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The Best HBO Original Movies Since 2012 

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Updated May 12, 2020 271 votes 84 voters 7.1k views 19 items

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In addition to airing some established classics, HBO has been releasing original films and other programming since the 1980's. Over the past few years, a string of new HBO original movies have garnered some serious critical acclaim. Behind the Candelabra and Phil Spector are fictitious takes on celebrity lives, while movies like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Game Change handle topics related to U.S. history.  This list of HBO films covers the best HBO movies put out since 2012. 

What are the best HBO movies? Browse this list of recent HBO ordinal movies and decide for yourself. Vote up the best recent HBO movies and feel free to add anything you think is missing. Make sure to also check out the best HBO documentaries that recently premiered.

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Peter Dinklage, Jamie Dornan, Andy García

Released: 2018

Directed by: Sacha Gervasi

My Dinner with Hervé is a 2018 American television drama film directed by Sacha Gervasi. A look at the life of French actor Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage), co-star of the hit ...more
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Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 2013

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Behind the Candelabra is a 2013 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. It dramatizes the last ten years in the life of pianist Liberace and the relationship he had with Scott ...more

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Al Pacino, Helen Mirren, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Released: 2013

Directed by: David Mamet

Phil Spector is a biographical television film directed and written by David Mamet. The film is based on the life of record producer, songwriter and musician Phil Spector, and was released by ...more
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Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jay Roach

Game Change is a 2012 American HBO political drama film based on events of the 2008 United States presidential election campaign, directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, based on the ...more
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Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne, Renée Elise Goldsberry

Released: 2017

Directed by: George C. Wolfe

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a 2017 drama television film directed by George C. Wolfe. An African-American woman (Renee Elise Goldsberry) becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical ...more
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All the Way Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo

Released: 2016

Directed by: Jay Roach

All the Way is a 2016 American HBO biographical television drama film directed by Jay Roach. Lyndon Johnson (Bryan Cranston) becomes the President of the United States in the chaotic aftermath ...more
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Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon

Released: 2015

Directed by: Doug Ellin

Entourage is a 2015 American comedy film directed by Doug Ellin. Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), together with his boys Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), and Johnny ...more
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Confirmation Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce, Erika Christensen

Released: 2016

Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa

Confirmation is a 2016 American television political thriller film directed by Rick Famuyiwa. Judge Clarence Thomas' (Wendell Pierce) nomination to the United States Supreme Court is called into ...more
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Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer

Released: 2014

Directed by: Ryan Murphy

The Normal Heart is a 2014 American drama film directed by Ryan Murphy, based on the 1985 play by Larry Kramer. A gay activist (Mark Ruffalo) attempts to raise H.I.V. and A.I.D.S. awareness ...more

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Mary and Martha Hilary Swank, Brenda Blethyn

Released: 2013

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

Mary and Martha is a 2013 British-American television film starring Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn, and directed by Phillip Noyce. Based on a screenplay by Richard Curtis, it was produced by ...more
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Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Ray Romano

Released: 2020

Directed by: Cory Finley

Bad Education is a 2020 American comedy film directed by Cory Finley and is based on the multi-million dollar embezzlement scandal that occurred in New York's Roslyn school district. School ...more

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Rhianne Barreto, Charlie Plummer, Poorna Jagannathan

Released: 2019

Directed by: Pippa Bianco

Share is a 2019 drama film, written and directed by Pippa Bianco, based upon Bianco's short film of the same name. After discovering a disturbing video from a night she doesn't remember, ...more
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Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alessandro Nivola

Released: 2017

Directed by: Barry Levinson

The Wizard of Lies is a 2017 American television drama film directed by Barry Levinson. The fall of Bernie Madoff (Robert De Niro), whose Ponzi scheme robbed $65 billion from unsuspecting ...more
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Boardman, Richard Goulding

Released: 2019

Directed by: Toby Haynes

Brexit is a 2019 British television drama film directed by Toby Haynes. The Campaign Director, Dominic Cummings (Benedict Cumberbatch), of the official designated Brexit-supporting group Vote ...more
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David Oyelowo

Directed by: Elliott Lester

Nightingale is a 2014 American drama film directed by Elliott Lester. Lonely war veteran Peter Snowden (David Oyelowo) psychologically unravels while waiting an old friend to visit.
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Queen Latifah, Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander

Released: 2015

Directed by: Dee Rees

Bessie is a 2015 biographical film directed by Dee Rees. The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith (Queen Latifah), who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.
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The Girl Toby Jones, Sienna Miller, Penelope Wilton

Released: 2012

Directed by: Julian Jarrold

The Girl is a 2012 British television film directed by Julian Jarrold, based on the 2009 book by Donald Spoto. American model and actress Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller) is brought from relative ...more
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Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Clive Owen

Released: 2012

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

Hemingway & Gellhorn is an HBO biopic film about the lives of journalist Martha Gellhorn and her husband, writer Ernest Hemingway. It was directed by Philip Kaufman, and first aired on HBO ...more
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Clear History Kate Hudson, Eva Mendes, Jon Hamm

Released: 2013

Directed by: Greg Mottola

Clear History is an American HBO comedy film written by Larry David, Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, directed by Greg Mottola and starring Larry David, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, ...more