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The best Tubi movies that you can watch for free

There's another free streaming service in town, but does it have any good films?

The best Tubi movies that you can watch for free
Andrew Williams
07 July 2024

Sick of doling out loads of money for subscriptions each month? Tubi is one solution.

It’s a free, ad-supported video streamer that claims to provide more than 200,000 movies and TV shows. There are even some Tubi originals, like Horror movie Cabin Girl.

But, no, it has nothing to do with arthouse movie service Mubi.

Don’t come expecting the very newest films. That requires big bucks, which doesn’t really fit with a free-to-watch service. But we’ve rifled through the whole Tubi library to find some of the best movies you should check out and, you know what, there are more than a few chunks of gold here.

There’s also plenty for fans bad, low budget and unknown movies. But for those you’ll want to dig deep into the Tubi archives.

Best Tubi movies

Best Tubi movies

1. Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2

Kill Bill ranks high on our list of the best Tarantino movies. Well, the first one at least. You can watch both instalments on Tubi. It’s a classic revenge story in which Uma Thurman’s “The Bride” hunts down victims after her ex tries to kill her on her own wedding day. It’s brutal. It’s stylish. It’s peak Tarantino.

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2. Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson’s coming-of-age movie is one of his best. A couple of twelve year-old kids escape from their New England community, saying they’ve fallen in love. But there’s a storm approaching the area and the adults send out a search party to recover the lost kids. A charming film propelled by Anderson’s signature style.

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3. Hunt for the Wilderpeople

A young kid runs away and is joined by his uncle, played by Sam Neill. This is a chalk and cheese pairing. The annoying youth paired with the grumpy old man. And each learns from the other before the film is over. This is a winning, charming adventure from the years before director Taika Waititi was considered a bit of a Marmite presence.

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4. Donnie Darko

Here’s a classic you may not have rewatched recently. It’s the film that introduced the Pixies to a generation, a mysterious cult hit starring a young Jake Gyllenhaal. He plays a disturbed youth haunted by a giant demonic bunny figure who says the world is about to end. But is it?

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5. Insomnia

Before Batman and Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan directed Insomnia, one of Nolan’s less talked-about films. But it’s still a great watch. A detective, played by Al Pacino, heads to rural Alaska to investigate a murder. Robin Williams’s Walter is the main suspect, but the investigator is on the bring of losing it, drowning in (you guessed it) insomnia.

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6. Happy Gilmore

These days you can lazily split Adam Sandler’s movies into the bad low-brow comedies and the often brilliant dramatic works. But in the old days, some of the low-rent comedies were great too. Happy Gilmore is the story of a hockey player who can’t quite make it in his own sport, but finds he has a real talent for golf. Two worlds collide with hilarious results.

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7. Bronson

You may think of Inception or Mad Max: Fury Road as Tom Hardy’s breakout role. But for us, it’s all about Bronson, in which hardy plays Bronson himself. It’s a biopic of sort, centred on Charles Bronson, the famously violent prisoner who was originally incarcerated for armed robbery.

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8. Happy Death Day

This is a horror comedy. But we like to think of it as simply an extremely fun horror movie, as there’s still plenty of tension to be found here. Our protagonist Tree Gelbman is murdered brutally. But she then wakes up to the same day, Groundhog Day style. She has to solve her own murder to escape from this bloody time loop. It’s an absolute high concept blast done and dusted in 96 minutes.

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9. Monsters

Before Gareth Edwards made The Creator, Godzilla and Rogue One, he made Monsters. It’s a film made with a $0.5 million production budget that looks far better than some that cost 10x the amount. Scoot Nairy’s US journalist is travelling through the zone of a crashed NASA probe in Mexico, and strange life forms are afoot.

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10. A Tale of Two Sisters

2006’s A Tale of Two Sisters is one of the classic Korean horror movies. One of the sisters of the title is institutionalised after discovering her hanged mother. She returns to her sister and the rest of the family, but is haunted by the ghost (or memory) of her mother. A creepy and powerfully singular watch.

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11. Candyman

The Candyman premise is that this horror baddie will appear if you say his name three times. Silly, right? But the strength of Candyman is that there’s a sense of gritty groundedness few other genre movies of the era manage to recreate. It was based on a story by Clive Barker, whose mind also spawned Hellraiser and Nightbreed.

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