Best movies on Hulu (September 2021)

The best movies on Hulu in September 2021 bring the cinematic experience right into your living room. Hulu’s library is stocked with great films, including Vacation Friends, Taken and Summer of Soul. 

With the best movies on Hulu, you won’t miss going to theater. What’s better than watching amazing films from the comfort of your couch?

Hulu is one of the best streaming services thanks to an impressive vault of award-winning originals, complete runs of popular TV shows and classic and recent film hits. There’s truly something for everyone. 

There’s so many movies on Hulu that it’s almost impossible to scroll through them all. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best movies on Hulu to help you find something great to watch. We’ve also highlighted new movies arriving on Hulu this month, as well as the titles that are leaving the service.

And if you’re looking for more of an episodic binge, check out our list of the best shows on Hulu.

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Best movies on Hulu right now

Vacation Friends

The surprise hit Vacation Friends features a lot of crazy, drug-addled partying but at the end, it’s all about loyalty. Marcus (Lil Rel Howery) is an straight-laced type-A construction manager who’s planned the perfect proposal to girlfriend Emily (Yvonne Orji) during a trip to Mexico. However, their room is flooded, no thanks to the overflowing hot tub of Ron (John Cena) and Kyla (Meredith Hagner). After the apologetic couple offer to host Marcus and Emily in their suite, the foursome embark on a week of drinking, drugs and wild escapades. What happens in Mexico stays there, right? Nope! Months later, during their wedding weekend, Marcus and Emily receive the unpleasant shock of seeing their new “besties” crash the festivities.


Liam Neeson on the phone in Taken

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The Liam Neeson action-dad movie genre began with Taken in 2008. The thriller introduced Neeson as former Green Beret and CIA officer Bryan Mills, who gives a memorable speech about his “very particular set of skills” — the kind that make him a nightmare for the human traffickers who kidnapped his daughter. The film made an unlikely action star out of Neeson and was such a success, it spawn two sequels and a short-lived television series. Now that really does take some skill. — Kelly Woo

The Social Network

Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg star in The Social Network

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Jesse Eisenberg was already a star, but The Social Network was the role of a lifetime, as they don’t quite make ’em quite like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The film, expertly scored by Trent Reznor and Atticus Finch, is another masterpiece from director David Fincher, as it slightly humanizes one of the most robotic men in Silicon Valley. Zuck doesn’t become the hero by the end at any means, but he does seem truly tragic, as an emotionally stuttering boy trying to prove he belongs when it’s clear that he doesn’t.  — Henry T. Casey

Summer of Soul

Sly Stone performs in Summer of Soul

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It’s the revolution that was not televised. Summer of Soul, the documentary from Questlove in his directorial debut, takes place in 1969 during the Harlem Cultural Festival — which was overshadowed by that year’s other music event, Woodstock. The doc weaves together 40 hours of never-before-seen live footage of performers including Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, B.B. King, Ray Barretto, Nina Simone and Sly & The Family Stone. It was an electric, thrilling moment, one born of grief (Martin Luther King Jr. was shot the year before) and celebration of the diversity, artistry and beauty of Black culture. This festival is long overdue to get even a smidgen recognition that the other one received, but at least now we can enjoy a Summer of Soul. — Kelly Woo


Anne Hathaway stars in Colossal

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Audiences of besieged cities always ask “how do we stop that monster attacking us!?” and never “how can we help that monster attacking us!?” But Colossal is not your average kaiju action movie. Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a quasi-functional alcoholic in New England, who slowly realizes that her weird evenings are connected to a giant monster terrorizing Seoul. And once her friends figure out the issue, they all try and work together to put an end to this bizarre chaos. — Henry T. Casey

WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn 

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If you’ve never worked for a self-absorbed wanna-be guru that claims he’s going to change the world, count your blessings … and hit play on the WeWork documentary. This film has remarkable access to Adam Neumann, the incredibly peculiar man at the center of the business that thought it was more than just an office rental program. From WeWork’s over-the-top company trips to Neumann’s stammering attempts to put together a commercial, the WeWork documentary is an amazing snapshot of this current era of startups that grow too fast.  — Henry T. Casey

