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Best 25 Movies on Hulu

Browsing the Hulu homepage offers plenty of content for a guaranteed good time, so much so that it can be hard to pick what to watch next! The good news is, you can’t go wrong with Hulu’s fantastic selection. You’ll see plenty of comedy, action, and adventure to keep you on the edge of your seat (or rolling on the floor!).

We hand-picked the top 25 movies on Hulu right now, both by rating and popularity, and a few just because we like them. The list includes some of the best recent films, as well as beloved classics from the past few decades. We’ll update this page regularly with Hulu’s best new content.

‘Triangle of Sadness’ (2022) — Editor’s Top Pick

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“Triangle of Sadness” is a movie that you can’t miss. (Image: Imperative Entertainment)

Rated: R | Genre: Comedy Drama | Run Time: 2 hours and 27 minutes | Director: Ruben Östlund

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10 | Metacritic Rating: 63

Cast: Harris Dickinson, Charlie Dean, Woody Harrelson

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“Triangle of Sadness” is a biting satirical black comedy following a group of the super wealthy on a luxury cruise that goes awry. The film is a sharp and darkly funny satire of the ultra-rich, with a witty and subversive screenplay by Ruben Östlund that creates a sense of dread and suspense throughout the film. Featuring excellent performances from Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, and Woody Harrelson as the hilariously deadpan Captain, “Triangle of Sadness” is dark, clever, often uncomfortable, and sure to stay with you long after you watch it. This multi-award winner is one of the best movies on Hulu from the past few years.

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‘A Haunting in Venice’ (2023)

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Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie films capture the dark, twisted mind of the Queen of Crime. (Image: 20th Century Studios)

Rated: PG-13 | Genre: Horror Mystery | Run Time: 1 hour and 43 minutes | Director: Kenneth Branagh

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10 | Metacritic Rating: 63

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Dornan

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The third installment in Kenneth Branagh’s slick series of Agatha Christie adaptations has finally hit streaming, and mystery fans are over the moon. Hercule Poirot (Branagh), now retired from his role as a world-renowned detective and living in self-imposed exile in Venice, finds himself once again at the heart of a murder he didn’t commit. Reluctantly convinced to attend a Halloween party and seance at a decaying, haunted palazzo in order to expose the medium (Michelle Yeoh) as a fraud, the evening turns dark when a ghost conveys that they were murdered by one of the guests, sending the party into a frenzy. Any one of the attendees could be a potential murderer, and with the body count rising, this party is getting too frightening for children.

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‘Infinity Pool’ (2023)

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If you’re looking for disturbing sci-fi horror, “Infinity Pool” checks that box. (Image: Film Forge)

Rated: R | Genre: Sci-Fi Horror | Run Time: 1 hour and 57 minutes | Director: Brandon Cronenberg

IMDb Rating: 6.1/10 | Metacritic Rating: 72

Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth, Cleopatra Coleman

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The most chilling sci-fi horror this year, “Infinity Pool” takes a haunting look into privilege, violence, and the nature of reality. A struggling writer, James Foster (Alexander Skarsgård), and his wife (Mia Goth) are enjoying an all-inclusive getaway on an idyllic resort island. Following a fatal accident, they discover the island’s dark underbelly of hedonism and violence that allows the rich to get away with murder. Trippy visuals and unique CGI add to the confused, primal feeling of a film that looks human brutality in the face.

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‘Rye Lane’ (2023)

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A more recent rom-com addition, “Rye Lane” is a look into life and love in London. (Image: DJ Films)

Rated: R | Genre: Romantic Comedy | Run Time: 1 hour and 22 minutes | Director: Raine Allen-Miller

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10 | Metacritic Rating: 83

Cast: David Jonsson, Vivian Oparah, Poppy Allen-Quarmby

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Lovers of feel-good London rom-coms can’t miss “Rye Lane,” the tale of two jaded young singles who may be just the lesson one another needs. Dom (David Jonsson) is a sweet and sensitive accountant who has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Yas (Vivian Oparah) is a confident and outgoing artist still reeling from her own breakup. The two meet by chance in a gender-neutral bathroom and decide to spend the day together exploring the vibrant working-class London neighborhood of Rye Lane. As they wander the streets, Dom and Yas share their stories and get to know each other, find misadventures, and, perhaps, feel the twitch of love once again.

