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55 Best Comedy Movies On Netflix [June 2022]

While the streaming landscape has become more and more crowded over the years, the name most closely associated with movies-on-demand remains Netflix. A pioneer in offering a massive library of content for a few bucks a month, Netflix's catalog of movies is among streaming's most impressive.

The behemoth streamer offers a particularly delightful assortment of comedies. There are thousands of choices available to the discerning fan of all that's funny, spread across dozens of categories. You want something darkly humorous? You've got it. Interested in cerebral laughs? No problem. Hungry for out-and-out slapstick? Get ready for satisfaction. These are the 55 most chuckle-inducing, funny bone-tickling, and laugh-out-loud comedy movies currently available to stream on Netflix.

Updated on May 27, 2022: Like any streaming service, Netflix adds and removes titles all the time. We'll be keeping this list updated, to reflect these comings and goings. Be sure to check back every month to keep up on the funniest comedies currently available on Netflix.

Addams Family Values

The first cinematic reboot of "The Addams Family" finds the titular weirdos clashing with superficial modern society. Its funnier sequel, "Addams Family Values," sees the Addams deal with milestones and internal strife. Parents Gomez and Morticia welcome a new, mustachioed baby named Pubert, whom kids Wednesday and Pugsley keep trying to murder in elaborate ways. An odious new nanny named Debbie tries to get them to behave by sending them to a frightfully sunny and disingenuous summer camp, where the Addams kids deliver some chaos. Back at home, Debbie plots to marry Uncle Fester, inherit his fortune, and kill him off.

  • Starring: Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci
  • Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Year: 1993
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Always Be My Maybe

Star Ali Wong co-wrote this romantic comedy, which combines '90s throwbacks with sparkling wit. As children growing up in San Francisco, Sasha and Marcus were best friends and neighbors. Latchkey kid Sasha frequently hung out at Marcus' house, where she learned to cook from his mother. Their friendship blossomed into romance, but one physically awkward attempt to take it to the next level cut things short. 15 years later, Sasha is an acclaimed chef while Marcus is a bar musician drifting through life. They might be perfect for each other after all — too bad Sasha's dating Keanu Reeves. Yes, we're talking the Keanu Reeves, playing a hilariously heightened version of himself.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Ron Burgundy, an anchorman at San Diego's most-watched news station, is an arrogant, obnoxious, macho jerk. His rule over the city is challenged when female journalist Veronica Corningstone enters the fray — and steals Ron's heart. But this battle of the sexes is just a backdrop for nonstop silliness from gifted comic actors playing outrageous characters. Ron is one of the 2000s' most hilarious creations: He has lengthy conversations with his dog, plays a mean jazz flute, throws burritos at bikers, gets into an epic turf war with other newsmen, and sings "Afternoon Delight" with his team. What results is a hysterical fable about life in the 1970s.

  • Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd
  • Director: Adam McKay
  • Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Bad Grandpa

How could Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, and the rest of the "Jackass" crew possibly top the outrageous public stunts of their MTV series? They took a character from their films — 86-year-old Irving Zisman (Knoxville under layers of makeup and prosthetics) — and set him loose in the real world, following a loosely-structured plot about living life to the fullest. The openly depraved Irving takes his grandson Billy on a trip, ostensibly to deliver the kid to his father. Thus, Irving, Billy, and the corpse of Irving's recently deceased wife pile into a car and engage in hidden-camera pranks across America, primarily of the "old man behaving badly" variety.

  • Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Georgina Cates
  • Director: Jeff Tremaine
  • Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Bad Trip

Eric Andre deftly blends outrageous pranks with talk show tropes on "The Eric Andre Show." He takes this style of comedy to the feature film format with "Bad Trip." Chris (Andre) brings a friend, Bud, on a road trip to attend the art show of his dream woman. Bud's sister, violent criminal Trina, is in pursuit because they stole her car to do so. Every stop in every city weaves in an elaborately staged prank in the Andre tradition, such as a gorilla attack at a zoo, a drunken tumble off a building, the destruction of a gas station, and some truly nasty business at a honky tonk.

  • Starring: Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish
  • Director: Kitao Sakurai
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Barbershop

"Barbershop" takes place in a titular Chicago establishment, where men get their hair cut, gather for gossip, and enjoy human connection. Calvin inherits the business from his father, but doesn't understand how special it is. Thus, he quickly unloads it to a shady loan shark. But as he spends the day around the barbershop, hanging out with the outspoken employees and an array of gregarious customers, he realizes he's made a terrible mistake in overlooking an indelible part of his identity and neighborhood. This comedy is both hilariously sharp and warm-heartedly sweet.

  • Starring: Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer
  • Director: Tim Story
  • Year: 2002
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Between Two Ferns: The Movie

Since the 2000s, Zach Galifianakis has hosted a public access-style, semi-scripted interview show called "Between Two Ferns." Appearing as a crude, blunt, and mean version of himself, he asks big celebrities embarrassing questions. In this silver screen adaptation, Galifianakis and a skeleton production crew hit the road to interview as many stars as possible. These journeys involve cringe-inducing and audacious interviews with the likes of Tessa Thompson, Peter Dinklage, David Letterman, and John Legend.

  • Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Lauren Lapkus, Ryan Gaul
  • Director: Scott Aukerman
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

The Breaker Upperers

"The Breaker Upperers" is a delightful, low-key, New Zealand-produced rom-com that subverts the familiar format because it's really about the love shared between two close friends against the complicated backdrop of modern relationships. About a decade earlier, Mel and Jen discovered they had the same boyfriend, and they broke up with the cad but bonded over their shared ordeal and became best pals and business partners in The Breaker Upperers, a company that people can hire out to do the uncomfortable dirty work of dumping their spouses, boyfriends, and girlfriends. They're darkly hilarious and creative in how they approach their work, but the whole enterprise is in danger when they cross paths with one of the people they once professionally broke up with, and they start to wonder if they're a toxic presence. Plus, things get really complicated when Mel finds herself falling for a much younger client.

  • Starring: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek, James Rolleston
  • Director: Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Caddyshack

Little happens in "Caddyshack" — it's more of a character study about the ridiculously funny, unique, and idiosyncratic guys from different walks of life who populate a fancy country club and whose paths cross ... often unpleasantly. One of the main threads of the movie concerns a golf tournament with life-altering prize money on offer to the hard-partying, bad choice-making caddies who work the joint, but "Caddyshack" is really a vehicle for the emerging anarchic comedians of the time, like "Saturday Night Live" stars Chevy Chase and Bill Murray, who respectively play a smug and libidinous golf pro and an unhinged groundskeeper locked in a battle against a turf-destroying gopher. Plus, larger-than-life comedian Rodney Dangerfield puts in a star-making turn as a nouveau riche golfer whose boorish ways offend a constantly upset judge played by Ted Knight from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

Chef

"Chef" is a love letter to food and the people who find passion and purpose in preparing it. Carl Casper is a chef at a high-end restaurant in Los Angeles who's forgotten why he got into this line of work in the first place. When the pressure and business concerns get to be too much, he stands up to his restaurant's meddling owner and quits. Carl decamps to Miami and finds something much more pure and romantic by creating a food truck, where he serves lovingly prepared dishes with his oft-neglected son, best friend and sous chef, and ex-wife.

  • Starring: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo
  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Intended as a lighthearted romantic comedy, "Crazy, Stupid, Love" transforms into an entertaining combo of relationship farce and cringe comedy. Such is the nature of love, as crazy and stupid as it is — the film is full of relatable and agonizing characters and intertwining plots, all concerning the trials and tribulations of relationships forming, ending, and beginning anew. Ultimately, the story centers on Cal, a content middle-aged man thrown for a loop when his wife announces she's been having an affair and wants a divorce. While continually pining for his wife, he reluctantly enters the dating world with the guidance of a cool, younger ladies' man, who just so happens to be dating Cal's daughter.

Death at a Funeral

What's supposed to be a solemn and sad day is anything but in "Death at a Funeral." Everything that can go wrong does indeed go wrong, in truly spectacular fashion. First, the incorrect corpse is delivered to the grieving family. Then, a relative of the deceased gives her fiancé LSD (thinking it's an anti-anxiety pill), which makes him comically intoxicated. Brothers won't stop bickering, family tensions gear up, and a man purporting to be the secret lover of the deceased introduces himself. And even beyond that, there's a potentially fatal accident and a nude man on the roof. This movie has it all — and then some.

Dolemite Is My Name

"Dolemite Is My Name" proves that real life can be just as funny as fiction. Cinematic icon Eddie Murphy stars as Rudy Ray Moore, a 20th century comedian and actor best known for the "Dolemite" movies, which helped define and popularize the "blaxploitation" genre. Moore is a charismatic, dynamic, and over-the-top figure as portrayed by Murphy, who takes the entertainer through his days as a struggling musician to the premiere of his breakthrough film.

  • Starring: Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Kodi Smit-McPhee
  • Director: Craig Brewer
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 118 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Don't Look Up

An allegory for the climate change crisis, "Don't Look Up" is about as dark as a movie can get while still being identifiable as a comedy. A couple of astronomers discover a comet is on a collision course with Earth. They desperately try to convince the world to act, but reporters focus on the more entertaining and superficial aspects of the story rather than its impending doom. Our hapless heroes also deal with politicians and corporate figureheads, both of whom downplay the menace of the situation and cynically try to make money off the upcoming impact.

  • Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep
  • Director: Adam McKay
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 138 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

The Edge of Seventeen

"The Edge of Seventeen" explores the white-hot teen years, when even the most ridiculously minor impetus can spark intense emotion. Hailee Steinfeld gives a brave and confident performance as awkward, brash Nadine, who is thrown when her best friend and partner in obscurity starts dating Nadine's cool, popular, athletic older brother. As Nadine rants and raves about how her life is falling apart, she finds solace with a new friend and a trusted teacher, who isn't remotely as thoughtless and uninterested as his veneer might suggest.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

The Eurovision Song Contest sees (primarily) European countries send their best and brightest musical acts to compete for international glory. The most prominent Eurovision winner is ABBA, who best friends Lars and Sigrit idolize from the confines of their Icelandic fishing village. This duo plays hard-charging synth-pop and folk songs as a bar band called Fire Saga. Through a series of improbable, violent, and possibly elf-caused events, they wind up representing Iceland in Eurovision. This is an amazing opportunity — if Lars doesn't blow it, that is. Ferrell and McAdams are as silly and earnestly goofy as their songs are delightful and touching.

  • Starring: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens
  • Director: David Dobkin
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

The Forty-Year-Old Version

Radha Blank's "The Forty-Year-Old Version" isn't about new experiences, but reinvention of self — and the amusingly awkward and delightfully inspirational journey it takes to get to that point. Blank, a theatrical artist in real life, plays a version of herself who is ill at ease with the cliff of psychological reckoning that comes with turning the big 4-0. Rather than wallow or get down on herself about all that she hasn't achieved, Radha sets out to do something new by becoming a rapper.

  • Starring: Radha Blank, Welker White, Reed Birney
  • Director: Radha Blank
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 123 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

National Lampoon shaped American humor in the '70s and '80s with its edgy magazine, radio program, stage show, and branded movies. In all its forms, the Lampoon bore the influence and tastes of its co-founder, Doug Kenney, the central figure of the biopic "A Futile and Stupid Gesture." This film portrays Kenney's rise and most prominent work with depth and zeal, courtesy of Will Forte and a cast of comedy greats playing icons of yesteryear.

  • Starring: Will Forte, Emmy Rossum, Domhnall Gleeson
  • Director: David Wain
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Hail, Caesar!

"Hail, Caesar!" captures the golden age of the Hollywood studio system with the sort of humor that can only come from hindsight. Eddie Mannix, a tough guy fixer for Capitol Pictures, spends an average day solving non-average problems in this winning film. Here's what he's got on his plate: An angry director, a secretly pregnant actress, and the kidnapping of one of his biggest stars, who's smack in the middle of a biblical movie production and might be affiliated with a Communist cabal.

The History of Future Folk

Of all the retro-futuristic movies about alien invasions, "The History of Future Folk" is definitely the first to portray the extraterrestrials' love of American folk music. Two humanoid aliens from the planet Hondo have arrived on Earth with orders to take over — or, alternately, kill each other. These plans are abandoned when the Hondonians discover one of their new planet's greatest pleasures: bluegrass music. All they really want, it turns out, is to play in bars to receptive patrons. And so they decide to connect with humans, rather than submit to war — but can this fragile peace truly last?

