Best 20 Movies On YouTube To Watch In 2023

In today’s world, as streaming services continue to increase prices, discovering quality content on a budget can be pretty challenging. Fortunately, there is still a way to enjoy free content through YouTube, which is available to all users.


Contrary to popular belief, YouTube has an extensive collection of ad-supported free movies and TV shows that are often overlooked. It can be challenging to find good, free movies online, especially the latest blockbusters, which are typically only available for rent on popular streaming sites. However, YouTube has a plethora of free movies if you know where to look. In addition, it is a surprisingly reliable source for ad-supported free movies.


One can quickly discover free movies on YouTube by browsing through the “Movies and Shows” section. This section organizes all the films on YouTube, including a “Free” category with a collection of movies that one can watch without charge. Although the library may not be as extensive as paid streaming services, some excellent movies are still worth exploring. This article highlights a few of these movies that will keep your Friday nights occupied as you binge-watch movies.

The Help

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Genre: Drama
Cast Includes: Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer
Directed by: Tate Taylor

Tate Taylor, the writer, and director, adapted this period drama based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel. The star-studded cast includes Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) and Viola Davis (Fences), who deliver award-winning performances. The movie also features a cathartic pie scene that is unforgettable. The Help follows the story of Skeeter (Emma Stone), a young socialite in the 1960s American South who desires to become a writer. She decides to interview Black maids in her town to tell their story in her new book. Through her interactions, she learns about the racism they face and the issues affecting the Black community.

Spinning Man

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Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Cast Includes:  Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver
Directed by: Simon Kaijser

The movie “Spinning Man” follows the story of Professor Evan Birch (played by Guy Pearce), who becomes a suspect in a high school student’s disappearance. Detective Robert Malloy (played by Pierce Brosnan) is determined to solve the case and bring justice to the victim. The film is an adaptation of George Harrar’s novel of the same title and is full of suspenseful twists and turns that will keep viewers on edge. The stellar performances by Pearce and Brosnan as they engage in a thrilling cat-and-mouse game will leave audiences mesmerized. Their cunning tactics and mind-bending deceptions keep the plot moving forward, leaving viewers guessing until the end.


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Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery
Cast Includes: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Arrival is a unique sci-fi movie that critics have highly acclaimed. It received eight Oscar nominations for its groundbreaking portrayal of an alien “invasion.” The plot revolves around the appearance of enigmatic spacecraft across the globe, prompting the formation of a specialized team to determine whether the visitors come in peace or to wage war. Among the team members is linguist Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams), who ventures into one of the ships as a mediator between extraterrestrial beings and the military. However, her findings reveal a more complex situation beyond the simple dichotomy of war and peace.


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Genre: Thriller, Horror, Action
Cast Includes: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark
Directed by: Alexandre Aja

Crawl is a terrifying blend of ecological and creature horror. The movie depicts a small Florida town being hit by a devastating hurricane. Despite evacuation orders, Haley (played by Kaya Scodelario) bravely searches for her father (Barry Pepper), who has gone missing. Unfortunately, the rising floodwaters trap them both in the crawl space of their home. In addition, the flood swept a gigantic alligator into their house as if that weren’t bad enough.

Once Upon A Time In America

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Genre: Drama, Crime
Cast Includes: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern
Directed by: Sergio Leone
The lead role of David ‘Noodles’ Aaronson in Sergio Leone’s extensive crime saga is played by a youthful Robert De Niro. Noodles was a Jewish criminal operating in Manhattan’s Lower East Side during the Prohibition era but has since moved on from his life of crime. Despite this, thirty years later, he still grapples with the haunting memories of his past and the remorse of his former lifestyle.
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Genre:  Action, Comedy, Thriller, Mystery
Cast Includes: Jackie Chan, Johnny Knoxville, Fan Bingbing
Directed by: Renny Harlin
In the exciting comedy film, Jackie Chan masterfully portrays the character of Benny Chan, a meticulous Hong Kong detective dedicated to solving the murder of his partner. Benny has always been steadfast in his adherence to protocol and has worked tirelessly within the system to bring the perpetrator to justice. However, his unwavering commitment to the rules is tested when he learns that the critical evidence needed to solve the case lies in the hands of a notorious gambler named Connor Watts (portrayed by Johnny Knoxville). With no other option, Benny may have to resort to unorthodox methods to get what he needs.

I Kill Giants

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Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Cast Includes: Madison Wolfe, Imogen Poots, Sydney Wade
Directed by: Anders Walter
The plot of this movie revolves around a girl named Barbara Thorson (played by Madison Wolfe), who seeks refuge from the harsh realities of her troubled family life by immersing herself in a fictional realm where she is renowned as the most skilled giant warrior. However, when the peril posed by the giants escalates, Barbara receives support from her newly-formed acquaintance Sophia (portrayed by Sydney Wade) and her school advisor, Mrs. Mollé (acted by Zoe Saldana).

Dungeons & Dragons

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Cast Includes: Justin Whalin, Jeremy Irons, Zoe McLellan
Directed by: Courtney Solomon

In the fantasy film “Dungeons & Dragons,” actress Thora Birch portrays Empress Savina, who dispatches a pair of youthful thieves on a crucial mission. Their objective is to retrieve the perilous Rod of Savrille from the clutches of an evil sorcerer, Profion. The stakes are high as the future of humanity hangs in the balance, threatened by the destructive power of dragons. Though the movie received mixed reviews from critics and fans of the popular tabletop game, it has garnered a devoted following over time. Fans will mull over the production’s use of outdated CGI, its entertainingly campy style, and the cheesy performances of its cast.

The Last Descent

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Genre: Drama
Cast Includes: Chadwick Hopson, Alexis Johnson, Landon Henneman 
Directed by: Isaac Halasima

“The Last Descent” retells the harrowing true story of John Jones, a brave adventurer portrayed by Chadwick Hopson and his friend as they explore the Nutty Putty Cave in Utah. However, their journey takes a tragic turn when John becomes stuck in an incredibly narrow 18-inch hole located 150 feet underground. The film follows rescue teams’ intense and heart-wrenching efforts as they work tirelessly to save John from his perilous situation, highlighting the bravery and dedication of those involved in the rescue mission.

Tyler Williams, a brilliant high school senior, and a gifted wrestler, had his world upside down when a dreadful accident struck him. The incident’s aftermath had caused his sister, Emily, to harbor deep-seated anger toward their family. At the same time, their parents were engaged in a blame game, pointing fingers at one another. The tragedy undoubtedly brought about a significant change in Tyler’s life, leaving him to navigate this difficult time with the love and support of those closest to him.

In the inspiring true story, the character of Eugene Brown is portrayed by the talented Cuba Gooding Jr. Having served his time in prison, Eugene begins a new chapter in his life as a member of the Washington D.C. school system. Using his love of chess, Eugene uses the game as a metaphor for living life to its fullest potential. Through his teachings, he inspires inner-city teenagers to rise above their circumstances and become the kings of their own lives.

As Eugene competes against some of the top high-school chess players in the country, he faces many challenges and setbacks. However, he never wavers in his commitment to his students, working tirelessly to help them grasp the concept of being a king in every aspect of their lives. This heartwarming and uplifting movie showcases the power of perseverance, resilience, and the enduring human spirit.

My Friend Dahmer

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Genre: Drama, History, Crime
Cast Includes: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche
Directed by: Marc Meyers
YouTube has acquired the rights to stream “My Friend Dahmer,” a movie based on the true story of John “Derf” Backderf (played by Alex Wolff) and his friendship with Jeffrey Dahmer (played by Ross Lynch) in high school. Backderf, a cartoonist, and his group of outcasts befriend Dahmer but are aware of his odd behavior. Unfortunately, they were unaware that Dahmer would go on to become one of the most notorious serial killers of the last century. This is a tragic tale, as Dahmer’s monstrous behavior went unnoticed until it was too late to intervene.

The Illusionist

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Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Romance
Cast Includes: Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel
Directed by: Neil Burger
The Illusionist, a movie that graced the big screens a few months before the release of The Prestige, another film with a similar theme, may not have received as much critical acclaim as the latter. However, The Illusionist boasts its unique appeal, primarily due to the exceptional performances of the lead actors, namely Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, and Paul Giamatti.
The plot revolves around the story of Eduard Abramovich, portrayed by Norton, and Duchess Sophie Von Teschen, played by Biel, who experience a forbidden love during their youth. As they grow older, Eduard transforms himself into Eisenheim, The Illusionist, and fate brings him face-to-face with Sophie again, who is on the verge of marrying the notorious Prince Leopold, as essayed by Rufus Sewell. Unfortunately, tragedy occurs when Sophie is murdered, and Chief Inspector Walter Uhl, portrayed by Giamatti, is bewildered when Eisenheim seems to communicate with Sophie’s spirit effortlessly.

Train To Busan

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Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Cast Includes: Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-Seok
Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho
Have you seen Train To Busan? It’s a gripping Korean action flick that some argue is the best zombie movie of the past decade. Interestingly, an American remake is currently in production, although it’s been given the less memorable title of The Last Train To New York. In the original film, a man named Seok-woo (played by Gong Yoo) takes his daughter Su-an (Kim Su-an) to Busan to see her mother on her birthday. Seok-woo regrets his past failures as a father and hopes to make amends. Unfortunately, a zombie outbreak occurs on the train, leaving Seok-woo, Su-an, and other passengers trapped with the undead. To make matters worse, they soon realize their fellow survivors may also pose a threat.

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