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    57 Of The Best Movies To Stream On Hulu In September

    La La Land, Office Space, Raising Arizona, and more great titles you'll want to stream this month.

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    1. Another Round (2020)

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    The winner for Best International Film at this year's Academy Awards, Another Round tells the story of four middle-aged, disillusioned teachers in Copenhagen who decide to start consuming a small amount of alcohol throughout the day in order to see how it impacts their social and professional lives. The entire cast is phenomenal, but Mads Mikkelsen steals the movie as Martin, a depressed man who rediscovers his zeal for life when he begins incorporating drinking into his daily life. What really makes the film work is its balance; while Another Round never shies away from the very real risks of drinking, at the same time, it manages to resist getting preachy as its main characters explore the pros and cons of alcohol consumption. This dark, funny, strange story walks that delicate line to the very end of the film, leaving it up to the viewer to decide what to make of these four friends' bizarre experiment.

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    2. Arrival (2016)

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    When you think of alien invasion movies, your mind likely goes to massive explosions and gigantic battle sequences with the fate of the Earth on the line. You won't find any of that in Arrival. Instead, when extraterrestrial spaceships appear in different locations around the planet with no explanation, linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is the unexpected hero who is charged with the task of figuring out how to understand and communicate with the otherworldly visitors. Director Denis Villeneuve proves to be a master of suspenseful storytelling, as he is able to create a tense atmosphere and explore several thought-provoking themes without getting too heavy-handed, all while subverting nearly every trope of alien cinema. The movie is a worthy entry into the pantheon of great sci-fi films, but the eight Academy Award nominations it received, including Best Picture and Best Director, proved that Arrival had managed to transcend genre altogether. Though, in a just world, Adams would have finally won her much-deserved Oscar for her subtle performance. (Criminally, she wasn't even nominated.)

    Watch it on Hulu.

    3. As Good as It Gets (1997)

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    Jack Nicholson won his third Oscar for his portrayal of Melvin Udall, a miserable, bestselling romance novelist whose OCD makes living in New York City a nearly impossible challenge. Part of his routine is eating breakfast at the same table in the same restaurant every day, where he becomes interested in Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt), his waiter. The film was directed and cowritten by James L. Brooks, who helped develop hit shows including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi, and The Simpsons. Brooks and Nicholson butted heads during filming, so much so that production was halted so the two could figure out the direction of Udall as a character. The results speak for themselves, with As Good as It Gets earning seven Academy Award nominations (Hunt also won an Oscar for her performance).

    Watch it on Hulu.

    4. The Assistant (2019)

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    Years deep into the #MeToo movement, the entertainment industry is still figuring out how to effectively hold a mirror up to itself and tell stories about the pervasive culture of sexual harassment onscreen. The Assistant manages to do so by delivering a master class in "show, don't tell," as viewers get a front row seat into the devastating effects of systemic oppression women face in the workplace through the eyes of Jane (Julia Garner), a young and ambitious junior assistant working at a production company in New York. Even in the most mundane moments of her job, Jane experiences subtle yet potent sexism while persistent rumors float around the office regarding her unnamed and unseen boss using his position of power to sleep with young women. The understated tone of the movie quietly creates an almost horror-like atmosphere, as even a meeting between Jane and the company's head of HR (Matthew Macfadyen, best known as Tom on Succession) becomes a terrifying display of how powerless she is to fight against a system built to protect those in power.

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    5. Attack the Block (2011)

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    A group of teen hoodlums are mid-robbery when they're disrupted by an alien falling from the sky. The run-in is part of a full-scale extraterrestrial invasion, but rather than run away and hide as the rest of us would, the gang, led by Moses (John Boyega), jumps at the chance to fight any aliens they come across. Attack the Block failed to make back its budget at the box office, but it was a hit with critics. Boyega, who was only 19 when the film was released, received rave reviews, and his onscreen debut led directly to him being cast as Finn in The Force Awakens.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    6. Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)

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    Barb (Annie Mumolo) and Star (Kristen Wiig) leave their suburban existence behind for a getaway in beautiful Vista Del Mar. The two friends just want to ride an inflatable banana and enjoy some nice drinks by the pool, but they end up accidentally in the crosshairs of a bizarre evil plan that involves lethal mosquitoes. Wiig is as fantastic as ever, but it's a blast to watch Mumolo, a relative unknown who has mostly made a name for herself as a writer (including earning an Oscar nom for cowriting Bridesmaids with Wiig), deliver a breakout performance. The two are fantastic as the titular best pals, and their script is packed with goofy gags and absurd one-liners. As a result, Barb & Star is the type of movie that tragically doesn't really get made anymore: a comedy where the primary goal is to make the audience laugh as much as possible. 

