The 100 best movies on HBO Max right now

Since the new year, HBO Max has lost one of the greatest weapons in its arsenal: The day-and-date release of Warner Bros. theatrical movies. But there is something that HBO Max still has up its sleeve — a deal with 20th Century Studios and Searchlight films. That’s why titles like The Last Duel are on HBO Max a very short time after their theatrical run. Naturally, that deal won’t last forever, but it’s a nice perk that pairs well with Warner Bros. incredible lineup of films that goes back almost a century. If you’re looking for your next at-home cinema experience, you’ve come to the right place. All you need to do is check out our updated list of the best movie on HBO Max right now.

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The Last Duel (2021) new

The Last Duel
86%
67 %
7.4/10
r 153m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer
Directed by Ridley Scott
Director Ridley Scott recently made headlines when he blamed The Last Duel’s poor box office performance on people who would rather watch their phones than sit in a theater. Now it’s on HBO Max, where it can also be watched on a phone, if you choose. But this twisty tale of desire, betrayal, and bloody revenge is compelling on any screen. Matt Damon co-wrote the script and stars as Sir Jean de Carrouges, a knight in medieval France who was once great friends with his former squire, Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver). But when Jean’s wife, Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer), accuses Jacques of rape, the two men become bitter enemies.

Memento (2000) new

Memento
93%
80 %
8.4/10
r 113m
Genre Mystery, Thriller
Stars Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan’s second feature film, Memento, established him as one of the top directors in Hollywood. Guy Pearce headlines the film as Leonard Shelby, a man who is searching for his wife’s killer. However, that search is complicated by Leonard’s anterograde amnesia, which means that he can’t form any new memories. And every 15 minutes or so, Leonard forgets everything and resets. The film plays with time by beginning at the end and working its way backwards as Leonard wonders who he can trust, and whom he should kill.

Kate & Leopold (2001) new

Kate & Leopold
51%
44 %
6.4/10
pg-13 118m
Genre Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Stars Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber
Directed by James Mangold
There aren’t many romantic comedies that use time travel as a plot device, so we should appreciate those that do. Kate & Leopold stars Hugh Jackman as Leopold Alexis Elijah Walker Thomas Gareth Mountbatten. Yes, it’s a very long name, and he also happens to be the 3rd Duke of Albany, and engaged to a woman that he doesn’t love. When Leopold stumbles upon his descendant, Stuart Besser (Liev Schreiber), he finds himself transported to modern day New York. Leopold soon falls for Stuart’s ex-girlfriend, Kate McKay (Meg Ryan). But Leopold’s trip to his future unleashes some bad consequences for the timeline. And if he doesn’t go back, then history will be irrevocably changed.

Malcolm X (1992) new

Malcolm X
89%
73 %
7.7/10
pg-13 202m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall
Directed by Spike Lee
Denzel Washington did not win an Oscar for playing Malcolm X in the movie that shares his name. But he should have, because his performance is mesmerizing and this is one of director Spike Lee’s greatest films. The story follows Malcolm Little from his teenage years to his criminal career and finally to his prison stint where he converted to Islam and ultimately reinvented himself as a high ranking member of the Nation of Islam. Malcolm X’s profile in the Black community alarms his enemies both within and outside of the Nation of Islam. And when Malcolm chooses his own path to follow, it places his life in danger.

Gravity (2013)

Gravity
96%
96 %
7.7/10
pg-13 91m
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller, Drama
Stars Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Gravity is director Alfonso Cuarón’s sci-fi masterpiece, but it’s a very grounded story with a powerhouse performance by Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone. During her first mission in space, Ryan’s life is threatened on a space walk. Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) leaves the shuttle to save Ryan, only for both of them to discover that a disaster has claimed the lives of everyone else on the mission. With only each other to rely on, Ryan and Matt must find some way to survive and return to Earth. But that may require a mixture of the miraculous and basic human ingenuity.

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

The Lego Batman Movie
90%
75 %
7.3/10
pg 104m
Genre Animation, Family, Action, Comedy, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Stars Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera
Directed by Chris McKay
If you’re looking for a superhero movie that’s literally made for the whole family, it’s The LEGO Batman Movie. Will Arnett’s Bruce Wayne/Batman doesn’t bother to hide his worst personality traits, including a deep-seated fear of gaining a new family only to lose it. He may not have a choice this time after taking in Dick Grayson (Michael Cera) as his sidekick and ward, Robin, as well as his obvious romantic interest in the new police commissioner, Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson), the young woman destined to become Batgirl. This time, the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) has the ultimate plan to defeat the caped crusader by the biggest bad guys from Warner Bros. history to Gotham.

Friday (1995)

Friday
78%
54 %
7.3/10
r 91m
Genre Comedy
Stars Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long
Directed by F. Gary Gray
Friday is such a classic comedy that Warner Bros. is still trying to make another sequel with Ice Cube. Within the film, Craig Jones (Ice Cube) and his best friend, small-time weed dealer Smokey (Chris Tucker), make the mistake of smoking some of the weed that Smokey’s supposed to sell for local drug lord Big Worm (Faizon Love). And Worm is not in a forgiving mood when he orders them to pay him back in just a few hours or else he will have them killed. On top of that, the neighborhood bully Deebo (Tiny “Zeus” Lister Jr.) steals their money and threatens to knock them the f*ck out! Since neither Craig nor Smokey has a job to fall back on, their misadventures in the neighborhood hilariously push them to the limit.

The Two Jakes (1990)

The Two Jakes
64%
56 %
6.2/10
r 137m
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Stars Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly
Directed by Jack Nicholson
Did you know that there’s a sequel to Chinatown? Jack Nicholson stepped behind the camera to direct The Two Jakes, a film that picks up with private investigator Jake Gittes (Nicholson) over a decade after the events in the previous movie. Jake’s newest client is Julius “Jake” Berman (Harvey Keitel), a real estate developer who is eager to catch his wife, Katherine “Kitty” Berman (Meg Tilly), in an affair. Much to Jake’s alarm, Julius murders Kity’s lover and implicates Jake as a party to his death. As Jake tries to escape his newfound legal jeopardy, the mystery of Julius’ true motives come to light.

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts (2022)

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts
95%
65 %
8.2/10
103m
Genre Documentary
Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Directed by Eran Creevy, Giorgio Testi, Joe Pearlman, Casey Patterson
At first glance, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts could almost be mistaken for a Harry Potter sequel. Seeing Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson revisit the magical Hogwarts sets almost blurs the line between the actors and their famous parts. But the kids are all grown up in this reunion documentary, which features the cast in candid conversations about their experiences and the effect that the Harry Potter films have had on their lives. And the core trio is just the tip of the iceberg, as several other surviving cast members return to share their thoughts as well.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

The Eyes of Tammy Faye
67%
55 %
6.7/10
pg-13 126m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones
Directed by Michael Showalter
The Eyes of Tammy Faye is a passion project for Jessica Chastain, the actress who purchased the rights to Tammy Faye Bakker’s life story and stars in the title role. Chastain is joined by Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker, Tammy Faye’s infamous husband. During the ‘70s and ‘80s, Jim and Tammy Faye made millions as two of the top-grossing televangelists in the world. However, all of that success led to their undoing. Well, that and some serious financial improprieties, sex scandals, and more. The film promises the “redemption” of Tammy Faye, but that part of the story is debatable.

The Animatrix (2003)

The Animatrix
89%
7.4/10
g 102m
Genre Animation, Science Fiction
Stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Clayton Watson
Directed by Koji Morimoto, Peter Chung, Andrew R. Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Shinichiro Watanabe
With The Matrix Resurrections in theaters and on HBO Max, it’s fitting that The Animatrix has also resurfaced on Warner Bros.’ streaming service. The Animatrix is a series of nine anime shorts that take place in the world of The Matrix. The most visually stunning of the group is the CGI-animated tale, Final Flight of the Osiris, which features lovers Captain Thadeus (Kevin Michael Richardson) and Jue (Pamela Adlon) as they make hard choices while sending a warning to the human race. Another standout short is A Detective Tale, which follows Ash (James Arnold Taylor), a private investigator who closes in on the truth about Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss).

