Despite the stiff competition from the likes of Amazon Prime Video, HBO, and Hulu, Netflix still reigns supreme in the on-demand video streaming sphere. What puts Netflix ahead of the curve is the boatload of exciting flicks of all genres including romance, drama, science fiction, comedy, you name it. As much as I like watching the films of all genres, it’s the comedy movies that often set my binge-watching on fire. They not only unleash plenty of laughter but also cheer up the entire mood. If you also belong to the same school of thought, you would really appreciate my collection of the 25 best comedy movies on Netflix which you can watch in 2019.
Note: One thing worth mentioning upfront is that not all the movies mentioned in this lineup are available in every region. While all of the films are currently streaming in the US, some of them are not available in other countries like India, Australia, UK, and more. So, when you click on the checkout link of any flick and don’t find the option to play it, do not be confused.
Best Comedy Movies on Netflix in 2019
Not a great fan of plain comedy? No problem. I have meticulously chosen a variety of comedy films that are currently streaming on Netflix. Whether you enjoy indulging with romantic-comedy, love watching political satire or have a huge penchant for action-comedy, chances are high that you would find the flicks that can effortlessly get into your watchlist. So, what’s holding you back? Let’s jump right in to handpick some of the best Netflix comedy movies that are available right now!
Note: The Rotten Tomato ratings mentioned below are in the “Tomatometer/Audience Score” format.
1.The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Right on top of this best Netflix comedy movies roundup sits “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (released in 2005). And, rightly so as the film offers tons of laughter. Directed by Judd Apatow, the movie stars Steve Carell who has donned the role of a titular 40-year-old. While Andy (Carell) seems to be more or less settled as a virgin, his friends are hell-bent on finally making him get hooked. Will they succeed in their mission? Well, to know the whole story, you will need to watch this- one of the most loved comedy movies.
- IMDb: 7.1
- Rotten Tomato: 85% / 76%
Check out The 40-Year-Old Virgin on Netflix
2. Annie Hall
” Annie Hall” (1977) is undoubtedly one of the best movies of “Woody Allen”. Featuring intriguing plot and great acting, the film has also been ranked 31st on AFI’s list of the greatest films in American cinema. The plot revolves around comedian Alvy Singer and his love Annie Hall. Their unique chemistry is the soul of the entire film. Whether it’s adorable romance or fun-filled comedy, this rom-com has got everything to become a hot favorite in your watch list even in 2019. No wonder it’s also grabbed several Oscar awards including Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Picture.
- IMDb: 8
- Rotten Tomato: 97% / 92%
Check out Annie Hall on Netflix
3. As Good As It Gets
When you talk about the romantic comedy movies that have ruled the hearts of millions, the one name that deserves a special mention is “As Good As It Gets” (1997). Starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, the film is not only very romantic but also scores pretty high on comedy. The chemistry between Nicholson and Hunt was highly appreciable so much so that they both won the Academy Award for best actor and best actress.
- IMDb: 7.7
- Rotten Tomato: 85% / 86%
Check out As Good As It Gets on Netflix
4. Burn After Reading
If you have a penchant for black comedy, you shouldn’t miss out on “Burn After Reading” (2008). The biggest highlight of this movie is the star cast. Boasting huge stars like George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins, and Brad Pitt, it is the sort of film which you would love to watch again and again. They have donned the roles of a bunch of idiots who keep landing themselves in tricky situations and never seem to learn from the mistakes.
- IMDb: 7
- Rotten Tomato: 78% / 64%
Check out Burn After Reading on Netflix
5. Magic Mike
Magic Mike (2012) may not have rocked the box office and even got a high rating from the likes of IMDb and RottenTomato but it definitely won plenty of praise from those who adore comedy-drama. The film has been directed by Steven Soderbergh and features notable stars like Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello. The film is based on the 18-year-old Tatun who is a well-known stripper and loves to live his life on his own terms.
- IMDb: 6.1
- Rotten Tomato: 80% / 60%
Check out Magic Mike on Netflix
6. The Hangover
Frankly speaking, there are very few comedy movies that are as hilarious as “The Hangover” (2009). Todd Phillips has done a great job as the director and so have the star cast like Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis. Three best friends and the groom go for a bachelor party in Las Vegas. But when they wake up from a long slumber the next morning, they have lost both the recollection and the groom. Will they be able to get back what they have lost and what sort of challenges they will face along the way? Unwind the film to discover that funny tale!
- IMDb: 7.7
- Rotten Tomato: 78% / 84%
Check out The Hangover on Netflix
Zombieland (2009) is primed for the movie buffs who never seem to get enough of zombies! In this post-apocalyptic Zombie comedy film (directed by Ruben Fleischer), you will watch stars like Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in search of a sanctuary that is completely free from zombies. As the geeky college kids have a hard time finding safe heaven, you will enjoy discovering their tales and the funny incidents in between.
