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The 30 Best Movies On Hulu Right Now

Last Updated: April 27th

If we could impart one piece of wisdom with this binge guide it’s this: don’t sleep on Hulu‘s movie line-up. The streaming service may have started as just a way to watch cable TV without actually paying premium prices for the cord but over the years, it’s morphed into a platform with an impressive film catalog. We’re talking prestige originals, blockbusters, inventive comedies, and so much more. We don’t really need to do much more in the way of hyping it up, so we’ll just let you scroll through our picks for the best films on Hulu and leave you with this warning: your watchlist is going to get full real quick.

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Fresh (2022)

Run Time: 114 min | IMDb: 6.7/10

Sebastian Stan and Daisy Edgar-Jones star in this brutal take on the horrors of modern dating. Directed by Mimi Cave, the film follows Jones’ Noa, a young woman who’s given up on swiping her way to true love until she has a grocery-store meet-cute with Stan’s Steve. The two hit it off with Noa planning to spend the weekend with him … at his remote home in the woods … that doesn’t get cell reception. If you think you know where this is going though, trust us, you have no idea.

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Spencer (2021)

Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 6.7/10

Pablo Larrain crafts an exquisite take on the oft-told story of the late Princess Diana, this time focusing his narrative on Diana’s final visit to Sandringham, a three-day Christmas visit that would eventually spur her to ask Prince Charles for a divorce. Kristen Stewart plays Diana, adopting her mannerism and speech style to give a truly heartbreaking turn as the royal outcast. There’s an Anne Boleyn haunting, pearl soup, scarecrows, and some terrific ’90s fashion that pads out the story a bit, but the real draw is Stewart, who might just win an Oscar for the role.

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Nightmare Alley (2021)

Run Time: 150 min | IMDb: 7.1/10

Guillermo del Toro trades in his beloved monster-fantasy genre for this noir crime thriller about an ambitious carny and the trap he unwittingly sets for himself. Bradley Cooper plays the man in question, Stanton Carlisle who swindles people out of their money by pretending to be clairvoyant. When he invites a skeptic psychologist in on his scheme, Carlisle must sell his biggest con yet while keeping his true nature under wraps. It’s as stylish as anything del Toro’s done, and Cooper delivers a magnetic performance that’s only bolstered by the work Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are putting in here.

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Hustlers (2019)

Run Time: 110 min | IMDb: 6.3/10

Jennifer Lopez acts her a** off in this wildly funny heist flick from Lorene Scafaria that’s based on a true story. Lopez plays Ramona, a den mother to a group of young female strippers working in New York City shortly after the huge market crash. In order to make ends meet, Ramona heads up a con, enlisting the help of her crew in scamming Wall Street execs out of thousands of dollars a night. Constance Wu plays the newcomer Destiny, who grows close to Ramona and just as quickly begins to question whether what the girls are doing is right. Keke Palmer and Lili Reinhart round out the main cast with everyone from Cardi B to Lizzo and Usher making appearances. It’s a hell of a ride that’ll have you rooting for these women to win even though, technically, they’re the bad guys.

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Easy A (2010)

Run Time: 92 min | IMDb: 7/10

This teen comedy officially put Emma Stone on the map, handing her the lead in a modern-day retelling of The Scarlet Letter — just without most of the Puritanical bullsh*t and witchcraft slander. Stone plays Olive, a fairly clean-cut student who sheds her good-girl image when she pretends to have sex with a friend at a party. She starts trading imaginary sex for clout (and gift cards) but her growing reputation begins to wreak havoc on her friendships and romantic life. Stone has enviable leading-lady status here and she’s supported by a terrific cast.

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Booksmart (2019)

Run Time: 102 min | IMDb: 7.2/10

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut is this coming-of-age ode to friendship starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever. Feldstein plays Molly, a politically ambitious high schooler, who resolves to have one night of teenage fun before graduation. She ropes her best friend Amy (Dever) into her plan, and the two navigate a host of wild mishaps to make it to the biggest party of the year. It’s fun and heartfelt and a surprisingly confident first take from Wilde.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Run Time: 109 min | IMDb: 6.7/10

p>Before Martin Freeman was traversing Middle Earth with a bunch of dwarves, the dude was making his way across the galaxy with Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, and Sam Rockwell. This space epic, based on the classic novel, follows Arthur Dent (Freeman), a regular schmoe who discovers his best friend is from an alien planet and that his own is scheduled for demolition. He barely escapes the big bang before going on a quest with a wacky space captain, a clinically depressed robot, and a fellow Earth woman.

