Make good use of that broadband connection and start watching movies online for free -- there are now more high-quality films available for streaming than ever before. You can enjoy the movies on your laptop or desktop screen or find ways to get them onto your TV, via a simple cable connection or a number of solutions including Boxee, AppleTV, or Windows Media Center. A wealth of free movies is only a click away: start watching now!
Our favorite way to watch movies over the Internet isn't exactly free -- but if you're a Netflix subscriber, you may already be paying for the service without using the option to get unlimited streaming movies. If not, you can sign up for a free trial or access the rapidly growing library for less than $10 a month.
Bandwidth permitting, many Netflix movies are available in HD quality and can be streamed to your TV through your Wii, Xbox, or PS3. The Netflix "watch instantly" library includes recent titles, TV shows, quality independent and foreign films, and movies from the Criterion Collection. We use Instant Watcher to find our favorites.
MUBI, formerly known as The Auteurs, is a social network that lets you stream the best of international and independent cinema. Most movies cost a few dollars to watch (or you can pay a monthly subscription fee for unlimited movies), but the site runs regular festivals and special selections of free movies that are well worth checking out. MUBI just announced they will begin streaming films to the Playstation 3 soon.
The Internet Archive has an astounding amount of films available for download and streaming. A little digging won't just unearth copyright-free classics such as Reefer Madness, Buster Keaton's The General, and George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, but also Nina Paley's wonderful Sita Sings the Blues. Subsections include the Prelinger Archives, a vast collection of "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films, home movies, French silents, and much more.
You may have heard of a little online video site called YouTube -- but not think of it as a go-to place for full-length feature movies. Cats swinging from ceiling fans and the latest remix meme are fun enough, but a little digging can unearth rare cinephile treasures, as well. The YouTube movies section offers some worthwhile features, some of them for "rent" for a fee, but it's always worth searching the site proper -- you may find F.W. Murnau's Faust.