Is there anything better than kicking back and enjoying a Netflix marathon? After a long week, a good comedy movie can be the perfect remedy. Netflix has a large array of comedy movies to choose from, but we have compiled the top 10 best comedy movies on Netflix to help narrow the search. Grab your popcorn, turn on Netflix, and enjoy one (or all) of these hilarious films.
What is a Comedy Movie?
Comedy movies are created with an intention to make the viewers laugh. Typically, they are light-hearted films that have a happy ending (except for black comedies). These movies use exaggeration on characters, language, etc. for a humorous effect. There are a few different subgenres of comedy movies including slapstick, a fish out of water, and parodies to name the top few. Black comedies are unlike the other subgenres in that they have a dark or sadistic spin.
Slapstick Comedy Movies
A slapstick comedy heavily relies on physical humor and does not require sound. Slapstick comedy movies were one of the first genres as there was no sound in films when they originated. These movies often include physical violence to get a laugh.
Fish Out of Water Comedy Movies
In a fish out of water comedy movie, you start off by seeing the character comfortable in their normal environment. At some point during the film, the character will be put in an unexpected, usually extremely different environment to drive humor.
Parody Comedy Movies
Parody movies, also known as spoof films, are made funny by mocking other movie genres. These comedy movies take well-known scenes from a variety of films and string them together for comedic effect.
Characteristics of an Amazing Comedy Movie
While there are different types of comedy movie subgenres that have their own standards, there are still vital characteristics that make a comedy amazing. It is no surprise that a great comedy movie must contain at least one main character who is a comedian. Comedians in movies keep the laughs coming with their witty one-liners or banter with another character. An amazing comedy movie also has great timing. Timing is everything when it comes to comedy, and when a joke is placed at the right time, it makes it that much funnier.
10 Best Comedy Movies on Netflix
1. Hot Fuzz (2007)
This comedy movie contains the perfect balance of humorous and action-packed scenes. Nicholas Angel, played by Simon Pegg, has been forced to take a position in a small village in Sanford and gets more than he’s bargained for. Angel begins to take notice that all the misfortunes taking place may not be accidents at all. Hott Fuzz was done perfectly to not only give you a laugh but to keep you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what happens next.
IMDb rating: 7.9/10
2. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
This cult film takes place in 1981, on the last day of Camp Firewood’s summer camp. There is only one day left, but there is an entire summer’s worth of unfinished business to take care of. The local astrophysics professor is frantically trying to save the camp from a piece of NASA’s Skylab that is quickly falling to the Earth. This film features wildly inappropriate behavior, a flurry of hormones, and even a talking can of vegetables. While it is a movie you will either love or hate, there’s not another one like it.
IMDb rating: 6.7/10
3. Ghostbusters (1984)
Although this movie is over 30 years old, it remains a comedic classic that we haven’t forgotten. This film follows a team of scientists – played Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray who discover ghosts are real and take on the duty of ridding New York City of ghosts. Some of the special effects may be outdated, but this kid-friendly comedy movie will still have you laughing!
IMDb rating: 7.9/10
4. Clerks (1994)
A cult classic, Clerks, follows a convenience store clerk, Dante, who is called in on his day off and ends up enduring a shift from hell. Dante and his co-worker, Randal, do their best to avoid having to actually do any work. The two clerks find themselves in a slew of predicaments including attempted robberies and a dead girlfriend. This low-budget, black-and-white film is sure to keep you entertained.
IMDb rating: 7.8/10
5. Meet the Parents (2000)
Greg, played by Ben Stiller, is a Jewish male nurse who asks his girlfriend to marry him, without realizing he needs to seek approval from her mom and dad. Robert DeNiro plays Jack Byrnes, an overprotective father who happens to also be a retired CIA agent. Upon arrival to meet her parents, anything that can go wrong goes wrong. He repeatedly gets himself in trouble, like losing Jack’s cat Jinxie, and continually says the wrong thing at the wrong time. This slapstick comedy will have you laughing out loud while also cringing a little at all of Greg’s mishaps.
IMDb rating: 7/10
6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
This romantic comedy has an incredible cast lined up to create this hilarious film. After a terrible break-up, Peter, played by Jason Segel, takes a vacation to Hawaii to take his mind off his movie-star ex, Sarah Marshall, played by Kristen Bell. Much to his surprise, Sarah happened to be staying in the same hotel with her new rock star boyfriend, Aldous, played by Russell Brand.
The sadness hits again and has Peter crying alone in his hotel room until he began spending time with Rachel, played by Mila Kunis, the hotel clerk. Between the awkward, naked break-up, a Dracula musical, and sex-fuelled Russell Brand, this movie is unlike anything you have seen before.
IMDb rating: 7.2/10
7. Happy Gilmore (1996)
While Netflix has a few Adam Sandler movie options, Happy Gilmore was our top pick. Happy, played by Adam Sandler, spent his life dreaming of becoming a pro hockey player but faced one problem, he isn’t great at hockey. He finds that while his angry outbursts get him on trouble on the golf course; he is still a naturally skilled golfer.
To earn enough money to save his grandmother’s (Frances Bay) house, he joins the PGA Tour with the help of his new friend, Chubbs, played by Carl Weathers. The only problem is that he runs into Shooter McGavin who is threatened by Happy and actively tries to get him kicked off the pro tour. You can expect to see Sandler’s typical juvenile humor, a hilarious cast, and even a fist fight between Happy and Bob Barker.
IMDb rating: 7/10
8. Trading Places (1983)
The lives of con artist, known as Billy Ray Valentine, played by Eddie Murphy, and well-respected businessman, Louis Winthorpe, played by Dan Aykroyd are switched after two millionaires make a bet. Once Billy and Louis discover that they have been deceived, they take matters into their own hands and are set to get vengeance on those who did this to them. This clever comedy will be sure to keep you entertained.
IMDb rating: 7.5/10
9. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
As the movie title states, Andy, played by Steve Carell, is a nerdy character, 40 years old, and still remains a virgin. He lets his secret slip out while playing poker with his buddies. While Andy’s friends try to help him find a woman, he can have for the night, Andy is a soft and caring character who would rather find the right person. While it seems like this movie would be a movie about sex, it actually has a romantic spin on it. Not only will you laugh at all of Andy’s misfortunes, like getting his chest hair painfully waxed off, but you will find yourself feeling sympathetic for him rather than sorry for him.
IMDb rating: 7.1/10
10. Heathers (1988)
This dark and twisted film picks apart all of the teen angst associated with high school. Veronica, played by Winona Ryder, is doing her best to get through high school. She sticks with the popular group of girls, all called Heather, until she meets JD, a sociopath played by Christian Slater. The two team up and plot to kill all the cool kids at their high school. Even 30 years later, this comedy movie makes the top 10 list.
IMDb rating: 7.3
Comedy movies have everything you need if you need a good laugh. Whether you had a long week at work, need cheering up, or even if you want to take your good mood to great, comedy movies have that effect. With so many styles of comedies, you are sure to find a film that has you laughing all night. This top ten list includes a wide array of movie styles, sub-genres, and time periods to suit ever persons comedic needs. Watch the one that sticks out most to you, or better yet, spend a day kicking back and watching them all. Whether you watch one or all of them, be ready to laugh the night away.