The 30 Best Comedy Movies to Watch on Max if You Need a Laugh

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Hey! You! Stop flipping through the channels and endlessly scrolling your various streaming platforms. It’s time to just pick a movie and watch it. And, if you’re a Max subscriber, then you’ll be happy to know that we found all the funniest movies streaming on Max right now, so you don’t have to go searching yourself. Sometimes you just need a comedy to lighten the mood, ya know? And from cute rom-coms to indie comedies and comedy-horror hybrids to classic musicals, there are tons of titles for you to peruse.

So, whether you want to watch Sandra Bullock go undercover as an FBI agent-turned-pageant contestant or feel like checking out a movie in which Daniel Radcliffe stars as a farting corpse (yes, it’s that weird, and yes, we’ll explain more below), you’ll find the perfect comedy for your next movie night below. And if you’re not an Max subscriber, then you can fix that by subscribing right here:

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The French Dispatch (2021)

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From director Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch is about a fictional newspaper and is split into distinct sections, each telling a story related to the publication. And, like many Anderson movies, it has an impressive ensemble cast including Owen Wilson, Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Jason Schwartzman, and many more.

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Fargo (1996)

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The Coen brothers’ dark comedy Fargo is about a crime gone wrong and the police chief (Frances McDormand) from the North Dakota town investigating it. Expect laughs, violence, and some very over-the-top midwestern accents.

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Ingrid Goes West (2017)

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Ingrid Goes West stars Aubrey Plaza as Ingrid, a woman who moves to Los Angeles and inserts herself into the life of an Instagram influencer she is obsessed with, played by Elizabeth Olsen. Things take a dark turn as Ingrid struggles to hide her true self.

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The Menu (2022)

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The Menu combines comedy with horror, so don’t say you haven’t been warned! This satire of fine dining restaurants stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Ralph Fiennes, Hong Chau, and more.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

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If you’re in the mood for something lighter or family friendly, check out the animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox. The 2009 movie is based on a Roald Dahl story and is about a family of foxes and their animal neighbors attempting to outsmart three farmers. The voice cast includes George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Bill Murray.

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Office Space (1999)

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Office Space—if you couldn’t guess from the title—is about life at a boring, cubicle-filled office job. But, for a man named Peter (Ron Livingston) everything changes when he becomes hypnotized and begins responding to his boss (Gary Cole) the way he really wants to. Jennifer Aniston co-stars as Peter’s love interest, Joanna.

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Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

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Sure, Singin’ in the Rain is known as a musical first, but it’s also really funny. The story follows actors and dancers—including characters played by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor—working in Hollywood during the transition from silent movies to talkies.

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Burn After Reading (2008)

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Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Frances McDormand, and John Malkovich star in Burn After Reading, about two not-so-bright gym employees who try to profit off what they think are misplaced confidential government documents, but which are actually the pages of a lost memoir.

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Eighth Grade (2018)

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The dramedy Eighth Grade is about a social media-obsessed eighth grader (Elsie Fisher) who begins posting vlogs online. The coming-of-age story explores her school life, social life, and life with her single father (Josh Hamilton).

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Maid in Manhattan (2002)

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Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes star in the romantic comedy Maid in Manhattan about a hotel maid who falls in love with a politician when he mistakes her for a wealthy hotel guest. Will he find out the truth? Will love conquer all? Guess you’ll have to watch.

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Swiss Army Man (2016)

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Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert won multiple Oscars earlier this year for the very creative Everything Everywhere All at Once, but their debut feature was unique in a much different way. Swiss Army Man stars Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe as a man who is stranded on an island and the farting corpse (!) that gives him a chance at escaping.

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The Lego Movie (2014)

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The Lego Movie is about… well, Legos. The story follows a typical Lego guy, Emmet (Chris Pratt), who goes from a drab life to one in which he fights against an evil Lego villain known as President Business (Will Ferrell). The voice cast also includes Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, and Will Arnett as Lego Batman.

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Wayne’s World (1992)

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Based on the Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name, Wayne’s World stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as two dudes with a public access show and a dream of becoming rock stars.

