500 Free Movies of Various Genres to Watch Online

Thanks to my hubby who sent this to me the other day. It’s too awesome not to share.

Open Culture just released this list of 500 movies you can watch FREE online. Yep, you got it, five hundred of them broken down by genres: from Film Noir, Westerns, Silent Films, even Animation. Most of them are classic films, but they also have a few from the 90s and even 200s, such as these two documentaries: Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive (2006) and one I’m sure my hubby is interested in, Steve Jobs – Billion Dollar Hippy (2011), both from BBC.

Apparently there is a movie called Shame in 1962, produced by Roger Corman and starring William Shatner, which is a mystery film about a man sent into a southern town to stir up race riots. So it’s NOT the original version of the sex drama starring Michael Fassbender 🙂 Besides, do you even want to see Shatner go full frontal?? I think not.

Here are just fifteen I might get to first:

  • A Farewell to Arms (1932)
  • Charade (1963)
  • Great Expectations (1946)
  • It Happened One Night (1934)
  • Moby Dick (1956)
  • Meet John Doe (1941)
  • Pygmalion (1938)
  • Sid and Nancy (1968)
  • Solaris (1972)
  • The Great Dictator (1940)
  • War & Peace (1969)
  • The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
  • City Lights (1931)
  • Metropolis (1927)
  • The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Soooo many great documentaries I still need to see, on top of the two I’ve mentioned above. These are the top five I want to see first:

  • George Eastman House: Picture Perfect
  • Nuremberg Trials
  • Philip K. Dick: A Day in the Afterlife
  • Why Man Creates
  • The James Dean Story

Btw, I saw Triumph of the Will (1935) which documents the Nazi propaganda work by Leni Riefenstahl back in college. It’s definitely worth a watch, fascinating and chilling at the same time.

At the end of that post, there’s also a list of free movie sites you can check out.  There are a bunch I’ve never even heard of. Worth a look for any cinephiles, surely.


So which movies from the immense list are you most interested in seeing right away?