Another Round

Mads Mikkelsen drinks out of a bottle in front of a crowd in Another Round

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Cheers to this extremely likable dramedy from Danish auteur Thomas Vinterberg, which stars Mads Mikkelsen as a teacher who engages in an experiment with continuous day drinking. You see, his friend/colleague theorizes that having a blood alcohol level of 0.05 makes him more creative and relaxed. So, Martin and a few other pals decide to try it out under a set of rules. And at first, it really does seem to work — they feel like they are better teachers, husbands, fathers. But when does social drinking turn into alcoholism? And can a constant buzz really fix your life?


Frances McDormand stars in Nomadland

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Chloe Zhao’s gorgeous portrait of itinerant American life is a top Oscar contender for a reason. Frances McDormand’s fearless performance centers the film, but the ensemble cast members — actual nomads who were featured in journalist Jessica Bruder’s book — will steal your hearts. The movie follows Fern, an out-of-work widow who packs up her life and starts living out of her van. She travels through the West, finding gig jobs at Amazon fulfillment centers and campgrounds to earn money. Along the way, she meets and befriends other nomads, all doing what they can live on their own terms.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Andra Day sings in The United States vs. Billie Holiday

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Andra Day breaks out with a magnetic performance as the legendary jazz singer that earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The story follows Billie as most knew her: a tremendous performer. But it also shows her as a drug addict targeted by federal narcotics agents. As Billie struggles with fame and her heroin problem, she also unknowingly falls for an undercover agent (Trevante Rhodes). The outcome may be tragic but Billie’s brilliance and artistry shine through even the darkest moments. 


Eliza Scanlen stars in Babyteeth

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This heartfelt coming-of-age tale falls into the “sick teenager falls in love” genre, but is bursting with so much quirky charm and unpredictable wit that it feels fresher than its predecessors. Milla (Eliza Scanlen) is dealing with a serious illness when she falls for smalltime drug dealer Moses (Toby Wallace). That’s her parents’ worst nightmare, but he makes her happy. Her new zest for love and life inspires everyone around her. Sometimes, it takes a bad boy to bring out the best in someone.

The Fight

Lawyer Dale Ho stands in front of the Supreme Court in The Fight

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This earnest, energetic documentary follows a scrappy team of ACLU lawyers working against the policies of President Donald Trump and his administration. They take on four cases: the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border; abortion rights for illegal immigrants; discrimination against transgender persons in the military; and a proposed citizenship question in the U.S. Census. The doc isn’t just cut-and-dry courtroom scenes, but rather a portrait of the very real humans involved in the cases. 

Palm Springs

Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg sit on floats in a pool in Palm Springs

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If Groundhog’s Day had put both Bill Murray and Andie Macdowell through reliving the same day over and over again, you’d get Palm Springs. The romantic comedy stars Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti as a pair of wedding guests who find themselves waking up on the same morning — seemingly an infinite number of times. Unable to escape the venue or each other, they start to engage in increasingly outlandish behavior. Having seen Groundhog’s Day, we have a feeling about where this is all going, but Samberg and Milioti look like they have such great chemistry, we don’t care if it the story is somewhat predictable. If you’re looking for what’s good on Hulu, this film manages to hit a bunch of highs without becoming as predictable as the repetitive days these two are stuck in. As an exclusive for the service, Palm Springs isn’t just one of the best movies on Hulu, it’s a major reason to give Hulu a chance. 

