HBO Max: The 27 Greatest Movies You Should Watch

If you’re new to HBO Max or haven’t explored the streaming service in awhile, it’s time to check it out. Start at $10 per monthHBO Max allows you to access all HBO content, even new movies. HBO Max’s movie library changes every day, just like its streaming rivals. 

You can find a list of HBO Max’s most notable originals below. Every week, we keep track of all that is added to HBO Max. HBO Max also offers tons of classics from The Criterion Collection if you are still looking to watch something.

What’s new in this week’s news (Aug. 29-Sept. 4)

Here are the most recent highlights.

Thursday

  • The Divergent film series (2014 – 2016) Sci-fi. Three movie adaptations to Veronica Roth’s Divergent novels.

Friday

  • Elvis (2022). Drama. It’s about Elvis Presley, American musical icon.

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Documentary


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Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain (2021).

Morgan Neville is a documentary filmmaker who made this film about Anthony Bourdain. A beloved author, chef, and television host who travels the globe, Neville has done it. He also directed 2018’s Will You Be My Neighbor! Twenty Feet from Stardom was his Oscar-winning film. The documentary features interviews with Bourdain’s friends, former partners, long-standing colleagues, and other people who know him. It also examines his professional and personal struggles. This two-hour glimpse into Bourdain’s life will be enjoyed by both his fans and those not familiar with him.

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Tony Hawk: Until All The Wheels Go Off (2022).

This HBO documentary demonstrates the incredible tricks of a skateboarder who defies gravity. It’s a time capsule from the 1980s and a Hawk version you probably have never seen. We meet Hawk, the skateboarder who is best known for being a determined, lanky and stubborn child who created his own style. Hawk’s determination is remarkable, as well as the amazing skateboard moves in this film. Enjoy a memorable trip.

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Beanie Mania is an 80-minute look back at the toys’ golden age. I am a regular watcher of pop culture documentaries. Here’s your chance to catch the plushie-fest mania if you missed it last year. “Perhaps the biggest toy craze in history,”Beanie Babies can also be traced back to a group Chicago moms that began collecting the stuffed animals, according to one reporter. The documentary also features the woman that invented Ty tags and added poetry. Want more fun ’90s toys? This document should be displayed. 

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Last Night in Soho (2021).

You long for a great movie night. Last Night In Soho is the latest movie from Edgar Wright (Baby Drivers, Shaun of the Dead). The film opens in the future, with Ellie (Thomasin McKenzie), a fashion-loving girl who sets off for London College of Fashion. She eventually falls asleep and is transported to the 1960s where she meets Sandie Taylor Joy, an aspiring singer. This tale is full of mystery and horror, as well as neon lights. Reserve a seat.

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A new Steven Soderbergh movie? Aka, the great director behind Erin Brockovich and Ocean’s Eleven, and more recently Logan Lucky? This crime thriller takes place in Detroit in 1950s and has many twists, thrills and desperate characters. A group criminals must band together to solve an apparently simple crime. Jon Hamm, Amy Seimetz, and Jon Hamm star alongside Don Cheadle. The plot is complicated and some people won’t be capable of understanding the fish-eye lens cinematography. This crime caper is entertaining and fun because of Soderbergh’s great sense for humor and immersive directions.

Drama


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What can we say? We love the Japanese drama Drive My Car. It was nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awards as best international feature film. It’s also three hours long, so people are watching it all the time. This speaks volumes. Drive My Car is a moving film about losing and letting go. It’s available to stream now, even if you missed the Oscars.

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This story, based on Robert Kolker’s magazine article, is about a scandal at a public school and the student journalists who reported it. It is fascinating from beginning to ending. Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney are outstanding as school officials involved in the scheme. It was also given the 2020 Emmy Award in Outstanding Television Movie. 

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King Richard is a warm, moving and easily viewed biopic that tells the story of the father and tennis legends Venus Williams & Serena Williams. The film takes us back in time to before the sisters were a household name. We see their childhood together in Compton as well as their time playing on the courts at night with Richard Williams (Will Smith). Richard is confident that his daughters will be successful and works tirelessly alongside professional coaches to help them achieve their star potential. Richard is a complex individual with a great personality. His unwavering belief, and support for Venus & Serena are inspiring. 

