The Best TV Shows And Movies Leaving HBO Max In February 2022

Wow, is it really almost February already? Hopefully, by March I'll actually get used to writing 2022 on things. Anyway, thanks to the often ephemeral nature of streaming, another month means HBO Max is moving a lot of films and shows off their platform as part of its ever-rotating roster. Wondering what you should be sure to catch before it's gone? Well, look no further. Without further ado, here are the best movies leaving HBO Max in February.

Blade Runner 2049

Many had their doubts about Denis Villeneuve's 2017 sequel to a movie that had released 35 years earlier. However, the film defied fan expectations, delivering something truly beautiful and unique. "Blade Runner 2049" somehow managed to capture the spirit of Ridley Scott's original while still adding a wholly fresh persecutive that felt not only compelling, but necessary, an impressive feat considering "Blade Runner" never really asked for a sequel to begin with. Captivating despite its near three-hour runtime, "Blade Runner 2049" sees the return of Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard, but also introduces Ryan Gosling's Officer K. The film didn't do so well at the box office, but it certainly did well in my heart. You don't have to watch the original to enjoy the sequel, but if you haven't seen "Blade Runner," honestly, what are you waiting for?

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)

"Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)" may have a title that I hate writing out, but it's a movie I absolutely love watching. The 2020 film follows Margot Robbie's "Suicide Squad" standout Harley Quinn, as well as Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), Helena Bertinelli (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Dinah Lance (Jurnee Smollett), who soon to star in her own Black Canary movie, in their own wild adventure across Gotham City. The movie also boasts Ewan McGregor's rather gleeful take on Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask. Robbie may have been the best part of "Suicide Squad," but the movie certainly doesn't do much for her in terms of character development. "Birds of Prey" not only adds significant depth to Harley, but gives the same treatment to her cohorts, who we hopefully haven't seen the last of. A smart script from Christina Hodson and deft direction from Cathy Yan created a superhero movie that is not only super fun, but also stands out as one of the DCEU's better films.

The LEGO Batman Movie

The most surprising thing about 2014's "The LEGO Movie" is how good it actually is and while it's hardly the first franchise based on toys, it might just be the most fun. Perhaps even more shocking is how "The LEGO Batman Movie," which arrived in 2017, manages to maintain that sense of whimsy while both paying homage to and slyly winking at decades of the Dark Knight's history. Starring Will Arnett as Batman, Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as Joker, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, and Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, the movie showcases a different type of Caped Crusader than fans had more grown accustomed to. While undeniably tons of fun and packed with jokes and cameos, the film also has a very strong emotional throughline. I found myself surprisingly touched by a movie I was certain wouldn't have much to say.

Less Than Zero

Strap in for this '80s classic! It may be dated, and it may have received mixed reviews at the time of its release, but "Less Than Zero" is worth a watch. Aside from a fantastic soundtrack, the 1987 movie boasts a truly incredible performance from Robert Downey Jr. as Julian. The film also stars Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, and James Spader, who's turn as Rip is also quite memorable. Though it bears little resemblance, "Less Than Zero" is based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis, best known for later writing "American Psycho." Sure, the film is about rich white kids doing tons of drugs in Los Angeles, but it sure is beautifully shot. The film may revel in its excess, but its characters certainly don't emerge unscathed. I'll admit, it's been quite a few years since I've seen it, but now that I know "Less Than Zero" is leaving HBO Max, I'll definitely be revisiting this one.

Where the Wild Things Are

If you haven't seen this movie, you may be wondering if it's possible to create a compelling film out of a very beloved and very short children's book. Well, if that book is by Maurice Sendak and the director in question is the incomparable Spike Jonze, then the answer is a resounding yes. Also, the script was written by Dave Eggers, who manages to expand a whole lot on Sendak's nine sentence story. Of course, the 2009 movie takes quite a few liberties to make up its 101 minute runtime, but the adaptation is inarguably both heartfelt and lovely, capturing Sendak's singular illustrations and fantastical spirit. The film stars Max Records as Max, the kid who goes on an unforgettable adventure, and also features some great vocal performances from the likes of Forest Whitaker, Catherine O'Hara, and the late James Gandolfini. It even has a wonderful score from Carter Burwell and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. If you need a cozy, warm blanket of a movie to help you through these dark times, look no further than "Where the Wild Things Are."

