Now is a great time to put productivity aside and wind down with a great movie, and so we’re updating our previous list of favorite movies to watch on the Peacock app.
In case you need a quick reminder, Peacock is the NBC Universal streaming app that’s setting itself apart by offering a free tier (with commercials) while also being the only place you can easily watch renowned shows like Parks & Rec and The Office. But they also have a number of very popular movies.
Continue reading to browse 12 more of our favorite movies on Peacock.
Angelina Jolie’s Changeling is one of those movies you may have wanted to see but never found the time – well, now’s the time! The powerful drama follows the story of a woman whose son was infamously kidnapped and then returned… except she is certain that the returned boy is not hers, and will fight the system to prove it. It’s a captivating film that’s perfect for a leisurely afternoon when you just feel like getting into a movie.
Yes, the popular TV show Psych has been concluded for a while now, but the comedy/mystery/everything else show did get one last send-off in the form of a final movie. The duo returns to Santa Barbara to help solve one last crime, tie up loose ends, and of course find plenty of humor along the way. If you, like so many others, have felt the loss of Psych in your life, this is a great way to sit back, enjoy, and get some closure.
If you’ve never seen Eternal Sunshine, it’s not easy to describe – but it’s definitely worth the watch. Funny, sad, heartwarming, and even a bit of a thinker, the movie is all about the power of love and the ability to erase memories, with all of the consequences that entail. Great performances and imaginative directing cement it as a classic that can be suitable for many different occasions.
You can actually watch all the Bourne movies on Peacock right now, but if you’re settling in for a binge-watch of your favorite action movies, why not start with the first? All of the spy/counterspy thrills and hectic action of the Matt Damon movie series are fully intact from the very beginning, and everyone gets a refresher on a story that – let’s face it – doesn’t make much sense unless you follow it from the start.
If a low-stakes comedy definitely feels right for your movie list, the casual comedy of You, Me and Dupree can scratch your itch – especially if you’ve been feeling a hole where Owen Wilson comedies used to exist. The movie follows a newlywed couple that mistakenly invites a down-on-his-luck friend to come live with them for a while. Hijinks ensue as only Wilson can deliver them, plus some warm fuzzies and good laughs.
Peacock’s current line-up of classic movies is a bit limited right now, but there are some jewels, including this famous detective movie starring Peter Falk. Even if you’re a fan of Columbo and his deceptively affable crime-solving, you may still be surprised by this 1968 film that helped launch the eventual series that became so well known. It features a Hollywood murder and some top-notch acting by Gene Barry!
Part epitome of the 80s action genre, and part cult classic that spawned a long series of movies (and even some TV shows), Highlander follows, well, a Highlander, one of a number of immortal beings that meet and fight to the death throughout the ages. Every victor absorbs the other’s power, until the warriors reach the final countdown. The last battles occur in modern-day New York, as tends to happen, and are both as ridiculous (and as sword-oriented) as you could possibly want.
Peacock has a number of documentaries, but one of the most powerful is Black Boys from Sonia Lowman. It’s essentially a conversation among young black kids and men about growing up, voicing their unique perspectives on education, sports, and the justice system. Sure, it’s some heavy stuff – that’s the point – the doc is ultimately affirmative and a good watch for just about anyone.
Rowan Atkinson isn’t exactly Mr. Bean here, but his portrayal of a fumbling secret agent still delights for all the same reasons. This comedy isn’t trying to be anything special, but it is a family-friendly spy romp, and a great choice to put on when no one can think of what they want to watch.
If you’re in the mood for some mindless action, this is the film for you! Scarlett Johansson plays a woman who ends up ingesting some experimental drugs that start turning her into a superbeing. There’s really not much more to the movie than that, but you do get your fill of thrills and fights along the way– and no one has to think too hard about it, making Lucy an easy recommendation for an upcoming holiday.
Not all of the Harry Potter movies are on Peacock, but you do get a selection, and our personal favorite is Prisoner of Azkaban. There really isn’t much more we need to say – if you’re a Potter fan and it’s been a while since you’ve seen any of the movies, you can dip back in easily with this one, and perhaps add a few others to the list if it scratches your itch. Alternatively, you can also start from the very beginning with Sorcerer’s Stone if you feel like getting a start on binging the whole series.
This highly entertaining movie is the culmination of the series, a beloved film where a cast of Mike Nelson and robot companions view incredibly bad, old sci-fi movies and happily make fun of them the whole time. There’s a reason the approach is so popular – it’s entertaining for all viewers, and gives people a look at some seriously weird parts of film history at the same time.
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