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The 17 Best Hulu Movies to Stream Right Now

Hulu has a surprising number of great movies to watch — if you know where to look. Though Netflix and Amazon still have the platform beat in terms of overall quality, many of the films available on Hulu can’t be streamed anywhere else. So if you’re looking to expand your binge-watching horizons, we’ve found the best movies to watch on Hulu right now.

Prisoners (2013)
70 %
r 153m
Genre Drama, Thriller, Crime
Stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
In one of the best Jake Gyllenhaal performances of his career, Prisoners is a slow-burning mystery thriller that aptly depicts multiple viewpoints affected by child abduction. Gyllenhaal is Detective Loki, the man tasked with finding two young girls who have mysteriously and suddenly gone missing. Under immense pressure from Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), the father of one of those girls, Loki does all that he can do to solve this dark labyrinth of a case that is seemingly unsolvable.

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Hail Satan? (2019)
Hail Satan?
76 %
r 95m
Genre Documentary
Stars Lucien Greaves, Jex Blackmore, Nicholas Crowe
Directed by Penny Lane
Most people will not react too well if you tell them you’re a Satanist (even after watching this documentary), but learning more about the moral values and what it stands for can really open up your mind to a variety of outlooks. Hail Satan? is a deep look into the controversy and the systemic flaws of Satanism, starting all the way back from its birth in pop culture as a counter to political and religious oppression to its eventual downfall due to some extremists and clumsy leadership.

Read more: Best Hulu Documentaries

Parasite (2019)
96 %
r 133m
Genre Comedy, Thriller, Drama
Stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong
Directed by Bong Joon-ho
Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite took home four Academy Awards, including the Oscar for best picture. The story follows the Kims, a poor family living together in a shabby basement in a busy lower-class district of Seoul. The family quickly finds themselves deep in a scam when the opportunity arises to benefit from a very wealthy family. This slow-paced thriller movie is worth the subtitles.

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Palm Springs (2020)
Palm Springs
83 %
r 90m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons
Directed by Max Barbakow
Hulu’s latest romantic comedy, Palm Springs, is hard not to enjoy. The story follows a seemingly carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg) and a maid of honor (Cristin Milioti) as they navigate her sister’s wedding. Unfortunately, both of them are caught in a time loop with seemingly no way of escape. As simultaneously surprising new-age sci-fi, it’s arguably one of the must-watch sci-fi movies of the new era.

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Nomadland (2021)
93 %
r 108m
Genre Drama
Stars Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May
Directed by Chloé Zhao
From celebrated rookie film genius Chloé Zhao comes Nomadland, a beautiful and wary tale of humanism and the American experience. When Fern (Frances McDormand) loses her home — and her husband not too long after — she takes to the road, living wherever she ends up at night and meeting some interesting people along the way. Nominated for six 2021 Academy Awards, the film took home Oscars for best actress, for Zhao’s directing, and as the year’s best picture.

Akira (1988)
67 %
r 124m
Genre Animation, Science Fiction, Action
Stars Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama
Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo
Arguably one of the best anime movies of all time, Akira is a crazy sci-fi adventure you’ll want to stream on Hulu. The story begins in Neo-Tokyo 31 years after being destroyed during World War III. Though the city has become a thriving metropolis, a secret military project has transformed a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who threatens to destroy Neo-Tokyo once more. That is unless two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop him.

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The Family Man (2000)
The Family Man
42 %
pg-13 125m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance, Fantasy
Stars Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle
Directed by Brett Ratner
If you’re already a fan, it’s hard not to love Nicolas Cage in this family-oriented romantic dramedy. However cheesy and Cage-Esque, watching him play a high-powered Wall Street broker who magically wakes up an average Joe married to his college sweetheart with a family and minivan is just good fun. Cage is great at playing a confused, uncomfortable character, which is why we love him or hate him.

Read more: Best Nicolas Cage Movies

Vice (2018)
61 %
r 132m
Genre Drama, History, Comedy
Stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Directed by Adam McKay
Vice is a biographical comedy that follows the story of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) as he quietly wielded power as vice president to President George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell). If you have ever wondered who Cheney was and the impact he has had on our world today, this is a great place to start. And you will likely be blown away by Bale’s dramatic transformation into the unassuming politician.

