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These funny movies will instantly improve your mood.
Sometimes, the best thing you can do for yourself is turn on Netflix, cue up a hilarious movie, and tune out the rest of the world. Luckily, there’s a variety of standout films on the streaming service, from raunchy late-night comedies to sweet rom-coms to clever satires. There’s a mix of old and new, too, so you can make it through a classic ’80s dramedy before switching to a star-studded Netflix original and then back again.
Whatever your genre preference is, Netflix likely has it. But to take the guesswork out of the process—and so you don’t have to scroll through a seemingly endless number of titles—we’ve compiled some of the best comedy movies on Netflix right now. As of September 2022, these films are all available to stream.
If, however, you’re in the mood for something a little more serious, highbrow, or dramatic, you can watch our selections for Black films, Korean movies, and mysteries, or even sink your teeth into a new show. Try a Korean drama series, a Spanish language show, or one for all you Virgin River fans.
Based on the young adult book trilogy by Jenny Han, this romantic comedy—the first of three—follows 16-year-old Lara Jean after secret love letters she wrote as a kid are mysteriously mailed to her five childhood crushes. What ensues, of course, is a love triangle, a fake (but real?) relationship, and lots of “woah woah woahs” from one love interest (if you know, you know).
Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish
The protagonist of this satirical dark comedy is a Black telemarketer who begins using a “white accent” while speaking on the phone—and subsequently begins moving up the corporate ladder. Unfortunately, he’s also pulled into a corporate conspiracy that has him questioning his entire value system.
Starring: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler
When two astronomers learn that a world-ending comet is headed toward Earth, they attempt to warn everyone by embarking on a media tour. The film—which was nominated for best picture at the 94th Academy Awards—is a climate change satire, so when the scientists share that the world is in danger…the world doesn’t really do anything to change.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep
This female-driven dramedy tells the interconnected story of six women in a small, tight-knit Southern town. Get the tissues ready: There are births, deaths, and a whole lotta community support.
Starring: Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Olympia Dukakis
If you’re in the mood for something light and easy, put on this rom-com, which follows two overwhelmed assistants who come up with the genius idea of setting up their two demanding bosses on a date. Knowing how it’s going to end is, truly, just part of the charm.
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs
This classic John Hughes teen comedy has a great premise—high schooler Ferris Bueller decides to play hooky one day and run around Chicago with two friends—and it’s chock-full of hilarious scenes, too. Read: the Art Institute montage, the crashed Ferrari, Ferris breaking the fourth wall, and, of course, the parade. Even if you’ve seen the movie more times than you can count, it’ll still have you laughing.
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey
It’s one of the most iconic teen comedies ever—and it’ll bring you straight back to the early 2000s (not that you necessarily want that). Sixteen-year-old Cady has been home-schooled her entire life, so when she enters high school for the first time and gets sucked into the coolest clique—the Plastics—she learns that being popular isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey
It’s one of the funniest movies of all time, probably, so you should really just watch it already. The Monty Python crew—full of their dry British humor—don chainmail and cloaks to become King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and search for—yup—the Holy Grail.
Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Although it’s technically a thriller, this Netflix original has all the elements of dark comedy, too. Pike won the Golden Globe for best actress by playing Marla Grayson, a con artist who works as a court-appointed legal guardian. While embezzling from yet another of her elderly clients, she finds herself entangled with an actual murderous crime lord. If you love, well, rooting for the bad guy, you’ll love the moral ambiguity (and sometimes just pure immorality) on display here.
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Dianne Wiest
When an FBI agent who couldn’t care less about her looks is assigned to go undercover as a contestant in the Miss United States beauty pageant, she’s forced to undergo a full renovation. The makeover scene is truly iconic, and you won’t be able to get enough of Sandra Bullock’s hilarious fish-out-water situation.
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, Candice Bergen, William Shatner
The quintessential rom-com follows our lovebirds, Harry and Sally, for 12 years—from when they actively dislike each other, through years of friendship, and, well—we won’t spoil the ending.
Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher
When childhood friends—who secretly harbored mutual crushes for years—run into each other after 15 years apart, they can’t help feeling the attraction once again. Yet their worlds are completely different: Sasha is a famous chef, and Marcus plays in a local (read: unsuccessful) band. Come for Wong and Park’s great chemistry, stay for Keanu Reaves’s eccentric cameo.
Starring: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito, Michelle Buteau
A Pride and Prejudice-inspired love triangle between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant? Sign us up. The British film is endlessly funny, following Bridget as she messes up (and then messes up again) while trying to succeed in her career and find love. Plus, there are two other movies in the series, so you can buckle in for a marathon if you’re especially in need of a laugh.
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant
This critically acclaimed indie film is written and directed by Radha Blank—who also stars in it as a character named Radha who’s looking for inspiration as she approaches her 40th birthday. Her solution? Becoming a rapper, of course.
Starring: Radha Blank, Peter Kim, Oswin Benjamin
This multigenerational love story is one of the best rom-coms, featuring an all-star cast and both hilarious and feel-good moments. It begins with the split of Cal and Emily Weaver, who were high school sweethearts, and follows a six-degrees-of-separation style story where everyone is in love with the wrong person—but eventually finds where they need to be.
Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
A family-friendly comedy that kids and adults alike will truly both enjoy, this film tracks the Mitchells as they (gulp) try to save all humans from a robot apocalypse. Makes your dysfunctional family vacation seem like a walk on the beach, right?
Starring: Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph
If political, satirical comedies are your speed, this Dick Cheney semi-biopic will be a riot. It gives a view of Cheney’s rise to power—manipulating various government officials all the way to the vice presidency. Bale won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his portrayal of Cheney.
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell
Another family-friendly one—but if you choose to watch it without your kids, that’s cool, too. The completely lovable bear Paddington arrives in London and promptly begins looking for a home, and a family, to take him in.
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters