The 25 Best Movies On Peacock (November 2023)

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The best movies on Peacock deliver a mix of both popular franchises and lesser-known films that deserve more appreciation. A relatively new addition to the world of streaming services, Peacock was primarily created as a way for NBCUniversal to make its series and films available without having to use a third party. After launching in 2020, Peacock has gradually built a solid subscriber base, with a solid lineup of new Peacock movies added regularly. The best movies on Peacock now count among the most solid and varied range of any available streaming platform, especially for those who prefer a greater slant toward theatrical blockbusters (while still having some great original movies thrown in).

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The best Peacock movies cover a wide range of genres, with some movies having hit theaters as recently as early 2023. The library of content for Peacock subscribers is extensive, including original films and series alongside Universal’s most successful films and popular NBC shows available on Peacock the next day. From classic and prominent films to hidden gems, Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus subscribers can easily watch some of Hollywood’s greatest movies from the comfort of their homes.

For more movie streaming recommendations, be sure to check out the best movies on Paramount+ and the best movies on Netflix.

Related: How Peacock Compares To Netflix, HBO Max & Disney+

Best Action Movies On Peacock

John Wick 1-3 (2014-2019)

John Wick

Release Date
October 24, 2014

Director
Chad Stahelski

Cast
Michael Nyqvist, Willem Dafoe, Jason Isaacs, Keanu Reeves, Bridget Moynahan, Adrianne Palicki

The definition of a sleeper franchise, John Wick was a small-budget action movie that completely rocked Hollywood — and reignited Keanu Reeves’ career. Reeves plays the titular retired hitman who takes up arms again, going after the gangsters who killed his dog. From there, Wick gets pulled deeper and deeper into his old hitman underworld and the bodies pile up across four movies.

The John Wick franchise was a much-needed shot in the arm to the floundering action movie genre, as it turns fight scenes into art, with its focus on hand-to-hand combat, intricate choreography, and long single takes. While 2023’s wildly successful John Wick 4 is not available to stream on Peacock, the first three movies are, along with the John Wick spinoff series, The Continental.

Fast X (2023)

Custom image of Vin Diesel as Dom smiling and Jason Momoa as Dante talking on a radio in Fast X

Fast X

Release Date
May 19, 2023

Director
Louis Leterrier

Cast
Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Brie Larson, Scott Eastwood, Jason Momoa

Runtime
141 Minutes

Said to be the penultimate film in the mega-successful Fast & Furious series, Fast X sees Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and family facing off against new franchise villain Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa), who has a decade-plus-long grudge against Dom and is hellbent on revenge. Though critics have grown weary of the epic street racing turned heist franchise, Fast X delivers exactly what audiences expect, from outrageous action sequences to the obligatory family barbecue. The movie also stands out as it ends on a massive cliffhanger that won’t be paid off until Fast X‘s sequel in 2025.

The Northman (2022)

The Northman

Release Date
April 22, 2022

Cast
Claes Bang, Ian Gerard Whyte, Nicole Kidman, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Kate Dickie, Olwen Fouéré, Katie Pattinson, Ethan Hawke, Gustav Lindh, Willem Dafoe, Doa Barney, Ralph Ineson, Ian Whyte, Bjork, Alexander Skarsgard, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Murray McArthur

Runtime
136 minutes

After finding success with his subversive horror hits The Witch and The Lighthouse, director Robert Eggers expanded his repertoire with this haunting, gothic retelling of classic Viking mythology. The Northman follows Alexander Skarsgârd’s Amleth, a Viking prince on a mission of revenge following his father’s murder. His mission to reclaim his birthright pits him against a variety of foes in some inventively shot and brutal battle scenes, with Egger’s direction giving the movie a distinctive, horror-inflected atmosphere. Although the movie didn’t fare well at the box office, The Northman was a hit with critics and is one of the best action movies on Peacock.

Best Drama Movies On Peacock

The Passion Of The Christ (2004)

Jesus carrying the cross in Passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ

Release Date
March 15, 2004

Director
Mel Gibson

Cast
Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern

Runtime
127minutes

Controversial and gripping in equal measure, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ is an undeniably powerful piece of work. The self-financed movie documents the final days and execution of Jesus Christ as laid out in the Bible. The film made over $612 million at the box office (via Box Office Mojo), making it the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. The Passion of the Christ also secured three Oscar nominations at the Academy Awards, despite its graphic violence and extreme scenes of torture.

