As great as it is to have a zillion video-streaming options, subscription fees for all those different platforms add up. So it’s our duty to point out one you’re likely overlooking that won’t cost you a cent — as long as you already have an internet connection and a device capable of connecting to it, that is.
YouTube isn’t just for Vine compilations and viral videos anymore. The OG streaming platform hosts an insane number of movies you can watch at no cost — some more legal than others, admittedly. In addition, the site has a section for movies you can buy or rent. So the next time you’re in a movie slump and want a free way out, give some of these a try.
Movies in the public domain
When a film’s copyright expires, it enters the public domain — meaning you can watch it legally for free, no strings attached. Many of the films below were made before copyright renewals were a thing, and for more under-seen old-school classics and B-movies, check out the curated selections on accounts like Times Classic Entertainment.
A Bucket of Blood
Carnival of Souls
Cyrano de Bergerac
His Girl Friday
The Gold Rush
The Lady Vanishes
Night of the Living Dead
Plan Nine from Outer Space
Sita Sings the Blues
A Star Is Born
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Channels with free movies
Not sure what you’re in the mood for? You can browse these channels to find something that will satisfy.
The Documentary Network (recently stopped uploading new documentaries, but still has a lot of content)
Full Cinema Channel
Movie Express (Turkish films)
PizzaFlix (not to be confused with Popcornflix!)
Popcornflix (not to be confused with PizzaFlix!)
Timeless Western Movies
Timeless Classic Movies
A Touch of Evil
Ultra Movie Parlour (Bollywood films)
Enjoy not spending a dime for entertainment!
(source list: Thrillist/Image: PCMAG)