Top Ten Free Films You Have to Check Out!

Free films, remember those? The ones where a subscription and password are not needed.

If you’re over streaming services and want to find a free film, this is easier said than done. With so many streaming services available that offer a variety of movies to choose from, it can be a tricky puzzle to solve. But fret not!

We’ve compiled a selection to choose from, ranging from lovelorn romance, to a twisted horror film. Be sure to snuggle with a partner (or a pillow), and sit back and enjoy our selections! 

“Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist”

Behold, the most underrated teen rom-com of the last decade. In vein of John Hughes movies, “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” stars Michael Cera and Kat Dennings as the titular characters, who are pining over their respective break-ups. After a series of high-jinks revolving around the latter’s drunken best friend, the two have to figure out what they want from one another, whilst scavenging all of New York City to find their favorite band’s secret show.   

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“All About Lily Chou-Chou”

In a more sombre, slow-paced tone, “All About Lily Chou-Chou” follows the lives of 14-year old students in Japan, and the effect the enigmatic singer (Lily Chou-Chou) has on them. This breathtaking film of friendship and loss is not for the action-fanatics, but it’s definitely a rewarding movie to look back and reflect on past mistakes. Plus, it’s backed by a compelling ambient soundtrack similar to that of Harold Budd.

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“Freeway”

This action-packed black-comedy crime film is a warped adaption of “Little Red Riding Hood.” “Freeway” features Reese Witherspoon as a teenage juvenile delinquent, on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother’s house, while also being hunted by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer. For fans of “True Romance” and “Jackie Brown,” this film is a scandalous romp that will leave you on the edge of your seat! 

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“Buffalo ’66”

Next up, is a film written and directed by Vincent Gallo. This 1998 crime-comedy revolves around Billy Brown (played by Gallo), a man fresh from prison, who kidnaps a young tap dancer named Layla (played by Christina Ricci), and forces her to pretend to be his wife to impress his parents.  From the use of a progressive rock-soundtrack, to Gucci Westman’s iconic ethereal makeup for Layla, “Buffalo ‘66” continues to be referenced and raved to this day.  

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“24 Hour Party People”

This biographical dramedy is a dramatization of real events associated with the Manchester music scene. It specifically focuses on Factory Records in the 1980’s and ’90’s, while also covering the careers of the major Factory artists, especially Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column and Happy Mondays.

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“The Opposite of Sex”

This 1998 comedy — starring the charismatic Christina Ricci yet again — follows 16-year-old DeDee Truit, as she visits her half-brother Bill and his boyfriend. Watch as DeDee wrecks havoc on both their lives, while keeping a secret that could sever ties. This film is a witty, and sometimes gritty, compelling drama about family relations that will leave you in awe at it’s climax. 

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“It Follows”

“It Follows” tells the cautionary tale about first times. And 19-year old Jay Height learns the hard way as she’s being followed by an unknown supernatural force, after a sexual encounter. This is a great film to stress the importance of safe sex, all while entertaining you the whole way through.

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“Kalifornia”

In one of Brad Pitt’s earliest roles, “Kalifornia” follows Brian Kessler, a journalist on the road with girlfriend Carrie, touring serial killer murder sites. The couple is joined by two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer themselves. For fans of 90’s thrillers such as “Basic Instinct” and “Hand That Rocks The Cradle,” this forgotten gem is an exhilarating rollercoaster from start to finish.

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The City of Lost Children”

This surreal French film is set in a dystopian society, where a mad scientist is kidnapping the children. Unbeknownst to its citizens, the children are being harvested for their dreams, hoping to find a way to slow aging. Sounds wild right? It’s a must watch.

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“White Bird in a Blizzard”

“White Bird in a Blizzard” is a Gregg Araki adaptation of the Laura Kasischke novel by the same name. The film follows teenager Kat into adulthood, as she attempts to recover from the events revolving her mother’s disappearance. The film’s heavy use of shoegaze music, and the emotional rawness of Shailene Woodley’s performance help capture the true essence of loss and innocence.

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Which of these free films is your favorite? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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