If you want to find the best Hulu movies that you can stream now, you’ve landed in the right place. Our guide below is filled with the top films on the Hulu streaming service that we think are well worth watching. There’s a huge selection of movies on offer packed with all of your favorite genres, from tense thrillers to laugh-out-loud comedies, mind-bending sci-fi to fun adventures for the whole family.
Hulu may not be the first streaming service that comes to mind and it’s still not as popular as the likes of Netflix and Prime Video. But it’s fast becoming a major rival thanks to its ever-expanding movie library. It’s a strong contender because Hulu is backed by Disney, as well as Universal’s parent company, Comcast, meaning it can include cult classics, recent releases and a growing library of Hulu originals to its collection. Hulu also has a partnership with 20th Century Studios, which means it also allows you to stream fan favorites, like Deadpool and Garden State.
In our list below, you’ll see our selection of the best Hulu movies. If you’re only looking for the freshest films to arrive on the streaming service, then read our new Hulu movies guide as well. You should also make sure you check out the different Hulu plans and prices so you can pick the best streaming experience to suit you. In the meantime, read on for our pick of the best Hulu movies you can watch right now.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Judas and the Black Messiah is inspired by the infuriating real life story of Fred Hampton (played here by Daniel Kaluuya), a peaceful activist and chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s.
The movie tells the story of the way Hampton was betrayed and then assassinated by a plan hatched by the FBI and Chicago Police Department. They decided to target Hampton in an effort to silence his calls for social change. But to bring him down they needed a mole, a man called William O'Neal (played by Lakeith Stanfield), who agreed to infiltrate the Black Panther Party (BPP).
Released during the COVID-19 pandemic, Judas and the Black Messiah slipped under the radar in many ways but it's well-deserving of a place in our best Hulu movies guide. It might be a heartbreaking story, but it's also an important one that's still relevant today, and was highly-acclaimed by critics at the time, especially for the powerful performances from both Kaluuya and Stanfield.
Jumanji tells the story of a mysterious board game with supernatural powers that unleashes perils from the jungle out into the real world. The story centers on Alan Parrish (played by Robin Williams) who is trapped in the game as a youngster and emerges decades later, discovered by two unsuspecting kids. Their ensuing adventure is packed with excitement, adventure and laughter as they endeavor to complete the game and send all of the exotic threats back to where they belong.
Jumanji is a must-watch movie filled with exhilarating adventures, laugh-out-loud funny moments and plenty of magical charm, perfect for the whole family. Since it first debuted in 1995 it's remained a popular choice because you really can watch it again and again without getting bored.
12 Years a Slave
Based on a memoir of the same name, 12 Years a Slave follows the story of Solomon Northup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), an African American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the 1800s. He then goes on to experience years of horrifying cruelty at the hands of plantation owners.
Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame) was the director of 12 Years a Slave, and he received high praised for the movie, as did the fantastic cast. Ejiofor gives a phenomenal performance as Northup; Lupita Nyong'o plays enslaved woman Patsey who experiences horrendous treatment at the hands of plantation owner Edwin Epps, played her by Michael Fassbender.
12 Years a Slave is an extremely difficult watch, but it's considered an extremely accurate portrayal of slavery at the time, which makes it essential viewing.
The movie Nomadland, inspired by Jessica Bruder's non-fiction work Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, follows the story of Fern (played by McDormand), a woman left jobless by the economic downturn of her hometown in Nevada.
She goes in search of something more but with limited options she decides to sell her possessions and embark on a cross-country drive, embracing the nomadic way of life. On her journey she meets a community of like-minded nomads, all set against the stunning landscape of the American West.
The story might seem simple, but there's a lot of depth and heart here. McDormand also delivers a captivating performance as Fern, showing us a character deeply affected by the harsh realities of life. Director Chloé Zhao does a fantastic job at telling Fern's story with a raw, documentary-like authenticity that's been praised for accurately capturing life on the margins of society.
The Abyss is a mesmerizing deep sea adventure that combines lots of thrilling suspense, a gripping story and visual effects that were groundbreaking at the time the movie first came out in the late 1980s.
Directed by James Cameron (The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, Avatar), the story takes viewers to the edge of human exploration and beyond as it follows the story of a diving team recruited by the US Navy to assist in rescuing a sunken submarine, only to encounter an otherworldly undersea life form.
