Watching free movies online is a convenient and frugal way to see the films you love right from the comfort of your own home. Yes, there are plenty of sites where you can get movies “for free” but the ones listed below are clean from viruses and completely legal to use.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Crackle

“…best place to watch free movies online because it’s owned by Sony Pictures, meaning that they have hundreds of full-length, free movies…”

Best for a Variety of Movies: Popcornflix

“Popcornflix has over 1,500 movies that include comedy, drama, horror, action, romance, family, documentaries, and foreign films.”

Best for Finding Movies Around the Web: Yidio

“What sets Yidio apart from the rest is that it’s really like a search engine for free movies…”

Best for High-Quality Movies: Vudu

“…some of them are in 1080p, so you don’t have to sacrifice quality just to watch some free movies.”

Best for Movie Information: IMDb TV

“IMDb is known for its comprehensive database of movie information and trailers, but it also has a selection of free movies and TV shows.”

Best for a TV Experience: Pluto TV

“…live TV service that lets you watch movies and TV shows as they become available.”

There’s a huge variety of freely available movies on these sites, from comedies and dramas to horror and action films. There are movies from big-name studios but also many older and independent movies that you’ll love to watch over and over again.

Group of teenagers watching FreeFlix on a laptop

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Most of these sites have a mobile app for watching their movies. This means you can take the free films with you wherever you go.

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Speed free stream on Crackle

‘Speed’ Movie.
What We Like
  • Big selection of films

  • Good video quality

  • Lots of video player options

  • Really great mobile app

What We Don’t Like
  • Displays more ads than most video streaming sites

  • Can’t sort films by popularity

Crackle tops our list for the best place to watch free movies online because it’s owned by Sony Pictures, meaning that they have hundreds of full-length, free movies you can watch any time. These are big name movies with stars you know.

These high-quality movies look spectacular on whatever size of monitor or screen you’re watching them on. You’ll have to sit through a few commercials every once in awhile but they’re short and there are only a few commercial breaks during a feature-length movie.

Groundhog Day, Taxi, The Iceman, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, St. Elmo’s Fire, The Devil’s Own, Resident Evil, Boogeyman, Shutter Island, Zodiac, and Hollow Man are some of the free movies we’ve spotted at Crackle.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles free movie on Popcornflix

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows’ Movie.
What We Like
  • All movies play in a large video player

  • Lets you make GIFs from scenes

  • You can make comments that are pinned to specific parts of the movie

  • Includes a movie streaming site just for kids

What We Don’t Like
  • No options for subtitles

  • The video quality could be better

Popcornflix is another great place to watch free movies online. Their constant flow of new movies from Screen Media Ventures means that they have lots of new movies being added all the time.

Popcornflix has over 1,500 movies that include comedy, drama, horror, action, romance, family, documentary movies, and foreign films. They also feature web and film school originals.

No account is needed at Popcornflix, simply hit Play on your chosen movie and enjoy.

These are just a few of the newest arrivals at Popcornflix: Out of the Dark, Done the Impossible, American Folk, Evolution, Game Changers, Raw Meat, Bed and Breakfast, Conduct Unbecoming, Demon Seed, Empty Space, and Rabid.

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Groundhog Day free stream through Yidio

‘Groundhog Day’ Movie.
What We Like
  • Makes it easy to find free movies on various sites

  • Films can be filtered by genre and MPAA rating

  • You can sort the movies by popularity and recently added

  • Can also be used to see where you can rent or buy a movie

  • Includes Rotten Tomatoes scores

What We Don’t Like
  • Lots of options, but not every film you find is free to watch

  • Not all movies are streamed directly from Yidio; you’re taken elsewhere to watch them

  • Videos includes several advertisements

  • Movies are DVD quality

Yidio is a website with several categories showing you where you can watch movies. One such category is designed specifically for free online movies.

What sets Yidio apart from the rest is that it’s really like a search engine for free movies; it helps you find all the free places to watch movies online.

