Hidden Gems On HBO Max You Don't Want To Skip Over

Over 500 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of Hidden Gems On HBO Max You Don't Want To Skip Over

As is the case with any streaming platform, there are plenty of highly-praised underrated movies on HBO Max for you to check out. Sure, you have the big-ticket items, such as DC superhero movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Joker (HBO), and Wonder Woman, along with the highly anticipated Wonder Woman 1984 debuting in theaters and on HBO Max on Christmas Day this year. It will be streaming on HBO Max for 31 days from its theatrical release. There are also Max Originals that get a lot of attention, such as Roald Dahl's The Witches, starring Anne Hathaway. Then, there are the movies that are a bit easier to overlook. They may not always be on the front page of the service, but they are buried treasures just waiting to be discovered by you. 

You know how you usually spend an hour browsing through a streaming platform trying to decide what to watch? Make that habit a thing of the past by turning to this handy list. From comedies to dramas, sci-fi flicks to intellectual thrillers, this list brings together a wide assortment of films for you to watch for whatever mood you happen to be in at the moment. 

Here are just some of the most underrated HBO Max movies to watch right now. Vote up the movies you love so other subscribers know which ones are great and get ready to find your next much-watch movie.

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    250 VOTES
    Best in Show
    Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

    Fans of Schitt's Creek can see Johnny and Moira team up once again in Best in Show. The mockumentary directed by Christopher Guest follows five dogs and their owners who compete in the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. A good portion of the film was improvised, making for a hilarious showcase of its very funny cast, which in addition to Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara also includes Jennifer Coolidge, John Michael Higgins, and Jane Lynch. Don't miss out on these laughs if you've never seen it before. 

    • Actors: Michael Hitchcock, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Christopher Guest
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Christopher Guest
    250 votes

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  • Blood Simple (HBO)
    Photo: Circle Films

    The Coen Brothers may be household names now, but back in 1984, they were unknowns bursting onto the scene with the first feature-length movie they wrote, directed, produced, and edited: Blood Simple. This movie is also noteworthy for being the first major movie cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld worked on as well as the feature-length debut of actress Frances McDormand. The neo-noir crime film holds a lot of history and provides an intriguing glimpse into where the Coens would go as filmmakers afterward.

    • Actors: Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh, Dan Hedaya, John Getz, Samm-Art Williams
    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: Joel Coen
    129 votes
  • 3
    165 VOTES

    Every movie directed by Clint Eastwood has its merits and A Perfect World is no exception but it's Kevin Costner in the lead role who really shines. Costner plays an escaped convict who takes a boy hostage as he goes on the run. An unlikely friendship develops between the two as they are hunted by a relentless U.S. Marshal played by Eastwood. A must watch for crime drama fans that might have overlooked this treasure in the past.

    • Actors: Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Laura Dern, T.J. Lowther, Keith Szarabajka
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
    165 votes

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  • 4
    189 VOTES
    Swingers (HBO)
    Photo: Miramax Films

    Before Jon Favreau went on to become a prominent director in the MCU and creator behind The Mandalorian, he wrote and starred in Swingers.  This hilarious dramedy captures the trials and tribulations of trying to get over an ex-lover with excellent performance by Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston, and Heather Graham, all while they were at their peak of '90s cool. So if you're yearning for a bit of turn of the century hip this is the film for you.

    • Actors: Heather Graham, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Brooke Langton, Ron Livingston
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Doug Liman
    189 votes

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  • 5
    100 VOTES

    The Loving Story (HBO Original)

    The Loving Story (HBO Original)
    Photo: HBO

    The Loving Story is an unforgettable documentary about the famous 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia. At the time, interracial marriages were illegal in 21 states, the court case was responsible for invalidating these laws. You'll experience the power of the human spirit in this documentary that is heartbreakingly relevant today and proves that you can't legislate love.

    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Nancy Buirski
    100 votes

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    101 VOTES
    Once (HBO)
    Photo: Buena Vista International

    Despite its Oscar® win, this foreign film flew under many people's radar. Unforgettable while simultaneously providing viewers with a profound, emotional experience, Once is bound to make you laugh and cry. The protagonists' heartwarming musical journey is inspirational and unquestionably well-deserving of its Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film. The soundtrack is so good, you'll be listening to the Academy Award® winning masterpiece "Falling Slowly" on repeat, long after the final credits roll.

    • Actors: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh, Gerry Hendrick, Alaistair Foley
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: John Carney
    101 votes

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