HBO Max may be known for exclusives like the Friends reunion special and the upcoming DC live-action shows such as Justice League Dark. However, there are also plenty of films to watch – from big action flicks to comfort films.
Here are our picks of some of the best films to watch on HBO Max right now. If you don’t yet have an account, you can sign up on the website for either $9.99 per month with ads, or $14.99 per month without ads and a full library of content.
As a note, HBO Max will constantly be updating its library of films, so some movies may be taken down without notice. However, we update this list monthly to ensure that it is as accurate as it can be.
The Batman was one of the biggest films of the year, and its now available to stream on HBO Max. Robert Pattinson’s take on Bruce Wayne leans more into the detective side of the character, as he investigates a series of disturbing murders that relate to the corruption of Gotham.
Dune is the first part of the film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic novel. It follows Paul Atreides (played by Timothée Chalamet), a gifted man who must explore the most dangerous planet in the universe in order to preserve the future of his family and his people.
West Side Story
Amongst a sea of remakes, Stephen Spielberg’s West Side Story stands out by a mile. In 1957 New York, a young couple falls in love. However, their romance causes a full out war between two rival gangs. The music is incredible, the choreography is on point and the performances aren’t half bad either.
Of all the DC movies, Wonder Woman is without a doubt a one of the best. This film tells the story of Diana, an Amazonian warrior who comes to the UK during WW1 to fight the god Ares. There, she meets a man who becomes dear to her, and discovers that the war is different to what she expected.
Like a lot of Christopher Nolan movies, Tenet isn’t the easiest concept to get your head around. However, with some mind-blowing action scenes and stellar performances from John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, you’ll certainly be kept entertained.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
HBO Max has all of the Harry Potter films once again, and the best of the lot is the third one instalment – Prison of Azkaban. Harry returns to Hogwarts with his best friends Ron and Hermione, but quickly learns he’s in grave danger, as an escaped convict is after him.
The Matrix is a film that was way ahead of its time when it was first released in 1999, and will leave you questioning everything you know. Neo is living his seemingly normal life, but one day is told that his entire world is a simulation, and he’s got a much greater purpose in the real world.
Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn
Harley is back for more madness and mayhem, but this time she’s stepping out of the shadow of the Joker (or “mr J”) and assembling her own team – consisting of Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya – to take on a large-scale crime ring in Gotham City. If you love Deadpool, you’re guaranteed to love this one – find out why we loved it here.
HBO Max features a whole host of Studio Ghibli movies, and one of the most beloved is Spirited Away. The film follows a young girl called Chihiro, who along with her parents discovers a seemingly abandoned theme park. However, things take a turn for the worse when her parents are turned into beasts.
The Shining is based on the book of the same name by Stephen King. Set in the Overlook Hotel in the Rocky Mountains, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes on a job there to cure his writers block. However, supernatural elements within the hotel start to mess with his mind. Read our full review of the sequel, Doctor Sleep, here.
Justice League Snyder Cut
The director’s cut of Justice League may be over four hours long and includes many scenes you’ll have seen in the original – but it’s still one of the most ambitious re-releases we’ve ever seen. Expect a much darker tone than what’s in the original, as well as some appearances from villains that never made the cut the first time around – including Darkseid and Jared Leto’s Joker.
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