Where to Get Free Movie Rentals

Rent a flick for free

Going to the movie theater can be fun, but expensive. Many people enjoy films at home, but watching an on-demand movie can still hurt the budget. 

There are many ways to avoid paying high fees and get free movie rentals. Check out these six resources for rentals and streaming services. 

RedBox

Redbox website
What We Like
  • New releases available.

  • DVDs, Blu-ray, and streaming available.

  • 4K Ultra HD quality.

What We Don't Like
  • Brief rental period.

  • New releases can be limited.

  • Mobile app has limitations.

RedBox is an excellent source for cheap rentals; most films are available for about $1 a day, but it can also be a good source for free rentals. Sign up to receive emails, and you'll get a free rental code on the spot, as well as additional rental codes tucked into the newsletter from time to time. If you rent movies from them regularly, you might also qualify for customer discounts. 

The Library

People at public library

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What We Like
  • Always free.

  • Easy access.

  • Unique films available.

What We Don't Like
  • Not always open.

  • Usually no streaming options.

  • Cannot access remotely.

If you have not been to the library lately, you may be surprised to find out that it is a fantastic resource for free entertainment. Many libraries have thousands of movies in-stock, available for you to rent for free. From new releases to classic dramas, there are hundreds of options for you to enjoy with just a library card. 

Hulu

Hulu movies
What We Like
  • Collection of popular, older movies.

  • All films on-demand.

  • Stream to most devices.

What We Don't Like
  • Subscription required.

  • Few new releases.

  • Cannot skip advertisements.

Hulu is a paid service, but they do offer a 30-day free trial where you can try out the service and see if it's for you. Hulu tends to carry older movies, such as blockbusters from the '90s.

YouTube

YouTube movies and shows
What We Like
  • Unique collection of movies.

  • Available on most devices.

  • No account required.

What We Don't Like
  • Ads.

  • Limited new releases.

  • No sort by genre feature.

If you have a laptop, tablet, or television that can connect to the internet, YouTube can be an excellent resource for free movies. Go to the More from YouTube section to access Movies & Shows where you can browse and stream from a collection of films free of charge.

Amazon Prime Video

Prime Video
What We Like
  • Stream on most devices.

  • Original content.

  • 4K and HDR streaming.

What We Don't Like
  • Membership required.

  • New releases cost extra.

  • Difficult to distinguish free from premium content.

Amazon Prime has many new releases and blockbuster films. They offer a 30-day trial so you can test out their services. During that time, you can watch as many movies as you want. After the 30 days are up, it costs $119 a year to sign up. 

Besides movies, you can get many other perks with an Amazon Prime membership. Other features include free shipping on many items, cloud storage for your documents and photos, and free eBooks. 

Netflix

Netflix signup page
What We Like
  • Easy to use.

  • No ads.

  • Original content.

What We Don't Like
  • Subscription required.

  • Delayed release of new content.

  • Available films varies by location.

Netflix has a wealth of content, including the latest movies, classic films, and television shows. With new content added every month, there is always something new to watch, from cult favorites to original programming. They offer a 30-day free trial, where you can watch as many shows and movies as you like.