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‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’ (2022)

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“Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” dives deeper into our perceptions of sex and love. (Image: Align)

Rated: R | Genre: Comedy Drama | Run Time: 1 hour and 37 minutes | Director: Sophie Hyde

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10 | Metacritic Rating: 78

Cast: Emma Thompson, Daryl McCormack, Isabella Laughland

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“Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” proves that it’s never too late to get your freak on. Nancy (Emma Thompson) is a widow who has never had an orgasm and is determined to change that before she dies. Nancy is insecure about her body and her age, uptight, and far too businesslike to get down to business. Her hired escort, Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack) is patient, understanding, and a little amused by Nancy’s unusual goal. Over the course of four hotel room encounters, Nancy and Leo develop a surprising human connection, challenge each other's assumptions about sex and love, and learn a lot about themselves in the process.

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‘Death on the Nile’ (2022)

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Kenneth Branagh reprises his role as Hercule Poirot in his second film adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel. (Image: TSG Entertainment)

Rated: PG-13 | Genre: Mystery Thriller | Run Time: 2 hours and 7 minutes | Director: Kenneth Branagh

IMDb Rating: 6.3/10 | Metacritic Rating: 52

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Mackey, Gal Godot, Armie Hammer

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Agatha Christie’s chilling novel “Death on the Nile” is brought to life in this 2022 film adaptation. On a glamorous passenger steamer cruising the Nile, the idyllic honeymoon of Simon Doyle (Armie Hammer) and his glamorous bride, Linnet Ridgeway (Gal Godot), is shattered when Linnet is found dead in her cabin with a priceless necklace stolen. Eccentric detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh), who also happens to be a passenger on the ship, is tasked with solving the case. As Poirot interviews the suspects, he uncovers a web of secrets and lies that reveal that each of the passengers has a motive for killing Linnet and everyone is hiding something.

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‘Summer of Soul’ (2021)

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“Summer of Soul” showcases the alternative music revolution of the summer of ’69. (Image: Onyx Collective)

Rated: PG-13 | Genre: Music Documentary | Run Time: 1 hour and 58 minutes | Director: Questlove

IMDb Rating: 8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 96

Cast: Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Cyril Innis Jr.

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This universally acclaimed and multi-award-winning documentary brings you into the music and politics of the cultural revolution like you’ve never seen them before. Woodstock gets all the fame as the biggest music event of the summer of 1969, but just a short way away, artists such as Stevie Wonder, BB King, Nina Simone, and Sly and the Family Stone were singing their hearts out at the Harlem Cultural Festival. With Black Panther Party members stepping in to provide policing and civil rights activists including Jesse Jackson taking direct part in the concert, it became more than just music. Why have most of us never heard of such an important political and cultural event?

“Summer of Soul” shows never-before-seen footage from the festival, interwoven with interviews from attendees, artists, and activists exploring why the revolution couldn’t be televised.

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‘Flee’ (2021)

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Amin Nawabi’s story is beautifully animated in “Flee,” giving viewers a visual treat and a powerful message about humanity. (Image: Final Cut for Real)

Rated: PG-13 | Genre: Adult Animated Documentary | Run Time: 1 hour and 29 minutes | Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10 | Metacritic Rating: 91

Cast: Amin Nawabi, Daniel Karimyar, Fardin Mijdzadeh, Jonas Poher Rasmussen

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This Danish animated documentary tells the true story of Amin Nawabi, a refugee from Afghanistan who fled to Denmark when he was a teenager. Through a series of interviews, Amin recounts his journey from Afghanistan to Denmark and the horrific trauma that he experienced along the way. The beautiful, haunting, dreamlike animation style combines traditional 2D illustrations with live-action footage, creating an emotionally evocative work of art that transports the viewer into Amin's world. Tackling heavy themes like war and displacement with artistic grace, “Flee” leaves you with the ultimate message of the power of the human spirit to overcome even the most difficult challenges.

