If you’re looking for free movies on Kodi, it’s easy to find information about how to get them from unofficial streams. It’s much harder to find information about addons for legal movies on Kodi. Yet there are plenty of Kodi addons that legally stream free movies. This article will list the six best addons to watch legal, free movies on Kodi and where they can be found. Please note this article is based on the author’s research and does not constitute legal advice.
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Important: Always use a VPN with Kodi
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are often viewed as a gateway for private, unlicensed video streaming. However, all Kodi users should use a VPN, including people who only stream from official sources.
A VPN allows you to keep your Internet speed high and prevent buffering if your ISP engages in speed throttling. It also unlocks content that streaming services may be hiding behind a geographic block. In addition, it may help to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks.
However, not all VPNs are equally effective at dealing with these problems. Some VPNs keep logs of users’ data that could potentially be stolen by hackers. Others are too slow to handle the high-definition video required by Kodi users. Still others are hard to install, having no native apps for popular TV devices.
For these reasons, we recommend Kodi users take advantage of IPVanish. IPVanish has over 950 servers, keeping speeds high and videos buffer-free. It has a native app for Amazon Fire TV and Nvidia Shield, and it keeps no logs of users’ activities.
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Warning: Kodi should only be used for content to which you have the legal right to access. Neither the Kodi Foundation nor Comparitech advocates the use of Kodi for piracy.
The best Kodi addons for free, legal movies
The following addons stream from totally legal sources, and none of them cost a dime.
Crackle is a TV and movie streaming video site paid for with advertising. It has no subscription fees. It has hit movies like Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (starring Robert Downey, Jr.), The Nutty Professor (starring Eddie Murphy), and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellan), amongst many others.
There are a few different addons you can use to access Crackle from Kodi, but the one that works the best is from eracknaphobia’s repo. In order to install it, first download the eracknaphobia’s repo zip file from this github page. Next, take the following steps:
- Go into the “addons” menu and select the “package installer” icon (the one that looks like an open box)
- Click “install from zip file” and select the zip file you downloaded earlier
- Go back to the package installer and select “install from repository”
- Navigate to the Crackle addon within eracknaphobia’s repo and click to bring up the “install” button
- Click “install”
Here are more detailed installation instructions and tips on how to use Crackle for Kodi.
Tubi TV is another TV and movie site paid for with advertising. It has over 20,000 licensed TV shows and movies, all free to watch with no subscription fee. To access all 20,000, however, you’ll need to use a VPN to region hop, as Tubi TV has different content in different regions. Its movie collection includes Jeepers Creepers, Bandits (starring Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton), All is Lost (starring Robert Redford), Afterlife (starring Christina Ricci), and many others.
The Tubi TV Kodi addon is available at the Kodi1 repo github page. The name of the file starts with plugin.video.tubi. Once you’ve downloaded the file, follow these steps to install it.
- Select addons from Kodi’s main menu
- Click the icon that looks like an open box
- Choose install from zip file
- Locate the plugin.video.tubi file and click to install.
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Many people think of YouTube as a place to find short videos such as funny clips and movie trailers. However, there are actually many feature-length films on YouTube. Some of these movies are public domain while in other cases the copyright owners have offered them on YouTube in exchange for ad-sharing revenue. Regardless of what the reason is, there are many movies that can be watched for free on YouTube.
Here are some of the best YouTube channels to find free movies:
- Kings of Horror
- Maverick Movies
- Classic Movies Channel
To install the YouTube Kodi addon, simply click install from repository from within the addons installer menu and choose the official Kodi addon repository. There is no need to download any files other than Kodi itself.
For more information on how to install and configure YouTube for Kodi, read this article.
I’ve already mentioned the FilmRise YouTube channel as one of the best places to find free movies, but you don’t have to use the YouTube addon to access it. There is a dedicated Kodi addon made especially for FilmRise’s YouTube channel. This addon has FilmRise’s content categorized in easy-to-navigate menus, allowing for more convenience when browsing its movies.
FilmRise is a TV and Movie distribution company with rights to thousands of movies. Its YouTube channel contains films with popular stars such as P.U.N.K.S. (starring Jessica Alba) and Gardens of the Night (starring John Malkovich).
The FilmRise Kodi addon is part of the official Kodi repository. To install it, perform the following steps:
- From the main menu, choose addons
- Click the icon that looks like an open box.
- Select install from repository
- If there is more than one repository listed, choose Kodi addon repository
- Click video addons
- Choose FilmRise – YouTube
- Select install
Related article: More on how to install, configure, and use the FilmRise Kodi addon.
Internet Archive Movies
Want free movies without commercials? You can find over 5,300 of them in the Internet Archive. These are public-domain films whose copyrights have expired, so they tend to be classics from the 1920’s to 1940’s. Many of them were big hits when they were first released and are still enjoyable today.
For example, the Internet Archive contains the 1950 adaptation of Cyrano De Bergerac, a film which many fans of the book consider to be the most accurate. It also contains A Star is Born (1939), Rescue From Gilligan’s Island, Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, and Night of The Living Dead (1968), amongst many others.
The Internet Archive Movies Kodi addon can be found in the SuperRepo repository. To install it, follow these steps:
- Go to http://srp.nu
- Click the version of Kodi that you have
- Choose all
- Click the name of the zip file, which should begin with something like superrepo.kodi.krypton.all
- Once the file has downloaded, go into the addons menu from within Kodi
- Click the open-box icon in the upper-left corner of the screen
- Click install from zip file
- Navigate to the file you saved earlier and click to install
- Go back to the “package installer” menu by clicking the open-box icon again
- Click install from repository
- Choose SuperRepo repository
- Select Internet Archive Movies
- Click install
Internet Archive Movies is a completely legal addon. However, SuperRepo does contain other addons that stream from unofficial sources. We would recommend you steer clear of these other addons.
SEE ALSO: Two ways to install SuperRepo repository
Like Internet Archive Movies, MovieZoot is a website that streams public-domain films. It contains many classics such as The Prince and The Showgirl (starring Marilyn Monroe), A Farewell to Arms (starring Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes), and Arab Conspiracy (starring Sean Connery).
The MovieZoot Kodi addon can be found in the SuperRepo repository. To install it, follow the instructions for installing Internet Archive Movies (above), but click MovieZoot and install in the final two steps.
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There are many Kodi addons you can use to get free, legal movies. Ultimately, which addon you should install or use depends on the movies you would like to see. In some cases, you may be better off installing addons that require a subscription fee rather than using a free service. This is most often the case when you want to watch newer movies that are very popular.
However, even if you decide to use a fee-based service, at least these free addons are available as a backup. For more information on the best Kodi addons to watch movies, sports, TV shows, and other content, check out our guides covering movies on Kodi, where to find Bollywood movies, live TV on Kodi, or the best addons for sports.