50 Best Movies Currently Available on Hulu – as Ranked by IMDB

The number of streaming services available seems to be growing by the day, so it can be hard to know where to invest your hard-earned dollars. While Hulu might not have the same recognition as Netflix or Amazon Prime, they certainly have a good selection of programming. Check out this list of the 50 best movies currently available on Hulu.

The Dark Knight (2008)

IMDB Score 9/10

The best of the Christian Bale Batman movies, Heath Ledger stole the show with his unforgettable performance as the Jokers. This is the kind of film that we will be watching over and over again for decades to come.

The Green Mile (1999)

IMDB Score 8.6/10

Tom Hanks is a death row guard. His beliefs are challenged with a prisoner, played by Forest Whitaker arrives. While he has been accused of horrific crimes, he has such a clearly soul that this is difficult to believe. Even more so when the supernatural starts to occur. Hanks’s character struggles to get to the bottom of the mystery and protect the prisoner from brutal justice.

Se7en (1995)

IMDB Score 8.6/10

Still one of the most chilling serial killer movies out there, Morgan Freeman plays a veteran detective who is working with young gun Brad Pitt to hunt the serial killer that claims to kill people because they commit one of the seven deadly sins, and his method of murder matches the crime.

The Pianist (2002)

IMDB 8.5/10

The tragedy of the second world war offers no shortage of opportunities to explore stories )about both human darkness, and human bravery and ability to overcome hardships. This story jumps into this territory telling the story of a Jewish musician in Poland whose art sets him apart from his fellow downtrodden in sometimes uncomfortable ways. This is the film that made Adrien Brody a household name.

The Shining (1980)

IMDB Score 8.4/10

Still one of the most iconic films ever made, Jack Nicholson plays a man who takes his family to an isolated hotel to act as the keeper during the winter down season. The isolation soon starts to get to Nicholson, who is also a writer suffering from writer’s block. But is it just the isolation, or is there something more sinister at work.

Chinatown (1974)

IMDB Score 8.2/10

Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway star in this classic detective story about a private eye who takes on a case, but gets more than he bargained for. Soon he is the one in the frame for some serious crimes, and he must figure out how to save himself and clear his name.

Shutter Island (2010)

IMDB Score 8.1/10

This thriller stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as a pair of US Marshals on the trail of a murderer who has escaped from a high security prison, or at least that is what they think. What seems to start out as a relatively straight forward mystery soon becomes so twisted that it becomes difficult to determine what is real.

JFK (1991)

IMDB Score 8/10

Still one of America’s greatest mysteries, Kevin Costner stars as a New Orleans District Attorney determined to get to the bottom of the real story of the assassination, against the wishes of everyone around him.

Rain Man (1988)

IMDB Score 8/10

A bonafide classic, Dustin Hoffman delivers a stellar performance as an autistic savant. As an adult he meets up with his brother, played by Tom Cruise, for the first time. The two must learn about each other, and protect each other, as they try and make it in the world together.

Arrival (2016)

IMDB Score 7.9/10

One of the best alien movies to hit screens in recent years, it tackles the question of what would happen if aliens arrived on Earth and they didn’t actually speak English? Alongside Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams plays a linguist recruited to help communicate with alien ships who have landed in different countries all over the world. But can she figure out how to communicate before tensions escalate?

Hero (2002)

IMDB Score 7.9/10

Jet Li stars in this martial arts masterpiece as a Chinese officer in the pre-dynastic period known as Nameless. He defeats three enemies of the powerful ruler Qin, and is summoned to tell Quin the story of his unexpected victories. Also stars Maggie Cheung and Ziyi Zhang.

Let the Right One In (2008)

IMDB Score 7.9/10

This quality Swedish horror has already undergone an American remake, but the original has its own charm. A young bullied boy forms a relationship with a mysterious new girl that moves in next door. While she helps him, she herself may pose a greater threat that he could have imagined.

Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)

IMDB Score 7.8/10

This is one of the few franchises that seems to be getting better with each film. This ambitious action flick starring Tom Cruise, and Simon Pegg as his comedy sidekick, hits all the right notes. The story is easy enough to follow but interesting enough to create a framework for the amazing action scenes that set this movie apart.

The Color Purple (1985)

IMDB Score 7.8/10

This story looks at the life of a young black woman, Celie, played by Whoopi Goldberg, in early 20th century America. The first time we see her she is 14 and pregnant by her own abusive father. This sets the scenes for decades of struggle and abuse that she works tirelessly to overcome. One of the most influential movies ever made.

Shrek (2001)

IMDB Score 7.8/10

There is no question that Shrek was a phenomenon when it first came out, and we all fell in love with our quirky heroes Shrek (Mike Myers), Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz). Relive the magic which will be just as funny and heartwarming as you remember.

Clerks (1994)

IMDB Score 7.7/10

Kevin Smith’s first and most beloved film, it is an understated look at the lives of two convenience clerks as they pass their days filling the moments as they work for minimum wage. The painful story of these young men feels all too real as it feels like you are peaking in at them via the security camera feed.

