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The 30 Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now (August 2021)

So you’re browsing through Netflix, looking for something to watch, but you’re in the mood for something light. Netflix’s massive library can be intimidating, especially when you’re looking for a good comedy amidst a sea of subpar entries in the genre. Not to fear, though, because we here at Collider have you covered. Below, we’ve curated a list of the very best comedies on Netflix right now. We’ve got everything from silly buddy comedies, big splashy commercial comedies, more esoteric indies, and even a couple of films that toe the line between comedy and drama. Surely you’ll find something to your liking, so scroll through our list of the best comedies on Netflix below and find that perfect pick.

Editor's note: This article was last updated on August 3rd to add Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Edge of Seventeen.

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The Edge of Seventeen

Director/Writer: Kelly Fremon Craig

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, and Hayden Szeto

If you're in the mood for a sweet coming-of-age comedy with a tremendous lead performance, look no further than the gem that is The Edge of Seventeen. This hilarious and heartfelt R-rated comedy stars Hailee Steinfeld as a high school junior who experiences the ups and downs of teen life in brutally honest fashion. She strikes up a close friendship with a teacher, played by Woody Harrelson, who counsels her through friend, boy, and family troubles. It’s as sweet as it is filthy, but what makes Edge of Seventeen so striking—beyond Steinfeld’s stellar performance—is how true to life it all feels. The anxiety. The self-consciousness. The importance of it all. – Adam Chitwood

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Director/Writer: John Hughes

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jeffrey Jones, and Jennifer Grey

A bona fide classic if there ever was one, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is quite simply one of the best films ever made. This coemdy gets high school life exactly right, and is the perfect movie to watch if you're playing hooky. The John Hughes film captures the “senioritis” feeling of skipping school and hanging out with your friends perfectly, genuinely giving the viewer the feeling of joining along on Ferris’ adventures. As with most of Hughes' movies there's an undercurrent of melancholy throughout Ferris Bueller, but the film also remains a laugh riot that has aged tremendously well. – Adam Chitwood

Due Date

Director: Todd Phillips

Writers: Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, Adam Sztykiel, and Todd Phillips

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, and Michelle Monaghan

Due Date is not a Great film with a capital "G," but it's good for a few laughs and is a pretty fascinating case study in Robert Downey Jr.'s career post-Iron Man. This was one of the first movies RDJ signed onto after Iron Man came out and took the world by storm, and it marked an exciting collaboration between him, red-hot Zach Galifianakis, and The Hangover filmmaker Todd Phillips. The story owes a great deal to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles as Downey plays a successful architect due to fly home from Atlanta to Los Angeles to be with his wife while she gives birth to their child. Downey's character ends up being escorted off his flight due to a mishap with a fellow stranger — Galifianakis' character, who is an aspiring actor who also plans to scatter his father's ashes. The two take a cross-country road trip during which Downey's character has nothing but disdain for Galifianakis' character, who seems to keep messing everything up. Along the way the film gets a bit dark as it deals with both characters' daddy issues, and there's a really interesting character study hidden deep within the movie. As it currently stands Due Date is a somewhat forgettable Planes, Trains, and Automobiles remake, but if you're looking for a few good laughs and a peek at a time when Downey, Galifianakis, and Phillips were three of the most in-demand talents in Hollywood, it's worth checking out. - Adam Chitwood

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Director: Jay Roach

Writer: Mike Myers

Cast: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, and Mimi Rogers

Does Austin Powers hold up? Surprisingly, the answer is a resounding yes. Released in 1997, this extremely silly comedy owes a lot to SNL (no surprise, given its writer and star) as it's full of absurd situations packed with gags. But what makes Austin Powers timeless is the sincerity with which Mike Myers plays the central character. For those unfamiliar, the film is a riff on the James Bond franchise and finds Myers playing a spy from the 1960s who is frozen in time until his nemesis Dr. Evil (Myers) returns. That day takes longer than expected, as Powers is unfrozen in 1997 and struggles to fit in having missed the wide cultural shifts. Myers wrote the film as a love letter to Bond, and you can tell he really cares for his characters regardless of how buffoonish they become. And the sight gags? Still funny. - Adam Chitwood

