The 50 best movies on Hulu right now

If you’re looking for the best movies on Hulu, you’ve come to the right place. While the streaming service is better known for its collection of TV shows, there’s no shortage of good movies on Hulu. We update this list monthly, so you can count on each of these recommendations being available when you’re ready for your next night in. Here are the best movies on Hulu right now.

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1) Shutter Island

Martin Scorsese gets to play around in the B-movie sandbox with this twisty thriller. Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo play U.S. Marshals sent to the titular island to investigate the escape of a murderer. Every bit of new information creates more confusion for the Marshals and the audience. Shutter Island is the kind of movie that is one step ahead at every turn, but even astute viewers who figure out what’s coming will still be entertained watching the pieces fit into place.

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2) Training Day

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3) Shoplifters

In the hands of other directors or actors, Shoplifters would be a very different film. But director Hirokazu Kore-eda has an incredible amount of empathy for the family at the center of the film—even when they’re faced with the ethical implications of taking in a young girl who had been abused instead of returning her home. Shoplifters explores what it means to choose your own family and slowly eases viewers in while never completely ignoring the larger moral questions, which makes it all the more devastating when things begin to fall apart. —Michelle Jaworski

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4) Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

This 2017 biopic depicts the origins of Wonder Woman on the comic book page and the polyamorous relationship between William Moulton Marston, the man who wrote her, and the women who helped inspire her. Rebecca Hall shines as Elizabeth Holloway Marston, a brilliant mind in her own right. It’s a worthy companion piece to Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, one that treats its subject matter with respect and dignity. —M.J.

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5) I, Tonya

The main reason to watch I, Tonya is for Margot Robbie’s electric performance as Tonya Harding. The movie walks a tightrope by telling a story most of the audience already knows. The Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan feud has been covered ad nauseam over the years, but the film finds a new angle by focusing on Harding’s disastrous upbringing. The movie uses fourth-wall breaking commentary and an idiots-doing-crime approach to jazz up the story to great effect.

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6) Overboard

This update of the Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell classic stars Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez. Faris and Derbez play Kate and Leo; she’s a struggling single mother and he’s a wealthy playboy. After Leo suffers a head injury that gives him amnesia, Kate uses that to her advantage. As you can imagine, the initial animosity between the two turns into genuine affection, but not without some bumps along the way. Overboard is a slight, silly movie that rides the charms of Faris and Derbez. -E.S.

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7) Spaceballs

If you’ve never seen Mel Brooks’ 1987 Star Wars satire, now’s the time. Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis), Barf (John Candy), Dot Matrix (Joan Rivers), and more make up the ensemble cast, and the film’s many great lines and riffs will make you wish some of the newer Star Wars films and spinoffs had some better jokes. —Audra Schroeder

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8) Damsel

This ersatz western from writers and directors David and Nathan Zellner is hard to look away from. The brothers tweak the typical Western formula just enough to keep viewers off balance. Samuel (Robert Pattinson, great) is traveling the Wild West to reunite with his lost love Penelope (Mia Wasikowska, even better). Samuel is likable enough, but with his clean looks and fast tongue he’s a far cry from the traditional gruff, masculine leading man you’ll find in these stories. The first half of Damsel is an entertaining and slight, but the film reveals its true, darker intentions when the two paramours reconnect in its second half. Damsel is an off-kilter Western that you should make time for.

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9) The Terminator

Could this be the best time-travel story ever? Forget about how convoluted the franchise’s mythology became with each successive entry; the original Terminator is so elegant in its core concept, so economically executed, its punches land harder than in any of its sequels. The action is exhilarating, the special effects were state-of-the-art for their time, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s captivating, villainous performance rightfully launched him to movie stardom with one of the most iconic catchphrases in film history: “I’ll be back.” —E.S.

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10) The Disappearance of Alice Creed

This kidnapping thriller is an exercise in economical storytelling. It’s based on a play, so it’s no surprise that it makes great use of its limited sets. Alice (Gamma Arterton) is from a wealthy family and is snatched up by two criminals and held for ransom. Nothing goes according to the plan, and the clever script delivers a steady stream of satisfying twists.

