Free Online Movie Comparison

Compare the genres & features of the most popular movie streaming websites

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We keep a large, updated list of the the best places to watch movies online, but how should you determine which one to start exploring first? One way is to look through this comparison table.

Every movie streaming site mentioned below offers action and comedy films but not all of them include popular genres like horror, drama, and movies for kids; and some genres like foreign and Latino are even more rare. Just check out the table to see how they compare with one another.

Most of these sites include free TV shows, too, in addition to a large collection of free films. Some might have higher quality videos than others, and a few let you pay for more content that what's offered with a free user account. Different filtering options are available with some of these websites to help you find your favorite movies or help you stumble on something new to watch. There are even free movie apps offered by most of these movie streaming websites.

Given that there are different features included at these sites, a comparison chart like this one is extremely helpful in deciding which website you should start with without having to visit each of them to see what they offer.

Remember that this table only shows five free movie streaming websites. There are several more you can check out in our list of the Best Places to Watch Free Movies Online.

Best Movie Sites Compared
Genre Sony Crackle Popcornflix Vudu Yidio YouTube
Action/
Adventure
Animation/
Cartoon
   
Anime Movies      
Classic    
Comedy
Crime    
Cult        
Docs  
Drama
Faith/Spirituality      
Foreign  
Horror/
Suspense
 
Kids/Family  
Music    
Romance  
Sci-Fi/Fantasy  
Special Interest      
Sports/
Fitness
     
Thriller
War      
Western  
Other Genres
Feature Sony Crackle Popcornflix Vudu Yidio YouTube
High Quality Movies    
Subtitles  
View Popular Movies  
View Recently Added Movies  
Sort Movies By MPAA Rating        
Includes Free TV Shows  
Includes Movie Trailers        
Paid/Subscription Options    
Small Number of Ads         [2]
Free App Sony Crackle Popcornflix Vudu Yidio YouTube
Android [1]
iPhone/iPad [1]
Other Devices   [1]

[1] YouTube has a free app for many different devices but it's built for music and other videos, not necessarily for browsing for free movies like the desktop website offers. Visit YouTube's Watch Videos page to see where you can watch YouTube videos.

[2] Some of movies on YouTube and Watch Documentary do contain advertisements, but several of the movies we tested had absolutely none.

Something else to remember about YouTube is that you can't sort the free movies by genre, so while you might be able to find a documentary or thriller there, for example, you'll have to search for it manually.

If you'd like to download free movies instead of stream them from a browser or mobile app, see Where to Download Free Movies Online for some ways you can do that. For more movie freebies, be sure to check out these free Redbox codes