Best Movies on Hulu (Sept 2020) - Featured

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)

Genre and Tone in Parasite  •  Subscribe on YouTube

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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Conclusion

Brilliantly shot, each scene commands the audience to feel more than they signed up for.

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2. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

“If you look at me” scene

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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Conclusion

The film feels slow and calm initially, but progresses into quite a work of art.

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3. The Terminator (1984)

The Terminator final fight scene

A cyborg assassin travels to 2029 to kill.

The Terminator may have come from the 80s but the premise is freakishly relevant to mounting concern about artificial intelligence. And 2029 is just around the corner---just sayin.

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Conclusion

We all know what it’s about. And it’s on Hulu this month.

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4. Booksmart (2019)

Amy and Molly just being awkward and great

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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Conclusion

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut is nothing short of refreshing, breathing life back into the teen comedy.

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5. The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

Shia LaBeouf & Zack Gottsagen Interview

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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Conclusion

The movie doesn’t hit Hulu until August 6th, but it’s probably something to mark on the calendar.

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6. I, Tonya (2017)

“Barracuda” clip

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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Conclusion

Star performances from Robbie and Janney make this a must watch film.

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7. Babyteeth (2019)

Babyteeth scene 

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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Conclusion

The film had its premiere in 2019 at the Venice Film Festival but was released in Australia this year by Universal with incredibly positive reviews.

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8. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

Rooftop chase

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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Conclusion

Aside from being one of the best installments of the series, it is arguably the best action film of that year.

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9. Best in Show (2000)

Intro to Gerry and Cookie Fleck

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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Conclusion

Make sure to catch it before it leaves at the end of the month.

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10. Top Gun (1986)

Top Gun  •  Opening Scene

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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Conclusion

“Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash,” true for almost anything Tom Cruise. But I’ll be nice, it’s Top Gun.

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11. Fighting with My Family (2019)

Fighting with My Family Opening Scene

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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Conclusion

Even if you aren’t into wrestling, this film is a pleasure to watch, boasting a star studded cast — Lena Heady, Florence Pugh, Vince Vaughn and more.

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12. West Side Story (1961)

The Jets Opening Sequence

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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Conclusion

West Side Story, redefining gang culture since 1961.

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13. A Quiet Place (2018)

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With its clever use of sound to support the movie’s entire plot, John Krasinski brings us a film where horrifying creatures use sound to kill humans. The entire film is built on tension, but does much more than most horror movies.

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Conclusion

Those who don’t love horror movies, may even find something to discover here.

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14. The Assistant (2019)

Writer-Director Kitty Green Interview

Starring Julia Garner, who gives a noteworthy performance, The Assistant takes a magnifying glass to the entertainment industry, and how women witness and experience continuous coercion and sexual harassment on a daily basis.

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Conclusion

Indie feels with award-worthy performances. A kind of visual diary of what it’s like to be female in the film industry.

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15. Judy (2019)

Renee Zellweger

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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Conclusion

Rene Zellweger is Judy Garland.

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16. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople  •  Trailer

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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Conclusion

A clever and enjoyable story that makes you laugh and feel all the things. As usual, another nod to Taika Waititi.

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17. Reality Bites (1994)

My Sharona Scene

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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Conclusion

Dated and dripping in '90s drab, a few of us still love it. 

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18. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

Some Kind of Wonderful

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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Conclusion

An artsy outcast tries to get a date with the popular girl again. But it’s still so good.

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19. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

A bit of a miscommunication

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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Conclusion

The script is hilarious, and the dialogue keeps you laughing nearly 20 years later.

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20. The Twilight Saga (2008-2012)

A look inside the final battle scene’s visual effects

Coming this September, Bella and Edward are back if teen vampires are your thing. Based on the book series from Stephanie Meyer, all five of the memorable Twilight films will be available to stream on Hulu.

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Conclusion

It’s marathon time.

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21. The Birdcage (1996)

The Birdcage trailer

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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Conclusion

“MADONNA! MADONNA! MADONNA! But you keep it all inside.”

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Mississippi Burning (1988)

Scene from Mississippi Burning

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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Conclusion

While it boasts great camera work, even winning the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, the darkness and resistance against the Civil Rights Movement comes to light here. It’s relevance today is quite palpable and deserves a watch.

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23. Big Time Adolescence (2020)

Big Time Adolescence  •  Trailer

A Hulu original, Big Time Adolescence is a comedy that follows a straight-laced high schooler who idolizes a drug-dealing, college dropout. Whatever your opinion of the SNL actor, Pete Davidson gives a great performance. 

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Conclusion

An off-beat comedy with a unique spin on the tried and true coming-of-age story.

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24. Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Uncut Interview with Director and Cast

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.

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Conclusion

The movie begins as a satire, but takes a bit of an unexpected turn not easily digestible to some.

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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.

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