February 22, 2024

Hulu had some rough patches in its early days, but it’s quietly become a serious streaming player. While Netflix is still ahead of the pack, and Amazon loops you in because you’re already signed up for their Prime service, you’d be wise to give Hulu a look. The streaming service isn’t just amassing quality TV series like The Handmaid’s Tale and Castle Rock; it also has a surprisingly robust selection of movies.

So if you feel like nothing on Netflix or Amazon is catching your fancy, or if you just want to get the most out of your subscription, take a look at some of the best movies currently available on Hulu.

For more recommendations, check out our list of the best shows on Hulu, best documentaries on Hulu, and best horror movies on Hulu.

Editor’s note: This article was updated February 17th to include Fire Island.

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Prey (2022)prey-social-featured Amber Midthunder

Run Time: 1 hr 40 min | Genre: Action Sci-Fi | Director: Dan Trachtenberg

Cast: Amber Midthunder, Mohammad Albaaj, Dakota Beavers, Michelle Trush, Stormee Kipp, Julian Black Antelope, and Dane DiLiegro

With Prey, the latest film in the Predator franchise, director Dan Trachtenberg simplifies the concept of hunter vs. hunted, placing the iconic villain against Naru (an excellent Amber Midthunder), a Comanche woman in 1719. Prey might be the best film in the franchise, as Trachtenberg builds tension beautifully, and allows for moments of quiet and consideration in this extremely violent and exciting action film. By bringing this franchise back to basics, Trachtenberg and his fantastic cast up the excitement and brilliance of this idea, and make this franchise better than it has been in years. — Ross Bonaime

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Fire Island (2022)


Run Time: 1 hr 45 min | Director: Andrew Ahn

Cast: Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, Margaret Cho

Fire Island is a gloriously queer comedy starring Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live), along with Joel Kim Booster (Loot), who wrote the film as well. Directed by Andrew Ahn, Fire Island is a heartfelt homage to the popular vacation spot smothered in raunchy comedy. Booster’s shrewd script follows a group of friends attempting to recreate the magic they once felt at Fire Island by ensuring this summer is their best one yet. Supporting Yang and Booster on screen is an incredible queer cast, including Matt Rogers (I Love That For You), Conrad Ricamora (How to Get Away with Murder), and icon Margaret Cho. – Yael Tygiel

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On the Count of Three (2021)

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Run Time: 1 hr 26 min | Genre: Drama Comedy Thriller | Director: Jerrod Carmichael

Cast: Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott, Tiffany Haddish, J. B. Smoove, Henry Winkler

Starring Jerrod Carmichael in his directorial debut, On the Count of Three isa touching dark comedy about a suicide pact between best friends. Co-starring opposite Carmichael in the morbid premise is Christopher Abbott (Catch-22). The film follows as the duo acts both recklessly and selflessly to spend their final day taking care of business and tying up loose ends. Based on a screenplay written by Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch, On the Count of Three features a wonderful cast of comedic actors, including Tiffany Haddish and Henry Winkler, with a unique performance from J. B. Smoove. – Yael Tygiel

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The Mummy (1999)

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Run Time: 2 hr 4 min | Genre: Fantasy Action-Adventure | Director: Stephen Sommers

Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Arnold Vosloo, John Hannah, and Kevin J. O’Connor

The Mummy is quite possibly one of the most purely fun blockbusters ever made. Not the 2017Tom Cruise version, mind you. I’m talking aboutStephen Sommers’ 1999 movie, which took the iconic Universal monster and built a swashbuckling adventure story around him. Set in 1926,Brendan Fraser plays an American adventurer who is wrapped up in a search for a lost city, led by a librarian and aspiring archaeologist played byRachel Weisz. They and other treasure hunters end up awaking a terrifying monster, who unleashes a series of plagues on those who dared enter his tomb. With thrills, spills, and chills in equal measure – plus more than a few belly laughs – The Mummy is nothing but a good time. – Adam Chitwood

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A League Of Their Own (1992)

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Run Time: 2 hr 8 min | Genre: Drama Sports | Director: Penny Marshall

Cast: Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Gary Marshall, Bill Pullman, Lori Petty

