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The best movies to watch for free on YouTube

There are a ton of streaming companies to select from these days. There’s arguably by no means been a greater time to watch an excellent film from the consolation of your property, with platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Max, Criterion Channel, and extra providing a cornucopia of latest releases and traditional titles each month.

YouTube occurs to be one in all these. Regardless of not getting almost the identical quantity of consideration as these aforementioned companies when it comes to film libraries, YouTube really has wealth of nice movies which might be out there to (legally) stream for free.

We’ve combed by the platform’s library of obtainable titles to convey you the very best free movies on YouTube. Let’s dive in and see what they’ve to provide!


10 Issues I Hate About You

Picture: Touchstone Photos

Director: Gil Junger
Forged: Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

There are way over 10 issues to love about this quintessential teen romantic comedy. A soundtrack stuffed with earworms. Breakout roles for Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Cameos from the bands Letters to Cleo and Save Ferris. And all of it in a contemporary Shakespeare retelling.

Cameron (Gordon-Levitt) falls for Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), however her overprotective father received’t let her begin courting earlier than her proudly outcast sister, Kat (Stiles), does. Lovelorn Cameron hires secretly delicate dangerous boy Patrick (Ledger) to win Kat’s coronary heart, however what occurs when everyone within the film catches emotions? Expertise the cream of the crop of ’90s teen movies and watch 10 Issues I Hate About You. —Susana Polo

The Darkish Crystal

A long-haired male puppet holding the body of a female puppet in a room covered in dirt and rubble in The Dark Crystal.

Picture: Lions Gate House Leisure

Administrators: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
Forged: Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw

Jim Henson is understood for puppeteering, however to be into movie puppeteering in any respect, you’ve acquired to be fairly open to out-there filmmaking. It doesn’t get extra “out there” than leaping from puppet-driven musical comedies to an unique fantasy movie the place half the solid speaks a constructed language and there aren’t any human characters in any respect. Yeah, the Skeksis language performed so poorly in check screenings that the traces have been redubbed in English, however you get the purpose.

The story of Jen the Gelfling’s quest to heal the Darkish Crystal and forestall the merciless Skeksis from ruling the world ceaselessly was a product of Henson’s post-Muppet ambitions of proving that movie puppetry might be a real medium, not merely a novelty. Is The Darkish Crystal good? That’s a sophisticated reply. Is it the product of an extremely expert manufacturing, led by a once-in-a-generation artistic expertise, that might not be made at present? That’s sure. —SP

Alien

A xenomorph uncoiling from Kane’s chest in Alien (1979).

Picture: twentieth Century Studios

Director: Ridley Scott
Forged: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright

Alien’s greatness most likely doesn’t want to be restated. However even when you understand how good it’s, or suppose you’ve seen it loads of occasions, you most likely owe this Ridley Scott masterpiece a rewatch. It’s the type of film that miraculously builds on its personal legacy with every subsequent viewing, and solely grows in impressiveness with every passing 12 months.

So rewatch Alien once more. Evaluate each aspect of the film in opposition to one thing sci-fi movies (or any style, for that matter) have carried out since, and marvel at how far forward Alien comes out. Within the almost 45 years since that film was launched, no movie has come shut to matching how nicely it communicated the concept of being trapped in area with one thing extra horrible than you knew might exist. No solid has ever had such good grizzled-trucker vitality or crackly faces. It’s simple to have a look at movies from the Nineteen Seventies and say they don’t make ’em at present like they used to, and it’s true. But it surely’s additionally true that nobody earlier than or since has ever made ’em like Alien, and we should always all most likely recognize that just a little extra usually than we do. —Austen Goslin

Willow

A smiling man (Warwick Davis) seated in the saddle of a horse holding reins in Willows.

Picture: Buena Vista House Leisure

Director: Ron Howard
Forged: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis

It could appear inconceivable now, however there was a time when Star Wars was new, and Hollywood was dying to do extra stuff prefer it. Enter George Lucas and his buddy Ron Howard, who stated: Let’s do Star Wars for medieval fantasy.

