Best Free Movies on YouTube

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It isn't always easy to find good, free movies online. Most of the more recent blockbuster films usually cost a rental fee on popular streaming sites. Thankfully, there are lots of full, free movies on YouTube if you know where to look.

The easiest way to find free movies on YouTube is to visit YouTube Movies. This is where all moves available on YouTube are organized. Many are fee-based, but there's an entire "Free to watch" section with an entire library of free movies you can watch right now.

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Brick Mansions (2014): Best Dystopian Action Movie

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  • IDMb rating: 5.7/10
  • Genre:  Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Starring:  Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA
  • Director: Camille Delamarre
  • Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes

In Brick Mansions, Paul Walker plays Damien Collier, an undercover cop whose primary aim in his career is to make his father's killer pay for the crime. The movie takes place in dystopian 2018 Detroit—a world where the city is split from the slums of Brick Mansions by a guarded wall. Paul is assigned to enter Brick Mansions undercover and join forces with an ex-convict to stop a plot that city leaders believe will destroy the city itself.

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Antwone Fisher (2002): Best Movie About Overcoming Past Trauma

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  • IDMb rating: 7.3/10
  • Genre:  Biography, Drama
  • Starring:  Denzel Washington, Derek Luke, Joy Bryant
  • Director: Denzel Washington
  • Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 2 hours

Dive into Navy man Antwone Fisher's real-life story, whose troubles with violence land him in psychiatrist Dr. Jerome Davenport's (played by Denzel Washington) office. The movie follows Antwone's challenging exploration into his troubled past. His sessions delve into topics rarely covered in mainstream films, including his traumatic childhood abuse by trusted female family members and his realization that his inability to deal with it fueled his issues with violence as a man.

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The Haunting in Connecticut (2009): Best Haunted House Movie

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  • IDMb rating: 5.9/10
  • Genre:  Drama, Horror, Mystery 
  • Starring:   Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, Elias Koteas
  • Director: Peter Cornwell
  • Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes

Horror movies are scary enough, but The Haunting In Connecticut is a true story about a family who has a terrifying supernatural experience after moving to a house in upstate Connecticut. The tale revolves around the historic funeral home where the Campbell family moved to be closer to their son's cancer treatment facility. Dark forces lingering inside the home unleash unspeakable horrors upon the family. Once learning more about their new home's history, Matt decides to take matters into his own hands and fight back.

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Life of a King (2013): Most Inspirational Movie

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  • IDMb rating: 6.9/10
  • Genre:  Drama 
  • Starring:  Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert, George Dick
  • Director: Jake Goldberger
  • Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes

Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Eugene Brown, an ex-convict who goes to work for the Washington, D.C. school system after finishing his prison sentence. This true story details how Eugene inspired inner-city teenagers using chess as an analogy for life itself.

Eugene's competed against some of the best high-school chess players in the country. This movie details the trials and setbacks Eugene faced as he worked to help his students understand what it truly means to be a king in all aspects of their lives.

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Million Dollar Baby (2004): Best Motivational Movie

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  • IDMb rating: 8.1/10
  • Genre:  Drama, Sport 
  • Starring:  Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes

In Million Dollar Baby, Hilary Swank plays Maggie Fitzgerald, a young girl from a low-income family who dreams of nothing else except becoming a professional boxer. After being told by grumpy trainer Frankie Dunn (played by Clint Eastwood) that he doesn't train girls, Maggie decides to continue training at his gym on her own anyway.

Frankie finally gives in and trains Maggie. It marks the beginning of a relationship that'll have you standing on your feet and cheering one minute to fighting back the tears the next.

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Flight 7500 (2014): Best Paranormal Flight Movie

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  • IDMb rating: 4.8/10
  • Genre:  Drama, Family, Horror 
  • Starring:   Leslie Bibb, Ryan Kwanten, Amy Smart
  • Director: Takashi Shimizu
  • Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes

It doesn't take long after Flight 7500 leaves Los Angeles International Airport on its overnight flight that things start to take an eerie turn. Only a few hours into the flight, one passenger dies. Then the crew and passengers start finding what appear to be cursed objects throughout the cabin. As things begin to take a tailspin, what you think you know is happening turns out to be all wrong once the movie's ending throws in a twist you'll never see coming.

