New from Kevin Wozniak on Kevflix: 101 Best Movies On HBO Max

Looking for something to watch on HBO Max?  Well, you’re in luck.  These are my picks for the 101 best movies on HBO Max right now.  These movies range from foreign classics to blockbusters to indie gems, as well as some grouped movies, which are either franchises, a series of remakes, or a director focused group.  I have also highlighted ten movies that I call “priority watches” for the month, which could be seasonally relevant movies, anniversary viewings, or great movies that deserved to be watched.

Updated: February 15, 2021

 

8 1/2 

61* (HBO Films)

61* 

  • Billy Crystal directed this excellent and insightful look at the 1961 homerun race between Roger Maris (Berry Pepper) and Micky Mantle (Thomas Jane).

THE 400 BLOWS 

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

A STAR IS BORN

    • A Star is Born (1954)
    • A Star is Born (1978)
    • A Star is Born (2018)

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE 

A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE 

AD ASTRA

ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING

AFTER HOURS 

ALIEN

  • Alien (1979)
  • Aliens (1986)
  • Alien3 (1992)
  • Alien Resurrection (1997)
  • Prometheus (2012)

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (Warner Bros.)

ALL THE PRESIDENTS MEN

  • Alan Pakula’s thrilling look at Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein’s (Dustin Hoffman) investigation into the Watergate scandal is arguably the greatest procedural ever made.

AMERICAN GRAFFITI 

AMERICAN PIE

    • American Pie (1999)
    • American Pie 2 (2001)
    • American Reunion (2012)

AQUAMAN

THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD 

BATMAN

    • Batman (1989)
    • Batman Returns (1992)
    • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
    • Batman Forever (1995)
    • Batman & Robin (1998)
    • Batman Begins (2005)
    • The Dark Knight (2008)
    • The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

BICYCLE THIEVES 

BLACK NARCISSUS 

BLOOD SIMPLE 

BREATHLESS 

BULLITT 

CASABLANCA 

CITIZEN KANE 

CHARM CITY KINGS

CHASING AMY 

CHINATOWN 

CITY LIGHTS 

CITY OF GOD 

CLERKS

THE CONJURING UNIVERSE

    • The Conjuring (2013)
    • The Conjuring 2 (2016)
    • Annabelle: Creation (2017)
    • Annabelle: Comes Home (2019)
    • The Curse of La Llorna (2019)

CRONOS 

DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA 

DEAD MAN 

DICK TRACY 

DIE HARD

    • Die Hard (1988)
    • Die Hard 2 (1990)
    • Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

DINER 

DOG DAY AFTERNOON 

ERASERHEAD 

THE EXORCIST 

FORD V FERRARI 

GANGS OF NEW YORK (Miramax)

GANGS OF NEW YORK 

  • Martin Scorsese’s big, bold, ambitious, revenge period epic features an all-time great performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting.

GET SHORTY 

GODZILLA

    • Godzilla (1954)
    • Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956)
    • Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
    • Son of Godzilla (1967)
    • Godzilla vs Hedorah (1971)
    • Godzilla vs Gigan (1972)
    • Godzilla vs Megalon (1973)
    • Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla (1974)
    • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

HAPPY GILMORE 

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT 

THE FILMS OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI

    • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
    • Castle in the Sky (1986)
    • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
    • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
    • Porco Rosso(1992)
    • Princess Mononoke (1997)
    • Spirited Away(2002)
    • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
    • Ponyo (2009)
    • The Wind Rises (2013)

HE GOT GAME 

HIGH FIDELITY 

HOOP DREAMS

HOT FUZZ

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

INDEPENDENCE DAY

JAWS

JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH (Warner Bros.)

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

  • Daniel Kaluuya gives a towering performance as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Shaka King’s riveting film.

THE KID

KILL BILL

    • Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)
    • Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS

    • The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    • The Two Towers (2002)
    • Return of the King (2003)

M

MAD MAX

    • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
    • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
    • Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

MALCOLM X

THE MALTESE FALCON

 

MARGARET (Fox Searchlight)

MARGARET

  • Thanks to a number of legal battles that essentially buried the film, Margaret is a lost masterpiece from writer/director Kenneth Lonergan.

THE MATRIX

    • The Matrix (1999)
    • The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
    • The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

MIDNIGHT RUN (Universal Pictures)

MIDNIGHT RUN

  • Led by a pair of dynamite performances from Robert De Niro and Charles Groden, Midnight Run is a hilarious and action-packed 80’s road movie.

MULHOLLAND DR.

MY DINNER WITH ANDRE

MYSTIC RIVER

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS (Focus Features)

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

  • One of the great movies of 2020 is a raw, intimate look at a teenage girl’s (a masterful debut performance by Sidney Flanigan) mission to abort an unwanted pregnancy.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

NORTH BY NORTHWEST

PARIS, TEXAS

PERSONA

PHANTOM THREAD

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

THE PLAYER

THE PRODUCERS (Embassy Pictures)

THE PRODUCERS

  • Mel Brooks won his only Oscar for his uproarious comedy about a Broadway producer and an accountant who scheme to make a ton of money producing a sure-fire flop.

THE PUBLIC ENEMY

PULP FICTION

RASHOMON

RESERVOIR DOGS

SAW

    • Saw (2004)
    • Saw II (2005)
    • Saw III (2006)
    • Saw IV (2007)
    • Saw V (2008)
    • Saw VI (2009)
    • Saw: The Final Chapter (2010)

SCANNERS

SCHOOL OF ROCK

SCREAM TRILOGY

    • Scream (1996)
    • Scream 2 (1997)
    • Scream 3 (2000)

SE7EN

THE SEARCHERS

SEVEN SAMURAI

SEVENTH SEAL

SHAUN OF THE DEAD

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

  • Arguably the best musical ever made, Singin’ in the Rain is a wonderful, cheerful film full of color, life, and dazzling musical numbers.

SUPERMAN

    • Superman The Movie (1978)
    • Superman 2 (1980)
    • Superman 3 (1983)
    • Superman 4 (1987)
    • Superman Returns (2006)
    • Man of Steel (2013)

THREE COLORS: RED (MK2)

THREE COLORS TRILOGY

  • Blue (1993)

  • White (1994)

  • Red (1994)

    • Powerful, emotional, and beautiful in every way, Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy is one of the greatest trilogies I’ve ever seen and an astounding cinematic achievement.

THREE KINGS

TIME ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!

THIEF

TOKYO STORY

TRUE GRIT (2010)

THE WIZARD OF OZ

 

 

 

 

 

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