The best movies on Peacock right now (July 2023)

Peacock is the place to be if you love live sports, NBC shows, and Peacock original series. Unfortunately, movies tend to get far less focus on Peacock. While this is the streaming home for many of Universal’s latest film releases, (and The Super Mario Bros. Movie is sure to stream here later this year), the movie lineup is erratic and constantly changing. Additionally, some titles are only available to stream on the Peacock’s paid tiers.

Fortunately, the beginning of the month means that Peacock has brand new movies, including some new arrivals like Renfield and Knock at the Cabin, which were in theaters earlier this year. To help you find something good to watch, we have updated our list of the best movies on Peacock right now. Just be aware that some of these films may only be sticking around for a short time.

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.

Renfield (2023)

A scene from Renfield with Nicolas Cage and Nicholas Hoult in Renfield

Do you hate your boss? If so, Renfield (Nicholas Hoult) can relate to you. Because not only is Renfield’s boss a bloodsucking overbearing narcissist, he’s freakin’ Dracula (Nicolas Cage). And after about a century of serving the Lord of the Vampires, Renfield needs a break.

In the present day, Renfield joins a support group, starts living his own life, and he even finds a potential friendship with a police officer named Rebecca Quincy (Awkwafina). But Dracula can’t have that. He’ll get his manservant back in line no matter how many people he has to kill in this horror comedy.

Rotten Tomatoes: 58%
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Nicolas Cage
Director: Chris McKay
Rating: R
Runtime: 93 minutes

Knock At the Cabin (2023)

A woman and two men standing side by side and looking in the same direction in the movie Knock at the Cabin.

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest movie, Knock At the Cabin, follows a young girl, Wen (Kristen Cui), and her two dads, Eric (Jonathan Groff) and Andrew (Ben Aldridge), as their vacation in the woods is rudely interrupted by four strangers who take them hostage.

Leonard Brocht (Dave Bautista), Sabrina (Nikki Amuka-Bird), Redmond (Rupert Grint), and Adriane (Abby Quinn) claim that they won’t hurt the family. However, they insist that Wen and her fathers must choose someone from within their family to sacrifice, or else the world will end. And the strangers are so convinced that this is the truth that they put their own lives on the line as well.

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Genre: Horror
Stars: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kristen Cui
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Rating: R
Runtime: 100 minutes

Air Force One (1997)

Harrison Ford in Air Force One.

Harrison Ford is in peak action hero form in Air Force One, a late ‘90s thriller in which he plays President James Marshall. After teaming up with Russian forces to arrest a renegade general, Ivan Radek (Jürgen Prochnow), Marshall hails a new era of cooperation between America and Russia. But on the plane ride back from Moscow, Air Force One is hijacked by Egor Korshunov (Gary Oldman) and other Radek loyalists, who take the President’s family hostage.

That was their biggest mistake because Marshall is no ordinary President. He’s a Vietnam veteran with enough military training and experience to go full Die Hard on the men who dared to threaten his family.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Genre: Action, Thriller
Stars: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Wendy Crewson, Paul Guilfoyle, William H. Macy
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Rating: R
Runtime: 124 minutes

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)

Salma Hayek and Ryan Reynolds in The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard.

In this sequel to The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) returns to action far sooner than he wanted to when Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek), the wife of his frenemy, Darius Kincaid (Secret Invasion‘s Samuel L. Jackson), recruits him for a mission to save her husband’s life. Michael’s decision to help is complicated by the fact that he can’t use lethal weapons while awaiting the restoration of his bodyguard license.

However, Michael’s problems are only just beginning when he reunites with Darius, when they (and Sonia) are both roped into a plan to take on a terrorist, Aristotle Papadopoulos (Antonio Banderas), who is madly in love with Sonia. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard wasn’t a hit with critics, but it earned a 79% audience score. So there is definitely some fun to be had here.

Rotten Tomatoes: 29%
Genre: Action
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Morgan Freeman
Director: Patrick Hughes
Rating: R
Runtime: 159 minutes

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Snowball and Max in The Secret Life of Pets.

Have you ever wondered what your pets get up to while you’re at work? The Secret Life of Pets offers its own answer by giving these companion animals personal lives when their owners are out. But the focus largely falls on Max (Louis C.K.), a Jack Russell Terrier who feels threatened when his owner, Katie (The Great American Baking Show‘s Ellie Kemper), adopts another dog named Duke (Eric Stonestreet).

The mutual enmity between Max and Duke leads both of them into being mistaken as stray animals. And while attempting to get home, Max and Duke accidentally make enemies out of a white rabbit, Snowball (Kevin Hart), and his human-hating Flushed Pets.

