By Maureen Lee Lenker
Updated February 01, 2021 at 03:42 PM EST
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There are few times when we couldn't use a good laugh, and perhaps now that is truer than ever. When we're scrolling through Netflix trying to decide what to watch, it's natural to feel hungry for a comedy to help us take our mind off things.

Netflix is bursting with comedic gems, whether you're looking for a rom-coms, a satire, a farce, something raunchy, or something cerebral. Here's EW's list of the best comedy films you should be watching on the streamer right now if you need to tickle your funny bone.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

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This Netflix original rom-com about estranged childhood best friends Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) is both a romantic delight and a love letter to San Francisco. While Sasha has found explosive success as a chef, Marcus has remained stunted by the death of his mother. The two help each other find balance along the way, while also providing an opportunity for a hilarious, completely brilliant Keanu Reeves cameo.

Laugh factor: 😂😂😂

Best gags: Garage bands, awkward birthday parties, pretentious restaurants, and did we mention Keanu?

EW grade: B (read the review)

Talent: Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Dae Kim, James Saito, Michelle Buteau, Vivian Bang

The Death of Stalin (2017)

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From Veep creator Armando Iannucci comes this darkly satiric look at the Soviet Union in the 1950s. When communist dictator Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) suddenly dies, the government and Stalin's scheming, bumbling ministers are thrown into disarray. Iannucci spears the fumblings of authoritarian regimes with a hilarious and unnerving eye, making timely parallels to our contemporary moment. Who ever thought Stalinism would make for comedic fodder?

Laugh factor: 😂😂😂

Best gags: Weekend at Bernie's level shenanigans, Military coups, State funerals, kangaroo courts

EW grade: B (read the review)

Talent: Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaac, Adrian McLoughlin, Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, Jeffrey Tambor, Olga Kurylenko

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

Will Ferrell continues his streak of playing outlandish characters in unique competitive settings, this time in the world of the Eurovision Song Contest. He is Lars Erickssong, songwriting and performance partner of Rachel McAdams' Sigrit Ericksdóttir. After a horrific twist of fate lands them a coveted spot in the Eurovision contest, they bring their wacky songwriting skills to Scotland where they must contend with Russian favorite Alexander Lemtov (Dan Stevens) and confront their long-gestating romantic feelings for each other. Pierce Brosnan also stars as Ferrell's brusque father. But we don't want to hear anything but "Jaja Ding Dong."

Laugh factor: 😂😂😂😂😂

Best gags: The elves, "Jaja Ding Dong," Rude American tourists, Lion of Love 

EW grade: B- (Read the review)

Talent: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, Demi Lovato 

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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The Coen Brothers love letter to classic Hollywood is an under-sung delight. Real life studio fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) struggles to keep his bumbling studio stars in line — from the romantic entanglements of young star Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich) to the disappearance of leading man Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). The Coen Brothers lovingly send up everyone from famous gossip columnist Louella Parsons to bathing beauty Esther Williams. And if watching George Clooney play a buffoon of a movie star isn't a big enough delight, you get Channing Tatum doing his best Gene Kelly for extra measure.

Laugh factor: 😂😂

Best gags: Feuding twin gossip columnists, accidental communism, Southern accents, water stunts, Clooney kidnapping

EW grade: B+ (read the review)

Talent: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Alden Ehrenreich, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Frances McDormand, Jonah Hill, Alison Pill

Lady Bird (2018)

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Greta Gerwig nails a young woman's coming-of-age with this heartfelt dramedy about artistic dreamer Lady Bird McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) and her struggles to hone her identity outside her lower middle-class Sacramento upbringing. Her complicated relationship with her mother Marion (Laurie Metcalf) provides equal amounts of relatable laughs and tears, while there's endless joy and delight to be mined from her experiences in the drama department at a private Catholic high school. It's messy and real and funny and heartbreaking in all the best ways. Ronan is a revelation, which is to be expected since it's the titular role.

Laugh factor: 😂😂😂

Best gags: Binging on communion wafers, high school football coach subbing for the drama teacher, jumping out of moving vehicles, prom dress shopping, Merrily We Roll Along

EW grade: A- (Read the review)

Talent: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

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Monty Python brought their signature off-the-wall sense of humor to religion with this satire about a young Jewish man, Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman), born next door to – and on the same day as Jesus Christ. He is mistaken for the Messiah, which leads to a series of events that include faking miracles and his eventual crucifixion. It includes the infamous scene where Brian and his fellow crucified sufferers sing Monty Python classic "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." The film was condemned and declared blasphemous by some religious groups, only upping its comedic and controversial credentials.

