19 Best Places to Watch Free Movies on the Internet

Completely free (and legal!) websites where you can watch movies on demand

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Watching free movies online is a convenient and frugal way to see the movies you love right from the comfort of your own home. All you'll need to watch these free online movies are a computer or TV with an internet connection.

There are plenty of places to watch free movies online but the sites listed below have the largest amount of movies, are safe for your computer or TV, don't require a download, and, most importantly, are legal for you to use. Many of these websites also have free movie apps so you can access the free movies on your mobile device.

These aren't movie clip or trailers, they are free full-length movies that you can watch beginning to end with perhaps a few commercial interruptions. All genres of movies can be found as well from comedy to drama from horror to action. There are movies from big-name studios to older or independent movies that many of us love to watch over and over again.

Check out this guide to find out what you need in order to watch these free movies online. You can also see comparisons of the top free movie websites to find out how they stack up against each other.

Tip: If you want a quick way to search for free movies through dozens of websites at once, try JustWatch. It doesn't search through all the movie websites listed below but it does work with a few of them.

Other Ways to Get Free Movies

There are also free movies you can download that fall under public domain as well as free movies just for the kids, and tons of free documentaries.

If you don't find the free movie you're looking for, be sure to check out how you can get ​free DVD rentals including free movies from Redbox. If it's summer time and your kids love movies as much as you do, check out all the theaters where they can see free summer movies.

If you subscribe to a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu, we have all the details on sharing passwords.

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Sony Crackle tops our list for the best place to watch free movies online because it's owned by Sony Pictures, meaning that they have hundreds of full-length, free movies you can watch any time. These are big name movies with stars you know.

These high-quality movies look spectacular on whatever size of monitor or screen you're watching them on. You'll have to sit through a few commercials every once in awhile but they're short and there are only a few commercial breaks during a feature length movie.

Resident Evil: Retribution, 30 Minutes or Less, The Social Network, Zookeeper, Stealth, and Priest ​are just a few of the free movies we've spotted at Sony Crackle.

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Popcornflix is another great place to watch free movies online. Their constant flow of new movies from Screen Media Ventures means that they have lots of new movies being added all the time.

Popcornflix has over 1,500 movies that include comedy, drama, horror, action, romance, family, documentaries, and foreign films. They also feature web and film school originals.

No account is needed at Popcornflix, simply hit Play on your chosen movie and enjoy.

These are just a few of the free movies we've been able to watch at Popcornflix: Recoil, Stagecoach, Tactical Force, Sunset Boulevard, Hugo, and There Will Be Blood.

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Viewster has a fairly large collection of free movies online. In addition to movies, there are several TV shows you stream for free as well.

These free movies are a mix of movies you have and haven't heard of, and you may have to watch some ads during the movie to be able to enjoy them for free.

Some of the free movies we've been able to watch at Viewster include Fist of the North Star, Lily C.A.T., Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade, and Night On the Galactic Railroad.

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Yidio is a website with several categories showing you where you can watch movies. One such category is designed specifically for free online movies.

It's super easy to sort the free movies at Yidio by rating, like R, PG-13, and G, as well as by genre. Some examples of the genres include Animation, Classics, Musical, TV Movie, and Western. 

Some free and new movies I spotted last time I visited Yidio were Dear Dumb Diary, Lion of Judah, White Rush, Bear, White Lion, Case 39, and Spirit of the Forest.

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YouTube isn't just the place to go to watch videos of skateboarding dogs or the latest movie trailers. They now have movies you can rent but more importantly, movies that you can watch for free.

New and popular movies are easily accessible from the Movies section of YouTube. You can also browse through different genres and, of course, free movies that you can watch right now at no cost.

At my last visit to YouTube I was able to watch free movies online like Just Keep Talking, Sometimes Love Needs a Little Push, Prison Break, The Man in Black, Human Gorilla, and Children of the Corn.

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SnagFilms is one of my new favorite places to watch free movies online. It has a catalog of over 10,000 films that you can search by genre, newly added, most reviewed, and most popular.

Though they change often, one of my favorite features of SnagFilms is the editor and user-curated collections you'll find, like "Before They Were Stars," "Youth & Education," "History Lessons," "Refugee & Immigrant Stories," and "Veterans & The Military."

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Tubi has thousands of free movies and TV shows that you can stream right now. Some of them can only be rented, and not viewed for free, but many of them are absolutely free to stream.

There are dozens of genres you can pick from at Tubi , including regular ones for romance, drama, documentary, kids, comedy, and horror films, as well as unique genres like Wild Things (Nature), Best of British, Women First, After Hours, and Grindhouse.

Tubi's movies can also be viewed by the Featured, New Releases, Movie Night, Trending, Highly Rated on Rotten Tomatoes, Indie Films, and Not on Netflix sections.

Some examples of free movies you can watch at Tubi include Violet & Daisy, Gallowwalkers, Beyond Borders, The Brothers Bloom, Fathers & Daughters, and Ca$h.

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Vudu might not be your first pick when looking for free sites for streaming movies but there are in fact thousands of movies here that you can watch right now. All you have to do is put up with a few commercials.

