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The best comedy movies on Netflix (July 2021)

Big Lebowski and Talladega Nights on Netflix
Big Lebowski and Talladega Nights on Netflix. Pic credit: Gramercy Pictures/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 in July 2021 on Netflix.

Updated in July 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.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Mike Myers and Liz Hurley in Austin Powers International Man of Mystery
Mike Myers and Liz Hurley in Austin Powers International Man of Mystery. Pic credit: New Line Cinema

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery was the first in a three-movie comedy series starring Mike Myers as the spy Austin Powers.

In this first movie, Austin was placed into cryostasis until a time that the world needed him back to battle Dr. Evil in the future. Because he was placed in cryostasis in 1967, he was in no way prepared for what the world looked like in the ’90s.

The movie was a massive success as a fish out of water story, and this was Mike Myers at his creative best.

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

Netflix: Not Another Teen Movie
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.

Murder Mystery (2019)

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

Murder Mystery remains the best Adam Sandler comedy in his Netflix exclusive deal.

In the movie, Sandler is an NYC cop who brings his wife (Jennifer Aniston) on a trip to Europe. They meet Malcolm Quince, an elderly billionaire who invites them to his Super Yacht.

Once there, someone murders Quince, and the two end up involved in a murder mystery aboard the boat.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Gubi Chairs on Always Be My Maybe: What are they?
Always Be My Maybe has introduced the world to Gubi Chairs. Pic credit: Ed Araquel/Netflix

Released in 2019, Always Be My Maybe was a Netflix original romantic comedy movie starring Ali Wong and Randall Park.

Park and Ali received credit as two of the writers in this story of childhood friends Sasha and Marcus, who grew apart when they had sex.

The movie jumps to 16 years later when Sasha is a celebrity chef while Marcus still lives with his dad and plays in an unsigned band that plays in his neighborhood.

The two then reconnect, and while Marcus likes Sasha, she has just started dating Keanu Reeves — who plays himself.

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi in The Big Lebowski
Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi in The Big Lebowski. Pic credit: Gramercy Pictures

The Coen Brothers directed The Big Lebowski in 1998 and it remains among the brothers’ most popular films.

Jeff Bridges stars as Jeffrey Lebowski, The Dude, in ’90s Los Angeles. Some thugs attack him at his home, demanding money. When they realize they have the wrong guy, they leave him but urinate on his favorite rug.

When The Dude’s bowling buddies admit he needs to do something about it, he goes to find out who is responsible and get his rug replaced, putting himself and all his friends in danger.

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.

Superbad (2007)

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?

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)

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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