Got a Netflix and chill session coming up, and feeling the pressure to make the right movie choice? Does your significant other not share your love for early slasher flicks? Or are you just sick of binging entire seasons of TV shows whilst consuming your body's weight in chips? Never fear, the ultimate Netflix comedy list is here! And it's guaranteed to sort out your viewing dilemmas.
There's something for everyone: pretentious rock bands, awkward romances and washed-up oceanographers. Get ready for your sides to ache, because things are about to get funny. Check out the best comedies on Netflix below:
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20. 'Adventureland' (2009)
Directed by: Greg Mottola
Kristen Stewart's ditched vampires for carnival rides in this awkward but endearing tale about a summer job romance. James (Jesse Eisenberg) is forced to take on a job at a dodgy theme park, but finds himself enamoured with a mysterious coworker (Stewart). Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are a riot as the park's stingy owners. Set in 1987, this movie is sure to sate your leftover Stranger Things eighties nostalgia.
19. 'Mean Girls' (2004)
Directed by: Mark Waters
Cady (Lindsay Lohan) finds herself way out of her depth when she moves from rural Africa to the American suburbs and struggles to navigate the labyrinth of social cliques. The ultimate modern commentary on the unbelievable bitchiness of teenage girls, Mean Girls puts the spotlight on the absurdity of high school politics.
18. 'Eagle VS Shark' (2007)
Directed by: Taika Waititi
If you're unfamiliar with New Zealand comedy then you're in for a treat. Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clements plays Jarrod, a wannabe tough guy who invites budding love interest Lily (Loren Horsley) to accompany him to his hometown, where he plans to exact revenge on his high school bully. But poor meek Lily has no idea of the awkward position she's about to find herself in.
17. 'This Is Spinal Tap' (1984)
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Are you ready to turn it up to 11? The movie that documents the greatest fictional rock band of all time, This Is Spinal Tap perfectly captures the glamor, glory and groupie drama of the eighties rock scene. Its satirical tone held a mirror up to the narcissistic world of rockstars, and continues to be both iconic and hilarious.
16. 'Heathers' (1989)
Directed by: Michael Lehmann
Before Christian Slater was running an insurgent hacker group, he was helping his girlfriend (Winona Ryder) accidentally murder her bitchy frenemy Heather. Ah, the things you do for love. With a TV reboot on the way, you'll definitely want to sink your teeth into this hilariously inappropriate revenge tale with a twist.
15. 'David Brent: Life On The Road' (2016)
Directed by: Ricky Gervais
The most iconic boss on television has taken a brief stint of leave from his office buffoonery to make a name for himself in the music business. If you loved Ricky Gervais as David Brent in The Office then you'll definitely enjoy his cringeworthy antics on tour with his band: Foregone Conclusion.
14. 'Superbad' (2007)
Directed by: Judd Apatow
God bless Judd Apatow for making a teenage comedy about losing your virginity before college actually decent. Completely devoid of apple pies, illegal webcam recordings and Jason Biggs, Superbad is a goldmine of quotable dialogue and unforgettable hijinks. This one is definitely required viewing for any comedy fan.
13. 'Galaxy Quest' (1999)
Directed by: Dean Parisot
Galaxy Quest tackles the sci-fi genre in a way that hasn't been done before. Alan Rickman and Tim Allen are the washed-up stars of a Star Trek-inspired TV show, who now keep their waning celebrity status alive with tacky endorsements and convention appearances. But their fictional fame becomes all too real when they're abducted by an alien race who need their help to save the day. A must-watch for the proud nerd capable of not taking themselves too seriously.
12. 'The Truman Show' (1998)
Directed by: Peter Weir
The idea of your entire life being an elaborate lie may seem horrifying, but not when Jim Carrey is involved. Truman has been living the suburban dream for as long as he can remember, but the strings of reality are slowly beginning to unravel. A hilarious take on the dystopian genre, where perfection is just a mask for the all-too-disturbing truth.
11. 'Adult World' (2014)
Directed by: Scott Coffey
Emma Roberts plays Amy, an amateur poet who's a little too obsessed with making it big. She finds herself working part-time at a local sex shop to fund her poor artist lifestyle; when she's not being reprimanded by her manager Alex (American Horror Story's Evan Peters), she's stalking her idol, accomplished poet Rat Billings (John Cusack). Amy is ten times the insufferable brat than Girls' Hannah Horvath, and just as awkward— in the best way possible.
