You’ve cut the cord. But streaming services have gotten too expensive, so you’ve cut back on them, too. You don’t believe in piracy. Yet you still want to watch movies and TV shows. What is a person to do?
Stream for free! There is a bevy of free streaming sites out there that offer an impressive collection of films and television. Granted, you won’t find the newest blockbusters (or even older blockbusters), but these free movie streaming sites are a great way to fill in the gaps in your film history, or discover unique, underground, “hidden gems” that will make you the coolest kid at the party.
So pop that popcorn, relax, and check out these great streaming sites that offer free movies online. Most of them can be viewed in a web browser or a dedicated app.
And if you do happen to be a subscriber to a streaming service, check out our recommendation lists for the best movies to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Disney+!
Although streaming movies for free might sound synonymous with piracy, there are a bevy of free movie streaming sites on the internet. And these are packed full of movies you can stream for free, and it’s all completely legal.
Whether you’re looking for movies or television shows, finding streaming video is totally feasible. It just requires you to know where to look. With that in mind, here are the best free online movie streaming sites to check out.
If you visual content, we have compiled the Top 10 free movie sites into a quickfire video below!
Youtube is, of course, the king of free streaming original content online and they’re also hosting their own paid subscription service YouTube Red, but hidden away in the weeds of their rental platform is a pretty robust library of ad-supported movies you can stream for free. Current highlights include Child’s. Play, the Sylvester Stallone arm-wrestling drama Over the Top, Get Shorty, The Birdcage, The Double, and Bong Joon Ho‘s excellent giant monster melodrama The Host.
It’s no surprise that YouTube ranks among the best free movie streaming sites you can find. It offers a ton of free films to pick from, including many public domain films from channels such as the aptly titled Public Domain Films and Public Domain Cinema.
There’s a fantastic mix, with everything from gems like Plan 9 From Outer Space to action movies such as Recoil with Danny Trejo and Steven Austin. You’ll also find cult classics, such as Curse of the Puppet Master and much more.
You may have to dig for what you most want to watch, but for those with patience, YouTube is a treasure trove of free, legal streaming cinema.
A huge selection of movies and TV shows that are always free, Tubi covers a wide range of genres – that is to say, all genres. You won’t find new releases, but you will find some big hits from the last twenty years or so. Modern classics in their collection include Black Hawk Down, The Founder, Steven Soderbergh‘s underrated action gem Haywire, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Annabelle. The television collection isn’t as impressive, mostly consisting of old syndicated shows like The Incredible Hulk, Silk Stalkings, and Third Rock From the Sun.
Hundreds of free movies, TV shows, and originals, all ad-supported. Unsurprisingly, everything is a Sony project, but they have a lot of good selections here: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Wes Anderson‘s debut film Bottle Rocket, Cliffhanger, Hollow Man, The Machinist, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and many, many more. TV includes mostly classics like All In the Family, Charlie’s Angels, The Partridge Family, and What’s Happening.
Boasting a solid array of syndicated content and original productions, Crackle is a must for any film buff. Its rotating selection varies, but you’ll find quality movies such as the cult favorite comedy Hot Rod, gothic horror flick Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the masterful 1988 remake of The Blob, and the horror-crime film The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
Aside from films, Crackle features television shows such as Charlie’s Angels, Hell’s Kitchen, and even original programming like its Snatch series. With its robust lineup of movies and shows, we also think Crackle is one of the best free Roku channels.
Remember how exciting it was when libraries started offering movies and audio books for rent? Remember what a pain in the ass it was to go down to the library, only to discover their already meager selection was considerably depleted by other borrowers? Hoopla Digital is like a library you can browse from home. They offer movies, TV shows, audio books, comics, and music. The titles you can expect to find here are the same kind you can expect to find in a library: Ella Enchanted, 13 Going on 30, the standout 2019 sci-fi indie Freaks, Life Is Beautiful, Bong Joon Ho‘s The Host, Force Majeure, and Amelie, to name a few. The only downside is you have to have a library card to use the site… and the only place you can get a library card is to physically visit a library.
