45 Free Movies You Can Watch on YouTube Sorted by Rating and Genre
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45 Free Movies You Can Watch on YouTube Sorted by Rating and Genre

We’ve put together a list of 45 free YouTube movies you can enjoy from the comfort of well, wherever you are. From classic comedies, to drama, to thrillers, to documentaries. There’s something here for everyone, especially classic movie fans. There are plenty of classics in the public domain that are free to watch on YouTube.

First up are the 45 movies accompanied by their IMDb ratings. After that, they are grouped by genre.


The Top 45

1. Man With A Movie Camera

Made in 1929, Dziga Vertov’s film is widely considered not just one of the best documentaries ever made, but among the finest films ever made. It presents life in major Soviet cities, including Kiev and Moscow. The film is noted for its unique editing style that many filmmakers have tried to emulate.

IMDB Rating: 8.4

2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

One of the funniest films ever made, Monty Python and the Holy Grail stars the famous British comedy troupe as King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table on their fruitless pursuit through England to find the Holy Grail. It wasn’t a big hit in 1975, but is now regarded as a cult classic.

IMDB Rating: 8.3

3. A Star Is Born

To prepare yourself for Bradley Cooper’s upcoming fourth version of A Star Is Born, you should get acquainted with the original classic. Nominated for Best Picture and directed by the great William A. Wellman, the original film proves why the story of a fading star and a rising actress remains so powerful.

IMDb rating: 7.6

4. Nosferatu

The great Nosferatu was the first ever film adaptation of Dracula. Directed by F.W. Murnau, it remains one of the most iconic horror films. Since Bram Stoker’s novel was still under copyright when the film was made, Murnau wasn’t able to get the rights to use the character names, so he changed them.

IMDB Rating: 8.0

5. Charade

This delightful 1963 film stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in the greatest Alfred Hitchcock movie Hitchcock didn’t make himself. It was actually directed by Stanley Donen. The film is in the public domain, although the Criterion Collection has a great Blu-ray edition available.

IMDB Rating: 8.0

6. His Girl Friday

The best comedy ever made about the newspaper business, Howard Hawks’ His Girl Friday is the ultimate screwball comedy. It’s an adaptation of The Front Page, but with Hildy Johnson re-written as a woman played by Rosalind Russell. Cary Grant and a collection of Hollywood’s best character actors also star.

IMDB Rating: 8.0

7. Plan 9 From Outer Space

Everyone must experience Ed Wood’s masterpiece Plan 9 From Outer Space. It is a truly god awful movie, but it has to be seen to fully appreciate how terrible it is. Wood is the filmmaker who inspired Tim Burton’s Oscar-winning film Ed Wood.

IMDB Rating: 4.0

8. Life in a Day

Life in a Day is a unique documentary Ridley Scott produced with YouTube that examines what life is like for people on July 24, 2010 in different parts of the world.

IMDB Rating: 6.9

9. Notorious

Notorious is quite possibly Alfred Hitchcock’s finest film. Although not technically in the public domain, the following video hasn’t been taken down yet! You can catch up on this iconic classic below.

IMDb Rating: 8.0

10. The Man With The Golden Arm

Otto Preminger’s The Man With The Golden Arm deals with a subject considered taboo for the movies during the 1950s – drug addiction. The film stars Frank Sinatra and famously features a Saul Bass title sequence. Sinatra also earned an Oscar nomination.

IMDB Rating: 75

11. A Simpler Way: Crisis As Opportunity

In this 2016 documentary, filmmakers  Jordan Osmond and Samuel Alexander examines a small Australian community that is combating global crises on a local level and in their own way.

IMDB Rating: 7.2

19. One-Eyed Jacks

This is the only film Marlon Brando ever directed. It’s a problematic Western, but a good way to kill two hours and filled with plenty of great performances.

IMDB Rating: 7.2

20. The Little Mermaid

Unlike the more popular 1989 Disney film, this version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid sticks closer to the original story. It was made in the Czechoslavakia in 1976. You can see the entire film below.

IMDB Rating: 7.2

21. The Brave Little Toaster

The Brave Little Toaster is a beloved children’s classic about a group of appliances hoping to find its owner. The film was made by Hyperion Animation and released on home video by Disney. It was so popular that the studio made two sequels.

IMDB Rating: 7.3

22. The Driller Killer

IMDB Rating: 5.0

This Abel Ferrara horror movie was so controversial that it wasn’t released in the U.K. officially until 2002, 23 years after it was made! It’s about a struggling artist who deals with stress by killing people with a power drill. You know, as artists do.

23. The Drift

This is an independent U.K. science fiction film, and entirety available on YouTube for free.

24. Penny Serenade

George Stevens’ Penny Serenade is a heartbreaking, wonderfully acted film. It features one of Cary Grant’s only Oscar-nominated performances.

IMDB Rating: 7.2

25. Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding is a delightful Fred Astaire film. It’s best-known for the scene where he dances on the walls and ceiling of a room.

IMDB Rating: 6.7

26. Night of the Living Dead

No list of freely available movies can be complete without the legendary and iconic Night of the Living Dead. Directed by the late George A. Romero, the film is regarded as one of the best horror pictures ever made.

