Remember, “It’s not TV, it’s HBO”? It was the original tagline for the Home Box Office channel. It’s corny now, but HBO set itself apart with shows like The Wire, The Sopranos, and Six Feet Under. Now, it’s all about big, glossy productions like Westworld and Game of Thrones. HBO has money and power, and they’ve used it to scoop up all kinds of content for their streaming service, HBO Max. They’ve amassed some of the best TV, movies, and documentaries from multiple studios and producers. These are the 30 best TV shows and movies to watch on HBO Max during your 7-day free trial.
Best Movies to Watch on HBO Max
Studio Ghibli Movies
You can watch the studio’s whole catalog, including Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro.
If you’re in the mood for a pandemic-inspired HBO movie.
Ready or Not
A dark comedy/thriller that balances laughs and suspense.
All 8 Harry Potter Movies
Binge your heart out on HBO with all eight movies of the Boy Who Lived.
Crazy Rich Asians
Treat yourself with this award-winning romantic comedy.
Catch the whole sci-fi horror trilogy.
Go back to a simpler time with the charming Audrey Tatou.
Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit
Escape the world for a while with both the Tolkein series.
Watch the world’s first introduction to Daniel Craig as Bond, James Bond.
Best TV Shows to Watch on HBO Max
Rick and Morty
Stream every season of the Dan Harmon/Justin Roiland series with plenty more from Cartoon Network.
Watch Issa Rae shine as the star of the breakout series she created and wrote.
Game of Thrones
Re-watch the first five seasons to forget those final six episodes.
Binge this messy teen drama starring Zendaya.
Set in New York, this TV show on HBO follows an all-girls skate group.
HBO is producing two new seasons along with streaming the original four.
Big Little Lies
Get sucked into intrigue and suspense surrounding a picture-perfect Monterey preschool.
Idris Elba is flawless in this BBC crime procedural.
Experience all three seasons of Ian McShane as the foul-mouthed Al Swearengen.
It’s here if you’ve been going through withdrawal since it left Netflix.
Great Documentaries on HBO Max
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
The documentary investigates the mysterious death of Sanda Bland in police custody.
Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season
The GOAT of downhill skiing attempt to break the record for World Cup wins.
The Case Against Adnan Syed
This series picks up where the viral Serial podcast left off.
On the Record
The documentary follows Drew Dixon as she joins the #MeToo movement as a woman of color.
Discover the history and culture of drag through Wigstock.
Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children
The series investigated the 30 missing and murdered black children of 1980s Atlanta.
Jerrod Carmichael explores the black experience.
Follow activists and police in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death.
Watch a deep dive into the personal and professional life of tennis-GOAT Serena Williams.
Kittens around the world grow up.