Best Movies on HBO Max

Best Movies on HBO Max

Dedicate yourself a “movie-time” this weekend by streaming the best movies available on HBO Max. HBO Max features an extensive collection of movies in multiple genres and subgenres, including action, adventure, comedy, romance, suspense, horror, etc. 

However, if you’re scrolling through the internet to find some best flicks on HBO Max, then have a look at our guide that consists of the 30 best movies to binge-watch on HBO Max. Grab a comfortable couch and some popcorn, and pick the best titles from the list below to watch on HBO Max: 

1. Carole King & James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name (2022) 

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  • Release Date: Feb 10, 2022 
  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
  • Letterboxd: 3.6/5
  • RYM: 2.5/5
  • Directed By: Frank Marshall
  • Leading Stars: James Taylor, Carole King, Danny Kortchmar

Six-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor and four-time Grammy Award winner Carole King are best known for their 1970 performance at the illustrious Los Angeles club The Troubadour, which served as the beginning of their friendship and 50-year collaboration. For The Troubadour’s 50th anniversary in 2007, the duo rehearsed that performance. These 2007 performances, which included “So Far Away,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and “You’ve Got a Friend” during six sold-out shows, were so much fun, Taylor says in the movie, that he and King came up with the idea for a 2010 global tour. Carole King and James Taylor’s victorious 2010 Troubadour Reunion Tour of stadium shows is chronicled in the movie CAROLE KING & JAMES TAYLOR: Just Call Out My Name.

2. Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) 

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  • Release Date: March 18, 2021
  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
  • Letterboxd: 3.5/5
  • Directed By: Zack Snyder
  • Leading Stars: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot

Zack Snyder’s original vision for the Justice League is on full display, a result of the relentless fan-backed online campaign to #releasethesnydercut. This is the full 4-hour director’s cut, which is stylistically and story-wise much different than the theatrical cut which was directed by Joss Whedon. An action-adventure movie– Zack Snyder’s Justice League feature a cast of superheroes with the lead character Bruce Wayne. He joins forces with Diana Prince in an effort to ensure that Superman’s final sacrifice is not in vain. Bruce plans to assemble a group of metahumans to defend the globe from an impending threat of cataclysmic proportions. The mission turns out to be more challenging than Bruce had anticipated, as each of the recruits must battle the ghosts of their pasts in order to overcome the obstacles that have prevented them from joining forces and creating an unprecedented league of heroes.

3. Dune (2021)

  • Release Date: October 22, 2021
  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%
  • Letterboxd: 4/5 
  • Directed By: Denis Villeneuve
  • Leading Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya

Timothée Chalamet portrays the role of Paul Atreides in this Sci-fi adventure movie, Dune. Paul Atreides is a smart and gifted young man who visits the universe’s most hazardous planet in order to secure the future of his family and his people. Only those who can overcome their own fear will live, as evil forces erupt into a fight over the planet’s unique supply of the most priceless resource ever – Spice.

4. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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  • Release Date: October 6, 2017
  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%
  • Letterboxd: 4.1/5 
  • Directed By: Denis Villeneuve
  • Leading Stars: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas

Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction neo-noir thriller, Blade Runner 2049, was released in 2017. It is a follow-up to the original Blade Runner movie from 1982. The story revolves around a new Blade Runner, LAPD Officer K. K., who unearths a long-buried secret that could destabilize what’s left of society and sends him on a search for Rick Deckard, the former LAPD Blade Runner who has been missing for thirty years.

5. The Batman (2022) 

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  • Release Date:  March 4, 2022
  • IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%
  • Fandango: 87% 
  • Directed By: Matt Reeves
  • Leading Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright

Everyone’s favorite superhero is back in action! This time, Batman enters the criminal underworld of Gotham City after a sadistic serial killer murders key political figures in Gotham and leaves a trail of puzzling clues. He must establish new connections, identify the offender, and bring justice to the misuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the city. The chase becomes riveting as the evidence points closer to home and the scope of the perpetrator’s plans becomes apparent.

6. Call Me by Your Name (2017) 

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  • Release Date: January 18, 2018   
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%
  • Filmaffinity: 7.3/10
  • Directed By: Luca Guadagnino
  • Leading Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg

Elio Perlman, a bright 17-year-old, is spending the summer of 1983 with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He quickly meets Oliver, a 24-year-old American college graduate student who is serving as Elio’s father’s intern. Elio and Oliver learn the heady joy of rekindling desire over the course of a summer that will change their lives forever, as they are immersed in the sun-drenched glory of their surroundings.

7. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021)

  • Release Date: June 11, 2021
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91% 
  • Letterboxd: 3.7/5 
  • Directed By:  Morgan Neville
  • Leading Stars: Asia Argento, Anthony Bourdain, Ariane Bourdain

This amazing documentary tells the story of chef, author, explorer, and provocateur, Anthony Bourdain. Respected and recognized the world over for his genuine approach to food, traveling, and culture, fans can now discover an intimate, behind-the-scenes glimpse of how an unknown chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. 

8. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

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  • Release Date: June 6, 2014  
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%
  • Metacritic: 69% 
  • Directed By: Josh Boone
  • Leading Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff

The Fault in our Stars is an American coming-of-age romance film whose plot revolves around two teenage cancer patients, namely Hazel Grace Lancaster and Gus Waters. They meet and fall in love with each other at a cancer support group. In addition, both of them have a biting sense of humor and a passion for reading, notably Grace’s favorite novel, “An Imperial Affliction” by Peter Van Houten. Gus and Hazel set out on the adventure of a lifetime when they receive an invitation to visit the reclusive author in Amsterdam.

9. Elvis (2022)

  • Release Date: June 24, 2022 
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%
  • 7/10
  • Directed By: Baz Luhrmann 
  • Leading Stars: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge

Over the span of 20 years, rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis Presley maintains a difficult connection with his mysterious manager, Colonel Tom Parker, from his ascent to fame to his unequaled superstardom. Presley’s path and happiness are centered on Priscilla, one of the most important figures in his life.

10. DC League of Super-Pets (2022)

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  • Release Date: July 29, 2022 
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74%
  • Fandango: 88%
  • Directed By: Jared Stern
  • Leading Stars: Dwayne Johnson(voice), Kevin Hart(voice), Kate McKinnon(voice)

A team of adorable animals and a superman with superpowers are featured in the CGI-animated comedy film DC League of Super-Pets. Together, Superman and Krypto, the Super-Dog, fight crime in Metropolis. They are inseparable best friends. But when the Man of Steel and the other Justice League members are kidnapped, Krypto has to convince a diverse group of animals to use their own recently discovered skills to carry out a rescue mission.

11. The Last Duel (2021)

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  • Release Date: September 10, 2021 
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%
  • Letterboxd: 3.7/5 
  • Directed By: Ridley Scott 
  • Leading Stars: Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer

Jean de Carrouges is a renowned knight famed for his bravery and prowess in battle. Jacques Le Gris is a squire and one of the most esteemed nobles in the court due to his brilliance and oratory skills. When Le Gris brutally assaults Carrouges’ wife, she confronts her assailant, a bold and defiant gesture that threatens her life. The trio’s fate is left in God’s hands after the brutal duel to the death that follows the trial by combat.

12. Nobody (2021)

  • Release Date: March 26, 2021  
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84%
  • Letterbpxd: 3.6/5 
  • Directed By: Ilya Naishuller
  • Leading Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen

When two robbers sneak into Hutch Mansell’s suburban home one night, neither he nor his family manages to protect themselves. His long-simmering fury is soon ignited by the incident’s aftermath. Hutch must now protect his wife and son from a dangerous foe in a hail of fists, gunshots, and screaming tires while making sure he will never be taken for granted again.

13. Wonder Woman (2017)

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  • Release Date: June 2, 2017  
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%
  • Letterboxd: 3.4/5 
  • Directed By: Patty Jenkins
  • Leading Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

Diana, the princess of the Amazons, was taught to be an unbeatable fighter before she became Wonder Woman. Diana, who was raised in an idyllic island paradise, meets an American pilot (Chris Pine), who informs her about the terrible struggle going on in the outer world – historically known to us as World War I. Diana makes her first trip outside of her house since she is sure she can halt the threat. She finally learns the extent of her abilities and her real purpose while fighting alongside men in the war to end all conflicts.

14. Lady Bird (2017)

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  • Release Date:  November 10, 2017  
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 99%
  • Letterboxd: 3.9/5 
  • Directed By: Greta Gerwig
  • Leading Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

High school senior Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) comes from the “wrong side of the tracks.” She yearns for excitement, refinement, and opportunity but doesn’t find any of those things at Sacramento Catholic high school. The story of this film centers on the senior year of high school for the lead character, during which she experiences her first romance, performs in the school play, and—most significantly—applies to colleges.

