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 drama. 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.
Best free movies on YouTube:
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!
3. Lord of War
Inspired by a true story, 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.
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. What’s the Worst That Could Happen?
I love this movie. It stars quite a few big names including Danny DeVito and Martin Lawrence. The comedy revolves around a thief who breaks into a rich man’s house and gets caught. In a surprising turn of events, the rich guy ends up stealing the burglar’s lucky ring. The thief will stop at nothing to get the ring back, which is where things start getting interesting — and funny. This is definitely one of the best movies you can watch on YouTube and will surely make you laugh.
6. Dirty Work
Dirty Work is a comedy film released in 1998 and directed by Bob Saget, who is best known for his role of Danny Taner on the hit TV show Full House. It revolves around a character named Mitch Weaver, who is kind of a loser. He can’t hold a job and sucks at relationships. But he is great at one thing — revenge. Together with his buddy Sam, he opens up “Dirty Work”, a revenge-for-hire business. As part of their new job, they embarrass a car dealer during a live TV commercial by placing what appear to be dead hookers in the trunks of his cars and destroy an apartment building at the request of a local property developer. They do all this in hopes of making enough money to bribe a doctor to place Sam’s father on a higher position on the heart transplant waiting list, hoping to save his life. Dirty Work will definitely make you laugh, which is why it deserves a sport on or list of the best free movies on YouTube.
7. Better Off Dead
This movie is old but brilliant. It was released in 1985 and stars 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. Mad Money
After her husband loses his job, Bridget (Diane Keaton) starts working as a janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She quickly figures out that the bank is shredding old money and her plan is to steal it. She teams up with two other women — played by Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes — who are also employed at the bank, and together they come up with a plan that could make them rich. But of course, nothing is ever as easy as it seems.
9. The Escort
This movie is fun, romantic, and a bit kinky. It’s about a sex-addicted journalist that meets a high-class Stanford-educated escort. After losing his job at a newspaper, he convinces the escort to write a story about her that would likely land him a job at a great magazine. In return, he acts as her bodyguard. There’s much more to the story, of course, but we don’t want to spoil it for you. If you like romance, this YouTube movie is a must-watch.
If you love action-packed movies, this is the one to watch. In a robbery gone bad, Will Montgomery (Nicolas Cage) gets arrested by the FBI and is sent to jail. After being released, he is contacted by the person who took part in the robbery. The man is convinced Will hid the stolen money before he was captured. In an attempt to get the money from Will, he decides to kidnap his daughter to gain leverage. A great story and superb acting make this 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.