The Funniest Comedy Movies on Amazon Prime Video (March 2021)


Need a little pick-me-up? Time to break out a good comedy movie and fortunately Amazon Prime Video has a pretty solid stock of funny films hiding in their catalogue to make sure you keep the laughs coming.

From comedy classics to recent favorites, forgotten gems, rom-coms, spy spoofs, and the latest hits to land on the streaming service, we’ve hand-picked the best and funniest comedies on Amazon right now to help you find the feel-good time you’re looking for.

And if you don’t find what you’re looking for in the list below, you can find more laughs in our picks for the Best Comedy Shows on Amazon Prime, Best Comedies on Netflix, Best Comedy Shows on Netflix and Best Standup Specials on Netflix.

Sonic the Hedgehog

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Available: February 18

Director: Jeff Fowler

Writers: Pat Casey and Josh Miller

Cast: Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally

I did not expect to like Sonic the Hedgehog very much, in full honesty. I certainly didn’t expect to fall in love with it, but Jeff Fowler’s take on the beloved video game character is a genuine delight. A feel-good road movie for the whole family, Sonic the Hedgehog knows exactly what it is and giddily straps in for the ride. With Ben Schwartz voicing Sonic, James Marsden as the local cop/Donut Lord who helps him, and Jim Carrey going back to the heights of his manic comedy as the villainous Doctor Robotnik, nobody here is phoning it in and their energetic embrace of the material gives Sonic a contagious vibe. I respect any project that understands the full range of James Marsden’s appeal, but Marsden credentials aside, it’s just a total blast from start to finish, with cleverly designed set-pieces, some incredible line deliveries, (“Of course I want a latte. I love the way you make them” is a real doozie), and most importantly, enough genuine heart to make it all tick – Haleigh Foutch

His Girl Friday

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Image via Columbia Pictures

Director: Howard Hawkes

Writer: Charles Lederer

Cast: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall, Cliff Edwards

Arguably the benchmark for screwball comedies, the classic romantic comedy His Girl Friday stars Cary Grant as a veteran newspaper editor who learns his ex-wife and star reporter, Hildy (Rosalind Russell), is engaged to a new man. Intent on winning her back, he convinces Hildy to chase down one last story together and the duo, obviously, rekindle their love amidst the comedic antics and unfolding mystery. It’s a cracking comedy classic, still magnetic with the old school movie star charisma of Grant and Russell, and Howard Hawkes’ legendary filmmaking command. –Haleigh Foutch

Coming to America

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Image via Paramount Pictures

Available: February 1

Director: John Landis

Writers: David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein Cast: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, Shari Headley

Eddie Murphy stars (from a script based on his own story idea) in one of his most iconic roles as crown prince Akeem Joffer of Zamunda – well, in classic Eddie Murphy fashion, he plays several roles, but it’s as Akeem that he delivers one of the most understated and commanding comedic performances of his career. Faced with an arranged marriage to a woman he doesn’t love, Akeem travels to New York in the hopes of finding a woman who will love him, not for his crown, but for himself. With his trusty best friend (Arsenio Hall) at his side, he makes his way through the city streets, setting up some excellent fish-out-of-water comedy amidst the romancing. And it holds up. Coming to America is still funny, full of joy, and surprisingly sweet. – Haleigh Foutch

Late Night

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Director: Nisha Ganatra

Writer: Mindy Kaling

Cast: Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson, Hugh Dancy, John Lithgow, Denis O’Hare, Reid Scott, and Amy Ryan

If you’re a fan of behind-the-scenes Hollywood stories and romcoms, you’ll probably like Late Night. The film follows a young woman (Mindy Kaling) who joins the all-male writing staff of a formerly famous but now in decline late night host, played by Emma Thompson. The idealistic young writer meets the cynicism of the host and her staff head on, as they try to turn the show around while other obstacles arise. It’s sweet and fun and funny, but also surprisingly emotional as it reaches the end. Thompson delivers a terrific performance as a complex and powerful woman, and Kaling is charming as the naïve comedy newbie who idolizes her boss. – Adam Chitwood

Instant Family

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Image via Paramount Pictures

