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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)

Jake Gyllenhaal in the film Prisoners.

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.

Director: Denis Vileneuve
Main Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis
Runtime: 153 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.1

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Hail Satan? (2019)

Jex Blackmore in the 2019 film Hail Satan?

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.

Director: Penny Lane
Main Cast: Jex Blackmore, Chalice Blythe, Nicholas Crowe
Runtime: 95 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.3

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Parasite (2019)

Song Kang Ho and Choi Woo Shik in the film Parasite.

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.

Director: Bong Joon Ho
Main Cast: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo
Runtime: 132 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.6

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Palm Springs (2020)

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti in the 2020 movie Palm Springs.

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.

Director: Max Barbakow
Main Cast: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons
Runtime: 90 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.6

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Nomadland (2020)

Frances McDormand in Nomadland (2020).

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.

Director: Chloé Zhao
Main Cast: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May
Runtime: 107 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.4

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Akira (1988)

A still from the classic Japanese animated film Akira (1988).

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.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Main Cast: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama
Runtime: 125 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.0

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The Family Man (2000)

Nicolas Cage in The Family Man.

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.

Director: Brett Ratner
Main Cast: Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle
Runtime: 125 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.8

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Vice (2018)

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in the 2018 film Vice.

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.

Director: Adam McKay
Main Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Runtime: 133 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.2

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Love & Mercy (2014)

Paul Dano in Love and Mercy.

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.

Director: Bill Pohlad
Main Cast: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks
Runtime: 121 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.4

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Odd Thomas (2014)

Anton Yelchin in Odd Thomas (2014).

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.

Director: Stephen Sommers
Main Cast: Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin
Runtime: 97 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.8

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Booksmart (2019)

Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein in Booksmart (2019).

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.

Director: Olivia Wilde
Main Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams
Runtime: 105 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.2

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Another Round (2020)

The cast of Another Round (2020).

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.

Directors: Thomas Vinterberg
Main Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang
Runtime: 117 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.8

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Collective (2019)

The cast of the film Collective.

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.

Director: Alexander Nanau
Main Cast: Liviu Iolu, Razvan Lutac, Mirela Neag
Runtime: 109 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.2

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The Sisters Brothers (2018)

Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly in The Sisters Brothers (2018).

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.

Director: Jacques Audiard
Main Cast: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal
Runtime: 142 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.0

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Rocketman (2019)

Taron Egerton as Elton John in 2019 film Rocketman.

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.

Director: Dexter Fletcher
Main Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard
Runtime: 121 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.3

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Somm (2012)

Wine tasting still from Somm (2012).

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.

Director: Jason Wise
Main Cast: Bo Barrett, Shayn Bjornholm, Dave Cauble
Runtime: 94 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.1

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Big Time Adolescence (2019)

The cast of the 2019 film Big Time Adolescence.

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.

Director: Jason Orley
Main Cast: Griffin Gluck, Emily Arlook, Michael Devine, Pete Davidson
Runtime: 91 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.0

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