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey
92%
84 %
8.3/10
g 149m
Genre Science Fiction, Mystery, Adventure
Stars Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
The word “masterpiece” tends to be overused in film criticism. But 2001: A Space Odyssey lives up the hype and is a true accomplishment in the realm of cinema. Director Stanley Kubrick collaborated with sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke on this enigmatic story of humanity’s origins and their link to a mysterious alien monolith. During a space mission to follow the monolith’s signal, Dr. David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Dr. Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) are alarmed by the ship’s A.I., HAL 9000 (Douglas Rain), as it makes some serious errors along the way. It seems that HAL is all-too human in terms of his personality, and he plots to eliminate the astronauts in order to insure his own survival.

The Suicide Squad (2021)

The Suicide Squad
90%
76 %
7.3/10
r 132m
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena
Directed by James Gunn
After a brief stint on HBO Max earlier this year, The Suicide Squad is back with some of the most obscure comic book characters ever to grace the big screen. Bloodsport (Idris Elba), the man who shot Superman, is blackmailed into leading a team of dangerous convicts on a suicide mission behind enemy lines. Against his better judgment, Bloodsport even begins to care about some of his teammates. However, not everyone on Task Force X can be trusted. And there’s a fairly high chance that the team didn’t bring enough body bags for this mission. When the tagline for a film is “don’t get too attached,” take it seriously.

The Blind Side (2009)

The Blind Side
66%
53 %
7.6/10
pg-13 129m
Genre Drama
Stars Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron
Directed by John Lee Hancock
It should be noted that the real Michael Oher has some issues with the way that The Blind Side portrays his intelligence and his aptitude towards football. He is a pro football player, after all. However, even Oher has acknowledged that the film is a heartwarming adaptation of true events. When young Michael (Quinton Aaron) struggles to overcome his setbacks in life, Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) and her husband, Sean Tuohy (Tim McGraw), step up and bring him into their family as their adopted son. They also help guide Michael towards a college football program, which makes him question their motives at a critical moment in his life.

The Italian Job (2003)

The Italian Job
73%
68 %
7/10
pg-13 110m
Genre Action, Crime
Stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton
Directed by F. Gary Gray
The beautiful thing about heist films is that they are always in season. In this remake of The Italian Job, Donald Sutherland portrays John Bridger, the leader of a crew that includes a skilled thief named Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg), and an inside man, Steve Frazelli (Edward Norton). During a high-stakes robbery, Steve betrays the team and leaves them for dead. With John out of the way, Charlie recruits John’s daughter, Stella Bridger (Charlize Theron) to help the rest of the team get their revenge and recover their stolen money. Stella also happens to be the one member of the team whom Steve has never met. But he’s too sharp to be easily fooled for long.

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Interview with the Vampire
64%
59 %
7.5/10
r 123m
Genre Horror, Drama, Fantasy
Stars Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst
Directed by Neil Jordan
The great Anne Rice passed away this week, but her legacy lives on in her novels. The Interview With the Vampire movie is imperfect, but it is the best adaptation of her work. Brad Pitt stars as Louis de Pointe du Lac, a vampire who allows a mortal reporter, Daniel Molloy (Christian Slater), to interview him about his life. In the past, Lestat de Lioncourt (Tom Cruise) turns Louis into a vampire, and they become immortal companions. But when Lestat turns a young girl named Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) into their vampire daughter, he unwittingly sets in motion a betrayal that will haunt them for centuries.

Anna Karenina (2012)

Anna Karenina
63%
63 %
6.6/10
r 130m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Directed by Joe Wright
The Russian romance novel Anna Karenina will never be mistaken for a holiday film. But it’s a timeless tale of tragic love that has garnered several adaptations. The 2012 version stars Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina, a woman who accompanies her husband, Alexei Karenin (Jude Law), to Moscow in order to help her brother, Prince Stepan “Stiva” Arkadyevich (Matthew Macfadyen). Much to Anna’s surprise, she falls for Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), even though she knows firsthand what the consequences of her infidelity may be. Let’s just say that Russian novels aren’t known for their happy endings.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love.
79%
68 %
7.4/10
118m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
Directed by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Crazy, Stupid, Love features Steve Carell as Cal Weaver, a man whose wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), is leaving him for another man. Cal’s plight earns him the sympathy of Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), a pickup artist who frequents a local bar. Jacob teaches Cal a few tips that allow him to be more romantically successful with women. But while their friendship is formed, Jacob’s complicated relationship with a young woman named Hannah (Emma Stone) will put his bond with Cal to the ultimate test. Meanwhile, Cal is forced to question whether he truly wants other women or if his marriage is worth fighting for.

Jackie Brown (1997)

Jackie Brown
87%
64 %
7.5/10
r 154m
Genre Crime, Thriller, Drama
Stars Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
For his third film as a director, Quentin Tarantino adapted Elmore Leonard’s novel, Rum Punch, into the stylish flick, Jackie Brown. Pam Grier stars as the title character, a stewardess who smuggles money for Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson). When ATF Agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) and the authorities catch Jackie in the act, Ordell plans to kill her. Fortunately, Jackie is a very foxy lady. With the help of bail bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster), Jackie comes up with the scheme of a lifetime. But Ordell is a very dangerous man to cross, and he will kill whoever he has to get his money back.

Chicago (2002)

Chicago
86%
81 %
7.2/10
pg-13 113m
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama
Stars Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Directed by Rob Marshall
If you can’t be famous, be infamous. That’s the ethos behind Chicago, the adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as Velma Kelly, a showgirl who is accused of murdering her sister and her husband for their affair. Renée Zellweger’s Roxie Hart not only admires Velma, she covets her fame. And when Roxie commits her own crime of passion, she winds up in the same prison as Velma. Both women hire hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) to escape their respective charges. But they soon realize that their greatest adversaries are each other.

Changing Lanes (2002)

Changing Lanes
77%
69 %
6.5/10
r 99m
Genre Crime, Thriller
Stars Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette
Directed by Roger Michell
Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson are at each other’s throats in Changing Lanes, a film that casts them as men on the brink of ruin. Affleck stars as Gavin Banek, a Wall Street attorney who rushes to court when he has a car accident with Doyle Gipson (Jackson). Doyle was also rushing to court to fight for custody of his kids and to keep his family together. The accident derails the ambitions of both men, and their escalating cycle of revenge against each other threatens to destroy their respective lives.

Se7en (1995)

Se7en
82%
65 %
8.6/10
r 127m
Genre Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow
Directed by David Fincher
While Se7en’s biggest moment revolves around something in a box, it is definitely not a Christmas story! So let’s refrain from any holiday reenactments, shall we? Morgan Freeman stars as Detective Lieutenant William Somerset, with Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt) as his hot-headed new partner. William also forms a friendship with David’s wife, Tracy Mills (Gwyneth Paltrow), before they are thrust into the hunt for a serial killer. Someone is using the seven deadly sins as a twisted roadmap for his murders. And as the search for answers takes its toll on the two detectives, the killer strikes close to home before putting his final plan into motion.

The X Files (1998)

The X Files
67%
60 %
7/10
pg-13 121m
Genre Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi
Directed by Rob Bowman
You will probably enjoy The X-Files movie more if you watch the series as well. In a departure from most television adaptations, The X-Files takes place between the fifth and sixth season and fills an important role in the show’s mythology. At the start of the film, Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) no longer have the X-Files. But they do have each other’s loyalty and friendship. When a high-value source, Alvin Kurtzweil (Martin Landau), approaches Mulder, it sets off a chain of events that threatens to expose the conspiracy hiding evidence of alien life ahead of a planned invasion. And the men keeping those secrets are still willing to kill in order to protect them.

No Country for Old Men (2007)

No Country for Old Men
93%
91 %
8.1/10
r 122m
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin
Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Many Coen Brothers crime films have a light touch and many comedic moments. No Country For Old Men is not one of those films. Instead, the Coens go into very dark territory in this early ‘80s period piece. Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles across a drug deal gone bad as well as millions of dollars in drug money. Unfortunately for Liewelyn, the cartel has sent Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) to retrieve the cash, and he is easily one of the most terrifying movie villains of the 21st century. It’s no wonder that Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) feels so outmatched by the criminal element. Anton’s capacity for violence has no limits, and Liewelyn soon realizes just how much trouble he’s in.

