Starz has a lot of great native programming, but that’s not the only thing the service offers. You may not know it, but Starz has a very surprising library of films from major directors that span a wide variety of genres. The Starz library may not be as great as HBO Max’s, but its service has everything from horror to comedy to western, and there’s still plenty more where the entries below come from.
The films on this list span a variety of eras. Some were launched a few years ago, while others are part of the cinema’s long history. Regardless of when they were released, every movie on this list is proof that Starz has a lot of movies worth watching.
Night of the Living Dead
Night of the Living Dead is a zombie movie that is the basis of all zombie movies. The film tells the story of a group of strangers who are isolated in a farmhouse after the inhabitants begin to turn into undead. From there, the film is a simple life story, but told by director George Romero. Although many zombie movies have been torn Night of the Living Dead in the years since its launch, few have managed to surpass what the original has to offer.
Director: George Romero
Main character: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman
Running Time: 96 minutes
IMDb rating: 7.9
Once upon a time … in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino’s latest feature may seem a little tortuous, but it ends up being a film about two friends who realize they lost their dreams. The film follows an elderly TV actor and double action as they reach the end of their respective careers, and then inadvertently become involved in Manson’s murder. Once upon a time … in Hollywood is also a love letter to Los Angeles, and it displays a beautiful characterization of what the city looked like at the end of the era in the late 1960s. The violent and exhilarating climax of this film may be wrong, but the film manages to create two fictional characters and place them in real history in a way that ultimately leads to a pleasant ending.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Main character: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Running Time: 161 minutes
IMDb rating: 7.6
The Coen brothers have been making great films for decades, and Miller Crossing is proof of that. The 1990 neo-noir film follows a criminal enforcer who finds himself trapped between two warring gangs in the 1920s. As is often the case, the plot quickly becomes convoluted, but the core elements of all the great Coen films are showcased here. There’s a lot of funny dialogue, some displays of dark comic violence, and some really uplifting moments. Miller Crossing always surprising, and that’s just part of what makes it so good.
Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
Main character: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden
Running Time: 115 minutes
IMDb rating: 7.7
Chloé Zhao is currently an Oscar -winning director with a Marvel film in her future, but in 2017, it Riders which first gave an idea of what he was capable of for most critics. Riders following Brady, a rodeo rider recovering from a severe injury he suffered in the ring. Like many of Zhao’s works, Riders is a pseudo documentary and is largely based on the real life of actor Brady Jandreau. The film is a portrait of Brady’s struggle for purpose, and an examination of what someone does after they seem to lose everything.
Director: Chloe Zhao
Main character: Brady Jandreau, Lane Scott, Tim Jandreau
Running Time: 105 minutes
IMDb rating: 7.5
Place of Trade
Eddie Murphy made more iconic comedy in the 1980s than you might expect on both hands, but Place of Trade probably the best of them. The film follows Wall Street stockbrokers and low -price dealers who switch places as part of a bet between two very wealthy brothers. One relative believes that circumstances determine a person’s well -being, while another believes that the condition occurs as a result of personal nature. The film is funny, but also a critique of capitalism, which condemns the two brothers for using this man, played by Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, as a prop in their own game.
Director: John Landis
Main character: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis
Running Time: 116 minutes
IMDb rating: 7.5
Many films have noticed the ideas laid out in Groundhog Day, but few can match the original concept. The film stars Bill Murray as a Philadelphia meteorologist who travels to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to find out if a groundhog sees his shadow. Murray weather expert is the perfect cynic who finds himself reliving Groundhog Day over and over again. Eventually, he learns that in order to escape this loop of catastrophe, he must improve himself and prove that he can be a better person than who he was before.
Director: Harold Ramis
Main character: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
Running Time: 101 minutes
IMDb rating: 8.0
Call Me By Your Name
Thanks to the warmth of the Italian countryside, Call Me By Your Name is one of the most beautiful films on this list. The film, which follows the sexual relationship between graduate students and teenagers, is beautiful not just because of the natural scenery. This is a film about letting yourself feel, and about the beauty of a young experiment that can never last forever. Call Me By Your Name sad and sad and heartbreaking, but thanks to a great presentation by Timothée Chalamet, it is natural to feel whatever you might feel while you watch it.
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Main character: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg
Running Time: 132 minutes
IMDb rating: 7.9
Greta Gerwig’s debut feature is great, but Little woman is proof that he can do anything. The film is just the latest adaptation of the beloved book of the same name but brings new life to almost every element of the story. Thanks to cast that includes Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, and Meryl Streep, 2019 Little woman probably the best adaptation so far. The story of his love and loss is beautiful and very humane, and the ways in which he alters the source material based on it are inventive and completely logical.
Director: Greta Gerwig
Main character: Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet
Running Time: 135 minutes
IMDb rating: 7.8
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The fact that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which is not in English and is about ancient China, managed to acquire such a large number in the US because of its high quality. The film, which features a lot of wuxia fight choreography and a fairly complex plot, is one of the most thrilling action films ever made. Director Ang Lee makes a visual feast of each fight sequence, but all of the action doesn’t sacrifice the moving human story. Curved Tiger is one of the best films ever made, and this is a great gateway for those who want to be more interested in Hong Kong cinema.
Main character: Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chow Yun-fat
Running Time: 120 minutes
IMDb rating: 7.8
John Carpenter had proven himself to be a great director before he made it That thing, but it was this film that cemented his status as a legend. The film, adapted from a previous film of the same name, has a beautiful and simple premise. Aliens invade a remote arctic camp and have the ability to transform themselves into someone else. As a result, it is impossible to know for sure whether the person you are talking to is a stranger or not. This is a dark and beautiful horror film filled with iconic lines and moments, and it features the best work from star Kurt Russell.
Director: John Carpenter
Main character: Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley
Running Time: 109 minutes
IMDb rating: 8.1