Best Comedy Movies On Peacock

Strays (2023)

Strays

Release Date
June 9, 2023

Director
Josh Greenbaum

Cast
Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Will Forte, Isla Fisher, Randall Park, Josh Gad, Brett Gelman, Rob Riggle, Jamie Demetriou, Sofia Vergara

Like Ted and Sausage Party, Strays may look like a movie for kids, but it certainly is not. It’s a raunchy, crude comedy about a Border Terrier named Reggie (voiced by Will Ferrell) who is abandoned by his owner Doug (Will Forte). Officially on his own, Reggie befriends a group of stray dogs who teach him street smarts and agree to accompany him on his quest for revenge against Doug. While it was a box office bomb, what makes Strays so successful is that it knows exactly the kind of comedy it is. However, amidst the filth and foul language is a surprising amount of heart that makes it worth a watch — without the kids.

The Super Mario Bros Movie (2023)

The Super Mario Bros. Movie

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Release Date
April 5, 2023

Director
Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic

Cast
Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Anya Taylor-Joy, Keegan Michael Key, Seth Rogen

Runtime
92 Minutes

After the Bob Hoskins-led disaster that tainted videogame movies for a decade, The Super Mario Bros. Movie finally confirms that the world’s most recognizable plumber is suited to the big screen after all. Serving as something of an origin story for Mario and his brother Luigi, the movie sees the pair attempt to thwart Bowser’s efforts to marry Princess Peach and control the Mushroom Kingdom. Despite mixed reviews, the movie earned well over a billion dollars at the box office, making it one of 2023’s biggest hits and a welcome addition to Peacock’s library.

Bridesmaids (2011)

The bridal party in a dress shop in Bridesmaids.

Bridesmaids

Release Date
May 13, 2011

Director
Paul Feig

Cast
Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Kristen Wiig, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Maya Rudolph

Runtime
125 minutes

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo struck comedy gold with their Oscar-nominated script for Bridesmaids. The movie assembles a top-notch ensemble of comedic actresses in a story centered around Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig), a former bakery owner whose best friend Lily (Maya Rudolph) announces her engagement as Annie’s life is falling apart.

Bridesmaids catapulted Melissa McCarthy to A-list celebrity status for her role as the hilarious foul-mouthed Megan, and earned her an Academy Award nomination. The Oscars rarely reward comedy, so this proves how undeniably great Bridesmaids is. It was also a watershed moment in women’s comedy movies, and its effects are still being seen in Hollywood to this day.

Best Science Fiction Movies On Peacock

Back To The Future (1985)

Back to the Future

Release Date
July 3, 1985

Director
Robert Zemeckis

Cast
Claudia Wells, Christopher Lloyd, James Tolkan, Thomas F. Wilson, Michael J. Fox, Wendie Jo Sperber, Crispin Glover, Marc McClure, Lea Thompson

Runtime
116 minutes

It’s fitting that Back to the Future is a movie about time travel because it has become a timeless classic that’s still just as iconic today as it was when it was released in 1985. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is a smart and charming teenager who accidentally gets sent back to 1955 via Doc Brown’s (Christopher Lloyd) time-traveling DeLorean car. There he inadvertently stops his teenage parents from falling in love and must get them to reconcile to ensure his own existence.

While, like many comedies of that era, some jokes in the movie are problematic by today’s standards, Back to the Future holds up remarkably well, thanks in large part to Fox and Lloyd’s comedic brilliance and their unmatched chemistry. Back to the Future spawned two sequels, both also available to stream on Peacock.

The Hunger Games Franchise (2012-2015)

The Hunger Games

Created by
Suzanne Collins

First Film
The Hunger Games

Cast
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz, Willow Shields, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel Zegler, Tom Blyth, Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Jason Schwartzman

2012 sure was Jennifer Lawrence’s year, as she not only starred in Silver Linings Playbook, the film that would win her an Oscar, but she also became a household name for playing Katniss Everdeen in the first Hunger Games movie. Based on the bestselling young adult book series by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is a sci-fi dystopian story in which the fictional country of Panem forces children from its first 12 districts to compete in a battle to the death for the entertainment of the wealthy Capitol. Expert archer Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her sister’s place, and what follows is a political war against her oppressors spanning three novels and four movies.

