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The Best Movies And TV Shows To Watch On HBO Max In July 2020

Summa-summa-summa-time is officially upon us, and while temperatures steadily rise, it remains to be seen whether we'll actually get anything resembling a legit summer movie season in 2020. Worry not, though, because the recent arrival of Warner Media's HBO Max ensures the ongoing streaming wars, at least, will continue to burn for the foreseeable future.

That's saying a lot considering HBO Max is barely even a month old, but given the astonishing slate of movies that hit the platform on launch day and the equally impressive drop that came in June, it's safe to say the service has made quite the splash in its infancy. What's more, as the season gets into full swing, HBO Max is showing no sign of slowing down, and the list of movies and TV shows dropping in July is more than proof of the fact. Here's a look at all the best movies and TV shows worth watching on HBO Max in July 2020.

The best movies coming to HBO Max in July

With a slate of flicks destined to turn your living room into a true Home Box Office on tap for July, HBO Max is clearly out to cure your summertime movie blues. That roster of movies includes a killer mix of tentpole fare like BladeStar Trek (2009), Watchmen (2009), and Superman 1-4 alongside indie gems like American History X, Magnolia, and Jane Eyre. They've even got a handful of intriguing recent theatrical releases on the way in of Motherless BrooklynLast Christmas, and Harriet.

As exciting as those movies are, there are a few titles legitimately worth flipping for hitting HBO Max throughout the month. Chief among them is Terry Gilliam's masterfully (and oddly underrated) 1995 sci-fi mind-f*** 12 Monkeys. Based on a groundbreaking 1962 short film from Chris Marker titled La Jetée12 Monkeys finds Bruce Willis portraying a time-traveling convict sent from the future to discover the cause of a world-killing, man-made virus, and also finds Brad Pitt delivering a scene-stealing performance that proved beyond doubt he was far more than just another pretty face in Hollywood.

If mind-melting sci-fi's not your game, there are a couple of 21st-Century masterpieces from the great Steven Spielberg hitting HBO Max in July as well. The first is Spielberg's breezy, 2002 biographical con-man drama Catch Me If You Can, which pits Leonardo DiCaprio's charming forger against Tom Hanks' affable G-man in a thrilling game of cat and mouse. The other finds Spielberg venturing to truly dark territory for the harrowing, based-on-true-events drama, Munich, which tells the story of a group of Mossad agents (led by Eric Bana in a towering performance) tasked with bringing to justice the men who enacted the bloody Black September assassinations of Israeli athletes during the 1972 Olympic Games

Here are a few other must-see movies hitting HBO Max in July

July 1

American Graffiti, 1973

American History X, 1998

Batman: Year One (animated), 2011

Blade, 1998

Blazing Saddles, 1974

Catch Me If You Can, 2002

The Conjuring, 2013

Creepshow, 1982

The Departed, 2006

The Dirty Dozen, 1967

Dirty Harry, 1971

Dumb & Dumber, 1994

The Exorcist, 1973

Fantastic Four, 2005 (Extended Version)

Get Smart, 2008

Grumpy Old Men, 1993

Horrible Bosses, 2011(Extended Version)

Insomnia, 2002

Jane Eyre, 2011

Jeepers Creepers, 2001

Jeepers Creepers 2, 2003

Kill Bill: Volume 1, 2003

Kill Bill: Volume 2, 2004

The Last Samurai, 2003

Life Is Beautiful, 1998

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, 1983

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, 1985

Magnolia, 1999

Mars Attacks, 1996

Munich, 2005

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, 1989

National Lampoon's European Vacation, 1985

National Lampoon's Vacation, 1983

Pee-wee's Big Adventure, 1985

The Right Stuff, 1983

Saving Private Ryan, 1998

Showgirls, 1995

Space Jam, 1996

Spies Like Us, 1985

Star Trek, 2009

Superman II, 1981

Superman III, 1983

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, 1987

Superman Returns, 2006

Superman: The Movie, 1978

The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1999

Thirteen Ghosts, 2001

Twelve Monkeys, 1995

Unforgiven, 1992

Watchmen (movie), 2009

July 4

Midway, 2019

July 11

Last Christmas, 2019

July 18

Harriett, 2019

July 25

Motherless Brooklyn, 2019

The best TV shows coming to HBO Max in July

In recent years, HBO has become quite well known for its brilliant slate of original programming, most prominently with iconic shows like The SopranosGame of Thrones, Westworld, and last year's Watchmen earning raves for their bracing narratives and unabashed entertainment value. HBO doesn't have a ton of original programming en route for July, but that hardly means there isn't exciting television coming to the platform.

One of the originals to look out for is the Duplass brothers' wildly inventive anthology series Room 104, which will deliver its fourth season premiere on the July 24th. Unfolding almost entirely within the confines of the titular hotel room, the series explores a different story, and typically a different genre, with each new episode, and has so far found the brothers working with indie stalwarts like Patrick Brice (Creep), Josephine Decker (Madeline's MadelineShirley), Macon Blair (I Do Not Feel At Home In This World Anymore), and Ryan Fleck & Ana Boden (Half NelsonCaptain Marvel). It's also found them working with a notable slate of indie-centric actors including Michael Shannon, Melonie Diaz, Mae Whitman, Bryan Tyree Henry, and Cobie Smulders, with season 4 only seeking to expand the show's already colorful narrative palette. 

If your palate is better suited to animation, July is likely to be a banner month for you, with HBO Max fully indulging in a fit of manga insanity by adding seasons 1 & 2 of the dimension-hopping series Blue Exorcist, along with the first season of the beloved, hyper-violent, pseudo-samurai serial Inuyasha. Set to join those series is season 1 of Shuka Studio's brilliant anime drama 91 Days, and a shiny new animated family dramedy called Close Enough, set to make its HBO Max premiere on July 9.

Here's a few more binge-worthy series hitting HBO Max in July:

July 7

Blue Exorcist, Seasons 1 & 2

Your Lie in April, Season One

91 Days, Season One

July 9

Close Enough, Series Premiere

July 11

Sesame Street, Season 50 Finale

July 13

Foodie Love, Series Premiere

July 14

Inuyasha, Season One

July 15

Smurfs, Season One

July 16

House of Ho, Series Premiere

July 21

Bungo Stray Dogs, Seasons 1-3

Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Season One

July 24

Room 104, Season 4 Premiere

July 28

Aldnoah.Zero, Season One

Mob Psycho, Season One

July 30

The Dog House — UK Edition, Season 1

Frayed, Series Premiere