These are tough times, with many people without work and many more trying to find ways to. It does not help that streaming services like . Weren’t these these? meant to be cheaper than cable?
Thankfully, as long as you still have an internet connection, you can stay properly maintained. Here are 10 services that offer completely free, completely legal movies you can watch7;s how most of these services pay the bills. And do not expect to download free movies for offline viewing. Currently, only Hoopla allows you to do so. , and mobile devices. Some also offer TV shows. Just be ready to read through a few commercials before streaming movies, because that̵
Note: Because the selections change regularly, not all titles listed here may still be available, but we will try to keep it up to date.
Sony Crackle is an ad-supported streaming service, one that offers both movies and TV shows – including original content and web series. It is available on a variety of devices and does not even require you to create an account to watch free movies online, but if you do, you can save a favorite movie, get recommendations, and resume playback if you switch between devices.
Top picks: The Big Chill, The Illusionist, Once Upon a Time in the West, Patriot Games, Train to Busan
This streaming service, formerly known as FreeDrive, is part of IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, which is owned by Amazon. In other words, IMDb TV is Amazon’s way of offering ad-supported movie streaming independent of Amazon Prime. And IMDb TV is not limited to movies; there are also TV episodes. Unfortunately, there is a viewing restriction: the IMDb TV service can only be accessed on computers and within Prime Video and IMDb apps.
Top picks: Catch Me if You Can, Life of Pi, O Brother Where Art Thou, Taxi Driver (and exclamations for the TV series Lost, Schitt’s Creek and St. Elswhere)
Do you have a library card? Check if your library has partnered with Hoopla. With this digital media service, you can check out all kinds of things – including movies. When you “borrow” one, you have 72 hours to watch it. Your library determines the total number of movies you can borrow each month.
Surprisingly, Hoopla’s mobile apps not only offer streaming, but also a download option for offline viewing.
Top picks: Ex Machina, Life is Beautiful, Good Will Hunting, The Engagements, Thelma & Louise, What We Do in the Shadows
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The Internet archive is home to all public areas, including thousands of motion pictures. Perhaps not surprisingly, it does not cost to use the service, nor do you need an account (but you can create one if you want to highlight favorites and such).
“Public domain” is code for “old” or “mostly black and white”, making this the site for people who are strictly interested in classic movies. Thus, you will find similar His Girl Friday, Plan 9 from Outer Space and Gullivers Travels. However, the archive is only available on the web, so you need a web browser to access it. (Most mobile browsers should work.)
If your library does not offer Hoopla, maybe it has Kanopy? This commercial service (yay!), Which began its life in Australia, has reached thousands of universities around the world and, more recently, various American libraries. Check the website to see if your library has it – and ask for it if it does not.
Kanopy offers some common things, but also a large selection of indie films and documentaries from PBS and The Great Courses. The library also contains titles from the esteemed Criterion Collection, which is code for “movies”. There is also a new Kanopy Kids section with lots of family-friendly content.
Top picks: Captain Fantastic, eighth grade, Logan Lucky, Super Size Me 2, Goodbye, The Gold Rush
Plex is best known for its media loop server software, but the company is now making a move on free movie streaming. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is a lot of overlap with other services. But the Plex app offers an admirably simple portal to news, podcasts, web shows and other content.
Top picks: All the president’s men, I’m not your Negro, the founder
Pluto began life as a live streaming service offering several “channels” of content – including a large selection of CNET videos. It has since been acquired by Viacom, which later merged with CNET’s parent company, CBS. Although it seems to be expanding more into the live TV space, with a growing number of news and sports channels, it is also home to lots of on-demand free movies, including some of the latest movies and popular titles.
Top picks: Glory, Harold and Maude, Hugo, Looks like old times
Roku Channel is not a free movie provider, but rather a collector of new and existing free content. So do not be surprised if there is any overlap with some of the free movies available on 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.
Of course, the channel is available on Roku TVs and devices, but it is also available in browsers on desktops.
Top picks: A Raisin in the Sun, Crimson Tide, Empire of the Sun, Sing Street
Home to thousands of free commercial movies (but definitely not commercial), Tubi TV’s streaming platform offers content from studios including Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount. To separate wheat from bait, check out these two categories: High rating on Rotten Tomatoes and not on Netflix.
Top picks: Fury, Galaxy Quest, It Follows, Memento
Walmart’s Vudu video service has consistently expanded its ad-supported section, allowing you to choose from a generous selection of Hollywood movies (usually older titles, unfortunately) to watch for free. To watch free movies online, you need a Vudu account, but it’s free to set one up.
Top picks: Grosse Pointe Blank, His Girl Friday, Scream
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