CONtv, formerly known as Viewster, features a lot of anime content, plus TV shows inspired by video games. However, you’ll still find some free movies to enjoy here, including a lot of horror B-films. Some of it requires a subscription, but a lot of the content is available to watch for free.
Similar to Hoopla Digital, Kanopy offers access to “quality, thoughtful entertainment” for free with your library card or through your university. Their focus seems to be on indie films, documentaries, and foreign films. The only downside is that not all libraries and universities have signed up to be part of Kanopy, so check their list. If you do have access, the service offers a pretty incredible selection of new and older titles alike (as well as tones of informative and educational content), including Lady Bird, Eighth Grade, Chinatown, First Reformed, and Collette. This one is of special note if you’re an A24 fan since they feature a ton of their recent titles.
Vudu is best known as a place to buy and rent digital movies. You know when you buy a Blu-ray and there is a code offering you a free digital download? Frequently, that digital download is through Vudu. The service also offers thousands of movies and hundreds of TV series that are free with ads. You can find Starship Troopers, Child’s Play, The Way of the Gun, The Birdcage, Happy Feet and more on Vudu.
While Vudu is best known for its digital video rentals and sales, the Vudu Movies on Us section makes it one of the best free movie streaming sites too. With a comprehensive array of movies such as La La Land, The Karate Kid, and Saw 3, it’s a fantastic service.
Vudu Movies on Us operates in a similar way to Crackle by providing full, uncut movies with limited commercials. Through hosting films with ads, Vudu is able to offer free movies and TV shows.
You still need to register for a Vudu account to use this service, but it’s worth doing so. Once you do, you can use your account to activate digital copies of movies and shows, as well as buy and rent movies from Vudu.
For a free Netflix alternative, check out SnagFilms. With unique categories such as Athletes and Their Triumphs and Explore the World, SnagFilms specializes in fresh content. The library of more than 2,000 videos includes films, shows, and documentaries. Additionally, there’s a portion of original comedy shorts.
The service offers a fantastic classic movies category as well. Don’t expect a ton of well-known fare, but for under-the-radar movies and more, SnagFilms is a gem.
IMDb isn’t just the ultimate resource for film fans. They also have hundreds of free TV shows and movies streaming on their site, along with IMDb original productions (mostly interviews). Unlike most of the other services, IMDb TV is only available on Fire TV devices or on your computer (because duh, IMDb is owned by Amazon — speaking of which, you can also the available IMDBtv titles through the Amazon Video player). Check out standout newer titles like Blade Runner 2049 and Nightcrawler alongside favorites like True Romance, Themla & Louise, Memento and Snatch in the movies section, and Heroes, Fringe, and The Middle in the television section.
Did you know that the premier movie database also hosts free movies? Launched in 2019, the IMDb TV service allows anyone with a free IMDb account to watch a selection of free movies and TV shows. In addition to watching online, you can enjoy this content on your Fire TV.
As of this writing, your movie options include A Few Good Men, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and Air Force One. You’ll also find some TV series and IMDb originals to enjoy.
In addition to the standard collection of free, ad-supported movies and a handful of TV shows, Popcorn Flix also has a “viral video” section that is like a curated YouTube.
Like Crackle, Popcornflix presents full movies with limited ads. Here, you’ll find a range of movies in a rotating selection, from Double Dragon to Flawless and Roman Holiday. The service even offers some original content to boot.
Flicks are segmented into categories such as popularity, genre, new arrivals, and staff picks, making Popcornflix easy to use. With a beefy lineup and excellent navigation, Popcornflix is an awesome choice for free, legal movie streaming.
They also offer original films (like Teacher of the Year starring Keegan Michael Key). Some movies to check out: Compliance, The Love Witch, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Firm, Roman Holiday, and Prince Avalanche.
Pluto TV has a lot to offer. You’ll find a Live TV section where you can switch between channels, much like traditional cable. Find the Movies section on the left side to jump to channels that only play films, though they may be in the middle of one when you do so.
If you can’t find something that you like on the live stations, open the left sidebar and switch to On Demand. Here you’ll find tons of free movies you can start streaming right away.
