The 14 Best Free Movie Download Apps for Android

Whether you’re stuck in your office eating lunch or trying to pass the time on a rainy day, watching movies from your phone is a great way to keep yourself entertained. If you’re an Android smartphone user, you’ll see a multitude of different movie apps out there, but which ones are the best? Here are 14 of the best free movie download apps for Android.


YouTube: Most Popular and Established App

Most of us have heard of YouTube, so this one shouldn’t be a surprise. 1movies now has a new premium service called YouTube Red that provides ad-free viewing on regular YouTube plus access to their original programming. YouTube Red is not free, however, and costs $11.99 per month. However, with some determination and good searching skills, you can find just about anything to watch. Just be aware that YouTube is diligent in policing pirated content.

What We Like
Longevity has provided thousands of options.

Familiar and easy interface.

Video replay rarely lags.

What We Don't Like
Too much digging for full-length movies.

Costly subscription for ad-free viewing.

Kodi: Largest Add-ons and Customization Options
While Kodi itself is merely an interface that requires additional add-ons for movies and TV, it's still one of the most popular apps for viewing streaming content. The beauty of Kodi is the options for video streaming are nearly endless. The main thing to watch for is add-ons with pirated content. If you choose to use one of these add-ons, make sure you use some sort of VPN for your protection.

What We Like
Thousands of movies and TV programs.

Easy to use interface.

What We Don't Like
Potential piracy and scams from 3rd party add-ons.

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Tubi TV: Best Rotten Tomato Reviews Integration
Tubi screenshot
Founded in 2014, Tubi is a completely free movie streaming service that's supported by ads and has thousands of titles from both the cinema and TV. To help locate the right thing to watch, Tubi has dozens of different categories including a handy “Highly Rated on Rotten Tomatoes” category if you follow the movie ratings there. If you’re like most households and have various technologies you use, Tubi will surely delight as it's supported not only on Android but on iOS, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV, on the web, and others.

What We Like
Thousands of movies.

Dozens of categories.

"Highly Rated on Rotten Tomatoes Category" and other specialized categories.

Some British programming.

Free, with ad support.

What We Don't Like
Doesn’t have recently released films and programs.

Ads can get annoying.

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Pluto TV: Easiest App for Customization
Pluto TV screenshot
This app is a channel-based app with over 100 channels for anyone’s taste, including new movies and sports channels. Its interface looks like the familiar TV programming grid we’re all used to, which makes finding streaming programs easier. Signing up provides the ability to customize your channels. Pluto TV is a bit unique as it has both “live” streaming and on-demand programming.

What We Like
Program viewing grid.

Customizable channel favorites.

Live streaming.

What We Don't Like
Quite a few ads during movies.

Not available worldwide.

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Sony Crackle: Best App for Movie Suggestions
Crackle screenshot
A clean movie and TV app from Sony, Crackle provides a simple interface with tons of movies and television programs. Since the service is free, there are, of course, ads. At times, they can get annoying, but the quality of licensed content from mainstream media companies certainly makes it a contender.

As with several of the best movie apps, Crackle comes on many platforms besides Android. A couple of nice features include the ability to rate movies with a thumbs up/down and other programming suggestions. Depending on what you're looking at, Crackle will give the user other viewing ideas.

What We Like
The app is free.

Can rate the movies you’ve watched.

Gives other movie suggestions related to the movies you’ve watched.

What We Don't Like
The ads can be annoying and intrusive.

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ShowBox: Best App for New Releases
ShowBox screenshot
ShowBox is one of the most popular movie apps for Android. It has both paid and free content numbering in the thousands. However, some argue some of these sources aren’t entirely legal, so tread with caution. Because of these possible issues, Google Play doesn’t host this application, so you’ll have to enable third-party downloads to get this gem onto your Android device. The main thing to be wary of is where you download the app. Some sites that host this app may contain malicious software, so viewer beware.

What We Like
Lots of current movies and TV shows.

Intuitive interface.

Built-in entertainment newsfeed.

Viewable trailers.

What We Don't Like
Not available to download from Google Play Store.

Possibility of malware in downloads.

Site goes down frequently.

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