The 30 Best Movies on Hulu Right Now (May 2021)

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. 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 genres and categories, so all you have to do is sit back and click play.

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Spontaneous (2020): Most Explosive Romantic Teen Comedy

Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer in Spontaneous

IMDb Rating: 6.5

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Starring: Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, Yvonne Orji

Directed By: Brian Duffield

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 101 minutes

Have you ever liked someone so much that you could just explode? For teenagers Mara (Katherine Langford) and Dylan (Charlie Plummer), it's a legitimate concern as classmates start incinerating before their eyes. It's a situation so horrifying that all you can do is laugh.

A solid new entry in the ever-growing genre of quirky romantic sci-fi, Spontaneous doesn't get too bogged down in explaining the rules of its world. The characters, like the audience, are kept in the dark, leaving them to make their own meaning out of the chaos.

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Rio (2011): Best CG Animal Road Trip Love Story

The animal cast of Rio 2011

20th Century Fox

IMDb Rating: 6.9

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez

Directed By: Carlos Saldanha

Motion Picture Rating: G

Running Time: 96 minutes

Having narrowly escaped from smugglers as a chick, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) now lives a comfortable, flightless life in the suburbs. Originally believed to be the last of his species, Blu sets off to Rio de Janeiro, where a female Spix macaw named Jewel (Anne Hathaway) was supposedly spotted. Their initial meeting goes great until they end up in the hands of smugglers once again.

Rio follows many of the same tropes as the other CG-animal movies of its time, but that's not a bad thing. The witty writing and voice performances of Eisenberg and Hathaway make the chemistry between Blu and Jewel so authentic that you'll be rooting for their freedom.

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Chappaquiddick (2017): Best Dramatic History Lesson

Jason Clarke in Chappaquiddick

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 6.4

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Starring: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms

Directed By: John Curran

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 106 minutes

The name Chappaquiddick might not ring a bell for younger audiences, but in 1969, every American had heard of the tiny island off the coast of Massachusetts. It's where Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) drove a car off a bridge in July of that year, resulting in the death of campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara).

Chappaquiddick speculates on the events before, during, and after the tragic accident. The film walks a fine line, painting Kennedy in a sympathetic light while also exposing how money and connections help the wealthy avoid the consequences of their actions.

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Farewell Amor (2020): Most Touching Film About Immigration in America

Farewell Amor

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 6.9

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance

Starring: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Zainab Jah, Jayme Lawson

Directed By: Ekwa Msangi

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Seventeen years after coming to America from Angola, Walter (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) has finally saved enough money for his wife Esther (Zainab Jah) and their daughter Sylvia (Jayme Lawson) to join him. Although they are at first elated by their reunion, all three eventually struggle with adjusting to their new life.

Farewell Armor is neither a celebration nor a critique of the American Dream; rather, it's a candid story about one family's immigration experience from three different perspectives. Things aren't perfect, but the enduring bonds of love and family make life worth living.

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Kid 90 (2021): Best Nostalgic Documentary About Child Actors

Kid 90 documentary on Hulu

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 7.9

Genre: Documentary, Biography, Family

Starring: Soleil Moon Frye, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Jonathan Brandis

Directed By: Soleil Moon Frye

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 71 minutes

Soleil Moon Frye grew up in the spotlight, landing her first starring role as Punky Brewster at just eight-years-old. In Kid 90, Frye reflects on hundreds of hours of camcorder footage documenting her wild career as a child actor, from giving anti-PSAs to tripping on shrooms backstage with her peers.

If you grew up with sitcoms in the 80s or 90s, you'll have fun trying to pick out all the child stars who make cameos. The majority of the movie is upbeat and nostalgic; however, the darker side of young fame is also addressed, such as when Frye discusses the death of fellow child star Jonathan Brandis.

