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 the movies section on YouTube. 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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The Hunt for Red October (1990): Best Tom Clancy Adaptation

Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, and Scott Glenn in 'The Hunt for Red October' (1990)

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IMDb rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Action, Thriller

Starring: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn

Director: John McTiernan

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Based on the Tom Clancy novel, The Hunt for Red October is an old-school submarine thriller. Sean Connery is great as a Soviet submarine captain heading for the United States (as long as you can ignore the fact he's playing a Russian with a Scottish accent). Is he trying to defect or is his state-of-the-art Red October going to launch an attack? Alec Baldwin plays Clancy hero Jack Ryan, a CIA agent who must figure out the Soviet captain's motives.

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Ip Man (2008): Best Martial Arts Biography

Donnie Yen in 'Ip Man' (2008)

Golden Harvest Company

IMDb rating: 8.0/10

Genre: Action, Biography

Starring: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan

Director: Wilson Yip

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes

Ip Man was the first person to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun, and he was a mentor to Hollywood legend Bruce Lee. This biopic details the early years of his life, as he struggles to survive after the Japanese invade China in the 1930s. It's a martial arts film that's both character-driven and action-packed. Other entries in the franchise are also available on YouTube if you want to binge.

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Spaceballs (1987): Best Star Wars Spoof

Mel Brooks in 'Spaceballs.'

MGM

IMDb rating: 7.1/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Bill Pullman, John Candy, Joan Rivers

Director: Mel Brooks

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

In a galaxy far, far away, pilot Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and his half-man, half-dog companion Barf (John Candy) are tasked with rescuing a princess (Daphne Zuniga) from the evil Lord Helmet (Rick Moranis). Many adventures and gags ensue. While it's not the best movie in Mel Brooks' filmography, Spaceballs is a fun and funny send-up of the Star Wars franchise that sci-fi nerds have been quoting for decades.

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Romeo+Juliet (1996): A Visually Inventive Retelling of the Shakespeare Tale

Claire Danes is surprised as Leonardo DiCaprio takes her hand to kiss in scene from the film 'Romeo + Juliet', 1996

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IMDb rating: 6.7/10

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hours

Director Baz Luhrmann is known for creating visually striking, anachronistic films, and Romeo+Juliet is no exception. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the famous star-crossed lovers, the movie combines Shakespeare's immortal writing with a modern-day setting and soundtrack. While it might turn off some Shakespeare purists, it's a fun, gorgeous, music-video-style homage to the Bard.

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Idiocracy (2006): Best Predictor of American Politics in the 21st Century

Luke Wilson in 'Idiocracy'

Twentieth Century Fox

IMDb rating: 6.6/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard

Director: Mike Judge

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 24 minutes

This film from Office Space and King of the Hill creator Mike Judge stars Luke Wilson as Joe Bauers, an average man who participates in a military experiment that requires hibernating for an entire year. But, a mishap causes him to sleep until 2505, and he quickly discovers he's now the smartest man in the world. Filled with gags, Idiocracy is worth watching just to marvel at how closely Judge predicted the world's, and specifically America's, current political climate.

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Guys and Dolls (1955): Best Pick for Sinatra Fans

Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons, and Vivian Blaine in 'Guys and Dolls'

MGM Studios

IMDb rating: 7.2/10

Genre: Musical

Starring: Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons, Viviane Blaine

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Motion Picture Rating: Not Rated

Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

This film, based on the hit 1950s Broadway musical, is undeniably one of Frank Sinatra's best. Gambler Nathan Detroit dreams of organizing a big craps game, but he needs money to do it. So, he makes a bet with an old friend, Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando), that Sky can't score a date with the virtuous Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons). Many hijinks and misunderstandings ensue. The film goes on for a bit too long, but the cast is charming and a good pick if you're looking for some old Hollywood nostalgia.

