best comedy movies netflix april 17
best comedy movies netflix april 17

The Best Comedy Movies on Netflix: April 2017

Netflix has just released its full list of what’s coming and going in April. Thankfully we’re here to guide you to the best new arrivals each month. For April we take a special look at the best comedy movies on Netflix — along with a few other recommendations. You can find the full list of what’s coming to Netflix at the bottom of the post.

The Best Comedy Movies on Netflix

Earlier this year, Netflix said it was committed to comedy — and it wasn’t kidding. You can’t go wrong with Joe Dante’s horror-comedy classic Gremlins (April 1). On the nostalgia tip, you may also enjoy the 2002 live-action adaptation of Scooby-Doo (April 1), written by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. And if you’ve not seen Tropic Thunder (April 1) — starring Robert Downey Jr., Ben Stiller, Tom Cruise and Jack Black — now’s your chance.

A ton of stand-up comedy is coming to Netflix as well. We’re particularly excited for Richard Pryor’s 1971 film Live & Smokin’ (April 1) and Kevin Hart’s What Now (April 11).

There’s also a number of exciting Netflix original stand-up specials. Check out Louis C.K.’s 2017 (April 4) and Vir Das’ Abroad Understanding (April 25).

The new film featuring stoner twins the Lucas Brothers, On Drugs, comes to Netflix April 18, but there’s not a lot of information about that yet. Some sources are calling it a documentary rather than stand-up. Either way, we’re looking forward to it. In the meantime, catch up on Lucas Bros. Moving Co. on Hulu.

For those who prefer their comedy in the form of a TV show, the biggest news is that Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (April 14) is finally premiering. The update to this cult classic features comedian Jonah Ray as the unfortunate castaway forced to watch bad movies with his robot pals.

Other shows you can watch on Netflix include the second season of Fred Armisen’s and Bill Hader’s Documentary Now! (April 10), the return of Chelsea Handler’s talk show Chelsea (April 14) and the debut of Dear White People (April 28), a new series based on Justin Simien’s hit film.

There’s also a new Adam Sandler film, Sandy Wexler (April 14), but given the comedian’s track record when it comes to film, we’re not holding our breath for LOLs.

 

The Best Thrillers on Netflix

Netflix has a number of great crime thrillers coming in April, too. Small Crimes (April 28), about a corrupt cop who just got out of prison, is the new movie from Evan Katz. Katz previously made Cheap Thrills, the cult comedy-thriller starring David Koechner (Anchorman) as a wealthy man willing to see how far two men will go for money.

There’s also the political thriller El Elegido (April 14), a Spanish film about a Soviet spy sent to assassinate Leon Trotsky in 1937. And if you like your thrills real, there’s A Plastic Ocean (April 19), a sure-to-be-terrifying look at the environment.

 

Other Netflix Highlights in April

There are many other great films hitting Netflix in April. Steven Spielberg’s moving look at the Holocaust, Schindler’s List (April 1), comes to the streaming service, as does The Prestige (April 21), Christopher Nolan’s period piece about battling magicians. We’re anticipating the gorgeously animated Kubo and the Two Strings (April 8). And, of course, the science-loving kid in us can’t wait for Bill Nye Saves The World (April 21), his brand-new show for adults.

Watch These Before They’re Gone

Sadly, Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away. We’re not listing everything that’s leaving, but you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss out on The Princess Bride (April 1), TV sci-fi classic The X-Files (April 1) and the 2014 film The Circle (April 3), a drama about a teacher and a cabaret artist who fall in love but face homophobia in 1950s Zurich.

New on Netflix in April

April 1

A Weekend with the Family
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Across the Universe
An American Tail
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster
Boy Bye
Born To Be Free
Cool Runnings
Good Witch: Season 2
Gremlins
Only for One Night
Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin’
Scooby-Doo
Schindler’s List
Something’s Gotta Give
Thunderstruck
Wynonna Earp: Season 1
Trouble with the Curve
Tropic Thunder
The Tenth Man

April 2

The D Train

April 4

Chewing Gum: Season 2
Louis C.K.: 2017

April 6

Disney’s The BFG

April 7

El Faro De Las Orcas
Dawn of the Croods: Season 3
The Get Down: Part 2
Win It All

April 8

Kubo and the Two Strings

April 10

Documentary Now!: Season 2

April 11

Kevin Hart: What Now

April 12

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2

April 14

Chelsea: Season 2
El Elegido
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
Sandy Wexler

April 15

Disney’s Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Slam

April 18

Lucas Brothers: On Drugs

April 19

A Plastic Ocean

April 21

Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 1
Girlboss: Season 1
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On: Season 1
Sand Castle
Tales by Light: Season 2
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show: Season 4
The Prestige
Tramps

April 22

The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Season 1-3
The Secret Life of Pets

April 23

Liv and Maddie: Season 4
Phantom

April 24

Long Nights Short Mornings

April 25

Disney’s Queen of Katwe
The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared
Vir Das: Abroad Understanding

April 26

Real Rescues: Season 6-7
Trust

April 27

Las Chicas del Cable: Season 1

April 28

A Murder in the Park
Casting JonBenet
Dear White People: Season 1
Rodney King
Small Crimes

April 30

Sofia the First: Season 3