In this case, the best things in life really are free. We have thousands of movies–all totally free to watch–with titles from every genre. We’ve rounded up the best free movies on Tubi TV for May 2017, including Oscar winners, audience favorites, and critical darlings.
IMDb rating: 8.5 (#46 on the IMDb Top 250)
Awards: 5 Oscars, 12 nominations
Ridley Scott directs this modern classic that remains quotable and engrossing. Russell Crowe won an Oscar for his portray of Maximus, but we also love Joaquin Phoenix’s nominated role as Commodus.
Awards: 3 Oscar nominations
This compelling, serious drama about the founder of the fictional cult The Cause features gorgeous cinematography and three impressive lead performances from Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams.
Awards: 3 Oscar nominations
Maaaaaaybe don’t watch this Sam Mendes drama with someone you love. Based on Richard Yates’ novel, Revolutionary Road reunites Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, but its story of suburban marital strife is pure anti-romance. It’s sometimes rough viewing, but its performances make it essential.
Awards: 10 Oscar nominations
One of the few cases where the remake is just as good as the original, this Coen Brothers Western was a huge hit with critics and audiences. Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, and Josh Brolin, True Grit made $171 million at the U.S. box office.
IMDb Rating: 8.6 (#23 on the IMDb Top 250)
Awards: 5 Oscars, 7 nominations
This Jonathan Demme film features one of cinema’s best villains (Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lechter) and one of its best heroines (Jodie Foster’s Clarice Starling). More than two decades have passed since its release, but it’s still chilling and perfect from start to finish.
Awards: 1 Golden Globe nomination
Charlize Theron is bristly and watchably unlikable in this Jason Reitman film as a YA writer who returns to her hometown to seduce her (married) former love (Patrick Wilson). Young Adult is darkly funny, but it doesn’t spare its heroine any criticism–and she deserves every bit.
IMDb Rating: 8.4 (#66 on IMDb’s Top 250)
Park Chan-wook’s revenge thriller features killer action, perfect cinematography, and a haunting story that will be hard to shake for some viewers. Watch it (or rewatch it), but make sure that you’re not having dumplings for dinner. Actually, just don’t watch it while you’re eating, okay?
Christian Bale’s physical transformation gets most of the buzz (and it’s well deserved), but don’t overlook the taut direction from Brad Anderson. The Machinist is nightmarish in the best of ways.
Awards: 1 Oscar nomination
David Lynch mixes film noir, small-town drama, and surrealism for this beautiful bad dream of a film. Kyle McLachlan, Laura Dern, and Isabella Rosselli star, but it’s hard to concentrate on anyone else when Dennis Hopper is on screen as the truly unsettling Frank Booth.
This charming comedy starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms walks the line between indie film and mainstream comedy. It has broad appeal, but still carries the signature quirk of its directors, Mark and Jay Duplass.
Awards: 1 Oscar, 3 nominations
At once smart and sublimely silly, this comedy features a brilliant performance from Kevin Kline (that deservedly earned him an Oscar). It melds a caper with a romantic comedy, and every joke hits.