If you read our previous article “Are Free Movie Streaming Sites Legal?”, you would now have a basic understanding of what makes an online streaming site legal or at least what are the signs to look out for when you wish to legally stream online content.
Nobody wants to be caught up in any piracy drama. So if you have got time to spare and wish to binge-watch videos or movies online with the peace of mind that copyright trolls would not be on your tail (or infected with a virus with your every click), here are BolehVPN’s recommendations for the best free movie streaming sites which are legal and actually work.
Viewster is a free global Video-on-Demand service with its HQ in Switzerland. It offers a wide selection of anime, web shorts, and movies and can be streamed without sign up on desktop, console and mobile apps.
All content on the platform is legally licensed from the content owner since Viewster pays a license fee for each one of them, although content differs from country to country due to different business agreements.
SnagFilms offers a large variety of over 5,000 free movies and TV shows, mostly indie films of old and new. SnagFilms is a great site to stream all your independent film and catch up on your documentary needs.
Who says adults cannot watch cartoons? Relive some Tom & Jerry nostalgia, or catch newer cartoons such as clips of The Amazing World of Gumball on Cartoon Network’s own website.
Owned by Screen Media Ventures, PopcornFlix is a free movie streaming site although it contains ads. The website has thousands of free movies and TV shows in multiple categories, offering public domain movies but also original PopcornFlix content.
While PopcornFlix is said to be perfectly legal to use, do not confuse it with the very popular ‘Popcorn Time’ streaming site which is arguably illegal for streaming content they do not own.
The movies streaming on The Internet Archive are among those which fall under public domain, which makes them 100% free to watch and download. It is basically an archive of full-length films, documentaries, classic shorts and even recorded commercials and video game footage.
If you recall in our article “6 Ways You Didn’t Know to Access Blocked Websites in Malaysia”, we mentioned the Wayback Machine under The Internet Archive which stores cached website pages as a great way to unblock restricted sites.
While the Wayback Machine saves non-video collections in the archive, The Internet Archive is more of a digital library which aims to save all there is of the massive Internet like a museum of movies, images, books, texts and software. Pretty neat.
Although Crackle does require a simple registration to access the free content, as the streaming site is owned by Sony, you can find plenty of Sony-owned films or TV series that you may not be able to get anywhere else.
Many of the Crackle films are copyrighted from Sony although there are viewing limitations depending on which country you are in. (Now would be a great time to consider a VPN service!)
Otherwise, Crackle offers a wide variety of movies and TV episodes in uncut and unedited versions.
Founded by the Director & Associate Dean at Stanford University, Dan Colman, Open Culture is not just a site where you can stream free movies and short films, but rather it is a free cultural and educational media on the web where you can get almost everything from online courses, certificate courses, eBooks, audio books, textbooks and language lessons all for free.
While many of the streaming websites listed here offer mainly classic or older movies which are in the public domain or out of copyright, Tubi TV boasts an impressive selection of newer movies which are all free and legal.
This is because they maintain plenty of content partners such as Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Lionsgate and dozens more.
Registration is not necessary but a free sign up does entitle you to features such as creating a queue, accessing your viewed history and other cool highlights.
The Free Movies Cinema site hosts streaming media for whom they have permission from authors/production companies or movies noted in public domain. Most of the movies are embedded from YouTube and Vimeo, and because it gets its content from various sources, the embedded video player varies from video to video.
There is no need to sign up to start streaming freely any videos and you can find films in HD with different genres of film to choose from.
Besides being aesthetically-pleasing for any lover of old-school vintage film posters, what sets Classic Cinema Online apart from other streaming sites is its extensive feature on silent films available.
If you are a lover of the classics, Classic Cinema Online would be like entering a candy shop for your old soul. A sweet, nostalgic, technicoloured candy shop that is.