The Fifth Element (1997)

IMDB Score 7.7/10

Milla Jovovich’s breakout role alongside Bruce Willis, this firm is set in the future where Jovovich is a legendary cosmic weapon, and Willis is a taxi driver who accidentally gets caught up in a villain’s plan to harness the weapon.

Rushmore (1998)

IMDB Score 7.7/10

This film stars Jason Schwartzman as a fifteen-year-old students at a prestigious private school. He is failing almost all of his classes, but he is involved in almost every extracurricular activity offered by the school. This comes to an end when he is put on academic probation. He must find a way to get back to his activities, while also dealing with his crush on the young Miss Cross.

12 Monkeys (1995)

IMDB Score 7.6/10

This Terry Gilliam sci-fi flick is one of Bruce Willis’ best ever roles, and he has had a long career. He plays a convicted felon given the opportunity to earn his freedom, if he agrees to go back in time and identify the true perpetrators of a terrorist attack that changed the world. The time travel elements of the film are well thought through, and Brad Pitt also delivers a strong performance.

13 Assassins (2010)

IMDB Score 7.6/10

A retelling of the famous seven samurai story, expert director Takashi Miike takes us to Edo era Japan for an indulgent swordplay spectacular as thirteen assassins come together to kill one evil overlord. While the story and characters might be archetypal, the visual delivery is simply stunning.

Kick-Ass (2010)

IMDB Score 7.6/10

Who says you need powers to become a superhero? A high school student played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson decides that he wants to become a hero. Starting out by protecting his neighbourhood, he gets drawn into bigger things, and he meets Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage).

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

IMDB Score 7.6/10

A delightfully quirky comedy from Wes Anderson, the film focuses on a family of dysfunctional over-achievers. Secrets are revealed and grievances aired, with the well-written and well-acted characters delivering understated laughs throughout. It has all all-star ensemble cast including Gene Hackman, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson and Danny Glover.

Dazed and Confused (1993)

IMDB Score 7.6/10

This film has nostalgia written all over it features some of Hollywood’s biggest stars before they became household names. Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich and Adam Goldberg, what this movie lacks in imagination and coherent storyline it makes up for in pure style. A classic high school teen comedy.

The Piano (1993)

IMDB Score 7.6/10

A typical story of power, love and betrayal, but expertly delivered. Holly Hunter plays a mute piano player who is sent to New Zealand in the mid-19th century with her daughter, played by a young Anna Paquin, to marry a rich landowner (Sam Neill). A local worker played by Harvey Keitel lusts after the new arrival, with tragic results.

A Quiet Place (2018)

IMDB Score 7.5/10

Starring real life couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, who also directed, they play a couple who life with their children in a post-apocalyptic world. The family must remain silent or risk drawing the attention of the monsters that now inhabit the Earth. There is already talk of a sequel for this critically acclaimed thriller.

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

IMDB Score 7.5/10

A comedy that has stood the test of time, John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin and Kevin Kline star as a group of very different people who come together to commit a crime, but are also determined to double-cross each other along the way.

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

IMDB Score 7.5/10

Two young Americans head to the UK for a trip, but they are attacked by an unbelievable creature that the locals will do anything to hide. One dies, and soon the other finds himself undergoing some scary changes. More than just a monster flick, this John Landis thriller tackles genuine questions of culpability.

I, Tonya (2017)

IMDB Score 7.5/10

Margot Robbie shines in this biopic about ice skater Tonya Harding, telling the story of her unlikely rise through the ranks of American ice skating. It also looks at her potential involvement in the bashing of the legs of one of her teammates, which saw her banned from the sport for life.

Total Recall (1990)

IMDB Score 7.5/10

The original Mars-based thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone is still a sci-fi classic, and better than the remake. Schwarzenegger plays a man who signs up for a popular memory implantation holiday, only to find that the process uncovers real memories. He is an agent on a mission to save the planet Mars.

The Neverending Story (1984)

IMDB Score 7.4/10

A young boy finds a mysterious book that tells a story so fantastic that it is unbelievable. However, it suddenly becomes very real as he is brought into the story. A mainstay of many childhoods, it is a nostalgic watch, and the story is compelling enough to inspire new audiences.

Borat (2006)

IMDB Score 7.3/10

While star Sacha Baron Cohen may be moving into serious roles, we will always be known for his edgy comedy, and Borat is an excellent example of his work. He plays a Kazakh TV personality who heads to the United States. While he plays up every stereotype to create a character that is beyond ridiculous, the commentary is actually on American culture and xenophobia.

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

IMDB Score 7.2/10

This beautifully crafted film mixes an interesting and tragic story with ethereal cinematography to create a memorable masterpiece. Kirsten Dunst leads the ensemble cast. She is one of a groups of daughters of over protective parents that keep them away from the rest of the neighbourhood, which naturally, just makes the neighbourhood fascinated by the group of young women.

Chasing Amy (1997)

IMDB Score 7.2/10

Ben Affleck and Jason Lee play best friends who work together as comic books artists. Their friendship is put to the test when they both fall for the same girl, another comic book artist, played by Joey Lauren Adams. A Kevin Smith film from the height of its popularity, its unique comedy style defined quirky comedy in the 1990s.

