Free (& legal) online movies & TV streaming apps and sites (2021 list)
Watch movies online legally without paying anything.
You might have noticed how hard it is to find any worthwhile genuinely free and legal movie streaming site. This is because, the policies of these sites are constantly changing. But there are still a lot of articles which have outdated info about these free movie streaming websites. Take for example the countries of availability of Crackle. While many articles state that it is available in a number of countries but as of now, it is available in the USA and territories only.
Another case where these top ranked articles provide outdated info is whether sign up is required or not to watch movies. The past few months has seen so many changes that websites which did not require sign up have become registration-only service. There are even articles that are so old that mention free movie sites that are no more available. And most dangerous articles are those that lists even illegal free movie streaming sites.
But in this article, you will find that we have listed only those free online movie streaming sites that are legal and which do not require any sign up to watch movies . All these sites can be accessed via web browser along with mobile apps and support many other devices you already own including game consoles and smart TVs. Some of these sites are available in limited countries at the moment but they are planning to expand to other countries in the future.
Following are the list of legally free online movies/ TV streaming apps and websites:
1. Tubi TV
Tubi TV has made it to the top of this list not only for one but for multiple reasons. Firstly due to the fact that even if they have mentioned in their website that they include ads in the movie, there is not a single ad while watching movie on Google Chrome browser. The streaming speed and video quality are both good. Another reason is that they have a collection of 30,000 movies and TV shows from Hollywood studio partners such as MGM, Lionsgate and Paramount.
Also, you have an option to chose from more than 25 devices to stream films. In addition to Windows, iOS, Android and Web browsers, other devices/ platforms include Chromecast, Xfinity X1, Vizio Smartcast TV, TiVO devices etc. Moreover, you can find movies from a lots of genres such as Anime, Family Movies, Family Series, Sports Movies & Shows and many more. They have a separate kids movies & shows section called Tubi Kids which you can find in the menu at the top of the page.
The website is also very clean and easy to use. You just need to click on the "Start Watching" button and then on the movie of your choice to start watching a movie. Its headquarter is in San Franscisco and is owned by Fox Corporation. But note that you can only use Tubi TV if you are residing in the US, Canada, Australia, Mexico or New Zealand for the time being.
One of the oldest video streaming site and app (founded in 2004), Crackle was know as Grouper when it was founded. Later on it was a part of the Sony Pictures and now operates independently. Currently it is available in USA and territories. You can choose from a larger database of movies and TV shows including movies for kids. The available genres range from Action to Drama to Classics and Family. While this legally free movie & TV streaming site requires no sign up to watch movies, you can save and browse afterwards the "Watch Later" list of films and get recommendations when you signup.
This legal video streaming network supports Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon fire TV, Playstation 4, Xbox One, LG TV, Roku device, your web browser and more. You have to watch short commercials (which makes it free for you) at scheduled times while watching the movie; first of which is at the beginning. You can also search for movies and TV shows where you will get auto suggestion for the same.
Some of the films you can watch at Crackle are Dragged Across Concrete, Dark Tide, Maya The Bee Movie, Redemption and The Platform. Similarly you can also watch TV shows like Bucket List and even older TV shows such as 21 Jump Street. The video quality depends on the individual movie or TV show and not on the streaming website.
3. Youtube Movies & Shows
While the collection of free movies with Youtube Movies & Shows is small in comparison with others in this list, Youtube`s popularity makes it a natural part for this article. To start watching movies for free, you need to go to the Youtube main site and click on the "Movies & Shows" link located at the left side of the screen under "BEST OF YOUTUBE".
Although there are movies labelled "Free with Ads" in other categories such as Romance, Teen films, World Cinema, Science Fiction, Family and others; there is a separate section named "Free to watch" dedicated exclusively to ad-supported free movies which you can find just after "Recommended movies for you" section at the top. Click on "VIEW ALL" link placed at the right side and you will see all the free to watch movies such as The Terminator, Cold skin, Where the heart is, (Fortnite: Battle, Build, Survive!), Top Sectret, The cold, Shaolin and a number of others.
