Comedic movies can be goofy, clever, tragic, depressing, or uplifting. If you’re looking for something to watch, Prime Video has a little bit of all of that. Here are the 10 best comedy movies streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Update, 8/24/22: We’ve replaced four of our picks that Amazon removed from their platform with four fresh and up-to-date recommendations.
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon turn their real-life trauma into a sweet and funny romantic comedy with The Big Sick. Kumail falls for Emily (Zoe Kazan), and then must deal with her family as well as his own career and commitment issues when she is suddenly struck with a mysterious illness.
Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves introduce a pair of pop-culture icons as the title characters in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Bill and Ted are good-natured, dim-witted teens who are apparently fated to bring about world peace via their totally awesome heavy metal music.
First, though, they have to pass their final history presentation, for which a traveler from the future has granted them a time machine. Bill and Ted take an excellent adventure through history, spreading their goofy humor and endearing optimism across the centuries.
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Alexander Payne’s delightfully cynical comedy Election stars Reese Witherspoon as ruthless, ambitious high school student Tracy Flick. Flick’s run for class president draws the animosity of her civics teacher (Matthew Broderick). The rivalry between the perky student and the embittered teacher is caustic and clever, with an affable football player (Chris Klein) caught in the middle.
The stereotype of sci-fi fans as awkward losers has largely faded away, but Galaxy Quest successfully uses it as a source of comedy. The title refers to a Star Trek-like TV series whose stars mostly see their obsessive fan base as a burden. Those fans include a race of aliens who don’t realize that the show was fiction, and kidnap the actors for a mission to actually save the galaxy.
The filmmakers poke fun at sci-fi fandom while also embracing it, and stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman bring the right balance of self-deprecation and self-importance to their actor characters.
The 1980s were a golden age for teen comedies. Heathers is the black sheep of that age, a dark comedy starring Winona Ryder as a miserable popular girl and Christian Slater as the outcast bad boy who romances her and then uses her to take revenge on their vapid classmates. It’s full of hilariously mean-spirited one-liners, offering a bracing take on the inanity of teenage life.
Possibly the definitive screwball comedy of the 1940s screwball-comedy heyday, His Girl Friday is a dizzyingly paced romantic comedy with whip-smart banter between former spouses (and current co-workers) played by Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Grant’s newspaper editor and Russell’s star reporter are constantly at odds over their relationship and the story they’re covering, and those sparks eventually turn to a rekindled romance.
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This 1990s-set comedy from 2017 often feels like it was made in the ’90s, with its warm, cluttered aesthetic and NYC indie-movie subject matter. Jenny Slate stars in Landline as a struggling journalist who moves back in with her family, including her parents (Edie Falco and John Turturro) and younger sister (Abby Quinn).
The movie is less about the main character’s quarter-life crisis and more about the family’s messy but relatable squabbles. Slate is funny but also vulnerable, and the sibling bond between her and Quinn forms the movie’s charming emotional core.
Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum have excellent chemistry in throwback adventure comedy The Lost City. Bullock plays a jaded romance novelist kidnapped by a deranged billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who’s convinced that she knows the location of an ancient city full of riches. Tatum plays the beefcake cover model who decides he can come to the author’s rescue, despite knowing nothing about wilderness survival or covert operations.
The two characters amusingly bumble through the jungle, bantering and bickering on their way to predictable but satisfying romance.
Writer-director Whit Stillman adapts Jane Austen’s early, lesser-known novel Lady Susan as Love & Friendship, a tart comedy about social climbing and romantic scheming. Kate Beckinsale gives one of her best performances as the conniving Lady Susan, who is always quick to deliver a withering putdown, and the tone is sharper and more cutting than a typical Austen adaptation.
In the midst of the Great Depression, Hollywood movies provided audiences with an escape, but My Man Godfrey derives its comedy from the Depression itself. The movie doesn’t downplay the seriousness of poverty, and it uses the upper-class Bullock family to poke fun at entitled privilege amid societal misfortune.
William Powell plays the title character, a “forgotten man” who becomes the Bullocks’ butler and falls in love with Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard). Godfrey turns the situation to his own advantage, proving smarter and more resourceful than the wealthy people who see him as an object of pity.
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