How to Watch Free Movies on Roku

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Watch Free Movies On Roku

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.

Roku Channel
Roku Channel.

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.

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.

Sony Crackle Roku Channel
Sony Crackle Roku Channel.

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.

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 Roku Channel
Popcornflix Roku Channel.

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.

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.

Crunchyroll Roku Channel
Crunchyroll Roku Channel.

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.

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 Roku Channel
Midnight Pulp Roku Channel.

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.

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.

Tubi TV Roku Channel
Tubi TV Roku Channel.

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.

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 TV Roku Channel
Pluto TV Roku Channel.

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.

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.

Amazon Prime Video Roku Channel
Amazon Prime Video Roku Channel.

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.

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.

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

Cast From Kodi To Roku
Cast From Kodi To 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.

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.