14 Best Movies on Starz You Have to Watch

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.

Snatch (2001)

Snatch is all things great. The film strings together multiple plots with a great ensemble of actors – which turns it into an excellent thriller movie. Jason Statham leads the film with Brad Pitt close behind, both turning in performances of enormous physicality. You’ll recognize many actors in the film as well, but the acting is not the only area where this movie shines. The style, quick cuts, and narration will surely keep you on your toes and engaged.

Genre: Action, Comedy, Mystery
Actor: Alan Ford, Benicio Del Toro, Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina, Ewen Bremner, Guy Ritchie, Jason Flemyng, Jason Statham, Lennie James, Mike Reid, Rade Serbedzija, Robbie Gee, Stephen Graham, Vinnie Jones
Director: Guy Ritchie
Rating: R
Stan & Ollie

John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan are fantastic in this biopic of a comedy double that governed turn-of-the-century Hollywood. The movie stars with a snippet of their success but is mostly focused on their later years. With their big hits behind them, Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy embark on a disappointing tour across Britain while trying to get one last movie made. Their story is about how the creative bond between two lifetime performers evolves through time, successes, and failures. It’s a cute tribute to a duo whose lives weren’t so different from their comedic act.

Genre: Comedy
Actor: John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Steve Coogan
Director: Jon S. Baird
Rating: PG
Brigsby Bear (2017)

After being held captive his whole life, a man sets out to finish the only show he’s ever seen. Thoughtfully written with a creative cast; it is not a film you would expect to laugh at and enjoy so thoroughly with such an unconventionally dark premise. However, it is a hilarious, wholesome, and loving film that will leave your heart feeling warm.

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Alexa Demie, Andy Samberg, Beck Bennett, Claire Danes, Greg Kinnear, Jane Adams, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Kate Lyn Sheil, Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Ryan Simpkins
Director: Dave McCary
Rating: PG-13
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Jim Jarmusch’s latest film is the story of a pair of vampires, Adam and Eve (Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton), married for thousand of years and living thousands of miles apart, subsequently reunited in modern-day Detroit to find Hiddleston in state of disrepair and depression. Their lives are shaken up by the sudden appearance of Swinton’s wayward young vampire sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) that sets their lives into tumult. It’s the type of evenly-paced and wryly amusing dramedy that only Jarmusch could craft. I loved the atmosphere and sensibility of this film, not to mention the various literary allusions along with the dark, somber soundtrack. Less of a narrative and more of a modern-day-vampire-slice-of-life, this is one of those films that gets under skin and stays awhile (and not in a bad way).

Genre: Drama
Actor: Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska, Slimane Dazi, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Wayne Brinston
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Rating: R
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.

Genre: Drama
Actor: Fausto Russo Alesi, Luigi Lo Cascio, Pierfrancesco Favino
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Rating: R
Giant Little Ones (2018)

An insightful and thoughtful Canadian coming-of-age drama, Giant Little Ones is about two seventeen-year-old best friends whose relationship changes after an incident one night. Spanning a quick 90 minutes, it manages to tell its story quickly and honestly, as it touches on themes of sexual identity not only for the teenagers but for their parents as well. And it has a great message about tolerance. It’s a lovely and wholesome movie. 

Genre: Drama
Actor: Darren Mann, Josh Wiggins, Taylor Hickson
Director: Keith Behrman
Rating: R
The Guard (2011)

The Guard played by Brendan Gleeson is a new character in cinema that appeals to the funny bone inside all of us. A character like this can make any movie lovable. It also features Don Cheadle playing an FBI agent who is in town to solve a crime under Gleeson’s jurisdiction. An overall great movie with great writing. Please note, for those who have a hard time understanding different accents, subtitles are advised.

Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Actor: Brendan Gleeson, David Wilmot, Dominique McElligott, Don Cheadle, Fionnula Flanagan, John Patrick Beirne, Liam Cunningham, Liam O'Conghaile, Mark Strong, Paraic Nialand, Ronan Collins, Rory Keenan, Sarah Greene
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Rating: R
Love is Strange (2014)

Love is Strange is an even-handed drama about a Ben and George (John Lithgow and Alfred Molina), a loving couple who marry after 39 years of companionship, only to face a series of unexpected consequences of their decision. George is fired from his position as a music teacher, they’re forced to sell their home, and they find themselves living separately with various friends and relatives. The story revolves largely around their time apart, as they struggle in their separation while creating unintended commotion in the lives of their hosts. It’s a warm, wryly amusing and ultimately very touching film about the bonds of love and dedication. It may seem slow at times, but to watch it through to the end will lead you to realize how truly special it is.

Genre: Drama
Actor: Alfred Molina, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson, Christian Coulson, Christina Kirk, Darren E. Burrows, John Lithgow, Manny Perez, Marisa Tomei, Olya Zueva, Tank Burt, Tatyana Zbirovskaya
Director: Ira Sachs
Rating: R
Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

A calm and cute story about a manic-depressive father in late 70’s Boston taking care of his two daughters. Starring familiar-face Mark Ruffalo in the lead. The film is inspired by its director’s own experience as one of the two daughters, which added to the amazing performances, makes for a movie made and filled with love. But as it manages to keep a smile on your face most of the time, it also doesn’t shy away from hard and moving sequences. A Sundance movie filled with heart.

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Ashley Aufderheide, Beth Dixon, Imogene Wolodarsky, Keir Dullea, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana
Director: Maya Forbes
Rating: R
Adventureland (2009)

Adventureland is a retro-tinged movie about teens in Pittsburgh working at a run down amusement park during the summer of 1987. It is marketed as similar to Superbad, when in fact the only thing they have in common is the Director. Adventureland is funny, but it is more sweet, tender, and intimate. Touching on themes of unrequited love, returning home, and small-town love, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and the always-delightful-duo of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. In addition, the film’s soundtrack is a joyous blast from the past, running the gamut of all your favorite 1980’s synth-happy love songs. It is a movie that anyone can really relate to, no matter when they were born, and an amazing watch.

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Actor: Bill Hader, Jack Gilpin, Jesse Eisenberg, Kelsey Ford, Kristen Stewart, Kristen Wiig, Margarita Levieva, Martin Starr, Matt Bush, Michael Zegen, Ryan McFarland, Ryan Reynolds, Wendie Malick
Director: Greg Mottola
Rating: R

A quick recap

Split by genre of this selection on agoodmovietowatch.com
Comedy
5
Drama
10
Documentary
Romance
1
Average score
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Average score
86%
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