The Ultimate Best Sites to Watch Free Movies & Stream TV Shows Online 
Last updated: 16 January 2021
Finding the best free streaming sites can sometimes be a tricky challenge. In my opinion this is simply because popular websites to watch movies online often disappear unexpectedly. The result is that people constantly need to look for new pages. It is true that there are many out there, but most are of poor quality. Nevertheless once a good one has been found things are so much easier. That’s why this blog exists. Make sure to bookmark this page for future reference.
The table below ranks the top websites to stream free tv shows and movies. A big preference is given to long-standing and reliable platforms. Due to users requesting options that use only HTML5 video, such options have now been included. Keep in mind that these will also give free movie streaming on PlayStation and Xbox. Classification points are also given for the amount of high quality links, update frequencies, and overall usability. The ranking changes frequently, so be sure to come back once in a while for new updates.
Minimum Requirements for Best Free Streaming:
- 100% Free
- 1080p or 720p
- NO account required
- NO flash
- Mobile friendly
- Works with ad-blocker
- English website
- Easy to navigate and start watching
- Easy to find S02E03 of random tv show
- Found a random old movie/tv show
- Found a random new movie/tv show
- Quick to buffer
- I would personally use it daily
Ad score explained:
Ad score is hidden on small screens.
Tested with/without ad-blocker on desktop and mobile but I always use Adblock Plus personally.
- Pop ads are successfully blocked or not detected. Ok without ad-blocker.
- Pop ads are mostly blocked. May have captcha. Ad-blocker may interfere.
- Pop ads may redirect from current page. Ad-blocker may interfere. Intrusive ads.
The best sites to watch free movies and TV shows online:
|Rank||Site||Movies||TV Shows||Ad Score|
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- 1-3: Use these. The rest should only be used as backups.
- 4: Back after prolonged downtime. Most likely the same owner as 1-3.
- 5-7: Very good but above has a bigger selection (I think).
- 8: Very good. Many ads on mobile but acceptable. Plenty of mirrors. Most likely the same owner as 1-4.
- 9: Very good. Easy navigation. 4k content. Did not pass mobile test due to intrusive ads. Added spam to my calendar.
- 10-12: Good selections. Annoying captcha. Difficult to navigate tv show seasons. Unusable without ad-blocker on mobile.
- 13-14: Very good selections. Good navigation. Unusable without ad-blocker and even difficult with one.
Which is easier: Streaming VS Downloading?
Method 1: Streaming
Streaming means that the video is sent directly to your browser. Playback happens right there in a tab. Most modern sites use HTML5 video to stream but some older ones require flash player. The former works across all devices, while the latter only on laptops & PCs. The advantage is that all browsers are equipped to play HTML5 movies. No extra steps are required, it works right out of the box. This make things really easy.
Let’s face it – when I want to watch free movies online I go straight to my favorite search engine and try find what I’m looking for. This usually leads me to a site where I can stream free movies right in my browser online. I prefer this method, but let’s take a look at the alternative.
Method 2: Downloading
Downloading means that you wait for the whole file to be transferred to your PC, laptop, mobile, Playstation… whatever. This means that while the file is downloading you cannot watch it.
Some extra software is usually required to watch full movies right on your desktop. Most people use VLC media player as this supports a wide range of video formats. Then you’ll need to setup and install µTorrent for taking care of the actual download.
Pretty inconvenient. The only real advantage with downloading is that you can get free movies to watch offline. Should you go ahead and choose method 2 then I recommend this torrent tutorial to download using p2p file transfer.
Final thoughts & extra tips
Let’s hope this page has been useful to help you watch movies free online. There also a really great site that gives summaries of each title (with a rating and users reviews).
There are of course other places to watch free online movies but these may not be as good as the ones listed above. Should you need some more, I would recommend checking out Netflix or Disney+. By far the two best (paying subscription) movie sites. You are welcome to send me an email with any thoughts or feedback you might have.