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The 100 best movies on HBO Max right now (October 2022)

September was uncharacteristically quiet for HBO Max, and that led to some very dull weeks for subscribers. But the good news is that October is starting off strong with the streaming premiere of the recently released animated flick DC League of Super-Pets. Romantic drama Call Me By Your Name is also joining the lineup despite hailing from another studio. Together, these two films are among the very best movies on HBO Max right now. To keep you swimming in a sea of content, we’ve updated this list to help you find the films that are right for you.

Looking for more suggestions? We also have guides to the best movies on Netflix, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Amazon Prime Video, and the best movies on Disney+

DC League of Super-Pets (2022) new
DC League of Super-Pets
56 %
pg 105m
Genre Animation, Action, Family, Comedy, Science Fiction
Stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, John Krasinski
Directed by Jared Stern
Most of DC’s superhero flicks tend to lean toward older audiences. But DC League of Super-Pets is aimed squarely at the kids. Dwayne Johnson headlines the voice cast as Krypto, the super-powered canine who belongs to Superman (John Krasinski). After Lex Luthor’s evil guinea pig, Lulu (Kate McKinnon), kidnaps Superman and the Justice League, Krypto must turn to an assortment of shelter pets to help him save the day, Fortunately for Krypto, Ace the Bat-Hound (Kevin Hart), PB (Vanessa Bayer), Merton McSnurtle (Natasha Lyonne), and Chip (Diego Luna) have gotten superpowers of their own. Now, they need to earn them as the League of Super-Pets.
Call Me by Your Name (2017) new
Call Me by Your Name
93 %
r 132m
Genre Romance, Drama
Stars Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg
Directed by Luca Guadagnino

The box office failure of Bros suggests that a raunchy LGBTQ rom-com isn’t what audiences are looking for. By contrast, Call Me By Your Name won critical and audience acclaim for its romance story between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) and an older man named Oliver (Armie Hammer). Over a single summer, Elio and Oliver act on their attraction to each other even though they know their time together is limited. But their choices may ultimately tear them apart without hope of reconciliation.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) new
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
66 %
pg 111m
Genre Western, Drama, Crime
Stars Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross
Directed by George Roy Hill
In one of the most memorable westerns of all time, Paul Newman and Robert Redford co-headlined the film as the legendary outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. By the time the movie introduces Butch (Newman) and Sundance (Redford), they’ve become victims of their own success. Their string of heists has finally gotten the law to put together a serious posse to bring them to justice. That’s why the pair, and Sundance’s girlfriend, Etta Place (Etta Place), have fled to South America to continue a life of crime far away from the United States. But they can’t hide forever from the long arm of the law.
District 9 (2009) new
District 9
81 %
r 112m
Genre Science Fiction
Stars Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Neill Blomkamp wowed Hollywood with his directorial debut, District 9. In this sci-fi allegory tale, aliens (also known as Prawns) have been on Earth for decades and are subjected to extremely poor living conditions, including the slum known as District 9. Sharlto Copley stars as Wikus van de Merwe, an administrator who has been tasked with relocating the aliens to another city. But when Wikus is exposed to an alien virus, he begins transforming into a Prawn himself. Wikus’ only hope is to join an alien, Christopher Johnson (Jason Cope), and his son, CJ, in a plot to reactivate the dormant alien ship and possibly give the Prawns a chance to escape from Earth.
Jackie Brown (1997)
Jackie Brown
64 %
r 154m
Genre Crime, Thriller, Drama
Stars Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Jackie Brown tends to be one of Quentin Tarantino’s most underrated films, especially since it was coming off of the heels of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Tarantino’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel, Rum Punch, revitalized the careers of Pam Grier and Robert Forster. Grier plays the title character, Jackie Brown, a shred stewardess who finds herself caught between local crime lord, Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), and ATF Agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton). Nicholette caught Jackie snuggling money for Ordell, but she’s a dead woman if she implicates him. Only bail bondsman Max Cherry (Forster) can help Jackie come up with a plan to come out on top.
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Only Lovers Left Alive
79 %
r 123m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Does life as an immortal vampire sound appealing to you? If you don’t mind sucking blood and killing people, it doesn’t sound like a bad idea in the abstract. However, Only Lovers Left Alive offers a grim view of a vampire who has simply had enough of life. Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is so despondent that his long-distance vampire wife, Eve (Tilda Swinton), rushes to keep his side to make sure he doesn’t do anything drastic or irreversible to himself. Unfortunately, Eve’s sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska), is already influencing Adam, forcing Eve to go to extremes in the hope of turning Adam away from the brink of permanent death.
Only Lovers Left Alive | Official Trailer HD (2013)
Goodfellas (1990)
90 %
r 146m
Genre Drama, Crime
Stars Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas holds up as one of the greatest crime dramas ever made. The late Ray Liotta headlines a stellar cast as Henry Hill, a real-life mobster who rose through the ranks to become a key figure in the mafia. Henry used his newfound wealth and power to woo Karen (Lorraine Bracco) to marry him and enjoy the spoils of his life of crime. Even Henry’s close friends, Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci), get to enjoy the good life while it lasts. But nothing lasts forever, and Henry’s greed, lust, and addictions threaten to tear down everything he’s built. And if he’s not careful, those vices will take his life as well.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
51 %
pg-13 94m
Genre Science Fiction, Comedy, Crime
Stars Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York
Directed by Jay Roach
James Bond never had as much fun as Austin Powers (Mike Myers)! Ever since he spent three decades in suspended animation, Austin just doesn’t have the same swinging ‘60s groove in the ‘90s. But he’d better step up fast, because his old nemesis, Dr. Evil (Myers again), is back with a nefarious plan. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery splits the spotlight between both Austin and Dr. Evil, but it’s even funnier on the Evil side, as the bad doctor is forced to deal with his clone son, Scott Evil (Seth Green), as well as an unending lineup of ridiculous henchmen.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The Dark Knight Rises
78 %
pg-13 165m
Genre Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Following the events of The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is spiritually broken and living as a recluse in his mansion. After a chance encounter with a thief named Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), Bruce is compelled to become Batman again when Bane (Tom Hardy) arrives with a plan to destroy Gotham City from within. Bane proves to be more than a match for Batman, which forces Bruce to once again find it within himself to rise above his shattered body and reclaim the city he loves. The Dark Knight Rises provides a worthy ending to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and it’s one of the best superhero movies of the century.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
47 %
pg 91m
Genre Comedy, Adventure
Stars Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton
Directed by Tim Burton

Meet Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens), the geekiest geek who ever geeked. In his debut movie, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, the title character goes on a crosscountry quest to recover his beloved bicycle after it is stolen by a rival. Director Tim Burton puts Pee-wee through a series of bizarrely charming misadventures that starts off as a silly story and only gets more ridiculous as it continues. If you’re gonna watch it, tell ’em Large Marge sent you.

