The age of streaming is upon us. In the move from cinemas and cable TV to the internet, a handful of paid movie streaming apps 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. 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.
Popcornflix is a free movie app which 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.
Yidio is a very convenient source for you to find movies. This free movie app comes with a twist: most of its free movies are not on the app itself. Yidio will point you to a lot of other free movie apps, which you can use to watch movies online for free.
The catalog is gigantic, given that Yidio aggregates content from a lot of other free movie apps. The only issue is that there are quite a lot of paid movies and subscription movie apps listed. However, Yidio lets you manage movies very efficiently, which means that with some tweaking, you can find thousands of free movies.
4. Sony Crackle
As we all know, 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 collection of free movies out there, with old classics, as well as 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. It also lets you watch TV shows online for free.
Sony Crackle also has a great website, which is among our picks for the best free movie streaming sites.
SnagFilms is a great free movie app for indie movies and documentaries. The catalog consists of a great selection of critically acclaimed independent movies. The movie player is simple, and most of the free movies are of high quality.
The app is ad-supported like most free movie apps, but the ads are not too intrusive or frequent. SnagFilms has a catalog that is aimed at classics and indie films, so don’t expect the latest releases.
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.
Vudu 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 will let you browse the catalog right away, but you have to be signed in to be able 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.
If you’re looking for a more interactive movie experience, you can also watch free virtual reality movies.
At first sight, Viewster feels like a YouTube competitor, but it also works as a free movie app and has a user interface that makes finding free movies easier, sorted by genres. The movie player will also give you video quality and subtitle options.
Viewster has a bit of a social zing to it, with a comment section on every free movie, along with reactions, and their movie blog baked right into the app. Signing in to the app gives you options to personalize it including history, queue, and more.
9. BIGSTAR Movies
BIGSTAR Movies is a free movie app that has a focus on critically acclaimed independent movies. If you’re looking for a free art movie app, then BIGSTAR Movies might be the way to go. It has a simple user interface and a dark mode button.
There is a tab to sort all the free movies by genres, and you can even create a playlist. The only problem with BIGSTAR Movies it has video ads as well as banner ads, which are sometimes poorly placed.
Some Free Movie Apps Are Region Limited
It’s important to remember that when it comes to movies, copyrights and distribution rights are a big concern. This means that the apps in this list are available in a limited number of countries. In case 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.
On the other hand, if you would rather download a movie rather than streaming it, check out how to legally download movies for offline viewing.