Though best known for producing many of the best television shows of all time, HBO is also home to many excellent films. HBO caught on quick that streaming was the way of the future, and got into the only media game early. We’ll be taking a look at what movies are on HBO right now. HBO-Go is home to not just every great HBO original series, but also hundreds of films ranging from all-time classics to new releases. Joining us in counting down the top 50 HBO movies available right now.

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Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

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The first blockbuster landing on HBO Max after the historic deal with Warner Brothers is Wonder Woman 1984. The film premiered on the service late last month and, as per the studios’ agreement, the film will remain on HBO Max for 30 days after the premiere, meaning it will be leaving on January 24th, so if you are interested in checking it out, be sure to do so before it’s gone.

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Jenkins and Gadot have gone and done it: They've gotten me invested in the emotional well-being of a franchise superhero. Full Review - Dana Stevens, Slate

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Thief (1981)

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Thief is a stylish gangster, heist film from director Michael Mann. It was Mann’s first feature film but already displayed his keen eye for visuals and the stylistic flourishes that would become trademarks of his career. James Caan is excellent in the starring role. The film is a neo-noir and, due to its color palette, was labeled as “neon-noir” upon release.

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A philosophical thriller filled with modernist cool. Full review - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

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The Dark Knight (2008)

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The middle film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight is near-universally regarded as the best of the series and considered by many to be the best Batman film out of the many alternate adaptations of the original source comics. The Dark Knight plays out like a gritty crime, thriller with a strong script, good action, and a fantastic villain found in the Joker as played to perfection by Heath Ledger.

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Watching the first dizzying, vertiginous overhead shot of the glittering skyscrapers and minuscule streets, I literally forgot to breathe for a second or two, and found myself teetering forward on my seat... Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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Raising Arizona (1987)

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Raising Arizona was the second feature film to come from the inimitable Coen BrothersIt is their goofiest romp by far as it follows a Nic Cage X Holly Hunter couple who take advantage of a rich family with more children than they need. Look for the over-the-top motorcycle riding, dynamite throwing villain, the dog-filled chase scene, and a great supporting role from John Goodman.

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To their old fascination with Sunbelt pathology, to their side-winding Steadicam and pristine command of screen space, the Coens have added a robust humor, a plot that keeps outwitting expectations and a...dollop of sympathy for their forlorn kidnapers. Full review — Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

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Escape From New York (1981)

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Escape From New York follows Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a man strong-armed into rescuing the President after he becomes trapped in a dystopic vision of a crumbling New York City. This is one supremely stylish film from the costume and set design all the way to the killer soundtrack composed by director John Carpenter himself. Snake Plissken is easily in the running for the title of ‘coolest movie character’ and the entire film is a blast from start to finish.

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Escape From New York fires on every cylinder. It has a killer concept, iconic characters, legendary art design and musical score. Full Review - Ed Travis, Cinapse

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Phantom Thread (2017)

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest masterwork, Phantom Thread, is now available on HBO Max. The film is beautifully shot and impeccably assembled. The most compelling reason to watch Phantom Thread is for Daniel Day Lewis’ astounding performance, which might remain his final film performance if he sticks to his proposed retirement, though he has flirted with leaving acting behind before only to return for more excellent performances.

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A sumptuously crafted masterpiece of icy opulence, elegance and a rigid yet bold humour. Full Review - Zehra Phelan, Flavourmag

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Shame (2011)

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Shame was the second feature-film from British director Steve McQueen who quickly cemented himself as one of the best filmmakers currently working in the industry. Shame tackles the difficult subject of sex addiction in the lead character played brilliantly by Michael Fassbender. Carey Mulligan is also great in a supporting role.

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With tremendous performances from Fassbender and Mulligan, and such superb technique from McQueen, this is a horrible inferno. Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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True Grit (2010)

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The Coen Brothers’ 2010 remake of the 1969 John Wayne classic just might be the definitive telling of this story. Despite being a retelling of a familiar story, True Grit feels fresh and inventive. The film lacks none of the trademark Coen Brothers’ quirk and wit. The cast excels with a great script that twists the original story in the perfect ways.

