We live in a world of riches when it comes to streaming channels, but subscribing to Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, and half a dozen others can be as expensive as an old cable subscription – or worse.
The antidote to endless streaming subscriptions is free online movies. Here are seven of the best options for watching movies for free.
The Roku channel
Roku it’s not just an excellent media streaming device; the company also has a free streaming channel that you can access from any Roku device or the web. Here you will find an impressive range of TV shows and feature films that you can stream for free. The selection isn’t huge, but there is a mix of classic and contemporary films (“Driving Miss Daisy” to “Syriana”) to choose from. There is no need to create an account (although you can if you wish) and the ads, while present, are not overly intrusive.
YouTube belongs on this list because in addition to being the place to go for the cute cat videos and the clip from last night’s night talk show, YouTube offers hundreds of free movies, making it a handy reference point. Also, YouTube is one of the few sites where the content is rated by users and you can read comments on movies as you watch them. You don’t have to search randomly for free material; YouTube has organized all the free movies into one category.
Vudu is Fandango’s video streaming arm and offers free and paid videos. It is easy to find the free content thanks to a link free at the top of the page and there you will find thousands of movies, old and new, popular and schlock movies. The site also does a good job of sorting movies into categories (such as Most Viewed, Big Time Movie Stars, Family, and Dramas) for easy navigation.
Owned by Amazon, IMDb TV it’s a standalone service and surprisingly didn’t make it into the Amazon Prime video. You may know IMDb as the place to go to get information on movies, actors, and directors, but IMDb TV has hundreds of free TV shows and movies. You can watch IMDb TV movies on a wide variety of devices and via the Amazon Prime Video website or app (IMDb TV content is clearly marked as such).
Crackle has been around for a long time: it started in 2004. And unlike other streaming channels, Crackle is 100% free and offers all of its content for free (with ads), so you can watch everything you see on the site without paying . You can browse movies and TV shows by genre, alphabetically, or search for a specific title.
Popcornflix is another completely free video streaming site, offering just under 2,000 movies in a variety of categories. It’s available as an app for a variety of devices, and you can also watch it in a web browser. No account is required; just open the website, select a movie and start viewing it. Many of Popcornflix’s rumors fall into the category of guilty pleasures (“Attack of the Two-Headed Shark”) and cheap imitations of traditional properties (“Atlantic Rim” and “Almighty Thor”) but there is something fascinating here in the movies. that you can binge for free with limited ads.
Pluto TV it is slightly different from most video streaming services. In addition to being able to watch movies and TV shows on demand, it also broadcasts live programming which you access in a program guide as if you were watching cable or satellite TV. You can skip to ongoing programs after browsing the dozen categories arranged as channels. Or switch to the On Demand tab and start any of the thousands of TV shows and movies in your library, organized into easily browsable categories. And it’s all free, ad supported.