Last Updated: September 25th
You can’t have the lights and cameras without the action, and Hulu‘s bringing it with its lineup of thrilling blockbusters.
The streaming platform is full of high-octane film fuel, with dark comedies about teenage girls on a rampage, comic book heroes protecting their cities, and high-speed heists set to banging soundtracks. Whatever your fancy, there’s something to get your heart pumping and your blood racing here.
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Baby Driver (2017) (requires Showtime)
Run Time: 112 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Hamm star in this action-packed musical masterpiece from Edgar Wright. Elgort plays Baby, a kid with hearing loss who’s a devil behind the wheel but a bit of a softie any other time. He’s roped into a life of crime by a mastermind named Doc (Kevin Spacey) who he tries to pay off his debts to. Other bad guys played by Hamm, Foxx, and John Bernthal pop up, as does a romantic interest in Lily James, but the real excitement happens anytime Baby gets into the driver’s seat, and Wright gets a chance to time the action to a killer soundtrack.
A Quiet Place (2018)
Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
John Krasinski’s breakout horror flick has made its way to Hulu. The film stars Krasinski and his wife, Emily Blunt, as a couple trying their best to raise their family in the middle of an apocalypse where the slightest sound might attract other-worldly creatures intent on hunting them down and killing them. It’s a thrilling turn for both actors, with twists you don’t see coming and a satisfying ending.
The Matrix (1999)
Run Time: 136 min | IMDb: 8.7/10
The Wachowski sisters created one of the greatest sci-fi films in cinematic history with their mind-bending Matrix trilogy, but the original is hard to top. Keanu Reeves plays Neo, a young man unplugged from the matrix — a kind of alternate reality that keeps humans docile, so machines can harvest their life energy. He teams up with a band of rebels fighting the machines (Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus and Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity) and faces off against a henchman named Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving). The real draw of this trilogy, besides its inventive storyline, is the CGI effects. The movie also sports some of the most imaginative fight sequences you’ll ever see on the big screen.
Run Time: 121 min | IMDb: 6.4/10
Karyn Kusama’s crime thriller beats the sh*t out of Nicole Kidman, in the best possible way. Kidman plays Erin Bell, an LAPD detective charged with investigating the murder of a John Doe. In flashbacks, we learn Erin’s personal connection to the case, the tragedy she’s suffered, and her own compliance in certain criminal activities. All the while, she’s roughing up former gang members and threatening money launderers. It’s a gritty, dark, unapologetic look at a flawed anti-heroine.
Assassination Nation (2018)
Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 5.9/10
Suki Waterhouse and Odessa Young star in this angst-filled tale of teenage revenge. The flick follows four high school girls who go on a rampage in their quiet, small town after a data hack reveals damning information about the town’s residents. The girls take on ex-boyfriends, past abusers, would-be-rapists, and other misogynistic a-holes with nail guns and katanas and all kinds of armed weaponry. It’s a dark comedy paired with high-octane action.
Run Time: 124 min | IMDb: 8.1/10
Loosely based on the ground-breaking manga of the same name, Akira is considered a landmark in Japanese animation, as well as one of the best animated films ever produced. Set in a dystopian future in 2019, a teenager named Tetsuo gains tremendous telekinetic powers after a motorcycle crash, eventually going mad with power before bringing the military-industrial complex to its knees. A live-action adaptation has been in the works in some form since 2002, but remains in development purgatory for the time being.
Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 7.7/10
Matthew Vaughn prefaces his wildly successful Kingsman run with this raunchy, raucous action comedy about a comic book nerd who decides to emulate his fictional heroes by becoming a superhero, despite having no training or talent for fighting. Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars as Dave, a high-school nobody whose DIY vigilante-ways land him in trouble with mob bosses and drug dealers and all kinds of nefarious foes. He ends up partnering a father-daughter pair of heroes, Big Daddy (a ridiculously entertaining Nic Cage) and Hit-Girl (a kickass Chloe Grace Moretz). It’s a bizarre, funny, action-packed mess. You’ll love it.
Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)
Run Time: 127 min | IMDb: 7.8/10
Tom Cruise is joined by Superman himself, Henry Cavill in this latest installment in the action franchise. Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt who leads his IMF team but is joined by Cavill’s CIA Agent, August Walker, who’s tasked with monitoring the group after a mission gone wrong. Hunt is tracking some missing plutonium before a terrorist group called The Apostles can weaponize it against the world but he’s thwarted by a surprising enemy.
Point Break (1991) (requires Showtime)
Run Time: 122 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
Another classic action flick, this one stars Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze as two men on opposite sides of the law. Reeves plays a rookie FBI agent who infiltrates a band of extreme-sports junkies who rob banks in their spare time. To get to their leader (Swayze) and take down the gang, Reeves must complete some dangerous stunts of his own, like surfing monstrous waves, in order to gain acceptance and intel on what the bad guys have planned.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Run Time: 109 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
A staple action movie of the ’80s, Lethal Weapon still stands up as a buddy cop movie that’s tough not to love. Mismatched partners — one suicidal, the other overly aged for various things — must learn to work together and stop a ring of drug smugglers. Its action hijinks are as indicative of the era as its jazzy music, and the film was even nominated for an Oscar for its sound. Lethal Weapon not only brought us Mel Gibson’s hair but the work of writer Shane Black, who has continued to pen noteworthy crime movies for over three decades.