20 Best Places to Watch Free Movies Online

Stream free, full-length movies from these websites!

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Watching free movies online is a convenient and frugal way to see the movies you love right from the comfort of your own home. All you'll need to watch these free online movies are a computer or TV with an internet connection.

There are plenty of places to watch free movies online but the sites listed below have the largest amount of movies, are safe for your computer or TV, don't require a download, and, most importantly, are legal for you to use. Many of these websites also have free movie apps so you can access the free movies on your mobile device.

These aren't movie clip or trailers, they are free full-length movies that you can watch beginning to end with perhaps a few commercial interruptions. All genres of movies can be found as well from comedy to drama from horror to action. There are movies from big-name studios to older or independent movies that many of us love to watch over and over again.

Check out this guide to find out what you need in order to watch these free movies online. You can also see comparisons of the top free movie websites to find out how they stack up against each other.

If you want a quick way to search for free movies through dozens of websites at once, try JustWatch. It doesn't search through all the movie websites listed below but it does work with a few of them.

Other Ways to Get Free Movies

There are also free movies you can download that fall under public domain as well as free movies just for the kids, and tons of free documentaries.

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.

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Sony Crackle

Screenshot of a free movie at Sony Crackle, called Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' 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

Our Review of Sony Crackle

Sony 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.

Charlie's Angels, Fight Club, The Big Lebowski, Hancock, Groundhog Day, Battle Los Angeles, Toy Soldiers, and The Da Vinci Code are just a few of the free movies we've spotted at Sony Crackle.

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Screenshot of a free movie at Popcornflix called Short Term 12
'Short Term 12'.

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

Our Review of Popcornflix

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, documentaries, 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 free movies we've been able to watch at Popcornflix: Home for the Holidays, Short Term 12, Hotel For Dogs, Let Her Out, Ghost Town, and A Turtle's Tale.

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The free movie Gamers from Viewster
'Gamers: Beyond the Game' Movie.

What we like

  • Movies can be sorted by popularity, staff picks, and more

  • Partners with BBC, HBO, STARZ, and other well-known companies

  • Works on lots of devices

  • Mobile app is easy to use

What we don't like

  • No option to enable subtitles

  • Can't turn off subtitles if they're hardcoded in the video

  • Some ads are as long as one minute

Our Review of Viewster

Viewster has a fairly large collection of free movies online. In addition to movies, there are several TV shows you stream for free as well.

These free movies are a mix of movies you have and haven't heard of, and you may have to watch some ads during the movie to be able to enjoy them for free.

Some of the free movies we've been able to watch at Viewster include Meteor Apocalypse, Club Butterfly, The FP, Daylight, Memories of Murder, and Rock Jocks.

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Screenshot of the free movie Stuart Little on Yidio
'Stuart Little" 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

  • While there are lots of free movies, not every film you find here 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

Our Review of Yidio

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

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, TV Movie, and Western. 

Some free and new movies I spotted last time I visited Yidio were A Very Long Engagement, All About Christmas Eve, The Firm, The Vault, Home Invasion, Crooked Hearts, and Gregory Go Boom.

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Screenshot of a free movie on YouTube
'Elvira - Mistress Of The Dark' 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

Our Take on Watching Movies on YouTube

YouTube isn't just the place to go to watch videos of skateboarding dogs or the latest movie trailers. They now 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 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 my last visit to YouTube I was able to watch free movies online like Legally Blonde, The Terminator, Agent Cody Banks, Igor, Bio-Dome, Zookeeper, Jesus Camp, and Children of the Corn.

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Screenshot of the free movie Spinning Plates on SnagFilms
'Spinning Plates' 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

Our Review of SnagFilms

SnagFilms is one of my new favorite places to watch free movies online. It has a catalog of over 10,000 films that you can search by genre, newly added, most reviewed, and most popular.

Though they change often, one of my favorite features 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."

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Screenshot of the free movie HIck on Tubi t
'Hick' 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

Our Review of Tubi

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 In Time, Lawless, Zodiac, Escape Plan, World Trade Center, Hugo, True Grit, The Fighter, The Adventures of Tintin, School of Rock, Spaceballs, Extraction, The Simple Life, and They Came Together.

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Screenshot of the free movie The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants on Vudu
'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' 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 every movie on Vudu is free to watch

  • Every free movie shows ads

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 free movies include Stuart Little, Snakes on a Plane, Paddington, Empire State, Disaster Movie, Kingpin, Curly Sue, Wayne's World 2, Superstar, and Look Who's Talking.

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 website 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 Movies On Us page, just use the Watch for Free button!

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

Screenshot of a free movie at The Roku Channel
'Hugo' Movie.

