Hulu is a streaming service that offers a wide variety of foreign dramas and animations as well as Western and Japanese movies, and in this article, we’ve compiled a list of movies that you can watch on Hulu, whether they’re Western, Japanese, or animated movies.
- Best Hulu Movies 2020
- 25: “The Best Offer” (2013)
- 24: “Doctor Dolittle” (1998)
- 23: “Amélie” (2001)
- 22: “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2007)
- 21:”Train To Busan” (2016)
- 20: “50 First Kisses” (2018)
- 19: “Home Alone” (1990)
- 18: “Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura” (2017)
- 17: “Sex and the City” (2008)
- 16: “My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday” (2016)
- 15: “Black Swan” (2010)
- 14: “Shin Godzilla” (2016)
- 13: “Confessions of Murderer” (2017)
- 12: “The Place Beyond Pines” (2013)
- 11: “Sunny” (2012)
- 10: “The Departed” (2006)
- 9: “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006)
- 8: “Hairspray” (2007)
- 7: “Room” (2015)
- 6: “La La Land” (2017)
- 5: “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006)
- 4: “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010)
- 3: “Bahubali: The Beginning” (2015)
- 2: “Sing Street” (2016)
- 1: “The Usual Suspects” (1995)
Best Hulu Movies 2020
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If you want to enjoy foreign dramas and animations, Hulu is the place to go!
Popular drama series such as “The Walking Dead,” “Game of Thrones” and “Supernatural” are now available.
25: “The Best Offer” (2013)
A love mystery directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (New Cinema Paradise) (1989) and starring Jeffrey Rush (Shine) (1997). Italian virtuoso Ennio Morricone has written the music.
Virgil (Jeffrey Rush), an art appraiser, is asked to appraise the art of his deceased parents one day. But the client, Claire (Sylvia Hooks), has not shown up, and Virgil, curious, takes a peek at her in hiding and becomes enthralled by her beauty.
What you might think is a love story with beautiful artworks, however, when you look at it from a different perspective, it’s actually a completely different genre and a riddle to solve. Donald Sutherland of the “Hunger Games” series plays Billy, a painter who is Virgil’s longtime partner.
24: “Doctor Dolittle” (1998)
Based on Hugh Lofting’s children’s book “Dr. Doolittle”, this comedy film features Dr. Doolittle, a doctor who understands the language of animals. Playing Doolittle is Eddie Murphy, a comedian who got his big break in the 1980s.
John Doolittle has a special ability that allows him to talk to animals. One day, when he almost runs over a stray dog, his abilities, which he has forgotten since he was a boy, are reopened. After rescuing an owl with a thorn in its feathers, one animal after another rushed to Dolittle for treatment.
This film resurrects Eddie Murphy, who was briefly at a low point in the 90s. It then became a popular series, with “Doctor Doolittle 2” coming out in 2001. A sequel starring Doolittle’s daughter Maya has also been made in three video films.
23: “Amélie” (2001)
The film “Amélie” became an explosive hit in France. At the time of its release in Japan, the film was distributed as a B-movie, but as a result, it became a huge hit, grossing over 1.6 billion yen at the box office.
Ameli had grown up without communicating with people her age, demonstrating an imaginative but clumsy way of communicating. She finds happiness in making people happy, and she begins to play pranks on them. Ameli also finds someone she loves, but she doesn’t know how to make herself happy…
What makes this film unique is that the story and visuals are thorough in their cuteness, but also have a side that deals with communication failure. It’s a masterpiece that you won’t get tired of no matter how many times you watch it.
22: “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2007)
The film Pan’s Labyrinth, directed and written by Guillermo del Toro, is a dark fantasy about one young girl set in Spain during the civil war.
Ophelia, a young girl whose father died in the civil war, is taken in by her pregnant mother and her remarriage partner, Captain Vidal. After spending some time in solitude and hoping to escape from those days, Ophelia was led by a fairy one day into a labyrinth deep in the forest. In the labyrinth, there is a watchman, Pan, who, as soon as he sees Ophelia, says, “You are the Princess of this magical kingdom. She will have to go through three trials to make sure that she is a princess.
