From ‘Reefer Madness’ to ‘Her’: 7 Rad Streaming Movies Online that You Can Watch Right Now

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Do you enjoy streaming movies online as much as I do? If so, you’re going to love this post.

I’ve rounded up a few available streaming movies online now that I think stand out from the downloadable pack.

Video streaming service: Hulu

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1. Classic: “Reefer Madness” was released in 1938 as a propaganda film. This classic piece of cinema tells the tale of the terrible things that can happen when young people smoke marijuana. Since its release, it has become a cult classic. The movie is known for its over-the-top acting. This movie is available on Hulu and is free to screen.

2. Documentary: Everyone knows Deepak Chopra is one of the people to research when you’re feeling lost. So, if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed today, give the documentary, “The Happiness Prescription: The Secret to Experiencing a Joyful Life” a try. The film examines how humans can find true happiness. This title is available on Hulu plus and is free with a subscription.

Video streaming service: Amazon Prime (titles are free with subscription)

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3. Comedy: All Buffyheads will appreciate this film. Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” was released in 2013 to a lot of critical praise. This modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic will capture your interest and perhaps turn you on to other tales of the Bard of Avon.

4. Documentary: “The Stories We Tell” is full of twists and turns and tells the story of a family. But as we all know, every family has a lot of stories to tell, and discovering which stories are fact, and which are myth, can be quite difficult.

Streaming video service: Netflix (titles are free with subscription)

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5. Comedy: “Three Men and a Baby” was, quite possibly, one of my favorite films to watch growing up. The 1987 film stars Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson, and follows the men while they learn how to raise — and learn to care for — a baby who mysteriously ends up at their front door.

6. Thriller: “Escape From Tomorrow” is a 2013 movie that was filmed in Disney World — without Disney’s permission. This low-budget movie was filmed in black and white, and follows a a husband/father during a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth as he begins to lose his mind.

Streaming video service: Vudu

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7. Drama/Sci-Fi/Romance: “Her,” a 2014 film directed by Spike Jonze, was lauded as one of the year’s best films. It follows a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who begins to develop an intimate relationship with his operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).

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Abbie Stutzer

Writer, editor, and owner of Ginchy!, a freelance writing and editing company, and home funeral hub. Adores smart sex ed, sustainable ag, spooky history, women's health, feminism, horror, wine, and sci-fi.