The Lodge

A person's back is visible while standing in front of a window in The Lodge

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Family vacations have never been this bad. 2019 horror movie The Lodge (one of the best movies on Hulu right now) sees a family that’s still in mourning go upstate around the holidays, and while dad’s got plans to propose to his girlfriend Grace, his kids are still blaming her and him for their mother’s death. Things get supernatural quickly, as the kids have dug into Grace’s troubled past, as she was raised in a cult where everyone (but her) died. The film delves into gaslighting and cabin fever, so while it might be a little on the nose for some, others will enjoy its spooky insanity. For fans of Hereditary and Midsommar, The Lodge does well-shot suspense well, with minimal jump scares and focuses on personal trauma. 


Choi Woo-shik, Song Kang-ho, Jang Hye-jin as Chun and Park So-dam in Parasite

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The surprise Best Picture Oscar winner — to everyone’s delight — comes from genius Korean director Bong Joon-Ho (now an Oscar winner himself). The film defies categorization; it’s a mix of thriller, horror, comedy and melodrama. It is a taut, intricately-plotted tale full of twists and turns, and on top of that, is an affecting allegory about the rich and the poor and how we’re all connected as human beings in the end. Parasite’s excellent cast didn’t get the Oscar love they should’ve but they did get both a standing ovation and the Best Ensemble prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The appreciation for this movie runs wide and deep, and if you haven’t seen it yet, now’s your chance to join the fan club, as even the Academy agrees: it’s one of the best movies on Hulu. 

Portrait of a Lady on Fire 

Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant star in Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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This captivating, moving, passionate love story has as many layers as the paintings made by young artist Marianne (Noémie Merlant) of her subject, Héloïse (Adèle Haenel). At the end of the 18th century, Marianne is commissioned by Héloïse’s mother to paint a portrait of her daughter, to send to her prospective husband in Milan. Héloïse refuses to be painted, because she doesn’t want to get married. Marianne slowly earns Héloïse’s trust and the two form a deep bond that turns romantic. But as Marianne gets close to finishing the portrait, what does the future hold for the couple?

The Art of Self-Defense

The cast of The art of self defense

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Jesse Eisenberg plays to type in The Art of Self-Defense, bringing the taut social anxiety we saw in his portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network to a local dojo. After he’s beaten up by strangers on his walk home, Casey (Eisenberg) is seduced into the worst version of Fight Club ever: an underground fraternity of violence run by Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), who promises him the confidence and alpha mentality he lacks. Of course, Casey can’t even get that right, and when he brings this new persona to his day job, he’s soon out on his butt. Casey then goes to work for Sensei, and learns how creepy and weird this almost-cult gets.

Fighting With My Family

Florence Pugh stars in fighting with my family

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Fighting With My Family’s story may sound implausible, but it’s pulled straight from relaity. Florence Pugh (Midsommar, Little Women) stars as Paige, an aspiring pro wrestler, who was raised by retired grapplers running a ramshackle production in the U.K.. While Paige’s journey to work for WWE eventually leads to bright lights and meeting Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (who produced the film), her brother Zak, who also wants to wrestle, has a tougher story, as WWE’s talent scout (played by Vince Vaughn) doesn’t see superstardom in his future. Jack Lowden thrives on screen as Zak, and truly adds to the film, which is surprisingly great for being associated with WWE Films, due in no small part to the work of director Stephen Merchant.

Sorry to Bother You

Lakeith Stanfield wears a headset in Sorry to Bother You

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Sorry to Bother You has a solid premise: Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) works as a telemarketer for a company called RegalView. The only trouble is that he can’t make any sales — until he discovers that he can use a “white voice” (David Cross, of course) to engender trust in his middle-class customers. But as the movie progresses, it turns out that RegalView is in bed with some very, very weird companies. From there, Green enters a world of drugs, genetic engineering and voluntary-ish indentured servitude, and even the best-laid plans to get the world back to normal might not go far enough.


Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein in Booksmart

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Olivia Wilde’s coming-of-age comedy is as funny as it is whip-smart. And it’s got a ton of heart. Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever star as two high school seniors on the cusp of graduating. The best friends decide to let loose for one night and attend a big party with their classmates, but things go comically awry and many hijinks ensue. 



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