The Truman Show (1998)

The Truman Show
95%
90 %
8.1/10
pg 103m
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich
Directed by Peter Weir
Meet Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey), the star of The Truman Show. This show within a movie is all about every aspect of Truman’s life, but he has no idea that everyone around him is playing a role. The only real thing in Truman’s existence is Truman himself, and even his wife, Meryl (Laura Linney), is simply an actress who doesn’t truly love him. As Truman begins to question the carefully constructed lie of his life, the show’s creator, Christof (Ed Harris), becomes increasingly determined that Truman never learn the truth.

The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

The Muppets Take Manhattan
83%
64 %
6.9/10
g 94m
Genre Romance, Comedy, Family
Stars Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz
Directed by Frank Oz
The Muppets Take Manhattan is one of the greatest Muppets movies ever created, and you won’t find it on Disney+. But as one of the few Muppets films not owned by Disney, it’s a great option for families on HBO Max. After graduating from college, the Muppets move to Manhattan to fulfill their dreams of becoming Broadway stars. When their ambitions are foiled by a con man, the Muppets go their separate ways. However, Kermit the Frog refuses to let their collective dream die, and Miss Piggy sticks around to keep an eye on him. Kermit’s new friends, Pete (Louis Zorich) and Jenny (Juliana Donald), support his efforts. But Kermit will ultimately need to reunite the gang in order for the Muppets to take Manhattan as they planned.

Inside Man (2006)

Inside Man
86%
76 %
7.6/10
r 129m
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster
Directed by Spike Lee
Who’s playing who in Inside Man? In this tightly plotted thriller, Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) claims that he has pulled off the perfect heist. And he may be right. Dalton and his crew infiltrate a bank and come up with an ingenious way to hide their identities from their hostages. A powerful man named Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer) has good reason to fear what the robbers will find, which is why he hires Madeleine White (Jodie Foster) as a fixer to hide his secrets. It’s up to Detective Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) to sort out this mystery, assuming that anyone around him can be trusted.

The Outsiders (1983)

The Outsiders
68%
45 %
7.1/10
pg 90m
Genre Crime, Drama
Stars C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders first hit theaters in 1983, but he took another crack at the edit in 2005 for the DVD release. The Outsiders: The Complete Novel restores some additional scenes to the period drama. Ponyboy Curtis (C. Thomas Howell) and his friend, Johnny Cade (Ralph Macchio), are part of a greaser gang in the ‘60s. While Ponyboy clashes with his older brother, Darrel “Darry” Curtis (Patrick Swayze), he soon finds himself in much bigger trouble when his rival, Robert “Bob” Sheldon (Leif Garrett), ends up dead after a fight.

The Queen (2006)

The Queen
90%
91 %
7.3/10
pg-13 103m
Genre Drama, History
Stars Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell
Directed by Stephen Frears
This film may be called The Queen, but it’s all about the fallout from the death of a princess. In this historical dramatization, Britain is rocked by the sudden demise of Diana, Princess of Wales in a car accident. Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) doesn’t seem to have particularly liked Diana, and the royal family isn’t exactly eager to publicly mourn for the ex-wife of Prince Charles (Alex Jennings). Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) passionately argues that the queen and her family must acknowledge Diana’s importance to them and the nation or risk the monarchy itself.

Rush (1991)

Rush
71%
66 %
6.8/10
r 120m
Genre Crime, Drama
Stars Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott
Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck
How far is too far when it comes to bringing a criminal to justice? In Rush, both Detective Jim Raynor (Jason Patric) and Detective Kristen Cates (Jennifer Jason Leigh) cross the line while attempting to take down a local drug lord, Will Gaines (Gregg Allman). Although Jim and Kristen were only supposed to be undercover as lovers and drug addicts, their roles soon become a reality for them. Regardless of their personal sacrifices and the ongoing danger of their assignment, they come up short. That’s when they find another line to cross and falsify the evidence against Will.

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Thelma & Louise
85%
88 %
7.5/10
r 130m
Genre Drama, Thriller, Crime, Adventure
Stars Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, Harvey Keitel
Directed by Ridley Scott
In the ‘90s, Thelma & Louise was a cultural touchstone and an impactful feminist film. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon co-headlined the film as a housewife named Thelma Dickinson, and her best friend, Louise Sawyer. During a girls trip gone wrong, Louise murders a man who attempted to rape Thelma. Out of desperation, the two women decide to abandon their lives and race for the Mexican border. Unfortunately, Thelma and Louise’s rash decisions pile up and turn them into fugitives from justice. But together, the two women are willing to face almost any obstacle in their way.

Witness (1985)

Witness
93%
76 %
7.4/10
r 113m
Genre Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Stars Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Josef Sommer
Directed by Peter Weir
Witness is a mid-80s thriller starring Harrison Ford as Detective John Book, a big city cop who takes it upon himself to protect a young boy, Samuel Lapp (Lukas Haas), who has witnessed a murder. Both Samuel and his mother, Rachel Lapp (Kelly McGillis), are members of the Amish community, and thus unfamiliar with that level of violence. But when John realizes that dirty cops are targeting Samuel, he escorts the Lapps back to their home while suffering from a near fatal wound. And as John recovers, he finds himself romantically drawn to Rachel.

Executive Decision (1996)

Executive Decision
65%
62 %
6.4/10
r 133m
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Stars Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, Halle Berry
Directed by Stuart Baird
Executive Decision is more or less Die Hard on a Plane without Bruce Willis. It’s still pretty good though. When Naji Hassan (David Suchet) and his terrorist forces seize control of an airplane loaded with nerve gas and heading towards the U.S., Dr. David Grant (Kurt Russell) finds himself drafted to accompany Lieutenant Colonel Austin Travis (Steven Seagal) and his Special Forces team on a risky mission to infiltrate the plane mid-air and foil the plot. Unfortunately, disaster strikes almost immediately, forcing David to step up and become the hero of his own story.

Land (2021)

Land
70%
61 %
6.6/10
pg-13 89m
Genre Drama
Stars Robin Wright, Demián Bichir, Sarah Dawn Pledge
Directed by Robin Wright
Robin Wright made her directorial debut with Land, a film in which she also stars as a woman named Edee. After suffering a terrible tragedy, Edde retreats from the world and tries to make a new life for herself in the Wyoming wilderness. Unfortunately for Edde, she may not be suited for living in the wild by herself. After narrowly surviving a brush with death thanks to the aid of Miguel Borrás (Demián Bichir), Edde forms a new friendship and tries to find meaning in her life and something worth living for.

Hellboy (2004)

Hellboy
81%
72 %
6.8/10
pg-13 122m
Genre Fantasy, Action
Stars Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
There are three Hellboy movies, but only the two directed by Guillermo del Toro are truly worth your time. In the original film, del Toro introduces Hellboy (Ron Perlman) as the world’s greatest paranormal investigator. Hellboy may be a literal demon from Hell, but he was raised as a force for good by his adoptive father, Trevor Bruttenholm (John Hurt). Hellboy is a member of the B.P.R.D., but he is still living apart from human society and alienated from Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), the woman he secretly loves. Unfortunately for Hellboy, the resurrected Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden) plans to use Hellboy’s feelings for Liz against him while unleashing armageddon.

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Pride & Prejudice
86%
82 %
7.8/10
pg-13 127m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Keira Knightley, Talulah Riley, Rosamund Pike
Directed by Joe Wright
Jane Austin’s romance novel, Pride & Prejudice, has been adapted several times for film and television. However, director Joe Wright’s 2005 adaptation may be the best one to date. Wright and screenwriter Deborah Moggach are true to the spirit of the novel while also making a few updates that modernize the story while maintaining its period setting. Keira Knightley stars as Elizabeth Bennet, the second oldest of five Bennet sisters who need to find good marriages in order to secure their standing once their father passes. Elizabeth isn’t eager to marry, even though Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) is a very determined suitor. However, Elizabeth can still find love if she opens her heart and sees Darcy for who he truly is.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Full Metal Jacket
92%
76 %
8.3/10
r 117m
Genre Drama, War
Stars Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket is one of the most harrowing war movies ever made. Matthew Modine stars as Private J. T. “Joker” Davis, a soldier who is paired with Private Leonard “Gomer Pyle” Lawrence (Vincent D’Onofrio). Leonard is bullied so mercilessly by Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (Lee Ermey) and his fellow soldiers that he suffers a frightening mental break. In the aftermath of that incident, Joker is promoted to Sergeant and sent for a tour of duty in Vietnam. From there, Joker’s descent into the hell of war leaves him a changed man.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
81%
65 %
7.6/10
pg 152m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy
Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Directed by Chris Columbus
“You’re a wizard, Harry!” This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first film in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the U.K.) introduces movie lovers to Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe). On his way to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his first year, Harry makes lifelong friends with Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson). However, their bond will be tested when a hidden danger is revealed at Hogwarts. HBO Max has debuted a new “Magical Movie Mode” for this flick, which offers a glimpse behind the scenes and even shares spell incantations onscreen.

