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Hulu‘s April slate is a welcome goodie bag of great films from the past 20 years. It’s a watchable batch of movies that includes Cameron Crowe classics, stunning documentaries, and binge-worthy series. Here’s what you can expect—and what’s leaving soon.

New on Hulu (April 2017): Editor’s picks

The Babadook (2014)

The debut film from Australia’s Jennifer Kent, The Babadook is just as powerful a drama as it is a horror film, and it’s a hell of a horror film. Following the death of her husband, Amelia must deal with crippling grief and suddenly being a single parent. It’s a miserable enough scenario, but when her son brings home a horrifying children’s book things take a dark turn as she wonders if something evil is out to get her child—or if she’s losing her mind. Digging deep into mental illness, loss, the struggles of motherhood, and parenting, you wouldn’t think there’d be time for chilling terror. You’d be wrong. In a world where horror is taken seriously, Essie Davis would have been nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Amelia. Instead, she’ll just be scaring people for years to come. —John-Michael Bond

The scariest movies of all time and new on hulu: The Babadook Screengrab via The Babadook


Best known for his role as Dr. John Hammond in the Jurassic Park franchise, Richard Attenborough was also a notable director of biopics. His most famous film is probably the 1982 epic, Gandhi (for which he won a Best Director Oscar), but film nerds may also be interested in checking out 1992’s Chaplin. Although Attenborough’s portrait is hagiographic in a way his real life subject didn’t deserve, the movie is still an interesting watch for anyone who’s ever been curious about the titular silent film star.

Above all else, though, the main reason to check out Chaplin is Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role. For anyone who’s become unable to see Downey as anything other than Iron Man, Chaplin is a reminder of the considerable range possessed by this unique performer. Like the man he’s playing in Chaplin, Downey is a one-of-a-kind talent, and Attenborough’s film, which he received an Oscar nomination for, is an early indication of the superstar Downey was waiting to become. —Chris Ostendorf

Best movies on Netflix and new on hulu: Chaplin Screengrab via Axaygiri Goswami/YouTube (Fair Use)

New on Hulu (April 2017): Movies and TV shows

April 1

1408 (2007) (*Showtime)
A Horse Tale (2015)
Agent Cody Banks (2003)
Affliction (1998)
Almost Famous (2000)
America’s Sweethearts (2001) (*Showtime)
Bad Company (1995) (*Showtime)
Bangkok Dangerous (2008) (*Showtime)
Ben Collins: Stunt Driver (2015)
Beyond the Sea (2004) (*Showtime)
The Big Empty (2003)
Bigfoot Country (2012)
The Burrowers (2009)
Cadillac Man (1990)
Call Me (1988)
Casual Encounters (2016)
Chaplin (1993)
Chosen (2016)
Company Man (2000) (*Showtime)
Cry Freedom (1987) (*Showtime)
Dancer (2016)
Days of Thunder (1990)
Deja vu (2006) (*Showtime)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999) (*Showtime)
Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)
Election (1999)
The Ex (2006) (*Showtime)
Factory Girl (2006) (*Showtime)
Federal Hill (1994)
Felicia’s Journey (1999)

New on Hulu: Ferris Bueller's Day Off Screengrab via Movieclips Trailer Vault/YouTube (Fair Use)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Fifteen and Pregnant (1997)
Fight to the Finish (2016)
Flyboys (2006)
Frankenstein (2004)
Furry Vengeance (2010) (*Showtime)
Gator (1976)
The Giant King (2015)
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
Happy Endings (2005)
Hemingway’s Garden of Eden (2010)
The Hours (2002)
I Am Number Four (2011) (*Showtime)
I.Q. (1994)
In Old California (1942)
JFK (1991)
Kill Me Again (1989)
Kingdom of Blood (2016)
Kiss the Girls (1997)
Lincoln (2012) (*Showtime)
The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972)
March of the Penguins (2005)
Mighty Joe Young (1998) (*Showtime)
Miss Potter (2006) (*Showtime)
Mother’s Day (2016) (*Showtime)
Mr. Brooks (2007) (*Showtime)
Mulholland Falls (1996)
My Best Friend’s Girl (2008) (*Showtime)
NYC Underground (2013)
Original Sin (2001)
Out of the Inferno (2016)
Payback (1999)
People Like Us (2012) (*Showtime)
The People vs. George Lucas (2011)
Pony Express (1953)
Premonition (2007) (*Showtime)
The Puffy Chair (2007)
Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)
Return of the Living Dead 4 (2006)
Return of the Living Dead 5 (2007)
Road Trip (2000)
Robocop (1987)
Robocop 2 (1990)
Robocop 3 (1992)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Serpico (1973)
Sexipede (2010) (*Showtime)
Scrooged (1988) (*Showtime)
Shaun of the Dead (2004) (*Showtime)
Sliver (1993)
The Spirit (2008) (*Showtime)
The Switch (2010)
Tale of Tales (2015) (*Showtime)
Tapeheads (1988)
Thelma & Louise (1991)

