The Best Movies and TV Shows You Can Stream for Free This Month

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It’s easy to stream your savings away on subscriptions to Netflix, Max, Peacock, Prime Video, and other paid streaming platforms, but if you’re on a budget, you can save your dollars and sign up for accounts on free streaming services

Services like Pluto, Tubi, Roku Channel, and Amazon Freevee require nothing more than your email address to get started, and Kanopy only asks takes your local library card info. Once you’re in, these platforms allow you to watch anything in their content library on demand and completely free of charge—though you should be prepared to sit through a few ads.

In order to save you some time and trouble, we dove in and hand picked the best movies from each platform. Everything in this list is available on the first of the month, unless otherwise noted. 


Everything Everywhere All at Once (Kanopy)

We could say that this is just the story of a woman who runs a laundry and wants to fix her tax problems, but we’d be leaving out a whole multiverse of plots. You definitely don’t want to miss this one— there’s a reason it won 10 Oscars during the 2023 Academy Awards.


Past Lives (Kanopy)

Two childhood friends lose touch, connect, lose touch again, and reconnect in this beautiful, Oscar-nominated film directed by Celine Strong and starring Greta Lee. It’s melancholy and hopeful and will have you pondering the concept of in-yun (the idea that your present-day interactions are influenced by those in the lives you’ve lived before) in your own life.


Mean Girls (Pluto)

If you want to see the original Mean Girls, minus all the music of the new one, just head over to Pluto. Catch up on all the catchphrases that Gen Z is just learning. 


Donyale Luna: Supermodel (Kanopy)

To succeed, Donyale Luna kept much of her life wrapped up in secrets. The first Black supermodel had to endure all of the struggles that come with being a first, particularly in fashion. Despite the fame she had in her short life, she faded into obscurity after. This documentary makes her a cover story again.


Paddington 2 (Tubi)

The Paddington movies are as warm and funny as the bear himself. This second one has Paddington settled into life with the Browns when he gets into yet another spot of mischief while following a book thief. 


Jury Duty: Season 1 (Freevee)

Citizen Ronald Gladden believes he is just performing his civic duty over the course of this prank show, where he somehow does not realize he is the only person there who is not an actor. 


I Am Not Your Negro (Tubi)

James Baldwin never got to finish his book, Remember This Book, about Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. This documentary makes good on the title of the book by taking the thirty pages he left and expanding on them with archival footage of Baldwin and his subjects, along with Samuel L. Jackson reading essays, letters, and notes he left behind. 


Colossal (Tubi)

Anne Hathaway plays a woman who leaves New York and returns to her hometown after many disappointments. After stewing in her anger, she realizes her real-life actions are being played out by a giant monster attacking Seoul. 


Helvetica (Kanopy)

It’s a typeface you see everywhere but have maybe not thought much about. Since Helvetica was designed in 1957, its easy readability has been relied on to convey all sorts of messages and information. This documentary from director Gary Hustwit delves deep into the life of a font and is the first film in his masterful design trilogy

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Fruitvale Station (Tubi)

This Ryan Coogler film tells the true story of the last day of Oscar Grant’s life and the last day of 2008. Michael B. Jordan plays Grant as he travels to San Francisco to see New Year’s Eve fireworks. On his way home, he becomes embroiled in an altercation and ends up being shot by a BART officer. 


Two Weeks Notice (Tubi)

Rom-coms are coming back, but they haven’t quite reached the highs they did when Sandra Bullock was regularly on screens. Here she plays a corporate lawyer who leaves her job for pro bono life, but what she can’t leave behind is her boss; a corrupt but charming real estate developer played by Hugh Grant. 


The Nanny Diaries (Tubi)

Before they were Captain America and Black Widow, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson were the stars of this rom-com where Johansson has to balance her studies, her nanny job, and a burgeoning romance with someone she calls Harvard Hottie (Evans).


Good Burger (Pluto)

The fast-food burger wars have never been as serious or as funny as they are in this classic movie where the teenage employees of Good Burger go up against the new burger joint in town, Mondo Burger.


Bridget Jones’s Diary (Pluto)

Renee Zellweger is perfectly cast as Bridget Jones, a London television journalist who documents the highs, lows, and hilarity of her busy personal and professional life in her diary. As is the case with its source material, Pride and Prejudice, she has to contend with a literal Mr. Darcy in her life. The entire trio of Bridget Jones movies is on Pluto, so you can marathon this with Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Bridget Jones’s Baby

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