This list of 18 free movie websites like Crackle, YouTube & Hulu can help you save money by dumping cable. Check out these sites and other Blu-ray/smart tv apps.
One of the biggest budget busters is overspending on recreation. We recently did “dinner and a movie” for a date night. If we hadn’t had movie gift cards (from Christmas) and coupons from Sweet Tomatoes (one of our favs) we would have spent $45 for just the two of us. There has to be a better way to spend time without spending a fortune.
We love cocooning at home after a long day of work. After selecting a good movie, we sit on the couch and share a fresh fruit smoothie or a bowl of popcorn. We still get movies from our public library. We love that we can reserve them online and then pick them up a few days later. But a couple years ago we purchased a BluRay player with WiFi access. And have been enjoying watching movies online, on our TV for Free. Here’s a list of websites that offer free movies.
Our list of Movie Websites Like Crackle, YouTube, and Hulu.
Classic Cinema Online is a free online streaming service offering vintage and classic films. They even include super old silent films.
Crackle is Sony’s free video streaming service. They offer movies, series, and original content. Supported devices include smart TVs, streaming media players, mobile devices, and gaming consoles.
Free service that promotes fan films by streaming “independent films published through official channels by directors or production companies that come to [the company’s] attention.” TV series are also available.
Subscription-based streaming service that offers movies, series and original content. A free account includes access to a limited number of episodes. A paid account, which costs $7.99 per month, includes unlimited access. Supported devices include mobile devices, TVs/Blu-ray players, streaming media players and gaming consoles.
The Internet Archive is a 19-year-old nonprofit organization “founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public”. They have historical collections that exist in digital format. It’s Moving Image Archive is a video library containing nearly 2 million user-uploaded items. They “range from classic full-length films to daily alternative news broadcasts to cartoons and concerts.”
Free streaming service that curates video content freely available on video-hosting websites like YouTube and Vimeo. Content ranges “from old cult classics to new independent movies”. They also includes short films, documentaries, animations, and series.
MovieZoot is a free movie streaming service that offers “first-rate films of all categories” as well as TV shows.
Self-described “biggest source of free short films to watch online.” This service is the short-film version of WatchDocumentary.org (see below), although it’s still in beta.
Free streaming service owned by Screen Media Ventures, an independent distributor of movies to the TV market. They offer movies and original content. Supported devices include mobile devices, smart TVs, streaming media players and gaming consoles.
Free streaming service similar to Classic Cinema Online, that offers more than 600 classics that have become part of the public domain. An extension is available for Chrome browsers.
Free streaming service that offers more than 5,000 independent movies, TV shows and documentaries. An app is available for Android and Apple mobile devices. There are also apps for other supported devices, include streaming media players and gaming consoles.
Free streaming service that offers more than 3,000 documentaries. The documentaries are divided into 25 categories, from external video-hosting sites like YouTube, Vimeo and Daily Motion.
TubiTV has an archive of thousands of movies and TV shows. Most are free, some must be rented. If you want to watch PG13 and PG movies you don’t even have to set up an account. If a movie or TV show is rated “Mature or higher”, you’ll need to create an account with TubiTV.
Categories include comedy, horror, movie night, romance, drama, documentary, kids, drama, thrillers, family movies and more.
We were surprised to find some of our favorite family movies on TubiTV including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Ultimate Gift, Miracle on 34th Street (original version), Heidi and lots more. It’s a very comprehensive site with lots of great movies.
14. TV networks’ websites
Many networks host full episodes of their shows (usually for a limited time) on websites ranging from conventional broadcast channels like ABC and NBC to cable channels like Comedy Central and Lifetime. We’ve enjoyed watching shows like Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife on our local PBS affiliate website.
Online video service with its own film festival. They offer movies and series, including those “that are hard to find anywhere else … niche movies, cult series, acclaimed festival darlings, all the classics, hidden gems from all around the world. ”Supported devices include mobile devices and smart TVs.
We found some good documentaries like, “Why I’m Not on Facebook,” and “Word Wars” about traveling on the Scrabble players circuit. They also have some great old movies like Danny Kaye’s “Inspector General,” “Stage Door Canteen,” and “This is the Army,” starring Ronald Reagan.
WatchDocumentary.org is described as the “biggest source of free documentaries to watch online.” Their films are pulled from external video-hosting sites like YouTube. An app is also available for viewing on Android mobile devices.
Founded in 2005, YouTube is the top video-sharing website whose offerings include paid and free movies and series. To narrow movie options down to freebies, visit this page and change the filter from “All Videos” to “Free movies.” To browse paid and free TV shows, visit this page.
Free service that allows you to search, discover, personalize and watch TV shows and movies across Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and hundreds of other providers in one place. (“Yidio” is short for “Your Internet video.”) Supported devices include mobile devices and smart TVs.
We’ve got to be honest with you, some websites have lower resolution than others, making the viewing a bit frustrating. And some of the movie selections are “not our style,” but having them available has broadened our viewing habits.
Using our Blu-Ray player apps, we recently watched a show called “Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout” where young Eagle Scouts challenge athletic (and some not so athletic) adults in camping skills. With three Eagle Scout sons, we found this quite entertaining. (produced by National Geographic)
And our last, most favorite way to watch inexpensive movies in DVD format is to find one of our top pick movies at Goodwill or at Half Price Books clearance rack ($1). That way if our router or internet service ever goes down, we can still eat popcorn and relax with a classic movie at the end of the day.
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This list was complied from a variety of sources including MoneyTalkNews.