HBO Max: The 21 Absolute Finest Films to Watch

If you happen to’re new to HBO Max or have not explored the streaming service shortly, it is time to test it out. 

Beginning at $10 a month, a subscription offers you entry to every little thing HBO gives, together with motion pictures not too long ago in theaters. And like all its streaming rivals, HBO Max’s library of flicks modifications always. 

We monitor what’s coming to HBO Max every week and preserve a working record of the service’s standout originals, which you’ll be able to take a look at under. And when you’re nonetheless looking for one thing to look at, the platform additionally gives tons of art-house classics from the distinguished Criterion Assortment.

What’s new on HBO Max this month

Listed here are the highlights.

Oct. 1

  • Highlight (2015) — Drama starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams. A group of journalists in Boston exposes the Catholic church’s systematic coverup of widespread youngster molestation perpetrated by greater than 70 native clergymen.
  • Nightcrawler (2014) — Thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal. A Los Angeles resident stumbles into a brand new profession as a cameraman and begins nocturnal forays throughout the town in quest of stunning and grisly crimes.
  • The Witch (2015) — Horror movie starring Anya Taylor-Pleasure. It brings collectively the age-old ideas of witchcraft, black magic and possession to inform the story of 1 household’s frightful unraveling.
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) — Struggle drama. When British POWs construct a significant railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it.
  • Hoosiers (1986) — Sports activities drama. A failed school coach is employed to direct the basketball program at a highschool in a tiny Indiana city.
  • Yvonne Orji: A Entire Me (2022) — Comedy particular. Emmy-nominated actor Yvonne Orji talks pandemic, property planning, being the kid of Nigerian immigrants and the brutal realities of courting.

Oct. 15

  • Trick or Deal with Scooby-Doo! (2022) — Animated household movie. It is as much as the meddling children and an unlikely new associate to unmask the newest scoundrel and save Halloween.

Oct. 18

  • Mama’s Boy (2022) — Documentary. It facilities across the upbringing of Dustin Lance Black, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Milk.

Oct. 24

  • Inexperienced Lantern: Beware My Energy (2022) — Animated superhero movie. Just lately discharged Marine sniper John Stewart receives an extraterrestrial ring which grants him the powers of the Inexperienced Lantern of Earth.

Learn extra: Finest TV Reveals to Watch on HBO Max

Finest HBO Max originals and blockbusters

At time of writing, these movies all rating round 65 or increased on Metacritic.


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Final Night time in Soho (2021)

Dreaming of an important film evening? Final Night time in Soho, the newest film from Edgar Wright (Child Driver, Shaun of the Useless) is right here to offer. The movie begins within the current day, the place a style-loving Ellie (Thomasin McKenzie) units out for the London School of Style. Ultimately, sleep transports her to the ’60s, the place she encounters an aspiring singer named Sandie (Anya Taylor-Pleasure). Snag a seat for this story dripping with thriller, horror and neon lights.


A brand new Steven Soderbergh film? Aka the nice director behind Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven and, extra not too long ago, Logan Fortunate? Twists, thrills and determined characters populate this crime thriller set in Nineteen Fifties Detroit. When a seemingly easy job will get out of hand, a bunch of criminals should work collectively to uncover what’s actually happening. Take within the unimaginable solid: Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, David Harbour, Jon Hamm and Amy Seimetz. Whereas the plot could be a little convoluted and a few will not have the ability to get previous the fish-eye lens cinematography, Soderbergh’s humorousness and immersive course make this crime caper an entertaining evening in.


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Roadrunner: A Movie About Anthony Bourdain (2021)

This movie about beloved writer, chef and globe-traveling TV host Anthony Bourdain comes from documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville, who additionally directed 2018’s Will not You Be My Neighbor? and the Oscar-winning movie Twenty Toes from Stardom. In interviews with individuals who knew Bourdain, like his pals, former companions and longtime colleagues, the doc tracks his profession path, relationships and private struggles. Bourdain followers and people much less acquainted with the star will probably admire this two-hour take a look at his life.


