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The 15 best funny movies on Netflix (January 2021)

The 15 best funny movies on Netflix
The Naked Gun and Superbad on Netflix. Pic credit: Paramount / Sony

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 January 2021.

Updated on January 2: 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.

Other new movies that hit in recent months that just missed this list are 30 Minutes or Less and Blue Streak.

Superbad (2007)

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

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

Michael Cera (Evan) and Jonah Hill (Seth) are high school seniors, best friends since they were kids. They are heading off to different colleges, but want to have one last night of fun before going their separate ways.

They learn one of their friends (Christopher Plasse-Mintz) can get a fake ID, so Seth offers to buy beer for an end of school party with hopes to hook up with a girl.

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

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.

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.

The Naked Gun (1988)

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

It is almost hard to believe that Leslie Nielsen was at one time a serious dramatic actor thanks to what The Naked Gun did for his career.

In The Naked Gun, Nielsen is a police detective in a spoof of the classic television series Police Squad! He is a bumbling and clueless detective who always says the wrong thing and has so many slapstick clumsy moments that it is a surprise anyone around him lived.

The first Naked Gun in the three-movie series had O.J. Simpson as his partner as they try to stop an assassination attempt of the Queen of England (New York Yankees’ legend Reggie Jackson was the hypnotized gunman).

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.

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

Easy A (2010)

Easy A
Emma Stone in Easy A. Pic credit: Screen Gems

Emma Stone starred in the very funny comedy movie Easy A in 2010.

The movie is based on the classic Nathaniel Hawthorne novel The Scarlet Letter, a story of a woman who ends up pregnant due to an extramarital affair. Her community forces her to wear the letter “A” for adulterer from that point on.

In the film, it was a slight twist, as Emma Stone’s Olive faked losing her virginity to get out of going on a weekend trip with a friend, but when the school learned about it, she developed a new reputation and chose to fight back.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)

Paul Blart
Kevin James in Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Pic credit: Sony

Adam Sandler has become a mainstay on Netflix with his comedy movies hitting regularly. However, at one time, these were theatrical releases.

In 2009, Sandler produced the movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop, starring Kevin James.

As the title suggests, James is Paul Blart, a mall cop who rides around on his Segway, ensuring things remain safe and clean at the mall he works at.

When a gang takes control of the mall, and they take hostages, Blart ends up as the man on the inside, trying to take them down one by one to save his mall. Think of this as a comedic version of Die Hard.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Pic credit: Warner Bros

In the first part of the 2000s, Matthew McConaughey found himself a star in several romantic comedies. After breaking out as an action star in Alias and Electra, Jennifer Garner also ended up in the rom-com genre.

In Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, they were the co-stars in a movie based on A Christmas Carol but replaced Christmas with a wedding day.

McConaughey is Connor, a womanizer who reconnects with Jenny (Garner), the only girl ever to capture his heart. As he wants to try to win her back, he faces the ghosts of the girlfriends he hurt in the past.

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Stranger Than Fiction
Will Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction. Pic credit: Columbia Pictures

When one thinks of Will Ferrell movies, they think of absurd comedies with Ferrell playing over-the-top characters.

He took a step back in Stranger Than Fiction, a 2006 movie that was not a typical Farrell comedy but instead played more like a Spike Jonze or Michel Gondry movie.

Stranger Than Fiction is a dark comedy playing on the idea of existentialism and identity, as Ferrell learns over the course of the movie that he is not a real person.

Instead, he is a fictional character named Harold Crick, an IRS worker in a novel by author Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson). She is known for killing her protagonists, but when Harold starts to hear a voice narrating his story and realizes he is going to die, he sets out to stop it.

Pineapple Express (2008)

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

In 2008, David Gordon Green made a stoner comedy action movie that took the world by storm.

The movie starred Seth Rogen as a process server who witnesses a murder by a police officer and a local drug lord (Gary Cole) and ends up running from the mob and the police.

Joining him in the hilarious thrill ride is James Franco as his drug dealer who was also there to witness the murder and Danny McBride as one of the drug lord’s henchmen.

The supporting cast was full of big names, including Craig Robinson, Rosie Perez, Ken Jeong, Ed Beagley Jr., and Bill Hader.

Death at a Funeral (2010)

Death at a Funeral (2010)
Martin Lawrence, Danny Glover, and Tracy Morgan in Death at a Funeral. Pic credit: Screen Gems

In 2010, Neil LaBute brought the 2007 British comedy Death at a Funeral to America with a cast full of stars.

This comedy takes place at the funeral of Aaron (Chris Rock) and Ryan’s (Martin Lawrence) dad.

Anything that could go wrong does, as a cousin (Zoe Saldana) brings her boyfriend (James Marsden), who accidentally takes a hallucinogen before the funeral; a man named Frank (Peter Dinklage) shows up claiming to be the deceased father’s lover, demanding money for his silence; and family friend Norman (Tracy Morgan) just makes everything worse.

Mr. Deeds (2002)

Mr. Deeds
Adam Sandler and John Turturro in Mr. Deeds. Pic credit: Sony

In 2002, Adam Sandler did the unthinkable. He starred in a Frank Capra movie remake and took on a role made famous by Gary Cooper.

In Mr. Deeds, Sandler plays Longfellow Deeds, a small-town guy who learns that he is the grandnephew of a wealthy multi-billionaire. He is flown into NYC with the intent of making him sell his shares of the company for $40 billion.

While there, he meets a reporter who pretends to be a girl in danger that he saves. However, she intends to write an expose on his life. This is a rom-com but has some great Sandler gags thrown in along the way for a very funny movie.

The Other Guys (2010)

The Other Guys
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in The Other Guys. Pic credit: Colombia

The Other Guys has one of the funniest openings of any action-comedy on Netflix, as Sam Jackson and The Rock were supercops that met a shocking end.

However, even after that moment, the movie never lets up. Adam McKay and Will Ferrell teamed up and added Mark Wahlberg as the straight man to play off Ferrell. All of them were at the top of their game.

The movie has two misfit cops trying to stop a crime while their more successful partners were almost worthless to anything other than dishing out insults.

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

KUNG FU HUSTLE
Kung Fu Hustle. Pic credit: Columbia

No one talks about Kung Fu Hustle enough, and more people need to be streaming it while it is available on Netflix.

Stephen Chow directed and starred in this comedy action spoof of Hong Kong action movies, and it was brilliant.

The story takes place in the 1940s in Shanghai, where two petty crooks from the Axe Gang arrive to extort money from a rundown slum called Pigsty Alley.

They find themselves facing off with the tough-as-nails Landlady.

Plus, while it is mostly a comedy, it matches up well with more serious wuxia action films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Hero.

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.

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


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