Welcome to the Whats On Hulu guide to the best movies streaming on Hulu. Every movie month we’ll review the latest releases and update of suggestions. You could try and watch them all in one sitting!
We think there’s something here for everyone, young and old alike, and some great family viewing as well. Not for a minute are we suggesting that this is a definitive list of the best movies ever made, merely our list of movies you might want to watch.
Here are our suggestions for September.
50. Conan The Destroyer – 1984
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Olivia d’Abo
Conan the Destroyer is Arnie at his best. No, really. This is before politics, angst-ridden give me an Oscar performances and indifferent comedy. This is just a well ripped Mr Universe providing eye candy for the ladies. Why not watch Arnie doing what he did well?
49. First Knight – 1995
Directed by: Jerry Zucker
Starring: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond
First Knight is an action thriller adventure romance. Phew – a lot going on. This is a sub-story from King Arthur and the knights of the round table and it’s a good story. Connery and Gere deliver and the action sequences are excellent. Fighting for the boys and a complex love interest for the girls.
48. Vampires – 1998
Directed by: John Carpenter
Starring: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee
Vampires is typical of what John Carpenter does so well. A bit of juicy horror. James Woods is, as ever, rock solid and uber-cool in his role and the supporting cast bring the movie home. As a user procedure manual on how to kill a vampire, this is at the top of the list.
47. The Men Who Stare At Goats – 2009
Directed by: Grant Heslov
Starring: Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey
There’s nothing stranger than the truth and The Men Who Stare At Goats is based on the real life activities of some pretty obscure US research. Needless to say, all the characters are oddballs and their interaction holds the movie together. Watch the movie and read the book. It’s all slightly disturbing.
46. Red Dawn – 1984
Directed by: John Milius
Starring: Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson
The concept of Red Dawn was sufficiently strong to spawn a disappointing remake in 2012. The USA has been invaded by the Russians and a group of youngsters become a feral resistance. This is a brutal coming of age movie and a young Patrick Swayze puts in a top performance.
45. Star Trek: The Motion Picture – 1979
Directed by: Robert Wise
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
After the success of the TV series, it just had to be done. Captain James T Kirk assembles the team and heads off to put the universe to rights. If you’re a fan, the long version won’t bother you. The good news is the special effects are much stronger on the big screen than in the early days of TV.
44. Annie – 1982
Directed by: John Huston
Starring: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett
Annie is definitely one for the kids. Of all the many versions over the years, this is surely the best. The music is great and the photography spectacular. Aileen Quinn is truly another Shirley Temple and Carol Burnett puts in one of her best performances. Those songs are proper mind worms.
43. The Freshman – 1990
Directed by: Andrew Bergman
Starring: Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby
The conceit of the Freshman is that Marlon Brando is a mafia Godfather who bears an uncanny resemblance to a cinema Godfather. Anyone not got it yet? This is a comedy and, rather unexpectedly, we learn that Brando can actually do comedy. Better still, it’s an intelligent comedy and that is not so common.
42. Dune – 1984
Directed by: David Lynch
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Francesca Annis
Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece book was a long time coming to the big screen. The feeling was that the technology available was not good enough to do the story justice. David Lynch eventually bit the bullet and the end result is a creditable piece of work despite some rather hammy dialogue.
41. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – 1990
Directed by: Steve Barron
Starring: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais
When a movie based on comic book characters relies on pizza to hold it together you have to wonder why they bothered. Actually, it’s a good thing they did because this, the first is a line of TMNT movies and properly sets the dark tone of the subject matter – saving New York from the baddies.