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30 feature-length movies on YouTube that are totally worth watching

Back in 2011, Google quietly rolled out the YouTube.com/movies section. Over the past few years it has amassed a library of titles you can rent, purchase, or stream for free, and today, there’s more content in the movie section than you could watch in a lifetime – and that’s not even counting all the full-length films uploaded by users. So to help save you some time in your search for something to watch, we’ve sifted through all the movies Google has to offer – free, paid, legal, and not so legal – to bring you this list of the best full movies on YouTube.

This article is continually updated to reflect new and removed movies. Last updated April 17, 2014. Drew Prindle contributed to this article.

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Free Movies (legally uploaded)

YouTube has a pretty sizable list of movies you can stream for free, but truth be told, not many are worth watching. The overwhelming majority of them are obscure B-movies that’re so bad they make you want to gouge your eyeballs out with a hot grapefruit spoon. Movies so genuinely awful that, if you dare to watch them, you’ll find yourself awestruck by the idea that somebody actually took the time to shoot, edit, and distribute such garbage. That being said, however, there are a few freebies on here that we were pleasantly surprised to find, all of which we’ve listed below.

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It Might Get Loud

It Might Get Loud

This documentary works to uncover how The Edge, Jimmy Page, and Jack White developed their signature guitar styles. Each artist explains how they became guitar players and what shaped their unique style. It all culminates with the three of them jamming together on each other’s songs. 

house on haunted hill

House on Haunted Hill

An eccentric millionaire invites five people to a party at a mansion and tells them if they can stay the entire night, they will each get $10,000. However, this isn’t an ordinary house and the guests are uneasy when they are given a pistol at the door. Things start to take a turn for the dangerous as they discover their host is hiding something. 

evil dead

Evil Dead

When five friends rent a cabin in the woods, they unwittingly release flesh-hungry demons from the Book of the Dead. As is to be expected, carnage ensues as the friends try to recapture the evil that has descended upon them. This is the original 1981 version. 

Ahh Zombies

Ahh! Zombies!

Not your typical zombie movie, Ahh! Zombies! is from the humorous perspective of the undead themselves. After drinking toxic beer, four teenagers believe everyone around them has a virus that makes them speed up. They soon come to find that they are the infected ones and have to figure out how to live after death. 

At the Edge of the World

At the Edge of the World

This documentary follows activists scouring the Antarctic to stop Japanese whaling ships in the Ross Sea. But a combination of lack of experience and lack of equipment turns their attempt to uphold international law into a perilous and ill-fated journey. 

Life in a Day

Life in a Day

Back in 2010, Producer Ridley Scott and Director Kevin MacDonald started a project to gather a snapshot of life from people all over the globe, and after sifting through more than 80,000 YouTube submissions and a bit of editing, this film was born. Life in a Day presents a microcosmic view of our daily experiences as a global society.


The Kid

The Kid - Charlie Chaplin’s first self-produced, self-directed, and full-length title – is undoubtedly one of his best. The film follows the Tramp and his newly (and inadvertently) adopted child.



An illegal adaption of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu is a chilling vampire movie in an era before vampires were good looking. On a business trip to Transylvania, Thomas Hutter wakes up with two puncture wounds on his neck and his life is changed forever. I guarantee that nothing about this movie sparkles. 


His Girl Friday

In perhaps one of his best roles, Cary Grant plays a newspaper editor who must use every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter/ex-wife from remarrying.


Night of the Living Dead

Known as one of the original horror movies, George A. Romero’s classic follows seven people who find themselves trapped in a barn in Pennsylvania as the terrifying walking dead surround them. They have to try to survive without understanding the terror that lurks outside. 

Due to the fact that Google periodically adds/removes movies from this list, some of the films listed above may no longer be available. If you find that any of these links lead to movies that have been removed, let us know in the comments and we’ll swap it out for a new film.

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