25 Funniest Comedies on Netflix Canada You Need to Watch
From teen satires to buddy cop parodies, these comedy movies on Netflix are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.
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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Meet Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep): New York City heiress, benefactor to the arts… and quite possibly the worst singer who ever lived. Florence’s husband, St. Clair Bayfield (a never-better Hugh Grant), unwaveringly supports her opera ambitions—that is, until she suddenly books Carnegie Hall for her very first performance. Based on a true story, this hilarious biopic proves that truth really is stranger—and funnier—than fiction.
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Jerry Maguire (1996)
There’s a void in the ruthless world of superstar athletes and their shrewd representatives—and that void can be filled by love. At least, according to hotshot sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise), who forms a brand-new agency that values personal relationships over endorsements and contracts. Tagging along with Maguire is Dorothy Boyd (Renée Zellweger), a former colleague with whom he falls in love with, and wide receiver Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), his sole client. Spirited and sharp-witted, the crowd-pleasing Jerry Maguire is one of the defining rom-coms of the ‘90s.
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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
After writing and directing two of the greatest teen movies ever, John Hughes decided to cover middle-age with Planes, Trains and Automobiles. It might just be his most fully-realized work, and it’s certainly one of the most varied comedies of the decade, moving from slapstick to compassionate drama in the blink of an eye. Its two stars, Steve Martin as a curmudgeonly marketing exec and John Candy as a kind but annoying shower curtain ring salesman, have never been better.
The Other Guys (2010)
There are two kinds of cops in the NYPD: those who solve crimes in style and those who file paperwork. Desk-bound detectives Allen (Will Ferrell) and Terry (Mark Wahlberg) belong to the latter group—Allen is a mild-mannered forensic scientist, while Terry is a hothead whose sole claim to fame is mistakenly shooting Derek Jeter. The two finally get their hands on the case of a lifetime, however, when a routine investigation turns out to be anything but. The Other Guys milks its testosterone-filled, buddy-cop premise for all it’s worth—and the results are side-splitting.
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Meet the Parents (2000)
No comedy portrays the awkwardness of meeting your future in-laws quite like Meet the Parents. From hilarious set pieces (that impromptu lie detector test scene) to unforgettable quotes (“I have nipples, Greg. Can you milk me?”) and one especially brilliant cat subplot (Mr. Jinx!), Meet the Parents is one of the comedic high points of the 2000s.
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“Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie.” This classic comedy about fashion-conscious high schooler Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) and a colourful cast of friends, parents, teachers and “Baldwins” is a strong contender for the most quotable movie of the ’90s. Jane Austen’s Emma has been adapted no less than 16 times, but can any version ever top Clueless? As if!
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Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Everyone assumed childhood friends Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) would wind up together—except for Sasha and Marcus, that is. Fifteen years after graduating high school, she’s a celebrity chef and he’s a struggling musician. Will the two reconnect and find their happily-ever-after? Always Be My Maybe cleverly subverts Hollywood’s Asian stereotypes—and co-stars a never-better Keanu Reeves playing a fictionalized version of himself.
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The Grand Seduction (2013)
Hit hard by years of unemployment, things are finally looking up for the small Newfoundland town of Tickle Head when a company plans to build a factory in the area. There’s just one problem: the company requires the town to have a resident doctor. After a former town mayor convinces a plastic surgeon from St. John’s (Taylor Kitsch) to live in Tickle Head for a month, local Murray French (Brendan Gleeson) takes it upon himself to “seduce” the doctor into staying for good.
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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
There’s been no shortage of revisionist films made about the Old West, but The Ballad of Buster Scruggs may be the funniest. This anthology film tells six tales about the frontier: a self-mythologizing gunslinger (Tim Blake Nelson), a down-on-his-luck cowboy (James Franco), a cold-blooded talent manager (Liam Neeson), a grizzled prospector (Tom Waits), a young woman travelling across the Prairies (Zoe Kazan), and a group of stagecoach passengers on an otherworldly journey.
Yes, God, Yes (2019)
Alice (Natalia Dyer) is a junior at an ultra-strict Catholic high school in the Midwest. Her friends and teachers stress that premarital sex will lead to eternal damnation—but their sermons don’t stop Alice from falling for a boy at a religious camp. Charming, funny and surprisingly moving, Yes, God, Yes is a highly original take on religion and adolescence.
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Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis star as Manhattan-based “paranormal scientists” who form the Ghostbusters, an elimination service for spirits and ghouls. After adding Winston (Ernie Hudson) as their fourth member, the quartet is forced to battle it out with a supernatural demigod, Zuul, who possesses a cellist (Sigourney Weaver) and threatens to destroy New York City. More than 35 years later, Ghostbusters is still a complete blast.