As soon as the film was released, it received worldwide acclaim and won three awards at the 79th Academy Awards, including Best Cinematography. The creatures and settings in the film are inspired by various works, and the bread is apparently modeled after a sheep god from Greek mythology.
21:”Train To Busan” (2016)
When it comes to the first Korean zombie film released in 2016, New Infection Final Express. The film was directed by Yong Sang-ho and starred by Kong Yoo.
The story takes place on KTX, a high-speed train from Seoul to Busan. The protagonist, Sog, who has neglected his family because of his work, decides to go to his ex-wife with his daughter, Soo-an. They then board a train to Pusan, only to discover that the zombie virus-infected passengers are among them. As the zombie virus spreads quickly, Sog and the others struggle to escape.
The film has also received love calls from around the world after it was screened in the Midnight Screening section of the Cannes Film Festival. One of the most iconic examples of this was when studios from all over the world competed to make a remake of the film.
20: “50 First Kisses” (2018)
A romantic comedy directed and written by Fukuda Yuichi, the director of the “Gintama” series, and starring Yamada Takayuki and Nagasawa Masami. A remake of The 50th First Kiss (2004), starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
Daisuke (Yamada Takayuki), who works as a tour guide on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, meets a local woman named Rui (Nagasawa Masami) at a cafe one day. But she had a disability in the aftermath of the accident that reset her memory overnight. Daisuke fell in love with Rui, and every day he kept hitting on her and falling in love with her.
Director Fukuda Yuichi Fukuda, known for his comedies such as the “Yusha Yoshihiko” series, takes on the challenge of a full-fledged love story. The film was all shot on location in Hawaii, where the Hollywood version of the original was set.
19: “Home Alone” (1990)
Home Alone, the first film in the comedy series that became a worldwide hit. The film has earned 3.4 billion dollars in distribution in Japan and is loved by many people. Macaulay Culkin, who also played the main character, was 10 years old at the time of production. He achieved wealth and fame at a young age.
The film is set in a home in Chicago. The McAllister family leaves the boy, Kevin McAllister, behind on a trip. Kevin McAllister was delighted with his life at home, where no one was around, but he was confronted by a pair of thieves who were trying to steal things from his house. And he begins to create various gimmicks…
And since there are five films in the “Home Alone” series, it’s even more fun to watch the others as well.
18: “Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura” (2017)
This fantasy film is based on the manga “Kamakura Monogatari” by Ryohei Nishigishi, directed by Takashi Yamazaki of “Eternal 0” and starring Masato Sakai and Mitsuki Takahata. This is the first time director Yamazaki has made a film adaptation of Ryohei Nishigishi’s work since the “ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street” series.
Masakazu Isshiki (Masato Sakai) is a mystery writer living in Kamakura with his young new wife, Akiko (Mitsuki Takahata). Something other than a person inhabits Kamakura, which surprises Akiko. Masakazu tells her about Kamakura, a place filled with yokai, and tells her that she will soon get used to the strange phenomena…
You can fully enjoy the fantastical visual beauty of this film by director Yamazaki, who has an established reputation for VFX (visual effects). The theme song “You” by Utada Hikaru also adds to the film with a beautiful song that touches the heartstrings of the audience.
17: “Sex and the City” (2008)
The 2008 film Sex and the City is the theatrical version of the U.S. HBO television drama series, and the drama ran for all six seasons from 1998 to 2004. The movie is set four years after the drama, and a sequel to it was released in 2010.
Four women in New York, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Samantha (Kim Cattrall), are thirty-something career women with their own rewarding jobs. It’s a romantic comedy that comically depicts their single lives. In the movie, the story of Carrie’s marriage to Big (Chris North), with whom she had a steely relationship, is brought up.
Sarah Jessica Parker, who has made her popularity immovable in this film, plays the main character, Carrie. The film itself became a huge hit and became a social phenomenon, with the number of women imitating Carrie’s style increasing rapidly.
16: “My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday” (2016)
The film adaptation of Takafumi Nanatsuki’s novel “Boku wa Tomorrows, Yesterday’s date with you” was directed by Takahiro Miki, known for his coming-of-age films such as “Solanin” and “Aoharide”. The film stars Fukushi Souta and Nana Komatsu in the lead roles.