It’s super easy to sort the free movies at Yidio by rating, like R, PG-13, and G, as well as by genre. Some examples of the genres include Animation, Classics, Musical, Special Interest, Family, Indie, Suspense, TV Movie, and Western. 

Some of the newly added free movies we spotted last time we visited Yidio were Trust, Cinderella, Rabbit School: The Guardians of the Golden Eggs, The Chase, The Secret, The Reckoning, The Three Dogateers, Girl, and Femme Fatale.

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Teen Wolf free movie on YouTube

‘Teen Wolf’ Movie.
What We Like
  • Some free movies are hosted on official YouTube channels

  • Movies are rated by viewers

  • Viewers can leave comments below movies

What We Don’t Like
  • It’s hard to find every free movie

  • Most free movies are not in HD

  • It’s common for movies to be taken down without notice

YouTube isn’t just the place to go to watch videos of skateboarding dogs or the latest movie trailers. They also have movies you can rent but more importantly, movies that you can watch for free.

New and popular movies are easily accessible from the Movies & Shows section of YouTube. You can also browse through different genres and, of course, free movies that you can watch right now at no cost.

At our last visit to YouTube we were able to watch free movies online like The Terminator, Christmas on Salvation Street, Almost Adults, Devil Winds, Sleepover, Missing 411, A Street Cat Named Bob, Igor, and The Arrival. Use our list of the best free movies on YouTube for more options.

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Christmas In Cartoontown free movie stream

‘Christmas In Cartoontown’ Movie.
What We Like
  • Has a gigantic selection of movies

  • Movies are grouped into unique collections to find something fun to watch

  • Works on lots of devices

  • Shows minimal ads

What We Don’t Like
  • Doesn’t show movie subtitles

  • Sometimes waits to buffer if you fast forward

  • Users can not comment on or rate videos

SnagFilms is one of my new favorite places to watch free movies online. It has a catalog of over 2,000 films and TV shows that you can browse by genre or search for by title.

Although they’ve been known to change, one neat feature of SnagFilms is the editor and user-curated collections you’ll find, like “Before They Were Stars,” “Explore the World,” “History Lessons,” “Refugee & Immigrant Stories,” “Celebrate Pride,” and “Veterans & The Military.”

A few of the free movies we’ve been able to see at SnagFilms include Mr. Christmas, Alive Inside, The Corporation, Lost for Life, A Christmas Carol, Forever, Medea, and Toys Will Be Toys.

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A Good Marriage free movie stream on Tubi

‘A Good Marriage’ Movie.
What We Like
  • Has high quality, popular movies

  • Lots of genres to find movies (like a “Not on Netflix” section)

  • Subtitles can be enabled for most movies

What We Don’t Like
  • Ads are shown throughout the movies

  • There isn’t a comments section below the films like most movie streaming websites have

Tubi has thousands of free movies and TV shows that you can stream right now. Some of them can only be rented, and not viewed for free, but many of them are absolutely free to stream.

There are dozens of genres you can pick from at Tubi , including regular ones for romance, drama, documentary, kids, comedy, and horror films, as well as unique genres like Wild Things (Nature), Best of British, Women First, After Hours, and Grindhouse.

Tubi’s movies can also be viewed by the Featured, New Releases, Movie Night, Trending, Highly Rated on Rotten Tomatoes, Indie Films, and Not on Netflix sections.

Some examples of free movies you can watch at Tubi include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Traded, Megamind, Christmas Twister, Annabelle Creation, Let Go, Rage, Bear, The Nut Job, Escape Plan, Mother’s Day, A Princess for Christmas, and Coneheads.

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective free movie on Vudu

‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’ Movie.
What We Like
  • Lots of high quality movies

  • Most movies are popular and well known

  • Films can be filtered and sorted in a number of ways

  • You can also buy and rent movies

What We Don’t Like
  • Not everything is free to watch

  • All free movies display ads

  • You must log in

Vudu might not be your first pick when looking for free sites for streaming movies but there are in fact thousands of movies here that you can watch right now. All you have to do is put up with a few commercials.

