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The Best Movies on Peacock (January 2021)
Peacock spreads its feathers at the busy streaming platform pond: NBCUniversal has publicly launched its subscription service, the future and foreseeable home for the likes of The Office, Saturday Night Live, and the Fast & Furious franchise, along with a film library pulled from the studio vault dating back to the silent era. Thus we’ve plucked the every Certified Fresh movie on the service. Presenting: The best movies on Peacock!
Every movie on this list is Certified Fresh, meaning the film maintained a high Tomatometer score after crossing a minimum number of critics reviews. As films get added or leave the platform, we’ll update this guide, so check back often. And now, time to take flight (or at least get a robust running start) with Peacock and its best movies!
Update: The Big Lebowski, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Breakfast Club, Chicken Run, Erin Brockovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Good Hair, Kick-Ass, Love, Antosha, The Prince of Egypt, Seabiscuit added.
Adjusted Score: 75.319%
Critics Consensus: With a clever script and charismatic leads, Definitely, Maybe is a refreshing entry into the romantic comedy genre.
Will Hayes is a 30-something Manhattan dad in the midst of a divorce when his 10-year-old daughter, Maya, starts to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.924%
Critics Consensus: Wanted is stylish, energetic popcorn fare with witty performances from Angelina Jolie (playing an expert assassin), James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman that help to distract from its absurdly over-the-top plot.
Wesley's (James McAvoy) life is over - his pathetic old one, anyway... Fortunately, it is all because of a girl.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.298%
Critics Consensus: Fearless is a brilliantly choreographed, beautifully filmed endcap to Li's quarter decade of epic martial arts glory.
Fearless opens in Shanghai, China, circa 1910, when wushu master Huo Yuanjia (martial arts superstar Jet Li) prepares to battle... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.275%
Critics Consensus: A bit alarming at first, Nanny McPhee has a hard edge to counter Mary Poppins-style sweetness, but it still charms us and teaches some valuable lessons.
In this dark and witty fable, Nanny McPhee (a person of an unsettling appearance and magical powers) enters the household... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.226%
Critics Consensus: Rampart sends viewers plummeting into a nihilistic hell of its protagonist's creation, yet Woody Harrelson's performance in the central role is too magnetic to dismiss.
Los Angeles, 1999 - Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop, dedicated to doing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.909%
Critics Consensus: George A. Romero's latest entry in his much-vaunted Dead series is not as fresh as his genre-inventing original, Night of the Living Dead. But Land of the Dead does deliver on the gore and zombies-feasting-on-flesh action.
It has been two decades since master filmmaker GEORGE A. ROMERO's zombies have stalked the screens of motion picture theaters.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.421%
Critics Consensus: Smart and stylish, Cape Fear is a gleefully mainstream shocker from Martin Scorsese, with a terrifying Robert De Niro peformance.
A remake of the 1962 version, this nail-biting and brutal thriller tells the story of a vengeful ex-con who sets... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.634%
Critics Consensus: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is a lively, powerful coming-of-age tale with winning performances and sharp direction from first-timer Dito Montiel.
This is the story of a pivotal summer on the hot, sweaty, violent streets of Astoria, Queens--a summer that changed... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.195%
Critics Consensus: Emma Thompson's second labor of love with the Nanny McPhee character actually improves on the first, delivering charming family fare with an excellent cast.
A struggling mother receives some much-needed assistance tending to the family farm and raising a group of spirited children while... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.527%
Critics Consensus: While Fast Times at Ridgemont High features Sean Penn's legendary performance, the film endures because it accurately captured the small details of school, work, and teenage life.
Based on 22-year-old Cameron Crowe's undercover exposé on life in a Southern California public high school, this groundbreaking effort presents... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.05%
Critics Consensus: A potboiler in the finest sense, Fatal Attraction is a sultry, juicy thriller that's hard to look away from once it gets going.
"Fatal attraction" has become a household term for love turned to murderous obsession, thanks to the success of Adrian Lyne's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.365%
Critics Consensus: People Places Things finds writer-director Jim Strouse in peak form -- and makes the most of talented stars who help breathe fresh life into familiar narrative territory.
Will Henry is a graphic novelist and a professor in NYC. At his adorable twin girls' fifth birthday party, Will's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.219%
Critics Consensus: Maggie Gyllenhaal impresses in this romantic comedy with a kinky twist.
Sadomasochism provides the backdrop for a very unusual employer/employee relationship in this very offbeat romantic drama from filmmaker Steven Shainberg.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.222%
Critics Consensus: Not for the faint of heart, Kick-Ass takes the comic adaptation genre to new levels of visual style, bloody violence, and gleeful profanity.
Adapted from Mark Millar's hyper-violent comic book of the same name, director Matthew Vaughn's (Layer Cake) vigilante superhero film tells... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.9%
Critics Consensus: Sinking in with as much baleful bite as its namesake, Hyena offers a dark, stylish, and impressively gritty addition to the British crime genre.
