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The 15 best funny movies on Netflix (January 2022)

Don't Look Up and The Wedding Singer
Don’t Look Up and The Wedding Singer. Pic credit: Netflix/Warner Bros

With all the world’s problems today, it is always good to sit down, put on a movie or TV show, and find something to laugh about.

There are the films that Netflix has licensed from major studios and more and more original features that the streaming giant is making on its own.

From romantic comedies to absurdist films and from action comic flicks to sketch comedies, there are plenty of funny movies on Netflix for everyone.

Here is a look at 15 funny movies you can catch that are available on Netflix as of this month.

Updated in January 2022: As with all movies that are not originals on Netflix, there are many great films that leave the service every month, including some great comedies.

However, we will update this list monthly, removing those films that are no longer available and replacing them with new movies that you can enjoy, often adding more offerings as this list of funny movies grows.

Don’t Look Up (2021)

The cast of Don't Look Up
The cast of Don’t Look Up. Pic credit: Netflix

Released in 2021, Adam McKay directed the dark comedy Don’t Look Up. The movie was almost out of place in 2021 because it was often hard to laugh at situations that are all too real.

The movie starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as two scientists who learn that a comet is racing toward Earth that could destroy all life on the planet.

The problem is that the politicians don’t care and ignore the threat while the world decides they are more interested in celebrity pregnancies and refuse to believe the scientists until it is too late.

The movie is a Netflix original and appears to be a front-runner for awards season.

21 Jump Street (2012)

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street. Pic credit: Columbia

In 2012, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller brought the classic TV show 21 Jump Street to the big screen.

The movie is an action-comedy about a pair of cops who go undercover as high school students to stop a drug ring. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill star as the cops.

The movie also had a fun cameo by Johnny Depp, who was the star from the TV show. The movie also had a sequel in 2014 with 22 Jump Street.

Addams Family Values (1993)

Addams Family Values
Addams Family Values. Pic credit: Paramount

Released in 1993, Addams Family Values was the sequel to the big-screen remake of the classic horror television show.

Considered the better of the two movies, the cast returns with Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci in the lead roles.

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In this sequel, a serial killer marries Uncle Fester and plans to kill him for his inheritance. However, she never realized what the family had planned for her.

The Wedding Singer (1998)

Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer
Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer. Pic credit: New Line Cinema

One of Adam Sandler’s most beloved movies hit in 1998 with The Wedding Singer.

In this movie, Sandler was able to bring one of his better Saturday Night Live schticks, his singing weird songs, to the big screen as the wedding singer of the title.

The Wedding Singer also gave Sandler a chance to show he was more than a frat boy movie actor by putting him in a rom-com with Drew Barrymore as the romantic interest.

Sandler and Barrymore teamed up more in the future, but this was still Sandler’s best rom-com of his career.

Stripes (1981)

Bill Murray, John Candy and the cast of Stripes
Bill Murray, John Candy and the cast of Stripes. Pic credit: Columbia

In 1981, Bill Murray was one of the top comedians working in Hollywood and he starred in the comedy war movie Stripes.

He was also joined by his Ghostbusters partner in crime Harold Ramis and the brilliant John Candy in this movie directed by Ivan Reitman.

Murray is John Winger, a guy whose life is falling apart so he joins the Army and convinces his buddy (Ramis) to join with him. While mostly getting into trouble, the two eventually find themselves in a position where they have to save all their fellow soldiers.

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.

Bad Teacher (2011)

Bad Teacher
Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher. Pic credit: Sony

Bad Teacher is a raunchy comedy starring Cameron Diaz as a middle school teacher who hates her job and puts in the least amount of work possible.

However, after her wealthy boyfriend dumps her, she has to return to work to afford her breast implants.

She soon meets a wealthy substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake) and tries to win him over for the money, but finds another teacher (Lucy Punch) trying to win him over as well.

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Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins
Gremlins. Pic credit: Warner Bros

One of the best Christmas horror comedies ever made arrived in 1984 with Joe Dante’s Gremlins.

The movie had a father bring home a special Christmas gift for his son – a unique animal known as a mogwai. There were some simple rules. Don’t get it wet, expose it to light, or feed it after midnight.

Exposing it to light would kill it, but the other rules were broken, which caused Gizmo to spawn more mogwais, which eventually turn into Gremlins – destructive little monsters who try to destroy everything in sight.

This is a unique Christmas movie that fans can watch anytime of the year and never fails to entertain.

The Longest Yard (2005)

Adam Sandler in The Longest Yard
Adam Sandler in The Longest Yard. Pic credit: Sony

The Longest Yard was an Adam Sandler remake of the classic 1974 Bruce Reynolds movie, with Reynolds coming back for a role in this movie.

Sandler starred as a former football star involved in a high-profile point-shaving scandal.

While serving time in prison, the warden used his power and forced him to play in a football exhibition game against the vicious guards.

Stone Cold Steve Austin made his movie debut here as Guard Dunham with Kevin Nash and Bill Goldberg are other professional wrestlers to appear.

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)

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.

Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)

Eddie Murphy Raw
Eddie Murphy in Raw. Pic credit: Paramount

While it might be a little raw for 2021, Eddie Murphy’s classic comedy standup Raw still packs a punch with some very funny material.

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Murphy himself said he cringes at the old jokes, especially considering many of them are overly racist and raunchy, but when taken as a product of its time, there wasn’t anyone firing on all cylinders in comedy like Murphy was.

This was Murphy’s second comedy show to result in a standup film, and this one hit theaters and was the highest-grossing standup comedy concert film of all time at the box office.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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

One of the funniest sketch movies of all time and one of the most iconic U.K. comedies in history is Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Honestly, Monty Python fans have a lot to love on Netflix, as they have another movie called Life of Brian as well as their original sketch comedy Monty Python’s Flying Circus all available on the streaming giant.

In Holy Grail, the Monty Python guys star as King Arthur and his knights as they search for the Holy Grail. Moments like the Knights Who Say “Ni!” and the Black Knight are examples of some of the movie’s best funny scenes.

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.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE
Randall Park and Ali Wong in Always Be My Maybe. Pic credit: Netflix

Always Be My Maybe is a Netflix original movie starring Ali Wong and Randall Park and directed by Nahnatchka Khan.

Park and Wong are childhood friends named Marcus and Sasha, who had a teen fling that ended poorly and had not seen each other since.

This funny movie picked up years later when Sasha returns to San Francisco, opens a restaurant, and then reconnects with Marcus. With his insecurities and her fame and success as a restauranteur, their relationship is threatened once again.

Keanu Reeves is also in the movie, playing himself, and is a national treasure in every scene he appears.

Shawn S. Lealos has been a freelance writer for 25 years, starting...read more

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