30 Best Free and Paid YouTube Movies

Last Updated: September 5, 2015

YouTube is definitely popular among the masses to get a fresh influx of funny feline videos, for watching some music videos or just to browse through some random videos on the Web. YouTube definitely has evolved a lot since its inception back in 2005. One of the noteworthy features that YouTube went into the makeover is with the introduction of YouTube Movies at the URL – www.YouTube.com/Movies. Yep, you read that right, YouTube does include full-length feature Movies (legally uploaded). YouTube does allow users to Purchase or Rent these movies, but the best part is that it also does feature some Movies that you can watch for Free!

While no argument could be made as to how enormous YouTube has grown into, the inclusion of Movies to YouTube might be bought into just about the time people were getting used to streaming movies online rather than purchasing movie DVDs. YouTube quickly took to this new trend and its introduction of Movies on the network did bode well for Google. These movies are legally uploaded and there is no reason to worry about their  copyright or legal issues.

30 Best Free and Paid YouTube Movies

Hundreds of thousands of movie titles are now legally available on YouTube and sifting through heaps of movies will only worsen your day. So, here we have gathered some of the brightest gems out of those heaps for you to sit back and enjoy.

Here are the Top 30 Best Free and Paid YouTube movies on YouTube.

1. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Genre: Biography, Drama

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

Pricing: $7.99

The Pursuit of Happyness is one of the best all-time motivational movies ever made in Hollywood! Inspired by an autobiographical book by Chris Gardener of the same name, this is one of the best rags-to-riches stories that made into Hollywood. This movie follows Chris Gardener and a year-long ordeal with homelessness and how he kept on with his dreams of making it to the Wall Street as an Investment banker. One of the must-watch movies if you are feeling a bit down and in need of a source of inspiration to get going when the times are tough.

2. The Dark Knight (2008)

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

IMDb Rating: 9.0/10

Pricing: $2.99

The Dark Knight is the second installment in the Batman Begin series, directed by Christopher Nolan. Exquisite screenplay, perfect characterizations and an outstanding performance by the cast marks one of the best movies ever made in Hollywood! The Dark Knight well pays its tribute to Batman as a Superhero and his mission of saving the city of Gotham from the clutches of the Evil. Christopher Nolan leaves no stone unturned in making this an Epic superhero movie of all sorts. An Academy-award winning performance by Heath Ledger as The Joker is the icing on the cake.

3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Genre: Crime, Drama

IMDb Rating: 9.3/10

Pricing: $2.99

Feeling low on hope? The Shawshank Redemption is one of the best Hollywood movies that put forth light upon the fact that Hope is the best of things. Based on a novella by Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption is the story of Andy Dufresne, Red and their time in prison with the hope of getting out of the caged doors in sight.

4. The Godfather (1972)

Genre: Crime, Drama

IMDb Rating: 9.2/10

Pricing: $2.99

The Godfather is based on a novel series of the same name by Italian author Mario Puzo. The story revolves around the fictional Corleone mafia family and their native land in Sicily. After gaining control of the mafia-led family business, the story revolves around how Michael Corleone manages to expand their hold and also in some good-doing to buy a good reputation. The movie is all about loyalty and Michael Corleone’s unconditional love for his family, no matter their mafia deeds.

5. Forrest Gump (1994)

Genre: Drama, Romance

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

Pricing: $2.99

Forrest Gump is named as one of the all-time best movies of Hollywood and is rightly so. It often occurs to most of us that we are disadvantaged when things don’t go as planned. Forrest Gump never believes he is disadvantaged, even after his below-par IQ, Slow-witted thoughts, and life incidents. Apart from his lost childhood love, nothing seems to bother Gump as he makes the most out of every situation life throws at him. From his childhood foot braces to getting a college football scholarship and from making money selling ping-pong paddles to selling Shrimp boats, Gump has a childlike optimism that has a lot to teach the world.

6. Moneyball (2011)

Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Pricing: $2.99

Another movie of a similar caliber as Forrest Gump is Moneyball, that is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Lewis. Moneyball is about how Billy Beane, the coach of The Oakland Athletics pairs up with Peter Brand, an Ivy League graduate and makes history in the sport of Baseball. Billy Beane is on a tight budget constraint against the Baseball heavyweights and has taken up the challenge of moving the Oakland A’s up the leaderboard.

7. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Pricing: $2.99

This scintillating Bollywood movie is based on a true story of athlete Milkha Singh, who was fondly known as the ‘Flying Sikh’. With his family struggles and civil war in between, this story revolves around the rise of Milkha Singh and how he loses the race of Rome Olympics in 1960. Milkha Singh learns to confront the demons that made him enter Olympics.

8. The Social Network (2010)

Genre: Biography, Drama

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Pricing: $2.99

One of the must-watch modern movies made in Hollywood, The Social Network was loosely based on the real-life events of Mark Zuckerberg, the Billionaire founder of Facebook. This story revolves around how Mark started FaceMash and Facebook out from his dorm room and rose up the charts with his notoriety. Often capped under the most inspirational movies, The Social Network is paired with a brilliant screenplay and background score that make it a memorable experience.

9. Fight Club (1999)

Genre: Drama

IMDb Rating: 8.9/10

Pricing: $2.99

If suspense/thrillers are your forte, Fight Club is one of the best movies ever made. Based on a novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club is the best Suspense/thrillers ever made. The story revolves around Edward Norton, the narrator and Tyler Durden, who together form an underground fight club for people bored with their mundane lives. The life of Edward Norton takes some serious turn with the intervention of Marla.

10. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)

Genre: Biography, Drama

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Pricing: $2.99

Another real-life based inspirational movie is Pirates of Silicon Valley, that revolves around the lives of the Billionaire founders of Apple Computers and Microsoft – a.k.a Steve Jobs and Bill Gates respectively. The movie revolves around the accomplishments and the rivalry of these two tech visionaries, who have changed the face of technology over the past two decades.

11. Furious 7 (Extended Edition) (2015)

Genre: Crime, Thriller

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Pricing: $14.99

Furious 7 is the recently released installment in the franchise of the Fast and Furious series. The story revolves around Deckerd Shaw seeking revenge over the family of Dominic Toretto for getting his brother into Coma. What makes this movie even special is the final sendoff given to the late Paul Walker after his mishap death while the movie was still in production.

12. Madagascar (2005)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

Pricing: $2.99

Madagascar is one of the best Animated feature films and this story revolves around Alex – The lion and his friends at the Zoo. Marty – the Zebra, Melman – the Giraffe and Gloria – the Hippo are the friends of Alex at the New York Central Park Zoo. Marty’s curiosity leads him and his friends out of the Zoo and into the wilderness, thanks to the help of some Penguins at the Zoo.

13. Frozen (2013)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Pricing: $14.99

Frozen is one of the best Animated feature films of recent times, winning multiple awards for the movie. Frozen is about the story of Anna and Kristoff, who set out to find and stop Anna’s sister – Snow Queen Elsa’s snowy spell. Elsa’s spell froze the kingdom with the chilly breeze and now it’s up to Anna and the mountaineer Kristoff to save the kingdom from the wrath of the icy spell.

14. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Pricing: $2.99

This Bollywood movie is about taking up whatever life throws at you in a positive manner. We all plan how things should be and lose sight of the present little moments and happiness. Three lifelong friends embark upon a road-trip through the roads of Spain and find the meaning and purpose of life while doing so.

15. Life of Pi (2012)

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

Pricing: $2.99

This Academy-award winning movie is not only a breathtaking visual beauty but also a well-crafted plot that reflects the values of hope and belief. Based on a novel of the same name by Yann Martel, this epic movie is about a boy named ‘Pi’ and his tryst with a Tiger named Richard Parker, both of whom get stuck on a single lifeboat after the ship carrying them crashes mid-ocean.

16. Interstellar (2014)

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

IMDb Rating: 8.7/10

Pricing: $3.99

This Epic-visual movie revolves around a futuristic set-up of the Earth in the plight of it becoming uninhabitable. NASA’s Professor Brand must first successfully send his crew to Earth’s possibly new home through a wormhole, before deciding on moving the entire mankind away from the planet.

17. The Matrix (1999)

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

IMDb Rating: 8.7/10

Pricing: $2.99

Truth sometimes becomes more costly than someone’s life and in this Sci-Fi thriller, Neo faces a race against time to find out more about the Matrix. Neo meets Morpheus after getting introduced to the underworld and he has to fight against an influx of secretive agents to to find the truth about the Matrix.

18. Wild (2014)

Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Pricing: $14.99

This autobiographical movie is based on a book by Cheryl Strayed of the same name and it involves into how she drove herself to self-destructive behavior and back again to putting pieces of herself into their place. An inspirational movie regarding dealing with broken relationships and how she backpacked to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, alone.

