The 16 best movies on Starz (January 2024)

The 16 best movies on Starz (January 2024)

Starz has produced many great series over the years, including Black Sails and Spartacus. Sometimes, though, we’re in the mood for something a bit longer. The good news is that the streaming service is also packed full of stellar films to choose from.

It can be difficult to make a selection, so we here at EW decided to curate a list of our favorite features from nearly every genre. Ready to stream those intrusive thoughts away? Here are the best movies on Starz right now.



“The Grudge” (2004)

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In director Takashi Shimizu’s adaptation of the 2002 Japanese film, a young woman (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her boyfriend (Jason Behr) are haunted by a vengeful spirit (Takako Fuji) that manifests as its victims’ rage and dismay. The Grudge offers the thrills and chills you expect from a horror film, but everything is shot through a distinct lens of extreme dread and malignant malaise. Forget those slasher monsters you grew up watching; this particular poltergeist is like nothing you have ever seen before.

Where to watch The Grudge: Starz

Director: Takashi Shimizu

Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, KaDee Strickland, Clea DuVall, Bill Pullman

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John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023)

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John Wick: Chapter 4 could have been subtitled “Bigger is Better.” Keanu Reeves is back as the titular assassin to exact even more revenge on those who have wronged him through the shadowy High Table. The characters and action sequences fans love are all still here, but director Chad Stahelski ensures everything feels ambitiously outsized. As always, Reeves holds it all together, inspiring EW’s critic to write, “There’s something ineffable in Reeves that you can’t help but root for: the unbearable lightness of being Keanu, whether he’s playing a stone-cold assassin, a surfing detective, or a cyberpunk hacker messiah.”

Where to watch John Wick: Chapter 4: Starz

EW grade: B (read the review)

Director: Chad Stahelski

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne

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Me, Myself, & Irene (2000)

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Jim Carrey had proven himself to be a capable dramatic actor with 1998’s The Truman Show, but the Farrelly Brothers film Me, Myself, & Irene snapped him back into the rictus-grinning, rubber-faced funny man we’d all come to love. Here, he’s in love with Renée Zellweger, but there’s just one problem: He has a split personality, and when his meds run out, she’s left quite literally not knowing which side of her boyfriend she’ll encounter next. It hasn’t exactly aged well, though EW’s critic wrote in 2000 that “every instance of gleeful bad taste is timed and positioned for maximum, liberating laugh value.”

Where to watch Me, Myself, & Irene: Starz

Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Cast: Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Chris Cooper, Robert Forster, Richard Jenkins

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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

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While director George Romero was always a little too indie for Hollywood, his original Night of the Living Dead left an impression on the industry as deep as a zombie bite. The first entry in his shambling franchise has a simple plot: A young woman (Judith O’Dea) takes shelter in a remote shack from the animated corpses roaming the countryside. There, she must determine whether other survivors like Duane Jones’ character may be more dangerous than the walking dead outside. If you’ve ever enjoyed a zombie movie, then it’s time to stream this influential original. 

Where to watch Night of the Living Dead: Starz

Director: George Romero

Cast: Judith O’Dea, Duane Jones, Marilyn Eastman, Karl Hardman

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Planet of the Apes (1968)

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It launched a franchise with increasingly dubious returns, but there’s no doubt that the original Planet of the Apes is one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made. Charlton Heston plays an astronaut who has crashed on the titular planet of primates. If he wants to survive, he’ll have to get smart with the ape culture and harness their fascination with his ability to speak. Like the best vintage sci-fi, we get some crunchy social commentary, startlingly good costuming, and an explosive ending that makes this movie worth watching (or re-watching) right away. 

Where to watch Planet of the Apes: Starz

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

Cast: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Maurice Evans, Kim Hunter



The Red Turtle (2016)

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The Red Turtle is a standout masterpiece, which, for the animated fantasy genre, is seriously saying something. Dutch director Michaël Dudok de Wit delivers an unconventional tale of a turtle that repeatedly foils a man’s attempts to escape a tropical island. That simple premise helps set up some powerful, introspective themes about what’s really important in life. To quote EW’s critic, this Oscar-nominated movie “invites us — as in, anyone who’s ever felt stranded — to consider our little spot in the world.” 

Where to watch The Red Turtle: Starz

EW grade: A (read the review)

Director: Michaël Dudok de Wit

Cast: Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy

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Our Little Sister (2015)

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As anime fans know, live-action manga adaptations can be hit or miss. Fortunately, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Our Little Sister is a hit. Some of that movie magic comes from the cast, with actors like Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, and Suzu Hirose giving real emotional heft to this story of siblings who invite their half-sister to live with them after their father dies. The rest of the film’s success comes from its sheer beauty, with EW’s critic likening the imagery to “a magnificent bike ride through a pink-white dome of cherry blossoms” and “a fetishized meal of delectable whitebait on toast with plum wine.”

Where to watch Our Little Sister: Starz

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Cast: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose



ParaNorman (2012)

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ParaNorman functions like methadone for those whose preferred drug is the twee oeuvre of Tim Burton. Here, directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler introduce us to a weird kid (Kodi Smit-McPhee) whose ability to speak with the dead comes in handy after his uncle (John Goodman) warns him about a zombie curse. “The story may be thin,” writes EW’s critic, “but the project, a feat of stop-motion animation, is made with generous care by the same impressive LAIKA studio artists who conjured up the gorgeous Coraline.”

Where to watch ParaNorman: Starz

EW grade: B (read the review)

Director: Sam Fell and Chris Butler

Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, John Goodman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

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Pain and Glory (2019)

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Melancholy meditation underpins Pain and Glory, a Spanish film whose story of a fictional, once-relevant director (Antonio Banderas) barely masks the somber introspection of the work’s real director, Pedro Almodóvar. Penélope Cruz dazzles in flashbacks, but the meat of the movie is in the present-day question of whether transforming an unfilmed script into a play can alleviate Banderas’ crippling depression and tragic addiction. The result, according to EW’s critic, is “a gift; the kind of quiet glory worth waiting a few decades for.”

Where to watch Pain and Glory: Starz

EW grade: B+ (read the review)

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas, Julieta Serrano, Penélope Cruz

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The Thin Red Line (1998)

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The Thin Red Line is a war movie suited for those who want more than guns and glory from their cinematic clashes. Here, a pre-Jesus Jim Caviezel plays a WWII army soldier who enmeshes himself among the South Pacific locals before his commanding officer (Sean Penn) forces him back into bloody combat. As EW’s critic asserted in their review, this movie is much more sentimental than Saving Private Ryan because of the “real drama” courtesy of “the imagistic lyricism of [director] Terrence Malick.”

Where to watch The Thin Red Line: Starz

Director: Terrence Malick

Cast: Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney

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Wild Tales (2014)

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Lovers of anthologies will revel in Wild Tales, a collection of thriller shorts featuring actors like Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, and Leonardo Sbaraglia. There’s ample variety between the stories, but they’re “all connected by themes of victimhood and vengeance, and spring-loaded with ironic twist endings worthy of O. Henry,” writes EW’s critic, adding, “the film feels like Pulp Fiction filtered through the baroque pop sensibility of Pedro Almodóvar.”

Where to watch Wild Tales: Starz

EW grade: B (read the review)

Director: Damián Szifron

Cast: Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas