The 50 Best Movies on Peacock Right Now, from ‘The Breakfast Club’ to ‘Trainwreck’
Peacock hasn’t been around as long as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, but by the looks of its ever-growing catalog, its definitely a top contender. Although the streaming service was launched less than two years ago, it already boasts more than 60,000 hours of content, including Peacock Originals, live sports, TV shows and, best of all, a host of hit movies. We’re talking edge-of-your-seat thrillers, raunchy comedies, nostalgic blockbusters and more. So, instead of turning to your Netflix queue, keep scrolling for the 50 best movies on Peacock right now, from Trainwreck to Psych: The Movie.
1. ‘Downton Abbey’ (2019)
Set just two years after the series finale, the Crawley family and their staff prepare for a very special visit from King George V (Simon Jones) and Queen Mary (Geraldine James)—but it’s far from smooth sailing. It’s got whimsy, drama, budding romances and plenty of stunning regal costumes to boot. (FYI: If you’ve yet to breeze through all six seasons of the original series, the episodes are also available to stream on Peacock.)
2. ‘The Hurt Locker’ (2008)
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty all star in this intense war thriller, where a skilled bomb-disposal unit struggles to deal with their reckless new sergeant and the stress of combat during the Iraq War. It was the movie that earned director Kathryn Bigelow her historic (and well-deserved) Academy Award for Best Director, making her the first woman to receive this honor. Hurt Locker was also one of two Best Picture winners that were directed by female directors.
3. ‘Hanna’ (2011)
Saoirse Ronan shines as Hanna, a young girl from northern Finland who becomes a trained assassin with the help of her father and ex-CIA operative, Erik (Eric Bana). Meanwhile, a senior CIA agent is determined to track down the father-daughter duo and eliminate them both. It has everything you'd want in an action thriller, from stellar performances to edge-of-your-seat suspense.
4. ‘Train to Busan’ (2016)
Think The Walking Dead—but on a high-speed train that’s packed with passengers. Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi and Ma Dong-seok star in this terrifying South Korean horror flick, where a workaholic father tries to protect his young daughter as a zombie apocalypse breaks out during their journey to Busan.
5 ‘The Proposal’ (2009)
When Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), an uptight chief editor, learns that she's about to be deported back to Canada because of her expired work visa, she convinces her assistant, Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), to act as her fiancé. Yes, it’ll strike some romantics as a bit formulaic, but the chemistry between Bullock and Reynolds is simply unmatched.
6. ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ (1982)
A young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas) teams up with his friends and family to help a friendly extraterrestrial return to its home world. The childhood classic, which also stars Dee Wallace and Drew Barrymore, scored an impressive four Oscar wins, including Best Picture.
7. ‘Back to the Future’ (1985)
It's laugh-out-loud funny, insanely quotable and sure to satisfy all your nostalgia cravings. Join Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and his eccentric friend, Doc (Christopher Lloyd), as they journey back to 1955 in a time-traveling DeLorean.
8. ‘Trainwreck’ (2015)
In the mood for a raunchy rom-com that ditches the cheesy cliches? Try Trainwreck (we promise, it’s better than it sounds). Amy Schumer plays Amy Townsend, a carefree party girl and men’s magazine writer, who reconsiders her views about love and monogamy when she falls for a famous sports doctor, Aaron Conners (Bill Hader).
9. ‘Happy Gilmore’ (1996)
If you enjoyed Big Daddy or The Waterboy, then this ’90s sports comedy is right up your alley. Adam Sandler delivers plenty of laughs as a frustrated ice hockey player who learns he has a talent for golf—and a chance to save his grandmother's home.
10. ‘Psych: The Movie’ (2017)
Three years after the events of the finale, dynamic duo Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) are back at it again as they investigate a mystery assailant who targeted Juliet’s (Maggie Lawson) partner. And yes, there are pineapples!
11. ‘Deliver Us from Eva’ (2003)
LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union starring in a modernized version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew? Um, sign us up. Union plays a meddling and overprotective sister, who meets the man of her dreams without knowing he was hired by her brothers-in-law.
12. ‘Cold Pursuit’ (2019)
After learning that his son was murdered by a Denver drug cartel, vengeful Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson) embarks on a killing spree as he seeks justice in this remake of the 2014 Norwegian film, In Order of Disappearance. As always, Neeson doesn’t disappoint.
13. ‘He’s Just Not that into You’ (1974)
Based on Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo's 2004 book of the same name, the movie follows the lives of nine people. At the center of the storyline is Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), a young woman who’s struggling to navigate the world of dating. Luckily, her good friend Alex is helping her along the way—or so it seems.
14. ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone’ (2001)
Welcome to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is filled with mythical creatures and ghosts. Revisit the Harry Potter film that started it all, from the infamous sorting hat to Harry's (Daniel Radcliffe) budding rivalry with Malfoy (Tom Felton).
