Movie night isn’t what it used to be, is it? As a parent now, you spend all day watching YouTube unboxing videos and silly cartoons. Then, when the kids are finally asleep, you have about two hours before your partner in crime turns into a pumpkin. We can no longer spend our Friday nights wandering, hand in hand, around Blockbuster… and that’s a shame. So when she’s ready Pride and Prejudice (especially the one with Matthew Macfadyen), or you’re bound and determined to review everything The matrix movies, finding them can be a little tricky – especially since not everything is on Netflix anymore. But with more and more streaming services popping up, finding the exact movie you want takes a bit longer. What you really need is a breakdown of the best streaming sites so you don’t get stuck scrolling aimlessly until you both pass out.
Of course, there are so, so many streaming services. Which are worth the money? And which ones won’t make you feel like a criminal when you log in? We’ve sorted through the dozens of streaming sites and apps and picked our favorites.
Best Movie Streaming Sites: Paid
1. Amazon Prime
You’re probably already paying for Amazon Prime anyway, right? So might as well take advantage of Prime Video. Amazon’s library is pretty inclusive. There’s not much you can’t find on it. The only setback? Not everything is “free” (or “included with Prime”). It’s a little disappointing to think you found what you were looking for, only to find out you have to pay for it. Look for the little white “Prime” banner in the left corner of the titles to save yourself some frustration.
Cost: $12.99 per month (plus tax) for Amazon Prime, which includes Prime Video, or $8.99 per month (plus tax) for a Prime Video subscription.
2. Apple TV Plus
Apple TV may be a paid subscription, but it also comes with a seven-day free trial. It is packed with tons of popular and original series like Ted Lasso and the Emmy-winning series, The morning show. And if you already have Apple devices, it’s free for three months. A few devices compatible with Apple TV include Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, Vizio Smart TV, and LG Smart TV.
Cost: $4.99 per month.
Looking for the perfect gift for your MIL for the holidays? A subscription to Discovery+ could be the ideal solution. It’ll cost you around five dollars a month, but the app offers access to shows and movies on all of its favorite cable channels, from A&E and Lifetime to the Travel Channel and TLC. This could be your chance to convince her to cut the cord.
Cost: $4.99 per month.
Whenever we consider canceling all of our streaming services and going back to cable, Disney+ always changes our minds. Not only did they put out amazing shows like The Mandalorian and The Mighty Ducks series, but they’re also home to literally all of our favorite new and old Disney movies. That’s right. No more trying to buy a DVD before the movie goes back “into the vault”. Now they are all readily available. You can also watch Hamilton on Disney+. And why not you ?
Cost: $7.99 per month for Disney+; $13.99 per month for ad-supported Disney bundle including Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu; and $19.99 per month for the ad-free Disney Bundle that includes Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu.
This streaming site caters to a pretty niche audience. That said: if you’re looking for an anime, Crunchyroll is the best place to watch it.
Cost: While you can watch plenty of movies on Crunchyroll for free, subscriptions start at $7.99 per month and give you access to more titles in higher resolutions.
Do you *need* HBO Max? No. But will you want it? Certainly. It has a ton of movies to stream, including the network’s own high-quality content.
Cost: $9.99 per month for HD content with ads; $14.99 per month for even more ad-free HD movies.
Hulu was already a great place to watch TV after getting rid of cable — then they started adding movies. Their search function is great, but we love their timely categories that constantly change with every party or event that comes up. They also have an exceptional collection of children’s films.
Cost$6.99 per month for ad-supported ads, $12.99 per month for ad-free ads, and $64.99 per month for Hulu+ Live.
Although Netflix no longer has the library it once had, it still houses thousands of movies every month. Plus, they seem to be single-handedly trying to revive the teen drama genre by releasing tons of new original content.
Cost: $8.99 for basic, $13.99 for standard and $17.99 for premium.
