February 2023 is here, and if you’re looking for some new movies to watch, you’re in luck! Hulu is home to a wide variety of films, from classic favorites to new releases, and we’ve rounded up the top 10 most popular movies on the streaming platform this month.
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
“The Shawshank Redemption” is a 1994 drama film directed by Frank Darabont and based on a short story by Stephen King. The film stars Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne, a successful banker who is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife and her lover.
In prison, Andy befriends fellow inmate Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding (played by Morgan Freeman), who becomes his closest ally. Despite the harsh conditions and brutality of prison life, Andy refuses to be broken and instead focuses on finding a way to regain his freedom. With the help of Red, Andy begins to manipulate the corrupt prison system and eventually succeeds in securing his release.
“The Shawshank Redemption” is a story of hope, friendship, and the power of the human spirit to endure even in the harshest of circumstances. Through the friendship between Andy and Red, the film explores themes of hope, justice, and redemption, and showcases the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
“The Godfather” is a classic 1972 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo. The film stars Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone, the head of a powerful New York Mafia family, who is faced with a series of challenges to his power and his family’s way of life.
The film opens with the wedding of Vito’s daughter, Connie (played by Talia Shire), and follows the Corleone family as they navigate the world of organized crime in New York. When Vito is shot and nearly killed, his youngest son, Michael (played by Al Pacino), takes over the family business and sets out to protect his family and their interests, leading to a series of violent confrontations with rival Mafia families.
“The Godfather” is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, and is known for its iconic performances, its masterful storytelling, and its nuanced exploration of themes of power, loyalty, and family. Through the story of the Corleone family, the film offers a window into the world of organized crime, and provides a thought-provoking commentary on the consequences of power, ambition, and greed.
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger
“The Dark Knight” is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan and based on the DC Comics character Batman. The film stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Heath Ledger as the Joker, and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
The film takes place in Gotham City, where Batman, with the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and district attorney Harvey Dent, is trying to combat the increasing threat posed by the Joker, a criminal mastermind who is wreaking havoc on the city. As the Joker’s crimes become more and more brutal and indiscriminate, Batman finds himself facing his greatest challenge yet, and must navigate a moral gray area in order to stop the Joker and save the city.
“The Dark Knight” is a thrilling and thought-provoking film that explores themes of justice, heroism, and the consequences of power. Through its depiction of Batman and the Joker, the film offers a complex and nuanced portrayal of good and evil, and showcases the incredible performances of its talented cast. With its stunning action sequences, its engaging storyline, and its thought-provoking themes, “The Dark Knight” is widely regarded as one of the best comic book adaptations of all time, and remains a seminal entry in the superhero genre.
John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman
“Pulp Fiction” is a 1994 film directed by Quentin Tarantino, and is widely considered one of the most influential films of the 1990s. The film is known for its nonlinear storyline, which interweaves multiple parallel plotlines into a single narrative. The film features an ensemble cast, including John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, and Tim Roth.
“Pulp Fiction” follows several characters in and around the Los Angeles criminal underworld, including hitmen Vincent Vega (Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Jackson), boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis), and Mia Wallace (Thurman), the wife of a gangster. The film is divided into a series of interconnected vignettes, which follow the characters as they navigate their way through the city’s criminal underworld.
“Pulp Fiction” is famous for its unconventional narrative structure, its sharp dialogue, and its eclectic mix of humor, violence, and social commentary. Through its interwoven plotlines and its unconventional portrayal of crime and violence, the film explores themes of chance, fate, and the consequences of our actions. With its unforgettable characters, its engaging storyline, and its signature style, “Pulp Fiction” remains one of the most innovative and influential films of the modern era, and is widely regarded as a classic of American cinema.
Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci
“Goodfellas” is a 1990 crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and based on the true-life story of Henry Hill, a former Mafia associate. The film stars Ray Liotta as Henry Hill, as well as Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Lorraine Bracco.
The film traces the life of Henry Hill, starting with his childhood in New York and following him through his early years as a petty criminal, his rise through the ranks of the Mafia, and his eventual fall from grace. Along the way, we see Henry’s relationships with a series of colorful characters, including his mentor and surrogate father, Jimmy Conway (De Niro), his hot-headed friend Tommy DeVito (Pesci), and his wife, Karen (Bracco).
“Goodfellas” is a brutal and unflinching look at the criminal underworld, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest crime films of all time. Through its vivid portrayal of life in the Mafia, the film explores themes of loyalty, friendship, and the consequences of power, and showcases the incredible talent of its cast, particularly Ray Liotta, who delivers a powerhouse performance as Henry Hill. With its sharp writing, its intense violence, and its breathtaking cinematography, “Goodfellas” is a film that remains as powerful today as it was upon its initial release, and is a must-see for fans of crime drama and American cinema.
6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen
“The Lord of the Rings” is a film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson and released between 2001 and 2003. The trilogy is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel of the same name, and stars Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, and Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.
