What movies to watch on Starz

Starz is a television network that provides a strong choice of movies and shows either on-demand or to stream live via its TV channels. The Starz content library can be accessed by subscribing to the service directly or by buying it as an add-on channel from other video streaming providers that carry the network, such as Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.

Starz is owned by movie publisher Lionsgate, which helps it to provide a wealth of great entertainment and a number of its own original motion pictures and TV series.

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Movies based on a true story

American Gangster (2007)

This gritty throwback to classic gangster films of old sees a New York City cop tasked with bringing down infamous crime lord Frank Lucas. The movie is directed by Ridley Scott.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 87%
  • Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Denzel Washington, Josh Brolin, Russell Crowe

Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

This fascinating true story follows a former drug-dealing tough guy after he is released from prison in Philadelphia. He finds God after an incident in which he is attacked by a hitchhiker with a knife. He meets a preacher from Africa at his new church, then visits the continent and becomes a crusader and protector for Sudanese children that have been forced to become soldiers.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 62%
  • Genre: Action, Biography, Crime
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Gerard Butler, Michael Shannon, Michelle Monaghan

Moneyball (2011)

The intriguing story of Billy Beane, a baseball coach that remodeled his Oakland A’s squad and revolutionized the sport forever with the assistance of a statistics expert.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 86%
  • Genre: Drama, Biography, Sport
  • Movie runtime: 2 hrs 13 mins
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright

Schindler’s List (1993)

The is the epic, profoundly moving true tale of Polish industrialist Oskar Schindler, who becomes an unlikely hero as he vows to protect his Jewish workforce after seeing the persecution they suffer at the hands of the Nazis.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 97%
  • Genre: Biography, Drama, History
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Ben Kingsley, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

Movies that keep you on the edge of your seat

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

A private investigator takes on the case of a missing young girl only to uncover the dark truth of her disappearance, which plunges his life into personal and professional crisis. This gripping thriller is directed by Ben Affleck, while his brother plays the lead role.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 86%
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman

Priest (2011)

This post-apocalyptic thriller set in a world destroyed by relentless war sees a priest disobey the orders of his church to track down his niece, who has been kidnapped by a gang of vampires.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 46%
  • Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Karl Urban, Maggie Q, Paul Bettany

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

An FBI agent teams up with a mysterious informant in an effort to bring down a Mexican cartel that is fuelling an escalating drug war on the US/Mexico border. The drama escalates when the daughter of a leading drug kingpin is kidnapped. This is the sequel to the original Sicario, which also starred Emily Blunt.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 64%
  • Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Benicio del Toro, Isabela Merced, Josh Brolin

The Happening (2008)

This thriller from M. Night Shyamalan sees a science teacher, his wife and young child go on the run from a natural disaster that threatens to wipe out humanity by causing the afflicted to commit suicide.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 24%
  • Genre: Drama, Science Fiction 
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: John Leguizamo, Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel

Movies to watch on date night

40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

A man vows to abstain from intimacy for 40 days over Lent after a bad breakup, only to immediately meet the girl of his dreams.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 43%
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Rating: R
  • Featured actors: Josh Hartnett, Paulo Costanzo, Shannyn Sossamon

Serendipity (2001)

A couple meets while shopping for gloves for their respective lovers on Christmas Eve and immediately hit it off. The man wants to take things further but the girl is not convinced, It takes a decade for them to rekindle their love when both are engaged to be married.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 79%
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, John Cusack

Sixteen Candles (1984)

An iconic romantic comedy in which a girl’s sweet 16th birthday party becomes turns to disaster. The girl has a crush on the most popular boy at school but has caught the attention of the geekiest boy in school. She suffers embarrassment at every turn at the hands of family, friends and potential lovers.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 85%
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Rating: PG
  • Featured actors: John Cusack, Justin Henry, Molly Ringwald

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

This is a tragic love story featuring a pair of star-crossed lovers from rival families, the Montagues and Capulets. This version from director Baz Luhrmann takes place in modern-day Verona Beach, as opposed to the original Verona, Italy. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 77%
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Leonardo Di Caprio 

The takeaway

Starz is home to a wide range of movies that offer something for everyone, from comedies and moving romantic tales to gripping dramas and amazing true story biographies. The service is available for $8.99/mo. through Starz directly, but prices will vary when subscribing via third-party streaming providers like Amazon Prime Video or Hulu

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