The 50 Best Movies on HBO Max Right Now

HBO's new platform is full of excellent movies. In this list, we could down our most recommended movies on HBO Max that we feature on agoodmovietowatch. 

Swingers (1996)

Not enough movies tell the stories of the down-on-luck, kind of uncool wolf-pack that still goes out into town with their wallets on chains hanging from their pockets and try their luck with the ladies. Mike, heart-broken actor-comedian pines over his ex long after she's been gone, while his guys - Trent, Rob and Sue - try to help him get back in the game in a series of nights club-hopping and wingman-ing. You find yourself empathizing with Mike almost immediately if you've ever had a broken heart and root for him throughout his highs and fairly embarrassing lows. Sprinkled with clever references and subtle, refreshing humor, Mike's journey to find closure is more than likely to warm your heart.

As a bonus, the flawed yet endearing gang of twenty-something struggling actors will take you to that charming 90's nightlife in Los Angeles (with music to die for, by the way) and remind you that boys will be boys and that they're just doing their best helping each other and themselves to keep it together with lots of "You're so money, and you don't even know it!".

(Bilal Zouheir)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Alex Désert, Alex Désert, Blake Lindsley, Brooke Langton, Deena Martin, Heather Graham, Jon Favreau, Katherine Kendall, Patrick Van Horn, Rio Hackford, Ron Livingston, Stephanie Ittleson, Vince Vaughn
Director: Doug Liman
Rating: R
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City Island (2009)

City Island is a lighthearted comedy/drama about the Rizzo family, residents of the titular fishing community in The Bronx, New York. Andy Garcia plays the patriarch of the family who works as a corrections officer, and who decides one day to bring home a young ex-con named Tony under somewhat mysterious circumstances. Tony soon becomes entwined in the dysfunctional household as he develops varying relationships with each family member, even as each of them lives their own secret life apart from the rest. This secrecy drives much of the plot, as their personal mysteries play out in an unexpected and often amusing ways. It’s a lively slice-of-life full of boisterous characters, comedic misunderstandings and ultimately a warm embrace of family unity.

(Jamie Rutherford)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Alan Arkin, Andy Garcia, Carrie Baker Reynolds, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Emily Mortimer, Ezra Miller, Hope Glendon-Ross, Julianna Margulies, Louis Mustillo, Steven Strait
Director: Raymond De Felitta
Rating: PG-13
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Up in the Air (2009)

Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is a corporate axman, he comes in a fires people when the managers are too afraid to do it themselves. The nature of his work requires a lot of flying, short lived meetings in transit zones and he absolutely loves it, and he has a certain goal in mind. When the company tries a new approach to corporate downsizing he has to change his way and view of life. It's full of cynicism and warmth. If you are familiar with Jason Reitman's previous work, you'll feel right at home, if you don't : Get to it!

(Erik M.)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Actor: Adhir Kalyan, Amy Morton, Anna Kendrick, Chris Lowell, Danny McBride, George Clooney, J.K. Simmons, Jason Bateman, Melanie Lynskey, Sam Elliott, Tamala Jones, Vera Farmiga, Zach Galifianakis
Director: Jason Reitman
Rating: R
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42 (2013)

Chadwick Boseman who you might now know as the Black Panther had his break out role in 42, the true story of the first Black major league player Jackie Robinson. A story of expected struggle but also a humbling and humane account that is full of warmth. Jackie Robinson's coach is played by Dustin Hoffman, adding to the caliber of amazing performances in this movie, all put together by Oscar-winning writer/director Brian Helgeland (Mystic River, L.A. Confidential). From the baseball sequences to the personal life of Jackie Robinson, and of course his confrontation with racism, this is a powerful and uplifting movie.