Heathers (1988)

IMDB Score 7.2/10

The Mean Girls of the 1980s, this film stars Winona Ryder as a reluctant ‘cool girl’ who has found her way into the clique, but isn’t sure she wants to be there. In walks irresistible bad boy Christian Slater, and he might be able to help. But how much will this help cost.

The Crying Game (1992)

IMDB Score 7.2/10

Jude, played by Miranda Richardson, is an IRA operative that lures British soldier Jody, played by Forest Whitaker, into a trap. When things go wrong, the IRA follow Jody back to London where they get more than they bargained for in Jody’s hairdresser partner Dil, played by Jaye Davidson. The film becomes a mystery as secret upon secret unfold.

Fences (2016)

IMDB Score 7.2/10

This film stars Denzel Washington, which is enough to made it a must-see. He plays a working class African American father in the 1950s dealing with his own past and trying to build a future for is family in a changing world.

Shaolin Soccer (2001)

IMDB Score 7.2/10

More than just another soccer movie. A young Shaolin monk, played by Stephen Chow, tries to reinvigorate his brotherhood by gathering everyone together onto a soccer team, using their incredible martial arts skills to dominate on the field. The result is a visually stunning romp that it is impossible not to enjoy.

Swingers (1996)

IMDB Score 7.2/10

A classic buddy comedy starring Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, they play two struggling actors in LA. While Vaughn’s character is well-established on the LA party scene, Favreau is still yearning of the girl that he left behind in New York. Vaughn tries to get Favreau back on the social scene and teach him the rules of LA.

Bad Lieutenant (1992)

IMDB Score 7.1/10

While men in positions of power doing the unthinkable has become a common theme in films, this performance by Harvey Keitel made the mould. He plays a corrupt New York City police detective whose drug and gambling problems get in the way as he tries to investigate the rape of a young nun.

Beautiful Girls (1996)

IMDB Score 7.1/10

A classic 1990s romantic comedy, Matt Dillon stars as a failing musician who returns to his hometown for a high school reunion. Seeing how all his friends have, or haven’t changed, helps him put his own life in perspective as he decides what the future will hold for him.

Melancholia (2011)

IMDB Score 7.1/10

A new blue planet, called Melancholia, is hurtling on a collision course to Earth. While this hangs over the film, this story is about two sisters with a strained relationship trying to find happiness. Starring Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, the film delivers a subtle but beautiful melancholic atmosphere.

Three Kings (1999)

IMDB Score 7.1/10

George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube star in this thriller set in the aftermath of the Gulf War. Before heading home, this group of American soldiers hear about some gold that has been stolen from Kuwait, and they decide to steal it back, for themselves. As they set out on their selfish mission, they encounter people who need their help. Can they do it all?

The Birdcage (1996)

IMDB Score 7.1/10

A comedy that is either loved or loathed by the LGBTQ community, Robin Williams and Nathan Lane star as an over the top gay couple who agree to pretend to be straight to meet the conservative parents of their son’s fiancé. The setting for comedy hijinks, the story also looks at the importance of accepting who you are, and opening hearts and minds.

Bad Santa (2003)

IMDB Score 7/10

A Christmas movie with a twist, Billy Bob Thornton plays a conman who plans to rob a department store. He gets access by taking a job as the centre Santa, but when this leads him to befriend a troubled child, will he get a new perspective on life? Lots of drinking and hijinks populate this black comedy.

Chicken Run (2000)

IMDB Score 7/10

We all know that the modern life of a chicken is hard, so it is little surprise that they might want to escape their chicken prison. A group of chickens latch onto this possibility when a cockerel apparently flies into their farm. But is everything about this cockerel’s story true? The Great Escape, for chickens.

Annihilation (2018)

IMDB Score 6.9/10

This recent sci-fi flick is better than its relatively quiet release warranted. It stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson as a group of scientists sent into a mysterious zone where the rules of physics do not seem to apply. But what they find there will have a greater meaning both for them individually, and the world.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

IMDB Score 6.9/10

With the reboot set to drop in 2020, it is time to go back to where it all began, and to the film that really started our love affair with Keanu Reeves. He plays half of a high school duo that must travel through time to both save the world, and pass an important exam so they don’t get kicked out of school. Let the games begin.

Wedding Crashers (2005)

IMDB Score 6.9/10

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn play a pair of friends who like to spend their spare time crashing weddings: the food, the drink, the fun. However, things get out of control when they crash the wedding of the daughter of Secretary of State Cleary (Christopher Walken), and both fall for his daughters, played by Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher. Can they maintain their web of lies and get the girls?

Babe (1995)

IMDB Score 6.7/10

While a movie about a pig might not sound that appealing, this heartfelt story of a pig raised by sheepdogs to herd sheep delivers will above expectations. As well as featuring cute animals, it is about breaking the mould and finding acceptance when you do the unexpected.

Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion (1997)

IMDB Score 6.2/10

The ultimate high school reunion, Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow play a pair of ditzy friends that have known each other since they were outcasts in high school. As their ten-year high school reunion approaches they decide that they want to impress all their friends back home by making up imaginary lives. But can they pull it off, and will their friendship survive the mission.

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