25 Best Comedy Movies on Netflix 2021 – Funniest Movies to be Watch

Media ReporterSeptember 21, 2021

25 Best Comedies on Netflix 2021 – Funniest Movies to be Watch

Whether you’re looking to laugh until you cry at gross out antics, watch finest and best comedians on Netflix, or even just chuckle politely at a witty satire, Netflix has something for everyone.

The streamer’s deep bench of comedies includes everything from mockumentaries to rom coms, dramedies to raunchy films you’d be embarrassed to watch with your family. We took the liberty of selecting 30 of our favorites from across all of comedy’s glorious sub-genres, meaning that, whatever kind of laugh you need, Netflix will have it on speed dial.

Talladega Nights

To many fans, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are the PB&J of today’s buddy comedies. But few movies capture this hilarious bromance quite like Rick Bobby and Cal Naughton, Jr., in Talladega Nights. Shake and bake, baby. Ferrell stars as a NASCAR superstar who finds himself spinning off-track in his career when a French challenger, played by none other than Sacha Baron Cohen, steps onto the scene.

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Fun With Dick and Jane

Judd Apatow’s remake of the 1977 Fun with Dick and Jane starring Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni is a wonderful mix of slapstick and heartwarming. Starring as a middle-class couple whose employer’s bankruptcy leaves them down and out, the two must shortcut their way back to wealth by, of course, becoming robbers.

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The Big Lebowski

This Coen brothers classic sees Jeff Bridges as the ultra-chill Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, who finds himself in a not-so-chill turn of events when he’s mistaken for millionaire Jeffrey “The Big Lebowski.” The Big Lebowkski owes a lot of people a lot of money, and The Dude hopes to extricate himself from the situation by agreeing to deliver ransom money for The Big Lebowski’s kidnapped wife. As one might guess, a hostage negotiation turns out to be not-so-chill, either.

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Hot Rod

Hot Rod might have crashed with critics, but it seems to have stuck the landing with many fans. Andy Samberg stars in this underdog comedy as an accident-prone stunt man who, upon his stepfather falling ill, becomes determined to pull off a massive trick in order to raise money for his stepfather’s operation.

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I Care a Lot

Rosamund Pike stars in this dark comedy as a professional legal guardian who, unbeknownst to her clients, is legally siphoning off her clients’ money to herself. Her master scheme seems to be going without a hitch; that is, until she learns that her newest client is associated with a gangster, played by Peter Dinklage.

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Bad Trip

It’s Eric Andre doing what Eric Andre does best: making unassuming onlookers the audience for his over the top antics. Except, this time around, Andre is trading in his signature public access television studio for the real world. This hidden camera comedy follows Andre and actor Lil Rel Howery as best friends Chris and Bud on a cross country trip to help Chris confess his feelings for his high school crush. However, hot on their trail is Chris’s sister, played by Tiffany Haddish, from whom Chris has “borrowed” the car for their trip.

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Always Be My Maybe

Ali Wong and Randall Park are a perfect duo in this heartwarming and gut-busting rom-com about two childhood friends whose awkward fling is reignited by a later-in-life reunion. Back in their childhood digs of San Francisco, the two must face whether their separate worlds can find a way to intersect in the way they used to.

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Superbad

An instant-classic of the coming-of-age comedy, Superbad is the raunchy big brother to Booksmart, and it’s not just because Jonah Hill is Beanie Feldstein’s older sibling. Based on the teenaged experiences of cowriters Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Hill and Michael Cera star as two awkward high schoolers determined to lose their virginity before graduating. But getting some lovin’, along with some booze from McLovin’, proves more complicated than it seems.

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Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

Before the world knew him from the Patriot Act, many knew Hasan Minhaj from his work on The Daily Show, and, of course, his debut standup special Homecoming King. The special is a perfect preview into Minhaj’s tactful skills as a comedian, as he navigates speaking on his experience as an Indian American, racism, and immigration in a way that is personal, impactful, and entertaining all at once.

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The Bling Ring

In Sofia Coppola’s satirical crime film, a group of wealthy Los Angeles teenagers rifle through celebrities’ homes, stealing diamonds and designer dresses like a twisted millennial version of The Goonies. Based on true events, The Bling Ring is a time capsule from 2008, complete with cameos by Paris Hilton and Kirsten Dunst, Juicy Couture tracksuits, low rise jeans, fedoras, and dubious vest ensembles. It’s worth a watch for Emma Watson’s vocal fry valley girl accent alone.

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Taika Waititi is undoubtedly an “It” director right now, with films like the Oscar-winning Jojo Rabbit and What We Do in the Shadows under his belt (and Thor: Love and Thunder on the way). If you’re a fan of the Kiwi auteur’s work, you should definitely check out 2016’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople. The adventure comedy follows 13-year-old Ricky Baker as he flees from the law with his foster father in a charming and eccentric story set in the New Zealand wilderness.

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My Best Friend’s Wedding

Julianne (Julia Roberts) and Michael (Dermot Mulroney) had an agreement: if they were still single at 28, they would marry each other. Right before Julianne’s 28th birthday, Michael announces he is marrying a beautiful 20-year old (Cameron Diaz). Realizing she’s in love with Michael, Julianne attempts to sabotage the wedding at all costs. A true rom-com classic featuring one of the best pieces of life advice in all film history: “You’re never going to be Jell-O!”

