The Best Movies on Starz Right Now (September 2022)


If you’re looking for variety and volume in your movie streaming library, you could do a lot worse than Starz. The cable network is best known for its epic original TV hits like Outlander and Black Sails, but they’ve also got a killer lineup of movies subscribers can watch on-demand. While some of these titles are likely playing on the Starz network broadcast, this list is aimed at those who are looking to stream movies now via the Starz app, on-demand library, or the add-on subscriptions via hosts like Hulu and Prime Video.

And it’s a pretty diverse field of choices! Unlike a lot of streamers who are seriously lacking in movies that came out before 1980, Starz has a pretty dang decent selection of classics, including a bounty of Westerns. They’ve also got some new releases that lit up the box office in recent months, a roster of familiar favorites and modern classics, and a whole bunch of hidden gems, from horror to indie dramas.

Check out our picks for the best movies streaming on Starz below.

Editor’s note: This article was updated September 2022 to include Spider-Man: No Way Home, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Horton Hears a Who.

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Nine Days (2020)

Edson Oda | Drama Fantasy | 2 hr 4 min

Cast: Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgård

If ever there was a movie that was one of the most brilliant and simultaneously slept-on of recent memory, it would be writer-director Edson Oda’s debut feature Nine Days. It follows a mesmerizing Winston Duke as Will, a man who has been tasked with interviewing human souls for their shot at being born. He sees the world they will be born into through a series of television screens that follows the lives of previous souls that have been born. When tragedy strikes the life of someone he once knew, Will will have to grapple with his role and future against the backdrop of a vast desert that represents a sort of in-between existence for all who pass through it. The film is both reflective and gorgeous to behold, making the most of its limited setting through the endless joy of its performers combined with its striking visuals. It is also surprisingly funny, extracting joy from the moments of tragedy when you least expect it. — Chase Hutchinson

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Spider-Man No Way Home (2021)

2 hrs 28 min | Action Science Fiction Fantasy Comedy | Jon Watts

Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon

Picking up directly after the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spider-Man: No Way Home follows the publically unmasked Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he inadvertently causes a rift between realities when he enlists Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to erase the memory of his secret from his world. This hilarious and action-packed follow-up film delightfully pulls together previous incarnations of the web-slinger as well as their individual foes. Utilizing the multiverse, as well as beloved Spider-man canon, Spider-Man: No Way Home is a wonderful addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a respectful conclusion for the previous trilogies. – Yael Tygiel

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The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

Judd Apatow | Comedy Romance | 1 hr 56 min

Cast: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen

WhenThe 40-Year-Old-Virgin was released in 2005, it was a huge hit. But in hindsight, we can clearly see this was also a game-changer for the comedy genre. Judd Apatow’s heavily improvised style led to a looseness from scene to scene, and the film’s tone—which was equal parts raunchy and heartwarming—felt unique. You usually had your sex comedies and your emotional romantic comedies separate, but here, Apatow combined the two sensibilities and had the perfect actor for the titular lead: Steve Carell. The result is a hilarious, very R-rated, but also oddly sweet and sensitive story of a mild-mannered 40-year-old man looking to get laid who ends up finding love, complete with outstanding supporting performances by folks like Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen. – Adam Chitwood

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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Chris Columbus | Comedy Drama | 2 hr 6 min

Cast: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Mara Wilson, Harvey Fierstein

Look no further than Mrs. Doubtfire for proof of Robin Williams’ range as a performer. This 1993 family film lets Williams showcase his tremendous impressions and knack for character creation, while also allowing him to show a softer dramatic side. Williams plays a voice actor going through a divorce who, in an effort to spend more time with his children, poses as the perfect nanny to watch them while their mother is at work. Jealous and chaos ensue, but this one holds up well. – Adam Chitwood

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Horton Hears A Who! (2008)

Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino | Family Adventure | 1 hr 26 min

