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.
Just Added 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 Birdcage (1996)
A remake of the classic French farce La Cage aux Folles, The Birdcage follows the hilarious events that unfold when engaged couple Val Goldman (Dan Futterman) and Barbara Keeley (Calista Flockhart) introduce their future in-laws. The main conflict revolves around Val's gay father, Armand (Robin Williams), a Miami drag club owner who pretends to be straight in order to place Barbara's father, a Republican Senator played by Gene Hackman.
The Hangover Trilogy (2009-2013)
Directed by Todd Phillips, The Hangover franchise follows the misadventures of four grown men who get caught up in a variety of drunken antics while out partying. The first two films center on the events following a Bachelor party in Las Vegas and Bangkok. Meanwhile, the third and final film involves a road trip and a kidnapping.
Jersey Boys (2014)
Directed by Clint Eastwood, Jersey Boys tells the mostly true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, from their humble beginnings in New Jersey to the making of big hits like "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," and "Walk Like a Man."
King Kong (2005)
Peter Jackson's epic remake of the 1933 film, King Kong stars Jack Black as director Carl Denham, who take his crew on a dangerous journey from New York City to the infamous Skull Island to film a new movie.
Reminiscence stars Hugh Jackman as Nick Bannister, a private investigator of the mind whose job allows him to dissect past events while helping his clients access lost memories. The film also stars Thandiwe Newton and Rebecca Ferguson.
Action on HBO Max
HBO Max is also the place to go for action-packed movies full of adventure that has been licensed for streaming. So 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.
Backdraft stars Kurt Russell and William Baldwin as Chicago firefighters and brothers Stephen and Brian, who have been rivals since childhood. In hopes of proving himself, Brian transfers to the arson unit, where he aids Don (Robert De Niro) in investigating fires involving oxygen-induced infernos called backdrafts.
The Departed (2006)
Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio as South Boston cop Billy Costigan, who goes under cover to infiltrate the organization of gangland chief Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). As Billy gains the mobster's trust, however, a career criminal infiltrates the police department. The film also stars Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and Vera Farmiga.
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.
Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
In Godzilla Vs. Kong, Kong and his human protectors seek to find the massive creature's true home. The journey is interrupted, however, by an enraged Godzilla on a mission to cause destruction around the world. The film stars Millie Bobby Brown, Alexander Skarsgard, Rebecca Hall, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, and Brian Tyree Henry.
No Sudden Move (2021)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, No Sudden Move follows a group of small-time criminals in 1954 Detroit who are hired to steal a document. However, when the heist goes horribly wrong, the team must track down the person who hired them. The ensemble cast includes Brendan Fraser, Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, and Jon Hamm.
Comedy on HBO Max
10 Years (2011)
10 Years follows a group of former high school friends who reunite for their 10 Year high school reunion and realize some of them have changed immensely, while others haven't changed at all. The ensemble cast includes Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Justin Long, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson, Oscar Isaac, Lynn Collins, Chris Pratt, Scott Porter, Brian Geraghty, Aubrey Plaza, and Anthony Mackie.
Written, produced and directed by Kevin Smith, Clerks documents a hilariously uneventful day in the lives of titular store clerks Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson). See how the franchise started ahead of the latest installment, Clerks III, hitting theaters in 2022.
The Craft (1996)
The Craft is a supernatural horror film about four outcast teenage girls at a Los Angeles private school who pursue witchcraft in order to get back at their bullies. The film stars Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True.
Miss Congeniality (2000)
Miss Congeniality stars Sandra Bullock as FBI Agent Gracie Hart, who is forced to go undercover as a contestant in the Miss United States pageant in hopes of catching a terrorist who threatens to bomb the event.
This Is 40 (2012)
Directed by Judd Apatow, This Is 40 stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as a couple trying to balance their marriage and being parents while also dealing with a milestone birthday.
Kids & Family on HBO Max
HBO Max also offers an expansive and ever-changing roster of films that are perfect for the whole family. Here are some of the best streaming right now.
The Call of the Wild (2020)
The latest adaptation of Jack London's novel, The Call of the Wild follows a lovable dog named Buck who is uprooted from his comfortable California home and dropped in the Alaskan Yukon. Buck soon earns a spot on the the mail-delivery dog sled team and finds himself on the adventure of a lifetime along side his human companion John Thornton (Harrison Ford).
Dolittle stars Robert Downey Jr. as Dr. John Dolittle, who lives in a lush manor in 19th-century England alongside an array of exotic animals that he speaks to on a daily basis. When young Queen Victoria becomes gravely ill, the unorthodox doctor and his animal friends must journey to a mythical island to find the cure.
Finding Neverland (2004)
Finding Neverland takes a look at a period in the life of author J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) and uncovers the real relationships and events that inspired his most iconic work, Peter Pan. The film also stars Kate Winslet, Freddie Highmore, and Dustin Hoffman.
The Flintstones (1994)
Based on the iconic cartoon about a prehistoric family, The Flintstones follows the titular family and their friends as they attempt to stop Slate & Co.'s new vice president Cliff Vandercave and secretary Sharon Stone from bankrupting the company. The film stars John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Elizabeth Perkins, Rosie O'Donnell, Kyle MacLachlan, and Halle Berry.
Tom & Jerry (2021)
Tom & Jerry sees the years-long rivalry between the titular cat and mouse when Jerry moves into New York City's finest hotel on the eve of the wedding of the century — and the hotel hires Tom to catch him.
Documentaries on HBO Max
If you're looking for a new documentary to check out, HBO Max has a lot to choose from. Whether you're interested in politics, true crime, sports, or music, here are some of the most interesting documentaries available right now on HBO Max.
9/11: Fifteen Years Later (2016)
9/11: Fifteen Years Later revisits filmmakers Gédéon and Jules Naudet's 2002 documentary 9/11, which was a minute-by-minute account of the terrorist attack. The film features new interviews with some of the firefighters and families who were directly impacted by the events of that day.
Abortion: Stories Women Tell (2017)
Directed and produced by Tracy Droz Tragos, Abortion: Stories Women Tell explores the hot-button topic through the stories of real women on both side of the abortion debate.
Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World (2015)
Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World documents what happened when the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco joined forces to grant a five-year-old cancer survivor's wish to become Batman for a day.
LFG gives viewers an inside look at the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team's ongoing battle for equal pay. The film features new interviews and insights from World Cup champions Megan Rapinoe, Jessica McDonald, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O'Hara, and Sam Mewis.
Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage (2021)
The first film in Bill Simmons' Music Box HBO series, Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage explores the infamous Woodstock 99 music festival, which ultimately descended into violence and mayhem.
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 releases on HBO Max is Denis Villeneuve's highly-anticipated Dune remake, which is scheduled to debut on Oct. 1. Meanwhile, Voyagers bows on Oct. 9 and a fourth installment in the Matrix franchise is scheduled to debut in theaters and on HBO Max on Dec. 22.
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