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Without comparing the film to John Wayne's original of 1969, the Coen's version stands on its own with noteworthy performances by Jeff Bridges and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. Full review - Kiko Martinez, San Antonio Current

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Pi (1998)

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Darren Aronofsky’s first film, Pi, remains one of his most compelling. Combining an extremely striking visual style with inventive camera work and an unforgettable soundtrack, Pi surpasses its small budget with flair. The main character is complex and intriguing, and Aronofsky utilizes the cinematic form to ground you as an audience member thoroughly in this distrubed character’s point of view. The end effect is a dizzying whirlwind of psychological confusion and distortion.

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Aronofsky, who has parlayed this movie's Sundance success into two Hollywood deals, is that rare indie filmmaker who doesn't want to make hip romantic sitcoms. He's a genuine experimenter with a spooky visual style. Full review — Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

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The Nice Guys (2016)

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The Nice Guys  is another buddy cop comedy from Shane black, the man who practically invented the subgenre with Lethal Weapon, except this time around they aren’t actually cops, and they actually hate each other. The Nice Guys is absolutely hilarious and makes excellent use of a Russell Crowe X Ryan Gosling duo.

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Everything has its own illogic in "The Nice Guys," a consistently entertaining, frequently violent and generally slapdash action comedy directed by Shane Black. Full review — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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The Road Warrior (1981)

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The Road Warrior, also known as Mad Max 2, was a huge step up from the first Mad Max film and remained the best of the Mad Max series for many years… until Fury Road’s release in 2015. The Road Warrior is an exhilarating action film and a striking vision of the outback apocalypse. High-quality filmmaking conveys George Miller’s bold vision for the end of the world.

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A film of pure action, of kinetic energy organized around the barest possible bones of a plot. Full review - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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Clerks (1994)

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One of the most important independent films ever made, Clerks helped usher in a new era in filmmaking outside of the studio system. The film’s meager budget was supplied by writer, director Kevin Smith maxing out all of his credit and getting creative with all of the resources he had at his disposal. Clerk’s low budget shows but all of its rough edges only serve to add to the film’s abundance of charm.

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It is one of those small-scale American independent movies that you either fall for or you don't, and one would confidently expect most of those fed up with big, empty, run-of-the-mill Hollywood epics to raise at least two cheers. Full review — Derek Malcolm, Guardian

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Poltergeist (1982)

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Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist is one of the all-time classic horror films and stands out brilliantly from the overcrowded, frequently show-stopping 80s horror scene. With Steven Spielberg in the producer’s chair, and Tobe Hooper’s lengthy exploitation horror background, the fusion of glossy production with down-and-dirty scares makes Poltergeist a perfect crowd-pleaser.

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One of the 1980s' most distinctive and important horror movies. Full Review - Tim Brayton, Agony & Ecstasy

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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The Shawshank Redemption is a gem of the prison movie genre. The characters and themes are complex and thoroughly engaging. Frank Darabont is at the top of his game in the director’s chair, displaying a remarkable command over his craft. Each and every cast member provides an excellent performance, particularly Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, and James Whitmore.

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A tough, complex story [told] with clarity, compassion and considerable dramatic force. Full Review - Harper Barnes, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Biutiful (2010)

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Alejandro González Iñárritu’s last film before Birdman was Biutiful, the story of Uxbal, a man embarking on a personal journey as death looms large over his head. The supernatural component of the story is perhaps a bit jarring and could be integrated into the rest of the narrative more smoothly, but the drama at play is rich. Biutiful is an emotional story that is as capable of being uplifting as it is bleak and disheartening.

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Irritu's previous films have been multilayered narratives. Here, he sticks to a single, admittedly richly vibrant milieu and a central character who appears in virtually every frame. Full review — Philip French, Guardian

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The Last Emperor (1998)

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This epic bio-drama chronicles the life of China’s final emperor. Bernardo Bertolucci helmed this immaculately crafted film that raked in a staggering nine Academy Award wins, including all the major craft categories. Each individual aspect of this film excels; worth watching to hear the stunning score alone with impressive work from David Byrne of Talking Heads fame.

