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The 10 best fantasy movies streaming on Peacock: From 'Highlander' to 'Violent Night'

Ogres, wizards, kung fu fighting, and more!

David Harbour in Violent Night, directed by Tommy Wirkola.

Looking to escape into worlds infinitely more magical than our own? Peacock has you covered with an extensive collection of fantasy film titles guaranteed to provide you with hours of endless entertainment. From swamp-dwelling ogres to the always entertaining antics of Ryan Reynolds, there's a little something for everyone.

Head below for our list of the 10 best fantasy movies currently streaming on Peacock!

Highlander (1986)

There can only be one! If you're strapped for time and can't binge hours upon hours of movies, then might we suggest moving Highlander to the top of your queue? This tale of immortal warriors battling to the death features original songs written and performed by Queen. Yes, that Queen.

"I was at a point in my career when I could call in a few favors," Russell Mulcahy told The Guardian in 2016. "Queen had done a great score for Flash Gordon, so we gave them a 20-minute reel of different scenes and they went: 'Wow!' We'd only expected them to do one song, but they wanted to write one each. Freddie Mercury did 'Princes of the Universe,' Brian May did 'Who Wants to Live Forever,' [and] Roger Taylor did 'It's a Kind of Magic.'"

Oh, and the cast — which features Sean Connery and Clancy Brown — isn't too shabby either.

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Harry Potter series (2001-2011)

For many die-hard Potterheads, there's nothing more magical than the saga of the boy wizard with a destiny to destroy the most evil spell caster who ever walked the face of the Earth. After all this time? Always! The extended versions of all eight films based on the best-selling novels (remember: the final book was split into two movies) are now streaming on Peacock. Accio binge-watch!

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Shrek (2001)

Only shooting stars break the mold! The fifth outing from the fledgling animation arm of the newly-founded DreamWorks, Shrek was exactly the antidote for Disney fatigue.

The film's satirical treatment of fairy tale tropes and consumerism run amok set it apart from anything else being made at the time. Parents could easily key into the surprisingly mature jokes, while their kids delighted in the memorable characters and plethora of toilet humor. Holding it all together was a moral of self-acceptance via the subversion of the traditional fairy tale ending. Shrek's disdain for cliches is perfectly summed up in the opening moments when the titular ogre literally uses the pages of fairy tale book to wipe his large green posterior.

"The Disney model was still very reverential, and very aspirational, and inspirational and the musicals were composed for the movie, so you would never have this indie influence of existing songs dropped in for score, to set a mood," co-director Vicky Jensen explained to ComicBook.com last year during an interview for the project's 20th anniversary. "So no one, as far as I know, had done that in an animated movie and relied on that to hit the key emotional moments in the movie as a live action movie would."

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Shrek 2 (2004)

The perfect sequel doesn't ex... oh wait, yes it does. It's called Shrek 2, a paragon of how to pull off a second movie in a budding franchise. Picking up after Shrek and Fiona's honeymoon, the film whisks the audience off to the kingdom of Far Far Away to meet Fiona's royal parents. They're not too thrilled over the fact that their daughter married a swamp-dwelling monster, but eventually come to accept their new son-in-law with open arms. In addition to further exploring the themes of what society deems to be "normal," the animated follow-up also introduced viewers to brand-new characters like Puss in Boots, whose second standalone movie opens this fall.

"We didn't want to rest on our laurels," explained co-director Andrew Adamson. "We wanted to take the story to another level, create new characters and new themes. We also wanted it to be just as entertaining for the parents as the kids. The new film is about dealing with the in-laws, so it hits on a lot of levels. We all deal with alienation, bigotry, and love."

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13 Going on 30 (2004)

A fantasy-comedy molded in the vein of 1988's Big starring Tom Hanks, 13 Going on 30 represents the wish all of us have at some point or another in our youths: to be an adult and to have the freedom to do whatever we want.

Of course, getting older isn't all it's cracked up to be, which comes as quite the shock for Jenna Rink (Christa B. Allen), who wakes up the morning after her thirteenth birthday to find that 17 years of her life have flown by in the span of a single night. She's now a grown-up (played by Jennifer Garner) and a big shot in the world of fashion. A dream come true, right? Well, it turns out navigating adulthood with the mind of a teenage isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world.

"I have no idea what it's like to be a 13-year-old girl," director Gary Winick (who sadly passed away in 2011) states in a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the film. "But what I can get is wishing and wanting to be something and getting that wish and realizing, 'Oh my God!' You climb up the ladder to try to get ahead and you're like, 'Oh my God...I'm on the wrong ladder!' And now, you've gotta get off the ladder and go up the other ladder."

Judy Greer, Mark Ruffalo, and Andy Serkis co-star.

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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Clocking in at a brisk 85 minutes, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a pure Aardman delight that puts a wonderfully whimsical spin on the werewolf transformation genre. The film — which took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 78th Academy Awards — features the voice of talents of Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, and Ralph Fiennes.

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The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

This no holds barred kung fu-inspired free-for-all from writer/director/rapper RZA feels like a spiritual successor to the widely beloved Kill Bill films. Not too shocking when you realize that Quentin Tarantino served as a producer on the action-packed feature co-written by RZA and Hostel's Eli Roth. Speaking to Vanity Fair in 2012, the former recalled how he spent about a month on the Beijing set of Kill Bill as a protégée of Tarantino and cinematographer Robert Richardson. The Man with the Iron Fists rocks a dynamite cast, which includes: Rick Yune, Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung, Russell Crowe, and an up-and-coming Dave Bautista.

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R.I.P.D. (2013)

With the unexpected prequel (subtitled Rise of the Damned) now streaming on Netflix, it's time to revisit the Ghostbusters meets Men in Black adventure that deserved its own franchise. When he's killed in the line of action, Boston officer Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) is recruited into a supernatural police force tasked with hunting down wayward souls. Partnered with 19th century cowboy "Roy" Pulsipher (Jeff Bridges), Nick must stop the dead from taking over the world via the use of a mystical artifact.

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

The first sequel to one of the shining crown jewels in the DreamWorks Animation crown brought Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett into the fold to voice Hiccup's long-lost mother, Valka. Djimon Hounsou (The King's Man) also boarded the successful franchise as the dreaded Drago Bludvist, a power-hungry warlord with an army of vicious dragons that threatens Hiccup, Toothless, and the rest of Berk.

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Violent Night (2022)

Stranger Things veteran David Harbour plays the magical deliverer of gifts — and ass whoopings — in this new holiday classic from director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters). An homage to everything from Die Hard to Home Alone, the film still manages to carve out its own ultra-violent path into the annals of Christmas tradition. If you mess around with St. Nick, you're going to learn the hard way that his supernatural powers can be used for moire than just leaving presents underneath the tree.

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