HBO Max Unveils a Pretty Disappointing List of Movies Available at Launch

If you haven’t been following the Streaming Wars, you probably are unaware that WarnerMedia is launching HBO Max on May 27 for $14.99/month.

We’ve seen trailers and teases of what to expect on the platform, and while it does look like there will be plenty of amazing shows to watch, the recently revealed list of launch movies has me going “huh?!”

Before I begin to criticize the selection, thanks to Comicbook.com for the list and /film for organizing it. The below films have been sorted as Classics, Modern Favorites, Criterion Collection, and Acquired Third Party (that I’m shocked they got).


Warner Bros. Classics

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 42nd Street
  • Adam’s Rib
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • An American in Paris
  • Ben-Hur
  • Body Heat
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Cannery Row
  • Casablanca
  • Cheyenne Autumn
  • Cimarron
  • Citizen Kane
  • City of Angels
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Countdown
  • Dirty Harry
  • Doctor Zhivago
  • East of Eden
  • Elvis: That’s the Way it is
  • Footlight Parade
  • Freaks
  • Giant
  • Girl Crazy
  • Gold Diggers of 1933
  • Gold Diggers of 1935
  • Gone with the Wind
  • How the West was Won
  • Keeper of the Flame
  • King Kong
  • Klute
  • The Little Drummer Girl
  • Lolita
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Mildred Pierce
  • Million Dollar Mermaid
  • Mrs. Soffel
  • North by Northwest
  • Now, Voyager
  • The Nun’s Story
  • Pat and Mike
  • A Patch of Blue
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • Point Blank
  • Polyester
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Rhapsody in Blue
  • Rio Bravo
  • Romance on the High Seas
  • The Sea of Grass
  • The Searchers
  • Shall We Dance
  • Shoot the Moon
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • The Singing Nun
  • The Song Remains the Same
  • A Star is Born (1954)
  • A Star is Born (1976)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Strike Up the Band
  • Tortilla Flat
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Wattstax
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Without Love
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Woman of the Year
  • Woodstock

Modern Warner Bros. Films and Favorites

  • Aquaman
  • Batman: Gotham Knight
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2
  • Batman & Robin
  • Batman Forever
  • Batman vs. Robin
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Blade Runner: The Final Cut
  • Contact
  • Crazy Stupid Love
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Critters
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Deep Blue Sea
  • The Devil’s Advocate
  • Drop Dead Fred
  • Empire of The Sun
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
  • Friday the 13th (2009)
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Green Lantern
  • Gremlins
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Hairspray (1988)
  • Hairspray (2007)
  • Harold & Kumar go to White Castle
  • Isn’t It Romantic
  • IT: Chapter 2
  • Joker
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • The LEGO Movie
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Lethal Weapon 2
  • Lethal Weapon 3
  • Lethal Weapon 4
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
  • Police Academy
  • Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
  • Police Academy 3: Back in Training
  • Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
  • Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach
  • Police Academy 6: City Under Siege
  • Police Academy: Mission to Moscow
  • Practical Magic
  • Selena
  • Set It Off
  • Shazam!
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
  • Snakes on a Plane
  • A Star Is Born (2018)
  • Sucker Punch
  • Suicide Squad
  • Supergirl
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
  • Three Kings
  • A Time to Kill
  • Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
  • The Witches of Eastwick
  • Wonder Woman