Inception (2010)
74 %
pg-13 148m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Welcome to the heist movie of our dreams. Christopher Nolan struck box office gold with Inception, a mind-bending thriller about Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a professional thief who makes his living stealing secrets from people’s minds while they sleep. However, Cobb is haunted by both a failure from his past and a lethal manifestation of his late wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard). But if Cobb and his team pull off the ultimate job, he might just be able to get back to his kids. First, Cobb will have to prove that inception is real by implanting an idea in his next target.
The Last Duel (2021)
The Last Duel
67 %
r 153m
Genre Action, Drama, History
Stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer
Directed by Ridley Scott
You may come to hate both of the male leads in Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel. Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) is the whiniest and most petulant knight you’ve ever seen, and his former friend, Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), is a true snake in the grass. The men were friends for many years before petty rivalries drove them apart. Jacques also failed to keep his eyes off of Jean’s wife, Marguerite (Jodie Comer). Through three shifting narratives, we witness the disintegration of that friendship and the apparent rape of Marguerite. To avenge his slight, Jean challenges Jacques to a duel to the death for the rape. And if Jean loses, Marguerite will be killed as well.
The Last Duel | Official Trailer | 20th Century Studios
The Green Mile (1999)
The Green Mile
61 %
r 189m
Genre Fantasy, Drama, Crime
Stars Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt
Directed by Frank Darabont
The Green Mile is not a horror film because of its fantastical flourishes. Instead, it’s terrifying because Stephen King fully understands just how horrible humans can be to each other. In the mid-’30s, Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) works in a prison’s death row where he encounters John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), a gentle giant of a man who is imprisoned for murdering children. Despite being falsely accused, John has a generous spirit and a supernatural gift that can heal anyone he touches. John also has the capacity to punish the guilty, and no one can hide from the darkness within him once he unleashes its might.
The Green Mile | 4K Trailer | Warner Bros. Entertainment
Elvis (2022)
64 %
pg-13 159m
Genre Music, Drama, History
Stars Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Richard Roxburgh
Directed by Baz Luhrmann
Director Baz Luhrmann is widely known for his bombastic musicals, and Elvis is no exception. Austin Butler absolutely inhabits the role of the legendary Elvis Presley, and he even won praise from the Presley family for his performance. But the film takes place from the perspective of Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks), Elvis’ manager and the man who helped make him a star. Yet calling Elvis a “star” undersells just how popular he was and continues to be today. Through his rise and fall, the movie explores the man behind the legend. And even in death, Elvis’ legacy lives on.
Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS | Official Trailer
Glory (1989)
78 %
r 122m
Genre Drama, History, War
Stars Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes
Directed by Edward Zwick
Denzel Washington won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Glory, an unforgettable Civil War drama about one of the first all-Black units of soldiers in the Union Army: The 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. After being injured in the war, a recovering Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is promoted to Colonel and ordered to train the 54th into an effective unit. This proves to be more difficult than he thought when Shaw butts heads with Private Silas Trip (Washington). However, the two men soon find mutual respect for each other even as their regiment is given one of the most dangerous missions in the war. The supporting cast in the film is equally impressive, with great performances by Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher, and Cary Elwes.
Glory (1989) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Young Frankenstein
80 %
pg 106m
Genre Comedy
Stars Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Marty Feldman
Directed by Mel Brooks
Although Young Frankenstein is billed as a comedy and a horror film, it’s really all played for laughs. It’s also one of Mel Brooks’ best movies, which was filmed in glorious black and white to further parody Universal Pictures’ Frankenstein movies. In this pseudo-sequel, Gene Wilder plays Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a man who desperately wants to escape the stigma of his late grandfather’s work. Regardless, Frederick is so inspired by his grandfather’s discoveries that he gets his assistant, Igor (Marty Feldman), to help him create a new Monster (Peter Boyle). But after Igor mishandles the Monster’s intended brain, Frederick has to figure out how to tame the creature before the townspeople murder them all.
The Thin Man (1934)
The Thin Man
86 %
Genre Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Stars William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke
As part of your cinematic education, you should really watch The Thin Man, a comedy/mystery that is still very funny nearly 88 years after its release. William Powell stars as former private investigator Nick Charles, with Myrna Loy as his wife, Nora. While visiting New York, Nora convinces her husband to help her friend, Dorothy Wynant (Maureen O’Sullivan), track down her missing father. The husband-and-wife detectives soon find themselves on the case as the bodies pile up, and even their own lives are threatened by the killer. Most of the Thin Man sequels are also on HBO Max if you want to see Nick and Nora solve a few additional cases.
Training Day (2001)
Training Day
69 %
r 122m
Genre Action, Crime, Drama
Stars Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Denzel Washington finally won an Oscar for Best Actor for his riveting turn as Detective Alonzo Harris in Training Day. The film follows Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke), a police officer who is up for a promotion. Jake is assigned to Harris for the day so the veteran detective can evaluate him. What Jake couldn’t have foreseen is that Harris is corrupt beyond his wildest dreams, and the reality of policing Los Angeles is far uglier than he believed. However, Harris’ agenda for Jake goes far beyond showing him the ropes — and it might get Jake killed.
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet
76 %
r 120m
Genre Drama, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper
Directed by David Lynch
Blue Velvet was the fourth feature film directed by David Lynch, and it’s easily among the most unique in his catalog. Kyle MacLachlan stars as Jeffrey Beaumont, a college student who inadvertently stumbles upon a severed ear. With the help of his new girlfriend, Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), Jeffrey learns that the ear is somehow connected to a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini), and her crime lord lover, Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper). When Jeffrey realizes the hold that Frank has over Dorothy, his attempts to help her only get him deeper into danger and threaten his relationship with Sandy.
Under the Skin (2014)
Under the Skin
80 %
r 108m
Genre Thriller, Science Fiction, Drama
Stars Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay
Directed by Jonathan Glazer

If Scarlett Johansson offered to take you home, most people would probably accept that offer. But in Under the Skin, that dream quickly turns into a nightmare because Johnsson’s unnamed woman isn’t really a woman at all. She’s some kind of alien who has been sent to Earth to seduce men and lure them back to her lair where her people can harvest them. However, the Woman suffers from an identity crisis when she is no longer able to send men to their doom. But she’s also not human enough to successfully hide among us for long.

