Best Comedies On Netflix (Updated August 2019)

By Amit Chowdhry ● Updated August 6, 2019

Netflix has one of the best collections of comedy movies and TV shows available. With so many choices available, it can be hard deciding which one to choose. And depending on the rights to the comedies, Netflix frequently removes certain titles and adds new ones.

To help you find the best comedies on Netflix, here is a list of some options:

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The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Directed By: Judd Apatow

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Written By: Judd Apatow and Steve Carell

Starring: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Romany Malco

Rating: R

Description: The 40 Year Old Virgin is a film about 40-year-old virgin Andy Stitzer — who is a stock supervisor at an electronics store and he also collects toys. Upon learning that Stitzer has not experienced lovemaking, his co-workers provoke him into finding someone. And then things seem to turn around for Andy when he meets Trish.

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A Futile and Stupid Gesture

Directed By: David Wain

Written By: Michael Colton and John Aboud

Starring: Will Forte, Ed Helms, Jon Daly, Jackie Tohn, Seth Green, Joel McHale,

Rating: TV-MA

Description: This setting of this film takes place between 1964 and 1980 when Doug Kenney and his classmate Henry Beard celebrate the release of the book “Bored of the Rings” with the staff of the Harvard Lampoon. After graduating from Harvard, the two men decide to publish a monthly magazine called the National Lampoon. The franchise became successful — which ended up becoming more problematic for the two friends.

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Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading

Directed By: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Written By: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Starring: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, and Brad Pitt

Rating: R

Description: There is a disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent that ends up in the hands of two gym employees who attempt to sell it.

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Goon

Goon

Directed By: Michael Dowse

Written By: Jay Baruchel, Evan Goldberg, Adam Frattasio, and Douglass Smith

Starring: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber, and Eugene Levy

Rating: R

Description: A bouncer considered an outcast by his family overcomes odds by leading a team of underperforming hockey players to semi-pro hockey while beating up everyone in his way.

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Kung Fu Hustle

Directed By: Stephen Chow

Written By: Stephen Chow, Kan-Cheung Tsang, Xin Huo, Man Keung, Chan

Starring: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, and Qiu Yuen

Rating: R

Description: During the 1940s in Shanghai, China, a wannabe gangster is aspiring to join the “Axe Gang” while residents of a housing complex exhibit unique powers while defending their turf.

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The Hangover

The Hangover

Directed By: Todd Phillips

Written By: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham, and Ken Jeong

Rating: R

Description: Three friends wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas without remembering what happened the previous night and… the bachelor has gone missing. 

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Starsky & Hutch

Starsky & Hutch

Directed By: Todd Phillips

Written By: William Blinn, Stevie Long, John O’Brien, Todd Phillips, and Scot Armstrong

Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Snoop Dogg

Rating: PG-13

Description: A couple of new undercover cop partners Starsky and Hutch have to overcome their differences to solve an important case with the help of street informant Huggy Bear.

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Masterminds

Masterminds

Directed By: Jared Hess

Written By: Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, and Emily Spivey

Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Ross Kimball, Jason Sudeikis, Devin Ratray, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Jon Daly, and Ken Marino

Rating: PG-13

Description: What happens when four dim-witted Southerners pull off one of the largest heists in American history by robbing $17 million from a Loomis Fargo armored truck (based on a true story).

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Caddyshack

Caddyshack

Directed By: Harold Ramis

Written By: Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis, and Douglas Kenney

Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O’Keefe, Danny Noonan, and Bill Murray

Rating: R

Description: This film is about a young caddy that gets tangled in high jinks at an exclusive country club as the assistant groundskeeper famously battles a pesky gopher.

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Paul Blart

Directed By: Steve Carr

Written By: Kevin James and Nick Bakay

Starring: Kevin James, Keir O’Donnell, and Jayma Mays

Rating: PG

Description: An clumsy security guard finds himself in over his head when he tries to prevent a criminal mastermind’s plot to rob an entire shopping mall.

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Dumplin’

Dumplin

Directed By: Anne Fletcher

Written By: Kristin Hahn and Julie Murphy

Starring: Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, and Odeya Rush

Rating: PG-13

Description: In order to prove a point about measuring up and fitting in, Texas teen Willowdean Dickson enters a local pageant run by her former beauty queen mom.