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Constantly absorbing and tremendously interesting. Full review — Todd McCarthy, Variety

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a humanistic, anarchic drama about a man cons his way into a mental hospital so that he doesn’t have to go to prison instead. The result is as humorous as it is heartbreaking, and as touching as it is socially scathing. This is a complex film that speaks massive volumes about both institutionalization and society as a whole. Jack Nicholson gives one of his finest performances and Nurse Ratched is an antagonist for the ages.

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It is American filmmaking at its absolute finest. Full Review - Richard Propes, The Independent Critic

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Beginners (2010)

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Beginners was the second feature-film from writer, director Mike Mills, the man behind Thumbsucker and 20th Century Women. Beginners is a great, somber drama with the perfect amount of humor to lighten the mood. The film gets heavy and gets deep without ever losing its sense of fun; it strikes the perfect balance of tones. The editing and production design standout as truly excellent.

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It is tonally elusive, cerebral and subdued, but this is a film with a healthy, if self-conscious IQ. Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s romantic drama Punch-Drunk Love grabs you from the intriguing opening frame and never lets go. It’s the director’s shortest film, but it packs a lot into its brisk runtime. Adam Sandler gives an excellent dramatic performance and his romance with Emily Watson is undeniably sweet and heartfelt. It’s a different kind of romance film, one with an angry edge and spontaneous bursts of humor.

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What Anderson and his equally unlikely stars, Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, have managed is to stretch the boundaries of the romantic comedy genre to their extreme outer limits. Full review — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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Kill Bill (2003) 

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Volumes one and two of Quentin Tarantino’s bloody revenge epic are now both available on HBO Max. The two make for a perfect double feature, so strap in for roughly four hours of bold characters, brilliant storytelling, and jaw-dropping action sequences. The Kill Bill films are some of the best of Quentin Tarantino’s filmography.

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There's nothing like a good 'ole revenge heist (complete with a hit list) to make this film one of Tarantino's best. Full Review - Candice Frederick, Reel Talk

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Misery (1990)

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Misery is a masterclass in building and sustaining tension for the entire duration of a film. It is also a perfect example of a bottle film in which nearly every scene takes place in just one location with a housebound James Caan fearing for his life from an obsessed and captor played brilliantly by Kathy Bates. Find out where Misery Ranks amongst the best Stephen King movies.

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Bates turns Wilkes into the nastiest nurse to reach the screen since Louise Fletcher tormented Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Full review - Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer

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The Exorcist (1973)

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The Exorcist was crowned ‘the most terrifying movie ever made’ long again and has defended its crown ever since. William Friedkin was in peak form when he directed this 1973 masterpiece. The film is full of thought-provoking ideation, strong performances, and horrific, unforgettable moments. For more terrifying films, check out our list of the best horror movies ever made.

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Simply the most terrifying movie ever made, even now. Full Review - Brent McKnight, The Last Thing I See

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Before Sunrise + Before Sunset (1995 - 2004)

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Before Sunrise and Before Sunset both joined the HBO Max platform this month. The Before trilogy is one of a handful of crowning achievements in writer/director Richard Linklater’s career. HBO Max is not currently offering Before Midnight so you may need to seek the conclusion to the trilogy elsewhere. The Before stand easily alongside cinema’s greatest on-screen romances. The wall-to-wall dialogue is captivating and supremely natural. Warning, you may cry during one or all three of these films.

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Before Sunrise is so much like real life -- like a documentary with an invisible camera -- that I found myself remembering real conversations I had experienced with more or less the same words. Full review — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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Tom Ford’s second feature film is a genuine masterpiece of the thriller genre. Nocturnal Animals presents an excellent script in the perfect light. This dark, twisty thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat with great acting across the board and a real artist’s touch behind the camera. 

