The 14 Best Movies to Stream on Hulu Right Now
Hulu, one of the largest streaming services around, keeps a steady selection of new and classic films in rotation. If you're looking for something to watch, check out what's currently available.
1. Ammonite (2020)
Kate Winslet is a celebrated fossil hunter in 1840s England who strikes up a then-scandalous romance with Saoirse Ronan's character in this moving drama. The film is inspired by Mary Anning, who often risked her life in pursuit of fossils but rarely got credit because of her sex.
2. Colossal (2016)
Anne Hathaway is a woman undergoing a life crisis when she discovers she's somehow telepathically connected to a giant kaiju monster in Seoul, South Korea. Before the movie went into production, Godzilla rights holders Toho warned production company Voltage Pictures not to get too close to that monster's likeness and eventually wound up suing for copyright infringement to make certain of it. The two parties settled out of court.
3. Dredd (2012)
Karl Urban dons the helmet of the famous British antihero in this bullet-blasting adaptation of the 2000 AD comic. In Mega City One, one-man judge and jury Dredd goes after a drug ring. This is the second big-screen adaptation, following 1995's Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone.
4. The Nice Guys (2016)
Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling make an unlikely buddy pairing in this comedy written and directed by Shane Black. In 1970s Los Angeles, the two detectives bumble through a seedy underworld to find a missing girl. Black originally wrote it as a television show pilot before deciding it worked better as a movie.
5. Pig (2021)
Nicolas Cage stars in this thoughtful drama about a hermitic truffle hunter whose beloved pet pig goes missing, leading him back to the urban restaurant scene he thought he had left behind. Cage trained with professional chef Gabriel Rucker so he could cook convincingly on camera.
6. 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. A black and white version was released in 2020; Bong Joon-ho felt it gave more weight to the performances.
7. 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 change them forever. (At the behest of Wilde, Dever and Feldstein lived together for 10 weeks before and during the movie to strengthen their chemistry.) 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.
8. Logan (2017)
Hugh Jackman wraps up his tenure as Wolverine in this epilogue of an X-Men film that sees the title character caring for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and befriending a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who might be as savage as he is. Along with co-writers Michael Green and Scott Frank, co-writer and director James Mangold received a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination at the Academy Awards for his film, the first writing nomination afforded to a superhero comic book movie.
9. Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
Video game adaptations are always tricky, but this live-action/CGI hybrid based on the famed Sega icon manages to be a charmer. After the eponymous hedgehog pops up in a small town, the evil Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) attempts to catch him at any cost. But the film didn't have an easy gestation period: When its trailer debuted, fans responded harshly to Sonic's design, leading filmmakers to quickly revamp his look before the movie's release.
10. 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. In this movie, the filmmaker adapts the work of author James Baldwin (who also worked as a film critic) 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.
11. Gone Girl (2014)
David Fincher directs this thriller based on the Gillian Flynn novel about a woman (Rosamund Pike) who goes missing, leaving her bereaved husband (Ben Affleck) juggling a persistent media and questions over his possible culpability. Boston native and avowed Red Sox fan Affleck reportedly clashed with Fincher after the director asked him to wear a Yankees cap while in character. The actor refused, insisting he'd never hear the end of it from fans. After four days of negotiations, the two compromised: Affleck wore a Mets hat.
12. Hustlers (2019)
Jennifer Lopez headlines this ripped-from-the-headlines drama about exotic dancers in New York City who decide to strip customers of their cash. Among their targets was a doctor who rang up $135,000 in bills at the strip club.
13. Sweet Virginia (2017)
Jon Bernthal is a physically weathered former rodeo rider who crosses paths with a killer (Christopher Abbott) in a small town in this effective crime tale. Though it's steeped in American sensibilities, the script was written by Benjamin and Paul China, two brothers hailing from England and living in Australia.
14. The Conversation (1974)
Gene Hackman stars in this classic chapter in '70s film paranoia about a surveillance expert who finds himself questioning his profession when his recordings lead to murder. It lost the 1975 Best Picture Oscar, but director Francis Ford Coppola wasn't too upset—his The Godfather Part II won instead.