- 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.
And if you’re looking for a broader list of recommendations, check out our list of the best movies on Netflix right now.
Director: Harold Ramis
Writers: Harold Ramis and Danny Rubin
Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Brian Doyle-Murray, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Chris Elliott
The creative push and pull between director Harold Ramis’ comedic bent and star Bill Murray’s desire to tackle more lofty philosophical issues is what transcends Groundhog Day from a simple 80s comedy to a tried and true classic. It’s hilarious to be sure, but it’s also a film about fate, life, and of course death as a self-absorbed weatherman finds himself forced to relive the same day over and over again. Andie MacDowell proves to be the perfect romantic and comedic foil for Murray’s pomposity, and Murray himself nails the heart and humour of this wholly unique and resonant story. Groundhog Day is delightful, hilarious, and somewhat heartbreaking, making it truly a solid watch for any time of year.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: George Nolfi
Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Casey Affleck, Bernie Mac, Scott Caan, Vincent Cassel, Eddie Jemison, Carl Reiner, and Elliott Gould
Ocean’s Twelve is a blast and a half, and it’s high time it was recognized as such. When it was released, Ocean’s Twelve was not nearly as warmly received as its predecessor, but that’s because director Steven Soderbergh opted to try something entirely different. The plot is purposefully convoluted, and if you read Ocean’s Twelve’s story as a metaphor for how hard it is to make a good sequel, it is immensely more satisfying. The story mirrors Soderbergh’s task of following up a huge hit film with a movie that’s the same but different: Benedict (the studio) demands Ocean’s Eleven (Soderbergh and his cast) form once again to pay him back his money. Hilarity ensues, and the film never takes itself too seriously as the cast is all in on the joke. It’s divisive to be sure, but give the film another shot. It may surprise you.
Director/Writer: Michael McCullers
Cast: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Romany Malco, Maura Tierney, Holland Taylor, Sigourney Weaver and Steve Martin
While the 2008 comedy Baby Mama doesn’t entirely deliver on everything you’d hope from a Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy (and the actresses have admitted the film is a tad mean-spirited when it pits their characters against one another), it’s still good for several laughs and is largely a joyful affair. Fey plays a single woman who decides to have a child via surrogate, with Poehler playing her irresponsible and obnoxious surrogate. As it turns out, however, Poehler’s character isn’t pregnant and has to keep the rouse going.
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 the 2020s 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 is 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.
Directors/Writers: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker
Cast: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges, and Peter Graves
The 1980 comedy Airplane is a very specific parody of a film genre that’s near-extinct nowadays, and yet it still holds up tremendously well. Aiming for the “disaster movie” boom of the 1970s, Airplane! follows the exploits aboard an aeroplane after the pilots and some of the crew get sick from food poisoning. Goofy flashbacks and cutaways to Lloyd Bridges huffing glue in the control tower keep the setting fresh, but the slapstick antics of those aboard the plane are the engine that propels this joke machine. Some of the jokes have aged poorly, as is true of almost every comedy film, but on the whole, this one will have you in stitches.