The 16 Best Movies to Stream on Hulu Right Now

Stephan James and KiKi Layne star in If Beale Street Could Talk (2018).
Stephan James and KiKi Layne star in If Beale Street Could Talk (2018).
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As stressful and isolating as it can be, the current coronavirus quarantine has become a wide-open space to catch up on all of the great random movies you've dogeared in your mind over the years. At the same time, streaming services like Hulu and their algorithmic magic offer plenty of suggestions for what might be similar, if entirely unknown, to check out as a follow-up.

Moviegoers old enough to remember video stores need no longer miss the personal touch of that one familiar clerk who could always guide you in the right direction; on Hulu, all you need to do is watch one movie involving, hmm—Athletics? Politics? Romance? Fine Dining?—and their electronic elves will sort you out with another title almost certainly destined to be a future favorite. To get you started, here are some of the best movies streaming on Hulu right now.

1. Parasite (2019)

If you missed this 2020 Best Picture Oscar winner, you no longer have any excuse: Bong Joon-ho’s darkly funny drama about members of a low-income family grifting their way into the lives of a rich one has a lot to say and does it deftly and delightfully. Even though it’s right out in the open, the Korean director’s social commentary feels effortlessly injected into the intriguing drama of the story, where opportunities for financial and social advancement lead to unexpected—and tragic revelations—that leave both families forever changed.

2. Booksmart (2019)

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut gives coming-of-age movies a fresh coat of paint, focusing on two young overachieving girls and their efforts to get into their first ever bit of trouble on the night before graduation. Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever play Molly and Amy (respectively), two young women eager for life experiences as if they’re checkmarks on their permanent record, only to get into some hijinks that they couldn’t predict that would change them forever. Alternately hilarious, heartbreaking, and eye-opening, Wilde presented a new side of her own creativity while delivering one of the year’s most entertaining films.

3. Fighting with my Family (2019)

Unless it’s starring or based on Dwayne Johnson, the prospect of a movie about wrestling might not immediately grab you as a must-see movie. But this story—written and directed by Stephen Merchant (who co-created The Office and Extras with Ricky Gervais) and based on WWE contender Paige—offers a raucous, empowering journey for one young woman battling her way to a dream career while facing her deepest fears and coming to terms with a family legacy she never expected to have to carry. The great Florence Pugh (Midsommar) plays Saraya, the future WWE champion named Paige, while Game of Thrones’s Lena Headey, Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz) and Vince Vaughn (Swingers) put her through her paces to guarantee she makes the grade. (Oh, and don’t worry: The Rock makes a cameo as himself.)

4. Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Director Boots Riley scored a hit with this satire about a black telemarketer (Lakeith Stanfield) who ascends the corporate ladder by affecting a "white" voice on the telephone. What begins as a biting commentary on capitalism takes a turn into fantasy as Riley deftly navigates a journey through an increasingly surrealistic—yet culturally resonant—landscape.

5. Active Measures (2018)

In an era of endless political sniping and dizzying misinformation, Jack Bryan’s 2018 documentary lays out a road map between Vladimir Putin’s rise to power in Russia and his connections to a number of high-profile American businessmen and politicians. Bryan’s long view of the last four decades of American business and policy is by turns deeply informative and absolutely shocking, providing a revolving door of unassailable experts to force audiences to question their deepest beliefs and stir irrepressible outrage.

6. Creed II (2018)

After watching Ryan Coogler brilliantly resurrect the Rocky franchise into a saga of fathers and sons, legacy and identity, you might have skipped this sequel, wondering what else is there to do after young Donnie (Michael B. Jordan) lives up to the shadow of his later father. Well, Stephen Caple Jr.'s sequel tackles that question head-on—not just deepening the generational themes of its predecessor, but delivering amazing performances from Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, and Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago, mounting a comeback on his own son’s shoulders.

7. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Barry Jenkins’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning Moonlight deserves to be rediscovered and appreciated even more now than ever, as the filmmaker adapts the work of author James Baldwin with a bittersweet story of a young black man named Fonny (Stephan James) whose plans with his future wife Tish (Kiki Layne) are threatened after he’s arrested for a crime he did not commit. Regina King won an Oscar for her performance as Tish’s mother Sharon, who seeks justice for Fonny as the gears of law enforcement grind into action. It's a story about both systemic racism and the ongoing fears harbored by people of color as well as one of hope and resilience in the face of oppression and seemingly insurmountable adversity. If Beale Street Could Talk allows Jenkins to tell a profound, inspiring story of persistence and love that never fails to acknowledge an unhappy, unfair reality.

8. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie continues to chart an increasingly exciting (and dangerous) path for Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, who not only performs some of the most incredible stunts of the series (including a phenomenal motorcycle pursuit down the streets of Paris, a low-altitude jump out of a real plane, and a death-defying climb underneath a helicopter during an aerial chase), but finds himself caught up in more complex political machinations than ever—including new characters connected in mysterious ways to his past. There are few readily available thrill rides better than ones featuring Cruise, and this one delivers especially handsomely.

9. A Quiet Place (2018)

This 2018 horror film—co-written, directed by, and starring John Krasinski—delivers thrills aplenty with the story of a family attempting to survive a post-apocalyptic event where extraterrestrial creatures hunt humanity’s last dregs with a sense of hearing that forces scavengers to remain permanently silent. The thrill of watching Krasinski’s blockbuster is finding yourself trying to stay absolutely silent while watching it as the skilled storyteller ratchets up tension with one tough scenario after another. Meanwhile, terrific performances from Krasinski and his real-life wife Emily Blunt convey their terrifying plight with palpable realism.

10. Colossal (2016)

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) wakes up one day to find she's somehow linked to a giant rampaging monster in Seoul, South Korea. What could have been a one-joke premise is instead an interesting study of how trauma can manifest itself—in anger, in resentment, or in a beast the size of a skyscraper.

11. Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016)

En route to turning Thor into the comedic lunkhead he was always meant to be in Ragnarok, writer-director Taika Waititi crafted this sweetly irreverent story about a Tupac-obsessed orphan (Julian Dennison) who teams up with his reluctant foster father (Sam Neill) to evade the cops after an overzealous child welfare worker (Rachel House) decides he is in imminent danger. Waititi’s idiosyncratic humor and irresistible sentimentality are both vividly on display in this affecting, woefully underappreciated comedy.

12. Tangerine (2015)

Before Sean Baker embarked on his Oscar-nominated The Florida Project, he co-wrote and directed this drama about two transgender sex workers struggling through a tough but frequently funny life up and down Los Angeles’s Santa Monica Boulevard. Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor give star-making performances as the raucous, resilient women navigating complicated relationships and challenging lives, while Baker gives their plight a delicate, sumptuous beauty—which is particularly amazing considering the film was shot on three iPhones (so there's no excuse for bad selfies!).

13. The Wave (2015)

This Norwegian thriller is that rarest of actions films—a disaster movie that feels intimate. After a tsunami devastates his coastal town, a geologist (Kristoffer Joner) has only minutes to navigate the evacuation and find his wife and child before it's too late.

14. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

While the prospect of watching world-class sushi being prepared in Japan already makes this worth watching, David Gelb’s documentary about an 85-year-old master dives into legacies fulfilled and generations passing along singular traditions while your mouth is watering at some of the most enticing food you’ll ever see. As Jiro’s 50-year-old son prepares to inherit his father’s business—after a few more years of training—Gelb showcases the precision, routine, and training that goes into creating something with the world-class flavors that the elder sushi maker has developed. It also gives you some great ideas for dinner, and something to save up for when you can travel the world again.

15. Up in the Air (2009)

George Clooney and Vera Farmiga are winning in this amiable drama about corporate downsizing specialist Ryan Bingham (Clooney) who prefers a life of travel to settling down. That could change when he meets Alex (Farmiga), who may want to see more of him on the ground. As his duties orchestrating mass layoffs wear him down, Ryan trains a new recruit (Anna Kendrick) who aims to keep the process going.