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Snatch

Snatch

Directed By: Guy Ritchie

Written By: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Brad Pitt, Rade Serbedzija, and Jason Statham

Rating: R

Description: What happens when a group of boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.

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Always Be My Maybe

Always Be My Baby

Directed By: Nahnatchka Khan

Written By: Michael Golamco, Randall Park, and Ali Wong

Starring: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito, Michelle Buteau, Vivian Bang, Keanu Reeves, Susan Park, Daniel Dae Kim, and Karan Soni.

Rating: PG-13

Description: Famous chef Sasha and hometown musician Marcus reunited after 15 years and feel the old sparks of attraction, but struggle to adapt to each other’s worlds.

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The Edge of Seventeen

Directed By: Kelly Fremon Craig

Written By:  Kelly Fremon Craig

Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, and Blake Jenner 

Rating: R

Description: High school is already hard enough. But it becomes even more challenging for Nadine when her best friend Krista starts dating her older brother.

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In Bruges

Directed By: Martin McDonagh

Written By: Martin McDonagh

Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ciarán Hinds

Rating: R

Description: After a hit job in London goes wrong, two men are ordered to hide out at a bed-and-breakfast in Bruges, Belgium until their boss reaches out to them again. But that is the last place that Ray (played by Farrell) wants to be.

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The Little Hours

Directed By: Jeff Baena

Written By: Giovanni Boccaccio and Jeff Baena

Starring: Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Nick Offerman, and Fred Armisen

Rating: R

Description: Set in the Middle Ages, a young gardener servant flees from his master and takes refuge with a group of unstable nuns at a convent. The young gardener poses as a deaf-mute and has to try and keep his cover while the nuns try to resist their urges.

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Monty Python And The Holy Grail

Directed By: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

Written By: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle 

Rating: PG

Description: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Galahad the Pure, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot, and Sir Not-Appearing-in-this-Film) go on a journey on the search for the Holy Grail while encountering a number of comedic obstacles.

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Pineapple Express

Directed By: David Gordon Green

Written By: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

Starring: Seth Rogen and James Franco

Rating: R

Description: When a lazy process server and his marijuana dealer become witnesses to the murder of a supplier, they are forced to flee from corrupt police officers and hitmen out to get them.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Directed By: Edgar Wright

Written By: Michael Bacall and Edgar Wright

Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Kieran Culkin 

Rating: PG-13

Description: In this action comedy film, a slacker musician has to battle seven evil exes of his new girlfriend, Ramona.

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Set It Up

Directed By: Claire Scanlon

Written By: Katie Silberman

Starring: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu 

Rating: TV-14

Description: Two assistants team up to set up their workaholic bosses on dates to get them to fall in love so that they can get a break from work.

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Sleeping With Other People

Directed By: Leslye Headland

Written By: Leslye Headland

Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, and Jordan Carlos 

Rating: R

Description: This is a story about what happens when a womanizer and a serial cheater get together in a platonic relationship, but a mutual attraction begins.

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Wet Hot American Summer

Directed By: David Wain

Written By: Michael Showalter and David Wain

Starring:  Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Zak Orth, and A. D. Miles. 

Rating: R

Description: The setting of this film is on the last day of a fictional summer camp in 1981. And everyone is looking for a final shot at action on the last day. As the film amassed a cult following, Netflix revived the franchise with an eight-episode sequel series that takes place ten years after the original film.

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Wine Country

Wine Country

Directed By: Amy Poehler

Written By: Liz Cackowski and Emily Spivey

Starring: Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, and Tina Fey

Rating: R

Description: In this movie, a group of friends goes to Napa for the weekend to celebrate the 50th birthday of their friend, but tensions of the past begin to cause a commotion.

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The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience

Directed By: Mike Diva and Akiva Schaffer

Starring: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Hannah Simone, Jenny Slate, Sterling K. Brown

Rating: TV-MA

Description: The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is a Netflix comedy rap group special put together by The Lonely Island. The Lonely Island honors Jose Canseco (played by Samberg) and Mark McGwire (played by Schaffer) through a visual rap album that is set in the their 1980s heyday.

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