New Hulu movies: the biggest films to stream in May 2023

If you want to watch the best new Hulu movies, you’re in the right place. This is TechRadar’s ultimate guide to the top new Hulu films to land on the platform in recent months. 

Each week new movies are added to this guide that we think are the best to be added to the Disney-owned streaming service. We’ve listed a range of movies below filled with excellent films, including tense thrillers, heart-breaking dramas, dark comedies, blockbusters and several feel-good films you’ll be able to enjoy with your family. Check back each week to stay ahead of everything new to land on Hulu – or at least everything new that we think is worth watching! 

If you’re not fussed about the freshest movies to land on Hulu but instead want to see every worthwhile movie on the streamer, then take a look at our best Hulu movies list instead. If it’s new films you want from one of the best streaming services around right now, then read on for our new Hulu movie picks.

New Hulu movies: May 2023

The Break-Up

The Break-Up is funny, tense and heart-breaking journey of a couple on the verge of ending things. (Image credit: Universal Pictures)

Release date: May 19

The Break Up is about just that, a couple that decide to end their relationship and the fallout of what that means for their home, their lives, their friendships and the way they communicate afterwards. 

This might sound like a real bummer of a movie, and needless to say you should give it a miss if you’re going through something similar. But we recommend it for everyone else because Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston are relatable as Gary and Brooke and it’s refreshing to see both actors challenge themselves in these roles.

No, it’s not a ground-breaking film by any stretch of the imagination, and there’s plenty of silliness throughout, but there’s a deep emotional tug that’ll stick with you long after the credits start rolling. We think this is a testament to the solid writing, which brings a lot of believable emotional intensity to the screen.

Sliding Doors

A still from the movie Sliding Doors of Gwyneth Paltrow as Helen Quilley and John Hannah as James Hammerton sitting side by side.

Sliding Doors is an alternate timeline movie without a hint of sci-fi. (Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

Release date: May 16

Think popular 90s romcoms and we bet Sliding Doors comes to mind. It’s about a woman called Helen, played by Gwyneth Platrow, who is fired from her job. She goes to catch the train home and misses it. However, the movie then rewinds and shows Helen boarding the train. What follows is a film that alternates between the two different ways her life unfolds afterwards, all thanks to those fateful sliding doors. 

Paltrow might cause controversy with some of her wellness opinions these days, but she is warm and relatable as Helen here. John Hannah stars alongside her as James and it’s a delight to see their romance blossom, well at least in one version of Helen’s life.

Some critics call Sliding Doors a romcom with a neat gimmick. But we like to think of it as a fresh and low-key take on the alternate timelines genre. There’s no hint of time machines or leaps to parallel realities in sight, and yet Sliding Doors treats us to a journey into two very different timelines.

Atonement

A still from the movie Atonement in which Keira Knightley's character Cecilia Tallis is wearing a pale pink dress and looking away from James McAvoy's character Robbie Turner

Keira Knightley and James McAvoy bring stunning, emotional performances to Atonement. (Image credit: Universal Pictures)

Release date: May 1

Based on the 2001 Ian McEwan novel of the same name, Atonement is a war drama that you’ll enjoy if you like the sort of gut-wrenching romance McEwan is famous for (see also On Chesil Beach).

James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Romola Garai, Saoirse Ronan, and Vanessa Redgrave make up an all-star cast, telling the story of Robbie Turner (McAvoy) and Cecilia Tallis (Knightley) who develop an unexpected romance. 

What follows is a sad and deeply reflective story that spans many decades. This is not a fun weekend watch for the family, but it is an unflinching portrayal of war, love and memory that really shows off the talent of the leads, as well as Ronan who plays Cecilia’s younger sister Briony.

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Bottle Rocket

A still from the movie Bottle Rocket in which main characters Dignan, Anthony and Inez stand on a lawn next to a motel.

Luke and Owen Wilson shine in Wes Anderson’s directorial debut Bottle Rocket. (Image credit: Sony Pictures)

Release date: May 1

Wes Anderson might be one of the most popular directors on the planet right now, but everyone starts somewhere and his first movie, Bottle Rocket, is now available to stream on Hulu. It’s about two friends (played by Luke and Owen Wilson) who plan a series of heists that spiral out of control.

Just because this was Anderson’s first movie doesn’t mean it’s not filled with the whimsical humor, charm and deeply compelling dialogue he’s known for. In fact, Bottle Rocket has an authenticity to it that makes it even more enjoyable than some of Anderson’s more recent, flashier, celeb-filled movies.

Beetlejuice

A still from the movie Beetlejuice showing the character Beetlejuice played by Michael Keaton wearing white makeup and black eye makeup.

