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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: 69209%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Ray is in the boutique simulated abduction business. It's an understandably threadbare market, so he jumps at the chance when... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68261%
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.
Writer Doug Kenney co-founds National Lampoon magazine in 1970.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74929%
Critics Consensus: Despite Hitch's predictability, Will Smith and Kevin James win praise for their solid, warmhearted performances.
A smooth-talking man (Will Smith) falls for a hardened columnist (Eva Mendes) while helping a shy accountant (Kevin James) woo... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76402%
Critics Consensus: A light and goofy comedy which provides laughs, largely due to performances and screenwriting by Myers.
Two cryogenically preserved foes (Mike Myers), a hip British agent and his '60s nemesis, face off in the '90s.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74103%
Critics Consensus: It's decidedly uneven, but like Paul Rudd's performance in the title role, Our Idiot Brother is too charming to resist.
Following his release from jail, a well-meaning but dimwitted slacker (Paul Rudd) wreaks havoc with his three sisters' carefully structured... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80793%
Critics Consensus: Disarmingly odd and thoroughly well-acted, Swiss Army Man offers adventurous viewers an experience as rewarding as it is impossible to categorize.
Stranded on a deserted island, a young man (Paul Dano) embarks on a journey back to civilization with a talking,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79072%
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.
A record-company employee (Jonah Hill) has just a few days to get a boozy British rock star (Russell Brand) to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75208%
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.
A rivalry between college friends is reignited when they reconnect at a birthday party many years later.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77472%
Critics Consensus: The likable leads and subversion of racial stereotypes elevate Harold and Kumar above the typical stoner comedy.
After smoking marijuana, two roommates (John Cho, Kal Penn) scour New Jersey to satisfy their hunger for hamburgers.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77807%
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.
A writer (Paul Rudd) retires after a personal tragedy and becomes a disabled teen's caregiver. When the two embark on... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85282%
Critics Consensus: Boosted by Meryl Streep's charismatic performance as Julia Child, Julie and Julia is a light, but fairly entertaining culinary comedy.
A woman (Amy Adams) in Queens, N.Y., sets a deadline of one year to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77929%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
After Sami's job falls through, he takes a low-end job and joins with a gang of oddball friends in hopes... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83731%
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.
A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a dysfunctional convent in medieval Tuscany, disguising himself as a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82637%
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.
A warden (Eddie Albert) forces an ex-football star (Burt Reynolds) to lead fellow inmates in a game against the guards.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81375%
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.
A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee (Paul Reubens) to take his first-ever holiday.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87870%
Critics Consensus: Matthew Broderick charms in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a light and irrepressibly fun movie about being young and having fun.
A cool teen (Matthew Broderick) plays hooky in Chicago with his girlfriend (Mia Sara), his buddy (Alan Ruck) and the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87365%
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.
A writer (Charlize Theron) unexpectedly bonds with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) after she returns home to relive her glory... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85308%
Critics Consensus: Goon is a crude slapstick comedy with well-formed characters and a surprising amount of heart.
Though a misfit among his brainy family members, Massachusetts bouncer Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) has a knockout punch that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91910%
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.
After meeting the gal (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) of his dreams, a charming slacker (Michael Cera) must contend with an army... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84737%
Critics Consensus: I Am Not Madame Bovary's sly social commentary and well-constructed story anchor director Feng Xiaogang's visually experimental approach.
A cafÃ© proprietor petitions the Chinese legal system after she is swindled by her ex-husband.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83318%
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.
Feeling trapped in the stifling, wealthy enclave of Westport, Conn., a man retires from his job in finance and leaves... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92401%
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.
While grappling with the changes brought by middle-age, a filmmaker (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Naomi Watts) find their stagnant... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86103%
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.
A small-time gambler (Jake Johnson) agrees to stash a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. When... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86840%
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.
A dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife tired of caring for her toddler hires a stranger to baby-sit.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87150%
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.
After breaking up with his boyfriend, a struggling New York writer (Jesse Plemons) returns to Sacramento, Calif., to take care... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87616%
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.
The plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen signs up for her mom's pageant as a protest that escalates... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89839%
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.
A bickering couple make one last effort to save their marriage by turning their arguments into songs and forming a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88908%
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.
Two scruffy pals' (Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk) backwoods vacation takes a bloody turn when ignorant college students mistake them for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90543%
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.
A New York City waitress (Helen Hunt), a gay painter (Greg Kinnear) and a dog help a misanthropic author (Jack... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85119%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A poor farmer (Omkar Das Manikpuri) ignites a media firestorm when he announces his plan to commit suicide.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90635%
Critics Consensus: A raucous military comedy that features Bill Murray and his merry cohorts approaching the peak of their talents.
