Netflix is not the cheapest video streaming service out there, costing as much as $16 per month. To save money, you could ditch your Netflix subscription and watch free movies on YouTube instead. There are quite a few of them available, although most of them are a bit older.
We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best free movies on YouTube from different genres including comedy, action, and sci-fi. But keep in mind that they are not available in every country. Just like Netflix, YouTube has location restrictions set up, likely due to licensing rights. So if you can’t watch any of the movies on this list, you’ll need to connect to the internet via a VPN server located in the US.
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Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best free movies on YouTube regularly as new ones hit the service.
1. Into the Blue
Released in 2005, Into the Blue is an action-thriller movie starring big-name actors including Paul Walker and Jessica Alba. The story revolves around a group of divers in the Bahamas who find a pirate treasure lying at the bottom of the ocean, along with a sunken plane that’s filled with cocaine. They want to retrieve the goods and get rich, but things don’t quite work out as planned when the local mafia steps in and complicates their lives.
If you want to get your blood pumping, this is the free YouTube movie to watch. Shaolin is a Hong Kong-Chinese martial arts film that’s set during the early years of the Chinese republic, when warlords were fighting with each other to gain more power. The story revolves around a young army leader Hou Jie who, along with his sworn brother Huo Lung, defeats his rival named Huo Long and seizes control of the city of Dengfeng. There’s a lot more to the story of course, but we’ll let you watch it for yourself!
If you love action movies involving car chases, this is the one to watch. It was released in 1998, stars Robert DeNiro, and takes place in various French cities including Paris and Nice. The movie is about a group of former Special Forces soldiers that are now working as mercenaries. They were hired to attack a heavily armed convoy with the purpose of stealing a metallic suitcase, the content of which is unknown. To learn a bit more about the movie, check out the short trailer above.
4. 4 Minute Mile
This movie is all about perseverance and overcoming obstacles. It revolves around a teenager who is on the wrong side of the tracks, working for a drug dealer who is connected with his brother. However, the boy dreams of a better life for himself. He’s a runner, and after seeing his talent, a retired ex-track coach starts training him in some pretty harsh ways. His dream is to become even faster in hopes of gaining a college scholarship and getting out of the place he currently calls home.
5. Lord of War
Inspired by true events, Lord of War tells the story of Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage), who sells weapons to Third World nations and is getting filthy rich from it. Eventually, he gets on Interpol’s radar and is hunted by Jack Valentine, played by Ethan Hawke. The movie is full of action, drama, and definitely belongs on this list of the best free YouTube movies. The story is superb and so is the acting. This really is a must-watch.
6. Men at Work
A young Charlie Sheen stars in this action-comedy along with his brother, Emilio Estevez. The two are garbage men who find the body of a city councilman in one of the trash cans they pick up. Fearing the police may think they had something to do with the murder, they don’t report it, but instead decide to solve it themselves. Will they get the job done? Check out the movie via the button below and find out — you won’t regret it.
7. Better Off Dead
This movie is old but brilliant. It was released in 1985 and starts a young John Cusack. It’s a romantic comedy about Lane, a high-school kid who wants to kill himself because his girlfriend left him for a guy named Roy. He tries to win her back in various ways but then ends up meeting another girl, a French foreign-exchange student named Monique. The girl helps build Lane’s confidence back and also helps him prepare for a ski race against Roy, which will determine which of the two will be the captain of the ski team. Better Off Dead is funny, romantic, and one of the best free movies you can watch on YouTube.
8. Rain Man
Charlie Babbitt, played by Tom Cruise, heads back home after his estranged father dies. Unfortunately for him, his father didn’t leave him much, as he put most of his money into a trust for some unnamed person. After doing some research, Charlie finds that the money has been left to a hospital that takes care of his brother, who he didn’t even know he had. The brother’s name is Raymond (played by Dustin Hoffman) and he is autistic, which is why he needs constant medical care. Charlie decides to break him out of the hospital, demanding a ransom for his return. He also later finds out Raymond has a few unique mental capabilities that come in handy when the two hit the casinos in Vegas.
9. Get Shorty
Miami loan shark named Chili Palmer heads out west to collect a debt and find himself in Los Angeles. While there, he tries to get into the movie business and will do anything he has to to get the job done. It’s a brilliant film starring John Travolta, Danny DeVito, and Gene Hackman, among others. It’s a bit older, having been released in 1995, but it’s still one of the best free movies on YouTube you can watch. It’s based on Elmore Leonards’ 1990 novel of the same name.
10. The Terminator
This is a fantastic movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg called The Terminator, who has been sent from the future to kill a young lady named Sarah Connor. A human soldier by the name of Kyle Reese has also been sent back from the future, but his mission is to protect Sarah from The Terminator. The movie is packed with action and will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s definitely one of the best free YouTube movies you can watch.
These are the best free movies on YouTube in our opinion, although there are plenty of other great ones available as well. You can check out more of them by visiting the “YouTube Movies” channel on the platform via the button below.