15. Romeo Santos: King of Bachata (2021)

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  • Release Date: June 25, 2021 
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
  • Reelgood: 50%
  • Directed By: Devin Amar, Charles Todd
  • Leading Star: Romeo Santos

The adventure of TV programme presenter Joel “The Kid Mero” Martinez as he travels to the Dominican Republic to find the soul of bachata is blended with a behind-the-scenes look at Romeo Santos’ creative process and highlights from his concert.

16. Doctor Sleep (2019)

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  • Release Date: November 8, 2019
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78%
  • Letterboxd: 3.4/5 
  • Directed By: Mike Flanagan
  • Leading Stars: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran

Dan Torrance, who battles alcoholism, was scarred as a child by the dark events that took place at the Overlook Hotel. His dreams of a tranquil life are quickly dashed when he meets Abra, a young woman who also possesses the “shine,” an extrasensory ability. Together, they forge an improbable alliance to combat the True Knot, a sect whose members seek immortality by feeding off the shine of innocent people.

17. The Suicide Squad (2021)

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  • Release Date: August 6, 2021 
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%
  • Letterboxd: 3.6/5 
  • Directed By: James Gunn
  • Leading Stars: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena

The most dangerous supervillains in the world, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, King Shark, Harley Quinn, and others, are sent by the government to the isolated, hostile island of Corto Maltese. Only Col. Rick Flag is on the ground to control them as they walk through the treacherous jungle carrying cutting-edge weapons on a search-and-destroy operation.

18. Belle (2021)

  • Release Date: January 14, 2022  
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%
  • Letterboxd: 3.5/5 
  • Directed By: Mamoru Hosoda
  • Leading Stars: Kaho Nakamura(voice), Ryô Narita(voice), Shôta Sometani(voice)

Suzu is a quiet high school student who lives in a small town. She’s just been a shadow of herself for years. But when she enters “U,” a sizable virtual universe, she transforms into her online character as Belle, a beloved singer who is known all over the world. One day, a hideous creature being pursued by vigilantes interrupts her concert. Suzu sets out on a passionate and epic adventure to learn more about this enigmatic “beast” and to find her true self in a world where everyone can be anyone they want.

19. Last Night in Soho (2021)

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  • Release Date: October 22, 2021
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%
  • Letterboxd: 3.5/5 
  • Directed By: Edgar Wright
  • Leading Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith

Eloise, a budding fashion designer, inexplicably travels back in time to the 1960s in this famous psychological thriller directed by Edgar Wright. There she meets Sandie, a stunning wannabe-singer. However, the glamor is not all that it seems to be, as the old dreams begin to crumble and fragment into something far darker.

20. Free Guy (2021)

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  • Release Date: August 13, 2021  
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%
  • Vudu: 4.6/5 
  • Directed By: Shawn Levy
  • Leading Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi

Ryan Reynolds plays the role of Guy, who works as a bank teller with his closest friend, security guard Buddy in the action-comedy film Free Guy. Guy finds out that he is actually an NPC (non-playable character) in the most well-known video game, Free City. In the game, Guy meets Millie, aka MolotovGirl, the girl of his dreams, and discovers the truth about himself. He makes the decision to reinvent himself as a hero and win his love and glory. 

21. On the Record (2020)

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  • Release Date: January 25, 2020 
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 99%
  • Letterboxd: 3.8/5 
  • Directed By: Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick
  • Leading Stars: Sil Lai Abrams, Joe Biden, Tarana Burke

The film highlights allegations of sexual assault and harassment imposed against Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons and features interviews with some of the over 20 women who have accused him. The documentary focuses mostly on the narrative of Drew Dixon, a former A&R executive at Def Jam Records, who alleges that Simmons sexually assaulted her in his residence. 

22. The Fallout (2021)

  • Release Date: January 27, 2022 
  • IMDB Rating: 7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%
  • Filmaffinity: 4/5
  • Directed By: Megan Park
  • Leading Stars: Jenna Ortega, Maddie Ziegler, Niles Fitch

High school girl Vada starts to reinvent herself while reassessing her connections and worldview, helped by new acquaintances made during traumatic events at school. She starts taking risks by departing from her cozy family routine and making a number of choices that push her in new directions and put her to the test. Vada and Mia, a schoolmate and new friend, become closer as they spend more time together, and through their shared experiences, Vada gradually redefines herself.

