Top 50 Movies Streaming on Hulu – September 2017

40. Spectre – 2015

Directed by: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux

Bond, James Bond. Of course. This is Sam Mendes second bout with the 007 franchise and Daniel Craigs fifth. To be a Bond or a Bond Girl has always been considered something of curse for actors but is tough to understand why. The Bond movies are action adventure at it’s best.

39. The Addams Family – 1991

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd

The Addams Family first saw the dark of night as a comic strip in the Now Yorker in 1957. Bringing them to the big screen required a contrived story which, frankly doesn’t matter. The character portrayals are masterful, particularly a young Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams. This can be watched many times.

38. 48 Hours – 1982

Directed by: Walter Hill
Starring: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O’Toole

Odd ball cop and wise cracking criminal are teamed together to get the bad guys. Enough said. This is a gently comedic odd couple romp through the world of crime and is eminently watchable. Some rude words and a spot of nudity closes the door on family viewing which is a shame. There’s some nice material here trying to get out.

37. Clear And Present Danger – 1994

Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer

Clear And Present Danger is an episode from the life of Jack Ryan who’s life story develops to a greater or lesser extent through all of Tom Clancy’s magnificent and foreseeing novels (Ryan eventually becomes President). Wouldn’t it be nice if Ryan had been played by the same actor in all the movies of Clancy’s work.

36. Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure – 1989

Directed by: Stephen Herek
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin

Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure is an always underestimated classic. The two hapless twerps travel through time collecting an eclectic selection of historical personae for a school report. Keanu Reeeves went on to bigger and better things. Alex Winter didn’t. Check out the sequel, Bill & Teds Bogus Adventure if you get the chance.

35. Maverick – 1994

Directed by: Richard Donner
Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner

Fortunately, Maverick had an excellent writer – William Goldman (he of the Princess Bride). Otherwise the movie would be just an extension of James Garners TV series of the same name. We have gambling, good guys, bad guys, gentle comedy, plot twists and cowboy outfits. If that’s not enough, look out for Jodie Fosters appalling southern drawl.

34. Bull Durham – 1988

Directed by: Ron Shelton
Starring: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

There’s always time and space for a sports movie and Bull Durham takes on baseball. Kevin Costner puts in one of his better performances and the romantic interplay between the protagonists is good; helped, no doubt, by Sarandon and Robbins being married in real life.

33. Mission Impossible – 1996

Directed by: Brian De Palma
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart

We have to start with a spoiler alert for this and all the MI movies. The mission is not impossible. It’s just jolly difficult. But Mission Jolly Difficult wouldn’t work would it? This, the first of the series, has more depth because of betrayals by some of the main characters from the TV series.

32. The Karate Kid – 1984

Directed by: John G. Avildsen
Starring: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue

It’s not immediately clear why, but the Karate Kid is a totally absorbing movie. None of the characters are instantly likeable although we warm to Mr Miyagi as the story develops. Encouraging kids to kick the proverbial out of each other shouldn’t be encouraged either. In the end the feel good factor wins through.

31. Lilo & Stitch – 2002

Directed by: Dean DeBlois
Starring: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere

An Hawaiian girl adopts an extra-terrestrial to earn Disney an Oscar nomination. In case you’d didn’t get it the first time round, Stitch is a play on project Six Two Six, doh. This is Disney doing their animated stuff at the top of their game. If you’re watching it with the kids, think through the complex themes that are being explored. If you’re a kid, simply enjoy.

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