  • Starring: Nils d'Aulaire, Jay Klaitz, Julie Ann Emery
  • Director: John Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker
  • Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 86 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Tween Ricky is a troublemaker who has bounced around the foster care system, ultimately winding up at the country home of Bella and Hec. The former wants to take him in, while the latter adamantly does not. Hec's iciness thaws, however, when he and Ricky end up lost in the woods, with neither they nor anybody else knowing exactly where they are. They aren't eager to seek out help from authorities who have done them wrong, so they remain on the run, slowly turning into local legends to everyone but the nasty caseworker who wants to lock them both up.

I Care a Lot

Marla makes a fortune by posing as a kind-hearted caretaker of the elderly. In truth, through a network of medical and legal professionals, Marla throws her charges in a subpar assisted living facility, has them sedated, then sells their homes and takes the money. After she cynically submits a perfectly healthy woman to her process, however, Marla learns she's imprisoned the mother of a vindictive and violent crime boss. An increasingly absurd war breaks out between these two very driven and very shady businesspeople.

  • Starring: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Dianne Wiest
  • Director: J Blakeson
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 118 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Jackass: The Movie

Moving their antics from MTV to the big screen gave Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, and the rest of the "Jackass" crew a bigger canvas, budget, and runtime to execute some truly imaginative stunts, pranks, and public hidden camera gags — most of which are audaciously crass, hilariously stupid, and unabashedly juvenile. In this kind-of-documentary about male friendship, the group of guys with no concern for their own safety or well-being stage about 50 set pieces, such as racing golf carts (and harassing golfers with an airhorn), surprise slapping each other with a giant mechanical hand, snorting wasabi, consuming a urine-based snow cone, traversing a tightrope over an alligator enclosure, using a hardware store's display toilet for its ultimately intended purpose, and entering a rental car in a demolition derby.

Kodachrome

Named for the classic film stock, the sweet and nostalgic "Kodachrome" revolves around a few of the last rolls in existence. Busy, distracted businessman Matt receives word from his father, a famous mid-century photographer, for the first time in years: He's dying of cancer, and his final wish is to visit the last Kodachrome processing lab in Kansas. Thus, father and son set out on a prickly and adventurous cross-country road trip to get some film developed and hash out their relationship.

  • Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Ed Harris, Elizabeth Olsen
  • Director: Mark Raso
  • Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Lady Bird

An emotionally honest and deeply earnest comedy, "Lady Bird" is a love letter to the parents of hilariously headstrong teens everywhere. In 2002, high school senior Christine MacPherson, who prefers to be called Lady Bird, is anxious to get far away from her hometown of Sacramento and what she perceives to be her overbearing mother. She engages in and endures plenty of folly and humiliation by pranking teachers, befriending bad kids, dating lackluster boyfriends, and experiencing the heartbreak of college acceptance letters. All the while, she and her mother clash, come together, and struggle to understand each other before Lady Bird leaves the nest for good.

  • Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Timothee Chalamet
  • Director: Greta Gerwig
  • Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Last Action Hero

One of Arnold Schwarzenegger's funniest movies, "Last Action Hero" is a self-aware and astonishingly clever flick that was very far ahead of its time. A kid named Danny deals with the trauma in his life by devouring action movies about super-cop Jack Slater. A mysterious movie theater manager gives him a magical ticket, which sucks Danny into the world of Jack Slater and dumb action movie cliches. Danny helps Jack successfully navigate his world, thanks to his deep knowledge of action plots, then acts as his guide to the "real world," which they have to enter together to stop Jack's dimension-hopping nemesis.

Life of Brian

"Life of Brian" tells the story of Christ through the story of Brian, who was born in a nearby manger on the first Christmas. Brian's life intertwines with and parallels that of his more-famous birthday twin in dozens of amusing ways: He becomes a revolutionary (of sorts), goes on the lam after he is caught doing graffiti, and eventually faces death by crucifixion. "Life of Brian" highlights the cruelty of Roman rulers in ancient times by making fun of it, with Brian enduring their vitriol right up until the end, when he hangs on a cross singing the cheerful tune, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."

  • Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin
  • Director: Terry Jones
  • Year: 1979
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Life of Crime

Based on an Elmore Leonard novel, "Life of Crime" begins with the 1978 kidnapping of Mickey Dawson, a wealthy homemaker whisked away by a pair of bumbling convicts who think they can safely and quickly return her to her millionaire husband and make a quick pile of cash. Her husband isn't about to let that come to pass so easily, however. He's a bigger criminal than these criminals: A habitual embezzler who has been stealing from the company coffers for years, he has plans to run away with his mistress and dump the wife who's been kidnapped. Comically, the kidnappers are suddenly the good guys, and the thieving white collar guy the new target of scorn.

  • Starring: Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey
  • Director: Daniel Schechter
  • Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Like Father

A cruise is a fruitful place for comedy: With nowhere to go, people can't help but connect. In "Like Father," Rachel, a workaholic executive, takes a call during her wedding, leading her groom-to-be to ditch her at the altar. Rachel goes on the honeymoon cruise anyway, and Harry, her estranged father who hasn't seen her since she was a toddler, heads on board too. It's painful and strange at first, but they actually manage to reconnect with the support of a number of colorful characters.

  • Starring: Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen
  • Director: Lauren Miller
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Little Evil

While it's about the possible rise of a new Antichrist, "Little Evil" is also a tender story about a blended family. Gary, a kind and sensitive guy, is desperate to connect with his wife's son from a previous relationship. But Lucas is a withdrawn and dark little boy, and he responds to his mother's new relationship by acting out. This behavior consists of truly evil stuff, like pouring lye on his teacher's face and hypnotizing her into jumping out a window. Lucas' real dad, it would seem, is the actual devil. Gary will need the help of his stepdad support group to both convince Lucas to let him in emotionally, and also stop the kid from bringing on the apocalypse.

  • Starring: Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly, Owen Atlas
  • Director: Eli Craig
  • Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

The Long Dumb Road

Jason Mantzoukas usually plays unhinged, wild-eyed wild cards who live life by their own rules with no regard for consequences or their own safety, such as on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The League" and in movies like "The House" and "Dirty Grandpa." In "The Long Dumb Road," that brand of Mantouzkas character is elevated from supporting player to focal point in this duo comedy and road movie about living life to the fullest and taking ridiculous chances. Richard, fired and down on his luck again, convinces Nat, an unwitting college kid on his way to art school thousands of miles away, to bring him along as a passenger and companion. Nat learns how to be less sheltered and frightened from Richard, and Richard learns from Nat how to be a little bit less unbearable.

  • Starring: Tony Revolori, Jason Mantzoukas, Taissa Farmiga
  • Director: Hannah Fidell
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Mascots

Christopher Guest pioneered the modern mockumentary, utilizing the faux-journalistic approach to explore and tease very specific subcultures and phenomena. After appearing in the heavy metal send-up "This is Spinal Tap" and directing "Waiting for Guffman" and "Best in Show," Guest took on the surprisingly complicated and utterly weird world of sports mascots in "Mascots." Set at a mascot competition, it follows nerds and goofballs from all over the world who gather to show off their talents for dancing around awkwardly and waving to the crowd from inside giant, hot animal costumes. The humorous absurdity of the situation takes center stage, but the drama, intrigue, and stakes aren't far behind.

  • Starring: Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Zach Woods
  • Director: Christopher Guest
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Reporter Bob Wilton meets military veteran Lyn Cassady, who purports to have been part of a group of soldiers trained to harness psychic abilities. During the Iraq War of the early 2000s, they traverse the Middle East on a secret trip to find the unit's founder, Bill Django, a hippie New Age type who really thinks he can use his mind to kill goats and walk through solid walls — and that he can teach other people to do it too. He might be telling the truth ... or everyone involved might be in for an embarrassing downfall.

  • Starring: George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor
  • Director: Grant Heslov
  • Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Midnight Run

"Midnight Run" combines several different types of comedy into a likable and compelling whole, populated by some of the most accomplished stars of the late 20th century. First of all, it's an organized crime movie, in which gangster Eddie Moscone tasks taciturn bounty hunter Jack Walsh with finding and retrieving a mob-affiliated accountant named "The Duke." What's supposed to be an easy job isn't, however, and "Midnight Run" becomes a comedy of errors and a road movie as Jack moves Eddie across the country. This is a difficult task, because the two guys don't get along — and they have to evade both the FBI and rogue mob associates while they do it.

