If you do not want to pay the Netflix monthly, relax, here we present services that let you watch movies for free on the Internet.
Is Netflix too expensive for you? Don’t want to pay for Apple TV Plus or Disney Plus?
There is nothing to fear: as long as you have an Internet connection, you can watch movies for free. Sure, you won’t be able to see the latest Hollywood releases, but you will be able to enjoy gems like Blade Runner, Captain Fantastic, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Big Lebowski without spending a dime.
These are the services that offer completely free movies (legally) that you can watch online. Some of these services also offer television series. The only thing is that you must be prepared to see commercials, since many of these services depend on the ads to survive. Please note that because the schedule changes frequently, the titles listed in this note may no longer be available.
Crackle, by Sony, is an advertising-supported streaming service that offers both movies and TV shows, including some original material. It is offered for a wide variety of devices and you don’t even have to have an account, although doing so allows you to save your favorites, receive recommendations and pause or resume playback if you change devices.
What you can see: Crackle’s selection has improved significantly in recent months and now features over 100 movies at any given time (selection changes periodically). She currently offers jewelry like Fight Club, Looper, My Girl, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, mixed with some lesser movies. They are all tapes from a few years ago, but there are many of good quality to enjoy. The only thing you have to tolerate is a business interruption from time to time.
Where you can see it: The list of devices supported by Crackle is extensive. The service offers apps for all major mobile platforms, game consoles and streaming devices, and even the service is built into many Smart TVs. But it doesn’t offer the option to download movies.
This relatively new service, formerly known as FreeDive, is part of IMDb, which is owned by Amazon. In other words, IMDb TV is the way Amazon offers streaming movies with ads independently of Amazon Prime. And the service is not limited to movies, there are also TV shows.
What you can see: Although it started with about 100 titles, IMDb TV has just announced plans to triple its content selection, which will increase the number of available titles to thousands. You can already watch content like Captain Fantastic, Paddington and Platoon. In addition, La La Land arrives for service on July 1.
Where you can watch it: IMDb TV works on any device that supports Prime Video with channels.
Do you have the library card? Check if your library has a fix with Hoopla. This digital media service allows you to see many things, including movies. When you “borrow” a movie, you have 72 hours to watch it. It is your library that determines the number of movies you can borrow each month.
What you can see: It is difficult to determine how many films Hoopla has available at any given time, but you can take a look at a large number of genres, from African films of the 70s and 80s to movies from all over the world. The service also features a generous selection of content for the family.
Where you can see it: Hoopla material can be viewed in a PC browser or on Android or iOS devices. Surprisingly, Hoopla’s mobile apps not only offer streaming, but also a download option to watch when they’re offline.
In the Internet Archive there is everything in the public domain, like thousands of movies. The service is free and you don’t even need an account (although you can create it if you want to bookmark your favorites and other things).
What you can see: “Public domain” actually means “old” and / or “mostly black and white”, making this place a favorite of those specifically looking for classic movies. So, here you will find His Girl Friday, Plan 9 from Outer Space and Gulliver’s Travels.
Where you can see it: The Internet Archive exists only on the Web, so you need a browser to access it. However, most mobile browsers, including Safari on iOS, can handle the content.
If your library doesn’t offer Hoopla, then you can go for Kanopy. This ad-free service, which originated in Australia, has reached thousands of universities worldwide and several libraries in the United States. Take a look at the website to see if your library has this service.
What you can see: Due to his educational profile, Kanopy offers a wide selection of independent films and documentaries from PBS and The Great Courses. It has a large library that includes titles like the beloved Criterion Collection. In this service you can find movies like Donnie Darko, Ex Machina, Lady Bird and Moonlight.
Where you can see it: Kanopy has channels on Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku and apps for Android and iOS. It is also available on Chromecast.
Plex slightly overlaps with other services, but its app offers a simple portal for news, podcasts, web shows, and other content.
What you can see: Apocalypse Now, Evil Dead II, Raging Bull, The Right Stuff, Tucker: The Man and His Dream
Pluto TV offers not only on-demand movies but also live television channels like CBS News and CNET. It shows ads, but it’s one of the best options that offers free content.
What you can see: It’s hard to say how many movies Pluto has, but there are a ton of categories, each of which has many titles. You can find Adaptation, Batman Begins, Layer Cake and Fly Away Home.
Where you can watch it: Pluto TV works with desktop browsers, but also offers a Windows client. It has apps for Android, iOS and other smart TVs and channels for Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku.
Roku Channel is not a free movie provider, but a new and existing content aggregator at no cost. Therefore, do not be surprised if it overlaps with the offer of some films available in other services. You’ll find movies from Roku partners like Lionsgate, MGM, Sony and Warner, along with free content from existing Roku channels like FilmRise, Popcornflix and Vidmark.
What You Can See: Like any other free movie channel, Roku’s changing selection is a mix of themes.
Where you can watch it: On Roku devices, but there is also a browser-based Roku channel that you can watch from your computer.
Tubi TV, where you can find the most free commercial movies on the Web, offers material from studios like Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount. Similar to Crackle, it is available on a wide variety of devices and you don’t need an account, although having one allows you to save your favorites and other functions if you change devices.
What you can see: Tubi TV has many movies, about 46,000, according to a company representative, although they only have between 15,000 and 20,000 in active rotation at any given time. But quite possibly you don’t know them all. To help you choose the good ones, look at the most prominent ones according to Rotten Tomatoes and Netflix. Currently you can find titles like The Cabin in the Woods, Paddington and True Grit.
Where you can watch it: Tubi TV’s list of compatible devices is similar to Crackle’s. The service has apps for Android and iOS, the main consoles, the most important streaming devices and some Samsung TVs. But it doesn’t offer the option to download the movies.
Last October, Walmart’s Vudu video service announced “Movies on Us,” which allows users to choose from a generous selection of movies (about 1,000) at no cost. This option, which lives on advertising, requires you to have an account with Vudu, but creating it is free.
What you can see: It is difficult to get very excited about Vudu’s selection of films, which are mostly old films and others that only came to market on video, but there are some gems to enjoy, such as Mystic Pizza, Platoon, Risky Business and Witness.
Where you can see it: Vudu is available on almost all streaming devices, mobiles, consoles and others. And while mobile apps allow you to download paid movies, the titles in the Movies on Us titles section can only be viewed via streaming.
You might think that Google’s video service is just clips and more clips, but it does have some movies, mostly in the public domain. This should not be confused with YouTube Red, the subscription service that includes some original movies.
What you can see: If there is an old movie that interests you, old enough that the rights have expired, you may be able to find it on YouTube. In fact, there are at least 11 great movies on YouTube. If you want to see more “modern” movies with ads, you can enjoy the following titles Four Weddings and a Funeral, Jiro Dreams of Sushi and Moonstruck.
Where you can watch it: Needless to say, if you have access to YouTube, you can watch movies. In fact, if there is a movie you found on the Internet Archive and you want to see on a big screen, you can try YouTube through your streaming device.