The 16 Best Movies on Hulu Right Now (September 2020)

In the mood for a comedy, drama, or thriller? We've got you covered

Hulu is primarily known for its massive library of TV shows, including a large slate of fantastic originals and exclusives, but the service also plays host to a library of movies that's more than large enough to be daunting. We dug through the entire list to find the best movies Hulu has to offer, across a bunch of different genres and categories, so all you have to do is sit back and click play.

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Monster's Ball (2001): Best Unlikely Romance Story

Monster's Ball promotional art

Lionsgate Films

IMDb rating: 7.0

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Taylor Simpson

Directed By: Marc Forster

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 111 minutes

In this unlikely romance story, a corrections officer named Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) falls in love with the widow (Halle Berry) of a man he executed. Following the death of his wife and son (Heath Ledger), Hank is left to care for his racist father who doesn't approve of Hank's new relationship.

Upon its release in 2001, the film was praised for its gripping story and strong performances. For her role in the film, Halle Berry won an Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming the first African American to do so.

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The Binge (2020): Best Drug-Fueled Parody of the Purge

Vince Vaughn in The Binge

 Hulu

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Skyler Gisondo, Dexter Darden

Directed By: Jeremy Garelick

If you're disappointed that there haven't been any new Purge movies lately, this parody might tide you over. Instead of violent crime being legal for a day, the premise behind The Binge is that all drugs are legal, and excessive use is considered your patriotic duty.

The Binge is available to watch on Hulu starting August 28. Although no rating is available yet, it's safe to assume that the movie is for adults only.

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Alive and Kicking (2016): Best Doucmentary About Swing Dancing

Alive and Kicking promotional image

 Hulu

IMDb rating: 6.7

Genre: Documentary, History, Music

Starring: Hilary Alexander, Evita Arce, Kimberly Clever

Directed By: Susan Glatzer

Motion Picture Rating: Not Rated

Running Time: 88 minutes

It's time to get your dancing shoes. Alive and Kicking documents the evolution of swing dancing from its origins in Harlem to its resurgence in the 90s. You'll meet some cool dancers and see stunning footage of couples tossing each other about. You might even be inspired to try out some steps of your own.

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Bernie the Dolphin 2 (2019): Best Sequel About Human-Animal Friendships

Bernie the Dolphin 2

AMBI Distribution 

IMDb rating: 5.9

Genre: Action, Comedy, Family

Starring: Kevin Sorbo, Patrick Muldoon, Logan Allen

Directed By: Kirk Harris

Motion Picture Rating: G

Running Time: 99 minutes

Holly (Lola Sultan) and Kevin (Logan Allen) are ecstatic to see their old friend Bernie the Dolphin return to the harbor. However, their excitement turns to fear when the man who held Bernie captive, Winston Mills (Kevin Sorbo), gets out of prison and hatches a plan to get revenge. This light-hearted sequel features the same cast and characters as the original, making it a must-watch for fans of Bernie the Dolphin.

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Ordinary Love (2019): Best Inspirational Story About Loss and Healing

Ordinary Love promotional image

Bleecker Street

IMDb rating: 6.6

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Lesley Manville, Liam Neeson, Esh Alladi

Directed By: Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 92 minutes

Ordinary Love is about Joan (Lesley Manville) and Tom (Liam Neeson), a married couple who lost their daughter at a young age. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, Tom is faced with the possibility of being all alone.

Powerful performances and a painfully realistic script make Ordinary Love an emotional rollercoaster. The movie is both sweet and heartbreaking, so have some tissues ready before you start watching.

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019): Best Live Action Adaptation of a Kids Show

Dora and the Lost City of Gold promotional image

 Hulu

IMDb rating: 6.0

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Starring: Isabela Merced, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña

Directed By: James Bobin

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 102 minutes

Based on everyone's favorite Nick Jr television series, Dora and the Lost City of Gold brings an iconic childhood hero to life in her first feature film. Set 10 years after the kid's TV show, a teenage Dora must set out on an adventure to save her parents, who have gone missing while searching for the lost city of Parapata.

