The 17 Best Movies on HBO Go to Watch Right Now

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With the sheer range of streaming options available, it’s not really surprising that a lot of people are foregoing the cable box and heading into pure streaming service territory. HBO Go marries the two concepts, giving fresh original content and a whole slew of movies to subscribers, whether or not they actually get the channel HBO. But while Netflix gets a lot of credit for its movie selection, HBO Go's selection of movies is low-key slaying it, with a bunch of genres that span decades.

Because there’s simply too much on the site to list everything you could watch, here’s a list of 16 of the best movies streaming on HBO Go right now. They’ll make you glad you splurged for the subscription.

About Time

What Is It?

A romance about a guy (Domhnall Gleeson) who discovers that the men in his family are able to pop back in time to relive certain parts of their lives, which he then uses to woo Rachel McAdams (and kind of Margot Robbie). But like with all things time travel, things get complicated.

Why Should You Watch It?

Domhnall Gleeson is low-key your new boyfriend, and this movie is surprisingly heartwarming, asking bigger questions than what you might expect at first blush. It’s flawed but nice.

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The American President

What Is It?

One of two romantic movies about American presidents on this list, thank you very much! This particular one is a 1995 dramedy directed by rom-com god Rob Reiner, and stars Annette Bening as an environmental crusader who starts going out with the President of the United States (Michael Douglas). It’s a big deal because he’s a single dad and his advisors are worried that voters won’t support a guy who dates around in the upcoming election. LOL, imagine?

Why Should You Watch It?

It’s a great, very romantic movie, but watch it for no other reason than to remind yourself of a time when the job of the President of the United States was something Americans took even a little seriously.

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Battle of the Sexes

What Is It?

An historical drama about the famous “battle of the sexes” tennis match between tennis great Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and rabble-rouser and former champ Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrell), who challenges her to a match that will supposedly decide whether men and women are truly equal. It’s exhilarating, and even if you know how it ends you’ll still find yourself holding your breath.

Why Should You Watch It?

It’s a nice little reminder that as rough as things are for women now, they were way more blatant just a few decades ago, and women had to be really brave to try to change them. You go, Billie Jean.

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Big Business



What Is It?

A 1988 slapstick comedy starring queens Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin as a pair of sisters...well, two pairs of sisters. Two sets of twins, really, separated at birth and raised in completely different circumstances (two of them are country gals, the other are city gals, naturally) and who convene in New York City for a really weird weekend.

Why Should You Watch It?

Because don't you want to be a Lily Tomlin completist?

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The Boy Downstairs

What Is It?

A very New York rom-com written and directed by Sophie Brooks about a young woman named Diana (Zosia Mamet) who accidentally moves into the apartment directly above her ex-boyfriend. Relatably, this sends her into an emotional and existential tailspin.

Why Should You Watch It?

It’s charming and beautifully appointed—pretty much everything you want in a rom-com—but it also packs a surprising punch as Diana figures out what she really wants from her life.

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Bring It On

What Is It?

You know what it is, but if you want a refresh: It’s the most important movie about cheerleading and cultural appropriation ever made.

Why Should You Watch It?

In the era of #MeToo, this is what we call a "problematic fave." But it’s also newly poignant, thanks to its handling of privilege and race. For that, it’s worth a revisit.

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Calendar Girls

What Is It?

A 2003 movie inspired by the true story (!) of a group of over-50 women who agree to pose naked in a calendar for charity. Plus, Helen Mirren and Julie Walters are there!

Why Should You Watch It?

A funny, sweet, very British comedy that’s as absurd as it is empowering.

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Couples Retreat

What Is It?

A very silly, star-packed (Kristen Bell, Malin Ackerman, Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Kristin Davis *catches breath*) comedy about a group of friends who are all struggling in various ways within their relationships until they decide that the best course of action is a woo-woo tropical couples retreat where they’ll learn to reconnect. Things, of course, do not go as well as the brochure led them to believe.

Why Should You Watch It?

It’s the perfect escape movie and it’s literally ABOUT an escape, so sit back, laugh at the hijinks, and imagine you’re in Tahiti, too.