People fell in love with the books because of their memorable characters, from Katniss herself to the villains to supporting characters like Effie Trinket and Caesar Flickerman. Led by Lawrence, the stellar Hunger Games cast brings these beloved characters to life. All four movies in the Hunger Games franchise are available on Peacock, just in time for the prequel film, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, released on November 17.

Donnie Darko (2001)

Jake Gyllenhaal as Donnie in Donnie Darko.

Donnie Darko

Release Date
October 26, 2001

Director
Richard Kelly

Cast
Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Noah Wyle, Patrick swayze, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Runtime
113 minutes

A 21st-century indie classic, Richard Kelly came out swinging with his directorial debut. Donnie Darko is a mind-bending sci-fi thriller that centers around the eponymous teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal) who, upon avoiding a bizarre accident while sleep-walking, begins to see visions of a man in a rabbit costume, who manipulates Donnie into committing a series of increasingly violent acts. The movie gained a cult following, and Donnie Darko‘s ending and timeline are still being analyzed and debated to this day. Cinephiles looking for films that inspire discussion will get a lot out of Donnie Darko.

Asteroid City (2023)

Jake Ryan and Margot Robbie in Asteroid City

Asteroid City

Release Date
June 16, 2023

Director
Wes Anderson

Cast
Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Jeffrey Wright, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Maya Hawke, Willem Dafoe

Runtime
104 Minutes

Replete with Anderson’s signature quirky humor and style, Asteroid City is a charming mix of sci-fi and gentle comedy. The movie’s somewhat complex premise involves the creation of a play about a fictional stargazing convention in a retrofuturistic version of the 1950s, as well as the broadcast of the play itself. Like the rest of Anderson’s work, Asteroid City uses an impressive ensemble cast packed with regular Anderson collaborators. Critics praised the film’s attention to detail and emphasis on style, with many suggesting that it represents a return to form for the director.

Best Romance Movies On Peacock

Meet Cute (2022)

Pete Davidson and Kaley Cuoco in Meet Cute

Meet Cute

Release Date
September 21, 2022

Director
Alex Lehmann

Cast
Kaley Cuoco, Pete Davidson, Deborah S. Craig, Sierra Fisk

Runtime
89 minutes

A Peacock original rom-com, Meet Cute asks what would you do if you could create the perfect romantic partner? The movie follows Sheila (Kaley Cuoco), a woman who meets the shy Gary (Pete Davidson) at a bar. The two have a romantic date on the town, but there’s a twist: Sheila has been using time travel to “fix” Gary’s past wounds and traumas and mold him into her ideal man. With the likes of Palm Springs and the forever-classic Groundhog Dog, time travel rom-coms are becoming a popular genre, and though Meet Cute will likely never achieve icon status, it poses some interesting questions about pain, healing, and ethics, and how they relate to love. Cuoco and Davidson are both charming actors, and their easy chemistry makes the movie feel like it passes by in no time at all.

Sliding Doors (1998)

Helen About To Get On The Train

Director: Peter Howitt | Runtime: 1h 39m

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow (Helen Quilley), John Hannah (James Hammerton)

A classic “what if?” story, Sliding Doors uses an unconventional narrative to explore the romantic possibilities determined by its lead character’s success or failure in boarding a train. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Helen, a PR officer fired from her job who faces two divergent paths in life. In one universe, she manages to catch a train home and finds new luck in love. In another, she misses her train and continues to be beset by bad luck. However, it soon becomes clear that all is not as straightforward as it seems. Praised for its complex storytelling and chemistry between its two leads, Sliding Doors is a classic romantic comedy that hits all the right notes.

Best Fantasy Movies On Peacock

Highlander (1986)

Christopher Lambert holding a sword on a mountain in Highlander

Highlander

Director
Russell Mulcahy

Cast
Christopher Lambert, Clancy Brown, Sean Connery, Beatie Edney, Roxanne Hart

Runtime
116 minutes

One of the most beloved fantasy movies ever made, the original Highlander kickstarted a popular franchise that never reached the heights of its first installment. In Highlander, Connor MacLeod is an immortal being in a world where a secret war rages to determine who will be the last fighter standing. It is up to Connor to make sure that evil immortals never have the chance to claim true immortality, bringing him into battle with the murderous Kurgan (Clancy Brown). Highlander is a cult classic and spawned several sequels and even a TV series based in the same world with a different immortal MacLeod.