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Trollhunter (2010): Best Found Footage Fantasy Horror

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  • IDMb rating: 7.0/10
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror 
  • Starring: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Knut Nærum
  • Director:  André Øvredal
  • Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes

This Norwegian movie requires English subtitles, but it's well worth a watch. The storyline follows student filmmakers who decide to investigate a farm where large trees have been mysteriously uprooted. They suspected bears of local killings. But while investigating, they discovered large footprints leading to a mine, where they finally come face-to-face with the trolls locals have warned them about. This fast-paced fantasy horror will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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4 Minute Mile (2014): Best Movie for Runners

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  • IDMb rating: 6.3/10
  • Genre: Drama, Sport
  • Starring: Kelly Blatz, Richard Jenkins, Kim Basinger
  • Director: Charles-Olivier Michaud
  • Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

If you've had a dream you've yet to achieve, you'll want to watch this film for a strong dose of motivation. The story revolves around Drew Jacobs (played by Kelly Blatz), who is battling through family and life struggles when he meets retired track coach Jame Coleman (played by Richard Jenkins). As Jenkins recognizes Drew's unique talent for running, he offers to train Drew. After a severe loss threatens to drive Drew back to his troubled past, he uses his new talent learned from Coleman to push through his grief and accomplish a goal he never imagined possible.

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A Dark Place (2018): Best Murder Mystery

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  • IDMb rating: 6.2/10
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller 
  • Starring: Andrew Scott, Bronagh Waugh, Denise Gough
  • Director: Simon Fellows
  • Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes

If you enjoy murder mysteries, you'll love this movie. But don't expect a leather-clad, sharp-shooting police detective as the main protagonist. In this story, the detective is garbage man Donald Devlin (played by Andrew Scott). After noticing a young boy on his route who always waves at him isn't at the window one day, and the boy turns up dead, Donald takes it upon himself to follow the clues and find the culprit.

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The Beaver (2011): Best Comedy Drama

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  • IDMb rating: 6.6/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin
  • Director: Jodie Foster
  • Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

Walter (played by Mel Gibson) is a successful man living a perfect life. But when his life falls apart, he has what appears to be a nervous breakdown. A beaver hand-puppet starts taking on a life of its own as it guides Walter along the path to repairing his own life. Don't let the weirdness of the premise put you off; Jodie Foster directed and co-starred in this quirky film that'll have you feeling all of the feels.

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Bell Witch: An American Haunting (2005): Best Historic Haunting Movie

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  • IDMb rating: 5.1/10
  • Genre: Drama, History, Horror
  • Starring: Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek, Rachel Hurd-Wood 
  • Director: Courtney Solomon
  • Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 1 hour, 23 minutes

Whether or not you've ever heard of the Bell Witch in Tennessee, you should know An American Haunting is loosely based upon the legends and stories surrounding the historical haunting. The plot takes place in 1818 when the Bell family experiences the haunting of a poltergeist. The family attempts to do spiritual warfare with it, only to end with John Bell's death. The director takes liberties with the details and the death of John Bell—but it's still an entertaining horror movie, so long as you don't take it as verified history.

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The Last Descent (2016): Best True Tragedy Movie

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  • IDMb rating: 5.6/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Starring: Chadwick Hopson, Alexis Johnson, Landon Henneman 
  • Director: Isaac Halasima
  • Motion Picture Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

The Last Descent is the true story of John Jones (played by Chadwick Hopson) and his adventures with a friend in the Nutty Putty Cave in Utah. During their trip, John became wedged in an 18-inch hole 150 feet under the ground. This movie details the many attempts of rescue crews to free John from the cave.

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