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11) The Hunt for the Wilderpeople

First New Zealand gave us Peter Jackson; now it’s given us Taika Waititi. Jackson makes oversized spectacles, and Waititi has built his name on small-scale stories with strong characters (Eagle vs Shark, What We Do in the Shadows). That is, until Marvel recruited him for his own oversized spectacle (Thor: Ragnorok). Wilderpeople is such a delightful movie that you understand why Waititi is getting called up while also being greedy enough to want him to keep making movies where his is the main creative voice. The Hunt for the Wilderpeople is one of the best movies on Hulu.

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12) Ocean’s Eleven

Steven Soderbergh’s Vegas-set caper movie is nearly perfect entertainment. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts are reliably strong presences, but the thing that cements Ocean’s 11’s status is the supporting cast. Everyone makes a meal of their scenes, from Matt Damon and Andy Garcia down to Bernie Mac, Don Cheadle, and Elliot Gould. A cable stable of the last 15 years, Ocean’s 11 is the kind of movie you can hop in at any point and find yourself sucked in for the rest of it.  Movies this effortlessly cool make your streaming decisions for you. -E.S.

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13) Support the Girls

Support the Girls is one of 2018’s best kept secrets. This unassuming day-in-the-life story tracks the goings-on at a mom-and-pop Hooters knockoff restaurant. Put-upon manager Lisa (a tremendous Regina Hall) has too much on her plate, between indifferent ownership, dwindling business, and the personal problems of her and her staff. At first blush, Lisa comes across as the only adult in the room, but as the film unfolds and we see more shades of the supporting characters, it blossoms into something more thoughtful, empathetic, and heartening. 

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14) Baywatch

This remake no one asked for sets out to be nothing but dumb fun and mostly hits the mark. If you think you would enjoy watching super attractive people like the Rock, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, and other swimsuit-clad people run around a beach, Baywatch will get the job done. It’s a movie about lifeguards taking down a crime ring—you know what you’re signing up for. The movie is a (very) loose adaptation of the TV show, with enough winks and nods and expected cameos to please anyone watching for nostalgia’s sake. You don’t have to be a fan of the show to get a kick out of this new version, which is packed with enough jokes to help you beat the heat for two hours.

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15) Mission: Impossible – Fallout

The Mission: Impossible films continue to get better and better, and Fallout is the best Mission yet. The plot revolves around Ethan Hunt and his team as they search for stolen plutonium and yadda, yadda, yadda. The story is a continuation from the previous entry, Rogue Nation, and the two movies make an excellent pair. That’s all good as well, and satisfying, but that’s not why we’re here. The stunt work in this movie is absolutely insane, almost as insane as Tom Cruise’s commitment to performing his own stunts. With returning players Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and new additions in Henry Cavill, and Angela Bassett, Fallout offers an embarrassment of riches. -E.S.

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16) Final Destination

The Final Destination films don’t quite get the recognition they deserve, especially when grading on the horror movie curve. This first film kicks off, memorably, with Alex (Devon Sawa) having a premonition of a horrific plane accident. While is unable to prevent the tragedy, he is able to get some people off the plane in time. But death has a plan for everyone and the survivors begin dying in increasingly convoluted ways. The fun of Final Destination, and most of its sequels, is the Rube Goldbergian death scenes, which tease and taunt the audience as much as the characters. -E.S.

17) Colossal

We’ve all had bad hangovers, but Gloria (Anne Hathaway) has us beat. In Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal, alcoholism is rendered as a literal monster, one that, in this case, destroys Seoul, South Korea, after Gloria spends a night getting tanked. It’s a monster movie where the monster is us. Jason Sudeikis and Dan Stevens also star. —A.S.

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18) The Sisters Brothers

Anchored by a dynamite cast, The Sisters Brothers is a stealthily funny Western about a pair of brothers looking for two men searching for gold. The brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters (John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix), are well known assassins, but when they cross paths with Morris and Warm (Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed). All four men get more than they bargained for. The Sisters Brothers is funny, violent, and surprisingly poignant at times. -E.S.

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19) Force Majeure 

In the aftermath of an avalanche, a wife accuses her husband of trying to save himself over his own family as the audience gets a raw and sometimes uncomfortable look at a marriage on the brink of falling apart. It’s a gripping character drama, and there’s even a familiar face in Game of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju. —M.J.