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Tom Ford hits it out of the park with a stunning film noir that resonates with ghostly, poetic terror. Don't overthink what Ford has so cunningly crafted. Surrender to it. Full review — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

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Shaun of the Dead was the start of the Cornetto trilogy, followed by Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. The entire trilogy is excellent, and Shaun of the Dead starts the loosely connected series off with a bang. Simon Peg and Nick Frost make for one of the best comedy duos to ever hit the silver screen, and Edgar Wright’s direction is sublime. The film is top-notch comedy and a loving ode to the zombie genre. If you love Shaun of the Dead and are looking for similar films, check out our list of the best zombie comedies.

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The pasty, scruffy Pegg shows a surprising amount of range for the unlikely hero of a zombie flick. Full review - Christy Lemire, Associated Press

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Prisoners (2013)

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Denis Villeneuve rocketed into Hollywood consciousness with his first American-made film, Prisoners. A bleak mystery/thriller with morally grey protagonists and eerily-honest antagonists. A never-better Hugh Jackman leads a strong cast through this excellent script.

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A certain dour realist vigour keeps the nightmare alive. Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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Hot Fuzz (2007)

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Hot Fuzz is a strong contender for the title of Edgar Wright’s best movie, quite the feat when against such stiff competition. The buddy pairing of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is as great and lovable as ever, and the humor is extremely varied and deeply layered with constant callbacks, subversions, and rapid-fire jokes. Hot Fuzz is a loving homage to buddy cop movies and action movies and is an overall brilliant action-comedy.

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It's such a vibrant goof, so full of love both for the movies and for its cast of ridiculous characters that you forgive it the odd soggy stretch. Full review - Dana Stevens, Slate

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Pulp Fiction (1994)

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Quentin Tarantino’s second film secured him a spot on the list of all-time great filmmakers. Pulp Fiction uses a non-chronological structure to intertwine a series of vignette-style stories into one incredibly entertaining crime-filled adventure. Find out where it lands on our ranking of Tarantino’s entire filmography.

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It's full of perfect Tarantino moments, with meta references, B-movie sleaze and a sheer sense of fun. Full Review - Kate Muir, Times (UK)

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City of God (2002)

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City of God is an epic gangster film spanning three decades of gang life in Brazil. Memorable characters, an inventive script, bold camera work and editing, and a great sense of directorial style make City of God a must watch. City of God should rank highly on any list of the greatest gangster films ever made.

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City of God delivers a bruising, visceral experience of the vicious spiral of violence that draws kids into a life of crime, brutality and murder as the only avenue open to them. Full review — David Rooney, Variety

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In Bruges (2008)

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In Bruges was the feature film debut of Martin McDonagh. The script scored him his first Best Original Screenplay nomination, with his second arriving nine years later with 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. In Bruges is a pitch black comedy about a pair of hitmen who go forced-sightseeing in Bruges, Belgium. The film is packed with memorable lines and deep, belly laughs, and Colin Farrell has never been better.

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In Bruges is a haunting and hypnotic movie, just the thing to get lost inFull review — Peter Travers, Rolling Stones

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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George Miller’s long belated return to the iconic Mad Max series surpassed even the highest of expectations to become the clear-cut best of the franchise. Fury Road is a top-notch action film and remarkably well assembled in all regards. Tom Hardy is a welcome replacement for Mel Gibson, and Charlize Theron impresses greatly in the role of Furiosa.

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A machine that roars at full throttle for two solid hours. Full Review - Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

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Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

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From director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is a surprisingly understated yet nuanced story of the human spirit. From the outside it appears to be incredibly simple film; few characters, few locations, simple, restrained cinematography… but the simplistic appearance hides a great depth of emotional resonance and character-driven thematic exploration.

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Technically flawless, deceptively simple and avoiding excesses, it is about problems that are timely and timeless in implications. Full review — Variety

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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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Quentin Tarantino’s debut feature film, Reservoir Dogs, rocketed him to superstardom and ignited one of the finest writer/director careers in all of Hollywood. Tarantino arrived fully formed as a director with this creative heist film. Find out where Reservoir Dogs ranks amongst the best heist films, and where it lands on our ranking of Tarantino’s entire filmography.