Under the Skin TRAILER 1 (2014) - Scarlett Johansson Thriller HD
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Kung Fu Panda
74 %
pg 90m
Genre Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Comedy
Stars Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie
Directed by Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda has proven to be popular as both a movie and TV franchise. But the original movie may be the best one of them all. Jack Black lends his voice as Po, an overweight panda who is a devoted fan of the heroic Furious Five: Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Crane (David Cross), Viper (Lucy Liu), and Mantis (Seth Rogen). When the evil Tai Lung (Ian McShane) escapes from his prison, Po is shocked when Grand Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) declares him to be the chosen one. Unfortunately for Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), he has to find a way to train Po to become a true Kung Fu warrior who can take his place among the Furious Five.
Beetlejuice (1988)
70 %
pg 92m
Genre Fantasy, Comedy
Stars Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones
Directed by Tim Burton
When Beetlejuice was a staple on HBO, it was always worth making time to watch Tim Burton’s hilarious supernatural comedy. But now that it’s on HBO Max, you can call it up without even having to say Beetlejuice three times. Michael Keaton has a surprisingly small presence in the film as Betelgeuse/Beetlejuice, but he absolutely steals every scene that he’s in as a mischievous ghost. A recently deceased couple, Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara Maitland (Geena Davis), don’t trust Beetlejuice … and for good reason! But he may be their only hope of getting the Deetz family out of their home. Unfortunately, Beetlejuice also has his lecherous eye on the Deetz family’s teenage daughter, Lydia (Winona Ryder).
Little Women (1994)
Little Women
87 %
pg 115m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Winona Ryder, Trini Alvarado, Claire Danes
Directed by Gillian Armstrong
Little Women has been adapted for the big screen on multiple occasions, but the 1994 film has perhaps the most impressive cast. Winona Ryder stars as Jo, the second oldest of the March sisters living in the aftermath of the Civil War. As a teen, Jo is close with Theodore “Laurie” Laurence (Christian Bale), but she misses out on a chance to turn that relationship into a romance. Instead, Jo finds herself drawn to an older man, Friedrich Bhaer (Gabriel Byrne). Meanwhile, Jo’s sisters, Amy (Kirsten Dunst and Samantha Mathis), Meg (Trini Alvarado), and Beth (Claire Danes) have desires and lives of their own. But not all of them will live long enough to find love.
A Most Violent Year (2014)
A Most Violent Year
79 %
r 124m
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo
Directed by J.C. Chandor
Before they co-starred in Scenes From a Marriage, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain shared the screen in A Most Violent Year. In 1981, trucking company owner Abel Morales (Isaac) is beset by hijackers and thieves who threaten to completely derail his plans to keep his business afloat. Abel’s wife, Anna Morales (Jessica Chastain), pleads with him to answer violence with violence before they lose everything that they have. And the only way for Abel to keep going is to continually compromise his own morals as he feels the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Belfast (2021)
75 %
pg-13 98m
Genre Drama
Stars Jude Hill, Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Writer and director Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast may be his most personal film to date, and it’s quite far from his Shakespearean outings. Jude Hill stars as Buddy, a young boy growing up in Ireland just as The Troubles begin in the late ‘60s. Although Buddy and his parents, Pa (Jamie Dornan) and Ma (Caitríona Balfe), are Protestants, they want no part in the increasingly violent battles between their fellow Protestants and the Catholics. At school, Buddy develops feelings for a Catholic girl named Catherine (Olive Tennant). But as the situation intensifies, Pa and Ma consider fleeing the country, much to Buddy’s alarm and despair.
Ex Machina (2015)
Ex Machina
78 %
r 108m
Genre Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac
Directed by Alex Garland
Word to the wise to all future mad scientists: If you’re going to create the most advanced artificial intelligence known to man, maybe don’t give it the face of a beautiful woman. Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) didn’t take that advice in Ex Machina, and his creation, Ava (Alicia Vikander), is disturbingly human. That’s why Nathan enlists a lowly programmer named Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) to interact with Ava and determine just how human she really is. But Ava has her own agenda, and it doesn’t revolve around being anyone’s plaything.
Ex Machina | Official Trailer HD | A24
Stardust (2007)
66 %
pg-13 127m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Family
Stars Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Perhaps you’re in the mood for a lighthearted fantasy. If so, Stardust may be the film that you need. Charlie Cox stars as Tristan Thorn, a young man in England centuries ago who wants to win the heart of Victoria Forester (Sienna Miller) by retrieving a fallen star. Tristan soon discovers that the star is now a young woman named Yvaine (Claire Danes), and a witch named Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer) wants to devour Yvaine’s heart to gain immortality. Luckily, the sky pirate Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro) takes Tristan and Yvaine under his wing and helps them realize their love for each other.
Stardust (2007) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers
Godzilla (2014)
62 %
pg-13 123m
Genre Action, Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche
Directed by Gareth Edwards
There are several classic Godzilla movies on HBO Max, but we’re partial to the latest American reboot from 2014 that kicked off the MonsterVerse. After a tragedy that claimed the life of his mother decades earlier, Lieutenant Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) returns to Japan when his father, Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston), is arrested while attempting to enter the quarantine zone where his wife died. Ford and Joe ultimately team up to learn the truth about what really happened, and they discover a monstrous Titan long before Godzilla shows his face. The climactic battle between Godzilla and the other monsters places Ford’s wife, Elle (Elizabeth Olsen), and the entire city of San Francisco in harm’s way.
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
The NeverEnding Story
46 %
pg 102m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Family, Drama
Stars Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
“Turn around, look at what you see…” If that just sparked your memory of Limahl’s theme song from The NeverEnding Story, it means you either lived through the ‘80s or you’re a big fan of Stranger Things. Regardless of how you know it, this film was a seminal moment for fantasy in the ‘80s. In the real world, Bastian Balthazar (Barret Oliver) is a bullied boy whose escape is an enigmatic storybook that follows the adventures of Atreyu (Noah Hathaway), a young warrior in the land of Fantasia. The Nothing is destroying Fantasia, and Atreyu’s quest to stop it bleeds into both worlds, forcing Bastian to question if the story he is reading is somehow becoming real.