A few of this website’s newest additions include Hancock, The Golden Compass, The Last Samurai, Scary Movie, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Final Destination, Step Up 2: The Streets, What a Girl Wants, and Little Giants.

One great thing about Vudu’s free movies is that some of them are in 1080p, so you don’t have to sacrifice quality just to watch some free movies.

You can use the New page on Vudu’s site to see which free movies were most recently included in their collection. There’s also a genre section for some other ways to find free movies in categories like romance, comedy, crime & suspense, faith & inspirational, action, family & kids, etc.

Once you settle on something to watch, you might be given the option to buy or rent it, but so long as you found it through the Free page, there will be a free button you can use to stream the movie without paying. Of course, you could also pay for movies at Vudu, too.

You do need a user account in order to watch movies at Vudu, even the ones that don’t cost, but registration is totally free.

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The Roku Channel

The Sandlot movie free stream on The Roku Channel

‘The Sandlot’ Movie.
What We Like
  • Provides high quality movies

  • Includes newer movies

  • Works on computers, mobile devices, and TVs

  • Offers captions

  • Caption text background and font can be customized

  • Also includes TV shows

What We Don’t Like
  • Includes ads

  • Works in the US only (if streaming from a desktop browser)

  • Works in the US and Canada only (if streaming from a Roku player or Roku TV)

  • No mobile app (there is a mobile website)

  • User account required (it’s free)

Free movies are also available from The Roku Channel. If you have a Roku TV or streaming player, you can add The Roku Channel to your device, but even if you don’t have one, you can still stream all the movies free to your computer or mobile device.

There are some ads in these movies but the trade off is really high quality videos and well-known movies.

Here are a few examples of free movies you can watch on The Roku Channel: Memento, The Dog Who Saved Christmas, Highlander: The Source, Hugo, Triangle, and August Rush.

In addition to free movies on The Roku Channel is live TV from channels like ABC News and PeopleTV, plus free TV shows.

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Shrek free stream from IMDb TV

‘Shrek Forever After’ Movie.
What We Like
  • Uncluttered video player.

  • Free movies and TV shows.

  • Browsing for movies is easy.

  • Includes original videos.

What We Don’t Like
  • User account is required.

  • Several in-video ads; most are long.

IMDb is known for its comprehensive database of movie information and trailers, but it also has a selection of free movies and TV shows. You can browse the free movies at IMDb by recently added, most popular, IMDb Originals, top-rated movies, and genre.

The video player lets you turn on subtitles, adjust the way the subtitles show up on the screen, change the video quality, go into full screen mode, and

Some examples of the free movies we’ve seen at IMDb TV include She’s Out of My League, Hey Arnold! The Movie, Patriot’s Day, The Adventures of Tintin, This Beautiful Fantastic, and A Cowgirl’s Story.

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Top Documentary Films

Top Documentary Films free movie called The Secrets of Silicon Valley

‘The Secrets of Silicon Valley’ Movie.
What We Like
  • Lots of interesting categories of movies to browse through

  • You can sign up for email alerts when new documentaries are released

  • Lots of movies are available in high quality

  • Most movies have zero advertisements

What We Don’t Like
  • Doesn’t provide new, well-known movies like some movies sites

  • No mobile app available

If you’re a documentary fan, you’ll want to check out Top Documentary Films where you can watch public domain streaming documentaries for free.

The documentaries are organized in categories like Technology, Society, Science, Politics, Nature, Future by Design, Mystery, History, Conspiracy, Environment, and more.

Some of the recently featured documentaries here include Exposing Jeffrey Epstein, The Art of Effortless Living, The Silent Summer: Why Are Insects Dying?, Fire in Paradise, Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis, and Red Flags.

If you’re not sure what to watch, the Top 100 page might give you some good ideas.

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Classic Cinema Online

Death Rides a Horse free movie at Classic Cinema Online

‘Death Rides a Horse’ Movie.
What We Like
  • Perfect if you’re into classic movies

  • Wide variety of movie genres

  • Includes a section for just silent films

  • No ads in most movies

What We Don’t Like
  • Can’t sort or filter lists

  • Most movies are low quality (because they’re old and black and white)

  • Some links don’t work because the movie has been removed

Classic Cinema Online houses only a handful of free movies at a time but they also have a wonderful collection of silent films if you’re interested in those.

