The Best Movies on Peacock Right Now (October 2021)

When the streaming era began, viewers were enticed to join free services that were supported by advertising. Over time, that model gave way to the subscription landscape we have now. However, Peacock is the last major streaming service to embrace "free" as a business model.

A few of Peacock's films are locked behind a premium tier, but the vast majority of its content is available for anyone who signs up regardless of whether they want to pay or not. To further entice viewers, Peacock has a terrific lineup of flicks that rotate in and out every month. So for October, these are the best movies that you can stream 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 Video.

Friday the 13th (1980)

There isn't a hockey mask-wearing supernatural serial killer in the first Friday the 13th, but the original film set the stage for a horror franchise that has endured for four decades. Adrienne King stars as Alice, a young woman who has been hired to work as a counselor at Camp Crystal Lake.

Sure, in the present, that's a big red flag. Yet poor Alice and her new colleagues have no idea that Camp Crystal Lake is plagued by a murderer who is out for revenge. They'll find out, but not before several bodies hit the floor.

Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
Genre: Horror
Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Rating: R
Runtime: 95 minutes Watch on Peacock

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The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Have you ever noticed that many horror films are essentially the same movie? The Cabin in the Woods runs with that idea and suggests that there's a purpose behind young and nubile men and women suffering gruesome fates at the hands of various monsters.

The latest victims, Dana Polk (Kristen Connolly), Curt Vaughan (Chris Hemsworth), Jules Louden (Anna Hutchison), Marty Mikalski (Fran Kranz), and Holden McCrea (Jesse Williams), stumble on the truth while on vacation together. Unfortunately for all of them, the revelations only seem to hasten their deaths. And this time, the character archetypes aren't going to willingly play their roles.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Horror
Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins
Director: Drew Goddard
Rating: R
Runtime: 95 minutes Watch on Peacock

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It Follows (2015)

It Follows is one of the most original horror films in years. Maika Monroe stars as Jaime "Jay" Height, a teenage girl who falls victim to a sexually transmitted curse.

Jay's soon-to-be ex-boyfriend, Hugh (Jake Weary), tells her that she will be followed by a creature that can take on any form and yet remain invisible to others. And unless Jay keeps passing on the curse to other people, it will inevitably catch up to her and kill her. Jay's new love interest, Greg Hannigan (Daniel Zovatto), doesn't believe Hugh, and neither do Jay's friends.

However, the creature is real, and it's coming for anyone who gets between it and its prey. Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Genre: Horror
Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Rating: R
Runtime: 100 minutes Watch on Peacock

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The Adjustment Bureau (2015)

Matt Damon's David Norris meets the love of his life in The Adjustment Bureau, even though his romance with Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) isn't "part of the plan." It was the job of Harry Mitchell (Anthony Mackie) to prevent David from reconnecting with Elise, but he failed.

And as David falls for Elise, he learns that the enigmatic agents of the Adjustment Bureau will stop at nothing to ensure that they can never be together, even if it means destroying David's potential path to the White House. Regardless, David and Elise decide that their love means more than fate, and they're willing to fight for it. Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Genre: Sci-fi
Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Michael Kelly
Director: George Nolfi
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 106 minutes

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Back to the Future (1985)

The beloved Back to the Future trilogy is back on Peacock, but we're partial to the first film's nearly flawless presentation. Michael J.

Fox stars as Marty McFly, an ordinary teenager whose friend is a local mad scientist, Emmett "Doc" Brown (Christopher Lloyd). After Doc demonstrates his working time machine, Marty is accidentally sent from 1985 to 1955, when his parents, Lorraine (Lea Thompson) and George (Crispin Glover), barely knew each other. Unfortunately for Marty, Lorraine's attraction to him may destroy his very existence before he has a chance to return to the future.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Genre: Sci-fi, Comedy
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Rating: PG
Runtime: 116 minutes

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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

"You know his name." The third Jason Bourne movie may be the best one in the series. In The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason (Matt Damon) continues his quest to get answers about his true identity and his efforts to expose the CIA black ops division, Operation Treadstone. While Jason has an ally in his former contact, Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), the powers that be want him dead before he can expose their secrets.

