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The best comedy movies on Netflix (October 2021)

Mystery Men and Talladega Nights are comedies on Netflix
Mystery Men and Talladega Nights are comedies on Netflix. Pic credit: Universal / Sony

It’s always a good time to catch a great comedy movie, and that’s never been more true than during the current pandemic.

Luckily, Netflix has everything you could want when it comes to a good laugh – regardless of your sense of humor.

From some of the best films in cinema history to great Netflix originals that have hit the streaming service over the past few years, here are 15 of the best comedy movies you can catch this month on Netflix.

Updated in October 2021 — Every month, movies come and go from Netflix. However, more movies arrive all the time. We will always keep this list updated with the best movies to watch right now.

We added new movies to replace the departed ones, to give you more options when you need a good laugh.

Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)

Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996). Pic credit: Miramax

Directed by Paris Barclay, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood brought the Wayans Brothers from the small screen of In Living Color to the big screen.

The movie is basically the same thing as I’m Gonna Get You Sucka (which was directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans and released in 1988). The movie is a parody of blaxploitation movies.

The main movies that it spoofed were Boyz in the Hood and Menace II Society.

Step Brothers (2008)

Step Brothers (2008)
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Step Brothers. Pic credit: Sony

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly starred in several comedies together in the early 2000s, and while Step Brothers wasn’t the best of those movies, it was the best pairing for the duo.

The two actors played 40-year-olds who still lived at home with their parents. When Brennan’s divorced mother marries Dale’s widowed father, they become stepbrothers and hate each other from the start.

The two very immature men then do everything they can to make each other’s lives a living hell. However, when they start to realize they have more in common than they thought, they set out to conquer the world.

Mystery Men (1999)

Mystery Men
Ben Stiller in Mystery Men. Pic credit: Universal Pictures

In a movie that was far ahead of its time, Mystery Men told the story of a superhero team full of outcasts and misfits.

Ben Stiller takes the lead in the movie as Mr. Furious, a man whose only superpower is his rage. He works with a hilarious cast, including Hank Azaria (The Blue Raja, who uses cutlery as a weapon), William H. Macy (The Shoveler, who uses a shovel as a weapon), and Janeane Garafalo (The Bowler, who uses a crystal bowling ball containing the skull of her father).

The movie is based on the Dark Horse Comics series of the same name.

The Interview (2014)

James Franco from The Interview
James Franco from The Interview. Pic credit: Sony

The Interview was a 2014 comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists who set up an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-un, who has always prided himself as a fanboy of Western pop culture and sports celebrities, was a perfect target for the movie’s humor.

The plot had the CIA recruit the journalists to assassinate the dictator while they were there to interview him. Of course, this is Seth Rogen and James Franco, so nothing goes as planned.

Pineapple Express (2008)

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Seth Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride in Pineapple Express. Pic credit: Sony

In 2008, David Gordon Green directed the stoner buddy comedy Pineapple Express.

The movie starred Seth Rogan as a process server who heads over to his drug dealer’s (James Franco) apartment to get some more weed. They then go together to serve a warrant.

The problem is that when they arrive to serve the warrant, the man (Gary Cole) murders someone with police officers on hand as accessories.

What results is a chase movie, where the two men are hapless yet somehow manage to overcome the odds as hitmen are unable to bring them down.

Team America: World Police (2004)

Team America World Police by Matt Stone and Trey Parker
Team America World Police by Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Pic credit: Paramount

After breaking out with South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker decided to make a different kind of animated movie.

This was Team America: World Police, which used puppets similar to the classic series Thunderbirds.

The story was a dark comedy and a harsh indictment of both America’s love of military battles and the cliches used by Hollywood for years to play into the jingoistic attitudes in America.

The movie was Rated-R and was almost Rated NC-17 due to “puppet sex scenes.”

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

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Chyler Leigh and Chris Evans in Not Another Teen Movie. Pic credit: Sony

Before spoof movies ended up as the lowest form of the comedy genre, there were several movies that knocked it out of the park.

One of the last of these, and possibly the one that kickstarted the craze that led to some terrible movies over the next decade, was Not Another Teen Movie in 2001.

The movie starred Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers in Supergirl) as the nerdy girl who was beautiful when she took off her glasses. It also starred a young Chris Evans (Captain America) as the hot boy she liked.