One great thing about Vudu's free movies is that some of them are in 1080p, so you don't have to sacrifice quality just to watch some free movies.

You can use the New page on Vudu's website to see which free movies were most recently included in their collection. There's also a genre section for some other ways to find free movies in categories like romance, comedy, crime & suspense, faith & inspirational, action, family & kids, etc.

Once you settle on something to watch, you might be given the option to buy or rent it, but so long as you found it through the Movies On Us page, just use the Watch for Free button!

Note: You do need a user account in order to watch movies at Vudu, even the ones that don't cost, but registration is totally free.

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If you're a documentary fan then you'll want to check out Top Documentary Films where you can watch public domain streaming documentaries for free.

The documentaries are organized in easy to browse categories like Technology, Society, Science, Politics, Nature, Mystery, History, Conspiracy, Environment, and more.

Some of the free movies you can see here include Children Full of Life, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, State of Surveillance, The Immortals, Tashi and the Monk, Hubble: Universe in Motion, and Planet Ocean.

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MoviesFoundOnline.com takes public domain movies from all over the internet and organizes them so you can find the movies you want to watch.

The free online movies here are all listed on one page by genre along with the release year. You can also view the movies by most recently added, year, and top rated.

The last time I visited, some of the newer additions included Payback, The Toxic Avenger, The Grudge 3, and Smokey and the Bandit.

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Classic Cinema Online houses only a handful of free movies at a time but they also have a wonderful collection of silent films if you are interested in those.

There are wonderful classic movies available for streaming at Classic Cinema Online, with stars like Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, Richard Burton, and Lucille Ball.

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Visit Retrovision for the free movies online and you'll find a ton of adventure, comedy, crime, drama, horror, science fiction, Western, war, and film noir movies that are all free.

Besides having free movies, Retrovision also has some of your favorite classic TV shows like Bonanza, Beverly Hillbillies, Burns and Allen, Dick Van Dyke, Gang Busters and One Step Beyond.

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If you're a classic movie buff who couldn't find what you needed in the other classic movie streaming sites above, Big Five Glories might be where you stop looking.

Every movie is in the public domain. There are silent films here as well as ones with sound, plus black and white movies and color movies. The free movies here range from the early 1900s to the 1970s.

You can see all the movies they have available on the All page, but you can also browse by silent films, color films, year, and genre for sci-fi, romance, war, western, thriller, and other movies.

A few examples of the movies you can watch for free at Big Five Glories include Grandma's Boy, The Birth of a Nation, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, The Scar, and Reefer Madness.

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Pluto TV works in two ways, as both an on-demand movie streaming website where you can pick from a list of films, as well as a live TV service that lets you watch movies and TV shows live.

You can watch live TV and movies from your web browser through the Pluto.tv/watch website or through the mobile or desktop app by downloading the appropriate software—it's available for iOS, Android, and several other devices.

You can find comedy, drama, action, horror, and other movie types at Pluto TV, both on-demand and live. If you're streaming live TV, the movie channels start on Channel 51; others show live sports, music, news, and more.

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Free Movies Cinema is a collection of independent and public domain movies in categories such as Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Fantasy, and Documentary.

You can watch the free movies online here by using their viewer which allows you to play the movie, view related movies, and share the movie over email.

A few movies you can stream at Free Movies Cinema include Voldemort: Origins of the Heir, The Surface, Rakka, 4.1 Miles, and Kung Fury.

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Internet Archive Movie Archive is another place you can go to find free movies online that all fall under public domain so they are free to watch and download.

You'll find videos in nearly every year imaginable, from 2018 back through the 1900s.

Be sure to check out their blog to help you find the free online movies that are most popular and critically-acclaimed. They might also release updates regarding new movie releases on their Twitter or Facebook page.

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There are millions of free videos, and hundreds of free movies, at Veoh that you can watch at absolutely no cost.

Some of the genres you can find here are Crime/Mystery, Drama, Family, Horror, Romance, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

It's really easy to sort through all the videos at Veoh to find recently added videos, ones in a particular language, and movies that are longer/shorter than so many minutes.

These are just a few of the free movies available the last time I visited Veoh: The Collector, The Desperados, Dark/Web, and The Island at the Top of the World.

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Kanopy is different than these other free movie streaming websites because you need a library card at a supporting library before you can watch anything. 

However, there are zero commercials in the movies, and new films are added every month.

Use the Where are you from? page to search for your library, whether it's a public library or one attached to a school. Once you've been approved, you can start watching the free movies they have on their website.

Kanopy has all sorts of movies, listed in full here. There are science fiction, fantasy, drama, classic, romance, war, comedy, and others, including TV series. You'll also find documentaries, independent films, media and communication videos, business-centered films, and more.

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Public Domain Torrents is the place to go if you want to watch classic movies and B-movies for free online. All the movies here are public domain so they are completely legal to watch.

These aren't just free movies online either, you can also download the movies for free in a variety of formats.

Some of the free movie streams available here include Gulliver's Travels, Horrors of Spider Island, Attack The Battle for New Britain, Haxan, Reefer Madness and Night of the Living Dead.

Note: Public Domain Torrents doesn't always seem to work very well—the website is often inaccessible. However, I'll keep it here in case you have better luck than I do.