Unlike other providers in this list, Youtube is available in almost all the countries with a few exception but some movies may not be available in your countries and some movies require you to sign in to confirm your age due to the nature of the content of the movie.
Popcornflix is only available in the United States and Canada for right now. The best part of Popcornflix is that it has a separate website for kids called Popcornflix Kids with two sections - Movies and TV Shows. Its parent company is Screen Media Ventures, LLC which is the largest distributor of motion pictures.
To watch movies online at popcornflix, you should first visit popcornflix website and then click on "BROWSE WITHOUT ACCOUNT" button that you see on the first screen after landing on the page. After clicking on this button, you have two choices in the next screen - "Movies" and "Series" located at the top of the page. To watch movies, just click on "Movies" link and then select a genre from "Categories" section. This will display you a list of movies related to that category. Clicking on a movie of your choice will open the details of the movie with a "WATCH" button. To start watching the movie, just click on this button.
Some of the showcased movies at Popcornflix are 2020: Fallen Earth, 2036 Origin Unknown, Agent Jade Black, Battle Creed Brawl etc. The genres available for you at this site are horror, Documentaries, Action and more.
5. Pluto TV
Pluto TV, which is owned by ViacomCBS Streaming, claim to have 50 million monthly active users with over 200 content partners. Currently available in the USA, Latin America, Europe and in limited capacity in Canada; Pluto has lots of Live TV channels related to Kids, Crime, Comedy, Sports, Gaming and others. It is available for Cox, Cricket wireless, Google TV, Hisense and Portal beside other popular platforms and OSes such as web browser, Windows and Android.
Start by clicking on "Launch PlutoTV" button when you land on their website. In the next screen, you will see "On Demand" link in the top of the page along with "Live TV". To watch movies, click on this "On Demand" link which will showcase a list of available movies. Just click on the movie image and then on the "Watch Now" button to start playing the movie.
Pluto has losts and lots of movie categories including Sports, Adventure, Kids, Food, LOL etc.
6. CON TV
Formerly known as Viewster, CONtv is available for Roku, Android, iOS, Samsung Smart TV and others. Currently this legal free online film streaming service is available in the US only where you can watch movies like American Rescue Squad, Jurassic City, Silencer, Gone By Dawn 2 etc.
While it is free and legal to watch movies with ad breaks at this site, there is an option to subscribe for $6.99 to CONtv for an ad-free streaming experience. On the other hand if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can subscribe to it starting with a 7 days trial after which you have to pay $4.99 extra monthly fee for this service. Amazon Prime members can also watch free movies natively.
To start watching movies online at CONtv, just goto their website and click on "Watch" at any movie displayed there. Streaming speed of the movies at CONtv are good and there are pre-determined number of ad breaks which you can easily see in the timeline of the movie player.
7. Plex TV
To watch movies for free at Plex, just click on the "On Demand" link placed in the menu at the top of the page after you land on their website. Then from the sub-menu, select "Movies & Shows" (for Live TV click on "Live TV" and from the drop down, chose "Free Live TV"). You will see a categorized list of movies. When you click on the movie thumbnail of your choice, it will bring you to the dashboard. On the left side of the dashboard, you will find "Movies and Shows" link, clicking on which will display a list of movie thumbnails. Just click on any thumbnail and the movie starts playing.
To watch Live TV, just click on "Live TV" and you will see a drop down. Select "Free Live TV" to see a list of TV channels available. One thing you will notice is that there are not many video play options - even there is no option for subtitles.
Altough the quality of videos are good, the streaming speed is sometimes slower and sometimes the dashboard displays errors. Other than this, they claim to host over 20,000 free movies and TV shows. In addition, while you can watch movies using web browser, lots of other devices are supported by Plex such as Oculus Go, Mac, Samsung Gear VR, Lenevo Mirage Solo VR, Sonos etc.
You can find popular films such as Django, Noah and Wind River in this site. Likewise, the available genres include Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Comedy, Drama and more.
Having listed the free and legal way of watching movies online, now is your turn to let us know which movie streaming site you liked the most? and what is your latest favourite movie that you would recommend to us?