Who Needs a Cinema? Discovering the Best Movies on Hulu from My Couch in April 2024

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Written By Lori C.

Lori C. writes about movies, TV shows, and the latest updates from the world of entertainment. She studied Film and Television many years ago at university and uses her knowledge to dissect the newest releases. When not in front of a laptop, she wanders around various European cities with a backpack and a little dog.

Mostly known for top-notch original productions like The Handmaid’s Tale, when it comes to content variety, Hulu is undoubtedly one of the best streamers out there. Whether you’re into the latest blockbuster’s digital release or a fan of the old classics, you’re likely to find something to love on Hulu. 

Here are the most highly rated movies you can stream today, according to IMDB users. 

The Matrix (1999) – 8.7/10

Keanu Reeves in The Matrix (1999)
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  • Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
  • Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

Official synopsis: The Matrix revolutionized science fiction with its innovative visuals and mind-bending storyline. Step into a world where reality is questioned, and one man’s journey to understanding his role in the fight against oppression becomes a genre-defining experience.

Alien (1979) – 8.5/10

Alien
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  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

Official synopsis: The crew of the spaceship Nostromo responds to a distress call from a distant moon while on their way back home in the future. Upon investigating the planetoid, they encounter a mysterious hive colony and learn that the distress call was a warning. As they come face to face with an unknown creature, the crew must confront the consequences of disturbing its eggs and fight for survival onboard the spaceship.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) – 8.1/10

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
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  • Director: Céline Sciamma
  • Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami

Official synopsis: Set in 18th-century France, the film follows young painter Marianne, who is secretly commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse. In order to capture her subject accurately, Marianne must observe Héloïse during the day and paint her at night. As they spend time together, the women develop a deepening connection, sharing intimate moments as Héloïse’s wedding approaches, leading to a poignant exploration of love and freedom.

Le Mans 66’ (2019) – 8.1/10

Le Mans 66’
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  • Director: James Mangold
  • Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal

Official synopsis: In the mid-1960s, Enzo Ferrari’s dominant racing cars motivates American car designer Carroll Shelby to come out of retirement. With the proposition from Henry Ford’s company, Shelby, alongside British driver Ken Miles, aims to defeat Ferrari at their own game. Racing against time, the duo collaborates to create the powerful Ford GT40 Mk I, determined to rewrite history and end Ferrari’s winning streak at the prestigious “24 Hours of Le Mans” endurance race.

Prayers for Bobby (2009) – 8/10

Prayers for Bobby
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  • Director: Russell Mulcahy
  • Starring: Sigourney WeaverHenry CzernyRyan Kelley

Official synopsis: This Emmy-nominated film revolves around Mary Griffith, a devout Christian raising her children with conservative Presbyterian teachings. When her son Bobby reveals his homosexuality, the family’s life is forever changed. Despite Mary’s initial belief that God can cure Bobby, his struggle with societal disapproval leads him to a tragic path, ultimately prompting Mary to question her faith and seek understanding and support from an unexpected source. 

Quo Vadis, Aida? (2021) – 8/10

Edita Malovcic in Quo vadis, Aida? (2020)
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  • Director: Jasmila Zbanic
  • Starring: Jasna Djuricic, Izudin Bajrovic, Boris Ler

Official synopsis: In 1995 Bosnia, Aida, a UN translator in Srebrenica, witnesses the town’s takeover by the Serbian army. With her family seeking refuge in the UN camp, Aida holds crucial information from her insider position. Faced with a life-or-death situation, she grapples with a pivotal decision that could determine the fate of her loved ones and her people.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) – 7.9/10

Bohemian Rhapsody
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  • Director: Bryan Singer
  • Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee

Official synopsis: Bohemian Rhapsody is a vibrant celebration of Queen and their charismatic frontman, Freddie Mercury. The film depicts their meteoric rise, revolutionary music, and Freddie’s defiance of conventions. From their struggles with internal conflicts to Freddie’s triumphant return for the legendary Live Aid concert, the movie showcases Queen’s enduring legacy, inspiring outsiders, dreamers, and music lovers worldwide.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) – 7.9/10

Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
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  • Director: Doug Liman
  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Official synopsis: Edge of Tomorrow combines Groundhog Day with alien warfare, featuring Tom Cruise in a time-looping action thriller that’s innovative and exhilarating. As Cruise’s character relives a fatal battle day after day, the movie becomes a smartly crafted mix of suspense, humor, and unexpected heart.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) – 7.9/10

Edmund Gwenn and Marlene Lyden in Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
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  • Director: George Seaton
  • Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne

Official synopsis: A holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street is a magical tale that challenges cynics and spreads Christmas cheer. Its enduring message of hope and belief rings true for viewers of all ages, making it a delightful watch during the holidays or any time you need a little magic.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) – 7.8/10

Toni Collette, Steve Carell, and Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
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  • Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
  • Starring: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear

Official synopsis: Take a wild ride with Little Miss Sunshine, where the dysfunctional yet lovable Hoover family hits the road in their classic Volkswagen. This delightful tale follows their comic journey to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in support of Olive, their charming seven-year-old with big dreams and an even bigger heart.

