Top 14 Good Comedies on Netflix

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Today we decided to celebrate irreverence, wittiness, great writing, and the ability to have audiences roaring with laughter. For this, we have compiled a list of the top ten good comedies on Netflix. We selected some good Netflix comedies from different ages and which are successful for their alternative senses of humor. Since humor is such a subjective matter, don’t be surprised if some of our choices don’t sync up with some of your favorite good comedy movies to watch on Netflix. Just let us know which they are in the comment section!

14. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Release Date on Netflix: March 2017
Director: Adam McKay
Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Streaming on: Netflix Bangladesh, Canada, India, Japan, and Pakistan; Unfortunately, this movie is no longer available for streaming in the US.

Directed by Adam McKay and written in collaboration with Will Ferrell, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby tells the story of the arguably the best NASCAR driver of all time. With a cast made up of comedy stars the likes of Will Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen, John C. Reilly, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jane Lynch, and Amy Adams, the movie is a must-watch for comedy enthusiasts.

Ricky Bobby is a NASCAR legend, beloved by the public because of his win-centric attitude. Together with Cal Naughton Jr., his childhood friend, they are known as “Shake” and “Bake” because of the way they win every race. But everything changes when they are challenged by a French Formula 1 driver for NASCAR supremacy. Prepare to watch one of the best good comedies on Netflix with this Will Ferrell classic.

13. Wet Hot American Summer

Release Date on Netflix: April 2015
Director: David Wain
Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, UK, and the US.

Nobody expected this 2001 comedy to become a cult classic as soon as it came out, but it most definitely has. Starring Janeane Garofalo, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, and Joe Lo Truglio, Wet Hot American Summer is so popular that it warranted a revival in the form of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp 14 years later.

The movie is a phenomenal parody of all the ‘80s sex romp movies, set in Jewish Camp Firewood in 1981. Involving love stories, a deadly piece of NASA space equipment, waterfall rescues, talking vegetable cans, and plenty of misfits and cool kids, the movie is one of the most beloved cult classics out there.
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12. Tommy Boy

Release Date on Netflix: January 2014
Director: Peter Segal
Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Streaming on: Netflix Canada, New Zealand; Unfortunately, this production is no longer available in the US.

One of the last movies starring the hilarious late Chris Farley alongside his frequent sidekick, David Spade, Tommy Boy was directed by Peter Segal and is one of the staple comedies of the ‘90s. Unless you’re a fan of ‘90s comedies, this flick might not be for you. If you are, this might just be one of your Netflix top comedies.

One of the best good comedy movies on Netflix, Tommy Boy tells the story of a big man-child attempting to save his father’s car parts business with the help of the latter’s ex-right-hand man. He has to protect the business from greedy family members, rival business, and, most of all, from his own clumsiness and bad business sense.

11. Frank

Release Date on Netflix: April 2014
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix Argentina, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States of America.

Starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson, and directed by Lenny Abrahamson, Frank tells the story of Jon, a young up-and-coming musician who joins a band led by the mysterious and perennially interesting Frank. If not the best, Frank is certainly one of the most imaginative good comedies on Netflix.

Full of catchy music, great performances, and innovative ideas, the movie is something that will stick with you for quite some time after you first watch. Michael Fassbender does a brilliant job expressing himself throughout the movie, especially seeing as he’s wearing a big cardboard head over his own for all of its duration.

10. Galaxy Quest

Release Date on Netflix: October 2014
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix US, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland.

This late ‘90s comedy has acquired such a following over the sixteen years of existence that J.J. Abrams himself called it one of his favorite “Trek films” of all time. He even went so far as to make an homage to the classic cinematic masterpiece in his 2009 Star Trek remake. And that makes him one of the many directors to do so.

Starring Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, as well a bunch of then-emerging stars, Galaxy Quest is a true masterpiece. Despite being a satire of space flicks such as Lost in Space and Starship Troopers, as well as TV shows such as Star Trek, Galaxy Quest delivers some the best sci-fi plots and honest laughs you’ll have in ages.

9. Adventureland

Release Date on Netflix: March 2015
Director: Greg Mottola
Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix USA, Brazil, France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and Finland.

Adventureland follows the life of James Brennan, a young high school graduate who takes a job at the local amusement park to pay for his Ivy League school in New York. But this seemingly boring job has a powerful effect on his life as it provides the perfect opportunity to discover what he truly wants. His coworker Emily who James falls in love with also contributes to the surreal experience James has in the summer of ’87.

Directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Ryan Reynolds, Adventureland is one of the best comedies on Netflix.

8. Superbad

Release Date on Netflix: February 2017
Director: Greg Mottola
Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, the United States.

Superbad follows the stories of two co-dependent seniors in high school, Seth and Evan, who try to give themselves a social boost by organizing a booze-soaked party. Nevertheless, their plans fail and they end up struggling with separation anxiety throughout a good bit of the movie.

The main characters are played by Michael Cera and Jonah Hill, which guarantees that awkwardness and anxiety will be accurately portrayed.

