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

Sites such as The Internet Archive, Retrovision and YouTube, stream public domain content including movies for free. Watching movies online for free is illegal unless the copyright of the movie is expired or the movie’s owner has made it available for public viewing without royalties or charges.

Many video streaming sites allow users to watch ad-supported movies for free, so movies are regularly interrupted by commercials that pay for the streaming of the movie. Hulu, Crackle and YouTube are some examples. There are also subscription services that offer unlimited movies for streaming such as Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu Plus.

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."

Retrovision Classic Movies hosts over 600 classic movies that are now public domain and can be watched for free. Similarly, Classic Cinema Online offers numerous classic and vintage films that visitors can view at no cost. For additional options, including independent films and documentaries, Money Talks News publishes a list of 17 different websites with free streaming movies.