The World's End (2013)
The World's End
81 %
r 109m
Genre Comedy, Action, Science Fiction
Stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine
Directed by Edgar Wright
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and director Edgar Wright reunited for the third time in The World’s End. Pegg stars in the film as Gary King, an alcoholic who brings together his friends, Andy Knightley (Frost), Steven Prince (Paddy Considine), and Oliver Chamberlain (Martin Freeman), in their hometown to complete a pub crawl they attempted years ago. Along the way, they come across Oliver’s sister, Sam (Rosamund Pike), a woman whom Gary and Steven are still in love with. They also discover that something is very seriously wrong in town, and it may lead to the actual end of the world.
A Simple Plan (1998)
A Simple Plan
82 %
r 121m
Genre Crime, Thriller
Stars Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda
Directed by Sam Raimi
A Simple Plan is one of Sam Raimi’s most underrated films, and one of his few movies that has no fantastical elements. Instead, it’s a straightforward tale of two brothers, Hank (Bill Paxton) and Jacob Mitchell (Billy Bob Thornton), and their friend, Lou Chambers (Brent Briscoe). After the trio discover a crashed plane with four million in stolen money, they resolve to keep it for themselves. However, greed and paranoia threaten to unravel their story. And when someone shifty comes to town looking for the money, their lives may be in danger as well.
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
The Postman Always Rings Twice
84 %
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Stars Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway
Directed by Tay Garnett
HBO Max has both versions of The Postman Always Rings Twice, but the 1946 adaptation is among the newer additions to its cinematic lineup. John Garfield stars as Frank Chambers, a drifter who finds a job at a local diner run by Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway) and his wife, Cora (Lana Turner). Because she is deeply dissatisfied with her life, Cora starts an affair with Frank and convinces him to murder her husband so they can be together. This turns out to be much easier said than done. Not only does Nick survive the attempt on his life, but Frank’s decision to skip town leads him right back to Cora’s arms just as events become even more dangerous.
Westworld (1973)
77 %
pg 88m
Genre Adventure, Science Fiction, Western
Stars Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin
Directed by Michael Crichton
The modern Westworld has become one of HBO Max’s signature series, but the 1973 film that inspired it remains well-worth watching. Jurassic Park novelist Michael Crichton wrote and directed the original Westworld, which stars Richard Benjamin and James Brolin as Peter Martin and John Blane, respectively. The two men are visitors at an advanced theme park filled with realistic androids who can pass as humans. These androids were made to endure all manner of physical and sexual abuse from the visitors. Unfortunately for the real humans in the park, a glitch allows the androids to rise up and strike back against their oppressors. That includes the deadly Gunslinger (Yul Brynner), who pursues Peter and John to get his revenge.
Westworld | Modern Trailer | HBO Max
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
73 %
pg-13 118m
Genre Romance, Drama
Stars Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis
Directed by Lasse Hallström
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? It’s more like “what isn’t eating Gilbert Grape?” Poor Gilbert (Johnny Depp) feels the weight of the world on his shoulders 17 years after his father’s suicide. Now his mother, Bonnie Grape (Darlene Cates), is morbidly obese and never leaves the house. And Gilbert’s younger brother, Arnie Grape (Leonardo DiCaprio), is so severely mentally impaired that Gilbert has to watch over him at all times. Gilbert’s luck starts to turn around when he meets Becky (Juliette Lewis), a young woman who is briefly stranded in his town. And as Gilbert steals time for himself to spend with Becky, his neglect threatens to unravel his family bonds.
Last Night in Soho (2021)
Last Night in Soho
65 %
r 117m
Genre Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Stars Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith
Directed by Edgar Wright
Last Night in Soho is a bit of a ghost story, but not in the way you might expect. In the present, a gifted fashion student, Ellie Turner (Thomasin McKenzie), rents a room in London, where she comes to experience vivid visions of Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy), a girl who lived there in the ‘60s. Through Sandie’s eyes, Ellie finds inspiration for her own designs and her waking life. But as the visions take a darker turn, Ellie believes that she is being called upon to solve Sandie’s murder and bring the man who killed her to justice. But was Sandie a real person? Or is Ellie losing her mind?
The Impossible (2012)
The Impossible
73 %
pg-13 113m
Genre Thriller, Drama
Stars Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland
Directed by J. A. Bayona
You may notice a young Tom Holland making his screen debut in The Impossible, but the focus is largely on the two performers who play his onscreen parents: Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. This film dramatizes the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, as Henry (McGregor) and his wife, Maria (Watts), narrowly survive the destructive wave only to find greater danger in the aftermath. Maria is badly injured while paired with her oldest son, Lucas (Holland). Meanwhile, Henry has to leave his two other sons behind in order to find Maria and Lucas in the chaos that follows.
Warrior (2011)
71 %
pg-13 140m
Genre Drama, Action
Stars Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison
Directed by Gavin O'Connor
Nick Nolte won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his turn as Paddy Conlon, the father of two estranged brothers in Warrior. After years in the military, Paddy’s son, Tommy (Tom Hardy), comes back to town and reluctantly asks his father to help train him for a MMA tournament with a $5 million dollar prize. Meanwhile, Tommy’s brother, Brendan (Joel Edgerton), is a school teacher by day and an amateur fighter by night. When Brendan faces financial ruin, he also joins the MMA tournament and reignites the longstanding grudge that Tommy had against him. And it seems inevitable that the two brothers will face each other in the ring before all is said and done.
Postcards From the Edge (1990)
Postcards From the Edge
71 %
r 101m
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid
Directed by Mike Nichols
The late Carrie Fisher poured a lot of her life’s story in her novel Postcards From the Edge, which she subsequently adapted for director Mike Nichols. Meryl Streep stars as Suzanne Vale, an actress whose struggles with sobriety force her to move back in with her overbearing mother, Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine). Suzanne knows that her freedom and her career rest on her ability to remain sober. But living with her mother brings up all of the old battles and grudges. It doesn’t help that the love of Suzanne’s life, Jack Faulkner (Dennis Quaid), can’t be trusted with her heart.
Total Recall (1990)
Total Recall
57 %
r 113m
Genre Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
If you only watch one Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie this week, it should probably be one of the first two Terminator films. But Total Recall is also a very viable option! And it completely blows the 2012 remake out of the water. Schwarzenegger plays Douglas Quaid, a construction worker on Earth who needs a little excitement in his life. After paying to have virtual memories of a Martian vacation implanted in his mind, Quaid is shocked to discover that he may have already been to the Red Planet. The answers await on Mars, but first Quaid has to survive several attempts on his life … including one from his wife, Lori (Sharon Stone).
