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!
Fans of Hulu will have spotted the avalanche of Bond movies that have arrived in November. We shalln’t bore you with them here but we’ve left Spectre in as one of the better. If you watch nothing else, have a look at Jacob’s Ladder of the new additions. But don’t miss the timeless Airplane! and have a go at Mr Holland’s opus; you won’t be disappointed.
Here are our suggestions for November.
50. Crocodile Dundee – 1986
Directed by: Peter Faiman
Starring: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon
Crocodile Dundee (and it’s sequel) launched Australian Paul Hogan onto the big screen. Never to be seen again. This is an endearing movie about a happy-go-lucky outback man with a developing love interest. The dialogue is witty and the locations fantastic. It was big in it’s day and worth another watch.
49. Oceans Eleven – 2001
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Starring (among many others): George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts
When a team of conmen and jewel thieves assemble to steal stuff the instant reaction is “oh no, not again”. Unfortunate because this is an excellent movie – much better than the pedestrian sequels. The cast deal with their egos nicely and deliver a highly watchable film.
48. 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.
47. 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.
46. Enemy at the Gates – 2001
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Starring: Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes
This is a World War II movie with a difference. The protagonists are German and Russian. Not a Yank or a Brit to be seen (apart from all the actors of course). The battle for Stalingrad was one of the key battles of the war and the movie weaves in morality and a well played out love triange.
45. 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.
44. 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.
43. Kill Bill 1 & 2 – 2003
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah
We’ve bundled the two Kill Bill movies together because they’re one and the same thing to be watched back to back. This is more Tarantino trademark violence and gore. The scenes in Japan are especially powerful and the use of animation is a nice departure from the norm.
42. 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.
41. Airplane! – 1980
Directed by: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker
Starring: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen
The seminal movie that spawned all spoof movies that followed. Every line is a winner and the laughs just come and come. And it’s all done with perfectly straight faces. This movie is nearly 40 years and as relevant today as when it was made.