Shrek (2001)

Shrek and Donkey arrive at Duloc

Shrek

Release Date
May 18, 2001

Director
Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson

Cast
Cameron Diaz, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, John Lithgow

Runtime
90 minutes

For a film that was famously a punishment project for animators (via New York Post), Shrek somehow manages to both lampoon and honor its fairytale source material. The movie, much like the rest of the Shrek franchise, follows the titular ogre (Mike Myers) as he sets out on a quest to rescue the cursed and imprisoned Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) for the tyrannical Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). While there are a lot of great non-Disney fairytale adaptations, Shrek has managed to stand out by mocking their most frustrating tropes and rejecting the idea that goodness and beauty must be connected. Other than being one of the best movies on Peacock, Shrek also has the distinction of winning the first-ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

The Harry Potter Franchise (2001-2011)

Directors: Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, David Yates | Runtimes: Various

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)

One of the most culturally significant series ever released, the Harry Potter saga remains a defining story for multiple generations. Following the adventures of an orphaned boy wizard and his friends as they battle against the dangerous dark lord Voldemort, the films are a broadly faithful retelling of J.K. Rowling’s seminal novels. Spanning over a decade, the eight films represent an ambitious feat of contiguous storytelling, maintaining an impressive cast across almost all the entries. As popular today as it was when first released, the Harry Potter franchise is a hugely immersive and enjoyable journey.

Best Horror Movies On Peacock

The Black Phone (2022)

Ethan Hawke wearing a mask in The Black Phone

The Black Phone

Release Date
June 24, 2022

Director
Scott Derrickson

Cast
Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames, Brady Hepner, James Ransone, Jordan Isaiah White, Jeremy Davies, Jacob Moran, Madeleine McGraw

Runtime
102 minutes

Ethan Hawke almost turned down the role of The Grabber in The Black Phone, as he didn’t want to play a villain, so it’s a good thing the script was so strong, as Hawke changed his mind and delivered one of the most terrifying movie killers in recent horror movie history. The movie centers on Finney (Mason Thames), a bullied teen who is kidnapped by the Grabber but is able to get help from his captor’s past victims via the use of a supernatural phone. Along with Hawke’s chilling performance, the movie builds its terror with atmosphere and doesn’t rely on jump scares. Horror fans will definitely want to dial into The Black Phone​​​​​​.

They/Them (2022)

Veronica and Kim in They/Them

They/Them

Release Date
August 5, 2022

Director
John Logan

Cast
Monique Kim, Carrie Preston, Anna Lore, Cooper Koch, Kevin Bacon, Austin Crute, Quei Tann, Anna Chlumsky, Darwin del Fabro, Theo Germaine

Runtime
90 minutes

Peacock and Blumhouse Productions come together for They/Them (pronounced “they slash them“), an unforgettable slasher-horror. It follows a group of LGBTQ+ teens at a conversion camp who find themselves stalked by a masked killer. The slasher genre has a disturbing, problematic history of killing off sexually active and minority characters, so it’s refreshing to see a movie like They/Them side with the marginalized leads. The story itself may be by-the-numbers, but They/Them makes a bold statement about who the real monsters are — and it’s not the killer in the mask.

Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil (2010)

Tucker and Dale covered in blood in the wood in Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Release Date
September 30, 2011

Director
Eli Craig

Cast
Tyler Labine, Katrina Bowden, Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons, Jesse Moss

Runtime
89 minutes

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is far from the scariest horror movie on Peacock, but it sure is one of the funniest — and smartest, as it has a lot to stay about the genre. The titular main character (Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk) are a couple of good-natured hillbilly friends who want to enjoy a simple fishing trip together when a group of teenagers mistakenly perceive them as deranged killers. From there, the misunderstandings and the bodies continue to pile up with hilarious results. By flipping the “backwoods hillbilly killer” horror trope on its head, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil delivers a lot of laughs — and a surprisingly poignant message.

The House Of The Devil (2009)

Jocelin Donahue in The House of the Devil.

the house of the devil

Release Date
October 30, 2009

Director
Ti West

Cast
Ti West, Jocelin Donahue

Runtime
95minutes

Ti West directed two of the most critically-acclaimed horror movies of 2022 with X and its prequel Pearl. However, he had shown his immense talent 13 years earlier when he directed the cult-favorite horror movie The House of the Devil. The movie is a typical horror tale about a girl at a house in a remote location who finds herself hunted by a devil-worshipping cult. However, while this is a story that has been told before, West delivers it in a style that’s both a throwback to 80s horror classic while still maintaining a contemporary relevance.