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‘Palm Springs’ (2020)

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“Palm Springs” is more than your average rom-com. (Image: Limelight Productions)

Rated: R | Genre: Sci-Fi Romantic Comedy | Run Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes | Director: Max Barbakow

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10 | Metacritic Rating: 83

Cast: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons

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Nyles (Andy Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milioti) are the ultimate odd couple. Nyles is a carefree bachelor who’s living his best life, whereas Sarah is a type-A workaholic who’s trying to get her life back on track. While at a friend’s wedding in Palm Springs, they discover that the only thing more awkward than attending a wedding is being stuck in a time loop at a wedding. As they embrace the joys of consequence-free shenanigans and existential crises, they'll make you question whether it's love, laughter, or just plain old insanity that keeps us all going. They struggle to work together to find a way out, learning about themselves and each other, as well as how to have fun, let loose, and enjoy the simple things in life along the way. In between poignant life lessons and hilariously bizarre, never-ending festivities, “Palm Springs” will make you question your sanity too.

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‘Nomadland’ (2020)

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“Nomadland” earned director Chloé Zhao the honor of being the first Asian woman and second woman to ever win an Oscar for Best Director. (Image: Hear/Say Productions)

Rated: R | Genre: Drama | Run Time: 1 hour and 47 minutes | Director: Chloé Zhao

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10 | Metacritic Rating: 89

Cast: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Bob Wells

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Tough widow Fern (portrayed in a hauntingly powerful performance by Frances McDormand) loses her job and home during the Great Recession. With nothing left to lose, she packs up her van and sets out on a journey to explore the American West, joining a growing community of nomads who live on the margins of society. Visionary director Chloé Zhao's masterful storytelling paints a vivid portrait of resilience and freedom as shown through the lost inhabitants of the harsh American landscape and the community and connection that keeps them going. “Nomadland” is a meditation on the beauty found in simplicity, the search for belonging, the bonds forged in transience, and the enduring hope that drives us to keep moving forward, even when the horizon is uncertain.

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‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ (2019)

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For a beautiful queer love story, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” is one of the best films to watch. (Image: Lilies Films)

Rated: R | Genre: Romantic Drama | Run Time: 2 hours and 2 minutes | Director: Céline Sciamma

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10 | Metacritic Rating: 95

Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami

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In 18th-century France, Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a young painter, is commissioned to paint a portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), an enigmatic, reluctant bride-to-be. As Marianne observes Héloïse by day and secretly paints her by firelight at night, she discovers an intense passion and forbidden love that threatens to derail both of their lives. A sensual and atmospheric feast for the senses, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” takes a deeply moving look at love, desire, freedom, self-expression, and the female gaze, with a breathtaking climax that is one of the most beautiful and moving love scenes ever put on film.

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‘Ready Player One’ (2018)

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“Ready Player One” is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ernest Cline. (Image: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Rated: PG-13 | Genre: Sci-Fi Action Adventure | Run Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes | Director: Steven Spielberg

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10 | Metacritic Rating: 64

Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe

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In a dystopian 2045, where the real world is a harsh and unforgiving place, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) escapes his grim existence by immersing himself in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the eccentric genius James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday's death sets off a global frenzy to discover the hidden easter egg within the OASIS, Wade and a band of misfit gamers embark on a thrilling, high-stakes journey filled with pop culture references and mind-bending challenges. With dazzling visual effects, heart-pounding races, and a thrilling battle between corporate greed and the power of imagination, “Ready Player One” is a nostalgia-fueled roller coaster ride that celebrates the geek in all of us and leaves you cheering for the underdogs in the digital revolution.

