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40 Best Comedy Movies On Hulu [October 2021]

Hulu is one of the oldest streaming services out there — many of us remember when it was a free site, similar to Crackle or Tubi now. Now it's one of the biggest power players in streaming, with a lot of content ... perhaps even too much to sift through easily.

We've selected 40 of the best, or at least most interesting, comedy movies streaming on Hulu. It's worth remembering that comedy is subjective so the Rotten Tomatoes score may not correlate to your tastes. That's fine. We're positive that you'll find at least a few movies suited to your preferred comedy outlook.

Updated on October 7, 2021: As Hulu rotates its selection, we'll keep this list updated to reflect the changes in its streaming catalog. Be sure to check back each month for films that will leave you howling with laughter, as we'll be keeping this list current with the latest and greatest comedy films to hit the site.

The Art of Self-Defense

Ever wonder what "Fight Club" would look like as a black comedy? Well, wonder no more because "The Art of Self-Defense" is here to karate chop your questions away. The film finds an incredibly timid Casey looking for martial arts lessons after he's violently assaulted by a group of thugs. In his quest to man up, he walks into a dojo run by the icy cold Sensei, a master who seems to promise all the answers Casey's been looking for. But as Casey grows in his martial arts abilities, he begins changing as a person and soon discovers that maybe the Sensei's way of karate might just be a tad ... problematic. A brilliant critique of toxic masculinity, "The Art of Self-Defense" deserves a black belt for its dark, disturbing sense of humor.

  • Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Alessandro Nivola
  • Director: Riley Stearns
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Barb (Annie Mumolo) and Star (Kristin Wiig) are two middle-aged best friends who have never left their small town in Nebraska. Longing for an adventure, they go to Vista Del Mar, Florida. Meanwhile, the villainous Sharon Fisherman (also Wiig) is planning vengeance on Vista Del Mar — and she's about to cross paths with Barb and Star. A bright, pastel fever dream of a movie, "Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar" was one of the most popular VOD releases of 2021 — and it's yours to stream with a Hulu account.

  • Starring: Kristin Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan
  • Director: Josh Greenbaum
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Bill & Ted Face the Music

The long-awaited threequel of the "Bill & Ted" series, "Bill & Ted Face the Music" sees Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) as middle-aged dads — albeit ones with the same slacker Gen X sensibilities. After failing to write a song prophesied to save the world, time and space — as well as their families' lives — begin to unravel. Things get more dire after the arrival of Kelly, the daughter of former time-traveling companion Rufus, who brings them on a brand new adventure. "Bill & Ted Face the Music" combines nostalgia with modern sensibilities for something new and enjoyable for all the "Bill & Ted" fans who waited decades for this.

  • Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal
  • Director: Dean Parisot
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Booksmart

Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) are two brilliant, hardworking high school girls who spent all their time focusing on academics. On the verge of graduation, however, they realize they likely missed out on some formative experiences and decide to pack all the fun they missed into one night. "Booksmart" features a solid supporting cast — Jessica Williams, Jason Sudekis, Lisa Kudrow, and Will Forte — but Dever and Feldstein absolutely shine all on their own in this acclaimed comedy-of-age comedy.

  • Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams
  • Director: Olivia Wilde
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Boy

It's 1984 on the North Island of New Zealand. Boy is an 11-year-old living on a farm with grandmother, brother, and cousins. Boy has long imagined his father, Alamein, as some kind of heroic figure. One day, his dad shows up — and turns out to be little more than a two-bit criminal looking for a sack of money he buried years earlier. A pre-Hollywood movie by Taika Waititi, "Boy" is a coming-of-age story about reconciling our wishes with reality — full of New Zealand's vintage dry humor.

