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Max has one of the most extensive streaming libraries around, and browsing the homepage for a movie to watch can be overwhelming. We’re here to save you the neverending scrolling and potential argument with whomever you share the remote with by giving you our best recommendations.

We curated this selection of the top 25 movies on Max right now, taking into account rating and popularity (and not to mention our subjective opinion). You’ll find some of the best new films on streaming, genre favorites for every taste, and all-time classic films among the rankings. We update this page often to keep the selection fresh, so check back for the latest and greatest movies on Max each week.

‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ (2022) — Editor’s Top Pick

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Colm Doherty (Brendan Gleeson) is one of the main characters and delivers an incredible performance. (Image: Blueprint Pictures)

Rated: R | Genre: Black Tragicomedy | Run Time: 1 hour, 54 minutes | Director: Martin McDonagh

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10 | Metacritic Rating: 87

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Kerry Condon

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After watching “The Banshees of Inisherin” earlier this year, I had an existential crisis in the best possible way. The deceptively simple tale of two friends parting ways on a remote and narrow-minded Irish island will have you questioning the person you want to be and those you want to surround yourself with. When Colm (Brendan Gleeson) suddenly decides he’s above spending time with his run-of-the-mill drinking buddy, Pádraic (Colin Farrell), it shatters Pádraic’s sense of self. The film combines black tragicomedy, clever metaphor, and a roller coaster of emotions that make it hands-down the best film of last year.

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‘Barbie’ (2023)

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“Barbie” took 2023 by storm and is now available on Max. (Image: Warner Bros.)

Rated: PG-13  | Genre: Comedy Adventure | Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes | Director: Greta Gerwig

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10 | Metacritic Rating: 80

Cast:Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Issa Rae

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The 2023 sensation “Barbie” gave the iconic doll new relevance with Greta Gerwig’s vibrant and innovative reimagining. Barbie (Margot Robbie) lives in the pristine, plastic, and, like, totally perfect world of Barbie Land where no one ever gets hurt or dies, Kens hang on the Barbies’ every word, and every night is a fabulous disco party. When Barbie develops a mysterious condition marked by flat feet, cold showers, and thoughts of mortality, she sets off on an adventure to the real world to have a heart-to-heart with the little girl playing with her. The real world isn’t nearly as rose-colored as she imagined, forcing Barbie to look hard at her perfect life and challenge her beliefs. She’s unexpectedly joined by Ken (Ryan Gosling), for whom the real world is a mind-blowing revelation, where men aren’t treated like accessories.

“Barbie” cleverly critiques and celebrates the cultural impact of Barbie and its applicability in the modern world of gender equality. It has been widely acclaimed and is one of the most nominated films of the ongoing films awards season.

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‘Reality’ (2023)

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“Reality” looks at the fallout of being a government whistleblower. (Image: Seaview Productions)

Rated: TV-MA | Genre: Drama | Run Time: 1 hours, 23 minutes | Director: Tina Satter

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10 | Metacritic Rating: 83

Cast: Sydney Sweeney, Josh Hamilton, Marchánt Davis

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It’s 2017 and Reality Winner (Sydney Sweeney) watches news coverage of Donald Trump firing FBI director James Comey; 25 days later, FBI agents arrive with a warrant to search her house. She agrees to talk to them as they probe into her work as a Farsi translator for a government contractor, eventually realizing they’re interrogating her about a government leak. Throughout the course of the slow-building interview, the circumstances become more and more suspicious, as specifics about the leaked information are revealed. Sweeney has been lauded for her transformative performance in the title role, bringing emotional impact and relatability to this powerful true story. “Reality” is a chilling and thought-provoking look at the surveillance state and a fraught time in contemporary America.

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‘Kimi’ (2022)

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In “Kimi,” an agoraphobic tech worker becomes embroiled in a mystery much larger than herself. (Image: New Line Cinema)

Rated: R | Genre: Mystery Thriller | Run Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes| Director: Steven Soderbergh

IMDb Rating: 6.3/10 | Metacritic Rating: 79

Cast: Zoë Kravitz, Byron Bowers, Rita Wilson

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Directed by the respected Steven Soderbergh, famed for “Erin Brockovich” and the “Ocean’s” series, “Kimi” stars Zoë Kravitz as Angela Childs, a tech worker suffering from agoraphobia following an assault and the aftereffects of the COVID-19 lockdowns. While working from home in her Seattle apartment analyzing data streams for a smart-speaker virtual assistant named Kimi, Angela discovers evidence of a violent sexual crime that may have resulted in a murder. When she reports the incident, Angela discovers her company’s resistance to investigating the crime, deepening the mystery and driving her to crack the case on her own.

