Hulu is better known for its TV offerings, but the streaming giant also has an extensive collection of films as well. So if you’re ever looking to kick back and unwind with a nice comedy, Hulu is a great place to look. It has a huge collection of comedies, from raucous to subtle to everything in between. But wasting time hunting through the library isn’t any fun, so we’ve done the hard work for you. Take a look at the best comedies currently available on Hulu.
The Princess Bride (2011)
One of the most beloved comedies of all time, The Princess Bride is the jewel of master screenwriter William Goldman’s crown. Based on his equally wonderful novel of the same name, this fairy tale adventure tells the tale of Buttercup (Robin Wright) and her one true love, Westley (Cary Elwes). After years apart, Westley returns to the land of Florin to rejoin his long, lost love, only to find that the evils of Florin have profligated in his absence. His comic quest to save Buttercup from being wed off to an evil prince is endlessly hilarious and rife with some of the most quotable scenes in comedy.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant
Director: Rob Reiner
Runtime: 98 minutes
Major League (1989)
The Cleveland Indians have been to the World Series and lost three times since Major League came out, but it’s still a pretty unfortunate designation to have been so bad for so long that your team’s greatest success in half a century happened in a movie. In Major League, the Indians are so bad that new owner Rachel Phelps (Margaret Whitton) has a sweetheart deal to move the team to Miami. But to break the lease with Cleveland, ticket sales have to be in the tank. As such, Phelps builds the worst professional baseball roster she possibly can without looking suspicious, with players like near-blind pitcher Rick Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) and washed up, formerly great catcher Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger). But in her quest to build the worst team possible, she accidentally creates a team that really clicks and begins to vastly outperform their expectations.
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Margaret Whitton
Director: David S. Ward
Runtime: 107 minutes
Our Idiot Brother (2011)
Paul Rudd is peak Paul Rudd as Ned Rochlin, an easygoing, dimwitted slacker who makes a colossal mistake when he sells pot to a cop. After being released from jail, he’s homeless and jobless, forced to prevail upon his three sisters for help. His sisters, however, are Ned’s polar opposite and find their lives thrown into complete chaos whenever he’s around.
Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Stars: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer
Director: Jesse Peretz
Runtime: 96 minutes
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling turn in outstanding performances in this feel-good comedy about a divorcee’s re-integration into the dating scene. Cal Weaver (Carell) has a good job, a beautiful house, and a perfect family. But it’s too good to be true as his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has been unfaithful and wants out of their marriage. To re-enter the world of dating, Cal enlists the help of ladies man extraordinaire Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling).
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Stars: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Runtime: 118 minutes
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
One of the most beloved romantic comedies of the ’90s stars (who else) Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney as childhood best friends who made a pact to marry one another if they were still single by age 28. Four days before Julianne’s 28th birthday, Michael announces that he’s marrying Kimberly (Cameron Diaz). Suddenly overcome with the realization that she loves Michael, Julianne vows to stop the wedding at all costs. But when she’s appointed maid of honor, things get complicated.
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz
Director: P.J. Hogan
Runtime: 105 minutes
A Marvel movie on a best comedies list? Yep, Deadpool really is that funny. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative working as a mercenary when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) captures him and subjects him to a brutal, torturous transformation intended to create a subservient supersoldier. The rogue experiment turns Wilson into Deadpool, a super-strong force of nature with accelerated healing powers and a deeply twisted sense of humor. Deadpool vows to avenge himself on Ajax and, with the help of X-Men Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, he’ll hunt down the man who took everything from him.
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein
Directors: Tim Miller
Runtime: 108 minutes
The Skeleton Twins (2014)
After years of estrangement, twins Milo (Bill Hader) and Maggie (Kristen Wiig) reunite unexpectedly after a set of near-tragedies in this critically-acclaimed dramedy. Confronting each other forces them to each look inwards to attempt to understand how their lives became so broken. Maggie is in an unhappy marriage with a man who loves her deeply. Milo is hung up on a woman for whom their love died years ago. Ultimately, they need to find comfort in one another.