- IMDb: 7.6
- Rotten Tomato: 90% / 86%
Check out Zombieland on Netflix
8. Music and Lyrics
As someone who loves to watch romantic and comedy films, I have found “Music and Lyrics” (Directed by Marc Lawrence: 2007) worth watching. The film stars Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore in the lead roles. The plot revolves around the relationship between a former pop music idol and an aspiring writer as they find it a bit hard to compose a song for a pop icon. Their sizzling romance and side-splitting comedy will hold both your time and breath.
- IMDb: 6.5
- Rotten Tomato: 62% / 68%
Check out Music and Lyrics on Netflix
9. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Should you want a nice romantic comedy-drama to fill your time with both love and fun, I would recommend you to put Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist on the wishlist. In this movie (2008, starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings), Nick and Norah try to pretend to be a couple to avoid being heckled by their friends. But due to some unexpected turn of events, they become a real couple.Cera and Dennings’ acting is commendable and so is their romance.
- IMDb: 6.7
- Rotten Tomato: 74% / 65%
Check out Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist on Netflix
10. Julie and Julia
Do you have a passion for cooking or admire aspiring people? If yes, Julia and Julia (2009) would be a fine bet for you. In this American comedy-drama (starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina) Julie Powell, the young blogger, wants to emulate her idol “Julia Child” and desires to master her excellent cooking technologies. Although their lives are poles apart, their passion for food brings them closer. Overall, you would really appreciate this movie and adore the spotless acting of Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.
- IMDb: 7
- Rotten Tomato: 77% / 70%
Check out Julie and Julia on Netflix
11. Goon: Last of the Enforcers
What about taking a shot at a sports comedy film? Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) delivers a solid punch both as a cool sports and comedy film. Seann William Scott and Baruchel have shined in the lead roles with pretty good acting. The former has fully justified the role of a talented player with an impressive showing. The rest of the cast has also done more than a decent job to make the movie a good watch.
- IMDb: 5.8
- Rotten Tomato: 42%/ 41%
Check out Goon: Last of the Enforcers on Netflix
12. Wet Hot American Summer
Set on the last day of a camp, “Wet Hot American Summer” (2009) is one of my favorite satirical comedy files. The movie boasts an ensemble cast featuring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, and Michael Showalter. Even though this is the last day of the trip, the business of the counsellers is yet to be finished and they are in a rush to get it done before the day ends. You will enjoy watching their frustration and the comedy of errors that they would commit time and time again.
- IMDb: 6.7
- Rotten Tomato: 36% / 76%
Check out Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix
13. Chasing Amy
They say “Love knows no boundaries”. And, this is exactly what you would find out in Chasing Amy (1997)–a fun-loving romantic comedy-drama starring Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, and Jason Lee. In this film, Affleck plays the role of a male comic artist who falls in love with a lesbian/bisexual woman (Adams). But his friend (Lee) doesn’t like this relationship. Will the love birds become each other?
- IMDb: 7.3
- Rotten Tomato: 87% / 83%
Check out Chasing Amy on Netflix
14. Don’t Think Twice
“Don’t Think Twice” (2016) is the story of a New York Improv Troupe which suddenly faces a huge turmoil as one of the members get the opportunity to star in a famous television show. As all the other members feel that they won’t be able to get such a great opportunity, they are hell-bent on throwing tantrums which make for funny scenes. Ably led by Birbiglia and Keegan-Michael Key, this comedy-drama deserves to be in your collection.
- IMDb: 6.7
- Rotten Tomato: 98% / 69%
Check out Don’t Think Twice on Netflix
15. The Interview
If you want to indulge yourself with a serious political satire film, “The Interview” (2014) is the one that can seamlessly join your party. Rogen and James Franco have played the lead roles as journalists who get a chance to interview Kim Jong-un- the North Korean dictator. The CIA asks them to take advantage of the opportunity and kill Kim Jong-un. The whole story may seem to be predictable but will keep you engrossed throughout.
- IMDb: 6.5
- Rotten Tomato: 51%/ 48%
Check out The Interview on Netflix
16. Kung Fu Hustle
It’s time to mix martial arts with cynical comedy! Stephen Chaw’s Kung Fu Hustle (2004) has got a range of tricks to keep you hooked for more. It’s the story of an aspiring gangster who pretends to be a member of a big gang and tries to rule a neighborhood. But he finds out that there are three martial arts experts who live in the neighborhood and are battle-ready to take him down. What will be his fate? Well, you will have to unravel the film to discover that.
- IMDb: 7.8
- Rotten Tomato: 90% / 89%
Check out Kung Fu Hustle on Netflix
17. The Lobster
“The Lobster” is a very interesting black comedy movie (2015) starring Colin Farrell. In this film, single people must have to find a romantic partner in 45 days. And if they fail, they are turned into animals. Yeah, the story does sound to be a bit weird but once you get into the groove, you wouldn’t want to miss even a single still.
