Netflix’s ever-growing film-base sees the streaming service add new titles on a regular basis. With plenty of content across all genres, the streamer also boasts a carefully curated section of cult classics that often feature hordes of cult comedy films that are perfect for a night of hilarity, goofs and brainless entertainment.
Cult comedies usual refer to certain films in the genre of comedy that manage to garner organic buzz and reaction over prolonged periods of time. They are often hailed as masterpieces and have a steady fanbase who treat these films as their comfort movies.
From some being instant box office hits to the others gaining seasoned popularity over time, Netflix has a wide variety of cult comedy films, of which The Big Lebowski is perhaps most noteworthy.
If you are looking for films to binge on this weekend, here are 5 perfect cult comedy films that can be the game-changing stress-buster for you:
5 perfect cult comedy films on Netflix for the weekend
5. Zombieland (Ruben Fleischer, 2009)
One of the funniest zombie apocalypse flicks in the genre, Fleischer’s film stars Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin. The quartet plays a ragtag group of survivors who desperately try to stay alive during the apocalypse. Together, they embark on a series of misadventures that are wickedly funny and outrageously entertaining.
Upon its release, this wacky horror comedy film became an instant cult classic, drawing attention to Stone’s brilliant acting chops and Harrelson’s indelible presence throughout the film. Fans cannot stop gushing over Bill Murray’s iconic and unforgettable cameo as a brainless zombie, besides the abundance of gore, blood splatter and stripper zombies.
4. Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993)
Recognised by Quentin Tarantino as one of the top ten films of all time, this coming-of-age comedy has become a cult classic with a massive fanbase that revel in the humour and idiosyncrasies of a diverse group of Texan high school students. Their lives are filled with fun and frolic as they dabble in various activities, including romance and getting high.
Soaking in goofs and nostalgia for the bygone times, the film’s distinguished cast included future A-listers Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck among others. McConaughey, in particular, rose to prominence with Linklater’s masterpiece, becoming an iconic figure as the sleazy sideman whose popular one-liner “Alright, alright, alright!” transcended the film to become an essential part of pop culture.
3. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Monty Python, 1979)
Considered blasphemous, this British comedy was banned in various countries as it triggered religious fanatics. The film revolved around an everyman character named Brian who is born in Roman-occupied Judea right next to Jesus Christ. Mistaken to be a Messiah, he begins his fateful journey of mistaken identities where fanatical masses parrot his sayings.
A scathing satire on religious fanaticism, mass naivete and tyrannical oppression, the film was almost cancelled before being resuscitated by former Beatle, George Harrison who is a self-proclaimed Monty Python fan. Hilarious and goofy, the humour within the film led to massive chaos within the religious communities and in a surprising turn of events, managed to bring together “the Catholics, Protestants and Jews” as reiterated by Terry Gilliam.
2. Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004)
Another one of Tarantino’s all-time favourites, this popular cult classic is Wright’s masterpiece. While Wright never expected the film to blow up and had taken one of the zombie extra’s comments to the heart, the wonderful spoof zombie comedy film is celebrated by horror fans far and wide. A game-changer in the history of the horror genre, it blends the hilarity and confusion of an apocalypse with the pervading dread and terror wonderfully well, presenting a wonderful funfest.
Starring longtime collaborators like Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Dylan Moran and Bill Nighy, the film follows the titular Shaun and his best friend’s escapades as they try to survive a zombie attack in central London while trying to desperately protect their loved ones.
1. The Big Lebowski (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, 1998)
This incredible eccentric and bizarre film in the noir genre sees the uber chilled Dude take the pursuit of vengeance against the goons who devilishly peed on his favourite rug while holding him hostage when they mistook him for his namesake.
The film is epic in every sense and has become an unrivalled cult favourite. With John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore and more, the film has inspired a whole new religion, aptly called Dudeism. In fact, The Big Lebowski has sparked an entire festival, becoming a culture-defining sensation. Bizarrely entertaining and boisterously funny, this film tops the charts among the coolest productions ever made!