Unfortunately for them, betting against Jason Bourne is always a bad idea. And anyone trying to kill Jason just pisses him off. Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Genre: Action, Thriller
Stars: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine
Director: Paul Greengrass
Rating: PG
Runtime: 115 minutes

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Cast Away (2000)

For the vast majority of Cast Away, the only thing that Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) has to play off of is a volleyball he calls Wilson. And yet Chuck's loneliness is so profound that it's easy to understand why he gets so attached to Wilson. At the beginning of the film, Chuck is in a relationship with Kelly Frears (Helen Hunt) when he is lost in a plane crash.

Chuck survives on a deserted island with limited supplies and a rapidly dwindling sense of hope. Even if Chuck can make it off of the island, can he ever reclaim the life that he left behind? Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 144 minutes

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Die Hard (1988)

It may be a little early for Christmas movies, but Die Hard is a great action flick no matter when you watch it. Bruce Willis stars as John McClane, a New York City cop who travels to Los Angeles to reconcile with his estranged wife, Holly Gennero-McClane (Bonnie Bedelia). But at the company holiday party, Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his group take Holly and her co-workers hostage.

That's why it's up to John to save the day, even if he's seriously outgunned. John's only true ally on the outside is the LAPD's Al Powell (Reginald VelJohnson), a man he's never met. And yet their newfound friendship gives John the moral support that he needs to face impossible odds and rescue his wife.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Genre: Action
Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson
Director: John McTiernan
Rating: R
Runtime: 132 minutes Watch on Peacock

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The Mask (1994)

Would The Mask have been such a smash hit without Jim Carrey in the title role? It seems unlikely that anyone other than Carrey could effortlessly channel both the charmingly inept Stanley Ipkiss and his cartoonish alter ego, The Mask.

After finding a magical mask, Stanley discovers that it can transform him into something more than human. But rather than devoting himself to heroics, The Mask helps himself to money from a bank vault and openly romances Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz), the girlfriend of a local crime boss. And when we say that "hilarity ensues," it really does.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Genre: Superhero, Comedy
Stars: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, Amy Yasbeck
Director: Chuck Russell
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 101 minutes Watch on Peacock

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The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Sixth Sense is a movie that is remembered largely for its twist ending and for the great performances by Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. But it's also a terrific film in its own right that withstands the test of time over two decades since its release.

Willis stars as Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist who is haunted by a violent encounter with his former patient, Vincent Grey (Donnie Wahlberg). Now unaccountably distant from his wife, Anna (Olivia Williams), Malcolm sees a chance for redemption if he can help young Cole Sear (Osment) overcome his problems. Soon, Cole trusts Malcolm enough to share his secret: He sees "dead people," and they are making his life a living hell.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Genre: Thriller
Stars: Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Haley Joel Osment
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 107 minutes Watch on Peacock

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John Wick (2014)

Word to the wise in the criminal underworld: it's a bad idea to piss off John Wick (Keanu Reeves).

And it's a really terrible idea to break into his home, steal his car, kill his dog, and leave John for dead. Because as long as John is alive, he'll keep on coming. The first John Wick movie revitalized Reeves' action career and took things up several notches as he went up against his former employer, Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist).

The second and third John Wick films are also currently on Peacock, but the original is the most thrilling chapter in the trilogy. Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Genre: Action
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Ian McShane
Director: Chad Stahelski
Rating: R
Runtime: 101 minutes Watch on Peacock

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The Big Lebowski (1998)

The Coen brothers made their names with a series of quirky crime comedies. The Big Lebowski is perhaps the most beloved film in their library, thanks to an indelible performance by Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski.