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    7. Beetlejuice (1988)

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    Following the surprise success of Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Tim Burton wanted another hit to prove himself as a big-time director. He landed on Michael McDowell's script about a recently deceased couple hiring a bio-exorcist named Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton) to drive out the family moving into their former home. On the surface it sounds like a career killer, but it turned out to be a massive critical and commercial hit. And while this is arguably Burton's best film, it's impossible to overestimate Keaton's titanic impact on Beetlejuice's success. What's amazing is that Keaton's actual time onscreen is relatively short, but he makes the most of it, delivering a hilariously unhinged performance as the sleaziest spirit you've ever had the misfortune of crossing paths with. In a just world, this would have landed Keaton an Oscar.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    8. *Bull Durham (1988)

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    Minor league baseball single-A team the Durham Bulls are determined to turn up-and-coming pitcher Ebby Calvin LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) into a star, so they call "Crash" Davis (Kevin Costner), a 12-year minor league veteran catcher, to teach him the ropes. The two immediately get off to a rocky start, and their tense relationship is only made more complicated when they meet Annie (Susan Sarandon), a "baseball groupie" who shows an interest in both of them. There's a reason Bull Durham is consistently ranked as one of the greatest sports movies ever made (including being ranked No. 1 by Sports Illustrated), as it's so good that even someone who doesn't know a thing about baseball will find plenty to enjoy.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    9. The Big Chill (1983)

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    A group of college friends are reunited 15 years after graduation when their friend Alex dies by suicide. They end up spending a weekend together, and while they start out cheerfully reminiscing, slowly, the anger, disappointment, and confusion hiding beneath the surface begin to show. The Big Chill is considered one of the defining portrayals of the baby boomer generation, as the characters are forced to reconcile with abandoning their youthful idealism in favor of a more comfortable yet compromised existence. The entire ensemble cast is terrific as they manage to create a familiarity that will have you believing that they really are old college friends. If nothing else, you can at least enjoy seeing a young Jeff Goldblum doling out his one-of-a-kind charm.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    10. Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)

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    It's the year 2020, and time and space have started to crumble because Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) have failed to write the prophesied song that would unite the universe in peace and harmony. While they head to the future to try to discover the song, their daughters, Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and Thea (Samara Weaving), head into the past in order to assemble the greatest band roster in the history of music. Reeves and Winter remain as charming as ever, but Weaving and Lundy-Paine manage to hold their own and arguably end up with most of the best jokes and shenanigans in the movie. It never quite captures the magic of Excellent Adventure or even Bogus Journey, but Face the Music is a worthy third entry in this beloved time-traveling franchise.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    11. Black Swan (2010)

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    Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina who is obsessed with being the best. She is cast in the lead dual roles in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, but as she struggles to capture the dark and complicated performance of the Black Swan, her understudy, Lily (Mila Kunis), threatens to take the part from her. As Nina begins to lose her grip on reality, the viewer experiences her intense paranoia and slow descent into madness, thanks to director Darren Aronofsky's one-of-a-kind talent. The psychological thriller earned five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, with Portman winning an Oscar for her career-defining performance.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    12. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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    Found footage has become a staple in the horror genre, and Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield, and countless others owe a debt of gratitude to The Blair Witch Project. It may not be the first found-footage horror film, but Daniel Myrick and Eduardo S√°nchez's film undoubtedly popularized the format. The story is simple: Three aspiring filmmakers head into the woods of Maryland to create a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. As the trio venture deeper into the woods, they begin to have strange experiences, including hearing children laughing and having items disappear, that leave them wondering if the legend of the Blair Witch is real or if it's all in their head. Despite being made on a shoestring budget of less than half a million dollars, the movie feels so realistic that at the time of its release, many viewers legitimately believed that they were watching a documentary.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    13. Bound (1996)

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    Part neo-noir crime thriller, part forbidden lesbian love story, Bound centers on Corky (Gina Gershon) and Violet (Jennifer Tilly), who quickly fall in love and hatch a plot to rob Violet's mobster boyfriend of $2 million. The film directorial debut of the Wachowskis, who would go on to helm the Matrix trilogy, was considered so controversial upon its release that Gershon's agents told her she would ruin her career if she took the part. Rather than take their advice, Gershon parted ways with her agents and took the role of Corky, telling Entertainment Weekly she was drawn to the role because "[she] never get[s] to play the hero and to get the chick." Gershon's decision paid off ‚ÄĒ the film flopped at the box office but slowly developed a cult following and is now considered a classic of LGBTQ cinema.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    14. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

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    Francis Ford Coppola is a master at adapting beloved novels for the silver screen, and Dracula proves to be no exception. The iconic director goes delightfully over the top in this campy and arresting interpretation of the classic story, which earned positive reviews from critics. The film's cast is a who's who of beloved, award-winning actors, including Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves. The combination of Coppola's directing talent and the stacked cast made it a massive box office hit, with Dracula earning over $200 million worldwide. Even if vampires aren't your thing, you can enjoy watching Reeves deliver the worst onscreen English accent since Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    15. Collective (2019)