  • Starring: James Rolleston, Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi
  • Director: Taika Waititi
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Rating: N/A
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Brüno

Brüno (Sacha Baron Cohen, reprising his role from "Da Ali G Show") is a gay Austrian fashionista. After publicly embarrassing himself, he loses almost everything and goes to America in search of newfound fame. While not quite as groundbreaking as "Borat," "Brüno" remains another solid example of how nobody does what Sacha Baron Cohen does. A particular high point is Brüno's interview with Ron Paul, who he mistakes for RuPaul.

  • Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Bañagale
  • Director: Nancy Meyers
  • Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 125 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Date Night

Phil (Steve Carrell) and Claire (Tina Fey) are a bored suburban married couple. In an attempt to add some excitement to their weekly date night, they head to New York city and a fancy new restaurant. When they can't get a seat, they steal the reservation of a couple that no-showed — which kicks off a night of mistaken identity, gangsters, cops, and J.B. Smoove as a taxi driver. The movie boasts a strong supporting cast, including Common, Taraji P. Henson, Kristin Wiig, Mark Ruffalo, Bill Burr, and Mila Kunis.

  • Starring: Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Mark Wahlberg
  • Director: Shawn Levy
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Dear White People

"Dear White People" is about the lives of several Black students at an elite — and primarily white — university. Life at the university becomes chaotic after a blackface-themed party held by influential white students. A strong social satire, "Dear White People" also went on to inspire the acclaimed Netflix series of the same name.

The Dictator

General Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) has ruled the country of Wadiya with an iron first for almost his entire life. His brutal rule has led to many assassination attempts. When Aladeen visits New York to address the UN about his country's nuclear weapons program, his trip falls apart — and he's soon facing a coup, protestors, and any number of other issues he's been sheltered from.

Election

Tracy Flick is a successful and popular student — a shoo-in for student body president. There's one issue: Civic teacher Jim McAllister knows that Tracy is manipulative and, to put it mildly, less than ethical. As such, Jim recruits popular jock Paul to run against Tracy. This is the start of a feud between a teacher and his overachieving student — one that leads to some hilarious and disastrous results. An adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel of the same name, "Election" was nominated at the 1999 Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, and it's got staying power thanks to its biting satire and a powerhouse performance from Reese Witherspoon.

  • Starring: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein
  • Director: Alexander Payne
  • Year: 1999
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Florence Foster Jenkins

"Florence Foster Jenkins" is a biopic about the woman of the same name, starring Meryl Streep in yet another Oscar-nominated turn. Florence was a socialite who was 100% convinced she was a world-class opera singer, despite the fact that she sounded like an unoiled shopping cart wheel at best. The movie focuses in particular on the buildup to Florence's historic Carnegie Hall performance, arranged by her partner St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant).

  • Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 110 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Galaxy Quest

Once upon a time, "Galaxy Quest" was a popular sci-fi show — one that maintained a devoted fanbase. Some of those fans attend cons and pore over minutiae. Among those fans are the Thermians, an actual alien race that believe all the escapades on the show were historical fact. They come to the cast, seeking help in taking on their own oppressors. "Galaxy Quest" — that is, the movie, not the fictional show — is especially beloved by "Star Trek" fans, but is broadly entertaining enough that even non sci-fi fans will find something to like.

  • Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman
  • Director: Dean Parisot
  • Year: 1997
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Janey is an Army brat, finally settling down in Chicago after her strict military father retires from service. Now at yet another new school, Janey bonds with classmate Lynn over their mutual love of dance program "Dance TV." When the two find out that the show is holding auditions for a new couple, they each try to get on their favorite program — despite the objections of Janey's father. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" is a romantic dance comedy, a genre that hasn't been earnestly attempted in decades, and it's picked up a cult following that runs counter to its Rotten Tomatoes score.

  • Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Lee Montgomery
  • Director: Alan Metter
  • Year: 1985
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Heathers

Veronica is part of the most powerful and popular clique at her school, along with three other girls named Heather. Even so, she's unhappy with the Heathers' cruelty and feels out of place. And that's when J.D., a dangerous new student, catches her eyes. But their quirky romance gets real complicated real fast, as it isn't long before Veronica realizes that he will deal with any student he doesn't like in the most brutal way. "Heathers" is a pitch-black comedy and remains one of the most subversive high school flick ever made.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Before going mainstream with "Thor: Ragnarok," Taiki Waititi spent about a decade making smaller films in his native New Zealand. The last of these before joining the MCU was "Hunt for the Wilderpeople," a dramedy about a boy named Ricky (Julian Dennison) who disappears into the New Zealand bush with his dog Tupac after his foster aunt dies. His foster uncle Hector (Sam Neill) goes after him, and a national manhunt ensues. "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is full of the dry humor and easy chemistry that made Waititi one of the most in-demand directors worldwide.

  • Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
  • Director: Taika Waititi
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

I Love You Phillip Morris

"I Love You Phillip Morris" is based on the real-life story of con artist Steven Jay Russell. Jim Carrey plays Steven, a former cop who decides to be true to himself as a gay man after a near-fatal traffic accident. Steven's con games eventually put him in prison, where he meets and falls in love with fellow inmate Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). They're so in love, in fact, that Steven will go to great lengths for them to be together — even if it means escaping from prison.

  • Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann
  • Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Ingrid Goes West

A savage takedown of social media influencers and a look at the dangers of parasocial relationships, "Ingrid Goes West" is a dark comedy that finds the titular Ingrid absolutely obsessed with Instagram star Taylor Sloane. In fact, Ingrid is so taken with Taylor that she kidnaps the influencer's dog and then returns it, acting like she just found the poor thing wandering the streets. After gaining Taylor's trust, Ingrid completely infiltrates the Instagrammer's life, but soon enough, her creepy charade starts falling apart ... and so does Ingrid herself. Come for Aubrey Plaza's April Ludgate turned up to 11 and stay for Elizabeth Olsen like you've never seen her before.

  • Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr.
  • Director: Matt Spicer
  • Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

The Interview

More than any specific joke, line, or frame in the movie, "The Interview" will always be most associated with the circus that surrounded it. "Cyber criminals allegedly connected to North Korea hack Sony and threaten any theater showing a certain movie" is admittedly a more compelling story than most actual films. That said, "The Interview" itself is a perfectly serviceable Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg comedy with some solid moments. It follows talk show host Dave Skylark and his producer, Aaron Rapaport, who nab an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un — only to get recruited by the CIA to assassinate the leader. Come for the controversy, stay for Randall Park.

  • Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park
  • Directors: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
  • Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 113 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

John Bronco

"John Bronco" is a mockumentary about the rise and fall of the titular John Bronco (Walton Goggins), pitchman for the Ford Bronco. It follows John's journey, starting from driving the prototype Bronco at the 1966 Baja 500, to his heights as one of the biggest celebrities on Earth, all the way to his sudden decline and disappearance. His skills and influence as a pitchman are undeniable, his personal life compelling, and his accomplishments — including a hit single — unimaginable in today's world. Also interviewed are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Moschitta Jr. (the Micro Machines Guy), and Bo Derek as versions of themselves.

  • Starring: Walton Goggins, Tim Meadows, Dennis Quaid
  • Director: Jake Szymanski
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 37 minutes
  • Rating: N/A
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Kingpin

"Kingpin" is classic lowbrow humor from lowbrow kingpins Peter and Bobby Farrelly. As for its plot, Rory Munson had a lot of promise as a bowler ... until rival Ernie McCracken started a chain reaction that saw Rory's bowling hand get amputated. About 17 years later, a down-on-his-luck Rory stumbles into an Amish man named Ishmael — one with a natural talent for bowling. Naturally, Rory and the rookie team up to take Ishamel to the top of the bowling world.

