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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The Truman Show (1998): Jim Carrey at His Best

Jim Carrey in "The Truman Show."

Paramount Pictures

IMDb rating: 8.1/10

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney 

Director: Peter Weir

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes

This 1998 film stars Jim Carrey as an insurance salesman who's unaware that he's the star of a reality TV show. But he's slowly beginning to figure it all out. The movie is both a funny spoof of the genre and a touching drama about identity. It's also one of Carrey's best, and worth another watch.

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Moonstruck (1987): Best Romantic Comedy


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IMDb rating: 7.1/10

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis

Director: Norman Jewison

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes

This classic rom-com stars Cher as Loretta Castorini, a woman unlucky in love but determined to marry her boyfriend, Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello). The catch? Johnny wants her to smooth things over with his estranged younger brother, Ronny (Nicolas Cage). Ronny and Loretta fall in love instead. Funny and romantic, the film is a meditation on love and family.

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The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Most Quotable Thriller

Buffalo Bill telling victim to rub the lotion on its skin

Orion Pictures 

IMDb rating: 8.6/10

Genre: Crime, Thriller

Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

Director: Jonathan Demme

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 58 minutes

Tense and unsettling, Silence of the Lambs is a classic thriller filled with memorable performances, dialogue, and scenes. Jodie Foster plays Clarice Starling, an FBI agent hunting a serial killer. To catch him, she enlists the help of another serial killer, the cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins in possibly his most infamous role). Silence of the Lambs is a true classic, and it's one of the few rare films to win Academy Awards in all the major categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)—Best War Epic

Russell Crowe in 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World'

20th Century Fox

IMDb rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Adventure, Drama

Starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd

Director: Peter Weir

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes

This 2003 war epic stars Russell Crowe as a captain in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. He's tasked with capturing a French privateer in the Pacific Ocean. Master and Commander is an old-fashioned action film that manages to be both a rollicking adventure and a character study at the same time.

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Ghost in the Shell (1995): Best Cyberpunk Anime

 Motoko Kusanagi and Batou in "Ghost in the Shell"

Kodansha/Bandai Visual

IMDb rating: 8.0/10

Genre: Anime

Starring: Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ôtsuka

Director: Mamoru Oshii

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 23 minutes

This classic anime is about a cyborg policewoman tracking down a mysterious hacker called the Puppet Master. Although it financially failed during its initial release, it's since become a cult classic and is widely cited as one of the best anime films ever. Its gorgeous visuals and themes about self-identity have had a big influence on the cyberpunk genre since its release over 20 years ago. Most notably, the Wachowskis cited it as an influence on The Matrix trilogy.

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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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Hoosiers (1986): Best Sports Flick

Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Steve Hollar, Wade Schenck, Scott Summers, Maris Valainis, and Brad Long in 'Hoosiers'

MGM Studios

IMDb rating: 7.5/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper

Director: David Anspaugh

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 54 minutes

This classic '80s sports film stars Gene Hackman as a teacher with a checkered past who's hired to coach a school's struggling basketball team. His unorthodox training methods put him at odds with both his players and the community. Actor Dennis Hopper plays his assistant, who's also the local drunk. His performance earned an Oscar nomination. While Hoosiers doesn't really stray far from the usual underdog sports team gets good formula, it's one of the greatest examples of the genre.

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Life of a King (2013): Most Inspirational Movie

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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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Flight 7500 (2014): Best Paranormal Flight Movie

Screenshot from Flight 7500

IMDb 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 hour, 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. One passenger dies only a few hours in. 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

Screnshot of Trollhunter movie

IMDb 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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IMDb 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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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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