American Ultra

Director: Nima Nourizadeh

Writer: Max Landis

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart,Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, and Tony Hale

If action comedies are your jam, check out American Ultra. Released in 2015, the film reteams Adventureland’s Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart for a different kind of story. Eisenberg plays a going-nowhere stoner who finds himself the target of the CIA, which suddenly activates something buried deep within as he realizes he’s a sleeper agent with precision fighting skills. He and his girlfriend (Stewart) go on the run, and a blend of action and deadpan stoner comedy ensue. – Adam Chitwood

Midnight Run

Director: Martin Brest

Writer: George Gallo

Cast: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Dennis Farina, and Joe Pantoliano

If you like buddy comedies but have never seen Midnight Run, prioritize this one as your next watch. Released in 1988 this critically acclaimed comedy is a gold standard alongside Lethal Weapon and Planes, Trains and Automobiles, as it follows a bounty hunter (Robert De Niro) who is tasked with capturing and escorting an accountant accused of embezzlement (Charles Grodin). The two end up on a road trip filled with misadventures, and the chemistry between De Niro and Grodin is electric. This is hands-down one of my favorite movies of all time, and it might be one of yours as well. – Adam Chitwood

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Adam McKay and Will Ferrell

Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Leslie Bibb, Amy Adams, Gary Cole, Jane Lynch, and Michael Clarke Duncan

If you’re feeling withdrawals from the comedic duo of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly (and felt burned by Holmes & Watson), you can’t go wrong with a rewatch (or first-watch) of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. The film came on the heels of Ferrell and co-writer/director Adam McKay’s success with Anchorman, and for their next feature they decided to skew a bit more commercial while still injecting some biting social commentary. Talladega Nights is set in the world of NASCAR and follows an incredibly dim-witted driver named Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) who suffers a setback and must watch his best friend Cal Naughton (Reilly) take center stage. Buffoonish jealousy and wild antics ensue, with McKay delivering the same kind of smart-silly comedy that made Anchorman so rewatchable. – Adam Chitwood

Fun with Dick and Jane

Director: Dean Parisot

Writers: Judd Apatow and Nicholas Stoller

Cast: Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, Alec Baldwin, and Richard Jenkins

Here’s a comedy that really flew under the radar, but is far better and funnier than it has any right to be. Fun with Dick and Jane is based on a 1977 film of the same name and takes place in the year 2000, where Dick (Jim Carrey) gets promoted at his major media corporation, only to realize he’s been made the fallguy for a disastrous plunge in which Dick and everyone else at the company lose their jobs, savings, and pensions. Faced with total financial collapse, Dick and his wife Jane (Tea Leoni) become criminals and soon hatch a plan to confront the CEO who got out scott-free with a golden parachute. The film was directed by Galaxy Quest helmer Dean Parisot and written by Judd Apatow and Neighbors and The Five-Year Engagement filmmaker Nicholas Stoller, and is well worth checking out. – Adam Chitwood

I Care a Lot

Director/Writer: J Blakeson

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Chris Messina, and Dianne Weist

If you like your comedy dark – and I mean pitch black – you’ll probably love I Care a Lot. The Netflix original stars Rosamund Pike as a savvy, unrelenting, and unapologetic con artist who makes a living by winning guardianship over elders and using their money as her own piggy bank. But when her next target turns out to be the mother of a ruthless criminal (played by Peter Dinklage), she finds she may finally be in over her head. While this film could have gone wrong a number of ways, writer/director J Blakeson plays it perfectly, and the point of this satirical comedy comes into clear focus in the final minutes of the film. Pike is pitch perfect in the lead role, making a despicable character tremendously watchable. – Adam Chitwood