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Palm Springs (2020)

Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

This highly-anticipated comedy from SNL alumn and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg feels like a spiritual successor to a Bill Murray classic, a millennial Groundhog’s Day except this story is set in the sunny world of Palm Springs. Samberg’s Nyles meets Sarah (Cristin Milioti) at a wedding, and the two are pulled through a weird portal that causes them to repeat the same day, over, and over again. Honestly, it’s the perfect quarantine watch.

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Parasite (2019)

Run Time: 132 min | IMDb: 8.6/10

It’s hard to quantify a film as stylishly inventive and socially aware as Bong Joon Ho’s comedic thriller. There’s a reason this film won so many Oscars. It flits between instilling empathy for a family struggling to crawl out of poverty by increasingly deceptive means and the clueless elite whose house they eventually infiltrate. Bolstered by some terrific performances and a gripping script, the less said about the story, it’s twists and unexpected turns, the better. Just do yourself a favor and watch it.

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Deadpool (2016)

Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 8/10

Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller found a new way to explore the superhero universe with this foul-mouthed entry that follows a professional assassin and mercenary who gets a bit of a bad break, first with a terminal illness, then with some government experimenting gone wrong. Reynolds plays the titular anti-hero, a wise-cracking opportunist dealt a pretty ugly hand who ends up saving the day … kind of.

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Looper (2012)

Run Time: 119 min | IMDb: 7.4/10

Rian Johnson directs this time-traveling thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. JGL plays Joe, a hitman hired by a crime syndicate that exists in the future. The mob sends victims to the past where Joe murders them. The only problem? His next target is himself, an older version anyway played by Willis, that the mob wants him to kill in order to “close the loop.” Instead, both Joes work together to bring down the man in charge known as The Rainmaker by searching for his younger self in JGL Joe’s timeline. It’s a bit of a mind f*ck but the action is top-notch.

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Honeyland (2019)

Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 8.2/10

This Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary tells the unbelievably inspiring story of Hatidze, a bee-hunter in North Macedonia who represents a dying breed of ecological custodians. Hatidze and her ailing mother live on a remote mountain range, where she peacefully coexists with the bees whose honey is her livelihood, but when new neighbors arrive to disrupt this fragile harmony, Hatidze must fight for her simple way of life. It’s a moving, intimate portrait of an inspiring woman, and a larger commentary on how our greed and ignorance can irreparably damage our surroundings.

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Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (2019)

Run Time: 122 min | IMDb: 8.2/10

There are forbidden love affairs and then there’s this epic romance from French filmmaker Celine Sciamma. Filled with sexual tension and secret rendevous, this period piece centers on a young painter named Marianne who lives on the island of Brittany and is commissioned to complete a portrait of an aristocratic noblewoman named Heloise before she’s set to be wed. The two women form an intimate bond, one that tests their sense of self and their willingness to sacrifice for love.

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Pig (2021)

Run Time: 82 min | IMDb: 7/10

Nicolas Cage stars in this strangely moving thriller about a man in search of a beloved best friend, who just happens to be a pig. Cage plays Rob, a former chef-turned-forest-recluse who hunts for truffles in the woods of Seattle with the help of his prize-winning pig. When his pig is stolen, Rob must return to the city and confront his traumatic past in order to find it.

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Nomadland (2020)

Run Time: 107 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

Chloe Zhao helms this moving portrait of a forgotten sect of society. Frances McDormand plays Fern, a woman who loses everything in the Great Recession and decides to journey through the American West. As she embraces the joys and challenges of her van-dwelling nomad life, she meets others on the same path who teach her about the value of letting go, moving on, and confronting her past.

