Top 50 Movies Streaming on Hulu – November 2017

30. 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.

29. 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.

28. 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.

27. 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.

26. 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.

25. 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.

24. 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.

23. 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.

22. 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.

21. Mr Hollands Opus – 1995

Directed by: Stephen Herek
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas

Mr Hollands Opus is not a musical. It’s hardly even about music. What it is, is a delightful life story movie with a huge feel good factor. Holland is a composer who ends up teaching in a school. And it’s the teaching that’s his opus; not some magnificent choral masterpiece. The world is clearly a better place as a result.

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