The Worst Person in the World (2021) – 7.8/10

Renate Reinsve in The Worst Person in the World
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  • Director: Joachim Trier
  • Starring: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen, LieHerbert Nordrum

Official synopsis: The movie follows Julie’s quest for love and purpose in modern-day Oslo. Over four years, she grapples with relationships and career choices, leading her to confront her true self. Through introspection and challenges, Julie seeks to uncover her genuine identity and find fulfillment.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) – 7.8/10

Matt Damon and Julia Stiles in The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
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  • Director: Brian Henson
  • Starring: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire

Official synopsis: The Muppet Christmas Carol brings the classic Dickens tale to life with a muppet twist that’s perfect for the whole family. Michael Caine stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this charming and musical rendition that will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone, no matter the season.

The Bourne Identity (2002) – 7.8/10

Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity (2002)
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  • Director: Doug Liman
  • Starring: Franka Potente, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper

Official synopsis: Dive into the intensity of The Bourne Identity, the film that launched Matt Damon into the role of the spy genre’s most compelling amnesiac, Jason Bourne. It’s a fast-paced and clever thriller that expertly combines espionage and edge-of-your-seat action.

Tombstone (1993) – 7.8/10

Kurt Russell, Joanna Pacula, and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson in Tombstone (1993) .
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  • Directors: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre
  • Starring: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott

Official synopsis: Tombstone brings the legendary tale of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the O.K. Corral shootout to gritty life. With standout performances and memorable one-liners, this western is as entertaining as it is a poignant look at friendship and justice.

Paddington 2 (2017) – 7.8/10

Ben Whishaw in Paddington 2 (2017)
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  • Director: Paul King
  • Starring: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville

Official synopsis: Paddington 2 is a rare sequel that surpasses its original, offering a heartwarming tale filled with humor and adventure. Join the lovable bear Paddington as he embarks on a mission to clear his name, leaving smiles and marmalade sweetness in his wake.

The Sandlot (1993) – 7.8/10

Brandon Quintin Adams, Victor DiMattia, Chauncey Leopardi, Shane Obedzinski, Patrick Renna, Mike Vitar, and Marty York in The Sandlot Kids (1993)
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  • Director: David Mickey Evans
  • Starring: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur

Official synopsis: Relive the magic of childhood with The Sandlot, a nostalgic look back at summertime adventures and baseball. It’s a feel-good movie that captures the spirit of youth, friendship, and those memorable moments that last a lifetime.

The Bourne Supremacy (2004) – 7.7/10

Toni Braxton, Gloria Reuben, and Everick Golding in Every Day Is Christmas (2018)
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  • Director: Paul Greengrass
  • Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen

Official synopsis: In The Bourne Supremacy, Matt Damon returns as the amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne, thrust into a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game across Europe. With intense action sequences and a gripping storyline, this sequel digs deeper into Bourne’s past, proving to be every bit as thrilling as its predecessor.

Another Round (2020) – 7.7/10

Mads Mikkelsen and Thomas Vinterberg in Another Round (2020)
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  • Director: Thomas Vinterberg
  • Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang

Official synopsis: An intriguing theory suggests humans are born with a slight deficit, and alcohol enhances creativity and problem-solving by expanding perception. Martin, an exhausted teacher facing termination due to his students’ demands, embraces this idea. With three colleagues, he embarks on an experiment to maintain a constant alcohol influence, leading to positive results initially. The project evolves into an academic study, impacting their lives and friendships. As their boundaries blur, the experiment’s consequences unveil the potential of alcohol’s effects on history, friendship, and freedom. 

The Quiet Girl (2022) – 7.7/10

Catherine Clinch in The Quiet Girl (2022)
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  • Director: Colm Bairéad
  • Starring: Carrie Crowley, Andrew Bennett, Catherine Clinch

Official synopsis: In 1981, young Cáit escapes her troubled family and stays with her unknown relatives, Seán and Eibhlín Cinnsealach, for the summer. Under their nurturing care, Cáit thrives and finds a fresh perspective on life. Yet, amidst the affection and openness, a hidden secret emerges, challenging the newfound bond and revealing a complex tale of growth and revelation.