There are wonderful classic movies available for streaming at Classic Cinema Online, with stars like Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, Richard Burton, and Lucille Ball.

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The American West of John Ford free movie at Retrovision

‘The American West of John Ford’ Movie.
What We Like
  • Huge collection of classic movies

  • A handful of genres make filtering easy

  • Includes a one-page list of every movie available for streaming

What We Don’t Like
  • No longer adds new movies

  • Some movies are split into several parts

  • Most videos aren’t high quality (which might be expected with older films)

  • No subtitle options

  • No iOS app

Visit Retrovision for the free movies online and you’ll find a ton of adventure, comedy, crime, drama, horror, science fiction, Western, war, and film noir movies that are all free.

You can browse for movies by genre or sift through the alphabetized list of every movie they have.

Besides having free movies like Children of the Corn and For You I Die, Retrovision also has some of your favorite classic TV shows like Bonanza, Beverly Hillbillies, Burns and Allen, Dick Van Dyke, Gang Busters, and One Step Beyond.

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Big Five Glories

The Man Who Walked Alone free movie at Big Five Glories

‘The Man Who Walked Alone’ Movie.
What We Like
  • A great source for free classic movies

  • Lots of genres to pick from

  • Has a whole category just for silent films

  • Uses YouTube’s video player

What We Don’t Like
  • No modern movies

  • Several links don’t work

If you’re a classic movie buff who couldn’t find what you needed in the other classic movie streaming sites above, Big Five Glories might be where you stop looking.

Every movie is in the public domain. There are silent films here as well as ones with sound, plus black and white movies and color movies. The free movies here range from the early 1900s to the 1970s.

You can see all the movies they have available on their All Classic Movies page, but you can also browse by silent films, color films, year, and genre for sci-fi, romance, war, western, thriller, and other movies.

A few examples of the movies you can watch for free at Big Five Glories include Grandma’s Boy, The Birth of a Nation, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, The Scar, and Reefer Madness.

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Pluto TV

The Ghost and the Darkness free movie on Pluto TV

‘The Ghost and the Darkness’ Movie.
What We Like
  • Has the same feel as a TV’s channel guide

  • You can view what will be on later in the day

  • Lets you start the movie from an earlier time or watch it live

  • Includes on-demand movies, too

  • Includes TV shows, news, music, and more

What We Don’t Like
  • Has only a dozen or so channels for just movies

  • Doesn’t include subtitle options

  • Live-streamed movies can’t be watched again on demand

Pluto TV works in two ways, as both an on-demand movie streaming website where you can pick from a list of films, as well as a live TV service that lets you watch movies and TV shows as they become available.

You can watch live TV and movies from your web browser through the website or through the mobile or desktop app by downloading the appropriate software. Among several other devices, Pluto TV is available as an app for iOS and an Android app.

Find comedy, drama, action, horror, and other movie types at Pluto TV, both on-demand and live. If you’re streaming live TV, the movie channels include channel 52, 54, and more; others have more like live sports, music, and news.

Some of the popular on-demand movies at Pluto TV include Congo, Fifty Shades of Black, Identity, Eight Millimeter, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Down to Earth, Beverly Hills Cop 3, Sahara, and Popeye.

Not sure what to watch? See what’s trending on Pluto TV.

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Free Movies Cinema

Speed Dating free movie at Free Movies Cinema

‘Speed Dating’ Movie.
What We Like
  • Most videos don’t show ads

  • Includes short films and regular-length films

  • Has classics and more modern films

  • Lots of movies can be streamed in HD quality

  • Updates often

What We Don’t Like
  • Some movies have different video player options than others

  • Movies sometimes take longer to start playing than they do on similar movie streaming sites

Free Movies Cinema is a collection of independent and public domain movies in categories such as Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Short Film, Drama, Horror, Fantasy, and Documentary.