7. The Princess Bride

Release Date on Netflix: September 2016
Director: Rob Reiner
Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming on: Netflix Brazil, France, Germany, Austria

The Princess Bride tells the enchanting story of a young beautiful woman and her true love who needs to save her and the kingdom. After a long and cruel separation, Westley goes on a search for the Princess Bride which is sprinkled with dangers, adventure, and a bit of drama.

6. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Release Date on Netflix: April 2015
Director: John Hughes
Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Streaming on: Netflix US, UK, Vietnam, Ukraine, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, New Zealand, India, Greece, Brazil, Belgium, and Argentina

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a classic comedy movie that follows Ferris Bueller, a high school student who is extremely good at skipping classes and not getting in trouble for it. On a sunny morning like many others, Ferris decides he would rather go on an adventure with his best friend and his girlfriend. But of course, principal Rooney is determined to educate Ferris one way or another.

5. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Release Date on Netflix: April 2016
Director: Eli Craig
Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix France, USA, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Norway

Perhaps one of the most original comedies of the past decade, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil stars Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, and Katrina Bowden. It happens to be directed by Eli Craig, and it is definitely one of the best good comedies on Netflix. According to the movie’s tagline, it’s the perfect love story with a high body count.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil starts out as a typical hillbilly horror movie, but with a twist. Tucker and Dale are two well-meaning hillbillies who go to a fixer-upper cabin on vacation. There, they meet a bunch of preppy college kids who assume that they are inbred serial killers, and everything takes a turn for the bloody.

4. Clerks

Release Date on Netflix: January 2014
Director: Kevin Smith
Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix Austria, Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway; Unfortunately, this production is no longer available on Netflix US.

Very divisive among movie-goers, Clerks is the directorial debut of long-time comic book enthusiast and all-around cool geek Kevin Smith. It also marked the beginnings of the View Askewniverse, as well as those of Jay and Silent Bob. The strange thing about the movie is that despite the fact that it’s considered one of the smartest comedies of all time, you either love it or you hate it.

Despite the fact that most of the flick’s cast went on to bigger and greater things, Clerks’ alumni were mostly no-namers back in 1994, when the movie was first released. You might recognize Brian O’Halloran as Dante, Jeff Anderson as Randal, and Jason Mewes as Jay and Kevin Smith himself as Silent Bob. Telling the story of two Quick Stop employees on one of their most busy days, Clerks has all the makings of a true cult classic.

3. Hot Fuzz

Release Date on Netflix: October 2010
Director: Edgar Wright
Runtime: 2 hours 1 minute
IMDb Rating: 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix France, Brazil, and US.

The middle entry of the Three Flavor Cornetto Trilogy, Hot Fuzz is one of the best cop comedy movies of all times. This makes also one of the best good comedies on Netflix. Directed by Edgar Wright, written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Martin Freeman, Hot Fuzz is how you make British comedy right.

Telling the story of Nicholas Angel, a top-tier London cop who is relocated to a small, quiet town in order to stop making the rest of the force look bad, Hot Fuzz blends comedy, mystery, and action with great writing, spot-on acting, and just enough ridiculousness to make this the perfect comedy.

2. In Bruges

Release Date on Netflix: October 2013
Director: Martin McDonagh
Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix USA, Canada, Austria, Germany, Brazil, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Australia, and New Zealand

Written and directed by Martin McDonagh (also known for Seven Psychopaths), In Bruges stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Clémence Poésy. While it’s mostly a crime movie, In Bruges has just enough ridiculous and hilarious scenes to also be considered a comedy despite its grittiness and truly tragic background plot.

One of those movies about which you know they cannot have a happy ending, In Bruges introduces us to two hitmen, Ray and Ken, working for their boss, Harry. After Ray commits a tragic mistake during his first assignment, the two are sent to lay low in Bruges for a while. Their lives, as well as those of the people they meet during their stay in Bruges are forever changed.

1. Groundhog Day

Release Date on Netflix: March 2015
Director: Harold Ramis
Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming on: Netflix USA, Brazil, France, Germany, Austria, Sweden, and the Netherlands

Considered the ultimate comedy by most moviegoers around the globe, Groundhog Day is not just one of the good comedies on Netflix, but probably the best movie on this list. Directed by the late Harold Ramis, and starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott, this 1993 comedy has so far been unrivaled.

Inspiring an incredible amount of homages and stand-alone productions, Groundhog Day was one of the first instances of time loops being used in pop culture. Bill Murray does a phenomenal job of making us feel the despair of his character, as he lives through what fans theorized as being hundreds of years worth of the same day.

Conclusion

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our list of the top ten best good comedies on Netflix. These movies are nigh-timeless through their brilliant jokes, fantastic writing, and chuckle-inducing performances. For more top lists, come back to our website every week. Soon, we will also make a list of the best comedy TV shows and series on the streaming service. Until next time, be mindful of how and what you binge watch!

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