10 best legal free movie apps and free TV show apps for you budget streamers!

Video streaming is quickly becoming the norm. People pay for Netflix, Hulu, and similar services without thinking twice and cordcutting is a thing people do now. However, not everybody can afford hundreds of dollars of subscription services a year. We get that and so do many mobile apps. Movie buffs who want to watch stuff for free without reaching into the shady parts of the Internet have quite a few options. Here are the best legal free movie apps for Android! You can occasionally watch a free movie on YouTube, but it’s so rare that we don’t include it on this list.


Crackle

Price: Free
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Sony’s Crackle is one of the most popular free movie apps on mobile. It boasts a bunch of hit titles, various TV shows, and a bunch of genres to choose from. It even has Nielson tracking software so you can be a part of the stats when it comes to popularity. The streaming quality itself definitely needs a lot of work. However, we expect it to improve over time. It’s popular, but it’s also not the best implementation of free video streaming on this list.
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Crunchyroll, VRV, and Funimation

Price: Free / $5.99+ per month
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Crunchyroll and Funimation are two of the most popular anime streaming services. VRV offers a wide range of content from anime to independent content, and even some old Nickelodeon shows. They are riddled with ads like most free movie apps and you don’t always get the latest content at the same time as paying subscribers. However, they are all serviceable for free movies and TV shows.
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Hoopla Digital

Price: Free
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Hoopla Digital is an all-in-one free content medium. It uses local library access along with your library card to show you a bunch of stuff for free. That includes movies, TV shows, ebooks, music, and even comic books. The app also comes with Android TV and Chromecast support. Your local library has to be a part of the Hoopla network in order for it to work with your library card. However, aside from that, it works pretty well.
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Hoopla Digital

Hotstar

Price: Free / Varies
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Hotstar is one of the most popular free movie apps in India and similar places. It offers movies, TV shows, and live sports, although you may not get access to everything through the free membership. The streams seem to work okay and there are advertisements as you would expect. However, aside from the limited availability, it’s a serviceable free streaming platform. A lot of this app’s complaints stem from the World Cup and how Hotstar didn’t work well with the Jio TV app.
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Kodi

Price: Free
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Kodi is a media player app for Android. It supports local video and audio playback and comes with a full UI to control everything. One of its other neat tricks includes the ability to run plugins and many of those plugins can delivery free content. We don’t condone piracy, so many of those plugins aren’t going to do it for this list. However, some, such as USTVNow, let you watch TV channels (and movies airing on them) for free.
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Kodi


Pluto TV

Price: Free
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Pluto TV is another popular option for free movie apps. It offers 100s of TV channels and 1,000s of movies and TV shows on-demand. It works like most of the others. You watch ads and get video content in exchange. This one also comes with 17 curated movie stations for things like horror, romance, comedy, and others. The ads aren’t as annoying as most and the app actually works pretty well. This is one of the better options in our top ten list.
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Popcornflix

Price: Free
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Popcornflix is a free streaming app specifically for movie content. The app boasts a modest 700 movies with new films added frequently. There are also a bunch of genres, some international films, and more. The app works like you would expect so there aren’t any surprises there. The streaming quality is only just okay, though, and many complaints are about buffering issues. However, when it works, it’s not half bad.
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Popcornflix

SnagFilms

Price: Free
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SnagFilms is a lot like Popcornflix. It’s a service specifically for streaming free movies. It features over 5,000 movies and shows. However, this platform is specifically for independent creators so you won’t find a huge stash of Hollywood blockbusters here. However, there is a variety of content to enjoy along with family friendly stuff and some TV content as well.
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SnagFilms

Tubi

Price: Free
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Tubi is an up-and-coming app for free movies and TV shows. It boasts the usual 100% legal streaming with advertisements, although many don’t seem to mind the ads with this one. You also get a variety of genres from a variety of places around the world. You can even find stuff like anime if you want to watch it. It feels like a generally good all-in-one style streaming service, but that ultimately means it doesn’t reach into niches as well as some others. Still, this one is excellent and one of the first we’d recommend.
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Tubi

Yidio

Price: Free / Varies
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Yidio isn’t an app that streams video content. However it’s an excellent way to search for streamed content. This app lets you search Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Showtime, and over 300 other services to find the movies you want to see. You can then see if any services show them for free legally. The ads and suggested content are a bit much, but you get used to them over time. This is a good way to search for content, even if you can’t watch any of it here.
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Bonus: Roku Channel and similar apps

Price: Free
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There are a variety of set top boxes, smart TVs, and other platforms that don’t exist on Google Play. Sometimes, those platforms have apps with free content as well. One such example is the Roku Channel on Roku devices. It offers up free movies and TV shows along with its usual content. It may be worth exploring your smart TV or set top box to see if anything there offers free video content for you to watch.
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Bonus: Roku Channel and similar apps

If we missed any great, legal free movie apps, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists!

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