Top 50 Movies Streaming on Hulu – September 2017
20. A Fish Called Wanda – 1988
Directed by: Charles Crichton
Starring: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline
Is it bit cynical to blend American and British actors into a cast to expand the audience? Perhaps, but John Cleese and Michael Palin were world famous as members of the Monty Python team so probably didn’t need Kline and Curtis to help with the audience. That star of the movie is, of course, Wanda.
19. As Good As It Gets – 1997
Directed by: James L. Brooks
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear
Has Jack Nicholson ever made a bad movie? Probably not. Is As Good As It Gets as good as he gets? Maybe. This a masterful performance from a giant of the industry. Frankly, the story (good as it is) is completely unimportant here. This is true character portrayal at its finest. And the comedy is superb as well.
18. Ferris Buellers Day Off – 1986
Directed by: John Hughes
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara
Ferris Buellers Day Off is that day everyone has ever wanted just once in their life. Why was the movie not made before? There’s no great morality message here; just a old out proper gross out comedy. While the stars have aged in real life, close your mind to that because the movie certainly hasn’t.
17. The Hateful Eight – 2015
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
As so we get to Tarantino. Inevitable wasn’t it. The Hateful Eight oozes Tarantinos trademarks of an immaculate script, over sized character portrayals, an imaginatively chosen score and plenty of blood and guts. It doesn’t reach the heights of some of his other work but its equally engaging.
16. The Untouchables – 1987
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro
The Untouchables is probably quite an important film. Al Capone has often been romanticized as a latter day Robin Hood when in fact he was just a nasty piece of work. The irony is that it took a crashing bore like Elliot Ness to finally “bag” him for something as mundane as tax evasion. This is a gritty movie that portrays the period without romance.
15. Jaws – 1975
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
Sharks eat people don’t they? Actually they don’t very often. Except in Jaws. Peter Benchley, the author of the book on which the movie was based became so distraught by the backlash caused by Jaws against sharks that he became an ardent shark conservationist. Nevertheless, this is an early Spielberg classic.
14. High Noon – 1952
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Starring: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell
Everyone knows the name, no one has seen the movie. Now is your chance. And it doesn’t matter whether you like Westerns or not. Just do it. More than once. You’ll get something new from the screenplay, the storyline, the acting, the pace and the tension every time you watch it.
13. Shaun Of The Dead – 2004
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield
Shaun Of The Dead is an archetypal British comedy. A pom zom rom com. There are parodies of any number of movie genres going on here and the pace never lets you go. George Romero was so impressed he invited Pegg and Frost into cameos in his Land of the Dead. This movie is worth it for the “Don’t Stop Me Now” scene alone.
12. Ben Hur – 1959
Directed by: William Wyler
Starring: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd
Bigger than Ben Hur. How often have you heard that phrase? 200 camels, 2,500 horses, 10,000 extras and one death on set. 8 months of filming and 6 months of post production. 11 Academy awards. Need we go on? This is a monster of a movie. Many sandal and sword movies have come and gone in the cinema but Ben Hur is the greatest of them all.
11. The Truman Show – 1998
Directed by: Peter Weir
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney
Jim Carrey made his name as a lightning fast rubber faced comedian and his ventures into serious roles have not always been comfortable. The Truman Show stands apart. The concept is a wonderful piece of “what if” imagination and it’s perfectly explored. The metaphorical development of the boy to the man and his ultimate liberation will leave you with tears in your eyes.