If you’re looking for something to watch, you’ll have to comb through yet another huge library of films offered by a streaming service. There are numerous films from Warner Bros. and other studios available on HBO Max, a streaming service provided by WarnerMedia. In reality, the first batch of HBO Max movies accessible at launch are some of the best in the service’s history. In addition to the usual superhero fare, there’s a good mix of classics and newer releases, as well as odd independents. Many of the DC movies produced by the same company that brought you The Dark Knight and Man of Steel are now accessible to view.
Although there are more than 600 movies to choose from, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best HBO Max movies ever made. We’ve put up a list of films that we think you’ll enjoy, and our authors explain why they’re so exceptional. This is a great opportunity for both new and long-time fans alike to see some of the most popular films of the past decade. We’re confident that you’ll discover something to your liking, no matter what.
Matt Reeves is the director of this film.
Matt Reeves and Peter Craig are the authors of this work.
Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, and Zo Kravitz round out the ensemble cast.
In recent years, we’ve seen a slew of distinct Batmans, from the Snyderverse to LEGO Batman. Matt Reeves’ The Batman, on the other hand, manages to feel like a new take on a character who has been reimagined an incredible number of times. Bruce Wayne, played by Robert Pattinson, is Gotham’s emo knight, attempting in vain to clean up the streets but ultimately failing. Two criminal nightclub proprietors, The Penguin (Colin Farrell) and The Riddler (Adam Baldwin), are making things even more difficult for the citizens of Gotham City (Paul Dano). While we’ve seen these characters and this city before, Reeves’ gloomy take on the caped crusader is engrossing as we see Bruce Wayne try to become the saviour Gotham needs.
“M. Night Shyamalan” (director/writer)
Gael Garca Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen, Aaron Pierre, Embeth Davidtz, and Emun Elliott are all in the cast of this film.
“Old” is one of M. Night Shyamalan’s best films. It’s about a family’s final trip together with their two small children before they divorce. They believe that the vacation will be beneficial to them, and that the sunshine will make the news more bearable. However, they soon learn that the beach they are on is ageing them at an alarming rate. With the help of a few other vacationers, the family must put aside their differences in order to save themselves. There are some truly touching moments, as well as some horrible body horror scenes, in Old. While old can be many things, one thing it is not is boring.
West Side Story
Steven Spielberg is the director.
Tony Kushner is the author.
Actors include Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, Mike Faist and Rita Moreno.
Although the epidemic hampered the box office success of Steven Spielberg’s version of West Side Story, this refreshing retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story does not take away from it. Rita Moreno joins the cast as the new character Valentina in Spielberg’s modern adaptation of the famous musical. Even while Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler do well as Tony and Maria, the real star of the play is Ariana DeBose’s effervescent Anita. Actress DeBose has a performance that inspires, and she proved it with her Oscar win, as she dances around the streets of New York to the finish of the film. When it comes to musicals, West Side Story is a must-see from director Steven Spielberg.
In The Heights
Jon M. Chu is the director.
Alegra Hudes (writer)
Leslie Grace, Olga Merediz, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, and Jimmy Smits are all in the cast.
Lin-Manuel Miranda was already a Tony Award winner for his previous musical, In the Heights, before he became the star of Hamilton. Washington Heights is the setting for a story about a group of people who are either trying to leave or re-establish themselves in the neighbourhood. Miranda and director Jon M. Chu are a match made in heaven as they bring Miranda’s fantastic songs to the big screen and make them sing. The music and lyrics will become stuck in your head like they do in a good Broadway production, thanks to the imaginative photography and outstanding performances. That said, we aren’t responsible if you keep singing “96,000” nonstop.
The Last Duel
Ridley Scott is the director of this film.
Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon are the film’s writers.
Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck round out the cast.
There are multiple points of view in Ridley Scott’s historical drama, which is a fascinating, Rashomon-like narrative of conflicting opinions. When Jean’s wife Marguerite (Jodie Comer) accuses his old friend Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver) of rape, his knight buddy Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) challenges him to a fight.
It seems as if Scott’s story is being retold from a different perspective, with different objectives, and different truths being revealed. While Damon, Driver, and Ben Affleck, as the flamboyant Count Pierre de’Alençon, are all excellent, The Last Duel is Comer’s film, as her chapter conveys the true reality of this predicament in a performance that deserves awards consideration. The Last Duel is a masterpiece from director Ridley Scott and one of the top films of the year 2021.