Art college student Takatoshi Nanzan (Takeshi Sota) falls in love at first sight with Fukuju Aimi (Komatsu Nina), a vocational school student he sees on the train to school. Takatoshi managed to talk to her and even arranged a meeting, but for some reason, Aimi was in tears. Even after they start dating, he wonders about Aimi, who bursts into tears every time they do something for the first time, when one day she reveals a surprising secret to him.
Like the original, the film is set in Kyoto and shows the beautiful scenery of the city, including the Eizan Electric Railway, Kyoto City Zoo and Takaragaike Park. It has also become famous as a dating spot because of the locations where the movie is set.
15: “Black Swan” (2010)
Black Swan is a film directed by Darren Aronofsky that was released in 2010.
The main character, Nina, is a member of a prestigious ballet company and has devoted her life to ballet. At one point, although she is a newcomer, she is selected as a candidate for the lead role in Swan Lake.
The main character, the swan queen, must be able to distinguish between the innocent and pure swan and the sensual and evil black swan. The earnest Nina was good as a swan, but couldn’t quite play the opposite black swan well. In order to play the Black Swan, Nina is gradually pushed into a corner.
Natalie Portman, who played Nina, won a number of awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. As the story progresses, the disintegration of the psyche is depicted in a tense and realistic manner.
14: “Shin Godzilla” (2016)
The 2016 release of “Sin Godzilla. The film was made by Hideaki Anno, executive director and screenwriter, and Shinji Higuchi, director and special effects director.
On November 3, a sudden large amount of water vapor in Tokyo Bay caused a tunnel accident on the Tokyo Bay Aqualine. Initially, the government sees this as a natural disaster, but the appearance of a giant creature forces a state of emergency. What will happen to Tokyo…?
The 29th film in the Godzilla series became an unprecedented hit, grossing over 8.2 billion at the box office. In addition, there are features not seen in other films, such as the 328-member cast and the fact that the film is solely funded by Toho Corporation, which is another reason why it has attracted so much attention.
13: “Confessions of Murderer” (2017)
Based on the Korean film Confessions of a Murderer (2012), this socialist suspense film was directed by Irie Yu of Days of Rock and stars Fujiwara Tatsuya and Ito Hideaki. In Japan, the statute of limitations on public prosecutions for murder has been abolished since 2010, and this has been included as an important factor.
The 1995 Tokyo serial murder case had reached the statute of limitations and was in limbo. Twenty-two years later, a man named Masato Sonezaki (Fujiwara Tatsuya) comes forward as the perpetrator of this crime and publishes a confessional note. His flamboyant performances and beautiful appearance made him a man of the times, and his memoirs became best-sellers. Makimura Wataru (Ito Hideaki), the detective in charge of the case, is outraged when he sees it.
It’s a thriller that pulls you in with a startling story that takes you back and forth. One of the major factors is that Tatsuya Fujiwara, who looks gorgeous and doesn’t look his age, is addicted to the role. The original Korean film was an action-suspense film, but the fact that it was remade as a social-suspense film is also highly regarded.
12: “The Place Beyond Pines” (2013)
Derek Cianfrance, director of Blue Valentine (2010), reteams with Ryan Gosling in this climactic drama.
Stunt rider Luke (Ryan Gosling) reunites with his old flame Romina (Eva Mendes) and learns of the birth of his son Jason. Luke, who robbed a bank to support them, and Avery (Bradley Cooper), a police officer, who pursued him and took credit for his exploits, have an affair that will be passed down through time to their sons.
Ryan Gosling in La La Land (2017) looked wildly attractive as a motorcycle stuntman with a tattoo on his arm. Bradley Cooper, who also directed and sang in “Ally/Birth of a Star” (2018), plays Avery, who has a deep connection to Luke.
11: “Sunny” (2012)
The second feature film from Kang Hyun-chul (2010), this Korean film, which drew 7 million viewers in 2011, tells the story of a 40-something housewife who reunites with her high school friends to regain the sparkle of her life, set to hit numbers from the 1970s and 1980s.
