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9 best free movies on YouTube

9 best free movies on YouTube
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I don't know about you, but I could spend hours watching all the latest viral videos on YouTube. It's the place to go for viral sensations, music videos and movie clips. But did you know that YouTube hosts full-length feature films, too?

In fact, YouTube announced in late April that it will be getting into the movie business for itself, beginning with a series of films "driven by YouTube stars." Even better, all of these new films will debut online rather than in theaters.

But until then, we have to stick with what's already on YouTube. Back in 2011, the company introduced YouTube.com/movies. This service lets you buy or rent movies for streaming, and there's some free ones to watch in the mix, too.

So are you ready for some free movies? Pop some corn and gather 'round for hours of absolutely free movies. I've search YouTube high and low for the best movies you can watch on the massive video website. First up on my list? Some great old-time classics.

Note, the synopses below are taken from the incredibly useful Internet Movie Database. Download the app on your phone or tablet and learn everything you want to know about your favorite movies and actors.

Abbott & Costello: Africa Screams

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Clyde Beatty
Rated: NR
Synopsis: "Abbott & Costello search for diamonds in Africa, along the way meeting a visually-impaired gunner, a hungry lion, and a tribe of cannibals."

Laurel and Hardy: Flying Deuces

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Parker
Rated: NR
Synopsis: "Oliver is heartbroken when he finds that Georgette, the innkeeper's daughter he's fallen in love with, is already married to dashing Foreign Legion officer Francois. To forget her, he joins the Legion, taking Stanley with him. Their bumbling eventually gets them charged with desertion and sentenced to a firing squad. They manage to escape in a stolen airplane, but crash after a wild ride."

The Lone Ranger

Starring: Silver King the Horse, Chief Thundercloud, Lynne Roberts
Rated: NR
Synopsis: "An outlaw leader planning to take control of Texas after the Civil War kills Colonel Jeffries, a man empowered to levy taxes, and assumes his identity. His men then murder a troop of Rangers. Tonto finds one Ranger still alive and he becomes the Lone Ranger."

Dick Tracy

Starring: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Mike Mazurki
Rated: NR
Synopsis: "Dick is faced with a series of brutal murders in which the victims, all from different social and economic backgrounds, are viciously slashed to pieces. Suspects abound but Tracy, getting a clue that there will be fifteen murders in all, must find the common thread among the victims before more are killed."

The Little Princess

Starring: Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise
Rated: NR
Synopsis: "A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to Africa with the army."

Best of the Three Stooges

Starring: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Shemp Howard
Rated: NR
Synopsis: "Classic Shorts featuring the ageless eye poking & face slapping appeal of The Three Stooges."

Click here to watch it.

The Jungle Book

Starring: Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen
Rated: NR
Synopsis: "A boy raised by wolves tries to adapt to human village life."

Night of the Living Dead

Starring: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman
Rated: NR
Synopsis: "A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse."

 The Brain That Wouldn't Die

Starring: Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Anthony La Penna
Rated: NR
Synopsis: "A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend's head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body."

And one final modern classic...

Life in a Day

Directed by: Kevin Macdonald, Alejandro Romeo
Rated: PG-13
Synopsis: "A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010."

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