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Life of a King (2013): Most Inspirational Movie

Screenshot of Life of a King

IMDb 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 hour, 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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The Last Descent (2016): Best True Tragedy Movie

Screenshot of The Last Descent

IMDb 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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Raising Arizona (1987): Most Entertaining Coen Brothers Movie

On the Set of Raising Arizona
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IMDb rating: 7.3/10

Genre: Comedy, Crime

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes

An ex-con and an ex-cop fall in love, get married and want to start a family of their own. But, when they're unable to have children, the ex-con (Nicolas Cage) hatches a desperate plan to steal a baby from a millionaire who has plenty of kids to spare. A bizarre and funny film, this cult classic from the Coen brothers is worth a rewatch.

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Ice-T and Dr. Dre in 'Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap'

Indomina Releasing

IMDb rating: 7.2/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Ice-T, Dr. Dre, Chuck D

Director: Ice-T, Andy Baybutt

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes

This music documentary directed and produced by Ice-T explores the craft that goes into composing and performing rap verses. Featuring a great soundtrack and interviews with dozens of rap icons, this film is a good watch for any creative type who's interested in the hows and whys of songwriting.

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Supersize Me (2004): Best Encouragement to Give Up Fast Food

McDonald's restaurant with a huge soda and fries built into the facade
McDonald's Super-Sizes its Architecture. Photo by Bruce Gifford / Moment Mobile / Getty Images (cropped)

IMDb rating: 7.2/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Morgan Spurlock, Daryl Isaacs, Chemeeka Walker

Director: Morgan Spurlock

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

This entertaining documentary highlights the dangers of consuming too much fast food in a unique way. The director, Morgan Spurlock, eats nothing but McDonald's for 30 days—breakfast, lunch, and dinner—and records the effects this diet has on his health and well-being. The changes are alarming and will have you reconsidering that Big Mac.

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Godzilla (1954): The Original, Uncut Version of a Monster Movie Classic

Godzilla terrorizes Tokyo in 'Godzilla' (1954)

Toho Co.

IMDb rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror

Starring: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi, Akihiko Hirata

Director: Ishirô Honda

Motion Picture Rating: Not Rated

Running Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

This is the original, uncut Japanese version of the classic monster movie about an enormous dinosaur-like creature that destroys Tokyo. Catch up on some of the other films in the franchise, like Mothra vs. Godzilla, for free on YouTube as well and make a marathon out of it.

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Be Kind, Rewind (2008): An Underapperciated Jack Black Vehicle

Jack Black in 'Be Kind Rewind'

New Line Cinema

IMDb rating: 6.4/10

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Jack Black, Yasiin Bey, Danny Glover

Director: Michel Gondry

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes

When two bumbling video store clerks accidentally erase all of the films, they hatch a daring scheme to replace them all by acting them out themselves. What follows is a funny tribute to filmmaking and doing creative things with your friends.

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The Neverending Story (1984): Most Traumatizing Horse Scene in a Kids Movie

Promotional poster for The NeverEnding Story

 Warner Bros

IMDb rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Fantasy

Starring: Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway, Tami Stronach

Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes

This beloved '80s fantasy film stars Barret Oliver as Bastian, a bullied boy who comes across a book called The Neverending Story. Reading it in secret in the school attic, he slowly comes to realize he's a part of the tale. A fairytale that's not afraid to go dark at times, it's an homage to the power of imagination.

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On Golden Pond (1981): A Wistful Drama From Two Hollywood Icons

Peter Fonda and Katherine Hepburn in 'On Golden Pond'

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IMDb rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Peter Fonda, Katharine Hepburn

Director: Mark Rydell

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes

Hollywood legends Peter Fonda and Katharine Hepburn star as an aging married couple in this classic drama. When their estranged daughter (Jane Fonda) leaves her boyfriend's son in their care, they start to form new bonds and repair old ones. A great showcase for Fonda and Hepburn's talent in their later years, this film requires a box of tissues.

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