From old classics to new movies, Tubi is a great source of free content. As an advertising video on demand (AVOD), free ad-supported streaming service (FAST), you don’t need a subscription at all. The catch? The movies come with short ads. But that’s no big deal given that the cost is zilch. But you also need to keep in mind that the selection of movies on Tubi is constantly changing.
We’re here to keep you up to date with a fresh list every month of not only what’s available to watch, but also the pick of the litter. Rather than search endlessly to find something, we have curated this selection of the best movies on Tubi right now. Some of these movies might be ones you’ve watched already, but are worth watching again. A few might be ones that you have been meaning to watch, but never got around to. Now is your time to watch before they’re gone.
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Taxi Driver (1976) [New]
Genre: Crime, Drama
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Lonely night shift taxi driver and Vietnam War veteran Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) is experiencing an existential crisis, of sorts. He’s fed up with the state of New York City and the criminals who roam the streets. Taxi Driver explores his descent from lonely insomniac with dark thoughts to violent, vicious man filled with hate and rage. From his plot to assassinate presidential candidate Charles Palantine to his vigilante motives to murder a pimp prostituting a young 12-year-old girl named Iris (played by a young Jodie Foster), Travis is having a full-on breakdown.
One of Martin Scorsese’s most controversial movies given its graphic violence and citation by John Hinckley Jr. as an inspiration for his attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, Taxi Driver is nonetheless a classic. Beyond the graphic violence and troubling storyline, the movie is arguably one of both Scorsese’s and De Niro’s best films, with the latter delivering a gripping performance.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) [New]
Genre: Music, Drama
Stars: Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy
Directed by: Bryan Singer
The biographic musical drama about the personal life and career of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury received polarizing reviews, mostly for the creative licenses it took to enhance the story. But Bohemian Rhapsody is a masterful look at the origins of some of the group’s biggest hits, the iconic Live Aid concert performance, and the complicated and deeply talented and tortured man behind it all. Rami Malek (Oppenheimer) captures the essence of Mercury in his performance, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor.
The movie arguably fast-tracks through a lot of pivotal moments, capturing the highlightsduring its more than two-hour run-time. Central to it is Mercury’s beautiful relationship with onetime girlfriend and lifelong friend Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton), as well as the torment he felt in coming out to her. If you haven’t seen Bohemian Rhapsody yet, it’s worth adding to your watch list this month.
American History X (1998) [New]
Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo
Directed by: Tony Kaye
A deeply troubling movie with one of the most graphically disturbing scenes of any crime drama, American History X features one of Edward Norton’s most compelling performances. He stars as Derek, a white power skinhead and neo-Nazi who, after spending time in prison and becoming rehabilitated, tries desperately to prevent his younger brother, Daniel (Edward Furlong),from following in his footsteps and falling deeper into the indoctrination.
American History X is a deep, dark look at racism in America through the lens of a man who first becomes disillusioned by a tragic event, then slowly begins to understand things on a deeper level. Called a “shockingly powerful screed against racism” by Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune, American History X doesn’t just explore racism — it aims to educate about generational views, acceptance, forgiveness, and the potential for change. The movie is strangely both an uplifting tale of redemption and a deeply tragic story.
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
There are so many zombie-centric movies and TV shows, but none quite like Zombieland. A disease has taken over Earth, turning humans into walking dead. Survivors from all walks of life are finding one another, and reluctantly relying on each other, to survive. The cast includes an eclectic mix of characters, like Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), who oddly enjoys killing and torturing zombies, Columbus (Jessie Eisenberg), the narrator of the story who lives by a strict code of survival, and sisters Wichita (Poor Things star Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). Bill Murray even appears as a fictionalized version of himself who disguises himself as a zombie to fool the undead.
Zombieland is a hilarious take on the traditionally somber apocalyptic story that focuses on the few survivors and how they navigate the dangerous environment. One running gag through the movie, for example, are the silly rules Columbus insists they live by, like “avoid strip clubs” and “double knot your shoes.” Zombieland is a refreshing departure from the darker, more sinister zombie movies.
12 Angry Men (1957)
Stars: Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
From way back in 1957, 12 Angry Men is an interesting legal drama about a jury of a dozen men who must decide if a teenager charged with murder should be acquitted. As is typical with a jury in a controversial case with moving parts and moral ambiguity, they can’t seem to agree with one another. Each has his own values and thoughts and they are all steadfast in them.
Starring Henry Fonda, 12 Angry Men wasn’t a box office success. But it did receive several Academy Award nominations, and many consider it to be one of the best movies ever made. The American Film Institute also names the movie the second-best courtroom drama ever (To Kill a Mockingbird is, of course, the first). It’s worth a watch if you haven’t seen it yet.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
The Barbie movie isn’t the first time Ryan Gosling has taken on a seemingly silly role and managed to turn it into comedy gold. In Lars and the Real Girl, he stars as the title character, a reclusive young man who deals with the grief of losing his mother and having an absent father in weird and sometimes irrational ways.
Despite every effort from his brother and sister-in-law, with whom he lives, Lars still can’t quite come out of his shell. That is, until he introduces his family to his girlfriend, Bianca, who, it turns out, is a lifelike doll. To him, however, she’s completely real. You can see where this is all going. Drawing parallels to Pygmalion, Lars and the Real Girl performed much better than naysayers might have thought thanks to the purity of the script and the talented cast.
The Changeling (1980)
Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas
Directed by: Peter Medak
Not to be confused with the new TV series of the same name that streams on Apple TV+, this movie from the 1980s hails from Canada and follows a New York City composer who moves to Seattle from New York following the deaths of his daughter and wife in a tragic accident. But he soon realizes the mansion he moves into might be haunted.
Delivering some welcome scares this fall, the supernatural horror film is based on a screenplay by Russell Hunter, who claims he experienced similar supernatural events while living in Colorado. Considered a cult classic film, The Changeling should be on your radar to add to the Halloween watch list.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Stars: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa
Directed by: Dan O'Bannon
A perfect watch in time for Halloween, The Return of the Living Dead is a comedy horror movie about zombies accidentally released into a small town. The story follows various main characters, including a warehouse owner and his employees, a mortician, and several teenagers, as they encounter the flesh-eating undead and do their best to thwart attacks.
One of the most influential movies in the zombie subgenre, The Return of the Living Dead was created by John Russo, who had originally worked on Night of the Living Dead with George A. Romero back in 1968. It’s silly, crinegy, and will satisfy your desire for gruesome scares.
Point Break (1991)
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Since Keanu Reeves is enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to the latest John Wick movie, it’s the perfect time to look back at some of Reeves’ earlier action movies. In the early ‘90s, the now bona fide action hero starred in Point Break, a crime action movie directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
The movie, which also stars the late Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey, is about Johnny (Reeves), a former quarterback and rookie FBI agent who helps a more experienced agent Angelo (Busey) investigate a series of bank robberies by a group who wear rubber masks of former presidents. The suspicion is that the criminals are surfers, so Johnny is sent to go undercover in the community. It’s a role that was tailor-made for Reeves and marked a perfect transition from his more comedic roles (think the Bill & Ted movies) to the action films for which he later became known.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Stars: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
As classic a slasher horror film as you’ll ever find, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is must-see viewing for any fan of the genre. There are no flashy special effects, nor gratuitously gruesome scenes. But it is a terrifying movie about a group of friends who become victims of a family of cannibals and a sick killer known as Leatherface.
The first blockbuster slasher film to use power tools as a central weapon, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is considered one of the most influential horror films ever made. What makes it even more impressive is that the movie was made on a relatively small budget with a core cast of mostly unknown actors.