The outcome, Willow, is a loosely structured fantasy journey comedy with cutting-edge particular results that’s enjoyable for the entire household (give or take a few black magic scenes that completely seared into the brains of younger viewers). Star Wars’ Warwick Davis performs the titular hero — a hapless however hopeful basically-a-Hobbit — on a quest to save a child from an witch, with the assistance of himbo swordsman Madmartigan, in perhaps Val Kilmer’s most pleasant function.

Willow is, frankly, phenomenally foolish, but additionally phenomenally enjoyable. There’s a magic wand and a fairy queen and a sorceress who’s been was a type of Australian possum. Give it a watch. —SP

Silence

A man staring into a pool of water at an image of Jesus Christ reflecting back at him in Silence.

Picture: Paramount House Leisure

Director: Martin Scorsese
Forged: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano

Of all Martin Scorsese’s many terrific movies, it’s onerous not to really feel that his 2016 adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s novel Silence is one in all his most private and necessary. The movie follows two Jesuit monks, Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garupe (Adam Driver), on a mission to discover one other priest who is alleged to have renounced his religion in Seventeenth-century Japan. On the time, Christians within the nation have been largely compelled into hiding on the danger of torture and demise, making the monks’ journey notably troublesome.

Whereas the film serves as an interesting have a look at this era in Japan, it’s much more affecting as a crisis-of-faith film for Rodrigues. Garfield’s efficiency is completely haunting, as we see Rodrigues slowly lose not simply his religion in God, however in all the pieces he’s ever stood for or recognized himself to be. Garfield communicates all of this ache principally with out dialogue, with a relentless struggle of expressions on his face and in his eyes between his religion and his despair. All of this makes Silence really feel like Scorsese’s best assertion on religion but — notably spectacular when you think about that he made it in his sixth decade as a filmmaker. —AG

Heathers

A woman with curly brown hair with her head sticking out of a green lawn with green and yellow polo balls beside her in Heathers.

Picture: Cinemarque Leisure/Anchor Bay Leisure

Director: Michael Lehmann
Forged: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty

Michael Lehmann’s traditional 1989 darkish comedy about fixing poisonous highschool dynamics by way of homicide seems to be much more arch, mannered, and excessive now than it did again in its day, but it surely’s nonetheless a ridiculously enjoyable film, stuffed with memorable one-liners, cinematography that pops off the display screen, and acquainted faces of their very younger days. Christian Slater’s career-long Jack Nicholson impression has by no means been extra pronounced than it’s right here. And after so a few years of Stranger Issues, it’s fascinating to revisit Winona Ryder from the period the place her signature transfer was blasé teen angst as a substitute of agonized mother angst. The dialogue has aged a bit, however the central conceits — that top faculty kinda sucked for most of us, and that folks have a tendency to be enormous hypocrites about how they keep in mind the useless — nonetheless land solidly, and with a number of laughs. —Tasha Robinson

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

An animated horse idling in a verdant green field of grace with mountains in the distance in Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

Picture: Common Photos House Leisure

Administrators: Kelly Asbury, Lorna Prepare dinner
Forged: Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi

If you happen to don’t care about this film, I don’t care about you. It could be a distinct segment take, however I like an animal film that doesn’t make the animals discuss with bizarre humanoid lips. Spirit is the story of a wild horse who’s taken into captivity by American settlers within the pre-1900s western U.S., and it’s accountable for about one-third of my character.

Voiced by Matt Damon, Spirit is endlessly compassionate and stuffed with spunk. His journey to attempt to escape captivity and return to his horse spouse is fraught with bodily abuse that mirrors the best way the settlers abuse the land out west, however Spirit by no means loses his drive. The movie paints the settlers as evil and oppressive, and represents the Lakota man who takes him in as secure and respectful of his wildness — aka, it’s correct.

This film got here out after I was 7 years previous, and I keep in mind sitting within the theater, quietly weeping for maybe the primary time in my life. I wasn’t having a meltdown or a mood tantrum. I used to be going by the very actual vary of feelings the film evokes — worry when Spirit will get caught for the primary time, rage when he’s branded, pleasure when he learns to love using, deep pleasure when he’s reunited together with his horse child mama, some mix of grief and anger on the realization that this case occurred to a lot of real-life horses.

