The 15 best funny movies on Netflix (April 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 April 2021.

Updated on April 2021: 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.

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.

Good Burger (1997)

Good Burger
Keenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell in Good Burger. Pic credit: Paramount

In 1997, the current president of Nickelodeon, Brian Robbins, was a movie director and producer, and he made the movie Good Burger, based on the Nickelodeon skit from All That.

Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live) starred alongside Kel Mitchell (Kenan & Kel) as employees at Good Burger, where Dexter (Thompson) tries to make the money he needs to fix a car he damaged in an accident.

When Ed (Kel) comes up with a new secret sauce to help save Good Burger from going out of business when the new mega-burger joint Mondo Burger comes into town, but then Ed and Dexter find themselves tempted to do the unthinkable.

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

Two Weeks Notice
Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock in Two Weeks Notice. Pic credit: Warner Bros

In 2002, Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock were two of the top names in romantic comedies and they teamed up for the Marc Lawrence (Miss Congeniality) rom-com Two Weeks Notice.

Lucy is Lucy, a liberal lawyer fighting for preservation and environmental law while Grant is George, a billionaire real estate developer.

He ends up hiring Lucy as his Chief Counsel with the promise that he will protect the community center that means so much to her.

When she loses her patience with him, she puts in her two-week notice but then the two realize they need each other more than they thought.

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.

The movie is a sweet story of a father and daughter meeting, but they find their journey thrown off by trusted officials who believe an American daughter would hurt his political career.

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.

Superbad (2007)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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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