The Dude is a super laid-back guy, who is also the unfortunate victim of mistaken identity because he shares his name with Jeffrey "The Big" Lebowski (David Huddleston). Despite the Dude's reluctance to get involved, he is roped into delivering the ransom money for Jeffrey's kidnapped trophy wife, Bunny Lebowski (Tara Reid), Unfortunately for the Dude, everyone wants that money, even if the ransom was never real to begin with. Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Rating: R
Runtime: 117 minutes

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Godzilla (2014)

The 2014 Godzilla reboot really goes out of its way to keep its titular monster off-screen for as long as possible. That's why the story initially follows Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston), a scientist who is haunted by the death of his wife during a nuclear accident years before. In the present, Joe's son, LT Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), travels to Japan when Joe is caught in the quarantined territory.

Together, father and son discover that giant monsters are all too real. In the aftermath, Ford races home to his wife, Elle Brody (Elizabeth Olsen), as a showdown between Godzilla and two other monsters threatens to wipe San Francisco off the map. Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Genre: Action, Monster
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins
Director: Gareth Edwards
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 123 minutes

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Knocked Up (2007)

In Knocked Up, Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) and Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) have a one-night stand that has lasting consequences. Despite sharing little in common, they resolve to make their relationship work when Alison becomes pregnant with their child. However, their wildly different approaches to their work and personal lives creates tension.

Alison is also disturbed by the rocky marriage of her sister, Debbie (Leslie Mann), and her husband, Pete (Paul Rudd). If either relationship is going to be salvaged, both the men and the women need to find some common ground ... and fast. Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jay Baruchel
Director: Judd Apatow
Rating: R
Runtime: 129 minutes

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Out of Sight (1998)

U.S. Marshal Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez) spends the beginning of Out of Sight locked in a trunk with Jack Foley (George Clooney), a veteran bank robber. Although Karen is reluctant to admit it to herself, she's very attracted to Jack.

And the feeling is mutual. After Jack makes his escape from Karen, they have a cat and mouse pursuit while Jack and his team try to pull off another daring robbery. Regardless of her feelings, Karen is very good at her job.

And she's not about to let Jack slip through her fingers a second time. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Drama
Stars: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Steve Zahn
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Rating: R
Runtime: 123 minutes Watch on Peacock

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Darkman (1990)

About a decade before bringing Spider-Man to the big screen, director Sam Raimi created his own hero in Darkman, with Liam Neeson in the title role.

Within the story, Dr. Peyton Westlake (Neeson) is brutalized and left for dead by mobsters after making a breakthrough in synthetic skin. While Peyton's girlfriend, Julie Hastings (Frances McDormand), believes that he is dead, Peyton survives with horrific scars and greatly enhanced strength.

Peyton also uses his synthetic skin research to create convincing disguises that allow him to destroy the mob from within. Unfortunately, Peyton's new mission and powers come at a heavy price, and he may no longer be the good man that he once was. Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Genre: Superhero
Stars: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake
Director: Sam Raimi
Rating: R
Runtime: 142 minutes

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The Hurt Locker (2009)

The Hurt Locker is another Best Picture winner on this list and one of the most memorable war films ever made. Jeremy Renner stars as Sergeant First Class William James, a maverick bomb disposal expert on assignment in Iraq. William's antics quickly earn him the ire of his colleagues, Sergeant J.

T. Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty). And while Williams faces constant danger from Iraq's insurgents, he also has to watch his back when J.T. contemplates killing him.

The tensions are always high in the desert, and not everyone gets to go home intact. Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Genre: Thriller
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Rating: R
Runtime: 131 minutes Watch on Peacock

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Meet the Parents (2000)

Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller are an unlikely comedic duo in Meet the Parents.

Stiller plays Greg Focker, a nurse who is eager to propose to his girlfriend, Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo), during a trip home for her sister's wedding. Unfortunately for Greg, Pam's father is Jack Byrnes (De Niro), a former CIA operative who immediately dislikes his potential son-in-law. After Greg is subjected to a lie detector test and other indignities, he quickly becomes his own worst enemy with a number of embarrassing screw-ups.

Greg and Pam really do love each other, but that love is put to the test. Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, James Rebhorn, Jon Abrahams
Director: Jay Roach
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 108 minutes Watch on Peacock

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Away From Her (2007)

Some very interesting dilemmas come up in Away From Her.

