30 Best Movies on Starz Right Now

Starz, Lionsgate's streaming service, is geared towards movies more than shows. In this list, we count down the best movies on Starz that you didn't know were available there, or maybe didn't know about at all.

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City Island (2009)
30.

City Island (2009)

City Island is a lighthearted comedy/drama about the Rizzo family, residents of the titular fishing community in The Bronx, New York. Andy Garcia plays the patriarch of the family who works as a corrections officer, and who decides one day to bring home a young ex-con named Tony under somewhat mysterious circumstances. Tony soon becomes entwined in the dysfunctional household as he develops varying relationships with each family member, even as each of them lives their own secret life apart from the rest. This secrecy drives much of the plot, as their personal mysteries play out in an unexpected and often amusing ways. It’s a lively slice-of-life full of boisterous characters, comedic misunderstandings and ultimately a warm embrace of family unity.

(Jamie Rutherford)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Alan Arkin, Andy Garcia, Carrie Baker Reynolds, Dominik Garcia, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Emily Mortimer, Ezra Miller, Hope Glendon-Ross, Julianna Margulies, Louis Mustillo, Steven Strait
Director: Raymond De Felitta
Rating: PG-13
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Emanuel (2019)
29.

Emanuel (2019)

This documentary about the 2015 massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church explores key questions around faith, justice, and forgiveness. It situates the massacre – which left nine African American churchgoers dead – within a bigger picture, with Emanuel being the first-ever freestanding black church in Charleston, a city in South Carolina with a highly charged racial history.

The film’s strengths lie in the stories of those who lost loved ones in the massacre, and the miraculous forgiveness some of the survivors offered the 21-year-old white supremacist responsible for the attack. Above all, it is a story about the power of faith.

(Sonia Botsarova)
Genre: Crime, Documentary, Drama
Director: Brian Ivie
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Toxic Beauty (2019)
28.

Toxic Beauty (2019)

How much do you know about what’s inside the skincare and cosmetic products you use? This is one of the main questions Toxic Beauty addresses. The award-winning documentary features a series of powerful and insightful voices, including Deane Berg, the woman who took the American multinational corporation Johnson & Johnson to court to claim its body powder was a factor in her contracting ovarian cancer. As the film progresses, it becomes more and more apparent that the beauty industry is as unhealthy as the products it creates and promotes.

(Sonia Botsarova)
Genre: Drama
Director: Phyllis Ellis
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Sugar (2008)
27.

Sugar (2008)

19-year-old Dominican pitcher Miguel Santos, a.k.a. Sugar, dreams of making it into an American baseball team and pulling himself and his family out of poverty. He gets a chance to train for a team in Kansas, but on arrival struggles to be accepted in his new community.

Poignant and beautifully performed, Sugar is not the usual film about chasing the American dream, and it’s far from a typical baseball movie. It’s an honest portrayal, one that avoids sports-movie clichés in favor of an exploration of identity and the immigrant experience.

Genre: Drama
Actor: Algenis Perez Soto, Andre Holland, Jaime Tirelli, Michael Gaston, Richard Bull
Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Rating: R
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End of Sentence (2020)
26.

End of Sentence (2020)

Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and John Hawkes (The Sessions) star in this easy road drama about a father who tries to rekindle with his son. After the mother passes away, they try to execute her dying wishes of spreading her ashes in her home country of Ireland. The son, Lerman's character, is freshly released from jail and accepts to take the trip on the one condition that he never sees his father again. This premise makes for a fun mix between a family drama and an adventure movie. Both characters have a lot to discover in Ireland: about the country, each other, and themselves.

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Genre: Drama
Actor: Amy De Bhrún, Andrea Irvine, David Grant Wright, John Hawkes, Lalor Roddy, Logan Lerman, Mary McEvoy, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Sarah Bolger, Sean Mahon, Zylan Brooks
Director: Elfar Adalsteins
Rating: Not Rated
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Detroit (2017)
25.

Detroit (2017)

John Boyega, Algee Smith, and John Krasinski star in this difficult portrayal of the Detroit 1967 riots, the biggest civil unrest in American history before the 92 L.A. protests. A murderous cop, a band on the verge of breaking big, and a hard-working security guard find their fates intertwined by the events that took place that summer. Detroit blends real-life images with its storytelling. It would be a perfect movie if it wasn't for a scene in which the police brutalize young Black men for finding them in a hotel with two White girls. This scene, while a necessary part of the story, is overstretched and feels almost sadistic, more so because the film was made by a White director, Kathryn Bigelow.

Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Actor: Algee Smith, Andrea Eversley, Anthony Mackie, Ato Blankson-Wood, Austin Hebert, Ben O'Toole, Bennett Deady, Chris Chalk, Chris Coy, Darren Goldstein, Frank Wood, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Glenn Fitzgerald, Hannah Murray, Henry Frost III, Jack Reynor, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Jennifer Ehle, Jeremy Strong, John Boyega, John Krasinski, Joseph David-Jones, Kaitlyn Dever, Karen Pittman, Laz Alonso, Leon G. Thomas III, Lizan Mitchell, Malcolm David Kelley, Mason Alban, Nathan Davis Jr., Peyton Alex Smith, Samira Wiley, Tyler James Williams, Will Poulter
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Rating: R
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Arctic (2018)
24.

Arctic (2018)

There are far too many things that are worse in life than being on a journey with Danish super talent Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, The Hunt).

And that is what this 98-minute movie is: an almost one-actor movie set in the arctic. Mikkelsen plays a man trying to survive a plane crash, which at some point becomes about deciding whether to embark on a dangerous journey or stay in the plane rubble and risk a slow death.

It’s an extremely well-acted movie with nail-biting suspense. Bonus fact: it received a 10-minute standing ovation when it premiered at the Cannes film festival this year.

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Genre: Drama, Thriller
Actor: Joe Penna, Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir, Tintrinai Thikhasuk
Director: Joe Penna
Rating: PG-13
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Saint Frances (2019)
23.

Saint Frances (2019)

This fun comedy-drama is about Bridget, a 34-year-old who hasn't quite got it all figured out, but at least she’s trying: after terminating an accidental pregnancy, she gets herself a summer gig as a nanny for a fearless six-year-old by the name of Frances. 

Tackling a myriad of "taboo" topics including abortion, menstruation, and depression, the movie visually normalizes human experiences that remain underrepresented in mainstream cinema. And writer Kelly O’Sullivan, who also plays Bridget, has a screenplay that manages to do it all without feeling didactic.

(Sonia Botsarova)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Charin Alvarez, Danny Catlow, Francis Guinan, Jim True-Frost, Kelly O'Sullivan, Lily Mojekwu, Mary Beth Fisher, Max Lipchitz, Ramona Edith Williams, Rebecca Buller, Rebecca Spence
Director: Alex Thompson
Rating: N/A
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Animal Kingdom (2010)
22.

Animal Kingdom (2010)

A cracking cast including Guy Pearce and Joel Edgerton elevate this dark and gripping Australian crime drama, which was received with glowing reviews from critics but was sadly forgotten with time.

Breakout star James Frecheville plays J, a teenager who goes to live with his grandmother, the head of a Melbourne crime organization. As the heat closes in and things go awry, J finds himself caught between his family and a detective who wants to save him.

Jacki Weaver is outstanding as the conniving grandma and the film put Ben Mendelsohn on the road to Hollywood stardom. Animal Kingdom is a superior crime saga with plenty of emotional depth to match the tense drama.

(Lee Adams)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Actor: Andy McPhee, Anna Lise Phillips, Anthony Hayes, Ben Mendelsohn, Dan Wyllie, Dom Phelan, Guy Pearce, Jack Heanly, Jacki Weaver, Jacqueline Brennan, James Frecheville, Joel Edgerton, Josh Helman, Justin Rosniak, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Laura Wheelwright, Luke Ford, Michael Vice, Mirrah Foulkes, Sullivan Stapleton
Director: David Michôd
Rating: R
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The Traitor (2020)
21.

The Traitor (2020)

This slow Italian drama tells the true story of Mafia boss Tommaso Buscetta, who became the highest-profile Mafia informant at the time of his arrest in the 1980s.

Tommaso, while supervising a criminal network in Sicily, moved to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to attempt a more legal and quieter life. His role catches up with him and he is quickly arrested.

As a biopic, it rarely depicts violence or glorifies organized crime. Instead, it attempts to document the life of a Mafia boss more realistically: a life of always looking over one's shoulder and of constant loss. Eventually, the movie focuses on what it would take for a man like Tommaso to flip, and what that would cost him.

The Mafia topic might feel overdone, but watching this, it's startling to realize how few thorough character studies have come out in film.

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Actor: Antonio Orlando, Bruno Cariello, Fabrizio Ferracane, Fausto Russo Alesi, Luciano Quirino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Nicola Calì, Nicola Siri, Pierfrancesco Favino, Rainer Cadete, Vincenzo Pirrotta
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Rating: R
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Comedy
2
Drama
19
Documentary
2
Romance
Average score
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86%
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