Watch it along with your children or watch it alone, and simply don’t suppose too onerous about how cringey the unique Hans Zimmer songs are. —Zoë Hannah

13 Hours: The Secret Troopers of Benghazi

John Krasinski as Jack Silva holding an assault rifle in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

Picture: Paramount House Leisure

Director: Michael Bay
Forged: John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Max Martini

Michael Bay’s Benghazi film by no means actually acquired a good shake. Round its launch, Republican politicians have been nonetheless utilizing the 2012 Benghazi assaults as a weapon in opposition to presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who was Secretary of State on the time of the assaults. Due to that, the film acquired written off by many due to claims that it was nothing greater than Republican propaganda. Nevertheless, almost a decade faraway from that context, it’s a lot simpler to match the superb 13 Hours into the bigger arc of themes Bay has spent his total profession chasing: Establishments of energy care extra about guidelines and norms than they do about human lives, and to save lives, it’s up to people to break these guidelines.

Past the morals of the film, nonetheless, 13 Hours is simply completely terrific, thrilling filmmaking. Bay principally turns the film into his personal private model of the John Carpenter traditional Assault on Precinct 13. What meaning in observe is that Bay offers us about 40 minutes of debate concerning the politics of Benghazi, the questionable U.S. presence in Libya as a destabilizing power for its authorities, and the indefensibility of the U.S. bases there. The different 100-ish minutes of the film’s run time are then devoted to a number of the most expertly filmed firefights ever put on movie, the place stress comes by in waves and characterization is constructed fantastically within the temporary quiet moments between gunshots. —AG

Do the Proper Factor

Bill Nunn as Radio Raheem in Do the Right Thing.

Picture: Common Photos

Director: Spike Lee
Forged: Danny Aiello, Spike Lee, Giancarlo Esposito

If you happen to’re American, this film is required viewing. Do the Proper Factor, a Spike Lee joint, makes you’re feeling all the pieces it replicates on display screen — the warmth amassing on the concrete of a Brooklyn avenue, the strain between a Black man and his neighborhood racists, the enjoyment of a summer time block occasion with wonderful music, the perpetual grief of police violence in opposition to Black People.

It’s no simple watch. The story facilities on racial tensions between white police, Italian neighbors, and Black neighbors in Eighties Brooklyn, however the tone isn’t overly critical. As a substitute, Lee makes use of moments of humor and pleasure to underscore the a number of tragedies of the movie, and the ending doesn’t tie issues up properly — the truth is, it leaves you (or me, a white individual) with a pit in your abdomen that received’t go away till you begin protesting within the streets. And that’s an excellent factor. In any case, the movie is (desperately, pleadingly) telling you to do the suitable factor.

However there’s a boatload of advantage to this movie as a movie, as well as to its advantage as a required textual content to understanding race relations within the U.S. Like each different Spike Lee film, the cinematography is unmatched, together with his signature high-contrast colours and wacky, wide-lens, canted-angle pictures to actually seize the vibe of the late ’80s. The appearing from Lee himself, Giancarlo Esposito, and Rosie Perez stands out, and the music is known —notably Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” which they wrote for the movie. —ZH

Godzilla

A close-up shot of a gigantic lizard-like creature baring its teeth with smoke pouring out of its mouth in Godzilla.

Picture: The Criterion Channel

Director: Ishirō Honda
Forged: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kōchi, Akihiko Hirata

If you happen to haven’t seen the unique 1954 Godzilla, it may be an actual shock how philosophical and principled it’s, and the way little of it’s devoted to an enormous rubber-suit monster stomping on Tokyo. (Although there definitely is a few of that!) Like so many franchise starters, the primary Godzilla is far more difficult and nuanced than many of the followers that targeted in on the kaiju fantasy motion. It’s nicely value watching Ishirō Honda’s traditional about struggle, weapons, humanity, and the worth of technological progress, simply to see the place this story began, understand the way it’s mutated, and recognize how totally different Japan’s model of Godzilla has at all times been from America’s model. —TR

Prepare to Busan

A disheveled man and a larger man holding a child stand at the far end of train car holding weapons in Train to Busan.

Picture: Effectively Go USA Leisure

Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Forged: Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok

Zombies. Trains. South Korean political commentary. What else do you want from a horror-action-thriller?

