10 best Spanish comedy movies on Netflix, Prime Video & more

There have been countless exports into Hollywood from the Spanish and Latin American film industry, but Spanish cinema on its own does a wonderful job of producing stellar projects regularly.

One of the most dominant styles prevalent in Spanish cinema today are comedies of varying styles. Black comedies, funny melodramas and so much more are what makes it one of the more creative and technical industries in the world of cinema. Here are the 10 best Spanish comedy movies you must watch:

1. La ley de Herodes (Herod’s Law)

Available on: Netflix

Cast: Damián Alcázar, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Delia Casanova, Juan Carlos Colombo, Alex Cox, Miguel Ángel Fuentes

When a lowly janitor, Juan Vargas (Alcázar) is tasked with replacing the former mayor of a small town in Mexico, he takes on the responsibility with initial optimism. Once things get going though, he realizes that the only way to succeed is to succumb to the muddy nature of the politics of the region.

A satirical comedy poking fun at an influential political party, this film gained notoriety for how much it offended the government which means you need to check it out.

2. El Bar (The Bar)

Available on: Netflix

Cast: Blanca Suárez, Mario Casas, Carmen Machi, Secun de la Rosa, Jaime Ordóñez, Terele Pávez, Joaquín Climent, Alejandro Awada

When two men are shot outside a bar and their deaths are covered up, the eclectic set of patrons inside is forced to stay put and theorize what might be the cause and who among them is truly responsible for the deaths.

A story filled with intrigue, paranoia and betrayal means this film appears to be an engaging thriller, but it is peppered throughout with comedic moments, making light of a situation that is anything but.

3. Diecisiete (Seventeen)

Available on: Netflix

Cast: Biel Montoro, Nacho Sánchez, Lola Cordón, Itsaso Arana, Chani Martín, Iñigo Aranburu

A young troubled boy develops a strong bond with a shelter dog, but when the two of them are separated he decides to escape the juvenile detention centre he is at in search of his friend. He is joined by his older brother who tags along to make sure his brother stays out of trouble.

This touching Spanish film is filled with heartwarming moments that is sure to resonate with adolescent youths and adults alike.

4. La llamada (Holy Camp!)

Available on: Netflix

Cast: Macarena García, Anna Castillo, Belén Cuesta, Gracia Olayo, Richard Collins-Moore, María Isabel Díaz Lago

Two rebellious teens who are attending a catholic summer camp are about to have their lives turned upside down when one of them begins to receive a calling from god. Their love for modern music starts to fuse with the virtuous melodies of the church in this musical comedy.

This Spanish film has been adapted from a musical of the same name and received several nominations at 32nd Goya Awards, winning the award for Best Original Song.

5. La odisea de los giles (Heroic Losers)

Available on: Prime Video

Cast: Ricardo Darín, Luis Brandoni, Verónica Llinás, Daniel Aráoz, Andrés Parra, Germán Rodríguez

The inhabitants of a small Argentinian town band together to reopen a local agricultural co-operative to bring business and life back into the town. However, due to the Argentinian Corralito in 2001 and the scheme of a wily banker and sneaky lawyer, all their money has been stolen away from them. Years later, when they find out where the money is stashed, they hatch a plan to get it all back.

The story of the common man standing up to the upper class is one told across the ages and has always been popular. A hilarious heist film filled with great performances.

6.  Loco por ella (Crazy About Her)

Available on: Netflix

Cast: Álvaro Cervantes, Susana Abaitua, Luis Zahera, Aixa Villagrán, Txell Aixendri, Nil Cardoner

When Adri meets a woman on a fun night out, he becomes smitten and seeks her out. When he finds out that she’s in a psychiatric institution, he gets himself checked in and the situation goes as well as you’d expect.

With such a diverse portrayal of different mental health disorders, this Spanish film is quite informative while also maintaining a lighter tone filled with laughs for everyone.

7.  Vivir dos veces (Live Once, Love Twice)

Available on: Netflix

Cast: Oscar Martínez, Inma Cuesta, Mafalda Carbonell, Nacho López, Isabel Requena, Aina Clotet

A retired teacher gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when he meets his daughter who offers up a place in her home. He decides to seek out his first love before he forgets her forever and takes the whole family on a journey complete with fun family hijinks.

The chemistry between the old teacher and the smart-talking granddaughter is one of the highlights of this lovely Spanish film about love and life.

8. Nuestros amantes (Our Lovers)

Available on: Netflix

Cast: Eduardo Noriega, Eduardo Noriega, Fele Martínez, Amaia Salamanca, Gabino Diego, Jorge Usón

Two strangers strike up a conversation in a coffee shop and decide to have a casual relationship after setting a few unique ground rules. While one of the rules was not to fall in love with each other, continued meetings and getting to know each other lead to the inevitable as these two people break their own rules for love.

A romantic comedy with an interesting concept, this film has all the common tropes of this genre but sustains its charm throughout its runtime.

9. La dictadura perfecta (The Perfect Dictatorship)

Available on: Netflix

Cast: Damián Alcázar, Alfonso Herrera, Joaquín Cosio, Osvaldo Benavides, Silvia Navarro, Flavio Medina, Tony Dalton

When the President commits a major gaffe live on television, he orders the networks to divert attention towards a corrupt governor who was caught taking bribes. Now the governor approaches the network to clean up his image and turn him into a political superstar.

Yet another satire poking fun at the Mexican government, this film has all the drama and twists and turns to have you glued to the screen from start to finish.

10. Toc Toc

Available on: Netflix

Cast: Paco León, Alexandra Jiménez, Rossy de Palma, Nuria Herrero, Adrián Lastra, Oscar Martínez, Inma Cuevas

When 6 patients suffering from various forms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are scheduled for an appointment with a doctor at the same time, they have an impromptu group session and realize that it has helped all of them. They decide to make this a weekly arrangement as they aim to improve their conditions and live normal lives.

A sensitive display of a widely common mental health disorder, this film does not offend but rather enhances people’s understanding of what it is like to live in the shoes of someone suffering from these issues.

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