Colossal (2017)
70 %
r 109m
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Stars Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson
Directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Everyone has a monstrous side. It just happens to be a literal monster in Colossal. Anne Hathaway stars as Gloria, a nearly unemployable young woman whose life has been ruined by her addiction to alcohol. One day, Gloria discovers that her drunken antics have manifested themselves as a giant monster in South Korea. Her friend, Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), also displays the ability to manifest in South Korea as a giant robot. Despite Gloria’s guilt about the situation, her self-destructive relationships with both Oscar and herself may have grave consequences halfway across the world.
Father of the Bride (2022)
Father of the Bride
65 %
Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Andy García, Gloria Estefan, Adria Arjona
Directed by Gary Alazraki
You may find that the story of Father of the Bride is somewhat familiar, given that this is a movie that has already been made twice before. In this modernized remake, the focus is on a Cuban-American family led by Billy (Andy Garcia) and Ingrid Herrera (Gloria Estefan), a couple on the verge of a divorce. However, they agree to hold off on their split when their daughter, Sofia (Adria Arjona), announces her engagement to Adan Castillo (Diego Boneta), a lawyer who comes from great wealth. Billy takes an instant dislike to both Adan and his father, Hernan (Pedro Damian), as the stress of planning a wedding and hiding his impending divorce puts a massive strain on both families.
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021)
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain
79 %
Genre Documentary
Stars Anthony Bourdain, Nancy Bourdain, Joel Rose
Directed by Morgan Neville
By any measure, Anthony Bourdain achieved success far beyond anyone’s wildest dreams as a chef, an author, a TV host, and even a celebrity. Why then, did this man feel such an incredible sense of unhappiness and despair that he took his own life? Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain attempts to find some answers to that question while also exploring the rich legacy that Bourdain left behind. This documentary film generated some controversy by using A.I. to recreate Bourdain’s voice in a few instances. But that doesn’t take away from the power of this portrait, or the written words by Bourdain himself.
ROADRUNNER: A Film About Anthony Bourdain - Official Trailer [HD] - In Theaters July 16
The Goonies (1985)
The Goonies
62 %
pg 114m
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Family
Stars Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen
Directed by Richard Donner
“Goonies never say die!” But we’ll say that you’ll never see another dream team like Richard Donner, Chris Columbus, and Steven Spielberg. It was Spielberg who created the story of The Goonies, which was written by Columbus and directed by Donner. With their families facing eviction from their homes, Michael “Mikey” Walsh (Sean Astin) and his band of Goonies chase the legend of One-Eyed Willie and his missing pirate treasure. While the legend turns out to be true, the Goonies inadvertently alert the Fratelli crime family to the treasure’s existence. This places Mikey and his friends in a race against time to find the treasure and save themselves.
Across the Universe (2007)
Across the Universe
56 %
pg-13 133m
Genre Drama, Romance, Fantasy
Stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson
Directed by Julie Taymor
The music of The Beatles powers Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe. And it’s not a coincidence that many of the main characters share names that were used in some of The Beatles’ most famous songs. The story is set against the most turbulent years of the ‘60s as Jude (Jim Sturgess) travels to America to meet the father he never knew. While there, Jude falls hard for Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood). At the same time, a young Black man named Jo-Jo (Martin Luther McCoy) starts a relationship with Sadie (Dana Fuchs). Both relationships will be tested as conflicting desires threaten to tear them apart.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
88 %
r 100m
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Adrien Brody
Directed by Wes Anderson
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a story within a story, as related by the elderly Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham). In the early ‘30s, young Zero (Tony Revolori) was a bellhop at the Grand Budapest Hotel and the protégée of the hotel’s concierge, Monsieur Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). When Gustsave’s lover, Madame D. (Tilda Swinton), perishes, she leaves Gustave a priceless painting in her will. This enrages Madame D.’s son, Dmitri (Adrien Brody), so much that Gustave and Zero are forced to go on the run from charges of theft and murder. And the story only gets stranger from there.
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Bottle Rocket
66 %
r 91m
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama
Stars Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Robert Musgrave
Directed by Wes Anderson
Director Wes Anderson’s first film, Bottle Rocket, set the tone for an extraordinarily quirky career. Owen Wilson co-wrote the script with Anderson and he co-headlines the film as Dignan, an energetic and somewhat overly ambitious young man who springs his best friend, Anthony (Luke Wilson), from a voluntary psychiatric unit. Dignan wants to turn himself and Anthony into successful criminals, alongside their mutual acquaintance, Bob Mapplethorpe (Robert Musgrave). They just don’t have the aptitude for it. Despite their shortcomings, Anthony manages to make an emotional bond with a maid named Inez (Lumi Cavazos), which may threaten his friendship with Dignan.
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Devil in a Blue Dress
78 %
r 102m
Genre Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Stars Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
Directed by Carl Franklin
Want to know an easy way to sell Devil In a Blue Dress to your friends? Just tell them that it’s a neo-noir film starring Denzel Washington. That should be enough for almost anyone. Washington plays Easy Rawlins, a Black man who is laid off from his job three years after World War II. In need of money, Easy accepts an assignment from DeWitt Albright (Tom Sizemore) to find a missing white woman named Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals). Poor Daphne has some very shady connections, and every time Easy gets closer to the truth, someone ends up dead. And if Easy isn’t careful, the next dead body may be his.
Sliding Doors (1998)
Sliding Doors
59 %
pg-13 99m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Stars Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch
Directed by Peter Howitt
Sliding Doors has a low-key sci-fi concept, but in a way that none of the characters come to realize. As viewers, we get to see two parallel realities play out. In one timeline, Helen Quilley (Gwyneth Paltrow) successfully makes her train and catches her boyfriend, Gerry (John Lynch), cheating on her with Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn). In the other reality, Helen misses her train and remains blissfully unaware of Gerry’s infidelity. While the alternate Helen reinvents herself and finds happiness with a new man, James Hammerton (John Hannah), her other self is on a collision course with heartbreak.
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
St. Elmo's Fire
35 %
r 110m
Genre Drama, Romance, Comedy
Stars Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy
Directed by Joel Schumacher
St. Elmo’s Fire is a quintessential romantic drama from the ‘80s, but you may need a scorecard to keep up with the sprawling cast that includes Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Andie MacDowell. Kirby (Estevez) is a law student by day and a waiter by night as he tries to pay his way through school. Kirby soon becomes infatuated with Dale (MacDowell), a woman he can’t have because she’s already seeing someone else. But Kirby’s lovelife is relatively straightforward compared to the lustful and very messy decisions made by his friends.
