The Best Classic Movies Streaming on Max

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With so many streaming platforms and so many films, it’s hard to keep track of what to watch, let alone where to watch it! That’s why we here at ReMIND are keeping track for you. Max (formerly known, and for some forever known, as HBO) is probably best-known these days for being the home to several uber-successful TV shows, such as Game of Thrones, The Wire, and the Emmy-winning Succession (or my personal favorite, Chernobyl)but it also has a backlog of many classic films from just about every decade. Here, we just focus on the years prior to 2004 a year that was TWO DECADES ago, if you can believe it and round up some of the best classic films you can find on this platform.

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Anna and the King

A widowed British schoolteacher arrives in Siam to educate the King’s many children, only to find herself clashing with the traditional monarch in this Oscar-nominated historical drama starring Jodie Foster. Stream it now.

Batman

1989
Batman

In this 1989 Tim Burton version of the classic caped superhero, the Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being Jack Napier, a criminal who becomes the clownishly homicidal Joker. Stars Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger. Stream it now.

Casablanca

A cynical expatriate American cafe owner struggles to decide whether or not to help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape the Nazis in French Morocco. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, this is considered one of the best films of all time and won three Oscars. Stream it now.

Fargo

1996
Fargo

In a plot to collect ransom from his wealthy father-in-law, an overextended car salesman in Minneapolis hires two goons to kidnap his wife in this classic Coen brothers tale. Stream it now.

A Fistful Of Dollars

An amoral gunman works both sides of a divided town in this 1964 western starring the king of westerns, Clint Eastwood. All three films in this series are available on Max. Stream it now.

Gangs of New York

Martin Scorsese directs this Oscar-nominated and highly acclaimed story set in 1860s New York, in which a young Irish immigrant vows vengeance on the gangster who killed his father. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis in what was probably his greatest performance. Stream it now.

Get Shorty

Based on the Elmore Leonard novel, a Miami loan shark teams with Hollywood producer who specializes in cheesy horror films.  Stars John Travolta, Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito. Stream it now.

Gone With the Wind

Through the tragic history of the South, a Civil War rogue loves a petulant Southern belle in this Oscar-winning adaptation of the Margaret Mitchell novel starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. Stream it now.

Good Will Hunting

Matt Damon in his debut and Robin Williams in an Oscar-winning performance star as Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T. with a gift for mathematics and a lot of childhood trauma to work through and a psychologist who helps him to find direction in his life. Damon and Ben Affleck also won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for this film, and it launched both their careers. The film also stars Casey Affleck and Stellan Skarsgård, father to future True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård (among many other Skarsgårds working in Hollywood.) Stream it now.

Howl’s Moving Castle

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard in a legged, walking castle. This 2004 Miyazaki classic is one of many fantastical Miyazaki films available on Max for some family-friendly watching, including My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away. Stream it now.

Leaving Las Vegas

Follows an alcoholic screenwriter (Nicolas Cage) as he drinks himself into oblivion in Las Vegas while finding solace with a beautiful prostitute. Stream it now.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. All three films in this epic fantasy series are on Max. Stream it now.

Lost in Translation

A lonely, aging movie star and a conflicted newlywed in Tokyo (Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson) develop an unusual friendship in this highly acclaimed debut film by Francis Ford Coppola’s daughter Sofia Coppola, who won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Stream it now.

Mona Lisa Smile

An art history professor challenges her students at the prestigious all-female Wellesley College in 1953. Stars Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Stream it now.

Practical Magic

Two witch sisters (Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman), after trying to avoid the family curse of being unlucky in love, confront their past and face challenges involving an abusive ex-lover and the town’s suspicions about their magical abilities. Stream it now.

Pulp Fiction

The interwoven stories of two hit men, a boxer, a fixer, a crime boss, his wife, and a nervous pair of armed robbers is probably one of the best (if not the best) film on this platform. Starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis and directed by Quentin Tarantino — this crime thriller is not one to miss. Stream it now.

The Seventh Seal

This highly acclaimed fantasy drama follows a disillusioned Swedish knight (Max Von Sydow) who returns home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death and challenges Death to a chess match for his life. Stream it now.

Sleepless in Seattle

A grieving widower (Tom Hanks) captures the heart of a recently engaged newswoman (Meg Ryan) in this beloved rom-com by Nora Ephron. Stream it now.

Time Bandits

Six diminutive thieves whisk away a British schoolboy on an adventure-filled trip through time. Watch it before August, when a modern retelling of the story will premiere on Apple TV+! Stream it now.

The Wizard of Oz

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. This family-friendly classic starring Judy Garland took home two Academy Awards including Best Original Score and Best Original Song (“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”). Stream it now.