The Best Classic Movies Streaming on Hulu

July 2024 Hulu Classic Movies Streaming Guide
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Much like Netflix and Max, Hulu is loaded with a robust catalog of classic films from the past. And by past, we mean anything 20 years or older (Yes, it’s crazy to think that movies from 2004 are now seen as classics, but here we are!). From sci-fi essentials like Planet of the Apes and Alien to action-filled blockbusters like True Lies and Independence Day, Hulu offers a wide range of movies from yesteryear. So if you’re in the mood for a sci-fi teen fantasy of the ’80s like Weird Science, or perhaps a laugh-out-loud ’90s comedy like Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Hulu is the perfect streaming destination for those looking to satisfy a nostalgic itch. The following are some of our favorite flicks from the ’60s,’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and early aughts. But check back regularly — movies in Hulu’s library are always coming and going, so we plan to keep this handy dandy retro film guide updated on a monthly basis.



After their ship detects a beacon of unknown origin, the crew of the commercial spacecraft Nostromo are rerouted to a barren planetoid where they encounter a parasitic life form. Unaware of the alien organism’s true life cycle, their voyage home becomes compromised after a deadly stowaway makes a very surprise entrance.  Stream it now



James Cameron directs this high-octane follow-up to Alien that finds Ellen Ripley, the last survivor of the Nostromo, awakening from hyper-sleep 57 years later. After everyone refuses to heed her warning about the alien threat that exists on LV-426, the company loses contact with the colonists stationed there, so Ripley is sent back with a team of space marines to investigate. Stream it now

Alien 3

While it received mostly mixed to negative reviews upon release, this bleak third outing in the Alien saga has gained some appreciation since its 1992 release. Picking up right where Aliens left off, Ripley is ejected from her mothership in an EEV and crash lands on a penal colony populated by religious prisoners. It seems there was also an alien onboard the escape vehicle, and it manages to impregnate a new host. With a stealthy alien now on the loose, Ripley must team up with the motley crew of prisoners and battle the beast in sprawling tunnels without weapons or technology.  Stream it now



After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy (David Moscow) wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult (Tom Hanks). Stream it now

The Cable Guy

In this very dark comedy, a socially awkward and intrusive cable television installer (Jim Carrey) ingratiates himself into a customer’s life (Matthew Broderick), causing increasingly unsettling disruptions in an attempt to forge a friendship. Stream it now

Cast Away

Tom Hanks stars in this Academy Award-nominated drama about an obsessively punctual FedEx executive who is stranded on a remote island for four years after his plane crashes in the Pacific. The role earned Hanks a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars, but he did take home the Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama trophy at the 58th Golden Globe Awards. Stream it now

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

In this laugh-out-loud comedy, a colorful group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain and its owner, the narcissistic White Goodman (Ben Stiller). Stream it now

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Matthew Broderick stars in this beloved ’80s comedy about a high school wise guy named Ferris who is so determined to have a day off from school, that he’s willing to go to extreme lengths to do so. After faking an illness to stay home, the school’s dean isn’t buying it and becomes hell-bent on catching Ferris playing hooky. Stream it now

Hot Shots!

In this spoof of Top Gun, a talented but unstable aviator (Charlie Sheen) must overcome personal demons and ridiculous obstacles to succeed in a critical mission. Stream it now

Independence Day

In this 1996 mega blockbuster directed by Rolland Emmerich, unfriendly alien invaders launch a full-scale attack on Earth, wiping out most of the major cities across the globe. So it’s up to the President of the United States (Bill Pullman), a cocky fighter pilot (Will Smith), a computer whiz (Jeff Goldblum), and a convoy of survivors to devise a plan to fight back. Stream it now

My Cousin Vinny

Joe Pesci stars in this hilarious court drama about a loudmouth Brooklyn lawyer who has never won a case who must come to the aid and defend his teenage cousin (Ralph Macchio) accused of murder in Alabama. Stream it now