IMDb Rating: 7.9

27. The Road to Bali

The Road to Bali is the next to last Road to… movie, starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. It’s certainly not the best of the series, but the trio provide plenty of laughs!

IMDb Rating: 6.8

28. Beat the Devil

Quite possibly the strangest movie from director John Huston, this is a weird one set in Europe about double crosses. Humphrey Bogart stars, along with Peter Lorre, Jennifer Jones and Gina Lollobrigida. The plot of this movie is really hard to follow.

IMDb Rating: 6.6

29. Kansas City Confidential

One of the grittiest film noirs of all time is also one of the most influential. Kansas City Confidential features a stunning armed robbery, then follows an ex-con who has to find the real culprits.

IMDb Rating: 7.4

30. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Often considered one of the worst movies ever made, the title of Santa Clause Conquers the Martians is all you need to know at the plot. Bask in its terrible-ness as you watch it.

IMDb Rating: 2.5

31. Shanghai Noon

The following video has the first half of Shanghai Noon, a 2000 comedy that pairs Owen Wilson with Jackie Chan. The two play an unlikely pair who try to save a princess.

Here is the second part of the film.

IMDB Rating: 6.6

32. Cyrano De Bergerac

Cyrano De Bergerac comes to life in this meticulously well-acted 1950 version, the first filmed in English. It also features Jose Ferrer’s Oscar-winning performance. He was the first Latino actor to win. The film was also directed by Michael Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s grandfather.

IMDB Rating: 7.5

33. Love Affair

Without Love Affair, there’s no An Affair To Remember and without An Affair to Remember, there’s no Sleepless in Seattle. Both the 1939 original and An Affair to Remember were directed by Leo McCarey.

IMDB Rating: 7.4

34. McLintock!

McLintock! might not be one of Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne’s best collaborations, but it’s a romantic comedy classic. It can be enjoyed by all, especially since it’s in the public domain.

IMDB Rating: 7.3

35. The Front Page

Since we’ve included the remake His Girl Friday, here’s Lewis Milestone’s original adaptation of The Front Page. It’s a pre-code movie with the risque elements of the original, including the play’s famous final line.

IMDB Rating: 6.9

36. My Man Godfrey

One of the all-time greatest screwball comedies is My Man Godfrey, in which a socialite hires a vagabond to be her butler, only to fall in love with him. The film earned six Oscar nominations, including Best Actor for William Powell and Best Actress for Carole Lombard. Avoid colorized versions like the plague.

IMDB Rating: 8.1

37. Little Black Book

IMDB Rating: 52

38. Maximum Overdrive

IMDB Rating: 51

39. Pokemon: The First Movie

IMDB Rating: 50

40. Blank Check

IMDB Rating: 47

41. Bio Dome

IMDB Rating: 40

43. Area 51

IMDB Rating: 35

44. You Got Served

IMDB Rating: 31

45. Attack of the Giant Leeches

If you’re here looking for shlocky, terrible science fiction, look no further than Attack of the Giant Leeches! The best thing about this movie is that it’s only an hour.

IMDb Rating: 3.5


Comedy

My Man Godfrey

One of the all-time greatest screwball comedies is My Man Godfrey, in which a socialite hires a vagabond to be her butler, only to fall in love with him. The film earned six Oscar nominations, including Best Actor for William Powell and Best Actress for Carole Lombard. Avoid colorized versions like the plague.

IMDB Rating: 8.1

The Front Page

Since we’ve included the remake His Girl Friday, here’s Lewis Milestone’s original adaptation of The Front Page. It’s a pre-code movie with the risque elements of the original, including the play’s famous final line.

IMDB Rating: 6.9

Cyrano De Bergerac

Cyrano De Bergerac comes to life in this meticulously well-acted 1950 version, the first filmed in English. It also features Jose Ferrer’s Oscar-winning performance. He was the first Latino actor to win. The film was also directed by Michael Gordon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s grandfather.

IMDB Rating: 7.5

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

One of the funniest films ever made, Monty Python and the Holy Grail stars the famous British comedy troupe as King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table on their fruitless pursuit through England to find the Holy Grail. It wasn’t a big hit in 1975, but is now regarded as a cult classic.

IMDB Rating: 8.3

His Girl Friday

The best comedy ever made about the newspaper business, Howard Hawks’ His Girl Friday is the ultimate screwball comedy. It’s an adaptation of The Front Page, but with Hildy Johnson re-written as a woman played by Rosalind Russell. Cary Grant and a collection of Hollywood’s best character actors also star.

IMDB Rating: 8.0

Shanghai Noon

The following video has the first half of Shanghai Noon, a 2000 comedy that pairs Owen Wilson with Jackie Chan. The two play an unlikely pair who try to save a princess.

Here is the second part of the film.

The Road to Bali

The Road to Bali is the next to last Road to… movie, starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. It’s certainly not the best of the series, but the trio provide plenty of laughs!

IMDb Rating: 6.8

McLintock!

McLintock! might not be one of Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne’s best collaborations, but it’s a romantic comedy classic. It can be enjoyed by all, especially since it’s in the public domain.

