What Are Some Legal Ways to Watch Movies Online for Free?


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Websites such as Hulu.com, Crackle.com and OpenCulture.com provide free, legal access to movies online. Many of the movies on Hulu.com require a subscription or free trial to watch, but Crackle.com and OpenCulture.com remain completely free, as of 2015. Hulu.com has also partnered with The Criterion Collection and typically offers a small selection of Criterion films, appertaining to a certain theme, for free. The theme changes periodically.

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Crackle.com offers a wide variety of notable and award-winning films such as "District 9," "Sex, Lies and Videotape," "Easy Rider," "Taxi Driver" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." The 1976 crime drama "Taxi Driver," directed by Martin Scorsese, earned four Oscar nominations at the 1977 Academy Awards. Scorsese won the coveted Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival for "Taxi Driver," and in 1994 the film was chosen for preservation in the National Film Registry.

OpenCulture.com provides classic films, public domain films, and a few special collections. It contains lesser-known Oscar-winning films and collections from influential filmmakers Andrei Tarkovsky and Charlie Chaplin. The Soviet film director Tarkovsky, known for his deep, metaphysical themes, won the FIPRESCI prize four times over his career at the Cannes Film Festival for his films "Andrei Rublev," "Solaris," "Nostalghia" and "The Sacrifice."

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