“There’s no crying in baseball!”A League Of Their Ownhasn’t aged a day and remains just as quotable as ever. The story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League isn’t just a great spotlight for an important historical development; it’s a non-stop laugh riot from the rough early scrimmages to the climactic final game.Penny Marshallshows the eccentricities of each of the players but doesn’t turn them into caricatures. The game footage alone is enough to solidify A League Of Their Own in the baseball movie hall of fame, but it’s the sensitive performances fromGeena DavisandTom Hanksthat make it a heartwarming classic. – Liam Gaughan

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The Drop (2023)

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Run Time: 1 hr 32 min | Genre: Comedy | Director: Sarah Adina Smith

Cast: Jermaine Fowler, Anna Konkle, Jillian Bell

Laughing is probably not the first reaction you’d think of when it comes to the horrifying ordeal of accidentally dropping a baby, but that’s exactly what will happen when you watch the new film The Drop. Starring comedy heavyweights like PEN15’s Anna Konkle and Brittany Runs a Marathon’s Jillian Bell, The Drop sees young couple Lex and Mani (Jermaine Fowler) — who are trying to conceive — travel to a tropical destination for their friend’s wedding. However, when Lex accidentally drops her friend’s baby shortly after arriving, things get ugly and spiral out of control. Messy in the most delightful way, The Drop is a hilarious time.

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Gone in the Night (2022)

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Run Time: 1 hr 30 min | Genre: Mystery Thriller | Director: Eli Horowitz

Cast: Winona Ryder, Dermot Mulroney, John Gallagher Jr., Owen Teague

Gone in the Night is an eerie mystery directed by Eli Horowitz (Homecoming), who co-wrote the script with Matthew Derby. Starring Winona Ryder(Stranger Things), John Gallagher Jr., and Dermot Mulroney (The Righteous Gemstones), Gone in the Night unfolds as Kath (Ryder) and her boyfriend (Gallagher Jr.) retreat to a remote cabin inexplicably occupied by another young couple. After sharing the cabin for the night, Kath awakes to discover that her boyfriend and the young woman (Brianne Tju) have mysteriously disappeared, leaving Kath to obsessively seek an explanation. Twists around every turn, Gone in the Night is a terrifyingly enticing thriller. – Yael Tygiel

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Changing the Game (2019)

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Run Time: 1 hr 28 min | Genre: Documentary | Director: Michael Barnett

Cast: Mack Beggs, Sarah Rose Huckman, Terry Miller, Andraya Yearwood

Directed by Michael Barnett, Changing the Game is a timely documentary exploring the realities of transgender youth in sports.Changing the Game follows several high school athletes who live across the United States competing in different sports and the oppressive challenges they face. Featuring stories from Texas State wrestling champion Mack Beggs, as well as openly transitioning track star Andraya Yearwood from Connecticut, and New Hampshire-based activist and skier Sarah Rose Huckman, each student competitor is on their own unique path. Changing the Game finds them in different stages of both their personal lives and training seasons, yet facing similar discriminatory laws. – Yael Tygiel

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Rosaline (2022)

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Run Time: 1 hr 35 min | Genre: Romantic Comedy | Director: Karen Maine

Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Isabela Merced, Sean Teale, Minnie Driver, Bradley Whitford

Inspired by the Romeo and Juliet characters, Rosaline is a witty romantic comedy starring Kaitlyn Dever(Booksmart) opposite Sean Teale (The Gifted) as Romeo and Isabela Merced (Dora and the Lost City of Gold) as Juliette, Rosaline’s cousin. Rosaline loosely reexamines the Shakespearian tragedy through an amusing perspective of Romeo’s discarded and jilted love, the titular character. An unexpectedly sharp satire based on the clever novel When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle, Rosaline also features charmingly entertaining supporting characters, with Minnie Driver (Chevalier) as Nurse Janet and Bradley Whitford (Godzilla: King of Monsters) in the role of Adrian Capulet. – Yael Tygiel

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Darby and the Dead (2022)

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Run Time: 1 hr 40 min | Genre: Supernatural Teen Comedy | Director: Silas Howard

Cast: Riele Downs, Auli’i Cravalho, Chosen Jacobs, Asher Angel

A surprisingly cute film, Darby and the Dead is a comedy about a teenager named Darby (Riele Downs) who can see and communicate with ghosts, launching her after-school side hustle of helping spirits pass on to the next realm. When the most popular girl in school unexpectedly dies, Darby is haunted by her ghost and reluctantly helps her cross over. Co-starring Asher Angel (Shazam) and Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) as Capri, the popular head cheerleader, Darby and the Dead is an entertaining supernatural romp. Bursting with teen comedy tropes, including an unforgettable make-over and fourth wall breaking, Darby and the Dead is a delightfully adorable movie. – Yael Tygiel

