Best Comedy Movies Streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime

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It’s tough to find a great comedy that truly cracks you up—and doesn’t give away all the best jokes in the trailer. When your next movie night calls for some laughs, check out the best comedy movies now streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

 

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Actors: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu
Streaming Services: Netflix
Genre: Romantic comedy
Rating: 9/10

Just a few months after Kevin Kwan published this novel in 2013, Warner Bros. Pictures acquired the filming rights. The rest, as they say, is history.

A New York-native college professor, Rachel Wu, travels to Singapore for the wedding of her Singaporean boyfriend’s best friend. Once in Singapore, she realizes that her boyfriend is from an affluent family…and very strange.

His family is hesitant to approve of the relationship because of her more modest background. They have further reasons to oppose the relationship, after they learn about her heritage through a private investigation.

You’ll definitely find this movie—the first with an all-Asian cast in nearly 25 years—worthwhile.

 

American Pie (1999)

Actors: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Seann William Scott, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Alyson Hannigan, Natasha Lyonne
Streaming Services: Netflix
Genre: Erotic Comedy
Rating: 9.5/10

Looking for a comedy with a touch of razzness? American Pie follows the wild escapades of five high school boys: Jim, Kevin, Oz, Finch, and Stiffler.

With the exception of Stiffler, all are virgins—and they intend to lose their virginity before leaving high school. They rely on Stiffler, as the more experienced friend, for advice on how to get the job done.

With the Prom fast approaching, each boy gets a girl. However, things became complicated following a string of hilarious and scandalous events.

American Pie has done incredibly well. Its success is even more impressive when you consider that it was the first time Paul Weitz directed a film. Additionally, its remarkable box office record led to a couple of sequels and a series spin-off.

 

The Mad (2007)

Actors: Billy Zane, Maggie Castle, Shauna MacDonald
Streaming Services: Amazon Prime
Genre: Horror comedy
Rating: 8/10

The Mad, directed by John Kalangis, infuses comedy with horror as a doctor and his daughter fight to evade flesh-eating zombies.

 

Booksmart (2019)

Actors: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams
Streaming Services: Amazon Prime
Genre: Coming-of-age Comedy
Rating: 8.5/10

How do you make up four years of missed fun in a single day? Two bookworms who spent their high school years in the stacks are about to find out.

The day before their graduation, Amy and Molly realize not only have their high school years flown by, but that, to their chagrin, their ceaseless studying might have been pointless: their less serious classmates fared just fine on the college and job fronts.

Amy and Molly resolve to spend their final day of high school partying, making up for all they missed the last four years. The craziness that ensues makes this comedy one worth watching.

 

Superbad (2017)

Actors: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader
Streaming Services: Amazon Prime, Netflix
Genre: Teen Comedy
Rating: 8.5/10

This is another of those teen comedy movies where the characters are desperate to get laid before leaving school.

Two high school seniors, Seth and Evan, are childhood friends about to be separated when college starts. They decide to go to a party…but to get in, they’ll have to bring booze.

The pair’s misadventures in acquiring alcohol, getting to the party, and going after the girls they want—all while grappling with the emotions of striking out alone for the first time in their lives—make this one of those comedy movies you’ll rewatch every time you see it.

 

Step Brothers (2008)

Actors: Will Ferrell, John Reilly, Mary Steenburgen
Streaming Services: Amazon Prime, Netflix
Genre: Slapstick Comedy
Rating: 9/10

When Robert and Nancy get married, their freeloading middle-aged sons are forced to share a home, and neither is happy about it.

They eventually form a friendship, and have to work together to reunite their parents when their childish ways end the marriage.

The brilliance of this Adam McKay movie (produced by Judd Apatow) is how the alliance between Dale and Brennan manages to stay as consistently side-splitting as their initial hatred. This highly-quotable comedy is yet another film you’ll watch over and over again, never tiring of your favorite scenes.

 

The Wedding Ringer (2015)

Actors: Kaley Cuoco, Alan Ritchson, Kevin Hart, Josh Gad
Streaming Services: Amazon Prime, Netflix
Genre: Comedy
Rating: 8/10

Doug Harris is a successful attorney, but is incredibly lonely and friendless.

When he needs a best man for his wedding, Doug meets with Jimmy Callahan, the owner of a “best man services company.”

Jimmy agrees to be Dough’s best man, and hires other guys to be the groomsmen. Steadily, the stage is set for what will go down as one of the most bizarre weddings in Los Angeles history.

 

Bridesmaids (2011)

Actors: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Rebel Wilson, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy
Streaming Services: Amazon Prime, Netflix
Rating: 9/10

When a movie gets over twenty nominations and wins half of them, you can’t help but worry if it’ll meet the hype. Rest assured, Bridesmaids exceeds all the praise you’ve heard.

Annie Walker is going through a rough patch. Her bakery has just folded up, her boyfriend left, she’s broke, and her roommates are a (hilarious) nightmare.