The Wolverine (2013)

The Wolverine
71%
61 %
6.7/10
pg-13 126m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima
Directed by James Mangold
Don’t get too used to having an X-Men-related film on HBO Max. It’s a holdover of HBO Max’s deal with 20th Century Studios. In The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Logan, a mutant hero who is haunted by the death of the woman he loved, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). Soon, Logan is summoned to Japan and given the option to end his eternal suffering. Before long, Logan uncovers a plot against Mariko (Tao Okamoto), the granddaughter of his old friend. Logan also befriends Yukio (Rila Fukushima), a young mutant who appoints herself as Logan’s bodyguard even before his mutant powers begin to fail him.

Moonstruck (1987)

Moonstruck
94%
83 %
7.1/10
pg 102m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia
Directed by Norman Jewison
Cher won an Oscar for Best Actress for her leading role in Moonstruck as Loretta, a widowed woman living with her family. Unexpectedly, Loretta finds love again … it’s just not with her new fiancé, Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello). Instead, Loretta is drawn to Johnny’s estranged brother, Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage). Despite her differences with Ronny, his passion strikes a chord with Loretta that causes her to jeopardize her upcoming wedding. Will Loretta follow her heart and pursue a real relationship with Ronny? Or will she simply accept her non-romantic bond with Johnny in holy matrimony?

The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

The French Lieutenant's Woman
81%
64 %
7.0/10
r 124m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae
Directed by Karel Reisz
The French Lieutenant’s Woman has a unique approach to its Victorian romance. In the past, Charles Henry Smithson (Jeremy Irons) falls for Sara Woodruff (Meryl Streep) despite his impending marriage to another woman. In the present, Mike (Irons) and Anna (Streep) are actors who are performing the roles of Charles and Sara for a film. Mike and Anna are both married to other people, but they pursue an affair of their own that mirrors the relationship between Charles and Sara. Unfortunately, the romance doesn’t unfold as they may have hoped.

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Little Shop of Horrors
90%
81 %
7.0/10
pg-13 94m
Genre Horror, Comedy
Stars Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia
Directed by Frank Oz
As the title implies, Little Shop of Horrors is a horror film. However, you may be laughing too hard at the catchy musical numbers to actually be scared. In this adaptation of the Broadway musical, Rick Moranis plays Seymour Krelborn, a forlorn man who pines for his coworker, Audrey (Ellen Greene). After finding a plant of unearthly origin, Seymour names it Audrey II (Levi Stubbs) and discovers that it can speak. More importantly, Audrey II hungers for human blood. And who better to feed it than Orin Scrivello (Steve Martin), Audrey’s abusive boyfriend. It’s too bad that Audrey II simply won’t be satisfied by one body.

Joker (2019)

Joker
68%
59 %
8.4/10
r 122m
Genre Crime, Thriller, Drama
Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz
Directed by Todd Phillips
If you’re expecting this Joker to fight Batman then you’re going to be in for a long wait. The Joker stand-alone film drops a few comic book hints, but it’s largely a harrowing profile of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a mentally ill and increasingly unstable man whose attempts to break into standup comedy have led to ridicule. It doesn’t help that Arthur’s mother, Penny Fleck (Frances Conroy), is delusional, and she really believes that Thomas Wayne (Brett Cullen) is Arthur’s father. As Arthur’s life spirals out of control, he retreats into a new persona that he creates for himself. And a monster is born…

Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

Like Water for Chocolate
87%
86 %
7.1/10
r 105m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné
Directed by Alfonso Aráu
Like Water for Chocolate is more like a romantic fable than anything resembling a traditional story. Lumi Cavazos stars as Tita, a young woman with an almost supernatural ability to imbue her emotions into the food she creates in the kitchen. Tita’s mother, Mama Elena (Regina Torné), forbids her from marrying, which prevents Tita from being with the love of her life, Pedro (Marco Leonardi). Regardless, Pedro marries Tita’s sister, Rosaura (Yareli Arizmendi), just to stay in Tita’s life. Yet family obligations may still keep Tita and Pedro apart.

Trance (2013)

Trance
68%
61 %
6.9/10
r 101m
Genre Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson
Directed by Danny Boyle
In Trance, Simon Newton (James McAvoy) finds himself in way over his head after a botched art heist. During the theft at his auction house, Simon was supposed to put away an extremely valuable painting before it could be stolen. While Simon was in league with the thieves, he apparently double-crossed them by hiding the painting somewhere else. After suffering a massive blow to the head, Simon’s memory is shattered. That’s why the thieves take him to Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson), a hypnotherapist who may hold the key to unlocking his mind. But the deeper Elizabeth probes into Simon’s subconscious, the more danger both of them are in.

Misery (1990)

Misery
90%
75 %
7.8/10
r 107m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth
Directed by Rob Reiner
There’s nothing supernatural about Misery, one of Stephen King’s greatest stories. But King has rarely created a villain more terrifying than Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates). She is the self-described “biggest fan” of novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan), a man who is eager to move past his Victorian novel series. When Paul is seriously injured in a car accident, Annie takes him in and nurses him back to health. But when Annie discovers that Paul killed off his heroine, Misery, she holds him captive, tortures him, and forces him to write a new novel in which she survives. And Annie is more than willing to kill in order to give her favorite character “back to the world.”

The Hours (2002)

The Hours
79%
80 %
7.5/10
pg-13 114m
Genre Drama
Stars Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Make sure you have some tissues handy for The Hours, because this movie can definitely bring out some tears. It’s set in three interconnected time periods, with novelist Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) in the 1920s, housewife Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) in the ’50s, and Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep) in the present. The primary connection is suicide, as both Virginia and Laura contemplate taking their own lives. Their choices resonate in the modern era, as Clarissa is forced to deal with the suicide of someone that she used to love. And yet within these sad tales, there is also hope.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom
93%
84 %
7.8/10
pg-13 94m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton
Directed by Wes Anderson
As you might expect from a Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom is anything but conventional. Despite having a cast any director would kill for, the focus of the story is on two troubled kids: Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward). When Sam and Suzy decide to run away together, Suzy’s parents; Mr. Bishop (Bill Murray) and Mrs. Bishop (Frances McDormand); Sam’s Scout Master, Randy Ward (Edward Norton); and Police Captain Duffy Sharp (Bruce Willis) attempt to find them. Sam and Suzy have dreams of their own, but they won’t be able to achieve their hearts’ desires without a little help.

In the Line of Fire (1993)

In the Line of Fire
96%
74 %
7.2/10
r 128m
Genre Thriller, Drama
Stars Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Clint Eastwood headlines In the Line of Fire as Frank Horrigan, the lone Secret Service Agent still on the roster from the John F. Kennedy assassination three decades earlier. Frank is still haunted by his failure to save JFK, which draws the attention of Mitch Leary (John Malkovich), an assassin who taunts Frank with his brazen plans to kill the current president. To protect the president and redeem himself, Frank resumes active duty on the president’s security detail. He also finds new love with his fellow Secret Service agent, Lilly Raines (Rene Russo). However, Mitch is several steps ahead of them and planning to slay the president before they can stop him.

Promising Young Woman (2020)

Promising Young Woman
90%
73 %
7.5/10
r 113m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge
Directed by Emerald Fennell
Promising Young Woman was one of 2020’s most daring films, thanks to an absolutely fearless performance by Carey Mulligan. In the film, Mulligan plays Cassie Thomas, a woman haunted by the rape and death of her best friend, Nina Fisher. To find some small sense of justice, Cassie lures men into believing they can take advantage of her before exposing their severe moral failings. But when Cassie discovers that Nina’s rapist, Al Monroe (Chris Lowell), will soon be married, she throws herself into a dangerous plan to get justice even if it ruins her burgeoning romance with Ryan (Bo Burnham).

