If you have access to Amazon’s Prime Video and you are in for some comedy, you should check out this post. These are some of the best comedy movies on Prime Video.
Prime video selection cannot be compared to Netflix or HBO, but there are still some good old (and new) comedies to watch.
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Here is our pick for 15 best comedy movies on Prime Video (ordered by release date):
1. The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director: Jon Amiel
Starring: Bill Murray, Joanne Whalley, Peter Gallagher
Wallace Ritchie (Bill Murray) has come on a surprise birthday visit to his brother in London. Since his brother James is not expecting a visit and is hosting a business dinner, he somehow needs to keep Wallace entertained. There is an interactive improv theatre called “Theatre of Life” so James sets him up to be a part of that. He is supposed to answer the call in order to start with the play, but Wallace answers the wrong call. Now he is mistaken for a spy and is involved in real events, which he thinks are part of the play.
2. Bean (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Director: Mel Smith
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol, John Mills
Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is a clumsy caretaker in a London’s galery who doesn’t do his job well. The board of directors can’t fire him because he is under the chairman’s protection. What they can do is send him to a Los Angeles gallery to represent them when a portrait called “Whistler’s Mother” is presented, even though he doesn’t know anything about the painting. The curator in Los Angeles is impressed with “Dr. Bean” and his fake biography, but soon he will find out that Bean destroys everything he touches.
3. The Big Lebowski (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director: Joel Coen
Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore
Jeffrey Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) who goes by the nickname “the dude” is a lazy hippie who loves bowling. One day two thugs visit him to threaten him about some debt and they urinate on his rug. It turns out he is mistaken for another Lebowski who happens to be a millionaire. The Dude decides to visit the millionaire to get restitution for his ruined rug, but instead he gets a proposal to earn some money. He is supposed to deliver money to the thugs and there will be commission for him. Everything goes well until Dude’s friend Walter, who is supposed to help him, schemes to keep the money.
4. Bedazzled (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Director: Harold Ramis
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Hurley, Frances O’Connor
Bedazzled is about Elliot Richards (Brendan Fraser), a man working at a call-center, who made a deal with the devil. Elliot is in love with his female colleague Alison who doesn’t know he even exists. When she rejects him, he says to himself that he would give anything to be with her. The Devil (in the form of a beautiful woman played by Elizabeth Hurley) overhears that and offers him 7 wishes for his soul. But every time Elliot makes a wish, the result is never what he really wanted. Now he wants to get out of the contract.
5. Black Knight (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Director: Gil Junger
Starring: Martin Lawrence, Marsha Thomason, Tom Wilkinson
Martin Lawrence plays Jamal, a low-level worker in a park with a medieval theme. After falling in the moat, he will somehow go back in time, to 14th century England. Jamal first believes that it’s still a theme park, but after witnessing a beheading, he realizes that everything is real. After he is mistaken for a messenger, he will get involved in a plot to kill the tyrant king and become known as the Black Knight.
6. The Girl Next Door (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Luke Greenfield
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Nicholas Downs, Elisha Cuthbert
A high school senior falls in love with a girl next door, but will soon discover that she is a pornstar. Not only does he not know how to deal with it, but things will get worse when the girl’s former producer comes to take her back.
7. Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Director: Steve Bendelack
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Willem Dafoe, Steve Pemberton
Mr. Bean has won a vacation trip to France, along with a camcorder which he will use for the whole trip. As always with Mr. Bean, wherever he is, a disaster follows.
8. Hot Fuzz (2007)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Mystery
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman
Nicholas Angel is a London police officer who is better than anyone else. In fact, he is so good that he makes the rest of the department look bad. As a result, they fixx him a transfer to a small rural town. What seems to be a quiet place actually has a dark secret. Nicholas will learn that when the killings start to happen.
9. What Happens in Vegas (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Tom Vaughan
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Corddry
Joy McNally (Cameron Diaz) is dumped by her fiance and Jack Fuller (Ashton Kutcher) is fired from his job. They both decide to go to Vegas with their best friends to forget about everything. After a drunken night, where they accidentally meet, they wake up married. Of course, they don’t want to stay married, but when they win 3 million dollars on a slot machine, everything changes. Whoever files for divorce loses all the money. Now they are both trying to drive the other one out of the marriage.
10. Funny People (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann
When a former stand up comedian turned movie star George is diagnosed with cancer, he decides to return to his roots. He also tries to fix his relationship with his ex-wife. When he notices a young struggling comedian, he decides to hire him as an assistant, to write some jokes for him. Eventually the two become good friends.
11. The Change-Up (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Director: David Dobkin
Starring: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Wilde
The story is about two friends, Dave, who is married and has three kids, and Mitch, who is single and living a fun life. One drunken night they urinate into a fountain simultaneously wishing they switched lives. Suddenly a lightning strikes and they switch bodies. They will soon realize that they actually preferred their old life and they want it back.
12. The Dilemma (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder
Two best friends and partners Ronny and Nick are working on a project to expand their business. When Ronny catches Nick’s wife with another man, his world will turn upside down. He needs to figure out how to tell his best friend that his wife is cheating on him, while they are in the middle of a critical business project.
13. The Dictator (2012)
Director: Larry Charles
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, John C. Reilly
A Fictional Republic of Wadiya is ruled by a dictator General Aladeen. Everybody hates him, even his confidants. He is about to visit the UN to address the council, but is kidnapped, shaved and replaced with a double. Now he has a hard time to prove who he really is.
14. Ride Along (2014)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Director: Tim Story
Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter
A High School security guard Ben (Hart) is about to marry his girlfriend Angela, but before he does that he must prove himself to her brother James Payton (Ice Cube) who is a detective. Ben will do that by going on a ride-along with James.
15. The Upside (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Neil Burger
Starring: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman
A paralyzed wealthy man Philip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston) is looking to hire a caregiver for help in daily routines and decides for a recently paroled convict Dell Scott (Kevin Hart). Dell isn’t really looking for work, he just needs signatures to prove he is searching for employment so he doesn’t violate his parole. Dell will eventually accept the job and what he thought would be something that he really doesn’t want to do, will turn out to be a great friendship with a lot of funny moments.
5 Best Comedy Movies on Prime Video According to IMDb
According to IMDb, these are 5 best comedy movies on Prime Video (from the list above):
- The Big Lebowski (1998) – 8.1
- Hot Fuzz (2007) – 7.8
- The Upside (2017) – 6.9
- The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) – 6.7
- Bean (1997) – 6.5
- The Dictator (2012) – 6.4
- Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007) – 6.4
- The Change-Up (2011) – 6.3
- Funny People (2009) – 6.3
- Ride Along (2014) – 6.2
5 Best Comedy Movies on Prime Video According to Box Office
- Bean (1997) – $251 million
- Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007) – $232 million
- What Happens in Vegas (2008) – $219 million
- The Dictator (2012) – $179 million
- Ride Along (2014) – $154 million
- The Upside (2017) – $126 million
- Bedazzled (2000) – $90 million
- Hot Fuzz (2007) – $80 million
- The Change-Up (2011) – $75 million
- Funny People (2009) – $72 million