Michael (Peter Ferdinando) is a ruthless undercover coptargeting London's most violent drug traffickers. He and his team aren't above taking... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.926%
Critics Consensus: A life-affirming, if saccharine, epic treatment of a spirit-lifting figure in sports history.
For his sophomore effort, director Gary Ross re-teams with Tobey Maguire and William H. Macy, stars of his directorial debut... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.665%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious to a fault, The Place Beyond the Pines finds writer/director Derek Cianfrance reaching for -- and often grasping -- thorny themes of family, fatherhood, and fate.
The highly anticipated new drama from director Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine") powerfully explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke's (Academy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.674%
Critics Consensus: With Burn After Reading, the Coen Brothers have crafted another clever comedy/thriller with an outlandish plot and memorable characters.
At the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Arlington, Va., analyst Osborne Cox arrives for a top-secret meeting. Unfortunately... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.365%
Critics Consensus: Director David Schwimmer gets some gut-wrenching performances out of his actors but he still lacks the chops to fully ratchet up story tension.
When Annie, a 14-year-old girl, is seduced by a 41-year-old internet predator she knows only as "Charlie," it tears apart... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.927%
Critics Consensus: Z for Zachariah wrings compelling drama out of its simplistic premise -- albeit at a pace that may test the patience of less contemplative viewers.
In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.904%
Critics Consensus: You're Next's energetic and effective mix of brutal gore and pitch black humor will please horror buffs and beyond.
One of the smartest and most terrifying films in years, YOU'RE NEXT reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.994%
Critics Consensus: Impressive ambition and bravura performances from an outstanding cast help Casino pay off in spite of a familiar narrative that may strike some viewers as a safe bet for director Martin Scorsese.
The inner-workings of a corrupt Las Vegas casino are exposed in Martin Scorsese's story of crime and punishment. The film... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.715%
Critics Consensus: The Prince of Egypt's stunning visuals and first-rate voice cast more than compensate for the fact that it's better crafted than it is emotionally involving.
"My son, I have nothing I can give, but this chance that you may live." With these words, Yocheved, a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.288%
Critics Consensus: American Gangster is a gritty and entertaining throwback to classic gangster films, with its lead performers firing on all cylinders.
Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas, the quiet driver to one of the inner city's leading black crime bosses. But... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.852%
Critics Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is uncompromising, Listen Up Philip finds writer-director Alex Ross Perry taking a creative step forward while hearkening back to classic neurotic comedies of '70s cinema.
A complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy, Listen Up Philip is a literary look at the triumph of reality over... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.217%
Critics Consensus: Snappy dialogue and goofy characters make this Wild Wild West soap opera in space fun and adventurous.
A band of renegades on the run in outer space get in more hot water than they anticipated in this... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.526%
Critics Consensus: A well-made sequel that delivers the thrills.
The second chapter in the "Bourne Trilogy," based on Robert Ludlum's best-selling espionage novels, reaches the screen in this sequel... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.452%
Critics Consensus: A coolly constructed mystery revolving around a character who's inscrutable to a fault, Marnie finds Hitchcock luring audiences deeper into the dark.
One year after she appeared as Melanie Daniels in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, The Birds, actress Tippi Hedren took on another... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.669%
Critics Consensus: Dead Ringers serves up a double dose of Jeremy Irons in service of a devilishly unsettling concept and commandingly creepy work from director David Cronenberg.
Based extremely loosely on a true story, Dead Ringers stars Jeremy Irons and Jeremy Irons. You read right--Irons essays the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89%
Critics Consensus: Typically stunning visuals and sharp dialogue from the Coen Brothers, brought to life with strong performances from Goodman and Bridges.
The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) pivots around... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.201%
Critics Consensus: The Motorcycle Diaries is heartfelt and profound in its rendering of the formative experiences that turn Ernesto "Che" Guerva into a famous revolutionary.
In 1952, two young Argentines, Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado, set out on a road trip to discover the real... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.457%
Critics Consensus: Expertly blending genre formula with bursts of unexpected wit, The Bourne Identity is an action thriller that delivers -- and then some.
The best-selling suspense novel by late author Robert Ludlum comes to the screen for a second time, following a 1988... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.899%
Critics Consensus: With ample laughs and sharp performances, Forgetting Sarah Marshall finds just the right mix of romantic and raunchy comedy.
Watch the Unrated version that you couldn't see in theaters! It's the hysterically funny look at how far one man... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.156%
Critics Consensus: Its meditative pace and low-key approach may prove too ponderous for some, but Hide Your Smiling Faces will cast a potent spell on viewers patient enough to let it unfold.
After a neighborhood tragedy, two young brothers -- nine-year-old Tommy (Ryan Jones) and 14-year-old Eric (Nathan Varnson) -- confront changing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.125%
Critics Consensus: Every bit as good-natured as longtime fans might hope, I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story offers heartwarming behind-the-scenes perspective on a cultural icon.
For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.152%
Critics Consensus: Taking full advantage of Julia Roberts's considerable talent and appeal, Erin Brockovich overcomes a few character and plot issues to deliver a smart, thoughtful, and funny legal drama.
Julia Roberts stars in this legal drama based on the true story of a woman who helped win the largest... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.539%
Critics Consensus: Featuring witty dialogue and deft performances, In Bruges is an effective mix of dark comedy and crime thriller elements.
Bruges (pronounced "broozh"), the most well-preserved medieval city in the whole of Belgium, is a welcoming destination for travelers from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.995%
Critics Consensus: A taut, well-acted political thriller, State of Play overcomes some unsubtle plot twists with an intelligent script and swift direction.
Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party--an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.374%
Critics Consensus: Led by an unforgettable performance from Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July finds director Oliver Stone tackling thought-provoking subject matter with ambitious élan.
The second of three films by co-writer/director Oliver Stone to explore the effects of the Vietnam War (Platoon and Heaven... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.119%
Critics Consensus: The unsettling Imperium boasts troublingly timely themes and a talented cast led by Daniel Radcliffe as an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a ring of white supremacists.
Nate Foster (Daniel Radcliffe), a young, idealistic FBI agent, goes undercover to take down a radical right-wing terrorist group. The... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.6%
Critics Consensus: Dave Made a Maze offers decent storytelling but plunges deep into bold stylistic waters, establishing director Bill Watterson as a fresh and inventive filmmaker.
Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.591%
Critics Consensus: A politically subversive blend of horror and sci fi, They Live is an underrated genre film from John Carpenter.
A homeless drifter discovers a reason for the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor: a conspiracy by non-human... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.242%
Critics Consensus: Featuring Patton Oswalt's sympathetic portrayal, Big Fan humorously and effectively captures the dark and lonely world of a sports fanatic.
Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described "world's biggest New York Giants fan." He... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.637%
Critics Consensus: Befitting its unorthodox origins, this Bad Lieutenant benefits from Werner Herzog's typically fearless direction and a delightfully unhinged Nicolas Cage in the title role.
Abel Ferrara's cult crime drama Bad Lieutenant is given a sister film with this Werner Herzog-helmed production that takes its... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.986%
Critics Consensus: Sure, it's another adaptation of cinema's fave Jane Austen novel, but key performances and a modern filmmaking sensibility make this familiar period piece fresh and enjoyable.
Jane Austen's perennially popular story of the game of love among the British upper classes returns to the screen in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.127%
Critics Consensus: Spike Lee's energetic and clever bank-heist thriller is a smart genre film that is not only rewarding on its own terms, but manages to subvert its pulpy trappings with wit and skill.
The volatile showdown between a determined cop and a perfectionist bank robber is sent spiraling toward disaster when a scheming... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.28%
Critics Consensus: Meet the Patels works on multiple levels, offering an affably entertaining documentary about one man looking for love while posing thoughtful questions about cultural assimilation and modern romance.
A laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.833%
Critics Consensus: It's undeniably difficult to watch at times, but What Maisie Knew ultimately rises on the strength of its solidly sourced script, powerful performances, and empathetic direction.
A contemporary reimagining of Henry James' novel, WHAT MAISIE KNEW tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.443%
Critics Consensus: Wringing a seemingly impossible amount of gripping drama out of its claustrophobic premise, Buried is a nerve-wracking showcase for Ryan Reynolds' talent.
A man is caught in a desperate race against time in this claustrophobic thriller from director Rodrigo Cortés. Paul Conroy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.164%
Critics Consensus: Smart, tightly wound, and solidly acted, Margin Call turns the convoluted financial meltdown of '08 into gripping, thought-provoking drama.
Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is an entangling thriller involving the key players at... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.979%
Critics Consensus: Richard Linklater's Bernie is a gently told and unexpectedly amusing true-crime comedy that benefits from an impressive performance by Jack Black.
In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.683%
Critics Consensus: The Breakfast Club is a warm, insightful, and very funny look into the inner lives of teenagers.
John Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential 1980s high school drama featuring the hottest young stars of the decade. Trapped... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.878%
Critics Consensus: It might soar on Al Pacino's performance more than the drama itself, but what a performance it is -- big, bold, occasionally over-the-top, and finally giving the Academy pause to award the star his first Oscar.
Driven by an extravagant, tour-de-force performance by Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman is the story of Frank Slade (Pacino),... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.713%
Critics Consensus: David Cronenberg triumphs again, showcasing the Viggo Mortensen's onscreen prowess in a daring performance. Bearing the trademarks of psychological drama and gritty violence, Eastern Promises is a very compelling crime story.
Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London's most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.557%
Critics Consensus: This remake of a classic Western improves on the original, thanks to fiery performances from Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as well as sharp direction from James Mangold.
Russell Crowe plays a desperado whose accomplices stage an ambush after he is taken into custody by a determined local... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.67%
Critics Consensus: Knocked Up is a hilarious, poignant and refreshing look at the rigors of courtship and child-rearing, with a sometimes raunchy, yet savvy script that is ably acted and directed.
When a one-night stand that should have stayed that way has unexpected consequences, the reluctant odd couple attempts to transform... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.312%
Critics Consensus: Traditional in form yet effective in execution, this taut thriller updates the "danger on a train" scenario with atmospheric sense.
Set on the legendary express train as it travels from China to Moscow, follows an American couple who board the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.315%
Critics Consensus: Its greatness is blunted by its length and one-sided point of view, but the film's weaknesses are overpowered by Michael Cimino's sympathetic direction and a series of heartbreaking performances from Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken.
The Deer Hunter moves from the steel mills outside of Pittsburgh to the mountains of Pennsylvania to the jungles of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.91%
Critics Consensus: Sam Raimi returns to top form with Drag Me to Hell, a frightening, hilarious, delightfully campy thrill ride.
Evil Dead director Sam Raimi takes the helm for this "spook-a-blast" shocker about an ambitious L.A. loan officer who incurs... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.322%
Critics Consensus: The Bourne Ultimatum is an intelligent, finely tuned non-stop thrill ride. Another strong performance from Matt Damon and sharp camerawork from Paul Greengrass make this the finest installment of the Bourne trilogy.
Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) races to solve the mystery of his past while being hunted by members of the very... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.775%
Critics Consensus: Soderbergh successfully pulls off the highly ambitious Traffic, a movie with three different stories and a very large cast. The issues of ethics are gray rather than black-and-white, with no clear-cut good guys. Terrific acting all around.
A patchwork of stories that evokes the high-stakes, high-risk world of the drug trade, as seen through a series of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.281%
Critics Consensus: Propelled by Charlie Kaufman's smart, imaginative script and Michel Gondry's equally daring directorial touch, Eternal Sunshine is a twisty yet heartfelt look at relationships and heartache.
The second feature from director Michel Gondry (Human Nature) finds the filmmaker reteaming with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for this off-the-wall... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103.016%
Critics Consensus: Frost/Nixon is weighty and eloquent; a cross between a boxing match and a ballet with Oscar worthy performances.
Hollywood heavyweight Ron Howard adapts playwright Peter Morgan's West End hit for the silver screen with this feature focusing on... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.058%
Critics Consensus: Funny, informative, and occasionally sad, Good Hair is a provocative look at the complex relationship between African Americans and their hair.
"Good Hair" is an insightful and entertaining, yet remarkably serious, documentary about African-American hair culture. An exposé of comic proportions... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.82%
Critics Consensus: Using raw materials left behind by its subject, Love, Antosha takes a thoughtful -- and powerful -- look at a life and career cut short.
From a prolific career in film and television, Anton Yelchin left an indelible legacy as an actor. Through his journals... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108.558%
Critics Consensus: Schindler's List blends the abject horror of the Holocaust with Steven Spielberg's signature tender humanism to create the director's dramatic masterpiece.
Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.65%
Critics Consensus: A suspenseful, gripping documentary that features an engaging cross section of American children.
Eight kids of wildly disparate ethnic, class, and regional backgrounds are followed from their individual hometowns to Washington D.C. for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103.15%
Critics Consensus: Chicken Run has all the charm of Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit, and something for everybody. The voice acting is fabulous, the slapstick is brilliant, and the action sequences are spectacular.
A comedy drama set on a Yorkshire chicken farm in 1950s England, the story follows the turbulent romance between Rocky... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110.87%
Critics Consensus: Playing as both an exciting sci-fi adventure and a remarkable portrait of childhood, Steven Spielberg's touching tale of a homesick alien remains a piece of movie magic for young and old.
Both a classic movie for kids and a remarkable portrait of childhood, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure that captures that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.442%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining and gripping documentary that shows being confined to a wheelchair doesn't mean the fun has to end.
Like any other great sports story, 'Murderball' features fierce rivalry, stopwatch suspense, dazzling athletic prowess, larger-than-life personalities and triumph over... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104.508%
Critics Consensus: Short Term 12 is an emphatic, revealing drama that pulls audiences into the perspective of neglected youths.
I Am Not a Hipster director Destin Daniel Cretton expands his 2008 short of the same name into a feature... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103.06%
Critics Consensus: Smart, hard-hitting, and queasily realistic, Starred Up is an instant classic of U.K. prison cinema.
19-year-old Eric (Jack O'Connell, star of the upcoming UNBROKEN), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison... [More]