Laugh factor: 😂😂😂😂😂

Best gags: Mob scenes, speech impediments, miracle cures, and Spartacus spoofs

Talent: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Sue Jones-Davies

The Muppets (2011)

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The Muppets returned to the big screen for the first time in over a decade in this return to the beloved cast of characters. Jason Segel is Gary, a Muppet-obsessed man, who travels to Los Angeles for his anniversary with girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams). When he brings along his muppet brother Walter (Peter Linz), the two end up embroiled in a plot to reunite the Muppets and help them save their legendary theater from greedy oil tycoons. Bonus points for bringing back original Muppet Movie song "Rainbow Connection."

Laugh factor: 😂😂

Best gags: Am I a man or a muppet?, Kidnapping Jack Black, The Moopets, Celebrity cameos galore

EW grade: B+ (read the review)

Talent: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Jack Black, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Muppets

Runaway Bride (1999)

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This underrated rom-com reunites the Pretty Woman dream team of director Garry Marshall and stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Roberts is the titular bride, Maggie Carpenter, a woman who keeps making it to the alter only to make a run for it at the last minute. When she's preparing to attempt yet another wedding, journalist Ike Graham (Gere) comes to her small-town to write a story on her, only to fall in love with her. The film is dotted with stellar supporting actors in amusing roles, including Joan Cusack, Hector Elizondo, Rita Wilson, and Christopher Meloni. But its central enemies-to-lovers romance is the stuff of comedy gold with an emotional undercurrent to boot. If nothing else, watch for the film's realistic, heartfelt proposal scene. 

Laugh factor: 😂😂😂

Best gags: Fed-Ex trucks, Eggs, Wedding home videos, Luau engagement parties

EW grade: (Read the review)

Talent: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hector Elizondo, Rita Wilson, Joan Cusack, Paul Dooley, Christopher Meloni

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

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Spike Lee's feature directorial debut is this dramedy about relationships and sex, that follows Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) as she juggles three men. Forced to make a choice between the three of them, she turns the tables and asks for a life of celibate monogamy. But it's the way the movie celebrates a woman's sexual and romantic choices, refusing to kow-tow to societal expectations that makes it a true standout.

Laugh factor: 😂

Best gags: A three-timing heroine, attempts at celibacy, the concept of monogamy

Talent: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee, S. Epatha Merkerson

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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Before Bradley Cooper declared himself a writer-director with A Star Is Born, he amply proved his acting chops exceeded The Hangover pretty-boy roles with this romantic dramedy about mental illness. Written and directed by David O. Russell, it follows Cooper's Pat, who has bipolar disorder, as he struggles to rebuild his life after being released from a mental institution and moving in with his parents. When he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence in her Oscar-winning role), who is suffering from grief over the death of her husband, they bond while they prepare for an upcoming ballroom dancing competition. It's a movie that reminds us compassion is the silver lining in life.

Laugh factor: 😂😂

Best gags: Philadelphia Eagles fandom, De Niro trying to work a remote, J.Law embracing people thinking she's dark and twisty

EW grade: A (read the review)

Talent: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Shea Wigham, John Ortiz, Julia Stiles

Superbad (2007)

This raunchy bromance might have been one of the most unexpectedly sweet films to come out of the Judd Apatow comedy boom of the 2000s. Best friends Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) mount a plan to stage an epic party, but most contend with a series of hijinks before ultimately facing their impending separation anxiety. Hill and Cera are perfect, hilarious foils, but the film also gifts us Bill Hader and Seth Rogen as bumbling, incompetent cops and the ultimate joke of McLovin' (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Plus, it's the movie that helped Emma Stone break into Hollywood. On its surface, it's a gross-out raunch-fest, but it also has heartfelt things to say about growing up, and how sometimes the loves of our lives can turn out to be our friends.

Laugh factor: 😂😂😂😂😂

Best gags: Hawaii, McLovin, doing stunts with a police car, the credit sequence

EW grade: B (Read the review) 

Talent: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen, Emma Stone

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