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Hunter Hunter (2020): Darkest Cabin-in-the-Woods Horror Story

Camille Sullivan in Hunter Hunter

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 6.4

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Starring: Camille Sullivan, Summer H. Howell, Devon Sawa

Directed By: Shawn Linden

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 93 minutes

After her husband Joseph (Devon Sawa) goes missing, Anne (Camille Sullivan) and her daughter Renee (Summer H. Howell) welcome a wounded stranger into their remote cottage. It's clear that something is out to get them, but is the threat coming from outside the home, or from within?

Hunter Hunter puts a unique spin on the cabin-the-the-woods horror setup with clear inspiration from Last House on the Left. The movie earns its R rating with gratuitous violence and visceral imagery, but that doesn't detract from the emotional connection director Shawn Linden builds between the audience and his characters.

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Antebellum (2020): Scariest American Civil War Themed Horror Movie

Janelle Monáe in Antebellum

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 5.6

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery

Starring: Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone

Directed By: Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 105 minutes

Renowned scholar Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe) is kidnapped and enslaved at a plantation ruled by Confederate holdouts. At first, Veronica resolves to keep her head down until someone comes to her rescue, but she ultimately devises an escape plan after the death of her only confidante.

The premise is similar to 12 Years a Slave, but it eventually takes a twist that makes it feel more like an M. Knight Shyamalan film. The structure of the plot is a little hard to follow at first, but it all comes together in a triumphant climax.

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The Shape of Water (2017): Strangest Cross-Species Romance

Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones in The Shape of Water

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 7.3

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon

Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 123 minutes

In The Shape of Water, writer and director Guillermo del Toro puts a romantic spin on the Creature from the Black Lagoon's story. While working at a government research lab, a mute janitor named Elisa (Sally Hawkins) discovers a mysterious aquatic creature and vows to protect him from horrific experiments.

The Shape of Water took home the 2017 Academy Award for Best Picture, seven Golden Globe Awards awards, and dozens of other accolades when it was released. If you've seen del Toro's other films like Pan's Labyrinth, you can expect more of the same type of highly-stylized directing.

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Nomadland (2020): Best Road Trip Movie Based on a Nonfiction Book

Nomadland on Hulu

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Genre: Drama

Starring: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May

Directed By: Chloé Zhao

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 108 minutes

After her employer of many years shuts down, Fern moves into a van and leaves her hometown to find work. She eventually ends up at the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, a gathering of fellow nomads where she learns how to survive life on the road.

Nomadland is inspired by Jessica Bruder's nonfiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, which documents the real struggles of Americans traveling in search of stability in the wake of the Great Recession. Many of the characters from the book play themselves in the film.

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The Ultimate Playlist of Noise (2021): Saddest Coming-of-Age Teen Romance

Keean Johnson in The Ultimate Playlist of Noise

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 6.4

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music

Starring: Keean Johnson, Madeline Brewer, Rya Kihlstedt

Directed By: Bennett Lasseter

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 99 minutes

Like the films The Fault in Our Stars and Clouds, The Ultimate Playlist of Noise fits into the tragic teenage romance genre. Devastated with facing the possibility of losing his hearing, music-loving Marcus (Keean Johnson) goes on a journey with aspiring musician Wendy (Madeline Brewer) to record the ultimate bucket playlist.

The Ultimate Playlist of Noise falters in its handling of deafness, and it's not particularly original. Still, the story is sweet enough to satisfy hopeless romantics and the young at heart. If you've watched other Hulu originals, you know what to expect in terms of the acting and production quality.

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Derek Delgaudio’s In and Of Itself (2020): Most Mind-Blowing Magic Show With a Twist

Derek Delgaudio’s In and Of Itself

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 8.9

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Derek Delgaudio

Directed By: Frank Oz

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Illusionist Derek DelGaudio can best be described as the opposite of David Copperfield. Rather than relying on shock and spectacle, Derek DelGaudio uses his magic tricks as a storytelling device to entertain viewers. His philosophical monologues will make you walk away with more important questions than just "How did he do that?"

The film version of In & Of Itself is a mashup of different live performances during the show's 72-week run in Manhattan, so you'll catch cameo shots of several celebrities in the audience. Chances are you haven't seen a live performance in a while, so treat yourself to a magic show.

