The Best Movies on Hulu Are Worth the Subscription Fee

You'll want to stay in tonight.

Updated 11/04/19

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This story is updated monthly with our latest picks.

There's nothing like cozying up and embarking on a Hulu binge. But where to start?

If you're unsure of what to stream tonight, scroll through our definitive list of the best movies on Hulu right now to add to your watch list. From a crime thriller starring a female lead to a heartwarming adventure-comedy set in New Zealand, these 30 movies are proof that Hulu is worth the monthly subscription fee.

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Sicario (2015)

sicario

Domain Entertainment

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 in Sicario.

Available On: Hulu

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Winter's Bone (2010)

Jennifer Lawrence stars as a teenage girl from the Ozark mountains in 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.

Available On: Hulu

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

hunt for the wilderpeople

 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

This heartwarming adventure comedy premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to much acclaim. In Hunt for the Wilderpeople, 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.

Available On: Hulu

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Rain Man (1988)

A car dealer learns that he has an autistic older brother when returning home for his father's funeral. The pair take a cross-country trip that changes their lives in this heartwarming film that won four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Available On: Hulu

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Up in the Air (2009)

up in the air

 Paramount Pictures

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

Available On: Hulu

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Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Aubrey Plaza plays a social-media stalker named Ingrid who moves to Los Angeles bent on befriending her favorite Instagram influencer (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.

Available On: Hulu

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A League of Their Own (1992)

a league of their own

 Columbia Pictures

With a star-studded cast (including Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell, and Madonna), this classic film is definitely a must-stream. A League of Their Own tells the story of an all-female baseball league formed in the Midwest during World War II.

Available On: Hulu

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Juno (2007)

When Juno unexpectedly falls pregnant as a teenager, she picks a family to adopt her unborn child in this Academy Award-winning film. But what happens when the adoptive father starts falling for Juno?

Available On: Hulu

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Sixteen Candles (1984)

sixteen candles

 Universal Pictures

Angsty Samantha's 16th birthday is overshadowed by her sister's upcoming wedding in Sixteen Candles. Plus, she wants to win over the most popular boy in school, but of course, uber-nerd Ted is the only guy who's into her.

Available On: Hulu

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A Simple Favor (2018)

Stephanie, played by Anna Kendrick, is a widowed single mother whose best friend Emily (Blake Lively) has it all—wealth, glamor, and a loving family. But one day Emily goes missing, so Stephanie launches an investigation to find out what happened to her in A Simple Favor.

Available On: Hulu

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Teen Spirit (2018)

teen spirit

 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

A shy, small-town teenager (Elle Fanning) enters a singing competition with the help of an unlikely mentor in Teen Spirit. Will she be able to escape her broken family life through singing?

Available On: Hulu

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American Beauty (1999)

American Beauty won Oscars for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Film. Magazine executive Lester fantasizes about his daughter's pretty high school classmate, naturally leading to disaster.

Available On: Hulu

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Jawline (2019)

jawline movie

 Amazon

Living in rural Tennessee, 16-year-old Austyn Tester sees internet stardom as his way out, with doting teenage girls watching his every move. This documentary offers a glimpse into the world of today's digital celebrities.

Available On: Hulu

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Mother! (2017)

Mother! is a mystery film that stars Jennifer Lawrence. A young woman renovates her Victorian mansion where she lives with her husband, and one night a stranger comes by and becomes an unexpected houseguest. Then he brings by his family and the young woman begins to wonder why her husband is so accommodating to these houseguests but never to her.

Available On: Hulu

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I, Tonya

i tonya

Neon/30 West

 

Margot Robbie plays controversial Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding in this film inspired by a true story. Harding's ex-husband conspires to injure fellow Olympic hopeful Nancy Kerrigan, forcing both women to withdraw from the national championship in I, Tonya.

Available On: Hulu

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Ask Dr. Ruth (2019)

ask dr. ruth

 Hulu

Charming sex therapist Dr. Ruth is nearing her 90th birthday in the documentary Ask Dr. Ruth. Sharp as ever, she shares the story of her life, from surviving the holocaust to becoming the famed sex therapist we know and love today.

Available On: Hulu

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Based on a novel, If Beale Street Could Talk takes place in 1970s Harlem. Couple Tish and Fonny have been friends since childhood and dream of a future together, but then Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Available On: Hulu

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Three Identical Strangers (2018)

Three Identical Strangers

 Neon

Three triplets are separated at birth and raised by different families in this true story. Years later they meet, but the circumstances under which they were separated haunt them.

Available On: Hulu

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The Year of Spectacular Men (2017)

The Year of Spectacular Men is about the struggle that is graduating college and venturing out into the real world. Twenty-something Izzy dates several men (rather disastrously) while looking to her mother and sister for support.

Available On: Hulu

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Pretty in Pink (1986)

pretty in pink

 Paramount Pictures

Andie isn't popular in school, so she's overjoyed when one of the rich and popular boys looks her way. She falls for him, but realizes that mixing with the popular crowd might not be all that it's cracked up to be in Pretty in Pink.

Available On: Hulu

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Free Solo (2018)

free solo movie

 National Geographic Documentaries

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or not, rock climber Alex Honnold's attempt at a free solo (no ropes) climb of El Capitan's 900-meter vertical rock face is a must-see. Learn the psychology behind why some people seek adrenaline rushes so extreme that they're willing to put their lives in danger in Free Solo.

Available On: Hulu

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Heathers (1989)

The Heathers are a cruel clique of high school girls. As it turns out, one of their boyfriends is intentionally murdering fellow students that he doesn't like in this teen drama.

Available On: Hulu

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Mommie Dearest (1981)

mommie dearest

 Paramount Pictures

Mommie Dearest is a biographical film about actress Joan Crawford taking in two orphans. Her behavior toward adoptive daughter Christina quickly turns abusive, as explored in this film based on a book actually written by Christina.

Available On: Hulu

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27 Dresses (2008)

Always a bridesmaid but never a bride, Jane is upset to find her sister has gotten engaged to the man Jane secretly loves in 27 Dresses. But love may be just around the corner for Jane, too, in this feel-good rom-com.

Available On: Hulu

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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

A young man wants the lavish lifestyle of a playboy named Dickie in 1950s Italy and will go to extremes to achieve it in The Talented Mr. Ripley. This psychological thriller has quite the A-list cast of characters: Jude Law, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Cate Blanchett.

Available On: Hulu

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The Color Purple (1985)

the color purple

Warner Bros.

Follow 40 years in the life of a black woman living in the south in the early 20th century. She survives incredible abuse and perseveres in The Color Purple, the film adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Available On: Hulu

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Beauty and the Briefcase (2010)

It would be remiss of Hilary Duff fans to miss this one. In Beauty and the Briefcase, she plays a journalist who goes undercover at a finance company to report on finding love in the workplace.

Available On: Hulu

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Shrek (2001)

shrek

DreamWorks

 

Odds are its been years since you've seen Shrek, and here's your sign to rewatch the fan-favorite. Ogre Shrek's fate lies in the hands of an evil lord. He must rescue a princess for the evil lord to marry in order to save his own home in Shrek.

Available On: Hulu

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A Quiet Place (2018)

Parents Evelyn and Lee must live in silence in order to avoid dangerous creatures that hunt by sound. They endeavor to protect their children and fight back in A Quiet Place.

Available On: Hulu

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Ballet Now (2018)

ballet now documentary

 Matt Brown

Ballerina Tiller Peck was the first woman ever asked to curate the famed BalletNOW program. Follow her journey in this Hulu original documentary.

Available On: Hulu

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