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 yourself!
Dr. Freddy Ginwala is not a very sociable person. His introverted nature sees him frequently excluded from his circles, at work and with family. Even as he is perceived as a loser by everyone he knows, he has a darker side, which he is careful to hide.
Played by Karthik Aryan, a young actor with much acting potential, the psychological thriller follows a line of obsessive love, anger, desperation, frustration and cold-blooded behavior. The movie keeps you engaged throughout its screen time and heavily emphasizes topics few movies open up about.
Girl in the Shed: The Kidnapping of Abby Hernandez (2022)
Abby Hernandez was only 14 years old when she was abducted and put in a soundproof shipping container for nine months. Desperately keeping hope alive, she survives physical, sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of her kidnapper.
Her chance to change it all appears when he asks her to write a letter to her family to stop looking for her. Girl in the Shed: The Kidnapping of Abby Hernandez is a horrifying accurate retelling of the true story, and it is inspiring to see what Abby Hernandez could go through.
Changing the Game (2019)
A relevant movie to watch in the present, Changing the Game is a story told right from the victims – young transgender high school athletes who want to play their sport but are caught up in the surrounding political movement due to no fault of their own.
The three athletes here are Mack Beggs, Sarah Rose Huckman and Andraya Yearwood, who open up about the struggles and what keeps them going at it the next day. An important movie made at an important moment in history, Changing the Game is courageous, tear-jerking and inspiring.
The Bob's Burgers Movie (2022)
A must-watch for fans of the show, The Bob's Burgers Movie follows the life of Bob, who runs a burger shop handed down across generations. With the struggles of being a small businessman and a parent, the summer turns out to be no good for him when a water main ruptures right in front of his entrance, making it impossible for customers to visit his burger shop.
And while the parents try to cook up ways to keep doing business, the kids embark on a journey to solve a mystery that could be what the community needs.
The inspiration for Hellraiser comes from the famous horror 1987 classic of the same name by Clive Barker. Brought to life in its new fashion by David Bruckner, the story follows Odessa A’zion, a recovering drug addict who finds an intriguing ancient puzzle box to keep herself from relapsing.
But she is unaware that her solving the puzzle would open a door between dimensions, and the Cenobites, who are waiting on the other side, are not the kind you want to entertain in your world. A movie that takes the best from the original script and the previous visual adaptations that came before it, Hellraiser is a movie you will not want to watch alone.
Deep Water (2022)
Taking the acclaimed novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, Deep Water is filled with twists and turns and will have you gripped throughout the two hours of its duration. Vic and Melinda have the perfect marriage, according to those around them.
But this couldn’t be farther from the truth, as there is more to each of them that meets the eyes of outsiders. The movie follows their various mind games with each other, and what happens to those who get caught up in between. The movie is alluring, and the steady storytelling keeps your interest running.
For those looking for a fresh take on a time-old classic, Rosaline is the story of Romeo and Juliet but told through the eyes of Rosaline, Romeo’s previous girlfriend. Enraged that Romeo tells Juliet the promises he told her just three days ago, Rosaline decides to end their relationship and possible marriage, in an effort to win Romeo back.
What ensues is a frisky, charming comedy with superb acting from Kaitlyn Denver, who plays the role of Rosaline. A concept that no one could have imagined would be made, this movie is a splendid example of what creative comedy can bring forth.
Discover what birthed the beginning of the Predator, the intergalactic hunter who has kept audiences gripped to their chairs, waiting for what would happen to those caught between his crosshairs.
The story of Prey unfolds in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, where the earliest inhabitants of the region face off against this otherworldly foe, and only one of them will walk away in one piece.
Not Okay (2022)
We’ve come to understand that the online lives we see on social media couldn’t be further from the truth, but something about it makes us want it more. In Not Okay, Danni Sanders is a lost writer who unsuccessfully tries to find fame for herself, but a fateful trip to Paris turns her life upside down.
With everything she has ever desired, she doesn’t know how to handle it when her image comes crashing down like a house of cards.
Hatching is a movie where the director finds a subtle tasteful blend between the horror and coming-to-age genres. Tinja is a gymnast who does everything she can to please her mother.
One day, she finds a strange egg that belonged to a wounded bird and brings it home. But what emerges turns out to be her best friend but the doom for her family.
Active Measures (2018)
There’s far more to the world than what is shown across global news channels, as Active Measures rightly points out throughout the movie.
