When talking about major platforms, we must talk about Hulu's underdog. While Netflix and Prime Video hold the lion's share of the online streaming market, a large number of good movies on Hulu, including a generous sprinkling of absolute gems, supplement the platform's subtle yet significant growth. This list is the result of our attempts at sorting through the noise and finding the best movies on Hulu, and we're fairly certain that we've done justice to the entire collection. However, don't just take our word for it - check them out and experience them for yourself!
Sundown is a movie where you cannot tell what happens in the next scene, so hold onto your seats for this thrill of a lifetime. We do have to mention the splendid performances by Tim Roth and Charlotte Gainsbourg, who take our attention, lock it onto the screen and give us the key only after the movie is over. Neil and Alice Bennett are on vacation when an emergency cuts their trip short. When the order within the family is disrupted, how will it turn out for the players from this wealthy family? We guarantee that no two people will walk away with the same feeling after watching this movie.
Following the need to impress her crush, young artist Paige joins the high school track team, something she's never been interested in before. But when her time on the track brings with it an unexpected relationship with a teammate, she must erase her conceptions about love and rediscover what it really means to her. While the story does follow an old plotline, the cast has a chemistry that makes this show a cute one to watch. It stands out by giving queer kids a story that they can believe is possible for their times as well.
No Exit begins with Darby, a young woman who gets out of rehab due to a family emergency but gets stranded due to a blizzard. Holed up in a local rest area with five strangers until the blizzard passes, she comes across an abducted girl inside a van in the parking lot. Unsure about who the kidnapper is, she is thrust into a life-or-death situation where she must rescue the young girl and escape before things turn out for the worst. The simple story offers nonstop thrills, so be sure to have someone to watch this with you.
The best way we could describe what happens to Antonio, the protagonist of The Valet, is like watching a fish out of the water when he is suddenly cast to be the lover of world-famous movie star Olivia. While it all begins as an attempt to recover from a PR disaster, they find more in common with each other, and the movie becomes a crowd-pleaser. This remake of the 2006 comedy is well-timed, and while few remakes have succeeded, this is one of them. An entertaining watch, we think it’s the best companion for your glass.
Fresh is a unique movie in that it combines horror, comedy, and drama to make its 114-minute runtime really enjoyable. Noa, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones, is tired of the disappointing men on all her online dating apps. But one day, she is charmed into giving her number to Steve, who she met at the grocery store. One date in, and Noa is infatuated, and they decide to go away on a romantic getaway. But Noa soon finds out that her new boyfriend has an unusual appetite, and this entertaining concoction is audacious in its well-made performance.
The Beta Test
The Beta Test is a movie we didn’t expect would be as good as it is. Blending in elements of comedy and horror in a thrilling setting, Jim Cummings does a wonderful job of playing the lead. Jordan, a successful Hollywood agent in a happy marriage, gets a mysterious invitation for a sexual encounter that sounds just too good to be true to him. But, his lust turns on him as he gets caught in a dangerous world of lies, infidelity and murder. We thought the plot was a well-written satire about Hollywood and can at times, be unpleasant to watch. But the reality of how we play different roles in life, keeps you glued to the screen.
A well-written and played out noir drama pulled forward by Bradley Cooper’s star acting, Nightmare Alley is right up our alley of favorite movies to watch on Hulu. Stanton Carlisle is a man out of luck but with his charm intact. But when he meets Zeena and Pete, a couple with experience in working with the metaphysical, he charts out a plan to grift the wealthy elite of New York city with this newly gained knowledge and a sidekick, Molly, by his side. His first plan? To con Richard Jenkins, a wealthy but dangerous tycoon. But will it play out in his favor?
Whiplash is a movie that rewrote the definition of obsession with a craft in the dictionary. Miles Teller plays the role of Andrew Neiman, an ambitious jazz drummer, who wants to be the best at what he does. But his talent and flair fall short when it comes to the front of Terence Fletcher’s teaching standards, as Terence keeps asking for nothing less than perfection. His passion for jazz soon becomes an obsession as he strives to meet the standards and pushes him soon to the brink of his sanity. This movie is a masterpiece, and nothing short of it.
If there was a movie that motivated you to follow your gut and do the right thing, no matter what the critics said, it would be Moneyball. Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, is the general manager of the Oakland A’s, and he’s on a mission to prove the conventional baseball wisdom wrong. Despite the shoestring budget, Beane brings in Peter Brand, played by Jonah Hill, an Ivy League graduate who puts Beane’s mission into a proper plan backed by numbers, and they set out to take on the bigger teams. The movie takes us through their setbacks and internal struggles as they go on to win game after game.
The thing that stood out about The Conversation is the thrilling plotline, which outlines the arguments about the role technology plays in our daily lives - and whether it can also be used for bad. Surveillance expert Harry Caul, played by Gene Hackman, gets a mysterious assignment from an unknown client to tail Mark and Ann, a young couple. During this assignment, Harry manages to make a recording of a coded conversation between the couple, one that manages to bring back a previous case gone wrong that torments Harry to this day. Are the couple in danger, and what is the real purpose of the mission? This dark movie will swallow you in and steal your attention, making it timeless in its own way.