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20) Idiocracy

Idiocracy is so hilarious, so prescient, and so dopey that it can only come from the mind of Mike Judge. Luke Wilson stars as a perfectly mediocre man who goes 500 years into the future and finds out that he is now the smartest man alive. The movie gets unlimited mileage out of the world’s dumbness. I need to stop now before I just start quoting the film, but suffice to say, this is one of the best comedies of the 2000s. —E.S.

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21) I Saw the Devil

This South Korean thriller pits two of the country’s most well-known actors (Choi Min-sik and Lee Byung-hun) as a cop and a serial killer, respectively. It’s a cat-and-mouse story, or maybe cat-and-cat is more appropriate, as Byung-hun relentlessly tracks and tortures the man (Min-sik) who killed his wife. The film is directed by maestro Kim Jee-woon, so you’re in good hands. I Saw the Devil is brutal and provocative, and if you have the stomach for it, it’s well worth a watch.

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22) How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

DreamWorks closes out its best film series with The Hidden World. After their adventures in the first two films, Hiccup and the eternally loveable Toothless have created the peaceful world they want to live in. But their plans are disrupted when Toothless befriends a new dragon, Light Fury, and Hiccup’s position as village chief is challenged. Over the course of these three Dragon films, writer-director Dean DeBlois has crafted a gorgeous and emotionally complex world that viewers will be visiting and revisiting for a long time. -E.S.

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23) Stronger

David Gordon Green’s film tells the story of Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing. Jake Gyllenhaal turns in a reliably good performance of Bauman, capturing his isolation and struggle as he adapts to his new life. Green does a nice job mixing in the personal story with the larger narrative of the bombing aftermath. While this is Gyllenhaal’s movie, Tatiana Maslany matches him beat for beat as Jeff’s girlfriend. Stronger embraces the struggle of people, and a city, temporarily broken but not beaten.

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24) Polytechnique

Denis Villeneuve is now a well-established name thanks to heady sci-fi films like Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, but in 2009, he tackled a true story. In December 1989, Marc Lépine opened fired at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, killing 14 female students and injuring 14 other women and men. Women—and Canada’s feminist movement—were Lépine’s target, and though Villeneuve’s black-and-white film is beautifully framed and paced, the film’s enduring relevance leaves one with a sense of dread. —A.S.

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25) Hot Tub Time Machine

I can’t fault anyone for passing on another dude-bro comedy, but for those so inclined, Hot Tub Time Machine is a strong option. John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke star as four guys who combine a night of heavy partying and hot tubbing causes them to slip back in time to 1986. The movie has a lot of fun playing with time travel paradoxes, which lends even the less sophisticated jokes an air of wit. Hot Tub combines a likable cast with clever writing. If you’re in the mood, hop in the hot tub.

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26) Vice

Adam McKay’s unapologetic screed against former Vice President Cheney is as caustic as a movie can be. Vice exemplifies preaching to the choir, but when it’s done this well it’s hard to look away. The film covers Cheney’s political career through his time as George W. Bush’s VP. As portrayed by an excellent Christian Bale (with incredible makeup work), Cheney is presented as a power hungry man who is ruthlessly effective, emphasis on ruthless. Vice won’t change your pre-existing opinions of one of the most influential people in modern American politics, but it will undoubtedly provoke a reaction. -E.S.

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27) Wonder

Get your hanky ready, because Wonder will do a number on your emotions. Based on the popular book, Wonder is about Auggie (Jacob Tremblay), a young boy with a medical condition that causes a facial deformity. After years of homeschooling, Auggie’s parents (Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson) send him off to school for fifth grade, where not everyone is so quick to accept Auggie as he is. The movie is a treatise on kindness, and is the kind of movie that will resonate with kids and adults alike. Wonder is an uplifting movie that wants to put good into the world.

