The Best Movies on HBO Max

HBO Max may be one of the newest platforms to enter the streaming world, but already it’s one of the best.  

Not only does the service offer a ton of exclusive content related to its hit properties — like Game of Thrones, The Wire, and The Sopranos — it also has a ton of fantastic films strengthening its online catalog. Thanks to HBO’s partnerships with standout companies and networks the service has an absolutely stacked selection of films.

Comedy: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

As he awaits a large Christmas bonus from work, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) prepares to have the best Christmas imaginable, only to be met with constant failure and setbacks whenever he tries to rein in the holiday spirit.

For those people, a Christmas spent without watching A Christmas Story feels like an incomplete holiday — that’s how universally loved this 1983 comedy classic is.  In 1940s suburban Indiana, young Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) eagerly prepares for the arrival of Christmas.

Family: A Christmas Story

It’s debatable whether to call Gremlins a dark comedy horror (like Evil Dead II) or a self-mocking horror spoof (like Army of Darkness). Either way, the finished product remains an outside-the-box option when it comes to potential Christmas viewing experiences.

Horror: Gremlins

Alfred (James Stewart) is a hopeless young romantic employed at a small gift shop in Budapest. Maintaining a romantic correspondence with a woman by mail, what Alfred doesn’t know is that his pen pal is actually a colleague (Margaret Sullavan) who he personally can’t stand.

Romance: The Shop Around the Corner

Like Gremlins, it may seem a stretch to label Batman Returns a Christmas movie.

Superhero: Batman Returns

As Christmas draws near, a sewer-dwelling eccentric dubbed the Penguin (Danny DeVito) emerges in Gotham City, planning to run for the city’s mayoral seat with the backing of a corrupt businessman (Christopher Walken). The only thing standing in his way is Gotham’s resident detective, Batman (Michael Keaton), aided by a mysterious vigilante (Michelle Pfeiffer) whose motives remain ambiguous.

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