Comedy is one of those genres where, when it’s good it’s good, and when it’s pretty terrible. But sometimes a good comedy is just what you need. The comedy genre has always been a go-to for stress relief.
Thankfully, Netflix has a great selection of comedies to suit all tastes. Whether it’s a classic like Blazing Saddles or something newer like Hot Fuzz, there is a comedy to watch for all tastes. Here is our list of the best comedies available on Netflix
If you like your comedy in smaller doses, check out our list of the best comedy series on Netflix. If you want it straight from the comedian’s mouth, check out Netflix’s best stand-up specials.
15. Batman (1966)
Batman hasn't always been a brooding, growly dark knight. This Batman movie spun off from the absurdist 1960s TV series starring Adam West. In this adventure, Batman's biggest enemies team up to throw everything they've got at the caped crusaders, including exploding sharks, feminine wiles, and a dehydration ray! This movie is hilarious in its own right, but the progressively darker Batman movies that have come out since make this one even more surprising.
14. White Chicks
White Chicks is a hilarious gender-bending comedy starring funnyman brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans. The film explores what happens when two fumbling FBI agents disguise themselves as mega-rich princesses to infiltrate high society. It's filled with frantic antics and nonstop hilarity as the brothers go from hapless G-men to high-class G-strings. Catchy tunes, hardcore jams, and a sidesplitting disco dance-off with the police fuel outrageous laughs from beginning to end.
13. God of Cookery
Stephen Chow (Stephen Chow) is a cocky celebrity chef who rigs cooking competitions so he can declare himself the "God of Cookery." When he's exposed as a fraud, Chow resolves to win back his title legitimately--he just needs to learn how to cook first. Stephen Chow is a brilliant writer and director with a flair for slapstick Chinese-language comedies.
12. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Written by both by Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure was the directorial debut of Tim Burton, who shows what would become his idiosyncratic trademark style all over this film. Pee Wee (Reubens), an overgrown pre-pubescent kid sporting a cropped hair cut, blush, lipstick, and a gray flannel suit, lives a quiet yet unique life in his rather bizarre home until someone steals one of his most prized possessions: a fire-engine red customized bicycle. This leads Pee Wee to embark on a cross-country quest to nab the thieves. Along the way, he makes friends with a variety of original characters, endures a myriad of nightmares, and has a supernatural encounter with a ghastly trucker. For this movie, Paul Ruebens reprised the character from his popular Pee-Wee standup routine and surreal spin-off Saturday-morning show, Pee-Wee's Playhouse. The film is a delightful comedy for young and old alike.
11. Hot Fuzz
Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is a top London cop who is so good at his job that he makes his fellow officers look like slackers by comparison. To get rid of him, the other officer have him "promoted" to serve in the small village of Sandford. Sergeant Angel struggles to adjust to his new, calmer lifestyle and his new partner--the somewhat oafish Danny Butterman (Nick Frost). However, a series of inexplicable accidents leads Angel to uncover a ridiculous conspiracy that it will take all of his police skills to uproot. Directed by the always-hilarious Edgar Wright, Hot Fuzz is the middle movie of the "Three Flavours of Cornetto Trilogy," and features much of the same cast as the other two movies, Shaun of the Dead and The World's End.
10. The Emperor's New Groove
Disney took a detour from its usual animated formula for this story of Cuzco (David Spade), a self-absorbed Incan prince who gets turned into a llama by a scheming sorceress (Eartha Kitt). Cuzco does eventually learn a lesson in humility after he teams up with a peasant (John Goodman) for buddy-comedy hi-jinks, but this movie is short on moralizing and long on out-of-left-field humor.
9. Cool Runnings
This feel-good comedy takes its unlikely premise from a real-life story: in 1988 Jamaica sent a bobsled team to the Olympics, even though there was nowhere snowy in Jamaica for them to practice. A group of Jamaican athletes who were shut out of the Olympics in their own sports decide bobsledding is their ticket to glory. John Candy plays the disgraced coach who they rope into making it happen.
8. 10 Things I Hate About You
This is a teen comedy that's about 10 times more clever than it needed to be, starting with its inspiration: 10 Things I Hate About You is a retelling of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. (It turns out that the behavior of Shakespeare's romantic heroes isn't that out of place in a high school.) Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) wants to date Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), but that can only happen if Bianca's misanthropic older sister Kat (Julia Stiles) finds a date, too. So Cameron finds a new student (Heath Ledger) who's the only person antisocial enough to win Kat's heart. It's a convoluted scheme rooted in deceit, so naturally everything goes smoothly.
7. Blazing Saddles
Mel Brooks' take on the Western genre leaves no cliche unspoofed. When an evil railroad man (Harvey Korman) wants residents to clear out of a frontier town, he does the most offensive thing he can think of: he puts a black sheriff (Cleavon Little) in charge of the town. But the new sheriff teams up with a shaky-handed gunslinger (Gene Wilder) and cleans up the town. Even explaining that much makes the story sound like it makes too much sense--this ride goes off the rails at every opportunity.
6. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Everyone knows what happens when a group of debauched teenagers hanging out in a cabin in the woods encounter a pair of creepy hillbillies. That's the problem--this isn't what it looks like! Two well-meaning friends (Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk) try to keep the idiot campers from getting killed in increasingly gory ways, but things just keep going hilariously, messily wrong.
5. Burn After Reading
Some idiots (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand) come into possession of a CD they think came from the CIA, and figure this is their chance to shake down the government for money. How far in over their heads can they get? Fair warning: this is a Coen Brothers movie, so don't expect things to work out well for any of the characters--but it should at least leave you in a better mood than No Country for Old Men.
4. Tropic Thunder
When filming a big-budget Vietnam War movie goes wrong, a group of Hollywood actors end up lost in the jungle fighting real guerrillas. How long will it take for them to realize the director isn't just trying to scare a good performance out of them. Ben Stiller starred and directed this over-the-top spoof, and Robert Downey Jr. gave a famous (and Oscar-nominated) performance as a white method actor so self-absorbed that he underwent cosmetic surgery to pull off his film role as an African-American sergeant.
3. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
In this very strange movie by Wes Anderson, the adventurous nature documentary filmmaker Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) is taking his oddball crew on a scientific mission of revenge: to blow up the shark that devoured his partner. This time he's joined by his probably-son (Owen Wilson) and a journalist (Cate Blanchett) who gets a little closer to the truth than Steve's ego can handle. There are pirates, interns, and an awe-inspiring and thoroughly implausible world under the waves.
2. Finding Dory
In this sequel to Pixar's hit, Finding Nemo, the forgetful blue tang Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) suddenly remembers that she's supposed to be looking for her parents. She sets out on a quest to find her family by following the clues she's forgotten about. Her friends from the last movie, Marlin and Nemo (Albert Brooks and Hayden Rolence) chase after her, trying to save Dory as she blunders into bigger and bigger trouble.
1. Young Frankenstein
The comedy police would hunt me down (they're as ruthless as they are relentless) if I forgot to include Young Frankenstein on this list. This classic collaboration between Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder sends up the old black-and-white Boris Karloff Frankenstein movies. Doctor Frankenstein's wayward descendant (Gene Wilder) is determined to avoid the family business, but fate intervenes and he dives headfirst into mad science. Gene Wilder's dark, occasionally understated humor is a perfect counterweight to Mel Brooks' all-out zaniness, and the rest of the cast is also just about perfect. Allegedly, this movie is made up of the least funny takes of each scene, because in every other take the actors couldn't stop laughing at each other.