The best comedies on Netflix right now

Summer is here at last. But just because the weather is getting warmer, you shouldn’t feel like you have to go far if you’re looking for a laugh. Netflix is shoring up its summer lineup of films with a selection of the greatest comedy movies from the past and present. While Netflix primarily concentrates on its original films these days, the streaming service still has access to an incredible selection from other studios. There are so many terrific comedies that it’s hard to know where to begin. That’s why we’ve already put together this list of the best comedies you can stream on Netflix right now.

There’s more to streaming than Netflix. Fortunately, we’ve also rounded up the best comedies on Amazon Prime Video and the best comedies on Hulu.

The Big Lebowski (1998)

“The Dude abides.” If you’ve seen The Big Lebowski, then you know why those words are oddly comforting. You may also recall that Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is not the titular “Big” Lebowski. That honor belongs to the other Jeffrey Lebowski (David Huddleston). Thanks to their identical names, the Dude finds himself swept into an extortion scheme involving the Big Lebowski’s trophy wife, Bunny (Tara Reid), porn kingpin Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara), and even a group of nihilists. Everyone except the Dude wants the money, but all he wants is a replacement for his damaged rug and the chance to go bowling with his buddies.

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, John Turturro
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Rating:
R
Runtime:
117 minutes

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Back to the Future (1985)

It’s probably for the best that director Robert Zemeckis and his co-writer, Bob Gale, are so steadfastly opposed to any remake of Back to the Future. How could a modern reboot improve on this classic sci-fi comedy? Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, a teenager who befriended Hill Valley’s local mad scientist, Emmett “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd). Moments after learning that Doc created a time machine housed in a stylish DeLorean sports car, Marty is forced to go back in time three decades. Only the young Doc can get Marty home, if he doesn’t wreck the future by inadvertently splitting up his parents, Lorraine (Lea Thompson) and George (Crispin Glover), before they can become a couple.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas Wilson
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Rating:
PG
Runtime:
116 minutes

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Starsky & Hutch (2004)

While many remakes of TV shows from the ’70s abandon the decade that spawned them, Starsky & Hutch fully embraces its native time frame. Everything including the music, hairstyles, cars, and fashion scream 1975 as Detectives David Starsky (Ben Stiller) and Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson (Owen Wilson) are forced to team up as they build a case against local drug lord Reese Feldman (Vince Vaughn). Snoop Dogg co-stars as Huggy Bear Brown, the duo’s primary source on the streets. Neither detective is particularly sharp, but they’re all that stands between the public and Reese’s new untraceable cocaine.

Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Juliette Lewis, Snoop Dogg
Director: Todd Phillips
Rating:
PG-13
Runtime:
101 minutes

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Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020)

Vampires vs. the Bronx may have skipped a theatrical release, but this Netflix original has earned its place on this list. As the title implies, gentrification isn’t the only evil thing to worry about, as Miguel Martinez (Jaden Michael) and his friends, Bobby Carter (Gerald W. Jones III) and Luis Acosta (Gregory Diaz IV), discover that the pale Europeans taking over the neighborhood literally want to suck out their blood. Realizing that the vampires are real and proving it are two different matters. The only guide these kids have to fighting vamps is the original Blade movie. But when push comes to shove, the people of the Bronx aren’t going to let some creatures of the night take their blood — or their homes.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Stars: Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV, Sarah Gadon
Director: Oz Rodriguez
Rating:
PG-13
Runtime:
86 minutes

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Zombieland (2009)

Action meets horror meets angst meets comedy in this ridiculous zombie romp. After a virus turns most of the world into zombies, the world’s surviving humans are in an unending quagmire against the undead. And against one another. But there’s a rumored safe haven in Los Angeles that’s attracting survivors from all over the country. Desperate for safety, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) join forces to pave a bloody trail to LA.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Rating:
R
Runtime:
87 minutes

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The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

The worst thing The Whole Nine Yards did was offend critics by coming out less than a year after another fish-out-of-water mob story, Analyze This. Admittedly, the two stories are a bit similar, but they each have their own charm. In The Whole Nine Yards, Jimmy “The Tulip” Tudeski (Bruce Willis), a mob hitman-turned-informant moves to suburban Montreal to make a new start. His next-door neighbor is the mild-mannered, unhappily married dentist Nick “Oz” Oseransk (Matthew Perry), who instantly recognizes Jimmy from newspaper stories about his mob testimony. Despite trying to stay as far away from The Tulip as possible, Oz’s life is soon turned completely upside down.

Rotten Tomatoes: 44%
Stars: Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Rosanna Arquette
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Rating:
R
Runtime:
101 minutes

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Legally Blonde (2001)

Whenever a comedy inspires a musical, you know it’s pretty good. And Legally Blonde is one of the most beloved and quotable comedies of the early aughts. Reese Witherspoon became a superstar for her portrayal of preppy, spoiled SoCal child Elle Woods, who has everything except the title of Mrs. Warner Huntington III. After Warner dumps her for being “too blonde” and not serious enough about life after college, Elle rallies all of her resources and persistence to earn admission to Harvard Law (what, like it’s hard?) to prove to Warner that she’s serious.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair
Director: Robert Luketic
Rating: 
PG-13
Runtime:
96 minutes

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My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

One of the better rom-coms of the ’90s, My Best Friend’s Wedding shines on the strength of its young all-star cast: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, and Cameron Diaz. Julianne Potter (Roberts) and Michael O’Neal (Mulroney) are childhood friends who made a pact to marry each other if they were still single by age 28. Four days before Julianne’s 28th birthday, Michael announces he’s marrying 20-year-old Kimberly (Diaz). The announcement triggers something in Julianne, who realizes she’s deeply in love with Michael. She vows to stop the wedding at all costs, which becomes more complicated when she is appointed maid of honor.

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz
Director: P.J. Hogan
Rating: 
PG-13
Runtime:
105 minutes

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Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living a seemingly perfect, all-American life. He has a great job, a loving wife, and a happy family. But it all falls apart when he finds out his wife is actually cheating on him and wants a divorce. Suddenly single in his 40s, Cal struggles when he’s thrown back into the dating pool. Feeling desperate, he enlists the help of self-styled ladies’ man Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling) to find some more su

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