The age of streaming is upon us. In the move from cinema and cable TV to the internet, a handful of paid movie streaming apps—such as Netflix and Hulu—have become extremely popular.
However, there are a lot of free movie apps that will let you watch and download movies. All for free, and all legally. So, without further ado, here are the best free movie apps available.
1. Tubi TV
Tubi TV has a catalog of free movies, neatly sorted into categories by genre, like horror, romance, and comedy. You can also browse through featured and most popular movies. As far as the movies go, they're high quality, and the movie player works smoothly.
As a bonus, all the films have subtitles available. Logging in will give you the option to add movies to your queue, which is accessible across devices, and even on the web version of Tubi TV. You also get an option for screencasting.
Tubi is available on Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, PlayStation, some smart TVs, and the web.
Popcornflix is a free movie app that offers a great collection of movies. The app presents you with a wall of free movies, sorted by categories, with the new arrivals shown right on top.
Popcornflix also has exclusive content, called Popcornflix Originals. The movies are of good quality, and streaming works smoothly. The movie player can be a tad overwhelming, but is feature-rich and smooth. Popcornflix will also let you stream TV series for free.
It's available on Android, iOS, the major gaming consoles, and the web.
Disney+ has been a resounding success since it launched in late 2019. At the time of writing, it is available in most of North and South America, most of Europe, and parts of Asia and Africa.
It is estimated that the service has more than 7,000 television episodes and 500 films in its library. That includes most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the endless Disney "princess" movies, several Star Wars films, and many other Disney hits such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Benji, and X-Men.
The diverse amount of content makes it a great family option. It costs $8/month or $80/year and is available on all smart TV and mobile platforms.
4. Sony Crackle
Sony Pictures is a big name in the film industry, and when it comes to watching free movies online, Sony Crackle lives up to its reputation. Sony Crackle has one of the best collections of free movies out there, with a mix of old classics and new hit movies.
The movie player works smoothly and is easy to use. The free movies are ad-supported, so you have to watch a few ads. However, the ads are not too intrusive and seem like a fair price to pay for the kind of content Sony Crackle provides. Crackle also lets you watch TV shows online for free.
You can watch on Android, iOS, Amazon Fire devices, PlayStation, Xbox, and more.
Crunchyroll is another staple Android and iOS app for movie lovers. The app specializes in Japanese anime movies and TV series. It offers a mix of classic shows and new releases, along with its own library of widely acclaimed original content.
Some of the shows you can watch on Crunchyroll at the time of writing include Dr. STONE, Tower of God, Re:ZERO, Black Clover, Food Wars, Fire Force, One Piece, Naruto Shippuden, My Hero Academia, Hunter x Hunter, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
You can watch Crunchyroll for free, but a premium service is available. If you pay the $8/month fee, you get access to new shows just one hour after they air in Japan, an ad-free watching experience, support for six simultaneous screens, and a way to download movies for offline viewing.
You can watch on Android, iOS, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.
6. Pluto TV
Pluto TV is one of the most feature-rich free movie apps on this list. It has a simple user interface, despite packing in so many features. When you open the app, you're greeted with Pluto's free TV channels, with a dedicated tab for free movies and TV shows.
There are also live channels on which you can watch free movies as they play, and a range of other free TV channels with a variety of other content. The movie player is nice and clean, with subtitles available for most free movies. You can sign in to customize Pluto TV to your needs.
The app is available on Android, iOS, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and more.
Vudu (what is Vudu and how does it work?) has a great collection of ad-supported free movies. The catalog is one of the biggest for any free movie app, and new movies are added regularly. You can choose to watch free movies in your preferred choice of quality.
Vudu lets you browse its catalog immediately, but you have to sign to watch movies. While Vudu has a focus on their rentals, you can select the Free tab to see the collection of free movies. The free movies are easy to spot otherwise, as well, having the Free with Ads label on them.
All the major platforms are supported.
FilmRise offers a free movie and TV app experience that lets you jump in right away with limited ad interruption. Like most movie apps, you can scroll through a category-heavy home screen at launch. If you want to explore another way, the browse button allows you to filter between movies, TV, and recently added titles directly.
The search feature also offers an in-built trending list, so you can see what others are watching. While browsing, you can also select any title and add it to a watchlist for later. The only downside is that its catalog is mostly filled with older movies, with the occasional newer title thrown into the mix.
In addition to the major platforms, you can also watch via The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, Amazon's IMDb TV, and Vizio.
Plex is a free movie app that works on almost any media device. If you own it, you can use Plex on it. On top of offering free movies and TV, you can also stream web shows, news, and podcasts.
The only obvious downside to Plex comes in the mandatory account linking before you can start streaming. Plex offers a very basic search engine, so you need to try different titles to see what you like. To help encourage exploration, this free movie app also remembers where you left off on multiple titles, so you can easily continue watching.
The Plex app is available on all platforms.
Roku is best known as one of the leading streaming device manufacturers, but did you know it also has its own movie channel that is packed with free content? And better yet, did you know that you do not even need to own a Roku device in order to be able to tune in?
Some of the most popular free movies on the platform at the time of writing include American Animals, the original Sherlock Holmes films, Batman (1989), Fight Club, Memento, and Halloween.
In August 2021, Roku announced it was also expanding the app to include regular TV channels. They include AccuWeather Now, CBC News, El Rey, IGN, and Real Madrid TV. Sure, they're not premium offerings, but more content is never a bad thing.
Best of all, The Roku Channel is not limited to Roku devices. You can also watch on Android, iOS, streaming boxes, and smart TVs.
Some Free Movie Apps Are Region Limited
It's important to remember that when it comes to movies, copyright is a big concern. This means that the apps in this list are available in a limited number of countries.
If one of these free movie apps is not available in your country, you might want to consider using a VPN, rather than sideloading apps from unreliable sources.
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