Well-paced suspense; social commentary; a discussion about surveillance technology, personal privacy, and the digital age; and a compelling performance from Kravitz make “Kimi” a smart, slick, relatable, and thought-provoking thriller.

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‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ (2022)

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Tuk (Trinity Jo-Li Bliss) is one of the new characters in James Cameron’s latest installment of the Avatar franchise. (Image: Lightstorm Entertainment)

Rated: PG-13 | Genre: Science fiction | Run Time: 3 hours, 12 minutes | Director: James Cameron

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10 | Metacritic Rating: 67

Cast: Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet

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Years after the events of “Avatar” (2009), Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) have formed a family together on the lush planet of Pandora. When colonizers from Earth arrive to disrupt their home and threaten their family, Sully and Neytiri must travel to the reef people and learn their ways of living with water. Working with the powerful natural forces of their planet is the only way to protect both tribes and Pandora as a whole. Visually stunning and  with important messages about our own world, “Avatar: The Way of Water” is a must for family movie night.

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‘The Menu’ (2022)

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Anya Taylor-Joy is a breakout star that we’ll be keeping an eye on. (Image: Hyperobject Industries)

Rated: R | Genre: Comedy Horror | Run Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes | Director: Mark Mylod

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10 | Metacritic Rating: 71

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Hoult, Anya Taylor-Joy

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Celebrity chef Julian Slowik (Ralph Fiennes) has created the exclusively curated meal of a lifetime. Served on a private island to a limited guest list of the rich and fabulous, what seems like the ultimate dining experience quickly turns into something much darker. Eerie tension builds throughout the meal as guests and staff start getting chopped one by one. Can foodie Tyler Ledford (Nicholas Hoult) and his date, Margot Mills (Anya Taylor-Joy), outsmart the game and make it through dinner alive?

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‘Parasite’ (2019)

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Who could forget Ki-jung’s (Park So-dam) infamous “Jessica Jingle”? (Image: Barunson E&A)

Rated: R | Genre: Black Comedy Thriller | Run Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes | Director: Bong Joon-ho

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10 | Metacritic Rating: 96

Cast: Song Kang-ho, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik

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Kim Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik) and his family are part of the working class in Seoul, South Korea, and they are constantly struggling to get by. When Ki-woo agrees to pose as a university student to tutor the wealthy daughter of the Park family, Da-hye (Jung Ji-so), it seems like an opportunity to help his brood. He recommends each of his family members for a job with the Parks, and they pose as those professions in turn. When the Parks leave the Kims with access to their luxurious house while away on a camping trip, the Kim family finds that the estate holds more dark secrets. This critically acclaimed and multilayered South Korean film is the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ (2018)

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“Crazy Rich Asians” featured a breathtakingly beautiful wedding scene. (Image: SK Global)

Rated: PG-13 | Genre: Romantic Comedy-Drama | Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minute | Director: Jon M. Chu

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10 | Metacritic Rating: 74

Cast: Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding

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Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) is successful and impressive by American standards. She’s an economics and game theory professor at NYU, has good friends, and has landed a hunky boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding). Rachel and Nick are getting serious, and he invites her to Singapore to meet his family. He forgot to mention, however, that he comes from a family of the most prominent property magnates in Singapore. All of Rachel’s skills and accomplishments count for little with Nick’s insanely rich family, and she must look within herself to find her confidence, communicate her true self, and keep her handsome prince. “Crazy Rich Asians” has greatly impacted filmmaking in recent years and paved the way for other fantastic Asian American films.

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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ (2018)

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Fonny Hunt (Stephan James) and Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne) are the leads in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” (Image: Annapurna Pictures)

Rated: R | Genre: Romantic Drama | Run Time: 1 hour and 59 minutes | Director: Barry Jenkins

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10 | Metacritic Rating: 87

Cast: Regina King, Stephan James, KiKi Layne

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This universally-acclaimed adaptation of the 1974 novel of the same name is beautifully crafted by visionary director Barry Jenkins, who also helmed celebrated films “Moonlight” and “Aftersun.” “If Beale Street Could Talk” follows an in-love-but-struggling young Black couple whose lives are turned upside down after a misunderstanding causes Fonny (Stephan James) to make enemies with a local police officer. Framed for an attack on a woman he didn’t commit, Fonny is arrested right before learning that Tish (KiKi Layne) is pregnant with his child. Tish’s loyalties and morals are tested, as she tries to win their hesitant parents’ support and clear Fonny’s name. “If Beale Street Could Talk” is a testament to the power of love and support in the face of injustice, racism, and judgment.