  • Starring: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto
  • Director: Martin Brest
  • Year: 1988
  • Runtime: 122 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Mindhorn

Julian Barratt, a cult comedy icon for his work on "The Mighty Boosh," co-wrote "Mindhorn," a deft and off-kilter movie about a washed-up TV actor. Richard Thorncroft is long past his '80s heyday, which saw him play a cybernetic detective on the sci-fi police show "Mindhorn." Things change when a man escapes a mental health institution and commits a murder, however. He'll cooperate with authorities, but only if he can negotiate with Mindhorn, who isn't real. Thus, Richard gets back into character, returns to the old stomping grounds where the show was shot, and helps the police, despite having no actual investigative skills.

  • Starring: Julian Barratt, Essie Davis, Andrea Riseborough
  • Director: Sean Foley
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

In their first feature film, the Monty Python comedy troupe turned its attention away from mocking contemporary British life to skewering national mythology — specifically, the stories of the mighty and brave King Arthur. "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" revolves around Arthur's quest to obtain the chalice from which Christ and his disciples drank at the Last Supper, but that's really just a way to string together a bunch of sketches set in medieval times. The argument about swallows carrying coconuts, the duel with the easily sliced-through Black Knight, the killer bunnies, and those knights who nonsensically scream "Ni!" have all become classic for very good reason.

  • Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle
  • Director: Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones
  • Year: 1975
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Mr. Roosevelt

Noël Wells, who had a brief but memorable stint on "Saturday Night Live" in the mid-2010s, wrote, directed, and stars in "Mr. Roosevelt," a comedy about mid-20s life slumps and how one can't really go home again. Emily, a wannabe comedian who moved to Los Angeles to make it big, gets a chance to recharge when a call regarding her cat summons her home to Austin. Instead of proving what a big shot she is, she suffers one humiliation after another — the biggest of which involves having to stay at the home of her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.

  • Starring: Noël Wells, Carley Wolf, Nick Thune
  • Director: Noël Wells
  • Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

The Other Guys

P.K. Highsmith and Christopher Danson (notable action movie heroes Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, respectively) are the unrivaled heroes of the NYPD, causing spectacular levels of property damage even when chasing after the pettiest of thieves. But when they go down completely unnecessarily in a hilarious blaze of glory, it's up to desk-bound detectives Gamble and Hoitz to follow a case involving a smarmy baron of industry that hints at major malfeasance. These two second choices clash early and often, with Gamble content to be a paper-pusher but Hoitz a hothead bristling for field work. They bond into an effective crimefighting duo despite their differences, as well as a strange supervisor who speaks almost entirely and unknowingly in TLC lyrics.

  • Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton
  • Director: Adam McKay
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 107 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Road Trip

Before he established himself as a chronicler of men behaving badly with works like "The Hangover" and "Old School," filmmaker Todd Phillips made "Road Trip." High school sweethearts Josh and Tiffany  are separated by thousands of miles, as they attend separate colleges. Fearing Tiffany has strayed, Josh commits a regrettable act of infidelity. Horrifyingly, a recording of the deed is mailed to his love. Josh and his friends hit the road to get to Tiffany's college before the tape does, engaging in a series of gross, dangerous, and wild adventures along the way.

Set It Up

Harper and Charlie both work too many hours a day as personal assistants to their demanding bosses, editor Kirsten and businessman Rick. After they bump into each other, the hapless underlings realize that if they can get their bosses to focus their energies elsewhere, they'll earn themselves a work respite and regular schedules. Thus, Harper and Charlie conspire to set Kirsten and Rick up. But the relationship is messy — as is the romance that develops between the assistants themselves.

  • Starring: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu
  • Director: Claire Scanlon
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

She's Gotta Have It

This witty, dynamic, and just plain fun romantic comedy comes straight from one of the 20th century's best filmmakers — who also co-stars as his mischievous Mars Blackmon character. Shot in glorious black-and-white on a tiny budget, "She's Gotta Have It" follows the romantic travails of Nola Darling, an artist at a crossroads in her young adult life. What kind of man does she want to be with? She decides to compare and contrast between the three guys she's dating: Rich but pompous Greer, solid but sexist Jamie, and sweet and nerdy Mars. Who will she choose? How can she choose?

