The Greatest Movies on HBO Max

Whether you’re in the mood for a classic black and white monster movie from the ‘30s, a beloved anime film from Hayao Miyazaki, or a recent blockbuster from this past summer, there’s no end to the number of great films you’re able to choose from. 

From universally praised films like Lawrence of Arabia and On the Waterfront to celebrated modern films like Superbad and Crazy Rich Asians, here are some of the best films you can find currently streaming on HBO Max.

Teen: Superbad

There have been all kinds of remarkable teen movies that have been released in the past two decades, but few come close to the utterly hilarious hijinks depicted in Superbad, a brilliant collaborative effort between Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Greg Mottola.

The highest-grossing romantic comedy of the 2010s, Crazy Rich Asians was an unexpected hit when it arrived to theaters in 2018. Grossing over nine times its budget, it was a fun and refreshingly modern film that boasted a talented cast, an appealing visual design, and a wondrously funny script.

Romance: Crazy Rich Asians

Facing a global invasion from aliens bent on eradicating humanity, a father (Tom Cruise) flees New York City with his two children (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin), looking for a safe haven from the ensuing conflict around them.

Sci-Fi: War of the Worlds

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Marlon Brando’s performance in On the Waterfront set the standard for acting in the latter half of the 20th century. Never before had a performer introduced such a naturalistic style of acting as Brando’s breakthrough role in this film, so effortlessly subtle yet so glaringly real.

Drama: On the Waterfront

Recently released from a mental health facility, the burnt out Anthony (Luke Wilson) reluctantly joins his eccentric best friend Dignan (Owen Wilson) in planning an ambitious heist.

Crime: Bottle Rocket

Aside from Austin Powers, Mike Myers’ lasting contribution to pop culture will forever be his laidback heavy metal fan, the titular Wayne of Wayne’s World. The most successful SNL-related film of all time, Wayne’s World allows Myers and the brilliant Dana Carvey to return to two of their most popular SNL characters.

Comedy: Wayne’s World

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