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.

Finding Forrester (2000)

Finding Forrester is the rainy afternoon type, or a summer night film -- it's a traditional American movie so to speak, with all the components to make your traditional need for a traditional movie more than satisfied. It tells the story of two writers, a young black kid living in a ghetto and struggling to admit his passion for writing over his passion for Basketball (played by Rob Brown), and a Pulitzer Prize winning writer who has renounced his success for unknown reasons (played by Sean Connery). The plot is predictable, and in that traditional sense, very enjoyable. Directed by Gus Van Sant, it will feel almost as a sequel to Good Will Hunting but trust me, this ends up being a great thing too.

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Genre: Drama
Actor: Anna Paquin, April Grace, Busta Rhymes, F. Murray Abraham, Glenn Fitzgerald, Gus Van Sant, Jim Titus, Matt Damon, Michael Nouri, Michael Pitt, Richard Easton, Rob Brown, Sean Connery
Director: Gus Van Sant
Rating: PG-13
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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

One of the most memorable entries to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, The Diary of a Teenage Girl caused considerable controversy for its story about a love affair between a 15-year-old wannabe cartoonist, Minnie (Bel Powley), and her mother’s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård). With the narrative never straying from Minnie’s point of view, the film deals with the usual problems of adolescence against the backdrop of 1976 San Fransisco. Taking a fresh perspective that is rare for American cinema, this dramatic comedy portrays adolescent sexuality as something movingly unremarkable.

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Genre: Drama
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Jarhead (2005)

Directed by Sam Mendes Jarhead is based on the best-selling 2003 memoir of the same title. In the film, Swofford is a 20-year-old soldier in the US Marine Corps during the 1991 Gulf War who is trained to be a sniper. But as the days go by, he doesn’t fire a single shot, given there is no one left to wage a battle after the US air attacks on the Iraqi army. Unlike most war movies, Jarhead stands out for its singular focus on the personal experience of a lost young soldier.  

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Genre: Drama
Actor: Brian Geraghty, Chris Cooper, Dennis Haysbert, Evan Jones, Iván Fenyö, Jacob Vargas, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Laz Alonso, Lucas Black, Peter Sarsgaard, Sam Mendes, Scott MacDonald
Director: Sam Mendes
Rating: R
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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.

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Genre: Crime, Documentary, Drama
Director: Brian Ivie
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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.

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Genre: Drama
Director: Phyllis Ellis
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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: Andre Holland, Jaime Tirelli, Michael Gaston, Richard Bull
Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Rating: R
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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, John Hawkes, Lalor Roddy, Logan Lerman, Mary McEvoy, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Sarah Bolger, Zylan Brooks
Director: Elfar Adalsteins
Rating: Not Rated
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Ghost World (2001)

Based on the comic book by Daniel Clowes, Ghost World is a dark comedy that follows the exploits of teenage outcasts Enid and Rebecca (Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson) as they navigate the many complexities of burgeoning adulthood. Central to the story is the unlikely friendship that Enid strikes up with a lonesome older man (played by Steve Buscemi), a curious relationship that drifts through various humorous and melancholy situations. It’s an original and often poignant look at alienation and identity, with Birch delivering a wonderfully deadpan and often hilarious performance, despite her entirely pessimistic attitude. It’s the type of film that’s just right when you’re in the mood for something just a little bit different.

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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Alex Solowitz, Ashley Peldon, Bob Balaban, Brad Renfro, Brian George, Bruce Glover, Charles C. Stevenson Jr., Daniel Graves, Dave Sheridan, David Cross, Debi Derryberry, Debra Azar, Diane Salinger, Ezra Buzzington, Illeana Douglas, James Sie, Joel Michaely, Joseph Sikora, Joy Bisco, Lauren Bowles, Lorna Scott, Marc Vann, Matt Doherty, Pat Healy, Patrick Fischler, Rini Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Stacey Travis, Steve Buscemi, T. J. Thyne, Teri Garr, Thora Birch, Tom McGowan, Will Forte
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Rating: R
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Waitress (2007)

Jenna is a young woman living a rather unhappy life in a town in the American South. The highlight of her days is inventing and baking pies at the diner where she works, giving them names like the “I Hate My Husband Pie”. Her life, however, seems to have hit an unpleasant dead-end: as her pie suggests, she no longer loves her chauvinistic pig of a husband and, as if that wasn’t enough, she’s pregnant with his child.

Waitress is about one woman’s determination to dig through the sourness of life in the hopes of finding a layer of sweetness underneath. Premiering only months after lead actress Adrienne Shelly’s tragic death at the age of 40, Waitress features wonderful performances that make for a delicious film, with the right ingredients to hold everything together.

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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Actor: Adrienne Shelly, Andy Griffith, Cheryl Hines, Darby Stanchfield, Eddie Jemison, Jeremy Sisto, Keri Russell, Lauri Johnson, Lew Temple, Nathan Fillion
Director: Adrienne Shelly
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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.

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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, Tim Heidecker
Director: Dave McCary
Rating: PG-13
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Split by genre of this selection on agoodmovietowatch.com
Comedy
5
Drama
29
Documentary
4
Romance
3
Average score
94.7%
from our staff
Average score
86%
from our users