If you were forced to cut expenses and cancel your Netflix or Amazon Prime Video subscription, you don’t have to settle for what only open TV signals offer. If you don’t believe us, we have compiled the best places to watch movies for free and legally, where you will always find something to have fun with.
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Sony Crackle, Crackle or Crackle Plus
Known in the past simply as Crackle, this site of streaming Free has undergone as many name changes as P. Diddy. Initially controlled by Sony, it is now a joint venture between Sony and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSS). That association created a new entity called Crackle Plus, and it was believed to also become the name of the streaming service. However, a look at the site and it is clear that simplicity has won: it is called Crackle.
Whatever you call it, the service includes content from six ad-supported CSS streaming services (Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Popcornflix Comedy, Frightpix, Spanishflix, and Truli), as well as some Sony movies and TV shows.
You’ll find a fair amount of highly successful hits like Speed, The Transporter and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and a generous amount of dark but interesting B movies. Crackle is a great resource, though constant interruptions from advertisers can quickly bore you. The service is offered in 21 countries, but is not available to Canadian, Latin American, and Australian users.
YouTube is surely the biggest video site, but Vimeo is probably the best. The website is clean in design with no ads and the benefits of an active user community that is considered more professional and constructive than YouTube. A large number of excellent original shorts and feature films emerge from this community. Vimeo also has an on-demand section, where users can purchase full movies and TV shows. Most are independent, but some offerings are also produced by major studios. Either way, Vimeo is a great place to find high-quality free movies.
Vudu, owned by Walmart, may be best known for its subscription-based streaming service, but the platform also has an impressive free content section. Titles like Batman Begins, Terminator 3 and The Cabin In The Woods They are good examples of what you will find. You will still need a Vudu account, but you can create one for free. The Vudu app already supports many platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, game consoles, and more. Also, there is an app for most mobile devices. Vudu is only available in the United States.
YouTube is the largest online video service and you’re probably already using the site to watch funny videos or your favorite songs. But YouTube also has a sizable collection of free full-length movies. Of course, most of these are B-list, but there are some quality ones that won’t show up unless you search for them directly. If you’re looking for a particular title, especially an older one, it’s worth doing a quick search to see if anyone posted it. They are not always uploaded by the rights holders and many are divided into episodes and playlists.
Finding free movies on YouTube has become more difficult lately, as more rights owners are choosing to offer their movies for rent through the service. YouTube also has subscription levels like YouTube Premium and its live TV streaming service, YouTube TV. Still, you’ll find plenty to see, especially if your standards aren’t too high regarding streaming quality.
IMDb TV, owned by Amazon (and formerly known as Freedive), has free TV series and movies with ads. In February 2020, the service acquired the rights to more than 20 Disney-owned series, including Lost, Desperate Housewives, Malcolm in the Middle and My So-Called Life. It is also the only site that allows the transmission of Lost and Malcolm in the Middle be free.
Other television shows in his relatively small library include Fringe, Heroes, Quantum Leap and The Bachelor. Among the films we can find “jewels” like Memento, La La Land, Drive, Monster, Donnie Darko, Leon: The Professional, Moon, The Illusionist and even 80s classics like The Karate Kid. You can watch IMDb TV on the web, Amazon Fire and Apple TV devices, and through the Amazon Prime app you can find it on many TVs, tablets and smartphones. IMDb TV is available only in the United States, although it is already preparing to land in Europe.
What is it about? Sign up for a library card and get free movie downloads or streams without ads. That’s the deal when you use Hoopla, a digital media streaming platform that has partnered with local libraries to allow members access. on-line to content available for loan. It’s similar to Overdrive, but with more than just ebooks and audiobooks. The availability of any given title will depend on your location and the number of copies available for download. The stream will work on any device with a browser, while downloads require the Hoopla app on a mobile device. Not all libraries are currently Hoopla compatible, so be sure to ask before. Currently, only libraries in the United States and Canada have access.
Plex is best known as a versatile and easy way to manage and view your collection of movies, music, photos, and other media. However, in 2019 he launched his own free ad-supported service with a collection of movies and TV shows from studios like MGM, Warner, Lionsgate, and Legendary. It is available worldwide, although the selection of titles varies by region. You can access the collection from a browser or any of the large number of devices that support Plex software, such as Apple TV, Roku, smart TVs. All you need is a free Plex account. For those who already use Plex as their media server, free ad-supported options can be added to existing server categories, making the experience completely seamless.
Although it may not be a service as well known as the previous ones, Pluto TV is worth mentioning. It not only has movies “on demand”, But it is also a totally free live television transmission service, which hosts selected content from all over the web. While the channels vary, they are focused on the movies, and Pluto TV has live movie channels. It offers general-purpose movie channels and the rest focuses on specific categories. It generally offers quite a bit of variety.