King Kong (2005)

King Kong
84%
81 %
7.2/10
pg-13 188m
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama
Stars Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Jamie Bell
Directed by Peter Jackson
Before directing The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson desperately wanted to remake King Kong as a modern blockbuster. Following his LOTR success, Jackson got his chance with a lavish production that makes the “Eighth Wonder of the World” bigger than ever. Naomi Watts stars as Ann Darrow, a struggling actress who is recruited by director Carl Denham (Jack Black) for an on-location shoot that is far more dangerous than she realizes. Although Ann falls for screenwriter Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody), Kong only has eyes for her. While Kong saves Ann on Skull Island, all bets are off when he is captured and taken back to New York.

The Big Easy (1986)

The Big Easy
89%
52 %
6.5/10
r 102m
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama
Stars Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman, Lisa Jane Persky
Directed by Jim McBride
Just as the name implies, The Big Easy takes place in New Orleans, and the film was actually shot on location for authenticity. Dennis Quaid stars Remy McSwain, a police lieutenant tasked with investigating the death of a local crime boss. Ellen Barkin co-stars as Anne Osborne, a state district attorney who finds herself romantically drawn to Remy even though she openly suspects that he’s a dirty cop. Anne’s suspicions prove to be correct, which strains her relationship with Remy. Regardless, there’s an even greater corruption within the ranks of the New Orleans PD that may threaten both of their lives if they don’t stick together.

Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

Mad Max Fury Road
97%
90 %
8.1/10
r 120m
Genre Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Directed by George Miller
Most sequels fail to live up to the original movie that inspired them. But most sequels aren’t Mad Max: Fury Road, a thrilling action film that successfully revamped and updated the franchise for a new century. Tom Hardy headlines the film as Max Rockatansky, but the real star is Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa. She absolutely steals the movie from him. Together, they take it upon themselves to protect the unwilling wives of Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and escort them to safety across the wasteland. The action is top-notch, and it’s an easy film to watch again and again.

What They Had (2018)

What They Had
86%
69 %
6.7/10
r 101m
Genre Drama
Stars Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Blythe Danner
Directed by Elizabeth Chomko
What They Had is a family drama with only a handful of major roles, but it’s also got some terrific performances from its leading players. Hilary Swank stars as Bridget “Bitty” Ertz, the sister of Nicholas “Nicky” Everhardt (Michael Shannon). The two siblings are forced to return home in order to convince their father, Norbert Everhardt (Robert Forster), to place his wife, Ruth (Blythe Danner), into an assisted living facility to treat her worsening Alzheimer’s symptoms. The arguments that follow expose some deep fissures within the family as well as old emotional wounds that may never be fully healed.

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Chariots of Fire
82%
78 %
7.2/10
pg 124m
Genre Biography, Drama, Sport
Stars Ben Cross Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Cheryl Campbell, Alice Krige
Directed by Hugh Hudson
Chariots of Fire is a drama that is based on the true story of two men, Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) and Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a pair of British runners who competed in the 1924 Olympic Games. While Harold is a Jewish man who continually encounters antisemitism, Eric’s religious struggles come from his family and his own devout Christian faith. Running is an escape for both of them and a way to overcome their personal obstacles. Harold and Eric’s paths don’t always converge outside of their athletic pursuits, but their drive and resilience are still inspiring to watch.

Time After Time (1979)

Time After Time
87%
69 %
7.1/10
pg 111m
Genre Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama
Stars Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen, Charles Cioffi, Kent Williams
Directed by Nicholas Meyer
Before director Nicholas Meyer saved the Star Trek franchise with Star Trek II, he wrote and directed a fresh take on H.G. Wells’ seminal sci-fi novel Time After Time. In the film, Herbert George Wells (Malcolm McDowell) is not only the hero of his own story, he’s also the inventor of an actual time machine. Unfortunately, Jack the Ripper (David Warner) comes across the time machine and uses it to escape into the future world of 1979. That’s why Herbert pursues the Ripper through time, and he ultimately finds love with a modern-day woman, Amy Robbins (Mary Steenburgen).

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
90%
82 %
7.9/10
pg 142m
Genre Fantasy, Adventure
Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
All eight of the Harry Potter movies are now on HBO Max. And while you should certainly revisit the first two movies, the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is widely recognized as the best in the series. Thanks to the artful direction of Alfonso Cuarón and a powerful screenplay by Steve Kloves, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) has an affecting emotional odyssey when he learns that his godfather, Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), has escaped Azkaban’s prison for wizards. Harry believes that Sirius betrayed his parents and led them to their deaths. However, the truth is something that Harry never expected. And if the Boy Who Lived wants to put things right, he’s going to have to cheat the reaper … and evade the deadly Dementors.

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
88%
78 %
7.3/10
pg 112m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Diane Ladd, Jodie Foster, Alfred Lutter
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Unless you happened to be alive through the ‘70s, you may not know that director Martin Scorsese can do a lot more than the crime dramas that made him famous. Scorsese’s fourth film, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, is a dramedy that follows the story of Alice Hyatt (Ellen Burstyn ) and her son, Tommy (Alfred Lutter). After the sudden death of her husband, Alice takes Tommy and follows her dream of moving back to California and becoming a singer. Unfortunately, Alice’s plan falls prey to a toxic relationship and a series of misfortunes before she begins rebuilding her life as a waitress. When Alice falls for one of her customers, David (Kris Kristofferson), she is forced to question whether her ambition is more important than love.

Unforgiven (1992)

Unforgiven
96%
85 %
8.2/10
r 131m
Genre Western, Drama
Stars Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood has made a lot of westerns in his career, but Unforgiven is in a class all its own. Eastwood directed the film and stars as Will Munny, an aging outlaw who turned his back on a life of violence in order to raise a family. Will’s desperate finances lead him to accept a bounty on two cowboys who brutally disfigured a prostitute, Delilah Fitzgerald (Anna Thomson). Will recruits his old friend, Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman), and they join The Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett) to avenge Delilah’s injury. Unfortunately for the trio, Sheriff Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman) doesn’t take kindly to assassins, and his brand of justice is even more brutal than Will’s.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
87%
68 %
7.1/10
r 108m
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, JJ Feild, Oliver Platt
Directed by Angela Robinson
Almost everyone knows who Wonder Woman is, but few know the story of her creator. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women puts the spotlight on William Moulton Marston, a psychologist, writer, and the inventor of the lie detector. More importantly, it also explores William’s polyamorous relationship with his wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston (Rebecca Hall), and his research assistant turned lover, Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote). In the late ‘20s, their unconventional three-way relationship was considered to be scandalous. And yet without the influence of both Elizabeth and Olive, William’s comic book heroine would never have come into being.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption
91%
80 %
9.3/10
r 142m
Genre Drama
Stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows
Directed by Frank Darabont
Stephen King’s The Shawshank Redemption is one of his best non-horror stories, although there are definitely some horrific things that take place inside Shawshank Penitentiary. Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife and her lover. However, Andy’s pleas of innocence are ignored, even when a fellow inmate offers information that could clear his name. As the decades pass, Andy befriends Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman) and struggles to overcome the cage within his mind as well as the prison holding his body. Andy’s courage inspires Red, especially when Andy’s greatest secret emerges.

Macbeth (2015)

Macbeth
80%
71 %
6.6/10
r 113m
Genre Drama, History, War
Stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor
Directed by Justin Kurzel
William Shakespeare’s plays still resonate centuries after they were written. And one of the more recent adaptations of Macbeth is a particularly powerful retelling of that story. After leading his forces to victory, Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) encounters three witches who proclaim that he will be the king. After sharing the prophecy with his wife, Lady Macbeth (Marion Cotillard), they conspire to make it come to pass no matter how many people they have to betray or kill. However, their deeds come back to haunt them, sometimes literally, and the blood can not be washed away from their hands.

Horrible Bosses (2011)

Horrible Bosses
69%
57 %
6.8/10
r 98m
Genre Comedy, Crime
Stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell
Directed by Seth Gordon
Have you ever had a terrible boss who sucked all of the joy out of your job? Then you can probably relate to the main characters of Horrible Bosses. Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) has a boss, Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey), who cheated him out of a promotion, while his friend, Dale Arbusis (Charlie Day), is being sexually harassed by his boss, Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S. (Jennifer Aniston). Their other buddy, Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis), has a new boss, Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell), who may soon run their company into the ground. Realizing that their lives would be better off without their bosses, the trio hatch a murder plot that was destined to go wrong from the moment of its conception.