Cast: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen

Blue Sky StudiosDr. Seuss adaptations have generally been hit-or-miss, but Horton Hears A Who! is definitely a cut above The Grinch or The Lorax. Let’s face it: none of these stories are exactly ripe with material. Horton Hears A Who! does a good job at fleshing out the story without feeling like it’s being stretched to 90 minutes but doesn’t detract from Seuss’ original message. There’s more attention paid to the Mayor of Whoville (Jim Carrey), who forms a surprising connection with both the titular elephant (Steve Carrell) and his 97 children. Is it a classic? Hardly. But kids are likely to be entertained by the poppy visuals and wacky humor. –Liam Gaughan

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

Jason Reitman | Comedy Fantasy | 2 hrs 4 min

Cast: Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a moving and beautiful sequel to the original Ghostbusters films, continuing the legacy created by Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking), Ghostbusters: Afterlife follows a single mom and her children as she relocates to her deceased father’s reclusive dwelling, only to discover his previous life as a Ghostbuster. Mckenna Grace (Captain Marvel) perseveres as the driving force for the film, uncovering the mysteries and fighting the ghosts. Overflowing with references to the original films, Ghostbusters: Afterlife includes everything fans could hope for. – Yael Tygiel

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Matilda (1996)

Danny DeVito | Fantasy Comedy | 1 hr 42 min

Cast: Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman

Directed by actor Danny DeVito, Matildais a whimsical tale of a wunderkind who loves to read and somehow develops telekinesis. Even with an eccentric plot, Matilda touches on weighty themes, including overcoming childhood trauma and confronting abuse. Mara Wilson’s unforgettable depiction as the titular lead in Matilda, a fantastical movie based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl, endures over twenty-five years later. Along with Wilson’s performance, DeVito’s keen instincts in direction, along with his role as Matilda’s father as well as the film’s narrator, produced extraordinary, iconic scenes. – Yael Tygiel

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Ever After (1998)

Andy Tennant | Romance Drama | 2 hr 1 min

Cast: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott

Maybe you’re in the mood for the feel-good Cinderella fairy tale but not such a fan of theatrics and musical storytelling. Not to worry! In addition to the animated classic version, Disney+ also has Ever After, the absolutely delightful revisionist take on familiar rags-to-riches tale. Ever After is just one of the downright loveliest movies out there. Drew Barrymore brings her signature sweetness and ethereal energy to the famous character, though here, she’s not named Cinderella, but Danielle de Barbarac. Staged as the “true story” behind the legend, Ever After stays close to the broad strokes of the myth but makes them even more human, tender, and relatable – heck, one of her step-sisters is even a super-sweetheart. Throw in some essential 90s glitter, a very charming prince, and Leonardo da Vinci because hey why not, and Ever After is easily one of the best and most joyful romantic movies of its era. — Haleigh Foutch

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Elysium (2013)

Neill Blomkamp | Sci-Fi Action | 1 hr 49 min

Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley

A science-fiction epic that is grounded in a story of massive inequality, Elysium is a flawed yet fascinating experience all its own. It is yet another unique work from writer-director Neill Blomkamp that doesn’t quite live up to the masterpiece that was District 9 while still being something worth checking out. It centers on Matt Damon’s Max, a man living in the year 2154 when the world has fallen completely out of balance. There is an upper class who lives in luxury and peace in a space station above Earth while the rest of humanity is forced to live in squalor back on what is left of the planet. When the exploitation Max faces at work leaves him with a terminal diagnosis, he will agree to a mission that could save himself and the world. What makes the film so noteworthy is the incredible effects and sequences where Blomkamp thrives, fully immersing you into the world with an eye for visual flair. — Chase Hutchinson

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The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Wes Anderson | Drama Adventure | 1 hr 31 min

Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody

A story of three brothers who undertake an emotional journey a year after their father’s funeral, Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited is yet another work of cinematic joy from one of the best to ever do it. Even though it isn’t his best in his filmography, it still packs his distinct visual style and interest in melancholic stories mixed with a delicate sense of humor. As it follows the three estranged brothers, Francis (Owen Wilson), Peter (Adrien Brody) and Jack (Jason Schwartzman), Anderson provides brief glimpses into their state of being that are so subtle you almost miss them. Yet this makes it all the more impactful and arresting, completely drawing us into the fraught lives of the characters. As we see them repeatedly get left behind by a train that they have to chase after, the film finds an emotional sweet spot all its own that is as overwhelming as it is engaging. — Chase Hutchinson

