Hulu has really stepped up its game over the last few years, and with new competition like Disney+ and HBO Max, can you blame them? With so many streaming services, it’s hard to know where new releases go and old favorites live. But now the trouble is…how do you find anything? Well, we’ve got you covered. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and we’ve curated our own library of the best movies on Hulu right now. As films come and go, we’ll be updating this list, so feel free to check back each month.
Top Movies on Hulu
Bong Joon-Ho’s Academy Award-winning film examines the class divide between a South Korean family struggling to make ends meet and a wealthy family who employs them. The beginning scenes introduce us to the story with humor and lightness, while the film takes a dark turn halfway through. After you watch the film, come back for some Parasite analysis looking at the plot, themes and that insane ending.
Best Movies on Hulu Right Now
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a period drama set in 18th century France. Marianne is a painter commissioned to paint Heloise’s portrait. Heloise is a reluctant bride, and Marianne must paint her without her knowing.
As they spend more time with one another, their connection grows into a deep but forbidden love. There is something incredibly simplistic about this story, but the film doesn’t rush. In fact, it begs for your patience. From Celine Sciamma, we feel each emotion because the shot sits with each character long enough to see their expressions change moment by moment, until we realize the story is one of the realest cinematic love stories we’ve been involved in, in years.
Best Movies to Watch on Hulu
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Gus Van Sant’s underrated Drugstore Cowboy stumbles its way onto Hulu October 1st. Bob Hughes, played by Matt Dillon, leads his family of drug addicted friends, with his wife, Dianne, played by Kelly Lynch, as they feed their habit by robbing drug stores. When one of their friends passes away, Bob seeks a new life, but not before pressures of the past catch up to him.
Great Movies to Watch on Hulu
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
A mathematician made an incredible discovery early on his career, but his arrogance sent him on a more painful expedition of self-discovery. This drama, inspired by true events sees Russell Crowe at his best.
Classic Movies to Watch on Hulu
Raging Bull (1980)
The story of a boxer that isn’t much about boxing at all. A highly insecure man rises in the ranks in the boxing world but fails to do so in his personal life. He tries to control everyone and everything around him, and we see what happens when insecurity and inability to express feelings take over.
Good Movies to Watch on Hulu
So rarely do you find a film that explores adolescence through a truly female lens. From American Pie to Superbad, teenage boys have had it fairly easy when it comes to seeing their experiences on screen. Exploring female sexuality, in a realistic way, hasn’t been quite as prevalent. Cue Booksmart.
Even though the entire film is based on partying for the first time, it’s nowhere near your typical teen movie. It’s thoughtful, funny, and is heavily invested in the two female leads, played by Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein. Both give killer performances to characters that have been written for real teenage girls.
As they try to cram four years of partying into one night, they come to realize they’re much more interested in finding out who they are than anything a party can bring. It’s messy and heavy and funny again. It really does not disappoint.
New Movies on Hulu
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
With no awards in sight just yet, this film gets the superlative for best duo. The film follows Zak (played by Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Downs Syndrome, who runs away from his nursing home to chase a dream of attending a professional wrestling school. He meets Tyler (Shia LaBeof), an outlaw on the run, who becomes his trusted ally and coach, and the two embark on a journey of friendship and redemption.
Best Movies on Hulu
I, Tonya (2017)
The film goes between perspectives and makes you wonder whether or not Tonya Harding is losing her mind, or a completely misunderstood athlete taken to pressures beyond comprehension. Both seem plausible. But it’s the performances from Margot Robbie and Alison Janney (who plays her mother) that are absolutely incredible.
New Movies to Watch on Hulu
Written by Rita Kalnejais and directed by Shannon Murphy, comes a coming-of-age tragicomedy that’s received nothing but great reviews. An ill teenager falls in love with a drug-dealer her parents disapprove of, as she finds a lust for life---typical story, not so typical execution, we’re hooked.
Horror Movies to Watch on Hulu
House of 1000 Corpses (2019)
House of 1000 corpses is a dark comedy horror movie written, co-scored, and directed by Rob Zombie. It’s his directorial debut. The plot follows a group of teenagers who get kidnapped and tortured by a crazed and psychotic family on Halloween.
Movies to Watch on Hulu
This film delivers beyond expectations for the Mission franchise. Writer-Director Christopher McQuarrie gives us an action-packed movie that this time goes more internal into Ethan Hunt’s heart and mind than previously seen. If you can’t get to a movie theatre just yet — just turn the volume up.
Vampire Movies on Hulu
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Brad Pitt plays Louis, a bicentennial vampire, once an 18th century lord, who recounts his story to biographer Daniel Molloy played by Christian Slater. He tells the reporter of his life worse than death---a life of betrayals, loneliness, and thirst. Comes to Hulu on October 1st.
Slasher Movies on Hulu
When a Stranger Calls (2006)
A less comical version of Scream, and a typical scary movie. A cliche that does what it’s supposed to do...terrify you because it could absolutely happen. A babysitting job gone awry. It wasn’t even close to being a critic’s choice, but was well received by lay audiences. Invited into your home on October 1st.
Best New Movies on Hulu
Fighting with My Family (2019)
Florence Pugh came onto the scene strong in 2019 with this wrestling comedy. The movie is inspired by the real wrestling star, Paige, and it follows how she was raised by wrestling fans and went from small time to big time fast.
Best New Movies on Hulu
Whether or not the choice to solely focus on the end of Garland’s life brings the late actress any real justice is another conversation, but the performance Zellweger gives makes us more intrigued to revisit Garland’s entire legacy.
It’s a real gut wrencher and it’s coming to Hulu in September .
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Before there was Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi wrote and directed this hilarious film that follows a troublemaker and his Uncle Hec who become the subjects of a manhunt in New Zealand. As usual, Waititi manages hilarity alongside raw and honest performances. Julian Dennison (playing Ricky Baker) and Sam Neill (playing Uncle Hec) give incredible performances if not for the chemistry alone.
Good Films on Hulu
Reality Bites (1994)
For the Gen X’ers watching Hulu. Reality Bites may not be making any profound statements but for the love of '90s nostalgia! And this beloved ensemble cast — Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Steve Zahn, and Janeane Garofalo give authentic performances. Ryder, in particular, reveals herself to be a solid talent.
More Teen Movies on Hulu
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
Another John Huges’ script was sure to be an 80s cult favorite. And it was. The generation that embraced The Breakfast Club and Ferris Buehler, welcomed this film, though for some reason it never got quite as much attention. If you haven’t seen it, you’re in for your favorite stereotypes drenched in Aquanet that are still kind of wonderful.
Hulu Original Film
Books of Blood (2020)
Way before Clive Barker was best known for the horror movie, Hellraiser, his Books of Blood series of short terrifying spanned six volumes. On October 7th, those stories will culminate into a feature.
Cult Classics on Hulu
Scream 4 (2011)
On October 8th, the streaming service will give us the fourth installment of Wes Craven’s Scream series. It’s been a long time since Ghostface has wreaked havoc on Woodsboro. Of course when Sidney Prescott comes back home on her book tour, you know the self-help book she wrote to combat her Ghostface trauma, someone had other plans.
Bad Hair (2020)
Set to release on October 23rd, Bad Hair, a Hulu Original, follows a young woman who gets a weave in order to succeed in music television in 1989. Her blossoming career comes at a cost when she discovers her hair may have a mind of its own. A horror satire that looks at the image-obsessed industry.
Old Horror Films
Lady in a Cage (1969)
A wealthy, injured woman is trapped in her private elevator during a power outage as her home is ransacked. The violence escalates quite dramatically when all present realize she could be seen as a witness.
Best Movies on Hulu
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
This movie takes on a lot and all at once. But it’s worth taking a look at. It’s definitely a daring film that isn’t afraid to change course. Telemarketer Cassius Green finds himself in an alternate reality. His friends organize a protest against corporate oppression, while he gets wealthy. A breakout movie in more ways than one.
Best Movies on Amazon Right Now
After you’ve binged all of the worthy Hulu films, there’s plenty more where that came from. Amazon has plenty of films just waiting to be watched. With a mix of new movies and old favorites, you’ll likely find more than enough entertainment.