The Roku Channel
When Roku initially launched its free, ad-supported Roku Channel, it wasn’t technically suitable for this roundup, because you had to own one of the company’s media streaming devices before you could see it. Roku devices certainly won’t cost you a bundle, but they don’t give them away either. Now, however, the Roku Channel is available to everyone via the web, as well as through the company’s free apps for iOS and Android. The service has over 10,000 titles to choose from, including vintage classics as Walker, Texas Ranger and relatively recent movie releases like the excellent Whiplash. You’ll need to create a free Roku account before you can see it, but it’s a quick and painless process. If you ever decide to expand your options, Roku Channel now houses several subscription options premiumlike Showtime, Epix and Starz. The Roku channel is available in the United States and Canada.
Tubi is very similar to Crackle, with free movies and TV episodes available. It is very likely that you can watch Tubi regardless of the device you use, since it is available on Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and via the web. As with the vast majority of services on this list, you’ll need to see some commercials or advertisements, but that’s what keeps the service free.
Tubi has more than 200 partners, including the Shout Factory, which offers everything. If you are using this service to supplement Netflix rather than replace it, the “Not on Netflix” section will help you find new and interesting movies to watch.
Independent films and documentaries
The site offers hundreds of free online classes you can sign up for, thousands of free e-books, and hours of lectures by leading personalities. It also has many movies at zero cost. Here you’ll find everything from Hitchcock-led projects to Western stories, as well as black-and-white films. The site even houses some of the earliest directorial shorts like Quentin Tarantino and Stanley Kubrick. Open Culture can be difficult to navigate, but with over 1,000 free movies available, it’s definitely worth it.
Retrovision is another public domain site featuring hundreds of classic movies from different eras. The word “classic” may be pending interpretation, as there are even some here that occurred as recently as last year. Also, not all feature films are of high quality, but Retrovision is a well-designed site that allows users to filter by gender. There is also a solid collection of classic television shows.
Shocker Internet Drive-In
The Shocker Internet Drive-In website appears to have been created in the 1990s, but it is a great resource. The site is updated weekly with “featured” horror classics, which are then available for free download as WMV files in the “Snack Bar”.
The site is a fun little date to the past, with weekly presentations framed on a digital disc. Users can also purchase DVD copies of any movie for just $ 3. If you miss the old days of the internet when it was more like the Wild West and everything was less polished, this could be for you.
Kanopy is not only free to use, but also completely ad-free. However, there is a kind of catch: to sign up to watch movies through Kanopy, you will need a card from a local library or library card. Originally founded in 2008 in Australia as an educational tool, Kanopy now offers a source of more than 30,000 films through its partnerships with more than 200 public libraries. Although it concentrates on independent documentaries, there you will find all kinds of films.
Snagfilms is a video site “on demand, Which showcases a selection of films that cannot be found anywhere else. Founded in 2008, it has amassed over 10,000 independent documentaries and narrative films. Additionally, the founders have worked to establish dozens of associations and there are many different streaming devices that support SnagFilms. The service is currently available as a free app for iOS and Android, but is also compatible with devices like Roku and Kindle.
Top Documentary Films
If you like documentaries, Top Documentary Films is, without a doubt, the best place. Not all selections are long-lasting, but a good documentary does not have to be lengthy: some of the best are under 60 minutes. With a library of more than 3,000 titles, the site has a simple and straightforward design, and classifies all films according to subject, making it very easy to find what interests you.
Surely you will want to see the newly released movies and while there is nothing wrong with that you shouldn’t ignore all the great old tapes the internet has to offer. Archive.org presents a veritable treasure trove of old accomplishments you’ve probably never heard of, as well as a handful you may recognize.
Big Five Glories
If the Big Five Glories name seems a bit cheesy, it’s because the people behind the project spent their time compiling hundreds of free movies from the 1920s to the 1950s, a time also known as Hollywood’s “Golden Age”. This platform is perfect if your idea of a fun weekend is about going back in time to enjoy various classic movies.
How to find free movies
The downside to having so many services available is that all it really costs to find the movie we have in mind.
Luckily, as long as you have a smartphone you will have access to a tool that can help you. The Apple TV app, which is available on iOS as well as the fourth generation of Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, lets you search over 50 different streaming services.
For Android users, the Google Play Movies & TV application offers similar functionality, although the number of connected services is less. Roku devices also include search between services, although in this case most of what you find will be available to buy or rent or will be in a service that requires a subscription.
Either way, while these tools can’t guarantee that you’ll find a way to see what you’re looking for for free, it can be a good place to start.
* Updated by Rodrigo Orellana on June 21, 2020.