Michael Keaton gives a fantastically bizarre performance as Beetlejuice, a demon-like character from the Netherworld. (Image credit: Warner Bros)

Release date: May 1

If you’re a fan of Tim Burton’s brand of gothic movies, Beetlejuice is well worth watching – or rewatching if you’ve seen it previously.

It’s part fantasy, part comedy, and part horror, and follows a couple (played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who die and decide to haunt their former home to get rid of the new tenants. However, it turns out not all ghosts are good at haunting, so they hire Beetlejuice (played by Michael Keaton), a bio-exorcist, demon-like character from the Netherworld to bring the scares. 

Beetlejuice has a crazy but super compelling script and surreal visuals that’ll haunt you long after the credits have rolled, with Keaton’s truly wonderful and memorable performance standing out most of all. A true cult classic and well worth your time if you’re yet to take a trip to the Netherworld. 

The Hunger Games Trilogy

A still from the first Hunger Games movie in which Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen and is holding a bow and arrow in a forest.

Jennifer Lawrence plays the courageous Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. (Image credit: Lionsgate)

Release date: May 1

Based on the best-selling books by Suzanne Collins, you’ll find all three The Hunger Games movies on Hulu (i.e. The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2).

All three movies are set in a dystopian future of what was once North America in a nation called Panem. Each year, forces from the Capitol descend on the 12 districts of Panem to choose a boy and girl “tribute” to compete in the titular event, a terrible reality-style show in which all of the kids fight to the death until only one remains. 

Over the course of the trilogy, the power structure of Panem is shaken to its core by Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence), who instigates a much-needed rebellion. It’s a really compelling trilogy that’s somewhat kid-friendly, but also deals with serious themes of subjugation, power, and freedom. 

If you enjoy The Hunger Games trilogy, you’ll be happy to hear that a sequel is on the way in November 2023 called The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

Twilight

A still from the Twilight movie in which Bella and Edward are sat on a cliff next to the forest.

Twilight is a fun, moody movie about vampires, werewolves, and the drama of teenage love. (Image credit: Summit Entertainment)

Release date: May 1

Fantasy romance movie Twilight is about a schoolgirl called Bella (played by Kristen Stewart) who gets an all-consuming crush on the brooding Edward (played by Robert Pattinson). But there’s a catch: he’s a vampire who has to fight off a deep, powerful urge to constantly drink her blood. 

Yes, plenty of people roll their eyes at the premise of this movie. However, its popularity remains undiminished to this day. If you like romance, teen drama, and fantasy, this is a match made in heaven for you. And, even if you don’t, it’s much more fun than you’d expect. It’s cool to look back and watch Stewart and Pattinson – two actors we rate highly – in their first blockbuster movie together, even if the duo want to forget their roles in making it such a compelling watch.

Want to learn more about the The Twilight Movie Saga? Read our guide on how to watch the Twilight movies in order.

New Hulu movies: April 2023

Clock

A still from the Hulu movie Clock in which Ella, played by Dianna Agron is staring off into the distance.

In Clock, Dianna Agron plays Ella, a woman who doesn’t want kids but is tired of disappointing everyone, so takes drastic measures. (Image credit: Digital Studio/Hulu)

Release date: April 28

Clock is a Hulu Original body horror movie about a woman called Ella (played by Dianna Agron) who’s pressured by her friends and family to consider why she doesn’t want kids. She becomes concerned that her biological clock might be broken, so signs up to clinical trials for a new kind of synthetic hormone and psychological therapy treatment from a creepy-looking biotech firm. 

Needless to say, this could be a sensitive subject, and the emotionally torturous scenes and gore mean this is absolutely not for everyone. But, if you like this space where sci-fi meets body horror, and want a fresh perspective on the pressures of being child-free by choice, Clock is well worth a watch – at least from behind a cushion as you try to pre-empt the jump scares.

Flux Gourmet

A still from the movie Flux Gourmet in which Fatma Mohamed stands in front of some food art.

Fatma Mohamed plays eccentric performance artist Elle di Elle in Flux Gourmet. (Image credit: IFC Films)

Release date: April 13

It’s best to describe Flux Gourmet as a dark comedy, which sounds about right from critically-acclaimed British film director and screenwriter Peter Strickland. A satirical look at art and art institutions, its follows a group of performance artists at the Sonic Catering Institute who extract sounds from food – yes, you read that correctly. A journalist is tasked with documenting the life of said performers, all the while experiencing a lot of unpleasant gastrointestinal problems and escalating threats from a rival performance group.

Flux Gourmet is a weird, artsy, and oft-times gross flick, and certainly isn’t one for the whole family. But, if you’re a fan of similar genre fare – The Menu, Delicatessen, and the like – it’s well worth gorging on.

