What with everything going on in the world right now, a good laugh might just be the thing you need.

Amazon Prime has a surprisingly wide selection of comedies - some you'll know, some you'll love - to choose from.

Here are a few of our favourites...

'Police Academy'

While it spawned a total of six sequels and two TV series, the original was famously critically reviled. Roger Ebert gave the movie zero stars out of five, an honour shared only with three other movies. Still, 'Police Academy' is considered a classic of broad comedy and while it's aged horrifically in parts, there are still some moments of solid gold. Yes, it's incredibly dumb, but come on, you can't help but laugh. Case in point, see below. Perhaps a cigarette?

'National Lampoon's Vacation'

When it comes to comedy pedigree, 'National Lampoon's Vacation' has one of the finest of the '80s. A script by John Hughes, directed by Harold Ramis, a cast that includes John Candy, Chevy Chase, Eugene Levy, Imogene Coca, and a teenage Jane Krakowski. Like 'Police Academy', some moments have aged like milk left out in the sun, but there's still plenty to enjoy. Kids, noticing all this plight?

'13 Going On 30'

Jennifer Garner's finest comedic hour, '13 Going On 30' has garnered (heh) an audience in recent years thanks to Ariana Grande's veneration of the rom-com in her music video for 'thank u, next'. It's by no means doing anything unique, yet '13 Going On 30' is still an enjoyably sincere rom-com that features a delightful twist on the body-swap formula. Everybody do the 'Thriller' dance!

'Not Another Teen Movie'

Although the plight of parody movies nowadays is particularly poor, the downturn didn't really begin until after 'Scary Movie' regurgitated itself a few times. 'Not Another Teen Movie' features a pre-fame Chris Evans as the stereotypical jock who falls in love with the ugly pretty girl for a bet. Considering how much business there was in teen romances back then, 'Not Another Teen Movie' managed to rope in more than a few cameos, including Molly Ringwald, Melissa Joan Hart, and even the late, great Paul Gleason to reprise his role from 'The Breakfast Club'.

'In The Loop'

If ever you needed a masterclass in how to deploy curse words in a sentence, look no further than 'In The Loop' and political fixer Malcolm Tucker, played with venom by Peter Capaldi. Set during the build-up to a war with the US and the UK and an unnamed entity, it follows the machinations of both governments and the petty office politics that leads to very real, very horrifying consequences.

'When Harry Met Sally'

For romantic comedies, there are a handful of those that have defined the genre. 'When Harry Met Sally' is one of them. Directed during Rob Reiner's incredible run, it features a never-better Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as the original will-they-won't-they couple in late '80s / early '90s New York. Funny and knowing, warm but not mawkish, 'When Harry Met Sally' is nothing short of required, essential viewing.

'Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey'

What comedy would dare to feature Megadeth on its soundtrack, have Primus in a cameo, lampoon 'The Seventh Seal', and have Death playing Battleship, Clue, and Twister? None other than but 'Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey'. That it took a total of 19 years for it to get a sequel is a travesty, but nevertheless, 'Bogus Journey' is delightfully wacky and still has endless charms.

'Some Like It Hot'

Arguably Marilyn Monroe's signature role, 'Some Like It Hot' is every bit as smart, sexy, funny, and provocative now as it was in 1959. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis play two down-on-their-luck jazz musicians who decide to hide from a mobster by posing as women. While holed up in a hotel, the two of them have varying fortunes with romance and spin up another scam in the process. Reacquaint yourself with a true classic.