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The Best River Movies and TV Shows on Hoopla

Finding a good River movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best River movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Hoopla.

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1. Piranha

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5.9/10
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65/100
Released: 1978Rated: R
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, fuboTV, Shudder & 3 others) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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2. The Help

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8.0/10
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83/100
Released: 2011Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's struggles with money and her desperate need for jobs; and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating college to find out her childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared. These three stories intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around "the help"; yet they are always kept at a certain distance because of racial lines.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Peacock), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. The Little Mermaid

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4.3/10
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55/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG
Romance, Fantasy

What it's about: A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be the real little mermaid.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, Showtime & Hoopla), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. The Lost City of Z

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6.6/10
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74/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A true-life drama in the 1920s, centering on British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, who discovered evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization in the Amazon and disappeared whilst searching for it.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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5. The Host

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7.1/10
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78/100
Released: 2006Rated: R
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Following the dumping of gallons of toxic waste in the river, a giant mutated squid-like appears and begins attacking the populace. Gang-du's daughter Hyun-seo is snatched up by the creature; with his family to assist him, he sets off to find her.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 2 others), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu, fuboTV & 2 others) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. Operation Mekong

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58/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Thriller, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Chinese narco-cops take their mission to the Golden Triangle following the Mekong River massacre of innocent fishermen by the region's drug lord.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Hiyah) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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7. Black Water

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5.9/10
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60/100
Released: 2007Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Plex), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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8. Steamboat Bill, Jr.

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7.9/10
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66/100
Released: 1928
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: The just out of college effete son of a no-nonsense steamboat captain comes to visit his father whom he's not seen since he was little.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix, Hoopla & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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9. My Dog Skip

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62/100
Released: 2000Rated: PG
Family, Drama

What it's about: A shy boy is unable to make friends in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1942, until his parents give him a terrier puppy for his ninth birthday. The dog, which he names Skip, becomes well known and loved throughout the community and enriches the life of the boy, Willie, as he grows into manhood. Based on the best-selling Mississippi memoir by the late Willie Morris.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. Summer Days with Coo

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Released: 2007Rated: G
Drama, Animation

What it's about: A small, lone Kappa miraculously survives over 200 years into modern day Japan, when he is found by young Koichi. Coo, who is secretly adopted by Koichi's family, searches with his new human friend for unpopulated places in hopes of finding any remaining of his kind.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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11. Take Me to the River

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48/100
Released: 2015
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A naive California teen plans to remain above the fray at his Nebraskan family reunion, but a strange encounter places him at the center of a long-buried family secret.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Philo, Hoopla, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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12. Pride

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46/100
Released: 2004
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The story of Suki, a lioness cub, who rebels against her mother and her Pride to mate with an unsuitable lion from the other side of the river.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV) & stream on a subscription service (Hoopla).

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13. The Sound and the Fury

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Released: 2015Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: A look at the trials and tribulations of The Compson siblings, living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th century.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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14. House by the River

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Released: 1950
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Louis Hayward stars as a wealthy man who tries to seduce the family maid. She resists, and he kills her. Long jealous of his brother Lee Bowman, Hayward does his best to pin the blame for the murder on his sibling. Also affected by Hayward's arrogant dementia is his long-suffering wife Jane Wyatt. Originally, director Lang had proposed that the unfortunate maid be a black woman, but was over ruled

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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15. Cold Moon

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50/100
Released: 2016
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: Cold Moon takes place in tiny Babylon, Fla., where the granddaughter of Clark’s character is murdered by a mysterious assailant, her body sunk into the black waters of the Styx River — the river where her parents disappeared from their boat a decade earlier. Suspicion falls on a duplicitous banker and his wealthy father, played by Stewart and Lloyd.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Vudu & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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16. Frankie and Johnny

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Released: 1966Rated: G
Comedy

What it's about: Johnny is a riverboat entertainer with a big gambling problem. After a fortune-teller tells Johnny how he can change his luck, the appearance of a new 'lady luck' soon causes a cat fight with Johnny's girlfriend, Frankie.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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17. Remember the Sultana

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43/100
Released: 2018
Documentary, History

What it's about: Over 2000 Union soldiers, passengers and crew were crammed aboard the steamboat Sultana, licensed to carry 376. Graft, greed, overcrowding, a poorly maintained boat, and the Mississippi River was swollen with spring snowmelt conspired together to create a disaster. On April 27, 1865, the boat’s boilers exploded, causing the worst maritime disaster in US history.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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18. The River and the Wall

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41/100
Released: 2019
Documentary, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Five friends embark on a 1,200 mile journey along the US-Mexico border from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico to learn first hand what effect a border wall will have on the natural landscape and the wild animals roaming the land.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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19. Alien Contact: The Pascagoula UFO Encounter

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40/100
Released: 2020
Animation, Documentary

What it's about: A retrospective on the events in this small town

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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