Best Comedy Movies on Amazon Prime Video (January 2024)

Feeling a bit down? It’s time to grab a great comedy movie, and luckily, Prime Video offers a wide selection of hilarious films to ensure you keep the laughter flowing. We’ve carefully selected the top and most amusing comedies currently available on Prime Video, ranging from timeless classics to recent favorites, overlooked gems, romantic comedies, spy spoofs, and the latest hits on the streaming service. So, if you’re in need of a good laugh, we’ve got you covered.

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His Girl Friday

Rotten Tomatoes: 99% | IMDb: 7.8/10

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His Girl Friday

Release Date January 18, 1940

Director Howard Hawks

Cast Cary Grant , Rosalind Russell , Ralph Bellamy , Gene Lockhart

Runtime 92 minutes

Regarded as the standard for screwball comedies, the timeless romantic comedy His Girl Friday features Cary Grant as a seasoned newspaper editor who discovers that his ex-wife and top reporter, Hildy (played by Rosalind Russell), is now engaged to another man. Determined to win her back, he persuades Hildy to pursue one final story together, leading to the rekindling of their love amidst the comedic chaos and unfolding mystery. This film remains a fantastic comedy classic, still captivating with the classic movie star charm of Grant and Russell, and the masterful direction of Howard Hawkes. – Haleigh Foutch

The People We Hate at the Wedding

Rotten Tomatoes: 31% | IMDb: 5.8/10

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The People We Hate at the Wedding

Release Date November 18, 2022

Director Claire Scanlon

Runtime 1 hr 39 min

Genres Romantic Comedy

The People We Hate at the Wedding stands out as one of the funniest, most enjoyable, and slightly risqué comedies of the year. Penned by Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin and Wendy Molyneux (The Great North), the film boasts a star-studded cast with the incomparable Allison Janney (Lou) leading the pack as the head of a quirky and dysfunctional family. She is joined by her offspring, portrayed by Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hanson), Kristen Bell (The Good Place), and their half-sister, played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power). The People We Hate at the Wedding follows the tale of estranged family members coming together for a wedding in England. Overflowing with wit, love, and a touch of sentiment, The People We Hate at the Wedding is the ideal film to enjoy with your own family. – Yael Tygiel

Shotgun Wedding

Rotten Tomatoes: 45% | IMDb: 5.4/10

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Shotgun Wedding

Release Date January 27, 2023

Runtime 101 minutes

Jennifer Lopez co-stars with Josh Duhamel in Shotgun Wedding, a thrilling and entertaining movie directed by Jason Moore, known for Pitch Perfect. In this film, Lopez and Duhamel portray an engaged couple whose dream wedding is disrupted by pirates who hold their loved ones hostage. With elements reminiscent of recent movies, Shotgun Wedding combines the excitement of Sandra Bullock’s The Lost City with the delightful romance of Lopez’s Marry Me. This classic yet charming date night movie is elevated by the talented supporting cast including Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus), Lenny Kravitz, and Cheech Marin. – Yael Tygiel

Catherine Called Birdy

Rotten Tomatoes: 88% | IMDb: 6.6/10

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Catherine Called Birdy

Release Date September 23, 2022

Runtime 1 hr 48 min

Lena Dunham’s adaptation of the novel “Catherine Called Birdy” is a delightful coming-of-age comedy that is perfect for any young girl. The story follows the titular character, played by Bella Ramsey, a young woman in Medieval England whose father, portrayed by Andrew Scott, tries to solve his financial troubles by arranging a marriage for her. Scott’s portrayal of the gambling father is relatively mild, making the film suitable for a younger audience. The supporting cast, including Billie Piper as Catherine’s mother and Sophie Okonedo, adds depth to the “Catherine Called Birdy” narrative.