Election

Director: Alexander Payne

Writers: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor

Cast: Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick

A quintessential film from the truly stellar film year of 1999, Election is one of the best comedies ever made, straight up. Directed by Alexander Payne, who would go on to helm acclaimed films like Sideways and Nebraska, the film stars Reese Witherspoon as an aggressively ambitious high school student named Tracy Flick who is running for student body president. Matthew Broderick plays a beloved and mild-mannered history teacher who, frankly, hates Tracy. The two duke it out as Broderick’s character tries to torpedo Tracy’s election chances, but underestimates the lengths to which she’ll go to get her way. It’s a bitingly, darkly funny and sharp comedy with a pair of stellar performances from Witherspoon and Broderick. – Adam Chitwood

Hot Rod

Director: Akiva Schaffer

Writer: Pam Brady

Cast: Andy Samberg, Isla Fischer, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Ian McShane, and Will Arnett

If you’re in the mood for something silly—and I mean like incredibly silly—you can’t go wrong with Hot Rod. This 2007 comedy is basically the first film from The Lonely Island, as Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone heavily rewrote this existing project to make it their own. Samberg stars as an aspiring stuntman who runs around with his friends, dreaming of performing super cool stunts. That’s it. That’s the story. And it’s hilarious. The film is tinged with nods to 80s comedies without coming off as a parody, and you can see the roots of The Lonely Island’s signature style throughout. – Adam Chitwood

The Big Lebowski

Directors/Writers: Joel and Ethan Coen

Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and David Huddleston

The Big Lebowski is a prime example of the versatility of the Coen Brothers. After winning the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for their darkly comic docudrama Fargo, they make a left-turn into "stoner comedy" territory with Lebowski and still manage to infuse the film with intention and unforgettable characters. The Big Lebowski is the hilarious story of a laid-back dude who calls himself “The Dude” who gets roped into an odyssey full of trials and tribulations when someone mistakes him for someone else with the same name and ruins his rug. Jeff Bridges is instantly iconic, John Goodman is a hoot, and Philip Seymour Hoffman reminds you why he was one of the best actors of his generation. This is an all-timer. – Adam Chitwood

Bad Trip

Director: Kitao Sakurai

Writers: Dan Curry, Eric Andre, and Kitao Sakurai

Cast: Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish

Bad Trip is outrageously juvenile, and will make you laugh incredibly hard. The film is a cross between Jackass and a traditional road trip comedy, as Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery play a pair of friends who drive from Florida to New York so that Andre’s character can track down the girl of his dreams. Hot on their tale is Howery’s characters sister, fresh out of a prison break and played by Tiffany Haddish. But every scene in the film is shot as a prank, with unwitting strangers serving as the background and supporting characters throughout the movie. It’s silly and embarrassing, but also singles out how ridiculous some of the tropes in traditional romcoms are – like when Andre breaks out into song in the middle of a mall, surrounded by strangers with “WTF?” looks on their faces. And be warned, this is insanely R-rated. – Adam Chitwood

Superbad

Director: Greg Mottola

Writers: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg

Cast: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, and Bill Hader

Superbad was pretty much a coming-of-age classic as soon as it hit theaters in 2007, as writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, director Greg Mottola, and producer Judd Apatow crafted a high school comedy that was equal parts heart and humor. While the comedy is indeed R-rated, there’s a sweetness to the friendship between Michael Cera and Jonah Hill’s characters that elevates this above your average raunchy comedy. It’s as much a story about a kid being afraid he’s gonna lose his friend at college as it is a story about trying to score alcohol for a high school party, and the surprising twists and turns make it all that much more memorable. – Adam Chitwood

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Director/Writer: Taika Waititi

Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rhys Darby, Rima Te Wiata, and Rachel House

If you're in the mood for a whimsical comedy from Thor: Ragnarok writer/director Taika Waititi, you absolutely have to see Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Released in 2016, this New Zealand adventure movie follows a grumpy Sam Neill as he's forced to team up with a foul-mouthed child when the two are the target of a manhunt throughout the New Zealand bush. It’s based on an existing book, but in tone and execution Hunt for the Wilderpeople oftentimes feels like an adaptation of a Roald Dahl book we never knew about. It’s delightful and whimsical and a little terrifying, with Waititi’s playful anarchy filling the whole thing out for good measure. This movie is guaranteed to put you in a good mood.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Director: David Dobkin