13 Assassins (2010)

The assassins stand together with this swords in a still from 13 Assassins.

13 Assassins is a remake of Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 film of the same name. (Image credit: Artificial Eye)

Release date: April 8

A remake of acclaimed Japanese director Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 movie of the same name, 13 Assassins follows a group of assassins at the end of the Japanese Edo period as they secretly plot the assassination of a violent leader before he can gain even more power. Yes, it’s as simple as that.

If you like action and martial arts movies, you’ll enjoy 13 Assassins, especially if you epic battle sequences are your forte.  13 Assassins’ climatic showdown lasts for around 45 minutes, so you know you’re getting your samurai-based money’s worth with one of these new Hulu movies.

Director Takashi Miike received a great deal of praise for his interpretation of the 13 Assassins story, with many critics saying it’s one of those fairly rare examples where a remake does justice to the original movie while adding a fresh perspective. 

American Psycho

A still from the movie American Psycho in which Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is wearing a suit and looking at an axe.

Christian Bale is phenomenal as killer Patrick Bateman. (Image credit: Lionsgate Films)

Hulu release date: April 1

Bret Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho is a dark and disturbing modern classic story that was fantastically brought to sadistic life in 2000. Like the book it’s based on, this big screen adaptation follows the story of Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale), a New York-based investment banker who also happens to be a serial killer. Go figure.

American Psycho is extremely disturbing at times but, Ellis’ book, it’s stuffed with black comedy and satire. It’s a delight to watch as a whole if you can stomach its grotesque violence. If you can, its cast will thank you for it – leading man Bale is a particular delight, playing Bateman with the perfect balance of charisma and charm in one breath and terrifying detachment and hostility in the next. 

Despicable Me

A still of the minions from Despicable Me all gathered together in a crowd.

The best part of Despicable Me? The minions, of course! (Image credit: Universal Pictures)

Hulu release date: April 1

Few animated movies have had as big a cultural impact as Despicable Me since the turn of the century (that’s mostly down to its crowd-pleasing Minions, truth be told). Unsurprisingly, its arrival on Hulu means we had to include it in our new Hulu movies list.

The animated flick tells the tale of Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), a struggling supervillain who winds up adopting three daughters. His attention is drawn away from bringing them up (potentially as the world’s next big bads) when he learns rival supervillain Vector (Jason Segel) has stolen the Great Pyramid of Giza. Ever the narcissist, Gru sets about planning a heist that’s even bigger and better than his archnemesis – that being, stealing the moon.

Despicable Me is a really enjoyable watch for the whole family with plenty of twists and funny moments to keep everyone entertained. Some elements will grate on older viewers – the Minions have their moments, but there are only so many fart jokes you can take – but, as an overall package, there are few family-friendly flicks on Hulu as good as Illumination’s most notable hit.

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Lincoln

A still from the movie Lincoln in which Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln is sat in the rain.

Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a spellbinding performance as the titular US President. (Image credit: Walt Disney)

Hulu release date: April 1

Lincoln is an autobiographical movie about the final four months of US President Abraham Lincoln’s life, when he was pushing to abolish slavery. Of course, there’s plenty more besides that, but that’s the general gist of this historical drama that wowed audiences upon initial release (and continues to do so today).

You can always rely on Daniel Day-Lewis to bring a mesmerizing amount of power and emotion to every project he’s involved in (or used to be able to, before he retired), and his performance as Lincoln is no exception. Somewhat expectedly, he landed an Academy Award and Golden Globe for this role in 2012.

But it’s not just Day-Lewis’ performance that makes this movie a must-watch. It looks incredible, largely thanks to superstar director Steven Spielberg at the helm. And, as you might expect, the story itself is particularly moving. Lincoln is a heavy and intense watch, but that’s what makes it a a masterpiece of a movie.

New Hulu movies: March 2023 and earlier

Boston Strangler

Loretta and Jean listen to a conversation in Boston Strangler

Boston Strangler is an at-times disturbing watch. (Image credit: 20th Century Studios)

Hulu release date: March 17

This historical crime drama trains its focus on the infamous true story of the Boston Strangler, a 1960s-era serial killer who murdered 13 women. The individual in question was finally apprehended after a lengthy investigation by two female reporters – Loretta McLaughlin (Keira Knightley) and jean Cole (Carrie Coon) finally convinced the authorities to take the case seriously and deliver justice for the affected families.

With its examination of rampant sexism and police inadequacy, Boston Strangler will make some viewers uncomfortable and others angry. It isn’t as gripping a film as you might hope but, with powerhouse performances from Knightley and Coon, it’ll give those of a crime drama disposition something new to be absorbed by. It’s largely historically accurate, too – a rarity for movies of this ilk.