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Juno (2007)

Run Time: 96 min | IMDb: 7.4/10

Elliot Page stars in this coming-of-age story from Diablo Cody about a young teen who unexpectedly gets pregnant and must decide what to do with the baby. Page plays Juno, who gets knocked up after hooking up with Michael Cera’s nerdy Paulie Bleeker. The film is less about their romance — as pure as it may be — and more about Juno’s own self-discovery as she navigates high school while preggers and tries to get to know the family she plans on having adopt her baby. Page is remarkable as the frustrated, wise-for-her-age teen, and he’s supported by a stellar cast that includes Jennifer Gardner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janey, and J.K. Simmons.

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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Run Time: 101 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

Family road trips are a comedy gold mine, and there are few that nail the frustration and humiliation they can bring quite like this flick starring Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Paul Dano, and a young Abigail Bresnan. The movie follows the Hoover family as they shuttle their youngest, a chubby, spirited girl named Olive (Bresnan) to a beauty competition in California. Sheryl Hoover (Collette) is an overworked mother, her husband Richard (Kinnear) is an aspiring motivational speaker, and together they look after their children, Olive and angst-ridden teen Dwayne (Dano) along with Richard’s aging, heroin-addicted father Edwin (a brilliant Arkin) and Sheryl’s gay, suicidal brother Frank (Carell). Stuffing a bunch of flawed, problematic characters in a broken-down Volkswagon and forcing them to drive 800 miles across the desert happens to be one of the best vehicles for a dark-comedy commentary on the bonds of family. Who knew?
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Vice (2018)

Run Time: 132 min | IMDb: 7.2/10

Adam McKay’s controversial biopic lands on Hulu with its impressive cast of Oscar-winners including Christian Bale, who undergoes a mind-blowing transformation to play former Vice President Dick Cheney. The film follows the build-up to Cheney’s White House appointment, as he gains power first as a Washington insider, then as the man pulling the strings of the Bush administrations. Amy Adams plays his supportive, just as morally compromised wife, Lynne, with Sam Rockwell turning in a hilarious performance as Bush himself.

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I, Tonya (2017)

Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 7.5/10

As flashy and over-the-top as the sequin-spandex numbers that graced the ice back in the ’80s, I, Tonya manages to straddle a thin line. It’s both a biopic of one of the most notorious female athletes in the history of figure skating and a raucous comedy intent on mocking everything troubling about American culture at the time. Margot Robbie is brilliant in her role-playing a woman tortured by talent and her inability to capitalize on it — and you can literally hear Allison Janney chewing every scene she’s in as Harding’s narcissistic, chain-smoking mother. Plus that parrot bite is as funny as you could hope.

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The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years (2016)

Run Time: 137 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

Set during the touring years of The Beatles’ career, from 1962-1966, director Ron Howard crafts an intimate portrayal of the world’s most popular band with the help of both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. Featuring 4K restorations of some of the band’s most memorable concerts, this documentary is a must for any film lover, Beatles fan or otherwise.

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Another Round (2020)

Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

Mads Mikkelsen gives a tour-de-force performance in this Danish tragicomedy about a group of professors who attempt an intriguing social experiment with varying degrees of success. Mikkelsen’s Martin is an aging teacher whose marriage is suffering. His three friends are also experiencing mid-life crises. Their solution? To test a scientific theory that claims having a constant blood alcohol level of .05 make you happier and more creative, but when being buzzed just isn’t enough, each of the men begin to spiral, some with tragic consequences.

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The Princess Bride (1987)

Run Time: 98 min | IMDb: 8.1/10

Rob Reiner’s ridiculous fantasy romp never fails to entertain, no matter how many times you re-watch it. It plays with classic fairytale tropes in inventive, increasingly absurd ways without ever sacrificing its story: the quest for true love. Cary Elwes plays Wesley, a farmhand who falls in love with a beautiful maiden named Buttercup (Robin Wright), but a cruel twist of fate separates them, leading him to become a notorious pirate and her to be betrothed to a truly awful king. It’s a bit Monty-Python-esque but with more swoon-worthy moments and, if you can believe it, memorable jokes.