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman) is no stranger to living on the sidelines: after all, the Bethlehem native was born in the stable next door to the baby Jesus. Adulthood is equally uneventful for him—until, through a silly sequence of events, he’s mistaken for the actual Messiah. The rest of the Python gang—John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam—shine in roles as varied as religious fanatics and ex-lepers. Life of Brian’s show-stopping musical number, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” may be the happiest song ever written about death.
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The Intouchables (2011)
While interviewing candidates to be his new live-in caregiver, the wealthy but grouchy quadriplegic Philippe (François Cluzet) meets Driss (Omar Sy of Lupin), a happy-go-lucky ex-con with a troubled home life. After concluding that Driss was the only applicant to treat him like a normal person, Philippe decides to hire him; the two later develop a close bond as Driss encourages his patient to begin life anew. Funny, inspiring and proudly unsubtle, The Intouchables overcomes its familiar beats thanks to the amazing chemistry between its two leads.
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Hot Fuzz (2007)
After being reassigned to a sleepy village in the English countryside, gunslinging cop Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) sinks into existential despair—until a series of gruesome murders gives him a shot at cracking the biggest case of his career. Expertly acted and packed with hilarious sight gags, Hot Fuzz is one of the best buddy cop spoofs ever made.
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Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
A remake of the famous but forgettable 1960 film of the same name, Ocean’s Eleven is a perfect example of big-budget Hollywood filmmaking done right. Boasting one of the finest casts—George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon and Andy Garcia, among others—ever assembled, this slick action-comedy about one group’s plan to simultaneously rob the Bellagio, the Mirage and the MGM Grand casinos in Las Vegas is a joy to watch from beginning to end.
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21 Jump Street (2012)
After an arrest gone bad, bike cops Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) are given new identities and sent undercover to Sagan High School. Their mission? Find the source of a new synthetic drug. Soon, however, the pair are torn between catching the drug operation’s mastermind and living out their high school dreams.
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The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Being a child of divorce can be messy and heartbreaking—in the case of The Squid and the Whale, however, it can also be funny. Set in the 1980s, this Academy Award-nominated indie comedy follows the separation of blowhard writing teacher Bernard (Jeff Daniels) and literary agent Joan (Laura Linney). Their two young sons (Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline), meanwhile, cope with the situation in bizarre and amusing ways.
A genial bouncer, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott), gets a chance to play for the minor league Halifax Highlanders after the team’s coach sees him handily win a fight. Doug’s job? Protect skilled prospect Xavier Laflamme (Marc-André Grondin) from brutal enforcer Ross “The Boss” Rhea (Liev Schreiber). Goon is essential viewing for hockey lovers.
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She’s the Man (2006)
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, this romantic teen comedy follows Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes), a sports-obsessed teen who poses as her twin brother, Sebastian, in order to play for his boarding school’s soccer team. In true slapstick fashion, a classmate, Olivia (Laura Ramsey), falls for “Sebastian,” while a teammate, Duke (Channing Tatum), develops feelings for the real Viola.
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Irritable ogre Shrek (Mike Myers) loves his solitude more than anything in the world. Peace and quiet is destroyed, however, when his humble abode is invaded by a motley crew of famous fairy tale characters, all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Boasting impressive voice work and a surprisingly irreverent script, Shrek is perfect viewing for children and adults alike.
Friends with Money (2006)
In this droll portrait of midlife crisis, Olivia (Jennifer Aniston) struggles to come to terms with her lack of financial success compared to that of her friends: fashion designer Jane (Frances McDormand), television writer Christine (Catherine Keener) and trust fund baby Franny (Joan Cusack). What Olivia doesn’t know, though, is that each of her three friends are also going through their own unique crises.
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Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
If Looney Tunes was rated-R, the result would be Kung Fu Hustle. Set in Guangzhou, China, in the 1940s, this action-comedy follows Sing (Stephen Chow), a village idiot who wants to become a member of the dangerous Axe Gang. The only area not under the gang’s rule is Pig Sty Alley: a slum whose landlords happen to be legendary kung fu masters in disguise.
3 Idiots (2009)
After clashing with an oppressive mentor at an Indian engineering college, the brilliant Rancho (Aamir Khan) disappears without a trace. Ten years later, his old buddies, Farhan (R. Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi), embark on a quest to find him, reminiscing about old times and paths not taken. Silly and unabashedly sentimental, 3 Idiots is a hilarious critique of India’s education system.
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Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
In this Golden Globe-nominated Netflix original, Eddie Murphy portrays real-life Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved doubters wrong when his hilarious kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation smash.
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Tallulah (Elliot Page) is having a rough go of things: she’s just been dumped by her boyfriend, lives in a rundown van and steals credit cards to make ends meet. Things, however, go from bad to worse for Tallulah when she impulsively decides to kidnap a neglectful mother’s toddler and meet Margo (Allison Janney), her ex’s mom. Downward spirals have never been so darkly funny—and so deeply moving—as in Tallulah.
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