If you’ve been digging around the bountiful world of streaming platforms in search of the best movies you can find, rest assured that Hulu is here to satiate any and all cinematic needs. Home to thousands of movies encompassing every genre, the collection is a trove of flicks that includes both platform originals and silver-screen classics — and that’s not to mention all the new movies coming to Hulu all the time.
We did say there are thousands of titles to choose from, which can make the act of actually pressing play far more of a chore than it needs to be. Luckily, your friends at Digital Trends have you covered. Here are the best movies on Hulu right now.
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The Cable Guy stars Jim Carrey as Ernie “Chip” Douglas, the titular field service technician who wreaks havoc on the life of one Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick) when the latter bribes Chip to give him some movie channels for free. This single, under-the-table transaction quickly devolves into a whirlpool of mayhem when Chip begins showing up unannounced in Steve’s day-to-day life. Hoping for nothing more than a friendship, Chip’s approach isn’t exactly subtle, and Steve’s attempts to disconnect prove comedically futile. While not the box-office sensation of other mid-’90s Carrey hits like Ace Ventura and The Mask, The Cable Guy has established a more-than-healthy cult following over the last few decades.
Fire of Love is the kind of rare nature documentary that manages to dip its toes into a multilayered narrative pool, combining breathtaking archival footage with an extremely human story at its core. A 2022 Sundance sensation, the film depicts the life and times of French volcanologists Maurice and Katia Krafft, a married research duo who both perished in the 1991 eruption of Mount Unzen. With its mesmerizing cinematography and sharp editing, Fire of Love is living proof that the world of nonfiction often features heartfelt tales that are far greater in scale than any fictional one.
An exciting example of the kind of narrative ingenuity that only a worldwide pandemic can foster, Something in the Dirt is the latest film from writer-director duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (The Endless, Synchronic), and is arguably the most primitively fascinating work of these two collaborators. Shot over the course of a year with a crew of just 12, our story follows Levi and John, apartment-dwelling neighbors who decide to make a documentary about a range of supernatural events occurring in their Los Angeles residence. But as the two men discover that these kind of extraordinary happenings are taking place all over L.A., their findings lead them to a combative exchanging of theories and calculations.
Based on the Chinese young adult novel In His Youth, In Her Beauty, Better Days stars Zhou Dongyu as Chen Nian, a bullied high school student who crosses paths with Xiao Bei (Jackson Lee), a street thug. As the two youths start to form an alliance, one of Chen’s bullies turns up dead, and the investigating authorities believe that Chen and Xiao could be the killers. Better Days is a gripping bit of melodrama that leans heavily on the humanity of its core characters, delivering an elevated tale of what it’s like to be entering adulthood both on and off your own terms.
In director Rob Schroeder’s Ultrasound, Mad Men alum Vincent Kartheiser stars as Glen, an unassuming everyman who just so happens to encounter some car trouble on a dark and stormy night. Seeking some help, he knocks on the door of a perfectly kind stranger named Arthur (Bob Stephenson), leading the former down an uncanny rabbit hole of deceit and mind control. Presenting a nail-biter of a story without diving into carnage and other typical screen grabs, Ultrasound does its best work as a quietly curious foray into a world that’s hard to pin down.
It’s about time the world of Hellraiser received some much-needed reimagining. For years now, the franchise has seen sequel after sequel, and while Cenobite fans are always pleased to see Doug Bradley donning his Pinhead garb, the series has certainly run into its fair share of cinematic duds. But director David Bruckner has come along to get the saga on track once more. The 2022 remake stars Odessa A’zion as Riley, an on-the-mend drug addict who comes into the possession of a runic puzzle box — a mysterious device that summons an armada of hellish entities. Led by the Hell Priest (Jamie Clayton), Odessa is plunged into a fight for survival when the demonic visitors begin wreaking havoc in the real world. Bruckner’s Hellraiser reboot may not satisfy all of the saga’s diehards, but when you consider it as a gruesome yet polished homage to Clive Barker’s source novella and first batch of films, the 2022 version more than gets the job done.
British director Ridley Scott is responsible for some of the most epic box-office sensations of the last few decades, and if it wasn’t for the smashing success of his 1979 film Alien, it’s quite possible we wouldn’t have movies like Blade Runner, Gladiator, and Black Hawk Down. Sigourney Weavers stars as Ripley, one of the crew of the commercial space vessel known as the Nostromo. When the space-bound ship receives a distress signal from an in-proximity moon, the Nostromo team is tasked with investigating the beacon, only to discover a dilapidated alien ship on the surface of the lunar body. Investigating the vessel, the Nostromo crew discovers a large cavity filled with extraterrestrial eggs, one of which infamously hatches, revealing a horrific creature that impregnates a crew member, leading to one of the biggest cinema shocks of all time and a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a terrifying otherworldly adversary.
Based on the David Wong novel of the same name, John Dies at the End is a kaleidoscopic horror-comedy of epic proportions. Chase Williamson stars as David, your typical everyman protagonist, and the story follows his mind-altering adventures alongside his gang of friends. At the center of these otherworldly jaunts is a mysterious new drug called “Soy Sauce,” a nightmarish substance accidentally injected by David that allows him to jump through time and space, into and out of alternate dimensions. The end result for us viewers? A wild trek of a film that will leave your brain hovering somewhere over a triple rainbow in a distant universe.
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