Comedies are always a good genre to choose from, and many of us rely on their predictability, warmth, and that cozy feeling that they give us. Paramount + has a list of excellent comedies you can choose from, and we have chosen 15 of them based on their IMDB ranking but also our subjective opinion and personal taste. We have included adventures, action, and romantic comedies so that everyone can find something according to their taste. These are the 15 best comedy movies on Paramount +.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
What it’s about: One of the most iconic characters in movie history and one of the most beloved comedies is John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, with Matthew Broderick playing the leading role. He is Ferris, a high school smart guy who plans a perfect day to spend off school. He is heading for Chicago with his best friend Cameron and his girlfriend Sloane, preparing for an unforgettable adventure.
Why you should watch it: This is a must-see comedy for everyone who enjoys 80s movies, especially from this genre but also homework for all movie fans who want a typical comedy full of adventure, witty dialogues, and a brilliant cast.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
What it’s about: Another John Hughes gem is this excellent road movie with two of the most talented and beloved comedians of the 80s, Steve Martin and John Candy. It is a story of a Chicago advertiser who wants to come home to New York for Thanksgiving. But after a series of mishaps, he ends up traveling with a loveable but unconventional shower curtain-ring salesman.
Why you should watch it: If you expect good humor, brilliant acting and directing, and a great storyline in one, this is a movie that offers everything. It is funny, intelligent, and witty and definitely one of the comedies that every true movie lover should watch at least once.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
What it’s about: Another quirky and witty comedy with great performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zoey Deschanel. Tom Hansen is a hopeless romantic, and he is convinced that Summer Finn is the love of his life.
But Summer believes that there is always something in real life that will get in the way of their love. Summer broke up with Tom after one year of knowing each other. Tom is devastated and wants to win her back, but he needs to figure out how. He tells us their love story, and we start to get to know Summer and all her crazy ways.
Why you should watch it: If you wish to watch a comedy that is different from the rest and stands out with its originality, this is an excellent choice. It might make you laugh and cry at the same time and remind you of all the possible stupid things you did for love.
The Terminal (2004)
What it’s about: Steven Spielberg directed this excellent and original comedy with Tom Hanks, who pays an Eastern European tourist who can’t go back to his homeland after he finds himself stranded at JFK airport. Soon he finds himself living there, and it becomes one of the main attractions in New York and around the world as well.
Why you should watch it: Everything screams success around this movie. And it really is one of those movies you might love at first sight, with Tom Hanks in one of his most memorable roles and Steven Spielberg’s direction. Full of funny dialogues and interesting characters, this is the type of movie that will warm your heart with its message and atmosphere.
A League of Their Own (1992)
What it’s about: One of the most original baseball movies ever, with Tom Hanks as a team manager, a former player, and now a drunk who accepts to lead an all-girl baseball team. He has a group of talented players led by the incredibly gifted Dottie Hinson, portrayed by the marvelous Geena Davis, who decides to step up and do something that might help her team.
Why you should watch it: Very soon, Dottie becomes a hit, but this won’t be something that everyone will agree with. Her sister Kit, who is also on the team, will start to feel left out in the shadow of her sister. And Kit was the one who encouraged Dottie to try and enter the team. This movie showed what sports meant at the time of World War II, and it is a great tribute to women in this predominantly male sport.
What it’s about: Tracy Flick is an ambitious and obnoxious teenage girl who is convinced she is going to win the new Class President election unopposed. But her teacher Jim McAlister has completely different plans and convinces jock Paul Metzler to run, starting a series of interesting and unexpected events.
Why you should watch it: This comedy-drama perfectly depicts what can happen when an overachiever begins a thorn in a teacher’s side. It is a great portrayal of an ambitious student obsessed with success and a teacher tired of privileged children who are used to getting everything they want.
School of Rock (2003)
What it’s about: Jack Black rocked this movie as a substitute teacher who has never finished anything, let alone got an education in education itself. He answers a phone call for his roommate and decides to impersonate him as a music teacher in a preppy private school. Black is Dewey Finn, a lowlife with no future but an excellent music connoisseur who ends up as an enlightened teacher with extraordinary new methods.
Why you should watch it: Even though this couldn’t happen in real life and a Dewey of a sort would soon be discovered, this movie allows us to fantasize about all the jobs we have ever wanted to do. It is funny, full of musical references, genius quotes, and excellent music, and a must-watch for every child but also a grown-up.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
What it’s about: Peter is devastated after his famous girlfriend breaks up with him, so he decides to spend some time away from everything that reminds him of her. He travels to Hawaii and encounters his ex, Sarah Marshall, with her new boyfriend, an obnoxious and arrogant English rocker. Peter doesn’t know what to do.
