The Best Movies Leaving HBO Max In September 2020

It feels like only yesterday I was writing about how Blazing Saddles and The Departed were coming to HBO Max. They both arrived on the streaming service last month, but evidently only booked a short stay – they're both packing up and moving on at the end of next month.

Instead of recommending again that you watch those (although you still really should – they're both great!), I'll tell you about a batch of the other best movies that are vanishing from the service in September, and give you the full list of titles to boot.

The Best Movies Leaving HBO Max in September 2020

A Star is Born

Bradley Cooper's feature directorial debut is a powerful retelling of a classic story, anchored by his grizzled performance and buoyed by Lady Gaga's spectacular work as the up-and-coming musician who forms an unlikely relationship with him. It's a soulful, electric movie with great music and terrific energy from start to (devastating) finish.

Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola's haunting war film is one of those movies that felt like a homework assignment to me when I was a young cinephile, but decades later, many of its images are still burned into my brain. It's legendary for a reason: the sheer ambition of the thing is almost overwhelming. Does the movie belong in the canon of the all-time greatest films? That's a discussion we should all have – and in fact, the Unspooled podcast had it a couple of years ago.

The Exorcist

I just spoke about my first viewing of this movie on a recent episode of /Film Daily, so I'll be brief here and just use this opportunity to say that if you've never seen the film and only know it through memes, there's a lot more to this movie than the memes indicate.

Wedding Crashers

Comedies are consistently undervalued when people talk about the greatest films of all time. And while I don't think Wedding Crashers should necessarily be in that conversation (its back half is clearly weaker than its first half), this hilarious snapshot of the American studio comedy circa 2005 has plenty of charm (Wilson and Vaughn get all the headlines, but Fisher and McAdams are equally wonderful) and is absolutely worth seeking out as one of the funniest entries of the "Frat Pack" era.

The Wild Bunch

Director Sam Peckinpah's famously violent revisionist western may not make modern audiences flinch when it comes to its depiction of blood and gore, but like Citizen Kane, Bonnie and Clyde, and other boundary-pushers in their time, this one showed a new generation of filmmakers what was possible. It may feel familiar even if you've never seen it – but that's only because it's been ripped off so many times since it rocked crowds back in 1969.


A Star is Born, 2018 (HBO)

The Hate U Give, 2018

September 8:

The Oslo Diaries, 2018 (HBO)

September 28:

24/7 College Football, 2019 (HBO)

September 30:

Alita: Battle Angel, 2019 (HBO)

Anna, 2019 (HBO)

Apocalypse Now, 1979 (HBO)

Armageddon, 1998 (HBO)

Blade, 1998

Blazing Saddles, 1974

Bohemian Rhapsody, 2018 (HBO)

The Departed, 2006

The Exorcist, 1973

Free Willy, 1993

Grease, 1978

Gremlins, 1984

Interview with the Vampire, 1994

Journey to the Center of the Earth, 2008

Madagascar, 2005 (HBO)

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, 1983

Mrs. Doubtfire, 1993 (HBO)

The Postman Always Rings Twice, 1981

Saving Private Ryan, 1998

Shaft, 2019 (HBO)

Space Jam, 1996

Superman Returns, 2006

Troy, 2004

War of the Worlds, 2005 (HBO)

Wedding Crashers, 2005

The Wedding Singer, 1998

The Wild Bunch, 1969