Movie night isn’t what it used to be, is it? As a parent, you now spend all day watching YouTube unboxing videos and silly cartoons. When the kids finally sleep, you’ll have about two hours for your partner-in-crime to turn into a pumpkin. We can no longer spend our Friday evenings wandering through blockbusters hand in hand … and that’s a shame. So when she’s done Pride and Prejudice (especially the one with Matthew Macfadyen), or you’re determined to watch it all again The matrix Finding movies can be a bit of a challenge – especially since not everything is available on Netflix anymore. However, as more streaming services emerge, it takes a little longer to find the exact movie you want. What you really need is a breakdown of the best streaming sites so you don’t scroll aimlessly until you both pass out.
Of course, there are so many streaming services out there. Which ones are worth the money? And which free ones won’t make you feel like criminals when you tune in? We’ve scoured dozens of streaming sites and apps and picked our favorites.
Best Movie Streaming Sites: Paid
1. Amazon Prime
You’re probably already paying for Amazon Prime anyway, right? So you can also use Prime Video. The Amazon library is pretty comprehensive. There is not much that cannot be found. The only setback? Not everything is “free” (or “included with Prime”). It’s a bit of a disappointment to think that you found what you were looking for only to find you have to pay for it. Look for the little white “Prime” banner in the left corner of the titles to save yourself some frustration.
costs: USD 12.99 per month (plus tax for Amazon Prime, which includes Prime Video, or $ 8.99 per month (plus tax) for a Prime Video membership.
2. Discovery +
Looking for the perfect gift for your MIL for the holidays? A subscription to Discovery + could be the ideal solution. It’ll cost you about five dollars a month, but the app gives you access to shows and movies on all of your favorite cable channels, from A&E and Lifetime to Travel Channel and TLC. This could be your chance to convince them to cut the cord.
costs: $ 4.99 per month.
3. Disney +
Whenever we consider shutting down all of our streaming services and getting back to cable, Disney + always changes our minds. Not only did they put out some great shows, like for example The Mandalorian and The mighty ducks TV shows, but they’re also home to literally all of our favorite Disney movies, new and old. It’s correct. No more trying to buy a DVD before the movie goes “back in the vault”. Now they are all easily available. Plus, you can watch Hamilton on Disney +. And why not?
costs: $ 7.99 per month for Disney +; $ 13.99 per month for the ad-supported Disney bundle of Disney +, ESPN +, and Hulu; and $ 19.99 per month for the ad-free Disney bundle with Disney +, ESPN +, and Hulu.
This streaming site caters to a fairly niche audience. That said, if you are looking for anime, Crunchyroll is the best place to go to see it.
costs: Although you can watch many movies for free on Crunchyroll, subscriptions start at $ 7.99 per month and give you access to more titles in higher resolutions.
5. HBO max
Do you need HBO max? No. But do you want it? Definitely. It has a ton of movies to stream, including the network’s own high quality content.
costs: $ 9.99 per month for HD content with ads; $ 14.99 per month for even more ad-free HD movies.
Hulu was a great place to watch TV even after the cable got rid of it – and then they started adding movies. Their search functionality is excellent, but we love their current categories which keep changing with each upcoming holiday or event. They also have an excellent collection of films for children.
costs: $ 6.99 per month for ad-supported, $ 12.99 per month for ad-free, and $ 64.99 per month for Hulu + Live.
Netflix may no longer have the library it once had, but it is still home to thousands of movies every month. Plus, they seem to be single-handedly trying to revive the teen drama genre by releasing tons of great new, original content.
costs: $ 8.99 for Basic, $ 13.99 for Standard, and $ 17.99 for Premium.
8. Parent +
When Paramount + started, we rolled our eyes at first. But now we get it. Your selection is the next level. Do you want horror? You have it. Do you need something for the kids? Definitely check there. Would you like to laugh your ass off yourself? You have several Will Ferrell films. For $ 10 a month for Paramount + * and * Showtime, you can add it to your subscription services without feeling like you might as well go back to cable.
costs: $ 4.99 per month for Essential, $ 9.99 per month for Premium, $ 11.99 per month for Essential plus Showtime, $ 14.99 for Premium plan plus Showtime.
We’re honest: We only got Peacock because we wanted to see the new Saved by the bell Series. But they also have a ton of great movies. We also heard rumors about a new one Reno 911 only come to Peacock!
costs: Free for Basic, $ 4.99 per month for Peacock Premium.
Sure, you can get dressed, drive through the snow to Walgreens and then stand out in the frozen landscape of hell while outside you get a movie from the machine, take your DVD home and then remember to return it in time. Or you just use the Redbox app. So much easier.
costs: Depends on the film and whether you rent or buy it on request.
You already know you like Showtime, so this is a no-brainer. And their app-based subscription service is often cheaper than a wired connection.
costs: $ 10.99 per month.
Note: Vudu is a bit like Redbox in that its focus is on film rental. However, they also have a very large “Free with Ads” section. There is no tricky business here either. It is easy to tell which movie is which so you can find the best movie for your situation.
costs: Depends on the film and whether you rent or buy it on request.
Best Movie Streaming Sites: Free
Sony’s Crackle is a pretty great free service. Yes, many films have commercials cut into the film, which can be a downer for some viewers. However, when you consider that you don’t have to pay for Crackle (which is available as an app for pretty much every smart device), the ads don’t seem that bad. It doesn’t get any worse than your days watching movies on USA or ABC Family.
FilmRise is jam-packed with movies, especially classics, and has a ton of great TV shows too. Like 21 Jump Street and The clerk, Her!
Say hello to another fantastic niche streaming service. Find all of Sullivan Entertainment’s shows and films here. “Sulli – who?” My husband. Ask the women over thirty in your life. You will know. Aside from all the other amazingly cheesy Canadian romances, Sullivan has very good (and very long) Anne of Green Gables Movies. It’s the best place to watch them without losing $ 60 on DVDs.
Not only is IMDB free, but it’s also packed full of incredible movies. Everything is legitimate, although in many cases you will need to see an ad or two throughout the movie. Seems bearable enough, yes?
Do you have a library card? Then you most likely have free access to Kanopy’s ever-evolving film library. The best part? No advertising!
Plex certainly has its downsides: the user interface isn’t great, and you have to link your account to other accounts. But the library is decent, it’s free, and holds your place in numerous movies at once.
Never heard of Popcornflix? It’s time you checked. They offer a huge library of films to choose from, especially in the science fiction genre.
8. Roku Canal
Roku is more than just a device that allows you to access streaming apps / channels. It also has its own library of movies to stream. Note: It is not available in many countries. However, it’s completely free and doesn’t even require your email address to use it.
YouTube has a lot of pirated content, yes. But with a little research, you can also find many films that have been legally released on YouTube. However, you will have ads.
Even more best movie streaming sites
- Tubi (free)
- Sling TV ($ 35 + / month)
- Bounce TV (free)
- Pluto TV (free)
- Vumoo (free)
- Apple TV Plus ($ 4.99 / month)
- AZMovies (free)
- SolarMovie (free)
- Gostream (free)
- Internet archive (free)