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Alone (2020): Gritiest Psychological Thriller About Being Lost in the Woods

Alone (2020)

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 6.2

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Starring: Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, Anthony Heald

Directed By: John Hyams

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 98 minutes

In this American remake of the 2011 Swedish movie Försvunnen, a young widow named Jessica (Jules Willcox) is kidnapped by a stalker and trapped inside an isolated cabin. It's a setup that's been done hundreds of times before, but Alone has enough suspense to keep fans of psychological thrillers engaged.

The film didn't win any prestigious awards, but it received very high marks from critics. During the first week of its release, Alone was the most rented movie on numerous services. Now you can watch it for free with your Hulu subscription.

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Save Yourselves (2020): Best Intentional B-Movie About Furry Flesheaters

Sunita Mani and John Paul Reynolds in Save Yourselves

Bleeker Street

IMDb Rating: 5.5

Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi

Starring: Sunita Mani, John Reynolds, Ben Sinclair

Directed By: Alex Huston Fischer, Eleanor Wilson

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 93 minutes

In an attempt to reconnect, Su (Sunita Mani) and Jack (John Reynolds) agree to ditch their smartphones and stay at a cabin in the woods for a week. Unfortunately, they pick the worse time to take a break from the outside world, as Earth is suddenly being invaded by malicious furry aliens.

Save Yourselves seems like an intentional B-movie that's not meant to be taken too seriously. Nonetheless, the performances of Mani and Reynolds are entertaining enough to keep casual viewers watching.

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Star Trek Beyond (2016): Best Star Trek Reboot

Star Trek Beyond

Paramount Pictures

IMDb Rating: 7.1

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban

Directed By: Justin Lin

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 122 minutes

Star Trek Beyond is the final film in the Star Trek reboot trilogy. After going their separate ways, Captain Kirk and Commander Spock are reunited once again and must rely on each other for survival. The plot gets a little wacky at points, which means it perfectly fits the tone of the original show.

Beyond wasn't the box-office hit that the studio wanted, but it was well-received by critics and fans. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto return as Kirk and Spock respectively, and the late Leonard Nimoy makes a brief appearance.

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I Am Greta (2020): Most Empowering Movie About Youth Activism

Greta Thunberg in I Am Greta

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 5.7

Genre: Documentary, Biography

Starring: Greta Thunberg, Malena Ernman, Pope Francis

Directed By: Nathan Grossman

TV Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 97 minutes

I Am Greta documents the activism of Greta Thunberg, a teenager from Sweden who captured the world's attention in 2018 with her scathing address to world leaders at the U.N. for their inaction on climate change. A year after protesting alone in front of the Swedish parliament, Thunberg started the world's largest organized labor strike in 2019.

I Am Greta was screened at film festivals across the world, including the 77th Venice International Film Festival, before coming to Hulu. The film doesn't go too in-depth about the issue of climate change, but it perfectly explains how effective political movements are formed.

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Body Cam (2020): Most Socially-Conscious Horror Movie About Police Brutality

Mary J. Blige in Body Cam

Paramount

IMDb Rating: 5.2

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Starring: Mary J. Blige, Nat Wolff, David Zayas

Directed By: Malik Vitthal

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 96 minutes

Body Cam stars Mary J. Blige as a Louisiana cop who is investigating the mysterious death of a fellow officer. While reviewing bodycam footage, she notices a strange figure that apparently no one else can see. Are supernatural forces to blame for the increased attacks on law enforcement?

While its social commentary (and the scares) are not on-par with movies like Get Out, Body Cam is smarter than your average slasher flick. It's perfect if you want a horror movie that makes you think, but not too hard.

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Run (2020): Most Tense Psychological Thriller About an Overbearing Mother

Sarah Paulson in Run

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 6.7

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Starring: Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen, Onalee Ames

Directed By: Aneesh Chaganty

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 90 minutes

Diane (Sarah Paulson) is an overprotective mother. She homeschools her daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen) and adamantly shields her from the supposed horrors of the world. As it turns out, she's hiding a secret that is more horrifying than anything outside their home.

