The 15 Best Free Movies on YouTube

Yes, you can watch free, full-length feature movies on YouTube

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It's common knowledge that YouTube offers a bounty of relatively short videos, such as instructional tutorials and movie trailers to name a couple. What many people are not aware of is that the site also hosts full-length feature films.

While a lot of your favorite titles require a fee to watch, you might be pleasantly surprised at what's available for free. You aren't going to find many well-known titles in this list of freebies, or a lot of movies that you've even heard of before. There are hidden gems, however, some featuring famous actors and directors. You'll notice that several are in black and white, mostly due to the fact that their copyrights have been lifted over time. Here are our favorites from that group.

House on Haunted Hill

The perfect mix of mystery and horror, House on Haunted Hill features Vincent Price at his finest as the oddly captivating millionaire Frederick Loren. In a plot that's been replayed dozens of times in both movies and TV shows since the film's release, Loren and his wife invite a handful of guests to spend a night in their so-called haunted house.

Each person who lasts until morning is promised a significant cash prize, but as the clock reaches the wee hours they're faced with a litany of frightening encounters. Price's dulcet yet ghoulish tones provide a spine-tingling backdrop to a cinematic experience that still proves scary over fifty years later.

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Plan 9 From Outer Space

One of the best/worst movies ever created, Plan 9 From Outer Space has long been a punch line in both Hollywood and the sci-fi community, yet for some reason you just can't peel your eyes away from the screen. The narrator of this 1959 cult classic spins a wild yarn about aliens who plan to resurrect an army of undead warriors in an attempt to stop the human race from developing an all-powerful bomb.

Complete with paper plate-style flying saucers and some of the cheesiest acting to ever grace the silver screen, this unbelievable story about extraterrestrial grave robbers is sure to provide many unintentional laughs.

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Better Off Dead

There aren't many actors that embody the 1980s better than John Cusack. Famous for films that embraced the decade of big hair and bigger dreams like Say Anything and Grosse Pointe Blank, his role in Better Off Dead may have flown under the radar a bit but in many ways was just as enjoyable.

Cusack's portrayal of the hapless Lane Meyer is great at times as he tries to win back his ex-girlfriend, who ditched him for a champion skier. In true 80s fashion, Meyer himself attempts to become a better skier than his foe as hilarity ensues throughout.

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The Man with the Golden Arm

Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak steal the show in this gritty 50s drama that captures the battle between staying on the straight and narrow or falling back into the clutches of addiction. Ol' Blue Eyes is electric as Frankie Machine, a Chicago poker dealer and ex-junkie who tries to stay clean after coming home from a six-month prison stretch.

It's a tale of conflict plus romance and really hammers home how hard it can be to get a true second chance in life when the people around you seem intent on pulling you down. Nominated for three Oscars, The Man with the Golden Arm offers a little something for everyone.

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Night of the Living Dead

Today it seems like every other movie has zombies in it, but at the time of its 1968 release George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead was groundbreaking. A random group of people choose a dilapidated farm house to retreat from the growing swarm of undead, and things get sticky as darkness falls and danger is imminent.

As the zombies approach, in-fighting among the group hiding out results in a tense, combustible situation. A bona fide classic in the horror genre, being able to watch this for free is a real treat even if it is in black and white.

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Dawn of the Dead

Created a decade later as a follow-up to Night of the Living Dead, this zombified epic focuses on an undead outbreak that takes over Philadelphia and eventually leads to a standoff in a nearby shopping mall. Sure, you could poke holes in some of the ridiculous plot twists and relatively amateurish action scenes... but why ruin a good thing?

If you're a fan of the genre and enjoyed Romero's first foray into a zombie apocalypse, Dawn of the Dead is a must-watch. Just be aware that this is the original 1978 version of the film, not the mid-2000s remake starring Ving Rhames and Mekhi Phifer.

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Angels in the Outfield

You won't find Angels in the Outfield listed among the best all-time baseball movies, but this Disney film is not without its simple charms. Notable actors including Danny Glover, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza and even a brief appearance by a young Matthew McConaughey, along with a fun albeit predictable storyline make for a good, wholesome family film.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Based on the popular fairy tale which dates back to the 1700s, YouTube offers a terrific version featuring 70s-inspired Japanese animation with quality English voice acting. Out of all the adaptations available, this has to be my favorite.

Not only does it have a wonderful score, but this version of Jack and the Beanstalk adds its own twists to the well-known storyline. You may even find yourself watching along with your children!

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

One of many adaptations based on the Victor Hugo novel, this silent film features the estimable Lon Chaney as Quasimodo and stands the test of time almost a century later. Filmed in an era where horror makeup took a great deal of ingenuity, Chaney's appearance and mannerisms are so believable that you tend to forget you're watching a movie from the early 1920s.

Patsy Ruth Miller does a terrific job portraying Esmaralda, and at many points becomes the focal point as a result. If you've never seen a silent movie before and are understandably hesitant, this is a really enjoyable hour and forty minutes that just may change your mind about the genre altogether.

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Not a big hit at the time of its release, this movie has gained a bit of a cult following over the years. It features the late Jonathan Brandis as a bully victim who dreams of one day teaming up with Chuck Norris to fight back, a fantasy that eventually comes to fruition.

Beau Bridges plays the troubled teen's father in this Texas-based coming-of-age story that was directed by Norris' brother. If you like martial arts movies in the vein of The Karate Kid or if you're a Chuck Norris fanatic, Sidekicks is worth your time.

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Fist of Fury

If you're into kung fu films, chances are you've seen Fist of Fury at least once. Also released under the name The Big Boss, it features Bruce Lee in one of his first leading roles doing what he does best – getting revenge.

While he initially takes an oath not to use his skills for violence, Lee is eventually forced to fight after his family members start mysteriously disappearing at the hands of an evil villain who happens to manage the factory where they all work.

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Delhi Safari

An underrated 3D-animation film from India featuring a star-studded voice-over cast that includes Jason Alexander, Brad Garrett, Christopher Lloyd and Vanessa Williams among others, Delhi Safari tackles some important issues while remaining an enjoyable and visually-pleasing experience for kids.

The story involves a group of animals that travel from their forest all the way to the big city in an effort to coax the government into saving their home from aggressive builders.

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The Chipmunk Adventure

First released in 1987, this animated classic joins Alvin, Simon and Theodore as they compete with the Chipettes in a race around the world. Little do they know, they're being used as pawns to unwittingly smuggle illegal diamonds instead of trying to win a $10,000 prize in the hot air balloon battle.

An action-packed story with quality visuals and a great score will keep your little ones glued to the monitor.

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Double Dragon

Loosely inspired by the popular arcade/Nintendo game, this action-packed flick takes place in the future (which is now the past) and centers on two California brothers who possess half of an ancient talisman. The other half is owned by a ruthless gangster determined to do whatever it takes to steal the brothers' magical amulet.

Almost unanimously crushed by critics upon its release in '94, Double Dragon is actually worth viewing if you were a fan of the game or just like action films where you don't have to think too much about the plot line. As an added bonus, it features a twenty-something Alyssa Milano who plays the feisty Marian Delario.

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Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale

A holiday romp which follows Peter and his pals as they go on an hour-long adventure, all the while trying to avoid the evil fox. Your kids will love this video as it also features a couple of bonus episodes including The Tale of the Grumpy Owl and The Tale of the Big Move, which starts with Lily Bobtail escaping from a grumpy badger whom she has accidentally awoken.

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