- IMDb: 7.1
- Rotten Tomato: 87% / 64%
Check out The Lobster on Netflix
18. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Without an iota of doubt, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is a must-watch British comedy film (1975). The movie has been beautifully written and performed by Monty Python. It shows the despair-ridden circumstances of the middle ages where the king of Britons leads his knights to capture the Holy Grain. On their way, they encounter unexpected horrors. Thanks to the intriguing story and immaculate acting, it has been chosen as the second-best movie of all time in the ABC’s Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time.
- IMDb: 8.3
- Rotten Tomato: 97%/ 95%
Check out Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Netflix
19. Mr. Mom
Mr. Mom (1983) is a light-hearted comedy film where a man (Michael Keaton) dons the role of a homemaker. His wife (Teri Garr) goes out to do a job and he has to take care of the three children. With the occasional dose of romance and tons of comedy put in place, Mr. Mom never fails to leave a lasting impression. Well, I’ve watched it a couple of times and won’t mind giving it a run one more time. That speaks volumes of how entertaining it is!
- IMDb: 6.5
- Rotten Tomato: 81% / 57%
Check out Mr. Mom on Netflix
20. Mr. Roosevelt
Ever found yourself in a situation where you have to deal with both your ex and your current partner? If yes, you would easily feel the pulse of Mr. Roosevelt (2017) and would definitely like to stream it. Even if you have never faced such a situation, you would like to see how the whole comedy film is played out. The film has Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower, Daniella Pineda in the lead roles and features plenty of side-splitting stills which would easily make your day.
- IMDb: 6.2
- Rotten Tomato: 100% / 64%
Check out Mr. Roosevelt on Netflix
21. The Graduate
Some movies have an eternal charm that enables them to stay relevant for decades. Well, “The Graduate” is one such movie (1967) that never fails to enthrall us due mainly to the fascinating storyline. This is the story of a 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) who doesn’t have a defined goal in his life. He is seduced by an older woman (Anne Bancroft) who happens to be the wife of his father’s business partner. Later, he gets into the relationship with her daughter (Katharine Ross) as well. Eventually, the romance turns into a scintillating comedy-drama.
- IMDb: 8
- Rotten Tomato: 88% / 90%
Check out The Graduate on Netflix
22. Pretty in Pink
Your watchlist must always have room to accommodate a cult classic film like “Pretty in Pink” (1986). The film is all about romance and social cliques in American high schools in the 1980s. Molly Ringwald and Harry Dean Stanton have played their parts elegantly. With one of the best soundtrack and gripping storyline, this rom-com has got the ingredients to appeal to your taste.
- IMDb: 6.8
- Rotten Tomato: 79% / 81%
Check out Pretty in Pink on Netflix
23. Pineapple Express
If your mood is calling for a fantastic action-comedy film, it would be cool to have a go at “Pineapple Express” (2008). Rogen and James Franco look adorable in their action and comedy avatar. As the corrupt police officer is after their lives, they have to find a way to not only escape the ever-looming danger but also tackle the unexpected challenges that never let them take a breath. With the well-timed one-liners and more than a decent story, Pineapple Express turns out to be a winner which you would like to catch up with your funny buddies.
- IMDb: 7
- Rotten Tomato: 68% / 73%
Check out Pineapple Express on Netflix
24. Set It Up
A film like “Set It Up” (2018) can appeal to most workaholic professionals who have to deal with a demanding boss. What makes this romantic comedy film so interesting is the plot where two overworked assistants are desperately trying to woo their bosses on dates in New York City. All the star cast led by Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Taye Diggs, and Lucy Liu have done a good job. If you are planning to have a good laughing spree this weekend, do take on Set It Up. I bet it would make you laugh your heart out.
- IMDb: 6.5
- Rotten Tomato: 91% / 69%
Check out Set It Up on Netflix
Last but not least, Results (2015) is an extremely entertaining indie romantic comedy film that you would love to stream with your close pals. The movie scores pretty well on two main points. First, the praiseworthy star cast featuring the likes of Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, and Giovanni Ribisi. And the second, the commendable storyline in which a wealthy slob suddenly decides to improve his life for the better. But his life takes an altogether different turn after he gets entangled with this personal trainer.
- IMDb: 5.4
- Rotten Tomato: 84% / 36%
Check out Results on Netflix
Choose the Best Comedy Movies on Netflix
I’m sure you have found my collection praiseworthy. Though many modern comedy films have done exceedingly well, some of the cult classics like The Graduate and Mr. Mom are still unbeatable. Before kickstarting your movie-watching session, do not forget to spill some beans about your favorite comedy films and why they appeal to your taste so much. Also, tell us about the flicks that are worth adding to the above lineup.