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 documentary films.
Just Added on HBO Max
In addition to being the hub for various WarnerMedia releases, HBO Max boasts a rotating lineup of fan-favorite films and HBO exclusives. With that in mind, here are the best new releases and additions on HBO Max right now.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)
The Eyes of Tammy Faye stars Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield as televangelists Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker and follows their rise to, and fall from, fame.
Fantastic Beasts franchise (2016-)
A prequel to the popular Harry Potter franchise, the Fantastic Beasts films star Eddie Redmayne as "magizoologist" Newt Scamander and follow his adventures as he both attempts to convince both wizards and muggles that his magical creatures aren't as dangerous as they appear and solve a massive magical mystery. Catch up on 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and 2018's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ahead of the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore this spring.
Land stars Robin Wright as a middle-aged woman named Edee Holzer, who moves off the grid in the Wyoming wilderness following a family tragedy.
The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
The fourth installment in The Matrix franchise, The Matrix Resurrections finds original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss returning as iconic characters Neo and Trinity, who are unexpectedly thrust back into The Matrix. The film is streaming through Jan. 21
Action on HBO Max
HBO Max is also the place for some of the best action-packed movies licensed for streaming. Whether suspenseful, fast-action flicks or sci-fi thrillers are your preference, here are the top action movies you'll want to watch on HBO Max before they're gone.
2 Guns (2013)
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, 2 Guns stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as a pair of undercover operatives who find themselves on the run after their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel goes haywire.
The Bourne franchise (2002-2016)
Based on the Jason Bourne novels by Robert Ludlum, the Bourne franchise stars Matt Damon as the titular CIA assassin, who attempts to put the puzzle pieces of his life back together after experiencing memory loss. The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), and The Bourne Legacy (2012) are streaming now.
Based on the Hellblazer comic book series, Constantine stars Keanu Reeves as exorcist John Constantine, who is recruited by a Los Angeles police detective (Rachel Weisz) to help solve the mysterious death of her twin sister. Along the way, they are thrust into the world of demons and angels.
Gangster Squad (2013)
Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Gangster Squad stars Sean Penn as Brooklyn-born mobster Mickey Cohen, whose world as a crime boss is turned upside down when a pair of Los Angeles police officers infiltrate Cohen's inner circle in hopes of bringing him to justice. The film also stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, and Anthony Mackie.
Comedy on HBO Max
Additionally, HBO Max is an excellent hub for a variety of movies that will make you laugh. With that in mind, here are some of the funniest movies currently streaming on HBO Max.
Anger Management (2003)
Anger Management stars Adam Sandler as a mild-mannered man named Dave, who gets caught up in an incident aboard a plane and ends up being sent to anger management classes. The class is taught by a confrontational and unorthodox teacher (Jack Nicholson), who ends up moving in with Dave to help him cope with his inner demons.
The Campaign (2012)
The Campaign stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifinakis as a pair of political rivals who turn a North Carolina congressional race into a wild and hilarious war. The film also stars Dylan McDermott, Jason Sudeikis, John Lithgow, and Dan Aykroyd.
Danny Collins (2015)
Danny Collins stars Al Pacino as the titular aging rock star, who decides to turn his life around after receiving a long-delivered latter from the late John Lennon. The film also stars Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, and Christopher Plummer.
Pineapple Express (2008)
Pineapple Express stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as a pair of stoners who find themselves as the top of a mob hit-list after they accidentally witness a murder. The buddy comedy also stars Danny McBride, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, and Amber Heard.
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.
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003)
One of several DC animated films available on HBO, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman finds the titular Caped Crusader trying to solve the mystery of a new Gotham vigilante named Batwoman before the Penguin and his followers find her first.
A Cinderella Story: Starstruck (2021)
The latest installment in the Cinderella Story film franchise, A Cinderella Story: Starstruck stars Bailee Madison as a young woman named Finley Tremaine, who disguises herself as a cowboy in hopes of landing an acting gig when a major movie production comes to her small town.
Happy Feet franchise (2006-2011)
The Happy Feet films follow a young emperor penguin named Mumble, who learns to celebrate his dancing skills when he realizes that his not-so-great singing voice probably won't land him a mate. Both Happy Feet (2006) and Happy Feet Two (2011) are streaming now.
Ron's Gone Wrong (2021)
Ron's Gone Wrong follows a socially awkward boy named Barney, who receives a robot named Ron and soon realizes the device has a hilarious malfunction. When the executive behind the robotics company realizes the toy could impact his company's stock price, he sets out on a mission to shut Ron down.
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.
Adrienne celebrates the life and work of late actor and Waitress filmmaker Adrienne Shelly, who was murdered in 2006.
Music Box: Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss (2021)
A new installment in HBO Max's Music Box documentary collection, Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the too-short career of rapper Juice WRLD and the legacy he left behind following his unexpected death in 2019.
The Slow Hustle (2021)
Directed by The Wire's Sonja Sohn, The Slow Hustle explores the mysterious surrounding the still unsolved death of Baltimor police detective Sean Suiter.
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021)
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street uses archive footage and new interview to explain how Sesame Street became one of the most influential educational programs in history.
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 Harry Potter Collection, All Dogs Go to Heaven, and Dolittle.
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.
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