The film takes place in Middle-earth, a fantastical world of elves, dwarves, hobbits, and other magical creatures. The story follows the journey of Frodo Baggins, a hobbit who is entrusted with the task of destroying the One Ring, a powerful and evil artifact created by the dark lord Sauron. The ring has the power to control all other rings of power and enslave Middle-earth, and it is up to Frodo and a fellowship of allies, including Gandalf, Aragorn, and others, to take the ring to the fiery depths of Mount Doom and destroy it.
Along the way, the fellowship faces many challenges, including fierce battles, treacherous landscapes, and the machinations of Sauron’s minions. Through their journey, they must confront their own fears and doubts, and discover their own courage and determination.
“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is a breathtaking epic, filled with unforgettable characters, stunning landscapes, and thrilling action. The films are a testament to the power of fantasy and adventure, and are widely regarded as some of the greatest and most successful films of all time. Whether you’re a fan of fantasy, action, or simply great filmmaking, “The Lord of the Rings” is a must-see experience that will stay with you long after the final credits roll.
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
“The Matrix” is a 1999 science fiction action film directed by the Wachowskis and starring Keanu Reeves as Thomas Anderson, aka Neo. The film takes place in a dystopian future where the reality perceived by humanity is actually a simulated reality, known as the Matrix, created by sentient machines to pacify and subdue the human population.
Neo, a computer programmer by day and a hacker by night, is recruited by a mysterious figure named Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) to join the rebellion against the machines. Morpheus believes that Neo is “The One,” a prophesied figure who will bring an end to the Matrix and save humanity. With the help of Morpheus and the warrior Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), Neo must confront the agents of the Matrix, led by the sinister Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), and unlock the secrets of his own reality.
“The Matrix” is a groundbreaking film that explores themes of reality, perception, and the nature of humanity. The film’s innovative visual effects and action sequences have had a profound impact on the film industry, and its impact on popular culture is still felt today. With its thought-provoking storyline, its iconic characters, and its groundbreaking action sequences, “The Matrix” remains one of the most influential science fiction films of all time.
Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
“Jurassic Park” is a 1993 science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Michael Crichton. The film stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, and Samual L. Jackson.
The film takes place on a remote island where a wealthy philanthropist, John Hammond (Attenborough), has created a theme park filled with genetically cloned dinosaurs. When a group of scientists and experts are brought to the island to assess the park’s viability, they soon discover that the dinosaurs have escaped from their enclosures and are roaming freely on the island.
As the group tries to find a way off the island and escape the rampaging dinosaurs, they encounter a variety of dangerous and terrifying creatures, including the massive Tyrannosaurus Rex, the cunning Velociraptors, and the towering Brachiosaurus. Along the way, they must confront the ethical and scientific implications of playing God and bringing long-extinct creatures back to life.
“Jurassic Park” is a thrilling and suspenseful adventure film, with groundbreaking special effects and a thrilling storyline. The film’s awe-inspiring depiction of the dinosaurs, and its exploration of the dangers of playing with science and technology, have made it one of the most beloved and influential films of all time. Whether you’re a fan of action, adventure, or simply great filmmaking, “Jurassic Park” is a film that should not be missed.
9. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn
“The Silence of the Lambs” is a 1991 psychological horror-thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, and Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant but dangerous serial killer.
The film follows Clarice as she is tasked with tracking down a serial killer known as “Buffalo Bill,” who is abducting and killing young women. In order to get inside the mind of the killer, Clarice seeks the help of Dr. Lecter, who is locked up in a high-security prison.
As Clarice works to unravel the mystery of Buffalo Bill’s identity and motives, she finds herself drawn deeper into the twisted mind of Dr. Lecter. With his help, she begins to unravel the killer’s dark secrets and motives, but as she gets closer to the truth, she realizes that she may be putting herself in grave danger.
“The Silence of the Lambs” is a masterful and suspenseful film, with standout performances from Foster and Hopkins. The film’s exploration of the psychology of evil and the relationship between Clarice and Dr. Lecter has made it one of the most acclaimed and revered horror-thriller films of all time. If you’re a fan of suspense, mystery, and psychological horror, “The Silence of the Lambs” is a must-see film that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes
“Schindler’s List” is a 1993 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel “Schindler’s Ark” by Thomas Keneally. The film stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saves the lives of more than a thousand Jewish refugees during the Holocaust.
The film takes place during World War II in Nazi-occupied Poland and follows Schindler as he moves to Krakow to start a new business. At first, Schindler is just interested in making money and takes advantage of the cheap Jewish labor that is readily available, but as he witnesses the horrific conditions of the Krakow Ghetto and the extermination of the Jewish people in the Nazi death camps, he becomes determined to save as many lives as he can.
With the help of his accountant, Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley), Schindler uses his influence and wealth to protect and shelter Jewish refugees, eventually risking his own life and everything he has to ensure their safety.
“Schindler’s List” is a powerful and moving film that tells a story of humanity and courage in the face of incredible evil. With breathtaking cinematography, outstanding performances, and a haunting musical score, “Schindler’s List” is a film that will stay with you long after you’ve seen it. If you’re a fan of historical dramas or simply appreciate great filmmaking, “Schindler’s List” is a film that should not be missed.