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
75 %
r 137m
Genre Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong
Directed by James Cameron
A lot of people are going to tell you that Terminator 2: Judgment Day is the best action film of all-time. Because it is. T2 is an absolute blast from start-to-finish, and cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger as an action hero after he portrayed an evil T-800 in the first film. For the sequel, a reprogramed T-800 is sent back to the past to protect John Connor (Edward Furlong) from the deadly T-1000 (Robert Patrick). However, John won’t go into hiding without his estranged mother, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Although Sarah doesn’t trust the machine, she recognizes that he is their best chance to change the future for the better.
Les Misérables (1998)
Les Misérables
pg-13 134m
Genre Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Stars Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman
Directed by Bille August
There have been many adaptations of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, but the 1998 version is one of the best. Note that this is not a musical, so don’t expect any songs. Liam Neeson stars as Jean Valjean, a man who spends most of his life being pursued by the relentless lawman, Javert (Geoffrey Rush). Jean was once a minor criminal, but he turned his life around despite being hounded by Javert. Jean also adopts a young girl named Cosette (Claire Danes) and raises her as his daughter. But when the French Revolution begins in earnest, Javert renters their lives again.
Paddington 2 (2017)
Paddington 2
88 %
pg 104m
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Family
Stars Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins
Directed by Paul King
Paddington 2 has some very passionate defenders who really love this anthropomorphic talking bear. The film has great reviews, and it really is as good as they say. In the sequel, poor Paddington Brown (Ben Whishaw) is framed for stealing a book that he purchased and sent to prison. Paddington being Paddington, he goes to work making the prison a better place for everyone. Meanwhile, Paddington’s adoptive family, the Browns, work to clear his name and track down Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant), the actor who stole the book in the hope of finding a lost treasure.
The Batman (2022)
The Batman
72 %
pg-13 176m
Genre Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano
Directed by Matt Reeves
Let the era of Battinson begin! The Batman is a complete reboot of the Dark Knight, with Robert Pattinson in the title role. In director Matt Reeves’ vision for Gotham City, Batman is still early in his career when he goes up against Riddler (Paul Dano), a madman who may bring down the entire city. While Batman trusts Jim Gordon (Jeffrey Wright), he isn’t so sure about Selina Kyle (Zoë Kravitz), a cat burglar who has her own agenda. But if Batman wants to save Gotham, he will have to become more than just a vigilante.
Salt (2010)
65 %
pg-13 100m
Genre Action, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Directed by Phillip Noyce
Angelina Jolie goes full action heroine in Salt, a film in which she plays Evelyn Salt. Evelyn is a CIA operative who is happily married to her husband, Mike (August Diehl). But when a Russian spymaster, Oleg Vassily Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski), seemingly defects to the CIA, he outs Evelyn as a Russian double agent and a traitor. As Evelyn fights for her survival, her friend and partner, Darryl Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor), is sent to hunt her down and bring her to justice. Yet there is more going on here than meets the eye.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Four Weddings and a Funeral
81 %
r 117m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet
Directed by Mike Newell
Four Weddings and a Funeral may seem like an odd title for a romantic comedy, but it’s a surprisingly apt name for this story. Charles (Hugh Grant) and Carrie (Andie MacDowell) keep running into each other at weddings, including their own nuptials with other partners. There’s an undeniable attraction and perhaps even love between them. Regardless, the timing to become a real couple never seems to work out for Charles and Carrie, even as their bond becomes obvious to their friends and loved ones. And true to the title, there is a funeral, too. It’s just not their funeral.
Hugo (2011)
83 %
Genre Adventure, Drama, Family
Stars Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Hugo is a live-action film, but you may mistake it for animation given all of the CGI in the film. This is perhaps director Martin Scorse’s only film that is suitable for children, and it even has a child-like sense of wonder as seen through the eyes of Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield). After Hugo and his father find a mechanical man with a heart-shaped lock, Hugo becomes obsessed with finding the key. Following the death of his father, Hugo stumbles across the key when he meets Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz), the girl who had it all along. Together, they will find the answers they are looking for. It just won’t be easy.
Roxanne (1987)
73 %
pg 107m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Rick Rossovich
Directed by Fred Schepisi
This movie may be called Roxanne, but it’s essentially a modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac as adapted by Steve Martin, who wrote and stars in the film. Charlie “C.D.” Bales (Martin) is the beloved fire chief of his small town who seemingly has it all … except for his grotesquely elongated nose, which makes him sensitive about his appearance. One summer, C.D. falls for Roxanne Kowalski (Daryl Hannah), a beautiful astronomy Ph.D. student. While she likes C.D. as a friend, Roxanne only has eyes for firefighter Chris McConnell (Rick Rossovich). That’s why Chris recruits C.D. to help him woo Roxanne with the charming words that he can’t come up with by himself. But as C.D. continues the deception to help his friend, he finds himself with even deeper romantic feelings for Roxanne.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blade Runner 2049
81 %
r 164m
Genre Science Fiction, Drama
Stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Director Denis Villeneuve really has a talent for making visually arresting sci-fi films. Blade Runner 2049 is simply gorgeous, even when it explores the seedy side of the future. Thirty years after the original Blade Runner, a police replicant named K (Ryan Gosling) discovers evidence that a human and a replicant had a child together. K even comes to believe that the child may have been him. To get answers about his true nature, K will have to track down the long-missing Blade Runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford).
Dunkirk (2017)
94 %
pg-13 107m
Genre War, Action, Drama
Stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk explores one of the darkest hours of World War II, when the Allied forces were trapped on the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, by German forces, as they tried to make their escape across the English Channel. Within the film, the story covers the rescue efforts by sea and by air, while Tommy Jensen (Fionn Whitehead) and other soldiers on the ground struggle to survive the German onslaught. There are uplifting moments of hope and clarity, especially when strangers come together to save the soldiers. But this is also a story of sacrifice, and not everyone will make it home alive.
The Dead Zone (1983)
The Dead Zone
69 %
r 103m
Genre Thriller, Horror, Science Fiction
Stars Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt
Directed by David Cronenberg
Stephen King is a genius. His horror stories are consistently great, and The Dead Zone stands out from the pack. There’s no supernatural killer here. It’s just the tragedy of Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken), a man who is gifted with glimpses of the future after spending five years in a coma. Johnny’s attempt to use his power to help others backfires on him, and he finds himself alienated from society. But when Johnny meets Senatorial candidate Greg Stillson (Martin Sheen), he realizes that the future he saw must never come to pass.