He is constantly reminded of the hard time he is having since Sarah and Aldous don’t hide their passion from anyone. But there is hope and romance lurking here. Peter meets Rachel, a cute hotel receptionist who happens to be in the right place at the right time.
Why you should watch it: This romantic comedy proves that there is always a silver lining, even when a big love story goes really bad or when you least expect it. Or both almost at the same time. It is hilarious, heartwarming, and romantic at the same time, with a great cast and witty and intelligent dialogue.
Mean Girls (2004)
What it’s about: One of the best teenage comedies in the past twenty years is definitely this interesting movie about American high school life, the outcasts, and the popular students and their relationships and communication. We meet Cady Heron, one of the most popular girls in her school and a member of The Plastics, the most famous girl clique there. But her life changes after she makes a mistake and falls for the ex-boyfriend of their leader, Regina George.
Why you should watch it: This is a very clever comedy that depicts the high school hierarchy in a pretty sarcastic and cynical manner which makes it a bit different from the typical movies with a similar topic. It is entertaining and funny, with brilliant performances, especially from Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried.
What it’s about: Cher plays Loretta, an Italian-American bookkeeper from Brooklyn. Her life becomes complicated when she accepts her boyfriend’s marriage proposal and then falls in love with his brother. But as Loretta unsuccessfully tries to hide her feelings, she learns that she is not the only one in the family with these kinds of secrets.
Why you should watch it: This movie is so much more than a comedy with its more serious topic and many romantic allusions, and beautiful chemistry between the two leading actors. It is a wonderful choice for a rainy afternoon with a cup of tea in your hand and a blanket to wrap yourself in.
Uncle Buck (1989)
What it’s about: This is another memorable John Hughes comedy with the unforgettable John Candy playing the leading role. He is Buck, a bachelor and a slacker who is not your first choice to give your children to. But the circumstances make him in charge of his brother’s three children, who will have to get used to his carefree lifestyle.
Why you should watch it: If you are tired of pumped, fast-paced, and adrenaline-packed comedies, John Hughes movies are an excellent choice for you. They are heartwarming and full of soul, and they will leave that cozy and fluffy feeling inside.
I Love You, Man (2009)
What it’s about: Paul Rudd and Jason Segel star in this delightful romantic comedy about two men who accidentally meet and form a lifelong friendship. Peter Klaven doesn’t have any friends and is in search of a best man who he hopes to find on numerous man-dates he attends. When he finds his best man, he will have to go through various situations in order to prove to his fiancee that Sydney is not as weird and unusual as he seems at first sight.
Why you should watch it: Rudd and Segel are a comedic match made in heaven. Witty, cynical, and hilarious, they make every story worth watching. This is a great comedy with a nice message that will convince you that there is often more than meets the eye.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
What it’s about: Ben Stiller directed this hilarious war action-comedy about a group of actors who find themselves in the middle of the jungle and are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying in their newest movie. This is the beginning of their unforgettable adventure, full of misfortunes and funny situations.
Why you should watch it: This comedy is a must-see for everyone who is ready for something different and doesn’t expect a typical comedy. Full of excellent actors, such as Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr, and Tom Cruise, and brilliant writing, it will definitely make you laugh out loud.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
What it’s about: Jim Carrey was the absolute king of comedies in the 90s, and one of his most famous and beloved ones is this crazy and hilarious movie where he plays a wacky detective who specializes in animals. He is Ace Ventura, the detective who gets the job of finding the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins. While searching for the mascot, he will get into numerous funny situations no one will forget.
Why you should watch it: This type of humor is not for everyone, being at times pretty crude and disgusting, but if you have nothing against it, you might actually enjoy Jim Carrey’s facial expressions and hilarious moments and situations he gets himself in.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
What it’s about: Nora Ephron directed this beautiful romantic comedy about two lonely individuals whose paths cross thanks to a radio show. Tom Hanks plays Sam, who has recently lost his wife, and Meg Ryan is Annie, a newspaper writer who becomes obsessed with the life story his son shared on a radio show one night in Seattle. Little Jonah wants his father to find a new partner and be happy again, and Annie finds herself attracted to a man she has never seen in her life.
Why you should watch it: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are one of the most famous and beloved movie couples from the 90s, and Nora Ephron is one of the most successful directors of romantic comedies of all time. It is a receipt for a good movie, and if you are ready for a lot of heart and soul with a few wonderful romantic moments, this is a movie for you.