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    Collective follows Romanian journalists as they uncover widespread corruption by the government's handling of healthcare. What really sets Collective apart from most modern documentaries is its confidence in not needing to use the genre's clichés to over-explain everything to the audience. There is no voiceover or dramatic score to try to manipulate you as a viewer; instead, you just get to see what is unfolding onscreen. Collective made less than $150,000 at the global box office, but it has received universal praise from critics, winning Best Documentary at the European Film Awards and London Film Critics Circle. It even became the first-ever Romanian film to earn a nomination at the Academy Awards.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    16. Crawl (2019)

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    Crawl technically has a plot, but all you really need to know is that Haley Keller (Kaya Scodelario); her dad, Dave (Barry Pepper); and their dog, Sugar, end up trapped in their Florida home after a hurricane and have to avoid being eaten by alligators while they wait to be rescued. The straightforward premise, along with the short runtime (87 minutes), allows Crawl to dive quickly into the action without ever forcing the movie to slow down for pesky distractions like character development and emotional nuance. And director Alexandre Aja perfectly understands the appeal of the movie and is more than happy to give audiences what they want by coming up with increasingly ridiculous yet awesome ways for Haley to narrowly avoid getting devoured by the hungry gators. This may not be the most intellectually stimulating movie you watch this month, but it will easily be one of the most fun viewing experiences you have.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    17. Dumb & Dumber (1994)

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    As you may have surmised by the title, this is a movie about two guys who are extremely dumb. Whether they are accidentally poisoning a hit man or just finding out about the moon landing, Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) are a perfect duo stuck in their endless stupidity, always finding a way to make the exact wrong decision or say the exact wrong thing. A lesser movie would try to turn them into better people, but there's no lesson to be learned for Harry and Lloyd. They began the movie as hopeless morons, and they finish the movie the exact same way, without any personal growth. And for that, you have to love them. Just avoid the prequel and the sequel, because neither comes close to matching this masterpiece of imbecility.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    18. *Election (1999)

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    Jim McAllister seems to be living his best life as a happily married civics teacher at a high school in Omaha. But everything starts to fall apart when Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon), an ultra‚Äďtype A go-getter, decides to run for student council president. McAllister makes it his mission to take her down, and the two end up in a showdown that nearly destroys the school. This surprisingly dark comedy is a blast, as it's hilarious to watch how far Flick will go to win and how far McAllister will go to stop her from winning. What's really incredible is that Witherspoon was still unknown at this point. Her terrifyingly uptight performance rightly earned her the first Golden Globe nomination of her career.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    19. Fired Up (2009)

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    Shawn (Nicholas D'Agosto) and Nick (Eric Christian Olsen) are the two star players on their high school football team, but they decide to ditch football camp in favor of cheerleading camp in order to get girls. This mostly forgotten teen comedy bombed at the box office, and it never quite manages to transcend the genre, like Mean Girls or Clueless. However, it's an extremely fun and entertaining watch, and I firmly believe Fired Up deserves to become a cult classic someday due to its nonstop, joke-a-minute script and the effortless chemistry between D'Agosto and Olsen. Put it on, and you may be surprised by how much you are laughing.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    20. *A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

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    After pulling off a massive diamond heist, a rowdy group of bandits are dismayed to discover their leader hid the jewels before he was arrested (thanks to two of them turning on him). Proving there's truly no honor among thieves, the race to find the diamonds turns into an endless game of who is currently double-crossing whom. This absurdist comedy is widely considered one of the best heist movies ever made, thanks in large part to a phenomenal cast that includes Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Monty Python alums Michael Palin and John Cleese. Kline's unhinged performance even earned him an Academy Award, one of the few comedic roles to get some respect at the Oscars.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    21. Footloose (1984)

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    Even if you haven't seen this movie, you're probably familiar with the basic story: Chicago native Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) is forced to leave the big city behind and heads to Bomont, a small Southern town that has literally banned dancing. Ren quickly falls for Ariel (Lori Singer), the rebellious daughter of the Rev. Shaw Moore (John Lithgow), who is responsible for the no-dancing mandate. The plot is what everyone remembers (along with the quintessentially '80s soundtrack), but there's so much more to this film, including Bacon's star-making lead performance. Even when he is dancing out his feelings in a warehouse or getting into a game of tractor chicken, Bacon exudes pure charisma that allows him to effortlessly carry the movie. And while Footloose is commonly thought of as a light and breezy teen flick, the movie also features some heavy themes, including grief, abuse, and the importance of standing up for what you think is right, regardless of what it costs you.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    22. *Gattaca (1997)

