What to Watch on HBO in August - 'The Suicide Squad' and More

This month on HBO Max get ready for big action and popcorn thrills. Here's the rundown on all the great movies to look for and watch in August on HBO Max.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

What to Watch on HBO - "The Suicide Squad"

© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

It's big superhero action and amped-up sci-fi thrills this August on HBO Max. Warner Bros.' theatrical releases, "The Suicide Squad" and "Reminiscence," will drop this August, while regular HBO subscribers can enjoy the return of the monster showdown "Godzilla vs. Kong." Other big premieres include the romance drama "All My Life" and the Mexico-set comedy "Half Brothers." Here are a few of the big premieres that you should watch, along with the full list of HBO Max debuts below. Happy streaming!

The Suicide Squad - August 6

Five years after all hope seemed lost with DCEU's Task Force X, director James Gunn takes the lead and delivers what is shaping up to be the best DC superhero movie since "The Dark Knight." Gunn goes hard on the R-rating and amps the action and comedy beyond anything he did for the MCU. This is certainly one bash you will not want to miss.

The Suicide Squad Poster

The Suicide Squad

Action / 2021 / R

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Godzilla vs. Kong - August 17

It's the movie that proved the big screen is back. Now, after its initial theatrical and HBO Max debut, the showdown of showdowns comes back home for regular HBO subscribers. Indie horror director Adam Wingard ("You're Next," "The Guest") goes all out with his blockbuster budget. And this time there is a victor.

Godzilla vs. Kong Poster

Godzilla vs. Kong

Action / 2021 / PG-13

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Reminiscence - August 20

Lisa Joy, co-creator of HBO's popular sci-fi series "Westworld," makes her feature film debut with this equally weighty -- and wholly original! -- sci-fi thriller. Hugh Jackman stars as a P.I. that helps his clients relive lost memories. Things go haywire when the mysterious Mae (Rebecca Ferguson) seeks out his skills. Also, look for Joy's "Westworld" star Thandiwe Newton, who appears as Jackman's partner.

Reminiscence Poster

Reminiscence

Science Fiction / 2021 / PG-13

What to Watch on HBO Max in August - Classic Hits & Modern Premieres
© TriStar / Courtesy Everett Collection

© TriStar / Courtesy Everett Collection

Along with all the new releases, August on HBO Max will be chock-full of classic films to binge on. There are great modern noir classics to feed your thrills, like Paul Verhoeven's "Basic Instinct," Michael Mann's "Collateral," and Jeremy Saulnier's indie thriller "Blue Ruin." You can get your laughs with a few Christopher Guest mock-docs, "A Mighty Wind," "Best in Show," and "For Your Consideration." Or you can treat yourself to real docs like "Woodstock" and "Mr. SOUL!" Plenty of award-winning dramas can also be found, from Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" and Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun," to Frank Darabont's "Shawshank Redemption," which is always good for a watch.

See below for the full list of HBO Max premieres.

August 1 (A-G)
  • 2 Days in the Valley (1996) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • A Mighty Wind (2003) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Americano (2017) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Anna to the Infinite Power (1982) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Backtrack (2016) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Basic Instinct (1992) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Basic Instinct 2 (2006) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Best in Show (2000) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Betrayal at Attica (2021) - 8/1 - Original Documentary
  • Black Death (2010) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Blue Ruin (2014) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Brown Sugar (2002) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Changeling (2008) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Chasing Mavericks (2012) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Collateral (2004) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Constantine (2005) - 8/1
  • Deep Cover (1992) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Dolphin Tale (2011) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Empire of the Sun (1987) - 8/1
  • Envy (2004) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Epic (2013) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • For Your Consideration (2006) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Freejack (1992) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) - 8/1
  • Gun Shy (2017) - 8/1 (HBO)
August 1 (H-S)
  • Hangman (2017) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Heaven Can Wait (1978) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Hitchcock (2012) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Horror of Dracula (1958) - 8/1
  • How to Deal (2003) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Hudson Hawk (1991) - 8/1
  • Humpday (2009) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Imperium (2016) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Inception (2010) - 8/1
  • Joe (2014) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Johnny English Reborn (2011) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Julia (2009) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Last Action Hero (1993) - 8/1
  • Malcolm X (1992) - 8/1
  • Man Down (2016) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Mean Streets (1973) - 8/1
  • Mr. Soul! (2018) - 8/1
  • New in Town (2009) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Nobody Walks (2012) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Nurse (2013) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • One Hour Photo (2002) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Popeye (1980) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Red (2008) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Red Riding Hood (2011) - 8/1
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000) - 8/1
  • Scary Movie (2000) - 8/1
  • Sex and the City (2008) - 8/1
  • Sex and the City 2 (2010) - 8/1
  • Spawn (1997) - 8/1
  • Stand and Deliver (1988) - 8/1 (HBO)
August 1 (T-Z)
  • Tango & Cash (1989) - 8/1
  • Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (2006) - 8/1
  • The Accidental Spy (2002) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Betrayed (2008) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Birdcage (1996) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Devil's Double (2011) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Double (2014) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The End (1978) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Fugitive (1993) - 8/1
  • The Great Gatsby (2013) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Great Gatsby (1974) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) - 8/1
  • The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Out-of-Towners (1999) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Prince (2014) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Reader (2008) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Score (2001) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - 8/1
  • The Spirit (2008) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • The Square (2017) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Thirteen Ghosts (2001) - 8/1
  • Vice (2015) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • War (2007) - 8/1 (HBO)
  • Woodstock (1970) - 8/1
  • You've Got Mail (1998) - 8/1
August 6 - 31
  • The Suicide Squad (2021) - 8/6 - Exclusive Premiere
  • All My Life (2020) - 8/7 (HBO) - Debut
  • Jurassic Park (1993) - 8/14 (HBO)
  • Jurassic Park III (2001) - 8/14 (HBO)
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) - 8/14 (HBO)
  • Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) - 8/17 (HBO) - Debut
  • Half Brothers (2020) - 8/20 (HBO) - Debut
  • Reefa (2021) - 8/20 (HBO) - Debut
  • Reminiscence (2021) - 8/20 - Exclusive Premiere
  • San Andreas (2015) - 8/22
  • Magic Mike XXL (2015) - 8/28 (HBO)

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Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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