HBO Max is losing tons of great movies in May – catch these 7 before they go

Clueless movie image showing the main characters walking to school
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HBO Max is set to lose 67 movies this month – after ditching nearly 200 in April – leaving subscribers an increasingly narrow window to watch any of these films before they’re lost for good.

HBO Max has been rather eager in recent months to remove films and TV shows from the service, attempting to save money on the residuals it has to pay out to creatives involved in each title. Even the hit sci-fi show Westworld has been scrapped from the service, which was a big hit for HBO.

With the entire streaming service rebranding to Max on May 23, viewers are being told to expect a better video playback experience, and an improved recommendations engine, even if the library is a little thinner than you remember.

But it’s clear that HBO Max has a lot going on behind the scenes right now, which means the films being dropped from the service may not be back soon. You likely won’t have the time, or the inclination, to watch 67 films in half as many days, but we've listed everything that's disappearing below – and we've picked out seven that we think you really should watch while they still rate among the best HBO Max movies.


Promo image for Speed, showing Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bulluck

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An outright five-star classic of the ’90s action genre, and huge influence on everything that came after – director Jan de Bont basically invented the standard style of 2000s action movies right here, before a circling camera in golden light was a twinkle in Michael Bay's eye. You surely know the plot, but just in case: A bomber played by Dennis Hopper has strapped a bomb to a bus, and if the bus' speed falls below 50mph, it'll explode. So Keanu Reeves makes his way on-board to save everyone, with help from Sandra Bullock. There is not an ounce of fat on this movie; it's tense the whole way, and keeps finding new ways to squeeze drama from the premise.

Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice promo image showing Kiera Knightly in front of Matthew Macfadyen

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This beloved 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen’s best-known novel is well worth a cosy evening in. It was the directorial debut of Atonement director Joe Wright, and expertly weaves a romantic period drama, with just enough creative license to make Austen’s story excel on the big screen. Starring Keira Knightley, who was nominated for an Oscar in the lead role, as well as Matthew Macfadyen (currently best known as Tom in Succession). It’s well worth watching to see a masterclass in classical drama long before Downton Abbey or Bridgerton entered the picture. You can catch it until May 27.


A still from the movie Clueless of two women standing on a street

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Few movies scream ’90s teen as much as Clueless. Starring Alicia Silverstone as Cher, a stylish, big-hearted airhead, with a supporting role from a baby-faced Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), it offers a vivid depiction of high school life in the wealthy, sunny suburbs of California – as Cher grows from a vapid valley girl into a matchmaker and do-gooder. Stuffed with classic lines and fashion that'll burn straight onto your retinas, it’s a cult classic you’ll forever mourn having missed after May 31.

Leonard Cohen: I’m your man

Leonard Cohen in suit and hat, next to cat

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This 2005 film is an expansive look at the poet and singer-songwriter’s life and career, featuring tribute performances of Cohen’s work from Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave, Martha Wainwright, and Rufus Wainwright alongside clips of interview footage discussing the artist’s work and legacy. If not quite as focused as the 1974 Cohen documentary Bird on a Wire, it’s still a worthwhile dip into the famous singer’s greatest hits. Leaving May 31.

Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness still showing Bruce Campbell addressing a crowd

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The third film in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead franchise, Army of Darkness follows chainsaw-handed (don't ask) Ash as he takes on an army of undead monsters in the Middle Ages – while attempting to find the Necronomicon and return somehow to the present day. This outlandish horror comedy is as absurd as it is iconic, mixing knights and King Arthur with droves of evil spirits. And a shotgun. Did we mention the chainsaw hand? (Leaving May 31.)

Troll Hunter

Trollhunter movie still, showing a troll on a bridge

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Troll Hunter follows a group of students attempting to make a documentary about a bear poacher in the hills, who turns out to be tracking trolls instead. This Norwegian film was a breakout hit when it released in 2010 – blending the found-footage horror genre with kaiju-sized trolls and an incredible droll sense of humor, courtesy of some of Norway’s best-known comedians. Well worth a look before it leaves on May 31.

The 40-year-old Virgin

The 40 Year Old Virgin - Steve Carell is on a beauty salon bed

(Image credit: Apatow Productions)

Yet another 2005 movie that’s leaving HBO Max’s library. This comedy classic from Judd Apatow stars a number of beloved comic actors, from lead Steve Carell and Paul Rudd to Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. Andy (Carell), a 40-year-old employee at an electronic store, accidentally lets slip to his co-workers that he’s yet to lose his virginity, and hijinks naturally ensue as he tries to court a burgeoning love interest in Trish (Catherine Keener) and overcome his inhibitions. The musical sequence at the end of the film is truly something to behold, too.

Everything else leaving HBO Max

May 14

  • Cry Wolf

May 24

  • Cinderella Man
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin

May 25

  • Curious George
  • Two For The Money

May 27

  • Doom
  • Pride & Prejudice

May 31

  • 27 Dresses
  • The Animal
  • A Perfect Murder
  • A Very Brady Sequel
  • Adult Beginners
  • Army Of Darkness
  • Billy Elliot
  • Bully
  • Changing Lanes
  • Clueless
  • Control Room
  • Cymbeline
  • Dead Heat
  • Dirty Pretty Things
  • Doctor Dolittle
  • Doubt
  • Dr. Dolittle 2
  • Enough Said
  • Extract
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Frontera
  • Gloria
  • Godsend
  • How To Be Single,
  • Insomnia
  • Iris
  • It Takes Two
  • Killerman
  • Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man
  • Love And A .45
  • Mama
  • Mindhunters
  • Phone Booth
  • Princess Kaiulani
  • Pulse
  • Rubber
  • Speed
  • Stoker
  • Super Capers
  • The Answer Man
  • The Benchwarmers
  • The Conspirator
  • The Forgotten
  • The Good Doctor
  • The Grifters
  • The Italian Job
  • The Lawnmower Man
  • The Rules Of Attraction
  • The Witches Of Eastwick
  • The Wolfpack
  • The Wrecking Crew!
  • This Is 40
  • Troll Hunter
  • Two Lovers
  • The Two Jakes
  • Viva
  • War Horse
  • War On Everyone
  • World’s Greatest Dad
  • Wristcutters: A Love Story
Henry St Leger

Henry is a freelance technology journalist, and former News & Features Editor for TechRadar, where he specialized in home entertainment gadgets such as TVs, projectors, soundbars, and smart speakers. Other bylines include Edge, T3, iMore, GamesRadar, NBC News, Healthline, and The Times.