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
1. Parasite (2019)
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.
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2. 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.
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4. Booksmart (2019)
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.
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5. 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.
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6. 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.
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7. Babyteeth (2019)
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.
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8. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
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.
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9. Best in Show (2000)
Before Johnny and Moira Rose, there was Gerry and Cookie Fleck. Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara have a long history as an on-screen couple, and Best in Show brings out the best in them. A mockumentary about the mounting pressure of dog shows will likely stand the test of time.
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10. Top Gun (1986)
A movie made for Tom Cruise that made Tom Cruise. He fights to compete with another pilot and fights for the girl. An all-American ode to masculinity and the military.
At least the flying scenes will always be thrilling.
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11. 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.
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12. West Side Story (1961)
In an alternate universe, gangs are singing and doing choreographed dance numbers, and I am and have been completely okay with that. West Side Story boasts Natalie Wood and is still probably one of the only musicals I personally like. Maybe because it’s enmeshed in an age-old love story that seems to never get old. If you’re in the mood for some nostalgia, Riff, Tony, and Maria are right here on Hulu.
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15. Judy (2019)
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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16. 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.
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17. 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.
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18. 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.
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19. My Cousin Vinny (1992)
We all know the story. But if you’re not watching for nostalgic reasons and haven’t seen Joe Pesci in one of his most iconic roles, you're in for a treat. New York lawyer, Vinny (Joe Pesci), has never won a case. When his younger cousin is wrongfully accused of murder, he steps up. It’s a classic comedy and a light watch.
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21. The Birdcage (1996)
Even if there are some dated elements or stereotypes, the good outweighs any bad here. It's an absolutely hilarious movie with an even funnier ensemble. And for the 90s, the entire premise of it was brave. It was a meet-the-parents comedy before the Meet the Parents comedies, but with much more interesting characters.
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Mississippi Burning (1988)
This movie is based off of real murders known as the Freedom Summer Murders that took place in June of 1964 in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Three civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were kidnapped and murdered by the KKK. The film follows two FBI agents who come to the town to investigate. Local police refuse to cooperate and the African American community is far too scared to.
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24. 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.