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28) Heathers

This isn’t a rom-com in the traditional sense, thanks to the line “fuck me gently with a chainsaw,” among other things. But the relationship between Winona Ryder’s and Christian Slater’s characters is one of the more complex to emerge from the ‘80s high school genre. Veronica (Ryder), one of the four popular “Heathers,” finds a mirror in JD (Slater), an outcast who inadvertently hatches a plan that kills one of the Heathers. Their relationship doesn’t have a meet-cute; it’s more about what love (or lust) makes you blind to. —A.S.

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29) A Quiet Place

Not for the faint-hearted, A Quiet Place is one of the scariest films of 2018. The concept is simple: In post-apocalyptic America, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt play the parents of a young family, hiding from deadly aliens who attack based on sound. This family has carved out a surprisingly idyllic existence in the countryside, but they must live in complete silence, communicating only in sign language. Obviously, this is a great idea for a horror movie, but the execution is what really elevates it to greatness. A Quiet Place is warm, thoughtful, and visually beautiful, while also being a muscle-clenching watch. —Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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30) The Matrix

Seriously? Do you seriously need me to tell you how good The Matrix is? How it’s the Wachowskis’ most sublimely cerebral, gloriously weird, well-executed work ever? How it changed the face of Hollywood, setting the gold standard for sci-fi and action movies for years to come? How Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss created some of the most iconic movie characters of all time? How it’s the movie that makes you go, “Whoa”? Seriously, do I need to tell you all that? If the answer is yes, I just, I can’t with you. Get out of here, go watch this movie already. —C.O.

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31) Joe

Tucked away in the prolific Nicolas Cage’s filmography is this 2013 gem from director David Gordon Green. It’s a southern fried drama about the cyclical nature of violence. Cage plays Joe, an ex-con trying to get and keep his life on a better track. Joe takes a teenager, Gary (Tye Sheridan), under his wing, but Gary’s alcoholic father, Wade (Gary Poulter), poses an obstacle to both. Cage and Sheridan are both good, but it’s Poulter who steals the show. Poulter was homeless when Green found him and put him in the movie, and he gives a truly great and terrifying performance.

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32) Annihilation

In Alex Garland’s adaptation of Annihilation, we still get to explore Area X, a quarantined area of land besieged by mysterious environmental changes. That’s about where the similarities to the book end. The film uses author Jeff VanderMeer’s spectral setting to get in its characters’ heads. Natalie Portman plays Lena, a biologist and former soldier who is grieving the loss of her husband, Kane (Oscar Isaac). He was sent into Area X on a secret mission and feared dead, but he suddenly returns home—altered. Lena’s mission there is one of truth and redemption, but Portman plays her with appropriate detachment. We don’t really know her true motives, and fellow travelers Anya (Gina Rodriguez), Cass (Tuva Novotny), Josie (Tessa Thompson), and Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) have their own reasons for going on an apparent suicide mission. —A.S.

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33) Thelma

Thelma is about a lonely college student struggling to reconcile her religious upbringing with the feelings she develops for a fellow student. To complicate matters more, Thelma long-suppressed psychokinetic abilities begin resurfacing. The movie is a bit of a mind-bender, and one that rewards viewers that are willing to go on the ride. Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier is a rising star in world cinema, and this is his most challenging film to date.

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34) Mom and Dad

Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair go off the deep end in Brian Taylor’s 2017 comedy-thriller about a mysterious event that causes parents to want to kill their kids. That conceit alone makes this film an acquired taste, but Mom and Dad also gives Cage the room to go completely over the top (like the scene where he destroys a pool table while singing “The Hokey Pokey”) so some dark humor seeps into the murderous rage. Cage doesn’t overpower the film. In fact, there are actually some touching, introspective moments between him and Blair. —A.S.

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35) Vox Lux

If divisive movies are your thing, look no further than Vox Lux. Natalie Portman plays Celeste Montgomery, a pop star whose success and personal demons are linked to a traumatic childhood event. As Celeste gears up for the first concert in support of her sixth album, she’s a mess on the verge of a breakdown. Vox Lux is brash, with a fire-breathing performance from Portman that is impossible to look away from. If you like A Star Is Born but wish it had been more acerbic, Vox Lux may be for you. -E.S.

