17 Movies Now Available to Stream for Free: Parasite, The Social Network, Train to Busan, More

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The best Oscar-winning film of 2020, Parasite, can be streamed for free.

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Sure, there are plenty of subscription-based ones out there Streaming platforms out there with an endless variety of movies. But you don’t always have to spend cash to access some of the best movies as there are plenty of them out there Sites that offer totally free movies.

All you need is an internet connection and your phone, tablet, or TV, ideally one with Fire TV or Roku capabilities, so it can get the apps it needs. The catch, of course, is that you’ll have to torment your way through commercials – unless you’re streaming from Hoopla or Kanopy, which are ad-free but require a library card from a participating library.

Here are some of our top tips that range from comedy to drama to horror. Availability may change as the services change selections on a regular basis.

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Parasite (2019)


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This South Korean film stole the spotlight at the 2020 Oscars, and for good reason. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, Parasite is a somber, yet hilarious masterpiece that explores class issues while keeping viewers on their toes.

Where to see: canopy

The great short film (2015)


Paramount Pictures

If you think it’s totally impossible to make a fun movie about the 2008 financial crisis, then check out The Big Short. The cast alone should convince you: Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling. Note, however, that while the movie is entertaining, the subject can get your blood boiling.

Where to see: Canopy, Pluto TV

Train to Busan (2016)


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A must see for horror fans, this South Korean movie follows a father and daughter trapped on a train during a zombie outbreak. (The film is slated for an American remake that will hug a few fans. You may have to see the original to see for yourself what to think of it.)

Where to see: peacock

The Founder (2016)


The Weinstein company

You may never again be able to pass the golden arches of McDonalds without thinking about the fast-food giant’s humble – and tumultuous – beginnings. The founder tells the real story of how Ray Kroc turned the burger restaurant into a global giant, with rough spots and all.

Where to see: The Roku Channel, Pluto TV

The social network (2010)


Merrick Morton

The Social Network is a fascinating look at the early days of social media giant Facebook and a fascinating account of the turmoil and complications behind its launch. (If only Mark Zuckerberg knew this was just the beginning of the company’s problems …)

Where see: peacock

Moonlight (2016)


In an Academy Awards finale that nobody will forget, Moonlight was named Best Picture in 2017 (sorry, La La Land). The film tells the story of a young black man who grapples with his identity and sexuality.

Where to see: canopy

Money Ball (2011)


Sony Pictures Release

Oakland A general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) strategizes to reinvent his baseball team on a tight budget and chooses to use statistical data to evaluate players who appear to have potential.

Where to see: peacock

Bridesmaids (2011)


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This comedy about a bitter rivalry between a maid of honor and a bridesmaid is always a good time. The colorful cast includes Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy and promises some good laughs and wild storylines.

Where to see: peacock

Django Unleashed (2012)


Sony Pictures Release

In 1858, a freed slave goes on a mission to save his wife from a Mississippi plantation owner. The Oscar-winning film is directed by Quentin Tarantino and stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.

Where to see: The Roku Canal, peacock

Lady Bird (2017)


Saoirse Ronan stars in this poignant coming-of-age story of a young woman who seeks adventure as she trudges through high school in Sacramento, California.

Where to see: canopy

ET the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)


This 80s classic is not getting old. ET will make you nostalgic about a boy who befriends a homesick alien as you pull on your hearts’ strands.

Where to see: peacock

The Proposal (2009)


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Sandra Bullock is sure to be a hit with romantic comedy fans, playing an editor who urges her assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her so she can avoid deportation to Canada. Things get complicated – and hilarious – when she meets his family in Alaska.

Where to see: peacock

Ex-Machina (2014)


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If you prefer your sci-fi dark, occasionally disturbing, and thoroughly thought-provoking, watch Alicia Vikander absolutely crush it as Android Ava. Anyone who digs Black Mirror almost certainly will dig this too. Indeed, Ex Machina could easily fit into this archive of futuristic warning stories. Same aesthetics, same mood. (And Domhnall Gleeson was even in one of the best Black Mirror episodes, Be Right Back.)

Where to see: canopy

Captain Fantastic (2016)


Bleecker Strasse

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make a living off the grid? That’s what Viggo Mortensen’s dedicated father does – but not for the reasons one would expect – in this thoroughly charming film.

Where to see: canopy

Logan Lucky (2017)


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Before Daniel Craig wowed audiences with his southern charm in Knives Out, he honed his skills in this underrated heist. Call it a poor man’s Ocean’s 11, because instead of robbing Vegas casinos, this hapless crew (which includes Adam Driver and Channing Tatum) set out to … knock down a NASCAR racetrack.

Where to see: canopy

What We Do In The Shadows (2014)


Madman entertainment

This hilarious gore-fest is starring Taika Waititi, who also directed, and Flight of the Conchords vet Jemaine Clement. Finally a vampire film that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Where to see: canopy

Stalag 17 (1953)


Paramount Pictures

This is one of the greatest POW films of all time (and the obvious inspiration for the television series Hogan’s Heroes). Someone in the barracks is a German spy and all signs point to William Holden. Is it him? The film – part comedy, part drama – does a great job of expanding the crime fiction, resulting in a truly surprising, satisfying conclusion.

Where to see: Tube

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