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Build Your Film Library With Free Movie Downloads

by John Moore on April 3, 2013

download free moviesArticle updated September 30th, 2014

You’re on a trip, you’ve got a laptop or tablet, and you’d like to watch a movie or two. Since you can’t count on access to a reliable (not to mention free) Wi-Fi connection on the plane or at your hotel, streaming is out of the question.

Sure, you could pay to download a movie, but maybe you don’t feel like spending $10 for a film that you might not like. You could rent one, but that restricts you to a 24-hour viewing window once you start watching. Who needs the pressure? Watching a movie is supposed to be enjoyable.

Fortunately, there are ways you can download movies for free. No, not through shady file sharing sites offering pirated content that could very well infect your computer with malware. You can download free movies from reliable, well-known sites, as well as ones that offer movies in the public domain or that fall under a Creative Commons license.


Once a movie’s copyright expires, it enters the public domain, making it freely available for anyone to distribute. Best of all, you can download free movies directly from the sites to your computer. On Public Domain Torrents, you’ll find film noir classics like D.O.A. and Scarlet Street, as well as dramas like A Farewell to Arms. Along with free movie downloads of AVI files, the site offers files tailored for the iPhones, iPads and Playstation Vita and PSP.

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You’ll have to do a bit of digging on The Internet Archive to find the real gems, but once you do you can download free movie classics like Fritz Lang’s M starring Peter Lorre, His Girl Friday with Cary Grant, and My Man Godfrey starring Carole Lombard and William Powell. Download formats depend on the title. They include low-quality MP2, higher quality MP4 and Ogg files, and QuickTime.

Although the library isn’t nearly as deep as public domain titles, films that fall under a Creative Commons license are also available and you can download movies for free. You won’t find the next Citizen Kane, but you may find something entertaining. The sci-fi parody Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning is among the better-known Creative Commons movies available. You can download free movies from the site in DivX or QuickTime formats.


Internet film festivals are a great source of free movies. Using the RealPlayer download feature (see below), you can stock up your film library in no time. PBS’s annual Online Film Festival — which runs annually — is a rich source of well-made short films covering a variety of subjects and genres. Ongoing festivals like the Once a Week Online Film Festival also provides a wealth of quality content.

Most of the festivals showcase short films – typically 30 minutes or less. But Culture Unplugged Studios presents full-length documentaries as well as shorts that explore topics such as hunger, poverty, and globalization. The Internet film festival sites offer a large variety of free movie downloads.


To download movies from these sites, use the RealPlayer Cloud download feature. If you don’t already have the RealPlayer Cloud desktop app, you can download it free by clicking the orange button in the top right corner of this page. Once you have the app installed on your computer, simply start watching a video online with Fire Fox or Internet Explorer, then mouse over the top right corner of the video screen. You will see an option to “Download This Video.” Click that button to download the video to your RealPlayer library. From there, you can watch it on your computer, burn it to a DVD with a RealPlayer Cloud premium subscription, or transfer it to a smartphone and watch it using the free RealPlayer Cloud app for Android or iOS.

If you use Google Chrome, simply click the flashing “down” icon in the top right corner of your browser and you get a drop-down list of every video on the page. Download whichever ones you like by clicking on them in that list – they’ll go straight to your RealPlayer Cloud library.


If you do happen to have a reliable, free WiFi connection that doesn’t limit the available bandwidth, you can still stream free movies online at a few sites. It’s a free for all on Crackle. Literally. Sign up and you’ll be able to watch popular titles like the 1980 Bill Murray comedy classic Stripes, Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale starring The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg, and Wes Anderson’s feature debut Bottle Rocket. Many of the titles have expiration dates, so check back frequently for new titles. Since you’re not paying for the privilege to watch the movie classics, there will be ads. Many of these movies are also available on YouTube in the free feature-length movies section of the site. After all, it’s not all funny cats and Harlem Shake videos on YouTube

Although many people use Hulu to catch up on their favorite television programs, the site also offers a nice selection of free movies. Most titles require a Hulu Plus subscription (you can tell by the green “H+” icon next to the title), but if you don’t mind a few ads, there’s plenty of movies available with free registration, including several Criterion Collection films such as Quadrophenia, Roman Polanski’s early classic Knife in the Water, and John Cassevetes’ A Woman Under the Influence.

A pair of sites that feature free independent movies. Many of these films are largely unknown, so finding a gem will take some effort. Nonetheless, on IndieMoviesOnline, you’ll find a few familiar titles with recognizable actors, such as 101 Reykjavik with Spanish film star Victoria Abril and the 1968 original Night of the Living DeadSnagFilms has the distribution rights to more than 3,000 titles, including the hit documentary Super Size Me and Adrienne Shelly’s Sudden Manhattan. SnagFilms also features channels that include official selections from the Sundance and SXSW film festivals, as well as classics from the Kino Lorber collection.

Which public domain or Creative Commons movies have you downloaded? Let us know in the comments section.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bennett Usanga May 6, 2013 at 4:56 am

Very useful and informative. Thank you.

2 ikhmal May 7, 2013 at 5:23 am
3 auwal ahmad May 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm

nice to watch,thank you.

4 Movie finder May 14, 2013 at 7:51 am
5 RealPlayer May 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Thanks for sharing your movie search engine.