The movie highlights the rise of Vladimir Putin, and the history of his covert political conquest to control what happens in the world. You’ll realize how deep the rabbit hole goes, making it outrageous yet intensely compelling.
On The Count Of Three (2021)
There’s a simple joy in watching On The Count Of Three, where two friends jest about how life was for them on the last day of their lives. Jerrod Carmichael makes his mark with this directional debut, covering a wide range of topics important to today’s time.
Mental health, friendship, and the brutality of existence. There’s a significant chunk of lessons to take away from this, which Is why you should watch it.
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022)
Calling Good Luck to You, Leo Grande a radical movie would be an understatement, but that’s how it feels – and in a good way. Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack find a delicate balance and walk the tightrope to perfection, making this a movie you absolutely cannot miss.
Nancy Stokes hires Leo Grande, a sex worker to help her with her post-marital sexual awakening, and it sparks a connection between them that surprisingly carries the whole movie. Thought-provoking and introspective, few movies can charm, shine bright and yet carry an important message at the end – this movie does all this flawlessly.
Fire Island (2022)
Fire Island is a movie that was long due in our multicultural cinema archives. A modern-day rom-com that explores all forms of queerness in the iconic Pines, the movie begins with two best friends on a mission to have the best summer adventure ever.
Many moments could be classified as cliché, but now more than ever, it is necessary to bring them to the big screen with a plotline like this. But don’t worry that it will be too serious of a movie – it is modern and funny to the hilt.
First, we think the refugee experience is one that most of us cannot understand. Flee helps us understand some of it, through an incredibly well-told story that can break your heart but leave you stronger in the end. Amin Nawabi has secrets he never told anyone, not even his soon-to-be husband.
In the process of self-discovery, he must recollect memories from his past – escaping Afghanistan as a child refugee, leaving his brother behind, and escaping with a channel of human traffickers. Taking this difficult topic and turning it into one that people cannot keep their eyes off – could very well be the greatest achievement of Amin Nawabi and filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen.
The Princess (2022)
Joey King and Dominic Copper provide an entertaining dynamic in The Princess, which is action-packed, funny and fun to watch when you have time to kill. Kidnapped and locked up in a tower because she refused to be traded like a piece of property to Julius, a sociopathic king, the Princess must find a way to protect her family and keep her kingdom from falling into the hands of Julius.
The action-adventure elements in this movie make it easy to watch, and you develop a certain kinship with the Princess. While there is nothing new to offer to the viewer, the movie still makes for an entertaining watch.
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 must 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 ends. 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 an unexpected relationship with a teammate, she must erase her conceptions about love and rediscover what it means.
While the story does follow an old plotline, the cast has chemistry that makes this show a cute one to watch. It stands out by giving queer kids a story they can believe is possible for their times.
No Exit (2022)
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 watch this with you.
The Valet (2022)
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 as 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, 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. We think an entertaining watch is the best companion for your glass.
Fresh is a unique movie that combines horror, comedy, and drama to make its 114-minute runtime 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 to give her number to Steve, whom she met at the grocery store.
One date in, and Noa is infatuated, 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 (2021)
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 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 sometimes be unpleasant to watch. But the reality of how we play different roles keeps you glued to the screen.
Nightmare Alley (2021)
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 New York City's wealthy elite 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 his work. 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 were 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 Conversation (1974)
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 record 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.
Summer Of Soul (2021)
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.
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 of bringing together estranged family members, as Melancholia shows. When a planet has set its course to crash with Earth, Justine and Claire, played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, deal with the situation differently.
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 must agree that it is a true masterpiece.
Frances McDormand has had a stellar acting career in Hollywood, and we think Nomadland was one of her finest performances. 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 owns.
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, searching for something that can help her find meaning. Few movies 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 pulls at our heartstrings, making us sit in front of the screen through this seemingly banal plot.
Boss Level (2020)
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 (2019)
The coming-of-age genre of movies 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.
Palm Springs (2020)
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 does evolve from more than just a romantic storyline, and if you’re looking for a heavy-hearted film that manages to make you laugh a lot, Palm Springs is a perfect choice.
Plan B (2021)
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 when 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 (2018)
We added another documentary to this list because we think this 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 their volatile families.
In a documentary on boys' journey 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.
The parasite is a movie that shook the world 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. One by one, the Kim family is hired 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.