HBO Max launched in 2020 as the digital hub for all of HBO's exclusive content. It features a rotating lineup of hundreds of television series and movies from Warner Bros., DC, Studio Ghibli, and more. HBO Max will also launch brand new films from WarnerMedia in 2021 without waiting for them to play in theaters first. Here are the best movies on HBO Max right now, from new drama and comedy films to the best in action franchises and classic films.
Popular Movies on HBO Max
WarnerMedia announced at the end of 2020 that it would be releasing its entire slate of blockbusters in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously in 2021. In addition to those blockbuster releases, HBO Max boasts a rotating lineup of fan-favorite films, which are refreshed regularly. With that in mind, here are the best new releases and additions on HBO Max right now.
The latest film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma stars Anya Taylor-Joy as the titular matchmaker, whose meddling in the love lives of those around her may cause more problems than solutions.
In the Heights (2021)
Hitting theaters and HBO Max on June 11, Jon Chu's film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights musical follows bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos) regarding the changes occurring within his neighborhood, New York City's Washington Heights.
Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)
Those Who Wish Me Dead stars Angelina Jolie as a smokejumper who is still grieving the loss of three lives she failed to save from a fire when she encounters a struggling 12-year-old boy who has nowhere else to turn. The film is streaming through June 13.
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)
Based on the 1850 Victorian-era novel by Charles Dickens, The Personal History of David Copperfield stars Oscar nominee Dev Patel as the titular character and tells a revisionist history of his upbringing. The film also stars Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Laurie, and Ben Whishaw.
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
Back on HBO Max after a brief hiatus, Wonder Woman 1984 finds Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) grieving the loss of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) while attempting to keep a low profile as an artifacts curator for the Smithsonian. Things take an unexpected turn when an ancient artifact gives superhuman strength to the greedy Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and a new rival named Cheetah (Kristen Wiig).
Best action films
HBO Max is also the place to go for action-packed movies full of adventure that has been licensed for streaming. Whether suspenseful, fast-action flicks or sci-fi thrillers are your thing, here are the top action movies and franchises on HBO Max to watch before they're gone.
Get amped for the upcoming Aquaman 2 by rewatching 2018's Aquaman. The film follows Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry as he sets off on a mission to retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and save both the underwater city of Atlantis and the surface world — from his power-hungry brother (Patrick Wilson). The film also stars Amber Heard and Willem Dafoe.
The Blade franchise stars Wesley Snipes as the titular vampire hunter, who sets out on a dangerous mission to avenge his mother's death at the hands of ruthless bloodsuckers. The three-part story unfolds in 1999's Blade, 2002's Blade II and 2004's Blade: Trinity.
2 Fast 2 Furious (2001)
Get prepared for the upcoming release of F9 by revisiting a fan-favorite installment in the franchise, 2 Fast 2 Furious. A standalone sequel to 2001's The Fast and the Furious, the second installment introduces fans to Tej Parker (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges), Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes), and Suki (Devin Aoki) to La Familia.
While Denis Villeneuve's remake of Dune is set to hit HBO Max and theaters in October, the original Dune is streaming now on the platform. The 1984 version stars Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides, who leads a group of desert warriors against the galactic emperor following the assassination of his father.
The latest sci-fi thriller from Christopher Nolan, Tenet follows a secret agent who learns to manipulate the flow of time to prevent an attack from the future. The film stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.
Comedy on HBO Max
13 Going on 30 (2004)
Starring Jennifer Garner, 13 Going on 30 tells the story of a bullied tween who makes a wish on her 13th birthday to be a successful 30-year-old woman. Things get wild when she wakes up the next morning to find her wish has come true.
An American Pickle (2020)
An American Pickle stars Seth Rogen as a struggling laborer named Herschel Greenbaum, who reemerges in the present day after being trapped in a vat of pickles for 100 years. Rogen also stars as Greenbaum's only living relative in modern-day Brooklyn, his mild-mannered great-grandson Ben.
