A movie does not have to be made recently in order to offer up relatable characters or timely themes. After all, they’re called “classics” for a reason. And now with HBO Max, viewers have an enormous library of classics at their fingertips. 

A great place to start is with “The Wizard of Oz“, arguably the most iconic classic of all time. In 2018, a study at the University of Turin in Italy examined 47,000 films across all genres and found that “The Wizard of Oz” is indeed the most influential movie in Western culture. And filmmaker Joel Coen once told The Globe and Mail, “We have ‘The Wizard of Oz‘ in every movie we do.”