Can You Watch Movies Online for Free and Legally?


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Free movies are available for online viewing on archive.org, as well as services such as YouTube.com. These movies are generally in the public domain, though some may be available as part of a promotion.

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Archive.org features an extensive archive of public domain media, including music, television and movies. Movies available on the site include unlicensed films uploaded by their creators, as well as feature films in the public domain, which occurs when the copyright on them lapses or isn't renewed. Certain movies are available for free on YouTube. These movies include those in the public domain, as well as movies produced by major studios that have been made available for a variety of reasons.

Hulu is best known for free TV streaming, but the site also hosts free movies in the genres of drama, comedy, horror and action. The site’s partnership with the Criterion Collection also gives Hulu a selection of art house classics.

Crackle is affiliated with Sony Pictures, giving the site access to popular Hollywood films starring prominent actors. The site does require users to watch advertisements during movies, but these interruptions are brief and limited.

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