Best movies to watch on Hulu right now

As one of the largest other-the-top (OTT) streaming services on the market, Hulu’s content is a combination of both licensed and original movies and shows. As far as Hulu originals, the streaming giant has only produced a few compared to competitors like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, who have distributed films like Manchester by the Sea and The Irishman, respectively. This guide will delve into the best movies currently available on Hulu. 

An impressive bunch of classic, popular and new releases constantly cycle through Hulu’s catalog. The service has tons of can’t-miss options, such as I, Tonya, Free Solo and Vice. And with Disney’s acquisition of Hulu and 20th Century Fox, your favorite films from these studios will probably make an appearance in Hulu’s library in the near future. For more viewing options, consider purchasing the Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ package for $13/mo.

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Documentaries 

Free Solo (2018)

Scene from Free Solo
Scene from Free Solo

The film follows climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. It won an Oscar for Best Documentary.  

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 93%
  • Genre: Documentary 
  • Length: 97 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Alex Honnold

Minding the Gap (2018)

Minding the Gap
Minding the Gap

Three friends who have grown up together and bonded over their love of skateboarding struggle as life’s complexities challenge their friendship. The film was captured over a 12-year period and beautifully conveys the pains of growing up. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 92%
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Length: 93 minutes
  • Rating: NR 
  • Featured actors: Keire Johnson, Bing Liu and Zack Mulligan 

Fyre Fraud (2019)

Fyre Fraud
Hulu’s Fyre Fraud

The Fyre Festival will go down as one of the most disastrous scams in recent history. With social media culture at an all-time high, a con artist advertises a generation-defining festival only for it to fail in spectacular (and predictable) fashion. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 58%
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Length: 96 minutes 
  • Rating: NR 
  • Featured actors: Billy McFarland 

Batman & Bill (2017)

Hulu's Batman & Bill
Hulu’s Batman & Bill

Comic book super-fans know the name of Bill Finger, the man behind the concept, backstory and iconic costume of Batman. Unfortunately for Finger, he was never credited in his lifetime for his work and died an unknown writer. However, an author made it his mission to make the name Bill Finger synonymous with Batman, giving the man behind the Caped Crusader the credit he deserves. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 90%
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Length: 93 minutes 
  • Rating: NR
  • Featured actors: Michael Uslan, Roy Thomas, Marc Tyler Nobleman, Athena Finger and Alethia Mariotta 

Movies you can watch with the whole family

Bumblebee (2018)

Scene from Bumblebee
Scene from Bumblebee

Follow everyone’s favorite yellow Transformer, Bumblebee, as he explores California during the 1980s. Found in a small beach town, he makes friends with a teenager after she restores him. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 74%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Length: 119 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon and Stephen Schneider

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

Scene from Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Scene from Mission: Impossible – Fallout

When yet another mission goes terribly wrong, Ethan Hunt, along with new and current allies, races against time to right a past wrong.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 87%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Thriller 
  • Length: 147 minutes 
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

Scene from The Prince of Egypt
Scene from The Prince of Egypt

The biblical tale of Moses is adapted into an animated epic with extravagant art design, incredible voice talent and a soundtrack featuring Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 76%
  • Genre: Animation, Drama, Kids & Family
  • Length: 93%
  • Rating: PG
  • Featured actors: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover and Patrick Stewart

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople | Kanopy

Following a tragic event, a boy goes on the lam with his foster uncle and a national manhunt ensues. The duo flees into the New Zealand bush and wild adventures follow.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 91%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy 
  • Length: 101 minutes 
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley and Rhys Darby

Movies that you forgot existed

Big Fish (2003)

Scene from Big Fish
Scene from Big Fish

A grown man attempts to separate fact from fiction as his dying father recollects significant events from the past. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 89%
  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
  • Length: 125 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman and Helena Bonham Carter

Akira (1988)

Scene from Akira
Scene from Akira

Known as the grandfather of modern Japanese animation, Akira is a cyberpunk tale that combines elements of body horror, gang culture and a post-WWIII civilization. The result is a manically paced, iconic masterpiece. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 90%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama and Sci-Fi
  • Length: 124 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Cameron Clarke, Mitsuo Iwara, Nozomu Sasaki, Jan Rabson, Mami Koyama and Lara Cody

Blood Diamond (2006)

Scene from Blood Diamond
Scene from Blood Diamond

Two African men with entirely different backgrounds match wits to find a priceless diamond. One hopes to buy the safety of his family trapped in a refugee camp, and the other seeks power and wealth. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 90%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
  • Length: 143 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou, Kagiso Kuypers, Arnold Vosloo and Antony Coleman

Almost Famous (2000)

Scene from Almost Famous
Scene from Almost Famous

Inspired by Cameron Crowe’s time as a teenage Rolling Stone contributor, the film is a coming-of-age piece in which a boy goes on the road with an up-and-coming band against his mother’s wishes. Watch as Crowe gains insight into a life he could only previously imagine. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 92%
  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
  • Length: 123 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit and Noah Taylor

The takeaway

Given the active nature of Hulu’s constantly evolving library, you’ll want to dive in and start watching your favorite movies before they cycle out. If you opt for the Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ package, you’ll be able to enjoy the Hulu movie list, Disney classics and plenty of sports action. Upgrade to the Hulu + Live TV plan and you’ll be able to watch your favorite TV networks as well as Hulu movies and shows. Upon signing up, you’ll get 30 days of free access (or 7 days with the Hulu + Live TV plan) and can cancel anytime through your online account.

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Zack Kulm

Zack Kulm is a writer and contributor of soda.com. He covers a variety of topics from entertainment and gaming technologies to pop culture commentary. Kulm received a degree in English from Penn State University and Film Studies from Pittsburgh Filmmakers Institute. He also produces award-winning documentaries.