What's a great cure for the winter blues? A deep belly laugh with friends always works for me. Enter Amazon Prime. If you're a Prime member, there's a whole library of movies you can stream for free, but these comedies are definitely on the top of my list (alongside various other perks that may or may not be worth it).
While there are thousands of comedies to choose from, these are the ones you can stream in HD for free that have that extra special comedic something. For those new to Amazon Prime, you can access this library on your Kindle Fire HD, Xbox 360, PS3, Roku, or other Amazon Instant Video HD compatible device.
The First Wives Club When people ask the obnoxious question: "Are women really funny?" -- first, I roll my eyes. Then, I could point them to Tina Fey's 30 Rock or Kristen Wiig's everything, but instead I just say, First Wives Club. Maggie Smith, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton are an unforgettable cast in this silly movie.
In my opinion this movie is highly underrated. Harrison Ford is genius as a curmudgeonly news anchor turned morning talk show host, and Diane Keaton doesn't miss a beat. Great for date night or ladies night.
Coming to America This was my first introduction to Eddie Murphy as a wee child and let's just say, it was love at first laugh. James Earl Jones plays Eddie's father and he doesn't disappoint in this silly, family-friendly movie.
There was a time when Tim Burton's dark campiness made it possible to mix comedy with darkness and still appeal to a wide range of people. That time was 1988, and Beetlejuice was raking in the praise.
Batman When you think of Christopher Nolan's dark take on Batman, it's hard to imagine there was a day when Batman was considered... funny. But Adam West is charming as ever in this 1966 classic. The whole family will appreciate the obvious "Pows!" and "Bangs!" and puns in this original comic book movie. Empire Records There are plenty of great movies about record stores, but this one stands out because of its soundtrack. So many great nineties hits, you'll be temporarily relocated to your high school prom.
If you haven't seen Peter Sellers and Christopher Plummer in these classic roles as the Pink Panther and Inspector Clouseau - then maybe this should be your first choice. It's a classic and a crowd-pleaser.
2012 was a great year for Lena Dunham. Her new HBO show, GIRLS, was a major success, she pulled down a multi-million dollar book deal and became the topic of many dinner party fights. It all started with this 2010 breakout, which I have a series love-hate relationship with.
Reese Witherspoon became a comedic star as a pink-obsessed law student in Legally Blonde. Election was always funnier to me though, because her back and forth with Matthew Broderick was so charming and believable. Funny Face
Any movie featuring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire is bound to be beautiful and charming. It's like extra credit when it's funny too. This particular musical number doesn't feature Hepburn, but does highlight just how much fun the whole thing is.
All Amazon Prime Eligible comedies can be found here.
(Images: Paramount Pictures and Geffen Company)
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