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 October 2020 on Netflix.
Updated on October 1 – 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 one, to give you more options when you need a good laugh. After you finish those, here are some new releases that just missed our list: Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Ghosts of Girlfriend’s Past, Employee of the Month, The Dukes of Hazzard, Yogi Bear, and The Prince & Me.
In 1996, the Coen Brothers directed the movie Fargo, a black comedy and their first film to see widespread success at the Oscars.
Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant Minnesota police chief investigating a series of roadside murders. Soon, a second case takes precedence when a car salesman’s wife is kidnapped and held for ransom.
Two criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) kidnapped her, and there is more to the crime than anyone knew.
Fargo picked up seven Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. It won for Best Actress (McDormand) and Best Original Screenplay.
The Longest Yard (1974)
In 1974, Burt Reynolds starred in one of the best football movies of all-time in the comedy film The Longest Yard.
Reynolds is Paul “Wrecking” Crewe, a former football star who is sentenced to prison after leading police on a high-speed chase in his girlfriend’s car.
In prison, the other inmates mock him for getting kicked out of the NFL for a point shaving scandal but the warden sees his arrival as a chance to win a championship if he convinces him to coach the team of prison guards.
Crewe agrees to an exhibition game where he puts together a team of prisoners to play the guards, but he finds himself forced to throw the game again when the warden tries to trump up false charges against him.
Mr. Deeds (2002)
Adam Sandler did the unthinkable in 2002. He remade a Frank Capra movie and took on the role of a classic Gary Cooper character in Mr. Deeds.
The film has Sandler star as Mr. Deeds, a kind-hearted and simple man who lives in a small town with his close friends and neighbors. However, when he learns that he has inherited billions of dollars, he heads to the big city to figure out where his life goes next.
The movie is a rom-com, with Deeds then falling for a reporter (Winona Ryder) who has lied to him about her identity so she can write an award-winning story about the rags to riches simpleton.
Pineapple Express (2008)
In 2008, David Gordon Green made a comedy with Seth Rogen and James Franco called Pineapple Express.
This was Rogen and Franco’s chance to make a stoner comedy similar to the classic Cheech and Chong movies, but with a lot more action.
Rogen stars as Dale, a process server who goes to see his drug dealer Saul (Franco) to buy some marijuana. The two head out to serve papers to a man named Ted Jones (Gary Cole), but they witness Ted and a police officer murder a man.
They are spotted and the two find themselves on the run from a drug lord and the police.
The Interview (2014)
In 2014, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg pushed the boundaries of comedy when they made a film that poked fun as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The movie was highly controversial, especially when Kim Jong-un considered it an insult to his country and threatened military action against the United States if it was released.
The movie came out, albeit in a limited release, and now it is available on Netflix.
Seth Rogen and James Franco star as journalists who set up an interview with Kim Jong-un. Soon, the CIA recruits them to assassinate him. Randall Park stars as Kim Jong-un and the movie goes deep into the North Korean leader’s love of all things Western entertainment.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
One of the strangest comedies you will see on Netflix is the Spike Jonze movie, Being John Malkovich.
The movie stars John Cusack, who finds a floor in between the seventh and eighth floor of a building. On this floor is a door, where if a person goes through it, they end up in the body of John Malkovich.
Things get really complicated when Malkovich himself realizes something is going on and goes and finds the door himself. This is when the battle for Malkovich begins.
This is the movie that helped introduce the world to the brilliance of both director Jonze and eclectic screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.
The Addams Family (1991)
When Hollywood tries to remake classic television shows on the big screen, they almost always fail. One fantastic exception to this rule is the 1991 movie The Addams Family.
The movie had an amazing cast that brought the classic characters to life, from the brilliant Raul Julia as Gomez to the sexy Anjelica Huston as his wife Morticia. Huston even picked up a Golden Globes nomination for her performance.
The movie also had the brilliant Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) as Uncle Fester and introduced the world to Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams.
- “Would you like some lemonade”
- “Is it made of real lemons? Would you like some girl scout cookies?”
- “Are they made of real girl scouts?”
The movie is a brilliant comedy.
The Zucker brothers created one of the best spoof movies of all-time with Airplane!
Over the last two decades, the spoof movies were dreadful for the most part, but when it comes to the ’70s and ’80s, comedy directors did it right and Airplane! is a perfect example.
Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty star in the movie about an airplane whose pilot falls ill and a passenger on the plane who is a former pilot with demons in his past is tasked with landing the aircraft.
The comedy spoof was added to the United States National Film Registry in the Library of Congress in 2010.
The Naked Gun (1988)
David Zucker and Jerry Zucker also created the spoof movie, Naked Gun, based on the classic television series Police Squad.
This movie turned former dramatic actor Leslie Nielsen into a comedy legend, a bumbling buffoon who says the wrong things at the worst moments and often ends up in clumsy slapstick moments that puts everyone around him in danger.
This movie has an assassination attempt on the Queen of England that Det. Frank Drebin has to stop, and when it turns out to be New York Yankees legend, Reggie Jackson, with the gun, hijinks ensue.
Mel Brooks was the king of satires and created some of the most beloved in the history of film, with Young Frankenstein as possibly his masterpiece.
However, in 1987, he also directed a spoof of Star Wars called Spaceballs and proved to the world how to spoof a movie franchise, while also keeping it original and funny on its own merits.
The cast included Bill Pullman as a Han Solo character and John Candy as his alien co-pilot Barf.
On top of Star Wars, Spaceballs also spoofs The Wizard of Oz, Star Trek, Alien, and Planet of the Apes.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Jim Carrey broke out from his role on the TV sketch show In Living Color and became one of the most prominent comedians of the 90s.
In 1994, Carrey had three massive successful comedies hit theaters: The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
Now, fans can relive the brilliance of Ace Ventura on Netflix.
Carrey stars as Ace Ventura, a pet detective hired to find out who stole the mascot of the Miami Dolphins football team. The film includes a hilarious cameo from legendary Dolphins’ quarterback Dan Marino.
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
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.
Murphy picked up a Golden Globes nomination for the role. He also won The Razzie Redeemer Award, which is for actors who have been in many bad movies but turned it around with something critically acclaimed.
The Other Guys (2010)
Adam McKay and Will Ferrell have teamed up for several hit comedies over the years, and one of those has hit Netflix.
The Other Guys stars Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as misfit police detectives in the NYPD who end up in the middle of a massive case that they are ill-equipped to handle.
Ferrell is hilarious in his role as a bookish detective with a dark past, while Wahlberg plays a trigger-happy cop who was demoted when he accidentally shot Derek Jeter.
The movie also has one of the best jaw-dropping openings in comedy history, in which The Rock and Samuel L. Jackson steal the entire film.
Comedy Central named it the Best Comedy Film in 2011.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
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 that had 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 only Airplane.
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
The second Monty Python movie on Netflix is the Christian satire Life of Brian.
The movie tells the story of a man named Brian, who was 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 fells in love with a young rebel and joins the People’s don’t 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.
Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke (1978)
When it comes to stoner comedy, the kings of the mountain are easily Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin. Out of all their combined efforts, Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke sits at the top.
The two worked as standup comedians for years in the counterculture of the 70s and then took their talents to the big screen.
The comedy movie, now available to watch on Netflix, stars Chong as a stoner whose parents tell him to get a job or go to military school. He leaves and meets Cheech before the two are arrested for smoking pot.
The film follows a day in the life of these two stoners and is credited as the genesis of stoner movies.
Murder Mystery (2019)
Adam Sandler has a terrible track record when it comes to 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.
Swiss Army Man (2016)
Possibly the most unusual comedy movie on Netflix right now is Swiss Army Man.
The synopsis of the film is head-turning. A young man named Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on an island and comes across a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) that starts to flatulate.
The two then develop a friendship as the flatulence eventually leads to the corpse reanimating, and the two set off to try to find their way back to civilization-and the girl that Hank secretly desires.
The dark comedy has a bizarre plotline, but it’s certainly worth a watch.
Nacho Libre (2006)
Jack Black went from a hilarious supporting comic actor in movies like The Cable Guy and High Fidelity to a leading man in his comedies throughout the years.
Fans with Netflix can now catch his 2006 movie Nacho Libre. The film is based in the Mexican world of Lucha Libre wrestling.
Black plays Ignacio, a cook in the monastery orphanage in which he was raised who has dreams of becoming a luchador wrestler.
Ignacio finds his dreams of becoming a luchador could also help him earn money to help the orphanage, but finds an evil luchador, played by former WCW wrestler Silver King, standing in his way.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
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 to 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.
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