The movie has enough charm to entertain kids and adults. Isabela Moner perfectly portrays Dora, and Danny Trejo does an excellent job as the voice of her monkey friend, Boots.

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Parasite (2019): Best Comedy Turned Thriller Drama

Parasite

CJ Entertainment

IMDb rating: 8.6

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Starring: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo

Directed By: Bong Joon Ho  

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 132 minutes

Parasite opens as a fairly standard paint-by-numbers comedy/drama, as the destitute Kim family starts to insinuate itself into the lives of the well-off Park family. Ki-woo (Woo-sik Choi) first gains employment as a tutor, paving the way for sister Ki-Jung (So-dam Park) to move in as well. Father Ki-taek (Kang-ho Song) and mother Chung-sook (Hye-jin Jang) both enter the employment of the Parks under dubious circumstances.

Once fully insinuated into the lives of the wealthy park Family, the Kims begin to assume the wealth as their own, and that's where things go off the rails and the movie shifts from comedy to thriller. Bong Joon-ho navigates these waters flawlessly, taking home Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director among numerous other accolades.

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Top Gun (1986): Best 80s Tom Crusie Action Flick

Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in Top Gun

 Paramount Pictures

IMDb rating: 6.9

Genre: Action, Drama

Starring: Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Kelly McGillis

Directed By: Tony Scott

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 110 minutes

Two years before Die Hard came out, Tom Cruise made his action movie debut in Top Gun. While the film focuses more on the drama of military life rather than combat and explosions, it features some impressive stunts that earned praise from critics all around the world.

Top Gun was chosen by the United States Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2015. With a sequel called Top Gun: Maverick set to come out next year, now the perfect time to watch the original. Top Gun leaves Hulu on September 30, so catch it while you can.

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Were the World Mine (2008): Best LGBT Shakespearean Comedy

Tanner Cohen in Were the World Mine

 SPEAKproductions

IMDb rating: 6.9

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, LGBT, Musical

Starring: Tanner Cohen, Wendy Robie, Judy McLane

Directed By: Tom Gustafson

Motion Picture Rating: NR

Running Time: 95 minutes

Were the World Mine is a quirky reimagining of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in which a gay student (Tanner Cohen) creates a love potion to woo the captain of the rugby team. Unfortunately, the potion ends up affecting everyone in school, throwing the entire community into chaos.

Were the World Mine won more than half-a-dozen awards at various LGBT film festivals, mostly thanks to the film's music and choreography. While it features some provocative dance sequences and themes, the movie is appropriate for young adults.

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Fighting With My Family (2019): Best Biopic About Professional Wresting

Promotional poster for Fighting With My Family with Dwayne Johnson and Lena Headey

 WWE Studios

IMDb rating: 7.1

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Starring:  Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn

Directed By: Stephen Merchant

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 108 minutes

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars as himself in the true-life story of WWE superstar Saraya-Jade Bevis (Lena Headey), better known by her ring name, Paige. When young Saraya gets an opportunity to wrestle in the big leagues, she has to choose between pursuing her dreams and staying loyal to her family's local wrestling business.

Fighting With My Family is a must-watch for professional wrestling fans. Even if you're not a fan of sports entertainment, you might enjoy this light-hearted family drama.

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The Dark Knight (2008): Most Villainous Villain in a Super Hero Flick

The Dark Knight

 Warner Bros.

IMDb rating: 9.0

Genre: Super Hero, Action, Crime

Starring:  Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart

Directed By: Christopher Nolan

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 152 minutes

Christopher Nolan started strong with his Batman reboot in Batman Begins, but The Dark Knight is probably the best entry in the Nolan trilogy. Featuring a character-defining depiction of the Joker (Heath Ledger) alongside a fan favorite Batman (Christian Bale), this movie has all the right ingredients to make for a fantastic super hero flick.