There are also playlists you can browse through to find similar movies, like war movies, zombie films, and Westerns.

A few movies you can stream at Free Movies Cinema include Safety, Jameson, Ink, Zero, Nano, Coatmaker, Lucy’s Tale, and After Her.

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Internet Archive Movie Archive

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea free movie at Internet Archive Movie Archive

‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ Movie.
What We Like
  • Has a much wider variety of films than similar sites

  • Most videos can be downloaded, too

  • Movies can be sorted by view, title, date archived, and creator

What We Don’t Like
  • Movies can be hard to find among all the other content on this website

  • Films with nudity are not separated from the others

  • Doesn’t include modern blockbusters

Internet Archive Movie Archive is another place you can go to find free movies online that all fall under public domain so they are free to watch and download.

You’ll find videos in nearly every year imaginable, from 2020 back through the 1900s.

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Kanopy free movies listing

What We Like
  • Includes thousands of free videos

  • Adds new movies often

  • No ads display within the movies

What We Don’t Like
  • Must have a supported library card to watch the free movies

Kanopy is different than these other free movie streaming websites because you need a library card at a supporting library before you can watch anything. However, there are zero commercials in the movies, and new films are added every month.

Use the Kanopy signup page to search for your library, whether it’s a public library or one attached to a school. Once you’ve been approved, you can start watching the free movies they have on their website.

Kanopy has thousands of movies, listed in full here. There are science fiction, fantasy, drama, classic, romance, war, comedy, and other movie genres, including TV series. You’ll also find documentaries, independent films, media and communication videos, business-centered films, and more. There’s even an entirely separate section for movies for kids.

A few of the more popular movies at Kanopy include Palo Alto, Hereditary, The Hours, Zodiac, What Richard Did, The Bookshop, The Awakening, Prospect, Under the Silver Lake, The Children Act, Detachment, Her Smell, and Eighth Grade.

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Movies Found

Final Offer free movie on

‘Final Offer’ Movie.
What We Like
  • One of the best places to find interesting documentaries

  • Has short and full-length movies

What We Don’t Like
  • The pop-ups make clicking movie links really difficult takes public domain movies from all over the internet and organizes them so you can find the movies you want to watch.

The free online movies here are all listed on one page by genre along with the release year. You can also view the movies by most recently added, year, and top rated.

The last time we visited, some of the newer additions included Run, John Doe: Vigilante, Wandering Soul, Overtime, Bleuets, Yona, and 91%.

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Public Domain Torrents

Public Domain Torrents website

What We Like
  • Lots of genres to pick from

  • Everything is free and in the public domain

  • Shows the top 20 downloaded movies

  • Provides an easy way to buy your favorite films on DVD

What We Don’t Like
  • Only a small portion of films can be streamed; must download the others

  • Website often malfunctions, letting you download but not stream movies

  • Uses torrent files, so you’re not guaranteed successful downloads

Public Domain Torrents is the place to go if you want to watch classic movies and B-movies for free online. All the movies here are public domain so they are completely legal to watch.

These aren’t just free movies online either, you can also download the movies for free in a variety of formats.

Some of the free movie streams available here include Gulliver’s Travels, Horrors of Spider Island, Attack The Battle for New Britain, Haxan, Reefer Madness and Night of the Living Dead.

Other Ways to Get Free Movies

Streaming movies from the sites above is just one method of getting free movies. You can also download movies for free so that they’re yours to keep forever and use however you wish, even without an internet connection.

If you don’t find the free movie you’re looking for, be sure to check out how you can get ​free DVD rentals including free movies from Redbox. Sometimes you can even get free movie channels just by asking (yes, seriously).

If you subscribe to a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu, which are not free, we have all the details on sharing your account with family and friends.

Torrent sites are also a common place to find free movie downloads, but please remember that most movie torrents are provided illegally. You’re much better off sticking to legal movie streaming sites like the ones listed above, but if you do venture elsewhere, be sure to learn how to spot an illegal movie site.

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