just coming out of a bad break-up. She meets a man who appears to be perfect for her in every way, but as it turns out, he’s a former hitman. This action movie is one of the best on Netflix if you don’t mind some ridiculousness.
Director: Paco Cabezas
Main Cast: Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Tim Roth
Runtime: 95 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.3
If you’re looking for a new family comedy on Netflix, The Mitchells vs. The Machines is the movie to stream. The plot follows a quirky and dysfunctional family with some generational communication issues between the father and now college-age daughter. When the father (Danny McBride) decides to take a road trip to reconnect with his daughter (Abbi Jacobson), they find themselves stuck in a car together as the only humans who can stop the sudden robot apocalypse. If you’re a fan of animated series, this is a great film to enjoy with the whole family.
Directors: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe
Main Cast: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph
Runtime: 113 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.8
This one definitely isn’t for the family. In this raunchy, coming of age, late-2000’s comedy, a young man is driven by his hormones and a mission to finally lose his virginity. When a typical high school virgin, Ian Lafferty (Josh Zuckerman) meets a girl online through an exaggerated online persona, he is shocked to find that she actually wants to meet up. In order for him to do this, he must embark on an adventure against all odds (for a high school senior). With hilariously uncharacteristic moments and vocabulary from James Marsden and a sincerely endearing love story on the side, Sex Drive is definitely one of the most underrated movies on Netflix.
Director: Sean Anders
Main Cast: Josh Zuckerman, Clark Duke, Amanda Crew
Runtime: 109 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.5
Unlike your standard coming of age story, this film follows the story of a middle-aged man that gets a second chance at his coming of age story. Mike O’Donnell (Matthew Perry) is in the process of feeling ungrateful for his life when he suddenly wakes up to find he’s the 17-year old version of himself (Zac Efron). Naturally, he goes back to high school.
Director: Burr Steers
Main Cast: Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann
Runtime: 102 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.4
Two foolhardy gatherers (Michael Cera and Jack Black) are banished from their village in the forest for eating the sacred and forbidden fruit, kick-starting their journey through biblical tales and ending in the sinful city of Sodom. However inane and ridiculous, this movie is worth the watch purely for its surprise cameos and non-stop historical references as our characters belligerently traverse the BC world.
Director: Harold Ramis
Main Cast: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Olivia Wilde
Runtime: 97 minutes
IMDb Rating: 4.9
This classic British comedy from Monty Python follows King Arther (Graham Chapman) and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on a low-budget and absolutely absurd search for the holy grail. Comedy ensues as this medieval group of soldiers encounters a plethora of silly obstacles in their quest for greatness. You can also try our movie drinking game to add to your enjoyment of the film.
Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Main cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle
Runtime: 92 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.2
This action movie on Netflix is unlike any other. Faced with the prospect of new love, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must face his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in battle in an effort to win her heart. If you like witty comedies with a dash of action and comedy, then dive into the world of Scott Pilgrim.
Director: Edgar Wright
Main Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Ward, Kieran Culkin
IMDb Rating: 7.5
This comedy follows Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy), a washed-up musician who transforms himself into a cult star. Dolemite is My Name is unlike any Eddie Murphy you may have seen but his top-notch performance will still have you laughing in this dramedy.
Director: Craig Brewer
Main Cast: Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key
Runtime: 90 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.3
If you’re looking for a good rom-com on Netflix, Always Be My Maybe is a great place to start. The story follows Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park), two people who everyone assumed would end up together. After reconnecting after 15 years apart, they begin to think maybe they are meant to be.
Director: Nahnatchka Khan
Main Cast: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito
Runtime: 101 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.8
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