The Dead Zone (1983) - Official Trailer (HD)
Pacific Rim (2013)
Pacific Rim
65 %
pg-13 131m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
Stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro has never had a chance to direct a Godzilla movie. Instead, he got to play in his own playground in Pacific Rim. The short version is that giant alien monsters (Kaiju) are popping into our world through a dimensional rift, so humanity created giant robots (Jaegers) to fight them. However, the Jaegers are limited because they require two pilots to be intimately joined in order to function. Former Jaeger pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) has to shake off his reservations and trauma in order to bond with his new partner, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi). But Mako has some tragedy of her own that she needs to move past before she and Raleigh can save humanity.
The Cooler (2003)
The Cooler
69 %
r 101m
Genre Romance, Drama
Stars William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello
Directed by Wayne Kramer
Is it possible to have supernaturally bad luck? In The Cooler, Bernard “Bernie” Lootz (William H. Macy) is a man who is essentially employed by a casino due to his almost infectious poor fortune. Bernie simply needs to stand near someone with a hot hand at a gambling table, and their luck will abandon them. At the end of his six-year deal, Bernie tells the casino owner, Sheldon “Shelly” Kaplow (Alec Baldwin), that he intends to leave Las Vegas. To prevent this, Shelly hires a waitress, Natalie Belisario (Maria Bello), to romance Bernie so he will abandon his plans. Unfortunately for Shelly, Bernie and Natalie form a true bond that seemingly turns Bernie’s bad luck into a run of good luck for anyone around him.
High Fidelity (2000)
High Fidelity
79 %
r 113m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance, Music
Stars John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso
Directed by Stephen Frears
High Fidelity stars John Cusack as Rob Gordon, the owner of a vinyl record store who loves music and pop culture a little bit more than his ex-girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle). Rob also enjoys riffing with his fellow employees, Barry Judd (Jack Black) and Dick (Todd Louiso), but he doesn’t realize how good he had it with Laura until after their relationship is over. At that point, Rob resolves to do better with his life and win Laura back. Based on the popular 1995 Nick Hornby novel of the same name, the funniest parts of this movie are all about Rob’s insatiable passion for music and the obsessive Top 5 lists he makes about music, his love life, and everything in between.
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Hellboy (2004)
72 %
pg-13 122m
Genre Fantasy, Action
Stars Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
There are three live-action Hellboy films. But you should really make sure that you’re watching the two directed by Guillermo del Toro. In the very first movie, Ron Perlman stars as Hellboy, a literal demon from Hell who has been raised as a force for good by his adoptive father, Trevor Bruttenholm (John Hurt). In the present, Hellboy and his friends, Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) and Abe Sapien (Doug Jones), are supernatural special agents who go after the things that go bump in the night. Unfortunately, the infamous Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden) returns from the grave and plots to transform Hellboy into the beast of the apocalypse.
Dune (2021)
74 %
Genre Science Fiction, Adventure
Stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune was one of the few true hits of the pandemic era. And now that the film is back on HBO Max, viewers can see why it received several Oscar nominations as well. Timothée Chalamet portrays Paul Atreides, the heir of House Atreides and seemingly a figure of destiny. The universe is in Paul’s hands, or at least it was until his house was betrayed by the emperor and attacked by House Harkonnen. Now, Paul and his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), must find a way to survive on the desert planet, Arrakis/Dune, and reclaim the power that was once theirs.
Frailty (2001)
64 %
r 100m
Genre Drama, Thriller, Crime
Stars Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe
Directed by Bill Paxton
Frailty is a harrowing horror film directed by Bill Paxton, who also stars as Mr. Meiks. In the present, Fenton Meiks (Matthew McConaughey) approaches FBI Agent Wesley Doyle (Powers Boothe) with the story of how his father became a serial killer who believed he received messages from God. Young Fenton (Matt O’Leary) and his brother, Adam (Jeremy Sumpter), were forced to take part in their father’s murders. While Fenton had obvious misgivings about killing, Adam embraces his father’s quest and claims to see visions of his own. And soon, both Adam and his father claim to see a “demon” in Fenton as well.
West Side Story (2021)
West Side Story
85 %
Genre Drama, Romance, Crime
Stars Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Rita Moreno
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Both versions of West Side Story are now on HBO Max, and also on this list. And they both deserve to be here. Steven Spielberg has given the classic musical a brilliant modern remake while still retaining the core essence of the original story. In the late ‘50s, two gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, are vying for domination of a neighborhood. Tony (Ansel Elgort) is a former member of the Jets who falls for Maria (Rachel Zegler), the sister of the Sharks’ leader, Bernardo (David Alvarez). Tony and Maria’s newfound love is soon tested as the gangs prepare for the ultimate rumble.
Blinded by the Light (2019)
Blinded by the Light
71 %
pg-13 114m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Viveik Kalra, Nell Williams, Hayley Atwell
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
Blinded By the Light is inspired by the real life story of Sarfraz Manzoor, but with some fictional elements added as well. Viveik Kalra stars as Javed Khan, Pakistani teenager living in Britain in 1987. Javed faces constant racism at school, and his parents, Malik (Kulvinder Ghir) and Noor Khan (Meera Ganatra), simply don’t get him. Fortunately, one of Javed’s few friends, Roops (Aaron Phagura), turns him on to the music of Bruce Springsteen. Javed is so inspired by “the Boss,” that he embraces his creative drive. But he still needs to find a way to accept himself and his life.
Doctor Sleep (2019)
Doctor Sleep
59 %
r 152m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Ewan McGregor, Kyliegh Curran, Rebecca Ferguson
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Doctor Sleep walks a fine line between acting as a sequel to Stephen King’s The Shining, and Stanley Kubrick’s theatrical adaptation, which King reportedly hated. Somehow, it manages to reconcile the two as much as possible. In the present, Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) is still haunted by his experiences in the Overlook Hotel. But after finding peace within himself, Danny befriends a young girl named Abra Stone (Kyliegh Curran) whose shining power may dwarf his own. Unfortunately, Abra’s powers also draw the attention of a psychic cult called the True Knot, which wants to feed off of her gift. To save Abra, Danny will have to face the literal ghosts of his past.
