The best classic movies on Hulu


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If you’re looking for classic movies on Hulu, you might need to lower your expectations. Hulu doesn’t have as many old movies as Netflix, Amazon Prime, or even YouTube, but the ones it does offer are pretty great. Here are the best classic movies on Hulu when you need a blast from the past.

The best classic movies on Hulu
1) Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes has had serious longevity. In addition to numerous sequels, the recent Andy Serkis-led trilogy has put a clever new spin on the franchise (the less said about the 2001 Tim Burton remake the better). But the original film remains the best in the series by far. The trippy,  Charlton Heston-led sci-fi staple from 1968 became a landmark in the genre as soon as it was released, and it still stands as an innovative and captivating masterpiece today—as cherished as it is lampooned. On top of all that, it ends with one of the best twists in movie history.

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2) Heathers

Heathers is a comedy about school shootings, and while that may be a hard sell, it’s still a great movie. You would think that growing sensitivity and cultural turmoil would’ve made it unwatchable in the years since it came out, but on the contrary, this black comedy works because of its take on today’s hot-button issue. Watching Heathers in the context of our national conversation about bullying actually makes it an even more interesting experience.

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3) Terms of Endearment (* with Showtime add-on)

For those of you who don’t know much about Terms of Endearment, the less said the better. James L. Brooks’ 1983 Oscar-winner follows the relationship between a mother and daughter (Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger), exploring their various struggles with each other and in their personal lives. The movie eventually gets… emotional. You should still watch it, but just know there will be tears. Lots and lots of tears.

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4) Carrie

Brian De Palma went on to make plenty of other iconic films (Scarface, The Untouchables), but 1976’s Carrie may still be his best. For one thing, De Palma’s adaptation of Stephen King’s debut novel has more interesting female characters than pretty much any movie he’s ever made. All of De Palma’s usual hyper-stylization is still here, from split-screen to slow-motion, but Carrie doesn’t let any of that style get in the way of the characters. Sissy Spacek’s performance as Carrie White is an iconic portrait of pent-up teenage sexuality gone awry, and Piper Laurie remains one of the horror genre’s scariest, non-supernatural monsters. Skip the 2013 remake. If you’ve never seen the original Carrie, do yourself a favor and watch this masterpiece about the horrors of high school today.  

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5) The Karate Kid

Cobra Kai. Wax on, wax off. Mr. Miyagi. Catching flies with chopsticks. The Crane kick. If The Karate Kid isn’t the most rewatchable movie of all-time, then the powers that be need to reconsider. Some movies are a product of their time in a way that they can only be properly enjoyed when they came out. Others, like The Karate Kid, are an ambassador of their time. —Eddie Strait

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6) RoboCop (* with Showtime add-on)

Some satires apply only to the time in which they were made while others become more prescient every year. Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop, from 1987, is set in a futuristic Detroit where the city has nearly collapsed (too real), everything is owned by massive corporations (too real), and controlled by a militarized police force (way too real). Peter Weller plays an injured officer that police force brings back from the brink of death to protect the city as a weaponized cyborg. RoboCop has a lot of cheesy effects and some seriously campy moments, but its mix of Frankenstein-like philosophy and politically charged themes ensure it holds up, debatably even better than the 2014 remake.

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7) The Pink Panther Strikes Again

The Pink Panther Strikes Again is the third film in Blake Edwards’ famous comedy franchise, and while it’s definitely not the best in the series, it’s definitely not the worst either (looking at you, Steve Martin remake). This installment finds Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau facing off against the villainous Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) after he escapes from a mental institution. Sellers is obviously the main draw here, though Henry Mancini and Don Black’s original song “Come to Me” was nominated for an Oscar.  

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8) The Furies

As a general rule, classic film lovers should be willing to watch anything with Barbara Stanwyck in it. In this Western from 1950, she plays a fiery heiress who clashes with her difficult cattle-rancher father. When another woman enters his life, their relationship takes a turn for the worse. Director Anthony Mann may be known to subscribers of the Criterion Collection, which this film is currently included in.

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9) The Tall Stranger

Some of the post-Civil War tropes at the heart of The Tall Stranger don’t hold up in 2018. That said, there’s still a lot that works about this 1957 Western following a Northern officer trying to help a group of former Confederate soldiers. Chiefly, there’s the great chemistry between leads Joel McCrea and Virginia Mayo, whom classic movie lovers will likely recognize from titles such as Sullivan’s Travels and Foreign Correspondent, and The Best Years of Our Lives and White Heat, respectively.  

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10) A Man Alone

Most people probably remember Ray Millard from films like Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder, and Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend. What many don’t know is that he was also a director who made several films in the ‘50s and ‘60s including this Western. His first movie behind the camera, A Man Alone also stars Millard as a gunfighter forced to go into hiding when he is accused of taking down a stagecoach.

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.

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