The premium cable and streaming service Starz has tons of older and more recent movies to watch right now. If you’ve already checked out most of those you like, you should keep an eye out for new movies that are added to the service. You never know when a few you’ll enjoy will hit the streaming service. To help you out, we created a list of the best movies on Starz.
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The best movies on Starz
Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best movies on Starz regularly as new movies arrive and older movies rotate off the service.
One Upon A Time…In Hollywood
Writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie is both a tribute and a cautionary tale of the Hollywood movie industry in 1969. There are two main storylines in this film. One centers on Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. DiCaprio plays actor Rick Dalton, who previously was the star of a hit TV Western, Bounty Law. Pitt plays his stuntman and unofficial assistant Cliff Booth. Dalton is now on the downside of his acting career as the movie opens, taking guest star roles in other TV series and roles in Italian B-movies. Booth also seems to be on the outs, but then he encounters a very odd group of young girls set up at a former movie ranch.
The other major storyline is a fictionalized version of the real actress Sharon Tate, played here by Margot Robbie. Some people who know about Tate’s ultimate real-life fate may not be pleased with this movie’s ending, where these two storylines come together. However, Tarantino is not making a documentary or even a docudrama; he’s making a film on the last days of a particular era in Hollywood. In that respect, this movie is excellent in portraying that era.
Zombieland: Double Tap
10 years after the release of the original Zombieland, this horror-comedy finally got a sequel in 2019. Zombieland: Double Tap reunites the original cast of Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone. These four have been in the abandoned White House for the past 10 years, fighting off zombies. However, the appearance of a newly discovered human survivor, played by Zoey Deutch, causes the four core characters to venture out into the undead-filled United States once again. Zombies are definitely an overused subject in entertainment, but thankfully this sequel still has some funny sequences and satire to watch.
Bad Boys For Life
Will Smith and Martin Lawerence return for the third time as Miami buddy cops Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett in this 2020 Starz movie. These detectives are finally beginning to feel some of the effects of age, but they can still drive, shoot, and fight with the best of criminals. They will need all of their skills and help from a young police unit called AMMO when an evil Mexican drug lord and her son go after Lowrey to put her in prison. There are a couple of interesting plot twists in this movie and an ending that suggests a fourth Bad Boys film is in the works.
This 2004 movie wasn’t the first of the three Spider-Man films directed by Sam Raimi, but it’s certainly the best. Not only does it have a powerful yet sympathetic villain in Doctor Octopus, played by Alfred Molina, but there’s also a lot of drama between Spider-Man’s alter ego Peter Parker and his love Mary Jane Watson. Mary Jane is about to marry the son of Peter’s Daily Bugle boss J. Jonah Jameson, but Peter doesn’t know how to show his love to Mary Jane. Oh, and there are some great superhero set pieces in this movie, including a spectacular battle between Doc Oc and Spider-Man on top of a New York City elevated train and a final battle between the two.
Any best movies on Starz list has to include one of the biggest box office hits of all time. Writer-director James Cameron took a detour from his sci-fi and action-themed movies to make this huge historical epic in 1997. The voyage and sinking of the Titanic are recreated in the context of a love story between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s characters. It’s high melodrama, but the visuals are spectacular, and you will also likely get caught up in the performances of DiCaprio and Winslet.
This is a movie that’s made for the entire family. While the sequels to this original 2002 film have never been as good, that doesn’t mean the first Ice Age movie isn’t very entertaining. During the last major ice age, a mammoth, a sloth, and a saber-tooth tiger discover a human baby that’s been separated from his tribe. Of course, the trio of talking animals has to get the baby back to his family. The animation is solid, and the voice work from actors like Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary is excellent.
Chevy Chase was never better than he was in this 1985 movie. He plays “Fletch,” an LA undercover newspaper reporter who poses as a homeless person to find out who is pushing drugs on the beach. Suddenly he’s asked by a total stranger to murder him. Fletch obviously thinks somethings fishy and goes all in to find out the truth about this man. Chase plays Fletch as a brilliant reporter who isn’t afraid to pose as several different people to get the info he wants. It’s a funny and action-packed comedy. You can stream the movie now on Starz.
Before making Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Knives Out, Rian Johnson wrote and directed this cool sci-fi time travel crime movie. It takes place in a future where time travel has been invented. Criminals are using it to send enemies back in time to get rid of their evidence. Assassins are called “loopers,” which then kill them and dispose of their bodies. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays one of these “loopers” who suddenly encounters his future self, played by Bruce Willis, who has been sent back as well to close this particular “loop” in time. Can these two versions of one person stop killing each other, and how will this affect the timeline?
There have been tons of adaptations of Little Women before this 2019 effort. However, the latest major adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 19th-century novel of girl power may actually be the best. Writer-director Greta Gerwig had a clear vision in adapting the book, showing the lives of the March sisters in post-Civil War Massachusetts. The movie shows the pressures of women to conform to the accepted attitudes of the time. It also shows how Jo March, played wonderfully by Saoirse Ronan, tries not to conform, even if it might work against her at times.
Jumanji: The Next Level
The 2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle successfully revamped the franchise by taking four teenagers into an action-adventure video game, playing characters portrayed by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan. All these actors return for the 2019 sequel, but the video game characters may be inhabited by other people this time around. Johnson, in particular, stretches his comedic muscles with his performance, and the action goes up a notch with some spectacular set-pieces.
Here are a few more movies on Starz that are worth your time, but just missed making our top 10 list:
- The Devil Wears Prada – A young journalist becomes an assistant to a highly demanding editor of a popular fashion magazine in this comedy classic.
- Hotel Transylvania – Dracula is the head of a “monster hotel” who has to deal with a human boy that stumbles upon it in this animated film.
- Inside Out – Disney’s Pixar studio made one of its best movies with this film, about the various emotions that control a young girl inside her head.
- Road House – If you are looking for a fun new Saturday night thing, this is the movie for you. Just sit down, watch, and enjoy.
- Starship Troopers – This satirical sci-fi action movie centers on a group of young Space Marines fighting off an invasion of intelligent aliens.
That’s a look at the best movies on Starz you can watch right now. We’ll update this post with new titles once they hit the streaming service.