The 20 Best Hulu Movies to Stream on Flights and Watch on Vacation
Let's get real, sometimes travel is boring. We're talking about long flights, unexpected airport delays, and late nights while you lie wide awake in a hotel bed adjusting to a new time zone. These are the best times to log into your Hulu account (either via the app or on your web browser) and stream a movie. Netflix is the obvious streaming pick, but we personally prefer Hulu, since it’s got a cheaper monthly rate at $5.99 and a free trial month. And their selection is similarly vast, it's estimated that the platform has over 2,500 rotating films. That's around 5,000 hours of entertainment, covering everything from comedy to horror to rom coms to action flicks. Not sure where to start? We rounded up the best 20 movies on Hulu for your viewing pleasure.
*Note that Hulu updates their movie offerings. This list was accurate when published.
The 20 Best Hulu Movies
A Quiet Place
Real life husband-and-wife team John Krasinski and Emily Blunt play a married couple who must live in complete silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. We won’t give anything else away about this spooky thriller except to say that the film was so jarring, it drew the attention of Stephen King, who praised it for using silence to amp up the tension. Prepare for your nerves to be shattered.
This ’90s cult-classic is the type of movie you can watch over and over again without it getting old. It’s worth the two-hour running time for Hank Azaria alone in a scene-stealing role as the flamboyant housekeeper. And the politics and themes of family acceptance and love still hold true today. Plus there’s no way you can watch this and not want to book a trip to South Beach. BYO Rollerblades.
Cloverfield is one of the rare overhyped movies that actually lives up to the buzz it created. (Remember when the trailer dropped without a movie title?) It’s equal parts action flick and monster movie, with a masterful level of suspense that’ll have you on your toes from beginning to end. Did you even see the monster?
The Color Purple
Steven Spielberg directed it; Oprah Winfrey co-starred in it; and Alice Walker wrote the novel that was the source material for this period drama. Not that you need more reasons to tune in—but it was also nominated for 10 Oscars.
Arguably Reese Witherspoon’s best movie of all time, Election is a biting satire (adapted from Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same name) that follows the story of a contentious high school election. You’ll definitely snort at the one-liners and be reminded more than a little of our current political climate.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
The quintessential British romantic comedy from the ’90s starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell. How can anyone resist? Kristin Scott Thomas is also on hand with her dry wit to keep things from getting too saccharine.
Whether you want to share this delightfully oddball adventure movie with your kids or just relive your own childhood nostalgia for the hundredth time (“Goonies never say die!”), Goonies is a favorite that many fans swear was the inspiration for Stranger Things.
Heathers was the first movie of its kind to apply dark humor and a Lord of the Flies mentality to high school cliques. Wynona Ryder plays a student on the lowest rung of her mean girl group, until Christian Slater offers an alternative—revenge. It’s also chockfull of late ’80s fashion, shoulder pads, and scrunchies, and much like these looks, Heathers is enjoying a revival thanks to being on the theater circuit.
Yes, we love Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding. But Allison Janney portraying Tonya’s poisonous mother in a fur coat with a pet bird perched on top is the real reason to tune into this retelling of one of the most famous sports scandals of all time. Janney rightly took home the Oscar for this one—and she even remembered to thank the bird in her speech.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
If you need a break from Pixar, check out this beautiful and poignant animated movie. It’s the third in a trilogy about a boy named Hiccup and his dragon Toothless. It’s OK, you can blame your tears on the jet lag.
This is one of Jim Carrey’s most unforgettable films, where he shows that he’s far more than crazy voices and gross-out humor (though there’s some of that here, don’t worry). In Liar, Liar he flexes his comedy skills in a tale about a lawyer who loses his ability to lie.
We’re calling it: This is the year of Keanu Reeves. From viral memes to scene-stealing cameos, Keanu is everywhere and has become a bit of an internet obsession. If you’re on Team Keanu, go all the way back to 1999 and (re)watch him in the Matrix. Not only will you see the actor in the role he was born to play, you’ll also see the movie that launched a new era of special effects for filmmaking.
Charming from end to end, this film is as great on the first screening as it is on the twenty-fifth. It’s clever, highly quotable script (“Snap out of it!”) won an Oscar, as did Cher’s performance. But Olympia Dukakis, who also struck Oscar gold, steals every scene. (“Do you love him, Loretta? Aw. That’s too bad.”) Be prepared to hum opera the rest of the day.
We’re not gonna lie, Mother! is a completely insane film. Director Darren Aronofsky overloaded it with symbolism, and you could watch it multiple times and still be equal parts confused, horrified, and humored. And yes, we’re talking about the kitchen sink. If you’re still baffled by the ending (and we don’t blame you), you can go down the YouTube rabbit hole to watch all the videos that explain it.
Pretty in Pink
When you need a dose of ’80s music, prom dresses, and big hair, Pretty in Pink delivers. This Brat Pack movie is Molly Ringwald’s star turn, and if you haven’t seen it yet, now is the time to get up-to-speed on the famously romantic “birthday cake on a table” scene and learn at long last who Duckie is.
This green ogre and his talking donkey—Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy in their prime—basically reinvented animated movies for the 2000s. Shrek won the first ever Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and won over kids and adults alike with its fart jokes paired with fairytale characters. And while four more movies followed, including a Puss in Boots spinoff, the original is still the best of the bunch, bursting with energy and Smash Mouth sing-alongs.
Sorry to Bother You
Name another movie about labor struggles and code-switching that also manages to be funny. Sorry to Bother You pulls off this hat trick with its dark and twisty story full of surreal plot points that wouldn’t be out of place in a Black Mirror episode. Personally, we’d watch it again just to see Tessa Thompson’s statement earrings dominate every scene.
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Matt Damon + Jude Law + Gwyneth Paltrow all wearing vintage swimwear on glamorous European beaches = one unforgettably sexy thriller. Be sure to watch this excellent original before Showtime releases their remake, starring Andrew Scott (aka the “hot priest” from Fleabag).
Tales of the Grim Sleeper
One for the documentary lovers: This doc (originally an HBO documentary) tells the true crime story of a California serial killer who (almost) got away with countless murders. It includes heartbreaking social commentary about the victims and shines a light on how race unjustly plays a role in America’s court systems and police investigations.
Tangerine got a loads of attention for being shot entirely on an iPhone. But this movie is far from a filmmaking gimmick; its story—following a trans woman who discovers her pimp boyfriend betrayed her—is dark, funny, and unforgettable. And it cleaned up in the festival circuit where it won various awards. Watch it on your iPhone if you want to be meta.
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