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The Worst Person in the World (2021)the-worst-person-in-the-world

Run Time: 2 hr 1 min | Genre: Romance Drama | Director: Joachim Trier

Cast: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, and Herbert Nordrum

Joachim Trier’s overwhelming third film in his Oslo Trilogy explores how the loves of our life completely evolve who we become. In the opening prologue of The Worst Person in the World, we see as the film’s main character Julie (the brilliant Renate Reinsve) reinvents herself multiple times, unsure that she’s making a decision in her youth that will affect the rest of her life. Trier tells Julie’s story in chapters, each one a new example of how Julie’s choices will define her – for better or for worse. Trier does this with some of the most inventive and captivating filmmaking this year, quirky, without ever being obnoxiously so. But Trier taps into the fear of growing up without entirely being sure who you want to become, or what path you want your life to take. Through The Worst Person in the World, Trier shows that life is all about these reinventions, these choices, these loves, and how beautiful and scary that can make life. — Ross Bonaime

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Fresh (2022)

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Run Time: 1 hr 57 min | Genre: Horror Thriller | Director: Mimi Cave

Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan, Jonica T. Gibbs, Charlotte Le Bon

When it comes to movies about dating in our modern age, few go off the rails quite like Fresh. In Mimi Cave‘s directorial debut, we watch as Nora (Daisy Edgar-Jones) struggles with online dating only to have a pleasant meet-cute at a supermarket with the handsome and charming Steve (Sebastian Stan). But what might be the impetus for a rom-com quickly takes a turn for the worst when Steve’s true colors are shown. He is not just a guy who met a girl in the produce aisle but a procurer of the most taboo of meats: human meat. Stan is surprisingly enjoyable as a cannibal who kidnaps women and keep them alive while harvesting everything from their breasts to a limb. For those looking for the most unconventional of date night movies, give Fresh a try, but leave the dinner for after the show. — Therese Lacson

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Fruitvale Station (2013)

Run Time: 1 hr 25 min | Genre: Drama Romance | Director: Ryan Coogler

Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durald, and Chad Michael Murray

Before Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan made Creed or Black Panther, the two made waves with their Sundance smash Fruitvale Station. While the film scored stellar reviews, The Weinstein Company bungled the release and the movie never found the audience it deserved. But now’s the perfect time to check it out on Netflix. The film is based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a young man who was shot and killed by a BART police officer in Oakland in 2009. Jordan plays Grant and once again proves he’s one of the best actors of his generation, while Coogler handles the story with tact and purpose. It’s tremendously emotional. — Adam Chitwood

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Nightmare Alley (2021)

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Run Time: 2 hr 30 min | Genre: Drama Thriller | Director: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, David Strathairn

When Edmund Goulding‘s 1947 take on Nightmare Alley was released, the film dulled down some harder edges of William Lindsay Gresham‘s book that had been released the year before. That’s certainly not the case with Guillermo del Toro‘s adaptation, a dark, bleak, and often disturbing look at life in a traveling carnival. Cooper gives a commanding performance as Stan Carlisle, who moves from the circus to his own clairvoyant act, which leads to greed, deception, and lies that could be his downfall. Del Toro packs Nightmare Alley with an impeccable cast and a moody sheen full of foreboding. Del Toro is all about showing the monsters within everyday people, and with Nightmare Alley, these monsters are maybe more haunting than they’ve ever been before. — Ross Bonaime

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Spencer (2021)

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Run Time: 1 hr 51 min | Genre: History Drama | Director: Pablo Larrain

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall, Jack Farthing, Sean Harris, Stella Gonet

Kristen Stewart leads on a standout performance as Princess Diana. In a sea of Princess Di adaptations, Spencer stands apart as both a gothic horror and also through Stewart’s emotional performance as a woman trapped in a loveless marriage and with cold in-laws. Drawing parallels between herself and the beheaded English queen Anne Boleyn, Diana becomes increasingly isolated at the foggy cold castle of Balmoral and the inhabitants become increasingly antagonistic. While Spencer plays it fast and loose with historical accuracy it wins with atmosphere and tension. Stewart doesn’t perfectly nail her Lady Di impression, but she gets damn close and her scenes with both Sally Hawkins and Sean Harris are enough to give this feature a shot. – Therese Lacson

