Skip to main content

3 underrated Peacock movies that are perfect to watch for the winter

Peacock is one of the more unheralded streaming services in the modern landscape, but that’s not necessarily because the platform lacks good stuff to watch. Between its lineup of old shows and movies and the new content that hits the service pretty regularly, there’s plenty of stuff to check out on Peacock, even if it doesn’t have the same massive subscriber base as Netflix.

If you’ve gone through all of the most obvious titles on the platform, though, you might find yourself looking for something a little more underrated. If that’s the case, we’ve lined up three great underrated titles on Peacock that are worth checking out.

Half Nelson (2006)


Ryan Gosling’s ability to shift from broad comedy to subtle drama has made him one of the most versatile leading men of the past two decades, and Half Nelson features some of his finest work. Here, Gosling plays a middle school history teacher who is well-liked by his students but spends his free time feeding a heroin addiction.

When one of his students catches him, the two form an unlikely bond as he attempts to act as something of a mentor to her. The movie is a pretty quiet, understated character study, but Gosling is thoroughly compelling from start to finish and earned his first Oscar nomination for the role. Fans of his work in Barbie may be surprised by this movie, but it’s too good not to check out.

99 Homes (2014)

Andrew Garfield stands behind Michael Shannon in front of a house in 99 Homes.
Broad Green Pictures

Few movies have captured what it’s like to live on the edge of economic disaster better than 99 Homes. Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) plays a desperate construction worker who takes a job working for the ruthless real estate broker who evicted his family from their home.

The movie is about what it means to let yourself be corrupted and about the ways in which you can find yourself becoming the person you swore you hated. 99 Homes is a fairly blunt instrument, but it’s effective precisely because it’s not hard to understand. Exploitation is just part of the game, and you can either get taken advantage of or be the one taking advantage.

Big Fan (2009)

Big Fan Movie Trailer

A darkly funny story about fandom run amuck, Big Fan tells the story of a massive sports fan who finds himself totally dispirited when he meets his idols and realizes they aren’t who he thought they were. Patton Oswalt (I Love My Dad) stars and delivers one of the finest performances of his career.

What makes Big Fan work, though, is how it taps into how regular people can become totally invested in things they have no control over. Every fan can understand what it’s like to believe in something and be crushed by the eventual realization that the things you love don’t always love you back.

Editors' Recommendations

Joe Allen
Joe Allen is a freelance writer based in upstate New York focused on movies and TV.
The best shows on Peacock right now
The four Delaney kids speak to a detective in a scene from Apples Never Fall on Peacock.

If you have been following the releases on Peacock, you know that the NBC-owned streaming service has delivered pretty compelling new original series. These include Poker Face, Ted, Based on a True Story, and, Dr. Death, just to name a few. You can also stream popular older series on Peacock like Monk, House, and Superstore. It's worth investing in a subscription to Peacock to enjoy all that the streaming service has to offer.

Once you're subscribed, it's time to ask the hard question: What should you watch? We have put together this list of the best shows on Peacock right now. There are options in all genres including drama, comedy, thrillers, docuseries, and more. The list is updated monthly so we always keep you apprised of what's new and worth checking out.

Read more
5 underrated sci-fi movies that are perfect to watch for the winter
Jake Gyllenhaal in The Day After Tomorrow.

Spring is thankfully just a few weeks away. But before winter wraps up, we may have some lingering cold weather to deal with. Now, would you rather be out in the cold or nice and snug at home where it's warm and comfortable? Assuming you'd prefer the latter, we've put together a list of five underrated sci-fi movies that are perfect to watch for the winter.

Not all of our choices for this list can be described as great movies, but even some of the stinkers have been known for being fun to watch with friends and family. And since these are underrated sci-fi movies, it's better to watch them without knowing too much ahead of time, especially if you enjoy surprises.
Altered States (1980)

Read more
The 10 most popular movies on Netflix right now
A man and woman stand next to each other and look.

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services in the world, with nearly 250 million subscribers. And just what do those people tend to watch? In particular, what is the most popular movie on Netflix? Each week, the streaming service releases a list of its 10 most-watched movies over the past seven days to keep subscribers in the loop regarding its most popular titles.

There's a new film at the top, and it stems from Tyler Perry. Mea Culpa, a legal thriller starring Kelly Rowland and Trevante Rhodes, is the No. 1 film in the United States. Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken is right behind Mea Culpa in second, with The Abyss in third. Below, we've listed the top 10 movies in the U.S. from February 19 to February 25, along with general information about each film, such as genre, rating, cast, and synopsis.

Read more