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The best movies on Peacock: Goodfellas, Die Hard, and more titles to stream now
If you’re a Peacock subscriber or considering signing up, it’s fair to ask whether it brings the goods. Subscription fatigue is very real, and as more companies launch their own streaming sites, you’ll want to know if their libraries are worth the cost. The movies on Peacock are a great place to start.
As studios branch off into factions, each with their own dedicated streaming sites, most of what you’ll find on Peacock comes from parent company NBCUniversal (which is owned by Comcast). But you’ll see that a few titles licensed from elsewhere also appear throughout this list — and it’s a big list.
While we kept this pared down to 17 titles, Peacock has a lot more to offer, with something for everyone. The streamer hasn’t made a huge name for itself yet next to behemoths like Netflix and Disney Plus, but that’s not for the lack of library titles. Peacock is a contender.
So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the 19 best movies on Peacock right now. Sign up below if you’re hoping to queue one of these up tonight.
The best movies on Peacock
The Big Lebowski
One of the Coen Brothers’ most beloved films, The Big Lebowski was poorly received when it first came out in 1998 but has become a cult hit in the years since.
When slacker Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski has his beloved rug soiled by intruders due to a mistaken identity, he embarks on a bizarre odyssey that leads him to investigate a missing person in an absurd comedy loosely based on Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
This unorthodox “remake” of the 1992 Abel Ferrara cult classic felt like a career reset for Nicolas Cage. Playing the titular bad lieutenant, Cage is a drug and gambling-addicted detective trying to solve the murder of Senegalese immigrants in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.
Director Werner Herzog’s sense of excess perfectly suits Cage’s off-the-rails portrayal in this deeply thoughtful neo-noir that bears virtually no similarities to its source material.
Short Term 12
No film has launched more exciting careers than Short Term 12. This includes Oscar winners Brie Larson and Rami Malek and 2021 nominee LaKeith Stanfield, as well as Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz, rising star Kaitlyn Dever, and Tony winner John Gallagher Jr. The film is stacked with some of today’s most talented actors.
But more than that, it’s a smart and touching coming-of-age drama. Set in a group home for troubled teens, Short Term 12 follows residents and employees working on getting by one day at a time. It tells its story with empathy and a gritty sense of realism and honesty, with stellar performances, making it an obvious choice as one of the best movies on Peacock.
After a job goes south, two hitmen have to lay low in the idyllic Belgian town of Bruges. One is restless and can’t stand the tourist-y charms of Bruges, while the other takes in the sights and tries to get his partner to loosen up a bit and have fun. They’re stuck there either way, right?
This dark buddy comedy became a sleeper hit after it came out in 2008. It remains one of the best movies on Peacock.
You can pretty much split the history of horror into the period before Psycho and the period after Psycho. Alfred Hitchcock’s proto-slasher isn’t just one of the best movies on Peacock. It’s one of the best movies ever made.
A woman on the run stops at a small roadside motel. There, she meets a kindly young innkeeper, Norman Bates, who takes a liking to her. Soon, her boyfriend has to come looking for her, when Bates shows his true colors in gruesome ways.
Get your Jack Black fix in this wickedly funny dark comedy from director Richard Linklater.
Reality certainly can be stranger than fiction, as in this story, inspired by true events. A beloved small-town assistant mortician befriends an elderly, very wealthy widow and then murders her, making excuses for her absence for months before her body is discovered. What should be an open-and-shut case gets complicated when the town rallies behind the friendly killer, making national news.
Jennifer Lawrence was destined for stardom early when she appeared onscreen in 2010’s Winter’s Bone. The role earned her an Oscar nomination at the age of 20, making her the second-youngest actress nominated in the category’s history. She’d go on to become a global superstar with roles in the X-Men and Hunger Games franchises, eventually taking home the best actress Oscar in 2013’s Silver Linings Playbook.
In Winter’s Bone, Lawrence plays 17-year-old Ree Dolly, who has had to grow up fast, taking care of her younger siblings in the Ozarks. Ree suddenly finds herself having to venture into the Ozark crime world looking for her missing criminal father. The family risks losing their house if he doesn’t show up for a court date — Ree’s dad put up the house as part of his release bond.
What follows is a dark and sad tale about a girl with steely resolve doing what needs to be done as the world falls down around her. Lawrence turns in a terrific performance in a deeply moving and powerful film.
After the roaring success of Shaun of the Dead, director Edgar Wright re-teemed with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for a hilarious send-up of buddy cop movies.
A hot-shot London cop is relocated to a sleepy town, but soon he has to work with his new team to solve a string of grizzly murders.
A critical and commercial failure, 2009’s Gamer is way overdue to be rediscovered and given its well-deserved appreciation. Now’s a perfect time, as the sci-fi actioner from the directors of Crank has dropped on Peacock, where you can watch it for free (or without ads if you sign up for a paid subscription).