  • Starring: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell
  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Year: 1986
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Silver Linings Playbook

A sensitive character comedy about people finding solace in one another, the frank and gritty "Silver Linings Playbook" was nominated for a slew of Academy Awards. Jennifer Lawrence won one for her performance as Tiffany, a young Philadelphia widow dealing with her grief by engaging in a series of ill-advised sexual encounters. She's also interested in winning a dance competition, and takes on a partner in Pat, a man living on the brink. He'll dance with her, and she'll help him reunite with his wife. The duo are as unlikely to be lovers as they are dance partners, but human connection has a way of happening regardless.

  • Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
  • Director: David O. Russell
  • Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 122 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

The Sleepover

"The Sleepover" is an action movie that puts kids in the middle of its high-octane happenings. When a gaggle of suburban children learn their parents have been kidnapped, they're thrust into the world of international crime. Their mother, it turns out, is actually a reformed master thief who went into witness protection and married their dorky dad. Now she's being forced by her old heist team to steal a priceless artifact from a dignitary — but not if her kids have anything to say about it. High-level hijinks from not-so-hapless little ones ensue.

  • Starring: Malin Akerman, Ken Marino, Sadie Stanley
  • Director: Trish Sie
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Something's Gotta Give

From Nancy Meyers, the filmmaker behind "The Intern" and "It's Complicated," comes another amusing, twisty romantic comedy about wealthy, complicated older people who've made a mess of their lives and are still looking for that happily-ever-after well past middle-age. 

Harry, a cocky businessman who's exclusively dated young women even as he approaches retirement age, heads to a weekend getaway with his latest 20-something girlfriend at her family retreat in the Hamptons, only to discover the house is already occupied by Erica, his girlfriend's mother, an exceptionally interesting playwright. He finds himself falling in love with her instead, even as he endures various social indignities and other calamities, such as Erica's resistance to Harry, the idea of settling down, and a burgeoning May-December romance between Erica herself and a handsome young doctor.

Sorry to Bother You

This caustic, cutting, and psychedelic journey from revolutionary-minded rapper Boots Riley satirizes and comments on corporate culture, the tedium of office work, and race relations in contemporary America. In the askew version of modern-day Oakland in "Sorry to Bother You," African-American Cassius Green works as a telemarketer, taking on a "white" voice because it puts his older, frightened clients more at ease. He becomes the toast of the company, and his drug-addicted boss takes him under his wing and offers him a huge salary. However, Cassius is torn, unfulfilled by the job and wanting to participate in the organized labor movement with his politically minded friends ... but it all goes down in the most insane, surreal way imaginable. It's an angry, hilarious, absurdist film that will make your jaw drop, your eyes bug out, and your sides hurt from laughing.

Starsky and Hutch

1970s buddy cop show "Starsky and Hutch" is reimagined as a self-deprecating action comedy in this enjoyable flick. Starsky, the guy with the big hair and bigger sweater, and Hutch, a laid-back lothario, cruise around Bay City, California in their muscle car. Their humdrum lives and mild bickering are broken up when they have to investigate the murder of a drug dealer. Crime boss Reese Feldman, a likable egomaniac who just seems to keep getting away with crime, is implicated. Starsky and Hutch are assisted in their drive to take on the kingpin by Huggy Bear, a street hustler and informant played in supremely hammy fashion by Snoop Dogg.

  • Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg
  • Director: Todd Phillips
  • Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Team America: World Police

"Team America" brutally satirizes the ultra-aggressive patriotism that fueled the United States' post-9/11 foreign policy. The film — made almost entirely with sophisticated marionettes and one real cat — is also a gloriously profane and mega-violent parody of the era's over-the-top action movies. Springing from the minds of "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, this send-up is about Team America, an elite, kill-now-ask-questions-maybe counterterrorism group that hires a Broadway actor to help them bring down Kim John-il and some misguided Hollywood actors. The result: "Armageddon," with all self-seriousness replaced by puppets, graphic bedroom scenes, musical numbers, and gallons of fake blood.

  • Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller
  • Director: Trey Parker
  • Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Think Like a Man

"Think Like a Man" is about a quartet of tight-knit male friends forced to grow up and act like decent people and partners. The women in their lives buy Steve Harvey's best-selling book, "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," a blunt self-help guide aimed at women looking to create successful relationships. The new regime confuses and upsets the guys, who wind up using the book for their own gain. It all results in a complex and hilarious game of love.

  • Starring: Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union
  • Director: Tim Story
  • Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 122 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

High schooler Lara Jean Covey is prone to brief but intense crushes on her male classmates, which she works through by writing passionate love letters she never sends. Looking to inject some excitement into her sibling's life, Lara Jean's sister Kitty steals the love notes and sends them to their hypothetical recipients. Lara Jean must quickly develop the self-assurance and communication skills to navigate the romantic minefield laid out before her, which may lead to true love.

  • Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, John Corbett
  • Director: Susan Johnson
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

21 Jump Street

"21 Jump Street" began life in the late 1980s as a low-budget cop show with a contrived premise: Young-looking police detectives go undercover as high school students to bust crimes. That preposterous concept is turned on its head in this comic reimagining. Schmidt and Jenko are best friends and young detectives who enroll in high school under assumed names to bust a sophisticated drug ring. They quickly realize that high school has changed a lot since they attended, however. The two cops feel like losers compared to some of their classmates, awakening all kinds of embarrassing memories and emotions.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend

This movie acts as a series finale to the wonderfully silly "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," a sitcom about a woman kept in an underground bunker for two decades. Kimmy explores the world with wonder and excitement, but also faces her recurring nemesis, the charismatic cult leader who kept her prisoner. He's always evaded punishment for his horrendous crimes, but in "Kimmy vs the Reverend," Kimmy finally gets a chance to take him down. Or rather, the viewer does, because this is a choose-your-own-adventure style interactive movie: The person holding the remote (or mouse) decides at intervals what Kimmy (in possession of an actual choose-your-own-adventure-style novel) should do next.

  • Starring: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jon Hamm
  • Director: Claire Scanlon
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

War Dogs

While the Iraq War rolls on in the Middle East, American entrepreneur Efraim forms a company that sells huge payloads of weaponry to the U.S. military. He recruits his pacific friend David, in need of money with a baby on the way, to help him out, and soon, they secure a $300 million contract. Unfortunately, they have no way to fulfill it, nor any idea how to do so. This scheme will take them around the world, put their lives on the line, and possibly get them in trouble with those who are paying them, as well as the other side.

  • Starring: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas
  • Director: Todd Phillips
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 114 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

The Wedding Singer

Robbie Hart, a wedding band singer, is very happy to croon covers at receptions every weekend and teach music to old people. When his mean girlfriend dumps him, however, it sends him into a depression, prompting him to write some ridiculously dark new songs. The way out of his doldrums proves to be a friendship with an event server named Julia, with whom he falls instantly in love. The feeling is mutual, but Julia's disgusting yuppie boyfriend throws a wrench into the proceedings. "The Wedding Singer" is also notable for including some truly out-there moments, like Billy Idol acting as an airplane hero and an elderly woman performing "Rapper's Delight."

  • Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor
  • Director: Frank Coraci
  • Year: 1998
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Wine Country

What does one get when they compile a cast of women who starred on or wrote for "Saturday Night Live" in the 1990s and 2000s? They get "Wine Country," a loosely plotted series of delightful conversations, bits, and excursions into boozy Napa Valley, featuring extremely funny people playing fictionalized versions of themselves. Gathering to celebrate a birthday, this group of friends analyzes past relationships and tensions, reckons with the joys and difficulties of aging, and gets silly after way too many glasses of wine, over and over again.

  • Starring: Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Paula Pell
  • Director: Amy Poehler
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Young Adult

A fascinating character study about people who peaked in high school and aren't aware of it, "Young Adult" features a droll, layered performance from Charlize Theron as Mavis, an unlikeable and self-loathing writer of teen novels who, on the verge of unemployment, leaves the big city for her tiny hometown. She's looking to reunite with her high school boyfriend, as she's convinced he made her happy and that winning him back will solve all her problems. Mavis doesn't realize she's the villain in her own story, however, or that her old boyfriend has absolutely no interest in rekindling things, because he's deeply in love with his wife.

  • Starring: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson
  • Director: Jason Reitman
  • Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%