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The 15 best funny movies on Netflix (October 2020)

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Ace Ventura and Naked Gun on Netflix. Pic credit: Warner Bros/Paramount

With all the problems in the world today, it is always good to just 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 October 2020.

Updated on October 1: As with all movies that are not originals on Netflix, there are many great films that leave the service every month, and this includes 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 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Longest Yard, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Employee of the Month, The Dukes of Hazzard, Yogi Bear, and The Prince & Me.

Fargo (1996)

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Frances McDormand in Fargo. Pic credit: Focus Features

The Coen Brothers directed the movie Fargo in 1996, a black comedy taking place in the snowy North Dakota countryside.

Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant Minnesota police chief who is investigating a series of roadside murders. These might end up tying in with the kidnapping of a car salesman’s wife.

Two hapless criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) kidnapped her and there is more to the crime than anyone knows.

Keeping the Coen Brothers darkly comic sensibilities, Fargo picked up seven Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. It won for Best Actress (McDormand) and Best Original Screenplay.

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

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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)

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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 on the run 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.

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

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Chyler Leigh and Chris Evans in Not Another Teen Movie. Pic credit: Sony

Throughout the 2000s, the spoof movies released got worse and worse, seeking out the lowest common denominator for laughs and missing the mark almost every time.

However, there was one that stood above the rest and it was the first in the onslaught of spoofs, Not Another Teen Movie.

As expected, this film spoofed the classic teen movies from the ’80s and featured a very impressive cast of actors who went on to bigger and better things.

The star was Chyler Leigh, the awkward girl trying to find herself (ala the Molly Ringwald roles from the ’80s). She soon fell for the cute boy in school (the future Captain America himself, Chris Evans).

Also appearing in the film are Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: Los Angeles), Randy Quaid, Jaime Pressly, Lacey Chabert, and in a cameo role, Molly Ringwald.

Death at a Funeral (2010)

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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 the dad of Aaron (Chris Rock) and Ryan (Martin Lawrence).

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)

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

In 2002, Adam Sandler did the unthinkable. He starred in a remake of a Frank Capra movie 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, her intent is 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 Interview (2014)

James Franco from The Interview
James Franco from The Interview. Pic credit: Sony

Seth Rogan has branched out from his teen raunchy comedy days and has pushed a lot of boundaries over his career as a producer, and The Interview in 2014 is a perfect example.

With the world tensions concerning North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Rogen co-directed the movie The Interview, which poked fun at the nation leader’s infatuation with Western culture celebrities.

Rogen and James Franco star as journalists who want to interview Kim Jong-un (played by Fresh off the Boat’s Randall Park) and then are approached by the CIA with orders for them to assassinate the North Korean leader.

Crazily, Sony had to re-edit the film when North Korea threatened action against the United States if the movie was released. The good news is that it was released, it is very funny, and it is on Netflix.

The Naked Gun (1988)

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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).

The Other Guys (2010)

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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)

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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 show up to try to extort money from people in a rundown slum called Pigsty Alley, only to 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.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

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Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

In 1994, Jim Carrey hit the big time with three fantastic comedy movies. On top of The Mask and the brilliant Dumb and Dumber, he also released the film that’s made him a star.

Carrey starred as Ace Ventura, a pet detective who had a love for all animals and seemed to fit in better with them than humans.

The Miami Dolphins hired him to find out who stole their mascot, the dolphin. The funny movie also resulted in one sequel and an animated television series, both arriving in 1995.

Just Friends (2005)

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Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart in Just Friends. Pic credit: New Line Cinema

After a pair of non-comedy movies in the superhero flick Blade Trinity and horror film The Amityville Horror, Ryan Reynolds returned to his funny movie roles in Just Friends.

The movie starred Reynolds as an overweight, high school nerd named Chris, whose best friend was the hot Jamie, played by Amy Smart. While Chris has a lifelong crush on Jamie, he was always just a friend to her.

The movie then moves to when they are both adults, and Chris has lost a lot of weight and now looks like Ryan Reynolds. At this time, he tries to make the move he never could as an overweight kid.

Nacho Libre (2006)

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Jack Black in Nacho Libre. Pic credit: Paramount

Jack Black has done a lot of physical comedy over his career. In Nacho Libre, he went above and beyond in a very funny movie you can catch on Netflix.

Black stars as Ignacio, an orphan whose parents worked as missionaries when they died while he was a baby. He was raised in an orphanage and worked there as a cook as an adult.

He has a love for Lucha Libre wrestling and decided he wanted to become a Lucha star to help raise money for the orphanage.

While he wore a mask and became a success, he had a nemesis in Ramses (real-life Lucha wrestler Silver King), who tried to hold him down.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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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, fans of Monty Python 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 best funny scenes in the movie.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

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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 and 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 with magazines and newspapers before moving to the internet. He has been published... read more

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