One Hour Photo (2002)

One Hour Photo
82%
64 %
6.8/10
r 96m
Genre Thriller
Stars Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, Eriq La Salle
Directed by Mark Romanel
To modern audiences, the premise of One Hour Photo may seem strange. But in the pre-digital days, we really did have places where we had to get pictures developed into paper prints. In this thriller, the late Robin Williams plays Seymour “Sy” Parrish, an employee at a photo shop who has no real life of his own. Instead, Sy lives vicariously through the Yorkin family because he believes that Will (Michael Vartan) and Nina (Connie Nielsen), as well as their son, Jake (Dylan Smith), have an ideal life. However, Sy’s views are shattered when some of the pictures reveal that Will is having an affair. Combined with turmoil at work, this revelation causes Sy to snap as he tries to expose Will and anyone else who crosses him.

Jurassic Park (1993)

Jurassic Park
92%
68 %
8.1/10
pg-13 128m
Genre Sci-fi, Action, Adventure
Stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Nearly three decades after its debut, Jurassic Park still stands as a monumental special effects achievement for its depiction of believable dinosaurs. Dr. John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) summons three experts, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), to his private island so they can see a test run of the new theme park with actual cloned dinosaurs. While the doctors are alarmed and excited by the implications of John’s actions, they are soon thrust into a dangerous situation when Jurassic Park is sabotaged from within.

Love & Basketball (2000)

Love & Basketball
83%
70 %
7.2/10
pg-13 125m
Genre Drama
Stars Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Alfre Woodard, Dennis Haysbert
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Fittingly, Love & Basketball is a love story about basketball. It’s also about the relationship between Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy McCall (Omar Epps). They love each other from an early age, but they love basketball even more. Surprisingly, Monica may be an even greater natural talent at the game, despite Quincy getting all of the attention from professional scouts. Under intense pressure at home from her mother, Camille Wright (Alfre Woodard), Monica struggles to hold on to her dream as well as her feelings for Quincy. The romance between Quincy and Monica waxes and wanes, but their shared passion for basketball is always there.

Inception (2010)

Inception
87%
74 %
8.8/10
pg-13 148m
Genre Action, Sci-Fi
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Elliot Page
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Your mind is the scene of the crime in Inception, the film that solidified Christopher Nolan movies as events unto themselves. Nolan didn’t need Batman to make this blockbuster, but several of his actors returned for this flick. Within the story, Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief who makes his living by breaking into other people’s dreams to steal their most valuable secrets. However, there’s something even more valuable than secrets: Inception. That’s the act of placing an idea into the mind of a victim and letting them believe that it was their idea. It’s a very dangerous mission, which threatens the lives of Dom and his new team.

Collateral (2004)

Collateral
86%
71 %
7.5/10
r 119m
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, Bruce McGill
Directed by Michael Mann
In Michael Mann’s thrilling action flick Collateral, Jamie Foxx plays an unassuming taxi driver named Max Durocher. Max’s driving skills impress his latest fare, Vincent (Tom Cruise), who offers him a flat fee to drive him all night. Unfortunately for Max, Vincent is a contract killer who is systematically taking out his targets. Once Max realizes the truth, it’s too late to get away … and he’s well aware that he will be Vincent’s final target at the end of the night. The stakes also get very personal when Vincent becomes aware about the details of Max’s life, which allow him to blackmail Max into helping him retrieve his hit list.

The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby
48%
55 %
7.2/10
pg-13 142m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher
Directed by Baz Luhrmann
Critics and audiences were polarized by director Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. But few can deny that Luhrmann brought the story to life with visual flair. Tobey Maguire stars as Nick Carraway, a World War I veteran and aspiring writer who finds himself drawn into the orbit of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), a very wealthy and enigmatic man. Jay wasn’t always rich, but he was in love with Nick’s cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan). The problem is that Jay never fell out of love with Daisy, even after she married Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Regardless of Jay’s newfound riches, the woman he loves seems destined to remain out of his reach.

A Mighty Wind (2003)

A Mighty Wind
87%
81 %
7.2/10
pg-13 92m
Genre Comedy, Music
Stars Bob Balaban, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara
Directed by Christopher Guest
If This Is Spinal Tap goes up to 11, then A Mighty Wind is more of a 7 or an 8. However, several Spinal Tap veterans appear in this unexpectedly sweet musical mockumentary. After a famous music producer passes away, his children reunite his three biggest acts for a memorial concert: The Folksmen, The New Main Street Singers, and Mitch & Mickey. The Folksmen’s trio, Mark Shubb (Harry Shearer), Alan Barrows (Christopher Guest), and Jerry Palter (Michael McKean), get most of the screen time. But there’s also a very effective subplot about Mitch Cohen (Eugene Levy) and Mickey Crabbe (Catherine O’Hara), a former couple who have mixed feelings about reuniting on stage.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
71%
51 %
7.0/10
pg-13 89m
Genre Action, Comedy
Stars Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Mimi Rogers, Seth Green
Directed by Jay Roach
Mike Myers goes for a dual role in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. In this hilarious James Bond spoof, secret agent Austin Powers (Myers) battles his nemesis, Dr. Evil (also Myers), in the late ’60s. And when Dr. Evil goes into suspended animation, Austin follows suit and awakens in the present day. Neither Austin nor Dr. Evil is able to easily make the adjustment to modern spy warfare. But at least Austin has a great partner, Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley). On the other hand, Dr. Evil has an inept crew of henchmen, and a clone son, Scott Evil (Seth Green), who resents him.

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Saturday Night Fever
82%
77 %
6.8/10
r 118m
Genre Drama
Stars John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Paul Pape
Directed by John Badham
Movies couldn’t possibly get more disco than Saturday Night Fever. But if you’re expecting a feel-good musical romance, then you’ve come to the wrong place. John Travolta stars as Anthony “Tony” Manero, a young man with dismissal prospects in his personal life and his day job. Yet on the dance floor, Tony is a king. He soon meets Stephanie Mangano (Karen Lynn Gorney), a dancer who may be his equal or even his superior. Unfortunately for Tony, Stephanie isn’t looking for love, just a platonic partnership. Meanwhile, the personal drama around Tony reaches a boiling point, and he jeopardizes his relationship with Stephanie by going way too far. If Tony’s not careful, his entire life could be shattered by his missteps.

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

McCabe & Mrs. Miller
84%
93 %
7.7/10
r 121m
Genre Western
Stars Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, René Auberjonois, Michael Murphy, Antony Holland
Directed by Robert Altman
Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller is a Western that challenges the tropes of the genre. It doesn’t romanticize its title characters, nor does it attempt to morally justify their actions or personas. Warren Beatty stars as John McCabe, a man who carries himself like a gunslinger and uses that reputation to his advantage. After establishing a brothel in town, John is joined by a new partner-in-crime, Constance Miller (Julie Christie). John and Constance’s ensuing romance is complicated by their differing approaches to business and pleasure. However, their relationship is strained when Eugene Sears (Michael Murphy) and Ernest Hollander (Antony Holland) come to town to force them out of their brothel business. And they won’t take no for an answer.

No Sudden Move (2021)

No Sudden Move
90%
76 %
6.5/10
r 115m
Genre Crime
Stars Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, David Harbour, Jon Hamm, Amy Seimetz
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Do you remember Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels? Those are movies where good guy crooks pull off an improbable heist while taking down villains who are far worse than they are. No Sudden Move is not that kind of movie, although Soderbergh does reunite with several of his Ocean’s Eleven stars. Don Cheadle and Benicio del Toro headline the film as Curt Goynes and Ronald Russo, a pair of gangsters in the ‘50s. Curt and Ronald are hired to lean on a hapless accountant, Matt Wertz (David Harbour), and threaten his family. But when Curt refuses to execute Matt and his family, he and Ronald are thrust into increasingly dangerous situations that leave them in dire straits and desperate for a way out.

Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Judas and the Black Messiah
96%
85 %
7.5/10
r 96m
Genre Drama
Stars Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders
Directed by Shaka King
Judas and the Black Messiah is based upon the real story of the death and betrayal of Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), the leader of Chicago’s Black Panther Party during the late ‘60s. Petty thief William “Bill” O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield) is given an opportunity to avoid jail by FBI Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons) if he agrees to join the Black Panthers and report back on them. As Bill becomes more prominent within the Black Panther Party, he has a firsthand view of what Fred is trying to accomplish. However, Bill can’t escape his deal with the FBI, even when he wants out.

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix
88%
73 %
8.7/10
r 136m
Genre Sci-Fi, Action
Stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano
Directed by The Wachowskis
There is a fourth Matrix film coming to HBO Max and theaters at the end of this year, but the original movie is still in a class by itself. The Matrix came out of nowhere in 1999 and quickly revolutionized sci-fi action with its slick direction and compelling story. Keanu Reeves stars as Neo, a hacker who is haunted by a singular question: “What is the Matrix?” Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and her boss, Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), hold the answers, but Neo is completely unprepared for the truth. And as he adjusts to his new reality, Neo is threatened by the ruthless Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) and an enemy much closer than he realizes.

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Reservoir Dogs
92%
79 %
8.3/10
r 99m
Genre Crime
Stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino recently said that he briefly considered doing a remake of his directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs, as his tenth and final film. A remake is not going to happen, and that’s a good thing, because this is a classic. Crime boss Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) puts together a motley crew to pull off a heist, including Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), and the psychotic Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen). However, one of their numbers is an undercover cop who is in way over his head. Getting out alive may not be an option, once the heist goes bad and the bodies pile up.

Clueless (1995)

Clueless
81%
68 %
6.8/10
pg-13 97m
Genre Comedy
Stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Wallace Shawn
Directed by Amy Heckerling
Did you know that Clueless was loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma? And we mean very loosely. In the modern setting of 1995, director and screenwriter Amy Heckerling made the story her own by reimagining the heroine as Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), a rich and beautiful high school student in Beverly Hills. While Cher seemingly has it all, her step-brother, Josh Lucas (Paul Rudd), challenges her to take a closer look at her existence. Over time, Cher realizes that she has truly been “clueless” about the important things in life and strives to find a purpose of her own.

The Green Mile (1999)

The Green Mile
78%
61 %
8.6/10
r 189m
Genre Drama, Fantasy
Stars Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter
Directed by Frank Darabont
Stephen King is best known for his tales of terror, but The Green Mile is something else entirely. It’s a prison drama with supernatural flourishes set in 1935. Tom Hanks stars as Paul Edgecomb, a guard at Cold Mountain Penitentiary’s death row. Much to Paul’s amazement, the gentle giant, John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), is capable of performing divine miracles and other fantastic feats. However, John is scheduled to die because he was falsely accused of raping and murdering children. After witnessing John’s actions and his private moments, Paul becomes convinced that killing him would be a needless tragedy. And yet, Paul seems powerless to prevent John from walking “the Green Mile” and facing his fate.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Eyes Wide Shut
75%
68 %
7.4/10
r 159m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
The late Stanley Kubrick’s final film, Eyes Wide Shut, had the novelty of casting a real-life married couple, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, to play a couple in a deeply troubled marriage. Dr. William “Bill” Harford (Cruise) is greatly disturbed by his wife, Alice (Kidman), when she admits to being tempted to stray from fidelity. As Bill struggles with his feelings, he runs into an old friend, Nick Nightingale (Todd Field), who tells him about a secretive group of rich people who engage in ritualistic sex. When Bill is caught at their ceremony and unmasked, he is forced to wonder if the group will make good on its threats to destroy his life if he reveals what he has seen.

”Shazam!” (”2019″)

”Shazam!”
”90″%
”71″ %
”7.0″/10
Genre ”Action,
There’s no shortage of superhero movies on HBO Max. But Shazam! is one of the few that is truly family-friendly. Asher Angel stars as Billy Batson, an orphan who is placed with a new foster family. When Billy lashes out, he inadvertently encounters the wizard, Shazam (Djimon Hounsou), who passes Billy his power before he dies. Now, Billy can become the new Shazam (Zachary Levi), and he shares his good fortune with his new foster brother, Frederick “Freddy” Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer). Unfortunately for Billy, the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) wants Shazam’s power for himself. And he’s willing to go through Billy’s new family to get it.

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Lethal Weapon
80%
68 %
7.6/10
r 132m
Genre Action, Comedy
Stars Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Tom Atkins
Directed by Richard Donner
Lethal Weapon is the quintessential action buddy cop movie of the ‘80s. A middle-aged police sergeant, Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), is partnered with Sergeant Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson), whom Roger suspects is crazy. But Martin has good reasons for his deteriorating mental state, as he struggles to move past the death of his wife. And when Martin is contacted by his old friend, Michael Hunsaker (Tom Atkins), he and Roger soon find themselves way over their heads in a deadly drug conspiracy. Lots of explosions, shootings, and fistfights ensue. But it’s the comedic chemistry of Gibson and Glover that made this flick into a franchise.

Matchstick Men (2003)

Matchstick Men
82%
61 %
7.3/10
pg-13 116m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce McGill
Directed by Ridley Scott
What’s a Matchstick Man? In the context of Matchstick Men, it’s just another way to say “con men.” Roy Waller (Nicolas Cage) is a veteran con man with his partner and protégée, Frank Mercer (Sam Rockwell). When Roy’s mental health deteriorates, he begins seeing a therapist, Dr. Harris Klein (Bruce Altman). With his doctor’s blessing, Roy reaches out to the daughter he never met: Angela (Alison Lohman). And much to Roy’s surprise, Angela takes to his grifter lifestyle and asks him to teach her the tips of the trade as he and Frank pursue a long con.

Cinderella Man (2005)

Cinderella Man
80%
69 %
8.0/10
pg-13 144m
Genre Drama, Sports
Stars Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Bruce McGill, Paddy Considine
Directed by Ron Howard
Cinderella Man is the nickname of James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe), one of the iconic boxers of the Great Depression era. In this biopic, James is forced to retire from boxing after breaking his right hand. Years later, and much to the consternation of his wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger), James realizes that his recovery has made him an even more formidable fighter. James’ boxing comeback opens several doors, including a match with world champion Max Baer (Craig Bierko). This is a wonderful underdog story that has the added benefit of having some truth within this Hollywood-infused fable. Even the setbacks can’t hold James down for long.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
91%
67 %
7.8/10
g 100m
Genre Musical, Fantasy
Stars Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole. Leonard Stone
Directed by Mel Stuart
Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, received a slight name change for the big screen. Instead, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory wisely put Gene Wilder’s mischievous candy factory owner in the title. It’s just as well, because Wilder’s manic performance carries the movie through Willy’s wild shifts in tone and attitude. Peter Ostrum also stars in the film as Charlie Bucket, one of five children from around the world who have located one of Wonka’s golden tickets. The winner will get a lifetime supply of chocolate, but first Charlie and the rest of the kids have to pass Willy’s demented morality tests. Spoiler alert: Most of the children don’t pass, and Willy seems to delight in their bizarre and outlandish fates.

Happy Feet (2006)

Happy Feet
76%
77 %
6.4/10
pg 108m
Genre Musical, Comedy
Stars Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman
Directed by George Miller
Would you believe that Mad Max director George Miller helmed the animated film Happy Feet? Not only did Miller expand into new, all-ages territory, but it’s a great example that other studios beyond Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks can make terrific animated movies as well. Elijah Wood stars as Mumble, a penguin born without the ability to sing. Fortunately, Mumble was also born with the gift of dance, and he uses it to pursue the penguin of his dreams, Gloria (Brittany Murphy). Mumble’s elders may not understand his dancing gestures, but they can’t stifle his moves forever.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
97%
85 %
8.4/10
pg-13 93m
Genre Biography, Documentary
Stars Fred Rogers, François Clemmons, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Negri, David Newell
Directed by Morgan Neville
For several generations of television viewers, Fred Rogers wasn’t simply the host of a children’s TV show. He was “Mister Rogers,” a beloved icon of public television who had a unique gift for connecting with a young audience. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood also taught kids valuable life lessons and didn’t shy away from difficult topics. Morgan Neville’s documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, is a wonderful look at not only the legacy of that show, but the man behind it. Fred Rogers was a rare individual who practiced what he preached. His warmth and kindness are still evident through his archival appearances here.

