11 Best Free Apps for Streaming Movies

Stream free movies from your phone or tablet

This list of free movie apps will put thousands of free streaming movies at your fingertips. Install them on your smartphone or tablet, and you'll be ready to watch the film of your choice in only a few minute's time.

Not only do these apps stream movies, but many also let you watch free TV shows. This is a great way to catch up on your favorite shows when you're on the go.

The titles you can access from these movie apps include comedy, action, horror, drama, documentary, family, and many other types of films. There really is something for everyone.

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Crackle free movie app for Android
What We Like
  • Lots of movies.

  • All films have captions.

  • Works on lots of devices.

  • You don't have to log in.

What We Don't Like
  • Too simple of a search tool.

  • Can't sort by popularity.

  • Few unique categories to pick from.

Crackle supports just about every device imaginable, including all popular mobile devices, most smart TVs, streaming players, and gaming consoles, in addition to a regular web browser.

The interface is easy to work with, and the videos stream smoothly. You don't have to log in to watch movies and TV shows, but the option is there if you need it.

One thing you won't find in lots of movie apps is the option to sort and filter the results. Although we think there could be more done here to make it even better, it's nice that Crackle lets you filter by genre and sort by title and the date that the movies were added to the app.

The Crackle mobile app works with several devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Apple TV.

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Tubi free movie app for Android
What We Like
  • Most movies are really high quality.

  • Every movie you see is free to watch.

  • Includes well-known and newer movies.

  • You can watch as a guest or log in.

  • Find movies leaving Tubi soon, films not on Netflix, and trending movies.

What We Don't Like
  • Some devices can stream movies only from the US or Canada.

  • Movies have multiple short ads.

The Tubi app looks almost identical to the desktop website, but it's optimized so well for mobile that it's super easy to use. All the same genres and the search tool are available through the app, and every movie cover is large enough to see without having to tap on them. There are over 35,000 movies and shows to pick from here.

Choosing a movie will take you to its description page where it shows the release date, duration, genre, and similar titles you might like. "Like" or "dislike" a movie to teach the app what it should recommend to you in the future.

You can download Tubi for all your devices: phone, tablet, streaming devices, and smart TVs.

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Vudu free movie app for Android
What We Like
  • Has lots of high quality movies.

  • Finding free movies among the others is really easy.

  • Adds new movies often.

What We Don't Like
  • Free movies are often removed.

  • Must log in to watch the films.

This one is well known for movies you can buy, but if you're fine with the occasional ad, you can watch thousands of movies for free, too.

Viewing only the free movies at Vudu is easy; just open the Free page from the menu or browse for films that have the FREE WITH ADS label. From there, you can look through all the films by the ones that are new this week, are the most popular or are in specific genres.

Something else you can do is see all of Vudu's free movies on their website and then search for a specific film on the app to watch it from your mobile device.

Other helpful ways you can browse are through sections like All-Time Movie Favorites, Most Watched Movies, Hidden Gems, and Big Time Movie Stars.

You can install the Vudu app on Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It also works on Chromecast, Roku, and Apple TV.

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Redbox's free movie app for Android
What We Like
  • High-quality movies.

  • Helpful organization.

  • No need to sign in.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't search through the free movies only.

The free on-demand movies available at Redbox are also accessible through their mobile app. Just pick WATCH FREE from the menu to find all the ad-supported movies you can stream online.

One way this is one of the better free movie apps is how the movies are organized. It's easy to see which ones are leaving the free section soon, which movies just recently got added to the collection, and the popular free movies. They're also organized by genre, by the regulars like comedy and drama, but also Free Stand-Up.

The app runs on Android, iPhone, and iPad. You can also stream these free movies on your Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.

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Yidio free movie app for Android
What We Like
  • Helps find free movies all over the web.

  • Lots of filtering options to find your next favorite movie or TV show.

What We Don't Like
  • Most movies require you to open a different app to watch them.

  • Not everything you see is free.

  • Supports few devices.

Yidio's free movie app works on only a few devices, but it's actually a pretty handy app that shows you exactly where you need to go to find free movies.

You can filter the movies in numerous ways, such as by premiere date, MPAA rating, IMDb rating, and genre, and even hide the ones you've already seen. Filtering by app is another option so that you can find movies available in the apps you already have installed.

On that note, since most of the movies here aren't actually hosted on Yidio's website, you'll be told to install other apps like Crackle or Vudu.

The following mobile platforms can install this app: iOS, Android, and Amazon Kindle.

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Popcornflix movie app for Android
What We Like
  • Ads are usually fairly short.

  • Includes popular movies.

  • TV shows are in an entirely separate area than the movies.

