The 25 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.

Starring a sad-sack Steve Carrell and an ensemble cast with brilliant timing and real heart, Little Miss Sunshine is a rare understated comedy that brings laughter and tears. As a dysfunctional family's youngest member gets chosen to be in a pageant in California, the family must come together and support her through her journey. Along the path that they take, they learn and cope with each other. A great movie filled with phenomenal acting and writing with a real heart that will leave you breathless.

(Abtein Foghi)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin, Beth Grant, Bryan Cranston, Dean Norris, Greg Kinnear, Jill Talley, John Walcutt, Lauren Shiohama, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Matt Winston, Mel Rodriguez, Paul Dano, Paula Newsome, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Wallace Langham
Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Rating: R
Gattaca (1997)

Ethan Hawke, Uma Therman and Jude Law star in this film, set in the not-so-distant future, where humans are genetically engineered to be as close to perfect as possible. Any child who is conceived in the traditional fashion is labeled inferior and is discriminated against by the rest of society. The movie follows the life of Hawke's character who, although looked down upon and considered genetically inadequate, attempts to break free from the tethers his peers have placed on him to pursue his lifelong dream of traveling to outer-space.

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction, Thriller
Actor: Alan Arkin, Blair Underwood, Dean Norris, Elias Koteas, Elizabeth Dennehy, Ernest Borgnine, Ethan Hawke, Gore Vidal, Jayne Brook, Jude Law, Ken Marino, Lindsey Ginter, Loren Dean, Mason Gamble, Maya Rudolph, Tony Shalhoub, Uma Thurman, Una Damon, William Lee Scott, Xander Berkeley
Director: Andrew Niccol
Rating: PG-13
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.

Genre: Drama
Actor: Anna Paquin, April Grace, Busta Rhymes, F. Murray Abraham, Glenn Fitzgerald, Gus Van Sant, Matt Damon, Michael Nouri, Michael Pitt, Richard Easton, Rob Brown, Sean Connery
Director: Gus Van Sant
Rating: PG-13
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

A college professor (Richard Gere) provides a home for the abandoned Akita he encountered at the train station, against the wishes of his wife (Joan Allen). As a bond develops between dog and master and tragedy suddenly strikes the family, a true act of devotion is displayed by the pup. Based on a supposedly true story which played out in Japan in early 20th century, Lasse Hallstrom's Hachi finds beauty in its simplicity without being overly cloying and gets empathetic, frankly really strong performance from Gere.

(Vamsi Krishna)
Genre: Drama, Family
Actor: Bates Wilder, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Davenia McFadden, Erick Avari, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Kevin DeCoste, Richard Gere, Rob Degnan, Robbie Sublett, Robert Capron, Sarah Roemer, Tora Hallström
Director: Lasse Hallström
Rating: G
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.

(Sonia Botsarova)
Genre: Drama
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.  

(Sonia Botsarova)
Genre: Drama
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
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.

Genre: Drama
Actor: John Hawkes, Logan Lerman, Sarah Bolger
Director: Elfar Adalsteins
Rating: Not Rated
The Fountain (2006)

The Fountain is a highly compelling science-fiction/fantasy film told in three interwoven parts related to the mythical concept of the Tree of Life. Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz star in a triad of roles that alternate along the film’s narrative: 1) an ancient conquistador assigned by the Queen of Spain to locate the legendary tree within the jungles of South American, 2) a modern medical doctor desperately striving to find a cure for his wife’s terminal brain cancer, and 3) a futuristic space traveler transporting the sacred tree across the cosmos with spectral images of his wife as his companion. In this, his 3rd feature feature-length film, writer/director Darren Aronofsky has crafted a strikingly ambitious depiction of the search for, manifestation of and preservation of the oft-fabled key to eternity. It’s highly philosophical and at times strikingly abstract visual storytelling, aided immeasurably by Jackman’s and Weisz’s heartfelt, aggrieved performances. The passion and the earnestness they deliver helps to buoy a complicated plot that isn’t always entirely cohesive, but comes together as a wonderfully compelling amalgamation of sights and sounds bound to inspire the viewer. Kudos to Aronofsky for eschewing simple fantasy in lieu of something so dynamic, original and emotionally commanding.

(Jamie Rutherford)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction
Actor: Cliff Curtis, Donna Murphy, Ellen Burstyn, Ethan Suplee, Fernando Hernandez, Hugh Jackman, Lorne Brass, Mark Margolis, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas, Stephen McHattie
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Rating: PG-13
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.

(Kim To)
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

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Split by genre of this selection on agoodmovietowatch.com
Comedy
4
Drama
21
Documentary
6
Romance
4
Average score
94.7%
from our staff
Average score
86%
from our users