What are the best resources for downloading movies legally and for free?

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    #1Internet Archive

    Internet Archive

    Internet Archive is a website that aims to build a digital library of sites on the internet and other digital cultural artifacts. The website can be accessed by users for free.

    Websites

    Free

    Raymond Douglas
    Written on February 12, 2017
    "wow, free legal downloading, what else would you want. Millions of books, videos, musics, sites, resources, video games available at the click of a button."
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    Free Trial

    #2Amazon Prime Video

    Amazon Prime Video

    Amazon Prime Video is an internet video-on-demand service where users can watch exclusive Amazon Originals as well as popular movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere. The service contents are either for rent or purchase.

    Websites

    Check price

    Jeremy Reed
    Written on October 8, 2017
    "Amazon Prime is my go to for a variety of new shows and Amazon exclusive content. In particular, The Grand Tour, a spinoff of the show Top Gear, is only exclusively available through Amazon Prime. I also like other shows available on Amazon Prime video, including The Man In High Castle. Amazon Prime also includes free shipping on many items in the Amazon store, so it's worth while to have it for that reason as well."
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    #3Vimeo

    Vimeo

    Vimeo is home to the web's most supportive community of creators. It offers high-quality tools for hosting, sharing, and streaming videos in 720p up to 4K video resolutions with no ads.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Ai Tang
    Written on June 5, 2017
    "Obviously, you aren't going to get blockbuster videos here for free. But it's a great platform to find some indy filmmakers work. Perfectly fine to use the free version as long as you don't plan on uploading stuff."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know the harmful effects of digital piracy is still expected to worsen in the future? Non-profit archive sites like The Internet Archive and ArchiveIt.Org are allowed only to archive their copies of books, movies, music, television shows, but downloading them from the sites makes it an online crime. Yes, downloading movies for free is a crime! Even websites which offer to stream or watch new movies at home (still in theaters) is piracy. Moreover, free movies sites and applications can only allow the legal downloading of content that is already considered public domain, or material that they have secured permission to share to the public. Because of this, the latest content procured from archive sites is still considered pirated, which is critically harmful to the industry, particularly in show business.

According to Digital TV Research, the television and movie industry will take the brunt of the financial losses caused by intensified pirating of content online, as the visual entertainment industry is expected to suffer a whopping $52 billion loss in potential revenue. The study was based on numerous factors, including the skyrocketing of piracy-related losses from $6.7 billion in 2010 to $31.8 billion six years later. Do you want to do your part? Well, you are on the right page! You won’t probably get to see the latest episode of your favorite show or the freshest installment in that awaited superhero movie franchise, but you can find hundreds of other good shows and your conscience will be in one piece! 

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    #4Netflix

    Netflix

    Netflix is a video-on-demand platform where you can watch movies and TV shows and start streaming from your Windows or Mac computer, smart devices such as smartphones and tablets as well as on your home gaming consoles.

    Websites

    $8.99- $15.99

    Israel Valle
    Written on February 25, 2017
    "Netflix is really the best place to legally watch your shows. It has a huge variety of movies and shows and it even has their own original series. I like Netflix a lot because of this. There is so much content and you will never get bored. "
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    #5Hulu

    Hulu

    Hulu is a video-on-demand service offering a huge catalog of exclusive programs, Hulu originals, and many more. It launched its live television streaming service in 2017, but currently, it is only available in the United States and Japan.

    Websites

    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Joshua Shaw
    Written on February 25, 2017
    "Well if you are looking for a great legal way to watch and download movies then Hulu is defiantly your best bet. It has a ton of new shows unlike Netflix and you can pretty much watch every new shows episode the day after it streams on TV. It's pretty much a no brainer. "
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    #6Popcornflix

    Popcornflix

    Launched in March 2011 by Screen Media Ventures, Popcornflix is an online streaming platform offering free, ad-supported videos. It lets its users watch a variety of shows across different genres such as drama, action, romance, etc.

    Websites

    Free

    Jeffrey Mendoza
    Written on April 28, 2017
    "Popcornflix is a great alternative to paying for movies from sites such as netflix. You can legally download movies that might be a little older but are still great. It provides free entertainment in a world where everything costs money!"
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    #7iTunes

    iTunes

    iTunes by Apple Inc. is a media player and a library, as well as an internet radio broadcaster, file manager, and a store where users can browse and buy different types of apps and entertainment products like movies and songs.

    Websites

    Free

    Vibhore Mistry
    Written on August 18, 2017
    "Well if you are looking for a great place to get movies legally and maybe even some for free then you should use iTunes. It has all the latest episodes of new shows and it has hard to find full seasons of other shows. It's a really good place to find your shows. "
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    #8[TUTORIAL] How to Legally Download Movies for Free to Watch Offline

    [TUTORIAL] How to Legally Download Movies for Free to Watch Offline

    MakeUseOf provides legal ways of downloading movies for your devices. The platforms used for this tutorial are Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, TED, Google Play Movies and TV, YouTube Red and Vimeo.

    Articles

    Free

    Victor Otti
    Written on March 16, 2019
    "it's free"
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    #9Google Play Movies & TV

    Google Play Movies & TV

    Google Play Movies & TV is an on-demand video service operated by Google. It allows you to rent or purchase movies and series directly on your device for watching them offline. It has a large library and offers both SD and HD quality.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Jesse Butler
    Written on September 25, 2017
    "I could watch movies and tv shows all day and night!! I sadly don't think that is every going to be a reality for me but Google Play has given me the opportunity to always find and download a huge variety of movies so I have choices when I want to watch something. Last weekend, my wife and I wanted to watch a movie so we went straight to Google Play, was able to view all the new releases, and then quickly buy and download to watch! The best thing is that these movies can be viewed on mobile devices as well as long as you have the Google Play app. Try this today!!"

Summary

Best What are the best resources for downloading movies legally and for free
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Internet ArchiveWebsites 38 Free
2Amazon Prime VideoWebsites 13 Free
3VimeoWebsites 12 Free
4NetflixWebsites 9 Paid
5HuluWebsites 8 Paid
6PopcornflixWebsites 3 Free
7iTunesWebsites 0 Free
8[TUTORIAL] How to Legally Download Movies for Free to Watch OfflineArticles 0 Free
9Google Play Movies & TVApps -1 Free
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