Comedic movies can be crazy, smart, tragic, depressing or uplifting. If you’re looking for something to watch, Prime Video has a bit of that. Here are the ten best comedy movies to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
The great sick
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon turn their real trauma into a sweet and funny romantic comedy with The great sick. Kumail falls for Emily (Zoe Kazan), then has to deal with her family and his own career and commitment issues when she is suddenly stricken with a mysterious illness.
Alexander Payne’s wonderfully cynical comedy Election stars Reese Witherspoon as ruthless, ambitious high school student Tracy Flick. Flick’s search for class president arouses the animosity of her social studies teacher (Matthew Broderick). The rivalry between the stubborn student and the bitter teacher is biting and smart, with an affable soccer player (Chris Klein) in the middle.
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Stoner comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle launched a weird and hilarious trilogy with the story of two best friends (played by John Cho and Kal Penn) who get high and hunt for burgers. It’s a simple premise that allows for a lot of comedic exploration, including encounters with an annoying truck driver, an escaped cheetah, and the surprisingly obnoxious Neil Patrick Harris (who plays himself).
The 1980s were a golden age for teen comedies. Heathers is the black sheep of that age, a dark comedy starring Winona Ryder as a miserably popular girl and Christian Slater as the outcast bad boy who makes romances with her and then uses her to take revenge on their crappy classmates. It’s packed with hilariously petty one-liners, offering an invigorating look at the madness of teenage life.
His girl Friday
Perhaps the definitive screwball comedy from the screwball comedy heyday of the 1940s, His girl Friday is a dizzying romantic comedy with rousing banter between former husbands (and current colleagues) played by Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Grant’s newspaper editor and Russell’s star reporter constantly disagree about their relationship and the story they’re covering, and those sparks eventually turn into a renewed romance.
One of the widest comedies ever made by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, Intolerable cruelty does not get the same respect as the Coens’ masterpieces. It’s a snappy, witty rom-com about a ruthless divorce lawyer (George Clooney) who meets his match in a gold-digging woman (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who tries to ridicule her last husband.
Love and friendship
Writer-director Whit Stillman adapts Jane Austen’s early, lesser-known novel Lady Susan as Love and friendship, a sharp comedy about social climbing and romantic scheming. Kate Beckinsale puts on one of her best performances as the captivating Lady Susan, who always puts down a devastating well quickly, and the tone is sharper and more cutting than a typical Austen adaptation.
A simple favor
Director Paul Feig is known for tougher, rawer comedies such as Bridesmaids and The heat, but with A simple favor, he moves in a more crafty, subtle direction. A twisty mystery that is also a deadpan parody of twisty mysteries, A simple favor plays Anna Kendrick as a chipper single mom who becomes just a little too obsessed with her stylish (and potentially dangerous) new boyfriend (Blake Lively).
Wayne’s World 2
Okay, it’s not as good as the first movie, but Wayne’s World 2 is still a lot of fun, and it’s one of the best Saturday Night Live-based movies. Goofy metalheads and public TV stars Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) try to stage a massive music festival, while Wayne worries about losing his singer-girlfriend Cassandra (Tia Carrere) to her slick new music producer ( Christopher Walken).
Charlize Theron stars as a self-destructive novelist who is determined to break up her high school boyfriend’s happy marriage Young adult. This comedy is a bitterly funny take on the regret and selfishness Juno team of writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman. Cody and Reitman don’t draw fists in their portrayal of justified narcissism, and the film is all the more poignant for its brutal honesty.