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The Best HBO Original Movies Since 2012

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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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    My Dinner with Hervé

    Peter Dinklage, Jamie Dornan

    Released2018

    Directed bySacha 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 '70s TV series...  more
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    Behind the Candelabra

    Matt Damon, Michael Douglas

    Released2013

    Directed bySteven 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 Thorson. It...  more

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    Mary and Martha

    Hilary Swank, Brenda Blethyn

    Released2013

    Directed byPhillip 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 Working...  more
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    Phil Spector

    Al Pacino, Helen Mirren

    Released2013

    Directed byDavid 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 HBO...  more
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    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne

    Released2017

    Directed byGeorge 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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    Oslo

    Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott

    Released2021

    Directed byBartlett Sher

    Oslo is a 2021 American historical drama film directed by Bartlett Sher, based on the play by J. T. Rogers. Recounts the true-life, previously secret, back-channel negotiations in the development of...  more
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    Game Change

    Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson

    Released2012

    Directed byJay 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 2010...  more
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    Entourage

    Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier

    Released2015

    Directed byDoug 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 (Kevin...  more
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    All the Way

    Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie

    Released2016

    Directed byJay 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 of...  more
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    The Normal Heart

    Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo

    Released2014

    Directed byRyan 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 during...  more
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    Bad Education

    Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney

    Released2020

    Directed byCory 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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    The Wizard of Lies

    Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released2017

    Directed byBarry 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 victims;...  more
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    Confirmation

    Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce

    Released2016

    Directed byRick 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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    In the Heights

    Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins

    Released2020

    Directed byJon M. Chu

    In the Heights is an 2020 American musical drama film directed by Jon M. Chu, based on the Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes. A bodega owner (Anthony Ramos) has mixed...  more

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    Share

    Rhianne Barreto, Charlie Plummer

    Released2019

    Directed byPippa 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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    Bessie

    Queen Latifah, Michael Kenneth Williams

    Released2015

    Directed byDee 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....  more
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    Nightingale

    David Oyelowo

    Directed byElliott 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....  more
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    Brexit

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Boardman

    Released2019

    Directed byToby Haynes

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

    Toby Jones, Sienna Miller

    Released2012

    Directed byJulian 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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    Clear History

    Kate Hudson, Eva Mendes

    Released2013

    Directed byGreg 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, Philip...  more
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    Hemingway & Gellhorn

    Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall

    Released2012

    Directed byPhilip 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 on May 28,...  more