Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now (March 2020)


re you looking for the best comedy movies to stream on Netflix right now? While the service often seems to be flooded with comedies, it’s not always clear which ones are funny and which will flat-out ruin your evening. We’ve scoured the vast expanse of the digital service (twice!) and come back with our picks for the best comedies Netflix has to offer, including recent hits like The Edge of Seventeen and Dolemite is My Name, as well as true classics like Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Groundhog Day. So read on for the hottest and funniest new comedy movies on Netflix! New additions to the list are marked with an asterisk.
Oh, and when you’re done here, be sure to also check out our list of the 25 Best Comedies Ever and what’s new to Netflix this month.
The Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now





Please note: This list pertains to U.S. Netflix subscribers. Some titles may not currently be available on international platforms. This article is frequently amended to remove films no longer on Netflix, and to include more comedy films that are now available on the service.

Dolemite Is My Name (2019)*




Eddie Murphy delivers one of the best performances of his career in Dolemite Is My Name, a biopic about Dolemite creator Rudy Ray Moore. It’s basically the blaxploitation equivalent of Ed Wood, a comedy that lovingly celebrates an eccentric, off-kilter artist who was never truly appreciated in his own time. It’s also one of the most purely funny movies you’ll find on Netflix, and definitely one of the streaming service’s better original films.
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The Edge of Seventeen (2016)*





Coming-of-age teen comedies really are a dime a dozen, but the best ones always manage to rise above the fray. The Edge of Seventeen is easily one of the best examples of the genre in recent memory. It manages to both hearken back to classic ’80s comedies like The Breakfast Club while also being heartbreakingly authentic in its examination of a teen girl (the always excellent Hailee Steinfeld) dealing with serious issues.

Frances Ha (2012)*





Lady Bird writer/director Greta Gerwig co-wrote and stars in Frances Ha, a bittersweet comedy about a young woman gradually coming to terms with the possibility that she won’t achieve her big dreams of becoming a professional dancer, and might need to do something else with her life. It’s a difficult lesson to contemplate, let alone learn the hard way, and yet – as directed by Marriage Story’s Noah Baumbach – the film never loses its sense of humor, no matter how self-deprecating it becomes.

Groundhog Day (1993)*





Between Caddyshack and Groundhog Day, Netflix is now home to two of the holy trinity of Bill Murray comedies. Groundhog Day marks one of Murray’s last mainstream comedy roles, as he plays a disgruntled weatherman trapped in a time loop that forces him to relive the same day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania over and over again. That premise could just as easily form the basis of a horror movie, but Murray brings just the right amount of deadpan charm and maniacal glee to the film. It’s now rightfully regarded as one of the best comedies of the ’90s. And like Phil’s endless Groundhog Day, it only gets sweeter with age.

The Austin Powers Series





With a new James Bond movie looming, why not relive the greatest Bond parody of them all? Netflix is home to all three Austin Powers movies, including 1997’s Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember. All three films manage to spoof our favorite Bond tropes while also working as pretty entertaining spy/time-travel movies in their own right. These three movies feature Mike Myers at his comedic best, stealing the show as both hero and villain.
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Please note: This list pertains to U.S. Netflix subscribers. Some titles may not currently be available on international platforms. This article is frequently amended to remove films no longer on Netflix, and to include more comedy films that are now available on the service.
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)*

Eddie Murphy delivers one of the best performances of his career in Dolemite Is My Name, a biopic about Dolemite creator Rudy Ray Moore. It’s basically the blaxploitation equivalent of Ed Wood, a comedy that lovingly celebrates an eccentric, off-kilter artist who was never truly appreciated in his own time. It’s also one of the most purely funny movies you’ll find on Netflix, and definitely one of the streaming service’s better original films.
Read our Dolemite Is My Name review or watch Dolemite Is My Name on Netflix.

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)*

Coming-of-age teen comedies really are a dime a dozen, but the best ones always manage to rise above the fray. The Edge of Seventeen is easily one of the best examples of the genre in recent memory. It manages to both hearken back to classic ’80s comedies like The Breakfast Club while also being heartbreakingly authentic in its examination of a teen girl (the always excellent Hailee Steinfeld) dealing with serious issues.
Read our The Edge of Seventeen review or watch The Edge of Seventeen on Netflix.

Frances Ha (2012)*

Lady Bird writer/director Greta Gerwig co-wrote and stars in Frances Ha, a bittersweet comedy about a young woman gradually coming to terms with the possibility that she won’t achieve her big dreams of becoming a professional dancer, and might need to do something else with her life. It’s a difficult lesson to contemplate, let alone learn the hard way, and yet – as directed by Marriage Story’s Noah Baumbach – the film never loses its sense of humor, no matter how self-deprecating it becomes.
Watch Frances Ha on Netflix.

Groundhog Day (1993)*

Between Caddyshack and Groundhog Day, Netflix is now home to two of the holy trinity of Bill Murray comedies. Groundhog Day marks one of Murray’s last mainstream comedy roles, as he plays a disgruntled weatherman trapped in a time loop that forces him to relive the same day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania over and over again. That premise could just as easily form the basis of a horror movie, but Murray brings just the right amount of deadpan charm and maniacal glee to the film. It’s now rightfully regarded as one of the best comedies of the ’90s. And like Phil’s endless Groundhog Day, it only gets sweeter with age.
Watch Groundhog Day on Netflix.

The Austin Powers Series

With a new James Bond movie looming, why not relive the greatest Bond parody of them all? Netflix is home to all three Austin Powers movies, including 1997’s Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember. All three films manage to spoof our favorite Bond tropes while also working as pretty entertaining spy/time-travel movies in their own right. These three movies feature Mike Myers at his comedic best, stealing the show as both hero and villain.
Watch Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember on Netflix.

Chasing Amy (1997)

Arguably writer/director Kevin Smith’s best film, Chasing Amy is a nostalgia trip worth taking. Inspired by Smith’s own romantic travails, the film stars Ben Affleck as an indie comic book creator who falls head over heels for his lesbian friend (Joey Lauren Adams). The result is a romantic comedy that combines Smith’s raunchy sense of humor with a thoughtful exploration of late ’90s gender politics.