The Best Movies Leaving HBO Max In January 2021

As December (and 2020) ends, it's time to say goodbye to a few titles on HBO Max. The streaming service is chucking a handful of films, some of them quite great. So jump on down below to see the movies leaving HBO Max in January 2021.

Before Sunrise

A dreamy, swooning, romantic film that kicked off an entire trilogy, Before Sunrise finds Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy meeting on a train from Budapest, and clearly falling head-over-heels for one another. They drift around Vienna talking and flirting, and while that could've ended up being very boring indeed, the chemistry between Hawke and Delpy coupled with Richard Linklater's direction turns the entire experience into something transcendent.

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Ad Astra

James Gray's melancholy space odyssey Ad Astra has very sad astronaut Brad Pitt blasting off to find his father (Tommy Lee Jones), who vanished years ago during an expedition to find alien life. Introspective, moody, and unique, Ad Astra was a box office bomb because it's not exactly what you'd call a "crowd-pleaser." But the movie deserves to find an audience, so you might want to check it out before it leaves HBO Max.wonder woman 1984 streaming time

Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 dropped onto HBO Max on Christmas Day, and the reaction was...well, mixed, to say the least. But if you're still hoping to check the superhero sequel out you better act fast because it's not sticking around long. Warner Bros. is releasing all of their upcoming 2021 features directly to HBO Max, but like Wonder Woman 1984, they'll all observe a 30-day window before vacating the streaming service.

Enemy Of The State

Tony Scott's ultra-hyper, ultra-fun Enemy of the State is like a not-so-secret sequel to Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation. But while Coppola's flick was quiet and introspective, Enemy of the State is all bombast – and that's fine. Will Smith plays a hotshot attorney who accidentally gets mixed up in a government conspiracy, and has to turn former CIA agent Gene Hackman for help. Also: the movie is set during Christmas time, so if you're still in a Christmas movie mood, here you go.


Paul Thomas Anderson's sprawling Magnolia checks in with several connected characters living in Los Angeles, resulting in a near-masterpiece. The reaction toward Magnolia seems to have cooled over the years, with even Anderson himself commenting that he now thinks the movie is too damn long. But I'm here to tell you Magnolia remains a great work from a great filmmaker, gosh darn it.

Movies Leaving HBO Max in January 2021


January 7:

War Dogs, 2016 (HBO)

January 24:

Wonder Woman 1984, 2020

January 31:

Ad Astra, 2019

After Hours, 1985 (HBO)

Akeelah And The Bee, 2006 (HBO)

All Is Bright, 2013

America, America, 1964

Anchors Aweigh, 1945

The Arrangement, 1969

Bee Season, 2005 (HBO)

Before Sunrise, 1995 (HBO)

Before Sunset, 2004 (HBO)

Best Laid Plans, 1999 (HBO)

Bigger Than The Sky, 2005 (HBO)

Blade II, 2002

Blade, 1998

Blood Simple, 1984 (HBO)

Bridge To Terabithia, 2007 (HBO)

Bright Lights, Big City, 1988 (HBO)

The Change-Up, 2011 (HBO)

The Children, 2009

A Christmas Carol, 1938

Crash, 2005 (Director's Cut) (HBO)

David Copperfield, 1935

Days After Your Departure, 2019 (HBO)

Enemy Of The State, 1998 (HBO)

Everybody's All-American, 1988 (HBO)

Father's Day, 1997 (HBO)

Friday Night Lights, 2004 (HBO)

Get On Up, 2014 (HBO)

Guys And Dolls, 1955

High Society, 1956

Jeepers Creepers 2, 2003 (HBO)

Jeepers Creepers, 2001 (HBO)

Leprechaun 2, 1994 (HBO)

Leprechaun, 1993 (HBO)

Magnolia, 1999 (HBO)

The Man With The Golden Arm, 1955

Mars Attacks!, 1996

Martha Marcy May Marlene, 2011 (HBO)

Martin Lawrence You So Crazy, 1994 (HBO)

New Year's Eve, 2011 (HBO)

Ocean's Eleven, 2001

Ocean's Thirteen, 2007

Ocean's Twelve, 2004

On The Town, 1949

The Pelican Brief, 1993

Planet Of The Apes, 2001 (HBO)

Risky Business, 1983

Semi-Pro, 2008

Some Came Running, 1958

Something Borrowed, 2011 (HBO)

Splendor In The Grass, 1961

Walk The Line, 2005 (Extended Version) (HBO)

When Harry Met Sally, 1989