The best movies on Peacock right now

In the old days of 2007, Hulu used to let viewers watch films and TV shows for free. But now that NBCUniversal has its own streaming service, Peacock is the only one that now truly carries on that tradition. The vast majority of Peacock’s library is free to stream. However, there are a few titles that are only available to paying subscribers of Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus, which cuts out the ads.

Regardless of which option you choose, it’s an excellent deal, and it lets you have access to several fan-favorite films from Universal Pictures’ past and present. There is a lot of change over among Peacock’s films, but our streaming guide to the best of the best is up to date.

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.

Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element on Peacock

The Fifth Element (1997)

“Leeloo Dallas Multi-pass!”

Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic The Fifth Element may have been a few years ahead of its time. But its imaginative blend of sci-fi, action, and comedy has made it a cult classic. In the far future, former special-forces-operative-turned-cabbie Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) encounters Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), an enigmatic woman created from the elusive fifth element. Although Leeloo’s limited command of the English language creates some barriers and some very meme-worthy lines, as seen above, she and Korben form a bond as they take on an unimaginable evil. They also have to face Gary Oldman’s wonderfully hammy bad guy, Zorg. It’s a blast from start to finish, and no film since has ever been able to match its unique tone.

Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Genre: Sci-fi, Comedy, Action
Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman
Director: Luc Besson
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 126 minutes

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Mystery Men (1997)

Mystery Men narrowly missed the heyday of modern superhero films by just a few years, even though it too was inspired by a comic book. This loose adaptation of Bob Burden’s Flaming Carrot Comics features some of the worst superheroes, including Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), The Bowler (Janeane Garofalo), The Shoveler (William H. Macy), and the always flatulent adventurer known as Spleen (Paul Reubens). When the evil genius Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) defeats Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear), it’s up to this gang of losers to save the city. They fail far more often than they succeed, but Mystery Men never loses its comedic charms.

Rotten Tomatoes: 61%
Genre: Superhero, Comedy, Action
Stars: Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, William H. Macy
Director: Kinka Usher
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 120 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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Gosford Park

Gosford Park (2001)

Gosford Park was one of Robert Altman’s final films, and it also ranks among his best. The movie takes place in late 1932 at the estate of Sir William McCordle (Michael Gambon) and his wife, Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas), which is used to host a prestigious event. However, when Sir William is murdered by one of his guests, the ensuing whodunnit envelops both the upper-class guests at Gosford Park, as well as the servants, who have more than enough intrigue of their own. It’s a great mystery movie, with all of its Altman flair.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Genre: Mystery, Comedy
Stars: Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates
Director: Robert Altman
Rating: R
Runtime: 109 minutes

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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

The film that put Quentin Tarantino on the map is also arguably his best film. Reservoir Dogs examines what happens before and after a botched jewelry store robbery, but not during. It’s obvious that something has gone wrong and that the crew has a rat among them. While one of their numbers bleeds out at the rendezvous point after the robbery and everyone else scrambles to shake the cops, Reservoir Dogs jumps between before and after events, painting a slow, deliberate picture of just what the heck happened here. The film is also rife with classic Tarantino riffs, like a discussion on the importance of tipping, how to act like a criminal, and what to do when you enter a men’s room full of cops carrying a briefcase of contraband.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Drama, Suspense
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Rating: R
Runtime: 98 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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Vertigo (1958)

Widely dismissed upon release, Vertigo is now considered one of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest films, while the director himself considered it one of his most personal ones. The adaptation of French novel D’entre les morts weaves an intricate web of obsession and deceit. Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) discovers he has vertigo when a police officer is killed trying to rescue him from falling off a building. Scarred by the experience, Scottie retires from his position as a private investigator, only to be lured back to another case by an old friend, Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore). Reluctantly, Scottie agrees to follow Elster’s wife Madeleine (Kim Novak), who has been possessed by a spirit. But after saving her from suicide, Scottie develops feelings for Madeleine, while the film begins to undress itself, twisting and turning to challenge the audience’s preconceptions about the characters and events that have already occurred. Vertigo is an eerie, complicated movie that feels well before its time.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Suspense
Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Rating: PG
Runtime: 120 minutes

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Christian Bale in American Psycho

American Psycho (2000)

Christian Bale leads a star-studded cast in this adaptation of the controversial novel about the dark side of yuppie culture in the 1980s. Patrick Bateman (Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status, style, and power. On the surface, he seems to have it all: Good looks, money, charm, and a stunning fiancée (Reese Witherspoon). However, he’s also a murderous sociopath who rapes and kills both strangers and acquaintances at will. American Psycho is terrifying and gruesome, yet maintains a strange sense of humor, borne out through Bateman’s obsessive personality and delusions of grandeur.

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Suspense
Stars: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto
Director: Mary Harron
Rating: R
Runtime: 97 minutes

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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom follows two 12-year-olds as they fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away into the wilderness together. As authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing, pushing the peaceful community to the absolute limits of its sanity. The authorities are led by a star-studded group of adults including Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton, all acting in Wes Anderson’s traditionally quippy style.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand
Director: Wes Anderson
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 94 minutes

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Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

Sissy Spacek won a Best Actor Oscar for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn, one of the first female superstars in country music and most defining voices in the genre. With a hard-country voice and bold lyrics about wives who wouldn’t be pushed around by their husbands, Lynn introduced a feminist mindset to Nashville after the women’s liberation movement. Coal Miner’s Daughter tells Lynn’s story growing up as one of eight children in a coal-mining family in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, getting married at just 13 years old, and becoming a mother of four by age 20. Against all those odds, her and her husband Mooney (Tommy Lee Jones) stuck their noses to the grindstone and propelled Lynn to superstardom.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Genre: Drama, Musical
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Beverly D’Angelo
Director: Michael Apted
Rating: PG
Runtime: 125 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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Lost in Translation (2003)

Is Lost in Translation a love story? Somewhat, but it’s not a traditional romance between Bill Murray’s Bob Harris and Scarlett Johansson’s Charlotte. Instead, they’re both lost souls married to other people who just happen to become friends while staying at a hotel in Tokyo. Bob and Charlotte eventually become emotionally reliant on each other, while maintaining a fairly platonic connection. Even Bob and Charlotte would be hard-pressed to explain what they came to mean to each other. Director and writer Sofia Coppola also elevated the film’s mystique by keeping the final exchange between Bob and Charlotte hidden from the audience. We’re still debating about what they said to this day.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Sofia Coppola
Rating: R
Runtime: 102 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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