19. The Lunchbox (2013)

Genre: Drama, Romance

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Pricing: $13.99

Have you ever thought about the concept of finding someone awfully attractive without even meeting them in real-life? Well, online dating works that way more often. But this romance movie is the story of how a housewife finds an interesting person with whom she interacts on a daily basis with notes attached to the lunchboxes she delivers throughout.

20. Argo (2012)

Genre: Drama, History, Thriller

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Pricing: $2.99

Argo is about how the US government sends their extractor, Tony Mendez to pose as a Hollywood producer and save the refugees from the Iranian troops. The extractor trains the refugees to act as his film crew while he devises a strategy to move them safely back to their homes.

21. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

Pricing: $2.99

This amazing animated feature film is about how it is okay to be a misfit among a herd of conformists. This story is about a boy named Hiccup, who is a part of the Viking family and who’s traditions are to kill dangerous dragons. Hiccup finds them harmless and befriends Toothless, an injured dangerous dragon, against the wills of his Viking father.

22. Rango (2011)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

Pricing: $2.99

How do you stand out, when all you’ve been trying to do is Fit in? This is the story of the chameleon named Rango, who is in the middle of an identity crisis. He discovers a new town called ‘Dirt’ and through a series of events, he unwillingly becomes the Sheriff of the town and subsequently, the hero of the town.

23. The Internship (2013)

Genre: Comedy

IMDb Rating: 6.3/10

Pricing: $2.99

Have you ever wondered what life was as an intern at Google? This amazing movie is about a humorous side of interning at Google, with two middle-aged men – Billy and Nick, who decide to intern at the firm. This movie is about putting forth the fact that teamwork and dedication pay off better than simple mere intellectualness.

24. The Imitation Game (2014)

Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Pricing: $4.99

Do you know who built the first modern day computer? It was Alan Turing. The Imitation Game is a wonderful movie, portraying the life of Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. This movie is about how Alan Turing built the first machine to break down Nazi’s Enigma codes and how he saves millions of life during the World War.

25. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

Pricing: $12.99

‘Greed is Good’, is what is commonly preached at The Wall Street, but too much of it could land you in serious troubles sometimes. This movie is based on an autobiographical novel of the same name by Jordan Belfort. After entering Wall Street as an investment banker and finally opening up his own little firm, Belfort finds the easy-yet-dangerous way to make easy money by defrauding wealthy investors. Finally, Jordon Belfort finds himself in serious troubles after his greed for money becomes unsatiable.

Best Free Movies on YouTube

26. Life in a Day (2011)

Genre: Documentary, Drama

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Life in a Day is a true crowdsourced documentary movie, depicting the scenes of people’s lives in a single day. This epic documentary was made with 4,500 hours of videos from 80,000 submissions from over 192 countries! These depict the occurrences from random parts of the world in a single day. A breathtaking documentary in its entirety.

27. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Genre: Horror

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

This is an epic horror movie where a rich man, named Loren makes a proposal to five people to survive a haunted mansion for a single night and get paid $10,000 each for their bravery and guile. Things turn out different when among the guests turning up for this challenge are his ex-wife and her new love. A series of spooky incidents change the plan of actions for all the parties involved.

28. The end of poverty? (2008)

Genre: Documentary

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

The plight of poverty is a dreadful one and the need to abolish is at an all-time high. This documentary takes a closer look as to why the issue of poverty is so widespread, even during the modern 21st Century. The movie makes the argument is that this issue has not risen just accidentally or by some bad luck, there is something more behind the cause of it.

29. Night of the living dead (1990)

Genre: Horror

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

Another amazing classic horror movie is The Night of The living Dead. This movie is about how a group of people take refuge in an abandoned house, to save themselves from the influx of flesh-devouring zombies rising from their graveyards. Things turn sour between themselves, and the zombies find their way into the house.

30. Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

IMDb Rating: 6.3/10

This classic fairytale-based movie is a silent film. This movie is an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel of the same name. Alice falls asleep on her picnic with her sister and falls into a deep dream of a mystical land, where animals can talk.

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So, here we come to the end of this amazing collection of the Best free and paid YouTube movies. Have anything more of your favorite content to add to his list? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below.

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Srikanth A.N. is a freelance writer whose articles got mentions from the likes of The New York Times, Kissmetrics and AllTopStories. He writes articles, novels and poems; spends most of his time reading everything he could get his hands on. He is currently pursuing his Masters from The University of Illinois and holds a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai. He is a programmer, a motivational writer and speaker. Reach him at his social media profiles linked below.

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