Watch Free Movies & TV: 7 Best Free Movie Apps for Your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV & Mac

Want to know how to watch movies for free on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac? Here are seven of the best free movie apps and free TV apps for streaming current movies, sports, classic films, nostalgic TV shows, and foreign films.

9 Great Free Apps for Free Movies and TV Shows on Apple TV

If you’re like me, you like free stuff. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to watch free movies and TV on your Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and Mac out there, waiting in apps. Most of the free movie apps or free TV apps allow you to enjoy free movie streaming on your Apple TV, and some have free movie apps on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac as well. You won’t get the latest theater releases here, but you will find classic shows such as Seinfeld, oldie-but-goodie public domain flicks, documentaries, independent and international films, and even free anime! Overall, it’s surprising the number of good free movies and free TV shows you can watch. Here are our seven best free movie and TV show apps for streaming on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

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Watch Free Movies & TV Shows with these TV & Movie Apps on Your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV & Mac

Different TV and movie apps offer varying ways to watch free movies and free TV shows. Some of the apps feature movies from the public domain, which means they’re free to the public. Apps that feature classic movies don’t need to monetize to pay for the content. However, apps with more recent content do come with royalty fees, which is why some apps below, such as Crackle and Tubi TV, offer great content but include short advertisements to pay for that content. You won't be able to stream or download brand new movies or TV shows on these apps, but you'll still find a lot of great content to choose from.

With each of the apps for watching free movies and TV shows below, you can download the app to your Apple device for free and watch the content within the apps for free. I’ve included apps with a wide range of content, from classic movies and documentaries to more recent TV shows and anime. There’s even an app for watching international shows. The best part? Download these free movie and TV apps to your heart’s content and binge watch as many free films and shows as you want.

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7 Best Free Apple TV Apps for Watching Free Movies & TV Shows


Works with: iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac

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This collection of ad-supported movies and TV shows has tons of recent films, shows, and sports. More recent movies options include drama, comedy, action, and more, and are typically available for a set period and then expire, to be replaced by new titles. There are regular commercial interruptions during the movies, which is the tradeoff for free content. But, the number of ads is smaller than you’d see on network TV, and there's even a Watch Later feature to keep track of what you'd like to play next.


Works with: iPhone, iPad, Apple TV

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Here's a great one for those who love cooking shows, British drama, true crime documentaries, LGBTQ+ movies, political thrillers... you'll even find a section of animated kid's classics! In essence, content that won't be spotlighted or found in a lot of other apps. Of course, you'll have to watch commercials but, far fewer than you'd experience watching cable TV.  

hoopla Digital

Works With: iPhone, iPad, Apple TV

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We've written articles about apps for free audiobooks and free e-books, both of which can be downloaded through your local library app! Hoopla is a library app that offers audiobooks, comics, e-books, and also movies! Not every library patron will be able to download and use hoopla; the closest library system that offers hoopla is two hours away from me! But, if you live in an urban area, there's a good chance that you can download and use hoopla to watch a large variety of commercial-free movies. 

Viki: Asian Drama, Movies & TV

Works with: iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac

Viki has a large selection of international movies and TV shows, mostly from Korea and China, but also other countries such as Japan, India, and the U.S., with subtitles available. There are ads, but you can pay a monthly fee for fewer or no commercial interruptions. The app also has a selection of TV shows, and you can sort content by country. 

Classic Films

Works With: iPhone, iPad

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This app claims to have the biggest collection of free classic films and movies, silent films, comedy, and film noir, as well as a selection of science fiction and horror movies. As with a number of other apps, you’ll find Night of the Living DeadPlan 9 from Outer SpaceLady Frankenstein, and House on a Haunted Hill. The app uses the Internet Archive as a streaming source for all of the movies.

Pluto TV

Works with: iPhone, iPad, Apple TV

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This app simulates a cable TV service with more than 250 channels and thousands of free movies. Instead of movies/shows on demand, Pluto TV has a viewing guide with channels where specific programs stream at specific times. The viewing guide is organized into categories, including Comedy, Classic TV, Home & DIY, Sports, Gaming & Anime, and more. An absolutely stunning array of content with something for everyone!

Tubi TV

Works With: iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and iMessage

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Tubi TV has some surprisingly recent films for a free movie watching app. The company behind the app is able to do this by monetizing with commercial interruptions. It may be a trade-off, but for free quality content, it’s worth it. Like Anime? Tubi TV streams new anime the day after it’s released in Japan. Movie categories like Not on Netflix, Family Movies, Black Cinema, Sci-Fi, and a selection of movies in Spanish.  

What Are Your Favorite Free Movie Apps?

These seven apps offer you a lot of free entertainment. If we've missed any great free apps that offer free movies and TV shows, let us know in the comments.

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Jim Karpen

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.