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‘Ingrid Goes West’ (2017)

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Aubrey Plaza demonstrates her acting chops in “Ingrid Goes West.” (Image: Star Thrower Entertainment)

Rated: R | Genre: Comedy Drama | Run Time: 1 hour and 38 minutes | Director: Matt Spicer

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10 | Metacritic Rating: 71

Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell

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“Ingrid Goes West” takes social media stalking to a whole new level of cringe-worthy comedy. Aubrey Plaza gives an iconic performance as Ingrid, a woman so obsessed with Instagram influencers that she moves to California to befriend her favorite one, Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen). Armed with her iPhone and a flair for imitation, Ingrid navigates the world of avocado toast, filtered selfies, and hashtag-driven friendships. As she infiltrates Taylor's glamorous life, the film hilariously skewers our addiction to the curated perfection of social media, reminding us that while the grass might be greener on Instagram, it's also astroturf. Get ready for a selfie-induced laugh riot that shows us just how far someone might go for the perfect Instagram post and the consequences of living life through the lens of a smartphone.

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‘I, Tonya’ (2017)

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Margot Robbie is a versatile actress, taking on challenging roles. (Image: AI-Film)

Rated: R | Genre: Biographical Comedy Drama | Run Time: 1 hour and 59 minutes | Director: Craig Gillespie

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10 | Metacritic Rating: 77

Cast: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney

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“I, Tonya” is a roller derby of dark humor and toe-pick drama that spins the jaw-dropping tale of Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie), a figure skater who was at the center of one of the biggest sports scandals of all time. This film chronicles her tumultuous life, from her hardscrabble upbringing to the notorious incident involving a certain rival's knee. Coping with her dysfunctional, foul-mouthed mother (Allison Janney) and dimwitted, abusive ex-husband (Sebastian Stan), Tonya whirls through a story so bizarre you couldn't make it up if you tried. Blending satire with a hint of sympathy, “I, Tonya” pirouettes through the absurdities of fame, ambition, and the American Dream, leaving you laughing and cringing in equal measure.

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‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ (2014)

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One of Wes Anderson’s critically acclaimed films is “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” (Image: Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Rated: R | Genre: Adventure Crime Comedy | Run Time: 1 hour and 39 minutes | Director: Wes Anderson

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10 | Metacritic Rating: 88

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Jude Law

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“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a delightful and offbeat whimsical cinematic confection that's as colorful and layered as a thousand nested Matryoshka dolls. A fading luxury hotel in a fictional European country is helmed by the charming and peculiar concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). When a priceless painting goes missing, Gustave and his loyal lobby boy, Zero (Tony Revolori), embark on a surreal caper involving a secret society, a prison break, and more pastries than you can shake a croissant at. Director Wes Anderson‘s signature visual style and quirky characters are on full display in this madcap adventure, where every frame is a work of art and every line of dialogue is a punchline. Quirky comedy fans can’t miss this delightful, off-kilter romp through a world where absurdity reigns supreme.

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‘A Beautiful Mind’ (2001)

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Russell Crowe delivered a stellar performance in “A Beautiful Mind.” (Image: Universal Pictures)

Rated: PG-13 | Genre: Biographic Drama | Run Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes | Director: Ron Howard

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10 | Metacritic Rating: 72

Cast: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

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A moving exploration of a brilliant but tormented mind, “A Beautiful Mind” follows arrogant and socially awkward John Nash (in a tour-de-force performance from Russell Crowe), a gifted mathematician fighting to hide his battle with schizophrenia. Approached by two government agents asking his help to crack a Soviet code, Nash works toward a breakthrough while teetering ever closer to a breakdown. Ron Howard’s biographical masterpiece takes you on a journey through Nash's groundbreaking work in game theory, his struggles with mental illness, and the enduring love and support of his wife, Alicia (Jennifer Connelly). As the lines between reality and delusion blur, the film unravels the haunting beauty of Nash's unique perspective on the world and the redemptive power of love and friendship.

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‘The Full Monty’ (1997)

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Before the sequel miniseries, there was the original film. (Image: Rewave Films)

Rated: R | Genre: Comedy Drama | Run Time: 1 hour and 31 minutes | Director: Peter Cattaneo

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10 | Metacritic Rating: 75

Cast: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy

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“The Full Monty” is a hilarious striptease of a comedy that bares it all — almost. A group of unemployed steelworkers in the bleak town of Sheffield, England, decide to put on a one-night-only male strip show to make ends meet. With more courage than dance skills, the ragtag bunch, led by Gaz (Robert Carlyle), fumble their way through a series of misadventures as they prepare for their epic performance. From practicing their moves at the job center to stealing tips from a rival act, their tale is a roller coaster of laughs and mishaps. Get ready to laugh until your sides ache and root for these unlikely heroes as they strive to give their audience the “full monty” of entertainment. Be sure to also check out the sequel miniseries that just dropped on Hulu this summer.