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‘Gravity’ (2013)

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“Gravity” is a visually stunning nightmare of being adrift in space. (Image: Warner Bros.)

Rated: PG-13 | Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller | Run Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes | Director: Alfonso Cuarón

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10 | Metacritic Rating: 96

Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

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Ingenious director Alfonso Cuarón brings a visually stunning odyssey lost in space. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a brilliant but inexperienced medical engineer on her first NASA mission, is suddenly caught between life and death when an accident destroys her shuttle in orbit. Tethered only to a fellow astronaut, space veteran Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), the pair attempt to reach the International Space Station as their time is quickly running out, and learn about each other as they cling to one another for survival. “Gravity” is a cinematic feat, with groundbreaking special effects, a realistic portrayal of space, and intense emotional depth. Impressive technical achievement and powerful performances from Bullock and Clooney have earned it universal acclaim, making it a must-watch for sci-fi fans.

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‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)

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Heath Ledger’s interpretation of Joker was one for the books. (Image: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Rated: PG-13 | Genre: Superhero | Run Time: 2 hours, 32 minutes | Director: Christopher Nolan

IMDb Rating: 9/10 | Metacritic Rating: 84

Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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This magnum opus of the superhero genre with an incredible ensemble cast still outshines nearly every superhero film made since. Criminal mastermind Joker (Heath Ledger) colludes with Gotham’s city mobsters to create pandemonium, while the vigilante Batman (Christian Bale), district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), and police lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) team up to take down organized crime in Gotham. All roads, no matter how serpentine, seem to lead to Joker. As the allies set out to take on the madman, they can only hope that their skills and resources are enough to take down a man who embodies chaos and is willing to do anything.

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‘Slumdog Millionaire’ (2008)

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It’s no surprise that a popular TV game show would eventually get a movie one day. (Image: CPL Productions)

Rated: R | Genre: Drama | Run Time: 2 hours | Director: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan

IMDb Rating: 8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 84

Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor

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Jamal (Dev Patel), a teenager from the slums of Mumbai, finds himself a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” He miraculously gets all the questions right, which raises suspicions of his cheating. When questioned, he recounts his incredible life story, revealing the unlikely ways he learned the answers. This inspiring and heart-wrenching tale earned eight Academy Awards as well as numerous other accolades during the year of its release. It paved the way for other international films to receive Western acclaim.

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‘Little Miss Sunshine’ (2006)

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The entire cast’s acting in “Little Miss Sunshine” was phenomenal. (Image: Big Beach Films)

Rated: R | Genre: Tragicomedy | Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes | Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 80

Cast: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin

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The dysfunctional Hoover family consists of an overworked mother (Toni Collette), her depressed gay brother (Steve Carell), her electively mute son (Paul Dano), and Olive (Abigail Breslin), the ever-upbeat 7-year-old aspiring beauty queen. When Olive qualifies for the “Little Miss Sunshine” beauty pageant, the family decides to take an 800-mile road trip to support Olive’s dream. Despite family tensions bubbling over along the way, the Hoovers discover that their bond of love is stronger than what drives them apart. “Little Miss Sunshine” is an unconventional feel-good film that delivers its sensitive subject matter with tact and humanity.

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‘The Notebook’ (2004)

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Some would argue Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie’s relationship was as passionate as it was toxic. (Rachel McAdams) (Image: Gran Via)

Rated: PG-13 | Genre: Romantic Drama | Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minute | Director: Nick Cassavetes

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 53

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands

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Duke (James Garner) comes to read to Mrs. Calhoun (Gena Rowlands) every day at her nursing home. The story he tells her is a heart-pounding tale of young and passionate romance. In 1940, Noah (Ryan Gosling) meets Allie (Rachel McAdams) at a carnival and falls head over heels in love. They come from different classes, and she takes some persuading but soon discovers she is crazy about him too. Separated for years by war and family, the young pair nearly misses their chance to be together. Until one day, they’re reunited by a labor of love that ignites their old flame once more, putting the now-engaged Allie in a difficult position.

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‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ (2002)

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The first installment of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” kicked off a franchise that continues even today. (Image: Gold Circle Films)

Rated: PG | Genre: Comedy | Run Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes | Director: Joel Zwick

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10 | Metacritic Rating: 62

Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine

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Frumpy and awkward Toula (Nia Vardalos) is under immense pressure from her loud, intrusive Greek family to get married and have babies. When a sexy school teacher, Ian Miller (John Corbett), comes into the restaurant one day, Toula decides to turn her life around and catch her crush’s attention. Her plan works, and the pair start dating, but as soon as things get serious, he has to contend with her big, fat, Greek family. This laugh-out-loud film artfully weaves deeper themes of acceptance of personal and cultural differences, personal agency, gender expectations, and tradition clashing with modernity.