Triangle of Sadness

A still from the movie Triangle of Sadness in which two characters sit on sun loungers in swimwear.

If you like black comedy, then you must see Triangle of Sadness. (Image credit: Lionsgate )

Hulu release date: March 3

Triangle of Sadness, a critically-acclaimed 2022 movie written by Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund, is a satirical dark comedy that’ll appeal to fans who are missing The White Lotus.

It initially follows a couple – a model called Carl (Harris Dickinson), and a model-cum-social media influencer called Yaya (Charlbi Dean), who are invited on a luxury cruise in exchange for social media promotion. They meet a fascinating cast of characters, including fellow guests and members of the crew. However, things take an unexpected sharp turn and the power dynamics subsequently shift in pretty dramatic ways.

Triangle of Sadness, like The White Lotus, takes an introspective look at the cost of being rich and famous in today’s world. It’s satirically unhinged in the best way possible, and regularly blends cringe-inducing moments with an unashamedly satirical take on wealth inequality. It can be a bit too thematically intricate for its own good on occasion, but Östlund and the film’s cast largely make this a worthy inclusion in our new Hulu movies list.

LA Confidential

A still from the movie LA Confidential featuring Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce

LA Confidential is still one of the best crime drama films around. (Image credit: Netflix)

Hulu release date: March 1

LA Confidential is a neo-noir crime drama that put established actors Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce on the map when they were relatively new to Hollywood. It’s set in LA in the 50s and follows three detectives as they try to solve a series of murders that involve corruption high up in the LAPD. As they get deeper into the case, they get tied up in a messy web of deceit and violence. 

LA Confidential is a fantastically gritty crime movie with a stellar cast really shines. It might be over 20 years old at this point, but there are still few crime dramas, especially in the film industry, that can hold a candle to it.

Another Earth

A still from the movie Another Earth in which the main character played by Britt Marling looks out over the sea to see Another Earth

Britt Marling is fantastic in Another Earth, which she co-wrote with Mike Cahill.  (Image credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Hulu release date: March 1

This powerful and poignant sci-fi movie follows a woman called Rhoda (The OA’s Britt Marling), who accidentally causes a fatal car accident. After serving her sentence, she becomes fascinated with a newly-discovered planet that’s identical to Earth. As the two worlds get closer, Rhoda is enticed by the chance for a new beginning. 

Another Earth is a meditative movie, not least for the fact it explores grief and forgiveness in ways other movies simply don’t. Throw in its sci-fi leanings, including its exploration of the possibility of alternate realities, and Another Earth is a new Hulu movie you won’t want to sleep on.

Groundhog Day

A still from the movie Groundhog Day in which Bill Murray is sat in the driving seat of a car with a groundhog on his lap.

Bill Murray shines as self-centered weatherman Phil in Groundhog Day. (Image credit: Columbia Pictures)

Hulu release date: March 1

Groundhog Day is a classic comedy about Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray), a self-centered weatherman who finds himself reliving the same day over and over again. As Phil becomes more and more frustrated and despairing, he is forced to re-evaluate his life and his priorities. 

Groundhog Day is simultaneously heart-breaking and laugh-out-loud funny, and explores themes of self-improvement and empathy. It’s absolutely worth your time, even if you’re not a big Bill Murray fan (although, who isn’t?) and takes pride of place on our new Hulu movies list.

The Departed

A still from The Departed featuring Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson in a movie theater.

It’s no surprise The Departed won so many awards. (Image credit: Warner Bros)

Hulu release date: March 1

Who hasn’t seen The Departed? What do you mean, you haven’t? Rectify this immediately, dear reader.

To break it down for you: The Departed is a hard-hitting crime thriller about two men (played with verve and panache by acclaimed actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon) who work undercover in Boston’s criminal underworld. What follows is an incredibly tense game of cat and mouse as each of them try and figure out the other’s identity. 

To say much more gives its biggest twists and turns away. Put simply, The Departed is a breathtakingly fantastic film and more than deserved the awards it landed upon release.

The Shape of Water

A still from the movie The Shape of Water in which the amphibian creature peaks up from beneath the water.

The Shape of Water won four Academy Awards in 2018. (Image credit: 20th Century Studios)

Hulu release date: March 1

The Shape of Water is an award-winning fantasy drama from the brilliant mind of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. It’s about a woman called Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), a mute janitor who works at a government lab during the Cold War. She gets close to a humanoid amphibian creature (Doug Jones) that’s being held captive and, without spoiling anything, agrees to help break him out of his watery prison.

Like The Departed, saying much more ruins the story The Shape of Water wants to tell, plus the very human themes it examines. There’s a reason it won countless awards upon initial release, though, so it’s absolutely worth your time. Just don’t watch that hyper sexualized scene with your parents…

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