The movie spoofed most of the teen coming of age movies of the 80s and even included a cameo by ’80s star Molly Ringwald.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Will Ferrell and John C Reilly in Talladega Nights
Will Ferrell and John C Reilly in Talladega Nights. Pic credit: Sony Pictures

Will Ferrell was on a hot streak in the early 2000s and one of the best movies of that era for the comedian was Talladega Nights.

In the movie, Ferrell played NASCAR racer Ricky Bobby as he began to lose confidence when he ended up in competition with a French Formula One racer (Sacha Baron Cohen).

The movie also featured Farrell’s long-time collaborator John C. Reilly as his partner on the race team and was directed by Anchorman director Adam McKay.

The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

The Whole Nine Yards
Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry in The Whole Nine Yards. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

The Whole Nine Years was a 2000 crime comedy starring Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry.

Perry is Oz, a dentist from Chicago whose wife (Rosanna Arquette) hates him. When his assistant (Amanda Peete) asks him to name a price to make his wife disappear, he gets an idea.

His new neighbor is Jimmy The Tulip, who is a Chicago contract killer with a bounty on his head. Soon, Oz is in the middle of a huge mess where everyone wants everyone else dead to collect a massive bounty.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Zack and Miri Make a Porno
The cast of Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Pic credit: The Weinstein Company

Kevin Smith made his most risque movie in 2008 when he directed Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

The plot followed two best friends, played by Seth Rogen (Zack) and Elizabeth Banks (Miri), trying to find a way to make a living and realize how much they can make if they create porn movies.

Smith also brought in real porn star Katie Morgan and a former porn star turned mainstream actress in Traci Lords, as well as Smith mainstays like Jason Mewes and Jeff Anderson.

Legally Blonde (2001)

Legally Blonde (2001)
Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde. Pic credit: MGM

Reese Witherspoon stars in Legally Blonde, a comedy released in 2001 by director Robert Luketic.

Witherspoon is Elle Woods, a sorority girl who wants to win back her ex-boyfriend by proving herself, getting a Juris Doctor degree at the Harvard Law School.

When she arrives, no one gives her a chance based on her appearance and bubbly personality, but she proves everyone wrong when she becomes a successful lawyer thanks to her never-ending self-confidence.

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
Jack Black and Kyle Gass in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. Pic credit: New Line Cinema

Jack Black has two loves in his life. His comedy and his music. In 2006, he brought them together with a fictional movie about his real-life fake band Tenacious D.

That might be hard to understand for non-fans, but Tenacious D is a real band that plays real music and tours and it has two members, Jack Black and Kyle Glass.

However, they go by pseudonyms Jables (J.B.) and Kage (K.G.), and most of their songs are over-the-top versions of arena rock.

This is their origin story where they find the Pick of Destiny and become stars. The movie also stars real-life rockers like Ronnie James Dio, Dave Grohl, Meat Loaf, and acting talent like Ben Stiller and Tim Robbins.

What a Girl Wants (2003)

What a Girl Wants
Amanda Bynes and Colin Firth in What a Girl Wants. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

Amanda Bynes was one of the biggest stars in the early 2000s when it came to young adult movies.

In 2003, she was in a fish out of water story as she starred as Daphne, a 17-year-old who heads to England to meet the father who doesn’t even know she exists.

Her father is a former member of the House of Lords who is running for the House of Commons, seeking the role of Prime Minister.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Pic credit: EMI Films

Netflix is the home for Monty Python and has two of the group’s best movies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail was initially released in 1975 and stood the test of time- 45 years later, it’s still regarded as one of the best comedies ever made.

The film was a spoof with its origins in sketches from the Monty Python television show (which is also available to watch on Netflix).

Holy Grail is about the quest by King Arthur and his knights for the Holy Grail. The movie was named the second-best comedy of all-time in a fan-based poll by ABC and People, behind Airplane.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

Life of Brian
Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Pic credit: Warner Bros

The second Monty Python movie on Netflix is the Christian satire Life of Brian.

The movie tells the story of a man named Brian, a child born in the stable next to Jesus Christ. This causes the Three Wisemen to find him and initially confuse him with the King of the Jews.

Brian then falls in love with a young rebel and joins the People’s Front of Judea, a freedom movement that spends as much time in-fighting as getting anything done.

The movie found protestors from every religious sect, but it might be the funniest movie from Monty Python.

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