New on Hulu: Tommy Boy Photo via IMDb

Tommy Boy (1995)
Trail of Blood (2013)
Twice Upon a Yesterday (1999)
Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys (2008) (*Showtime)
Under the Sea (2009)
Usual Suspects (1995)
The Warriors (1979)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1998) (*Showtime)
Wicker Park (2004)
The Yards (2000) (*Showtime)

April 2

Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) 

April 4 

Dimension 404: Series Premiere (RocketJump)
Precious Cargo (2016)
The Last Exorcism (2010)

April 5

Preacher: Complete Season 1 (AMC)
Prison Break: Season 5 Premiere (FOX) 

April 6

NHL Road to the Outdoor Classics Ep. 4 (2017)

April 7

The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds (2017) (*Showtime)
Steve Byrne: Tell the Damn Joke (2017) (*Showtime)

April 8

Camp Lakebottom: Complete Season 1 (Disney XD)
First Dates: Series Premiere (NBC)
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)
Beyond the Edge (2016)
Perfect in ’76 (2017) (*Showtime)

April 9

The Perfect Match (2016)
In a World (2013)

April 10

Swelter (2014)

April 13

Short Term 12 (2013)

April 14

The Babadook (2014)
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) (*Showtime)
The Straight Story (1999) (*Showtime)

April 15

DOT: Complete Season 1A (Sprout)
Sid the Science Kid: Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (PBS)
Sid the Science Kid: The Movie (2012)

April 18

Famous in Love: Series Premiere (ABC Family)
My Hero Academia: Complete Season 1 (Dubbed Version) (Funimation)
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)
Election Day: Lens Across America (2016)

April 19

Pretty Little Liars: Season 7 Premiere (ABC Family)
Teen Beach Movie (2013)
Den Brother (2010)
The Even Stevens Movie (2003)
Johnny Tsunami (1999)
Stuck in the Suburbs (2004)
Tiger Cruise (2004)

April 21

LA Story: Complete Season 2 (Awesomeness TV)
Warpath (1951)

April 22

Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation: Series Premiere (Nat Geo)

April 24

Top of the Lake: Complete Season 1 (Sundance TV)

April 25

Origins: The Journey of Humankind: Series Premiere (Nat Geo)
Wayward Pines: Complete Season 2 (FX)

April 26

New on Hulu: The Handmaid's Tale Screengrab via Hulu

The Handmaid’s Tale: Series Premiere (Hulu Original)

April 29

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Complete Season 4 (Nickelodeon)


What’s leaving Hulu (April 2017)

April 2

Inspector Gadget (1999)
Tombstone (1993)

April 14

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Blank Check (1994)
Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco (1996)
Homeward Bound: the Incredible Journey (1993)

April 19

When A Man Loves A Woman (1994)

April 30

Baby Boom (1987)
Born Romantic (2001)
Chocolat (2000)
Drop Zone (1994)
Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Forces of Nature (1999)
Get Shorty (1995)
I Went Down (1998)
Major League (1989)
Rent (2005)
Rob Roy (1995)
The Running Man (1987)
Sands of Iwo Jima (1950)
Soapdish (1991)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
Untamed Heart (1993)
Wild Bill (1995)

This article is frequently updated for relevance.

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