The 11 Best Movies on Hulu Right Now (July 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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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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I Am Legend (2007): Best Post-Apocalyptic Action Thriller

I Am Legend

 Warner Bros.

IMDb rating: 7.2

Genre: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic

Starring:  Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan

Directed By: Francis Lawrence

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 101 minutes

Dr. Robert Neville (Will Smith) is the last man standing in a plague-ravaged New York in this post-apocalyptic horror flick. Neville ranges across the city by day, accompanied only by his dog Sam. Lurking in the shadows, all the while, are monstrous zombie-like mutants with a particular weakness to sunlight. Neville captures them when he can, working tirelessly to uncover a cure.

This is the third adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel of the same name, with the other two taking on the names The Last Man on Earth and The Omega Man. All three stray from the intent of the original work, but I Am Legend comes the closest. When you finish watching, do yourself a favor and check out the alternate ending on YouTube.

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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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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.

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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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A Quiet Place (2018): Best Spine-Chilling Sci-Fi Thriller

A Quiet Place

Paramount Pictures

 

IMDb rating: 7.5

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama

Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds 

Directed By: John Krasinski  

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 90 minutes

This nail-biting thriller follows Lee (John Krasinski) and Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) as they attempt to keep their children safe in a world full of unseen monsters that hunt using the sense of sound. You'll spend most of the short 90 minute running time on the edge of your seat as the tension constantly escalates.

John Krasinksi directed and co-wrote this post-apocalyptic horror flick, which was named one of the top 10 films of the year by the American Film Institute. It also took home a number of awards, like Best Sci/Horror movie from the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and a Saturn for Best Writing. Emily Blunt was awarded Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role by the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Casino (1995): Best Epic Crime Drama

Casino

Universal Pictures 

IMDb rating: 8.2

Genre: Epic Crime Drama

Starring: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci

Directed By: Martin Scorsese

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 178 minutes

Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci recently reunited for the sleepy Netflix exclusive The Irishman, but do yourself a favor and just stream Casino on Hulu instead. While this mafia flick was dogged with unfavorable comparisons to Goodfellas upon release, opinions have improved significantly over time.

This epic crime drama is based on a real story, following the often violent daily life of mobbed up gambling handicapper Sam Rothstein (Robert De Niro). Troubles with enforcer Nicky (Joe Pesci) and wife Ginger (Sharon Stone) compound over the years, as Sam struggles against corrupt officials, the mafia he works for, and an ever-changing Las Vegas.

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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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The Green Mile (1999): Best Eye-Opening Fantasy Crime Drama

The Green Mile

Warner Bros.

 

IMDb rating: 8.6

Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Starring:  Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse

Directed By: Frank Darabont

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 189 minutes

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, The Green Mile tells the story of John Coffey (Michael Clark Duncan) who has been accused of terrible crimes and subsequently imprisoned on death row. As he waits out his sentence, prison guard Paul (Tom Hanks) begins to take note of strange happenings.

Frank Darabont directs this gripping tale of injustice and death where, despite fantastical elements, the events are underpinned by the gritty realism of a system that remains broken to this day. The Green Mile was nominated for a number of Oscars, but it didn't take any home. It did win Favorite All Around Motion Picture at the People's Choice Awards though, along with Best Action/Adventure/Thriller at the Saturn Awards, and a number of other accolades.