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Steven Soderbergh directed this tech thriller. The story is set during COVID-19. Angela, a Seattle tech worker played by a neon blue-haired Zoë Kravitz, has agoraphobia, a fear that prevents her from making it past the front door of her apartment. After she hears a disturbing recording in her workplace, she decides to make the leap. Kimi is a chic thriller that features stunning cinematography, solid music and great cinematography. You’ll love Kimi.

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The Last Duel was not a huge success when it debuted in theaters October 10. It’s now available on HBO Max, where audiences can view it from the comfort of their couches as Matt Damon and Adam Driver battle it out. The Last Duel is a historical drama set in the Middle Ages. It was directed by Ridley Scott. It stars Jodie Comer (and Ben Affleck) as an A-list cast. If you find any of these details appealing, and are willing and able to watch the two-anda-half-hour-long runtime fascinating and enjoyable, grab some popcorn. 

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021).

In this biopic about Tammy Faye Bakker, Jessica Chastain is the star. She was the creator of PTL, the highly popular religious broadcasting channel. Her husband Jim also managed it. Chastain’s passionate performance brings Tammy Faye’s magnetic personality to life. With all her bizarre makeup choices, strangely-timed prayers, and bubbling scandals, you’ll be drawn into her world. It’s not known how long The Eyes of Tammy Faye is going to be on HBO, so we recommend booking an evening with Bakker.

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Judas and The Black Messiah (2021).

The Oscars were a huge success with Judas and The Black Messiah. Daniel Kaluuya won best support actor for his performance in Judas. Daniel Kaluuya was also nominated. It was well-deserved. Kaluuya is a skilled actor playing Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Black Panther chapter in Illinois. He is a star alongside Lakeith Stanfield who is an FBI informant sent to infiltrate the party. The biopic is a dramatic portrayal of real-life events from late ’60s. It is both shocking and riveting. This film demands your full attention.

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Vada Cavell (16) must navigate friendships after a shooting at her high school. The Fallout tackles serious issues with realistic dialogue. It also shows compassion for its protagonists. Jenna Ortega plays Vada, and Maddie Ziegler plays Mia Reed. It will keep you watching for the full 90 minutes.

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This little gem can be found on HBO Max. Unpregnant stars Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira, along with a buddy duo, cross states to get an abortion for Veronica Richardson. Yes, it’s about abortion rights. Veronica’s parents refused to allow her to have an abortion. It also fits in the key gear for all movie movies on the road, depicting a beautiful love story between the leads.

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Son of Monarchs, a 90-minute American Mexican drama, will be a rare movie. This character study examines two brothers who are profoundly affected by childhood trauma. The story is magically real and follows their journey in life. Mendel, a biologist, returns home to his hometown, surrounded by majestic monarch butterflies forests.

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The French Dispatch (2021).

Wes Anderson is back with another amazing, bizarre feature. The auteur behind “Moonrise Kingdom” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”He is determined to find a compelling new story or two. The French Dispatch, also known by a “love letter to journalists,”The film shows viewers a series stories that were adapted from a fictional magazine. This original film is now in theaters.

Father of the Bride (2022).

HBO Max’s Father of the Bride is a documentary about a Cuban American family. It follows patriarch Billy, a traditional father who struggles to absorb the surprising news from his oldest child. She has met a man she wants to marry. This is the third film adaptation of Edward Streeter’s 1949 novel, Father of the Bride. It stars Andy Garcia, Gloria Estefan.

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Meryl Streep plays an eccentric writer in a Steven Soderbergh comedy. What more do you need? Read more about Alice Hughes (Streep), a Pulitzer Prize-winning author trying to finish her next book. Gemma Chan, her literary agent, is following her. She boarded a ship along with some of her old friends, who were the inspiration for her best-known works. Tensions are high. It looks amazing — Soderbergh uses natural light that is crisp and natural — and the dialogue is mostly improvised. It’s clear that Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, Lucas Hedges and the rest of the stellar cast had a lot of fun.

