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The best movies on Hulu to watch in May

Hulu is the place to watch movies across a wide array of genres

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There’s a lot of competition out there in the streaming world, and it can be hard to shuffle through the services to find the best movies to stream right now. Though there are plenty of great movies on Netflix and Amazon still has the platform beat in terms of overall quality, many of the movies on Hulu can’t be streamed anywhere else. The best movies on Hulu can be gritty, family-friendly, and even sci-fi-oriented. So if you’re looking to expand your binge-watching horizons, we’ve found the best movies to watch on Hulu right now.

White Men Can't Jump (2023)

White Men Can't Jump
Comedy, Drama
Jack Harlow, Sinqua Walls, Laura Harrier
Directed by
Watch on Hulu
There may be too many reboots in entertainment right now, but this iteration of the Woody Harrelson classic is a fun sports flick for those who are familiar with the original and newcomers alike. Jack Harlow and Sinqua Walls play the unlikely basketball hustlers at the movie’s center with a great sense of humor, and modernize the story to make it relevant to today’s streaming audience. Basketball fans should appreciate the references to street ball culture they’ve come to know and love.

Nomadland (2021)

Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May
Directed by
Chloé Zhao
Watch on Hulu
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)

Animation, Science Fiction, Action
Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama
Directed by
Katsuhiro Otomo
Watch on Hulu
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.

Another Round (2020)

Another Round
Comedy, Drama
Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe
Directed by
Thomas Vinterberg
Watch on Hulu
At turns hilarious, dark, and surprising, Another Round proves that Thomas Vinterberg is one of the world’s best directors. When four high school teachers decide to test a theory akin to Hemingway’s lifestyle: maintain a certain blood-alcohol level while you work, the results speak to the angst at the heart of every human being. Winner of the best international feature film award at the Oscars, this film is a cautionary tale that’s also a careful reminder that life is worth loving, even if it’s not always easy to do that.

Prey (2022)

Thriller, Action, Science Fiction
Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Michelle Thrush
Directed by
Dan Trachtenberg
Watch on Hulu
Proof that there are great new movies on Hulu, Prey follows a young Comanche woman as she begins to suspect that something otherworldly is attacking her tribe. Thanks to a ferocious central performance from Amber Midthunder, and generally strong direction from Dan Trachtenberg, Prey has some of the best action in the entire franchise, and may also be the installment in this franchise that has the most to say about the world outside of its intricate lore. Prey didn’t get a theatrical release, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of the good movies on Hulu.
Prey | Official Trailer | Hulu

How to Blow Up a Pipeline (2023)

How to Blow Up a Pipeline
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Ariela Barer, Kristine Frøseth, Lukas Gage
Directed by
Daniel Goldhaber
Watch on Hulu
A genuinely great thriller with a solid political bent, How to Blow Up a Pipeline follows a group of strangers who come together with the sole mission of disrupting a pipeline that carries oil. The movie goes to great effort to explain how each member of the group got there and is remarkably frank about how devastating the impacts of the oil industry have already been. How to Blow Up a Pipeline is a pretty angry movie, but thanks to its strong cast of largely unknown actors, it’s also compelling from minute one.
How To Blow Up A Pipeline - Official Trailer - In Theaters April 7

No One Will Save You (2023)

No One Will Save You
Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Kaitlyn Dever, Elizabeth Kaluev, Zack Duhame
Directed by
Brian Duffield
Watch on Hulu
An almost completely wordless alien invasion movie, No One Will Save You tells the story of an isolated young woman who suddenly discovers that her town is being taken over by aliens. As she battles to save herself, there are plenty of thrills and surprises that make the whole experience feel utterly satisfying, even though no one says anything. Kaitlyn Dever is key to the movie’s success, as her central performance keeps us locked in, and gives us a firm understanding of who her character is through only her expressions.
No One Will Save You | Official Trailer

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019)

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Directed by
Quentin Tarantino
Watch on Hulu
Quentin Tarantino’s ode to the Hollywood of the late 1960s, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a sprawling movie that spends much of its running time focused on fading TV star Rick Dalton and his loyal stuntman Cliff. The two tool around Los Angeles together as Rick takes various odd jobs, and we come to learn that he lives next door to Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski. The movie’s final 40 minutes, in which the Manson murders of 1969 come to a very different outcome than they did in real life, is the kind of perversion of history that Tarantino has been so fascinated by in recent years. This time, though, everyone gets a pretty happy ending, all things considered.

Poor Things (2023)

Poor Things
Science Fiction, Romance, Comedy
Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe
Directed by
Yorgos Lanthimos
Watch on Hulu
One of the best movies of 2023, Poor Things tells the story of Bella Baxter, an adult woman who is implanted with the brain of an infant, and has to learn about the world through her encounters with the various men in her life. Director Yorgos Lanthimos brings plenty of aesthetic flair to this story, and the script is wildly inventive and funny. What really makes the movie work, though, is Emma Stone’s daring, utterly committed central performance. No one has ever played a baby as well as Stone does here, and she plays Bella’s evolution into a fully formed adult beautifully as well.
POOR THINGS | Official Trailer | Searchlight Pictures

Anatomy of a Fall (2023)

Anatomy of a Fall
Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Sandra Hüller, Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado-Graner
Directed by
Justine Triet
Watch on Hulu
One of the best and most endlessly discussed movies of 2023, Anatomy of a Fall tells the story of a woman accused of her husband’s murder after he’s found dead outside their home, having fallen from a window above. The movie, which is primarily in German and English, is one of the most riveting crime dramas made in recent years, thanks in large part to Sandra Huller’s hugely compelling central performance. Anatomy of a Fall is about what it means to be married, the nature of truth, and how to keep living for yourself. It’s also, thankfully, a really great time.
Anatomy of a Fall Trailer #1 (2023)

What Hulu movies are leaving in May?

