The Best Movies on HBO Max

Thanks to HBO’s partnerships with standout companies and networks like TCM, Studio Ghibli, and DC, the service has an absolutely stacked selection of films you’re able to choose from.

From universally praised films like The Shawshank Redemption and The Shining to celebrated modern films like Dune and Joker, here are some of the best films you can find currently streaming on HBO Max.

It’s a profoundly affecting film that’s gone on to be considered one of the greatest American movies of all time — rounded with excellent music, writing, direction, and performances (including Robbins and Morgan Freeman’s).

Drama: The Shawshank Redemption

It’s a slow burn, but in it, you truly do feel like you stepped into another realm — a bizarre world where you’re never entirely sure of what you’re seeing is real.

Horror: The Shining

It’s at once an analytical study of mental illness, a Scorsese-esque crime thriller, a sociological study of martyrdom and corruption, and a compelling superhero origin story all in one.

Thriller: Joker

A spoof of the massive stardom and fanbases amassed by musicians today, Popstar is a humorous mockumentary successor to This Is Spinal Tap.

Comedy: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

A more grounded interpretation of the sci-fi genre than most others, it feels like an adult version of Star Wars crossed with Game of Thrones, filled with conspiracies, political maneuvering, and muted fantastical elements.

Sci-Fi: Dune

Named by Chan as the best action film he’s ever done, Police Story is the kind of martial arts movie that simply doesn’t get made anymore.

Action: Police Story

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