Criterion Collection

  • …And God Created Woman
  • 16 Days of Glory
  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
  • The 3 Penny Opera
  • The 39 Steps
  • The 400 Blows
  • The 47 Ronin: Part 1
  • The 47 Ronin: Part 2
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • Amarcord
  • An Angel at my Table
  • Ashes and Diamonds
  • Atlanta’s Olympic Glory
  • Au Revior Les Enfants
  • Autumn Sonata
  • Babette’s Feast
  • Battle of Algiers
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • The Beales of Grey Gardens
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Belle De Jour
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
  • Black Girl
  • Black Narcissus
  • Black Orpheus
  • Blithe Spirit
  • The Blob
  • Blood Simple
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Breathless
  • Brief Encounter
  • A Brief History of Time
  • The Brood
  • Brute Force
  • Buena Vista Social Club
  • Calgary ‘88: 16 Days of Glory
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Chimes at Midnight
  • La Ciénaga
  • The Circus
  • City Lights
  • Cleo from 5 to 7
  • Cranes are Flying
  • Cries and Whispers
  • Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment
  • Cronos
  • Daisies
  • A Day in the Country
  • A Day’s Pleasure
  • The Daytrippers
  • Dead Man
  • Desert Hearts
  • Destroy All Monsters
  • Diabolique
  • Divorce Italian Style
  • A Dog’s Life
  • Don’t Look Back
  • Down by Law
  • The Earrings of Madame De
  • Eating Raoul
  • Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
  • Elevator to the Gallows
  • The Emperor Jones
  • The Entertainer
  • Equinox
  • Eraserhead
  • Europa
  • Europe ‘51
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • F is for Fake
  • Faces
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • Fantastic Planet
  • Fat Girl
  • First Man Into Space
  • For All Mankind
  • Foreign Correspondant
  • The Four Feathers
  • Fox and His Friends
  • The Front Page
  • Funny Games
  • George Stevens: A Filmmakers Journey
  • George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin
  • Germany Year Zero
  • Gidorah, The Three Headed Monster
  • Gimme Shelter
  • Godzilla
  • Godzilla Raids Again
  • Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla
  • Godzilla vs Megalon
  • Godzilla vs Gigan
  • Godzilla vs Hedorah
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
  • The Gold Rush
  • The Gold Rush: 1942 Version
  • The Grand Olympics
  • Gray’s Anatomy
  • The Great Dictator
  • Great Expectations
  • Grey Gardens
  • Hamlet
  • Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice
  • Hanzo the Razor: The Snare
  • Hanzo the Razor: Who’s Got the Gold?
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Harlan County U.S.A
  • Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
  • Hearts and Minds
  • Henry V
  • The Hidden Fortress
  • Hobson’s Choice
  • The Honeymoon Killers
  • Hoop Dreams
  • House
  • I Married a Witch
  • I Shot Jesse James
  • I Was a Teenage Zombie
  • The Idle Class
  • Ikiru
  • The Immigrant
  • In the Mood for Love
  • In Vanda’s Room
  • Intermezzo
  • Invasion of Astro-Monster
  • Irma Vep
  • Ivan the Terrible Part 1
  • Ivan the Terrible Part 2
  • Jubilee
  • Jules and Jim
  • Juliet of the Spirits
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Kid
  • Kill!
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
  • A King in New York
  • The King of Kings
  • Knife in the Water
  • Kwaidan
  • Lady Snowblood
  • Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance
  • The Lady Vanishes
  • L’Amore
  • L’Argent
  • The Last Emperor
  • The Last Metro
  • The Last Wave
  • Late Autumn
  • Late Spring
  • L’Avventura
  • Lillehammer ‘94: Days of Glory
  • Limelight
  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
  • Lola
  • Lola Montes
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby in the Land of Demons
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengence
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell
  • Loneliness of the Long Distance
  • The Long Voyage Home
  • Look Back in Anger
  • Lord of the Flies
  • The Lost Honor of Katarina Blum
  • Love in the Afternoon
  • Major Barbara
  • Man Bites Dog
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Marriage of Maria Braun
  • Masculin Feminin
  • Metropolitan
  • Mikey and Nicky
  • Modern Times
  • Mon Oncle
  • Mona Lisa
  • Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday
  • Monsieur Verdoux
  • Monterey Pop
  • The Most Dangerous Game
  • Mothra vs Godzilla
  • Mr. Arkadin
  • Multiple Maniacs
  • My Brilliant Career
  • My Dinner with Andre
  • My Life as a Dog
  • My Night at Maud’s
  • Nagano ‘98 Olympics: Stories of Honor and Glory
  • The Naked City
  • The Naked Kiss
  • Nanook of the North
  • Nice and Friendly
  • A Night in the Show
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Oliver Twist
  • Onibaba
  • Paris, Texas
  • Pather Panchali
  • Pay Day
  • Pepe Le Moko
  • Permanent Vacation
  • Persona
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • The Pilgrim
  • The Player
  • Police Story
  • Primary
  • The Private Life of Henry the VIII
  • Pygmalion
  • Quadrophenia
  • Querelle
  • Rashomon
  • The Red Balloon
  • Red Desert
  • The Red Shoes
  • Rembrandt
  • The Return of Bulldog Drummond
  • Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Richard III
  • The Rink
  • The Rise of Catherine the Great
  • The Rite
  • The River
  • Rodan
  • Rome Open City
  • A Room with a View
  • The Ruling Class
  • The Runner
  • Sabotage
  • Safety Last!
  • Salesman
  • Le Samourai
  • Samurai Trilogy 1: Musashi Miyamoto
  • Samurai Trilogy 2: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
  • Samurai Trilogy 3: Duel at Ganryu Island
  • Satan’s Brew
  • Sawdust and Tinsel
  • Scanners
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Scenes From a Marriage
  • Schizopolis
  • Seance on a Wet Afternoon
  • Secrets and Lies
  • Senso
  • Seoul 1988
  • Seven Samurai
  • Seventh Seal
  • The Seventh Veil
  • Shadows
  • Shock Corridor
  • Shoot the Piano Player
  • The Shooting
  • The Shop on Main Street
  • Shoulder Arms
  • Sisters
  • Smithereens
  • Solaris
  • Son of Godzilla
  • Speedy
  • Stagecoach
  • La Strada
  • Stranger Than Paradise
  • The Stranger
  • Stromboli
  • Summertime
  • Sunnyside
  • Sweetie
  • Taste of Cherry
  • A Taste of Honey
  • Terror of Mechagodzilla
  • The Testement of Dr Mabuse
  • That Hamilton Woman
  • The Thief of Bagdad
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • Three Colors: Red
  • Three Colors: White
  • Throne of Blood
  • Through a Glass Darkly
  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
  • Time Bandits
  • The Times of Harvey Milk
  • The Tin Drum
  • To Be or not To Be
  • Tokyo Olympiad
  • Tokyo Story
  • Tom Jones
  • The Trial of Joan of Arc
  • True Stories
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Two English Girls
  • Ugetsu
  • Umberto D.
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Under the Volacno
  • Vampyr
  • Victim
  • Vivre Sa Vie
  • Voyage to Italy
  • The Wages of Fear
  • War and Peace
  • The War of the Gargantuas
  • The War Room
  • Watership Down
  • Weekend
  • Wild Strrawberries
  • Wings of Desire
  • Wise Blood
  • Withnail and I
  • A Woman of Paris
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • The X From Outer Space
  • Yojimbo
  • Young and Innocent
  • Young Girls
  • Z