May 3

  • Apollo 18, 2011
  • The Libertine, 2004

May 7

  • War Dogs, 2016

May 11

  • The Last Unicorn, 1982

May 13

  • Empire of Light, 2022

May 14

  • The Brass Teapot, 2012
  • The Cleaner, 2021
  • Dior and I, 2014
  • Dramarama, 2020
  • Elena Undone, 2010
  • Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room, 2005
  • The Etruscan Smile, 2018
  • Hurricane Bianca, 2016
  • One Last Thing …, 2005
  • Pit Stop, 2013
  • Sordid Lives, 2000
  • We The Animals, 2018

May 15

  • The Fabulous Filipino Brothers, 2021
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, 2016
  • The Tiger Rising, 2021

May 16

  • Under the Eiffel Tower, 2018

May 18

  • Sophie’s Choice, 1982

May 25

  • How to Please a Woman, 2022

May 30

  • Elvis, 2022

May 31

  • Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, 2007
  • Ali, 2001
  • Bad Teacher, 2011
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, 2012
  • Bend It Like Beckham, 2003
  • The Big Lebowski, 1998
  • Blockers, 2018
  • Dangerous Beauty, 1998
  • The Descendants, 2011
  • Divergent, 2014
  • The Divergent Series: Insurgent, 2015
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant, 2016
  • Don’t Worry Darling, 2022
  • Dune, 2021
  • Drive Angry 3D, 2011
  • Epic, 2011
  • Ever After, 1998
  • Firehouse Dog, 2007
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 2005
  • The Huntsman: Winter’s War, 2016
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift, 2012
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, 2018
  • Kingdom Come, 2001
  • L.A. Confidential, 1997
  • The Little Hours, 2017
  • Life of Pi, 2012
  • Masterminds, 2016
  • Melancholia, 2011
  • Night School, 2018
  • No Good Deed, 2014
  • Ocean’s Eleven, 2001
  • Ocean’s Twelve, 2004
  • Ocean’s Thirteen, 2007
  • Pokemon Detective Pikachu, 2019
  • Salt, 2010
  • Scarface, 1983
  • Sexy Beast, 2001
  • Shark Tale, 2004
  • Street Kings, 2008
  • Taken, 2009
  • Takers, 2010
  • Thank You for Smoking, 2006
  • Thirteen, 2003
  • The Tree of Life, 2011
  • Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, 2011
  • Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, 2009
  • A Walk in the Woods, 2015
  • The Upside, 2017
  • Win Win, 2011
  • The Wrestler, 2008
  • 21 & Over, 2013

What Hulu movies are coming in May?

May 1

  • Jujutsu Kaisen 0, 2021
  • The Beach, 2000
  • Big, 1988
  • Big Daddy, 1999
  • Black Hawk Down, 2001
  • The Bounty Hunter, 2010
  • Cast Away, 2000
  • The Chronicles of Riddick, 2004
  • Come See The Paradise, 1990
  • The Darjeeling Limited, 2007
  • The Divergent Series: Insurgent, 2015
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant, 2016
  • Elvis, 2022
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox, 2009
  • Free State of Jones, 2016
  • Good Boys, 2019
  • The Joy Luck Club, 1993
  • The King’s Man, 2021
  • The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, 2004
  • Love, Gilda, 2018
  • The Mask, 1994
  • Meet the Spartans, 2008
  • Mr. Turner, 2014
  • Money Monster, 2016
  • My Name Is Khan, 2010
  • The Negotiator, 1998
  • Night School, 2018
  • Ocean’s 8, 2018
  • Once, 2007
  • Once Upon a Time in America, 1984
  • Rushmore, 1999
  • The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001
  • The Rundown, 2003
  • School For Scoundrels, 2006
  • Sideways, 2004
  • Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion, 2006
  • That Thing You Do!, 1996
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead, 2021
  • Walk The Line, 2005
  • The Wedding Ringer, 2015
  • White Chicks, 2004
  • White House Down, 2013
  • 13 Going On 30, 2004
  • 300, 2007

May 2

  • The Contestant: Documentary Premiere
  • Bad Reputation, 2018
  • Mad Money, 2008

May 3

  • Prom Dates, 2024
  • The Flood, 2023
  • 3 Days in Malay, 2023
  • Die Hard, 1988
  • Die Hard 2, 1990
  • Die Hard With A Vengeance, 1995
  • A Good Day To Die Hard, 2013
  • Live Free Or Die Hard, 2007

May 4

  • 12 Hour Shift, 2020

May 5

  • Bad Boys for Life, 2020

May 6

  • Reminiscence, 2021

May 8

  • Bloodshot, 2020

May 10

  • Biosphere, 2022
  • Wanted Man, 2024
  • Eileen, 2023

May 12

  • Where the Crawdads Sing, 2022

May 15

  • I Am Not Your Negro, 2016
  • My Scientology Movie, 2015

May 16

  • Paddington, 2015

May 17

  • Birth/Rebirth, 2023
  • He Went That Way, 2023
  • The Sweet East, 2023

May 23

  • The Ape Star, 2021
  • The Seeding, 2023

May 24

  • Ferrari, 2023
  • Sentinel, 2024

May 27

  • Fantasy Island, 2020

May 30

  • The Promised Land, 2023

May 31

  • Sympathy for the Devil, 2023
  • T.I.M., 2023

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