This is basically cable TV without the cable. It offers over 100 free streaming channels, including movies, sports, news, classic TV, and semi-recent reality television. There are channels devoted entirely to Doctor Who, Dora the Explorer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, anime, Comedy Central Roasts, Antiques Roadshow, and Mystery Science Theater 3000. If you want to watch on your own schedule, there is an On Demand section. While it does have some good flicks including JCVD, Battle Royale, and Ronin, there is no search feature.
As the name suggests, Classic Cinema Online focuses on older content. Even its website aesthetic captures a decidedly retro vibe, with a backdrop of red theater curtains. You can find movies such as Pinocchio, The Thin Man, and Citizen Kane here.
Some of the inclusions may have you calling the definition of “classic cinema” into question. Nevertheless, Classic Cinema Online is pure gold for old-school movies.
On Veoh, you’ll be able to stream a number of movies and shows. In addition, Veoh hosts user-submitted content, making it one of the best alternatives to YouTube.
I don’t know much about anime, but I do know that CrunchyRoll.com is the place to stream anime online. With hundreds of anime series, and a few live-action Japanese dramas, you can stream lower-res, ad-supported videos for free, then chat about them in the community. Bonus points for the “random” button, which will randomly load up the first episode of a series.
Billed as a streaming service put together by “industry-leading producers and financiers,” FilmRise.com seems to have films and TV shows that can be found on a lot of other free streaming services (Roseanne, Memento, Monster). The movies can only be viewed on their app – not on your web browser. In addition, their search feature on the website doesn’t work. On the upside, their site is clean and easy to navigate and current highlights include The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Christopher Nolan‘s Memento, and The Dog Doc.
Comet is a broadcast TV channel that focuses on science-fiction, including titles like They Came from Beyond Space, House on Haunted Hill, Flash Gordon, David Cronenberg‘s Existenz, and both Blacula and Scream Blacula Scream. They don’t offer anything on-demand, but you can stream the channel for free in a web browser and via a variety of apps.
From the same people who run Comet comes Charge, which is dedicated to action programming. Like Comet, it is all streaming. Some of their films include Infernal Affairs (the 2002 Hong Kong thriller that Scorsese remade with The Departed), McKlintock!, the Frank Sinatra thriller Suddenly, Jackie Chan‘s The Accidental Spy, and The Yards.
Curated by director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, The Neon Demon), By NWR features three films per month. Each are handpicked by Refn, fully restored, and are joined by essays by a variety of film critics and historians. The films are mostly grindhouse flicks: nudie-cuties, horror, crime, “hicksploitation,” and other obscure exploitation subgenres. If titles like Satan in High Heels, She-Man: A Story of Fixation, and Cottonpickin’ Chickenpickers don’t pique your interest, you may be dead inside.
The Internet Archive is a non-profit collection that includes over four million videos. They are largely public domain films; short films uploaded by their creators; TV news reels; movie trailers; and stock footage. Some highlights: George Romero‘s Night of the Living Dead; Ed Wood‘s Plan 9 From Outer Space; The Sheik starring Rudolf Valentino; several Charlie Chaplin classics; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; episodes of The Three Stooges; vintage cartoons like Woody Woodpecker and Popeye; and my personal favorite, mental hygiene films.
CW Seed has a couple-dozen TV series you can watch, in their entirety, for free. This includes the complete run of CW shows like The Secret Circle, Who’s Line Is It Anyway?, and Hellcats; off-network shows like The Ghost Whisperer, Pushing Daisies, and Schitt’s Creek; and original animations like Supernatural: The Anime Series and Constantine: City of Demons.
Most networks have a handful of episodes of their current shows to stream. ABC.com offers this, but also full runs of a handful of canceled shows, including classics like My So-Called Life and Felicity; newer treats like Ugly Betty and The Muppets reboot; and a couple genre favorites of mine: Reaper and The River.
If you are familiar with Shout Factory, then their streaming selection will satisfy your viewing needs. Digging in to the vast Shout Factory catalogue of cult, underground, foreign, and generally weird films, every genre is represented here: horror, sci-fi, comedy, drama, martial arts, western, action, and documentaries. The standouts here are collections of the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 films, Riff Trax, and Elvira’s Movie Macabre. Most of the films come from the 1980s or earlier, so if you are looking for a new release, it’s not here.