Everything Leaving HBO Max In February 2022

February 11:

Dunkirk, 2017 (HBO)

February 25:

Blade Runner 2049, 2017 (HBO)

February 27:

Epic Movie, 2007 (Extended Version) (HBO)

February 28:

13 Going On 30, 2004 (HBO)

300: Rise of an Empire


The 2000s

A Hijacking, 2012 (HBO)

Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World

American Dynasties: The Kennedys

American Style


Annabelle Comes Home

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Any Given Sunday


Beverly Hills Cop, 1984 (HBO)

Beverly Hills Cop II, 1987 (HBO)

Beverly Hills Cop III, 1994 (HBO)

Beyond Reasonable Doubt

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)

Brown Sugar, 2002 (HBO)

The Bush Years: Family. Duty. Power.

The Cell 2, 2009 (HBO)

Charlotte's Web, 2006 (HBO)

Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta

The Cider House Rules, 1999 (HBO)

CNN Special: The Trump Insurrection

The Color Purple


Cradle 2 the Grave

Crazy Rich Asians

Crimes of the Century

The Curse of La Llorona

Dead Again, 2017 (HBO)

Dead Wives Club, Season 1

Dear Christmas

Death Row Stories, Season 1-5

Detour, 2016 (HBO)

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Drinking Buddies, 2013 (HBO)

The Eighties

The End: Inside The Last Days of the Obama White House

Event Horizon, 1997 (HBO)

Fast Company, 1979 (HBO)

Feast Of Love, 2007 (HBO)

Flawless,2007 (HBO)

Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery

First Ladies

Forensic Files II, Season 1

Fun Size, 2012 (HBO)

The Gallows, 2015 (HBO)

Gangs Of New York, 2002 (HBO)


Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The Good German, 2006 (HBO)

The Good Heart, 2009 (HBO)

The Goonies

The Great Gatsby, 2013 (HBO)

Hell in the Heartland: What Happened to Ashley and Lauria?

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, 2005 (HBO)

The History of Comedy

How It Really Happened, Season 1-5

How To Deal, 2003 (HBO)

Imperium, 2016 (HBO)

The Hunt with John Walsh

Independence Day, 1996 (Special Edition Extended Version) (HBO)

It: Chapter 2


Justice League

Keeping The Faith, 2000 (HBO)

The Killer Truth

Kong: Skull Island

Lady In The Water, 2006 (HBO)

The Legend of Bagger Vance

The LEGO Batman Movie

Less Than Zero, 1987 (HBO)

Lincoln: Divided We Stand



Menace II Society

Movie 43, 2013 (HBO)

Mo Willems Storytime Shorts!

The Movies

Mr. Nobody, 2009 (Extended Version) (HBO)

Muriel's Wedding, 1994 (HBO)

My Golden Days, 2015 (HBO)

National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2: College at Sea, 2006 (Unrated Version) (HBO)

The Neverending Story II The Next Chapter, 1990 (HBO)

The Nineties

The Nun

Nurse 3D, 2013 (HBO)

Ocean's Eight

One Hour Photo, 2002 (HBO)

Ouija Origin Of Evil, 2016 (HBO)

Paddington 2

Parental Guidance, 2012 (HBO)

The People v. The Klan

The Photograph, 2020 (HBO)

Pitch Perfect, 2012 (HBO)

Pope: The Most Powerful Man In History

Prime, 2005 (HBO)

Prince Avalanche, 2013 (HBO)

Race for the White House, Season 1

Ready Player One

The Redemption Project

The Return Of The Living Dead, 1985 (HBO)

A Return to Salem's Lot

Rush Hour

Rush Hour 2

Rush Hour 3

Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, 2012 (HBO)

Set Up, 2011 (HBO)

Severance, 2006 (HBO)

The Seventies


Showdown In Little Tokyo, 1991 (HBO)

Something's Killing Me

Space Cowboys

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy

The Story of Late Night

Suicide Squad

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Tricky Dick


United Shades of America, Season 1-6

Unmasking a Killer

Valentine's Day

Vegas Vacation

Vengeance: Killer Coworkers

Vengeance: Killer Lovers

Vengeance: Killer Neighbors

Very Scary People, Season 1

Very Scary People, Season 2

Vice, 2018 (HBO)

Wendy, 2020 (HBO)

We Will Rise: Michelle Obama's Mission to Educate Girls Around the World

Where the Wild Things Are

The Windsors: Inside The Royal Dynasty

The Wonder List With Bill Weir

Wonder Woman