23. Shazam (2019)

  • Release Date: April 5, 2019  
  • IMDB Rating: 7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%
  • Vudu: 4.5/5 
  • Directed By: David F. Sandberg
  • Leading Stars: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel

Billy Batson, a 14-year-old, can become the adult superhero Shazam by simply shouting out one word. Shazam, who at heart is still a child, enjoys the new version of himself by acting as any other teen would and having fun while exploring his abilities. But before the villainous Dr. Thaddeus Sivana can possess Shazam’s magical talents, he must swiftly become proficient in them.

24. Mortal Kombat (2021)

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  • Release Date: April 23, 2021
  • IMDB Rating: 6.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 54%
  • Letterboxd: 2.5/5
  • Directed By: Simon McQuoid
  • Leading Stars: Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson

Cole Young, an MMA fighter in “Mortal Kombat,” is used to accepting punishment in exchange for money, but he has no idea who he is or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has dispatched his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an extraterrestrial Cryomancer, to find Cole. Cole, concerned for the safety of his family, seeks out Sonya Blade at the advice of Jax, a Special Forces Major who also possesses the unusual dragon marking that Cole was born with. 

25. The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (2019) 

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  • Release Date: October 2019 
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97%
  • Letterboxd: 3.6/5 
  • Directed By: David Midell
  • Leading Stars: Frankie Faison, Steve O’Connell, Enrico Natale

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain is based on the true events surrounding the last few hours of the life of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an elderly bipolar African-American veteran who was killed in a confrontation with police officers who had been sent to his home to check on him after his medical alert device had inadvertently been activated. Despite Chamberlain telling the officers there was a mistake and there was no emergency, they were captured on camera insulting him, making fun of his military experience, yelling racist slurs at him, and ultimately breaking down his door and shooting him.

26. Aquaman (2018)

  • Release Date: December 21, 2018 
  • IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 65%
  • 8/10 
  • Directed By: James Wan
  • Leading Stars: Frankie Faison, Steve O’Connell, Enrico Natale

Atlantis, once the most developed civilization on Earth, is now an underwater realm governed by the egotistical King Orm. Orm intends to conquer the last aquatic inhabitants and eventually the surface world with the help of his enormous army. Aquaman, Orm’s half-human, half-Atlantean brother and legitimate heir to the kingdom, is in his path. Aquaman must collect the fabled Trident of Atlan with the assistance of the royal counselor Vulko and accept his role as protector of the deep.

27. 8-Bit Christmas (2021)

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  • Release Date: November 24, 2021 
  • IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%
  • 6.9/10
  • Directed By: Michael Dowse
  • Leading Stars: Winslow Fegley, Neil Patrick Harris, Steve Zahn

A passionate and hilarious look back on the experiences of youth. The narrative, which takes place in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s, is focused on ten-year-old Jake Doyle’s (Winslow Fegley) arduous quest to receive the best video game system for Christmas.

28. No Sudden Move (2021)

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  • Release Date: June 18, 2021  
  • IMDB Rating: 6.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%
  • Letterboxd: 3.3/5 
  • Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
  • Leading Stars: Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, David Harbour

American neo-noir period crime thriller film, No Sudden moves is a story of a group of three small-time criminals who are recruited to steal a document. When their heist goes tragically wrong, they must search around the entire race-torn, rapidly evolving city to find out who hired them and why.

29. Kimi (2022)

  • Release Date: February 10, 2022
  • IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%
  • Letterboxd: 3.2/5 
  • Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
  • Leading Stars: Zoë Kravitz, Byron Bowers, Rita Wilson

An agoraphobic computer employee finds proof of a violent crime while monitoring a data stream during the COVID-19 pandemic in Seattle, but when she tries to report it to her employer, she encounters resistance and bureaucracy. She understands that in order to participate, she must confront her worst phobia by leaving her apartment and entering the city streets, which are crowded with protesters, as a result of the municipal council passing a law limiting the freedom of movement of the homeless population.

30. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

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  • Release Date: April 15, 2022 
  • IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 46%
  • Letterboxd: 2.7/5 
  • Directed By: David Yates
  • Leading Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller

Professor Albus Dumbledore is aware that Gellert Grindelwald, a strong and evil wizard, is attempting to seize control of the wizarding community. He assigns magizoologist Newt Scamander to head an intrepid group of wizards and witches because he is unable to stop him alone. They quickly come into conflict with Grindelwald’s expanding legion of supporters and come across a variety of both ancient and new animals.

Winding Up!

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