Streaming Streaming TV, Movies, & More 182 182 people found this article helpful 10 Best Free Apps for Streaming Movies Stream free movies from your phone or tablet by Stacy Fisher Stacy is a freelancer with over 18 years experience writing about technology and personal finance. She has published hundreds of articles and co-authored a book. our editorial process Stacy Fisher Updated on October 02, 2020 Streaming TV, Movies, & More Netflix Hulu Disney+ Prime Video Apple TV+ Favorite Events Tweet Share Email This list of free movie apps will put hundreds of free streaming movies at your fingertips. Install them on your smartphone or tablet and you'll be ready to watch the film of your choice in only a few minute's time. Not only do these free apps allow you to watch movies, but many also let you stream TV shows. This is a great way to catch up on your favorite shows when you're on the go. The titles you can access from these movie apps include comedy, action, horror, drama, documentary, family, and many other types of films. There really is something for everyone. 01 of 10 Crackle What We Like Lots of movie options All movies have captions Works on lots of devices You don't have to log in to watch free movies What We Don't Like Shows ads in every movie Android app updates infrequently Our Review of Crackle Crackle supports just about every device imaginable, including all popular mobile devices, most smart TVs, streaming players, and gaming consoles, in addition to a regular web browser. The interface is easy to work with and the videos stream smoothly. You don't have to log in to watch movies and TV shows, but the option is there if you need it. The mobile app works with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, BlackBerry, NOOK tablet, Kindle Fire tablet, Windows 10/8, Sprint TV-enabled devices, T-Mobile TV-enabled devices, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Sony/Samsung/LG/VIZIO/Toshiba TV, and Sony/Samsung/LG/Toshiba Blu-ray players. Download For: Android iOS Kindle Fire Windows 02 of 10 Tubi What We Like Most movies are really high quality Every movie you see is free to watch Includes well-known and newer movies You can watch as a guest or log in It's easy to find movies that are leaving Tubi soon, ones that are not on Netflix, and trending movies What We Don't Like Some devices can stream movies only from the US or Canada Movies have multiple short ads The Tubi app looks almost identical to the desktop website, but it's optimized so well for mobile that it's super easy to use. The very top of the app has the same featured films that scroll across the top of the website, with all sorts of different genres mixed in. All the same genres and the search tool are available through the app as they are on the website, and every movie cover is large enough to see without having to tap on them. Choosing a movie will take you to its description page where it shows the release date, duration, rating, and genre. You can download Tubi for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Samsung TV, and Samsung Blu-ray players. Download For: Android iOS 03 of 10 Vudu What We Like Has lots of high quality movies Finding free movies among the others is really easy Adds new movies often What We Don't Like Every free movie shows ads Free movies are often removed Must log in to watch the films. Our Review of Vudu This one is well known for movies you can buy, but if you're fine with the occasional ad, you can watch thousands of movies for free, too. Viewing only the free movies at Vudu is easy; just open the Free page from the menu or browse for movies that have the FREE WITH ADS label. From there, you can look through all the films by the ones that are new this week, are the most popular or are in specific genres. Something else you can do is see all of Vudu's free movies on their website and then search for a specific film on the app to watch it from your mobile device. The movie streaming app installs on Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and also works with Chromecast. Download For: Android iOS 04 of 10 Yidio What We Like Helps you find movies hosted on other apps Lots of filtering options to find your next favorite movie or TV show What We Don't Like Some movies require you to open a different app to watch them Not everything you see is free Doesn't work on very many devices Our Review of Yidio Yidio's free movie app works on only a few devices, but it's actually a pretty handy app that shows you exactly where you need to go to find free movies. You can filter the movies in numerous ways, such as by premiere date, MPAA rating, and genre, and even hide the ones you've already seen. Another option is to filter the movies by app so that you can find free movies or ones that are available in an app you already have on your device. On that note, since most of the movies here aren't actually hosted on Yidio's website, you'll be told to install other apps like Crackle. The following platforms can install this app: iOS, Android, and Amazon Kindle. Download For: Android iOS Kindle 05 of 10 Popcornflix What We Like Finding newly added movies couldn't be easier Ads are usually fairly short Has a separate app just for kids, and another for horror movies Includes popular movies TV shows are in an entirely separate area than the movies What We Don't Like The multitude of player options often get in the way of the movie Our Review of Popcornflix Popcornflix