How to Watch Free Movies on Roku

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Your Roku is an absolutely wonderful device for watching free movies, and there are plenty of great, free streaming channels granting access to hundreds of new and classic movies, completely free of charge.

What Are Roku Channels?

On Roku, apps are referred to as channels, as they function much like traditional channels do. You "tune into" one, and you can watch the programming available on it. Common Roku channels would include favorites like Netflix, Hulu, and Sling TV.

Channels are an obvious way to get your favorite movies on Roku. Most things in the Roku world revolve around channels, and they're the primary way you build up your options for what to watch. Channels, like apps on an Android or Apple platform, provide you direct access to a service provider's content, which includes services providing free movies, like the ones listed here.

Roku Channel

When you're looking for free movies on Roku, the Roku Channel is a great place to start. Roku has put a considerable amount of effort into building an excellent standard channel for Roku users, complete with a library of free movies.

The Roku channel has a decent size library of Hollywood movies and it's constantly growing and offering different options to watch. Don't expect the latest blockbusters, but you shouldn't have any trouble finding something good to watch.

Roku Channel homepage
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What We Like

  • Frequent updates

  • Real Hollywood movies

What We Don't Like

  • Somewhat limited selection

  • Movies tend to be older

Crackle

Crackle is a free streaming service from Sony. They offer a fairly substantial library of streaming movies from Sony Pictures, meaning these are real, big name movies available on your Roku for free.

Crackle is one of the best sources of free movies you'll find on your Roku, or anywhere. The movies aren't the newest releases, but you're sure to find titles and actors you recognize, and Sony continues to regularly add to its catalog.

Sony Crackle Roku Channel
Sony Crackle

What We Like

  • Decent size library

  • Real Hollywood movies

What We Don't Like

  • Movies tend to be older

Popcornflix

Popcornflix is another free streaming service dedicated to providing movies at no cost.

Popcornflix isn't from a major movie studio, so most of the films aren't the top grade Hollywood movies from the previous entries on this list. Instead, you'll find a lot of smaller budget productions and B-grade sci-fi and horror.

Popcornflix Roku Channel
Popcornflix 

What We Like

  • Reasonably large library

  • Easy to navigate

What We Don't Like

  • Somewhat limited selection

Crunchyroll

Anime fans, rejoice! There's a great free option for you, too. Crunchyroll is one of the largest anime streaming services, and they have a large library of free anime movies and shows you can access through your Roku.

Not everything on Crunchyroll is free, and there are ads, but don't let that discourage you. Their catalog is massive, and you're sure to find something great to watch.

Crunchyroll Roku Channel
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What We Like

  • Great Selection of Anime

  • Free shows and movies

What We Don't Like

  • Ads

  • Gated premium content

Midnight Pulp

While Popcornflix edges into that pulpy B-movie territory with its library, Midnight Pulp doubles down and embraces it.

Midnight Pulp has everything cheesy, pulpy, and totally insane. With a huge library of sci-fi, horror, martial arts, and anime movies from just about every era of film, you can't possibly go wrong.

Midnight Pulp Roku Channel
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What We Like

  • Grade A cheesefest

  • Massive library

What We Don't Like

  • Premium paid content

Tubi TV

Tubi TV partners with major film studios to bring you a variety of free movies. It's fairly similar to Crackle and the Roku Channel in what it offers. The films available have been out for a while, and there aren't many big name titles.

That said, they're still real Hollywood movies, and Tubi TV's library is constantly changing and evolving. With decent collection and no ads, there isn't any reason not to give Tubi TV a try.

Tubi TV Roku Channel
Roku 

What We Like

  • Real Hollywood movies

What We Don't Like

  • Somewhat limited selection

  • Movies tend to be older

Pluto TV

Pluto TV is a free streaming service promising totally free TV, and it actually delivers. Movies are available, too, as some of the channels Pluto offers air movies, just like the cable channels you pay for.

Pluto is genuinely free and doesn't require a subscription. It works a lot like paid streaming services like Sling and has a similar guide interface. You can browse through the channels, see what's one, and maybe find a great movie.

Pluto TV Roku Channel
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What We Like

  • Free Streaming Channels

  • Easy to use

What We Don't Like

  • Not specifically for movies

  • Movies might not always be available

Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video isn't technically free, but a lot of people are already paying for the Amazon Prime service and not taking advantage of the free videos that come with it.

The Prime Video channel gives you access to loads of movies that come with your Amazon Prime subscription at no additional charge. You can even browse specifically for free movies.

Amazon is always expanding their library, and that includes fairly recent releases and big-name films. If you're already paying for Prime, this one is free, and it easily offers the best selection.

Amazon Prime Video Roku Channel
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What We Like

  • Gigantic library

  • Real and current movies

What We Don't Like

  • Not technically free

Cast From Kodi

You may not be able to install Kodi on your Roku, but you can mirror the screen from another device to your Roku. If you have a newer Roku model, you can cast the screen from your desktop or Android phone to your Roku, enabling you to effectively use Kodi from your Roku.

You can stream any movies you have on the computer running Kodi to your Roku. You can also play any content from your Kodi add-ons, enabling you to watch movies still in theaters on Roku with the aid of Kodi add-ons like Exodus. This option might be the most flexible if you know how to use Kodi to its fullest.

This one contains legally dubious options. Use a VPN, and proceed at your own risk.

Cast From Kodi To Roku
Kodi

What We Like

  • Opens up worlds of new movies

  • Easy to use

What We Don't Like

  • Some content is shady or downright illegal

  • Not actually a Roku channel