16. Casino (1995)

Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci team up once more for this saga of organized crime. Based on a true story, Casino follows Sam "Ace" Rothstein (De Niro), who tries to balance his Las Vegas casino operations with a private life ruled by his mercurial wife Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone). All the parties know the genre at this point, and watching them display their talents is the filmmaking equivalent of a full house.

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From Ear to Eternity: When Mike Tyson Bit Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield (L) and Mike Tyson (R) compete in their rematch in Las Vegas on June 28, 1997. The bout would make sports history.
Evander Holyfield (L) and Mike Tyson (R) compete in their rematch in Las Vegas on June 28, 1997. The bout would make sports history.
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As the 16,000 spectators began filing out of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, following a night of fights on June 28, 1997, MGM employee Mitch Libonati noticed something strange on the floor of the boxing ring. He later described it as being roughly the size of a fingernail, with the texture of a piece of hot dog or sausage.

It was no concession stand remnant. It was a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear.

Wrapping the morsel of flesh in a latex glove, Libonati hurried backstage, where Holyfield was conferring with officials and doctors after his opponent, Mike Tyson, had been disqualified for biting him on the left ear. In all the commotion, Libonati wasn't allowed inside the room. But Michael Grant, one of Holyfield’s training partners, accepted the ear fragment on Holyfield’s behalf.

Libonati’s discovery was the climax to one of boxing’s most controversial and bizarre evenings, one in which "Iron" Mike Tyson—the most famous fighter of his era—meted out a savage reprimand for what he perceived was dirty fighting on the part of Holyfield. The ear-biting far exceeded the brutal underpinnings of boxing and added to Tyson's reputation as a frenzied combatant both in and out of the ring.

 

Mike Tyson’s collision with Evander Holyfield had started when the two were just teenagers. On the amateur circuit, they had sparred together—not quite knowing the heights each would achieve, but understanding the other would be a formidable obstacle if they were to ever meet as professionals.

Evander Holyfield (L) had success against Mike Tyson (R) early on.Focus On Sport/Getty Images

Tyson was a prodigy, having won the heavyweight championship of the world in 1986 at the age of 19 and dominating the division up until an upset loss to James “Buster” Douglas in Tokyo, Japan, in 1990. Holyfield was the lighter fighter at cruiserweight (190 pounds), moving up to the heavyweight division in 1988 and gaining respect for his trilogy with Riddick Bowe.

Long before that fateful night in 1997, Tyson's personal life had started to overshadow his accomplishments inside the ring: An allegedly abusive marriage to actress Robin Givens darkened his image in the media and ended in a very public divorce after just one year. In 1992, a rape conviction sidelined the fighter for more than three years while he served out his prison sentence.

When Tyson returned to the ring, he rattled off a string of wins against fighters not quite at his level, including Peter McNeeley, Buster Mathis Jr., Frank Bruno, and Bruce Seldon. Holyfield had stepped away from competition in 1994, but as Tyson knocked off inferior opponents, talk of a bout with Holyfield intensified. Finally, the two met in Las Vegas on November 9, 1996, with Tyson a 17-1 favorite over the semi-retired Holyfield.

Holyfield would prove his doubters wrong. Through 11 rounds of action, he outmaneuvered and outclassed Tyson by negating his opponent's power with movement and volume. Holyfield also landed headbutts that were declared unintentional, but to Tyson seemed deliberate. Before the fight could see a 12th round, Holyfield knocked Tyson down and earned a technical knockout victory.

 

While it was an undoubtedly disappointing moment for Tyson, an upset in boxing virtually guarantees a lucrative rematch deal. Both men agreed to meet a second time, with Holyfield earning $35 million and Tyson getting $30 million. Tyson’s camp, however, insisted that the referee from the first bout, Mitch Halpern, not be booked for the second, because Tyson felt he failed to call the illegal headbutts. The Nevada State Athletic Commission didn’t want to be seen capitulating to Tyson’s demands, but Halpern stepped aside voluntarily. So referee Mills Lane took his place.

