Skip to main content

Best movies on Hulu (February 2021)

Best movies on Hulu: Nomadland
(Image credit: Searchlight Pictures / 20th Century Studios)

Celebrate awards season with the best movies on Hulu in February 2021. Hulu is the place to watch Nomadland online, so you can check out the Golden Globe-nominated drama starring Frances McDormand. 

But that's just one of hundreds of movies on Hulu. The streaming service's library is full of great films. With the best movies on Hulu, you won't miss going to theater. What's better than having the cinematic experience 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.

Hulu plans start at just $5.99 per month and you get access to a ton of great shows and movies, library content from FX and next-day airings of current TV shows. Hulu also offers originals including Palm Springs, We Are Freestyle Supreme and Fyre Fraud.View Deal

Best movies on Hulu right now

Nomadland

Streaming now
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.

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Best movies on Hulu: Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

(Image credit: Sophie Giraud)

Streaming now (with Starz add-on)
You don't need to be a cannabis enthusiast to enjoy this tale of friendship. Yes, it might help you laugh even harder, but the preferred substance of Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) is purely a gateway to the tasty steamed hams sold at their not-exactly-local White Castle in Cherry Hill, NJ. Along the way, the two explore and combust ethnic stereotypes, bicker like an old married couple and deal with the worst customer service this side of Clerks. Oh, and they meet Neil Patrick Harris (playing himself, in a career-remaking moment) who is an utter pest.

Babyteeth

Best movies on Hulu: Babyteeth

(Image credit: IFC Films)

Streaming now
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

Best movies on Hulu: The Fight

(Image credit: Magnolia Pictures)

Streaming now
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

Best movies on Hulu: Palm Springs

(Image credit: Hulu)

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. Watch now

The Lodge

Best movies on Hulu: The Lodge

(Image credit: Neon)

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. Watch now

Parasite

Best movies on Hulu: Parasite for Best Picture

(Image credit: Neon)

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. Watch now

Portrait of a Lady on Fire 

Best movies on Hulu: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

(Image credit: Neon)

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? Watch now

The Art of Self-Defense

Best movies on Hulu: the art of self defense

(Image credit: Bleecker Street Media)

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. Watch now

Fighting With My Family

Best movies on Hulu: fighting with my family

(Image credit: MGM Films/WWE Films)

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. Watch now

Sorry to Bother You

Best movies on Hulu: Sorry to Bother You

(Image credit: Annapurna Pictures)

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. Watch now

Booksmart

Best movies on Hulu: Booksmart

(Image credit: Francois Duhamel)

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. Watch now