The claustrophobic mood and Paulson's imposing acting make Run a tense little thriller. While not particularly original, it's both scary and fun. Run was originally planned to debut in theaters on Mother's Day 2020 before being released digitally in November.

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Books of Blood (2020): Best Horror Anthology Collection to Scare Your Socks Off

Books of Blood promo image

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 5.5.

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery

Starring: Britt Robertson, Freda Foh Shen, Nicholas Campbell

Directed By: Brannon Braga

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 107 minutes

This Hulu exclusive is based on author Clive Barker's anthology collection of the same name. Like the novels, Books of Blood tells multiple horror tales with overlapping themes. However, the stories in this version are completely original.

Books of Blood debuted at the 2020 Screamfest Horror Film Festival just weeks ahead of its Hulu release on October 7, 2020. Books of Blood was first adapted into a movie in 2009, and while this version strays from the source material, horror fans will likely enjoy it for what it is.

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Judy & Punch (2019): Best Adult Comedy Based on a British Puppet Show

Judy & Punch (2019) promo image

Madman Entertainment

IMDb Rating: 6.0

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Benedict Hardie

Directed By: Mirrah Foulkes

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 105 minutes

Judy and Punch may be about puppets, but it's definitely not for kids. As the titular couple tries to make a living with their puppetry in 17th century England, their marriage woes frequently explode into violent confrontations.

This Australian comedy is loosely based on classic British puppets Mr. Punch and Judy. The film received numerous awards and nominations at the 2019 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, including the Best Actor award for Damon Herriman.

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Judy (2019): Best Biopic About a Film Icon

Renée Zellweger in Judy

20th Century Fox

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock

Directed By: Rupert Goold

TV Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 118 minutes

Renée Zellweger portrays Judy Garland in this grisly biopic about one of Hollywood's most legendary stars. It's based on the play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter, which details the final year of the beloved actress's life as she dealt with a dwindling career and declining health.

For her performance, Zellweger won the Best Actress category at the Golden Globe Awards, SAG Awards, BAFTA Awards, and the Academy Awards. Judy also features some cool flashback scenes where Darci Shaw portrays the younger Garland during her time on the set of The Wizard of Oz.

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Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans (2019): Best In-Universe Superhero Crossover

Robin and Robin in Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

IMDb Rating: 6.9

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

Starring: Greg Cipes, Rhys Darby, Grey Griffin

Directed By: Jeff Mednikow

TV Rating: NR

Running Time: 77 minutes

In the spirit of Turtles Forever and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans brings together two sets of superheroes from the same franchise. Set during season five of Teen Titans Go!, this superhero mash-up pits the 2003 originals against their 2013 reboots.

It certainly isn't a novel concept, but fans of Teen Titans will appreciate the humor and animation, which stay true to the original series. Nonfans might be confused by the plot, but they can always get caught up by watching all five seasons of Teen Titans Go! on Hulu.

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The Fight (2020): Best Political Documentary About the American Legal System

The Fight on Hulu

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 5.4

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Brigitte Amiri, David Cole, Lee Gelernt

Directed By: Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman

TV Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 96 minutes

The Fight documents the day-to-day work of the American Civil Liberties Union, a hundred-year-old civil rights advocacy group co-founded by Hellen Keller. The organization takes tough stands on controversial issues to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans.

If you're burnt out on news and current events, you may be tempted to skip this one, but The Fight provides valuable insight into the American legal process. It won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

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

Vince Vaughn in The Binge

Hulu

IMDb Rating: 6.7

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Skyler Gisondo, Dexter Darden

Directed By: Jeremy Garelick

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 98 minutes

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.

While The Binge didn't receive favorable reviews when it was released in August 2020, it provides enough laughs to justify watching, if you're into irreverent comedies. Needless to say, the humor is for adults only.

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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 kids' TV show, a teenage Dora sets 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. 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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Fighting With My Family (2019): Best Biopic About Professional Wrestling

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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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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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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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 and 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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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 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, 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 a secret military program, Kaneda is forced to take his old friend down before it's too late.

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