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.
Ben Stiller treads a fine line between satire and offensiveness in his showbiz comedy Tropic Thunder. Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Jay Baruchel, and Brandon T. Jackson play the cast of an action movie who end up stranded in the jungle and terrorized by their megalomaniacal director (Steve Coogan).
Stiller uses problematic elements (including keeping Downey’s character in blackface for the entire movie) to comment on the excesses and insensitivity of Hollywood, while creating a fast-paced and frequently hilarious action-comedy.
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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.
The Coen brothers deliver one of their darkest and most absurd comedies with Burn After Reading. A labyrinthine story involving the attempted extortion of government operatives by a pair of ambitious but dumb gym employees, Burn After Reading is full of ridiculous twists and sudden violence, all in pursuit of high-level secrets that don’t actually exist.
Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand are hilarious as the everyday losers who think they’ve stumbled on classified information, and the movie gets funnier as the characters become more desperate and unhinged.
Mike Judge’s dim-witted animated creations graduated from MTV to a feature film in Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. Vulgar teenage metalheads Beavis and Butt-Head (both voiced by Judge) end up on an odyssey across America when all they want to do is replace their missing TV. The movie features the same smart-stupid humor as the series, with the moronic title characters inadvertently exposing the foolishness of people far smarter than them. Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, and David Letterman join the voice cast to add to the idiocy.
Charles Addams’ creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky, altogether ooky comic-strip creations come to life in Barry Sonnenfeld’s delightful live-action film version of The Addams Family. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston are perfectly cast as loving, morbid couple Gomez and Morticia Addams, with Christina Ricci in her breakout role as their deadpan daughter Wednesday. The plot involves the family reconnecting with the long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd), perhaps the weirdest Addams of them all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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