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The Half of It

Ellie Chu is a lonely teenage girl who lives with her father in small town Suquamish, where she makes a nice profit writing papers for her classmates. Her business takes a turn when Paul—a goofy but well-meaning jock—hires her to write love letters to his crush Aster, the pastor’s daughter and prettiest girl in school. Along the way, Ellie realizes that she’s fallen in love with Aster. Equal parts cheesy, tender, and refreshing, Netflix’s original The Half of It is a queer teen rom-com that will draw you in with its charm.

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The Death of Stalin

In this uproarious black comedy written and directed by Veep’s Armando Ianucci, Joseph Stalin’s cronies turn against one another in the wake of his death, jockeying for ultimate control of Soviet Russia. Backstabbings and assassination attempts abound, all of it wrapped in a devastatingly funny satire of political power grabbing.

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EuroVision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams star in this daffy musical comedy about two small-town Icelandic musicians, who travel across the world to chase their dreams of pop stardom at the global music phenomenon known as EuroVision. If you’re a EuroVision newbie, the toe-tapping soundtrack and on-stage mishaps will enthrall you, while EuroVision fans will be delighted by Easter Eggs like cameos from fan-favorite contestants.

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Between Two Ferns: The Movie

Zach Galifianakis’ offbeat comedy series gets the feature length treatment in this hilarious film, wherein Between Two Ferns goes on a nationwide redemption tour following a disastrous near-death incident with interviewee Matthew McConaughey. Galifianakis’ deadpan, painfully awkward shtick is as appealing as ever in this gut-busting road trip comedy.

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Stranger Than Fiction

Will Ferrell plays Harold Crick, an IRS auditor who lives a relatively mundane life before he begins hearing a voice in his head narrating his every move. He soon discovers that he is the protagonist of author Karen Eiffel’s latest book. This poses a problem for Harold, as Karen is famous for killing her main characters in creative ways. He teams up with a professor and the two set out to find the author and make her change the story.

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Other People

Fresh off a breakup in the midst of the worst year of his life, a struggling New York comedy writer heads back home to Sacramento to care for his dying mother. Though the film definitely falls under the comedy umbrella, make sure to keep the tissues around. Molly Shannon turns out a performance like you’ve never seen.

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Yes God Yes

This coming of age film follows a devout Catholic school girl as she explores her sexual awakening after an innocent AOL chat turns racy. She turns to a school retreat hoping to suppress her newfound urges.

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The Wrong Missy

Tim thinks he met the girl of his dreams, Missy, so he decides to invite her on his company retreat to Hawaii. However, when a girl from a previous nightmarish blind date shows up instead, also named Missy, Tim realizes he texted the wrong woman and now will have to endure the trip with all of her crazy antics.

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Moxie

In Amy Poehler’s coming-of-age comedy, a 16-year-old girl finds inspiration in her mother’s riot grrrl past, anonymously publishing a zine that challenges the sexist status quo at her Texas high school.

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Set It Up

A twist on the whole set up narrative, two overworked NYC assistants try to set up their overbearing, successful bosses played by Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs.

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Dolemite Is My Name

This biographical film follows struggling comedian Rudy Ray Moore in the 1970s as he creates his raunchy alter ego, Dolemite, and risks it all to take his act to the big screen with a kung-fu, anti-establishment film.

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The Lovebirds

On the verge of a breakup, Jibran and Leilani accidentally get mixed up in a murder case. The two have one wild night to clear their names, and potentially salvage their relationship.

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Lady Bird

More dramedy, less laugh-out-loud comedy, this coming of age story from Greta Gerwig is a must watch. Saoirse Ronan, Beanie Feldstein, and Timothee Chalamet are as charming as ever, telling a heartwarming and cleverly funny story about a quirky teenager trying to find her way in the world as she prepares to leave for college.

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Chef

In Jon Favreau’s love letter to food and chefs, chef Carl Casper (Favreau) quits his job at a fancy Los Angeles restaurant to open a food truck along with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and best friend (John Leguizamo).

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The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

From Oscar-winning filmmaker Noah Baumbach, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is a dark and dry dramedy with an all star cast that includes Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Marvel and Emma Thompson.

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The Breaker Uppers

Two women start an agency to break up couples—clearly in an enterprising effort to upend the matchmaking industry.

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Okja

A bit more on the serious side, Okja is more of a satire than it is a full-fledged comedy. When the Mirando Corporation takes Okja, a giant unnamed animal, for their own use the animal’s 10-year-old friend Mija hops into action to save him.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The Authurian legend get the parody treatment in this absurd—and endlessly quotable—cult classic in which the Monty Python players star as the Knights of the Roundtable on the search for the legendary treasure.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

This irreverent and energetic movie stars Michael Cera as a slacker musician who hits the romantic jackpot when he meets his new girlfriend Ramona Flowers—but must defeat her seven evil exes in manic, video game-inspired fashion.

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Anna Grace Lee
Anna Grace Lee is an editorial fellow at Esquire, where she covers pop culture, music, and entertainment.

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