In contrast to Snowpiercer, the different scary practice film out of South Korea, Prepare to Busan is a extremely enjoyable watch. That isn’t to say it received’t hit you within the coronary heart, although — the story follows a frankly shitty father as he makes an attempt to be much less of a shitty father by bringing his daughter to see her mom in Busan on her birthday. Sadly for them each, a zombie assaults the practice and thus begins a zombie apocalypse that performs out throughout the practice vehicles.

It’s a grasp class in locked-room storytelling, with loads of the humorous and stunning parts which have grow to be endemic to Korean movie. Finally, you’ll watch the primary character develop out of his tendency to disappoint his household. Extra importantly, you’ll watch him battle a bunch of well-CGI’d zombies. It’s an ideal first foray into Korean movie for those who’re new to it, and a traditional deserving of countless rewatches for those who’ve already seen it. —ZH

Woman Chook

Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) and her mother (Laurie Metcalf) in Lady Bird

Picture: A24

Director: Greta Gerwig
Forged: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

Within the wake of Greta Gerwig’s box-office buster Barbie, it’s a superb time to revisit her earlier, extra delicately planed, however simply as emotionally engaged work — notably Woman Chook, her coming-of-age film starring Saoirse Ronan as a teen attempting to discover her personal identification amid her relationship along with her mom. Studying a point-by-point plot abstract makes Woman Chook sound mundane and scattershot, however the wistful, generally dryly hilarious, generally heartbreaking means Ronan performs the title character holds all of it collectively. This one’s a slice of life that appears like actual life — and like an arch, straight-faced comedy on the identical time. —TR

Complete Recall

Schwarzenegger holds a gun in Total Recall

Picture: Artisan Leisure

Administrators: Paul Verhoeven
Forged: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone

I’ll by no means neglect the primary time I watched Complete Recall as a baby. The sight of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pained expression as he wrenched an outsized monitoring gadget out of his nostril canal fascinated me nearly as a lot because the sight of his eyes coming out of his face on Mars haunted my sleepless childhood nights. Its macabre sensible particular results apart, Complete Recall stays an irrefutable banger of a sci-fi motion flick that also holds up greater than three a long time because it was first launched.

The reality-blurring romp a couple of salt-of-the-earth building employee who might or might not be a Martian undercover agent is packed to the brim with explosive motion sequences, weird satirical world-building, and incredible performances. If you happen to haven’t seen Complete Recall but, don’t fear — you’ve. You simply don’t keep in mind it; you’re really a Martian undercover agent whose thoughts was erased since you acquired too shut to the reality. That is all a simulation. I’m speaking to you from the actual world. I’m simply kidding… or am I? —Toussaint Egan

True Grit

A young girl (Hailee Steinfeld) and an old bearded man (Jeff Bridges) on horses in a forest in True Grit.

Picture: Paramount House Leisure

Administrators: The Coen brothers
Forged: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin

My father likes Westerns. So much. To today, I’ll usually come down the steps to discover him watching some nondescript (to me), old-looking movie with two dudes speaking like they’ve one thing of their mouths and swinging pistols round their fingers. Whereas he succeeded in getting me into horror earlier than the age of 10, I can’t say the identical for Westerns — till we discovered ourselves watching the unique 1969 True Grit one night.

The story stars a woman — one thing I’d by no means seen in any of the John Wayne movies my dad appreciated — and he or she was competent, courageous, and on a mission to avenge her father’s demise. What higher film to watch along with your dad?

Effectively, the higher film to watch with my dad got here out a couple of years later, when 2010’s True Grit was launched. We watched it collectively as quickly as we might, in theaters, and determined it deserved rave critiques. My opinion stands, having rewatched it a number of occasions during the last 15 years. The story is identical as the unique, however this model has Jeff Bridges as a substitute of John Wayne and a 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld as a substitute of a 21-year-old Kim Darby. Between the extra life like age of the main actor (the character of Mattie is 14) and the improved cinematography of the remake, the 2010 model of True Grit grew to become one in all my favourite movies, and a formative one at that. Whereas the 1969 model is funnier and grittier, the drama of the newer remake is compelling and linked with me, a ’90s child, in a means the 1969 model linked with my father, a ’60s child. Each are nicely value a watch, and each are free on YouTube. —ZH

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