Emergency

Rotten Tomatoes: 92% | IMDb: 6.2/

Emergency

Release Date May 20, 2022

Director Carey Williams

Runtime 1 hr 45 min

Genres Comedy , Drama

Carey Williams directs Emergency, a film that cleverly tackles the sensitive topic of race relations through a blend of tension and comedy, drawing from familiar themes like the college party or road trip movie. With a fresh script by K.D. Dávila, Emergency stars Sabrina Carpenter and features RJ Cyler, Donald Elise Watkins, and Sebastian Chacon as a group of college boys who find themselves in a suspenseful situation when they discover an unconscious white woman in their home. Forced to deal with the life-or-death scenario, Emergency humorously follows these young men on a thrilling and nerve-wracking journey. – Yael Tygiel

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

Rotten Tomatoes: 78% | IMDb: 6.8/10

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The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

Release Date February 12, 2021

Director Ian Samuels

Runtime 1 hr 39 min

Genres Sci-Fi , Romantic Comedy

Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians, penned the original story that inspired The Map of Tiny Perfect Things, while Ian Samuels brought the story to life on screen. The film features Kyle Allen (The Greatest Beer Run Ever) as Mark, a teenager caught in a time loop that only he and a mysterious girl named Margaret (played by Kathryn Newton) are aware of. The Map of Tiny Pretty Things takes audiences on a whimsical journey, blending romance and a touch of science fiction to deliver a heartwarming and endearing story. – Yael Tygiel

My Best Friend’s Exorcism

Rotten Tomatoes: 51% | IMDb: 5.3/10

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism

Release Date September 30, 2022

Director Damon Thomas

Cast Elsie Fisher , Amiah Miller , Rachel Ogechi Kanu , Cathy Ang

Runtime 1 hr 37 min

Genres Supernatural , Comedy , Horror

With a surprisingly similar premise to Jennifer’s Body, My Best Friend’s Exorcism features Elsie Fisher (known for Castle Rock) and Amiah Miller (from War for the Planet of the Apes) as Abby and Gretchen, two teenagers in the 1980s who are forced to confront and rid a demon that has possessed Gretchen’s body. Directed by Damon Thomas (known for Killing Eve), this peculiar horror comedy highlights the impressive talent of Miller, who delivers a remarkable performance as both an immature teenage girl and a supernatural being. Adapted from Grady Hendrix’s novel, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is a unique comedy that seamlessly transitions between teenage humor and chilling horror. – Yael Tygiel

Captain Fantastic

Rotten Tomatoes: 83% | IMDb: 7.8/10

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Captain Fantastic

Release Date July 2, 2016

Runtime 1 hr 54 min

Genres Drama , Adventure , Comedy , Documentary , Family

Matt Ross wrote and directed Captain Fantastic, a poignant tale about Ben, a father (played by Viggo Mortensen) who raises his children in a remote wilderness, far from modern society, in the hopes of shaping them into better individuals. Sharing the screen with Mortensen is the renowned actor Frank Langella (known for The Trial of the Chicago 7) as Ben’s father-in-law and grandfather to the children who are being raised away from civilization. Spanning nearly two hours of vast landscapes and often intense conversations, Captain Fantastic is a refreshingly spirited film that delves into the challenges of family dynamics while also exuding moments of comedy triumphantly. – Yael Tygiel

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Rotten Tomatoes: 82% | IMDb: 6.6/10

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Release Date September 11, 2021

Director Jonathan Butterell

Cast Max Harwood , Sarah Lancashire , Lauren Patel

Runtime 1 hr 55 min

Genres Biography , Comedy , Musical , Drama

If you’re in search of a musical that hasn’t been overdone by every community theater and children’s group in your area, then consider Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. This film is based on the stage show of the same name and showcases a remarkable performance by Max Hardwood as Jamie, a young gay man navigating life at his English private school. Additionally, Richard E. Grant delivers a comical supporting performance as retired drag queen Loco Chanelle, who mentors Jamie in the art of being a drag queen. The movie is brimming with heartwarming moments and catchy musical numbers, making it ideal for a movie night with kids or friends. – Maggie Boccella

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