The Best Movies on Peacock Right Now (February 2021)

Do you like watching free movies? If so, Peacock is one of the few streaming services that offer users the chance to enjoy modern and classic flicks without charging you. It’s a good deal, but it isn’t perfect. There are some titles that are reserved for only the Premium tiers. Regardless, Peacock has a very deep lineup of films from the Universal Pictures library, as well as a few selections from other studios. Cinema lovers will find a lot to feed their passion, and we’ve helpfully assembled a list of the best movies currently streaming on Peacock to get you started.

Can’t find anything you like on Peacock? Lucky for you, we’ve also curated guides to the best movies on Netflix, the best movies on Hulu, and the best movies on Amazon Prime.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

All eight of the Harry Potter films are now on Peacock, but the best is still the third movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Future Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón infused a great deal of imagination and visual flair into one of J.K. Rowling’s most compelling stories. In his third year at Hogwarts, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) learns that the infamous Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped from Azkaban prison, presumably to target Harry himself. However, Harry and his friends discover that Sirius may not be the true threat, while also contending with the terrifying Dementors.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Rating: PG
Runtime: 142 minutes

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Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah (2015)

It’s the post-apocalypse in Z for Zachariah, and Margot Robbie’s Ann Burden might be the last woman alive. Ann’s quiet life on her family’s farm is disrupted by the arrival of John Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a scientist who wanders into the valley where she lives. Over time, John and Ann slowly become drawn to each other. However, their burgeoning relationship is challenged by the arrival of Caleb (Chris Pine), who instantly becomes attracted to Ann. As tensions between John and Caleb rise to the surface, Ann’s life may never be the same again.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine
Director: Craig Zobel
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 95 minutes

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I Am Legend

I Am Legend (2007)

Richard Matheson’s post-apocalyptic novel, I Am Legend, has been extremely influential in literature and cinema for decades. Francis Lawrence’s movie was the third direct adaptation, and it gets a little closer to the source material than its predecessors. Will Smith stars as Dr. Robert Neville, seemingly the last human survivor of a pandemic that has transformed the remnants of society into vampire-like creatures. Robert’s overwhelming loneliness is mitigated in part by his dog, Sam. But Robert’s desire to cure the infected and find other humans leads him further into danger.

Rotten Tomatoes: 68%
Genre: Action, Sci-fi
Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Dash Mihok
Director: Francis Lawrence
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 101 minutes

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Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass (2010)

Before the Marvel movies became all-consuming blockbusters, Matthew Vaughn’s unapologetically violent adaptation of Kick-Ass was a truly R-rated superhero film. Aaron Johnson stars as Dave Lizewski, a hapless teenager who tries to reinvent himself as a vigilante called Kick-Ass. However, Chloë Grace Moretz absolutely steals the movie as Mindy Macready, the foul-mouthed heroine Hit-Girl, who is far more capable than David. Nicolas Cage also co-stars as Mindy’s father, Damon Macready, who has a very Adam West-like hero persona called Big Daddy. Much to David’s dismay, Hit-Girl and Big Daddy’s war against crime draws him into very real danger beyond his comic book hero aspirations.

Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Genre: Action, Superhero
Stars: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Rating: R
Runtime: 117 minutes

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Love Actually (2003)

While Love Actually is usually considered a Christmas movie, it’s equally suitable for Valentine’s Day. The film ambitiously features multiple storylines that are loosely connected. Perhaps the most crowd-pleasing tale belongs to David (Hugh Grant), the new Prime Minister of England. He falls head over heels for Natalie (Martine McCutcheon). Meanwhile, Mark (Andrew Lincoln) is hopelessly in love with Juliet (Keira Knightley) despite the fact that she just married his best friend, Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Not all of the stories have happy endings, but it’s largely an uplifting film that embraces the virtue of finding someone to love.

Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Stars: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley
Director: Richard Curtis
Rating: R
Runtime: 136 minutes

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Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction (1987)

If there’s an anti-Valentine’s Day movie, it’s Fatal Attraction. Michael Douglas stars as Dan Gallagher, a happily married man and highly successful attorney. Dan has a short-lived affair with a colleague, Alexandra “Alex” Forrest (Glenn Close), but Alex becomes so obsessed and possessive of Dan that she begins terrorizing him and his wife, Beth (Anne Archer). Alex simply “won’t be ignored” by her former lover, and her subsequent actions transformed her into an iconic ‘80s villain.

Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Genre: Thriller
Stars: Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Anne Archer
Director: Adrian Lyne
Rating: R
Runtime: 119 minutes

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Apollo 13

Apollo 13 (1995)

Director Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 is based on the real story of NASA’s ill-fated space mission that narrowly avoided becoming a national tragedy. Tom Hanks stars as Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell, with Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton as pilots Jack Swigert and Fred Haise, respectively. When an accident renders the shuttle nearly useless, Jim desperately tries to keep his crew alive while Gene Kranz (Ed Harris) and the rest of Mission Control search for a way to safely bring them back down to Earth.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris
Director: Ron Howard
Rating: PG
Runtime: 140 minutes

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Serenity

Serenity (2005)

You don’t necessarily have to watch Joss Whedon’s space western series Firefly before catching Serenity. But it certainly helps. The entire cast returns for this stand-alone adventure, which also features Chiwetel Ejiofor as “the Operative” who has been assigned to kill or retrieve River Tam (Summer Glau) from Serenity’s crew. Inside River’s brain is a secret that can shake the Alliance to its core, and the Operative will stop at nothing to prevent that from happening … even if it means killing every friend and ally of the crew.

Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Genre: Sci-fi
Stars: Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Director: Joss Whedon
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 119 minutes

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The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski (1998)

The Coen brothers strike again in The Big Lebowski, a comedy that captures their unique sense of humor. Jeff Bridges stars Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, but he isn’t the only Lebowski in the film. Therein lies the problem. David Huddleston plays “The Big Lebowski,” a millionaire who just happens to share the Dude’s name. When the Big Lebowski’s wife is kidnapped for ransom, the Dude is roped into delivering the payoff. However, there’s more happening than the Dude cares to discover, as he finds himself beset by thugs and surprisingly violent Nihilists who all want their share of the money.

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Rating: R
Runtime: 117 minutes

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Traffic

Traffic (2000)

Who wins in the war on drugs? Very few, according to director Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic. Through three loosely connected stories, Soderbergh explores the lives of users and dealers, as well as the people dedicated to putting them away. In Mexico, police officer Javier Rodriguez (Benicio del Toro) discovers that he has been used by one crime family to target another. In the United States, Judge Robert Wakefield (Michael Douglas) prepares to become the new drug czar while dealing with his daughter’s increasingly destructive addiction. Meanwhile, Helena Ayala (Catherine Zeta-Jones) learns that her imprisoned husband is a drug lord … and she will have to embrace the dark side of his business to secure her family’s future.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas, Luis Guzmán
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Rating: R
Runtime: 147 minutes

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Casino

Casino (1993)

Director Martin Scorsese loves making epic crime dramas, and Casino is one of his best. Scorsese once again turned to his frequent collaborator, Robert De Niro, to lead the film as Sam “Ace” Rothstein. During the ‘70s, Sam is enlisted by the mob to run a casino in Las Vegas. Although successful beyond his wildest dreams, Sam’s life is derailed by his tumultuous marriage to Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone) and his strained relationship with his friend-turned-mob enforcer, Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci). And not even Sam can withstand that pressure forever.

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, Don Rickles
Director: Martin Scorsese
Rating: R
Runtime: 178 minutes

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Cape Fear

Cape Fear (1991)

For the remake of Cape Fear, director Martin Scorsese cast Robert De Niro as Max Cady, a fearsome criminal with a deadly grudge against his former lawyer, Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte). Years before, Sam suppressed evidence that could have kept Max out of prison for a brutal rape that he committed. In his desire for revenge, Max makes Sam’s life a living hell by targeting his wife, Leigh Bowden (Jessica Lange), and their teenage daughter, Danielle (Juliette Lewis). Max’s unexpectedly-high intelligence and his ruthless streak also keep Sam on edge, because nothing can stop this psychopath’s quest for revenge.

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis
Director: Martin Scorsese
Rating: R
Runtime: 178 minutes

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Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Ron Kovic wrote the novel Born on the Fourth of July based on his own life and experiences as a soldier and an anti-war protestor. Tom Cruise portrays Kovic in the film, and it depicts his patriotic desire to be a Marine at an early age. However, Kovic’s brutal experiences in Vietnam leave him physically and emotionally crippled. Upon his return to the United States, Kovic finds new meaning in his life by eventually speaking out against the war. But he faces many personal demons along the way.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedgwick, Raymond J. Barry, Jerry Levine
Director: Oliver Stone
Rating: R
Runtime: 145 minutes

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Monty Python and the Meaning of Life

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life isn’t really a story like Monty Python’s Life of Brian or Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Instead, it’s a loosely connected series of comedy shorts that harkens back to the Pythons’ classic TV series. The unifying theme of the sketches revolves around whether life has any meaning at all, as accompanied by bizarre characters and hilarious musical numbers. This was the final movie with the entire Monty Python crew, and they went out with a bang.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Director: Terry Jones
Rating: R
Runtime: 90 minutes

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They Live

They Live (1988)

