There are a million different types of humor in the world, and Netflix has the best of the best available. Romantic, bromantic, situational, screwball, farce, parody, satire, slapstick, or stand up, these movies have you covered for every type of humor. Check out these Top Ten Netflix Comedies to get your giggles. Here are the best from the last 75 years.
1. Whip It (2009)
Roller Derby. If you’ve never seen one it’s full contact roller skate races. Girls only. These are some hard core babes who suffer broken bones and bloody noses for their sport. It’s the same plot line as Pitch Perfect (rag tag band of losers go up against faster, stronger, better funded team) with each character more of a caricature than an believable person. But the movie has heart, and a training montage. A superstar cast includes Ellen Page (Babe Ruthless), Drew Barrymore (Smashly Simpson), Eve (Rosa Sparks), and Jimmy Fallon (Hot Tub). Yes, the names are as insane as they sound. There’s a teenage love story, a mother-daughter relationship, and a girl finding true friends. What’s not to love?
2. Clueless (1995)
It’s been 20 years since Clueless came on the scene and made it socially acceptable for girls everywhere to say, “like” every other word. But valley girl charms aside you have to love a teenage rom-com that’s based on Jane Austen. So don’t feel guilty watching, because you’re watching a film adaptation of “Emma.” Cher (aka Emma) sets up two teachers from her high school, takes an uncool new girl under her wing, and falls in love with her step-brother. The dialog is hilarious and expect to see lots of familiar faces in the cast, albeit much younger since the movie has been around for awhile. The farmers in Jane Austen’s original works have been swapped out for pot smokers (an equally undesirable social standing if one is looking for a mate to financially support her) and the brother-in-law becomes a step-brother. But not related by blood because ew. Cher and her friends are obsessed with boys and clothes and their antics to achieve more of both are what make the movie so hilarious.
The one liners in this movie are incredible and you will be quoting it for weeks afterward. Feel good about the direction your life takes while you watch, even if that direction is towards the mall.
3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
A classic John Hughes film about a group of high school friends, this particular iteration involves Matthew Broderick as a popular high school senior who is bored at school and plans the perfect day of truancy. He elaborately fakes being sick, waits for his parents to leave for work, and sneaks out with his best friend and girlfriend. They spend the day galavanting around Chicago trying to avoid detection. The school principal is dead set on catching Ferris, convinced he’s gaming the system (which he totally is). Ferris, Sloan, and Cameron steal a Ferrari and visit the Sears Tower, the Merc, Wrigley Field, and The Art Institute. They crash a parade where Ferris lipsyncs “Twist and Shout” from a parade float. Meanwhile, back at school, news of his faked sickness has gotten around and the entire student body is collecting money to “Save Ferris”. If this were more recent I’m sure there would be a hashtag involved, or maybe a Kickstarter campaign. The movie comes to a dramatic close with a final chase scene as Ferris tries to get home before his parents return from work. No spoilers here. You’ll have to watch to find out.
4. His Girl Friday (1940)
Cary Grant’s ex wife is getting remarried and he doesn’t like it. What man would? His offense is not against the boring insurance salesman that she’s marrying, but the fact that she’s quitting her job as a reporter and moving out of New York City. Cary tries everything to keep her around. He gets her fiance arrested, he kidnaps her future mother-in-law, and he promises to quit the crazy antics only if she’ll cover one last story. He’s convinced that a major scoop will remind her how much she loves her job, and Cary Grant, of course.
The big story is that the local government is executing a criminal. This action will get those elected officials re-elected in the next election. A stay of execution comes down from the governor and the local bigwigs try to send the delivery boy away, even bribing him to come back after the deed is done. The uncoupled couple works night and day on the story to save the inmate’s life and, whoda thunk it, they do. They fall in love all over again in the process and decide to get remarried, which seems to be a running theme in movies from the era. If you watch it for nothing else, watch it for Rosalind Russell’s hats.
5. Pineapple Express (2008)
Seth Rogan + James Franco + Judd Apatow = Comedic Trifecta. It doesn’t get any funnier than these guys. For serious. At its most basic level the movie is about some dudes who smoke pot. Lots of pot. Specifically a choice variety of marijuana called “Pineapple Express.” The good stuff. The high-larious adventures involve an Asian gang, disguises, and a murderous drug lord. If you’ve seen anything else by this crew (Knocked Up, Superbad, The Interview) please know that this one takes the cake. You don’t even have to be high to think it’s funny.
6. The Jerk (1979)
Steve Martin’s breakout lead film role features some incredible comedy. “I was born a poor black child,” is as famous an opening story line as, “Call me Ishmael.” Steve Martin is adopted by a black family in the American South. Not until he is fully grown (read: 18) does he find out he was adopted. If you’re not familiar with the great Steve Martin just know he’s a white guy. He decides to leave home and make his fortune in St. Louis. He hitch hikes into the city, joins a circus, falls in love, and becomes a wealthy man by inventing the Opti-Grab (a handle added to the front of a pair of glasses to make them easier to take on and off). Fast forward and he gets sued for causing people to go cross-eyed after continued use of his device. The lawsuit costs him every dime he has which leads to what will be your favorite scene in the movie. His wife throws him out and he says he doesn’t need anything. Well, nothing but the lamp he picks up off the nearest table, and nearby radio, and a chair, and anything else he passes on his way out the door. But good news! He has been sending money home to his adoptive family and they have (somehow) managed to invest it and become millionaires (what?). So all is not lost and Navin (Steve Martin) can get back together with his wife and live happily ever after.
7. Some Like it Hot (1959)
If you accidentally see a mob massacre in Chicago and need to create your own Witness Protection Program (American WITSEC was not created until 1970) you should immediately begin cross-dressing and join an all female band bound for Miami. Sounds obvious, right? Then, once there, you should fall in love with Marilyn Monroe, who stars as the band’s ukulele player, with the name of Sugar Kane. Oh Marilyn, you beautiful blond bombshell, you. But don’t forget, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis have joined the band as women and can only hope to become friends with the lovely Sugar Kane. What’s a guy, dressed as a girl, to do? Why, dress up as a man who is a millionaire to win the affection of the delightful Sugar, of course. Then get the other guy, still dressed as a woman, to distract a REAL millionaire man so you, as a fake millionaire man, can steal his boat to impress Sugar. It’s all terribly complicated and entails enough cross-dressing and gender-bending to be written by Shakespeare. Prepare yourself to laugh out loud, even if you don’t think you’re the type of person who likes old movies. You’ll love it. Promise.
8. Office Space (1999)
The best workplace comedy that covers everything you love to hate about your office: Equipment malfunctions, jerk bosses, commuter traffic, breakroom coffee, supply hoarding, and the dreaded procedural manual. It’s all here. Bring in the downsizing consultants and you have a recipe for employees going over the edge. The main office drone, Peter, even goes so far as to try hypnotherapy. But the hypnotist has a heart attack during the hypnosis session and Peter is left in a constant state of relaxed bliss. So instead of drinking away his off work hours in front of the tv, he and the guys from this office decide to steal money and retire to a beach somewhere. They develop an algorithm to siphon money from the company, a little at a time. But a misplaced decimal means they stole several hundred thousand dollars at once. Oops. Thank goodness that the office building burns down the next day. Spoiler alert, the guy gets the girl in the end, obviously, because the girl is Jennifer Aniston.
9. Hot Fuzz (2007)
The most boring cop job in Gloucestershire is the village of Sandford, where nothing criminal ever happens. As the newly promoted Sergeant Angel, Simon Pegg is snoring at his desk on a regular basis. His regular officer duties are usurped by a terrifyingly alert Neighbourhood Watch Alliance, a bunch of senior citizen busy bodies. This group of gossipers keeps the townspeople in line as their singular goal in life is to win the Village of the Year Award on an annual basis. But Sergeant Angel is concerned at the high number of accidental deaths in the town. Could there be a serial killer on the loose? No. Everyone always has an alibi and the rest of the police department will report nothing but accidents.
Sergeant Angel sneaks into a meeting of the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance and discovers they are murdering anyone who might mess up their chances at winning their precious award. The Sergeant even finds the crypt where all of the bodies from those myriad accidents are hidden. But don’t worry, he escapes! And proceeds to have a good old fashioned shoot out with the members of the Watch. It will be your favorite part of the movie. If you have any knowledge of American cop movies you will find hundreds of scene references in this film. But even if you’ve never seen a single Die Hard or Bad Boys movie you’ll still find it hilarious. Old people. Shoot out with automatic weapons. What else is there?
10. Chocolat (2000)
Johnny Depp is a wandering gypsy musician, a river rat, living on a flotilla of barges with his clan. Juliette Binoche is a wanderer, travelling with her young daughter across Europe making fine chocolates and selling them in the villages where she only ever lives temporarily. She uses chocolate as a prescription to cure the ills of the village; a passionless marriage an unreturned love, a sad life. She makes chocolates made with pepper, with cream, with nuts Her shop is considered a vice for the townspeople, spoken against in church and threatened by the wealthy in town. But one visit to her shop and she will select a chocolate for you, and most people agree one taste is life changing. Johnny and Juliette seem like soulmates. She visits his river community and dances the night away with him. But alas, wandering hearts are more like star crossed lovers and each goes their own way.
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom you know the movie is, at heart, a romance. Yet his films are funny because the characters find joy in everything. Usually this is because the rural scenery is so breathtaking that all of his characters smile and tell jokes all day long. If you lived in a remote French village built in the 1400’s hundreds and surrounded by lavender fields you would, too.