While Netflix is a great source of the best movies and original series, the platform doesn’t have everything. And if you find yourself endlessly browsing just to find something you haven’t already seen, it may just be time to look elsewhere. Fortunately, Hulu has a rich catalog of great movies to stream, and we’ve found the very best ones to watch right now.
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
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.
Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Main Cast: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama
Runtime: 125 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.0
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
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
Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)
Four years after taking a bullet in the head at her own wedding, the bride (Uma Thurman) wakes up from a coma with a need for vengeance. Her past training as a deadly assassin aids her in her quest for revenge as she seeks to destroy the very group of killers, and ex-lover, she used to belong to.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Main Cast: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah
Runtime: 111 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.1
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
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
A middle-aged man (Steve Carell) decides to change his life dramatically after his wife (Julianne Moore) asks for a divorce. He seeks out the help of a young single man (Ryan Gosling) who wants to help him getting back in the dating game. But like every romance movie, love appears in unexpected places.
Directors: Glen Ficarra, John Requa
Main Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
Runtime: 118 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.4
Good Will Hunting (1997)
This is one of those movies that is just too good not to watch and then watch again. This emotional tale follows a young man named Will (Matt Damon) as he struggles with his identity. His genius in mathematics is revealed while solving complex equations as a janitor at M.I.T., but solving the problems within himself proves to be much more difficult. Good Will Hunting is a heartfelt story of love, opportunity, and dealing with your past.
Director: Gus Van Sant
Main Cast: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Runtime: 126 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.3
Blood Diamond (2006)
This high-octane thrill ride is led by some terrific acting that earned multiple Oscar nominations at the time. Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a mercenary smuggler searching for priceless diamonds in the middle of Sierra Leone’s civil war. When he meets Soloman (Djimon Honsou) and Maddy (Jennifer Connelly), his life begins to change forever.
Director: Edward Zwick
Main Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly
Runtime: 143 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.0
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
Bumblebee was a bit of a surprising spin-off from the Transformers franchise. When Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) discovers a broken Bumblebee in a junkyard, she quickly realizes she isn’t dealing with an ordinary VW bug. Charlie brings Bumblebee back to life, only to put herself in grave danger. The two fight to survive and form a deep, heartfelt friendship along the way.
Director: Travis Knight
Main Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Cena
Runtime: 114 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.8
Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is a comedy about tragedy. The story follows 27-year-old writer Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. With the help of his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogan), his mother, and a young therapist at the cancer center, Adam learns what the most important things in life truly are.
Director: Jonathan Levine
Main Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan, Anna Kendrick
Runtime: 100 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.6
After a super-villain named Megamind (Will Ferrell) kills his long-time nemesis, Metro Man (Brad Pitt), he finds himself completely bored with life. In an attempt to spice things up, he creates a new good-guy superhero to fight, only to find that his creation has set out to destroy the world.
Director: Tom McGrath
Main Cast: Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey
Runtime: 95 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.2
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
There have been a lot of Spider-Man movies in recent years, but the original Tobey Maguire version was arguably the best of them. If you don’t mind taking a stroll to the past when someone like Tobey could pull off being Spider-Man, then this iteration of the web-slinging hero is exactly what you need right now
Director: Sam Raimi
Main Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe
Runtime: 121 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.3
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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