15. ‘35 & Ticking’ (2011)
This underrated rom-com tells the story of four close-knit friends in their mid-30s, who are struggling to figure out where their personal and professional lives are headed. Expect plenty of laughs and familiar faces, including Meagan Good, Nicole Ari Parker, Mike Epps and Kevin Hart.
16. ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ (2004)
If you’ve ever struggled to get over an awful breakup and wished that you could forget it all, this film will give you a pretty good indication of what it would be like. After ending their troubled relationship, a couple undergoes a procedure to have their memories of each other erased.
17. ‘Coach Carter’ (2005)
Samuel L. Jackson plays real-life former coach Ken Carter, who manages to turn a group of rowdy high school basketball players into a winning team. When their grades start to slip, Coach Carter goes to extreme lengths to make sure that they put their education first—even if that means missing a championship game.
18. ‘Notting Hill’ (1999)
Can you imagine striking up a whirlwind romance with one of the most famous actors in the world? William Thacker (Hugh Grant) certainly can’t, until he finally crosses paths with the glamorous Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) in his bookstore. After a second encounter, they start to fall for one another, but William quickly learns that dating one of the most attractive women in the world is no easy task.
19. ‘Goodfellas’ (1990)
Often considered the gold standard when it comes to the gangster genre, Goodfellas follows Brooklyn-born mob associate Henry Hill as he climbs up the ranks and enjoys his new life of luxury. But his newfound success is short-lived, thanks to a few costly mistakes.
20. ‘About a Boy’ (2002)
A rich, spoiled playboy in his 30s devises a plan to meet single women by pretending to be a father and attending solo parent meetings. Everything changes when he meets and connects with one of the mom’s son, a 12-year-old outsider named Marcus (Nicholas Hoult).
21. ‘Meet the Fockers’ (2004)
After winning over his girlfriend’s parents, Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is under the impression that the worst is behind them—but he couldn’t be more wrong. When his girlfriend’s uptight relatives meet his eccentric, laid-back family, chaos and hilarity ensues.
22. ‘Menace II Society’ (1993)
In Allen and Albert Hughes' directorial debut, a teen street hustler named Caine Lawson (Tyrin Turner) struggles to escape a life of crime and violence, with the help of his teacher and girlfriend. Fair warning: It’s gritty and—at times—heart-wrenching, but it offers a powerful message about teen crime.
23. ‘Apollo 13’ (1995)
This moving docudrama depicts the incredible real-life incident from April 1970, when three astronauts were forced to abort their moon landing after an explosion left them with limited power and air supply. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning two for Best Film Editing and Best Sound.
24. ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ (2012)
From the masterminds behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel come this fascinating horror comedy, where a group of college friends plan a getaway at a remote cabin in the forest. Their trip turns into a nightmare when they’re targeted by zombies—but everything isn’t what it seems…
25. ‘Problem Child’ (1991)
John Ritter plays Ben, a kind-hearted guy who, with his wife, decides to adopt a little boy named Junior (Michael Oliver). At first glance, Junior seems innocent, but it doesn’t take long for the little troublemaker to wreak havoc on the couple’s lives.
26. ‘Black Boys’ (2020)
This powerful and poignant documentary takes a deeper look at the dehumanization of Black boys and men, while shedding light on their humanity and resilience. It features commentary from figures like Carmelo Anthony, Jemele Hill, Malcolm Jenkins and more.
27. ‘Time Is Illmatic’ (2014)
Rapper Nas offers a rare, intimate look at his life and journey, including the making of his album “Illmatic,” his upbringing in the projects and the impact of his parents. Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes all make appearances.
28. ‘Good Hair’ (2009)
At just three years old, Chris Rock’s daughter asked him, “How come I don't have good hair?" It was enough to spark an idea that would lead to this insightful documentary, which takes a deep dive into the Black hair industry and explores the history behind the common belief that curly hair is not “good.”
29. ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ (2013)
Dallas Buyers Club depicts the story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), who was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in the ’80s—a time when HIV stigma and discrimination were at an all-time high. When a doctor gives him experimental drugs to improve his health, Ron decides to smuggle the medicine into Texas to help others with AIDS, establishing the "Dallas Buyers Club."
30. ‘Definitely Maybe’ (2008)
A charismatic dad tells his 10-year-old daughter about his romantic history after she insists on hearing how he met her mother. The only catch? She must guess which woman in the story is her mom.
31. ‘Despicable Me’ (2010)
Gru (Steve Carell) devises an evil plan to pull off the biggest heist of all time: stealing the moon. When he tries to set that plan in motion with his army of minions, he meets three adorable little orphan girls, who prove to be an even bigger challenge.
32. ‘Kung Fu Panda’ (2008)
Po (Jack Black) may be clumsy and unathletic, but that’s not stopping this panda from stepping up to defend his homeland and fulfill an ancient prophecy. The only task? To train with a kung fu master, so he can defeat the villainous Tai Lung (Ian McShane).