6 Fane May 19, 2013 at 8:56 pm

very helpful thanks for the overview

7 charlena June 21, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Good job

8 RealPlayer June 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm


9 Managed Services Dallas June 28, 2013 at 6:48 am

Wonderful source for downloading full length HD movies.

10 PUSSYSLAY3R August 29, 2013 at 6:47 pm

what cool and legal websites can you download movies from

11 RealPlayer Team August 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm

You can always download videos from the famous websites like,

Note: We respect copyright so if the video is protected RealPlayer will not download it.

If you have additional questions, send an email to

12 Gary October 8, 2013 at 10:41 am

Could you kindly clarify the” realplayer app” to download movies for iPad, the orange icon you mention in this article does not show up on the web page (at least on my iPad); in the Apps download I find either the realplayer cloud app or others like Avideo media player…would the Avideo media player provide the same function as realplayer app?

13 RealPlayer Team October 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Let me tell you, RealPlayer ‘Download This Video’ feature is available on PC and Mac. In other words you can download videos from internet using RealPlayer software for PC and Mac. RealPlayer app for Android or iOS (iPad, iPhone or iPod) does not have this feature.

RealPlayer Cloud is the new RealPlayer, your space in the cloud, and the technology that connects it to any RealPlayer application to play your videos. RealPlayer Cloud helps you watch your videos anywhere, using your favorite devices. Formats and codecs don’t matter – your videos just play.

When you install RealPlayer and sign in, you automatically get a RealPlayer Cloud account.

Sorry, we don’t have any information about Avideo media player. Kindly contact their support for details.

14 William Fisher June 9, 2014 at 11:57 pm

I probably did something wrong, but ever since I downloaded the “cloud” version of RealPlayer I have not seen “download this video” at all. Can I correct this problem even if I want to store my downloads locally, on my local stoage devices? Thank you

15 Brinton Felixraja June 10, 2014 at 4:45 am

Sorry for the trouble.

At this time, RealDowloader plugin is not compatible with the latest version of web browsers. We are aware of this and our development team is working to get it resolved soon. In the meantime, make sure that you have enabled the RealDowloader plugin and use RealPlayer browser to download.

To enable the RealDowloader plugin, following this link:

Here are the instructions to download using RealPlayer browser:
1. Open RealPlayer.
2. Click on RealPlayer Logo.
3. Go to File.
4. Select New and then New Web Browser.
5. Type the URL of the website ( like ) and select a video.
6. If ‘Download This Video’ button is not enabled, make a right click and then select ‘Download This video’ option to download.

If you have any additional questions, please send an email to

16 Best Sites to Wathc movies online without downloading July 13, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Tried many times but not successfull for this Error
Keep getting error code 2048 when trying to open wmv files, says realplayer cannot open with the installed version of Quicktime,

17 Brinton Felixraja July 14, 2014 at 6:14 am

Sorry for the trouble.

To fix this issue, please uninstall and reinstall QuickTime Player. Also, you need to update the below codec’s using Internet Explorer browser:

Flash Player Plugin ( Free):
QuickTime PlayerPlugin (Free):
K-Lite codec (Free):

If that doesn’t help, please let us know.

Please send an email to, if you have additional questions.

18 Themba August 18, 2014 at 2:58 pm

I cnt download movie for my blackberry 8520

19 RealPlayer Team August 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Could you please be more specific about the problem you are having? Please describe exactly what it is that you are trying to do and include any error messages that you may receive. It can also be helpful to include what your computer’s operating system is and what web browser you’re using.

The more specific you are, the better I will be able to assist you.

20 joyce kalau October 5, 2014 at 3:07 am

I really want to download movies but I don’t have a visa card or a credit card. I only have a bank card, which is not accepted at all.
How can this be helped?

21 Brinton Felixraja October 9, 2014 at 8:29 am

You can download videos by installing the free RealPlayer Cloud basic software. To download, click this link:

After installing RealPlayer Cloud, follow the steps given in the below link to enable the RealPlayer Plugin:

For Google Chrome browser, watch this video:

Please let us know, if you have additional questions.

22 tinku koch November 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I want to dowload

23 Brinton Felixraja November 14, 2014 at 8:13 am

I understand that you need some help; however, the exact nature of the problem you are having is not clear to me.

Before I can help you, I will need some more information. Could you please describe exactly what it is that you are trying to do. It can also be helpful to include what your computer’s operating system is and what web browser you’re using.

The more specific you are, the better I will be able to assist you.

24 Johan Gafvels February 27, 2015 at 10:15 am

I would like to download videos from youtube
Im in China, and Im using a Vpn to access the western sites that is blocked here ( etc.)
How to solve this problem?

Thankful for you fast reply
Best Regards

25 RealPlayer Team February 28, 2015 at 5:27 am

You will need to install RealPlayer to download videos from YouTube. Visit to download the latest version. Once installing the player, follow this link to download videos:

You can also use RealPlayer browser to download videos. To do so, follow these steps:

1. Open RealPlayer Cloud.
2. Click on RealPlayer Cloud Logo. (at the top left corner)
3. Go to File.
4. Then select New and then New Web Browser.
5. Type and then choose a video.
6. Once the video plays, move your mouse over the upper-right corner of the video.
7. The Download This Video button will appear. Click it to begin downloading.
8. If ‘Download This Video’ button is not enabled, make a right click and then select ‘Download This video’ option.

If you have additional questions, please sent an email to

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