The Best Movies on Hulu Are Worth the $8 Subscription Fee

Updated 02/15/18

While Netflix tends to steal the spotlight in terms of entertainment streaming services, we're making the argument that you should extend your watch list building options beyond the well-known platform. Of course, you shouldn't skip Netflix's brilliant original movies like Mudbound or Tallulah, but trust us—Hulu deserves some of your monthly streaming budget too.

Although Hulu is known for its award-winning series The Handmaid's Tale, you'd be remiss to overlook the site's movie section. If you're unsure of what to stream tonight, scroll through our definitive list of the best movies on Hulu (excluding documentaries) to add to your watch list. From a crime thriller starring a female lead to a heartwarming adventure comedy set in New Zealand, these movies are proof that Hulu is worth the $8 subscription fee.

Sicario

In this exciting crime thriller, Emily Blunt plays the role of an idealistic FBI agent who successfully breaks into the male-dominated bureau. Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin also star as FBI agents. The trio travels back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to bring down a powerful drug cartel.

Watch Sicario on Hulu.

Carol

In this critically acclaimed film, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star as two women caught up in a forbidden affair. Set in the 1950s, this period romance touches on the complexities of dealing with desire while navigating societal pressures. Consider this film required watching.

Watch Carol on Hulu.

Fences

In this film set in the 1950s, Denzel Washington stars as a sanitation worker who never had the opportunity to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. Viola Davis, who plays Washington's wife, took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.

Watch Fences on Hulu.

Arrival

In this film, Amy Adams stars as a linguistics professor attempting to communicate with a group of extraterrestrials who have inexplicably landed on earth. Numerous critics dubbed this one of the best films of 2016, and it's easy to see why. The film is both visually stunning and poignantly relevant. Though it's a work of science fiction, it doesn't feel like it's set too far into the future, which is a bit chilling.

Watch Arrival on Hulu.

Winter's Bone

Jennifer Lawerence stars as a teenage girl from the Ozarks of Missouri who sets out to find her missing father to save her family's home. Her search takes her on a dangerous journey where she encounters meth addicts and crime bosses. Filled with mystery and murder, this film is not for the faint of heart.

Watch Winter's Bone on Hulu.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

This heartwarming adventure comedy premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to much acclaim. In the film, a boy and his foster father go missing in the New Zealand wilderness. A tragedy threatens to pull them apart, and a manhunt ensues to locate them.

Watch Hunt for the Wilderpeople on Hulu.

Up in the Air

Anna Kendrick stars opposite George Clooney in this charming and critically acclaimed movie directed by Jason Reitman. Nominated for Best Picture in 2009, the film tells the story of a man (Clooney) who conducts company layoffs on behalf of employers as he trains a new co-worker (Kendrick).

Watch Up in the Air on Hulu.

Two Days, One Night

In this French film, Marion Cotillard stars as a hardworking woman who has two days and one night to convince her co-workers to help her keep her job. Cotillard's brilliant performance earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in 2014.

Watch Two Days, One Night on Hulu.

Savage Grace

Based on the book Savage Grace by Natalie Robins and Steven M.L. Aronson, this film examines a dysfunctional and allegedly incestuous relationship between an heiress (Julianne Moore) and her son (Eddie Redmayne). Set in the 1970s, the film is visually stunning despite the disturbing subject matter.

Watch Savage Grace on Hulu.

A League of Their Own

With a star-studded cast (including Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell, and Madonna, to name just a few), this classic film is definitely a must-stream movie. This sports movie tells the story of an all-female baseball league formed in the Midwest during World War II.

Watch A League of Their Own on Hulu.

Ingrid Goes West

Aubrey Plaza plays a social-media stalker named Ingrid who moves to Los Angeles bent on befriending her favorite Instagram star (played by Elizabeth Olsen) after a series of personal tragedies. Things don't quite go as planned, and the move out West quickly takes a dark turn for Ingrid.

Watch Ingrid Goes West on Hulu.

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