20 Best Movies On Netflix And HBO GO That Are Blockbusters Of The Last Several Decades

Some of the best movies that are blockbuster hits can be found on Netflix and HBO GO. Many of the best movies on HBO GO and Netflix are obvious, like Deadpool, but some are blockbusters of yesteryear that are often overlooked. With an abundance of films it’s easy to miss some big hits when browsing through the titles. Netflix and HBO GO often feature big movies like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the majority of critics and viewers panned the film. All of the pictures on this list are favored highly by both critics and audiences alike. Some of the movies on this list are dramas, others are thrillers, and some are action-based, but they are all smash-hits.


Considered one of the best action movies of 2007, HBO GO hosts this visually stunning film based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller.


It’s nearly impossible to make a list of blockbuster films without including Steven Spielberg, and the film that started the summer of blockbusters. Jaws is often regarded as one of the best movies of all time, and you can sink your teeth into this suspenseful masterpiece on Netflix.

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The Green Mile

Tom Hanks’ name is synonymous with hit movies, and this Oscar-nominated film is one of his best. You can watch all of the drama and mystery, based on Stephen King’s bestseller, on HBO GO.


This visually stunning epic-adventure is available on Netflix.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

You can catch this Coen brothers’ flick on Netflix, and it’s arguably one of their best movies alongside Fargo.


With The Dark Knight trilogy being such an enormous success, it’s easy to forget the 1989 hit that took Batman into the modern era. Before Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton brought the story to life on the big screen, the only way to watch the caped crusader was from re-runs of the ’60s TV show. Tune into HBO GO if you want to know the answer to the Joker’s question, “Where does he get those wonderful toys?”

The Usual Suspects

This is not only one of the best movies on Netflix, but it is one of the best films from the 1990s. This is one of those movies that need to be viewed a few times over to fully appreciate it. Newer audiences will enjoy learning why “the greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

28 Days Later

What’s more terrifying than zombies? Zombies that run really — really — fast. 28 Days Later is one of the best modern zombie movies and you can watch all of the terrifying suspense on HBO GO.


Based on a true story about the survivors of a plane crash over the Andes Mountains, a rugby team will stop at no lengths to survive. You can check out all of the drama and suspense on Netflix.

Carlito’s Way

Sean Penn and Al Pacino have never looked better than in this Brian De Palma masterpiece. The New Yorker describes why this is one of the best movies on HBO GO.

“What makes the material feel new is Carlito’s unpredictable chemistry with his lawyer, Davey Kleinfeld (Sean Penn). Carlito doesn’t realize that the coke-addled Kleinfeld is as ruthless as any gangland enemy… Few films actually made in the disco era can match the kinetic allure of this 1993 production, which has a bluesy undertow all its own. De Palma’s nerve-wracking and elegant set pieces include a climax that suggests what Orson Welles could have done with a Steadicam. David Koepp wrote the beautifully structured script, from two novels by Edwin Torres.”

Galaxy Quest

Perfect for fans of sci-fi or satire, Galaxy Quest is available on Netflix.

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Minority Report

Tom Cruise stars in this Steven Spielberg hit that is one of the best sci-fi movies on HBO GO.

Romancing the Stone

If you like your action with some comedy, then look no further. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito star in this ’80s classic available on HBO GO.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Family movies aren’t always enjoyable for the whole family, often the adults are left bored, but this is one film that everyone will enjoy. You can check out this fun-filled adventure on Netflix.

I Am Legend

This film has as much horror as it does heart. You can watch Will Smith as the last man on earth, surrounded by vampires, via HBO GO.

Charlie Wilson’s War

Tom Hanks co-stars alongside the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in this film on HBO GO, and it features some of the wittiest dialogue ever performed.

Mission: Impossible 3

Another smash success starring Tom Cruise and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and you have never seen Hoffman this evil. Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to watch this non-stop action-adventure on Netflix.

The NeverEnding Story

Blockbusters formed in the ’70s, and they erupted in the ’80s. This film was one of the biggest hits in 1984, and now thanks to HBO GO a new generation can see what’s so special about a story that never ends.

The Rock

If you need a reminder that Nicolas Cage used to be in really good movies, then The Rock is a great place to start. Sean Connery and Ed Harris co-star in this action-thriller available on Netflix.

Beverly Hills Cop

Eddie Murphy was unstoppable in the ’80s, just like the laughs and thrills garnered from this hit featured on Netflix.

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From 300 to Beverley Hills Cop, some of the best movies that are blockbusters can be found on HBO GO and Netflix.

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