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Pig (2021)

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Run Time: 1 hr 32 min | Genre: Drama | Director: Michael Sarnoski

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin, David Knell

One of the best works of 2021 that also proves Nicolas Cage is one of our greatest living actors, Pig is also a sublime reminder that some of the most remarkable films can come when you are least expecting them. It tells the story of Cage’s Rob, a former chef who has become a recluse with his truffle pig in the woods of Oregon following a profound loss. His only contact to the broader world he once knew is Alex Wolff‘s Amir who he sells truffles to, that is until his pig is stolen from him, and he will have to return to the life he used to live in Portland in order to find them. With Amir as his guide, the film becomes a journey through loss and forgiveness as Rob must make peace with the past he left behind. It is still stunning that it is Michael Sarnoski’s debut feature as it is a gorgeously shot meditation on grief that defies expectations to become one of the most moving pieces of art of recent memory. – Chase Hutchinson

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Flee (2021)

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Run Time: 1 hr 29 min | Genre: Animated Documentary | Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Writer: Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Amin

Few films capture the devastation that is wrought on refugees as viscerally as they do in Flee. An animated work of non-fiction, documentarian Jonas Poher Rasmussen helps his childhood friend, Amin, tell the true story of his escape from Kabul, following him through his harrowing journey to Russia, a nightmarish attempt to get into Western Europe in a shipping container, before finally ending in Copenhagen. Flee is immensely personal and that is where it excels. The animation draws you into the past of Amin’s childhood, expertly evoking the immense highs and lows of his story. In many ways, it is not just a story about Amin’s struggles but also his triumphs. This Sundance award winner stayed with me long after I screened it at the festival and will irrevocably change your outlook and understanding of the struggle of refugees. – Therese Lacson

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I, Tonya (2017)

Run Time: 2 hr | Genre: Drama Sport | Director: Craig Gillespie

Cast: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney

Craig Gillespieshows empathy to a villainized figure of the 90s. Anyone interested in the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics was aware of the controversy and drama surrounding the figure skater Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. However, while most in the world turned Harding into the villain of Kerrigan’s story, Gillespie tells us to re-examine our biases and shines a spotlight on a girl who has never had it as easy as her peers. Margot Robbie delivers an electric performance as the tough-as-nails Tonya, while the supporting cast like Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney offer depth to their antagonistic characters that reveal so much more about Tonya’s difficult home life. – Therese Lacson

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Another Round (2020)


Run Time: 1 hr 57 min | Genre: Comedy Drama | Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe, Magnus Millang

The winner of the 2021 Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, Another Round is a movie that starts as a hilarious idea between four friends and quickly becomes a melancholy reflection on life. It begins with a mesmerizing Mads Mikkelsen as Martin who has an otherwise normal life as a teacher. However, Martin is unhappy and looking for something more. That is when he joins his other friends and fellow teachers in drinking all the time to maintain a constant buzz as a test to see how it will impact their lives. It is a sweet portrait of friendship that also becomes a somber experience as their lives begin to unravel as they push themselves too far. It is another outstanding film that unites Mikkelsen and writer-director Thomas Vinterberg, who previously collaborated on the haunting film The Hunt. However, this one also sees Mikkelsen do an impressive and cathartic dance sequence which makes it a must-see on its own. – Chase Hutchinson

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Brothers (2009)

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Run Time: 1 hr 45 min | Genre: War Drama | Director: Jim Sheridan

Cast: Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard, Carey Mulligan

Brothers is hardly the first film about post-traumatic stress disorder, but it’s one of the best. Instead of focusing on the political ramifications of the war in Afghanistan, Brothers keeps its focus squarely on the characters.Tobey Maguireis cast against type as Captain Sam Cahil, a staunch patriot who is dispatched overseas. When Sam is declared MIA, his brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) steps in to provide for his widow Grace (Natalie Portman) and their children. Tommy and Grace begin to fall for each other. Their relationship sparks an intense confrontation when Sam is discovered to be alive and returns home to his family. — Liam Gaughan

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