When Paramount+ first started, we first rolled our eyes. But now we understand. Their selection is next level. Want horror? They have it. Need something for the kids? Definitely check there. Looking to laugh your ass off on your own? They have several Will Ferrell films. At $10 a month for Paramount+* and *Showtime, you can add it to your subscription services without feeling like you might as well go back to cable.
Cost: $4.99 per month for essential, $9.99 per month for premium, $11.99 per month for essential plus Showtime, $14.99 for premium plan plus Showtime.
Let’s be honest: we got Peacock entirely because we wanted to watch the new saved by the bell series. But they also offer a ton of great movies. Additionally, we’ve heard rumors about a new Reno 911 only coming to Peacock!
Cost: Free for Basic, $4.99 per month for Peacock Premium.
11. Red box
Of course, you can put on some clothes, drive through the snow to Walgreens, then stand out in the frozen landscape of hell while you choose a movie from the machine outside, take your DVD home , then try to remember to return it on time. Or you can just use the Redbox app. So much easier.
Cost: It depends on the film and if you rent it or buy it on demand.
12. Show Time
You already know you love Showtime, so it’s a no-brainer. And their app-based subscription service is often cheaper than using it with cable.
Cost: $10.99 per month.
Note: Vudu is a bit like Redbox in that it focuses on movie rentals. However, they also have a very large “free with ads” section. There’s no tricky business here either. It’s easy to spot which is which, so you can find the best movie for your situation.
Cost: It depends on the film and if you rent it or buy it on demand.
Best Movie Streaming Sites: Free
Bounce is a streaming app with a bunch of curated and quality shows that you will enjoy. It’s full of drama and hilarious sitcoms that you can binge. You can also watch blockbusters and some top boxing events. This streaming service is available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.
Crackle from Sony is a very good free service. Yes, many movies have commercials cut into the movie, which may be an inconvenience for some viewers. However, since you don’t have to pay for Crackle (which is available as an app for pretty much every smart device), the ads don’t look so bad. It’s no worse than your days watching movies on USA or ABC Family.
FilmRise is packed with movies, especially classics, and has a ton of great TV shows too. As 21 jump street and The Commissionyou guys!
4. Gazebo TV
Say hello to another fantastic niche streaming service. This is where you can find all the shows and movies made by Sullivan Entertainment. “Sulli-who? My man. Ask the women over thirty in your life. They will know. Aside from all the other incredibly cheesy Canadian romances, Sullivan has produced some extremely good (and extremely long) movies. Anne of Green Gables movies. This is the best place to watch them without dropping $60 for DVDs.
Not only is IMDB free, but it also has amazing movies. It’s all legit, though you have to watch an ad or two throughout the movie in many cases. Seems pretty tolerable, yeah?
Do you have a library card? In that case, you probably have free access to Kanopy’s ever-growing library of movies. The best part? No ads!
Plex certainly has its downsides: the interface isn’t great, and you have to link your account to other accounts. But the library is decent, it’s free, and it takes your place on many movies at once.
Never heard of Popcornflix? It’s time you checked it out. They offer a giant library of movies to choose from, especially in the sci-fi genre.
9. Roku Channel
Roku is more than just a device that gives you access to streaming apps/channels. It also has its own library of movies to stream. Note: It is not available in many countries. However, it’s totally free and doesn’t even ask for your email address to use it.
10. SolarMovie (Free)
Finding free movies online can be a headache, but SolarMovie offers a smooth experience with a wide range of movies. It offers links from different sources, so you will never face a server problem. You don’t need to sign up for anything, and all movies are free. You can even gorge yourself on your favorite TV series.
Tubi has over 20,000 movies and TV shows. On this video streaming app you can watch just about everything from new hit movies, anime, horror movies and comedies!
YouTube has a ton of pirated content, yes. But with a little research, you can also find plenty of legally released movies on YouTube. You will get ads, however.
More Best Movie Streaming Sites
- Sling TV ($35+/month)
- Pluto TV (free)
- Vumoo (free)
- AZMovies (free)
- Gostream (free)
- Internet Archive (free)
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