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    In a eugenics-fueled "not too distant" future, Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) dreams of going to space but faces discrimination due to being conceived naturally. Vincent's dream comes true when he takes on the identity of a "valid" named Jerome (Jude Law). While trying to avoid being caught, he finds himself falling in love with his coworker Irene (Uma Thurman). The movie was a massive box office bomb, barely making a third of its $36 million budget. However, it was recognized by critics who praised Gattaca as a thought-provoking and unique sci-fi film, as well as recognized the exceptional performances from Hawke, Thurman, and Law.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    23. Gone Girl (2014)

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    When Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, suspicion quickly begins to grow that her husband, Nick (Ben Affleck), may be hiding something. What sounds like a fairly straightforward whodunit turns out to be so much more. For much of Gone Girl, you think you are watching one story, only to discover about halfway through that you are being told a different story altogether. The movie works almost entirely thanks to Pike, who gives one of the best acting performances of the last decade as Amy, a character who excels at keeping her true motivations close to her chest. Keeping up with Pike is a tall order, yet Affleck, who has become better known for his directing than acting, proves himself to be up to the task, playing Nick with just the right blend of scumbaggery, self-loathing, and sad-eyed charm. At its core, Gone Girl is a movie about the tenuous nature of connection and whether or not qualities like loyalty and trust are as powerful as mutually assured destruction.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    24. The Hate U Give (2018)

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    Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is a high school student whose life is turned upside down when she witnesses her friend get shot and killed by a police officer. Based on the 2017 novel of the same name, The Hate U Give was praised by critics and made nearly $35 million at the box office against a $23 million budget. The movie was seen as a star-making vehicle for Stenberg, who won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture and received a nomination for the Critics' Choice Award for Best Young Actor/Actress for her nuanced portrayal of Starr.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    25. Hell or High Water (2016)

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    Westerns have essentially disappeared from movie theaters over the last decade, but Hell or High Water makes a compelling case that the genre isn't dead quite yet. Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and his brother Tanner (Ben Foster) begin robbing banks in rural Texas in order to prevent an impending foreclosure on their family ranch. The two are pursued by Texas Rangers Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham), with the former hoping to catch them before he enjoys his well-earned retirement. Hell or High Water avoids many of the clichés found in Westerns, as the typical "good guy versus bad guy" narrative is replaced with a more nuanced story of survival. The film is anchored by stunning cinematography and fantastic performances from the entire cast, with Bridges even earning himself an Oscar nomination. If you're looking for a Western with a distinctly modern twist, you won't do much better than this.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    26. Jennifer's Body (2009)

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    Megan Fox has always been underrated as an actor, and nowhere is that more evident than in Jennifer's Body. Equipped with Diablo Cody's patented one-liners, Fox is firing on all cylinders as a seemingly stereotypical popular girl who is bored with everything around her and way smarter than anyone gives her credit for. Her magnetic performance proves that Fox has always been so much more than a pretty face, and the movie even features some (intentional or not) light meta-commentary on Fox's career, as everyone except Jennifer's best friend, Anita (Amanda Seyfried), fails to notice that Jennifer has been possessed by a demon since an indie band tried to sacrifice her to Satan. But even as Jennifer transforms into a literal man-eater, Fox is able to bring an unexpected level of tragedy to her performance. It remains the best role of Fox's career as she makes Jennifer equal parts hilarious, terrifying, and ‚ÄĒ¬†against all odds ‚ÄĒ¬†relatable.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    27. *La La Land (2016)

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    What happens when a struggling actor and a struggling jazz musician cross paths in Los Angeles? Movie magic, baby! While it didn't actually end up winning Best Picture (to be fair, Moonlight totally deserved it), La La Land remains a remarkably entertaining movie and one of the best movie musicals of the 21st century. That's in no small part thanks to Emma Stone (who did end up winning an Oscar) and Ryan Gosling, who manage to effortlessly carry the movie with their dynamite chemistry and surprisingly great dance moves. Even if you find yourself (justifiably) rolling your eyes when Sebastian (Gosling) is explaining jazz to Mia (Stone), you'll find yourself tapping your toes during the outstanding musical numbers.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    28. Love & Mercy (2015)

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    One of the best musician biopics ever made, Love & Mercy focuses on the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson at two distinct points in his life. First we meet a young Brian (Paul Dano) in the '60s deciding to quit touring at the height of the band's success and instead focusing on creating the album that would eventually become Pet Sounds. Later we see an older Brian (John Cusack) in the '80s unexpectedly connecting with Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks), a Cadillac salesperson. As we witness the young Brian slowly begin to break down mentally, Melinda discovers that the older Brian has become a shell of himself due to heavy medication. Both actors are phenomenal in their portrayals of Brian, but the movie ultimately belongs to Dano, who brilliantly captures the sensitive but intense and troubled nature of one of music's true geniuses of the last century. The Pet Sounds sessions are the film's highlight, as it is genuinely thrilling to watch the creation of one of the greatest albums ever made, even if it is a fictional retelling.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    29. *Magic Mike (2012)

