Netflix is not the cheapest video streaming service out there, costing as much as $17.99 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.
The 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. 2036 Origin Unknown
This 2018 British science fiction film follows the story of mission controller Mackenzie Wilson, along with trusty artificial intelligence assistant ARTI. They end up discovering an odd object on Mars, only to see it moving over the speed of light in the direction of planet earth. This could change the future of the world, making this a suspenseful movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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. Dirty 30
Would you let your friends throw you a party? Not if they are crazy like Evie and Charlie. That was Kate’s mistake on the eve of her 30th birthday. It was supposed to be a simple celebration, but things get out of control and the trio finds itself in a crazy adventure they won’t forget. Have a laugh and enjoy this light-hearted film, which is definitely one of the best free YouTube movies around.
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. 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.
Khumba takes you through a story of discrimination, self-acceptance, and personal growth. The half-striped zebra is seen as a curse and later blamed for a drought, and even the death of his mother. Knowing he can’t be accepted, he leaves the herd to explore the Great Karoo desert in search of a mythical water hole where it’s believed zebras got their stripes from. He finds some quirky friends along the way and they all join forces to take on a wild adventure.
General Bonner Fellers finds himself in post World War II Japan and is tasked with a history-changing decision. He must choose whether to spare Japanese Emperor Hirohito’s life or have him hanged. Meanwhile, he finds himself in a search of Aya, an exchange student he had met in the USA years prior. His travels through Japan and memories of the lost woman help him reach a decision. This inspiring love/war story makes for one of the best free movies on YouTube.
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.