Mr. Nobody (2009) – 7.7/10

Mr. Nobody (2009)
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  • Director: Jaco Van Dormael
  • Starring: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger

Official synopsis: Nemo Nobody, the last mortal, shares his life’s tale with a journalist, navigating a perplexing journey through time and memory. His recollections fluctuate, blurring the lines between being 34 and well over a century old.

The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) – 7.7/10

Colin Farrell and Jenny in The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)
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  • Director: Martin McDonagh
  • Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon

Official synopsis: The Banshees of Inisherin centers on the strained friendship between Padraic and Colm on a remote Irish island. As Padraic seeks to repair the relationship, his efforts inadvertently escalate tensions.

The Fault in Our Stars (2014) – 7.7/10

Jean Brassard, Shailene Woodley, Allegra Carpenter, and Ansel Elgort in The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
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  • Director: Josh Boone
  • Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff

Official synopsis: Teenagers Hazel and Augustus defy convention and fall in love despite the harsh realities of their lives. After meeting at a cancer support group, their mutual wit and shared experiences mark the start of a remarkable love story.

Mass (2021) – 7.6/10

Martha Plimpton, Jason Isaacs, Reed Birney, and Ann Dowd in Mass (2021)
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  • Director: Fran Kranz
  • Starring: Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Ann Dowd

Official synopsis: After enduring a devastating tragedy that shattered their worlds, two couples come together years later for a gut-wrenching conversation. One set of parents mourns the loss of their child, a victim of a school shooting, while the other grapples with the knowledge that their child was the perpetrator.

Hell or High Water (2016) – 7.6/10

Jeff Bridges in Hell or High Water (2016)
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  • Director: David Mackenzie
  • Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges

Official synopsis: Facing foreclosure on his ranch, a jobless oil worker teams up with his ex-convict brother. Their plan involves robbing branches of the same bank to secure funds and secure Toby’s property for his sons. Meanwhile, close-to-retirement Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton and his partner Alberto Parker work to stay ahead of the thieves’ actions. 

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) – 7.6/10

James Franco and Freida Pinto in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
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  • Director: Rupert Wyatt
  • Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto

Official synopsis: Caesar is an intelligent chimpanzee raised by a scientist. Separated from his human and imprisoned, Caesar leads fellow apes by administering them the intelligence-heightening drug, forming an army. Their escape triggers a pivotal conflict between humans and apes, with far-reaching consequences.

Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) – 7.6/10

Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis in Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
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  • Director: John McTiernan
  • Starring: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson

Official synopsis: John McClane is forced to navigate a tricky game of Simon Says led by a crafty terrorist, despite his suspension from NYPD. Joined by a Harlem electrician, they rush against time to solve the enigmatic puzzles and stop a looming disaster.

Dazed and Confused (1993) – 7.6/10

Matthew McConaughey, Sasha Jenson, Jason London, and Wiley Wiggins in Dazed and Confused (1993)
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  • Director: Richard Linklater
  • Starring: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey

Official synopsis: Experience the hilarity of high school hi-jinks in Dazed and Confused. As summer begins in 1976 Texas, the students decide to celebrate their freedom with a day and night filled with pranks, parties, and plenty of mischief.

Rudy (1993) – 7.5/10

Sean Astin and Jon Favreau in Rudy (1993)
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  • Director: David Anspaugh
  • Starring: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty

Official synopsis: Despite his small stature, low grades, and limited athletic ability, Rudy harbors a relentless ambition to play football at Notre Dame. His journey is an inspiring story of determination and the indomitable human spirit.

Interview with the Vampire (1994) – 7.5/10

Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
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  • Director: Neil Jordan
  • Starring: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas

Official synopsis: Step into the haunting world of Interview with the Vampire. Join Louis, a centuries-old vampire, as he divulges his dark and captivating tale of transformation, betrayal, and eternal thirst to a skeptical reporter.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010) – 7.5/10

Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk in Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
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  • Directors: Eli Craig
  • Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden

Official synopsis: For a hilariously bloody twist on the horror genre, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil turns the cabin-in-the-woods trope on its head. Follow two lovable hillbillies who get mistaken for killers in this smart and satirical comedy that delivers both laughs and scares.

The 20 Best Science Fiction Movies of All Time: Enter a World Beyond Your Imagination

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Do you need to take a break from the boring day-to-day grind? Get ready to explore the unknown depths of possibility with these top SciFi movies.

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The 20 Best Action Movies of All Time: Thrilling Adventures That Will Leave You Breathless

Miles Morales in Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse
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Action movies are all about those explosions, the adrenaline, and the much-needed escapism from the mundane. Here are the Top 20 best action flicks sure to get your blood flowing.

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The 20 Best History Movies of All Time: Relive the Past Through the Magic of Film

Hidden Figures
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History movies are all about recreating and sometimes even rewriting the past. If you want your very own personal time machine, make sure you check out these 20 movies from times long passed.

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