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From beloved classics to brand new original movies, Hulu has a range of comedies that span decades and styles. Here are 10 of the best comedy movies to watch on Hulu.

Update, 10/14/22: We’ve reviewed our guide and are confident these are still the best comedies you’ll find on Hulu’s streaming platform.

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10 Things I Hate About You

William Shakespeare’s classic play The Taming of the Shrew proves to be surprisingly effective source material for a teen comedy in 10 Things I Hate About You. Julia Stiles and Larisa Oleynik play teen sisters Kat and Bianca Stratford, whose strict father (Larry Miller) forbids them to date.

The popular Bianca gets her dad to agree that she can start dating if the sullen Kat also does, leading to dual romances for the sisters, with characters played by Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Shakespearean misunderstandings ensue, with a fun 1990s twist.

Big

Tom Hanks’ journey to becoming an American national treasure took a major step forward with crowd-pleasing comedy Big. Hanks plays a 12-year-old boy in a grown-up’s body, after a casual wish brings unexpectedly real consequences.

Hanks captures childlike wonder and goofiness as Josh, who gets a job at a toy company thanks to his expertise about what kids like. Big is full of iconic feel-good moments, including Hanks and Robert Loggia (as the company president) dueting on a giant piano, and it successfully mixes kid-focused silliness with a thoughtful message about maturity.

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The Bob’s Burgers Movie

Even if you’ve never seen long-running animated sitcom Bob’s Burgers, you can find plenty to enjoy about The Bob’s Burgers Movie. It’s a charmingly low-key adventure for the Belcher family, who own a modest burger restaurant in a seaside town. There’s a murder mystery and a financial crisis for the restaurant, but even with those higher stakes, the movie isn’t much more than an extended episode of the series.

That’s a good thing, since the series is funny and endearing, with colorful, creative animation and engaging voice performances. The movie has all of that, plus a few musical numbers.

Booksmart

Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein play shy teens cutting loose in Booksmart. The two best friends have spent all of high school as diligent, responsible students, but on the eve of graduation, they decide to see what they’ve been missing. The result is one crazy, hilarious night, as the characters’ friendship is tested and they face their uncertain post-high school futures.

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The DUFF

A cut above the typical throwaway teen comedy, The DUFF stars Arrested Development‘s Mae Whitman as the “designated ugly fat friend” in her friend group. But the movie treats her with more dignity than her peers do, providing a smart examination of high school hierarchy and hypocrisy. And, of course, the main character hooks up with the hot guy (Robbie Amell) she first considered only as a friend and advisor.

Ghostbusters

The idea of putting quirky comedy stars in an effects-driven action movie seems obvious now, but it was a creative risk when Ghostbusters was released in 1984. That risk paid off, and Ghostbusters is an entertaining and exciting supernatural comedy that became a massive cultural phenomenon.

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson are perfectly balanced as the offbeat title characters, who fight off a ghostly invasion of New York City. Murray delivers excellent deadpan one-liners, and the large-scale climax delivers genuine thrills.

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Palm Springs

One of Hulu’s most successful original movies, Palm Springs is a charming sci-fi comedy starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti as a pair of wedding guests caught in a time loop. As they attempt to escape from repeating the same hectic day over and over again, the main characters get to know each other and fall in love. It’s a snarky but heartfelt comedy about finding an unexpected soulmate.

Plan B

Combining social commentary with raunchy teen comedy, Hulu original movie Plan B maintains its vibrant sense of humor even while dealing with serious issues. After an ill-advised sexual encounter, straitlaced teenager Sunny (Kuhoo Verma) enlists her free-spirited best friend Lupe (Victoria Moroles) on a quest across their home state of South Dakota to acquire a morning-after pill.

It’s an energetic road-trip comedy, a touching coming-of-age story, and a timely examination of the perils of being a teenage girl in America.

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Together Together

Although it’s a story about a single man and a single woman forming an unlikely bond, Together Together isn’t a romantic comedy. It’s more a gentle comedy of friendship, starring Ed Helms as a slightly awkward single man who decides to have a child on his own, and Patti Harrison as the woman he hires to be his surrogate.

Despite their very different lifestyles and aspirations, they grow closer as she carries his child, navigating a strange kind of relationship that is not quite romantic and not quite familial. Writer-director Nikole Beckwith celebrates pure platonic love with warmth and sincerity.

World’s Greatest Dad

Robin Williams explores a darker side of his screen persona in the pitch-black comedy World’s Greatest Dad. He plays a high school English teacher and frustrated writer who experiences success by proxy after he fakes a suicide note and journal for his teenage son who dies in a potentially embarrassing accident.

Writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait mines humor from uncomfortable topics, satirizing the superficiality of both teens and adults. Goldthwait and Williams make the protagonist sympathetic without ever excusing his increasingly narcissistic behavior.

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Josh Bell is a freelance writer and movie/TV critic based in Las Vegas. He's the former film editor of Las Vegas Weekly and the former TV comedies guide for About.com. He has written about movies and pop culture for Syfy Wire, Polygon, CBR, Film Racket, Uproxx and more. With comedian Jason Harris, he co-hosts the podcast Awesome Movie Year.
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