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Dave

What Is It?

The story of a sexy AF (in my opinion) man named Dave (Kevin Kline) who is secretly called upon to play the president’s (also Kevin Kline) body double when a medical emergency forces the real president out of his job. Pretty quickly, Dave becomes even more popular than the actual POTUS, with voters, and with real-POTUS’s wife (Sigourney Weaver).

Why Should You Watch It?

To bask for a few hours in the delicious fantasy that it'd be this easy to replace a bad president. A girl can dream...

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Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

What Is It?

This somewhat dark teen comedy from the ‘80s tells the tale of a group of siblings whose mom goes out of town for the summer, leaving an elderly and mean babysitter in charge. Fortunately for the kids, she dies pretty early on (of natural causes! It’s not that dark a movie…), leaving the eldest daughter (Christina Applegate) in charge. From there, it turns into a completely different type of movie, but I won’t spoil it for you.

Why Should You Watch It?

It's a little twisted, but the incredible ‘80s fashion will inspire you.

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Freaky Friday

What Is It?

A 2003 remake of the 1976 movie about a mom and daughter who can’t understand each other and then mysteriously switch bodies. But this one is better than the older one because this one has Peak Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Why Should You Watch It?

What? You need a reason beyond the words "Peak LiLo"?! Okay, fine. It’s charming in a teen movie way, and has a better soundtrack than it has any right to.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding

What Is It?

The modern classic romantic comedy in which a Greek woman (Nia Vardalos) starts dating a handsome non-Greek guy (John Corbett), much to her gigantic, loud, and quirky family’s chagrin.

Why Should You Watch It?

Corbett and Vardalos have fiery chemistry, and if you have ever been embarrassed of your family, this movie might help you appreciate them a little more. (And who among us, really?)

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Never Been Kissed

What Is It?

A sweet tale of catfishing, in which Josie Gellar (née Grossie, played by Drew Barrymore) is a newspaper copy editor and aspiring reporter who's tasked with going undercover at her old high school. She views it as a way to get ahead in her job and also maybe do high school right this time. But then, a hot-ass English teacher (Michael Vartan) complicates matters.

Why Should You Watch It?

Because it really is sweetly romantic and genuinely hilarious, despite its qustionable romance dynamic (is everyone...of age here?)

Plus, baby James Franco and Jessica Alba are both there! Oh, and the fashion is deliriously, delightfully ‘90s. (“Like, 10 chickens had to die just so you could look that stupid.”)

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Ocean’s 8

What Is It?

The female-led remake of Ocean’s 11 that stars basically every woman in Hollywood you love (Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway—wowza!) as they heist some jewels at the Met Gala.

Why Should You Watch It?

Did you see that cast list? Come on, even if the plot is a little confusing, I would watch that crew read a phonebook and it would still be worth the price of admission.

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The Shape of Water

What Is It?

The Best Picture Oscar-winner of 2018, Guillermo Del Toro’s masterpiece is a sort of fairytale for grown-ups, about a mute woman named Eliza who works at a government facility in the 1960s. When she accidentally stumbles upon a new experiment—an arguably hot fish-man-god—she ends up in deep water. Pun intended!

Why Should You Watch It?

For all of its surface weirdness (more puns!), it’s astonishingly beautiful, surprisingly harrowing, and desperately romantic. Swoon.

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Table 19

What Is It?

A young woman (Anna Kendrick) shows up to the wedding of her ex-boyfriend’s sister and discovers she’s been placed at the reject table with a bunch of other misfits (Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Craig Robinson). They decide to make lemonade and tear it up.

Why Should You Watch It?

You might think you’ve heard this one before, but the ending will surprise (and, okay, delight) you.

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Tully

What Is It?

A dark, sometimes sad film about a mom who recently gave birth to baby number three, and who feels increasingly exhausted and isolated—until a young woman named Tully comes to work as her night nurse.

Why Should You Watch It?

This movie was a little controversial when it came out, largely for the implications it makes around mental illness. But others lauded it for how frankly it handled the less-pretty parts of motherhood. Now you can stream it and decide for yourself.

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