10. '10 Things I Hate About You' (1999)
Directed by: Gil Junger
Kat (Julie Stiles) is a black sheep in an era of movies obsessed with makeovers and male approval. The cynical intellectual unknowingly finds herself in the midst of a deal orchestrated by her sister, and is pursued by brooding bad boy Patrick (Heath Ledger). 10 Things I Hate About You is witty, original and surprisingly emotional.
9. 'Moonrise Kingdom' (2012)
Directed by: Wes Anderson
There's nothing quite like a classic Wes Anderson film, and the auteur certainly delivered with this adorable account of puppy love. When two troubled children run away together after a brief exchange of love letters, they incite a ragtag bunch of locals to hunt them down and put an end to their rebellious romance. Kara Hayward is outstanding as feisty Suzy, and the entire film is a goldmine of kitsch aesthetic.
8. 'The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou' (2004)
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Bill Murray plays Steve Zissou, a once-great oceanographer famous for his nature documentaries. In an attempt to recapture the glory he once had, Zissou embarks on a might expedition in search of the ever-illusive Jaguar Shark. Cate Blanchett is a welcome reprieve from Zissou's bumbling antics, and the acoustic Portuguese David Bowie soundtrack is incredible.
7. 'Tiny Furniture' (2010)
Directed by: Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham's first foray into film, Tiny Furniture is a must-watch for fans of her unique comedy stylings, even featuring a few recognisable faces from Girls. Dunham plays Hanna Horvath-esque entitled brat Aura, aimlessly floating in post-college graduation limbo. Her sister and mother are played by her own family, with her dry-humoured younger sister Grace totally stealing the show.
6. 'Silver Linings Playbook' (2012)
Directed by: David O. Russell
The dynamic chemistry between Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper is absolutely killer in this unique take on love and mental illness. Despite having just been released from a psychiatric hospital following a mental breakdown caused by walking in on his wife with another man, Pat (Cooper) is intent on winning her back. He enlists the help of troubled widow Tiffany (Lawrence), but their budding relationship brings new complications.
5. 'Love Actually' (2003)
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Following the narratives of various quirky Londoners during the most wonderful time of the year, Love Actually offers something for everyone. The humour can be surprisingly dark but at the same time uplifting, and even features a pre-Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln. If you don't like this cheesy Christmas comedy, you probably have no soul.
4. 'Tropic Thunder (2008)
Directed by: Ben Stiller
Sometimes you need to take a break from all those quirky, intelligent indie comedies and enjoy some good ol' fashioned big-budget action laughs. Ben Stiller stars in his own literally explosive tale of a gaggle of Hollywood actors dropped in the middle of the jungle to film a blockbuster movie, only to find themselves in a very real survival situation. Tropic Thunder is a film that satirizes absolutely everything, in the most ridiculous way possible. If you're a fan of South Park and This Is The End, then this might be right up your alley.
3. 'Amélie' (2001)
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This is the movie to show your friends who claim to hate foreign films. Amélie (Audrey Tautou) is a sweet but cunning waitress who stumbles upon a long-forgotten treasure, triggering a series of elaborate acts of both kindness and sabotage for her fellow Parisians. It's an oh-so-French account of the everyday beauty hidden in the ordinary, and will have you booking that trip to Paris you've always wanted to take.
2. 'Frances Ha' (2012)
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Greta Gerwig shines as Frances, a young woman dealing with all the challenges of living in New York City whilst trying to keep it all together. Her life takes a turn for the tragic as her best friend suddenly begins to drift away from her, and the rest of her life begins to fall apart accordingly. Gerwig is brilliant as off-beat Frances, a millenial weirdo we can all sympathise with.
1. 'Almost Famous' (2000)
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Going on tour with one of the world's biggest rock bands may seem like a dream come true, but it becomes more like a nightmare for budding music journalist William (Patrick Fugit). The 15-year-old finds himself in the midst of the crazy world of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll, all the while falling for enchanting groupie Penny Lane (Kate Hudson).
Did you recognise any of your favorites amongst this top 20? Let me know in the comments!