Long before the Rock made acting look easy, wrestler Roddy Piper headlined John Carpenter’s sci-fi/horror film They Live. Piper’s John Nada was an unassuming drifter until he came across a pair of sunglasses that let him see that the world has been overrun by aliens. Through subliminal messages, the aliens encourage humanity to consume and obey while secretly working with collaborators to bring mankind to its knees. John and his friend, Frank Armitage (Keith David), may be unlikely saviors, but they’re also Earth’s only chance to wake up from this nightmare.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Genre: Drama, Sci-fi, Horror
Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster
Director: John Carpenter
Rating: R
Runtime: 94 minutes

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In Bruges

In Bruges (2008)

In Bruges is an unusual story about two hitmen: Ray (Colin Farrell) and his mentor, Ken Daley (Brendan Gleeson). After a hit gone wrong, Ray and Ken are forced to hide out in Bruges, a town in Belgium. While Ray struggles with the guilt from his actions, he also develops a relationship with Chloë Villette (Clémence Poésy). However, Ray’s chance to start a new life is threatened by the arrival of his vengeful boss, Harry Waters (Ralph Fiennes), who wants to see both of his employees pay for what they’ve done. This may sound like a crime thriller, but it really is darkly comedic and oddly uplifting at times.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clémence Poésy
Director: Martin McDonagh
Rating: R
Runtime: 107 minutes

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Drag Me To Hell

Drag Me To Hell (2009)

If there’s a moral to Drag Me To Hell, it’s this: If an elderly woman with vaguely supernatural powers begs you to extend her mortgage, say “yes!” In director Sam Raimi’s return to horror, poor Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) valued her promotion at a bank more than the well-being of her customer, Sylvia Ganush (Lorna Raver). For her heartless decision, Christine is cursed by Sylvia, which will doom her to eternal torment in Hell if she doesn’t find a way to escape its reach. Therein lies the problem, as Christine’s attempt to break the curse leads to even bigger sins. How far is she willing to go to save herself and her soul?

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Horror
Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver
Director: Sam Raimi
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 99 minutes

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Lucy

Lucy (2014)

Scarlett Johansson plays the title character in Lucy, as she becomes an unwitting drug mule for a dangerous criminal, Mr. Jang (Choi Min-sik). Lucy’s salvation comes when she is exposed to a drug that unlocks previously dormant powers within her body that allow her to become mentally and physically superior to everyone on the planet. However, Lucy’s new powers come with a high price, and her life is rapidly drawing to a close. That’s why she turns to Professor Samuel Norman (Morgan Freeman) for help as Mr. Jang’s forces close in on her.

Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik
Director: Luc Besson
Rating: R
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Children of Men

Children of Men (2006)

Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men is a masterpiece that has only become more timely in the 14 years since its debut. The movie takes place in a future where a pandemic has rendered almost everyone on Earth incapable of having children. With humanity facing extinction, a cynical man named Theo Faron (Clive Owen) finds himself tasked with protecting Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey), the last woman pregnant on Earth. Theo and Kee’s journey is unrelentingly difficult. But the power of the story and the skill of the filmmakers and actors make this film an unforgettable experience.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Sci-fi, Drama
Stars: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Rating: R
Runtime: 109 minutes

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Robert De Niro in The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Winner of five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter also features two legendary actors in their primes: Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep. The Deer Hunter is one of the most far-reaching, deepest movies about the Vietnam War, moving from the steel mills of Pittsburgh to the mountains of Pennsylvania to Vietnamese jungles, all while exploring the experiences of Russian Americans. It’s an outstanding addition to the gritty New Hollywood era of filmmaking popularized by directors like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Brian De Palma, using film as a lens to psychoanalyze society and history. Despite The Deer Hunter‘s success, however, Michael Cimino never reached quite the same heights as those directors.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep
Director: Michael Cimino
Rating: R
Runtime: 183 minutes

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Eastern Promises (2007)

Eastern Promises is a gangster movie for a new generation. Russian-born Nickolai Luzhin (Viggo Mortensen) is a driver for one of London’s most notorious organized crime families, part of the Vory V Zakone Eastern European criminal brotherhood. When he crosses paths with Anna Khitrova (Naomi Watts), a midwife at a North London hospital, they stumble across a prostitution ring that will test Nickolai’s loyalties. As he is pulled between Anna and what is right and the family that has always supported him, Nickolai’s life hangs in the balance.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Suspense
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel
Director: David Cronenberg
Rating: R
Runtime: 101 minutes

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3:10 To Yuma

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

It’s extremely difficult to improve on a classic Western, but director James Mangold brings a lot of life to the remake of 3:10 to Yuma. Russell Crowe and Christian Bale share the top billing in their respective roles as the outlaw Ben Wade, and an impoverished Civil War veteran named Dan Evans. After Evans has a disastrous encounter with Wade, he is recruited to escort Wade to a prisoner transport train at the specific time in the name of the movie. But there’s treachery afoot, and the two men reach a grudging respect while struggling to survive. It’s a modern classic.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Genre: Western
Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda
Director: James Mangold
Rating: R
Runtime: 122 minutes

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