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‘Dazed and Confused’ (1993)

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“Dazed and Confused” captured the essence of coming of age in the 1970s. (Image: Alphaville Films)

Rated: R | Genre: Comedy | Run Time: 1 hour and 43 minutes | Director: Richard Linklater

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10 | Metacritic Rating: 82

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Jason London, Milla Jovovich

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On a Texas high school’s last day in 1976, seniors are preparing for the annual hazing of incoming freshmen, burnouts are stocking party supplies, and troublemakers are planning neighborhood mischief. Following several groups of students as they navigate the hazy night, “Dazed and Confused” is far less about the plot than it is about capturing the feeling of freedom, rebellion, and youthful exuberance. Encapsulating the essence of a bygone era, this coming-of-age story is as uncertain and exhilarating as growing up itself. With a killer soundtrack and an ensemble cast of young talent including a young Matthew McConaughey, “Dazed and Confused” leaves you with a profound sense of nostalgia and a yearning for the carefree days of youth.

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‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ (1993)

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Robin Williams is unrecognizable as an old woman in “Mrs. Doubtfire.” (Image: Twentieth Century Fox)

Rated: PG-13 | Genre: Comedy Drama | Run Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes | Director: Chris Columbus

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10 | Metacritic Rating: 53

Cast: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan

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Beloved comedy actor Robin Williams gives one of his best performances as Daniel Hillard, a talented but irresponsible voice actor who loses custody of his kids after a messy divorce. In a desperate attempt to win back his family, he resorts to the most outrageous disguise possible: a plump, kind-hearted Scottish nanny named Mrs. Doubtfire. Armed with a latex mask, a frumpy dress, and impeccable culinary skills, he infiltrates his ex-wife's household to stay close to his children. Daniel juggles his double life while avoiding being unmasked, resulting in slapstick blunders and comedy gold. Rapid-fire humor and an endearing portrayal of family love make this an all-time classic family film that tests the lengths people will go to for a second chance.

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‘Akira’ (1988)

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“Akira” is considered a cult classic among anime fans. (Image: Tokyo Movie Shinsha)

Rated: R | Genre: Sci-Fi Action Anime | Run Time: 2 hours and 4 minutes | Director: Katsuhiro Ōtomo

IMDb Rating: 8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 67

Cast: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama

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Masterpiece anime “Akira” plunges you into a pulse-pounding, nightmarish future amid the sprawling dystopian metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. The film follows Kaneda (Mitsuo Iwata) and Tetsuo (Nozomu Sasaki), two teenage biker friends who get caught in a whirlwind of chaos and conspiracy after a mysterious explosion triggers psychic powers in Tetsuo. As Tetsuo's uncontrollable and dangerous abilities escalate, the government's dark secrets begin to come to light, and a shadowy resistance group emerges. With stunning animation and a hauntingly atmospheric score, “Akira” is a descent into madness and power, where sci-fi and cyberpunk collide in a hallucinatory explosion of violence, psychic phenomena, and government conspiracies. As the city crumbles and chaos reigns, the film leaves you contemplating the consequences of unchecked power and the fragility of human existence in a world teetering on the edge of oblivion.

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‘Die Hard’ (1988)

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Is “Die Hard” considered a Christmas movie? (Image: Gordon Company)

Rated: R | Genre: Action Thriller | Run Time: 2 hours and 12 minutes | Director: John McTiernan

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10 | Metacritic Rating: 72

Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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The most adrenaline-fueled Christmas film you will ever see, “Die Hard” redefined the action genre and inspired a long-running franchise. On Christmas in the Nakatomi Plaza skyscraper, NYPD cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) battles a group of ruthless terrorists led by the charismatic Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). McClane's mission is to save his estranged wife and fellow hostages from certain doom by playing a heart-pounding game of wits against the terrorists. With explosive action sequences, snappy one-liners, and a relentless pace, “Die Hard” is the ultimate thrill ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat from the first gunshot to the final explosion, while still driving home softer themes of bravery, selflessness, family, and empathy.

