Remember the days when bootlegged movies made their way to the streets of New York City?

You could buy a copy of the latest summer hit, still in theaters, for a few dollars. You’d run home and pop your new VHS in the video player. Two hours later, you could say you saw the bootlegged version of the movie all your friends were talking about.

Never mind that it ended 2/3 of the way through when the handheld camera that was snuck into the theater ran out of battery. Disregard that after the previews, the couple in front of the camera started talking. You had the season’s blockbuster movie in your hands, and you didn’t have to go to the theater to see it.

Flash forward to 2019. While legal restrictions prevent free access to movies that are in the theater, the number of ways to watch movies has grown. The quality has also stepped up a notch.

We’ve investigated the best sites to stream free movies. We’re delivering these streaming sites right to the comfort of your couch. The only thing you need to provide is the popcorn and dancing rasinetes!

{Editors Note] While you are enjoying these free movie sites be sure to test out ways to earn free gift cards.

Popcornflix

Popcorn Flix is the most popular, and the most efficient way, to stream movies. The company’s mantra is, “Created for people like us who want to watch great movies. Free.” Popcornflix delivers on this promise.

Offering over 1500 kid & adult options, there is sure to be at least a few options that will keep you in on a Saturday night.

Popcornflix offers a few cool features that are worth mentioning for interested viewers.

Family Options

Popcornflix has a genre dedicated to family movies. For any parent, this is a critical feature. It allows parents to search within a category that they know will be safe for little eyes, as well as indulge in the nostalgia of re-visiting some childhood favorites.

One thing we found exceptionally cool is that they offer a series called A Storybook Classic. These are some of the most famous literary pieces (think Around the World in 80 Days or The Odyssey), adapted as a children’s cartoon version. It’s a way to sneak in education with relaxing enjoyment.

Foreign Films

Another feature that is unique to this platform is their foreign films section. While not appealing to everyone, this is an option for any of the novice foreign film critics out there. It offers an inexpensive method to get a fix of classics from around the world

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SolarMovie

SolarMovie is another excellent and easy, streaming site for movies. We liked this site because it seemed to offer more mainstream film, with familiar titles.

The overall format flowed well, too. It was user-friendly, direct, and pushed the most popular titles available right up front.

SolarMovie also had a few notable qualities outlined below.

Account Required

While Popcornflix will allow you to test drive their site without an account, SolarMovie requires one. You will have to create an account and sign-in whenever you want to watch a movie through this streaming site.

IMDb Favorites

IMDb stands for Internet Movie Database. IMDb is basically an online dictionary for movie information.

Through this, you can access information about a film’s actors, what year a movie premiered, critics’ ratings, and more.

SolarMovie offers its members an entire section dedicated to IMDb favorites, which we found to be an enticing feature. This allows viewers to access what IMDb deems as “the best of the best” in both television and filmmaking.

If you’re undecided about what you want to watch, this section of SolarMovie will give you some excellent choices.

Crackle

Sony Crackle seemed to be a very similar platform to that of SolarMovie. The first similarity that we noticed was that you are immediately required to create a user account to view any movies. Not a big deal, but something to be aware of in the circumstance that you’re ever hesitant to provide personal information online.

The second similarity that we noticed was that Crackle also offered a variety of well-known titles. If you’re a creature of comfort, this is definitely another site that will accommodate you.

Noteworthy qualities about Crackle include the following features.

Option to Activate a Device

While this is a feature that’s actually available via other platforms, Crackle makes this option visible on their main page. No hunting, or trying to navigate their site to find where you might be able to stream movies.

Whether you’re using your handheld device or laptop, you can find direction to stream to your television right away. We give bonus points for ease of use.

Search Button

Again, we’re beating a dead horse here, but the ease of use is a critical factor in this equation. Crackle has its search button available top and center. You can hop on their site (sans user account) and search.

A cool plus to this option is the search will allow you to search by category. You can type in the name of a movie title, actor, or genre, and pull results. This is a great feature, especially if you have an affinity for a specific movie star or you want access to as many Western-themed films as you can.

