Top 50 Movies Streaming on Hulu – September 2017
30. Iron Man – 2008
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard
Iron Man was one the earlier Comic Book movies that seem to be all pervasive these days. This was one the first movies actually produced by Marvel (rather than being leased to a studio) and is all the better for it. True to the ethos of the comic books, it has intelligence and emotion while keeping it’s feet firmly on the ground.
29. The Big Chill – 1983
Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan
Starring: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum
The Big Chill was the seminal thirty-somethings searching for meaning in life movie. The end message is a simple as friendship but the route to that message takes us through some fine acting and a perfectly crafted script. The real strength of the Big Chill is its brutal honesty which still has a place in the modern world.
28. Thelma And Louise – 1991
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel
Thelma and Louise is the iconoclastic female empowerment movie. The title has become synonymous with feminism in modern language. Receiving multiple nominations and a deserved Oscar, the movie was considered important enough to be preserved in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
27. Contact – 1997
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt
Carl Sagan was a cosmologist with an extraordinary philosophical bent. His book Contact explored the impact of contact with an alien intelligence on human civilisation generally and organised religion more specifically. Sadly, Contact underplays this depth to the story and focusses more on personal human squabbles. But it’s still well worth a watch.
26. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers – 1978
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum
The first version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers was released in 1956 and, although pitched as horror, is nearer to the sci-fi genre. There is a nice under current of paranoia and the movie delivers it’s message with very little gore. The tension builds through the movie and this is widely recognised to be better than the original; a rarity for a remake.
25. Robocop – 1987
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy
Robocop sits bang slap in the middle of the sci-fi genre and was huge in it’s day. Do not confuse this with an action picture. Reminiscent of a comic book character (he isn’t), Robocop has had his directives programmed in rather than learned. The developing angst growing from the remnants of his humanity is powerful.
24. Legends Of The Fall – 1994
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Starring: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn
Legends Of The Fall is a heart rending story of family, love, betrayal and the lasting effects of war. Three brothers falling in love with the same women would suggest a chick flick but this is so much more. And the majesty and vastness of the Montana scenery, which is as much a part of the movie as the story, is breathtaking.
23. Trading Places – 1983
Directed by: John Landis
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy
Many comedy movies suffer from far too much filler material. Trading Places does not make that mistake; every line is important to the plot. If that plot becomes a little incredible, it really doesn’t matter because you’ll be fully absorbed by the time that happens. And the social commentary works too.
22. Batman – 1989
Directed by: Tim Burton
Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger
Batman is a gothic masterpiece, one of several by Tim Burton. Unusually, it’s as if Batman was invented for the screen rather than leaping from the pages of a comic book. The story of Princes music through the film is apocryphal; some have it that it was written unsolicited but was too good to exclude.
21. The Hunt For Red October – 1990
Directed by: John McTiernan
Starring: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn
The first of Tom Clancys novels, the Hunt for Red October takes us under the oceans to find a renegade Russian submarine captain who is defecting with his revolutionary boat because it’s too dangerous. Far fetched? The concept is that such an event is too sensitive to ever be made public. Perhaps it really happened.