Summer Of Soul
Summer of Soul isn’t a normal movie, it is a documentary-cum-music film, and it is one of the finest educational pieces on Black History. Summer of Soul takes us back to the summer of 1969, to the six weeks before and during The Harlem Cultural Festival, which was held in Mount Morris Park at the time. The music film transports us to never-seen-before performances and interviews by some of the greatest Black artists of the time, including Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Ray Baretto, Max Roach, and more. The message amplified through this 2-hour-long movie is the healing power of music, which is a much-needed reminder during our times.
A world-threatening crisis somehow has ways to bring together estranged family members, as is shown by Melancholia. When a planet has set its course to crash with Earth, Justine and Claire, played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, find themselves dealing with the situation in very different ways. The movie, however, portrays a larger picture of loneliness, depression, and disillusionment, by crushing all hope of joy as doomsday approaches. There are only two reactions to this movie – you’ll either love it or despise it, but you have to agree that this movie is a true masterpiece.
Frances McDormand has had a stellar acting career throughout her time in Hollywood, and we think Nomadland was one of her finest performances to date. Set around the time of the Great Recession, we are shown the world of the poor through the experiences of Fern, played by McDormand, who has lost everything she owned. With nothing more to lose, she goes on a journey through the American West, doing odd jobs to stave off the restlessness and the basic necessities to survive, in a search to find something, anything that can help her find meaning. There are few movies that have ever conveyed so much through so few words, McDormand carries the entire movie simply through her looks and glances.
The name may seem uninviting, but Pig is a movie that portrays some of life’s starkest axioms and finds the vehicle of expression through Nicholas Cage. Starring as a hunter in Portland, Rob, Nicholas Cage is out to find the person who stole his pig. While the premise may seem silly, the story in its entirety is a sophisticated and poignant one, and if you watch it with an open mind, a movie that will reward you many times over. The movie manages to pull at our heartstrings, making us sit in front of the screen through this seemingly banal plot.
When we heard Joaquin Phoenix was the lead in this movie, we automatically assumed that the movie was going to be great. The Master definitely lives up to the name of its lead actor, challenging the audiences and appealing to those who are serious about their films. Freddie Quell is a drifter, almost always intoxicated in booze because of an internal struggle with the trauma of World War II. When Freddie meets Lancaster Dodd, the leader of a religious movement called the Cause, Freddie finds himself weirdly attracted to his teachings and gets to know Lancaster better as a mentor and a friend, even if those around Lancaster aren’t very supportive of this.
You might laugh at the thought of video-game graphics in a sci-fi movie, but we thought BOSS LEVEL had a compelling story to tell, something perfect for those nights when you want to have a good time! Roy Pulver dies every day, or better yet, he is stuck in a time-loop that constantly brings him back to the day of his murder. His mission? To find the cause of his untimely murder and break out of the loop to save his family. Frank Grillo, who plays Roy, is perhaps the first person one would think of when hearing this plot - and he does a splendid job at entertaining us throughout the 100 minutes of this adventure.
Big Time Adolescence
The coming-of-age genre of movies is one that has a tried and tested formula for success, but Pete Davidson, who plays the lead in BIG TIME ADOLESCENCE, takes this unique story and finds a new way to make this movie a feel-good one. Zeke is a drug dealer who dropped out of college and soon becomes a mentor and brother to a completely straight, no-nonsense teen Mo, who accepts Zeke for who he is. The movie might sound difficult to pull off, but the scripting for this movie doesn’t feel confusing at all, and we think you’ll have a really good time watching this during your next Netflix-and-chill.
We all know Andy Samberg to be the talented, goofy cop from Brooklyn 99. But in Palm Springs, Andy offers a refreshing performance as a wedding guest who gets stuck in a time loop along with Cristin Milioti, and they develop a romantic relationship day after day after day. The movie finds the right time for jokes that hit below the belt and for sentimentality, making it a gem that gives a new look at the format of romantic comedies. The movie really does evolve from more than just a romantic storyline, and if you’re looking for a film that is heavy-hearted but manages to make you laugh a lot, Palm Springs is a perfect choice.
The teenage hanky-panky-gone-wrong is not a new genre, but Plan B is refreshing to watch simply because of the chemistry between the actors. Sunny and Lupe now have 24 hours to find a Plan B pill, in the conservative town of South Dakota. The movie has its times where the plot seems almost predictable, and then it suddenly takes you through a different route. The script has some great wit, and the charm of the leads makes this movie find its way on this list.
Minding The Gap
We added another documentary to this list because we think this absolutely deserves the spot. Minding The Gap is a story of bonding between three young men, who desire nothing more than to find a way to escape from their volatile families. A documentary of the journey of boys in adulthood and how responsibilities can threaten long-held friendships, we’re given a close-up examination of the impact violence can have on a community and its seeping into the generations that follow. This 93-minute-long documentary can warm your heart with the scenes of boyish friendships and love but can break it too.
Parasite is a movie that shook the world by storm when it was released, and with good reason. Bong Joon Ho created a masterpiece that reminds us of the increasing social gap between the wealthy and the destitute. The Kim family is hired, one by one, to act as aids to the wealthy Park family, and we are shown how greed can evolve within so little time. The build-up of the movie till the final climax, implies a tragic message as it all comes crashing down. The dark humor is a mirror placed right in front of our eyes and helps us further understand this movie's message in its entirety.