Is Netflix putting your budget under pressure? After a price increase ofthe streaming service now starts at $ 9 per month, with its most popular subscription now at $ 1
Don't be afraid: as long as you have an internet connection, you can continue to enjoy the movie night. Admittedly, you may not be able to stream Hollywood's newest (ok, you certainly ), but you can still view gems such as Captain Fantastic, Eighth Grade, Gravity, Raging Bull and more, all without an extra penny.
Here are 10 services that offer completely free, fully legal movies that you can watch on smart TVs, media streamers and mobile devices. Some also offer TV shows. Just be prepared to advertise, because that's how most of these services pay the bills. And don't expect the option to download movies for offline viewing. Currently you can only do that with Hoopla.
Note: Because selections are changed regularly, not all titles listed here may be available.
Sony & # 39; s Crackle is an advertising-supported streaming service that offers both movies and TV shows – including some original content. It is available on a wide range of devices and you don't even have to set up an account, but it allows you to save favorites, get recommendations, and resume playback when you switch between devices.
Top choices like December 2019: Adaptation, Aliens, Captain Phillips, Groundhog Day, Whiplash.
This relative newcomer, formerly known as FreeDrive, is part of IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, which is owned by Amazon. In other words, IMDb TV is Amazon & # 39; s way to offer ad-supported movie streaming independently of Amazon Prime. And it's not limited to movies; TV shows are also available. Unfortunately, there is a fairly large viewing limit: the service only works on PC & # 39; s and Fire TV devices.
Top choices from December 2019: The founder, Gravity, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land.
Do you have a library card? Check if your library works with Hoopla. With this digital media service you can view all kinds of things, including films. When you "borrow" one, you have 72 hours to view it. Your library determines the total number of films that you can borrow each month.
Surprisingly, Hoopla & # 39; s mobile apps not only offer streaming, but also a download option for offline viewing.
Top choices from December 2019: Ex Machina, The Illusionist, Life is Beautiful, The Sting, Good Will Hunting, The Commitments, Thelma & Louise
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The internet archive is home to everything that is public domain, including thousands of movies. Perhaps not surprisingly, there are no costs associated with using the service, nor do you need an account (although you can create one if you want to mark favorites and such).
"Public domain" is code for "old" or "mostly black" and white, "making this the place for people who are strictly interested in classic films. You can find things like His Girl Friday, Plan 9 from Outer Space and Gulliver & # 39; s Travels, however, the archive only exists on the internet, so you need a browser to open it (most mobile browsers should work.)
If your library does not offer Hoopla, may it have Kanopy? This commercial service (yay!), Which started in Australia, has found its way to thousands of university campuses worldwide and, more recently, several American libraries. Check the website to see if your library has it – and ask if it doesn't.
Kanopy offers a number of regular things, but also a large selection of indie films and documentaries such as PBS and The Great Courses. The library also contains titles from the valued Criterion collection, which is code for & # 39; films & # 39 ;. There is also a new Kanopy Kids section with lots of family-friendly content.
Top choices from December 2019: Captain Fantastic, Eighth Grade, Logan Lucky, Super Size Me 2, What we Do in the shadows.
Plex is best known for its media crank server software, but the company is now making a trip to streaming free movies. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is quite a bit of overlap with other services. But the Plex app also offers an admirably simple portal for news, podcasts, web shows and other content.
Top choices from December 2019: Apocalypse Now, Evil Dead II, Raging Bull, The Right Stuff, Tucker: The Man and His Dream.
A fast-growing live TV streaming service (with content from both CBS and, ahem, CNET), Pluto also offers on-demand movies – including, from this writing, most previous James League titles. You can find everything from Dr. No to Tomorrow Never Dies. (Unfortunately, nothing from the Daniel Craig era – although you can find it in Layer Cake.)
Top choices from December 2019: Dancing with wolves, Goldeneye, Memento, The Terminator, Rain Man, Thelma & Louise.
The Roku channel is not a provider of free films, but rather an aggregator of new and existing free content. So don't be surprised if there is some overlap with some movies that are available on other services. You will find films from Roku partners such as Lionsgate, MGM, Sony and Warner, along with free content from existing Roku channels such as FilmRise, Popcornflix and Vidmark.
Needless to say, the channel is available on Roku TV's and devices, but
Top choices from December 2019: Groundhog Day, March of the Penguins, Spotlight, The Iron Giant .
Home to thousands of free commercial films (although certainly not commercial-free), Tubi TV offers content from studios such as Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount. View these two categories to separate the wheat from the chaff: Highly appreciated on rotten tomatoes and not on Netflix.
Top choices from December 2019: The Aviator, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Rat Race, Red Dawn.
Walmart & # 39; s Vudu video service has consistently expanded its advertising-supported section, allowing viewers to choose from a generous selection of films (mostly older titles, unfortunately) to watch for free. This option requires you to have a Vudu account, but it is free to set up one.
Top choices from December 2019: Jerry Maguire, One Flew Over the Cuckoo & # 39; s nest, No Country for Old Men, the rock.
Note: Originally published two years ago. Updated periodically to display new services and movie selections.