Love & Mercy (2015)
Love & Mercy
80 %
pg-13 120m
Genre Drama, Music, History
Stars Erin Darke, John Cusack, Joanna Going
Directed by Bill Pohlad
In a masterful music movie biopic of the great Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and one of the best John Cusack movies, Cusack and Paul Dano team up to embody the early and late stages of his life, full of turmoil and mental overhaul. Switching between timelines, we witness an adaptation of a younger Brian Wilson as he quits touring to produce the timeless album Pet Sounds, slipping as he does so slowly and steadily into psychosis. Cutting to the future, Cusack plays an older and broken Wilson, psychologically limited and trapped under the controversial 24-hour therapy tactics of the infamous Dr. Eugene Landy. Beautiful and tragic, we witness the many shattered pieces of Wilson’s psyche as he single-handedly competes with the world-famous Beatles to discover new and experimental music.

Read more: Best Music Movies

Odd Thomas (2013)
Odd Thomas
45 %
pg-13 100m
Genre Mystery, Thriller
Stars Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin, Willem Dafoe
Directed by Stephen Sommers
In this quirky supernatural thriller based on Dean Koontz’s novel of the same name, a small-town cook (Anton Yelchin) can see the spirits of the deceased. Odd’s desire to live a quiet life with his girlfriend is thrown into turmoil when a stranger arrives in town accompanied by a host of sinister entities only Odd can actually see, and soon he finds himself caught up in a mystery that puts the entire town — and possibly the world — in danger.

Booksmart (2019)
84 %
r 102m
Genre Comedy
Stars Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Jessica Williams
Directed by Olivia Wilde
There are a lot of folks out there who have tried to compare Booksmart to Superbad, but the two movies have completely different tones. The story follows two academic superstars and best friends who find themselves wishing they would have studied less and partied more. In an effort to let loose, the two girls attempt to cram four years of high-school fun into one epic night.

Another Round (2020)
Another Round
79 %
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
A genuine, comical, and original film from nominated director Thomas Vinterberg comes Another Round, an alcohol-fueled confirmation of life that will teach everyone something. Four high school teachers decide to test a theory akin to Hemingway’s lifestyle: maintain a certain blood-alcohol level while you work. This is all done in hopes that their overall lives will be improved until they get a little too excited. Winner of the best international feature film, this film is a cautionary tale to those who may enjoy the effects of alcohol a bit too much.

Collective (2019)
95 %
Genre Documentary, Crime
Stars Liviu Iolu, Razvan Lutac, Mirela Neag
Directed by Alexander Nanau
Nominated for best international feature film and best documentary feature, Collective investigates a tragic accident that reveals much more institutionally wrong. After a nightclub fire in Bucharest, Romania, in 2015, journalists discovered health care fraud that led to excess deaths of surviving patients multiple weeks after the incident. Something that rings true to many countries where their authorities have abandoned them, the phrase “everything underneath is rotten” can summarize the unrest felt by those impacted.

The Sisters Brothers (2018)
The Sisters Brothers
78 %
r 122m
Genre Western, Drama, Adventure
Stars John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal
Directed by Jacques Audiard
Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly star as two unlikely guns for hire during the gold rush era. Everything you expect in a western happens in The Sisters Brothers, just not quite the way you expect them to happen. This unpredictable and sullen comedy plays with classic western tropes and delivers an experience unlike any other you’ve ever seen in this genre.

Rocketman (2019)
69 %
r 121m
Genre Music, Drama, History
Stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden
Directed by Dexter Fletcher
This musical fantasy follows the fantastic and real-life story of Elton John as he became the star we know today. With great performances of some of his most beloved songs, this biopic gives you a look into how Elton went from a small-town boy to one of the most iconic figures in rock ‘n’ roll.

Somm (2013)
58 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Bo Barrett, Shayn Bjornholm, Dave Cauble
Directed by Jason Wise
Four wine stewards study for the Master Sommelier Exam to earn the highest level of recognition for a Sommelier: the Master Sommelier diploma. However, the test is one of the world’s most difficult exams, not to mention it’s presided over by a notoriously selective Court of Master Sommeliers. One of the top food and drink documentaries, Somm shows how the exam covers all aspects of the world and industry of wine, beer, spirits/cocktails, and hospitality as a business, service, and philosophy.

Read more: Best Food Documentaries

Big Time Adolescence (2020)
Big Time Adolescence
64 %
r 91m
Genre Comedy
Stars Griffin Gluck, Pete Davidson, Jon Cryer
Directed by Jason Orley
A suburban teenager named Mo (Griffin Gluck) comes of age under the self-destructive guidance of his best friend — who just so happens to be a college dropout. As Mo tries to navigate high school, he receives rather unconventional lessons in drug dealing, partying, and dating. It may not be one of the best comedy movies of all time, but it’s still worth a watch.

Read more: Best Comedy Movies 

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