Some of the visual effects may look a little dated now, but when it was first released i 1989, The Abyss stood out for its pioneering use of CGI, which was used to create stunning underwater scenes that were revolutionary for their time. Its compelling storyline is brought to life by a talented cast, including Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Dr. Lindsey Brigman and Ed Harris as the foreman of the mission and Brigman's estranged husband.
The Banshees of Inisherin
The Banshees of Inisherin is an incredibly dark comedy drama from acclaimed director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), known for the way he creates genre-defying films that combine violence, humor and plenty of moments that tug at your heart strings. The Banshees of Inisherin is no exception and it sees McDonagh reunited with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, who originally worked together on In Bruges, McDonagh's directorial debut.
The movie follows the story of Colm Doherty (played by Gleeson), a folk musician who lives on the fictional Irish island of Inisherin at the end of the Irish Civil War in 1923. One day he decides to ignore his best friend Pádraic Súilleabháin (Farrell), which causes him significant distress, pushing him to try everything he can to get through to his friend, which results in a series of bizarre and violent events.
Heat is a favorite among film fans, and for good reason, too. It’s a crime thriller directed by the amazingly talented Michael Mann (The Insider, Collateral, Thief) that follows the story of a slick group of bank robbers led by Neil McCauley (played by Robert De Niro) who make a big mistake during a heist. Lieutenant Vincent Hanna (played by Al Pacino) is the detective who is then on a mission to catch them in the act.
What follows is an incredibly gripping cat-and-mouse game, and the chemistry between De Niro and Pacino is considered to be some of the very best ever on screen. Expect stylish shots of LA, fast-paced action sequences, as well as emotional scenes with a lot of dialogue that really delve deep into the complex lives of the main characters. Heat really is a must-watch.
The Creator was only released in late 2023 but it’s already streaming on Hulu now. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla, Rogue One), it’s set in 2070 after a nuclear detonation in LA that led to a war between humans and AI. It follows the story of an ex-special forces agent, Sergeant Joshua Taylor (played by John David Washington), who must find and destroy the ‘Creator’, who has made a secret weapon that could put an end to the war.
Like similar movies that came before it – including The Terminator and The Matrix – The Creator explores the future of technological innovation, meaning it’s a must-watch for sci-fi lovers who like to imagine the messy ethical implications of artificial intelligence. Expect top performances from John David Washington (Tenet), Madeleine Yuna Voyles, Gemma Chan and Allison Janney, as well as a stunning visual aesthetic and high-paced special effects. Although it may give you a lot to think about, The Creator is a top choice for action lovers, too.
X-Men: First Class
You’re probably thinking, wow, another superhero film? But we like X-Men: First Class because it brings a fresh take to the story of the X-Men. That’s because it’s set back in the 1960s during the Cuban Missile Crisis when Charles Xavier (Professor X, played by James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsher (Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender) must join forces to prevent the end of the world.
It’s not a perfect film, nor is it the best X-Men movie, but it’s satisfying to see the origins of the iconic mutant team explored in such depth. Especially the complex early relationship between Charles and Eric, as well as how they came to meet the other mutants and what caused the group to split in two. If you’re not already a fan of the X-Men, this is a great way in. If you are, it’s a fun one to watch and better understand your favorite characters. If you're keen to watch the X-Men movies in order, look at our guide.
No One Will Save You
No One Will Save You is one of the newest movies on our list and it’s arrived on Hulu just in time for spooky season. Genre-wise we’d describe it as a sci-fi horror-thriller, starring Kaitlyn Dever as a woman called Brynn who has been outcast by her community – we can’t really get into why without wading into spoilers, so let’s leave it there. So far so not great for Brynn, but things get even more complicated when aliens invade her hometown, use their mind controlling abilities to indoctrinate the local population and force Brynn to fight for her survival.
No One Will Save You has had an incredibly positive reception since it arrived on the streaming service this month, making it one of the best Hulu movies you can watch right now. Although it goes without saying this is a movie that’ll only appeal to those with a soft spot for scary films. Well, unless you don’t mind watching the whole thing while holding a cushion in front of your face to avoid the jump scares.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
All three of The Lord of the Rings movies are now on Hulu, so if you've been looking for an excuse to binge the entire series, this is it.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is the first instalment, setting the scene and following the story of how the fellowship was formed as they embark on their journey with the ring. The Two Towers follows Frodo and Sam as they draw nearer to the treacherous land of Mordor, while their comrades encounter fierce conflicts and forge alliances to safeguard the realms of Middle-earth. The final movie, The Return of the King, is when the scattered members of the fellowship reunite in their resolve to confront the Sauron in the ultimate clash for the fate of the realm.
