Free (and legal) online movies and TV streaming apps and sites (2022 list)

Watch movies online legally without paying anything.

Last Updated on: / Blog Post by: Mani Upadhyay

You might have noticed how hard it is to find any worthwhile, genuinely free, and legal movie streaming sites. This is because the policies of these sites are constantly changing. But there are still a lot of articles that have outdated information about these free movie streaming websites. Take, for example, the availability of Crackle in certain countries. While many articles state that it is available in a number of countries, as of now, it is available in the USA and territories only. 

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Another case where these top-ranked articles provide outdated info is whether signing up is required or not to watch movies. The past few months have seen so many changes that websites that did not require sign-up have become registration-only services. There are even articles that are so old that they mention free movie sites that are no longer available. And the most dangerous articles are those that list 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 do not require any sign up to watch movies . All these sites can be accessed via a 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.

The following is a list of legally free online movies and TV streaming apps and websites:

1. Tubi TV

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Tubi TV has made it to the top of this list not only for one, but for multiple reasons. Firstly, despite the fact that they have stated on their website that they include advertisements in the film, there is not a single advertisement while watching the film on Google Chrome.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 the option to choose 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 lot of genres, such as anime, family movies, family series, sports movies and shows, and many more. They have a separate kids' movies and 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 headquarters are in San Francisco, and it 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.

2. Crackle

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One of the oldest video streaming sites and apps (founded in 2004), Crackle Crackle was known as Grouper when it was founded. Later on, it was a part of Sony Pictures and now operates independently. Currently, it is available in the USA and territories. You can choose from a larger database of movies and TV shows, including ones for kids. The available genres range from action to drama, to classics and family. While this legally free movie and 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 sign up.

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, the first of which is at the beginning. You can also search for movies and TV shows where you will get auto-suggestions for the same.

Dragged Across Concrete, Dark Tide, Maya The Bee Movie, Redemption, and The Platform are among the films available on Crackle.Similarly, you can also watch TV shows like "Bucket List" and even older TV shows like "21 Jump Street." The video quality depends on the individual movie or TV show and not on the streaming website.

3. Youtube Movies & Shows

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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 of 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 on 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 the "Recommended movies for you" section at the top. Click on the "VIEW ALL" link placed on 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 countries, with a few exceptions, but some movies may not be available in your country, and some movies require you to sign in to confirm your age due to the nature of the content of the movie.

4. Popcornflix

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Popcornflix is only available in the United States and Canada right now. The best part about 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 the popcornflix website and then click on the "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 on the next screen: "Movies" and "Series" located at the top of the page. To watch movies, just click on the "Movies" link and then select a genre from the "Categories" section. This will give 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 to you on this site are horror, documentaries, action, and more.

5. Pluto TV

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Pluto TV, which is owned by ViacomCBS Streaming, claims to have 50 million monthly active users with over 200 content partners. Pluto has a plethora of live TV channels dedicated to children, crime, comedy, sports, gaming, and other topics. and is currently available in the USA, Latin America, Europe, and in limited capacity in Canada. It is available for Cox, Cricket Wireless, Google TV, Hisense, and Portal, besides other popular platforms and OSes such as the web browser, Windows, and Android.

Start by clicking on the "Launch PlutoTV" button when you land on their website. On the next screen, you will see an "On Demand" link at 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 lots and lots of movie categories, including sports, adventure, kids, food, LOL, etc.


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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-day trial, after which you have to pay an extra $4.99 per month for this service. Amazon Prime members can also watch free movies natively.

To start watching movies online at CONtv, just go to their website and click on "Watch" for any movie displayed there. The streaming speed of the movies at CONtv is good and there are a pre-determined number of ad breaks, which you can easily see in the timeline of the movie player.

7. Plex TV

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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, choose "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 the "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 playback options available-there is even no option for subtitles.

Although the quality of videos is 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 a 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 on this site. Likewise, the available genres include romance, sci-fi, thrillers, comedy, drama, and more.

After we've listed the free and legal ways to watch movies online, it's up to you to tell us which movie streaming site you prefer. what is your latest favourite movie that you would recommend to us?


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