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    The appeal of Magic Mike is simple: getting to watch a group of impossibly ripped dudes (including Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, and Joe Manganiello) doing insanely hot choreography in delightfully elaborate outfits. And that formula paid off in a big way, as the movie ended up earning over $100 million at the domestic box office despite costing only $7 million (along with a hit sequel that also made a ton of money). If you need to escape the stress of your daily life or the existential despair of pretty much everything happening in the world, just put on Magic Mike and enjoy Tatum's iconic performance of "Pony."

    Watch it on Hulu.

    30. Melancholia (2011)

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    When it comes to depicting mental illness onscreen, the movie industry has a less-than-stellar track record, often resorting to lazy stereotypes or reinforcing false notions about people suffering from anxiety, depression, or any number of mental afflictions. But Melancholia is the rare exception as Lars von Trier, the film's writer and director, manages to channel the hopeless, directionless exhaustion of a depressive episode into Justine (Kirsten Dunst). Although it's her wedding day, Justine shows no interest in her marriage, her husband, or anything else going on around her, while her family is too focused on how her behavior reflects on them to really care about her. At the same time, a rogue planet named Melancholia begins heading toward Earth, which some predict could mean the end of the world. Dunst has never been better than she is here as she imparts a sense of despondent apathy toward everything happening around her that goes from disheartening to frightening as the world faces possible extinction.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    31. Mission: Impossible ‚ÄĒ Ghost Protocol (2011)

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    Before Ghost Protocol, the Mission: Impossible franchise seemed like it was on its last legs, but the fourth Ethan Hunt film gave the spy series new life and reestablished Tom Cruise as a one-of-a-kind action star. While the first three movies at least attempted to be ever-so-slightly grounded in reality, director Brad Bird decided to fully abandon that strategy with Ghost Protocol by embracing over-the-top stunts and action sequences the movies have now become known for. In fact, this movie may feature the most iconic stunt of the entire franchise, with Cruise climbing the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    32. *Much Ado About Nothing (2011)

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    Filmed in 12 days at director Joss Whedon's real-life residence in Santa Monica, this cinematic adaptation of the beloved Shakespeare play is mostly straightforward despite the modern setting. The charming, talented cast ‚ÄĒ which¬†is filled with alums from various Whedon projects, like¬†Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly,¬†and even¬†The Avengers¬†‚ÄĒ¬†does marvelous work with the centuries-old dialogue, creating a fun and lighthearted atmosphere that makes it feel more like a rom-com. Even if you are not the biggest fan of the Bard, you'll find yourself totally charmed watching Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Beatrice (Amy Acker) trade barbs while denying their feelings for each other.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    33. The Nice Guys (2016)

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    Shane Black is one of the defining voices of the buddy cop movie, and The Nice Guys is arguably his best take on the genre. Bumbling private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) reluctantly teams up with Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe), a brutish enforcer, to investigate the possible death of porn star Misty Mountains (Murielle Telio). But as in any good buddy cop movie, the actual plot takes a backseat to the chemistry between the lead duo, and Gosling and Crowe are sensational together. Gosling is the funniest he has ever been and delivers one of the best slapstick performances in recent memory. And Crowe has no problem keeping pace, giving his best performance since Master and Commander.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    34. Night of the Kings (2020)

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    A new prisoner arrives at La Maca, an infamous prison in the Ivory Coast that is run by inmates, and is selected to be the new "Roman," which requires him to tell a story to the prisoners. He begins to tell the story of the death of Zama King, a leader of the gang he belonged to, but he soon learns that he must keep telling the story until dawn or he will lose his life. Night of the Kings has received widespread critical acclaim since its release, winning the African American Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Film and the NAACP Image Awards 2021 for Outstanding International Motion Picture.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    35. Nomadland (2020)

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    You know those movies that your cinephile friends have been telling you to watch for months? Nomadland is probably at the top of that list, and after its big showing at the Oscars back in April, you have no more excuses for putting it off. And once you finally watch it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t see it sooner. Based on the 2017 nonfiction book of the same name, the film centers on Fern (Frances McDormand), who sells most of her possessions and takes to life on the road shortly after losing her job. McDormand won her third Oscar for her intimate portrayal of a woman trying to rediscover her place in the world, but what’s really impressive is how well the rest of the cast keeps up with her despite being composed almost entirely of "nonactors."

    Watch it on Hulu.