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‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ (2001)

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The Harry Potter franchise thrives even decades later among fans of fantasy and magic. (Image: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Rated: PG | Genre: Fantasy Adventure | Run Time: 2 hours, 32 minutes | Director: Chris Columbus

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10 | Metacritic Rating: 65

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Maggie Smith

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Get whisked away to Hogwarts on the magical adventure that spurred an enduring cultural phenomenon. Eleven-year-old Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is neglected by his adoptive guardians, his aunt and uncle, who see him as a stain on their neatly curated suburban lives. When Harry receives a letter telling him he’s a wizard and inviting him to attend magic school, he finds somewhere he belongs for the first time. He also discovers that his parents were murdered and their killer is still after him. With the help of his friends and his newly learned skills, he must solve the mystery unraveling at Hogwarts to protect the underground world of wizards from powerful dark forces.

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‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ (2001)

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The Lord of the Rings franchise has gone on to inspire a prequel film trilogy and a spin-off. (Image: New Line Cinema)

Rated: PG-13 | Genre: Fantasy Adventure | Run Time: 2 hours 58 minutes | Director: Peter Jackson

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 92

Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen

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Widely accepted as the greatest work of fantasy of all time, The Lord of the Rings books inspired a film trilogy that became an immediate and enduring classic. Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), a hobbit who loves food, fun, and comfort, lives a peaceful countryside life with his uncle Bilbo (Ian Holm). His life changes dramatically when his uncle retires and disappears, leaving Frodo a magical ring that contains the power of a fallen dark lord. Despite his humble stature and lifestyle, Frodo sets out on a journey across Middle Earth, accompanied by friends he meets along the way, to destroy the ring and end its potential for evil forever.

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‘The Matrix’ (1999)

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“The Matrix” made wearing sunglasses indoors cool. (Image: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Rated: R | Genre: Science Fiction | Run Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes | Director: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

IMDb Rating: 8.7/10 | Metacritic Rating: 73

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving

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Computer programmer and hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves) keeps coming across strange signs in the code. When he’s contacted by mysterious figures claiming to hold the answers he seeks, he’s pulled into an underworld group waging war against supercomputers constructing all reality. Neo faces a choice: Learn the nature of the Matrix constructing his reality, or choose blissful ignorance back in his normal life. In choosing to understand, he will never be able to unsee the things he has seen, and once he knows, he may have no choice but to act. The cultural impact of “The Matrix” and its enduringly relevant themes make it a must-watch for all who seek truth.

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‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994)

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“Pulp Fiction” is considered a cult classic. (Image: A Band Apart)

Rated: R | Genre: Crime Noir | Run Time: 2 hours, 34 minutes | Director: Quentin Tarantino

IMDb Rating: 8.9/10 | Metacritic Rating: 95

Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman

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The snappy dialogue and retro-chill aesthetics of “Pulp Fiction” are a master class in style that showcases the best of director Quentin Tarantino’s genius. The film follows several storylines: the work of a pair of philosophical hit-men, their mobster boss and his young and wild wife, a criminal couple holding up a restaurant, and a devious champion boxer being paid to throw a match. The slice-of-life plotlines are only loosely intertwined but come together to paint a masterful picture that raises plenty of deeper questions about violence, morality, human nature, justice, and the limits of human desperation.

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‘The Silence of the Lambs’ (1991)

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If anyone asks for a psychological horror film, “The Silence of the Lambs” is usually a top choice. (Image: Strong Heart Productions)

Rated: R | Genre: Psychological Horror Thriller | Run Time: 1 hour, 58 minutes | Director: Jonathan Demme

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10 | Metacritic Rating: 86

Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Kasi Lemmons

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Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is an FBI agent assigned to the case of serial killer Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine), who has been kidnapping and skinning women. To gain insight into the twisted mind of the killer, she’s asked to interview Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a former psychiatrist and captured cannibalistic serial killer. Lecter is not at all what she expects and begins to gain her trust, eventually negotiating a prison transfer if he helps them track down Buffalo Bill in time to save his latest killer. His information proves useful, but can such a dangerous leopard ever truly change its spots? Catch Hopkins’ incredibly chilling performance in one of the greatest thrillers of all time.