  • Subtitle and language options.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't sort by popularity or find trending movies.

  • Few interesting genres.

Popcornflix is another free movie app that lets you watch free movies away from your computer.

Unlike some apps, this one makes a clear distinction between TV series and movies. Once you land on the movies, pick a genre to narrow down the collection until you find what you want to watch. There are crime, sports, action, drama, horror, documentaries, thriller, and sci-fi movies.

After you use the app for a while, you'll appreciate the Not seen filter that you can apply to avoid scrolling through movies you've already watched.

Movie streaming from Popcornflix is supported on iPhone, iPad, Android, Roku, Apple TV, and some other devices.

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Pluto TV

Pluto TV free movie app for Android
What We Like
  • Lets you watch movies while they're playing live on TV.

  • Has on-demand movies that you can watch over and over.

  • Works on lots of devices.

What We Don't Like
  • Has non-movie channels, too, which can be overwhelming if you're wanting just movies.

  • You can't re-watch a movie unless it's available on demand.

  • There's only a handful of movie channels available.

Pluto TV is a versatile service that has apps on a variety of smart TV and smartphones. You can use it to watch live TV and movies for free, as well as stream on-demand movies.

Its films are available in all the regular genres. You can also view the most recently added movies and popular movies. Since Pluto TV has live movies, too, you can watch those if they're on; there are several channels dedicated solely to movies.

The app lets you hide channels if you'd rather not watch movies from specific sources, as well as view the description of movies that are playing later but that aren't live right now.

There are several places you can stream Pluto TV. The mobile app runs on Android and iOS.

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YouTube free movies on Android
What We Like
  • YouTube-provided list of free movies.

  • Lets you get alerts when new movies are added.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't sort the movies or browse by genre.

  • Smaller selection than similar apps.

YouTube doesn't have the great user interface for finding and sorting its free movies, but there is an entire playlist created by YouTube that's full of ad-supported, free, full-length movies.

You find free movies here through that link or via a search for free movies. There might be other free movies, too, that aren't included in that playlist; those are usually categorized in channels like Maverick Movies or Timeless Classic Movies.

There are lots of devices and apps that can stream YouTube movies, such as iOS and Android mobile devices, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku.

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Filmrise movie streaming app for Android
What We Like
  • Start watching immediately (no need to sign up).

  • Has movies and TV shows.

  • Simple, clean app design.

What We Don't Like
  • Lacks sorting options within each genre.

  • Can't easily remove titles from the watchlist screen.

More free movies and shows can be streamed from the Filmrise app. They add new content every day in genres like horror, crime, action, drama, and documentaries. Some other useful categories include Book Adaptations, Political Thrillers, Shorts, Future, and Musicals.

Although you don't need a user account to stream movies from this app, you can still add titles to your watchlist to keep track of what you want to stream later.

You can stream Filmrise videos from most devices, like Android and iOS, as well as Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, and Roku.

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The Roku Channel

Roku's free movie app for Android
What We Like
  • Isolates free films from the ones that cost.

  • Recommends similar movies you might like.

  • Also has live TV and on-demand TV shows.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't sort within a category.

  • Not as user-friendly as other apps (e.g., must scroll left to right).

  • Movies are mixed in with TV shows.

The Roku Channel is another source for free movies. The app isn't all that interesting since it closely resembles the website (which is pretty bland), but there are several genres to pick from, and you can start watching right away because it doesn't require a user account.

Make your way to the Free tab at the bottom to see all the free movies this app offers. You're started off with the featured films and movies that were recently added to their collection. Below those lists are genre categories, such as Family Night, Fantasy, Crime, Historical Dramas, Action, Westerns, and Animals, among several others.

There's also a Live TV area that has channels that play movies. Of course, your options are more limited than they are with the on-demand films, but it's a great place to visit if you're not sure what you're in the mood for.

This movie app runs on iPhone and Android.

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Kanopy free movies on Android
What We Like
  • Ad-free app.

  • Includes a section of just kids movies.

What We Don't Like
  • Must have a library card.

  • Few genres to pick from.

Kanopy's free movies are only available if you have a library card at a supported library (find your library here). Once you get logged in, you can stream tens of thousands of free movies directly from your device.

Movies can be browsed by genre to find adventure movies, films about animals, quick flicks, and more. Every film has a rating, a full synopsis, and cast details. There are also related videos below every movie to help you find other films you might like.

Kanopy Kids is a special area of the app that you can access from the menu. Only kid-friendly movies are visible there, and you can set parental controls if you need to.

The app works with iPhone, iPad, Android, Amazon Fire tablets, and other devices.

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