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The 21 best movies on Peacock in 2022
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 21 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, with a few great Peacock original series to prove it alongside the movies.
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 21 best movies on Peacock
Jurassic Park (1993)
A sci-fi adventure classic from the king of the blockbuster, Steven Spielberg, Jurassic Park is a stunning cautionary tale about playing god.
A group of experts is brought to an island where a billionaire has cloned dinosaurs for a future theme park. While the team assesses whether the park can open safely, island security is sabotaged, and they’re forced to fight for their lives to escape the roaming beasts.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
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 (2013)
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.
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Julia Roberts stars in this classic 90s romcom, co-starring Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, and Dermot Mulroney.
A writer is invited to attend her best friend’s wedding to his new girlfriend. She didn’t realize that she may be in love with him until now and is faced with the prospect of losing him forever — or finally making her move at the worst possible time.
An all-time great disaster movie from Jan de Bont, director of Speed, Twister follows a group of storm hunters as they try to keep up with tornadoes in Oklahoma, preventing massive destruction and potential deaths. A pair of expert chasers finalizing their divorce have to team up one last time in this 90s thrill-ride.
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.
Winter’s Bone (2010)
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.
Gone Girl (2014)
David Fincher’s Gone Girl, based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn (who wrote the screenplay), is one of the director’s best films and one of the best movies on Peacock.
A man is the prime suspect when his wife suddenly goes missing. As he pieces together what happened and how he became a target of hate and judgement, he begins to understand that her disappearance may be more than it seems, and that he may have been set up.
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 (2001-2011)
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.
When a couple dies in their beloved home, a larger-than-life ghoul helps them haunt the new owners, whose awful taste threatens to ruin their afterlife. Along the way, they befriend the owners’ daughter.
Most people either love or hate the Twilight saga, so this may be one of the more contentious movies on this list, but we stand by it as one of the best movies on Peacock.
A teen girl named Bella is forced to live with her dad in a small town in the first Twilight. She tries to make the most of her new, underwhelming life. Soon, she finds a bit of excitement when she starts to fall for a local bad boy. But Edward isn’t just another teen. He’s a vampire. And Bella’s okay with that as she embarks on a whirlwind romance that comes with some unique dangers.
Michael Bay’s latest film is one of his best, and as a Universal release, it’s streaming on Peacock very soon after its theatrical run.
Using some stunning drone photography in high-octane chases, Ambulance follows two desperate men who attempt a bank robbery. When all goes run, they hijack an ambulance, holding a paramedic and an injured cop hostage as they make their getaway. This is a gritty, fast-paced actioner that cuts to the core of the failed promises of the American Dream. It feels like the kind of movie they just don’t make anymore, and it’s one of the best movies on Peacock.
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Director Kelly Reichart is one of the best living filmmakers in America, and you don’t have to look much further than Wendy and Lucy to see why that is.
This stripped-down realist look at America following the financial crisis tells the story of a young woman on the road with her beloved dog, looking to make her fortunes in Alaska, if she can make it there. When her car breaks down and she’s separated from her travelling companion, Wendy begins a seemingly hopeless search as her last remaining dreams crumble.
Fast Five (2011)
The Fast and Furious franchise has come quite a long way from its humble beginnings as a summer action movie in 2001. Since then, it has become a massive, global franchise, and Fast Five stands at a major pivot point. It’s both the best of the sprawling series and the first signs that the films were moving away from drag racing into heist movie territory.
Dom and Brian are on the run in Rio de Janeiro. Seeing their chance at freedom, they plan one last job, putting their team of ace drivers together as they aim for the motherlode. All the while, a dogged federal agent is hot on their trail.
Ginger Snaps (2000)
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.
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
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.
Black Christmas (1974)
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 (1968)
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.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Steven Soderbergh earned one of two best picture Oscar nominations in 2001 for Erin Brockovich. He actually won for Traffic, but Erin Brockovich may well be the better film, and certainly one of the best movies on Peacock.
A single mother working as a law clerk uncovers a conspiracy to cover up contaminated water in California, leading to a massive lawsuit in this stirring legal drama starring Julia Roberts.
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
One of Evil Dead director Sam Raimi‘s most underrated films, Drag Me to Hell is a sharp, mean little horror film set in the early days following the 2008 financial crisis.
When a young bank employee rejects an elderly woman’s request for a repayment extension on her mortgage in the hopes of getting a promotion, she sets off a chain reaction of consequences for herself. The old woman puts a curse on her, leading the bank employee to try to pass the curse on and save herself, which only causes more mayhem.
Those are our picks of the 21 best movies on Peacock. If you haven’t already subscribed, click below to watch any one of these gems tonight!