21 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 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 on Hulu for September 2020.

If you’re looking for even more films to stream beyond Hulu, we’ve also found the best Netflix movies and Amazon Prime movies to watch right now.

Palm Springs (2020)

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.

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

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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 3. Though the city has become a thriving metropolis, a secret military project has transformed a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that threatens to destroy Neo-Tokyo once more. That is, unless two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop him. If you’re looking for more like this, we’ve also found the best anime on Hulu and anime series on Netflix.

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

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Parasite (2019)

Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite took home 4 Oscar wins, including one 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 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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Top Gun (1986)

In times like these, we need more ’80s movies. Top Gun is one such film, with Tom Cruise playing an impulsive Navy-pilot in training. Iconic volleyball scenes, daring displays of air combat, and military drama makes this is one of the best movies to watch on Hulu right now.

Director: Tony Scott
Main Cast: Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Kelly McGillis
Runtime: 110 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.9

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The Mask (1994)

The Mask is one of the best Jim Carrey films of all time. When an assuming bank clerk named Stanley Ipkiss finds a magical mask, he falls victim to its power. When the mask is placed on someone’s face, the wearer is transformed into a powerful being capable of almost anything. In Stanley’s case, however, he becomes a cartoonish antihero.

Director: Chuck Russell
Main Cast: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert
Runtime: 101 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.9

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Rango (2011)

This lesser-known film is one of the most underrated animated films you’ll find on Hulu. Rango (Johnny Depp) is a pet chameleon who accidentally ends up in an old western town called Dirt. In desperate need of water, he finds himself becoming sheriff of the town and having to face off against very real dangers.

Director: Gore Verbinski
Main Cast: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant
Runtime: 107 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.2

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

When his famous girlfriend of five years decides to break it off with him, Peter (Jason Segel) decides to take a vacation to clear his head. Lucky for him, his ex-girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) is staying at the same resort with her lover

Director: Nicholas Stoller
Main Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd
Runtime: 111 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.1

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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)

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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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Andy Dufresne is a successful banker who finds himself guilty of a crime he didn’t commit. This classic movie follows him as he struggles to deal with his new life on the inside — making both friends and enemies.

Director: Frank Darabont
Main Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
Runtime: 142 minutes
IMDb Rating: 9.3

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A Simple Favor (2018)

Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) is a single mother with an unsuccessful parenting vlog. After befriending a secretive upper-class woman named Emily (Blake Lively) who has a child in the same elementary school, Stephanie gets surprisingly close to this new friend. And when Emily goes missing, she decides to take it upon herself to track her down.

Director: Paul Feig
Main Cast: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lifely, Henry Golding
Runtime: 117 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.8

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Vice (2018)

Vice is a biographical comedy that follows the story of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) as he quietly wielded power as Vice President to 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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Chicken Run (2000)

From the creators of Wallace and Gromit, this claymation comedy takes place on a chicken farm where all of the hens are facing their inevitable death. When a rooster named Rocky (Mel Gibson) finds himself on the farm, a plucky young chicken named Ginger and the others begin planning their escape.

Directors: Peter Lord, Nick Park
Main Cast: Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Phil Daniels
Runtime: 84 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.0

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Fighting with My Family (2019)

Based on the true story of WWE wrestler Paige, Fighting with my Family is look into a familial dynamic unlike any other. The plot follows a former wrestler and his family as they make a living performing at small venues in the U.K. His kids, however, find themselves dreaming of one day joining the WWE themselves.

Director: Stephen Merchant
Main Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn
Runtime: 108 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.1

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The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

While it isn’t exactly a classic horror movie, this film definitely starts out that way. Five friends head into the woods, ready to party all weekend in a peaceful country cabin, completely unaware that they have been chosen to participate in a ritualistic sacrifice. With loads of surprising twists and turns, The Cabin in the Woods does a great job of keeping you on your toes the whole way through.

Director: Drew Goddard
Main Cast: Kristen Connoly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison
Runtime: 95 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.0

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True Grit (2010)

Though it is a remake of a western classic, True Grit brings new life to the film. The story follows 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) who is out to catch the man who murdered her father. To do so, she must seek the assistance of U.S. Marshall Reuben J. Cogburn (Jeff Bridges). As the duo pursues justice, an unlikely bond begins to form between them.

Director: The Coen Brothers
Main Cast: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin
Runtime: 111 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.6

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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)

This musical fantasy follows the fantastic and real-life story of Elton John as became the star we know him as now. With great performances of some of his most beloved songs, this biopic gives you a look into how Elton went from small-town boy to one of the most iconic figures in the rock and roll game.

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

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Free Solo (2018)

Jimmy Chin’s award-winning documentary follows climber Alex Honnold’s free solo ascent of one of the most iconic slabs of granite in the world, El Capitan. Vertigo-inducing shots and candid conversations about life and death are told through the lens of a 33-year-old who wants nothing more than to climb a 3,000-foot cliff with no ropes or safety harness.

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Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Main Cast: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimy Chin
Runtime: 100 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.2

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Big Time Adolescence (2019)

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 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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Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) makes the impossible decision to save his team rather than complete a mission. His decision leaves stolen plutonium in the wrong hands, which could result in a catastrophe. He finds himself partnering up with a CIA agent (Henry Cavill) in a race against time to prevent a nuclear disaster. This movie is also on Amazon Prime if you’d prefer to watch it there.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Main Cast: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames
Runtime: 148 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.7

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