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As QT's first film as both writer and director, Reservoir Dogs indicates a remarkably fully formed cinematic sensibility. Full Review - Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

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A Woman Under the Influence

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A Woman Under the Influence is one of many collaborations between actress Gena Rowlands and her writer-director husband John CassavetesThe story is hyper-realistic and follows Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk as a wife and husband in a committed but extremely strained marriage. The dramatic engine of the film is driven by the main character’s mental health as she undergoes a complete breakdown. The pacing of the first act is a bit harsh, but stick with it and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most intense and emotionally raw performances ever committed to film from a fully unmasked Gena Rowlands. Peter Falk makes for an excellent foil to his severely troubled wife.

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Like steep hill climbs, John Cassavetes's films can be jolly hard work, but the view from the top is worth it. Full Review - Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

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Mulholland Dr. (2001)

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From surrealist, dream-master David Lynch came the enigmatic Mulholland Dr., one of his finest achievements of the silver screen. The film is ostensibly about an eager young actress searching for her big break in Hollywood, but there is so much more going on beneath the surface. This is a film that can be analyzed and interpreted in a thousand different ways and none of them are wrong. Mulholland Dr. will linger in your subconscious long after the credits have rolled.

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Rapidly hailed as the first great US film of the century. None since has been any more powerful. Full review - Donald Clarke, Irish Times

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Dragged Across Concrete (2018)

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Robbed of its theatrical release due to a dispute with the studio, S. Craig Zahler’s third feature film is a towering testament to his talents as an auteur. The 2-hour-39-minute runtime is entirely justified as Dragged Across Concrete becomes one of the most tense cinematic experiences you will likely ever have throughout the entirety of the third act. 

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This is a long film, but there is something so horribly compelling about its unhurried slouch towards the precipice. Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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Sophie’s Choice (1982)

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Meryl Streep turns in a career defining performance in this devastating drama. The only misstep is focusing too much on the less interesting Stingo as the protagonist, though his perspective does make for a compelling, gradual reveal of information about our titular heroin. Kevin Kline also turns in a layered performance as a deeply complicated character that keeps the present day storyline engrossing alongside the heartbreaking flashbacks.

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So perfectly cast and well-imagined that it just takes over and happens to you. It's quite an experience.. Full review — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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Blood Simple (1984)

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The Coen Brothers came out swinging for the fences with this their debut feature. Blood Simple is a tense thriller with a hard-hitting, noir edged script and a carefully constructed climactic cat and mouse chase that will have you on the edge of your seat. 

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A gripping, drum-tight noir masterpiece to compare with Touch of Evil. Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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No Country For Old Men (2007)

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No Country For Old Men stands tall as one of the best Coen Brothers films from their mightily impressive filmography. No Country For Old Men tells a bold, violent story adapted from Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name. The entire cast is excellent, but it is Javier Bardem who steals the show as the endlessly intimidating antagonist, Anton Chigurh.

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The greatest films are such a force of life and death, love and hate that once the closing credits begin to roll, the film's cinematic life has just begun. Full Review - Richard Propes

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Fight Club (1999)

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Few films infect the zeitgeist as immediately and fully as David Fincher’s Fight Club. Though the message of the film is often misunderstood, Fight Club’s thought provoking themes still resonate as well in 2020 as they did when the original novel was first written. Fight Club is a stylishly assembled flick that also happens to contain one of cinema’s greatest twists; oft parroted, rarely matched.

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An outrageous mixture of brilliant technique, puerile philosophizing, trenchant satire and sensory overload, Fight Club is the most incendiary movie to come out of Hollywood in a long time. It's a mess, but one worth fighting about. Full review — David Ansen, Newsweek

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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

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Dog Day Afternoon is an incredible film from master filmmaker Sidney Lumet. The film tells the true story of a bank robbery gone wrong but the film places 100% of the focus on the characters over the potential action and thrills of a typical heist film. The entire cast fires on all cylinders in a film that was largely improvised when it came to the dialogue while the structure of the film came from an article about the real-life event.

