In this age of digital consumerism, almost nothing is free of cost especially entertainment. And even if there is, they are generally considered pirated or illegal. Over the last decade or so, many media streaming sites have emerged that provides streaming services and allow users to download their favorite movies and television shows but at a cost.
Those who don’t want to pay these services are easily attracted by illegal platforms, which provide movies nothing but illegally. Non-genuine platforms, including most torrent sites not only makes you liable for legal charges, but there is an imminent threat of malware attacks to your personal devices. So what options we are left with? From where we can download all those movies?
Well, there are few genuine websites out there that allows you to watch/download movies and TV series legally and absolutely for free. Let’s start with 14 best free movie download sites.
Tubi is a San Francisco based video-on-demand platform that provides free access to hundreds and hundreds of TV shows and movies. Currently, it has more than 200 content providers, including several big ones like Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Lionsgate.
The platform brings new movies and shows every week. Apart from its website, users can access Tubi from Chromecast and other over the top services like as Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.
13. Classic Cinema Online
If you love old, classic movies like me, then you may already know that most of those movies are not really easy to find. Yes, you can always search them on video sharing websites like YouTube and Dailymotion but it takes hours before you find something that you really want to watch.
Classic Cinema Online solves this problem. Instead of spending long hours, you can simply watch hand picked movies across different genres. It lets you explore decades-old movies by categories so that you can easily find what you’re actually looking for.
Dailymotion is the second biggest video hosting service after YouTube. It allows its users to browse, upload and download video contents from all over the world. Here you can find a great variety of content from old movies to useful documentaries.
Dailymotion, however, has suffered some legal setbacks over the years. Back in 2014, the platform was fined $1.5 million after it was found guilty of copyright infringement. In Russia, the platform has been blocked nationwide since early 2017 after a court ruling. It was accused of continually violating country’s copyright law.
PopcornFlix is a popular streaming website, where you can watch hundreds of free, legal movies and web series. While the service is primarily focused on independent movies, you can also find brainstorming documentaries and intriguing international films. PopcornFlix is easily accessible from Playstation, Xbox and Roku.
Do you like watching independent movies without paying anything? If yes, then Viewster could be perfect for you. It’s a popular video-on-demand platform that provides free access to over 12,000 licensed content, including documentaries and anime.
The platform also features hundreds of region-specific television shows like The Inbetweeners, shameless and Peep Show to name just a few. Furthermore, you neither have to register nor have to download a local client to start watching on the website.
9. Yahoo View
Were you a big fan of Hulu’s free version, but really miss it now? If yes, then you might not know about Yahoo View. Well, it is a free video-on-demand platform that function almost in the same way as Hulu did once.
Here you can watch recent (last four) episodes of various popular TV shows from multiple broadcasting networks like NBC, ABC and FOX. But keep in mind that there is a minimum eight day delay from the original broadcast and when it first appears on the platform.
A decent collection of movies is also available, however they are generally unorthodox or non-mainstream. Furthermore, many international sitcoms and anime shows can be enjoyed fully (no four episode limit) with subtitle.
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Kanopy is a unique video streaming service that provides free access to a large selection of movies for students from different universities and other educational institutions. To gain access, you need to provide your university library credentials.
This service is currently available only in a few countries, including U.S, Canada, UK and Australia and only to participating libraries. Its completely ads free since partner institutions pay for the films watched by their faculties and students. Unsurprisingly, Kanopy focuses mostly on documentaries, but you can find films from every genre.
7. Pluto TV
Pluto TV is a free internet based TV platform that provides its users access to over 100 channels which includes new movies and sports channels. Its interface is similar to traditional TV platforms. It brings contents from a total of 75 media partners.
In 2017, Pluto TV included a huge amount of on demand movies along with TV shows after striking a deal with MGM and Warner Bros. Like few other services on the list, Pluto TV might not be available in some locations.
6. Sony Crackle
Crackle is one of the most popular free video streaming platform that offers licensed content(s) from big media providers such as Universal Studios, Warner Bros and Fox Digital, etc. Right now, it is available in more than 20 different nations in North and South America.
My personal experience with the site is somehow moderate. The interface is simple, helps you navigate easily, however, too many ads might ruin your experience.
Vimeo may not be as big as YouTube, but it sure is popular and has a huge fan base. Here you can enjoy movies and hundreds of entertaining short films. Vimeo has a pretty decent interface with almost no annoying ads. High definition playback support is also there.
Vimeo also provides a video-on-demand service for users who wants to buy full length movies and TV shows. Although most of these are independent films, a number of movies from big production houses are also available. Overall, Vimeo is a perfect platform for those who are looking for both free and creative films and paid content all in one place.
SnagFilms is another ad-supported video-on-demand website where you can watch hundreds of rare documentaries and independent films. Currently, its entire library is comprised of more than five thousand different titles across different genres. It also features few documentaries created exclusively by National Geographic.
The contents are nicely organized in sections based on genre, so you can explore new movies and TV shows. Also, there is no need for you to register, just find what you want to watch and enjoy.
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YouTube can be your best companion when there is nothing else to do or watch. And why not, it’s the world’s largest video-sharing/hosting website, which provides you with visual contents from around the world. Though finding full-length movies on YouTube is extremely difficult nowadays, it still has a sizable amount of free movies that you can watch easily.
Apart from that, there are hundreds of movies which never shows up on the site unless you specifically search for them. Most of the time these movies are not uploaded by their rightful owner and are divided into pieces. Few authorized channels that you can try are Maverick Entertainment and The Paramount Vault.
2. Public Domain Torrents
One thing that I have learned after years of research is that copyright laws are extremely complex and could cost you millions. We all know that torrents are illegal as they violate international copyright right laws, however, there are still hundreds of torrents available, which you can download legally.
Public Domain Torrents is most probably the only such site that carries movies which are now part of the public domain. This happens when the original creator of a patented material fails to renew their copyright claim after a certain age limit.
Here you can enjoy classic old movies across different genres. The site is very easy to navigate, you just select a category and scroll through until you find something you want. Each movie is available in multiple formats and quality.
1. The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is perhaps the best platform from where you can get legal movies and television shows absolutely for free. For those who don’t know, it’s a not-for-profit digital library which carries millions of contents from books, images, audio files to old games and of course movies.
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You would be surprised to know how much data is stored in their data center. Back in 2012, the total amount of data stored in the Internet Archive reached 10 petabytes or 10 million gigabytes. Anyway, it allows users to upload content and its web crawlers make sure that you get something new every time you visit there.
Apart from movies, you can watch and download mini films and short clips from TV shows.