23 Free Online Movie Websites Like Crackle, YouTube and Hulu

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This list of 22 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 a “dinner and a movie” date night. If we hadn’t had movie gift cards and a restaurant coupon we would have spent $60. There has to be a better way to spend time together 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. While we still get movies and TV shows movies from our public library, but using apps on our BluRay player, Roku or phone has opened a whole new world of free viewing.

To help us remember the best options, we compiled this list of free movie websites like crackle.

Our list of Movie Websites Like Crackle, YouTube, and Hulu.

1. Crackle

Commercials: Yes

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.

They also have apps for streaming movies:

Because Sony Crackle is offered for free, the will show advertising in both movies and TV shows to make money. 

Commercials are interspersed throughout the movies, but you can see when they will appear in the play bar (little tick marks show their placement). There are about 7 or 8 commercials in each 2-hour movie.

  • Captions: Crackle does provide closed captions by clicking on the gear icon.
  • Video Quality is high (what would you expect from Sony) – and streaming is smooth with no buffering.

 

2. Roku TV

Commercials: No

We recently purchased a Roku for one of our TVs and were amazed at the number of free movie and tv apps it contained. What we weren’t expecting was the Roku Channel itself. It has free movies and TV programming too.

  • Video Quality:  Excellent
  • Captions: Some have captions, but not all.

When we first logged in the movie Titanic was available for free viewing. Roku is a simple and inexpensive box that hooks up to your TV’s HDMI input (and power source). You can put any number of the movie apps listed below on it for free. There are a number of different versions of Roku ($30 to $100) that you can get from Amazon.

At MoneySmart Family we have 2 Roku powered TVs and love the convenience and all of the apps.

 

3. Popcornflix

Commercials: Yes

This free streaming service is 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.

The selection is good, but the streaming quality is nice, but not HD.

  • Video Quality:  Varies from Good to Poor
  • Captions: No

They do allow you to leave chat comments on movies and also embed the movie on your website or Facebook. 

Like Crackle, PopcornFlix does have apps:

 

4. Hulu

Commercials: Yes / No depending on the subscription

Hulu is a subscription-based streaming service that offers movies, series and original content. In the past Hulu allowed you to watch some content for free. That policy was changed in 2016.

Today you can get one month free as a trial, then pay $5.99 per month after that.

  • Video Quality:  Excellent  (as good as Crackle)
  • Captions: Yes

They have 3 tiers of viewing:

  • Hulu: $5.99 per month
  • Hulu (no ads): $11.99 per month
  • Hulu + Live TV: $44.99 per month

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Each tier comes with a free trial period.

Supported devices include mobile devices, TVs/Blu-ray players, streaming media players, and gaming consoles.

If you want expanded access, fewer commercials or regular TV channels you can purchase a Hulu subscription (between $6 and $45 per month) – costs much less than a cable contract.

 

5. SnagFilms

Commercials: Yes

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.

  • Video Quality:  Excelleng
  • Captions: Not supported

SnagFilms does have apps available:

No registration is needed. This website gives Crackle a run for the money.

 

6. Free Movies Cinema

Commercials: No

Free service that promotes fan movies by streaming “independent films published through official channels by directors or production companies that come to the website’s attention.”

TV series are also available. 

Categories include Drama, Horror, War, Documentary, Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, and Western.

Many films are hosted on YouTube and Vimeo. Some have great quality, others have poor quality.

  • Video Quality:  Varies from Good to Poor
  • Captions: Some have captions, but not all.

Server speed may produce buffering.

 

7. Internet Archive‘sMoving Image Archive

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.”

The Internet Archive does have 2 apps that you can watch the resources on:

 

8. Amazon Prime

Commercials: No

While Amazon Prime is technically not “free” you can get a Free 30-Day Trial and watch hundreds of Movies and TV Shows. 

And, if you consider an Amazon Prime membership one of your annual expenses, access to thousands of free for Prime members movies and TV make watching “free.”

With our Shared Prime membership, we’ve watched tons of old documentaries, TV shows, and other movies.

  • Video Quality:  Excellent
  • Captions: Yes on most

Prime Video App

 

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9. Retrovision Classic Movies

Commercials: No

Free streaming service similar to Classic Cinema Online, that offers more than 600 classics that have become part of the public domain.  Just click and watch, no registration is needed. Video quality is fair, not nearly as crisp and HD as Crackle.

There are stationary ads on the pages around the video players, but no ads in the videos themselves. 

These are all old movies and TV shows from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Most of these movies are not hosted by Crackle.

  • Video Quality:  Good to Fair
  • Captions: None

Retrovision Apps

  • Android
  • iOS – we couldn’t find an iOS app for Retrovision
  • A Chrome extension is available for use with Chrome browsers.

