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Forget Netflix, watch these free movies on YouTube instead

Stop throwing your money away! YouTube has an awesome list of free movies.
January 1, 2022
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Netflix is not the cheapest video streaming service out there, costing as much as $17.99 per month. Therefore, save money by ditching your Netflix subscription and watching 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 ten 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. Like Netflix, YouTube has location restrictions, 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.

The best free movies on YouTube

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best free movies on YouTube regularly.

10 Cloverfield Lane

The Cloverfield movies are a loose set of films that don’t have much in common with each other other than the title. That said, this movie is perhaps the best of the three movies in this “series.” A young woman gets in a car accident and becomes unconscious. She wakes up in a small underground bunker with two men. One of them, played by John Goodman, claims a chemical attack hit the planet, and that the surface is not fit for humans. Is this true? Or is this just a way to keep her and the other man inside with him?

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

This 1963 comedy classic has an all-star cast, including Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, and Mickey Rooney. It’s a bit of a throwback to the madcap comedies of the 1930s. After getting into a car accident, a man tells a group of onlookers where he stashed a lot of money from a bank robbery he committed 15 years ago. Naturally, everyone who heard where the money is drops everything to be the first to find the cash.

Capricorn One

For all those who thought the moon landings were hoaxes, this film perfectly fits that conspiracy. Astronauts thinking they were going to go to Mars are pulled out of their rocket at the last minute and told that the mission would have been a failure, no matter what. To keep the space program funded, they fake the Mars trip and landing for the general public. But what happens when things go wrong on the ship that the space program didn’t foresee?

4 Minute Mile

This movie is all about perseverance and overcoming obstacles. It revolves around a teenager on the wrong side of the tracks, working for a drug dealer 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 brutal 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.


John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson star in this movie, based on a novel by Stephen King. King’s story is something that might keep you up at night. What happens when every mobile phone, which nearly everyone on Earth has, starts emitting a signal that turns everyone who hears it into zombie-like monsters? That’s the premise of this film, and it’s handled very well.

This is a classic Western film, with Gary Cooper playing Marshall Will Kane, who won an Oscar for Best Actor in this role. As Marshall Kane, he has to defend his frontier town against a group of gunslingers arriving at high noon on the train. The movie is presented mainly in real-time, so the tension before the train arrives increases.


“Found footage” movies are pretty hit and miss, but in this case, the format is well used to tell this story. Three teenagers encounter a buried alien ship, which emits some kind of energy at them. Later they realize they have powerful telekinetic abilities that allow them to move objects with their minds and even fly. However, one of the teenagers has a very troubled family background, and he’s about to cut loose with his powers and perhaps take out his entire city.


Here’s another classic comedy, this time from the master of movie parodies, Mel Brooks. This time, he takes on Star Wars and other sci-fi movies of that era. That’s all you really need to know beforehand to watch and enjoy this movie. May the Schwarts be with you.

A Fistful of Dollars

This movie turned Clint Eastwood from a supporting actor in a TV Western series into a major movie star. It’s also the first of his trilogy of the “Man with no Name” Spaghetti Westerns directed by Sergio Leone. Eastwood pits two criminal gangs against each other to take them both out before they destroy a town.

Eddie Murphy Raw

There may not have been a funnier stand-up comedian in the 1980s than Eddie Murphy. We get to see that side of him in this comedy special, where he offers up his uncensored look at life, marriage, and much more.

Honorable mentions

Here are a few more free movies on YouTube that might be of interest

  • Bridget Jones’s Diary — American Renée Zellweger has a perfect British accent in this funny adaptation of the hit UK comedy novel.
  • All Is Lost — Robert Redford is perfect in this movie about a man who has to survive on his own when his sailboat overturns.
  • Noah — Russell Crowe stars as the man in the center of the legend to build a ship that would keep his family, and two of every animal, safe from God’s flood.
  • Major League — This may be the best straight-up baseball comedy, as a fictional Cleveland Indians team try to beat the odds to get in the playoffs. 
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters — This is the original Japanese movie that starred the Godzilla series, and helped create the entire kaiju genre.

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.