    36. *Office Space (1999)

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    Does any movie capture the mind-numbing, soul-sucking boredom of working a dead-end job in a cubicle better than Office Space? From battling over a stapler to having eight different bosses, it perfectly captures all of the pointless and endless minutiae we've all had to endure or are currently enduring every day for the sake of a paycheck. Upon its release, the movie received positive reviews from critics but initially flopped at the box office, making only $12 million. But over the years, it's developed a cult following and is now considered one of the best comedies of the last 25 years.

    Watch it on Hulu.

    37. *The Omen (1976)

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    Parenting is a tough gig, but it gets especially difficult for Robert (Gregory Peck) and Katherine (Lee Remick) as they begin to suspect that their adopted son, Damien (Harvey Spencer Stephens), is literally the Antichrist. Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score sets a terrifying tone for the viewer as Robert and Katherine try to stay alive long enough to figure out how to stop Damien from achieving global domination. The Omen was originally panned by critics who called it "a piece of junk" and "a dumb and largely dull movie," but in the years since, it's become a favorite among horror fans and is now considered a classic of the genre.

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    38. Palm Springs (2020)

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    It's Nov. 9, and Nyles (Andy Samberg) is attending his cheating girlfriend's best friend's wedding for the thousandth (or possibly millionth) time, as he's been forced to relive the same day over and over. Nyles seems to have accepted his fate until sister of the bride Sarah (Cristin Milioti) ends up stuck in the same time loop. In lesser hands, this movie could easily feel unoriginal or trite, but Palm Springs proves to be a clever rom-com reimagining of Groundhog Day instead of a shameless rip-off. Having two people stuck in an endless time loop together instead of one poor schmuck trapped all alone may seem like a small change, but it turns out to give the movie its own vibe entirely. Palm Springs largely ignores the self-improvement aspect of Groundhog Day in favor of addressing the complex nature of human connection. And thanks to the dynamite chemistry between Samberg and Milioti, it totally works.

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    39. Parasite (2019)

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    There's not much to say about Parasite that hasn't already been said in a million think pieces, but this is a rare film that not only justifies but somehow surpasses its own massive hype. But while much of the praise goes to Bong Joon-ho, who won Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars, the performances from the actors tend to get overlooked. The entire Kim family is outstanding, as all four actors manage to display the family's growing sense of desperation and bitterness as they try to survive their life in squalor. Park So-dam's performance as Kim Ki-jung is awardworthy, as she is able to bring in a layer of dark humor into the role while remaining entirely in character.

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    40. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

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    Neal Page (Steve Martin) is determined to make it home to Chicago to be with his family for Thanksgiving, but this simple journey proves to be a Herculean task after he reluctantly ends up with Del Griffith, a motormouthed salesperson, as his travel companion. Martin and Candy are a phenomenal comedic duo, as Candy's expert blend of oblivious recklessness and good-natured charm proves to be the perfect foil for Martin's cynical, tightly wound demeanor. Both manage to deliver massive laughs without becoming caricatures. The comedy was written and directed by John Hughes, marking the end of his run as the undisputed king of teen movies.

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    41. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

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    If you're a sucker for once-in-a-lifetime love stories, you are going to love Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Set in France in the late 18th century, the film tells the story of Marianne (No√©mie Merlant), a painter who is commissioned to paint a portrait of H√©lo√Įse (Ad√®le Haenel), a young aristocrat set to marry a wealthy nobleman. Romance movies have a tendency to be melodramatic, but Portrait opts for a more subtle approach, allowing the tension to grow as Marianne and H√©lo√Įse slowly gravitate toward each other. The film also makes no attempt to hide the lack of social freedom granted to women during this time period, which adds a certain level of tragedy to the love these two share.

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    42. *Raising Arizona (1987)

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    After "Hi" McDunnough (Nicolas Cage) and "Ed" McDunnough (Holly Hunter) learn they can't have kids, Hi decides the only logical next step is kidnapping a baby from a couple who just had quintuplets. Naturally, the parents aren't too happy when they realize one of their kids is gone, and things quickly get out of hand for everyone involved. Raising Arizona is right up there with The Big Lebowski in the Coen brothers' funniest comedies, as it features their trademark deadpan dialogue and some next-level slapstick. And if recent bias has convinced you that Cage isn't an all-time great actor, just watch him deliver this unbelievable performance at only 23 years old.

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    43. Revolutionary Road (2008)

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    More than a decade after Titanic launched them both to superstardom, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunited for this romantic drama based on the 1961 novel of the same name. But while Jack and Rose were a testament to the enduring power of true love, Frank (DiCaprio) and April (Winslet) Wheeler are a young couple struggling to keep their relationship from falling apart in the suburbs of Connecticut. Revolutionary Road takes place in the '50s, a time typically seen as the height of domestic bliss, but for Frank and April, living the American dream feels more like a nightmare that won't end. DiCaprio and Winslet are both solid as ever, but the real surprise is that Michael Shannon manages to deliver the film's best performance as John, the couple's erratic but insightful neighbor who is deemed insane by everyone around him. Shannon earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination, proving himself to be one of the most exciting actors in the entire industry.