The Alien Collection
The Alien collection of movies stands as a highly acclaimed sci-fi franchise more than 40 years after the release of the first film. At its core is the story of Ellen Ripley, brilliantly portrayed by Sigourney Weaver, a survivor who dares to face the horrifying alien creatures known as the Xenomorphs.
The first two films in the franchise are particularly noteworthy. First in line is Alien, which tells the tale of the Nostromo spaceship crew, whose encounter with an alien creature unleashes utter chaos and a lot of death. Building on this chilling foundation, the sequel Aliens reunites us with Ripley as she ventures back to the treacherous planet where the Xenomorph came from, accompanied by a team of marines, in a battle against the aliens. The later films aren't as good as the first two, but are still a fun watch and delve into various facets of the Xenomorph mythos. If you want to catch up on other films in the series, then read our guide to every Alien movie ranked from worst to best.
The fifth instalment in the Predator franchise, Prey, is a prequel set 300 years ago and sees the iconic villain hunting skilled Comcanche warrior Naru. Trained as a healer, Naru is trying to prove herself as a warrior and finds herself protecting her people against a vicious humanoid alien, as well as French fur traders trying to catch and destroy the buffalo the tribe relies on for survival.
The film has been widely praised for its fresh take on the franchise format. In our Prey review we wrote that it could well be the best Predator film since the very first one.
Taking its inspiration from Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name, Deep Water reignites the erotic thriller. It's no surprise given its director Adrian Lyne's back catalog of work. Lyne took charge of both Fatal Attraction and Unfaithful, two films where steamy shenanigans are afoot.
And they are afoot again here. Vic Van Allen (Ben Affleck) is a retired millionaire whose wife Melinda (Ana De Armas) isn't satisfied by his wealth and engages in multiple extra-marital affairs. Despite his initial willingness to look the other way, Vic's jealous streak emerges right as the bodies of her former paramours also emerge. Affleck and De Armas' real-life relationship at time of filming adds an edge of rawness to the proceedings.
Living the same day over and over in sunny Palm Springs can't be the worst way to spend eternity, right? Hulu original Palm Springs rips apart this seemingly-ideal time loop concept through the experiences of Nyles (Andy Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milioti), two strangers who meet at a wedding only to realise they're both trapped in an endless repeat of a terrible day.
It's no surprise Hulu paid big bucks (around $20 million) for the rights following its Sundance premiere. Much like the granddaddy of time loop movies, Groundhog Day, Palm Springs is loaded with poignant moments of reflection and black-as-night jokes.
Raw director Julia Ducourneau's sophomore effort is a blistering, stomach-churning descent into body horror unlike anything else we've seen in recent years. The fact it won the Palme d'Or at Cannes is evidence of its raw, unfiltered power.
Agathe Rousselle, in her film debut, stars as Alexia, a young woman who has a metal plate fitted in her head following a car accident as a child. This foreign body stimulates a love for automobiles that makes Christine play like a Pixar movie. Alexia's flourishing desire sends her on a violent cross-country spree with twists and turns you won't see coming. This is an experience you won't forget.
At the height of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope, we got Garden State, Zach Braff's semi-autobiographical ode to figuring out your life while falling in love with a kooky girl who helps you achieve your dreams. While the trope has thankfully been dismantled, Braff's debut remains a fun, moving film, about how we handle our youth on the cusp of leaving it behind.
Braff plays Andrew Largeman, a struggling LA actor who returns to New Jersey when his mother dies. Back home he reconnects with old friends, meets Sam (a superb Natalie Portman), and learns to reconcile his past.
Garnering a reputation as "the lesbian nun movie", Paul Verhoeven's Benedetta sensationalises a 17th-century Sapphic relationship, but it speaks more as an examination of faith.
