How to Watch Free Movies Online: The Ultimate (And 100% Legal) Guide

Sabienna Bowman

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"Superbad" from Columbia Pictures
“Superbad” from Columbia Pictures

In this age of cord-cutting, finding quality free movies online without having to resort to shady torrents is the dream. The reality is, you’re probably not going to be watching Black Panther 100% free anytime soon unless you can convince someone else to rent it for you. But that doesn’t mean the internet isn’t full of movies and TV shows that you can watch without a subscription or illegal downloading guilt.

As with most things in life, there is a small catch — the wonderful sites that pay the fees for movies so that you don’t have to are usually ad-supported, which means you will likely have to watch a commercial or two. However, this is a small hardship to deal with when you have titles like Taxi Driver, Superbad, and School of Rock just a few clicks away. Free movie sites are hidden treasure troves of popular favorites, hard to find classics and oddities that you’re probably not going to find on Netflix no matter how hard you look.

So, how do you make the most out of the free movie offerings online? No one has the time to search out every movie individually or play a game of website roulette as you try to guess whether a site is legit or a virus just waiting to happen. That’s where this list comes in! Here at Reelgood, we want to help you take the guesswork out of making your free movie night dreams come true.


Step 1: Know Your Websites

New streaming sites are popping up all the time, but there’s much to be said for the faithful standbys. Here’s a list of the sites that movie lovers need to have bookmarked because they’re tried and true.

Crackle — Owned by Sony, Crackle is a reliable destination for free content that you actually want to watch. Their library is updated every single month, so titles come and go, but there’s always something worth watching. Current movies that you can stream with ads right now include Attack the Block, Superbad, Pineapple Express, Big Fish, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose.


PopcornFlix — Thanks to its easy-to-navigate library, this site is perfect if you have a specific genre in mind. The movies are a bit more hit and miss, but browsing PopcornFlix is a bit like the movie equivalent of thrift store shopping — you never know what you’ll find. Current movies streaming on the site include Stagecoach, The Kid, Penelope, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.


Vudu — No, Vudu isn’t just for rentals. The site also offers ad-supported free films that stream beautifully on any device. All you have to do is sign in with the site (100% free), and start browsing. Current movies streaming on the site include A Fish Called Wanda, Death at a Funeral, and Oldboy.


Tubi TV — Like Vudu, you have to sign up, but again, it’s free and totally worth it. Current movies streaming on the site include Rubber, Troll Hunter, True Grit, and Friends With Kids.


Step 2: Take Out The Guesswork

The list above is by no means comprehensive, and there’s a reason for that — no one has time to browse through 50 sites every single time they want to watch a movie. Visiting each streaming service is tedious, and there are better things you could be doing with your time, like, you know, actually watching a movie. With that in mind, you really only need one link, and that’s Reelgood’s list of free movies to watch. The list is a comprehensive look at the movies that are free and on reputable sites, plus it’s updated often to reflect the ever-changing libraries!

Better yet, each title not only has a direct link to the various sources where they’re available to watch – you can also sort the entire list according to their IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores. Honestly, it doesn’t get much easier than that.


Step 3: Make Your Devices Work For You

The third and final step in enjoying free movies is making your devices work for you. If your favorite source has an app, then download it. Do you have Roku? Then load it up with free channels (and don’t forget the device has a channel of its own that’s full of free films). Whether you stream on your phone, through a device like Roku, or on your desktop, there is a myriad of ways to find films legally. It might take a little effort to curate a list of go-to streaming sites that you love, but the end result will be a fast and easy streaming experience the next time you decide it’s time for a movie night.

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