 

10. Kanopy TV

Kanopy is free through many public libraries and universities. You can view thousands of movies for free courtesy of these public institutions. You will need to create an account to log in

There are some mainstream movies and many independent films. All seem to be good quality. Kanopy has an interesting feature where you can leave comments on each movie that you watch.

You can also favorite movies you want to watch and create a custom watchlist.

  • Video Quality:  Excellent
  • Captions: Yes

Kanopy Apps

 

 

11. Top Documentary Films

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. No registration is needed.

Most of the films we’ve watched were streamed from YouTube. The streaming quality was good.

  • Video Quality:  Good to Fair
  • Captions: None

Retrovision Apps

  • Android
  • iOS – we couldn’t find an iOS app for Retrovision
  • A Chrome extension is available for use with Chrome browsers.

 

12. TubiTV

Commercials: No

TubiTV has an archive of thousands of movies and TV shows, most of which are free, although others must be rented.

If you want to watch PG13 and PG movies you don’t even have to set up an account although they always encourage you to register. If a movie or TV show is rated “Mature or higher”, you’ll need to create an account and log in.

Categories include comedy, horror, movie night, romance, drama, documentary, kids, drama, thrillers, family movies and more.

Some of our favorite family movies were found 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.

 

13. TV networks’ websites like Crackle

Many networks host full episodes of their shows (usually for a limited time) on websites or their apps ranging from conventional broadcast channels like 

Major Networks:

Cable Channels

We’ve enjoyed watching shows like Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife on our local PBS affiliate website and This is Us on the NBC app. Some of these networks require you either register, pay a small fee or sign in using your cable provider login.

 

14. Viewster

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. You can create an account, but most of the videos we watched required no registration.

 

15. Popcorn Time

Popcorn Time isn’t a streaming movie site—it’s a torrent streamer. But it is a good source for free movies and TV shows.

You’ll need to download their app to your computer or device. They support Mac/PC, Android/iOs, Linux 32/64. Registration is free!

 

16. YouTube

Commercials: Yes

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 YouTube Movies and change the filter from “All Videos” to “Free movies.” To browse paid and free TV shows, visit YouTube TV Shows.

 

17. Yidio

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.

Many of the top-rated movies require payment or an account at one of the sites listed above, but they do have a link to browse their extensive catalog of free content.

 

18. Classic Cinema Online

Classic Cinema Online is a free online streaming service offering vintage and classic films. They even include super old silent films. They stream from a variety of free sources including YouTube, IMBD, Archive.org and more.

The image quality was fair and some links to movies were broken or the videos had been removed from the host’s server. But if you want to watch old films this is a good source.

 

19. PlutoTV

Pluto TV is both a live TV streaming website (more than 900 stations) and on-demand movie streaming website. To stream movies, you’ll need to register and create an account, but you can watch live tv without registration.

PlutoTV also has mobile and desktop apps you can download. From our tests, the video quality was excellent and the site speed was amazing.

 

20. Vimeo

Vimeo is known for high-quality videos posted by different businesses and producer. What we didn’t know was that there is a lot of free content. From experimental films, video shorts, full-length films, and video series – they cover the gamut. Some content must be purchased, but much of it is free. You’ll find the quality on Vimeo to be top-notch.

 

21. Online Movies & Your Public Library

If you have a public library membership, then go to Kanopy.com. They have 30,000 movies you can stream for free!

22. PrimeWire.ap – Danger

This is not a good free streaming movie.  It is regularly updated with new flicks but most of the movies are stolen and hosted on a number of illegal sites. When you click to watch you’ll inevitably get a popup ad or be taken to a porn site.

We recommend staying away from this site.

 

23. MoviesFoundOnline.com – Danger

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 include short films, documentaries, animations, and series. 

We recently tested this site. When we clicked to watch several movies we received notices that our computer was infected by viruses. Other movies had been removed due to copyright infringement. It appears that anyone can upload a movie to this site. 

 

Wrap Up for Websites Like Crackle

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.

We have reviewed hundreds of family-friendly Movies in our resources and reviews section.

If you’re interested in family-friendly movies check out our PG-13 Chick Flicks Movies

If you’re looking for romantic movies, perfect for snuggling or Valentine’s Day check out our Valentines Movie Mania page.

This list was compiled from a variety of sources including MoneyTalkNews.

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1 thought on “23 Free Online Movie Websites Like Crackle, YouTube and Hulu

  1. Eve Hunt

    Crackle is the name of famous apple tv app where it is easy to watch free movies and TV shows. No subscription cost is required to install this app. Saving option is also present to save your favourite movies and TV shows. It is the production of Sony Pictures Entertainment.…

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