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Watch films like 'The Terminator' free on YouTube with glorious ad interruptions

The collection of older films are totally free, but feature unskippable ads during playback.

Published onNovember 19, 2018

An image of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his iconic role as The Terminator.
  • YouTube quietly launched a new free-to-watch film collection, featuring over 100 titles so far.
  • As you watch these YouTube free movies, you will periodically have to view unskippable ads.
  • The films are mostly older, with a bulk of the titles being direct-to-video caliber fare.

Remember the good ol’ days when you used to channel surf and then sometimes magically land on an awesome movie? It was like your lucky day! Now, in the age of Netflix binge-watching, that feeling is mostly gone.

Recently though, YouTube quietly launched a new collection of free-to-watch movies that at least bring back one aspect of watching a film on cable television: unskippable ads interrupting your movie-watching experience.

The collection of YouTube free movies is about 100-strong right now and features a few undeniable classics mixed in with a lot of direct-to-video caliber garbage. The movies are all totally free; the only drawback is those unskippable ads.

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However, those of you with YouTube Premium subscriptions can watch the movies ad-free. The rest of us all have to suffer.

It also appears that the movies are only available in the United States. However, your mileage may vary.

You can see the full list of available films by clicking here. However, to save you some time, here are some of my favorites from the list:

Overall, there appears to be a little something for everyone, with action films, comedy films, documentaries, kids movies, and even foreign films. However, you’re not going to find any of the films from the MCU or major Oscar winners.

I didn’t have a chance to go through every movie, but most of them I started had the option to select your video quality, all the way up to 1080p. You can also turn captions on or off, and can even play the footage faster or slower than normal.

Click the button below to watch an ad-supported movie now: