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The Top 10 Comedies On Netflix Right Now

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Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Dying is easy, comedy is hard — and finding the perfect funny film on Netflix is oftentimes impossible. The streaming service’s massive library is overflowing with stoner favorites, silly romps, and sterling cinematic examples of high brow humor. How are you supposed to zero in on the one that’s perfect for you?

With that in mind, we combed through Netflix’s entire current catalogue of comedy films and found the best of the bunch. These are the films that broke new comedy ground and became instant classics. They stand up to repeat viewings and are full of iconic one-liners. Most of all, each film is guaranteed to make you hardcore guffaw.

Here are the top 10 best comedy films now streaming on Netflix. Go get your giggle on.

1

'Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure'

PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE, Pee Wee Herman, 1985, (c) Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection
Everett Collection

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure is an offbeat yarn about one man’s deep love for his red bicycle. The film was so successful that it spun off as a franchise and established one Tim Burton as a quirky auteur to watch. Pee-Wee’s own particular brand of comedy is both heart-warming and absurd (and the screenplay for the film is considered one of the most perfectly executed scripts of all time). [Watch Pee-Wee’s Big Adventureon Netflix]

2

'Hot Fuzz’

HOT FUZZ, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, 2007. ©Rogue Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection
Everett Collection

Hot Fuzz stars Simon Pegg as a brilliant London cop relocated to a sleepy smalltown because he’s too good at his job. While there he tries to investigate a series of suspicious crimes. Is it all in his head or is something truly nefarious afoot? This amazing action comedy doubles as a pitch perfect send up of rambunctious American action flicks. [Watch Hot Fuzz on Netflix]

3

'The Princess Bride’

THE PRINCESS BRIDE, from left: Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright, 1987, TM & Copyright © 20th Century Fox
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This wistful fairy tale is romantic, dreamy, and insanely funny. Legendary comedy director Rob Reiner infuses every scene with an adventurous spirit and wry humor. The dialogue, the set pieces, and the characters are all brilliantly hilarious in their own unique ways. Laugh, cry, and laugh again. (And then swoon over the most perfect movie kiss in the world.) [Watch The Princess Bride on Netflix]

4

'Galaxy Quest'

GALAXY QUEST, Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, 1999
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Galaxy Quest is half scathing showbiz satire, half heartfelt ode to fandom. The film follows a group of washed up sci-fi stars who are recruited by a desperate alien race. It turns out these extraterrestrials caught a Star Trek-esque space opera a galaxy away and believe that the show was actually a documentary. Now, only their favorite human heroes can save them from ultimate destruction. [Watch Galaxy Quest on Netflix]

5

'Zoolander'

ZOOLANDER, Ben Stiller, 2001. © Paramount Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.
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Ben Stiller’s joyful send up of the fashion world is chock full of ridiculous moments and silly one liners. Stiller stars as male supermodel Derek Zoolander, a beautiful simpleton tasked with saving the world. Owen Wilson is Hansel, Derek’s primary fashion rival and eventual best friend. Together they take on the vile Mugatu (Will Ferrell). Zoolander is the perfect antidote to a dreary day. [Watch Zoolander on Netflix]

6

'Tommy Boy'

TOMMY BOY,  David Spade, Chris Farley, 1995.  (c)Paramount Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.
Everett Collection

No film better exemplifies Chris Farley and David Spade’s perfect comedy partnership than Tommy Boy. Farley plays a lovable loser desperate to save his father’s company after the old man’s tragic and untimely death and Spade is the loyal employee rolling his eyes the whole way. Together, they make the one of the all-time best comedy odd couples. [Watch Tommy Boy on Netflix]

7

'Coming To America'

COMING TO AMERICA, Eddie Murphy, 1988
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Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America is not only a hilarious ‘80s romp, but it’s film that offers sharp commentary on the state of racism, classism, and the universal struggle we all feel in our individual quests to find love. Murphy plays a handsome young African prince to travels to Queens in the hopes of meeting a woman he can marry for love — instead of for politics. [Watch Coming To America on Netflix]

8

'The Trip'

THE TRIP, l-r: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, 2010, ph: Phil Fisk/©IFC Films/courtesy Everett Collection
Everett Collection

Okay so here’s the pitch: Two middle-aged British actors film a mocumentary TV series wherein they play fictionalized versions of themselves touring restaurants. Everything is improvised. Eventually, the TV series is edited into a theatrical cut. This is The Trip. It sounds like it could be boring and dire, but it’s actually endlessly delightful. [Watch The Trip on Netflix]

9

‘Heathers'

HEATHERS, from left: Winona Ryder, Kim Walker, Lisanne Falk, Shannon Doherty, 1988, © New World/cour
Everett Collection

Real talk: We almost put Clueless in this spot. After all, it’s a teen comedy masterpiece. However, we soon realized that Clueless had nothing on the deliriously macabre madness of Heathers This pitch black comedy pokes fun at murder and makes croquet look cool. [Watch Heathers on Netflix]

10

'Moonrise Kingdom'

MOONRISE KINGDOM, from left: Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman, 2012. ph: Niko Tavernise/©Focus Features/Co
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Not all comedies have to be broad or bawdy. Moonrise Kingdom is an elegant film about the bewitching power of young love. The film is also a prime example of adventurous auteur Wes Anderson’s particular comedy voice. Everything in this film is working in concord to build an off-kilter, zany world. [Watch Moonrise Kingdom on Netflix]