Nami (Yoo Ho-jeong), who is blessed with a family and leads a happy life, is reunited with her high school friend Chun-na (Chin Hee-kyung) at the hospital where her mother was hospitalized. With only a few days left to live due to cancer, her wish is to see everyone in her high school buddy group, Sunny, for the last time. Nami decides to gather her people for Chuna.
The main character Nami’s high school days are portrayed by Shim Eun-kyung of “The Newspaper Reporter” (2019). Also in 2018, the film was remade in Japan as SUNNY: Strong Feelings, Strong Love, starring Ryoko Shinohara and directed by Hitoshi Ohne.
10: “The Departed” (2006)
This is a Hollywood remake of the 2002 blockbuster Hong Kong film The Infernal Affair. The film follows the ironic fate of two people, a police officer who infiltrates the mafia and a mafioso who infiltrates the police as a spy. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film features Leonardo DiCaprio as police officer Billy and Matt Damon as mobster Colin.
The southern part of Boston, Massachusetts in the United States was known as “Southie” and was a hotbed for criminal organizations. As the police prepare for the final war with the Irish Mafia, a rookie cop, Billy Costigan, infiltrates the organization. But in fact, the Mafia side had also sent a rookie cop named Colin Sullivan to the police force as a spy.
In “Infernal Affairs,” he portrayed the underworld of Hong Kong with Buddhist notions at its core, but in “Departed,” he changed the setting to the underworld ruled by the Irish Mafia, making it a story unique to the Boston area. The film was critically acclaimed and brought Scorsese his first Academy Award for Best Director.
9: “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006)
It’s the directorial debut of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, two unusual husband-and-wife directors in the film industry, and Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) makes his screenwriting debut with the film. This is a comedy road movie about a family with a reason to travel together in order to make an appearance in a beauty pageant for their granddaughter.
Cheryl Hoover (Toni Collette) is a housewife with a husband, two children, and a brother and six brothers living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When daughter Olive (Abigail Breslin) qualifies for the “Little Miss Sunshine” beauty pageant in California, the entire family boards an old microbus and embarks on an 800-mile journey.
The film was highly praised by critics as well as audiences and grossed over $100 million at the global box office, with Arndt winning Best Screenplay and Alan Arkin, who played his grandfather Edwin, winning Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards.
8: “Hairspray” (2007)
The original “Hairspray” was a 1988 film directed by John Waters. The 2002 stage musical adaptation was remade and made into a film in 2007’s Hairspray. It was directed by Adam Shankman (Step Up), with Nikki Blonsky as the main character, Tracy.
Baltimore in the 1960s. Tracy, who loves to dance, learns that there is an audition for a regular member of the Corny Collins Show, a popular dance TV show she has always wanted to be a part of. However, the producers unilaterally dropped Tracy on the grounds that she was overweight.
John Travolta, who played Tracy’s mother Edna, was well received for playing a large-bodied woman in special makeup. It also features Zac Efron as Link, the billboard star of The Cornyn Collins Show.
7: “Room” (2015)
A film adaptation of Emma Donahue’s novel “The Room,” which was written based on the “Fritzl Incident,” an incarceration case that occurred in Austria in 2008. The film was directed by Irish native Lenny Abrahamson and starred Brie Larson (Captain Marvel).
Five year old Jack lives with his mother in a “room”. We went about our daily lives in a casual way, but in reality, this is a room with no door and no way to go out. One day her mother tells Jack that her name is Joy and that there is a “real world” outside the room.
Based on a shocking true story, the film received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike and was nominated for major film awards around the world. Brie Larson has won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
6: “La La Land” (2017)
A musical love story between Mia, an aspiring Hollywood actress, and Seb, a jazz pianist. Director Damien Chazelle made his name known to the whole world with this critically acclaimed film, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in the lead roles.
Mia continues to audition daily as an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Seb, on the other hand, is a jazz pianist who takes pride in being a real artist. They meet in this city and grow in love while supporting each other’s dreams.
The soundtrack by Justin Hurwitz was also a big hit, and location tours tracing Mia and Cebu’s love story became a craze. The film was nominated for a record 14 Academy Awards and won six, including Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Song and Best Song.
5: “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006)
This film adaptation of Lauren Weisberger’s novel The Devil Wears Prada is directed by David Frankel, who directed Sex and the City, and stars Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.