Logan Lucky

"Logan Lucky" follows the West Virginia based Logan family as they team up with a demolition expert to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Complicating factors is that the heist ends up taking place during a NASCAR race. This Steven Soderbergh action comedy boasts a pretty incredible cast, with A-listers like Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig, as well as supporting turns by the likes of Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, Sebastian Stan, and Hilary Swank. If you're looking for "Ocean's Eleven" with a bit more heart, "Logan Lucky" is where it's at.

  • Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig
  • Director: Steven Soderbergh
  • Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 119 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Magic Mike

Mike is a man with many odd jobs trying to make ends meet. One of the oddest of those jobs is his evening gig as a male stripper. During his time on the stage, Mike runs into a 19-year-old with massive promise, who he dubs "The Kid," and he decides to mentor the young man and guide him to the top of the industry. In addition to Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, and Matthew McConaughey, "Magic Mike" sports a strong supporting cast — including Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn, Gabriel Iglesias, and Kevin Nash (yes, the wrestler). Whether you come for the bare-bodied, ripped men or the delicate and sensitive story at the core, you'll find something to appreciate in "Magic Mike."

Most Likely to Murder

Billy (Adam Pally) was the most popular kid at his high school. Now he's a loser, working as a restaurant attendant in Los Vegas. Fifteen years after graduating, he returns to his hometown ... only to find out that the girl he's had feelings for all these years is now in a relationship with the guy he remembered as the class weirdo. Undeterred, Billy plans to get his girl — by proving her boyfriend is a murderer. The movie also stars Rachel Bloom of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" fame and was co-written and directed by her husband, veteran comedy writer Dan Gregor.

  • Starring: Adam Pally, Rachel Bloom, Doug Mand
  • Director: Dan Gregor
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

The Nice Guys

Written and directed by the acclaimed Shane Black, "The Nice Guys" is a buddy comedy with neo-noir trappings. It tells the stories of alcoholic single father Holland March (Ryan Gosling), a private investigator, and Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe), a rough-and-tumble enforcer. The two, after some initial misgivings, team up to investigate the death of a porn star and the disappearance of a little girl. Gosling and Crowe have undeniable chemistry, but the movie's MVP is Angourie Rice as March's clever-yet-precocious daughter Holly. Great dialogue, great chemistry, and a few great cameos make this movie a must watch.

  • Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice
  • Director: Shane Black
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 116 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Office Space

Peter is a paper-pusher at a software company. He hates his obnoxious boss Lumbergh (Gary Cole at his most Gary Cole) and his job, a sentiment shared by co-workers Samir and the unfortunately named Michael Bolton. Peter decides to deal with this stress by visiting a hypnotherapist, but a tragicomic series of events means the therapy worked too well, and now, he's chill all the time. This new, relaxed Peter teams up with his pals to get revenge against his company. Even though the movie is full of great characters, Stephen Root's Milton — a nebbishy, obnoxious dweeb with the voice of a tea kettle with seasonal allergies — will always be most associated with "Office Space" and for good reason. Don't mess with the man's red stapler.

  • Starring: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Stephen Root
  • Director: Mike Judge
  • Year: 1999
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Palm Springs

Nyles (Andy Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milioti) are guests at a wedding in Palm Springs. The two start hitting it off before something goes horribly wrong, and Sarah finds herself reliving the exact same day over again. Turns out Nyles was already stuck in this time loop, and the two try to embrace the chaos while romance blooms between them. "Palm Springs" is a Hulu exclusive, meaning this sci-fi romcom is something American viewers won't find on any other streamer.

  • Starring: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons
  • Director: Max Barbakow
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Plan B

"Plan B" follows two South Dakota high schoolers: the prudish Sunny (Kuhoo Verma) and her more outgoing best friend Lupe (Victoria Moroles). After an awkward first sexual encounter, Sunny realizes that her sex was a little less safe than she thought, and the two girls drive across the state looking for a Plan B pill. The directorial debut from actor Natalie Morales, "Plan B" has won great acclaim and is another Hulu exclusive.