Tony Hawk: Till the Wheels Fall Off (2022)

Tune into this HBO doc for the mesmerizing, gravity-defying skateboard stunts, a time capsule of the ’80s skateboarding scene, and a model of Hawk you have most likely by no means seen. We get to know the famend athlete as a lanky, cussed however decided child who adopted his personal skateboarding model. Hawk’s persistence is one thing to marvel at, together with all of the gorgeous skateboard strikes this movie packs in. Grasp on for a memorable trip.



Steven Soderbergh directs this partaking tech thriller set through the COVID-19 pandemic. Angela, a Seattle tech employee performed by a neon blue-haired Zoë Kravitz, has agoraphobia, a worry that forestalls her from making it previous the entrance door of her condominium. However when she uncovers an unsettling recording whereas doing her job, she’s pushed to make the leap. Kimi is a classy thriller full with eye-catching cinematography, a stable rating and a protagonist you may be rooting for.

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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Judas and the Black Messiah made waves on the Oscars, incomes a finest supporting actor win for Daniel Kaluuya, amongst its many nominations. It was a lot deserved. Kaluuya is mesmerizing as Fred Hampton, chairman of the Black Panther chapter in Illinois, lighting up the display screen alongside Lakeith Stanfield, who performs an FBI informant despatched to infiltrate the social gathering. The biopic, dramatizing real-life occasions within the late ’60s, is riveting, stunning and sizzles with themes about racial injustice. An enormous, hefty movie that calls for your full consideration.

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After a taking pictures happens at her highschool, 16-year-old Vada Cavell should navigate friendships, college and her relationship along with her household. The Fallout skillfully approaches severe subject material with sensible dialogue and compassion for its characters. With robust performances from stars Jenna Ortega, as Vada, and Maddie Ziegler, as her new pal Mia Reed, the characteristic will preserve you glued to the display screen for the whole thing of its 90-minute runtime.

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Primarily based on {a magazine} article by journalist Robert Kolker, this story a couple of public college embezzlement scandal and the coed journalists who broke the information is charming from begin to end. Allison Janney and Hugh Jackman are phenomenal of their roles as the college officers who took half within the scheme. It additionally gained the 2020 Emmy award for Excellent Tv Film. 

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What can we are saying about acclaimed Japanese drama Drive My Automobile? Properly, it snagged an Oscar for finest worldwide characteristic movie at this yr’s Academy Awards. It is also a three-hour film that individuals are sitting and watching right through, which, to me, speaks volumes. However critically, Drive My Automobile is a robust movie that explores loss and letting go. If you happen to missed it earlier than the Oscars, stream it now.

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King Richard is a feel-good biopic concerning the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. The movie winds again the clock to earlier than the sisters grew to become family names, giving us a glimpse of their upbringing in Compton and time spent practising on run-down courts with their father, Richard Williams (Will Smith). Satisfied his daughters are going to achieve success, Richard works tirelessly to get their star potential seen by skilled coaches. A sophisticated man with an incredible character, Richard is fascinating to get to know, and his unwavering perception in Venus and Serena is inspiring. 

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Need to see Austin Butler rock out in a pink swimsuit? How about one of many 89 different costumes the actor dons within the dazzling, jam-packed two hour and 40 minute movie? Directed by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, The Nice Gatsby), Elvis is a grand, exhilarating biopic that is all concerning the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. If you happen to did not catch it in theaters, now’s your likelihood to discover a spot within the crowd.

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The Final Duel notably did not win plenty of eyeballs when it debuted in theaters in October. However it’s on HBO Max now, the place audiences can watch from the consolation of their sofa as Adam Driver and Matt Damon battle it out. Directed by Ridley Scott, The Final Duel is a historic drama set within the Center Ages with an A-list solid that additionally consists of Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck. If any of those particulars pique your curiosity, and also you’re ready to sit down by its two and half hour runtime, pull out some popcorn and placed on this flick. 

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A uncommon (these days) 90-minute movie, American Mexican drama Son of Monarchs will stick with you lengthy after the tip credit roll. This deep character research follows two brothers who’re modified in markedly other ways by the trauma they suffered in childhood. This story, folding in magical realism, follows how they transfer ahead in life — the butterfly metaphors are robust, with biologist Mendel returning to his hometown surrounded by majestic monarch butterfly forests.


