It’s not a coincidence that many major Hollywood studios now have their own streaming services. This is the way of the future. But one of the major advantages that Peacock has is a film library that goes back several decades. The Universal Pictures catalog has one of the greatest lineups of movies ever assembled. There’s something here for classic film lovers as well as modern fans.

However, there is a downside to this. Peacock’s available titles are constantly changing on a month-to-month basis. Sometimes, even films from outside studios are added to the mix. But to get full enjoyment out of your Peacock account, you have to constantly check to see what’s playing. Don’t worry, we’ve already done the work for you. Now, kick off the new year in style with the best movies available on Peacock right now.

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.

Jumanji

Jumanji (1995)

Jumanji was not loved by critics upon its initial release, but moviegoers felt differently. Within the film, young Alan Parrish (Adam Hann-Byrd) was accidentally trapped in the mystical board game of Jumanji for decades. In the present, the orphaned Shepherd siblings, Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce), encounter Alan (Robin Williams) when they unleash the game again. To undo Jumanji’s dangerous effects, Alan and the Shepherd kids have to find Sarah (Bonnie Hunt) so she can finish the game that she and Alan started when they were children.

Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt
Director: Joe Johnston
Rating: PG
Runtime: 104 minutes

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Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park (1993)

Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel Jurassic Park brought dinosaurs back to the big screen with a breathtaking mixture of CGI and conventional special effects. The dinos may be the real stars, but the rest of the cast was also impressive. Sam Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant led the way alongside Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler, and Jeff Goldblum played Dr. Ian Malcolm. The three scientists were summoned by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), a wealthy man who financed the dinosaurs’ escape from extinction. However, “life finds a way,” and Hammond’s dreams of a theme park are shattered when the dinosaurs go on a rampage.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
Director: Steven Spielberg
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 128 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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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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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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