Dreamgirls (2006)

Dreamgirls
78%
76 %
6.5/10
pg-13 130m
Genre Musical, Drama
Stars Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Hudson
Directed by Bill Condon
Dreamgirls is an adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name, and it plays just as well on the silver screen as it did on the stage. The story is loosely inspired by the history of Motown, and it focuses on the rise of a girl group called the Dreams. Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx) quickly realizes that the trio of Effie White (Jennifer Hudson), Deena Jones (Beyoncé), and Lorrell Robinson (Anika Noni Rose) can become major stars. The Dreams’ success soon eclipses their associated act, Jimmy “Thunder” Early (Eddie Murphy). However, Curtis’ manipulations also splinter the unity of the Dreams when he elevates Deena at Effie’s expense.

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Good Morning, Vietnam
90%
67 %
7.3/10
r 121m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby
Directed by Barry Levinson
The late Robin Williams received an Oscar nomination for his performance as Adrian Cronauer in Good Morning, Vietnam. In 1965, the real Adrian was a DJ for the Armed Forces Radio Service in Saigon. Instead of toeing the official military line, Adrian’s unique brand of comedy and his willingness to tell the truth quickly earns him a following. He also forms an unlikely friendship with a local, Tuan (Tung Thanh Tran), while romantically pursuing Tuan’s sister, Trinh (Chintara Sukapatana). Naturally, Adrian’s antics enrage his superior officer, Sgt. Maj. Phillip Dickerson (J. T. Walsh), who plots to get rid of Adrian in a way that endangers his life.

Dumb and Dumber (1994)

Dumb and Dumber
68%
41 %
7.3/10
pg-13 106m
Genre Comedy
Stars Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Karen Duffy, Mike Starr, Charles Rocket
Directed by Peter Farrelly
Dumb and Dumber isn’t exactly a cinematic masterpiece. However, it is a very funny movie with Jim Carrey at the height of his comedic powers. Carrey stars as Lloyd Christmas, a clueless limo driver who develops a crush on Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly) after chauffeuring her to the airport. Lloyd inadvertently ruins Mary’s attempt to pay a ransom for her husband, and soon finds himself flush with cash. That’s why Lloyd and his best friend, Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels), go on a cross-country road trip to reunite with Mary. But they fail to realize that the kidnapper has sent hired killers to take them out.

All Is Lost (2013)

All Is Lost
94%
87 %
6.9/10
pg-13 105m
Genre Drama
Stars Robert Redford
Directed by J. C. Chandor
Robert Redford is the only actor who appears in All Is Lost, and we never learn the name of his character. In fact, he barely even speaks in the entire film. Yet that doesn’t diminish the drama at all, If anything, it heightens the life-or-death struggle of the man whose solo trip across the Indian Ocean becomes derailed after his ship collides with a shipping container. Redford is riveting as his character battles for survival while fighting the elements and his own despair. The human spirit can overcome almost any adversity, but this is a harrowing tale that may make you glad that you’re still on dry land.

”Goodfellas (”1990″)

”Goodfellas
”96″%
”90″ %
”8.7″/10
Genre ”Drama,
Where would we be without the crime epics of Martin Scorsese? Cinema would certainly be less interesting if films like Goodfellas didn’t explore such dark and compelling territory. This movie was based on the life of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), a criminal who was part of the Gambino crime family for 25 years. Henry’s illegally obtained wealth helps him woo his wife, Karen (Lorraine Bracco), and gives him a taste of the good life alongside his friends, Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci). Yet even these bonds of friendship can be shattered when money and power are at stake.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition
91%
92 %
8.8/10
pg-13 228m
Genre Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean
Directed by Peter Jackson
Nearly two decades ago, Peter Jackson unleashed the first film in his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. But this isn’t The Fellowship of the Ring that you experienced in theaters. The Extended Edition is a nearly four-hour affair that greatly expands on the early story of Frodo (Elijah Wood), the young Hobbit who comes into possession of the One Ring. To keep this malevolent object out of enemy hands, Frodo and his eight companions embark on a dangerous quest to destroy the ring. Yet the greatest threat to the Fellowship may come from within.

Black Dynamite (2009)

Black Dynamite
83%
65 %
7.4/10
r 84m
Genre Action, Comedy
Stars Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Salli Richardson
Directed by Scott Sanders
Black Dynamite is a modern sendup of ‘70s blaxploitation films, but it’s also a really terrific example of the genre. Michael Jai White stars as Black Dynamite, a Vietnam veteran and former CIA operative who comes home and takes it upon himself to avenge his brother and clean up the streets. Alongside his new love, Gloria Gray (Salli Richardson), and his ally, Cream Corn (Tommy Davidson), Black Dynamite discovers a government plot that sends him off to Kung Fu Island to confront an old nemesis. And the film only gets wilder as it goes along.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
93%
94 %
8.9/10
pg-13 263m
Genre Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama
Stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving
Directed by Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was capped off with The Return of the King, which won Best Picture at the Oscars. The Extended Version of the film is now on HBO Max, and it includes several scenes that didn’t make it into the theatrical cut. For example, Saruman’s fate is no longer ambiguous. This is also a thrilling and satisfying wrap-up to the story that began during The Fellowship of the Ring. Just be sure to pace yourself along the way. This one clocks in at nearly four and a half hours, so it can be an endurance test for some. But it’s well worth the commitment.

The Departed (2006)

The Departed
90%
85 %
8.5/10
r 151m
Genre Crime, Thriller
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Would you believe that Martin Scorsese finally won a Best Director Oscar for The Departed? It’s another Best Picture winner on this list as well as a thrilling crime drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Billy Costigan Jr. and Matt Damon as Colin Sullivan. Billy is a cop under deep cover within the crime family led by Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). But Frank also has Colin as a well-placed mole within the police department. As Billy and Colin become aware of each other, it becomes a race to see who can uncover their counterpart’s identity first.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
84%
7.8/10
pg 76m
Genre Superhero, Action
Stars Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Hart Bochner
Directed by Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm
There have been many Batman movies, but Batman: Mask of the Phantasm may be the best one ever made. This isn’t an exaggeration, as the creative team and the cast behind Batman: The Animated Series created a new adversary for the Dark Knight while opening up a previously unexplored chapter in the life of Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy). In the past, Bruce almost walked away from his destiny as Batman to marry Andrea Beaumont (Dana Delany). But in the present, Bruce’s life is complicated by both Andrea’s return and by the emergence of the Phantasm, a vengeful vigilante whose murder spree has been blamed on Batman himself. Mark Hamill’s chillingly evil Joker is the film’s wild card, and the wonderfully dark animation truly captures the spirit of the comics that inspired this movie.

Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca
99%
100 %
8.5/10
pg 102m
Genre Romance, Drama
Stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Casablanca, the Oscar-winning film that gave the world the iconic line, “Here’s looking at you, kid,” casts Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as a pair of star-crossed lovers caught up in the dire events of World War II. Bogart portrays an American expatriate who’s forced to choose between the love of his life and the life he’s grown to love in the city of Casablanca.

Citizen Kane (1941)

Citizen Kane
99%
100 %
8.3/10
pg 119m
Genre Drama
Stars Orson Welles, Dorothy Comingore, Joseph Cotten
Directed by Orson Welles
Often cited as the greatest movie ever made, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane chronicles the rise and fall of fictional newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane, who rose from poverty to become a prominent player in American politics. Welles directed, co-wrote, produced, and starred in the film, which famously explores its titular character’s life in an attempt to discern the meaning of his dying words.

Spirited Away (2001)

Spirited Away
97%
96 %
8.6/10
pg 124m
Genre Fantasy, Family
Stars Rumi Hiiragi, Mari Natsuki
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Acclaimed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and the animators at Studio Ghibli crafted this tale of a young girl who finds herself drawn into the fantastic world of Japanese Shinto folklore after an encounter with a powerful witch puts her — and her family — in danger. To date, Spirited Away remains the only hand-drawn, non-English film to win the Academy Award for the year’s Best Animated Feature and was ranked the fourth-best film of the 21st century in a 2016 poll of international film critics. You can also check out the best anime series on Netflix if you’re looking for more like this.

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