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The 60 Best Movie Comedies on Netflix
If you’re looking for some funny movies on Netflix on the Fresh side of the Tomatometer, you’ve come to the right place as Rotten Tomatoes presents the 60 Best Movie Comedies on Netflix to Watch Right Now!
The streaming service’s library for comedy flicks includes stone-cold classics (Groundhog Day, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Naked Gun), and modern films that like to dabble in a little drama with their yuks (The Squid and the Whale, The Meyerowitz Stories, Young Adult). There are feel-good movies (The Sapphires, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and dark comedies (The Lobster, A Serious Man). And, of course, there’s Netflix’s own stable of exclusive originals (Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs).
The only stipulation for consideration in this list of Netflix funnies was a Fresh rating from at least 20 reviews. Oh, and we bypassed rom-coms: For that, check out our list of Netflix Romantic Comedies Ranked by Tomatometer.
Ready for a little levity? Time to shake off the doldrums and get a good laugh going with the 60 Best-Reviewed Comedy Movies on Netflix!
Adjusted Score: 70.056%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Ray Moody (Pat Healy) is a fledgling entrepreneur, trying to get his company off the ground in Los Angeles. His... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67.975%
Critics Consensus: A Futile and Stupid Gesture entertainingly recreates the birth of an influential comedic movement, even if it struggles to cover its creative ground.
The rise and fall of humor magazine National Lampoon and its co-founder Doug Kenney (played by Will Forte) is recounted... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.227%
Critics Consensus: Despite Hitch's predictability, Will Smith and Kevin James win praise for their solid, warmhearted performances.
A dating doctor claims that with his services he can match anyone with their soulmate in just three dates. When... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74.531%
Critics Consensus: A light and goofy comedy which provides laughs, largely due to performances and screenwriting by Myers.
Less a parody of the early James Bond film than a parody of the films that parodied the early James... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74.054%
Critics Consensus: It's decidedly uneven, but like Paul Rudd's performance in the title role, Our Idiot Brother is too charming to resist.
Every family has one: the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.875%
Critics Consensus: Disarmingly odd and thoroughly well-acted, Swiss Army Man offers adventurous viewers an experience as rewarding as it is impossible to categorize.
Outrageously fun and deeply affecting, Swiss Army Man is a gonzo buddy comedy that is the feature film debut of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.894%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a suitably raunchy script and a pair of winning performances from Jonah Hill and Russell Brand, Get Him to the Greek is one of the year's funniest comedies.
Aaron Greenberg gets things done. The ambitious 23-year-old has exaggerated his way into a dream job just in time for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74.71%
Critics Consensus: Smart, suitably nasty, and well-cast, Catfight lands narrative punches just as fast and hard-hitting as the physical violence doled out onscreen.
Wealthy wine lover Veronica Salt (Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy, Sideways) and struggling outsider artist Ashley Chambers (Anne Heche, Hung, Psycho,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.883%
Critics Consensus: The likable leads and subversion of racial stereotypes elevate Harold and Kumar above the typical stoner comedy.
Directed by Danny Leiner, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle follows the life-changing (and mind-altering) journey of Korean-American investment... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.501%
Critics Consensus: The Fundamentals of Caring gets maximum mileage out of the chemistry between its well-matched leads as it follows a fairly well-worn coming-of-age road trip route.
An 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy (Craig Roberts) goes on a road trip with his caregiver (Paul Rudd), and the pair... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.294%
Critics Consensus: Boosted by Meryl Streep's charismatic performance as Julia Child, Julie and Julia is a light, but fairly entertaining culinary comedy.
Based on two true stories, "Julie & Julia" intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64.492%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A timely and topical comedy that captures a young immigrant's pursuit of success, love and the American dream with humor... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.788%
Critics Consensus: The Little Hours gets plenty of goofy mileage out of its gifted ensemble, anchoring its ribald laughs in a period comedy with some surprisingly timely subtext.
Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.31%
Critics Consensus: Equal parts tough and funny, and led by a perfectly cast Burt Reynolds, The Longest Yard has an interesting political subtext and an excellent climax -- even if it takes too long to get there.
Ex-football star Paul Crewe (Burt Reynolds) ends up in a prison run by sadistic sports-nut Warden Hazen (Eddie Albert). Strong-armed... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.972%
Critics Consensus: The simple story is a little short on laughs, but there's plenty of sweet wackiness for Pee-Wee Herman fans to enjoy.
Pee-wee meets a stranger who inspires him to take his first vacation in this story about friendship and fate.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.168%
Critics Consensus: Matthew Broderick charms in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a light and irrepressibly fun movie about being young and having fun.
Teenaged Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a legend in his own time thanks to his uncanny skill at cutting classes... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.94%
Critics Consensus: Despite its somewhat dour approach, Young Adult is a funny and ultimately powerful no-holds-barred examination of prolonged adolescence, thanks largely to a convincing performance by Charlize Theron.
Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.418%
Critics Consensus: Goon is a crude slapstick comedy with well-formed characters and a surprising amount of heart.