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‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ (1989)

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Kiki’s story is similar to those of many young girls her age who are growing up and finding their true selves. (Image: Studio Ghibli)

Rated: G | Genre: Animated Fantasy Adventure | Run Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes | Director: Hayao Miyazaki

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 | Metacritic Rating: 85

Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Matthew Lawrence, Debbie Reynolds

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Kiki (Kirsten Dunst) is 13, the age that a trainee witch strikes out on her own to learn to survive, find her specialization, and hone her magic. Kiki feels she has little in the way of special abilities but is an excellent flier on her broomstick. She trades her skill as a delivery service and manages to secure employment and accommodation at a bakery. Her lack of confidence in her magic manages to keep getting in her way, however, as she does her best to complete all her deliveries. With the help of a new friend and her companion cat, Jiji, Kiki digs deep to discover her purpose and bring out the magic inside herself. This is a perfect family-friendly autumn film that speaks to the hesitant power inside all of us.

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‘My Neighbor Totoro’ (1988)

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“My Neighbor Totoro” is one of Studio Ghibli’s most popular movies among kids and adults. (Image: Studio Ghibli)

Rated: G | Genre: Animated Fantasy | Run Time: 1 hour, 26 minutes | Director: Hayao Miyazaki

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10 | Metacritic Rating: 86

Cast: Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning, Frank Welker, Pat Carroll

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Sisters Satsuki (Dakota Fanning) and Mei (Elle Fanning) move into an old house in the Japanese countryside near the hospital where their mother is recovering from a long-term illness. The girls begin to notice different types of spirits inhabiting the house, leading Mei to follow the spirits into a tree hollow. There, she befriends a larger spirit who acts as a bridge between the spirit world and the sisters’ mundane lives, providing them with a sense of hope as they face heavy realities that threaten to bring their innocence to an end. This beautiful and universal film is one of Studio Ghibli’s many incredible animated works, all of which are worth a watch on Max.

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‘Some Like it Hot’ (1959)

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Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are a top-tier comedy duo. (Image: Mirisch Company)

Rated: PG | Genre: Crime Comedy | Run Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes | Director: Billy Wilder

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10 | Metacritic Rating: 98

Cast: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe

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During the Prohibition Era, Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) are a jazz-playing duo working at a speakeasy when their club is raided. The pair witness members of one gang murder those of another in retaliation for tipping off the police and bringing about the raid, but are seen by the attackers. Terrified for their lives, they dress up as women and join an all-female band on a train to Miami. Things get complicated, however, when Joe develops a crush on his fellow female band member, and a male millionaire falls in love with Jerry. Curtis and Lemmon are a dynamite comedy pairing, and Marilyn Monroe demonstrates her considerable comedic talent in this treasure of a film.

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‘Casablanca’ (1942)

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“Casablanca” is one of the most influential films of the 20th century. (Image: Warner Bros.)

Rated: PG | Genre: War Drama Romance | Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes | Director: Michael Curtiz

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10 | Metacritic Rating: 100

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

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“Here's looking at you, kid” — “Casablanca,” the timeless cinematic masterpiece set in war-torn North Africa during World War II, is one of the greatest films of the 20th century. Enigmatic, cynical expat Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) runs a nightclub and gambling den in Casablanca, Morocco, that serves as a haven for refugees, spies, and lost souls. Rick must confront his painful past when the woman who left him heartbroken in Paris, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), returns seeking refuge from the Nazis.

A mesmerizing dance of conflicting loyalties, political intrigue, and immortal one-liners, “Casablanca” is an unforgettable tale where love and honor are tested, destinies are intertwined, and the choices one makes can change the world. If you’re a movie lover, you can’t miss this unforgettable moment in cinema history.

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‘The Wizard Of Oz’ (1939)

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Who could forget Dorothy and her furry companion, Toto? (Image: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Rated: G | Genre: Musical Fantasy | Run Time: 1 hour, 52 minutes | Director: Victor Fleming

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10 | Metacritic Rating: 92

Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Jack Haley

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After her dog bites a grumpy neighbor who threatens to have him put down, Dorothy (Judy Garland) runs away and comes across a fortune teller who advises her to return home. As she arrives, a tornado blows through her farm, carrying her off to the magical land of Oz. In order to return, she must make a long journey to see a powerful wizard, but finds herself entrapped in the power games between the sister witches of Oz. Along the way, she is joined by companions who each have a lesson to share so that she may discover what’s important to her and find the power inside herself.

“The Wizard of Oz” made history as the first feature-length film in full technicolor, which must‘ve been visually spectacular for audiences of the time. It remains a universally beloved classic that tells of love and friendship, adventure and homesickness, and our inherent power to choose between good and evil.

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