The ongoing streaming wars tend to focus on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+, among others. But don’t count out Hulu. It may not be the juggernaut that it used to be, but Hulu can do things that Disney+ can’t. For example, almost any R-rated or non-family-friendly films from Disney Pictures or 20th Century Studios can find a home on Hulu. Movies from outside studios are also cycling in and out every month.
Hulu has a pretty rich and eclectic lineup of flicks for almost anyone. That makes Hulu and Disney+ a pretty impressive 1-2 punch for Disney. But sadly, Hulu can’t hang on to all of its titles. By the 31st of January, several of Hulu’s best feature films will be going away. Don’t worry, you’ve still got time to catch them before they leave. To make things even easier, we’ve already put together a list of the best movies leaving Hulu at the end of January. Stream them while you can!
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There are definite It’s a Wonderful Life vibes from Click, the only Adam Sandler-led movie to ever get an Academy Award nomination. The category was Best Makeup, in case you were wondering. Sandler plays Michael Newman, a workaholic architect married to Donna (Kate Beckinsale), and together they have two children. Michael’s life is changed when Morty (Christopher Walken) gives him a magical remote that lets Michael fast forward through the hard or boring parts of his life. However, Michael is also forced to advance through all of the important moments of his life, at the cost of his family.
Rotten Tomatoes: 34%
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, Sean Astin
Director: Frank Coraci
Runtime: 116 minutes
The Constantine movie isn’t an entirely faithful adaptation of DC’s Hellblazer comic book series. But it’s still pretty good. Keanu Reeves plays John Constantine, a supernaturally gifted man who is dying from lung cancer, condemned to Hell for a prior suicide attempt, and cursed to see half-humans/half-demons for his entire life. Detective Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) approaches John after her twin, Isabel, commits suicide. What they find is a conspiracy between fallen angels and demons that may unleash Hell on Earth.
Rotten Tomatoes: 46%
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton
Director: Francis Lawrence
Runtime: 121 minutes
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Crazy, Stupid, Love is an unusual romantic comedy because the lead character, Cal Weaver (Steve Carell), spends most of his time trying to win back his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), after she cheated on him. Cal also befriends a pickup artist, Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), who helps him regain his confidence. However, Cal is less than thrilled when Jacob begins dating Cal’s daughter, Hannah (Emma Stone). The romantic complications put every relationship in the movie to the test, which forces Cal’s son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), to question whether true love actually exists.
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Stars: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Runtime: 118 minutes
I Heart Huckabees (2003)
I Heart Huckabees is a hard movie to describe, simply because there’s nothing else really quite like it. Frustrated with his life, and by his rivalry with Brad Stand (Jude Law), Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman) hires a pair of existential detectives, Bernard (Dustin Hoffman) and Vivian Jaffe (Lily Tomlin), to help him find the meaning of life. The Jaffes share their theory of universal interconnectivity, while their rival and former student, Caterine Vauban (Isabelle Huppert), quite literally seduces Albert to make him embrace her more nihilistic view of life. Even Brad is forced to question his existence when the things that define him are suddenly stripped away. This quirky story isn’t for everyone, but it is thought-provoking.
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Huppert, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman
Director: David O. Russell
Runtime: 160 minutes
The original Maverick TV series featured James Garner as Bret Maverick, a gambler in the old west who had an occasional heroic streak. While Mel Gibson played Bret in the movie, Garner had a sizable role as Marshal Zane Cooper, and he seemed to greatly enjoy playing off of his successor. Jodie Foster completed the core trio as Annabelle Bransford, a conwoman who was also a gifted gambler. Together, they traveled across a long distance to take part in a high stakes poker game hosted by the Commodore (James Coburn). Maverick has a delightful mixture of action and comedy that’s rarely been replicated. It’s simply a joy to watch, even when you know the outcome.
Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner
Director: Richard Donner[
Runtime: 127 minutes
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
In 1997, it was almost unthinkable for Julia Roberts to play a villain in a romantic comedy. Perhaps the only reason My Best Friend’s Wedding works so well is that Roberts’ Julianne Potter’s actions come out of a place of fear rather than maliciousness. She’s afraid of being alone, especially when she sees her longtime friend, Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney), about to move on and get married to Kimberly Wallace (Cameron Diaz). Julianne befriends Kimberly in the lead up to the wedding while not-so-subtly trying to win Michael’s heart so she can marry him instead.
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett
Director: P.J. Hogan
Runtime: 104 minutes
The Fifth Element (1997)
When The Fifth Element arrived in theaters, it was a breath of fresh air for the sci-fi genre. Director and screenwriter Luc Besson was heavily influenced by French comic books, which brought a unique tone that captured the wonder, the action, and some unexpectedly funny moments. Bruce Willis stars as Korben Dallas, a former Special Forces operative. Korben falls head over heels for Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), the physical embodiment of the fifth element. Leeloo has a mission of galactic importance, and Korben very reluctantly becomes a key part of her quest to save the universe.
Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm
Director: Luc Besson
Runtime: 126 minutes
The Final Girls (2015)
The Final Girls hasn’t found a large following since its release, but it has a deft mixture of comedy and horror with genuinely emotional moments. Taissa Farmiga plays Max Cartwright, the daughter of a Scream Queen actress, Amanda Cartwright (Malin Åkerman), Years ago, Max lost her mother in a car accident. In the present, Amanda and her friends attend a screening of Amanda’s best-known movie, Camp Bloodbath, only to find themselves literally in the film itself. This gives Max a chance to reconnect with Amanda, if they can survive the killer’s rampage.
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Åkerman, Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Runtime: 91 minutes
The Horse Whisperer (1998)
Scarlett Johansson has one of her early film roles in The Horse Whisperer as Grace MacLean, a young girl who is severely injured alongside her horse, Pilgrim, in an accident. As both Grace and Pilgrim struggle to recover, Grace’s mother, Annie MacLean (Kristin Scott Thomas) enlists the help of Tom Booker (Robert Redford), a man with a gift for training horses. As Tom offers guidance for Grace and Pilgrim, he finds himself romantically drawn to Annie. However, their burgeoning relationship is threatened by Annie’s husband, Robert MacLean (Sam Neill), a man who admittedly loves his wife more than she loves him.
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Stars: Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Robert Redford
Runtime: 170 minutes
The Prestige (2006)
Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige was his first film after Batman Begins, and he reunited with Christian Bale and Michael Caine for a story about dueling magicians in 19th century London. Bale plays Alfred “The Professor” Borden, while his rival, Robert “The Great Danton” Angier, was portrayed by Hugh Jackman. Robert hates Alfred because of a tragic accident that claimed the life of his wife. But Robert is also impressed by Alfred’s illusions and he goes to incredible lengths to find a way to outdo his nemesis. David Bowie has a memorable cameo as the inventor Nikola Tesla, a man who may be able to help Robert create “real magic.”
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Christopher Nolan
Runtime: 130 minutes