The film follows John “Kable” Tillman, a man on death row fighting for his freedom as a human avatar in a massively popular online game where inmates can win their freedom — or die trying. The film is an unhinged and hyperactive look at our online lives and where we might end up if we let tech billionaires have their way.
The Harry Potter collection
The entire Harry Potter collection is available to stream on Peacock. (We’re cheating a bit here by including eight films as one entry, but who’s keeping score, anyway?)
Watch the saga about an abused orphan who finds out he’s a wizard and is whisked away to a school of witchcraft and wizardry where he’ll have to face off with the dark lord who murdered his parents.
There’s something irresistible about grown men acting like children, and Step Brothers is one of the best examples of the comedy trope.
What happens when two adult men in a state of arrested development have to learn to co-exist after their single parents find love and move in together? Well, you’ll have to watch this classic of 2000s goofball comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.
Punisher: War Zone
Like Gamer, Punisher: War Zone did not get much love from critics, and it bombed at the box office. Released the same year as Iron Man, it’s one of the last remnants of the pre-MCU Marvel cinematic output. But don’t let that fool you!
Director Lexi Alexander understands that the Punisher’s greatest strength is what a simple character he is. Her stripped-down approach, with brutal violence and terrific action choreographer, is just what the character has always needed, and Punisher: War Zone is his best onscreen outing yet — yes, even including the Netflix series.
A League of Their Own
“There’s no crying in baseball!”
Penny Marshall’s sports drama is a terrific fictionalized look at the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and the women who fought for a seat at the table. With iconic performances by Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, and more, it’s a timeless story and one of the best movies on Peacock.
Steven Soderbergh had a killer year in 2000. He directed two Best Picture Oscar nominees, Erin Brockovich and Traffic (which won the top prize and is also streaming on Peacock).
Erin Brockovich is also a real standout though, and it has certainly passed the test of time. Erin is a single mom struggling to pay the bills when she takes a job at a small law firm. There, she champions a case in which folks in a small community are getting sick from water pollution from a nearby power plant. Based on a true story, the film is an inspiring story of the underdog standing up for what’s right against impossible odds and at a great personal cost.
Now more than 20 years old, Ginger Snaps is a Canadian cult classic and a near-perfect portrait of teen alienation, using lycanthropy as a clever metaphor for menstruation to tell a feminist coming-of-age nightmare.
Teen sisters Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald are obsessed with death. Their idea of a fun art project involves staging their own gruesome deaths (to the dismay of their teacher). They repeat the grim, mantra-like suicide pact, “Out by 16 or dead in this scene, but together forever.” When Ginger becomes a werewolf, she embraces her newfound gifts and appetites, while Brigitte tries to clean up the mess and save her sister.
Don’t miss this outrageously brilliant horror classic on Peacock.
A polarizing movie that manages to be both progressive and conservative in its treatment of gender and sexuality, 1983’s Sleepaway Camp had a considerable influence on the horror genre.
One summer, when shy young Angela heads off to Camp Arawak, death follows her. Fellow campers and counselors drop dead all around. The film delves into Angela’s past to reveal all kinds of trauma and repression. This all leads to a shocking finale that begs us to question who we label as monsters and why.
Sleepaway Camp is fun, weird, and dark, making it one of the best movies on Peacock, and you’ll likely have just as much fun digging through the thoughtful critiques and essays that have been written about it ever since it came out.
The granddaddy of all slasher films is here, and it’s one of the best movies on Peacock.
See the low-budget Canadian indie that launched a genre. Black Christmas even pioneered the “the call is coming from inside the house” trope. It’s almost Christmas, and a deranged killer with a creepy habit of making calls to his victims terrorizes a sorority.
It’s no wonder Black Christmas has been remade twice since its release — four years before 1978’s Halloween. But there’s nothing quite like the original.
Night of the Living Dead
Zombies, as we know them today, wouldn’t exist without Night of the Living Dead. George A. Romero’s indie horror classic launched one of the most popular horror subgenres that persists to this day.
When the dead begin coming back to life and try to eat the living, a group of survivors hole up together in a house, revealing tensions and threats from within that may be as dangerous as the hordes of ghouls outside. Night of the Living Dead reads as an allegory for the Vietnam War, American race relations, social inequities, and more.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
From screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Michel Gondry comes an existential sci-fi romcom that is sure to stick with you long after the credits roll. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind of one of the best movies on Peacock, and one of the strangest love stories in all of cinema.
What would you do if you could pay for a service that erases the memories of your choice, allowing you to go on with your life unburdened by the parts you’d rather forget. That’s what Clementine chooses to do after a bad breakup. When her ex, Joel, finds out, he tries to do the same, but he starts to change his mind as he finds some of the memories too important to let go of.
Those are our picks of the 17 best movies on Peacock. If you haven’t already subscribed, click below to watch any one of these gems tonight!