Who doesn’t love a good comedy? Everybody does! Comedy movies are an essential part of American cinema. With some of the best comedy releases, the early 1900s have been the golden era for comedy movies. However, with passing time, comedy movies have been only becoming more relevant and popular. If you are looking to have a relaxed afternoon along with a hilarious flick, we have listed the best funny movies of all time. Some of these are also the top movies on Netflix, so you won’t face trouble finding them! Note that we have used the ranking system and score by Rotten Tomatoes to come up with this list.
The Big Sick (2017)
The film falls under the romantic-comedy genre, is a bit different from the routine ones. It is loosely based on a true story. The film follows the ups and downs of the love-story between Kumail, a struggling Pakistani stand-up comedian who works as a cab-driver to meet ends meet, and Emily, a white student. While Kumail and Emily are dating, Kumail’s traditional and conservative Pakistani parents want him to have an arranged marriage and suggest to him, Pakistani women. Fearing disownment, Kumail keeps his relationship a secret from his parents. When Emily learns about this, she breaks up with Kumail. However, things take an entirely different turn when Emily is hospitalized and is diagnosed with a serious but treatable illness.
The film received a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and managed to make you laugh and sob simultaneously.
Paddington 2 (2018)
This movie is particularly significant because it has got a rating of 100% by Rotten Tomatoes. The live-action animated comedy film is based on the character of a bear called Paddington. The film stars big actors like Hugh Grant in a pivotal role and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, the bear.
Paddington, the bear, lives with a brown family in Windsor Gardens. He often offers emotional support to his community’s people and is immensely loved and popular among them. On her 100th birthday, Paddington wants to present his aunt with a unique and special gift. He takes up several odd jobs and to earn money and saves his wages for the gift. However, the gift itself gets stolen, and Paddington is wrongly framed and sent to prison for the robbery. What happens next is interesting to see!
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)
This movie can be considered as one of the funniest movies of all time. The film stars many brilliant actors like Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dacota Fanning, and Al Pacino. The legendary Quentin Tarantino directs the film.
The film has multiple engaging storylines; Rick Dalton is a veteran Hollywood actor. Once a big star, now he wanders around in Los Angeles to get work that will boost his career with Cliff Booth. Booth is his best friend and stunts double. He is a war-veteran and is famous for his skills in hand-to-hand combat. However, he has been struggling to get work due to some rumours saying he murdered his wife. The film follows their story while paying tribute to Hollywood’s golden days. The movie has got an 85% rating by Rotten Tomatoes.
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
The movie is one of the funniest movies from the times of black and white movies. The main attraction of the movies is it features the famous and most-loved English band, The Beatles. In the film, 36 hours in the life of the popular band are portrayed. These hours have all the drama that is filled in the famous band’s lives and has become relatively routine to them. The drama includes evading troublesome hordes of fans, exceedingly nuisance-creating relatives of the members, boring and mundane press-conferences, paranoid producers, and a live-TV concert!
The film proved that The Beatles could act as well. Along with critical success, the film got commercial success too. Being a musical-comedy, songs are an essential part of the film. The film is rated as an all-time great film by Time Magazine.
Zootopia is undoubtedly one of the best movies available on Netflix. It is an American movie which is a 3D computer-animated buddy cop comedy film.
The film happens in a city where anthropomorphic mammals live together. The film follows a story of a rabbit police officer who partners with a red fox who is a con artist to find out a conspiracy where the city’s predators keep on disappearing. The story is full of ups and downs with a satisfying climax where the con artist fox becomes the city’s first fox police officer. Viewers, along with getting a hearty laugh, will also experience the truths of prejudice and racial diversity in society differently in the movie.
The movie received a good response at the box-office and was 98% by Rotten Tomatoes.
BlacKkKlansman is generally classified as a biographical crime drama. However, due to subtle and satirical jokes in the movie, it is classified as a comedy by Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes have given it a rating of 96%. Directed by Spike Lee, the film is written by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee. It is one of the top Netflix movies.
The film is set in the 1970s and happens in the city of Colorado Springs. It narrates the story of the first African-American detective in the police department of the city.
Ron Stallworth is appointed as a detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. He is the first Black officer to be appointed. Appointed in the records room, he faces racial discrimination and requests to be posted as an undercover agent.
Coco is one of the most popular movies in the animated comedy genre of movies. It is a 3D computer-animated movie. Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina direct it. The movie has a 97% rating by Rotten Tomatoes.
Miguel is a 12-year-old boy who lives with his great-grandmother Coco and a big family. The family is into the shoe-making business. Miguel wants to be a musician. However, music is banished in the family since Miguel’s great-great-grandmother, and her daughter Coco was left by her husband to pursue a music career. Miguel is very close to Coco. He secretly makes a guitar for himself and learns to play it from Ernesto de la Cruz’s old films. Cruz is a deceased musician whom Miguel idolizes. Exciting events take place when Miguel is accidentally transported to the Land Of The Dead.
Booksmart is one of the best comedies available in the genre of American coming-of-age comedy films. It features Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein as two graduating high-school girls. The film got a good response at the box-office and received a positive critical response as well. The film has got a rating of 97% by Rotten Tomatoes.
The film revolves around the lives of two high school graduating girls, Amy and Molly. Both have been quite educated and sincere all their school days and are considered pretentious by their peers. However, they begin to question their choices when they become aware that their colleagues who enjoyed their school-days are also getting into good colleges. To compensate, they decide to attend an epic graduation party. However, none of them knows the venue and the confusion that reigns afterwards is hilarious.
The Farewell (2019)
The farewell is a strong contender when you are thinking of good movies to watch that will make you laugh and sob at the same time. The movie is classified as an American-Chinese comedy-drama. The film is directed by Lulu Wang and features Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, and Jiang Yongbo. The film got a 98% rating by Rotten Tomatoes.
Billi is an aspiring Chinese-American writer who shares a close relationship with her paternal grandmother Nai Nai who lives in China. Through her parents, Billi discovers that Nai Nai is suffering from deadly terminal lung cancer and has only a few days left. However, Nai Nai is entirely unaware of this fact. The film tells how Billi struggles to arrange a family gathering before Nai Nai passes away.
Eighth Grade (2018)
Of all the teenage comedy movies released before 2020, Eighth Grade can be considered the best comedy film depicting the problems of youngsters struggling with social anxiety in a fun way. It is written and directed by Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher, with Josh Hamilton featuring her father. The movie got a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Kayla is a middle-school teenager and suffers from social anxiety. At the same time, Kayla craves attention and validation from her peers. To compensate for her anxiety and gain attention and validation, she starts to publish video-blogs as a motivational and lifestyle blogger and advisor. However, this hurts her as she starts to spend much of her time obsessing over social media. Her otherwise incredibly supportive father starts to get frustrated by this change in Kayla.
The above movies are the best in the comedy genre released to date. They have the perfect amount of comedy and emotions and have managed to impress the audiences worldwide. This list will surely answer your question of ‘What movies should I watch’ on a relaxed Sunday afternoon.