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From raunchy to witty, from clever to silly, comedy movies on Netflix offer something for every taste. Here are the 10 best comedy movies available to stream on Netflix.

Update, 9/14/22: After reviewing our picks we’re still confident these are the best comedies you’ll find on Netflix’s streaming platform.

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The Forty-Year-Old Version

Writer/director/star Radha Blank made a huge splash with her semi-autobiographical debut film The Forty-Year-Old Version, about a playwright approaching 40 who reinvents herself as a rapper. It’s bluntly funny and brutally honest about age, race, and professional ambitions, all held together by Blank’s wit and charisma.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Before becoming a big deal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his Thor movies, New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi directed the endearingly goofy comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople. The comedy is about a sullen teenage orphan (breakout star Julian Dennison) who goes on the lam with his survivalist foster uncle (Sam Neill) when child services comes for him.

Mascots

Filmmaker Christopher Guest carries on the tradition of his acclaimed mockumentaries (including Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show) with Netflix original movie Mascots, about the oddball sports mascots who gather for an annual competition. The cast of comedy all-stars includes Jane Lynch, Fred Willard, Chris O’Dowd, and Guest himself, improvising witty exchanges as their absurd characters vie for glory in mascotery.

Mean Girls

Tina Fey created much of the lexicon of the modern teen movie with her screenplay for Mean Girls. Lindsay Lohan stars as an initially naïve teenager who experiences a jarring transition from homeschooling to the cutthroat environment of public high school. She navigates the cliques and hierarchies, eventually rising in popularity but alienating her true friends.

Fey’s screenplay is full of quotable—and memeable—lines. The supporting cast showcases future superstars, including Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried, creating a hilariously heightened world of teenage snarkery.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is possibly the best representation of the legendary British comedy troupe. The comedy puts Monty Python members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin into the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Follow along as the characters search for the Holy Grail, with plenty of sublimely ridiculous situations occurring along the way.

Mr. Roosevelt

Underrated comedy performer Noël Wells made her directorial debut with this low-key story about an aimless woman returning to her hometown. The title character of Mr. Roosevelt is a cat, whose death prompts Emily (Wells) to return home for a farewell and to reassess the direction of her life, all while awkwardly crashing with her ex-boyfriend. Wells brings a welcome skewed perspective to the familiar indie-comedy story, shooting on lovely 16mm film for a warm, throwback feel.

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The Nice Guys

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe play a pair of dirtbag private investigators in Shane Black’s ironically titled action comedy The Nice Guys. They reluctantly team up to track down a missing woman who’s at the center of a labyrinthine conspiracy. Set in 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys evokes classic detective stories as well as postmodern deconstructions of detective stories, with its deliberately convoluted plot and cast of disreputable characters.

Gosling and Crowe have great chemistry, and Angourie Rice steals every scene she’s in as the savvy teenage daughter of Gosling’s self-destructive screw-up.

Sorry to Bother You

Rapper Boots Riley makes an audacious directorial debut with the bizarre comedy Sorry to Bother You. Lakeith Stanfield stars as a Black telemarketer who gains access into a shadowy world of the rich when he ascends to the top of his profession by affecting a “white voice” for his calls.

Riley satirizes corporate greed and institutional racism, using exaggerated, surreal twists to deliver his social commentary. The movie becomes increasingly grotesque and strange, while keeping its cynical, clear-eyed sense of humor.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Kicking off a rom-com trilogy that became one of Netflix’s most popular original franchises, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is an adaptation of Jenny Han’s 2014 young adult novel. Lana Condor stars as shy teen Lara Jean Covey, whose personal life is thrown into chaos when five secret letters she wrote to boys she had crushes on somehow find their way to those boys.

She ends up torn between popular jock Peter (Noah Centineo) and next-door neighbor Josh (Israel Broussard), and even if her ultimate choice is predictable, watching her get there is heartwarming and fun.

Yes, God, Yes

Natalia Dyer of Stranger Things stars as a sheltered religious teenager discovering her sexuality in Yes, God, Yes. Alice (Dyer) tries to combat nasty rumors about herself by attending a retreat sponsored by her Catholic school. She instead explores her burgeoning desires, while uncovering the hypocrisy of church leaders.

Writer-director Karen Maine brings a wry, self-aware tone to some serious issues, treating her teenage characters with respect while also poking fun at their fumbling efforts at romance and seduction.

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