Director: Sean Anders

Writers: Sean Anders, John Morris

Cast: Rose Byrne, Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Mercer, Gustavo Escobar, Octavia Spencer, Julianna Gamiz, Tig Notaro, Tom Segura

Without question, Rose Byrne is the unsung MVP of the last ten years in comedy movies. The actress’ early career cemented her image as a dramatic performer (and she still excels in those roles,) but ever since she stole the show in 2010’s Get Him to the Greek, she’s been absolutely crushing it in a string of comedies from Bridesmaids to Spy to the Neighbors films, constantly one-upping her better-known comedic counterparts along the way. With the surprisingly heartfelt comedy Instant Family Byrne got to combo the best of her comedic and dramatic skills alongside Mark Wahlberg in the story of a married couple who decide to foster, not one, but three children, including a no-bullshit teenager, played by Isabela MercedInstant Family is refreshingly earnest and emotionally honest about the struggles and joys of foster parenting, delivering a moving emotional story without losing sight of the laughs. — Haleigh Foutch

Funny Face

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Image via Paramount Pictures

Director: Stanley Donen

Writer: Leonard Gershe

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng

A purely delightful 1950s musical with two of the most iconic leads of the era in Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, Funny Face is a bit of a slept-on gem with younger generations – as long as you can get past everyone telling Audrey Hepburn she has a “funny face”. Yeah. Okay, folks. Sure. She’s a regular ogre that one. Yes, the film has big “she’s got glasses and a ponytail” energy, but it’s a super-stylish, vibrant, and entertaining feel-good movie that’s positively brimming over with joie de vivre and panache. No small thanks to the Hubert de Givenchy gowns, costuming by Edith Head, and snappy songs like “S’Wonderful” from George and Ira Gershwin. And absolutely do not get me started on Hepburn’s Bohemian dance break or we’ll be here all day. – Haleigh Foutch

Knives Out

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Writer/Director: Rian Johnson

Cast: Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Jaeden Martell, Don Johnson, Katherine Langford, Noah Segan

From Brick to Looper to The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson has made a career as a filmmaker who brings his singular touch to familiar genres, reenvisioning them with panache while honoring the hallmarks of their respective cinematic staples. With his Oscar-nominated ensemble powerhouse Knives Out, Johnson brings that touch to the old-fashioned murder mystery, staging a twisy tale of death and inheritance through the lens of one fractured, fabulously over-the-top family. Knives Out is funny and breezy, but it’s also gorgeously composed, with some supremely sly performances from its killer cast. It’s honestly worth your time just to watch Michael Shannon scream about cookies, but fortunately, that’s just one of many, many moments that make Knives Out such a delightful and unusual film. —Haleigh Foutch

Fighting with My Family

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Photo by Robert Viglasky / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures

Writer/Director: Stephen Merchant

Cast: Florence Pugh, Nick Frost, Lena Heady, Dwayne Johnson, Vince Vaughn, Jack Lowden, Olivia Bernstone

Florence Pugh had a hell of a year in 2019, culminating in an Oscar nomination for her scene-stealing work in Little Women. But before the awards tour, and before the horrors of Midsommar, Pugh kicked the year off strong with the absolutely delightful wrestling comedy Fighting with My Family. Written and directed by Extras and Life’s Too Short co-creator Stephen Merchant, the film is inspired by the life of real-world wrestling star Paige and chronicles how she was raised in a family of wrestling fanatics and went from smalltown gigs with the fam to dominating the ring on an international stage.

You don’t have to be into wrestling to dig the heck out of this movie (I’ve never seen a full match and I loved it — so did my mom and pretty much everyone else I’ve talked to for that matter), though you might find yourself inclined to watch some once its over, but Fighting with My Family is just a classic feel-good sports movie with a heck of a lot of charm and a knockout ensemble cast that includes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson himself and Vince Vaughn giving his most charismatic performance in ages. — Haleigh Foutch