Third Party Films They Somehow Got the Streaming Rights To

  • Alien (Director’s Cut)
  • Aliens
  • Alien 3
  • Alien Resurrection
  • American Pie
  • Analyze This
  • Annie Hall
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Armageddon
  • The Awful Truth
  • Aya
  • Babe
  • Baby Boom
  • The Bells of St. Mary’s
  • Big Top Pee Wee
  • Boys Don’t Cry
  • Braveheart
  • Bridesmaids
  • Broken Arrow
  • Capricorn One
  • Casino Royale
  • Castle in the Sky
  • The Cat Returns
  • Cold Mountain
  • D2: The Mighty Ducks
  • D3: The Mighty Ducks
  • The Darjeeling Limited
  • Dick Tracy
  • Die Hard
  • Die Hard 2: Die Harder
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance
  • Downton Abbey
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Eagle Eye
  • Ella Enchanted
  • The Family Stone
  • Fast Five
  • Fight Club
  • From Up on Poppy Hill
  • A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Grosse Pointe Blank
  • Hackers
  • Half-Nelson
  • Happy Death Day
  • Harold and Maude
  • Hellboy (2019)
  • Her Smell
  • Hey Arnold! The Movie
  • Hobbs & Shaw
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • Hope Floats
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • In Bruges
  • In Cold Blood
  • Jaws
  • Jaws 2
  • Jaws 3-D
  • Jaws: The Revenge
  • John Tucker Must Die
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • The Killing
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • The Land Before Time
  • Last Holiday
  • The Last Waltz
  • Let’s Spend the Night Together
  • Lilies of the Field
  • Little Black Book
  • The Long Goodbye
  • Love Actually
  • Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again
  • Manhattan
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • Mona Lisa Smile
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas
  • Nausicaa of the Walley of the Wind
  • Network
  • Notting Hill
  • One Fine Day
  • Ocean Waves
  • An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • Only Yesterday
  • Out of Africa
  • Paths of Glory
  • Pet Sematary
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • Pom Poko
  • Ponyo
  • Porco Russo
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Quantum of Solace
  • Raising Arizona
  • Ready or Not
  • Reds
  • Save the Last Dance
  • Scary Movie 3
  • The Secret World of Arrietty
  • Shall We Dance?
  • Shooter
  • Shutter Island
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Some Kind of Beautiful
  • Spirited Away
  • Stealing Harvard
  • Striptease
  • Swingers
  • The Take of the Princess Kaguya
  • Tales from Earthsea
  • Teen Witch
  • That Thing You Do!
  • The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
  • The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
  • This Means War
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  • Tropic Thunder
  • True Lies
  • Twins
  • Unfriended
  • Us
  • Van Helsing
  • Varsity Blues
  • War of the Worlds (2005)
  • What About Bob?
  • What Women Want
  • When Marnie was There
  • Whispers of the Heart
  • The Wind Rises
  • The Wood
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix
  • Yesterday

While the Criterion Collection is a huge snag, I don’t think it’s going to attract subscribers that aren’t cinephiles. My main issue is the lack of Warner Bros. modern classics. You have Fantastic Beasts, but no Harry Potter? You have only the third Lord of the Rings? You have none of the best Batman films? And the acquired content is also a mixed bag. Fast Five and Hobbs & Shaw? Dark Phoenix? The Mighty Ducks trilogy? I just don’t get it. For starters, The Mighty Ducks trilogy is already on Disney+, so this is just a strange double dip already. And then you pick some of the better Fast Saga films, but how did you get just those two?

Honestly, the lack of Harry Potter, The Dark Knight, and other real modern Warner Bros. favorites is what is making me not want to subscribe right away to HBO Max. I either already own these films or can find them elsewhere. It’s a disappointing list that was I’m sure supposed to wow potential subscribers, but instead it’s turned me away. Good thing you got Friends, cause you’re going to need to use them.


What movies are catching your eye as a potential reason to subscribe? Do you find the lack of WB hits surprising? I’m sure Netflix and pre-existing deals are to blame, but it’s still disappointing. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below, Screenager!

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Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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