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Dog Day Afternoon is, in the whole as well as the parts, filmmaking at its best. Full review — Variety

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Aliens (1986)

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James Cameron’s follow up to the 1979 sci-fi classic is rightly hailed as one of the best sequels ever made. Aliens trades some of the focus on horror of the first film for a larger emphasis on action, while keeping things tense and claustrophobic. This is a sequel that ups the scale and spectacle on all fronts. 

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It's blaster action, not Gothic future-horror. Fortunately, director-screenwriter James Cameron has shaped his film around the defiant intelligence and sensual athleticism of Weaver, and that's where Aliens works best. Full review — Shella Benson, Los Angeles Times

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Die Hard (1988)

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One of the best action films ever made, hands down, and in contention for the top spot of all time. Also it just so happens to be one of the best Christmas films ever made, and that’s a fact. Die Hard excels with a lovable every-man protagonist, a villain for the ages, and hard-hitting, inventive action scenes.

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Die Hard is as high tech, rock hard and souped up as an action film can be. Full review — Variety

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Jaws (1975)

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Jaws is arguably Steven Spielberg’s best film. A pioneer of the summer blockbuster and remarkable exercise in tension. It’s the interplay between the human characters that makes this shark film work so well. The growing chemistry of the leads showcases excellent character work across the board.

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Delivers an astonishingly effective thriller built on a very primal level: fear... On a sheer cause and effect basis, it could be Spielberg's finest. Full review — William Thomas, Empire

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Chinatown (1974)

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Chinatown is one of, if not the best neo-noir film ever made. Featuring one of the tightest screenplays ever constructed, Chinatown tells the story of J.J. Gittes, a private eye who becomes embroiled in an increasingly dangerous web of shady individuals. Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway anchor the film with excellent performances, and the direction is immaculate.

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[Polanski] handles the mechanics of the plot with a ruthless brilliance that is immediately involving. Full Review - Tom Milne, Sight and Sound

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Se7en (1995)

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Se7en was David Fincher’s first masterpiece (of many), just his second feature-film following Alien 3, which he later disowned. Se7en is one of the best thrillers ever made and is a timeless classic of the serial-killer subgenre. The script is tight, the direction is taut, and the performances are excellent.

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A dark, gripping thriller which saves it's most shocking revelations for the final scenes. Full review — Mark Salisbury, Empire

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Doubt (2008)

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John Patrick Shanley wrote and directed this adaptation of his own play. Doubt is a heavy drama that takes aim at abuse within the catholic church through complex character and an objective, limited point of view. This is an incredible film full of astounding performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and a scene-stealing Viola Davis.

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The air is thick with paranoia in “Doubt,” but nowhere as thick, juicy, sustained or sustaining as Meryl Streep’s performance. Full review — Manohla Dargis, The NYTimes

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Alien (1979)

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Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 film is a masterpiece of both the sci-fi and horror genres. Even the smallest details of this late-70s classic have been infused into the cinematic zeitgeist. Ripley, Dallas, the Xenomorph, the facehugger, the chest burster, the eggs, the android, the space jockey, Jonesy, Mother, even the simple matter of the set design and sound design have achieved legendary status.

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After 40 years, this sci-fi horror masterpiece still feels lethally contemporary. Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

Best Movies of All Time on HBO

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly tells the real-life story of Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who found himself struck by Locked-in Syndrome, an affliction that left his entire body paralyzed except for one of his eyes. It’s a captivating tale that speaks to the strength of the human spirit and the will to survive and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

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Nothing in director Julian Schnabel's career so far has anticipated the sweetness, sadness, maturity and restraint of this lovely movie. Full review — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

Best Movies Ever on HBO

Requiem For a Dream (2000)

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Requiem for a Dream is the crown jewel of Darren Aronofsky’s career. One of the best films ever produced, a harrowing tale of addiction desperation. Requiem For a Dream is a bleak and upsetting watch that showcases the raw power of cinema.

Best Movies of All Time on HBO

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This is, without a doubt, cutting-edge film-making. Full review — Ben Falk, BBC

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