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Genre: Comedy, Animated
Stars: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Kevin Hart
Director: Chris Renaud
Rating: PG
Runtime: 86 minutes

Ride Along (2014)

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in Ride Along.

Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) wants two things out of life in the action comedy Ride Along. He wants to be a cop, and he wants to marry Angela Payton (Tika Sumpter), the sister of a hardnose undercover detective, James Payton (Ice Cube). When Ben asks for James’ blessing to marry his sister, the detective decides to humiliate Ben with a ride along that is designed to wear down his resolve.

But when the ride along unexpectedly sheds light on one of James’ most difficult drug cases, he finds that Ben may be the only partner he can trust when the bullets start flying.

Rotten Tomatoes: 18%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, John Leguizamo, Tika Sumpter
Director: Tim Story
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 99 minutes

Jurassic Park (1994)

Dr. Grant distracts the T-Rex in Jurassic Park.

The original Jurassic Park has been often imitated — even by other films in the Jurassic franchise — but it has yet to be surpassed. Steven Spielberg’s masterful adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel remains captivating three decades after its release thanks to some of the most convincing CGI dinosaurs of the era, which were combined with practical effects.

Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum star as three scientific experts who have been summoned to a remote island by Dr. John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), the man who financed the resurrection of the dinosaurs. Hammond wants to turn Jurassic Park into Disneyland. However, the dinosaurs that live there have other ideas. And soon enough, everyone’s lives are in danger.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Genre: Action, Sci-fi
Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
Director: Steven Spielberg
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 95 minutes

Casino (1995)

Robert De Niro and Don Rickles in Casino.

Five years after making Goodfellas, director Martin Scorsese reunited Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci for another crime epic, Casino. In the 1970s, mob associate Sam “Ace” Rothstein (De Niro) relocates to Las Vegas to run a casino for the mafia. By Sam’s side is Nicky Santoro (Pesci), his childhood friend turned mob enforcer.

For a while, Sam and Nicky enjoy the good life. But things start to go downhill once Sam falls for and marries Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone). Ginger can’t be held down to only one man, and her self-destructive impulses may destroy more than just her marriage with Sam.

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Genre: Drama, Crime
Stars: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, Don Rickles
Director: Martin Scorsese
Rating: R
Runtime: 178 minutes

The Bourne Identity (2002)

Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity.

The Bourne sequels were fond of using the tagline “You know his name.” But the problem in The Bourne Identity is that not even Jason Bourne (Air‘s Matt Damon) knows who he really is. After wakingup injured and bereft of his memories, Bourne finds himself marked for death by the CIA. A particularly ruthless killer called The Professor (Clive Owen) is dispatched to eliminate Bourne and anyone who stands in his way.

With friends and allies in short supply, Bourne has to decide if he can trust Marie Kreutz (Franka Potente) to get him to safety. However, there may be no safe harbor for Bourne or anyone remotely associated with him.

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Genre: Action
Stars: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen
Director: Doug Liman
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 118 minutes

Cocaine Bear (2023)

A woman hides from a bear in Cocaine Bear.

In Cocaine Bear, Andrew C. Thornton II (The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys) drops a shipment of cocaine out of a plane. The cocaine winds up in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, where a bear eats the illegal substance and subsequently goes on a wild, drug-fueled bender. The bear is now attracted to cocaine and attacks anyone in its path. It’s up to a group of smugglers, children, tourists, and cops to stop the bear before the death toll increases.

Cocaine Bear is a fast-moving, 95-minute thrill ride that’s the perfect form of B-movie entertainment. The ensemble cast includes Keri Russell (The Americans), Christian Convery (Sweet Tooth), Alden Ehrenreich (Solo), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project), Margo Martindale (Mrs. Davis), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Wire), and Ray Liotta (Black Bird). It is directed by Elizabeth Banks (Charlie’s Angels) and written by Jimmy Warden (Borderline).

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Keri Russell, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson Jr.
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Rating: R
Runtime: 95 minutes

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)

A cat points a bat at another cat in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.

If you loved Puss in Boots, then you will surely enjoy the sequel. It is an animated film geared toward children because a talking cat happens to be the protagonist. However, the action and adventure aspects will grab the attention of adults as well.

The Last Wish was one of the most critically acclaimed animated films of 2022, receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Genre: Horror
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Florence Pugh
Director: Joel Crawford
Rating: PG
Runtime: 100 minutes

Out of Sight (1998)

Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney in Out of Sight. in

U.S. Marshal Karen Sisco (The Mother‘s 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

Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

Farewell My Lovely

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

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