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Attack the Block (2011)

Joe Cornish | Sci-Fi Action | 1 hr 28 min

Cast: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail

If you want to see a cool sci-fi flick from a unique POV, Attack the Block will hit the spot. Released in 2011 to critical acclaim, the film launched John Boyega’s career as he plays a low-level crook and teenaged gang leader who is forced to step up when alien creatures invade a council estate in South London on Guy Fawkes night. What sets Attack the Block is that its protagonists are kids living in a really rough neighborhood, and they defend their neighborhood with all they’ve got. The creature designs are like nothing you’ve seen before, which is indicative of the film as a whole: the alien invasion story has been done to death, but never like this. Plus, with a sequel in the works, consider this preparation for further adventures a decade later. – Adam Chitwood

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Escape Room (2019)

Adam Robitel | Horror | 1 hr 40 min

Cast: Taylor Russell, Deborah Ann Woll, Tyler Labine

A little Saw, a little Cube, a lot more Final Destination, and a whole lot of fun, Escape Roomis one of those high-concept horror crowd-pleasers that could have gone either way, but thanks to a charming ensemble, some incredible production design, and strong direction from Adam Robitel (Insidious: The Last Key), it’s an absolute hoot. The premise is as simple as it gets — what if escape rooms, but they tried to kill you?As that list of titles at the top demonstrates, there’s a lot of love for death traps in the horror genre, but Escape Room has a gentle touch that keeps the film from ever getting too grim or gory, and while that may not be a win for all horror fans, it’s a thrilling fusion of thriller, horror, and action elements that comes alive when the rooms start unfolding their devious designs. — Haleigh Foutch

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Venom (2018)

Ruben Fleischer | Superhero | 2 hr 20 min

Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate

While investigating the scientist Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), reporter Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) unwillingly bonds with an alien species in his lab. This symbiotic creature, Venom, is part of a species that seeks to take over Earth by inhabiting hosts. However, as Venom and Eddie grow closer and realize that they are both outcasts in their respective lives, Venom decides that maybe life on Earth with Eddie wouldn’t be so bad. That is, as long as he gets to eat the occasional bad guy. With the super strength and agility that Venom gives Eddie, the pair work together to take down bad guys, including Drake and the other symbiotes. Venom is full of action, humor, and heart. It is somuch more than just another Sony Marvel origin story – it’s the tale of two loners finding each other in a vast galaxy. I’m not necessarily saying that Venom is a rom-com disguised as a Marvel movie, but Eddie and Venom’s enemies-to-partners relationship arc is absolutely a highlight of the film. — Brynna Arens

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The Craft (1996)

Andrew Fleming | Horror Fantasy | 1 hr 41 min

Cast: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, Skeet Ulrich

The Craftis a perfect time capsule of 90s women’s fashion and alternative rock, with Skeet Ulrich thrown in for good measure. He’s what you would get if 1996 made a wish to become a real boy. Centered on a group of high school outcasts that could only ever conceivably be outcasts in a movie about high school – Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, and Rachel True – the girls turn to witchcraft to up their social status. But things quickly get out of hand when Nancy (Balk) loses 100% of her goddamned mind and starts killing people. It’s the perfect movie to rent for a sleepover, and time has done nothing to diminish this quality. — Tom Reimann

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American Hustle (2013)

David O. Russell | Crime Drama | 2 hr 18 min

Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper

An uproarious and kinetic experience, director David O. Russell’s American Hustle is the filmmaker’s very best that he has yet to top. The film centers on Christian Bale‘s Irving Rosenfeld, a con man who gets brought in on a sting operation by the FBI built around bringing down corrupt figures in New Jersey. However straightforward this story may seem, nothing is ever that simple as things soon spiral out of control. It is a story with schemes galore and solid performances from all involved, pushing everything to new heights with every successive scene. Just when you think you know how it will all play out, the film rips the rug out from under you with such grace and charm that you’ll be exhilarated by the subterfuge. When bolstered by a killer score and a rich texture to all its visuals, it becomes a film that is worth strapping in for as it takes you on a wild ride. — Chase Hutchinson

