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Starz is the best-kept secret in streaming.

Starz and its movie library may be the best-kept secret in streaming. A quick look at the selection on the Starz app shows a library with over 1,000 titles. Starz offers movies across nearly every genre, so there’s always something to catch your eye no matter what you’re in the mood for. It’s not hyperbolic to say that Starz’s selection can contend with the other major streaming sites: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Showtime, and HBO Go. Below is a sampling of some of the best movies on Starz, and it’s just the tip of the tip of the iceberg.

The best movies on Starz

1) Idiocracy

Idiocracy is so hilarious, so prescient, and so dopey that it can only come from the mind of Mike Judge. Luke Wilson stars as a perfectly mediocre man who goes 500 years into the future and finds out that he is now the smartest man alive. The movie gets unlimited mileage out of the world’s dumbness. I need to stop now before I just start quoting the film, but suffice to say, this is one of the best comedies of the 2000s.

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2) The Crazies

While it may feel blasphemous to say, The Crazies remake is a significant upgrade on the George Romero (rest is peace) original. Timothy Olyphant stars as the sheriff of a town overtaken by a plague (and zombies). The movie is sleek, surprising, and creative (the car wash sequence is A+ tension). Everything about the movie is well done, and good zombie movies are cause for celebration.

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3) Children of Men

Alonso Cuaron’s dystopian masterpiece is one of the great sci-fi movies of the new millennium. Based on P.D. James’s novel, it’s set in a world where women can’t pregnant and humanity is staring down extinction. That is until one pregnant woman is found and a small group, led by Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, have to get her to safety. It’s a smart movie anchored by jaw-dropping action set pieces.  

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4) Raid: Redemption

If you’ve been lacking in the badass movie department, Raid: Redemption is the cure for what ails you. Iko Uwais plays S.W.A.T team member trapped in a building filled with drug dealers, murderers, and other criminal scum. Each new floor brings hordes of people to vanquish and, in that regard, it’s almost like a video game, only better. Watching Uwais fight onscreen is one of the most satisfying elements in all of moviedom at the moment.

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5) Step Brothers

Step Brothers is an immaculate comedy that doesn’t lose any luster no matter how many times you’ve seen it. Dale (John C. Reilly) and Brennan (Will Ferrell) should have ended the run of developmentally arrested white guy characters in a just world. Who needs best friends when you can stay in and watch Step Brothers any time you want?

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6) Almost Famous

Cameron Crowe ain’t what he used to be, but it’s important to go back and remind yourself what made him so good in the first place. Almost Famous has it all, from the great performances by Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and everyone else,  to catchy music and effortlessly good writing. Based on Crowe’s own experience as a writer for Rolling Stone, the film follows a young writer (Fugit) as he goes on the road with the band Stillwater. Crowe won an Oscar for the film’s screenplay, and no less than Roger Ebert named the movie as one of the best films of the 2000s.

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7) Wall-E

Every bit of acclaim heaped upon Wall-E, and particularly the opening 15-20 minutes, still doesn’t do the movie justice. Wall-E is one of the most adorable cartoon characters you’ll ever see, and he’s such a hopeless romantic that he will melt even the coldest of hearts. All of that can also be applied to Eve, the other robot at the heart of the movie. Wall-E is a Pixar movie that takes you into the depths of space just to help you find yourself and get back home.

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8) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

The movie that introduced Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, LEGO Movie) to audiences is a supremely underrated family movie. Cloudy takes a text that should’ve been impossible to adapt and turns it into a delirious, imaginative, and surprisingly touching film. It’s about a young inventor, Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader), who creates a machine that controls the weather and produces culinary precipitation. There’s a talking monkey, a character voiced by Mr. T, and do you really need anything else?

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9) Don’t Breathe

Fede Alvarez has quickly established himself as a genre director to watch. With Don’t Breathe, he delivers a white-knuckle home invasion thriller. Dylan Minnette (13 Reasons Why) and Jane Levy (Evil Dead) are small-time robbers who get more than they bargained for when they break into the house of a blind veteran (Stephen Lang). Alvarez makes tremendous use of the film’s primary location, and the story has enough twists to keep you on your toes.

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10) Pineapple Express

I’m normally not big on stoner movies, but Pineapple Express is the exception. James Franco and Seth Rogen have more chemistry than most romantic leads, and watching them bond and bicker while high and on the run from a powerful drug dealer and his henchmen is truly a delight, even when you’re stone-cold sober. The movie features most of the people you expect to see in a Rogen-Franco joint—and all of the hilarity fans of the duo lap up. 

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

Eddie Strait

Eddie Strait

Eddie Strait is a member of the Austin Film Critic Association. His reviews focus primarily on streaming entertainment, with an emphasis on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and other on-demand services.

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