When Fiona (Julie Christie) suffers from an advanced form of Alzheimer's disease, her husband, Grant (Gordon Pinsent), reluctantly agrees to put her in a nursing home. In Grant's brief absence from her life, Fiona not only forgets about him, but she forms an emotional bond with another patient named Aubrey (Michael Murphy). While Grant wonders if this is his wife's revenge for his own infidelity, Aubrey's wife, Marian (Olympia Dukakis), makes her presence felt and forces Grant to decide what matters most: His wife's happiness or his own.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, Kristen Thomson
Director: Sarah Polley
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 110 minutes Watch on Peacock

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Being John Malkovich (2016)

John Malkovich has the unique distinction of not only starring in a movie that's named after him but also being the MacGuffin of the story. In Being John Malkovich, would-be puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) discovers a portal that connects directly to John's mind.

This allows Craig to inhabit the actor and romantically pursue his co-worker, Maxine Lund (Catherine Keener). Unfortunately for Craig, Maxine is far more attracted to Craig's wife, Lotte (Cameron Diaz), when she uses the portal to inhabit John's body. As for John, the world-class actor becomes desperate to discover why he's losing control of himself ... and he doesn't like what he finds.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, Orson Bean, Mary Kay Place, John Malkovich
Director: Spike Jonze
Rating: R
Runtime: 113 minutes Watch on Peacock

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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (1990)

There aren't many movies that can fearlessly pull off an NC-17 rating, but The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover was unique for its time. Richard Bohringer stars as Richard Boarst, aka "The Cook." But the movie really belongs to Helen Mirren's Georgina, the wife of a brutal mobster named Albert Spica (Michael Gambon).

Both Georgina and Richard have reasons to despise Albert, but it's bookstore owner Michael (Alan Howard) who wins Georgina's heart. Albert may not really love his wife, but that doesn't mean he'll simply allow her to find happiness with another man. Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Genre: Crime, Drama
Stars: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard
Director: Peter Greenaway
Rating: NC-17
Runtime: 124 minutes

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Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled private detective, Philip Marlowe, isn't exactly in vogue anymore. But the classics never truly go out of style. In the 1975 adaptation of Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely, Robert Mitchum steps into the role of Philip as he finds himself in the midst of two difficult cases that may be related.

In the first, a bank robber named Moose Malloy (Jack O'Halloran) hires Phillip to find his missing girlfriend, Velma (Charlotte Rampling). And in the second case, Phillip is helpless to prevent the murder of his client, Lindsay Marriott (John O'Leary). But not even police intimidation can keep Phillip from finding answers and solving the mystery.

Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Sylvia Miles, Anthony Zerbe
Director: Dick Richards
Rating: R
Runtime: 95 minutes Watch on Peacock

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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

You've probably seen Che Guevara's face on countless T-shirts and posters, but how much do you really know about one of the 20th century's most famous revolutionaries? The Motorcycle Diaries is based on Che's own account of his 1952 trip across South America with his friend, Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna). Back then, Che was simply known as Ernesto Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal), an idealistic medical student.

However, the journey proves to be a transformative experience for Ernesto, as the injustices committed against the native people fuel his new ideology. The Motorcycle Diaries never forgets to portray Ernesto/Che as a man, not an icon. And the problems he fought against remain decades after his demise. Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Genre: Drama
Stars: Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna, Mia Maestro
Director: Walter Salles
Rating: R
Runtime: 126 minutes

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Serenity (2005)

You don't necessarily have to watch Joss Whedon's space western series Firefly before catching Serenity. But it certainly helps. The entire cast returns for this stand-alone adventure, which also features Chiwetel Ejiofor as "the Operative" who has been assigned to kill or retrieve River Tam (Summer Glau) from Serenity's crew.

Inside River's brain is a secret that can shake the Alliance to its core, and the Operative will stop at nothing to prevent that from happening ... even if it means killing every friend and ally of the crew. Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Genre: Sci-fi
Stars: Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Director: Joss Whedon
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 119 minutes

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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