What If

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Director: Michael Dowse

Writer: Elan‌ Mastai

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park

You’d be hard-pressed to think of two more likable, amiable actors in the game than Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, and their 2013 rom-com What If is every bit the easy-watching, feel-good love story you’d expect. The film takes an interesting if ultimately familiar spin on the genre starring Radcliffe as Wallace, a young man burned by a string of bad relationships who sparks up an instant friendship (and undeniable chemistry) with Chantry (Kazan) – who happens to live with her longtime boyfriend.‌ Together, they try to figure out what it means to be best friends with the person who might also be your soul mate. And they do it with a heck of a supporting duo in Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis as a demonstrative, passionate couple who absolutely cannot keep their hands off of each other, a hilarious foil couple to Wallace and Chantry’s abstinent love. Fun, sweet, and witty, it’s a classic feel-good rom-com with an unbeatable cast. – Haleigh Foutch

The Farewell

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Writer/Director: Lulu Wang

Cast: Awkwafina, Shuzhen Zhao, Diana Lin, X Mayo, Tzi Ma, Becca Khalil

Lulu Wang‘s Golden Globe and Spirit award-winning gem The Farewell may not have received the Academy attention it so deserved, but that doesn’t make it any less an essential, cathartic watch. Based on her real-life experiences, Wang crafts a nuanced and deeply emotional journey through the highs and lows of loving someone with your whole heart. And the seemingly impossible task of saying goodbye with grace when the time comes.

Ok, so this might not be the funniest comedy on Amazon in the ha-ha, leaves you in stitches way, but it is without a doubt one of the best and most soulful comedies you can stream right now. As long as you don’t mind a little bit of teary-eyed reflections on mortality mixed in with your laughs. Awkwafina stars in her best performance to date as Billi, a young Chinese-American woman who returns to China when she learns her grandmother (a truly extraordinary Shuzhen Zhao) is diagnosed with terminal cancer. And her struggles only intensify when she realizes her family intends to keep the diagnosis a secret from her grandma so that she can live the rest of her life in peace. The result is some of the best happy-sad filmmaking this side of Taika Waititi with wonderful moments of wit layered into the rich emotional story and a thoughtful examination of what happens when cultural values clash in a moment of crisis. And if you’ve ever had to say goodbye to someone you love, you won’t find a lovelier or more honest depiction of the crushing weight of mortality when that person is still right in front of you but you know it might be the last time. — Haleigh Foutch

Under the Silver Lake

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Writer/Director:David Robert Mitchell

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Riki Lindhome, Callie Hernandez

Under the Silver Lake, much like its Southern California setting, is a big, sprawling thing filled with random pockets of bizarreness and twisted roads that ultimately lead nowhere. Director David Robert Mitchell‘s follow-up to It Follows is half old-school noir tale, half satire of a modern internet age obsessed with “solving” stories. At its center is Andrew Garfield, playing a 30-something named Sam who embarks on a strange odyssey to find a missing neighbor who he’s only met once (Riley Keough). The journey brings him to the weirdest side-quests and underground societies that L.A. has to offer, with Mitchell often flexing his horror muscles to turn the city into a place of murderers and monsters. It’s all very strange, and a lot of it doesn’t mean anything, per se, but that’s part of the beauty. Under the Silver Lake, it’s better to just let the current take you. — Vinnie Mancuso

Young Adult

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Image via Paramount Pictures

Director: Jason Reitman

Writer: Diablo Cody

Cast: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elisabeth Reaser

Young Adult is about as biting and scathing as dark comedy can get before it tilts full into dark drama, but thankfully, every element here is fined-tuned to a pitch to maintain a steady beat of dry, bitter laughs. From Jason Reitman‘s direction of one of Diablo Cody‘s best scripts to the impeccable performances from Patrick WilsonPatton Oswalt, and especially, Charlize Theron in the leading role as a beautiful, hideous woman who peaked in high school and decided to mentally stay there.

