While it is becoming easier and easier to find and watch almost free movies online, it’s getter harder to find out if the sources are legal. Here is a list that appears to be legitimate.*
Crackle is owned by Sony. While it has a sizable amount of relatively unknown movies and TV shows, you can find a blockbuster here and there. They do change the lineup quite frequently so check back periodically.
YouTube is the most-searched site for movies, and for good reason. They may not be the most well-known movies, but there can be a few good ones.
Like YouTube, Vimeo also offers free movies, both full-length and short. The presentation is cleaner than YouTube because there are fewer ads and they also offer an OnDemand selection for purchase.
PopcornFlix is owned by Screen Media Ventures and includes movies, TV shows, and the full National Geographic series catalog.
Internet Archive offers hundreds of movies to download via torrents. Besides movies, this site also offers music and books.
OpenCulture is just what it sounds like: culture in many different ways. There are free ebooks, online classes, lectures, and over 1,000 free movies.
Did you know you can get free movies through Amazon without signing up for Prime? Hulu used to have this option as well but it is no longer available.
Yidio allows you to sort through free movies by rating (G, PG-13, etc) and genre (Comedy, Western, etc).
Viewster offers anime, animation, and others.
TubiTV has over 7,000 titles and counting.
Veoh is based out of San Diego and offers independent films as well as major studio releases.
If you love Turner Classic Movies, Big Five Glories is the site for you with hundreds of movies from the Golden Age. Big Five Glories is named for the big movie houses of the day: 20th Century Fox, RKO Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Classic Cinema Online is another site for some well-known classics and the option of a discussion board.
Retrovision has an eclectic collection: some classics, some not. Still, you might be able to find a gem here.
MovieZoot is yet another classics site.
MoviesFoundOnline includes movies, shorts, documentaries, and viral videos.
Who doesn’t love an old-fashioned horror movie (besides me)? Shocker Internet Drive In has weekly featured films that are available to download. It’s more than a little kitschy with its drive-in theater frame around the movies, but it adds to the fun.
If documentaries are your thing, SnagFilms has about 10,000 of them beautifully laid out. Not only are they available through the website, but there is an IOS/Android app available.
Want more documentaries? Try TopDocumentary Films. With over 3,000 of them, you may find some of the best ones here.
Can I Stream It is a cool little tool to search across paid and free sites to see if a movie is available to stream.
Have any others you like or recommend? Comments, questions, and kudos always appreciated to help this site get better.