As you're no doubt aware, Netflix is chockablock with pretty much every kind of genre and movie for you to enjoy.

But, as with anything, there's the good stuff and the bad stuff - and that's where we come in. Every month, we're going to pluck some gems from Netflix's library in a specific genre - action, horror, comedy and drama - for you to watch.

This week, it's comedies.

 

'Legally Blonde'

Alongside 'Mean Girls' and 'Clueless', Legally Blonde' ranks high among the most beloved female-led comedies. It's all about being strong-willed and ambitious, stressing that being smart and fabulous go hand in hand. You got to love that message Professor Stromwell hits Elle Woods with in Act III: "If you're going to let one stupid prick ruin your life, you're not the girl I thought you were."

It's been adapted into a hit Broadway show and got a sequel, with another supposedly on the way. But nothing quite beats the Reese Witherspoon original.

 

'When Harry Met Sally'

We couldn't exclude the most romantic comedy of all romantic comedies! Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan play the titular characters, two friends that can't seem to keep away from each other. Their relationship commences with a cross-country drive, after which they share twelve years of chance encounters in New York City.

It's hard to pick director Rob Reiner's best film, given he helmed 'The Princess Bride', 'This is Spinal Tap' and 'Misery' as well, but it's the perfect romantic comedy in any case.

 

'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese have produced fantastic cinema. But if you're looking for bats**t crazy and stomach cramp-inducing laughter, look no further than 'The Wolf of Wall Street'. Many think DiCaprio should have won the Oscar for his performance as Jordan Belfort, a wealthy stock-broker living the high life.

Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, the aforementioned Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, and Joanna Lumley also star. Its funniest scene involves Lemmon Quaaludes and a car - and anyone who has seen the film knows exactly what we mean. We don't want to spoil it if you haven't watched it though, so here's Matthew McConaughey banging his chest.

 

'Superbad'

After working on 'Da Ali G Show' together, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote this comedic gem. It is loosely based on their own school experiences in the 90s. Michael Cera and Jonah Hill play two hapless high school seniors trying to get their hands on some booze for a party ringing in their last day of school.

Emma Stone stars in her first big-screen role while Christopher Mintz-Plasse gives a star-making performance as Fogell aka McLovin. Rogen and Bill Hader play the two completely inappropriate cops who Fogell ends up spending the night with.

 

'Easy A'

Teen movie comedy classics span the likes of 'She's All That', '10 Things I ate About You', 'Bring It On', 'American Pie', 'Never Been Kissed', and 'The Breakfast Club' among many others. 'Easy A' is a much more recent example of the genre but thanks to a sharp, funny script and class lead performance from Emma Stone, it now ranks among the classics. Stone plays seventeen-year-old Olive Penderghast, whose lie about losing her virginity ends up spiralling out of control.

 

'Four Weddings and a Funeral'

They say the greatest comedies out there make you laugh as hard as they make you cry. That's undoubtedly the case for the Richard Curtis-penned 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'. It pretty much launched Hugh Grant into stardom and features some terrific supporting performances from the likes of Kristin Scott Thomas whose love goes unrequited, Rowan Atkinson as a nervous priest, and Simon Callow as the flamboyant life of the party.

 

'The Square'

You'd think the world of high art was incapable of taking the piss out of itself. However, 'The Square' manages to be both a wickedly smart critique and a deeply funny movie in the process. Claes Bang plays an art curator whose life begins to spiral out of control shortly after his phone is stolen and a new art piece goes viral for all the wrong reasons.

The straight-faced cringe humour and bizarre circumstances are so on the nose that it's almost unbearable at times. If you happened to catch Ruben Östlund's last film, 'Force Majeure', you know what to expect. Here's a clip to give you an idea if you haven't. Be warned - it gets... awkward.

 

'Moonstruck'

Nicolas Cage and Cher star in this Oscar-winning romantic comedy about a pair of star-crossed lovers in New York City. Winning Cher an Oscar for her performance and Best Original Screenplay for John Patrick Shanley, 'Moonstruck' presents itself as a romance. However, there really are several small, absolutely hilarious moments throughout.

