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The best comedy movies on Netflix (March 2021)

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Superbad and Naked Gun are on Netflix. Pic credit: Sony / Paramount

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 in March 2021 on Netflix.

Updated in March 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. After you finish those, here are some other recent releases that just missed our list: Can’t Hardly Wait, Eddie Murphy: Raw, Little Nicky, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Runaway Bride.

Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

Beverly Hills Ninja
Chris Farley in Beverly Hills Ninja. Pic credit: Sony

It isn’t a masterpiece, but it does provide young fans with a great look at the comic timing of the late Chris Farley.

Released in 1997, this was a Farley vehicle where he starred as a boy raised by clan of ninjas who found him washed up on shore. While they did this due to the prophesy of a foreign white male who would become a master like no other, what they got was Chris Farley.

This was one of Farley’s rare movies without David Spade, although Chris Rock showed up. The movie has mostly negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but this is not a movie made for film critics.

Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

Can't Hardly Wait
Seth Green in Can’t Hardly Wait. Pic credit: Sony

Can’t Hardly Wait arrived in an era of teen party comedies and was one of many films focusing on kids at a party trying to hook up before leaving after graduation.

Ethan Embry is the main star, an awkward high school kid who finally got up the nerve to tell his long-time crush (Jennifer Love-Hewitt) how he feels about her.

Meanwhile, there are some great young stars from this era appearing in the film, including Seth Green, Lauren Ambrose, Jerry O’Connell, Jason Segel, and Peter Facinelli.

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This funny movie on Netflix is forgotten but is good enough to deserve more fans.

Murder Mystery (2019)

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Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Murder Mystery. Pic credit: Netflix

Adam Sandler has a terrible track record for Netflix comedy movies, but he had a rare critical hit in 2019 with Murder Mystery.

Sandler plays an NYPD detective married to a hairdresser played by Jennifer Aniston. When she calls him out for never taking her on a European vacation, he promised her 15 years earlier, he lies and claims that he already booked the trip.

The two head to Europe and end up at a billionaire’s yacht party. When someone kills the guest of honor (Terence Stamp), they become the prime suspects.

People start to die like in an Agatha Christie novel, and it is up to the two Americans to solve the mystery before they are next.

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.

The Naked Gun (1988)

The Naked Gun
Reggie Jackson in The Naked Gun. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

Naked Gun is back on Netflix, with the Leslie Nielsen cop spoof returning for audiences to rediscover.

Based on Files from the Police Squad, Neilson is back as Det. Frank Drebin, as he is brought in to help protect Queen Elizabeth when she visited Los Angeles.

Someone wanted to kill her, and it is up to Drebin to find out who it is and save her, although he stumbled and bumbled the entire way.

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.

30 Minutes or Less (2011)

30 Minutes or Less
Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari in 30 Minutes or Less. Pic credit: Sony

The director of Zombieland followed it up with 30 Minutes of Less.

Jesse Eisenberg is Nick, a slacker who works as a pizza delivery driver and has no real aspirations. He rarely gets to his customers in the 30 minutes time frame, and his job is in danger.

However, things worsen when he is kidnapped by two guys who strap a bomb to his chest and order him to get them $100,000 in 10 hours, or they will blow him up.

Danny McBride and Nick Swardson star as the bad guys, while Aziz Ansari stars as Nick’s friend Chet.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

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Chevy Chase and Beverly DeAngelo in Christmas Vacation. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

Christmas might be over with, but one of the most beloved Christmas movies is back on Netflix.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is back for fans, bringing Chevy Chase and his family back for another ridiculous holiday experience.

This time, Chase’s Clark Griswold wants to have the best of everything for Christmas, from Christmas lights to a Christmas party for his boss. However, as with anything Griswold, everything goes wrong in the most spectacular ways.

Superbad (2007)

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Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse in Superbad. Pic credit: Sony

Released in 2007, Superbad is a teen raunchy comedy with a lot of heart that remains one of the best in its genre.

Jonah Hill (Seth) and Michael Cera (Evan) are two high school seniors who have been best friends since they were kids. They are going to different colleges and want to have one last outing before they go their separate ways.

They end up planning to go to a party, and when one of their friends (Christopher Plasse-Mintz) says he can get a fake ID, Seth offers to buy beer for a school ending party to try to hook up with a girl.

Based on a script by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, it is easy to see them remembering childhood, as they named the main characters after themselves. Also, who can forget the fake ID under the name McLovin?

50 First Dates (2004)

50 First Dates
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates. Pic credit: Sony

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore made audiences fall in love with them in 1998 with The Wedding Singer. Six years later, they reteamed in the romantic comedy movie 50 First Dates.

In this movie, Sandler plays a womanizer named Henry, who preys on women on Oahu in Hawaii. When he sees Barrymore’s Lucy, he strikes up a conversation and begins to fall for her.

There is one problem.

Lucy was in an accident the year before and has short-term memory loss. She also has no idea she was in the accident, and her father and brother are hiding it from her to protect her from knowing what happened.

Waiting… (2005)

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The cast of Waiting. Pic credit: Lionsgate

At one time, anyone who worked in a convenience store at any time in their life said that Clerks was an almost perfect depiction of the people you see in that line of work.

While nowhere near as critically acclaimed as Clerks, the 2005 comedy Waiting… did the same thing for the restaurant industry.

Ryan Reynolds headlines the cast, but Justin Long is the main star of this movie, about a group of friends and co-workers at a restaurant trying to deal with obnoxious customers and life in general.

This was the directorial debut for Rob McKittrick, who worked as a waiter when he wrote the script.

Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

Dolemite Is My Name
Eddie Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name. Pic credit: Netflix

Eddie Murphy made a triumphant comeback in 2019 with the Netflix original movie Dolemite Is My Name.

This Netflix comedy is based on the true story of Rudy Ray Moore, an actor who portrayed Dolemite in his standup routines as well as a series of 70s blaxploitation films.

Some big names showed up in the movie, including Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, and Wesley Snipes, and it was easily the best movie Murphy has starred in, in years.

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)

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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.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Pic credit: Trans World Entertainment

For possibly the strangest comedy movie on Netflix right now, look no further than the 1988 horror comedy Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

There are no clowns as scary as Pennywise here, as the Klowns in this movie are all grotesque and over-the-top in their design, and they are here to laugh at.

In the film, aliens resembling circus clowns have crashed on Earth. Their goal is to kill and harvest humans to use as sustenance.

As expected, this is a cult classic and delivers dark, silly fun for fans of absurdist films.

Shawn S. Lealos


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