February 11, 2020

Best free YouTube movies streaming now (February 2020)

Best free YouTube movies streaming now (February 2020)
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YouTube offers plenty of content, but did you know they have some really good, ad-supported free movies streaming right now?

Provided you can handle the sparse ad breaks, as is YouTube status quo, there are great flicks available for your viewing pleasure. Check out our list below, which will be updated monthly.

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Leaving Las Vegas

Nicolas Cage — yes, you read that right — won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of an alcoholic, suicidal writer who befriends a prostitute in Las Vegas.

For all the over-the-top antics and strange performances he’s delivered over the years, Cage really is brilliant in this one. It’s a dark, rather depressing story, but its four Academy Award nominations aren’t for nothing.

The Birdcage

It seems almost impossible The Birdcage received but one Oscar nomination. On the other hand, it was an extremely progressive film for its time.

Robin Williams is simply brilliant as a drag club owner in Miami whose son wants to marry the daughter of a super conservative senator played by Gene Hackman. Imagine what happens when it’s time for the parents to meet.

That’s giving little away on purpose. The Birdcage is a hilarious farce that deserves to be seen — and is well worth sitting through YouTube ads for.

WarGames

WarGames (1983) Best free YouTube movies streaming now
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In a slightly different vein than his famed Ferris Bueller character, Matthew Broderick stars as a naive teen who accidentally sets off a thermonuclear war simulation — in real life. Well, more or less.

Made in 1983, there were clear Cold War political undertones to WarGames’ story. However, Broderick and co-lead Ally Sheedy have great chemistry and bring levity and humor to the high-stakes situation as they scramble to avoid sparking World War III.

The Graduate

Dustin Hoffman’s star-making turn in this 1967 classic directed by Mike Nichols catapulted him into a legendary career in film. It may be the very best among free YouTube movies streaming now.

The Graduate made $104.9 million at the box office on just a $3 million budget. Per Box Office Mojo, adjusted for inflation, it’d be the 23rd highest-grossing movie ever.

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Out of Time

Denzel Washington has starred in many a movie, so you’d be forgiven for overlooking this underrated 2003 thriller.

Playing the Chief of Police in a Florida Keys town, Denzel’s character deals with a complicated love life and goes through divorce. His new lady is diagnosed with cancer, and he steals money from evidence to help her treatments.

Things get even messier from there. Check this one out, because it’s a great star vehicle for one of the best actors ever.

Teen Wolf

Seeing Michael J. Fox’s popularity soar as the star of Back to the Future, those in control of Teen Wolf waited, and then released the film on the heels of that success. Fox plays an average high schooler who becomes a basketball star thanks to his wolf powers.

Despite mixed reviews, Fox’s charismatic chops carried the day in this fun coming-of-age comedy. Teen Wolf grossed $80 million against a $1.2 million budget.

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Meatballs

Meatballs (1979) Best free YouTube movies streaming now
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Summer camp comedies are always fun, if a little bit predictable and thematically similar. However, throw Bill Murray in the lead role, and you’re bound to have some fun surprises.

Murray stars in Meatballs as a really funny camp counselor, and marked his first collaboration with director Ivan Reitman. Meatballs was a surprise hit, and led to their future iconic movies thereafter: Stripes and Ghostbusters.

Bernie

Part of the “McConaissance” for Matthew McConaughey is this indie dark comedy. Richard Linklater co-wrote and directed it, a fact alone that makes a movie worth seeing.

But beyond who McConaughey plays, Jack Black is the central character. He’s a mortician who comforts and becomes the only friend of a recent widow, portrayed by Shirley MacLaine.

Murder ensues. It’s based on a true story. Even stranger than it sounds — go watch it!

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