9 Best Places to Watch Free Movies Online
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Watching movies at home is something I love to do with my family when we’re not able to get outside or just want to relax. We often watch free movies online as a form of frugal entertainment that lets us enjoy a movie without spending a lot of money.
My husband used to collect movies. He frequented lots of used stores to pick up newer and classic films to add to his collection. With the growth in online services, there’s no longer the need to collect movies as you can often watch free streaming movies online – both newer and classic – and spend nothing.
Last year we started focusing on cutting back on clutter and one of the first culprits was movies. We realized we weren’t watching most movies more than once. This led us to look for the best ways to watch free movies online so we could cut down on clutter and save money.
How You Can Watch Free Movies Online
Many don’t realize you can watch new movies online for free. In fact, it’s fairly simple to watch free streaming movies online. All you need is an Internet connection and a means to watch the movie.
Here are some of devices that will let you watch free HD movies online:
If you have a smart TV, you may not even need a device to allow you to watch free movies online. Check the directions on your specific TV to be sure. Read our Amazon Fire Stick review to see how we use the dongle to get all of our content.
Don’t have a TV? You can still watch free streaming movies online through your computer. Again, all you need is Internet access and you can watch movies online for free.
If you’ve cut the cord and like to watch movies, here are the best places to watch free movies online and save big bucks.
Popcornflix is a great place to watch free HD movies online for free. The site has over 1,500 movies available thanks to their parent company Screen Media Ventures, LLC, and is one of the best YouTube alternatives to watch movies.
The site has newer and older films including comedy, drama, action, horror, romance, family as well as some documentaries. You can even find a few T.V. shows on this site.
What I like about Popcornflix is that it is super easy to start watching free movies. You can sign up as a user or simply click on a movie you like and stream it without having to sign up for an account or download any special programs.
2. Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV is a popular option for those who have cut the cord and looking for a no-contract cable replacement service. They have one base package, $44.99 per month (for 60+ channels), that replace many popular cable channels so you don’t have to pay for an expensive cable contract.
One popular benefit to Hulu with Live TV is the ability to stream movies and TV shows on demand. You can stream either through a computer or TV. Do keep in mind that for many TV shows you must wait 24 hours after air time to stream it.
If you aren’t a Hulu Live customer, you can take advantage of a 7-day free trial and spend nothing out-of-pocket as long as you cancel the trial before the week is up.
There are other streaming services that let you watch free streaming movies online. Below are other services to consider:
Like Hulu Live, both services offer free trials for you to test out their respective service.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of YouTube. It’s only the top video sharing website in the world. It’s easy for me to fall down the rabbit hole and start watching random short YouTube videos about different topics.
I only recently realized that YouTube has full-length movies that you can rent or even watch for free. When you go to YouTube, just scroll down and click on the movies tab. New releases will usually cost money to rent but other options may be free.
4. Amazon Video
Amazon Video is another great option to watch free streaming movies online. They offer a wide selection of films and television shows including some new releases.
If you are an Amazon Prime member, all the movies and T.V. shows Amazon offers should be included in your membership.
If you’re not a member, you can start a 30-day free trial to try out the service and see how you like it. You can also get a standalone subscription to Amazon Video for $12.99 per month but that might cause you to lose out on the other perks that come with being an Amazon Prime member.
You can stream movies on Amazon without paying anything but they typically are few and far between.
Crackle is one my favorite sites to watch free movies online. It’s also one of the best free Netflix alternatives that provides a lot of content. The site partners with Sony Pictures, allowing them to have tons of full-length HD quality movies you can watch.
You’re bound to see some titles and actors you know while searching through the inventory. Like Popcornflix, you don’t have to sign up or download anything to start watching. Just click on the movie you want and enjoy.
There are usually ads at the beginning of each movie and some may occur once or twice during the movie, but it only lasts a few seconds. If you want a way to get free cable TV legally, Crackle is worth considering.
If you’re looking to enjoy some movies you don’t always see advertised on the big screen, Snagfilms is a site that shows philanthropic movies and T.V. shows online.
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They have over 2,000 movies including documentaries and exclusive original comedy shorts. There’s also a Snagfilms app you can download for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
Netflix is one of the best TV streaming services around. Most people know that Netflix costs $8.99 per month for the basic package. This makes Netflix a popular option, like traditional Hulu, for those wanting a cheap way to get their content needs.
Check out our Hulu vs Netflix review to see which service is best for your needs.
What you may not know is that you can try Netflix free for an entire month. I’ve had Netflix for quite a few years now and it’s well worth the price. There are tons of shows and movies to select.
In my experience, Netflix does a great job with many of their original shows, but doesn’t do a great job of adding updated seasons for shows that appear on other networks.
When it comes to movies, however, Netflix is the best place to watch new movies online. They are always adding new films and even new releases that were just in theaters months ago. With a 30-day no-obligation trial, you can watch several of your favorite movies for free.
Vimeo, like YouTube, is a popular video sharing website. Many don’t realize that Vimeo also offers free movies. While you won’t be able to watch the latest movies online for free on Vimeo, it is a popular site for indie and user submitted movies.
If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path, Vimeo is a good option to watch free movies online. While you can watch videos for free on Vimeo, they also offer four different paid plans, starting at $7 per month that are geared towards video hosting.
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You can get a free 30-day trial to try out any plan or stick with Vimeo Basic (their free plan) and pay nothing. The latter allows you to watch content without signing up or downloading anything.
Yidio is a little different from the other sites. It searches all free movie websites and compiles a list of all your options so you’ll have them in one place. You can also narrow down your search by choosing certain genres and ratings.
When you sign up for the free site, you can even create a watchlist to receive updates on new TV show episodes and movies related your interests.
Is it illegal to watch streaming movies online?
Typically not, if you’re simply streaming the content. The above sites all operate legally, and are simply a way to stream content. Once you start downloading or pirating content is when it becomes a legal issue.
Where can I watch TV shows for free?
Many of the above sites allow you to watch TV shows for free. Just be mindful they may be limited in what they offer. You can also watch local TV without cable very simply – you just need a digital antenna.
What free online movie sites are safe?
Each of the above sites are legit and safe. You typically want to avoid sites that prompt you to download something, are filled with pop-ups, or ask you for personal information.
As you can see, it’s possible to watch new movies online for free without a struggle and you don’t have to feel dishonest for doing it. There are plenty of safe and reliable sites to use that provide a vast array of options.
If you like to watch movies online and open to a variety of genres, there’s no need to keep a pricey cable contract.
What are some of your favorite sites to watch free streaming movies online? What are some other frugal entertainment options you use? How do you watch the latest movies online?