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36) Jackass 3D

It’s easy to overlook the sublime artistry of the Jackass films, what with all the bodily harm and gross-out gags taking center stage. But beneath the pain is some of the finest modern-day slapstick action you can find. Johnny Knoxville and company are showmen of the highest order. Not only are they risking their lives and sanity for our amusement, but they also put a lot of creative care into their work. If you have enjoyed any Jackass work in the past, you’ll definitely enjoy 3D, and if you don’t care for their work, well, you probably skipped over this blurb already.

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37) Se7en

Though not quite as flawless as David Fincher’s true-crime masterpiece Zodiac, Se7en is still a major work in the thriller genre from the closest thing this generation has to Hitchcock. The script, from Andrew Kevin Walker, is a perfect execution of a brilliant premise. As Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman attempt to track a killer who’s selecting his victims based on the seven deadly sins, Fincher tightens the screws more and more, before everything explodes in the movie’s unforgettable climax.

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38) Liar Liar

Out of all of Jim Carrey’s comedy hits from the ‘90s, Liar Liar has proven to be the one that holds up best. The concept of a man bound by his son’s birthday wish to not tell a lie for 24 hours is ridiculously simple and simply ridiculous. That’s the best kind of premise. Carrey’s verbal and physical dexterity is in top form as motor-mouthed lawyer Fletcher Reede, who struggles through a hectic day at home and in court.

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39) Unbreakable

With M. Night Shyamalan rounding out his superhero trilogy in 2019, it’s time to go back to the year 2000 and remind yourself how it all started. Bruce Willis gave one of his best performances as David, a man who doesn’t get sick or hurt, not even in a train crash. The yang to his yin is Elijah, played by the ubiquitous Samuel L. Jackson, a man who seemingly can’t walk a few steps without incurring great physical risk. Unbreakable is either the best or second best M. Night movie. Any excuse to spend time in its world is worth taking.

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40) The Guilty

In this Danish thriller, Holm, a police officer working in the dispatch center, takes a phone call that will change his life. On the other end of the line is a frantic woman who has been kidnapped in front of her kids. The film is anchored by a tremendous lead performance from Jakob Cedergren and a smart script that mixes pathos and plenty of twists. The Guilty is one of 2018’s best-kept secrets.

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41) If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins’ follow up to Moonlight is searing and emotional, in all the best ways. Based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name, the film tells the story of Fonny and Tish, two young lovers struggling to stay together in a world set on tearing them apart. Fonny has been accused of a crime he didn’t commit and is stuck in jail, while Tish, who is pregnant, does everything she can to prove Fonny’s innocence. Set against a backdrop of heartbreak, Beale Street is a film full of love. From James Laxton’s luscious cinematography, to Nicholas Britell’s wondrous score, to the uniformly excellent direction and acting, Beale Street is a masterpiece. 

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42) The Beach Bum

The Beach Bum sees Matthew McConaughey transforming into the ultimate bohemian layabout, Moondog. The performance here is stellar. McConaughey’s inherent charisma is a perfect framing for the outlandish Moondog.“I’m a bottom-feeder, I gotta go low to get high,” says the washed-up poet who spends his days meandering around the seaside bars. Director Harmony Korine has moved onto the hedonistic portion of his career, examining human ugliness through the lens of excess and luxury. The Beach Bum has no cohesive theming or satisfying comeuppance for its despicable anti-hero and that’s deliciously true to life. Moondog is the same person he was at the beginning of the film when the credits roll. It can be equally appreciated as just a psychedelic, drug-fueled wild ride or as a thesis refuting the very concept of the hero’s journey. -Ignacio Martinez

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43) Ingrid Goes West

Single White Female gets a social media twist in Ingrid Goes West. Aubrey Plaza plays the obsessive Ingrid, who sets her sights on a prolific Instagram star, played with bubbly energy by Elizabeth Olsen. Ingrid is a character right in Plaza’s wheelhouse, and she’s exactly as good as you think she would be as an angry, socially awkward young woman. The breakout star here is O’Shea Jackson Jr., who proves that his work playing his father in Straight Outta Compton is no fluke. The movie doesn’t go quite as far as its strong cast is capable of going, but the result is still a satisfying comedy.