Bonus Site

It may seem like a logical choice, but YouTube is (and has been for a while) one of the most comprehensive sites to navigate for free content. In fact, some of the sites mentioned above actually host their movies through YouTube.

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YouTube offers viewers the choice of movies and TV shows. You can also find classic clips from your favorite SNL episode, 80’s music videos, or replays of sporting events.

The content doesn’t end there, though. Individuals can create their own channels, filled with shows based on specific areas of interest.

For example, a popular YouTube children’s series is Blippi. Blippi is a grown man dressed in oversized glasses and suspenders who explores the world around him.

There are also cosmetic & beauty-focused channels. These are videos of people who purchase and buy products to test out in front of the camera for all their subscribers to see.

YouTube is the content king when it comes to finding free entertainment. It is the ultimate rabbit hole for those looking to view anything and everything, during an evening in. If you’re looking for something outside your basic movie, you can assume YouTube will be the right choice for your streaming needs.

Devices

We wouldn’t be doing our due diligence if we neglected to mention that, for a fee, there are several streaming devices available. These are devices that you can purchase and access hundreds of movies to view for free.

While this isn’t in the category of “100% free”, once you buy the device, you’ll be privy to all of the movies available. It’s an easy way to assure that you have endless entertainment and very little stress of searching.

Amazon Fire TV Stick

An Amazon Fire TV Stick is our pick for the most user-friendly streaming device. You can connect it with accounts through Hulu, Playstation Vue, Sling and others. This provides you with access to a ton of apps and movie streaming options.

With the ability to speak to “Alexa” through the remote microphone, and let her search for you, Amazon Fire TV Stick takes the cake on a streaming device that will do the work for you.

Roku

A Roku streaming device is another excellent streaming device that will offer you free movies after the initial purchase.  ROKU provides users with access to channels like FandangoNOW, VUDU, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and more.

These channels all enable you to view Hollywood blockbusters. You can also invest in subscription services through channels like HBO, Starz, and SHOWTIME, to increase the number of movies you can stream. This, of course, goes far beyond the “free” option, but it does expand your choices if that is something that you’re looking for.

Google Chrome Cast

The big selling point with a Google Chrome Cast is that it will complement the apps you already use. While this doesn’t make this option different than the others listed, Chrome cast is compatible with other services that you have. It enables you to access these complementary apps through any of the devices you use.

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You also have the option of using any of these smart devices as your remote, preventing you from having to engage in the regular “where’s the remote” hunt. Finally, if you happen to have a nest doorbell, a Google Chrome Cast will allow you to stream your videos through your TV.

Outside of streaming free movies, a Google Chrome Cast is a device that combines a lot of technology into one.

Apple TV

 Apple TV is a great product that ALWAYS has available upgrades and updates. Apple TV operates similarly to the other devices listed above. It enables you to access your apps, subscription services, and cable television all in one place.

Like the Google Chrome Cast, it also has a remote option app for your smartphone. The big selling point that Apple capitalizes on is its ability to stream to your devices in HDR clarity. For any tech geek, this is a must, especially if your television has this capability.

The Bottom Line

There are more sites for streaming free movies than we can count. We’ve put together our list of the most trustworthy and well-known sites to use to access free videos. While we encourage you to explore and find the site that best suits your needs, be aware of where your browser navigates you.

We ended up on the dark web more than once in our search of the best sites, leaving us to believe that some of the sites were not trustworthy for legal purposes.

Whether you invest in a device or you stream online, we hope you’ll find yourself filled with nostalgia the next time you cuddle up on the couch and watch one of your favorite classics. You may also feel relief, knowing the price tag for the evening’s entertainment only involved the cost of your microwaved popcorn.

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Michael launched Your Money Geek to make personal finance fun. He has worked in personal finance for over 20 years, helping families reduce taxes, increase their income, and save for retirement. Michael is passionate about personal finance, side hustles, and all things geeky.

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