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The best movies you can stream on Peacock
New streaming service Peacock comes with an impressive collection of movies. Here are some of the best.
With competition on the streaming market at an all-time high, new service Peacock stands out from the crowd thanks to its ad-supported free tier. That’s right, all you need to do to start streaming is to sign up with an email address. You’ll immediately gain access to a limited portion of the library, which includes both TV shows and movies.
If that’s not enough, you can always upgrade to a Premium plan. The basic Premium plan costs $4.99 and lets you access the entire library with ads, while Premium Plus removes ads completely for $9.99/month and has a 7-day free trial.
But once you sign up, which movie should you watch first? We have your back. We’ve gathered some of the best movies on Peacock below, so you don’t have to waste precious minutes browsing through the library. Some of these are available on the free tier, while others require an upgrade to Premium. You can see our guide for the full list of films on Peacock.
With one week free though, you have enough time to indulge in some critically acclaimed content.
Cast: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn
Directed by Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs revolves around six criminals hired to steal diamonds, who don’t know each other’s true identity. When the police ambushes them, they begin to suspect that one of them is an undercover officer.
In typical Tarantino fashion, madness ensues, leading a violent and bloody spectacle you won’t be able to look away from.
The Bourne Ultimatum
Cast: Matt Damon, Edgar Ramírez, Joan Allen
A glorious thrill ride from start to finish, The Bourne Ultimatum centers on Jason Bourne, a former CIA assassin who suffers from amnesia. He sets out to track down a CIA official while trying to retain memories of a forgotten past.
If edge-of-your-seat stuff is your bread and butter, you can’t do wrong with this one.
Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
Psycho is a horror classic for a reason. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the movie follows a secretary who steals a huge chunk of money from her employer’s client. She goes on the run and ends up at a remote motel run by a disturbed young man. The rest, as they say, is history.
Chilling and artfully filmed, Psycho will stay with you for long after the end credits roll.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Cast: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham
A man persuades his three pals to pool money for a vital poker game against a powerful local mobster. When he loses, he ends up owing the mobster a lot of money, which he has to pay within a week. A series of unexpected twists follows.
Polished and clever, the movie is an entertaining mix of humor and gore — just what you’d expect from Guy Ritchie’s directorial debut.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Mila Kunis
Devastated after his popular girlfriend breaks up with him, a struggling musician takes a vacation to Hawaii to get back on his feet. Too bad his ex has the exact same idea; and she even brings her new boyfriend along.
With a tremendous cast and a sharp script, Forgetting Sarah Marshall perfectly balances raunchiness and sweetness. The result? Quite the crowd-pleaser.
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Cast: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren
The wife of a dangerous mobster finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband’s restaurant. Too bad the husband finds out and immediately starts plotting for his revenge.
Equal parts funny and horrific, this crime drama shocked audiences upon release. Make sure you have a strong stomach before hitting the play button.
Cast: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies
Secretary follows a young woman who was recently released from a mental hospital. She gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, but their employer-employee relationship quickly turns into a sadomasochistic one.
Stream it when you’re in the mood for a rom-com with a kinky twist. Maggie Gyllenhaal is absolutely spectacular.
Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
Another suspense masterpiece directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Rear Window centers on a professional photographer stuck in his apartment, recuperating from a broken leg. He begins to spy on his neighbors out of boredom and starts to suspect that one of them has committed a crime.
That’s where the tension comes from. Did the neighbor actually commit the crime or is there another explanation? Tune in to find out.
Cast: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston
Tully revolves around a mother of two who is pregnant with her third child. When the baby is born, the woman’s brother hires a nighttime nanny to help his sister handle the workload. The two quickly form a close bond.
Anchored by a nuanced performance from Charlize Theron, this powerful movie has plenty to say about motherhood and mental health. Even better, it does so with style to spare.
The Blair Witch Project
Cast: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffin
Three students go into the Maryland backwoods to cover the mystery behind the Blair Witch incidents. When they lose their map, things take an unexpected turn.
Not recommended for the faint of heart, The Blair Witch Project revived the found-footage genre and quickly became a horror hit. As long as you’re into spooky shenanigans, the movie doesn’t disappoint.
Cast: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Julie Vollono
A ravishing historical drama, Phantom Thread follows Reynolds Woodcock, a celebrated dress designer. His meticulous lifestyle undergoes a drastic change when he falls for a waitress who later becomes his muse and lover.
Buckle up for delicious romantic intrigue, terrific performances and lavish costumes.
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving
If you haven’t watched this striking sci-fi flick by now, what are you waiting for? The Matrix stars Keanu Reeves as a computer hacker who learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Well-crafted and smart, the movie has become an integral part of pop culture. Now’s the perfect time to see if it lives up to hype.
Cast: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, this stunning movie centers on a severely ill mathematician, an ex-convict and a grief-stricken mother who find their lives intertwined through a fatal automobile accident.
21 Grams is ambitious, complex and wonderfully acted. It’s not the kind of movie you can watch while scrolling on your phone, but it’s well worth your undivided attention.
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn
Based on Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel of the same name, Atonement tells the story of 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis, who irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit.
The adaptation does the source material justice, managing to be just as emotional and heartbreaking as the book.
Cast: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Chloë Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon
Meet Patrick Bateman, a wealthy investment banker who manages to hide his psychopathic ego from his friends. But when his illogical fantasies escalate, he submits to an uncontrollable bloodlust.
A gory black comedy, American Psycho is haunting and highly entertaining. If you’re ready to get uncomfortably familiar with the obsessive thoughts of a serial killer, that is.
Do the Right Thing
Cast: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Spike Lee, Giancarlo Esposito
On the hottest day of the year on a street in Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
That’s the premise behind this iconic Spike Lee film, one that remains just as relevant all these years later. Heartbreaking and witty, it will give you plenty to think about.
Children of Men
Cast: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Children of Men is set in 2027, in a chaotic world in which infertility left society on the verge of extinction. When one woman miraculously gets pregnant, it’s up to a bureaucrat to transport her to safety.
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the movie works both as an exciting chase thriller and moving drama. Not to mention the fact that it’s mesmerizing to look at.
Charlie Wilson’s War
Cast: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman
As the title suggests, the movie follows Charlie Wilson, a congressman, who lets go of his cavalier lifestyle to support the Afghan troops against Soviet invaders. All with the help of Joanne Herring, one of the wealthiest women in Texas.
Based on true events, Charlie Wilson’s War informs and entertains in equal measure. Stream it when you’re longing for some top-notch political satire.
Cast: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles
It’s a classic tale — an obsessed scientist creates a living being from body parts, only to eventually realize that this might not have been such a wise move after all.
Frankenstein might have come out in the 1930s, but it’s just as unnerving and stylish today. Plus, it’s considered to be one of the most influential genre movies ever made. That should be reason enough to tune in.
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
An entrepreneur opens a wildlife park that houses cloned dinosaurs. However, a breakdown of the island’s security system causes the creatures to escape, leading to all sorts of chaos.
Gripping and highly entertaining, the movie features amazing special effects and still holds up as a tremendous monster movie. You’ll be glued to the screen.
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