Napoleon Dynamite

In this quirky comedy set in a small Idaho town, a gawky teen named Napoleon (Jon Heder) befriends new kid on the block Pedro (Efren Ramirez) — a morose Hispanic who speaks little English. The awkward duo decides to run for class president in hopes to snatch the win from the very mean Summer Wheatley (Haylie Duff). Stream it now

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Directed by the Coen Brothers and loosely based on Homer’s “Odyssey,” this acclaimed comedy drama is about three escaped convicts who go searching for a hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them in the 1930s deep south. Stream it now

Office Space

Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-Head) directed this comedy about three white-collar workers who stand up against their greedy boss and rebel against corporate drudgery. Stream it now

Planet of the Apes

Charlton Heston stars in this seminal sci-fi classic about an astronaut who crash lands on a planet where talking apes rule over mute, subservient humans. The original film sparked four sequels, which are all available on Hulu. Stream it now


In this sci-fi action classic, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Dutch Schaefer, a military specialist who leads a band of commandos on a rescue mission in the jungles of South America. After encountering a batch of strangely mutilated bodies hanging from the trees, they soon discover that they are the target of a stealthy hunter from another world. Stream it now

Predator 2

In this sequel to 1987’s Predator, yet another relentless alien hunter from outer space arrives on Earth to stalk the gang-ridden streets of 1997 Los Angeles, pitting an urban police detective (Danny Glover) against the extraterrestrial menace. The film contains a scene that famously gave birth to the whole “Alien vs. Predator” concept due to a Xenomorph skull that can be seen in the Predator’s trophy case.  Stream it now

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow star in this outrageous comedy about two dim-witted besties who go to great lengths to try to impress their former classmates at their 10-year high school reunion.  Stream it now

Say Anything

Cameron Crowe directed this ’80s rom-com about an eternal optimist (John Cusack) who seeks to capture the heart of an unattainable high school beauty and straight-A student (Diane Court) — and her possessive father doesn’t approve. Stream it now

Shanghai Noon

A bumbling Chinese imperial guard (Jackie Chan) teams up with a good-natured thief (Luke Wilson) to rescue a kidnapped princess from a treacherous royal advisor. Stream it now

St. Elmo’s Fire

If you graduated from college in the ’80s, this film and its soundtrack are probably still deeply meaningful to you. The Brat Pack tosses off their caps and gowns and ventures into the real world — with mixed results — in this 1985 Joel Schumacher offering starring Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, and Mare Winningham. Stream it now



Timothy Hutton, George C. Scott, Sean Penn, and Tom Cruise star in this intense drama about military cadets who take extreme measures to ensure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers. After successfully taking over the campus, they soon find themselves in direct conflict with the U.S. Army. Stream it now

The Omen

In this 1976 classic horror film directed by Richard Donner (Superman), an American ambassador and his wife adopt a baby, Damien, who may be the Antichrist. After a string of mysterious deaths, a priest convinces the ambassador to go on a search for answers regarding his adopted son’s birth, which leads to some terrifying revelations along the way. Stream it now

The Royal Tenenbaums

Wes Anderson directs this acclaimed dramedy about an errant father who tries to reconcile with his eccentric and underachieving family in New York. The star-studded cast includes Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Houston, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Danny Glover. Stream it now


This violent and riveting Western follows a retired Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russel), whose plans to disappear into peaceful obscurity are disrupted by a band of outlaws who come into conflict with his good friend Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer). It all leads up to the legendary showdown at the OK Corral. Stream it now

True Lies

James Cameron wrote and directed this action spectacle about a fearless, globe-trotting secret agent (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) might be having an affair with a used-car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States. Stream it now

Weird Science

Directed by John Hughes (The Breakfast Club), this sci-fi teen fantasy is about two high school nerds who use a computer to generate a living and breathing magic beauty who shows them how to meet girls. Stream it now

Working Girl

Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver star in this must-see workplace comedy about a savvy Wall Street secretary who seizes the opportunity to take her conniving boss’s place and work on an investment deal that would advance her career. But things get hairy when her boss returns from a medical leave and finds out what she’s been up to. Harrison Ford also stars. Stream it now