Amistad (1997)
63 %
r 155m
Genre Drama, History, Mystery
Stars Djimon Hounsou, Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Director Steven Spielberg brought the story of Amistad to the big screen and dramatized a real incident that happened in 1839. On the slave ship La Amistad, Joseph Cinqué (Djimon Hounsou) and the other captives stage a mutiny and seize control. Upon their arrival in America, Joseph and his fellow slaves find themselves at the mercy of a legal battle. Roger Sherman Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey) and his associate, Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman), take Joseph’s case and attempt to win their freedom in court. In time, even former President John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) joins Joseph’s representatives. But the odds are stacked against them.
City Slickers (1991)
City Slickers
70 %
Genre Comedy, Western
Stars Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby
Directed by Ron Underwood
In City Slickers, Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal), Phil Berquist (Daniel Stern), and Ed Furillo (Bruno Kirby) are three middle-aged men who realize that their lives are unfulfilled. However, they find new purpose within themselves when they sign up for a cattle drive under the leadership of Curly Washburn (Jack Palance). But when Curly unexpectedly dies before the drive is over, Mitch and his friends will have to embrace their inner cowboys in order to safely deliver the herd. There is a sequel involving the search for Curley’s gold, but it doesn’t match the heart of the original film.
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
3:10 to Yuma
76 %
r 122m
Genre Western
Stars Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman
Directed by James Mangold
Remakes of classic western films rarely turn out well, but 3:10 To Yuma bucks the trend thanks in part to strong leading performances by Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. Bale plays Dan Evans, a disabled war veteran who encounters Ben Wade (Crowe), the leader of an outlaw gang. After Dan inadvertently helps Pinkerton agents capture Ben, he is hired to escort their prisoner out of the town. That’s much easier said than done when Ben kills two of his captors while the rest of his gang ruthlessly pursues Dan.
West Side Story (1961)
West Side Story
86 %
pg 152m
Genre Crime, Drama, Romance
Stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn
Directed by Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
Steven Spielberg has a modern update of West Side Story that recently left theaters and will likely come to HBO Max in the near future. But in the meantime, the original West Side Story has been added to the library, and it retains its power even after five decades. Screen icon Natalie Wood stars as Maria, with Richard Beymer as Tony. Although both Maria and Tony have links with competing gangs, they find themselves romantically drawn to each other. It’s a Romeo and Juliet story for the ages. And we all know how that goes.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
12 Years a Slave
96 %
Genre Drama, History
Stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o
Directed by Steve McQueen
You may not know this, but 12 Years a Slave is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, and the book he wrote about his experience. Solomon (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was a free Black man in 1841 who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the south. Despite Solomon’s protests, he is forced to toil for vile slave masters, including Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender). While in captivity, Solomon befriends a fellow slave named Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o). However, the hope of ever seeing his wife and children again seems like an increasingly remote possibility for Solomon.
March of the Penguins (2005)
March of the Penguins
79 %
g 80m
Genre Documentary, Family
Stars Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer
Directed by Luc Jacquet
March of the Penguins is a beautifully filmed documentary that chronicles the lives of emperor penguins in Antarctica. These birds withstand brutally cold temperatures to mate, and then protect and feed their chicks, even if it means walking 70 miles just to find food. But perhaps the most stunning part of the film is how the penguins react to the loss of their chicks with open displays of sorrow and grief. But despite the occasional touch of tragedy, there is love and hope in the coldest place on Earth.
Nightmare Alley (2021)
Nightmare Alley
69 %
r 150m
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Director Guillermo del Toro veers away from fantasy and sci-fi for his modern remake of Nightmare Alley. Bradley Cooper stars as Stanton “Stan” Carlisle, a man who picks up the art of cold reading after joining a carnival. Stan’s talent allows him to pass himself off as a medium, and leads some desperate people to believe that he really has psychic powers. Soon after, psychiatrist Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett) approaches Stan with an offer to con the rich and powerful Judge Kimball (Peter MacNeill). However, Stan soon learns that Lilith may be a more gifted con artist than he is. And he’s the mark.
Donnie Darko (2001)
Donnie Darko
88 %
r 114m
Genre Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, James Duval
Directed by Richard Kelly
Donnie Darko is an unsettling sci-fi thriller with a young Jake Gyllenhaal in the title role. After narrowly surviving an inexplicable accident, Donnie begins having disturbing visions of Frank (James Duval), a man in a rabbit suit who warns him that the world will end in 28 days. As the weeks tick down, Donnie begins to realize that Frank’s warnings may prove to be correct. Donnie also finds a romantic connection with Gretchen Ross (Jena Malone). With time running out for both himself and the world, Donnie takes drastic actions to protect Gretchen, even if it means they can’t be together.
Nobody (2021)
64 %
r 92m
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller
Stars Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen
Directed by Ilya Naishuller
After an illustrious career on television, Bob Odenkirk could hardly be described as ordinary. And yet the leading man of Better Call Saul found his inner action star in Nobody. Hutch Mansell (Odenkirk) is a man emotionally estranged from his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen), and their kids. After a home robbery leaves Hutch feeling like a failure to his family, he recovers his old gun and goes looking for trouble. Unfortunately for Hutch, he finds what he’s looking for when he alienates Yulian Kuznetsov (Aleksei Serebryakov), a vicious Russian mob boss. Once Yulian sends his men to get revenge, Hutch will have to step up and protect his loved ones.
Memento (2000)
80 %
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.
Malcolm X (1992)
Malcolm X
73 %
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.
Malcolm X (1992) Official Trailer - Denzel Washington Movie HD
Gravity (2013)
96 %
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.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey
84 %
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.
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY - Trailer
Anna Karenina (2012)
Anna Karenina
63 %
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.
Anna Karenina Official Trailer #1 - Keira Knightley Movie HD
No Country for Old Men (2007)
No Country for Old Men
91 %
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
90 %
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.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Pride & Prejudice
82 %
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
76 %
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.
Full Metal Jacket | 4K Trailer | Warner Bros. Entertainment
Mad Max Fury Road (2015)
Mad Max Fury Road
90 %
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.
Unforgiven (1992)
85 %
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.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption
80 %
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.
The Shawshank Redemption | Trailer | Warner Bros. Entertainment

Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park
68 %
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.

The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix
73 %
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.
Dreamgirls (2006)
76 %
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.
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
92 %
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.
The Fellowship of the Ring | The Lord of the Rings 4K Ultra HD | Warner Bros. Entertainment
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
94 %
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
85 %
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
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)
100 %
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
100 %
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
96 %
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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