(Bilal Zouheir)
Genre: Drama
Actor: Alan Tudyk, André Holland, Andre Holland, Brad Beyer, Brett Cullen, Chadwick Boseman, Christopher Meloni, Hamish Linklater, Harrison Ford, James Pickens Jr., Jayson Warner Smith, Jeremy Ray Taylor, John C. McGinley, Jud Tylor, Lucas Black, Mark Harelik, Matt Clark, Nicole Beharie, Peter MacKenzie, Rhoda Griffis, Ryan Merriman, T.R. Knight, Toby Huss
Director: Brian Helgeland
Rating: PG-13
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

A slow-burning spy thriller set within the British intelligence service during the height of the Cold War, this complex drama is highlighted by Gary Oldman’s acutely understated performance. As a high level agent brought out of retirement to ferret out a mole within the MI5, he exudes intensity and intellect with unerring precision. The story itself is exceptionally complicated and yet highly engaging. I felt that casting and corresponding screen time made it clear whom the mole would turn out to be…but you may disagree.

(Jamie Rutherford)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian McKay, Ciarán Hinds, Ciarán Hinds, Colin Firth, David Dencik, Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Kathy Burke, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Laura Carmichael, Mark Strong, Peter Kalloy Molnar, Philip Martin Brown, Roger Lloyd Pack, Simon McBurney, Stephen Graham, Stuart Graham, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Toby Jones, Tom Hardy, Zoltán Mucsi
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Rating: R
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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

One of those movies that even if you know all the jokes by heart, you'll still laugh at them whenever you see the movie. The chemistry between Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright is exceptional, and the jokes are spot-on.  The movie starts with Shaun character trying to turn his life around by winning back his ex and reconnect with his mother. Only problem? Oh yeah, everyone is coming back from the dead.  

(Bilal Zouheir)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Horror
Actor: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Bill Nighy, David Walliams, Dylan Moran, Edgar Wright, Jessica Hynes, Julia Davis, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Mark Gatiss, Martin Freeman, Matt Lucas, Michael Smiley, Nick Frost, Nicola Cunningham, Paul Kaye, Penelope Wilton, Peter Serafinowicz, Rafe Spall, Reece Shearsmith, Rob Brydon, Simon Pegg, Tamsin Greig
Director: Edgar Wright
Rating: R
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Walking and Talking (1996)

As Nicole Holofcener's directorial debut, Walking and Talking stands out not only for its honest dialogue and wonderful performance from the young Catherine Keener, but also for its portrayal of female friendship in a genre which too often portrays mindless cliches. The movie focuses on two best friends as one of them gets engaged and the other fears their friendship is getting lost in the middle of the excitement around her friend's marriage. Catherine Keener does a brilliant job as the likable but depressed friend and Anne Heche does an equally as good job playing her sympathetic half. A great movie if you're in the mood for something sweet, honest and sometimes sad.

(Sabrina)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Actor: Allison Janney, Amy Braverman, Anne Heche, Catherine Keener, Kevin Corrigan, Liev Schreiber, Lynn Cohen, Miranda Rhyne, Randall Batinkoff
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Rating: R
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March of the Penguins (2005)

An extraordinary documentary full of drama, comedy and heartbreak. It follows two penguins, a couple, for a year as they migrate, give birth and face hardships and tragedy. It captures never seen before moments that stand as a perfect illustration of survival in particular and life in general. All in a very well crafted documentary that you will find both instructive and deeply moving. Won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

(Bilal Zouheir)
Genre: Documentary, Family
Actor: Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk, Morgan Freeman, Romane Bohringer
Director: Luc Jacquet
Rating: G
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A fun science fiction movie from the UK,  Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel stars Chris O'Dowd and Anna Faris. The plot centers around two geeks and their cynical friend who go out for a couple of pints and end up having a night they won't soon forget. To go any deeper would court spoilers, but suffice to say there is time travel, witty banter, hilarious scenes and just an all-around good time.

(Audrey)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction
Actor: Anna Faris, Chris O'Dowd, Dean Lennox Kelly, Marc Wootton, Meredith MacNeill
Director: Gareth Carrivick
Rating: Unrated
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The Weight of Gold (2020)

The Weight of Gold is an extremely impactful insight into what goes through the mind of the highest performing athletes in the world, and focuses how their governing body (the US Olympic Committee) disregards care about their mental health. While it could benefit from going even deeper at times, it does benefit from having some narrative surprises in store—rarely seen in a documentary of this nature. When you least expect it, that gut-punch of a reveal at the end will truly shock and sadden viewers, and will leave one thinking about the film for ages to come.

(Diego Andaluz)
Genre: Documentary
Director: Brett Rapkin
Rating: TV-MA
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