While at the engagement party of her best friend, Annie develops a rivalry with bridesmaid Helen. Helen is, on the outside, perfect: beautiful, happily married, successful…and slowly encroaching on Annie’s territory as Lillian’s maid of honor and best friend.

Although Wigg and Rudolph’s banter is fantastic, the entire cast plays off one another well. The movie’s themes of self-fulfillment and friendship never feel preachy, either, and leave you even more in love with the characters than when the movie begins.

 

My Blind Brother (2016)

Actors: Nick Kroll, Adam Scott, Jenny Slate
Streaming Services: Amazon Prime
Rating: 81% (Rotten Tomatoes)

This witty romp chronicles a love triangle between an overachieving blind athlete, his underdog brother, and the woman they’ve both fallen for.

It’s a romantic comedy that’s propelled into greatness by it’s star-studded cast of seasoned comedic geniuses, as well as it’s awkward yet charming tone.

Find it on Amazon Prime here.

 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Actors: Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Eric Idle
Streaming Services: Netflix
Rating: 97% (Rotten Tomatoes)

This cult classic combines absurdism and low-budget hijinks as only the Monty Python comedy troupe can. The result is like a period drama written for late-night TV.

These early predecessors to the ilk of Saturday Night Live and Mr. Show deliver a film that is sarcastic, lighthearted, and unapologetically silly.

Find it on Netflix here.

 

The Princess Bride (1987)

Actors: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, Billy Crystal
Streaming Services: Hulu
Rating: 97% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Dashing pirates and mercenaries with hearts of gold foil a plan to ignite war between two enemy nations in this classic comedy. It’s a fairytale and political satire wrapped up in one. That combination has allowed this film to age like a fine wine for today’s climate.

Find it on Hulu here.

 

Someone Great (2019)

Actors: Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise
Streaming Services: Netflix
Rating: 89% (Google Users)

A breakup causes three best friends to go on one last epic adventure, before one of them has to leave it all behind for new beginnings.

Someone Great is like a romantic comedy told in reverse, but with the deeper theme of old friends growing older without growing apart.

The characters are so lifelike they jump out of your screen, and the punchlines land one right after the other in lock step.

Find it on Netflix here.

 

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Actors: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass
Streaming Services: Netflix
Rating: 91% (Rotten Tomatoes)

In this science fiction comedy, a sarcastic young intern agrees to travel back in time with a cloistered inventor.

The film completely bucks the expectations set by its premise. The comedy is smart, the characters have depth, and the cast shines in every bit of dialogue.

Every part of this film, from its characters to its ending, follows one theme: it’s never what you would expect on the surface.

Find it on Netflix here.

 

Deadpool (2016)

Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin
Streaming Services: Hulu
Rating: 90% (Google Users)

This action comedy is a superhero film like no other. Not content to simply be another big-budget action movie, Deadpool is witty, sarcastic, gruesome, and hilarious.

Find it on Hulu here.

 

The Disaster Artist (2017)

Actors: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie
Streaming Services: Netflix
Rating: 91% (Rotten Tomatoes)

The Disaster Artist is a fictionalized account of the conception and production of “The Room,” Tommy Wiseau’s enigmatically terrible cult classic.

This movie captures the absurdity of its source material and weaponizes it for good. It revolves around the friendship between Wiseau and Greg, his best friend and costar, and the wholly strange dynamic between them.
It’s funny, sad, and cringey…but, somehow, it never loses the hilarity that underlies each scene.

Find it on Netflix here.

 

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Actors: Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham
Streaming Services: Hulu, Amazon Prime
Rating: 91% (Rotten Tomatoes)

In this unprecedented and controversial film, a Kazakhstani journalist makes his way to America. He hopes to learn the secret to Western success and bring it back to his home country. Along the way, he’s sidetracked by a fatal attraction.

Made up almost entirely of improvised scenes in mockumentary format, this bawdy comedy is incomparably inventive.

Find it on Amazon Prime here, or Hulu here.

Doctor Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Actors: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, James Earl Jones
Streaming Services: Amazon Prime
Rating: 98% (Rotten Tomatoes)

From world-class director Stanley Kubrick comes a darkly comedic political satire that, in 1964, was leagues ahead of its time compared to other comedy movies. Since then, it’s aged into a classic.

The performances stand out brilliantly against minimalistic sets. Also, the ending is hauntingly beautiful.

Find it on Amazon Prime here.

 

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Actors: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stephanie Audran
Streaming Services: Amazon Prime
Rating: 98% (Rotten Tomatoes)

This obscure arthouse film chronicles one group of hungry socialites and their quest to find a meal. They’re stymied by social conventions or unfortunate circumstances at every turn.

Unlike most films in this style, this one refuses to be taken seriously. In fact, it mocks the idea that such a thing is possible. The characters are revealed to be utter animals, while hidden under a thin veneer of dignified inscrutability.

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is a cynical film that openly points and laughs at one’s so-called “social betters.”

Find it on Amazon Prime here.

 

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These comedy movies are far from the only ones streaming services offer, but they are some of the unquestionable standouts.

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