Evander Holyfield (L) and Mike Tyson (R) first met as amateurs.Focus On Sport/Getty Images

Before a huge crowd full of A-list celebrities like Sylvester Stallone and a then-record 1.99 million households that had purchased the event on pay-per-view, Tyson and Holyfield met for a second time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 28, 1997. While Holyfield took the first round, Tyson appeared fit and adaptive, and came out blazing in round two. Then, just as Tyson had feared, Holyfield’s headbutt struck him again.

The clash of heads opened a cut over Tyson’s right eye, which threatened to obscure his vision as the fight went on. It also opened a reservoir of frustration in the fighter that would manifest in a spectacularly violent way.

Coming out for the third round, Tyson had forgotten his mouthpiece and had to go back and retrieve it—a foreshadowing of things to come. His aggression was working against Holyfield, but with 40 seconds left in the round, the two clinched up. Tyson moved his mouth so it was near Holyfield’s right ear. With his mouthpiece still in place, he clamped down on the ear, ripped the top off, and spat it along with his mouthguard onto the canvas.

Holyfield jumped up in the air in shock and pain. Referee Mills Lane was initially confused by what had happened until Holyfield’s trainers, Don Turner and Tommy Brooks, yelled out what Tyson had done. Lane called for a doctor then told Marc Ratner, the executive director of the athletic commission, that he was going to end the fight. Ratner asked if he was sure. Seeing Holyfield was bleeding from his ear but otherwise ready to fight, Lane waved the two men back into competition.

Incredibly, Tyson bit Holyfield a second time, this time on the left ear, before the round ended. This time, Lane was aware of what was happening and had seen enough. Before the start of the fourth round, he disqualified Tyson.

 

That was far from the end of it. Realizing he had lost the fight, Tyson grew incensed, shoving Holyfield from behind and pawing at the security guards who had stormed the ring in an attempt to restore order.

After the bout, Tyson didn’t appear to be overly contrite. He explained that he was frustrated at Holyfield headbutting him without being penalized, and said he had lost control.

An emotional Mike Tyson reacts to his disqualification loss to Evander Holyfield.Focus On Sport/Getty Images

“Listen,” Tyson said. “Holyfield is not the tough warrior everyone says he is. He got a nick on his ear and he quit.”

Tyson believed his retaliation was justified. “This is my career," he said. "I’ve got children to raise and this guy keeps butting me, trying to cut me and get me stopped on cuts. I’ve got to retaliate. What else could I do? He didn’t want to fight. I’m ready to fight right now. Regardless of what I did, he’s been butting me for two fights. I got one eye. He’s not impaired. He’s got ears. I’ve got to go home and my kids will be scared of me. Look at me, look at me, look at me!”

Two days later, Tyson issued a tempered apology in an effort to minimize the consequences, but it was too late. In addition to losing his boxing license in the state of Nevada, Tyson was fined 10 percent of his purse, or $3 million, which was thought to be the largest fine in sports at the time.

 

Tyson could never entirely shake the stigma of his actions. When a lucrative bout with Lennox Lewis was being planned in 2002, the fight ultimately ended up taking place in Memphis, Tennessee; Nevada refused to restore Tyson's license following a press conference brawl between the two men.

Tyson ultimately continued competing through 2005, when he lost his last bout to Kevin McBride. Holyfield retired in 2011. Earlier this year, the 54-year-old Tyson expressed a desire to return to the ring. The fighter once known as "The Baddest Man on the Planet" is scheduled to fight Roy Jones Jr. on November 28, 2020. Yet Holyfield, now 57 years old, remains a possible future opponent.

The two have occasionally interacted in public in interviews, with Tyson expressing remorse and Holyfield admitting he briefly thought about biting Tyson on his face right back. The pair even filmed a spot for Foot Locker in which Tyson “gave” Holyfield the missing piece of his ear.

In reality, Holyfield never did get his ear back. After Mitch Libonati handed it over to Michael Grant, the piece somehow fell out of the latex glove while being transported to the hospital.

Many fighters talk about leaving a little piece of themselves in the ring. It’s usually metaphorical. For Evander Holyfield, it was simply the truth.