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The French Dispatch (2021)

Settle in for one more eccentric, fantastic-looking characteristic from director Wes Anderson. The auteur behind “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Grand Budapest Lodge” units his sights on an alluring new story — or relatively, three. The French Dispatch, dubbed a “love letter to journalists,” takes viewers by a triad of separate tales, straight from the pages of a fictional journal. If you happen to missed this extremely unique installment when it hit theaters final October, now’s the time to get in on its charming story.

Father of the Bride (2022)

HBO Max’s Father of the Bride introduces a Cuban American household that features patriarch Billy, a conventional man who struggles to digest stunning information from his eldest daughter: She’s met a man, and he or she needs to marry and transfer away with him. The third movie adaptation of a 1949 novel of the identical title by Edward Streeter, the film is an pleasurable iteration that features stars like Andy Garcia and singer Gloria Estefan.


Meryl Streep taking part in an eccentric writer in a Steven Soderbergh comedy. What extra do you should know? If you happen to do wish to know extra: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Hughes (Streep) is struggling to complete her subsequent ebook, chased by her literary agent (Gemma Chan). She boards a cruise ship with previous pals, who impressed her best-known work. Tensions are robust. It seems to be nice — Soderbergh makes use of crisp, pure gentle — and a lot of the dialogue is improvised. See how Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, Lucas Hedges and the remainder of the impeccable solid have enjoyable with that.

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A playful comedy set within the ’80s, 8-bit Christmas follows the story of a younger Jake Doyle, a devoted 10-year-old who desperately seeks a Nintendo. The movie is delightfully narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, an older Jake reminiscing on his previous quest to safe the gaming console. Sure, there is a Christmas backdrop to the story, however Jake’s unyielding dedication to his mission, and what he learns alongside the best way, make this cheery characteristic a must-watch even after the vacation season. 


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Over-the-top violence abounds on this DC movie about supervillains who agree to assist the US authorities in change for a while off their jail sentences. Their mission is to destroy one thing alluded to as Undertaking Starfish, harbored within the fictional island nation of Corto Maltese. With a notable solid that features Margot Robbie, Idris Elba and John Cena, 2021’s The Suicide Squad is a wickedly entertaining, darkly humorous massacre that differs from what you normally see in superhero motion pictures. (Peacemaker, a derivative TV sequence, can be out there on HBO Max.)

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Lower than two months after Robert Pattinson stepped out as Batman in theaters, Matt Reeves’ satisfying superhero flick hit HBO Max. The film takes place in a perpetually grey and rain-soaked Gotham Metropolis, the place our bat-channeling protagonist begins to hunt out a mysterious assassin with an affinity for riddles. Catwoman, performed by a swaggering Zoë Kravitz, will get entwined within the affair when her pal goes lacking. Nice scene-setting and storytelling make this darkish thriller unmissable. 

Musical drama

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Steven Spielberg’s reimagining of the traditional musical has triumphantly leapt and twirled its manner onto HBO Max. The movie scored seven Academy Award nominations and Ariana DeBose gained finest supporting actress for her function as Anita. Younger Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) cross paths at a highschool dance and start a forbidden love affair, escalating tensions between two rival gangs. Eye-catching musical numbers and gorgeous manufacturing design transport viewers to Nineteen Fifties New York. The movie darkens in its second half, however with Spielberg on the helm, you may willingly take in all of it.

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Within the Heights stars Anthony Ramos (whom you would possibly acknowledge as John Laurens in Hamilton) taking part in Usnavi, a bodega proprietor struggling to maintain his enterprise afloat whereas a heatwave strikes Washington Heights. Secretly in love together with his neighbor Vanessa (Melissa Barrera), who goals of getting out of the salon and out of the neighborhood, Usnavi serves the individuals of Washington Heights with a complete lot of affection, lottery tickets and cafe con leche. Between the choreographed twirls and fireworks, Within the Heights is an examination of wealth disparity, immigration, classism and the significance of tradition.