Welcome to the Hilarious World of the 2010s
So you are one of those keen comedy lovers, who like to travel back in time to experience the humor of earlier cinematic eras. So are we!
The funny stuff of the 2010s may be a thing of the past, but thanks to an enthralling, good old invention called Film, it will never be really gone.
Whenever you miss the 2010s and feel like laughing your heart out, all you have to do, is watching one (or more) of its best comedies.
But which ones should you watch?
Well, if that’s the question lurking in your mind right now, then you came to the right place. We’re just about to present 21 of the greatest comedy films of the 2010s.
This is not your average comedy list featuring only the funniest and stupidest films. We treat comedy as the broad genre it actually is. Thus, we tried to diversify this collection as much as possible.
We picked black comedies, romantic comedies, comedy-dramas, fantasy comedies, action comedies, crime comedies, apocalyptic comedies, spy comedies biographical comedies, superhero comedies, musical comedies, mystery comedies, and everything in between.
Ready to see the list? Buckle up then, and let the best comedies of the 2010s make you laugh out loud!
This collection is an episode of FrameTrek’s Best Comedies of All Time. A mega-journey dedicated to identify the funniest films of each cinematic era, chronologically. It starts with the Comedies of the Silent Era and wanders ahead decade-by-decade, all the way to our ever moving present.
Revealing the Top 21 Comedies of the 2010s
Black comedy superhero film directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Aaron Johnson.
Story: Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (IMDB)
Not for the faint of heart, Kick-Ass takes the comic adaptation genre to new levels of visual style, bloody violence, and gleeful profanity.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is Kick-Ass among the best 2010s comedy films?
✓ Despite having generated some controversy for its profanity and violence performed by a child, Kick-Ass was well received by both critics and audiences.
✓ Won the Empire Award for Best British Film and gained a strong cult following.
Romantic action comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Edgar Wright, starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Story: In a magically realistic version of Toronto, a young man must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes one by one in order to win her heart. (IMDB)
Its script may not be as dazzling as its eye-popping visuals, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is fast, funny, and inventive.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is Scott Pilgrim vs. the World among the best 2010s comedy movies?
✓ Received positive reviews from critics, who noted the film’s visual style and humor.
✓ The film garnered a significant cult following, made several top ten lists and received over 70 awards and nominations.
✓ In scholarly analysis, it has been widely discussed as a transmedia narrative.
Teen comedy-drama film starring Emma Stone.
Story: A clean-cut high school student relies on the school’s rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. (IMDB)
It owes a huge debt to older (and better) teen comedies, but Easy A proves a smart, witty showcase for its irresistibly charming star, Emma Stone.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is Easy A among the best 2010s comedies?
✓ It was a major financial success and received positive reviews with praise for Stone’s performance.
✓ Empire Awards and Critics’ Choice Awards named it the Best Comedy of the year.
French buddy comedy-drama film.
Story: After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (IMDB)
It handles its potentially prickly subject matter with kid gloves, but Intouchables gets by thanks to its strong cast and some remarkably sensitive direction.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is Intouchables among the best comedy movies of the 2010s?
✓ Won the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix award given to the best film at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Award for Best Actor to both Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy.
✓ It became the most viewed French film in the world at its time.
Romantic comedy film starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore.
Story: A middle-aged husband’s life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars. (IMDB)
It never lives up to the first part of its title, but Crazy, Stupid, Love’s unabashed sweetness — and its terrifically talented cast — more than make up for its flaws.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Black comedy film directed by Seth Gordon.
Story: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness. (IMDB)
It’s nasty, uneven, and far from original, but thanks to a smartly assembled cast that makes the most of a solid premise, Horrible Bosses works.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is Horrible Bosses among the best comedy films of the 2010s?
✓ The film exceeded financial expectations and became the highest-grossing black comedy film of all-time in unadjusted dollars.
✓ Received generally positive reviews, with critics praising the ensemble cast, and each lead being singled out for their performances across reviews.
Fantasy comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen, starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.
Story: While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight. (IMDB)
It may not boast the depth of his classic films, but the sweetly sentimental Midnight in Paris is funny and charming enough to satisfy Woody Allen fans.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is Midnight in Paris among the best comedies of the 2010s?
✓ The film opened to critical acclaim and is considered one of Allen’s best films.
✓ It won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay and it was nominated for three other Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
✓ One of the most popular romantic comedies of the 2010s.
Romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
Story: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (IMDB)
Silver Linings Playbook walks a tricky thematic tightrope, but David O. Russell’s sensitive direction and some sharp work from a talented cast gives it true balance.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is Silver Linings Playbook among the best 2010s comedy films?
✓ The film opened to significant critical acclaim, with praise drawn to Russell’s direction, and the performances of Cooper and Lawrence.
✓ Among its many accolades, the film received eight Academy Award nominations with Lawrence winning the award for Best Actress.
✓ It was a huge success at the box office, grossing more than eleven times its budget.
Fantasy comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.
Story: John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear, Ted or his girlfriend, Lori. (IMDB)
Ted’s “romance versus bromance” plot is familiar, but the film’s held aloft by the high-concept central premise and a very funny (albeit inconsistent) script.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Buddy cop action comedy film starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.
Story: A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. (IMDB)
A smart, affectionate satire of ’80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, 21 Jump Street offers rowdy mainstream comedy with a surprisingly satisfying bite.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Crime comedy film directed by Rawson M. Thurber, starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston.
