There are plenty of reasons why cinephiles and movie buffs have ditched movie theaters in the current era. Besides the prices of movie tickets, snacking, parking, etc., one of the main reasons is the Internet and the on-demand competition that comes with it.
Today, you no longer have to wait outside a cinema or stop by the home video store to pick up a DVD. Just get on your phone, connect to the Internet, install a free movie app, and start watching your favorite flicks in only a few minutes’ time.
If you thought free apps only come with Android, think again. iOS also offers free movie apps that’ll put hundreds of your favorite films at your fingertips. You can also stream TV shows straight from your device and catch up on the go.
Here are our top picks for the best free movie apps for iPhone.
This on-demand, free movie app allows you to watch free movies with a ton of options in a variety of genres from drama, action, thrillers, horrors, and more.
While you may not find the latest Hollywood blockbuster in its catalog, you will find some classics and low-key gems in there. A section is included in the app for new arrivals, Popcornflix originals, and the most popular Popcornflix movies. A few featured movies scroll across the main page, and you can browse through movies by genre.
If your kids want to watch cartoons or animations from your iPhone, Popcornflix also offers a separate app just for them. The interface is the same, the only difference is the films are just for kids.
Stream Popcornflix via a free iOS app or browser, but be ready for the ads, though these are usually fairly short.
While most apps offer both movies and TV shows, PlutoTV tends towards offering more TV-like content.
This versatile service can be used to watch movies for free, but also live TV and streaming on-demand movies.
You’ll find channels categorized by News, Movies, or Sports, with Web content curated from live television platforms like CNBC and Bloomberg.
Genres available include drama, horror, and action, but you can check the recently added and popular movies lists to see what’s trending or what’s new on the app. However, not all movies are available in every region, and you can’t re-watch a movie unless it’s on demand.
If you want to view the movie descriptions for upcoming flicks that aren’t live, or you’d rather not watch movies from particular sources, PlutoTV allows you to hide channels.
Before Sony acquired and renamed this movie app to Crackle, the service operated as Grouper and has been around for quite some time.
It offers lots of free movie options with captions and supports lots of devices and regular web browsers. Also included is a backlog of TV shows in different genres.
Crackle’s interface is easy to use and offers a smooth streaming experience on all its videos. Plus, you need not sign in to watch TV shows or movies, unless you really want to.
You’ll get full-length, uncut movies, with new films being added constantly, but brace yourself for intermittent ads.
This popular, free content-streaming app gives you the option to buy movies or watch for free with occasional ads.
It also organizes movies into categories like new or most popular from different genres. However, if you want a list of all the free movies, you can visit their site and search for the one you want to watch on your iPhone.
Lots of high quality movies from classics to the latest box office hits are available, with new movies added often.
Tubi is an easy-to-use movie app that offers all genres, with featured films scrolling across at the top of the app, as they do on its desktop website.
Once you select a movie to watch, you’ll be directed to the description page. You’ll find details such as the movie’s release date, genre, rating, and duration.
The service offers decently high streaming quality with ads, but you need an account to stream content.
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