Get # Dive Into MAX: The Streaming Giant’s Top 30 Films You Can't Miss

Want to find the best cinema that streaming’s got to offer? For those who want the ultimate film experience across genres, there’s a treasure trove of drama, action and more to be found on MAX – formerly HBO MAX – the streaming service that offers something for every kind of movie fan. Whether you love a good drama or love kicking back with a big-budget blockbuster, you’ll find it here. So read on for our list of the 30 best movies currently on MAX.

Discover MAX's Cinematic Jewels

**Embark on Self-Discovery with "Am I OK?"**

But if you want to wallow in the strange challenges of figuring out both who you are and whom you should love, try Am I OK? (2023), a comedy-drama from the writer-directors Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne about coming out in your 30s.

**The Rise and Fall of MoviePass**

Relive 2012’s game-changing yet doomed MoviePass with MoviePass, MovieCrash, a documentary on the subscription service that revolutionised cinema access.

**Epic Journeys in "Dune & Dune: Part Two"**

Filmed by Denis Villeneuve, Dune embraced the complexity of Arrakis and its iceworm cargoes with a visual and emotional richness that continues in Dune: Part Two.

Music, Mad MAX, and Masterpieces

**"Stop Making Sense": A Music Revolution**

Go back to Jonathan Demme and Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, made in 1984, which reinvented the concept of the concert movie by building a musical narrative around a band on stage.

**The Legacy of "Mad MAX"**

From the stark, snow-laden desolation of Mad MAX (1979) to the technicolour wastelands of Furiosa: A Mad MAX Saga (2023) – all at MAX, for a good binge.

**Dark Tales and Daring Adventures**

It wasn’t only the action movie genre but also the basis for The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) and The Zone of Interest (2020), which channel all the passion of narrative into the darker sides of human nature.

From the Psyche to the Surreal

**"Black Swan's" Descent into Madness**

Natalie Portman’s riveting turn as a dancer ravaged by a maniacal quest for perfection in Black Swan (2010) shows what the drive to keep dancing at all costs can do to a dancer’s sanity – as do an entire pantheon of dance movies, from Martin Scorsese’s New York, New York (1977) to Shirley MacLaine’s Blue Green Planet (1992) and even (no comment) Footloose (1984). When the quest contradicts a dancer’s sense of humanity, trouble follows, as in the case of Yul Brynner’s suicidal single-mindedness in Hollywood’s answer to the Pauline-Atkinson story The King and I (1956). As Plutarch noted, as long as the pain-pleasure equation remains healthy, the desire to dance is a good thing, even a moral necessity. Almost nobody in the audience wants to have to force a dancer to leave the stage. Aronofsky’s film had one of the most powerful dance sequences in years, despite the fact that most of it consisted of Natalie Portman exercising in front of a greenscreen.

**Unexpected Gems and Future Classics**

It’s Good Time by the Safdie Brothers, a lowkey thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat; and it’s Dream Scenario, a ‘mind movie’ in which Nicolas Cage – both director and star – is immortal.

**Fantasy Unleashed in "The Green Knight"**

The direction of David Lowery’s The Green Knight demonstrates that old stories can have new life on the contemporary screen.

Beyond Barbie and Into Barbieland

**Barbie Breaks the Mold**

A must-see on MAX, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie has transcended the movie theatre to become a zeitgeist phenomenon.

**Crime, Westerns, and the Cult of "RoboCop"**

From the frozen ‘snow bank’ of Fargo to the dusty trail of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and the bleak techno-future of RoboCop, MAX has a genre-straddling blaster for you.

**Sci-Fi, Animation, and Beyond**

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan sits atop MAX’s science-fiction hall of fame, where it vies for glory with the greatest what-if science-fiction movie ever made: Jodorowsky’s Dune.

Understanding MAX: Your Gateway to Cinematic Excellence

But the sheer diversity of MAX’s library, as well as its commitment to presenting not just classic and forgotten films but also daring new narratives, make it a leading movie-streaming service for cinephiles. Its best offerings celebrate humanity on new terms, and its worst simply endure as a reminder of what great films have overcome. From floating pods over desert dunes to distorted reflections in ballet footwear, the future of film has yet to come. MAX not only continues to be a home for appreciators of cinema – from classic noir whodunnits and horror flicks to black-and-white dramas or animated features, MAX caters to the desire for a film experience. From timeless classics to contemporary masterpieces, no matter what you’re in the mood to watch, it never takes more than a single click to find your next favourite film. So, what are you waiting for? Get into MAX now, and enter the wonderland of what’s being made for cinema today. From the edge of your stronghold to the bottom of your heart, you don’t want to miss these films!

Jun 12, 2024
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