When you start browsing for free movies on the internet, it won’t be long before you come across some dubious sites. Some may demand paid memberships or subscriptions, while others may give pirated content access. However, there are various websites, applications, and streaming services where you can legally and entirely free-watch movies and TV series. Crackle, The Roku Channel, IMDb TV, Tubi, Vudu, and others are among them.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of free ways to watch movies that you would otherwise have to pay for, you won’t find it here. Instead, I’ve produced a list of 12 entirely legal, ad-supported methods to watch free movies online. It’s worth noting that “Ad Pain” is scaled from low to high depending on the length and frequency of annoying advertising.

Check out Kanopy or Hoopla, which are both powered by educational organizations and offer a fully ad-free experience.


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Kanopy Documentaries and Educational Content Libraries and Universities None
Hoopla Top Hollywood Hits; Offline Viewing Libraries None
Crackle Classic Shows, Comedy Movies, Star-Studded Favorites Advertisements High
IMDb TV Hit TV Shows and Top Hollywood Hits Advertisements Average
Pluto TV Live TV Advertisements Average
The Roku Channel Reality and Live TV Advertisements Average
Tubi Reality TV and Kid Shows Advertisements Low
YouTube Family and Kid Shows Advertisements Average
Popcornflix Independent Films Advertisements High
Vudu Hidden Gems Advertisements Average
Crunchyroll Anime Advertisements Low
Yidio Variety Other Websites (Aggregator) Varies

You may be required to register a free account in order to continue using one of these websites or apps. However, you should not be required to download anything or provide any payment information in order to view the free content. If you’re watching something online, you might have to turn off your ad blocker.