By Phillip Swann
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Former Sony employee and editor of 4 TV magazines.

Peacock today has added 80 new movies to its subscription streaming service. Here are the five best, in my humble opinion:

The Godfather & The Godfather II (1972 and 1974)
The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II, arguably the two greatest films ever, not just added to Peacock. Director (and co-writer with Mario Puzo) Francis Ford Coppola paints a cinematic masterpiece in each film, chronicling the rise of the Corleone crime family from its early immigrant roots at the turn of the 20th Century to its powerful reign in 1950s and 60s America. The cast is one to die for, pun intended, with Marlon Brando somehow even eclipsing his greatest roles in the 1950s (On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire) as family head Vito Corleone and a here-to-then unknown named Al Pacino as his son, Michael Corleone, who’s corrupted by family loyalties and power. And there’s the supporting crew. James Caan. Robert Duvall. Diane Keaton. John Cazale. Sterling Hayden. Robert DeNiro (!). My goodness, I can talk about these movies all day long. But let me close here by saying that Peacock has also added the third in the trilogy, The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corelone, and that’s enough said about that film. (Even geniuses misfire sometimes.)

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Al Pacino as Tony Montana in Scarface.

Scarface (1983)
The brilliant Brian De Palma-directed drama stars Al Pacino as Cuban refugee Tony Montana who discovers crime does pay, and exceedingly well, in coke-fueled 1980s Miami. While Scarface may be — okay, is — too violent for some, the film perfectly chronicles the era’s thirst for excess and hedonism through the eyes of Montana. Michelle Pfeiffer is flawless as Montana’s ice-cold, white powder-sniffing moll and the splendid supporting cast also includes Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and F. Murray Abraham. Great movie, and don’t forget to say hello to Tony’s little friend.

Casino (1995)
Director Martin Scorsese’s brilliant cinematic essay on the rise and fall of the Mob-controlled Las Vegas stars Robert De Niro as an obsessive gambler named Ace Rothstein who’s hired to operate a casino. Ace’s master plan is soon derailed by his chorus girl wife (played beautifully by Sharon Stone) and a ruthless sidekick (played deliciously over the top by Joe Pesci.) While some critics chafed that Casino did not measure up to Scorsese’s Goodfellas, the 1995 is an iconic classic on its own.

Kristen Wiig is flying high in the 2011 comedy, Bridesmaids.

Bridesmaids (2011)
Since we picked three dark crime dramas to start, let’s mix in this 2011 comedy
starring Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) at the peak of her zany powers as a single woman in her 30s who turns an upcoming wedding into a series of comic misadventures. The flawless supporting cast includes Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, and for fans still nostalgic for 1970s indie films, the great Jill Clayburgh.

Face/Off (1997)
The action-drama from director John Woo stars John Travolta and Nic Cage as an FBI agent and master criminal (respectively) who switch faces and identities while engaging in a cat-and-mouse chase. Only Woo, Travolta and Cage could pull this off but it’s a rockin’ 133 minutes of action, over-the-top acting, and humor.

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Honorable mention: Dazed and Confused, Carlito’s Way, and Tombstone.

Complete List of New Movies Added Today to Peacock

Big Daddy*

Big Sky River

Billy Madison 

Blue Crush 

Bride Wars



Bruce Almighty 

Carlito’s Way 


Cheech & Chong Get Out of My Room


Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie 

Christmas Scavenger Hunt 


Cut, Color, Murder

Dazed and Confused


Draft Day* 

Engaging Father Christmas 


The Fast and the Furious* 

2 Fast 2 Furious*


The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift* 

Fast & Furious* 

Fast Five* 

Fast & Furious 6*

Father of the Bride


Finding Father Christmas+ 

The First Wives Club 

Flushed Away 

Four Weddings and a Funeral 

A Gift of Miracles


The Godfather I 

The Godfather II 

The Godfather III 

Guess Who* 

Half Baked*



Happy Gilmore 

Hello, It’s Me 


Hot Tub Time Machine


Just Go With It*


Legend (‘15) 

Liar, Liar 

Life of Crime*


Love at First Bark 


Major Payne 

Marrying Father Christmas+ 

The Memory Book


Mission: Impossible 

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 

Mission: Impossible: II 

Mission: Impossible III 

Mr. Bean’s Holiday


Mr. Peabody & Sherman 

My Best Friend’s Wedding* 

My Gal Sunday


Notting Hill


The One 

The Other Woman 


Penguins of Madagascar 

The Perfect Bride


The Perfect Bride: Wedding Bells 


Sailing Into Love

Sandra Brown’s White Hot 




A Song for Christmas 

Spiderman (2002) 

Spiderman 2 (2004) 

Spiderman 3 (2007)


To Catch a Spy 


Tropic Thunder 

Undercover Brother 

Waiting to Exhale

* Denotes exclusive to Peacock.

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