is another free movie app that lets you watch free movies away from your computer. A few featured movies scroll across the main page, and you can browse through movies by genre. There's also an area of the app just for new arrivals, the most popular movies, and original titles. You can also add movies to a queue to gather them in one place, even without logging into an account. Movie streaming through Popcornflix works on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, Amazon Kindle, BlackBerry, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, and Samsung TV. Download For: Android iOS Kindle There's also a Popcornflix Kids app for iOS and Android users that's exactly the same as this app except it has films just for kids. 06 of 10 Pluto TV What We Like Lets you watch movies while they're playing live on TV Has on-demand movies that you can watch over and over Works on lots of devices What We Don't Like Has non-movie channels, too, which can be overwhelming if you're wanting just movies You can't re-watch a movie unless it's available on demand There's only a handful of movie channels available Our Review of Pluto TV Pluto TV is a versatile service that has apps on a variety of smart TV and smartphones. You can use it to watch live TV and movies for free as well as stream on-demand movies. Its movies are available in a number of genres like drama, action, and horror. You can also view the most recently added movies and popular movies. Since this one has live movies, too, you can start watching them on Channel 52 onward, though they're found in other channels as well. The app lets you hide channels if you'd rather not watch movies from specific sources, as well as view the description of movies that are playing later but that aren't live right now. Streaming Pluto TV videos works from Android, iPhone, iPad, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Sony TVs, Samsung TVs, Vizio TVs, Windows, and macOS. Download For: Android iOS Windows Mac 07 of 10 YouTube What We Like YouTube-provided list of free movies. Lets you get alerts when new movies are added. What We Don't Like Can't sort the movies or browse by genre. Smaller selection than similar apps. Our Review of YouTube YouTube doesn't have the great user interface for finding and sorting its free movies, but there is an entire playlist created by YouTube that's full of ad-supported, free, full-length movies. You find free movies here through that link or via a search for free movies. There might be other free movies, too, that aren't included in that playlist; those are usually categorized in channels like The Paramount Vault, Maverick Movies, or Timeless Classic Movies. Our list of the best free movies on YouTube is another way to find some. There are lots of devices and apps that it supports, such as iOS and Android mobile devices and Android TV, Chromecast, Roku, TiVo, Chromecast, Microsoft consoles, Sony consoles, Nintendo consoles, and various smart TVs. Download For: Android iOS 08 of 10 Filmrise What We Like Start watching immediately (no need to sign up) Has movies and TV shows Simple, clean app design. What We Don't Like Lacks sorting options within each genre Can't easily remove titles from the watchlist screen More free movies and shows can be streamed from the Filmrise app. They add new content every day in genres like horror, crime, action, drama, and documentaries. Some other useful categories include Feel Good Movies, Acclaimed Movies, and Based on True Events. Although you don't need a user account to stream movies from this app, you can still add titles to your watchlist to keep track of what you want to stream later. Filmrise movies and shows can be watched from Android and iOS mobile devices, as well as Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, and Roku. Download For: Android iOS 09 of 10 Kanopy What We Like Ad-free app. Includes a section of just kids movies. What We Don't Like Must have a library card. Few genres to pick from. Our Review of Kanopy Kanopy's free movies are only available if you have a library card at a supported library. Once you get logged in, you can stream tens of thousands of free movies directly from your phone, tablet, or any other supported device. Movies can be browsed by genre to find adventure movies, films about animals, quick flicks, and more. Every film has a rating, a full synopsis, and cast details. There are also related videos below every movie to help you find other films you might like. The app works with iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Android TV, FireTV, Fire Tablet, and Samsung smart TVs. Download For: Android iOS 10 of 10 Internet Archive What We Like Lots of public domain videos you won't find elsewhere Everything you see in the app is free to view What We Don't Like Finding movies is not easy Some movies don't stream very well (but they are available for download from a computer) Internet Archive's app doesn't appear to be structured with streaming films as its main purpose, but it's still very possible to watch its movies from it. The films are a bit hidden in the menus, but once you find them, there are genres and you can sort them by popularity, date added, or hand-picked by Internet Archive. An app is available for iPhone and iPad devices. Download For: iOS This isn't the official app released by Internet Archive (because they don't make one). However, it still provides all the same movies from their website.