Nicolas Cage and Cher have dynamite chemistry together, and the charm of the movie is infectious.

 

'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'

"We're Knights of the Round Table, We dance when ere we're able, We do routines and chorus scenes, With footwork impeccable. We dine well here in Camelot, We eat ham and jam and spam a lot. We're Knights of the Round Table,*dum dum dum dum dum dum dum* etc..."

On second thought, let's not go to Camelot. It is a silly place.

 

'A Fish Called Wanda'

This genuinely laugh-out-loud comedy still feels as fresh as when it hit cinemas over thirty years ago. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin as a gang of diamond thieves.

Palin’s ‘Monty Python’ comrade John Cleese (who also co-wrote and co-directed the film alongside Charles Crichton) plays a barrister who falls for Curtis’ character. Quintessentially British and utterly '80s, it rewards re-watching.

 

'Pitch Perfect'

All three 'Pitch Perfect' movies are on Netflix now. But you gotta love the first the best. Anna Kendrick plays Beca, a freshman at Barden University, who gets talked into joining the school's all-girls singing group, The Barden Bellas. As well as impressive covers and some very funny performances from Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Ben Platt and Adam Devine, it's a sweet, feel-good saga about friendship.

Behind-the-scenes trivia: Co-stars Skylar Astin and Anna Camp tied the knot in 2016 after meeting on-set but divorced last August.

 

'Bridesmaids'

All the titular bridesmaids - Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Melissa McCarthy - get their time to shine in this movie, as does bride-to-be Maya Rudolph. It has so many iconic scenes between everyone getting sick in the bridal store, Annie's temper tantrum on the plane and her destruction of a chocolate fountain and giant heart cookie. It showed that women can be bratty, flawed and hilarious, and that gross-out humour isn't just for boys.

 

'This is the End'

Evan Goldberg has collaborated with childhood friend across a number of comedies, some great like 'Superbad', some poor like 'The Interview' and 'The Night Before', and some just meh like 'Pineapple Express' and 'Sausage Party'. 'This is the End' falls into the great category.

It sees Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and James Franco play exaggerated versions of themselves, trapped in the latter's house during the apocalypse. Substance abuse, bickering and gross laddish behaviour runs rife as the likes of Rihanna, Paul Rudd, Channing Tatum and Emma Watson ("Hermione just took all of our sh**") show up at various points.

 

'Step Brothers'

It's a modern classic that's quoted endlessly, and features a scene where Will Ferrell rubs his balls on a drum set. In fact, Will Ferrell actually kept the prosthetic balls as a keepsake.

Leaving aside the obvious choices of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, you've got two truly gifted and completely unlikely choices to play their respective parents - Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins - and it oddly works. Bring in the sharp directing of Adam McKay and you've got a hit. "I'VE TRAVELLED 500 MILES TO GIVE YOU MY SEED."

 

'Shrek'

'Shrek' hit the big screen in 2001 and admittedly, the animation has dated. It just doesn't look fully rendered or something. But one thing that hasn't grown old is the heart and humour of the Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy starrer. And remember how brilliant John Lithgow was at playing Lord Farquad?

There are so many naughty jokes you catch in the animated feature upon rewatching it as an adult. It's the gift that keeps on giving, and those laughs just keep on coming.

 

'The Life Of Brian'

Banned in Ireland for eight years, 'The Life Of Brian' is - in our opinion - Monty Python's most complete film in their catalogue. A young Roman Jew (Graham Chapman) is mistaken for the Messiah in continuously silly scenarios. One sees him writing "Romans Go Home" 100 times or he'll have his balls cut off by a Roman centurion. Naturally, Monty Python's an acquired taste - so if wacky, over-the-top and frequently bizarre comedy isn't for you, stay away.

 

Want a range of comedy on Netflix - including stand-up specials and TV series - to check out? See more of our recommendations here.