A lazy New York cabby (Bill Murray) quits his job and convinces his bored buddy (Harold Ramis) they should join... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87499%
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.
Nina Geld's passion and talent have made her a rising star in the comedy scene, but she's an emotional mess... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88337%
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.
Female relatives (Glenn Close, Julianne Moore) scheme to avoid scandal at an eccentric's death, wrongly blamed on a caretaker.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90731%
Critics Consensus: Aided and abetted by a wonderful cast, director Phil Morrison transforms familiar material into an understated and resonant comedy.
Months after his wedding, a man travels to his North Carolina hometown to introduce his wife (Embeth Davidtz) to his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91885%
Critics Consensus: The Naked Gun is loaded chock full of gags that are goofy, unapologetically crass, and ultimately hilarious.
A blundering Los Angeles detective (Leslie Nielsen) and his boss (George Kennedy) foil a plan to assassinate Queen Elizabeth.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98685%
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.
In a dystopian society, single people must find a mate within 45 days or be transformed into an animal of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91418%
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.
After being burglarized, a depressed woman (Melanie Lynskey) and her obnoxious neighbor set out to find the thieves, but they... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89545%
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 unexpected emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95508%
Critics Consensus: Tootsie doesn't squander its high-concept comedy premise with fine dialogue and sympathetic treatment of the characters.
The Oscar-winning tale of a temperamental actor who becomes a sensation while posing as a woman on a hit TV... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97241%
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.
An adulterous wife and a burdensome brother are among the problems that send a 1960s college professor (Michael Stuhlbarg) to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93092%
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 won wide acclaim for this portrait of a black woman who shares an unconventional relationship with three men.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97116%
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.
A would-be music promoter (Chris O'Dowd) sees something special in a girl group of four Australian singers and takes them... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101222%
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.
An anthology of six short films that take place in 19th-century post-Civil War era during the settling of the Old... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100777%
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.
A corporate downsizing expert (George Clooney) realizes he is developing real feelings for a frequent bedmate (Vera Farmiga) whose cache... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91262%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Two sisters (Ashleigh Murray, Rachel Crow) turn to train robbery to make ends meet after their mother is arrested and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92530%
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.
A has-been actor, known for playing British detective Mindhorn, works alongside the police to catch a serial killer who will... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96509%
Critics Consensus: This is a piercingly honest, acidly witty look at divorce and its impact on a family.
A teenager (Jesse Eisenberg) and his younger brother cope with the fallout from their parents' (Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney) shattered... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100589%
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) goes from apartment to apartment in Brooklyn as she looks for a job and a stable partner.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96667%
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.
After realizing how lonely and routine her life has become, a longtime widow (Blythe Danner) begins relationships with two very... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100833%
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 adult children of Harold Meyerowitz reunite in New York in preparation for their father's career retrospective.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100536%
Critics Consensus: A good-hearted film about a difficult topic, 50/50 maneuvers between jokes and drama with surprising finesse.
After learning that he has malignant tumors along his spine, a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) vows to beat his illness.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97983%
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.
A couple coping with infertility struggle to keep their marriage going as they navigate through the world of adoption and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103154%
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.
A high school junior (Hailee Steinfeld) develops an unexpected bond with a thoughtful teen (Hayden Szeto) after learning that her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95186%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A small-time dealer dreams of another life but can't afford it. To escape, he accepts one last job involving Spain,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95136%
Critics Consensus: Sweet, breezy, and unexpected, Tramps traipses through its romcom premise with earnestness and ease.
A heist, a stolen briefcase and a case of mistaken identity in New York bring together two aspiring criminals and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101906%
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.
In biblical times a man, mistakenly proclaimed a messiah, finds himself leader of a new religious movement.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104371%
Critics Consensus: Smart, sweet, and inventive, Groundhog Day highlights Murray's dramatic gifts while still leaving plenty of room for laughs.
February 2nd keeps repeating for a cynical TV weatherman (Bill Murray) sent to watch the groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pa.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107132%
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.
King Arthur (Graham Chapman) goes questing on a pretend horse, followed by his lackey clacking coconut shells.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103023%
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.
Turmoil strikes a New York improv troupe (Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia) when one member leaves to star in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100735%
Critics Consensus: Mr. Roosevelt offers an existential exploration of an entire generation through the microcosm of one woman's relationship with her cat.
A struggling LA-based comedian goes home to Austin when a family member becomes ill and finds herself in the awkward... [More]