Most people were concerned about HBO''s HBO TV program and major Warner Bros. blockbuster films. But if there''s one thing HBO and Warner Bros. are known for, HBO Max''s drama series is unsurprisingly broad and high in scope. They range from new releases to unforgettable 90s movies to bona fide classics, and they''re all guaranteed to hit that sweet spot when you''re looking for it.
You may be dissatisfied by all of HBO Max''s options, and we have used our knowledge to sort out the best drama films on HBO Max for a really impressive list. Below, youll find a wide spectrum of drama films from a wide spectrum of directors, but they all have one thing in common: they are exceptional movies. So get your popcorn ready and check out our list of the best dramas on HBO Max below.
Note: This article was last updated in May 2022, to include Mystic River and Goodfellas.
The Last Duel (2021)
Ridley Scott, director and writer, is a filmmaker and writer.
Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon are all artists.
Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Ben Affleck join forces in cast.
The Last Duel is a disturbing adaptation of Eric Jagers'' new film, which explores one of France''s last judicial duels. Based on true events, Ridley Scotts second film is set in medieval France, where Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) wife Marguerite (Jodie Comer) accused Jacques Le Gris of raping her, leading to a nail-biting duel to the death of de Carrouges and Le Gris. It is un
The Last Duel is a visual masterpiece, and he meticulously makes a captivating film out of historical contexts. Unfortunately, this sensitive topic would have benefitted from a more feminine touch beyond Nicole Holofceners'' involvement in the script. Medieval France, like many periods throughout history, was extremely difficult for women, and there were missed opportunities to more deeply explore how Marguerite was treated as an object without agency. Maggie Lovitt
Mystic River (2003)
Clint Eastwood, Director of the Public Relations
Brian Helgeland, a writer, is a writer.
Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, and Emmy Rossum are all cast members.
Mystic River, a leading character on the neo-noir plot in Boston, Massachusetts, was murdered on the same day that Dave returned to his wife, covered in blood. Everyone starts pointing fingers and tossing blame.
The main characters'' sharp beliefs about past trauma and regret lead to disturbing errors and surprising revelations. While the central plotline is a compelling mystery on its own, Mystic River is enhanced tenfold by the amazing performances from the main cast of actors, with Penn and Robbins winning the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards that year. Devin Forward
Martin Scorsese, director of the United States Constitution, has been appointed.
Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese are the authors.
Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, and Paul Sorvino star in the cast.
Martin Scorseses the wildly popular gangster film Goodfellaspenetrated pop culture so quickly that I might quote Joe Pescis: "It''s been a clown to you when I was in school," says the writer. When Pescis begins portraying Tommy as the violent psychopath, the film gets rid of the tension, but Robert De Niro finishes the cast as Hills puts her on fire, obliterating her for an Oscar nomination. Tom Reimann:
The Many Saints of Newark (2021)
Alan Taylor, director of the programme,
David Chase and Lawrence Konner, writers.
Alessandro Nivola, Michael Gandolfini, Leslie Odom Jr., Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Ray Liotta, and Michela de Rossi star in cast.
The Many Saints of Newark is no exception, with character actors including Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, and Jon Bernthal, both staring in the film in 1967, and highlighting the ruthless and fearful careers of everyone. And, for enthusiasts, David Chases'' latest adventure into the hearts and minds of the famous criminal family before they made their mark stands out as an impressive mob film for adults. Maggie Boccella: Maggie
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)
Director: Michael Showalter
Abe Sylvia, Randy Barbato, and Fenton Bailey are all writers.
Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, and Vincent DOnofrio are all cast members.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye, a larger-than-life televangelist, depicts Tammys ascension to stardom in the film, as well as intense scrutiny and criticism she endured throughout her career. Emily Bernard, who won the SAG, the Golden Globe, and the Critics Choice Award for her performance, is well-known for her remarkable appearance and charisma.
King Richard (2021)
Reinaldo Marcus Green, the director of The White House, has been directing the film.
Zach Baylin, a writer, is a talented writer.
Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn, and Jon Bernthal are some of the cast''s cast members.
In a career highlight performance, Will Smith portrays Venus and Serena Williams as the father of the famous athletes. While there has been criticism of her in a supportive portrayal of a complicated man, King Richard tugs at the heartstrings in a disturbing story about parenting and how to coach and raise not one, but two internationally famous athletes. A success story that deserves all of the praise. Therese Lacson,
Christopher Nolan, director of The Hollywood Films, has been a guest guest.
Christopher Nolan, the writer of The Writing Magazine, is a prolific writer.
Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D''Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy star in cast.
Dunkirk is anything but a simple historical story, and the reason for that is the meticulous editing of three different stories, each following its own timeline. First, on the coast of England, an English army is attempting to rescue soldiers, and the events that take place there will last a week. Finally, Christopher Nolan is able to provide a documentary revealing the agony of waiting for a death that appears to be certain, and the depth in which a few moments of adrenaline can give us lives. Marco Vit
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Craig Pearce, Baz Luhrmann, and others are writers.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino, and Diane Venora star in cast.
In fair Verona, shit is getting craaazyyyy. Baz Luhrmann''s romantic comedy, which has evolved despite and because of the oppressively gritty society, is keeping the plot alive. Both bringing and trapping DiCaprio and Danes into a modernized version of Shakespeare''s original text, not this one. Gregory Lawrence is the director of HBO.
Edward Zwick, director of the National Geographic, has been appointed.
Clayton Frohman and Edward Zwickr are both writers.
Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner, and Mark Feuerstein star in cast.
The film, directed by Nechama Tec, chronicles the true story of three Polish Jewish brothers who saved and recruited Jews in Belarus during World War II. The plot then unfolds into a battleground, where they vow to avenge their parents'' death. Founded by Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber), Asael (Jamie Bell, and Aron Mackay, both meet and join hands with their fellow survivors, forming a rebellion group. Re
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Frank Darabont, director/writer, is a talented musician.
Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, and William Sadler star in the cast.
The Shawshank Redemption isn''t just one of the best 90s films, but it''s like an R-rated Frank Capra film, probably written by Stephen King. However, it''s been in a near-constant loop on cable television from 1995 to now. You''ll get it, too, because it''s a story about Andy Dufresene (Morgan Freeman), an inmate he befriends. It''s a powerful story about having hope in the dark
Magic Mike (2012)
Steven Soderbergh, director of the Symphony Orchestra, is in charge of the production of the musical director.
Reid Carolin, a writer, is a writer.
Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Matt Bomer, Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey star in cast.
While the prospect of a male stripper film based on Channing Tatum''s real life story sounds like a disaster, it''s a work of art. Magic Mike is very engaging in offering up some fantastic set pieces, but Tatum is also remarkable in the lead role here, offering some of the difficulty that has shaped him into a truly talented actor. Adam Chitwood is also the director of Amazon.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Joel and Ethan Coen are the directors/writers.
Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Kelly Macdonald, and Tommy Lee Jones have all played this season.
The Academy has ever made no Country for Old Men winning Best Picture. It was not the easy choice. In the end, Javier Bardem received credit for her fantastic Cormac McCarthy performance, giving him a shot. It is a tough film, but it is also what makes it so special. If you were lukewarm on first watch, give it another go. It takes a few moments to really show the beauty of what the Coens are doing here, and boy is it special. Adam Chitwood
Citizen Kane (1941)
Director: Orson Welles
Orson Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz are writers.
Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, and Ray Collins star in the cast.
Yes, Citizen Kane is one of the greatest films of all time. No, it is not boring. On the contrary, Orson Welles, by experimenting with new cinematic techniques like Deep Focus, weaves a captivating and tragic narrative about a man who earns the world but loses his soul by being unable to purchase the things he truly wants out of life.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, and Hideo Oguni are two writers.
Takashi Shimura and Miki Odagiri star in cast.
While producer Akira Kurosawa is well-known for her films of samurai and ronin, like Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Red Beard, and Rashomon. This film is a powerful meditation on what we believe is necessary to live your life to the fullest of value, as well as the ability to experience change. Matt Goldberg is a prolific writer who is passionate about the subject.
The Departed (2006)
Martin Scorsese, the director of the University of Minnesota, is a filmmaker.
William Nicholson, a writer, is the subject of a series of book adaptations.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Vera Farmiga, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, and James Badge Dale are all actors.
The Departed, a 2006 crime drama starring Martin Scorse, had initially chosen to set up a commercial film, with an all-star cast. The result is a breathtakingly entertaining crime drama dominated by stunning scenes, and with excellent film editing. Adam Chitwood:
Blood Simple (1984)
Joel and Ethan Coen are the writers/directors.
John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, Samm-Art Williams, and M. Emmet Walsh are among the performers.
Few filmmakers make a debut as powerful or impressive as Blood Simple, but the Coen Brothers has no difficulty making their voices heard with their first feature. Dan Hedaya plays a dive bar owner who claims his wife (M. Emmet Walsh) is cheating on him with an employee, but this plot soon spirals out of control and leads to unexpected bloodshed. While the Coens would go on to a series of classics like Raising Arizona, Miller''s Crossing, Fargo, The Big Lebowski,
Director: Michael Curtiz
Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch are some of the most well-known writers in the world.
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre
Casablanca, the world''s no. 2, has lost none of its impact over the years. It''s allaction, adventure, romance, and sacrificeit''s more than just "Here," says the filmmaker. It''s a film that follows a shady nightclub owner who just wants to escape with her husband, Azerbaijan Garer, who is a Czech Resistance leader. But here''s how it works:
The Tale (2018)
Jennifer Fox, writer/director, is a Jennifer Fox actress.
Laura Dern, Isabelle Nelisse, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter, Frances Conroy, John Heard, Common, and Ellen Burstyn are all cast members.
The Tale is a critical film for the #MeToo movement, which is examining how predators poison their victims and how these victims affect their self-confidence. Matt Goldberg is also a well-known filmmaker who has been adamantly creative and nerdy voice.
Director: Todd Phillips
Todd Phillips and Scott Silver are the authors.
Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Brian Tyree Henry, Shea Whigham, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Leigh Gill, Josh Pais, Douglas Hodge, with Brett Cullen as Thomas Wayne, and Dante Pereira-Olson as Bruce Wayne.
Joker is a classic comic book movie made in the 1980s, but it still works perfectly, as in my eyes. It does not require the attention of Gotham City and Batman, but also the fact that everyone else is adamant. It''s not uncommon for him to take a break or take his own. He''s a terrible comedian and a vile clown to boot. When Infamy lasts longer, you''ll lose track of it.
The film is a bit different from the Hangover franchise, but it''s equally a concern for some people. I''d like to say that when it comes to Joker, it''s not that bad, though. Depending on where you choose, here''s how Phillips portrays mental illness and how he responds to physical limitations. Depending on what you think, the filmmaker will put the film in perspective. - Jeff Sneider
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