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    44. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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    This is the way Shakespeare should be done. Director Baz Luhrmann manages to make the timeless story feel modern while staying true to the original text. From the moment the Capulets and Montagues start hurling insults at each other while pumping gas, this bold, brash adaptation breathes fresh life into the classic love story almost 400 years after its debut. Ultimately, what makes any Romeo and Juliet adaptation sink or swim is the performance of the two leads, and you can't ask for much better than Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. Their instant connection will have you believing in the enduring power of true love, even as the two lovebirds make some extremely questionable decisions as they head toward their ultimate demise.

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    45. Romy & Michele's High School Reunion (1997)

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    Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) are aimless best friends living in Los Angeles who decide they need to get their act together in time to impress their former classmates at their 10-year high school reunion. The movie failed to make much of an impact when it was released, but it has since become a cult classic, with new fans falling in love with its nonstop hilarious quotes and unabashed celebration of female friendship and self-acceptance. What has also made the comedy endure for so long is the onscreen bond between Sorvino and Kudrow as the two deliver laughs while also sharing a beautiful, heartfelt connection that has continued to resonate for viewers over two decades later.

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    46. Silence (2016)

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    Director Martin Scorsese has wrestled with faith and religion for much of his legendary film career, but never as directly or deeply as he does in Silence. When Jesuit priests Sebasti√£o Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garupe (Adam Driver) receive news that their mentor, Crist√≥v√£o Ferreira (Liam Neeson), has renounced his faith after being tortured in Japan, they embark on a journey to find him and convert the Japanese people. The duo arrive in Japan with wide-eyed confidence in their mission, but as they get deeper into their search for Ferreira, they are faced with myriad challenges, including the constant threat of torture. Garfield was so dedicated to his performance that he lost 40 pounds, but his commitment to the role was not enough to attract moviegoers, as Silence made only $23 million at the global box office against a $40 million‚Äď$50 million budget.

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    47. The Skeleton Twins (2014)

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    Comedians attempting to make the transition to more serious roles are common in Hollywood, but rarely do they succeed as well as Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader do in Skeleton Twins, released shortly after their respective tenures at Saturday Night Live. In the film, the duo play estranged twins who are reluctantly reunited after Milo's (Hader) failed suicide attempt. The chemistry between Wiig and Hader makes their familial bond feel entirely authentic, as they share that complicated understanding of each other that you can have only with your siblings. That love-hate dynamic is captured perfectly in the greatest lip-synching movie performance since Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

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    48. Skyfall (2012)

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    By far the best James Bond film of the Daniel Craig era, Skyfall gives 007 fans everything they've come to expect from the franchise while also adding some fun new wrinkles to the mythology of everyone's favorite British spy (apologies to Austin Powers). After faking his death to escape his life of espionage and one-night stands, Bond is forced to unretire after an MI6 building is blown up. He eventually faces off with Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), a former agent who is hell-bent on getting revenge against M (Judi Dench). Silva is the best Bond villain in decades, ranking right up there with the all-time greats like Blofeld, Goldfinger, and Jaws. From the second he appears onscreen waxing philosophical about rats, the former MI6 agent takes over the movie and even forces Bond (and, by extension, viewers) to reflect on the "by any means necessary" approach he has long embraced. Even though it goes off the rails a bit by the end, Skyfall remains entertaining from start to finish.

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    49. The Social Network (2010)

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    An origin story about the guy who created Facebook doesn't sound that exciting, but The Social Network has managed to become one of the most beloved and respected films of the 21st century. With David Fincher directing the best script of Aaron Sorkin's career, seeing Mark Zuckerberg's meteoric rise from drunk blogger to billionaire tech genius feels almost Shakespearean. This isn't just the story of Facebook; it's a story of ambition, betrayal, and the thin line between good and great. The Social Network earned eight Academy Award nominations and won three, for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing. A trio of Oscars is nothing to sneeze at, but over a decade later, most people agree that the movie deserved a few more, including Best Picture over The King's Speech. The movie also doubles as a fascinating time capsule, as it's clear that in 2010, nobody really understood how much social media would become an unavoidable part of life, for better or worse.