Andrea (Anne Hathaway), an aspiring journalist, has no interest in fashion at all, but gets a job in the editorial department of a leading fashion magazine, Runway. What’s more, he finds himself working as an assistant to charismatic editor-in-chief Miranda (Meryl Streep), and he’s swayed by her devilish demands.
Andrea’s patience with her demon boss won sympathy from women of her generation, and the film was a huge hit. Patricia Field of “Sex and the City” handled the costumes, and the brand costumes such as Prada worn by Miranda and other cast members also became a big topic of conversation.
4: “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010)
Dean Dubois and Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) have adapted the children’s novel of the same name by Cressida Cowell into a 3D animated film. It’s the story of the friendship between Hiccup the Viking boy and Toothless the dragon.
Hiccup, a boy born into a Viking clan in the North Sea who has been fighting dragons for a long time. Weak Hiccup tries to make a name for himself by slaying the dragon on his own, but he is unable to kill the wounded dragon. He names the dragon Toothless, and they gradually develop a friendship.
The film has become a hugely popular series, with a sequel, Hiccup and the Dragon 2, being produced in 2015, and the third film in the series, Hiccup and the Dragon Adventures in the Holy Land, coming to Japan in 2019. Hick has also grown from a boy to a fine young man.
3: “Bahubali: The Beginning” (2015)
A prequel to the two-part ‘Bahubali’ series, this Indian film tells the love and revenge story of the legendary warrior Bahubali. Directed and written by S. S. Rajamauri, the film has gained international recognition.
Shivudu, a young man who grew up in a peaceful city beneath a huge waterfall. One day, a mask falls from the top of a waterfall, and he sees the woman of his destiny and becomes curious about the world above the waterfall. Shivdu climbs a huge waterfall with tremendous force and meets a woman named Avantika. Shivdu falls in love with her at first sight, but she is a warrior in the kingdom of Kuntala who is trying to rescue the queen Devasena from the captivity of the tyrant Vallaradeva. Shivdu, who came to the Mahishmati kingdom after Avantika, was called “Bahubali” by the people of Mahishmati and found out that he was the son of the former king Bahubali.
The film was the number one film in India’s all-time box office. In Japan, word of mouth ignited the film’s popularity and it was a long-running hit, running for more than six months, and in 2017, the sequel, The Triumphant Return of the King of Bahubali, will be released.
2: “Sing Street” (2016)
Directed and written by John Carney of ONCE (Dublin’s On a Street Corner), this is an Irish music film of youth. Lucy Boynton of “Bohemian Rhapsody” plays the heroine, Rafina.
It’s 1985, and Connor, 14, is living the worst of his life in recession-ridden Dublin when his father loses his job and transfers from private to public Sing Street High School, adding to the crisis of family breakdown. Then one day, we see Rafina, a model, in town. In an effort to turn her around, he asks her to appear in his band’s music video, which he never did before, and ends up forming a band as a result.
A semi-autobiographical film by the former band member and music video director Carney, the film is laced with 1980s British rockers like Duran Duran, The Jam and The Cure. Ferdia Walsh-Peello, who played the main character Connor, is a new actor who was selected from thousands of people in an audition across Ireland that took six months to complete.
1: “The Usual Suspects” (1995)
Christopher McCurry, who wrote the screenplay, won an Academy Award for best screenplay for this enigmatic crime suspense film. Directed by Bryan Singer of the “X-MEN” series. The title “Juvenile Suspects” means “regular suspects” and refers to the five suspects who appear in the story.
One night, dozens of bodies are found on a ship that exploded while anchored in the port of San Pedro, California. It was a mafia drug smuggling ship and was thought to be the result of a struggle, but only one man came out of it unscathed. Upon interrogation by the investigators, the man begins to tell a story from six weeks ago.
Kevin Spacey played Vervall, a man who came back from the dead. Verbal’s recollections move the story forward and we learn that he and five of his companions were committing crimes under the orders of the legendary “Kaiser Soze” gang. But in the end, there’s one hell of an upset! The excellent script is sure to leave you dumbfounded.
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If you can’t make it to the movie theater, it’s a great way to relax and watch your favorite drama series, animations, or movies at home.