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Guy (Ryan Reynolds), an animated action-comedy star is unaware that he is actually living in a videogame. Millie (Jodiecomer), who is a programmer, enters the game to find evidence that a program was stolen. They soon form a team for the mission. Guy must finally come to terms with his dependence on video-games. (Sounds a little Matrixy?) Comparisons These were made.) The movie is fast-paced and fun. Two charismatic actors star in the movie. Grab this movie and show it off.

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8-bit Christmas is a fun comedy set in the 1980s. It tells Jake Doyle’s tale, a 10-year-old boy who longs for a Nintendo. Neil Patrick Harris is the storyteller. He delights in the story as Jake recalls his search for the console. Although there is a Christmas background to the story, Jake’s unyielding dedication to his mission and the lessons he learns along this journey make this a joyful feature that you should watch even after the holidays. 

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This DC film contains a lot of violence, and supervillains who accept a deal with the US government to be released from prison. Their mission is to destroy Project Starfish in Corto Maltese, an alien country. Margot Robbie, IdrisElba, and John Cena make 2021’s The Suicide Squad a hilarious, darkly funny, and entertaining bloodbath unlike what you see in superhero movies. (Peacemaker, a spinoff TV series, is also available via HBO Max.

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Two months later, Robert Pattinson was cast in the role of Batman in theaters. Matt Reeves’ satisfying superhero flick made it to HBO Max. The movie takes place within Gotham City’s perpetually rain-soaked Gotham City. Our bat-channeling protagonist sets out on a quest to find a mysterious murderer with a penchant in riddles. Catwoman, played by a swaggering Zoë Kravitz, gets entwined in the affair when her friend goes missing. This dark mystery is worth a look due to its excellent scene-setting, storytelling, and characterization. 

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Birds of Prey (2020) and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

This R-rated superhero movie explodes in color and the shocking leg injury that Harley Quinn causes. Margot Robbie teamed with director Cathy Yan for this standalone film about the supervillain. Some might be put off by the non-linear plot and loosely gathered anti-heroes, including Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s The Huntress, Jurnee Mollett-Bell’s Black Canary and Rosie Perez’s alcoholic detective Renee Montoya. You’ll enjoy a delicious superhero treat if you let Harley Quinn’s charisma, creative action scenes, and stylish visuals take center stage.

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021).

Aka The Snyder Cut. This one is for Zack Snyder’s fans who fought for a second chance to finish Justice League. Due to personal tragedy, he had to quit. Joss Whedon was hired, but the theatrical version for 2017 was a disaster on both critical and box office levels. A four-hour Snyder director’s cut, featuring a lot of new scenes, some new villains, and a dramatic epilogue, is now available on HBO Max. It’s worth seeing his original vision if you agree with Snyder’s slomo style.

Are you a fan the ’80s That filmmaking style? The sequel to Wonder Woman takes a deep dive into its influences. Either you will be taken back to simpler stories of adventure and heroism, OR you will be frustrated by the slow pace. Gal Gadot plays Diana Prince, who hasn’t lost her heart since Steve Trevor (Chris Pine’s) death. Her work at Smithsonian involves the discovery of an ancient artifact that sets off a world that forces her to make difficult choices. Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, and others are all new to the group. Colorful, lightweight escapism.

Musical drama


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Steven Spielberg’s reimaginings of the classic musical have triumphantly made it onto HBO Max. The film received seven Academy Award nominations. Ariana DeBose was nominated for the best supporting actress award. Young Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) meet at a high school dance and start an illicit love affair. This leads to tensions among rival gangs. The film’s stunning production design and eye-catching musical numbers transport viewers back to 1950s New York. The film’s second half is darker, but Spielberg is at the helm and you’ll be able to absorb it all.

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Heights stars Anthony Ramos, who plays Usnavi, the bodega proprietor trying to keep his business running during a heatwave that hits Washington Heights. Usnavi secretly falls in love with Vanessa (Melissa Barrera), a neighbor whom Usnavi secretly admires. They dream of moving to a different neighborhood and leaving the salon. Usnavi is a Washington Heights resident who loves to share his love, lottery tickets and cafe con Leche. In the Heights is a celebration for culture, wealth and classism. It features choreographed twirls.

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