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44) Tangerine

So many movies are given infinite resources and still manage to feel so minuscule that they might as well not even exist. Sean Baker’s Tangerine, however, is a testament to how much filmmakers can achieve with very little. Shot on an iPhone, the movie cost relative pennies to make, but Tangerine is a hypnotic, extraordinary film about the friendship between two sex workers. That bond is tested over the course of a very long day, and the plot’s simplicity masks its power. After finding out her boyfriend isn’t faithful, Sin-Dee (Kiki Rodriguez) goes off on a quest to locate his mistress. Meanwhile, Alexandra (Mya Taylor) prepares for a performance at a local club. Filmed on a stretch of Santa Monica known as a nexus of prostitution in the city, Tangerine captures the feel of Los Angeles better than any film I’ve ever seen. It’s simultaneously stylish, low-key, and groundbreaking in its authentic depiction of life on the streets. —Nico Lang

Hulu best movies: Tangerine Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing/YouTube

45) Sorry to Bother You

Boots Riley delivered one of 2018’s most audacious films with his directorial debut Sorry to Bother You. The Oakland-set satire follows Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield), a telemarketer who finds more success than he handle by wielding his “white voice.” Riley, directing from his own script, has an anarchic attitude toward the material, which results in some blistering social commentary and inspired creative choices. In addition to Stanfield, co-stars Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, and Armie Hammer deliver dynamic, compelling performances. Sorry to Bother You isn’t for everyone, but everyone should get it a chance.

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46) The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

South Korean maestro Kim Jee-woon’s riff on the Man With No Name films is pure cinema. The titular trio is after treasure, but everywhere they turn there’s an army or bandits waiting to wreck their plans. The action set pieces are true showstoppers. They’re intricately choreographed and jaw-dropping in their scope. Movies don’t get much more fun than this.

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47) A Simple Favor

When Stephanie befriends one of the other moms at her son’s school, she gets more than a new friend in Emily. Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) leads strictly scheduled life and Emily (Blake Lively) is laid back and much more likely to fill up a flask than a daily planner. But fun afternoon drinking sessions quickly lead to a murder mystery, with Stephanie trying to solve Emily’s disappearance and assumed murder. A Simple Favor is a fun, twisty mystery that will keep you guessing and laughing to the end. -E.S.

48) Beach Rats

Coming-of-age indie stories are a dime a dozen, but Beach Rats separates itself primarily through the lead performance by Harris Dickinson. Dickinson plays Frankie, a teen who spends his days hanging out with his deadbeat friends and his evenings online looking for older guys to hook up with. Frankie’s frustrations in exploring his sexuality and accepting himself are blunt and relatable. Beach Rats is the kind of movie that will always fly under the radar of most people, but those who give it a chance will find it rewarding.

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49) Gemini

After a popular actress is found dead, her assistant, Jill, finds herself as a prime suspect. Jill’s search for the truth will take her all over L.A. and force her to reckon with her past. Gemini is a slick, neon-lit neo-noir with a killer score. The mystery itself is pretty solid, but Gemini stands out because of its moody atmosphere and crackling cast, featuring Lola Kirke, Zoe Kravitz, and John Cho.

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50) Columbus

Acclaimed video essayist Kogonada makes his feature directorial debut with this low-key drama about a man (John Cho) who comes home to be with his ailing father and strikes up a friendship with a young woman (Haley Lu Richardson) tethered to the titular town. Every shot of Kogonada’s film is deeply considered, and the images are as well crafted as the architecture the characters obsess over. But at the heart of it are Cho and Richardson, who gives two of 2017’s best performances.

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What’s new on Hulu in September 2019: Movies and TV shows

