Netflix is filled with great movies that can fill up your queue really quickly. One could argue there are too many movies because it’s quite easy for some great gems to fall through the cracks. But we decided to do some of the dirty work and found some great comedies to watch.
We shuffled through the long list of movies and found ten that are particularly worth watching. The list includes a few different sub-genres, like action comedies and romantic comedies, but they’re all worth checking out.
The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou
The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou is Wes Anderson’s fourth feature-length film and features all the symmetry and actors associated with a Wes Anderson movie. Oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) embarks on a crazy journey for his latest documentary to destroy the shark that killed his partner. Aboard his ship, the Belafonte, is a large crew that includes his producer (Michael Gambon), first mate (Willem Dafoe), pregnant reporter (Cate Blanchett) and his unconfirmed son (Owen Wilson)—and this provides a lot of hijinks and unanticipated tension.
The hilarious on-the-nose satirical take on opulent war movies soars under Ben Stiller’s impressive directing. Tropic Thunder mashes some of the best Hollywood cliches with terrific performances by Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise for a crazy farce in the jungles of Vietnam.
Amidst a troubled big-budget war movie, an embattled director in over his head sends his A-list cast into the jungle completely unarmed to build camaraderie before his overbearing producer shuts it all down. Tropic Thunder is loose with the language and violence, but it makes the movie that much more entertaining.
In the middle of the 2000’s when comedies were shifting away from the watered-down teen flicks to more smartly written comedies, Judd Apatow burst onto the scene with a few movies that defined the decade. One of those movies was Superbad. The movie follows Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) as they juggle their upcoming graduation while attempting to make the most out of their last days of high school. After getting invited to their first party, they go on an all-out adventure to buy booze with their best friend’s fake I.D.
Midnight in Paris
Woody Allen releases movies so often most go unnoticed, but every now and then he makes one that truly brings out the best out of the talented filmmaker. Midnight in Paris is exactly that. The quirky comedy is about a writer who yearns to live in 1920’s Paris.
One night while on a stroll through the streets of Paris, he is magically transported to the 1920’s where he gets to meet brilliant writers and artists like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein and many more. This is arguably Woody Allen’s best film since Annie Hall. It earned him another Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
The Iron Giant
Before joining Pixar to direct two of the most iconic movies in the studio’s history (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), Brad Bird helmed one of the best and most underrated animated movies of all time—The Iron Giant. Taking place during the height of the Space Race, Eli, a curious nine-year-old, stumbles upon a friendly Iron Giant that eats metal but is mostly harmless.
Eli tries to hide the Iron Giant but this becomes increasingly difficult when agent Kent Mansley of the Bureau of Unexplained Phenomena arrives investigating the reported incidents around town that threaten to expose the Iron Giant. The Iron Giant isn’t an outright comedy, but features enough to keep kids entertained while still soaring above the limitations of animated movies.
The second movie on this list by Greg Mottola, who also directed Superbad, is Adventureland. While it’s neither as raunchy or outright funny, Adventureland is more of an understated dramedy. Forced to get a summer job after finding out his parents are going through financial hardships, James (Jesse Eisenberg), a recent college-grad, gets a job at the local amusement park, Adventureland. There, he meets the quirky cast of workers, including his childhood friend Tommy and Em (Kristen Stewart).
Lucky Number Slevin
Lucky Number Slevin is one of the most entertaining action-comedy movies available on Netflix, but you probably wouldn’t know it because of its low profile. It features an all-star cast that includes Josh Hartnett, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci, Lucy Liu and Bruce Willis. In an unfortunate incident of mistaken identity, Slevin Kelevra (Hartnett) is thrusted in the middle of a bitter mob feud between The Boss (Freeman) and The Rabbi (Kingsley). To make matters worse, Detective Brikowski (Tucci) begins to hassle Slevin about his involvement with both mobs.
I Hate Valentine’s Day
The endearing My Big Fat Greek Wedding duo of Nia Vardalos and Josh Corbett reunite for I Hate Valentine’s Day, a unique take on the played-out romcom trope of Valentine’s Day. Vardalos wrote, directed and stars as the movie’s protagonist Genevieve, a flower shop owner who has sworn off love and has concocted the perfect date-recipe to keep relationships new while avoiding commitment. It works perfectly until she meets Greg (Corbett), an entrepreneur hoping to open a tapas restaurant near her shop.
Aside from the terribly mundane title that gives it no credit, Blind Date (originally titled Un peu, beaucoup, aveuglément) is a very entertaining French comedy. It revolves around a piano prodigy (Mélanie Bernier) who moves into a new apartment next to a reclusive puzzle maker (Clovis Cornillac). It just so happens that the walls are terribly thin and they must work together on a schedule so they can stand each other. The witty script adds some unexpected twists that make this a surprisingly fresh romantic comedy.
Nacho Libre brings back Jack Black to the same physical comedy style that made School of Rock such a big hit. This time around, Jack Black is Ignacio, a cook at a Mexican monastery who dreams of becoming a luchador. This is strictly forbidden at the monastery, but he decides to pursue his dream, and plenty of hijinks ensues.