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The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)

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If a comedy that is also sad and dark and is set in 1920s Ireland sounds like your cup of tea, check out the nine-time Oscar-nominee The Banshees of Inisherin. The basic story is that Colin Farrell was friends with Brendan Gleeson, but Brendan Gleeson doesn’t want to be friends anymore—and he proves his feelings in very dramatic fashion!

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Neighbors (2014)

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In Neighbors, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play a couple with a young child who learn that a college frat has moved in next door to them. Given that college frats are very loud and annoying, this leads to an epic battle between the couple and the bros, one of whom is played by Zac Efron.

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Mermaids (1990)

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Cher, Winona Ryder, and Christina Ricci star in Mermaids as Rachel, Charlotte, and Kate, a mom and her two daughters, who move to a small town after Rachel goes through a breakup. Rachel is a quirky free-spirit, which leaves teenage Charlotte feeling like she’s more of the parent in their relationship.

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Election (1999)

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Election is a satire of high school elections and stars Reese Witherspoon as the now iconic Tracy Flick, a student who will do anything to become student government president. But a teacher named Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) attempts to sabotage her campaign.

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Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

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Travel back to a high school party of the late ’90s with Can’t Hardly Wait. This comedy is about a wild graduation party and the jocks, popular girls, nerds, and outcasts that all attend for one final night together. The cast includes Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, and Seth Green.

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I, Tonya (2017)

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I, Tonya combines genres—including drama, comedy, and biopic—to tell the story of figure skater Tonya Harding, who was famously connected to an attack on another Olympic skater, Nancy Kerrigan, in the early ’90s. Margot Robbie stars as Harding with co-stars including Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan.

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Dumb and Dumber (1994)

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Dumb and Dumber stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as two friends who accidentally become involved in a kidnapping scheme. Oh, and they’re really dumb, but you probably gathered that.

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9 to 5 (1980)

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Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda star in 9 to 5 as three employees who get revenge on their sexist boss (Dabney Coleman) after fantasizing about what they would do to get back at him if they had the chance.

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        Shiva Baby (2021)

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        Rising star Rachel Sennott stars in Shiva Baby as Danielle, a directionless college senior who—while attending a Jewish funeral service with her parents—happens to encounter both her sugar daddy and her ex-girlfriend. Cue all the awkwardness.

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        Unpregnant (2020)

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        In this dramedy, two teens (Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira) take a road trip from their home state of Missouri to Albuquerque after one of them becomes pregnant, as Missouri doesn’t allow abortions without parental consent. So timely!

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        Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

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        This incredibly quotable movie revolves around a down-on-his-luck gym owner (Vince Vaughn) who—when his property is threatened by an eccentric fitness fanatic from a competing gym (Ben Stiller)—must put together a team and enter a dodgeball tournament in order to earn some quick cash.

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        Miss Congeniality (2000)

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        Chances are you’ve already seen this Sandra Bullock-led comedy about a not-so-girly FBI agent who goes undercover as a Miss United States pageant contestant to investigate a bomb threat… but it’s def worth watching a second (or hundredth) time.

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        Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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        Starring a young Abigail Breslin in her breakout role, this dark comedy tells the story of a very dysfunctional family as they embark on a road trip from New Mexico to California, all so their daughter can compete in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.

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        Airplane! (1980)

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        A slapstick comedy classic, Airplane! serves as a parody of the disaster film genre, revolving around a former fighter pilot who follows his ex (who’s now a flight attendant) onto a wayward flight—and then must take control of the plane when disaster strikes.

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        Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

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        This seriously bizarre sci-fi flick follows three longtime friends (John Cusack, Rob Corddry, and Craig Robinson) as they inadvertently travel back in time to 1986 after spilling an energy drink on their ski resort hot tub. Yep, it’s weird but v fun.

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        13 Going on 30 (2004)

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        When a junior high student wishes herself older after a disastrous birthday party, she magically gets her wish—complete with a boyfriend, boobs, and the inexplicable loss of her childhood best friend. This movie is truly Jennifer Garner at her most charming.

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        My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

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        My Big Fat Greek Wedding was a massive hit when it came out in 2002, and you can now relive it—or watch it for the first time—on Max. It follows a Greek-American woman, Toula (Nia Vardalos), who gets engaged to a non-Greek man (John Corbett) and has to deal with planning her wedding to him with her many opinionated family members.

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