August 5, 2022, saw the release of They/Them on Peacock, adding another to an impressive list of films to hit the streaming service including The Bad Guys and Halloween Kills. Unlike Netflix or even Amazon Prime, Peacock doesn’t have a ton of original movies but their catalog of flicks from the past is pretty deep.
They offer up some classics from the 2000s like the Harry Potter franchise, Pride & Prejudice, Shrekand Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. However, if you’ve seen all of those and are looking for something different, there are some great hidden gems available that have flown under the radar.
Interstate 60 (2002)
A movie featuring the likes of James Marsden, Gary Oldman, and Amy Smart feels like it can kind of be a snapshot of the 2000s as a whole. Despite having some notable names from the decade, Interstate 60 is a little-seen movie that most people don’t even know exists.
The story follows a painter and the various character he meets as he embarks on a road trip across a highway that isn’t on any maps. There aren’t even all that many reviews available online but most are solid. There are even appearances from Amy Jo Johnson, Christopher Lloyd, and Michael J. Fox for fans of Power Rangers and Back to the Future.
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
These days, Robert Downey Jr. is a household name who played one of the most iconic cinematic characters in history for over a decade. However, before he landed the role of Iron Man, Downey Jr. was rebuilding his career through a handful of indie movies.
One of them was A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints which sees him join forces with Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, and other talented actors. Based on a memoir of the same name, the film focuses on the life of musician Dito Montiel who also wrote the book and directed the film.
The Road To El Dorado (2000)
For the most part, DreamWorks Animation will be associated with franchises like Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon, while some other quality movies get forgotten. Among them is the 2D animated The Road to El Doradowhich came before the studio’s biggest successes.
This film actually bombed at the box office, grossing about $20 million less than its budget. The story centers on two con artists who get a map of a city filled with gold and their adventures that follow. Although reviews were mixed at first and not a lot of people went to see it, the movie has gained a cult following since.
State Of Play (2009)
Based on a TV serial of the same name, State of Play is one of the most intense movies to get released during the 2000s. It’s surprising that this didn’t perform better commercially given the big names attached like Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, Helen Mirren, and Ben Affleck.
State of Play tells the story of a journalist’s investigation into the death of a Congressman’s mistress. It features the kind of intrigue and twists that you want from a thriller and nearly every aspect was praised. It’s worth checking out for almost any moviegoer.
The Illusionist (2006)
The Illusionist is ultimately a victim of bad timing. Around the same time that it was released, another similar film hit theaters in The Prestige. Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Prestige is a favorite of the era and has held up extremely well even over a decade later.
That made it so most people overlook The Illusionist, which follows a magician who uses his abilities to get love and a better social standing. With Edward Norton and Jessica Biel, there’s a lot to like about this movie, and the reviews were strong. fans of The Prestige will likely also enjoy this.
When a film costs over $10 million to make and it doesn’t even crack $2 million at the box office, it can be considered a flop. That’s unfortunately the case for the British psychological horror flick, trianglestarring Melissa George and Michael Dorman.
triangle focuses on a single mother who goes on a failed boat trip with her friends only to end up on an ocean liner where someone is stalking them. Reviews were positive, with critics feeling that the strange nature of it all makes for an unsettling atmosphere and the solid acting gives it a boost.
The House Of The Devil (2009)
Although it was released back in 2009 and not a ton of people saw it, The House of the Devil is a fantastic watch to see some of the talents who have helped shape the 2010s and early 2020s. For starters, it is directed by Ti West, who recently helmed the acclaimed slasher X and its prequel, Pearl.
The cast also includes Greta Gerwig, a highly accomplished actor, writer, and filmmaker. The House of the Devil has the simple premise of a young woman getting stuck babysitting at an isolated house when strange events start to occur but it all works well due to West’s direction and the cast.
Fish Tank (2009)
The end of the decade was a strong time for overlooked films as not enough people know about Fish Tank but they should. The British drama is relatively unknown despite winning the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and Best British Film at the 2010 BAFTAs.
Fish Tank stars Katie Jarvis as Mia Williams, a socially isolated teenager whose life totally changes when her mother brings home a new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender) who gets involved with her. The story is intense and uncomfortable but it’s a must-watch.
But I’m A Cheerleader (2000)
technically, But I’m a Cheerleader debuted in 1999 but that was only at the Toronto International Film Festival. It received a wider release in the summer of 2000 and has since become a cult classic that still not enough people have given a chance to.
The comedy centers on a high school cheerleader who is sent to a conversion camp when her friends and family believe she’s a lesbian. The film is sharply written, often hilarious, and has a cast that includes Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, and the legendary RuPaul. It also has one of the best LGBTQ+ couples in movie history.
Smokin’ Aces (2006)
Smokin’ Aces is a pretty loaded action flick that features a ton of major names. Ryan Reynolds, Ben Affleck, Alicia Keys, Andy Garcia, Taraji P. Henson, Jason Bateman, Ray Liotta, and so many others are part of the cast and get some exciting scenes to work with.
The film is about a Las Vegas magician who is also a mafia informant that gets a $1 million bounty placed on his head. All of the characters either attempt to kill or protect the informant, leading to a wild set pieces.
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