Free Stuff Fridays: Free Movies

The following is a list of places to watch popular mainstream movies.

CanIStream.It – This search engine will search Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Android, Amazon, Crackle, Blockbuster, Youtube Movies, EPIX, and iTunes. Works best if you already have an account with the service (like Netflix or Amazon), but brings up free versions as well.

Crackle – Includes full-length movies, TV shows, and original series.

Hulu – An early player in putting free, professional, mainstream, commercial streaming video content on the Web and still one of the best.

Internet Archive – A tremendous resource for materials that have fallen into the public domain.

SnagFilms – A great source for full-length documentaries.

YouTube – While sometimes people put pirated versions of movies up on YouTube in 10-minute chunks, YouTube also has an official movie page with legally-available films.

Of course this barely scratches the surface and doesn’t cover the dozens of sites that provide streaming content like TED, Fora.TV, Vimeo, Open Culture, scores of college humor sites, or proprietary sites that you have access to through the Macdonald Kelce database page like Films on Demand.

And, finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention your local library. While the Macdonald Kelce doesn’t emphasize buying movies for entertainment purposes, over the years we’ve built up quite a collection to support film studies. Many of the films available in the Criterion Collection (for example) are available for you to check out. Search in the Online Catalog and restrict your search to DVDs by using the ‘Quick Limit’ drop-down menu. Also, the John F. Germany Library across the river has many more mainstream movies available for you to check out.


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