Last Updated: September 25th
Amazon’s comedy collection may not rival that of Netflix in terms of sheer size, but if you’re skipping over the streaming platform when you’re skimming for something funny to watch on the weekend, you’re missing out on some quality gut-busters. Amazon has put time into cultivating a wide range of laugh-out-loud flicks, from cult classics, to forgotten favorites, and a handful of worthy originals. There’s something for everyone here, no matter what tickles your funny bone.
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Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Run Time: 91 min | IMDb: 6.9/10
A comedy about a pair of sisters who run a maid service that cleans up crime scenes is the definition of dark, but there are some bright spots in Amy Adams and Emily Blunt’s Sunshine Cleaning. The two play siblings struggling to find themselves and stay afloat in a small town before they happen upon a macabre idea for a new business. Mopping up blood and hazardous waste isn’t the most reputable of jobs, and the two aren’t particularly good at it, especially Blunt, who plays a woman floundering in her personal and professional life, but if you’ve got a strong stomach, there’s plenty of payoff here.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot (2018)
Run Time: 114 min | IMDb: 6.9/10
Another Joaquin Phoenix-starring vehicle, this one is a biopic directed by Gus Van Sant and co-starring Jonah Hill, Jack Black, and Rooney Mara. Phoenix plays John Callahan, an alcoholic who becomes paralyzed after a terrible car accident. He finds sobriety, friendship, and a new perspective on life in his recovery. He also finds a hidden artistic talent, drawing newspaper cartoons that help him channel his emotions and find a new lease on life. It’s a moving portrait of a man wrestling with his inner-most demons, and Van Sant manages to curb the sentimental tendencies of a film like this through dark comedy and brilliant performances by Hill and Phoenix.
The Big Sick (2017)
Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon drew from their own unusual love story for their script about a Chicago comic named Kumail (Nanjiani), who falls in love with Emily (Zoe Kazan), a woman who falls into a coma while in the midst of a rift in their relationship created by the expectations of Kumail’s traditional parents. The funny, moving romantic comedy also features strong supporting work from Ray Romano and Holly Hunter as Emily’s parents, who form an awkward bond with Kumail as they wait for Emily’s recovery.
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Run Time: 101 min | IMDb: 6.4/10
John Cusack, Rob Corddry, and Craig Robinson star in this time-travel comedy about a group of friends who accidentally find themselves back in the 80s thanks to a wonky hot tub and a Russian energy drink. The guys, dissatisfied with their lives, take a boys trip together which leads to a time-traveling misadventure that returns them to their younger selves so they can fix (or make worse) their pasts. The actors have great chemistry and a few comedy legends add to the humor here.
The Birdcage (1996)
Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 7/10
This remake of a classic French comedy stars Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as two lovers who must pass for straight men when their son’s future in-laws pay them a visit. Williams plays Armand, a gay club owner, and Lane plays his effeminate boyfriend Albert, the star of the club’s drag show. The men live with their flamboyant housemaid (a hilarious Hank Azaria), and Armand has a good relationship with his son Val, the product of a one-night-stand. When Val introduces the men to his fiancé, they plan a ruse to convince her ultra-conservative parents that Armand is straight, with Albert dressing in drag to play his wife. Things obviously don’t go as planned, and though the film glosses over some troubling notions of gay men and how they’re viewed by their heterosexual counterparts, Lane and Williams’ comedy makes up for it.
Logan Lucky (2017)
Run Time: 118 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
Ten years after his last Ocean‘s entry, Steven Soderbergh revisits the heist genre, this time centering on a pair of unlucky brothers (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) working a scheme to rip off a big NASCAR race. Memorable side characters, rapid-fire dialogue, and charismatic performances keep the story from becoming too predictable even for a twist-filled heist tale. Soderbergh was even able to cut out major studios and keep complete creative control over the movie, thanks to streaming services and international distribution. It’s a largely light-hearted movie, and frankly, that’s necessary sometimes.
Run Time: 96 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
Mel Brooks’ hilarious space odyssey has become something of a cult classic over the decades. It’s a parody of George Lucas’ Star Wars trilogy, so it follows the same plot: a rogue pilot and his sidekick must rescue a princess and save the galaxy, but instead of Startroopers, the bad guys are known as Space Balls, and everyone is hopelessly out of their depth playing hero (and villain).
Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 7.3/10
One for the outsiders, Heathers is the darkest of the ’80s teen comedies. While your “teen-angst bulls*t” may not have had a body count, everyone can relate to the constant pressure to be popular that plagues high school hallways. Winona Ryder proves herself to be the ultimate cool girl as Veronica, who takes matters into her own hands in order to destroy a toxic clique. Cynical and more than a little cruel, Heathers changed the game for teen films forever. While Mean Girls may be its spiritual successor, Heathers remains the one Queen Bee to rule them all.
Eighth Grade (2017)
Run Time: 93 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Comedian Bo Burnham’s directorial debut looks at the social anxieties of a young girl on the cusp of her high school career. Elsie Fisher plays Kayla, a pre-teen in her final week of eighth grade. She’s virtually friendless, choosing to spend her time creating inspiring Youtube videos that no one sees. When she decides to venture from her computer screen, attending pool parties and hanging out with older kids, she’s thrust into situations for which she’s not entirely ready. The film is a painfully honest look at the pressure of growing up, the loss of innocence, and how social media can contribute to feelings of anxiety and isolation in teens, especially young girls who are forced to grow up much more quickly than their male counterparts, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of comedic moments thrown in to soften the blow.
Lady Bird (2017)
Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Greta Gerwig’s love letter to her hometown of Sacramento, California follows Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf as they navigate the often-frustrating, at times hysterical relationship between mother and daughter. Ronan plays “Ladybird,” a young Catholic school student who longs for the culture and change of scenery that New York City promises. Her mother, Metcalf, is overbearing and overprotective, and the family’s lack of money and social standing contributes to a rift between the two. Some hard truths are explored in this film, but watching Ronan manage teenage angst, first love, and everything in between will give you all kinds of nostalgia.
The Disaster Artist (2017)
Run Time: 104 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Only an actor as confusing and committed to swimming against the Hollywood tide as James Franco could direct this pseudo-biography of Tommy Wiseau, an aspiring filmmaker who made the wrong kind of noise in the industry with his theatrics while trying to get a feature film made. Wiseau in real life is an enigmatic kind of train wreck, and Franco plays him brilliantly here, injecting heart and a dreamy sense of possibility to his story.
Death At A Funeral (2007)
Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 7.4/10
This dark British comedy has flown under the radar ever since its release, which is a real shame seeing as it has a star-studded cast and enough dry wit to keep the laughs coming. Matthew Macfadyen plays Daniel, a man living with his parents who must arrange his father’s funeral without the help of his more successful brother. On the day of the event, chaos erupts as Daniel’s father’s ex-lover (Peter Dinklage) blackmails the family with scandalous photos, and Daniel’s cousin accidentally doses her new boyfriend with LSD, thinking it’s Valium. Things only go (hilariously) down hill from there.
Nacho Libre (2006)
Run Time: 92 min | IMDb: 5.7/10
What do you get when you put Jack Black in a film, dress him up as a monk, and then have him moonlight as a professional masked luchador? A ridiculously funny sports comedy kind of based on real life. Black plays Ignacio/Nacho, a monk who looks after an orphanage he used to live in. He tries to raise money for the kids by secretly getting into the ring, which ends up causing more problems for him and his brotherhood.
Young Adult (2011)
Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 6.3/10
Charlize Theron stars in this comedy about a woman behaving badly, like steal your husband badly. Mavis (Theron) is a fiction writer living in the big city who returns to her small hometown after a divorce intent on rekindling a romance with her high school boyfriend (Patrick Wilson). The man’s got a wife and a new baby, but Mavis is sure a couple of sexy outfits, shots, and a rock concert can change that. She gets “guidance” from an old acquaintance (a delightful Patton Oswalt), but really, the point of this movie is to prove women can be just as sloppy and unhinged as men can be, so don’t expect some grand “seeing-the-light” moment.
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Run Time: 107 min | IMDb: 7.3/10
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels star in this Farrelly Brothers comedy about two hopelessly stupid friends, who travel cross country on an adventure of a lifetime. Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) travel from Rhode Island to Colorado to return a briefcase full of money, thinking it was accidentally left behind. It takes them a while to realize they’ve unknowingly inserted themselves in a high-stakes kidnapping, and it’s up to these dummies to save the day.