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The Assistant (2019)

Run Time: 87 min | IMDb: 6.1/10

Ozark breakout Julia Garner stars in this tense #MeToo thriller with Succession’s Matthew Macfayden. Garner plays Jane, a recent college grad who just scored an assistant job at a film production company. When she begins noticing her boss sexually harassing young women around the office, she tries to do something about it and runs into various roadblocks from the higher-ups. It’s a dark, seedy drama and Garner is brilliant in it.

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The Other Guys (2010)

Run Time: 107 min | IMDb: 6.6/10

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make a surprisingly perfect comedic duo and the two draw on their Grumpy Old Men-like chemistry for this buddy cop action flick about two mismatched NYPD officers who uncover a plot by a multinational corporation to steal millions from the city’s police retirement fund. Wahlberg plays the brawns, a quick-tempered detective forced to babysit Ferrell’s mild-mannered accountant after he accidentally shot Derek Jeter during the World Series. That right there should tell you all you need to know about this film.

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Little Woods (2018)

Run Time: 105 min | IMDb: 6.1/10

Tessa Thompson and Lily James deliver magnetic performances in this gritty crime drama from director Nia DaCosta. Thompson plays Ollie, a young woman living in an oil town in North Dakota who starts running drugs across the Canadian border when her mom gets sick. James plays her screw-up sister, Deb, who comes back into her life after their mom’s death with problems of her own. The sisters must find a way to save their childhood home, get Deb the help she needs, and get Ollie out of town before the police and some angry drug dealers catch her. It’s a relentless meat grinder of a film, but it’s also a hell of a watch.

Akira (1988)

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.

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Let The Right One In (2008)

Run Time: 115 min | IMDb: 7.9/10

For a great tale of bullying and revenge that would pair well with Carrie, look no further than this Swedish film from director Tomas Alfredson in which a picked-on boy meets a new friend who’s not exactly who she appears to be. There have been so many vampire stories over the years it’s easy to think that all the possibilities have been wrung from the concept. Yet this sweet, bloody, and ultimately unsettling story finds a new twist.

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Prospect (2018)

Run Time: 100 min | IMDb: 6.3/10

This sci-fi drama is a bit of a hidden gem but we think it’s time more people checked it out. That’s because it features some terrific performances, most notably from Pedro Pascal who plays a miner with nefarious designs, and Jay Duplass, who plays a dad who travels to an alien moon with his teenage daughter to mine precious gems and ends up in a fight for both their lives.

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Shrek (2001)

Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 7.9/10

We know what you’re thinking. Shrek? Really? An animated comedy about an ugly green ogre who rescues a princess befriends a donkey, and saves a kingdom. Look, it’s a common misconception that Shrek was only for kids. Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz all voiced characters in the film, and there were plenty of mature jokes that probably flew right over the kiddos’ heads. Torturing a sweet Gingerbread Man, interspecies hookups, and a show-stopping song and dance number to wrap things up makes this a family-friendly comedy that the adults won’t snooze through.

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Fyre Fraud (2019)

Run Time: 96 min | IMDb: 6.8/10

The war of the Fyre docs kicked off earlier this year with Hulu releasing their surprise flick just days before Netflix’s planned exposé. Both films rehash the same basic plot: a young entrepreneur scams thousands of millennials and investors out of millions of dollars, but Hulu’s movie takes a closer look the aftermath and damage caused by Billy McFarland and Ja Rule, in addition to interviews and close looks at the events of the Fyre Festival disaster with a critical eye.

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Plus One (2019)

Run Time: 99 min | IMDb: 6.6/10

Pen15‘s Maya Erskine and ‘ Jack Quaid star in this modern rom-com about a pair of friends, who agree to suffer a summer of wedding invites together. Alice and Ben have been pals since college, but when their mutuals start getting hitched, and they’re left without dates to the happy nuptials, they make a pact to be each others’ “plus one.” What begins as a chance to score free booze and food quickly spirals into a neverending series of interactions that remind them how lonely they both are and force them to confront their hidden attraction.

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Recent Changes Through April 2022
Removed: If Beale Street Could Talk, Arrival, Melancholia, We Need To Talk About Kevin, World War Z, Moulin Rouge, Love & Monsters
Added: Little Miss Sunshine, Looper, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Easy A, The Other Guys, Prospect, Let The Right One In

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