Not content with his job as a bouncer at a local Beantown bar and a bit of an embarrassment to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.306%
Critics Consensus: Its script may not be as dazzling as its eye-popping visuals, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is fast, funny, and inventive.
Based on Bryan Lee O'Malley's Oni Press comic book of the same name, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World follows the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.272%
Critics Consensus: I Am Not Madame Bovary's sly social commentary and well-constructed story anchor director Feng Xiaogang's visually experimental approach.
Li Xuelian and her husband Qin Yuhe stage a fake divorce to secure a second apartment in the city reserved... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.858%
Critics Consensus: With typically sharp work from writer-director Nicole Holofcener and finely layered performances, The Land of Steady Habits is one mid-life crisis worth watching.
Writer/director Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Friends with Money) brings us a drama about parenting, loss and the consequences of our... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.681%
Critics Consensus: Poignant and piercingly honest, While We're Young finds writer-director Noah Baumbach delivering some of his funniest lines through some of his most relatable characters.
Noah Boaumbach's comedy While We're Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a childless New York... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.837%
Critics Consensus: Win It All finds writer-director Joe Swanberg working in a comparatively mainstream vein -- and striking another collaborative spark with leading man Jake Johnson.
Jake Johnson (New Girl) stars as small time gambler Eddie Garrett, who agrees to watch a duffel bag for an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.315%
Critics Consensus: Tallulah's narrative insight, thoughtfully written characters, and talented cast add up to an absorbing family drama that transcends genre tropes and capably overcomes its flirtations with melodrama.
Tallulah (Ellen Page), a young vagrant, cares for a toddler abandoned by her mother. With no family to turn to,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.53%
Critics Consensus: Other People resists easy melodrama, rewarding viewers with a smart, subtle look at family dynamics with a talented cast and a finely calibrated blend of funny and serious moments.
A struggling comedy writer in New York City (Jesse Plemons) returns home to Sacramento to care for his dying mother... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.879%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a solid soundtrack and a terrific cast, Dumplin' offers sweetly uplifting drama that adds just enough new ingredients to a reliably comforting formula.
Dumplin' (Danielle Macdonald) is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston), who signs up for her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.215%
Critics Consensus: Band Aid tells a solidly affecting story of a relationship on the rocks -- and marks star Zoe Lister-Jones, who also wrote and directed, as a tremendous triple threat worth watching.
Band Aid, the refreshingly raw, real, and hilarious feature debut from Zoe Lister-Jones, is the story of a couple, Anna... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.022%
Critics Consensus: Like the best horror/comedies, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil mines its central crazy joke for some incredible scares, laughs, and -- believe it or not -- heart.
Tucker & Dale vs Evil is a hilariously gory, good-spirited horror comedy, doing for killer rednecks what Shaun of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.681%
Critics Consensus: James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson, doing what they do best, combine smart dialogue and flawless acting to squeeze fresh entertainment value out of the romantic-comedy genre.
Jack Nicholson is hilariously funny as a compulsive-obsessive, homophobic romance novelist who is compelled by circumstances to get to know... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Natha, a poor farmer from Peepli village, is about to lose his plot of land due to an unpaid government... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.35%
Critics Consensus: A raucous military comedy that features Bill Murray and his merry cohorts approaching the peak of their talents.
A charming, self-elected leader winds up commanding an outfit of misfits.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.647%
Critics Consensus: Led by an outstanding central performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and brilliantly held together by writer-director Eva Vives, All About Nina is a delightfully raw dramedy.
Just as Nina Geld's (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) brilliant and angry stand-up kicks her career into high gear, her romantic life... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.925%
Critics Consensus: Robert Altman's gift for diffuse storytelling is employed to breezily enjoyable effect in Cookie's Fortune, a mirthful caper that layers on a generous helping of Southern charm.
The ingredients of an archetypal southern town (the blues, catfish, and scrabble), a deliciously chosen cast, and the creative skills... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.228%
Critics Consensus: Aided and abetted by a wonderful cast, director Phil Morrison transforms familiar material into an understated and resonant comedy.
A dealer in outsider art threatens the equilibrium of her middle-class in-laws in North Carolina. Madeline is a go-getting art... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.005%
Critics Consensus: The Naked Gun is loaded chock full of gags that are goofy, unapologetically crass, and ultimately hilarious.
Seeking vengeance when his partner (Simpson) is shot full of holes by drug dealers, Lt. Frank Drebin searches for the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.062%
Critics Consensus: As strange as it is thrillingly ambitious, The Lobster is definitely an acquired taste -- but for viewers with the fortitude to crack through Yorgos Lanthimos' offbeat sensibilities, it should prove a savory cinematic treat.
Colin Farrell stars as David, a man who has just been dumped by his wife. To make matters worse, David... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.986%
Critics Consensus: I don't feel at home in this world anymore. transcends its unwieldy title to offer timely, intoxicatingly dark observations on gender dynamics and social norms in modern America.
Fed up with the human indecency she sees around her and set off by her home being burglarized, Ruth (Melanie... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.941%
Critics Consensus: It takes its time coming together, but the quietly effective Paddleton pulls off a tricky tonal balancing act, thanks largely to the strengths of its well-chosen leads.
