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Remember when everyone canceled their cable subscription and flocked to affordable TV and movie streaming services like Netflix? Now there’s a paid streaming service for everything, and each costs more than the last.
Fortunately, free movie apps are on the rise, giving you access to popular and niche movies, new and old. So, what websites allow you to watch any movie for free? Check out some of the best free movie apps below and choose the best one for you.
If you have a library card, you probably have a world of free movies open to you with Hoopla. Hoopla is a digital media service available to library cardholders of a participating library.
Hoopla hosts feature films and TV movies such as Lifetime’s “Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace”, “The Boxcar Children” and “Nights in Rodanthe”.
Display options and application availability: Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Roku and via web browser
2. Pluto TV
Enjoy the feeling of scrolling through live TV channels to find the perfect movie? Pluto TV is the right option for movie buffs looking for that cable TV guide experience. With tons of genre-specific movie channels, all available for free, users can scroll to find exactly what they want to watch.
Pluto offers genre-focused channels ranging from romance to crime and thriller movies for interested users.
Display options and application availability: Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Hisense Smart TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation, Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows desktop app and via web browser
There are no strings attached when you hop on Tubi to watch free movies. No subscription is required and all movies are ad-supported, but there are fewer commercials than appear on cable.
Tubi divides many of its movies into collections to make it easier to find what you want. One such collection is “Movie Night,” which is full of movies like “Pretty Woman” and “Brokeback Mountain.” Another collection, “Not on Netflix,” takes on paid competition from Tubi, keeping users informed about what content they won’t be getting from the streaming giant.
Display options and application availability: Options include Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Smart TVs, Chromecast, Apple App Store, Google Play, Apple TV, game consoles and Xfinity devices; also accessible via web browser
4. Rakuten Viki
If you’re a fan of Asian dramas, Rakuten Viki hosts some of the most popular ones for free. Viki hosts Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese and Thai media with a wide variety of subtitles in international languages so that everyone can enjoy these collections, including speakers of English, Portuguese, French, Romanian and Italian.
Check out movies like “My Last Love,” “Closer to Heaven,” and “Till the End of the World” on Viki.
Viki also makes it easy to enjoy a watch party with friends on multiple screens simultaneously. Users can simply choose a show and send a party link to their guests for an instant remote movie night.
Display options and application availability: Apple App Store, Google Play, Roku, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and via web browser
While most people think of YouTube as a library of digital content from independent creators, it’s also home to a wide variety of movies and TV shows, which you can buy, rent, or stream for free with occasional ads. It has highly acclaimed feature films like “Office Space”, “The Social Network”, and “Seabiscuit”, to name a few. Movies are tagged with their ratings and running time information, so consumers can make an informed choice about what to watch.
Display options and application availability: Options include Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, game consoles, smart TVs, Android TV, iOS and Android; also accessible via web browser
6. The Roku Channel
You may know Roku as a streaming device, but the device also hosts a proprietary Roku channel that contains free movies. All you need to do is create a free account for online viewing.
Display options and application availability: Roku devices, Roku app, Fire TV, Samsung smart TVs and via web browser
NBC’s Peacock streaming service hosts a wide variety of free movies to watch. You don’t need a credit card or TV provider account to create a Peacock profile.
Browse movies like “The Croods” and “Meet the Parents.”
Display options and application availability: Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, LG Smart TVs, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, Vizio TVs, Xbox, Xfinity Boxes, Apple App Store, Google Play and via web browser
8. IMDb Television
IMDb is good for more than just getting movie details – now you can watch movies with it too. Through a partnership with Amazon, IMDb now hosts movies on the Amazon Prime Video platform that anyone can watch, even without a paid Prime subscription.
Watch popular movies and TV shows, such as “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and “The Offer.”
Display options and application availability: Amazon Fire TV, Prime Video, Echo Show, Android TV, Google TV, LG TVs, PlayStation, Roku, Xbox and Xfinity; also accessible via web browser
Movie ticketing company Fandango is also reaching the digital streaming market with the Vudu app, a movie theater app that offers rentals, purchases and free movie streaming. Powered by ads, Vudu hosts nearly 10,000 free movies and TV shows.
Among its catalog are hit films like “Jurassic Island” and “Braven”.
Display options and application availability: Smart TVs, game consoles, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, TiVo, Xfinity, Blu-ray players, apps from the Apple App Store, Google Play and Microsoft Store; also accessible via web browser
Xumo offers more than 190 channels, including a wide variety of movie channels, completely free. Movie channels focus on specific themes, such as independent movies on CineLife, Hollywood movies on Crackle, and women-centric movies on Her Movies. Xumo also provides access to network channels such as Hallmark Movies & More.
Xumo movies stream live on these channels, giving the feeling of flipping through old-school cable. Some are also available for on-demand viewing for free.
Display options and application availability: Options include Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple App Store and Google Play; also accessible via web browser
Good to know
You may have come across movie sites and had to ask, “Is this legal?” The answer is that it depends on the site. Some movie sites illegally uploaded unlicensed material. The person who reproduced the film for download is infringing copyright law. Some lawmakers hope to make it a crime soon.
But free sites like the ones included here have all properly licensed their movies. They remain free either because they are supported by advertisements such as non-pay network television, or because of specific pay-per-view library purchase agreements. So broadcast. It’s legal – and it’s free.
So, now that you know where you can access almost every movie and TV show you can watch, explore each option and find the ones you want to see. It only takes a few minutes and you can watch just about anything – old or new – whatever your heart desires.
Barri Segal contributed reporting for this article.
Information is accurate as of August 30, 2022.
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