Promising Young Woman
Emerald Fennell is the film’s writer and director.
Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, and Connie Britton make up the rest of the cast.
This year’s Best Original Screenplay Oscar winner is a film that will have you talking for weeks to come. Cary Mulligan gives one of her best performances ever as college dropout Cassie (the film’s leading lady), who is clearly traumatised by the rape of her late best friend.
For Cassie, going out and getting wasted in a bar is a method of coping with the trauma. She’ll wait for a “good guy” to pick her up and take her home, where she’ll spring the trap. However, when she falls for a boy who appears to be good and worth giving up a life of vengeance, her unending goal of vengeance is put on hold. The rape-revenge genre is turned on its head in Emerald Fennell’s film, which examines the culture of rape and the high cost it places on everyone involved. Despite the fact that Promising Young Woman isn’t an easy watch, it’s a must-see.
Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off
Sam Jones is the director.
The documentary Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off follows the life of skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time. Jones tells the story of Hawk’s transformation from a skinny boy striving to be taken seriously to one of the most outstanding and talented athletes of our era.. When it comes to Hawk, we can see how being the best at something can have a negative impact on one’s relationships with family and friends because of the lack of competition. When it comes to showing Hawk’s unwavering passion for his sport and his refusal to give up, Until the Wheels Fall Off is most stunning when it depicts Hawk’s unwavering drive and determination even at the age of fifty-two.
Drive My Car
Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe are the authors.
Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tōko Miura, Reika Kirishima, Park Yu-rim, Jin Dae-yeon, Sonia Yuan, Ahn Hwitae, Perry DIzon, Satoko Abe, and Masaki Okada
Drive My Car’s Best Picture nomination for the 2022 Academy Awards may have surprised some, but Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s stunning Japanese drama is by far one of the best films of 2021. Drive My Car depicts the narrative of Ysuke Kafuku, an actor and theatre director, as he directs a version of Uncle Vanya shortly after the death of his wife. When it comes to the story of Ysuke and the people who come into contact with him, Drive My Car takes its time. One of the best character studies in a long time, Drive My Car is enriched by spending so much time with Ysuke.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The film’s director is Alfonso Cuarón.
Writers: Steve Kloves
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grout are in the cast.
Before winning two Oscars for Best Director, Alfonso Cuaron made the best Harry Potter film (do not DM me to tell me why I am wrong). Chris Columbus did a commendable job establishing the Harry Potter universe and deserves credit for sticking to the books and casting the appropriate actors, but by the third film, Cuaron recognised it was time to start taking creative risks or the films would never be able to take on a life of their own. Not only does he give the Harry Potter series its strongest emotional beats, but he also makes them feel cinematic, as opposed to just attempting to adapt the novels to a new medium.
The Jurassic Park Trilogy
Steven Spielberg and Joe Johnston are the directors.
Jim Taylor, Peter Buchman, Michael Crichton, and David Koepp are the film’s writers.
Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Richard Attenborough star in this drama.
Even while the first Jurassic Park is still the gold standard, the full Jurassic Park trilogy is now available to stream on HBO Max if you’re feeling particularly ambitious. I can’t think of a better example of cinematic magic than Steven Spielberg’s 1993 picture. The Lost World, his 1997 follow-up, is a step down in terms of story quality, but still contains some interesting moments (that dual T. rex scene with the trailers on the cliff is incredible). And as for Joe Johnston’s Jurassic Park III from 2001, well, that one’s up for grabs.
Todd Phillips is the director.
Scriptwriters: Scott Moore and Jon Lucas.
Cooper, Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, and Justin Bartha are in the cast.
As proven by the sequels, The Hangover is one of those light-in-a-bottle comedies whose success is nearly hard to duplicate. After a night in Vegas, three buddies wake up hungover and with no memory of what happened the night before, and one of them is gone. For the sake of the wedding, they are obliged to go back in time and find Doug before the ceremony begins. However, it’s impossible to put into words the hilarity in this situation. A major part of the film’s appeal is due to Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms’ on-screen chemistry as well as their reactions to the progressively absurd situations they find themselves in. Despite the lacklustre sequels, this picture is still enjoyable to see.