Writers: Will Ferrell and Andrew Steele

Cast: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, and Demi Lovato

If you think Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is just another “dumb Will Ferrell comedy,” think again. One of 2020’s most pleasant surprises, this musical comedy is surprisingly sweet and genuinely emotional – don’t be surprised if you find yourself welling up with tears by the end. The story follows a pair of lifelong friends and musicians from Iceland who are unexpectedly thrust into the Eurovision Song Contest, which tests their talents and their relationship to one another. Ferrell is hilarious as always, but it’s Rachel McAdams who steals the show here and proves yet again she’s one of the best comedic talents working right now. Oh and the songs? They’re spectacular. – Adam Chitwood

The Death of Stalin

Director: Armando Iannucci

Writers: Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin

Cast: Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Simon Russell Beale, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine

If you like your comedy as dark as human history, you’re in for a real treat with The Death of Stalin. A horrifying, hilarious, existentially terrifying treat. Veep and The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci is Hollywood’s best working political satirist and with his 2017 feature, he hones in on the absurdity of totalitarianism with a razor-sharp comedic bent on the death of the Soviet Union’s infamous fascist leader, Joseph Stalin. And believe me when I say this movie is razor-sharp. Carried out in the fashion of Iannucci’s signature acerbic stylings, The Death of Stalin is the kind of movie you have to laugh at to keep from crying out in horror, because every absurd beat and bit is laced with terrible truth, laying bare the fragility of human life, nations, and ideas alike. There have been many attempts to capture the helpless, surreal experience of watching authoritarian, nationalist leaders around the world over the last 5 years, but The Death of Stalin might be the most cutting yet. Fortunately, Iannucci twists the knife right into your funny bone. – Haleigh Foutch

Lady Bird

Director/Writer: Greta GerwigCast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, and Stephen HendersonGreta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird rules so incredibly hard, and is so tremendously funny. This is a coming-of-age story with soul, as Saoirse Ronan plays a young girl named Christine who struggles through her senior year at a Catholic high school—struggles with boys, struggles with friendships, struggles with money, and struggles with her parents. At heart this is a mother-daugther story, and while it gets intensely emotional, it’s also incredibly funny. Ronan is tremendous in the Oscar-worthy lead role, Beanie Feldstein is a hoot as her BFF, Timothee Chalamet nails the “pretentious cool guy” role, and Gerwig’s writing and direction are downright masterful. This is one of the best comedies of the last decade. - Adam Chitwood

The Disaster Artist

Director: James FrancoWriters: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. WeberCast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson, and Jackie WeaverA film about the making of the infamously terrible movie The Room should not be this good nor this emotional, but here we are. The Disaster Artist is technically a chronicle of how Tommy Wiseau defied pretty much every cinematic convention (for the worst) to make his film The Room, and how the movie became a cult favorite for its absolutely bonkers construction and execution. James Franco is legitimately great both in front of and behind the camera here, as the film hones in on the friendship between Tommy and Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) serves as a surprisingly emotional foundation for this stranger-than-fiction story that is also very, very, very funny. - Adam Chitwood

Hail, Caesar!

Directors/Writers: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Cast: George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Alden Ehrenreich, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, and Frances McDormand

This 2016 comedy from the Coen Brothers was a long time in the making, and while it earned solid reviews, it’s still somewhat underrated. Hail, Caesar! takes place in 1951 follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), a “fixer” for a movie studio called Capital Pictures who spends the day trying to stave off various scandals, put out fires, and track down a missing movie star. Chaos and shenanigans ensue, and George Clooney delivers one of his best comedic performance. This movie will also remind you that, whatever you think of Solo: A Star War Story, that Alden Ehrenreich can sure act. – Adam Chitwood



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