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The best classic movies on Hulu right now (October 2022)

How do you feel about the classics of cinema? It may sound strange, but there are some film lovers whose affection for the medium doesn’t extend beyond the 21st century. Conversely, we suggest that it’s a mistake for anyone to limit themselves to what they’re willing to watch. The films of the 20th century gave us some of the all-time classics and chronicled the rise of movies as we’ve known them. Sadly, Hulu’s lineup of classic films is a bit sparse at the moment. Regardless, there are still some cinematic gems from yesteryear that deserve to be rediscovered by a new generation. To begin your film education, check out our latest picks for the best classic movies on Hulu right now.

We’ve also curated a guide to the best movies on Hulu and the best movies on Netflix if you’re looking for additional recommendations.

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Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Peggy Sue Got Married
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Helen Hunt
Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola
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Not quite as a classic in age as most on this list, Peggy Sue Got Married is as classic as it gets when it comes to fantasy, time-travel, romance comedies. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the story follows the titular Peggy Sue (Kathleen Turner), a middle-aged mom in 1985 whose high-school sweetheart husband (Nicolas Cage) turns out to be not so sweet and the couple has separated. Things get wacky at Peggy Sue’s high school reunion, though, when she passes out on stage and wakes up in 1960 during her senior year and has a chance to do it all over again. Will she make the same mistakes or will she change her future life forever? 

A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)

A Boy Named Charlie Brown
Family, Animation, Comedy
Peter Robbins, Pamelyn Ferdin, Glenn Gilger
Directed by
Bill Melendez
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Charles M. Schultz started producing his beloved Peanuts comic strip in 1950, and this animated musical comedy is the first feature film based on his works. The story is classic Charlie Brown — our forever hard-done-by hero, always convinced that he’s the worst at everything, enters the school spelling bee. When he actually wins, Charlie Brown feels the pressure as he heads to New York City to compete at the nationals. Full of all the characters we know and love, including Snoopy and Woodstock, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, and more, this classic Peanuts cartoon is a must-watch for fans of Schultz’s timeless comics. 

The Princess Bride (1987)

The Princess Bride
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin
Directed by
Rob Reiner
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The Princess Bride has earned its reputation as one of the most beloved films ever made. Cary Elwes stars as Westley, a young man who is hopelessly in love with a woman he can never have: Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright). But when Buttercup is forcefully engaged to be married to Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon), Westley recruits the outlaw, Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), and a gentle giant named Fezzik (Andre the Giant) to help him rescue his true love. Even the framing sequence for the film is great, with Peter Falk as a grandfather who relates the story to his sick grandson (Fred Savage).
The Princess Bride - 30th Anniversary Trailer - In Cinemas Oct 23

Hondo (1953)

John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond
Directed by
John Farrow
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John Wayne made his name in Westerns, and Hondo is one of his best. In the film, Wayne plays Hondo Lane, an army cavalry member who befriends Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page) and her young son, Johnny (Lee Aaker). The local Apache tribe respects Angie and her son, but they give her a deadline to take a husband from their people if her own missing husband does not return. To save Hondo’s life, she tells the Apache that he is her husband. However, the rising tensions between the army and the Apache put Hondo and Angie in a very difficult situation. And there is no way to avoid bloodshed when the two sides converge.

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