10 of the Best Dark Comedies to Watch on Netflix
There are days when you’re happy with your life and the world around you, and then there are days when everything you do makes you feel like you’re beating your head against a wall. That’s because the world can be a dark place, and things are looking particularly bleak at the moment.
Of course, when you’re enjoying one of your happy days, you might want to watch something cheerful like uplifting romantic comedies or brilliant stand-up shows. But if you are looking to wallow in your own misery, it’s time to turn to the dark side of Netflix.
The following dark comedy movies on Netflix will teach you to find humor in the deepest, darkest corners of humanity. Just don’t let it become your default.
1. Heathers (1988)
How Dark Does It Get? “Gently, with a chainsaw” is both a good quote from the movie and a summary of how dark this comedy gets.
Every school has its own Heathers — a clique comprised of the most popular kids in school that are mean to everyone who fails to meet their standards. This is one of those cult movies from the 1980s that depicts the rise and fall of the cool kids, this one at a fictional Ohio high school. Only in Heathers instead of happily ever after there will be murder and poignant suicide notes.
Deeply dark and funny, this movie will take you back in time to when you yourself were an outcast, a popular kid, or maybe just someone with a desire to right high school’s wrongs.
How Dark Does It Get? Violence and comedy are happily married in this one.
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a recent dark comedy that is almost too easy to relate to. In a nutshell, it’s about anyone of us having a bad day, when you encounter just one too many annoying people.
The story revolves around the main character, who, together with a geeky neighbor, goes on a vigilante quest to retrieve her grandmother’s silverware. Follow their dark and dangerous, but also deeply hilarious, adventure featuring some amateur criminals and flying ninja stars.
3. The Voices (2014)
How Dark Does It Get? Have you ever thought of keeping your ex’s severed heads in the fridge?
If it is possible to make fun of topics like schizophrenia and murder at all, The Voices does a pretty good job of it. This is a wild ride that’s almost too horrifying, but still a funny comedy. This movie is full of blood, gore, and over-the-top laughs. Watch as the main character, a nice-guy factory worker called Jerry, is struggling to keep it together when his personal life doesn’t go as planned.
We recommend this to everyone who believes that all cats are crazy, and that dogs are the good force that opposes the evil creatures.
4. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)
How Dark Does It Get? Let’s just say the director was feeling creative when coming up with numerous ways of killing off a bunch of students.
Are you tired of seeing the same nasty and evil hillbillies in horror movies for Halloween? Are you tired of seeing the same old cliches in movies? Meet Tucker and Dale, two redneck friends who are just trying to enjoy their vacation and relax at their cabin when a group of students mistakes them for psychotic killers.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil has plenty of gore in it, a ton of genuinely hilarious jokes, and even a life lesson of never prejudging a man just because he looks (or even acts) a certain way.
How Dark Does It Get? Darker than even the best Nordic dramas.
This dark absurdist comedy from Sweden is like nothing you’ve watched before. In this movie, simple real life-like characters mix in with the most unexpected comic situations. And the purpose of it all is to answer one uneasy question: “What are we actually doing?”
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is a series of self-contained stories. Although there isn’t a traditional main storyline, all of the episodes are interconnected and have a few recurring themes and characters. You might find this movie challenging to watch at first, but it’s a must watch for any fan of dark comedy.
6. Burn After Reading (2008)
How Dark Does It Get? While there isn’t amuch blood and gore in the movie, things do end badly for more than one character.
Burn After Reading is a comedy about a group of thoroughly dumb individuals doing thoroughly dumb things. Watch two gym co-workers Linda and Chad try to blackmail a CIA agent in an attempt to get a monetary reward and use it for Linda’s cosmetic surgery. The plot is full of unexpected twists and a never-ending series of darkly hilarious encounters.
Add a brilliant cast, including Brad Pitt stealing every scene, and you get a great example of a recommendable dark comedy.
7. The Beaver (2011)
How Dark Does It Get? Not nearly as dark as some of meltdowns Mel Gibson has had in real life, but still.
The Beaver is a delightfully strange comedy with an absurd premise. The main storyline here is the main character’s turn as a broken man struggling to put his shattered mind back together. However, The Beaver manages to paint more than one story in this movie, with some wonderful dialog and committed performances by talented actors.
The Beaver is a daring comedy with a genuine sentiment that, despite its dark corners, could be regarded as a family-friendly movie.
8. Frank (2014)
How Dark Does It Get? The movie features a great number of mental breakdowns, stabbings, and deaths.
A young musician joins a band that’s led by an eccentric genius who wears an oversized papier-mâché mask. And if you think the premise is the weirdest thing about this movie just remember that Frank is based on a true story.
The film as a whole takes a deep look at mental illness, but not without some big laughs that come from some of the most absurd situations. That and plenty of show-stealing performances make Frank worthy of your time.
9. Look Who’s Back (2015)
How Dark Does It Get? Adolf Hitler getting pepper sprayed by a young mother kind of dark.
Look Who’s Back is a wickedly dark movie about what would happen if Hitler reappeared in the modern world. What would he think about the modern realities and how would he interpret things from a Nazi perspective? All while everyone else assumes he is a random method actor.
Look Who’s Back became Germany’s number one movie in 2015 and was recommended as a German submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
10. Cheap Thrills (2013)
How Dark Does It Get? This black comedy gets sickeningly dark way before the end.
Cheap Thrills is gross enough that you may just puke in the middle of the movie. However, it’s so captivating you’ll have to sit through the entire thing. No matter how much you may hate what you’re watching.
This dark comedy features two friends struggling to make ends meet and a rich couple that takes advantage of the sad sacks. The couple offers to pay the two friends money to perform increasingly more dangerous and demented stunts to entertain them. The acts get more gross and insane with every step of the game, leading up to an ultimate quintessence of degradation — the movie’s “grand” finale.
Deeply Disturbing or Deeply Hilarious?
All of the dark comedies on our list probably have both good and bad in them. And while it’s true that dark humor makes it easier to process the shocking events of today’s reality, in the end, it all comes down to your personal taste.
What type of comedy do you enjoy most? When it comes to dark comedy, what are your favorite films? Have we omitted any truly great dark comedies from our list? If so, what are the titles of those films? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below!