The streaming universe is about to get a lot larger, as HBO Max is set to debut at the end of the month, and it’s bringing a bevy of exclusive content along with it. With TV shows like Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory, and yes, even Friends on the way to people’s screens, there’s going to be plenty to watch on opening day, not to mention the weeks and months to come. But let’s not forget, a ton of movies will be coming online when HBO Max starts to opens its doors and unleash waves of streaming entertainment for the masses.
In fact, the complete list of movies that will be available on day one and beyond are what yousee in front of you. Grouped by decade, we’ll be laying out the movies that you can look forward to during HBO Max’s gradual rollout, and we’ll even highlight some of the movies we feel are the most noteworthy titles to watch.
Starting in the most recent decade of filmmaking gems, we’ve got a collection of films that mix prestige promise with blockbuster thrills. DC Comics films like Joker and Wonder Woman will complement the other DC Comics originals and legacy content that will be included in the HBO Max library.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something a little more romantic, there’s the bittersweet A Star Is Born remake, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, as well as the hysterical rom-com hit Crazy Rich Asians, for you to behold.
Of course, if the thrill of adventure is in your interest, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey or Fast Five will both be on hand to satisfy your quest for excitement. All of these options are only a fraction of what the 2010s have to offer, as seen in the list below.
The Lego Movie (2014)
Green Lantern (2011)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II (2011)
Sucker Punch (2011)
Shutter Island (2010)
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I (2010)
Jumping back another decade, the 2000s saw a new century dawn, a new millennium open its gates, and some pop culture royalty being knighted. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle reinvented the stoner comedy and the road trip movie, while Casino Royale ushered in a new era of action and espionage for none other than Bond, James Bond.
And yet, romance thrived in this new age, as Slumdog Millionaire had all the right answers and Moulin Rouge! hit all the right notes to make love happen in a heartbeat. Though there was still room for some laughs with How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days.
But if you want a movie that hits the intersection of both of those worlds, then you should look no futher than director Robert Zemeckis’ Cast Away. Through his stranding on a deserted island, Tom Hanks’ protagonist fights to survive in an unfamiliar land, if only to return to the woman he loves back home.
The first rule about the 1990s is that you’ve absolutely got to talk about the 1990s. Riding the high of those blockbuster days, the market started to twist and turn traditional hits into even more exciting features. Nowhere was this easier to see than in how historical epics got a kilt-clad revamp with Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, and romantic comedies got an upgrade with Notting Hill.
Dramedies took some interesting turns too, as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon wrote and starred in the heart-wrenching journey that was Good Will Hunting. Even the legendary Robin Williams hit Mrs. Doubtfire took what could have been a standard comedy or drama and mixed the genres together into a touching combination of heart and humor.
Ah, the 1980s! If the 1970s invented the big ticket blockbuster, then this was the decade that perfected it! Any and every genre took part in the excitement too, as action hits like Die Hard and comedy classics like Twins made big stars out of folks like Bruce Willis and made even bigger stars out of Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Meanwhile, movies like Raising Arizona showed the world that family could be a really funny, and kinda criminal, sort of heartwarming. Though if Pretty In Pink taught the world anything in its Brat Pack era rom-com, it’s that you should tell the people you love just that. But if you happen to strike out, life has a way of working out after all.
Things might be a bit too light and cheery for you right about now, and if that’s the case, we’d like to round off our commentary on the ’80s with one simple statement: horror rules! Nowhere was that more prevalent than in the Stanley Kubrick adaptation of The Shining, and Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street: two films that taught us that in the wrong circumstances, a mind is a terrible thing to bend. How do you not love the ’80s with movies like these on the menu?
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
In addition to the titles listed above being rolled out in the initial phases of HBO Max’s lifespan, there’s also a killer roster of narrative and documentary films and shorts coming online in June. You’ll even see some franchises, like The Hobbit, filling out their ranks through this first full month of programming.
But classics are on their way as well, with movies like Titanic, Black Beauty, and Cabaret all heading to the digital world of HBO Max as well. Take a look at the entire rundown below:
A Cinderella Story (2004) – 6/1/20
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song (2011) – 6/1/20
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) – 6/1/20
The Hunger (1983) – 6/1/20
The Iron Giant (1999) – 6/1/20
The Last Mimzy (2007) – 6/1/20
The Losers (2010) – 6/1/20
The Neverending Story (1984) – 6/1/20
The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter (1991) – 6/1/20
The Parallax View (1974) – 6/1/20
The Stepfather (1987) – 6/1/20
The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009) – 6/1/20
The Woodstock Bus (2019) – 6/16/20
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005) – 6/1/20
Titanic (1997) – 6/1/20
TMNT (2007) – 6/1/20
Uncle Buck (1989) – 6/1/20
Veronica Mars (2014) – 6/1/20
Versailles Rediscovered: The Sun King’s Vanished Palace (2019) – 6/16/20
Vitamania (2018) – 6/16/20
Walking and Talking (1996) – 6/1/20
We Are Marshall (2006) – 6/1/20
Weird Science (1985) – 6/1/20
Whale Wisdom (2019) – 6/16/20
When Harry Met Sally (1989) – 6/1/20
Wild Wild West (1999) – 6/1/20
Wonder (2019) – 6/1/20
X-Men: First Class (2011) – 6/1/20
You’ve Got Mail (1998) – 6/1/20
While a lot of streaming libraries feel like a veritable grab bag of titles, HBO Max’s initial movie listing feels like a time capsule of old favorites, hidden gems, and landmark titles in the history of film. And this is just the first batch of films to expect in the early days of the platform, as any good streaming service fan will tell you that monthly updates and shuffles make the action all the more exciting.