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‘Predator’ (1987)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger propelled his acting career as an action star with “Predator.” (Image: Twentieth Century Fox)

Rated: R | Genre: Sci-Fi Action Horror | Run Time: 1 hour and 47 minutes | Director: John McTiernan

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 47

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke

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This heart-pounding sci-fi thriller drops you into the jungle of Central America where an elite military rescue team, led by the fearless Dutch (the Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger), finds themselves hunted by an invisible, technologically advanced alien predator. As the team faces off against an enemy with superior weaponry and stealth, the suspense escalates to epic proportions. The jungle becomes a deadly battleground as the team is picked off one by one, leaving Dutch to outwit and outfight an otherworldly foe. With classic Arnie one-liners, intense action sequences, and a terrifying and mesmerizing foe, “Predator” is an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat and pits humanity against an unstoppable hunter from another world in an exhilarating battle for survival.

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‘Blue Velvet’ (1986)

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If you’re looking for a film that dives into the dark side of humanity, you’ll want to watch “Blue Velvet.” (Image: De Laurentiis Entertainment Group)

Rated: R | Genre: Neo-Noir Mystery Thriller | Run Time: 2 hours | Director: David Lynch

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10 | Metacritic Rating: 76

Cast: Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper

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A haunting and surreal exploration of the dark underbelly that lurks beneath the surface of suburban America, David Lynch’s visionary “Blue Velvet” brings audiences along on a descent into the twisted psyche of its characters. College student Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) stumbles upon a severed human ear in a field, a macabre discovery that leads him into a nightmarish world of sadistic crime, corruption, and sexual obsession. Delving deeper into the mystery, Jeffrey becomes entangled with a troubled nightclub singer and a volatile and unhinged criminal. A chilling and thought-provoking exploration of the dualities of human nature, “Blue Velvet” shows us the secrets that people keep hidden and the unsettling truths that can be uncovered when one delves too deep into the shadows.

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‘Alien’ (1979)

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“Alien” is revered as one of the best sci-fi horror films of all time. (Image: 20th Century Fox)

Rated: R | Genre: Sci-Fi Horror | Run Time: 1 hour and 57 minutes | Director: Ridley Scott

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10 | Metacritic Rating: 89

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

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“Alien” is a heart-pounding, sci-fi horror classic that follows the crew of the spaceship Nostromo, awakened from their cryosleep to investigate a mysterious distress signal on a desolate planet. What they discover is a derelict spacecraft and a nightmarish extraterrestrial organism unlike anything they've ever encountered. As the crew battles for survival, they soon realize that they’re not alone, and their ship becomes a claustrophobic battleground against an insidious, ever-evolving creature that is hell-bent on hunting them down one by one until only Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) remains. With spine-tingling moments, gruesome surprises, and a pervasive sense of dread, “Alien” is a visceral, pulse-pumping landmark of the science fiction and horror genres.

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‘Miracle on 34th Street’ (1947)

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A man claiming to be the real Santa Claus reminds us of the power of imagination in “Miracle on 34th Street.” (Image: 20th Century Fox)

Rated: Not Rated | Genre: Comedy Drama | Run Time: 1 hour and 36 minutes | Director: George Seaton

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10 | Metacritic Rating: 88

Cast: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne

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This heartwarming Christmas classic tells the story of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn), an elderly man who takes on the role of Santa Claus at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. When he insists that he’s the real Santa Claus, he’s forced to prove his authenticity in a court of law. The film explores faith, skepticism, and the true spirit of Christmas as the legal battle unfolds. Kris’ dogmatic faith in magic affects the lives of those around him, including a single mother and her young daughter, as well as his idealistic lawyer. “Miracle on 34th Street” delivers a heartwarming message about the importance of goodwill, kindness, and the power of believing in the impossible. Don’t miss one of the best Christmas films of all time on Hulu this holiday season.

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