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Classic ‘80s and ‘90s Movies Coming to and Leaving Hulu in September

Looking to binge a few bold-colored ‘80s flicks about underdog protagonists? Are you a fan of energized, somewhat melodramatic performances like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator or Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink

Or, are you more of a ‘90s aficionado — with a bias toward gritty realism and glossy fantasies that delve into the risks of technology, existentialism, and private identity? From The Matrix and Pulp Fiction to American Beauty, there was a shared self-awareness throughline that looked as if it would define the ‘90s cinematic zeitgeist. 

If you’re seeking to stream some ‘80s and ‘90s classics, Hulu has you covered this September. Yet, remember to start binging those which might be scheduled to vanish at the top of the month!

‘Se7en’ (1995)  | Coming September 1

The crime mystery Se7en — featuring an all-star ensemble, including Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kevin Spacey — creates a dark and brooding atmosphere to dive into the twisted motives of a serial killer. The film’s use of the seven deadly sins as a thematic framework adds an ethical complex to the suspenseful saga,  and it really works to reflect that classic ‘90s exploration of societal decay and existential crises. 

‘True Lies’ (1994)  | Coming September 1

Who could forget Jamie Lee Curtis’s iconic strip tease in True Lies? The soaking wet, slicked-back hair. Those wild and seductive dance moves in black stilettos. The little displays of hysteria that hint at her inexperience and feigned comfort. It’s cinematic excellence. 

The film perfectly blends action-packed espionage with laugh-out-loud comedy, making it a rewatchable, high-octane Blockbuster from famed director James Cameron. The film also notably highlights family dynamics amidst the protagonist’s double life as a spy — adding a layer of relatability while examining gender roles and work-life balance in domestic relationships. 

‘Die Hard’ (1988)  | Leaving September 30

Is it a Christmas movie? Is it not a Christmas movie? Does it matter? It’s Bruce Willis at his badass finest. We love a lone hero taking over overwhelming odds (as did Eighties cinema). A single cop on a mission to thwart a terrorist organization in an ultra-confined space…we’ll suspend our disbelief and hop on the action-packed ride. Yippee Ki Yay, Mother F*cker. 

‘Father of the Bride’ (1991) | Leaving September 30

A Heartwarming exploration of family dynamics and generational shifts, Father of the Bride perfectly balances sincere, tear-jerking scenes with comedic reprieves. And, with help from an excellent Steve Martin, it seamlessly finds its way into our hearts and nestles there for all eternity. This is such a nostalgic and relatable viewing experience for thus many, because it navigates what it means to let go and embrace the longer term. 

‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ (1997) | Leaving September 30 

The ‘90s went full-fledged with teen horror movies. The Craft, Urban Legend, Scream, Disturbing Behavior, The Faculty. The list is limitless.  I Know What You Did Last Summer is a secret-fueled narrative with heapings of teenage angst working to propel a dark and twisted mystery. Moral crises, accountability, the specter of retribution. It’s got all of the ingredients to maintain you hooked — even whether it is a cheesy, by-the-book slasher. But hey, whenever you placed on a teen-centric ‘90s fright, aren’t you hoping for a little bit of ridiculous melodrama and spoofy sensibility? 

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ (1993) | Leaving September 30

Back to family dynamics. This time, let’s center on the challenges of divorce and place a wonderfully forged Robin Williams within the leading role to make sure the film is just as humorous because it is heartwarming. This father will go to any lengths to remain near his children — he’ll cross-dress as a Nanny with a high-pitched Scottish accent to remain of their lives. He’ll cook. He’ll clean. He’ll make certain homework gets done. And he’ll do all of it with vivacity and charm. Williams gets to do his shtick, and though the film may get overly sentimental at times, Williams knows find out how to get amusing…over and another time at every turn.  

‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ (1985) | Leaving September 30 

A tale of post-college life, St. Elmo’s Fire follows a gaggle of friends as they navigate reality after the protected confines of the tutorial institution. Dilemmas surrounding love, profession, personal identity, and more surge to the surface on this coming-of-age drama. The movie spotlights the ‘80s adolescent’s pursuit of self-discovery as the kids of the silent generation. 

‘Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead’ (1991) | Leaving September 30 

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead centers on a gaggle of youngsters forced to fend for themselves when their babysitter spontaneously passes away. The film is filled to the brim with outlandish hijinks and escapades harking back to the kids-in-control premise akin to Home Alone. The movie mixes humor with relatable situations to tackle themes like personal growth and the exploration of independence. 

‘Wild Things’ (1998) | Leaving September 30

Yet one other provocative journey into deception, manipulation, and intrigue, Wild Things is a twisty-turny web of schemes that emphasizes the ‘90s fascination with scandalous storytelling. Think Cruel Intentions, Basic Instinct, and The Net. 

Themes of wealth, power, hidden agendas, and more come to a boil as unexpected alliances merge on this often-erotic neo-noir thriller chronicling the interactions between a hunky guidance counselor, a wealthy heiress, and a cunning police officer. 

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