Sister Benedetta (Virginie Efira) and Sister Bartolomea (Daphne Patakia) begin an affair behind closed doors while the former experiences vivid daydreams of Jesus and signs of stigmata. Its titillating set pieces involving an augmented Virgin Mary statue raised eyebrows yet its most shocking moments stem from steadfast belief, and how that can lift you up or destroy you.
Many romantic-comedies make light of the pitfalls of the dating scene, but Fresh takes it to task through black-as-night horror comedy, skewering the dire situation that is internet dating.
The movie opens as Noa (Normal People's Daisy Edgar-Jones) endures yet another evening of belittling, misogynist banter, leading her to give up on romantic prospects. That is until the perfect meet-cute in a grocery store where she encounters Steve (Sebastian Stan), a refreshingly normal guy. To say more would give away the film's best sting, an early twist which swiftly passes comment on the modern dating landscape with a savage sense of humor.
Director Mimi Cave is one to watch.
In the years since The Twilight Saga, Kristen Stewart's worked to separate herself from Bella Swan, and she hammers the final nail in that coffin with Pablo Larrain's Spencer.
As Princess Diana, Stewart's own experiences with the paparazzi gift her an innate empathy for Diana, perhaps enabling her to channel the restraint of being in the spotlight. Her Academy Award-nominated performance is the highlight in a movie which shares more in common with The Shining than any other royal biopic, signaling the isolation and loneliness of the former Princess of Wales through a horror lens.
Director Aneesh Chaganty follows up his screen-set debut Searching with Run, a homebound thriller that broke Hulu records shortly after it dropped. And it's no surprise, given the caliber of talent.
Sarah Paulson stars in this Hulu original as a mother whose dedication to her wheelchair-bound daughter Chloe redefines the concept of helicopter parenting. Chaganty and co. were determined to find a disabled actor for the role of Chloe, finding newcomer Keira Allen, who gives Paulson a run for her money in this taut, action-packed film. Cribbing from iconic horror Misery, this is packed with twists you won't see coming.
Taking your new partner home for the holidays can be anxiety-inducing, but when your parents don't know your partner is a woman and that you're actually queer? That ramps things up even more so.
Clea Duvall's Christmas comedy stars Mackenzie Davis as Harper, who has kept her relationship with Abby (Kristen Stewart) under wraps, leading to a slew of hiding hijinks once they arrive. Think The Family Stone with sharper wardrobe choices. Plus this warm-hearted comedy about celebrating love in all forms features Aubrey Plaza and Dan Levy on scene-stealing form as the duo's respective best pals.
There really should be a Letterboxd list featuring movies where Chloe Grace Moretz has to endure sci-fi shenanigans whilst carrying a baby. The former child actor is turning into a solid b-movie action lead, her turn in Mother/Android elevating this from forgettable straight-to-video fodder into excellent tech thriller.
The Batman scribe Mattson Tomlin makes his directorial debut based on his own screenplay, set in a world where AI butlers are installed in every home… and then start to murder their owners. Plenty of tense chase sequences and twists will keep you guessing.
A solid one-location thriller, No Exit is based on the best-seller of the same name. Havana Rose Liu stars as Darby, a young woman we meet at a halfway house, who leaves in the middle of the night to get home to her dying mother. A blizzard forces her to hole up at a rest stop, where she encounters a bunch of strangers seeking solace from the storm.
But wait, there's more! She soon discovers a kidnapped girl in the back of a truck outside, turning her quiet evening into a mystery. With a strong supporting cast including Dale Dickey and Dennis Haysbert, like the relentless snow, the twists fall thick and fast in this pacy thriller.
The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Lee Daniels followed up The Butler with The United States vs. Billie Holiday. This biopic on the legendary jazz singer. Written by Suzan-Lori Parks and based on the book, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, Hulu's Oscar-nominated take on Billie Holiday's life follows what happened following the release of 'Strange Fruit'.
Examining Holiday's struggles with addiction amid an investigation by the FBI, the movie juggles a slew of topics, bouncing from the late 1950s to the 1940s to paint a portrait of Holiday's life. Audra Day excels in the titular role, delivering a soul-shaking performance of Strange Fruit that's by far the standout moment.
Following years of straight-to-video actioners, Nicolas Cage's recent offerings have shifted to the far corners of genre – cosmic horrors Mandy and Color Out of Space – before catapulting to this low-key, blurry-edged drama about a recluse chef.
Trailers for Pig played it like John Wick but wi