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The 10 best movies on Tubi right now (May 2024)

The men from the original Ghostbusters movie springing into action on the streets.
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As a free ad-supported streaming service (FAST), you can find tons of movies on Tubi without having to pay a dime. Access content instantly, and choose to create an account if you want features like watchlists, recommendations, and parental controls. Either way, you’ll never be asked for credit card information. The catch is that there are ads, which is no big deal. Also, while the list of movies and shows available to stream count in the thousands, they change often.

That’s why we have put together this monthly updated list of the 10 best movies on Tubi right now. See what’s available on the fly without receiving the dreaded “content unavailable” message when you search for a specific title. These movies are all fabulous, span various genres, and come from several decades of cinema. From a high-action flick like John Wick to a hilarious comedy like Big Daddy, there are some great options this month.

Looking for more? We have also rounded up the best shows on Tubi.

John Wick (2014)

John Wick
Action, Thriller
Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Ian McShane
Directed by
Chad Stahelski
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Travel back to 2014 to see the first film in the massively popular neo-noir action movie franchise, John Wick. Keanu Reeves is the title character, a legendary hitman who has retired, but gets pulled back into the dark underbelly of crime. Why? It all starts when Russian gangsters steal his car and kill his puppy, which happened to be a gift from his late wife. Wick goes on a journey of vengeance fueled by his intense anger and tremendous skill, taking down anyone and anything in his path.

John Wick has since spawned three sequels and other spinoff projects, including the limited series The Continental: From the World of John Wick and the upcoming 2025 movie John Wick Presents: Ballerina. It’s this first movie that kicked off the action-packed story and introduced Reeves as yet another iconic action movie character. Relive his glory by going back to the beginning.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Action, Crime
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox
Directed by
Quentin Tarantino
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If you want to truly understand the essence of a Quentin Tarantino movie, watch Kill Bill: Vol. 1. The movie centers around a martial arts master known as the Bride (Uma Thurman) who goes on a killing spree to take down a group of assassins and their leader after awakening from a coma they put her in. Combining elements of samurai cinema, blaxploitation, and spaghetti Westerns, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 also pays homage to classic martial arts movies.

A feast for the eyes, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 has lots of violence and gore and a compelling and unique story that has you rooting for the Bride while also excited to see who her next victim will be. The story was so long that the movie was divided into two parts. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 is also available to stream, so go ahead and make it a double-feature night.

Big Daddy (1999)

Big Daddy
Comedy, Drama
Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart
Directed by
Dennis Dugan
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One of Adam Sandler’s best movies during the height of his filmmaking in the ’90s, Big Daddy is a sweet tale about a slacker in his 30s whose sense of responsibility is put to the test when a young boy shows up at his door. There’s a note saying his mom can no longer care for him. The 5-year-old is apparently the unknown son of his roommate, who is away in China on business. So, Sonny (Sandler) has no choice but to care for the boy until Kevin (Jon Stewart) comes back.

Sonny is completely out of his depth, but he does his best to parent the boy, though things don’t initially go well. The hilarious interactions between the two are so endearing, with Cole and Dylan Sprouse perfect for the role of the adorable Julian. Big Daddy is predictable, with nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to Sandler’s early movies. But it will have you in stitches.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Family, Fantasy, Comedy
Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum, Jack Albertson
Directed by
Mel Stuart
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Timothee Chalamet did a great job in the new, modern interpretation of this Roald Dahl story called Wonka. But nothing can measure up to the original. Directed by Mel Stuart, Gene Wilder encapsulates the playful chocolate factory owner who holds a contest to bring several lucky children for a visit to his amusement park-like factory. From chocolate fountains to gumdrop slides, the kids are mesmerized, eager to eat everything in sight. All but one of them, however, are greedy, selfish, and spoiled. They are no match for Wonka and his Oompa Loompas, who have some lessons in mind. They remove the bratty kids one by one with fitting punishments for their misdeeds, singing a tale of the wrongdoings each time.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory isn’t as flashy and exciting as the new movie. But it offers a sense of nostalgia and a story that’s as much a moral tale for kids as it is a classic musical fantasy.