What We Like

  • Provides high quality movies

  • Includes newer movies

  • Works on computers, mobile devices, and TVs

  • Offer 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)

  • There isn't a mobile app, but you can still watch from your mobile browser

  • Can't search for movies by title

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: Big, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, The Gospel, Seven Years in Tibet, and Ever After: A Cinderella Story.

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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Top Documentary Films

Screenshot of a free movie on Top Documentary Films called The Pirate Bay: Away from Keyboard
'The Pirate Bay: Away from Keyboard' 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

Our Review of Top Documentary Films

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

The documentaries are organized in easy to browse categories like Technology, Society, Science, Politics, Nature, Mystery, History, Conspiracy, Environment, and more.

Some of the free movies you can see here include Children Full of Life, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, State of Surveillance, The Immortals, Tashi and the Monk, Hubble: Universe in Motion, and Planet Ocean.

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Classic Cinema Online

Screenshot of a free movie on Classic Cinema Online called Death Rides a Horse
'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

  • You can't sort or filter the lists of movies

  • Because they're old and black and white, most movies are low quality

  • Some movies don't work because they've been taken down

Our Review of Classic Cinema Online

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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Screenshot of the free movie The American West of John Ford on 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

  • Some movies are split into several parts

  • Most movies are not high quality (which might be expected with older films)

  • No iOS app available

  • No subtitle options

Our Review of Retrovision

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.

Besides having free movies, 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

Screenshot of the free movie The Man Who Walked Alone on 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

  • Does not have modern movies

  • The filtering options don't work well

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

Screenshot of the free movie 84 Charing Cross Road on Pluto TV
'84 Charing Cross Road' 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

  • There are only around a dozen channels for just movies

  • Doesn't include subtitle options

  • Movies streaming live can not 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 live.

You can watch live TV and movies from your web browser through the Pluto.tv/watch website or through the mobile or desktop app by downloading the appropriate software — it's available for iOS, Android, and several other devices.

You can 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 start on Channel 51; others show live sports, music, news, and more.

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Free Movies Cinema

Screenshot of the free movie Prospect on Free Movies Cinema
'Prospect' Movie.

What we like

  • Most videos do not show ads

  • Includes short films and regular-length films

  • Has classics and more modern films

  • Lots of movies can be streamed in HD quality

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

Our Review of Free Movies Cinema

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

You can watch the free movies online here by using their viewer which allows you to play the movie, view related movies, and share the movie over email.

A few movies you can stream at Free Movies Cinema include Voldemort: Origins of the Heir, The Surface, Rakka, 4.1 Miles, and Kung Fury.

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Internet Archive Movie Archive

Screenshot of a free movie on Internet Archive Movie Archive called 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
'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

Our Review of Internet Archive Movie Archive

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 2018 back through the 1900s.

Be sure to check out their blog to help you find the free online movies that are most popular and critically-acclaimed. They might also release updates regarding new movie releases on their Twitter or Facebook page.

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Screenshot of the free movie The Phantom of the Opera on Veoh
'The Phantom of the Opera' Movie.

What we like

  • Includes thousands of movies

  • You can toggle HD on with one click

  • Most movies show no ads

  • Films can be filtered by language and subtitle language

What we don't like

  • Has only a few hundred movie-length English videos

  • There's a small number of genres to choose from

  • Most movies are not available in high quality

Our Review of Veoh

There are millions of free videos, and thousands of free movies at Veoh that you can watch at absolutely no cost.

Some of the genres you can find here are Crime/Mystery, Drama, Family, Horror, Romance, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

It's really easy to sort through all the videos at Veoh to find recently added videos, ones in a particular language, and movies that are longer/shorter than so many minutes.

These are just a few of the free movies available the last time I visited Veoh: The Collector, The Desperados, Dark/Web, and The Island at the Top of the World.

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Screenshot of free movies on Kanopy
Kanopy's Free Movies.

What we like

  • Includes thousands of free videos

  • Adds new movies often

  • No ads display within the movies

What we don't like

  • You have to 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 Where are you from? 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 all sorts of movies, listed in full here. There are science fiction, fantasy, drama, classic, romance, war, comedy, and others, including TV series. You'll also find documentaries, independent films, media and communication videos, business-centered films, and more.

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Movies Found Online.com

Screenshot of the free movie Final Offer on MoviesFoundOnline.com
'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

Our Review of MoviesFoundOnline.com

MoviesFoundOnline.com 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 I visited, some of the newer additions included Payback, The Toxic Avenger, The Grudge 3, and Smokey and the Bandit.

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Public Domain Torrents

Screenshot of the Public Domain Torrents website
Public Domain Torrents.

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; you have to download the others

  • The website often malfunctions, letting you download movies but not stream them

  • Downloads are available as torrents, so you're not guaranteed successful downloads

Our Review of Public Domain Torrents

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.

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