The Artist (2011)
The Best Picture winner at the 2012 Oscars, The Artist centers on the unlikely relationship between a rising young actress and an older silent film star in 1920s Hollywood. The ensemble cast includes Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Missi Pyle, and Malcolm McDowell.
Austin Powers franchise
Laugh until you cry while following the misadventures of international spy Austin Powers (Mike Myers) in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).
Best in Show (2000)
Directed by Christopher Guest, Best in Show takes a satirical "behind the scenes" look at the highly competitive and cutthroat world of dog shows through the eyes of a group of hilariously ruthless dog owners. The film stars Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, and John Michael Higgins.
Documentaries on HBO Max
After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News (2020)
In After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News, filmmaker Andrew Rossi examines the rising phenomenon of fake news and how it actually impacts the average United States citizen.
Alabama Snake (2020)
Alabama Snake explores the true story of a Pentecostal minister named Glenn Summerford, who remains in prison after being accused in 1991 of attempting to murder his wife with a rattlesnake.
André the Giant (2018)
Directed by Jason Hehir and Kevin Dunn, André the Giant reflects on the life and career of the legendary French wrestler and actor André René Roussimoff. The film features interviews with wrestling icons including Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, and Ric Flair.
The Apollo (2019)
The Apollo tells the real story of New York City's famous Apollo Theater — "The Soul of American Culture" — and follows the theater's inaugural staging of Ta-Nehisi Coates' celebrated Between the World and Me.
Described as Tina Turner's swan song, Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin's Tina reflects on the rock-and-roll legend's tragedies and triumphs in five incredible acts.
Classic films on HBO Max
HBO Max also offers various award-winning and history-making films that you probably grew up being told to watch. If you want to revisit a favorite or view a Hollywood classic for the first time, HBO Max is the place to go. Here are five classic films available on HBO Max.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
An adaptation of Tennessee Williams' 1952 short story "Three Players of a Summer Game" Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is set in a plantation home in the Mississippi Delta and tells the story of a Southern family in crisis. The film stars Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, and Burl Ives.
Citizen Kane (1941)
Considered by many to be the best movie ever made, Orson Welles' Citizen Kane follows a reporter who is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane's dying words. Through talking to the people who knew Kane best, the reporter learns a lot more than he bargained for.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Starring James Dean as rebellious teenager Jim Stark, Rebel Without a Cause follows a group of emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers living in Los Angeles. The film also stars Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, and Jim Backus.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
One of the most celebrated movie musicals in history, Singin' in the Rain follows actors Don (Gene Kelly) and Lina (Jean Hagen), who have been repeatedly cast as romantic leads. When their latest film is remade into a musical, the voice of a tone-deaf Lina is replaced by an up-and-coming actress named Kathy (Debbie Reynolds) — who steals the show.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three tells the story of four ruthless terrorists who take over a New York City train and hold the passengers for ransom. The film stars Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo, and Earl Hindman.
More exclusives on HBO Max
HBO Max is also the exclusive home for the Studio Ghibli Collection. As part of the partnership, the entire Studio Ghibli catalog can stream now via HBO Max. This includes award-winning animated titles such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Spirited Away.
Outside of the Studio Ghibli projects, HBO Max offers a wide selection of family-friendly content perfect for your next family backyard theater experience, including favorites like The Wizard of Oz, The Witches (2020), Happy Feet, and Free Willy.
There's a lot to consider when choosing what to stream these days, especially when you're presented with the amount of content available on HBO Max versus Peacock versus Disney+ and so on. And like its competitors, HBO Max regularly updates its expansive media library with fresh content and brand new releases.
Among the most-anticipated upcoming releases coming to HBO Max soon is Space Jam: A New Legacy, which will find NBA star LeBron James teaming up with Bugs Bunny and Co. on July 16. Meanwhile, James Gunn's Suicide Squad will hit the platform for a limited time on Aug. 6, and Denis Villeneuve's highly-anticipated Dune remake is scheduled to debut on Oct. 1. A fourth installment in the Matrix franchise, starring Keanu Reeves, is also scheduled to debut in theaters and on HBO Max on Dec. 22.
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