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.
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 allow you 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, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, the major gaming consoles, and the web.
While Peacock offers a premium subscription plan, the platform also offers thousands of hours’ worth of content you can watch for free.
Peacock also offers live TV channels you can access at no extra cost. While you have to create an account to use the service, the many shows and movies you can watch are worth it.
Be careful, though; not all TV shows are free. Peacock offers some episodes of their best shows for free, but if you want to keep watching, you might need to subscribe to the service.
Crackle is a free app and one of the best streaming TV services you can find. 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 Crackle provides. Crackle also lets you watch TV shows online for free.
While Crackle is available in the United States, it shut down in Canada, Australia, and Latin America.
You can watch on Android, iOS, Roku, Amazon Fire devices, PlayStation, Xbox, and more.
Crunchyroll is another staple Android and iOS app and one of the best anime streaming services. The app specializes in Japanese anime movies and TV series, and it offers a mix of classic shows and new releases and a library of widely acclaimed original content.
At the time of writing, some of the shows you can watch on Crunchyroll include Dr. STONE, Tower of God, Re:ZERO, Black Clover, Food Wars, Fire Force, One Piece, Naruto, 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, Nintendo Switch, Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire 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.
What’s great about Pluto TV is that it’s a free movie streaming website with no sign-up requirements. You can just visit the website and start watching whatever movie and show you want.
The app is available on Android, iOS, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and more.
If you don’t know what Vudu is, you’re missing out on some great content. This platform 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 immediately lets you browse its catalog, but you must sign up to watch movies. While Vudu focuses on its 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.
Formally IMDb TV, Freevee is one of the top free streaming apps available. Not only is there a database full of classic shows and movies, but Freevee also creates original programming.
Freevee has some of the newest releases compared to other free movie apps, and Freevee originals feature Judge Judy and Post Malone, along with other big stars.
Freevee is available on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Playstation, Xbox, iOS, Android, and more.
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 called The Roku Channel? 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?
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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