Oh HBO Max, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Better yet, let us count the many great films you bring into the comfort of our homes. Your library spans every era and genre to render us spoiled for choice – and for that, we thank you.
To determine the best movies to stream on HBO Max this July, 24/7 Tempo developed an index using average ratings on IMDb, an online movie database owned by Amazon, and a combination of audience scores and Tomatometer scores on Rotten Tomatoes, an online movie and TV review aggregator, as of June 2022, weighting all ratings equally. We considered only movies with at least 5,000 audience votes on either IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes that are streaming on HBO Max. Documentaries were not considered. (Data on streaming availability, current as of this month, comes from the streaming guide Reelgood, and directorial credits are from IMDb.)
HBO Max definitely has great films in ample supply this month. From the gripping Harrison Ford thriller “The Fugitive” to Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey” to silent era classics like Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush,” this is the streaming experience done right. And those are just three among the legion of top movies you can currently find in the streaming platform’s vast library. (Here’s a look at Charlie Chaplin’s best and worst movies.)
Some major titles are also dropping off HBO Max at the end of July, not all of which appear on the following list. If you’ve been holding off on Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” for example, now is definitely the time to watch it. (And when you’re done, maybe you can explain it to us.) The same director’s similarly mind-bending “Inception” likewise departs at the end of the month. That one you’ll find on the list and with good reason, as it’s a critical and commercial darling. (If science fiction is your thing, these are the best sci-fi movies of all time.)
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