Last Updated: April 15th
In addition to being America’s most trusted source of Carnivale episodes, HBO Go/HBO Now has a lovely collection of movies available ranging from trashy action thrills to elegant period pieces to star-studded comedies. Here is a ranking of the 30 best movies on HBO Go/HBO Now that you could and should be watching right now.
1. Phantom Thread (2017)
Run Time: 130 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
Daniel Day-Lewis stars in this British period drama about a creative genius who slowly corrupts his closest relationships. Lewis stars as Reynolds Woodcock, a fashion designer who build elaborate dresses for society’s elite. His sister manages the day-to-day business while Woodcock intensely focuses on his work until he meets a waitress named Alma (Vicky Krieps), who he begins a relationship with. Their love affair soon turns sour thanks to Woodcock’s aloof behavior and troubled mental state, so Alma takes things into her own hands to ensure both their futures.
2. Wonder Woman (2017)
Run Time: 149 min |IMDb: 7.5/10
Embraced by critics and filmgoers alike, Wonder Woman is living, breathing, ass-kicking proof that the DCEU is capable of providing superhero fare that doesn’t have to lead to shouty arguments over a Rotten Tomatoes score. Gal Gadot stars as Diana Prince (the titular woman of wonder) in Patty Jenkins’ exhilarating comic book motion picture set during World War I. Leaning into charm and fun alongside scenes of villain thumping, Wonder Woman sees our heroine as something too special not to stand out in her surroundings and the film is all the more captivating for it.
3. Inception (2010)
Run Time: 148 min | IMDb: 8.8/10
Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending thriller is a masterclass in story-telling and the right way to do CGI. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Dominick Cobb, a thief or “extractor” who steals ideas from people’s minds. Joseph Gordon Levitt plays Arthur, his partner in crime. The two take on an impossible job — instead of stealing an idea from someone’s subconscious, they’re tasked with implanting a memory, effectively making someone believe an idea they want them to have is actually their own. Cobb does this to clear his name after the death of his wife, the rest of the team (played by Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, and Dileep Rao) do it for the thrill and the money, but things quickly go south in their subject’s dreamscape, and the group is forced to come up with clever ways to complete their mission. The film never feels long, despite its 2 hour-plus runtime, and along with gripping action sequences and inventive story-telling techniques, Nolan manages to infuse just enough character study and relationship drama to get you invested in his sci-fi adventure.