One of the great joys of surfing the web is finding sites where you can stream movies and TV shows for FREE. There is a wealth of material available, from vintage cinema to modern blockbusters, from TV classics to recent episodes of today’s hottest shows
Best Free Streaming Sites for Movies
We scoured the internet for free and legal streaming websites for movies and TV shows. Here are the 10 best that we found, all of which work perfectly with one of our recommended VPNs.
Crackle is owned by Sony, which means you get access to the entire Sony back catalog. There are hundreds of titles, including classics and original shows in every genre. The website rotates its offerings, so there is always something new to watch.
The website is well organized, making it easy to find interesting shows and movies, both popular and obscure. You can search by title, actor, or genre.
It isn’t necessary to sign up to the service to access videos, but doing so allows you to create watch lists.
Crackle is only available in the US, so a VPN with US servers is a must to reach it from anywhere else. The only downside of the site is that it does include ads.
2. Pluto TV
Pluto TV offers movies, sports broadcasts, kids shows, and live TV. The main reason it is this far down our list is that it is much more difficult to navigate than the above streaming sites.
Once you have managed the navigation to find the show or movie that you want, however, playback is excellent.
It is possible to connect to Pluto TV from outside of the US, but where you are based determines how much of a hassle it is to use the site. For example, in the UK, you need to connect through either a ROKU device or through Now TV.
For ease of use, we recommend connecting through a US VPN server, so that the service will work directly on most devices.
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3. Tubi TV
Tubi TV is only available in the United States, which is no problem if you use a VPN with US servers. It offers a wide range of content, including releases as little as two years old.
You do need to register to use the service; you will need to provide a name, date of birth, and an email address. Be aware that the email address must be one you have access to, as you need to verify it as part of the sign-up process.
The website is easy to navigate, but of course each title is preceded by an ad. However, video playback was good for each video we selected.
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4. Vudu Movies on Us
Vudu Movies on Us provides a wide range of free and pay-to-view movies and TV shows. It has hundreds of titles to choose from in its free catalog, covering every conceivable genre. Video can be streamed in up to 1080p, so quality is not an issue.
The website is well organized – it is immediately clear which titles are free and which are rentals. There is a basic search option if you are looking for something specific.
You do need to sign up to the service, but this takes less a minute and you only need to provide a name, email address, and password.
Advertisements are presented before each title, which is what allows the website to provide so much free content. We had to connect to a VPN server in the US to access the titles we chose.
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5. Popcorn Flix
Popcorn Flix offers movies and TV shows from a wide range of genres. While you won’t find any new releases among its titles, the catalog includes classic movies, big TV hits of the past, and some possibly best-forgotten B-movie cult favorites.
The website is organized by genre, with separate sections for movies and TV shows. There is a basic search feature for finding specific shows or movies.
No sign up is required; however, as with most sites on this list, you do need to watch the odd ad. Some of the embedded ads are rather suspicious, so make sure to use a VPN with malware protection and have your antivirus software running as well.
We connected through US servers and were able to access every title we tried. Playback was excellent each time.
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If you are a fan of anime, this is the streaming service you need! Viewster is not region-specific, so it can be accessed through servers in any country that does not have content restrictions. (Avoid servers in China and North Korea, for example.)
While anime is the core offering of this service, there is much more that is worth exploring, including comedy, sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming. Some older anime titles are understandably dated in appearance.
The website is easy to navigate and includes a search function. Signing up to the service is optional, but it does allow you to create playlists. Ads play before each video – the usual price of a free service – but video playback is good.
SnagFilms offers over 2,000 titles, including cult classics and independent films. Its catalog covers most genres and includes a good range of TV shows and series as well.
You do need to sign up to use the service, but as with the other streaming sites we’re including here, signup is simple and straightforward. The ads are short and unobtrusive, and the content is well organized and easy to navigate.
The only problem we found with this website is that some titles we chose wouldn’t play during our testing. We tried connecting to VPN servers in different countries, but found that it didn’t make much of a difference.
However, with so many titles to choose from, this limitation is really only a problem if there is a specific show or movie you want to watch. Playback quality was excellent on the titles that did work.
8. Classic Cinema Online
Classic Cinema Online is a dream for lovers of vintage cinema. If you love silent films or lost Charlie Chaplin movies, you’ll definitely want to check out this website.
You do not need to sign up to use the service, and we were able to access the streams using servers in both the UK and US. However, rather than actually hosting the movies, the website provides links to where they can be found.
This means that some content is accessible through torrents, while others require Flash to be enabled. That in turn means you’ll be linking through unknown third-party sites, so using a VPN is an absolute must.
You’ll need a little patience to use this site, but the hidden and forgotten gems included in its catalog are worth the effort.
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Veoh gives you access to over 7,000 movies, as well as a host of TV shows and other content. So the obvious question is, why is this site so far down our list?
The answer is that Veoh includes user-uploaded content, so you need to exercise additional caution when using the site. Using your VPN and a sturdy antivirus program will keep you safe. We were able to access content from a range of different servers.
The content is well organized, and the search option allows you to search by several different criteria. Creating an account is optional to stream videos, but required if you want to upload content.
Playback on the videos we tested was excellent, and we found some great classic movies as well as better-known hits.
10. YouTube (USA)
No list of free streaming websites is complete without YouTube. However, it appears last on our list because it’s the hardest to navigate. The platform is also full of user-uploaded content, so as with Veoh, you need to exercise caution when streaming.
Again, use a VPN to stay safe, and connect to US servers to access a greater variety of content. YouTube of course has countless free videos, but the most popular movies and TV episodes are available only on a pay-to-view basis.
You do not need to create an account to access YouTube, but having one allows you to create playlists, upload videos, and receive notifications when your favorite channels offer new content.