Ghostbusters (1984)

Comedy, Fantasy
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver
Directed by
Ivan Reitman
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Way back in 1984, the world was introduced to Ghostbusters, which spawned a franchise that has become one of the biggest ever, with movies, TV series, video games, comic books, attractions, pop culture references, and more. The latest movie, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, brings back a few original characters, which may have had you misty-eyed and wanting to rewatch the start of their journey.

Blending comedy, action, and horror, Ghostbusters turns average professors into ghost-hunting heroes who conduct paranormal investigations and capture sneaky ghosts and ghouls that are up to no good. The fabulous cast, compelling story, and cool visual effects combine to rank Ghostbusters among the biggest films that year. The movie has solidified its place in pop culture history, and it never gets old no matter how many times you watch it.

The Suicide Squad (2021)

The Suicide Squad
Action, Comedy, Adventure
Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena
Directed by
James Gunn
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The Suicide Squad might not have performed as expected at the box office, largely due to its release during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the movie received generally positive reviews. After its cinematic release, the movie ended up becoming one of the most streamed DC Extended Universe (DCEU) movies on Max (known as HBO Max back then). If you’re a fan of the DC Comics universe and haven’t yet watched The Suicide Squad, or want to watch it again, you’ll be pleased to know you can do so for free.

The irreverent superhero film, the 10th in the DCEU, is about the formation of the group known as the Suicide Squad, which is made up of convicts who decide to join in exchange for a lighter sentence. Their mission: go to an island nation to destroy a giant alien starfish using their special strengths and, of course, a whole lot of violence. After watching this movie, check out Peacemaker on Max, which was developed as a spinoff series. There are two more spinoff series in development as well.

12 Angry Men (1957)

12 Angry Men
Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb
Directed by
Sidney Lumet
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From way back in 1957, 12 Angry Men is an interesting legal drama about a jury of a dozen men who must decide if a teenager charged with murder should be acquitted. As is typical with a jury in a controversial case with moving parts and moral ambiguity, they can’t seem to agree with one another. Each has his own values and thoughts and is steadfast in them.

Starring Henry Fonda, 12 Angry Men wasn’t a box office success. However, it received several Academy Award nominations, and many consider it one of the best movies ever made. The American Film Institute also names the movie the second-best courtroom drama ever (To Kill a Mockingbird is the first). It’s worth a watch if you haven’t seen it yet.

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

The Return of the Living Dead
Horror, Comedy
Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa
Directed by
Dan O'Bannon
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A perfect watch in time for Halloween, The Return of the Living Dead is a comedy horror movie about zombies accidentally released into a small town. The story follows various main characters, including a warehouse owner and his employees, a mortician, and several teenagers, as they encounter the flesh-eating undead and do their best to thwart attacks.

One of the most influential movies in the zombie subgenre, The Return of the Living Dead was created by John Russo, who had originally worked on Night of the Living Dead with George A. Romero back in 1968. It’s silly, crinegy, and will satisfy your desire for gruesome scares.

Point Break (1991)

Point Break
Action, Thriller, Crime
Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey
Directed by
Kathryn Bigelow
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Since Keanu Reeves is enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to the latest John Wick movie, it’s the perfect time to look back at some of Reeves’ earlier action movies. In the early ‘90s, the now bona fide action hero starred in Point Break, a crime action movie directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

The movie, which also stars the late Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey, is about Johnny (Reeves), a former quarterback and rookie FBI agent who helps a more experienced agent Angelo (Busey) investigate a series of bank robberies by a group who wear rubber masks of former presidents. The suspicion is that the criminals are surfers, so Johnny is sent to go undercover in the community. It’s a role that was tailor-made for Reeves and marked a perfect transition from his more comedic roles (think the Bill & Ted movies) to the action films for which he later became known.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain
Directed by
Tobe Hooper
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As classic a slasher horror film as you’ll ever find, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is must-see viewing for any fan of the genre. There are no flashy special effects, nor gratuitously gruesome scenes. But it is a terrifying movie about a group of friends who become victims of a family of cannibals and a sick killer known as Leatherface.

The first blockbuster slasher film to use power tools as a central weapon, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is considered one of the most influential horror films ever made. What makes it even more impressive is that the movie was made on a relatively small budget with a core cast of mostly unknown actors.

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