Story: A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. (IMDB)
We’re the Millers squanders its potential with an uneven, lazily assembled story..Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is We’re the Millers among the best comedy movies of the 2010s?
✓ It was nominated for four People’s Choice Awards, and six MTV Movie Awards, winning two.
✓ A box office success and one of the most popular comedies of the 2010s.
Apocalyptic comedy film written, directed and produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Story: Six Los Angeles celebrities are stuck in James Franco’s house after a series of devastating events just destroyed the city. Inside, the group not only have to face the apocalypse, but themselves. (IMDB)
Energetic, self-deprecating performances and enough guffaw-inducing humor make up for the flaws in This Is the End loosely written script.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson, starring Ralph Fiennes.
Story: A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel’s glorious years under an exceptional concierge. (IMDB)
Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is The Grand Budapest Hotel among the best comedies of the 2010s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ Received highly positive reviews for its craftsmanship, acting (particularly Fiennes’s performance), and comedy.
✓ The film led the 87th Academy Awards season with nine nominations (winning four), and earned several other honors chiefly for writing and technical achievement.
Action spy comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn, starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Taron Egerton.
Story: A spy organisation recruits a promising street kid into the agency’s training program, while a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. (IMDB)
Stylish, subversive, and above all fun, Kingsman: The Secret Service finds director Matthew Vaughn sending up the spy genre with gleeful abandon.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is Kingsman: The Secret Service among the top comedy movies of the 2010s?
✓ The film received positive reviews from critics, who highly praised the stylised action sequences, the acting performances, villain, score, and its dark humor.
✓ It won the Empire Award for Best British Film.
Black comedy-drama film starring Michael Keaton.
Story: A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production. (IMDB)
A thrilling leap forward for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman is an ambitious technical showcase powered by a layered story and outstanding performances from Michael Keaton and Edward Norton.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is Birdman among the top comedy films of the 2010s?
✓ The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography from a total of nine nominations.
✓ It received critical acclaim, with praise for the performances of the cast, cinematography, direction and screenplay.
Biographical comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Adam McKay, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.
Story: In 2006-2007 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is. (IMDB)
The Big Short approaches a serious, complicated subject with an impressive attention to detail — and manages to deliver a well-acted, scathingly funny indictment of its real-life villains in the bargain.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is The Big Short among the top comedies of the 2010s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ It was a critical and commercial success, and received acclaim for the performances of the cast, McKay’s direction, editing, and the screenplay.
✓ The film earned the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Comedy and was named one of the Top 10 Films of the Year at the American Film Institute Awards.
Superhero comedy film directed by Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds.
Story: A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks. (IMDB)
Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting Deadpool subverts superhero film formula with wildly entertaining — and decidedly non-family-friendly — results.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is Deadpool among the greatest comedy movies of the 2010s?
✓ The film achieved both financial and critical success with critics praising Reynolds’ performance, the film’s style and faithfulness to the comics, along with its action sequences, makeup, sound, and visual effects.
✓ It received many awards and nominations, including two Critics’ Choice Awards and two Golden Globe nominations.
Musical romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
Story: While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future. (IMDB)
La La Land breathes new life into a bygone genre with thrillingly assured direction, powerful performances, and an irresistible excess of heart.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is La La Land among the greatest comedy films of the 2010s?
✓ Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
✓ It was widely acclaimed by critics, who lauded Chazelle’s screenplay and direction, Gosling’s and Stone’s performances, the musical score, musical numbers, cinematography, and production design.
Biographical comedy-drama buddy film directed by Peter Farrelly, starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.
Story: A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. (IMDB)
Green Book takes audiences on a surprisingly smooth ride through potentially bumpy subject matter, fueled by Peter Farrelly’s deft touch and a pair of well-matched leads.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is Green Book among the greatest comedies of the 2010s?
✓ Winner of Oscar’s Best Picture of the Year Academy Award and the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Also received numerous other accolades and nominations.
✓ Received positive reviews from critics, with praise for Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali’s performances.
South Korean dark comedy thriller film.
Story: Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan. (IMDB)
An urgent, brilliantly layered look at timely social themes, Parasite finds writer-director Bong Joon Ho in near-total command of his craft.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is Parasite among the most popular comedy movies of the 2010s?
✓ Winner of 4 Oscars, including the “Best Picture of the Year” Academy Award, also winner of a Golden Globe and two BAFTAs, and it also won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
✓ Received critical acclaim for Bong’s direction, the film’s social commentary and its fun and surprising twists.
Mystery comedy film written and directed by Rian Johnson, starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas.
Story: A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. (IMDB)
Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson’s stellar ensemble.Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Why is Knives Out among the most popular comedy films of the 2010s?
✓ The film was a box office success and received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for its screenplay, direction, and acting.
✓ Selected by the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of the year. Also received numerous other accolades and nominations.
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So there you have it: The 21 Greatest Comedies of the 2010s
If you want to take a look at the movies listed above, without all that info between the titles, here’s a quick recap:
*Part of the Collection: Kick-Ass Duology
|Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
|Easy A (2010)
|Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
|Horrible Bosses (2011)
|Midnight in Paris (2011)
|Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
|21 Jump Street (2012)
|We’re the Millers (2013)
|This Is the End (2013)|
|The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
|Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
*Part of the Collection: Kingsman Duology
|The Big Short (2015)
*Part of the Collection: X-Men Cinematic Universe
|La La Land (2016)
|Green Book (2018)
|Knives Out (2019)
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