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader
Director: Craig Johnson
Runtime: 91 minutes
50 First Dates (2004)
Adam Sandler has been on quite the journey, and 50 First Dates marks one of his first forays into the “cute” romantic comedy. It’s not perfect, but Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s chemistry is solid and the concept of 50 First Dates is a classic. Lucy (Barrymore) suffers from short-term memory loss so severe that she can’t remember anything that happened the day before. She’s constantly living the same day over and over, and everyone in her life has devoted theirs to making that one day as perfect as can be. As such, they’re extremely suspicious when marine vet Henry (Sandler) stumbles into her life, insisting on wooing her and making her fall in love every day until her memory returns.
Rotten Tomatoes: 45%
Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider
Director: Peter Segal
Runtime: 96 minutes
Big Time Adolescence (2020)
Big Time Adolescence premiered at Sundance in 2019, where Hulu picked it up and rebranded it as a Hulu Original in 2020. Griffin Gluck stars as Mo, a teenager with an unusual best friend in this coming-of-age comedy. Mo has a promising future ahead of him, but he has one big problem: He worships his college-dropout, drug-dealing older best friend Zeke (Pete Davidson). While Mo’s hard-working dad tries to steer him onto the right path, he’s not the kind of guy to force his son to stop seeing his best friend, creating a precarious balancing act of maturity. Davidson gives a refreshingly clever performance in this comedy and has a great rapport with Gluck.
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Stars: Pete Davidson, Griffin Gluck, Jon Cryer
Director: Jason Orley
Runtime: 90 minutes
Sweeping the Academy Awards and giving director Bong Joon-ho some serious clout in Hollywood, this black comedy is almost universally liked by anyone who watches it. Set in South Korea, it tells the tale of a poor family who concocts a clever plan to work for a wealthy family, each by recommending one another for different jobs within the home, even though they aren’t the least bit qualified. The film took home four Oscars, including those for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film. If nothing else, it’s worth checking out just to see what all the fuss is about.
Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Stars: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Runtime: 132 minutes
The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
If you’re looking for a feel-good martial arts flick, this isn’t the movie for you. If anything, The Art of Self-Defense is the anti-Karate Kid. Jesse Eisenberg headlines this darkly comedic story as an accountant named Casey Davies. After getting assaulted by a gang, Casey joins a local karate dojo under the instruction of Sensei (Alessandro Nivola). He also befriends Anna (Imogen Poots), the only female student in Sensei’s dojo. Casey gradually comes under Sensei’s wing, and he embraces his inner toxic masculinity … with devastating results on his personal life. All of Casey’s new instincts are wrong, and they lead him to some wild places.
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
Director: Riley Stearns
Runtime: 104 minutes
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Marking the directorial debut for Boots Riley, this absurdist black comedy features elements of sci-fi and magic. The film follows Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield), a young, Black telemarketer who fakes an accent to make him sound white in an effort to do better at his job. Riley drew from his own experience of having worked as a telemarketer in his youth and finding success in doing the same thing. In the film, however, as Cassius enjoys greater success, he uncovers a corporate conspiracy and faces a crisis of conscience: What’s more important, making money and being successful or speaking out against the dirty dealings of the company for which he works?
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler
Director: Boots Riley
Runtime: 112 minutes
Christian Bale stars as former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in this satirical comedy-drama about Cheney’s journey to the White House. Released on Christmas Day, views were split about the film, which received eight Academy Award nominations. While some pundits criticized the film, making it one of the worst-reviewed films to ever be nominated in the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards, others applauded Bale’s transformation and the film’s ability to present truths in a humorous way. It’s one of those films you just need to watch to decide for yourself.
Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Director: Adam McKay
Runtime: 132 minutes
One of the seminal comedies of the 2010s is back on Hulu. Screenwriters Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg loosely based Superbad on their own lives, with Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as young Seth and Evan, respectively. The film chronicles Seth and Evan’s last big high school adventure before college, as they go to great lengths to get alcohol for a party and to impress their would-be girlfriends. Rogen also co-stars in the film as Officer Michaels, alongside Bill Hader’s Officer Slater. Seth and Evan’s friend Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) befriends the two officers after they catch him with a fake ID, and his night with them is even wilder than his friends’ experiences. More impressively, the film manages to successfully interweave both stories before they reconnect with each other near the end.
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Stars: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen
Director: Greg Mottola
Runtime: 113 minutes
One of the most acclaimed comedies of 2019, Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut provides an unflinching, hilarious look at coming-of-age from a female perspective. Molly Davison (Beanie Feldstein in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) and Amy Antsler (Kaitlyn Dever) are determined to finally party and have the night of their lives as their high-school careers come to a close and their paths diverge ahead of college. The jokes come often and come packed with social commentary and witticisms, and despite being geared toward a younger audience, there are elements any film fan can enjoy. It’s essentially the flip side of Superbad, and proves Wilde is just as proficient behind the camera as in front of it.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever
Director: Olivia Wilde
Runtime: 102 minutes
A Simple Favor (2018)
For those who like their comedy a little darker, A Simple Favor dives into mystery and murder, all while maintaining its comedic edge. Based on a Darcey Bell novel of the same name, A Simple Favor follows Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), a mommy-vlogger who befriends Emily Nelson (Blake Lively), a mysterious and rich woman who suddenly disappears without a trace, leaving her child in Stephanie’s care. Stephanie slowly shifts from feelings of concern toward curiosity, going down a long path to discover where Emily has gone… and who she really is. Twists come at every turn, keeping audiences guessing as to how the caper will end.
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively
Director: Paul Feig
Runtime: 117 minutes
Chicken Run (2000)
Stop-motion animation may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but when it’s done right, it can provide more depth than typical animation does. That’s the case with Chicken Run, a turn-of-the-century stop motion comedy that perfected the formula of Wallace and Gromit. The film follows a group of chickens who are constantly trying to escape a farm, with failure all but assured each time. A rooster (voiced by Mel Gibson) soon joins their ranks, however, and conspires to help them escape before they all are turned into pie. It’s all very British, which makes it even better. Two decades later, the movie doesn’t feel dated, and now may be the perfect time for a refresher, with a sequel reportedly in the works.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson
Directors: Peter Lord, Nick Park
Runtime: 84 minutes
I, Tonya (2017)
Sometimes, truth is funnier than fiction. At least that’s the premise of I, Tonya, which can be darkly dramatic at times and downright silly at others. Based on a true story, the sports flick takes on the trials of 1990s figure skater Tonya Harding in the lead-up to, and aftermath of, the 1994 attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. While the story is told from the perspective of Harding, played brilliantly by Margot Robbie, it’s dictated through interviews with the characters, weaving an intricate tale where it’s not always clear how to separate fact from fiction. Robbie earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance, while Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actress for playing Harding’s abusive mother.
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Stars: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan
Director: Craig Gillespie
Runtime: 119 minutes
Ingrid Goes West (2017)
In the age of social media and influencers, Ingrid Goes West is a very timely dark comedy. Aubrey Plaza headlines the movie as Ingrid Thorburn, a young woman who is obsessed with the idea of social media fame. Ingrid’s not exactly the picture of mental health, as she uproots her life to move to Los Angeles and insinuates herself in the life of Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen). But once Ingrid gets an up-close look at Taylor and her life, even she realizes that Taylor’s social media image is just a façade. Meanwhile, Ingrid also finds herself feuding with Taylor’s scumbag brother, Nicky (Billy Magnussen), who almost instantly recognizes Ingrid’s deception and attempts to blackmail her. Ingrid isn’t well-equipped to deal with any type of adversity, but she does try some unique solutions to fix her ever-escalating problems.
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr.
Director: Matt Spicer
Runtime: 97 minutes