Top 50 Movies Streaming on Hulu – October 2017

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!

We have several new entries this month including the Oscar winners Gandhi and Philadelphia. For the more gory minded there’s Kill Bill and we’ve thrown in a musical for good measure. We think there’s something here for everyone, young and old alike, and some great family viewing as well. Not for a minute are we suggesting that this is a definitive list of the best movies ever made, merely our list of movies you might want to watch.

Here are our suggestions for October.

50. Annie – 1982

Directed by: John Huston
Starring: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett

Annie is definitely one for the kids. Of all the many versions over the years, this is surely the best. The music is great and the photography spectacular. Aileen Quinn is truly another Shirley Temple and Carol Burnett puts in one of her best performances. Those songs are proper mind worms.

49. The Freshman – 1990

Directed by: Andrew Bergman
Starring: Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby

The conceit of the Freshman is that Marlon Brando is a mafia Godfather who bears an uncanny resemblance to a cinema Godfather. Anyone not got it yet? This is a comedy and, rather unexpectedly, we learn that Brando can actually do comedy. Better still, it’s an intelligent comedy and that is not so common.

48. Dune – 1984

Directed by: David Lynch
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Francesca Annis

Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece book was a long time coming to the big screen. The feeling was that the technology available was not good enough to do the story justice. David Lynch eventually bit the bullet and the end result is a creditable piece of work despite some rather hammy dialogue.

47. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – 1990

Directed by: Steve Barron
Starring: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais

When a movie based on comic book characters relies on pizza to hold it together you have to wonder why they bothered. Actually, it’s a good thing they did because this, the first is a line of TMNT movies and properly sets the dark tone of the subject matter – saving New York from the baddies.

46. Hellboy – 2004

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair

Another from the pages of a comic book exploring good versus evil. Hellboy has an interesting twist in that the good guy started life as very bad guy. The movie is heavily atmospheric and moves at a high pace – often a bit too fast. But the storyline is strong and the visual effects are good.

45. 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.

44. 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.

43. 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.

42. 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.

41. 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.

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