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When you run out of TV shows to binge on, check out these great movies on Hulu

The streaming wars seem destined to rage on forever, which is great news for cinephiles eager to expand their horizons. Hulu, once merely an upstart among a swath of veteran broadcasters, now features a particularly robust library of films to choose from. As with any catalog, Sturgeon’s law still applies, and it might seem difficult to find the real gems housed within Hulu’s massive library. That said, our strictly curated list is a one-stop guide to the best, smartest, and most intriguing films currently streaming on the landmark service. Eat your heart out, Netflix.

NOTE: Hulu’s list of available media is dependent upon which country you’re trying to watch from. This is strictly a list of the best Hulu movies available in the U.S.

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American Psycho

Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, Mary Harron’s American Psycho examines the decadence of modern consumer culture through the lens of Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), a New York investment banker whose lifestyle and, indeed, his very identity, are constructed to project superiority. Bateman and his colleagues, all similar in appearance and attitude, are constantly trying to one up each other through their suits, the restaurants they can get into, and even the aesthetics of their business cards. The vapid gamesmanship takes its toll on Bateman, who periodically erupts into murderous rages. Although it may sound like a horror movie (and in many ways it is), American Psycho is a comedy more than anything else, satirizing the soulless preening of its affluent subjects. Bale delivers one of the greatest performances of his career, alternating frequently between psychopathic emptiness and childlike glee.

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The Seventh Seal

Returning from the crusades to a Europe devastated by plague, weary knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) encounters Death (Bengt Ekerot). Not ready to die, the knight challenges Death to a game of chess, with the prize being his life. So begins Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, a film whose stark imagery and existential angst have made it one of the defining films of the 20th century. Wandering the countryside, Block and his squire (Gunnar Björnstrand) encounter various people struggling and surviving, all the while Block carries on his game with Death, with whom he discusses the cruelty of the world and the silence of God. The Seventh Seal is a heavily allegorical film, its sparse narrative arc serving as a platform for existential questions. Gorgeously shot in black and white, it contains some of the most poignant images in cinema, and is perfectly suited for the poetic undertones of the film.

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The Secret of NIMH

Through a career spanning the 1980s and ’90s, Don Bluth spearheaded a renaissance in American animation that produced classic films like An American Tail and The Land Before Time. Bluth’s ascendance began in 1982 with his first directorial project, The Secret of NIMH. The film follows Mrs. Brisby, a widowed field mouse who must save her family when Farmer Fitzgibbons decides to plow the fields early. On the advice of the Great Owl, a wise and ancient creature, Mrs. Frisby seeks out the rats of NIMH, who have survived by adopting human technology. The film tells a surprisingly mature story, with a large cast of well-rounded characters. In a time when Western animation has largely moved to CGI, the immensely detailed, hand-drawn animation of The Secret of NIMH looks all the more stunning.

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Leaving Las Vegas

Las Vegas is the right place to find many things, but love does not seem like one of them. Yet, love — or something like it — is exactly what the leads in Leaving Las Vegas find. The film opens with alcoholic screenwriter Ben Sanderson (Nicolas Cage) heading to Las Vegas after losing his job and family. Intent on drowning himself in the bottle, Ben finds a second wind when he meets Sera (Elisabeth Shue), a prostitute working for an abusive pimp. Ben and Sera form an uneasy partnership, each appreciating the other’s humanity while trying to overlook their problems. Leaving Las Vegas is a tragic film, its central lovers unwilling as they are to change their lives, but it never wallows in judgment or pity. Instead, it simply explores how two people try to enjoy the view from rock-bottom.

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Solaris

Based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris is a somber meditation on death, grief, and what it means to be human, set against the backdrop of a bizarre sci-fi scenario. When the crew of a research vessel orbiting the ocean planet Solaris begin to send strange messages back to Earth, psychologist Kris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis) is assigned to aid them. Arriving on the station, he finds some of the crew have killed themselves and the others are crazed. Kelvin himself is soon visited by his deceased wife, who has no idea how she got on the station. The situation only gets more bizarre from there. Set in a sterile, claustrophobic environment, Solaris is an expertly crafted, cerebral film from one of cinema’s greatest visionaries.

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