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Captain Fantastic (2016)

Matt Ross | Comedy Drama | 1 hr 58 min

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Kathryn Hahn

Parents want what’s best for their children. But what if what they think is best is actually doing more harm than good? That’s the complicated question swirling around Matt Ross’ emotionally raw and honest film Captain Fantastic. This dramedy follows the unconventional life of Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), a loving father of six who, rather than raising his children in a house and with a formal education, decides to raise them in the harsh forests of the Pacific Northwest. A former left-wing anarchist, Ben is determined to not let his children grow up in a capitalist society and instead teaches them how to be one with nature, survive on their own, maintain a healthy physique, and study the works of philosophers like Noam Chomsky. Ben’s life is upended when he’s forced to enter the real world and confront the harsh reality that awaits his children. Mortensen was nominated for an Oscar for his staggering performance. — Emily Bernard

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The Father (2020)

Florian Zeller | Drama | 1 hr 37 min

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell and Olivia Williams

Adapted from the French play of the same name that Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton co-wrote together, The Father follows Anne (Academy Award Winner Olivia Colman), who tries her best to aid her stubborn ailing father, Anthony (Academy Award Winner Anthony Hopkins). Movies are supposed to show instead of tell, and The Father is one the best example in recent years. Alzheimer’s can be hard to show on screen, but Florian Zeller’s expert hand in his directorial debut creates an environment that showcases how Anthony’s mind deteriorates as the movie progresses. Mind-bending, with some of the best production design you will witness, The Father utilizes every single trick that it has in its arsenal and crafts a film that, once the screen goes to black, just sits with you for days after. — Arianne Binette

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Jake Kasdan | Adventure Comedy | 1 hr 59 min

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan

When four teenagers (Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, and Alex Wolff) are pulled into a video game, their only way to survive and get out is to play the game with their avatar (Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan) and finish the game. A sequel to the original Jumanji didn’t seem to be something that would work, especially when placed in it a modern world where board games just did not have the same impact as before. But Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle figured out a way to modernize the original film’s concept – and novel – while also making it its own.Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle doesn’t completely reinvent the original concept but reskins it perfectly to fit what it is trying to say and do, blending action and humor perfectly and ending with a pretty excellent end product. – Arianne Binette

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A Knight’s Tale (2001)

Brian Helgeland | Adventure Action | 2 hr 12 min

Cast: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Shannyn Sossamon, Rufus Sewell

There will probably never be another A Knight’s Tale, one of a kind and probably the one film that used modern music the right way for needle drop in a medieval setting. There is simply nothing like it anywhere. An adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s, portrayed in the film by Paul Bettany, story A Knight’s Tale from his Canterbury Tales, the film also takes a lot of inspiration from his other work and personal life. When his master dies, a peasant squire (the late and great Academy Award Winner Heath Ledger) creates himself into the image of a knight with the help of his friends (Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk, Laura Fraser). It’s this weird blend of so many genres that shouldn’t work but somehow does, and to top it all up, you have a cast that is having the time of their lives, which makes for a perfect two-hour movie. — Arianne Binette

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This Is the End (2013)

Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg | Comedy Fantasy | 1 hr 47 min

Cast: Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, James Franco

Have you ever wondered what would happen if celebrities faced the apocalypse? In his directorial debut, Seth Rogen stars in this comedy where he and his fellow co-stars play exaggerated versions of themselves as they face the end of days. However, at the core is the story about two friends who’ve grown apart and how they learn to confront the change in their dynamic. As you could expect, This Is the End features great cameos and surprise appearances sprinkled throughout the movie, including Michael Cera, Rihanna, and Emma Watson in one of her first post-Harry Potter roles. Plus, Danny McBride is an absolute scene-stealer that will make you laugh out loud. Which celebrities are able to make it out of the apocalypse? Finding out is half the fun! — Meredith Loftus

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