September 1

Chuggington: Complete Seasons 1-5 (Lionsgate)
27 Dresses (2008)
50 First Dates (2004)
A Dog and Pony Show (2018)
A Guy Thing (2003)
A.R.C.H.I.E 2: Mission Impawsible (2003)
After the Screaming Stops (2018)
Against the Wild 2 (2016)
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
The Amityville Horror (1979)
An Everlasting Piece (2000)
Banking on Bitcoin (2016)
Basic Instinct (1992)
Bigfoot Country (2012)
Blown Away (1993)
Breaking Away (1979)
The Chumscrubber (2005)
The Cokeville Miracle (2015)
The Cooler (2003)
The Dark Half (1993)
Demolition Man (2003)
Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995)
Disturbing Behavior (1998)
Doctor Dolittle (1998)
The Edge (1997)
Emma (1996)
Evil Dead (1981)
Evil Dead II (1987)
Exposed (2016)
Failure to Launch (2006)
Far from Home (1989)
Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
The First Monday in May (2016)
Firstborn (1984)
Flashback (1990)
From Mexico with Love (2009)
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
The Goonies (1985)
Heist (2015)
Hercules (1997)
High-Rise (2015)
I, Frankenstein (2013)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Jersey Girl (2004)
Juno (2007)
The Last Exorcism (2010)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Liar, Liar (1997)
Lost in Space (1998)
Man on a Ledge (2012)
The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
Miami Vice (2006)
The Midnight Meat Train (2009)
The Monster Squad (1987)
Mommie Dearest (1981)
Monsters at Large (2018)
Mr. Mom (1983)
The Object of Beauty (1991)
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
Open Season (2006)
Open Season 2 (2009)
Open Season 3 (2011)
Open Season: Scared Silly (2016)
The Perfect Weapon (1991)
The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
Pinocchio (2018)
Playing it Cool (2014)
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Pumpkinhead (1988)
Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994)
Ravenous (1999)
Red Dog: True Blue (2018)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Revolutionary Road (2008)
Robo-Dog: Airborne (2017)
Sacred Ground (1983)
Saving Christmas (2017)
Secretary (2002)
She’s All That (1999)
Sliver (1993)
Sucker Punch (2008)
Suicide Kings (1998)
Top of the Food Chain (2000)
Training Day (2001)
Turtle Tale (2018)
Unbreakable (2000)
Universal Soldier (1992)
Wayne’s World 2 (1993)
Wild Card (2015)

September 2

Anthropoid (2016)
Matriarch (2018)
Untouchable: Documentary Premiere (Hulu Original)

September 3        

Bolden (2019)
We Die Young (2019)

September 4

The Purge: Complete Season 1 (USA)
Wu-Tang: An American Saga: Series Premiere (Hulu Original)
Kicking and Screaming (1995)

September 6

Into The Dark: Pure: Episode 12 Season Finale (Hulu Original)

September 9

Wise Man’s Grandchild: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Funimation)
Hotel Mumbai (2019)

September 10

Curious George: A Royal Monkey (2019)

September 14

Pocahontas (1995)

Available September 16

The Powerpuff Girls: Complete Season 3B (Cartoon Network)
Curious George (2006)

September 17

Dancing with the Stars: Season 28 Premiere (ABC)

September 19
Aniara (2019)
Crypto (2019)

September 20

Afterlost: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

September 21

Dream Corp LLC.: Complete Season 2 (Adult Swim)
Robihachi: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

September 24

9-1-1: Season 3 Premiere (FOX)
American Horror Story: Apocalypse: Complete Season 8 (FX)
Bluff City Law: Series Premiere (NBC)
Prodigal Son: Series Premiere (FOX)
The Good Doctor: Season 3 Premiere (ABC)
The Voice: Season 17 Premiere (NBC)

September 25

Black-ish: Season 6 Premiere (ABC)
Bless This Mess: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)
Emergence: Series Premiere (ABC)
Empire: Season 6 Premiere (FOX)
Mixed-ish: Series Premiere (ABC)
New Amsterdam: Season 2 Premiere (NBC)
The Conners: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)
The Resident: Season 3 Premiere (FOX)
This Is Us: Season 4 Premiere (NBC)

September 26

Chicago Fire: Season 8 Premiere (NBC)
Chicago Med: Season 5 Premiere (NBC)
Chicago P.D.: Season 7 Premiere (NBC)
Modern Family: Season 11 Premiere (ABC)
Schooled: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)
Single Parents: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)
South Park: Season 23 Premiere (Comedy Central)
Stumptown: Series Premiere (ABC)
The Goldbergs: Season 7 Premiere (ABC)
The Masked Singer: Season 2 Premiere (FOX)