  • Starring: Kuhoo Verma, Victoria Moroles, Josh Ruben
  • Director: Natalie Morales
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Rating: N/A
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

There aren't all that many Thanksgiving movies, but that's okay: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" is great enough that we don't exactly need more. Neal is a control freak businessman whose only goal is to get back to Chicago and spend Thanksgiving with his family. But there are two problems. First, his travel plans keep getting stifled, and second, he's forced to spend time with a goofy chatterbox named Del. The two end up working together to overcome every conceivable issue and get home in one piece. Gone too soon, John Candy, gone too soon.

  • Starring: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robbins
  • Director: John Hughes
  • Year: 1987
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Road Trip

Josh Parker is a college student in a long-distance relationship with his sort-of girlfriend, Tiffany. When Josh accidentally mails a sex tape he made with a girl at his college to Tiffany, he recruits a few of his doofus pals to drive from New York to Texas and intercept the tape. "Road Trip" was the first non-documentary feature film for Todd Phillips, who'd go on to direct the "Hangover" series and "Joker." It's part of the "idiot pals on a gross-out road trip" genre that's hit or miss with audiences and critics — and if that genre is a hit for you, check "Road Trip" out.

  • Starring: Seann William Scott, Breckin Meyer, DJ Qualls
  • Director: Todd Phillips
  • Year: 2000
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Romy and Michele are friends, roommates, and — most importantly — former high school classmates. They live decidedly uninteresting, unambitious lives. But with their 10-year high school reunion coming up, the two women realize that they're not accomplished or interesting enough to impress their old classmates. As such, the two women concoct a story to add a little flavor — but this story gets spun out of control.

  • Starring: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo
  • Director: David Mirkin
  • Year: 1997
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Rushmore

Max Fischer, a student at Rushmore Academy, is the dictionary definition of "precocious." He takes part in seemingly every extracurricular activity the school has to offer, even if his grades are abysmal. Max also befriends Herman Blume, an industrialist and the parent of a couple students at Rushmore. But when a beautiful new first grade teacher joins the school, Max is smitten and goes to Herman for advice — only to find himself competing with him for her affections. "Rushmore" is the film that put Wes Anderson on the map, and it's also the movie that helped reinvigorate Bill Murray's career.

Sorry to Bother You

The first film by Boots Riley, a longtime musician and an outspoken leftist, "Sorry to Bother You" is an absurdist comedy about racism, capitalism, and the need for better working conditions. Cash (LaKeith Stanfield), a Black man in need of a job, joins a call center. After underwhelming returns, a veteran of the job teaches him the secret: use his "white voice," because people are more receptive to it. Meanwhile, the workplace is unionizing — all while Cash is rising through management and learning more about the company. About two thirds of the way through the movie is a twist so big that we guarantee you won't predict it. "Sorry to Bother You" also features a solid supporting cast, including Danny Glover, Terry Crews, and the voice of David Cross. Do yourself a favor and don't look up anything about the film, lest it be spoiled — just click over to Hulu and watch one of the most intriguing comedies of the past decade.

  • Starring: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Omari Hardwick
  • Director: Boots Riley
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Shrek

"Shrek" has been a franchise, a meme, and a heavily memed franchise for so long that it's easy to forget how special the first one was upon release. The fast-paced writing and the updated fairy tales were new concepts at the time and earned rapturous acclaim. Most of us know the story by now — swamp ogre Shrek finds out fairy tale creatures are getting dumped in his swamp, and he makes a deal with Lord Farquaad to rescue a princess in order to get his peace and quiet back. But it's worth watching again, without the cynicism we get from spending too much time online. If it helps, just remember that Lord Farquaad is almost certainly a stand-in for Michael Eisner.

  • Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
  • Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
  • Year: 2001
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Shrek 2

Speaking of "Shrek," "Shrek 2" also holds up pretty well. Now following the married couple of Shrek and an ogrefied Fiona, the movie sees the two traveling to meet Fiona's parents ... only to find out that they aren't too pleased about the whole "my daughter married an ogre and also is now an ogre" situation. "Shrek 2" also included John Cleese and Julie Andrews as the King and Queen, Fiona's parents — and that's without even getting into Jennifer Saunders as the Fairy Godmother or Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots.

  • Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
  • Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson, Conrad Vernon
  • Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Sleepless in Seattle

If you asked someone to name the first rom-com they thought of, there's a good chance it would be "Sleepless in Seattle." In this charming film, architect Sam Baldwin moves to Seattle, alongside his young son Jonah, to start a new life after his wife dies. One day, Jonah calls into a radio station to help find a new wife for his father, and Sam reluctantly goes on to spill his guts. Women across the country hear his plight, including Baltimore Sun journalist Annie Reed. The two agree to meet at the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day, but will they actually do it when the day comes around?

  • Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman
  • Director: Nora Ephron
  • Year: 1993
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Spontaneous

"Spontaneous" is a delightful mash-up of genres. Is it a sci-fi film? Yep. Is it a horror film? Definitely. But at its heart, it's a romantic comedy about two teenagers in love. Said teenagers are the hilariously sarcastic Mara and adorkable Dylan, and they just want to spend their senior year of high school making out and dropping pop culture references.

Unfortunately, Mara and Dylan might wind up dead at any moment as their classmates keep randomly exploding ... with no explanation. Government officials show up to quarantine the kids, but despite the ever-looming fear of popping like a balloon, Mara and Dylan have to find a way to keep on living and loving. Hilarious, horrific, and heartbreaking, "Spontaneous" is perfect for audiences in the mood for a rom-com that's way outside the norm.

  • Starring: Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, Yvonne Orji
  • Director: Brian Duffield
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Super Troopers

"Super Troopers" is a prime example of a movie that was made for the public, not for critics. A product of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, it's largely an excuse for five friends to be as goofy as possible for the duration of a feature length movie. The story of five Vermont State Troopers who spend more time causing trouble than solving crime, the movie was popular enough to get a sequel almost two decades later.

  • Starring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme
  • Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
  • Year: 2001
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Young Adult

Mavis (Charlize Theron) is a ghostwriter for young adult fiction in her late 30s. She's also an alcoholic, divorced, and depressed. When she gets an email from her high school sweetheart Buddy (Patrick Wilson) about his newborn daughter, she decides to head to her hometown and win him back. Things obviously go awry — including a newfound bond with Matt (Patton Oswalt), a barely remembered former classmate with similar arrested development issues. "Young Adult" was written by Diablo Cody, best known for "Juno."

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

Waitress

Jenna is a waitress and baker in a small Southern town, stuck in a loveless marriage. She's saving money with the hopes of getting out and hoping a victory at a pie-baking contest will give her enough to finally break free. When she finds out she's pregnant, she tries to hide her condition — all while having an affair with the handsome new doctor in town. "Waitress" was the final project for writer/director/actress Adrienne Shelly, and it was released posthumously after her tragic murder. It has since been turned into a hit Broadway play.

  • Starring: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines
  • Director: Adrienne Shelly
  • Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

What About Bob?

Dr. Leo Marvin is a self-centered psychiatrist. Bob Wiley is a generally nice guy with a cocktail of comorbidities. Bob is recommended to Leo, who has him for one session before going on a vacation to New Hampshire ... and the needy Bob ends up following Leo to his vacation home. Leo tries his best to distance himself from Bob, but all of Leo's friends and family enjoy Bob too much to let him go. It soon becomes clear that Leo might be the one pushed to therapy next. With laugh-out-loud performances from Richard Dreyfuss and Bill Murray, "What About Bob?" is a true gem from the 1990s.

  • Starring: Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty
  • Director: Frank Oz
  • Year: 1991
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%