IMDB Rating: 7.3


Documentary

Man With A Movie Camera

Made in 1929, Dziga Vertov’s film is widely considered not just one of the best documentaries ever made, but among the finest films ever made. It presents life in major Soviet cities, including Kiev and Moscow. The film is noted for its unique editing style that many filmmakers have tried to emulate.

IMDB Rating: 8.4

Life in a Day

Life in a Day is a unique documentary Ridley Scott produced with YouTube that examines what life is like for people on July 24, 2010 in different parts of the world.

IMDB Rating: 6.9

A Simpler Way: Crisis As Opportunity

In this 2016 documentary, filmmakers  Jordan Osmond and Samuel Alexander examines a small Australian community that is combating global crises on a local level and in their own way.

IMDB Rating: 7.2


Kids

The Brave Little Toaster

The Brave Little Toaster is a beloved children’s classic about a group of appliances hoping to find its owner. The film was made by Hyperion Animation and released on home video by Disney. It was so popular that the studio made two sequels.

IMDB Rating: 7.3

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Often considered one of the worst movies ever made, the title of Santa Clause Conquers the Martians is all you need to know at the plot. Bask in its terrible-ness as you watch it.

IMDb Rating: 2.5

The Little Mermaid

Unlike the more popular 1989 Disney film, this version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid sticks closer to the original story. It was made in the Czechoslavakia in 1976. You can see the entire film below.

IMDB Rating: 7.2


Classics

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

One of the funniest films ever made, Monty Python and the Holy Grail stars the famous British comedy troupe as King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table on their fruitless pursuit through England to find the Holy Grail. It wasn’t a big hit in 1975, but is now regarded as a cult classic.

IMDb Rating: 8.3

Charade

This delightful 1963 film stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in the greatest Alfred Hitchcock movie Hitchcock didn’t make himself. It was actually directed by Stanley Donen. The film is in the public domain, although the Criterion Collection has a great Blu-ray edition available.

IMDB Rating: 8.0

Notorious

Notorious is quite possibly Alfred Hitchcock’s finest film. Although not technically in the public domain, the following video hasn’t been taken down yet! You can catch up on this iconic classic below.

IMDb Rating: 8.0


Drama/Horror

Nosferatu

The great Nosferatu was the first ever film adaptation of Dracula. Directed by F.W. Murnau, it remains one of the most iconic horror films. Since Bram Stoker’s novel was still under copyright when the film was made, Murnau wasn’t able to get the rights to use the character names, so he changed them.

IMDB Rating: 8.0

The Man With The Golden Arm

Otto Preminger’s The Man With The Golden Arm deals with a subject considered taboo for the movies during the 1950s – drug addiction. The film stars Frank Sinatra and famously features a Saul Bass title sequence. Sinatra also earned an Oscar nomination.

A Star Is Born

To prepare yourself for Bradley Cooper’s upcoming fourth version of A Star Is Born, you should get acquainted with the original classic. Nominated for Best Picture and directed by the great William A. Wellman, the original film proves why the story of a fading star and a rising actress remains so powerful.

IMDb rating: 7.6

Plan 9 From Outer Space

Everyone must experience Ed Wood’s masterpiece Plan 9 From Outer Space. It is a truly god awful movie, but it has to be seen to fully appreciate how terrible it is. Wood is the filmmaker who inspired Tim Burton’s Oscar-winning film Ed Wood.

IMDB Rating: 4.0

Notorious

Notorious is quite possibly Alfred Hitchcock’s finest film. Although not technically in the public domain, the following video hasn’t been taken down yet! You can catch up on this iconic classic below.

IMDb Rating: 8.0

Beat the Devil

Quite possibly the strangest movie from director John Huston, this is a weird one set in Europe about double crosses. Humphrey Bogart stars, along with Peter Lorre, Jennifer Jones and Gina Lollobrigida. The plot of this movie is really hard to follow.

IMDb Rating: 6.6

Attack of the Giant Leeches

If you’re here looking for shlocky, terrible science fiction, look no further than Attack of the Giant Leeches! The best thing about this movie is that it’s only an hour.

IMDb Rating: 3.5

The Driller Killer

IMDB Rating: 5.0

This Abel Ferrara horror movie was so controversial that it wasn’t released in the U.K. officially until 2002, 23 years after it was made! It’s about a struggling artist who deals with stress by killing people with a power drill. You know, as artists do.


Action/Thriller

One-Eyed Jacks

This is the only film Marlon Brando ever directed. It’s a problematic Western, but a good way to kill two hours and filled with plenty of great performances.

IMDB Rating: 7.2

Kansas City Confidential

One of the grittiest film noirs of all time is also one of the most influential. Kansas City Confidential features a stunning armed robbery, then follows an ex-con who has to find the real culprits.

IMDb Rating: 7.4

The Drift

This is an independent U.K. science fiction film.

Night of the Living Dead

No list of freely available movies can be complete without the legendary and iconic Night of the Living Dead. Directed by the late George A. Romero, the film is regarded as one of the best horror pictures ever made.

IMDb Rating: 7.9

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