33. ‘17 Again’ (2009)
Former high school basketball star Mike (Matthew Perry) is stuck in a lifeless marriage with a job that seems to be going nowhere. When a chance encounter turns him back into his 17-year-old self (Zac Efron), he uses the opportunity to fix all the wrongs from his past.
34. ‘All We Had’ (2016)
Katie Holmes's directorial debut (which is based on Annie Weatherwax's 2014 novel) follows a poverty-stricken single mom (Holmes) and her 13-year-old daughter as they struggle to find a home in a new town during the financial crisis of 2008.
35. ‘Blade’ (1998)
The movie follows a half-human, half-immortal who’s determined to avenge his mother’s death and save humanity by destroying all vampires. Nothing beats watching Wesley Snipes annihilate dozens of blood-thirsty immortals in a stylish trench coat.
36. ‘The Love Letter’ (2013)
When Parker (Keshia Knight Pulliam), an entertainment writer, learns that her best friend Aaron (Romeo Miller) is engaged to marry a woman he doesn’t really love, she starts to re-evaluate her platonic feelings for Aaron. (Yes, it’s totally predictable, but it still delivers humor and charm).
37. ‘Random Encounters’ (2013)
Meghan Markle did quite a few roles before she took on the title of duchess, but very few fans are familiar with this Hallmark-esque rom-com. The movie follows Kevin (Michael Rady) and Laura (Abby Wathen), who share a meet-cute at a coffee shop, but they’re forced to part ways before they can chat. Could he be her match? And can Laura's BFF, Mindy (Markle), help Laura find what she’s looking for?
38. ‘Ernest Goes to School’ (1994)
The lovable Ernest (Jim Varney) returns to high school after learning that his job requires a high school diploma, but when he struggles to fit in, he undergoes a scientific experiment that turns him into a genius. Unfortunately, this magical cure-all does more harm than good...
39. ‘Diana’ (2021)
In honor of Princess Diana‘s 60th birthday, Peacock released this exclusive documentary, which explores the late royal’s personal life and most iconic moments. The eye-opening doc features rare footage and interviews with Diana’s loved ones.
40. ‘Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong’ (2015)
Real-life lovebirds Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg star as a Chinese-American woman and an American expatriate, who fall in love after they meet in Hong Kong. There’s just one problem: time isn’t on their side.
41. ‘Knocked Up’ (2007)
When Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl), a successful L.A. reporter, lands a major on-air role, she celebrates with a few drinks and a one-night stand with Ben Stone (Seth Rogen), a slacker who lives off injury compensation funds. In the following weeks, Alison is mortified to learn that their one-night stand led to an unwanted pregnancy.
42. ‘Liar Liar’ (1997)
Crooked lawyer Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is on the fast-track to becoming a partner at his firm. But when he misses his son’s birthday, he wakes up the next morning and realizes that he can’t tell a single lie—an unfortunate change that could jeopardize his career.
43. ‘Parenthood’ (1989)
Dealing with family can get hilariously messy, and if you need proof, make sure to add Parenthood to your queue. From moody, rebellious teens to off-beat relatives, there’s no shortage of chaos in the Buckman family. Bonus: They learn quite a few important lessons along the way.
44. ‘Lethal Weapon’ (1987)
Before Bad Boys, Rush Hour and 22 Jump Street, there was Lethal Weapon—a classic that practically defined the buddy cop genre and even spawned a franchise. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover star as an unlikely team of LAPD detectives, who investigate a huge drug-smuggling operation.
45. ‘Daphne’ (2017)
On the surface, Daphne (Emily Beecham) is a charming party girl with a sharp sense of humor, but in reality, she’s far from happy. It isn’t until she saves a shopkeeper's life that she finally accepts the fact that something needs to change.
46. ‘Out of Sight’ (1998)
Jenny from the Block is at her best in this crime comedy, where she plays a witty, seductive U.S. Marshal caught between her job and her attraction to Jack Foley (George Clooney), a notorious bank robber. Who will she choose? Love or the law?
47. ‘The Breakfast Club’ (1985)
A group of teens from different social cliques are forced to spend their Saturday in detention. Over the course of the day, they bond and form new friendships, leaving them with a very important question: Will it be the same when they return to school on Monday? *Cue “Don't You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds*
48. ‘The Notebook’ (2004)
Calling all romantics! Based on one of Nicholas Sparks’s most famous romance novels, The Notebook tells the story of a mill worker named Noah (Ryan Gosling) and a wealthy girl named Allie (Rachel McAdams). When Noah leaves to serve in World War II, Allie moves on, but when Noah returns, Allie has second thoughts.
49. ‘The Last Song’ (2010)
Fans who shipped Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth will appreciate this coming-of-age romance, which is also inspired by a Nicholas Sparks book. Cyrus plays rebellious teen Ronnie Miller, who falls in love with a handsome college student while spending the summer with her estranged father.
50. ‘The Contract’ (2006)
As he mourns the loss of his wife, Ray Keene (John Cusack) invites his teenage son on a peaceful hike in the woods. Their adventure quickly goes south when they encounter a high-profile assassin.