The 25 best comedies on Netflix

15. Chef (2014)

Region: UK

With channels like Food Network pandering to our every culinary whim, a movie like Chef came out at just the right time. Jon Favreau directs, writes and stars in one of the warmest, most likeable comedies of recent years. He plays the title role of Carl Casper, an L.A. chef who enters into a social media war with the critic who brutally slammed his food. After a change of heart, Casper, his best pal (a never-better John Leguizamo) and his son hit the road in a beat-up food truck. Think The Great Food Truck Race but with waaaay more jokes and better looking grub. Chef goes for family-friendly comedy touches over gross-out humor, a pleasant distraction from the current wave of R-rated offerings. 

14. Zombieland (2009)

Region: UK

Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese penned this ode to zombie apocalypse movies. Think of it as the Scream of undead cinema. It takes place after the world has become overrun by the zombies, when survivors have grown accustomed to slaying their former loved ones. Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson play an odd-couple pair, who reluctantly team up with Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin to ride out the end of days. Their adventures come with onscreen pop-ups giving viewers helpful advice on disposing of zombies. If that wasn't cute enough, keep your eyes out for a brilliant tongue-in-cheek cameo from Bill Murray.

13. Goon (2011)

Region: US 

Despite how violent Goon is, it's also incredibly funny. Seann William Scott (American Pie's Stifler) takes the lead in this sports comedy as Doug, a nice-but-dim bouncer whose catches the eye of a local hockey team manager after he beats up a guy hurling abuse at his brother. He's quickly hired to become the team's enforcer. On the surface it seems like a formulaic retread of countless underdog movies, but beneath that it's an absurd romp that's a hell of a lot of fun.

12. Burn After Reading (2008)

Region: US

A year after the Coens snagged two Oscars for No Country for Old Men, the duo returned to sillier, more outlandish matters. Burn After Reading is flat-out absurd. With an espionage plot played out for dark laughs, this is pure Coen gold. Frances McDormand stars as Linda Litzke, a gym employee who teams up with co-worker, the rather dense personal trainer Chad (Brad Pitt), to blackmail John Malkovich's former CIA analyst. It's a plot with delusions of grandeur that go terribly, terribly wrong, as is often the case for the Coens' cast of characters, which this time is more star-studded than ever, including superb comedic turns from George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins and J.K. Simmons.

11. Wayne's World 2 (1993)

Region: UK

A decade after The Blues Brothers made the transition from Saturday Night Live to big screen, Wayne's World did the same. And then a couple of years later they did the same again for the sequel. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey play doltish twenty-somethings Wayne and Garth, who run a late-night TV show from their basement that becomes a huge hit, eventually leading to the creation of a musical festival, Waynestock. The true sign of its brilliance is that you don't notice that not a lot really happens. This is all about prodding and poking fun at corporate America through endless montages riffing on product placement, and the duo's well considered breaking of the fourth-wall. Excellent!

10. I Love You, Man (2009)

Region: UK, US

I Love You, Man hijacked the bromance bandwagon of the 2000s and turned it into a pretty damn funny look at what it's like for grown men to make new male friends. Paul Rudd is ridiculously likeable as Peter Klaven, a real estate guy on the verge of getting married who realizes he doesn't have anyone he can call on to be his best man. When his fiancee encourages him to go and find a buddy, he does just that, befriending Jason Segel's beach bum Sydney at one of his open houses. It's their chemistry which really makes this a realistic comedy, that's also rather heart-warming. 

9. The Big Lebowski (1998)

Region: UK

Responsible for endless memes, posters on dorm walls, and a general acceptance of laziness over productivity; The Big Lebowski is a cult classic for a reason. That's largely down to the barmy plotting. The Coens' most celebrated movie finds Jeff Bridges' lead character - loveable stoner, The Dude - caught up in a case of mistaken identity, as he shares a name with a millionaire whose wife owes people cash. It's the Coens at their flat-out best. A nutty story (that doesn't seem to matter), a cast of larger-than-life characters, brilliantly-timed jokes, and it has modern cinema's finest actors playing against type. 

8. Trading Places (1983)

Region: US

It's hard to describe what Trading Places is exactly about to someone who's never seen it. The financial ruse set in motion by the film's chief pranksters, two wealthy brokers Mortimer and Randolph Duke, is somewhat confusing, yet this Wall Street comedy has serious staying power. More than thirty years after its release, watching Dan Aykroyd's smug exec Winthorpe get swindled and forced to 'trade places' with Eddie Murphy's street hustler is still a blast. The pair don't get along for some time, until they realise the scam and decide to turn the tables on the Dukes. A true comedy classic.

7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1985)

Region: UK 

Ferris Bueller still gets love today. Even Deadpool loves it. It's John Hughes at the top of his game, telling another story of teen angst through very funny means. Ferris Bueller is a charming schmoozer and loveable rapscallion. He greases his way out of any and every situation, just so he can blow off school and kick back with his girlfriend and best mate. He's a riot, a reminder that we shouldn't take life so seriously, and Matthew Broderick is perfect in the role. But no matter how great he is, he's still upstaged by Jennifer Grey as his angry sister Jeanie, and Jeffrey Jones and Edie McClurg as headmaster Ed Rooney and his secretary Grace.

6. Heathers (1988)

Region: US 

If it weren't for Heathers, we'd never have movies like Mean Girls. On the whole, the world would be a lesser place without dialogue like "Fuck me gently with a chainsaw," and "Dear Diary, my teen angst bullshit has a body count!" Heathers' dark, bleeding underbelly is the perfect antidote to the saccharine sweet comedies that filled multiplexes at the time of release. In fact, it arguably killed the traditional teen movie forever. The film stars Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as two teens who club together to knock off the popular kids, making them look like suicides. Told you it was dark. There are real laughs to be had throughout - they're just black as treacle.