An unlikely friendship between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.379%
Critics Consensus: Tootsie doesn't squander its high-concept comedy premise with fine dialogue and sympathetic treatment of the characters.
Michael Dorsey is a talented actor, but his demanding nature and stubborn temperament have antagonized every producer in New York.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.184%
Critics Consensus: Blending dark humor with profoundly personal themes, the Coen brothers deliver what might be their most mature -- if not their best -- film to date.
"A Serious Man" is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.423%
Critics Consensus: With She's Gotta Have It, Spike Lee delivered his bracing first shot across Hollywood's bow -- and set the template for the groundbreaking act to follow.
Spike Lee's breakthrough independent feature, shot in fifteen days on a budget of $175,000, ushered in (along with Jim Jarmusch's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.91%
Critics Consensus: While it's plenty predictable and sentimental, The Sapphires also has an irresistible feel-good vibe, winning music and charming performances to spare.
Inspired by a true story, THE SAPPHIRES follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.31%
Critics Consensus: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs avoids anthology pitfalls with a consistent collection tied together by the Coen brothers' signature blend of dark drama and black humor.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.386%
Critics Consensus: Led by charismatic performances by its three leads, director Jason Reitman delivers a smart blend of humor and emotion with just enough edge for mainstream audiences.
Ryan Bingham, a corporate hatchet man who loves his life on the road, is forced to fight for his job... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.102%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Life is moving fast for whip-smart high school senior Deidra (Ashleigh Murray) and her younger sister Laney (Rachel Crow). Graduation... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.058%
Critics Consensus: Led by a committed performance from Julian Barratt, Mindhorn offers audiences a laugh-out-loud comedy whose sublime silliness is enhanced by its more thoughtful moments.
Washed-up actor Richard Thorncroft peaked with hit 1980s detective show 'Mindhorn', playing the titular Isle of Man sleuth with a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.92%
Critics Consensus: This is a piercingly honest, acidly witty look at divorce and its impact on a family.
Bernard Berkman, the patriarch of an eccentric Brooklyn family, claims to have been a famous novelist but is now reduced... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.765%
Critics Consensus: Audiences will need to tolerate a certain amount of narrative drift, but thanks to sensitive direction from Noah Baumbach and an endearing performance from Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha makes it easy to forgive.
Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn't really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.854%
Critics Consensus: I'll See You in My Dreams would be worth watching even if Blythe Danner's central performance was all it had going for it, but this thoughtful drama satisfies on multiple levels.
In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.36%
Critics Consensus: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) observes the family dynamic through writer-director Noah Baumbach's bittersweet lens and the impressive efforts of a remarkable cast.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel, Grace Van Patten and Emma... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.083%
Critics Consensus: A good-hearted film about a difficult topic, 50/50 maneuvers between jokes and drama with surprising finesse.
Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.83%
Critics Consensus: Private Life uses one couple's bumpy journey to take an affecting look at an easily identifiable - and too rarely dramatized - rite of adult passage.
The new film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills), PRIVATE LIFE is the bracingly... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.047%
Critics Consensus: The Edge of Seventeen's sharp script -- and Hailee Steinfeld's outstanding lead performance -- make this more than just another coming-of-age dramedy.
THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is a new coming-of-age movie in the vein of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club -... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.24%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
To escape his life of crime, a small-time mobster in Paris accepts one last job involving Spain, drugs, the Illuminati... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.611%
Critics Consensus: Sweet, breezy, and unexpected, Tramps traipses through its romcom premise with earnestness and ease.
Aspiring chef Danny (Callum Turner) is struggling to make ends meet, living with his mother and brother in a Polish... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.646%
Critics Consensus: One of the more cutting-edge films of the 1970s, this religious farce from the classic comedy troupe is as poignant as it is funny and satirical.
Monty Python delivers the group's sharpest and smartest satire of both religion and Hollywood's epic films. Set in 33 A.D.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.597%
Critics Consensus: Smart, sweet, and inventive, Groundhog Day highlights Murray's dramatic gifts while still leaving plenty of room for laughs.
Bill Murray plays Phil, a TV weatherman working for a local station in Pennsylvania but convinced that national news stardom... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105.443%
Critics Consensus: A cult classic as gut-bustingly hilarious as it is blithely ridiculous, Monty Python and the Holy Grail has lost none of its exceedingly silly charm.
From its opening multi-language titles (that sure looks like Swedish) to the closing arrest of the entire Dark Ages cast... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.788%
Critics Consensus: Don't Think Twice offers a bittersweet look at the comedian's life that's as genuinely moving as it is laugh-out-loud funny -- and a brilliant calling card for writer-director Mike Birbiglia.
When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets cast on a hit TV show, the rest... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.47%
Critics Consensus: Mr. Roosevelt offers an existential exploration of an entire generation through the microcosm of one woman's relationship with her cat.
In her feature directorial debut, Noël Wells portrays Emily, a talented but hard-to-classify comedic performer who left behind her home... [More]