Best movies to watch on HBO right now

With so many streaming platforms out there, it’s hard to know which one to choose. And even after you’ve subscribed, what do you watch next? HBO has always been a strong player in the streaming space due to its box office-quality content. HBO’s movie selection includes a strong selection of drama, action and suspense films from the last four decades. If romance and comedy are more your style, however, another service might be a better fit. 

HBO has two main streaming services, HBO GO and HBO NOW (learn about the difference by reading our comparsion guide and our HBO NOW review), both of which have libraries big enough to keep you streaming for days, weeks, months or even years. Here are the best movies on HBO right now.

Movies that everyone is talking about

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

As he fights for his life on the streets of New York, we follow the legendary hit-man through every twist and turn. He’s on the run, and with $14 million hanging over his head, he soon becomes the target for New York’s most notorious killers. Will he survive or surrender? 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%
  • Genre: Action
  • Length: 2h 11m
  • Rating: R
  • Featured Actors: Keanu Reeves, Alfie Allen, Dean Winters

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

Can You Ever Forgive Me? follows the tale of the infamous writer Lee Israel, who shot to fame profiling the likes of Katherine Hepburn and Estée Lauder. But life in New York City in 1991 isn’t so sweet anymore. Israel finds herself alone, drinking too much, running low on money and failing to publish anything at all. But then, she has the chance to change her fate for good. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Length: 1h 46m
  • Rating: R
  • Featured Actors: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Oscar-winner Rami Malek takes center stage as Freddy Mercury, the lead singer of the famous British rock band, Queen. The film follows Freddy Mercury’s struggle with stereotypes, his sexuality and narcissistic personality through his years of rock ‘n’ roll. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 2h 15m
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured Actors: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee

Us (2019)

A seemingly normal family return to a childhood home on a beautiful beachfront. It appears perfect, but things soon go downhill as the mother, Adelaide, fears the ghosts of her past are coming to haunt her – and she’s right. As four masked strangers invite themselves into the home, things take a turn for the worst, and the family must fight for their lives. What happens when the masks come off?

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%
  • Genre: Horror/Sci-Fi, Suspense
  • Length: 1h 56m
  • Rating: R
  • Featured Actors: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss

Movies that have won awards

Bridesmaids (2011)

A female-driven comedy that sees a failing baker, Annie, become the maid of honor for her more successful best friend who seems to have everything together. Things don’t go as planned when another bridesmaid tries to take over, and Annie ruins the dress fitting, bachelorette party and rehearsal in the lead up to the big day. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy
  • Length: 2h 5m
  • Rating: R
  • Featured Actors: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy

Love, Actually (2003)

A romantic, easy-watching Christmas favorite that you can enjoy all year round. Love, Actually follows eight couples in London in the run-up to Christmas. We see new love blossom, old love fade and other love lost. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
  • Length: 2h 15m
  • Rating: R
  • Featured Actors: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson

Casino Royale (2006)

Daniel Craig plays 007 in this suspenseful James Bond film. An intense poker game sees him fight a near-death battle with a private banker who’s been funding terrorists. Will he maintain his poker face or give the game away? One thing is for sure: James Bond never dies. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
  • Genre: Action
  • Length: 2h 25m
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured Actors: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

This documentary-based film follows the iconic children’s TV presenter Fred Rogers, revealing details of his on and off-screen adventures. The film touches on religion, child psychology and Rodgers’ desire to fundamentally change the nature of children’s entertainment. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Length: 1h 34m
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured Actors: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rodgers, John Rodgers

Movies based on a true story

A Star is Born (2018)

A well-established musician falls head over heels for an aspiring singer, Ally (Lady Gaga), and helps her reach success. But Jackson Maine’s inner demons threaten everything they’ve built together.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Length: 2h 16m
  • Rating: R
  • Featured Actors: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliot

The Tale (2018)

The Tale depicts a true story of sexual abuse, as Jennifer Fox comes to terms with her first relationship from middle-school and explores the devastating effect trauma can have on memory.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 1h 55m
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Featured Actors: Laura Dern, Frances Conroy, Ellen Burstyn

The Favorite (2019)

Delving deep into the history of the United Kingdom, this film follows the reign of Queen Anne in the early 18th century. A new servant wins the queen’s heart, and soon the throne becomes a three-way battle.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 2h 1m
  • Rating: R
  • Featured Actors: Oliva Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz

First Man (2018)

Neil Armstrong’s iconic moment comes to life as he becomes the first man to land on the moon. This engaging film delves into the toll the mission took on his family and friends. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 2h 21m
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured Actors: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke

The takeaway

From popular new releases to age-old classics that will keep you on the edge of your seat, HBO has a lot to offer. If you’re not feeling a movie, HBO also offers numerous incredible TV shows (think Game of Thrones and Euphoria), which you can read more about in our guide to HBO shows. Regardless of the movies or shows you’re most interested in, you can stream for seven days completely free, with the one-week free trial. What are you waiting for?

Elly Hancock