Paid subscription streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ might get all the attention with their original content with big-name stars, but the less-heralded services like Vudu, IMDb TV, and Tubi have tons of great movies and TV shows in their libraries, too. More importantly, a lot of their offerings are available to watch for free. All it will cost is your email address and watching a few commercials. But you can handle some ads to get to free content! That's how you used to watch TV when you were a kid!
We combed the major free streaming services for the best movies available for free right now, including some that are family-friendly and some that are not family-friendly at all. Watch them soon, because free movies shuffle on and off these services very quickly.
If you're not in the mood for a movie, TV Guide also has a list of the best TV shows to watch for free. And if you're looking for something to watch right now, free or otherwise, check out our Watch This Now page.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (IMDb TV, Tubi)
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's debut film follows an inventor named Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) who creates a machine that turns water into food. What could possibly go wrong? Well, the machine could achieve sentience and turn on humanity, for one. This is a colorful, fun flick for the whole fam.
Whale Rider (IMDb TV)
This moving New Zealand film tells the story of Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), a 12-year-old Maori girl who wants to grow up to become the chief of her tribe, which women are not allowed to be. But she's the true descendant of Paikea, the ancestral whale rider, and she not stop until she proves herself. Castle-Hughes was nominated for an Oscar, and was the youngest Best Actress nominee until Quvenzhané Wallis was nominated for Beasts of the Southern Wild at age 9.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (IMDb TV)
The all-star ensemble of Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel play four best friends who have summer adventures of self-discovery thanks to a shared pair of jeans that magically fits all four of them. You know what they say: Have pants, will travel.
The Muppets Take Manhattan (IMDb TV)
Who doesn't like the Muppets? Nobody! The third Muppet movie finds Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest trying to get their play produced on Broadway. It features appearances by Art Carney, Dabney Coleman, Liza Minnelli, and Mayor Ed Koch as himself. All your kids' favorite stars!
This peculiar animated film (with some live-action/animation hybrid scenes) tells the story of a boy who gets turned into a kitten by the evil Grand Duke of Owls, who wants to turn the world to endless night, and sets out with his new friends to convince the rooster Chanticleer, whose song has the power to make the sun rise, to give up his life as an Elvis-style rock star and return to the farm that needs him. It's one of the weirder movies in animation legend Don Bluth's filmography.
For After the Kids Go to Bed
Star Trek collection (IMDb TV)
IMDb TV has a special treat for Trekkies right now, with 8 of the 13 Star Trek movies available to stream for free, including the first one, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and the most recent one, Star Trek Beyond.
Patriots Day (IMDb TV)
This movie is currently in the top 10 on Netflix, but you don't have to pay anything to watch it if you watch it here. The based-on-true-events film stars Mark Wahlberg as a (fictitious) Boston cop who's thrust into unexpected duty when terrorists set off a bomb at the Boston Marathon. It follows the aftermath of the bombing and the manhunt for Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Taxi Driver (IMDb TV)
Every now and then, a certified classic will show up on a free streaming site. Right now, it's Taxi Driver, Martin Scorsese's legendary psychological thriller about an alienated young man named Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) who tries to find a place where he belongs in grimy '70s New York City.
Fruitvale Station (IMDb TV)
Director Ryan Coogler's devastating film dramatizes the death of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old man who was killed by police early in the morning on New Year's Day 2009 while in their custody at the titular train station in Oakland. It's a powerful film that's unfortunately as timely as ever.
This deranged riff on Little Red Riding Hood stars a teenaged Reese Witherspoon as an impoverished girl with an explosive temper who, when her car breaks down on the road to her grandmother's house, gets picked up by Bob Wolverton (Kiefer Sutherland), a serial killer. It's a nasty little black comic thriller that helped Witherspoon evolve into the A+ lister she is today.
Blaxploitation icon Pam Grier stars in this thrilling, sexy action movie as the titular nurse by day, vigilante by night who gets revenge on the drug dealers who got her sister hooked on heroin. Grier was the first Black woman to star in an action movie, and the success of Coffy led to even more iconic movies like Foxy Brown, Friday Foster, and, later, Jackie Brown.