A divorced alcoholic whose on about to lose her long-running gig as the ghostwriter of a YA drama book series, Mavis (Theron) returns to her hometown after she sees a picture of her ex-boyfriend (Wilson) and his newborn baby, somehow taking it as a sign that they’re destined to be together. What comes next is a savagely wry and brutally unflinching look at a full-tilt breakdown, as Mavis plumbs to the depths of desperation, awkwardness, and hubris; the only person in the room who still thinks she’s the queen bee. Challenging and often depressing, Young Adult won’t be for everyone, but it’s a phenomenal character portrait from Cody and Theron, with just the right amount of light touch from Reitman. — Haleigh Foutch

The Big Sick

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Director: Michael Showalter

Writers: Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani

Cast: Kumail Najiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon’s real-life love story serves as inspiration for the most delightful romantic comedy in years in The Big Sick. Directed by Michael Showalter from a script by Nanjiani and Gordon, the film stars Nanjiani as himself and Zoe Kazan as Emily in the stranger-than-fiction story of two people falling in love despite clashing cultures, family expectations, and a mysterious life-threatening illness.

The story follows a standup comic (Nanjiani) who falls for a woman who heckles him (Kazan) at a show. He tries to hide the relationship from his parents, who expect a strictly traditional arranged marriage to a Muslim woman, but their romance faces an even greater hurdle when she falls into an inexplicable coma and he bonds with her parents (who you can’t help but fall in love with thanks to the performances from Ray Romano and Holly Hunter). Bursting with heart and earnest good nature, The Big Sick is a witty and charming exploration of love, commitment and family, and it’s a bonafide crowd-pleaser to boot. — Haleigh Foutch

Brittany Runs a Marathon

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Director/Writer: Paul Downs Colaizzo

Cast: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Abudkar, Lil Rel Howery, and Micah Stock

Brittany Runs a Marathon is not the movie you think it is, in the very best way. The film stars Jillian Bell as an overweight woman who sets out to train for and run the New York marathon as a way to get in shape, which she also believes will change her life for the better. Changes do come, but they’re a mix of positive and negative as Bell’s character learns the hard way that her issues are related to who she is as a person rather than how she looks on the outside. It’s a surprising, sweet, and frequently hilarious comedy with a dash of romance for good measure. But it’s also genuinely moving, and Bell gives a star-making performance that deftly navigates both comedic and dramatic territory. Brittany Runs a Marathon isn’t just one of the best comedies of 2019, it’s also one of the best films of the year full-stop. – Adam Chitwood

Anna and the Apocalypse

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Director: John McPhail

Writers: Alan McDonald and Ryan McHenry

Cast: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Christopher Leveaux, Sarah Swire, Ben Wiggins, Marli Siu, Mark Benton, Paul Kaye

Few films have to satisfy as many genres as Anna and the Apocalypse, but this Scottish gem ticks all the boxes handily while singing and dancing through the heartfelt chaos. Part Christmas movie, part high school musical, and part zom-com, Anna and the Apocalypse is surprisingly great at being all three, bouncing between holiday spirit, teenage hormones, and laugh-out-loud horror-comedy (or sometimes, heartbreaking zombie drama) with such tonal precision director John McPhail makes it look deceptively easy. Sure, this is probably the only musical where you’ll see a zombie in a snowman suit get decapitated by a see-saw or watch a gang of singing teenagers dispatch the undead with watermelons and a PlayStation controller, but it’s also just a damn good musical to boot with earworm songs, great ensemble numbers, and — arguably the toughest to pull off of all — great (and hilarious) new Christmas songs you’ll immediately add to your yearly playlist. – Haleigh Foutch

Clue

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Writer/Director: Jonathan Lynn

Cast: Tim Curry, Lesley Ann Warren, Martin Mull, Madeline Kahn, Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Brennan

A movie based on a board game has no right to be as endlessly entertaining as Clue. One of the most rewatchable comedies of all time and a top tier throw-it-on-at-a-party movie, Clue follows the basic premise of the game it’s based on: Six strangers going under pseudonyms arrive at a secluded New England mansion. The lights flicker, a gunshot rings out, and a mysterious seventh guest lies dead on the ground. Agatha Christie by way of Monty Python, Clue features an absolutely A+ ensemble cast. Not a single person in this movie isn’t charming, hilarious, and absolutely game, from Tim Curry to Madeline Kahn to Michael McKean. Yes, there are three different endings. Watch them all and get a Clue. —Vinnie Mancuso

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