September 27

A Million Little Things: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)
Grey’s Anatomy: Season 16 Premiere (ABC)
How to Get Away With Murder: Season 6 Premiere (ABC)
Law & Order: SVU: Season 21 Premiere (NBC)
Perfect Harmony: Series Premiere (NBC)
Sunnyside: Series Premiere (NBC)
Superstore: Season 5 Premiere (NBC)
The Good Place: Season 4 Premiere (NBC)

September 28

American Housewife: Season 4 Premiere (ABC)
Fresh Off the Boat: Season 6 Premiere (ABC)
Rango (2011)

September 30

American Dad!Complete Season 13 (TBS)
America’s Funniest Home Videos: Season 30 Premiere (ABC)
Bless the Harts: Series Premiere (FOX)
Bob’s Burgers: Season 10 Premiere (FOX)
Family Guy: Season 10 Premiere (FOX)
Shark Tank: Season 11 Premiere (ABC)
The Rookie: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)
The Simpsons: Season 31 Premiere (FOX)
Primal Fear (1996)
Teen Spirit (2019)

*The following are available with the HBO premium add-on:

The Deuce: Season 3 Premiere (9/9)
Room 104: Season 3 Premiere (9/13)
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) (9/7)
Welcome to Marwen (2018) (9/14)
The Lego Movie 2: The 2nd Part (2019) (9/21)
Buzz (2019) (9/25)
Isn’t It Romantic (2019) (9/28)

*The following are available with the STARZ premium add-on:

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) (9/1)
Angels & Demons (2009) (9/1)
Boo! (2018) (9/1)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) (9/1)
Fatal Attraction (1987) (9/1)
Junior (1994) (9/1)
Major Payne (1995) (9/1)
Notorious (2009) (9/1)
Showgirls (1995) (9/1)
The Bone Collector (1999) (9/1)
The Burbs (1989) (9/1)
Changeling (2008) (9/1)
The Da Vinci Code (2006) (9/1)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) (9/1)
The Fast and the Furious (2001) (9/1)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) (9/1)
Wargames (1983) (9/1)
Colombiana (2011) (9/4)
Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009) (9/6)
Jeepers Creepers (2001) (9/8)
Out of Omaha (2018) (9/9)
Because I Said So (2007) (9/13)
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) (9/13)
Freddy Vs. Jason (2003) (9/13)
Gone Baby Gone (2007) (9/13)
Hollywoodland (2006) (9/13)
Jet Li’s Fearless (2006) (9/13)
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) (9/13)
Serenity (2005) (9/13)
The Constant Gardener (2005) (9/13)
Vanilla Sky (2001) (9/13)
You, Me and Dupree (2006) (9/13)
A Dog’s Way Home (2019) (9/14)
Moneyball (2011) (9/14)
Role Models (2008) (9/16)
Empire (2002) (9/20)
Far From Heaven (2002) (9/20)
Repo Man (1984) (9/20)
Drunk Parents (2019) (9/21)
Girlfight (2000) (9/29)

*The following are available with the SHOWTIME premium add-on: 

Inside The NFL: Season 12 Premiere (9/3)
Couples Therapy: Docu-Series Premiere (9/6)
Murder in the Bayou: Documentary Premiere (9/13)
The CircusInside the Wildest Political Show on Earth: Season 4 Returns (9/22)

What’s leaving Hulu in September 2019

September 30

A Little Princess (1995)
Alien vs. Predator (2004)
All Is Lost (2013)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Anger Management (2003)
Beacon Point (2017)
Brotherhood of Justice (1986)
Catacombs (2007)
Cats & Dogs (2001)
Body of Evidence (1993)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
End of a Gun (2016)
Endless Love (1981)
Eulogy (2004)
Feed (2017)
Good Luck Chuck (2007)
Hamlet (1990)
Home of the Brave (2006)
Julie & Julia (2009)
Man About Town (2006)
Man in the Moon (1991)
Married to the Mob (1988)
One Percent More Humid (2017)
Open Water (2004)
Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)
Operation Condor (1986)

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Eddie Strait

Eddie Strait

Eddie Strait is a member of the Austin Film Critic Association. His reviews focus primarily on streaming entertainment, with an emphasis on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and other on-demand services.