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    50. Sorry to Bother You (2018)

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    Cash Green (LaKeith Stanfield) is a down-on-his-luck guy who needs a job to keep from getting kicked out of his house, which is actually just his uncle's garage. Out of pure desperation, he lands a job as a telemarketer at RegalView. At first, Cash struggles to make any sales, but when he adopts a "white voice" on the advice of another Black coworker, he quickly finds himself climbing the corporate ladder. For the first hour or so, this dark comedy seems like a clever but straightforward satire on race in America, but Boots Riley, who wrote and directed the film, ultimately goes much deeper than that. Sorry to Bother You's blend of absurdism and cynicism allows the film to examine with remarkable insight the sinister roles that race and capitalism play in modern society, going beyond the surface to expose how systemic racism is intrinsically built into the parasitic and exploitative nature of the relationship between the wealthy and the working class. It's also got a twist that I pretty much guarantee you won't see coming.

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    51. Take Shelter (2011)

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    On this list, we stan Michael Shannon. Usually, he's stealing whatever movie he's in despite being stuck in a supporting role, but he gets the lead in Take Shelter. Shannon plays Curtis, a construction worker who grows increasingly paranoid when he begins having apocalyptic visions of rain "like fresh motor oil." Shannon's borderline-frightening intensity is on full display here, but in the lead role, he gets the time and space to let his internal terror bubble beneath the surface. This approach puts the viewer on the edge of their seat, and it feels as if you're watching a ticking time bomb, just waiting for things to finally explode.

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    52. Taken (2008)

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    The appeal here is extremely obvious: It's fun as hell to watch Liam Neeson casually mow through a bunch of menacing thugs around the streets of Paris on his way to rescuing his kidnapped daughter. Over a decade later, that simple formula remains incredibly effective, as Neeson is easily the greatest action-movie dad of all time. And Neeson's unexpected turn as an action star paid off at the box office, with Taken managing to rack up $226 million globally against a $25 million production budget. It also spawned two perfectly OK sequels and about a dozen other action movies that are open Taken rip-offs.

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    53. Together Together (2021)

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    Matt (Ed Helms) is a successful app developer who decides he wants to become a father as he approaches middle age. He selects Anna (Patti Harrison), a twentysomething working a coffee shop, as his surrogate, and as the pregnancy progresses, their relationship grows as well. The chemistry between Helms and Harrison is fantastic, as their odd-couple dynamic has a warm and hilarious intimacy. Since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Together Together has received universal praise from critics, with Harrison being singled out for her breakout performance. The movie also features a killer supporting cast that includes Tig Notaro, Jo Firestone, Anna Konkle, and Julio Torres.

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    54. The Virgin Suicides (1999)

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    Based on the 1993 novel of the same name, The Virgin Suicides follows the lives of the Lisbon sisters, five teen siblings who struggle to experience independence under their parents' strict supervision. This dark coming-of-age story pulls no punches about the painful isolation of the adolescent experience. What's especially impressive is that this is Sofia Coppola's debut feature, and the fact that she was able to make such a thoughtful and visually arresting film before she was 30 is remarkable. It's rare for a first-time director to show such confidence and mastery of their craft, but you could already see that Coppola was going to have a long and successful career making somber, beautiful films with great soundtracks.

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    55. Watchmen (2009)

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    Based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' legendary DC Comics graphic novel series, Watchmen tells a dystopian story of a group of superheroes who fall apart during the height of the Cold War. The highly anticipated adaptation received mixed reviews from critics and underwhelmed at the box office, but it remains one of the most ambitious comic book adaptations of all time, and its success far outweighs its failures. Is it at least a half hour too long and tonally inconsistent at points? Yes. But Zack Snyder's controversial directing style is put to good use here, and the movie manages to capture the deep, complex themes that made the original graphic novel so beloved in the first place.

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    56. We Broke Up (2021)

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    Lori (Aya Cash) and Doug (William Jackson Harper) are forced to attend a wedding together just after they decide to call off their long-term relationship. It's a simple premise that allows the film to explore the complexities of a couple who no longer want to be together yet remain drawn to each other. We Broke Up has received mixed reviews from critics so far, but Cash's and Harper's performances have been praised. As the two effortlessly make the jump from television to the big screen, their natural chemistry brings a depth to the fractured relationship between Lori and Doug.

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    57. Weekend at Bernie's (1989)

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    Comedies have relied on nonsensical premises for centuries (just read the absolutely ridiculous plot summary of any Shakespeare comedy for proof), but I would argue none managed to pull off a plot as impossibly dumb as Weekend at Bernie's. Larry Wilson (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard Parker (Jonathan Silverman) are two low-level financial employees who get invited by their CEO, Bernie Lomax (Terry Kiser), to join him for the weekend at his beach house in the Hamptons. But by the time they arrive, they discover Bernie is dead, and the two make the only logical choice: Pretend Bernie is alive by putting sunglasses on him and pretty much hope that nobody notices. It's a one-joke movie that you might assume would get dull almost immediately, but the level of commitment to the one joke ends up working to the movie's advantage. The longer Larry and Richard manage to trick everyone into thinking Bernie is alive with their half-baked planning, the funnier the joke becomes.

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