10. Michigan vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry (2007)
People invested in college football, know the great significance of the Ohio State/Michigan rivalry. As they usually do, HBO perfectly documents this incredible relationship between two of the nation’s most prominent universities. If this doesn’t get you hyped, you have no pulse.
9. Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (2013)
Before watching this one, few would probably think a one-man show , starring Mike Tyson would be entertaining. Under the tutelage of Spike Lee, “The Undisputed Truth” is enthralling and really shines a light on one of sports most enigmatic and misunderstood figures.
8. Game Change (2012)
The story of Sarah Palin and her influence on the 2012 Election made for one heck of a movie. This one really focuses on how politics in America are rapidly changing, with greater emphasis on optics versus substance.
7. Behind the Candelabra (2013)
A film about Liberace, boasting an all-star cast featuring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, is too good to be true. “Behind the Candelabra” certainly lives up to the hype, and features a truly bizarre, funny, and captivating story.
6. Too Big to Fail (2011)
Curtis Hanson’s critically-acclaimed examination of the 2008 US economic collapse still stands as one of the best HBO movies of all-time. The film featured an all-star cast, but was still able to solidly portray such a complex event.
5. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)
Despite being relatively controversial, “Going Clear” is less an expose on The Church of Scientology (though it is) and more of study on the good/bad of religion. Definitely thought-provoking, you can’t help but come away questioning your own beliefs.
4. Temple Grandin (2010)
Claire Daines plays the title character, who overcomes Autism to become one of the most prominent scientists in all of global livestock. What’s great and truly refreshing about this one, is that it is strongly balanced and without the normal schmaltzy gloss.
3. Recount (2008)
The story of the 2000 Presidential Election…or debacle…became the focus for one HBO’s best original movies. This one has an all-star cast, led by Kevin Spacey, which really makes this one interesting in a whole host of ways. The interspersed comedy here is well done.
2. And the Band Played On (1993)
The story of the AIDS outbreak was one of the most emotionally powerful films of Richard Gere’s career. The film was also one of the first major movie successes of HBO. The channel would go on to produce many other critically-acclaimed films.
- 61* (2001)
Billy Crystal was only in this for a brief second, but did direct the amazing film. In fact, “61*” is one of those forgotten classics, somehow lost in the mainstream consciousness. Why? I have no clue, as the film is a ridiculously good character study and period piece. The acting, writing…really everything is top-notch. If you like baseball movies or just great films, you’ve got to give this one a go.