50 of the Best Movies to Watch on Hulu Right Now

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Hulu isn’t just for catching up on currently airing TV shows and bingeing The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s home to hundreds of great movies—classics, modern favorites, and Hulu originals. Here are 50 of the best movies currently streaming across all genres.

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1. The Others (2001)
A woman (Nicole Kidman) believes her home is haunted.

2. Drinking Buddies (2013)
Two couples go on a weekend trip and reevaluate their relationships. Featuring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson (New Girl), Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston (Office Space, A Million Little Things).

3. The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides. Follows a group of friends who become fascinated by five sisters in suburban Detroit in the mid-1970s.

4. Flower (2017)
Part-comedy, part-drama. Erica (Zoey Deutch) is a sexually curious teen who forms a kinship with her troubled soon-to-be stepbrother.

5. Arrival (2016)
Follows characters played by Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker as they embark on an expedition to communicate with alien lifeforms who have landed on Earth.

6. I, Tonya (2017)
Award-winning film tells the story of U.S. competitive figure skater Tonya Harding (played by Margot Robbie), made infamous for a violent incident involving fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.

7. Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
A 16th century version of Cinderella, starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston.

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8. Bend it Like Beckham (2002)
The movie that probably made you want to take up soccer as a kid. Starring Kiera Knightley and Parminder Nagra (who most recently played Dr. Lapham in the internet’s current obsession, Bird Box).

9. Rent (2005)
“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes / How do you measure, measure a year?” The film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about a group of friends in the East Village of NYC.

10. Rain Man (1988)
Follows Charlie (Tom Cruise) and his recently discovered, autistic brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) on a cross-country journey.

11. Shutter Island (2010)
You might not understand any of it, but it’s definitely worth watching. Shutter Island follows a U.S. Marshal (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he investigates an escape from a hospital for the criminally insane, located on a remote island.

12. The Hot Chick (2002)
A ridiculous body-switching tale starring Rachel McAdams and Rob Schneider.

13. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
The original version (directed by Wes Craven—also known for A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream), which inspired a remake in 2006. Follows a family whose car breaks down in the middle of nowhere as they encounter a band of violent savages.

14. Up in the Air (2009)
Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) travels for a living and loves his lifestyle—that is, until a new hire (played by Anna Kendrick) throws everything for a loop.

15. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
The infamous horror musical, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Alan Rickman (RIP, Professor Snape).

16. Jerry Maguire (1996)
“SHOW ME THE MONEY!” Sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) decides to venture out as an independent agent.

17. 28 Days Later… (2002)
A mysterious disease breaks out and rapidly spreads throughout the UK. A handful of survivors try to survive.

18. Closer (2004)
An all-star cast (Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen) plays two couples whose lives intertwine as they meet under different circumstances.

19. Jane Eyre (1996)
Based on Charlotte Brontë’s book, Jane Eyre follows the titular character—an orphan who is sent to a harsh school for girls, where she eventually learns to become a teacher.

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20. Serendipity (2001)
A man (John Cusack) and woman (Kate Beckinsale) search for each other again years after falling in love one fateful night.

21. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)
I invented Post-its.

22. Heathers (1988)
One of Winona Ryder’s most iconic roles. A cult-classic film with so many great one-liners.

23. A Walk to Remember (2002)
The film that sparked your Nicholas Sparks obsession.

24. 9 to 5 (1980)
Females asserting their power in the workplace. Starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lily Tomlin.

25. Teen Wolf (1985)
Michael J. Fox plays a high school werewolf—long before Twilight and the like…

26. Shrek (2001)
Relive your childhood (and actually get the jokes this time).

27. Wonder (2017)
Get your tissues ready for this heartwarming story of August Pullman (played by Jacob Tremblay of Room fame), a fifth grader with facial differences.

28. Antz (1998)
The other animated ant movie from your childhood that got overshadowed by A Bug’s Life but truly deserves more attention.

29. The Commuter (2018)
Liam Neeson does what he does best: plays an ex-cop who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy on an average day.

30. Annihilation (2018)
Biologist Lena (Natalie Portman) signs up for a dangerous mission into a secured plot of land where the laws of science and nature don’t apply. Also stars Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Oscar Isaac.

31. Basic Instinct (1992)
A violent police detective (played by Michael Douglas) investigates a brutal murder, which somehow involves a novelist (played by Sharon Stone).

32. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
One of two movies that launched Marilyn Monroe into stardom. Features the timeless song, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

33. The NeverEnding Story (1984)
A cult-classic fantasy film about a boy who transports into the world of a mysterious book.

34. Patch Adams (1998)
Robin Williams plays Patch Adams, a man who seeks to become a doctor who helps people through humor and emotional connection.

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35. Pet Sematary (1989)
Classic Stephen King. Maybe don’t watch this one alone.

36. Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Stars Lakeith Stanfield (Get OutAtlanta) and Tessa Thompson (Westworld) in this alternate version of present-day Oakland. Telemarketer Cassius Green (Stanfield) plays a telemarketer who discovers a magical key to professional success.

37. Stronger (2017)
Based on the true story of Jeff Bauman (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), who lost his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

38. Detroit (2017)
A drama inspired by the 1967 Detroit riots, starring John Boyega (Star Wars) and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt LockerCaptain America).

39. Fantasia 2000 (1999)
An updated version of the original Fantasia (1940) film set to great works of classical music.

40. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
A young Abigail Breslin teaches us the meaning of confidence and self-love. Also stars Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, and Steve Carrell.

41. Sideways (2004)
The award-winning tale of two middle aged men who take a road trip through California’s wine country.

42. Winter’s Bone (2010)
Jennifer Lawrence scored an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of Ree, a young woman who tries to keep her family afloat while searching for her drug-dealing father.

43. Amélie (2001)
The tale of a French woman, Amélie, as she discovers love, beauty, and human connection.

44. Scent of a Woman (1992)
Prep school student Charlie (Chris O’Donnell) agrees to “babysit” the blind veteran Lt. Col. Frank Slade (Al Pacino) for a weekend.

45. Pleasantville (1998)
1990s siblings David (Tobey Maguire) and Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) find themselves transported into 1950s sitcom neighborhood Pleasantville, where they help the town’s residents discover sexuality, independence, and individual thought.

46. Gangs of New York (2002)
Oscar-nominated film set in 1862 New York. It follows Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he seeks vengeance against his father’s killer (played by Daniel Day-Lewis).

47. Jeff Who Lives at Home (2011)
Jeff (Jason Segel) lives in his mother’s basement and seldom leaves. He ends up spending an eye-opening day with his brother (played by Ed Helms) in the outside world.

48. Beatriz at Dinner (2017)
Beatriz, a holistic medicine practitioner (Salma Hayek), ends up out of her element at a wealthy client’s dinner party after her car breaks down.

49. Young Adult (2011)
Charlize Theron plays a recently divorced woman who returns to the small town where she grew up.

50. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Four drug addicts find their lives crashing down in front of them.

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Kaitlin Willow

Kaitlin is Founder and Editor in Chief of The Vim. She works for Dermstore during the day and writes novels and short stories in the evenings. She lives in Long Beach, California with the coolest dog in the world, Benny. (Find him on Instagram: @bennythejetsetter)

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