It would be incredible if, at this point, you still didn’t know, but YouTube has a not inconsiderable offer of cinema that you can enjoy without having to pay a single penny. Don’t believe us? Check out the following list of the best free movies on YouTube.
Best Free Movies on YouTube
Train to Busan (2016)
This South Korean horror film follows a group of passengers aboard a high-speed train that goes from Seoul to Busan and where the outbreak of a deadly virus begins to turn people into fierce creatures hungry for flesh and blood.
And, of course: those on board will have to find a way to survive. One of the tensest and most frenetic zombie movies ever made, this adventure from director Yeon Sang-ho focuses on a small group of passengers forced to overcome their differences to stay alive and keep their loved ones alive.
The film broke several box office records both in South Korea and internationally and spawned a sequel in 2020.
The Illusionist (2006)
The Illusionist beat the similarly themed film, The Prestige, in theaters for a few months, but Christopher Nolan’s film is superior to the two. Regardless of this, The Illusionist has its charms, mainly in the central trio of Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, and Paul Giamatti.
When they were young, Eduard Abramovich (Nortan) and Duchess Sophie Von Teschen (Biel) had a passion for each other that their parents forbade them.
Upon reaching adulthood, Edward reinvented himself as The Illusionist Eisenheim, reuniting with Sophie before he could marry the malevolent Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell).
When Sophie is killed, Chief Inspector Walter Uhl (Giamatti) becomes quite nervous to see that Eisenheim seems to be able to invoke Sophie’s spirit at will.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
“Who is Keyser Soze?” That’s the question that revolves around 1995’s The Usual Suspects. This masterpiece of suspense and mystery follows five disparate thieves gathered by invisible forces for a suicide heist.
Initially gathered in a cell by the NYPD, the thieves eventually find themselves working at the behest of Keyser Soze, an international crime boss so legendary that none of them agree on whether he exists or not.
The story is told in retrospect by Verbal (Kevin Spacey) in a police building, and not everything is as it seems. With a cast that includes Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, and Giancarlo Esposito, this thriller is still recommended to watch, again and again, even if you already know its iconic ending.
Z for Zachariah (2015)
In the post-nuclear apocalypse, John Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) finds refuge in the isolated farm of Ann Burden (Margot Robbie). Over time, they become very close and intimate.
However, before their relationship can turn into a romance, a stranger named Caleb (Chris Pine) appears… and his connection to Ann is undeniable. Can the group live together without jealousy destroying what little they have left in this world?
RoboCop is a brilliant satire within a science fiction and action movie of the late 80s. The film, by director Paul Verhoeven, has excellent moments of black humor, but with a human heart, thanks to the performance of Peter Weller.
Shortly, Detroit police officer Alex Murphy is killed by criminals, and the OCP corporation uses an unproven technology to resurrect him as RoboCop.
However, he is not the soulless automaton they expected; Murphy’s memory of his old life takes him to the darkest corners of the OCP when he realizes who killed him and why.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) is a billionaire who has fun carrying out implausible art thefts. He finds a worthy adversary in Catherine Banning (Rene Russo), an insurance investigator hired to find the last painting he stole.
It’s all a game for Thomas, and yet he and Catherine come to share true romantic feelings for each other. When the time comes for the truth to emerge, will Catherine choose love or duty?
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Kevin Costner plays Dance with Wolves; although his name was initially Lieutenant John J. Dunbar, a Union soldier who receives an assignment at the border after his heroic acts in the Civil War.
To his surprise, a close bond arises between him and the local Sioux tribe. However, John’s old life might get in his desire to reinvent himself with the Sioux.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Before Alan Menken and Howard Ashman made music for Disney, they adapted the cult sci-fi film Little Shop of Horrors as a musical play. In the big-screen version, Rick Moranis plays Seymour Krelborn, an unlucky florist who stumbles upon an exotic plant he calls Audrey II (Levi Stubbs).
Poor Seymour is desperately in love with the honest Audrey (Ellen Greene), a woman trapped in a loveless relationship with a demented dentist named Orin Scrivello (Steve Martin).
However, when Audrey II starts talking and singing, she offers Seymour the opportunity to get everything she ever wanted… in exchange for blood.
It has never won over critics as much as the public; however, it is still a great mystery comedy almost four decades after its premiere. Tim Curry leads the cast in the role of Wadsworth, a butler who must solve several murder cases.
His late employer, Mr. Body, blackmailed Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), Mr. Green (Michael McKean), and others for years. But who killed him? The best thing is that if you don’t like Wadsworth’s solution, the film has more than one ending.
Dear Mr. Watterson (2013)
Are you a fan of Calvin and Hobbes? Writer and cartoonist Bill Watterson ended its creation in 1995 and retired from the public eye. Nearly 25 years later, this film by documentary filmmaker Joel Allen Schroeder explores this comic strip’s impact even years after its conclusion.
Don’t expect to see Watterson being interviewed: he made it very clear that he wanted to stop being a public figure. However, several of his colleagues and admirers share his perspectives on his important work.
This film is a love letter to Star Wars and an excellent parody for science fiction fans. Chris Marquette stars as Linus, a devoted Star Wars fan who has months to live with cancer.
Since Linus won’t live long enough to watch Star Wars: Episode 1, his Windows friends (Jay Baruchel), Harold “Hutch” Hutchinson (Dan Fogler), Eric Bottler (Sam Huntington), and Zoe (Kristen Bell) devise a plan to break into Lucasfilm Ranch to screen the film illegally.
Their friendships will be tested along the way, and we will see several familiar faces.