Related: Every Ti West Horror Movie Ranked From Worst To Best

The Invisible Man (2020)

The Invisible Man

Release Date
February 28, 2020

Director
Leigh Whannell

Cast
Zara Michaels, Storm Reid, Sam Smith, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Anthony Brandon Wong, Aldis Hodge, Amali Golden, Harriet Dyer, Bianca Pomponio, Elisabeth Moss, Benedict Hardie

Runtime
124 minutes

Several classic Universal Monster movies were reimagined with varying success in the 2000s, but the best of them is undoubtedly The Invisible Man. Directed by Leigh Whannell (Saw) and produced by Blumhouse, Elisabeth Moss stars as Cecilia, a woman trapped in an abusive relationship. After she escapes from her partner’s home and hides out, she learns he took his own life and left her $5 million. However, it soon transpires that he hasn’t died at all, and has instead created a way to turn invisible and torment her once more. The movie made $144 million on a $7 million budget (via Box Office Mojo) and was universally acclaimed, winning multiple year-end awards.

Related: All Invisible Man Movies, Ranked Worst To Best

Train To Busan (2016)

A few characters trying to make it through in Train to Busan.

Train to Busan

Release Date
July 1, 2016

Director
Yeon Sang-ho

Cast
Gong Yoo

Runtime
118minutes

While zombie movies had started to fall out of favor by 2016, the South Korean horror movie Train to Busan brought something new to the oversaturated genre, revitalizing interest in the walking dead. What helped this movie achieve success was the focus on a father and his daughter at the outbreak of the zombie apocalypse, and their fight for survival together, as well as the movie’s innovative setting of a speeding train. The movie won several awards and received almost universal acclaim after its release. It also spawned a franchise, with an animated prequel, a standalone sequel, and an American remake in development.

Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

The zombies in Night of the Living Dead.

Night of the Living Dead

Release Date
October 4, 1968

Director
George A. Romero

Cast
Judith O’Dea, Kyra Schon, Duane Jones, Marilyn Eastman, Karl Hardman

Runtime
96 minutes

George Romero changed everything about the zombie genre with his 1968 movie Night of the Living Dead. Before this seminal hit, the zombie genre was mostly rooted in misunderstood Haitian voodoo rituals. However, Romero created a new lore of the dead rising from their graves and feeding on the living with this movie, at a stroke creating the modern zombie genre. The movie was also groundbreaking for bringing a Black hero to the lead in a horror movie. Sadly for Romero, he failed in his copyrighting of the movie, immediately bringing it into the public domain following release.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Leatherface runs after a victim in Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Release Date
October 11, 1974

Director
Tobe Hooper

Cast
Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen, Paul A. Partain

Runtime
83 minutes

One of the most iconic and unsettling horror movies ever made, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a raw and terrifying peek behind the mask of madness. Filmed on a shoestring, the film takes typical slasher tropes like traveling teenagers, isolated houses, and a power tool-wielding villain to new extremes, pushing boundaries like few films before or since. The heat of the overbearing Texas sun emanates through the screen, contributing to the film’s tense and suffocating atmosphere. Gunnar Hansen’s Leatherface is one of the scariest antagonists ever conceived, and the movie’s central story of a family of cannibals hunting innocent passersby remains truly terrifying nearly five decades after release.

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman wearing his eye mask in American Psycho

American Psycho

Release Date
April 14, 2000

Director
Mary Harron

Cast
Jared Leto, Reese Witherspoon, Chloe Sevigny, Willem Dafoe, Justin Theroux, Christian Bale

Runtime
101 minutes

Although Bret Easton Ellis’ original shocking novel was widely considered unfilmable (largely due to its gruesome contents), Mary Harron’s American Psycho is an important reminder that some challenges are simply a matter of imagination. Like the book, the movie follows yuppie Patrick Bateman as he juggles his Wall Street banking job with his murderous predilections. Bleakly funny and a damning indictment on consumerism and the superficial nature of the American corporate system, American Psycho might lack some of the novel’s shock value, but it is nevertheless a surprisingly successful adaptation and one of the best horror movies on Peacock.