The Dark Knight was nominated for a massive eight total Academy Awards, although it only took home Best Supporting Actor (for Heath ledger's fantastic Joker depiction) and best sound editing. It also won well over 100 other awards and accolades, including Movie of the Year from the AFI and Favorite Movie from the People's Choice Awards.

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Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018): Best Franchise Action Adventure

Mission Impossible: Fallout

 Paramount Pictures

IMDb rating: 7.7

Genre: Action, Adventure

Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames

Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie  

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 147 minutes

Most long-running franchises eventually peter out, but Mission Impossible: Fallout bucks that trend. Buckle in for another white-knuckle trip into the world of espionage and action, as Rogue Nation writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is back in the driver's seat for this one.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back as well, forced to shoulder the responsibility for a failed IMF mission that ended with deadly plutonium in the hands of a Syndicate-backed terrorist group known as the Apostles. With the CIA questioning his every move, and dogged by CIA minder August Walker (Henry Cavill), Hunt has his work cut out for him again.

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Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982): Best Classic Star Trek Flick

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan

Paramount Pictures

IMDb rating: 7.7

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley  

Directed By: Nicholas Meyer 

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 113 minutes

Everyone has an opinion on what constitutes the best Star Trek movie, and they're all correct as long as they choose The Wrath of Khan. This second entry in the long-standing movie franchise left behind the ponderous philosophy and spectacle of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture in favor of a fast-paced and fun return to a fan favorite in the form of crazed super-human Khan (Ricardo Mantalban).

Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and the rest of the crew are forced back into action as Khan seeks to use a powerful terraforming tool as a weapon of mass destruction. Or if you have a different favorite, like perhaps The Voyage Home, you can always just watch that instead. Hulu has every single Star Trek movie featuring the original series cast ready and on tap.

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Akira (1988): Best Classic Anime Sci-Fi

Akira

Toho

 

IMDb rating: 8.0

Genre: Anime, Sci-Fi, Drama

Starring: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama

Directed By: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 124 minutes

Akira is a classic of both science fiction and anime, having informed subsequent works in both genres over the decades. Don't let its age put you off if you aren't a fan of older anime though, as this slick and stylish action drama is one that absolutely stands the test of time.

Set in towering Neo-Toyko in something quite close to present day (2019, to be specific), Akira is the story of Kaneda (Mitsuo Iwata) and Tetsuo (Nozomu Sasaki), two friends who find themselves at odds with each other. As Tetsuo develops strange powers and a towering ego brought on by a brush with secret military program, Kaneda is forced to take his old friend down before it's too late.

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The Sister Brothers (2018): Best Unexpected Western Crime Drama

Sister Brothers

 Annapurna Pictures

IMDb rating: 7.0

Genre: Crime, Drama, Western

Starring: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal 

Directed By: Jacques Audiard 

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 122 minutes

Eli (John C Reilly) and Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix) are brothers who are hired to carry out a murder and retrieve a secret method of finding gold. Meanwhile, private detective John Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal) pursues the same quarry at the behest of the same benefactor.

The Sisters Brothers is an off-beat western that takes all the familiar pieces that you might expect to find in a western and then assembles them in ways that you probably won't expect. It took home a handful of awards, including four Cesar Awards out of nine nominations, and Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography from the Lumieres Awards.

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Heathers (1989): Best Dark Teen Comedy

Heathers

 New World Pictures

IMDb rating: 7.2

Genre: Comedy, Crime

Starring: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty

Directed By: Michael Lehmann 

TV Rating: R

Running Time: 103 minutes

This cult classic is significantly darker fare than your average 1980s teen comedy. Veronica (Winona Ryder) is friends with a popular clique known as the Heathers (Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker), but she secretly wants to destroy them and return to her old friends and the life she had before she became popular.

Enter smooth-talking psychopath J.D. (Christian Slater) whose violent plans and impulses lead to the situation rapidly spiraling out of control. This dark teen comedy was a flop on release, but it has gained both critical acclaim and full on cult status over the years.