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There are thousands of movie streaming sites online. However, choosing the best streaming service to watch high-quality movies isn’t easy. Before selecting your favorite streaming platform, you’ll need to consider:

  • Your budget (free movie websites vs. subscription fee services)
  • The best platform for your streaming devices (i.e., iOS, Android, Windows, etc.)
  • Ad-free vs. ads included
  • Streaming platform safety and legality
  • The best user interface
  • The best collection of movies
  • Your preferred movie genres

There are many more considerations you could think about, so if you’re not feeling good about searching through countless video streaming sites, that’s okay. We’ve got you covered. Continue reading to learn the best paid and free websites to watch movies online.

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On What Websites Can You Watch Free Movies?

Other than YouTube or other public domain movie sites, plenty of free streaming services offer full-length blockbusters, new movies, and old favorites. Paying for multiple movie streaming sites at once can get expensive. The good news is that you don’t have to do that (as long as you don’t mind a few ads). A few of the best free movie websites that are safe, secure, and legal include:

Sony Crackle

Crackle TV is a 100% free movie streaming platform (no credit card required). It includes popular tv series, timeless movies, and original content. If you want additional free content and enhanced features, create a free account on Crackle TV.

Tubi TV

With more than 40,000 movies and tv shows, Tubi TV has one of the most extensive collections of free movies you’ll ever find. There are plenty of options and genres to choose from, including sci-fi, horror, comedy, action, crime, documentaries, and much more.


Get your popcorn ready. Popcornflix is a subsidiary of Screen Media Ventures, offering a robust selection of premium movie titles and television shows. You can stream Popcornflix movies on any platform, including TV, mobile devices, tablets, etc. Registering an account is optional, so you can start watching immediately without providing any information.


Acquired by Walmart in 2010, Vudu TV delivers free on-demand movies you can watch anytime without needing a subscription. It also allows users to buy or rent the latest movie releases and their favorite TV shows.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV streaming offers a nearly identical experience to watching movies on a traditional TV. Channel surf through endless movies and live TV shows. Pluto TV makes money from commercial breaks, so users don’t have to worry about subscription fees.

FreeVee (Formerly IMDB TV)

Recently purchased by Amazon, IMDB TV is now called Freevee. It’s an ad-supported video streaming service offering popular movie titles and television shows in all genres. You can download Freevee in the app store (iOS or Android) or on your Amazon Firestick. Amazon intends to grow the platform’s content by more than 70 percent in the next year.

Top Paid Movie Streaming Websites

Listed below are some of the most popular movie streaming sites where you can watch your favorite movies ad-free for a small subscription fee.


Netflix is the most widely used online streaming site for full-length high-definition movies and popular tv series. If you want a user-friendly, ad-free streaming experience, Netflix is a great option. One of the best parts about Netflix is that you can stream movies in 190 countries, which is an excellent choice for travelers.

Apple TV+

When it comes to streaming platforms, Apple TV+ is newer than some providers; however, it provides an abundance of old favorites as well as new, original content. With more than 30,000 movies, it’s quickly becoming a juggernaut in its own right. Whether you want to watch sci-fi movies, documentaries, or live TV, this low-cost streaming service has something for everyone.


Hulu is the Swiss army knife of online streaming services. It has original content, full-length movies, TV shows, and live TV with the Hulu + Live TV option (including sports). You can also bundle Hulu with Disney+ and ESPN+ for an inexpensive all-in-one streaming experience. Hulu also offers users the choice to pay a lower subscription fee to watch content with ads or pay a bit more for an ad-free experience.

Disney Plus

The infamous “Disney vault” has moved online. The good news is that it’s one of the least costly movie streaming services on the web. If you want to watch popular movies from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, or National Geographic, you’ll need a Disney+ subscription.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon’s Prime Video is an online streaming platform that offers users a bit of everything. You can stream Prime Video movies on just about any device, including mobile, computer, game console (Xbox, Playstation, etc.), smart TVs, and many more. What makes it unique is that it’s included with an Amazon Prime membership at no additional cost. So if you’re already an Amazon Prime member, you can basically consider it a free TV and movie option.


Max is one of the best on-demand streaming sites for high-quality movies. It includes popular TV series, blockbuster Hollywood movies, Max Originals, and much more. There are more than 10,000 hours of high-definition content for you to browse.

Honorable Mention Top Paid Movie Streaming Sites

In addition to the best streaming services for movie watching mentioned above, there are countless others. A few other excellent places to watch your favorite movies on demand, including new releases, are:

  • NBC’s Peacock
  • Hoopla
  • Fandor
  • Curiosity Stream

Illegal Streaming Sites to Avoid

There are hundreds (if not thousands) of illegal streaming sites that you can find using any basic search engine. However, it’s never recommended that you use these types of apps and sites. Here’s why:

  • It’s against the law to illegally stream movies or TV online.
  • Most illegal streaming sites are not secure.
  • Every time you stream or download a movie from an illegal streaming site, you open yourself to vicious malware, ransomware, or spyware attacks.

There are so many free, legal, and safe movie streaming platforms — as well as low-cost options — that it’s not worth the hassle of dealing with illegal streaming sites. Save yourself time, worry, and risks, and stick to streaming safely.

What Site is 123Movies now?

Speaking of illegal free movie streaming sites, you should avoid 123Movies and its clone sites at all costs. Since the original website was shut down, countless “copies” are floating around online. However, before you start streaming illegal free movies, you should be aware of the malware and virus risks involved. If you want to learn more about the best high-quality legal free movie streaming sites, read our blog post about 100% Free And Legal Streaming Services. Check out the links below for more information about the best movie streaming services.

Look out for these devices!

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You plug it into your TV, monitor, or projector and watch shows and movies — but, it’s not what it seems. On top of being illegal, it may also corrupt your TV and wireless network with malware.

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