Whether you need a bit of cheering up, or just enjoy a good laugh, here is our list of the top 11 funny movies streaming now on Netflix that you may have missed. We’ve sorted our list into categories to make it easier for anyone to find that perfect comedy to tickle their fancy, as well as their funny bone.
11 Funny Movies on Netflix
From recent funny films that viewers may have overlooked, to timeless classics and former blockbusters, there is something for everyone on our list.
The Guilt Trip (2012)
Seth Rogen stars in this movie, with Barbara Streisand playing Rogen’s slightly neurotic and tad-bit overbearing mother, Joyce, who accompanies her son, Andy on a cross country trip. He developed a cleaning product and he’s trying to sell it to major retailer outlets.
Confusion and conflict occur as the two make their journey, setting the perfect stage for laughter, and ultimately, a heartfelt resolution by the film’s end.
Funny Caper Film
Since this movie won so many awards in the first year of its release, its inclusion on our list might seem strange to some, but it has been 18 years since the film’s original premiere. Some have possibly missed this classic caper/dark comedy/thriller from the Coen Brothers, featuring the acting talents of Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi and a wood chipper, among others.
Filled with chase scenes, improbable events, sarcasm, wit and irony, viewers who haven’t seen it should definitely watch it. And if you have already seen it — it isn’t a crime to see it again!
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Starring Peter Sellers, who plays the part of several roles, the film also features the talents of George C. Scott, Slim Pickens and many others. Whether or not you know the meaning behind the words, “duck and cover,” this irreverent look back at the military build up of the 1950s is simultaneously frightening and funny.
Indie Romantic Comedy
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
If you like quirky, romantic, funny movies, then this is for you. It follows the exploits of three reporters who travel to a small oceanside community to investigate the author behind the following classified ad:
“Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 91 Ocean View, WA 99393. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.”
I really can’t say anything else about the movie, without revealing too much. If you are even the slightest bit intrigued by the ad, watch the movie — you can thank me later.
Funny Films with Dark Humor and Revenge
If I Were You (2012)
What would you do if you suddenly discovered that your husband was cheating on you and you then stumbled upon his mistress trying to hang herself? Root her on? Stop her? Befriend her and use your new friendship as a way to get even with your husband? This is the underlying question that gets answered in this film, starring Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Watling, Joseph Kell and Aidan Quinn. While you might think you know what’s going to happen, this funny movie has plenty of twists and turns, moments of sweet revenge, as well as laughs.
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Definitely, one of my favorite funny movies of all time. It stars Jack Nicholson as a wealthy bachelor who only dates women who are at least 30 years younger than himself. He and his current girlfriend are interrupted during their stay at her mother’s beach house by the arrival of her mother, played by Diane Keaton, and her sister, played by Frances McDormand.
Classic Slapstick Comedy
If you prefer classic screwball comedies don’t neglect this Leslie Neilsen hit. This is a spoof film that lampoons the stereotypical air disaster movies made popular in the 1970s.
British Funny Movies
Waking Ned Devine (1998)
What do you do when your elderly best friend is found dead, clutching the winning ticket to the Irish National Lottery in his hand? Why, you and your friends impersonate him in an attempt to collect the winnings in his honor, of course! After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
This movie features the acting talents of Monty Python actors John Cleese and Michael Palin, as well as American actors Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis. This movie (featured picture above) is one of my favorites, as it’s more than a traditional heist film. It also features plenty of running gags, slapstick comedy, spoofs and satire, as well as twists and turns in the plot.
Best Funny Foreign Films
The Visitors (1993)
A French foreign film starring Jean Reno and Christian Clavier as a medieval French knight and his valet who are cursed and sent to the modern world by a notorious witch. English subtitles are available, but really aren’t needed to get the jokes as the two struggle to adapt to modern life and find a way back to the 12th Century.
This film stars Kevin Spacey and Daniel Wu. A troubled man’s suicide attempt is foiled by a mysterious American named Chuck, who claims to be a CIA assassin, but who is Chuck, really? Irony and laughs ensue as the story unfolds.
What do you think of our list? Let us know if we overlooked any of your favorite funny movies that are now streaming on Netflix in the comments section below. Also, be certain to check out our articles on the Best Netflix Plans or Tips to Improve Netflix Streaming if you need additional help.