The best movies leaving Hulu at the end of February
Hulu may be in the shadow of Disney+, but it has also emerged as the streaming choice for adults in Disney households. That's because Disney+ doesn't feature R-rated flicks or anything that veers too far from family-friendly entertainment. Hulu doesn't have the same content restrictions, and it's also able to draw upon the vast library of films from both Disney and 20th Century Studios, as well as an eclectic assortment of movies from other studios.
Unfortunately, though, those borrowed titles can only hang around for so long. At the end of February, several movies will depart for another streaming service. But if you follow our guide for the best movies leaving Hulu at the end of each month, then you'll still be able to catch these amazing films.
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Broken Arrow (1996)
John Woo's second American film wasn't a big hit with the critics, but Broken Arrow is still a very enjoyable action flick.
John Travolta and Christian Slater co-headline the film as Major Vic "Deak" Deakins and Captain Riley Hale, respectively. During a stealth fighter test flight, Deak betrays Riley and steals the plane's nuclear warheads with an ambitious plan to blackmail the U.S. government to prevent their detonation. With Riley framed for Deak's crime, he finds only a single ally: Park ranger Terry Carmichael (Samantha Mathis).
But in the end, only Riley can face off with Deak to prevent a disaster. Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Stars: John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo
Director: John Woo
Runtime: 108 minutes Watch now on Hulu
Con Air (1997)
Action movies don't get more '90s than Con Air, a willfully ludicrous flick that features Nicolas Cage as Cameron Poe.
Years ago, Poe was imprisoned for accidentally killing a man who attacked his family. Upon being granted parole, Poe is put on a prisoner transport plane before his release from custody, and while in the air, he is unwillingly recruited in a plot by Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom (John Malkovich) to hijack the plane alongside several of the country's most dangerous criminals. Most of the inmates don't know that Poe is a good guy at heart, but he places his life on the line to warn the authorities as he attempts to derail the prisoners' plans from within.
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Stars: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi
Director: Simon West
Runtime: 115 minutes Watch now on Hulu
One of the earliest adaptations of a Stephen King novel, and one of the few of his stories that doesn't feature a supernatural threat, Cujo tells the horrific tale of the titular St. Bernard, who slowly succumbs to rabies and becomes a vicious killer.
But let's back up: The usually harmless Cujo is the family dog of the Cambers, who run an auto repair shop on their property. When Donna Trenton (Dee Wallace) and her son, Tad (Danny Pintauro), barely make it to the Cambers' before their Ford Pinto bites the dust, Cujo, who was previously very friendly with Tad and Donna, attacks them, forcing them to take refuge in their car. With Cujo's list of victims growing, and the dog having them pinned down, Donna is forced to fight off the beast before the heat and dehydration kills them first.
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Stars: Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Danny Pintauro
Director: Lewis Teague
Runtime: 93 minutes Watch now on Hulu
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut, is an enigmatic erotic thriller that stars Tom Cruise and his ex-wife Nicole Kidman as a married couple in crisis. Dr.
William "Bill" Harford (Cruise) is shaken by the confession from Alice (Kidman) that she contemplated an affair. Bill soon reunites with his old friend, Nick Nightingale (Todd Field), and learns about a secret society that conducts mysterious rituals. Bill infiltrates the event and discovers a debauched sexual orgy that leaves him disturbed.
Unfortunately for Bill, the society catches him in their midst and seemingly torments him in the aftermath. Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Runtime: 159 minutes Watch now on Hulu
Kiss the Girls (1997)
Kiss the Girls brought novelist James Patterson's Dr.
Alex Cross to the big screen with Morgan Freeman in the leading role. But for Alex, the stakes have never been more personal. His niece, Naomi (Gina Ravera), has been kidnapped by a "collector" of young women who dubs himself "Casanova." Only one of Casanova's victims has escaped: Dr.
Kate McTiernan (Ashley Judd). With Kate's help, Alex desperately searches for the remaining victims. Yet Casanova may be closer to them than either Alex or Kate realize.
Rotten Tomatoes: 31%
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Tony Goldwyn
Director: Gary Fleder
Runtime: 117 minutes Watch now on Hulu
The Last House on the Left (1972)
The Last House on the Left is one of Wes Craven's earliest horror films, and it paved the way for his cinematic career. Sandra Peabody and Lucy Grantham star as Mari Collingwood and Phyllis Stone, two young women who find themselves held captive by the sadistic Krug Stillo (David Hess).
In the aftermath of Krug's cruel rampage, it falls to Mari's parents, Estelle (Eleanor Shaw) and John Collingwood (Richard Towers), to take revenge into their own hands. Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred Lincoln
Director: Wes Craven
Runtime: 84 minutes Watch now on Hulu
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Kenneth Branagh seems to have made it his life's mission to adapt as many of William Shakespeare's plays as humanly possible.
But he's also quite good at it, as demonstrated in his take on Much Ado About Nothing. Kate Beckinsale made her big-screen debut as Hero, a young woman whose marriage to Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard) is derailed by false accusations of infidelity. To avenge Hero's honor, and possibly her life, romantic foils Benedick (Branagh) and Beatrice (Emma Thompson) declare their love for each other and make an alliance.
Denzel Washington also stars as Prince Don Pedro, with Keanu Reeves as his evil half-brother, Don John. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Michael Keaton, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Kate Beckinsale
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Runtime: 110 minutes Watch now on Hulu
Pieces of April (2003)
Katie Holmes headlines Pieces of April as April Burns, an independent young woman who is estranged from her family while living with her boyfriend, Bobby (Derek Luke).
April is so eager to mend fences with her family that she invites her parents, Jim (Oliver Platt) and Joy Burns (Patricia Clarkson), to Thanksgiving dinner with April's younger siblings in tow. However, April and Bobby's plans are derailed by factors beyond their control that threaten to shatter the Burns family once and for all. Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Stars: Katie Holmes, Derek Luke, Sean Hayes, Alison Pill
Director: Peter Hedges
Runtime: 81 minutes
There's not a lot of scientific accuracy to be found in Sunshine, but that's not really the point. Danny Boyle's film is still an effective sci-fi/thriller that stars Cillian Murphy as Robert Capa, the man in command of the Icarus II. With the sun on the verge of dying, Capa and his crew are on a mission to reignite it with a massive bomb.
But they soon discover the long-missing Icarus I, which may allow them to deliver twice the payload. Unfortunately, the increased danger to the ship and its crew imperils humanity's survival -- and not everyone wants the mission to succeed. Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans, Troy Garity
Director: Danny Boyle
Runtime: 107 minutes
Harrison Ford was in peak form in Witness, a post-Star Wars and post-Indiana Jones thriller that cast him as Detective John Book. When a young Amish boy, Samuel Lapp (Lukas Haas), witnesses the murder of an undercover police officer, John takes it upon himself to protect Samuel and his mother, Rachel (Kelly McGillis). A criminal conspiracy within the police department itself forces John to seek shelter among the Amish, and he increasingly feels an attraction toward Rachel and an appreciation for her way of life.
However, the violence that John fled can't be kept at bay forever... Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Stars: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas
Director: Peter Weir
Runtime: 112 minutes Watch now on Hulu