Every week, this site does its best to point you in the direction of movies worth your time that are streaming on Netflix, Hulu Plus, and the like. But what about those who aren’t ponying up the ten or 20 bucks a month for those services? Well, there’s an overabundance of free movies streaming at this very moment as well — many of them legally (it seems!), thanks our old friend “the public domain,” whereby films whose copyright has lapsed (or never existed in the first place) can be made available for public consumption. Others are hosted gratis by services that simply want to share the wealth of great cinema. Whatever the case, with an awareness of how much everyone loves free stuff, here are 50 free movies that are well worth a watch. Clear your schedule accordingly.
Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 masterpiece isn’t just a spellbinding tale of crime, truth, and honor; it also rewrote the rules for narrative, its innovative use of multiple points of view making its title a go-to reference called up by everyone from Roger Ebert to Homer Simpson.