Stream 100+ Free Movies from Paramount Pictures on YouTube: Hamlet, Ironweed & More

We got a nice tip from one of our read­ers, and want­ed to pass it along. Para­mount Pic­tures has launched an offi­cial, ver­i­fied YouTube chan­nel — called The Para­mount Vault — where you can watch full length films for free [update: if you’re based in the US]. You won’t find Para­moun­t’s best-known films in The Vault, but nonethe­less there are some qual­i­ty, if not enter­tain­ing, picks among the 150 films.

The movies are grouped into the fol­low­ing playlists: Clas­sics, Com­e­dy, Action/Adventure, Dra­ma, Hor­ror, West­erns, Sci­ence Fic­tion, and Thrillers. And they include motion pic­tures like 1987’s Iron­weed with Jack Nichol­son and Meryl Streep, Ham­let (1990) with Glenn Close and Mel Gib­son, Paris When It Siz­zles (1964) with William Hold­en and Audrey Hep­burn, Elvis in King Cre­ole (1958), Charl­ton Hes­ton in the 1950 noir film Dark City, Gene Wilder in Fun­ny About Love (1990), and Mar­got at the Wed­ding (2007) with Nicole Kid­man, Jack Black and Jen­nifer Jason Leigh.

The Para­mount Vault has been ver­i­fied by YouTube, so it looks like it’s the real deal. There is also an accom­pa­ny­ing ver­i­fied Face­book page.

If you stream the playlist embed­ded at the top, you can watch 43 dra­mas in a row, start­ing with Iron­weed and Ham­let.

The selec­tions above will be added to our list, 4,000+ Free Movies Online: Great Clas­sics, Indies, Noir, West­erns, Doc­u­men­taries & More. Enjoy!

Update: it looks like you need to be based in the US to view these films — some­thing that was­n’t appar­ent to me before­hand since I’m based here. My apolo­gies to any­one who’s geoblocked.

h/t David

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  • Peter Sterkenburg says:

    “This video is not available“on all I have clicked on… guess­ing it’s all geo-fenced again :(
    Thanks though for the find!

  • Andrea says:

    The same for me!!!

  • Bucky Wunderlich says:

    Pre­ston Sturges’ “The Mir­a­cle of Mor­gan’s Creek” is one of the great come­dies of all-time. Great to see it sur­viv­ing into the new cen­tu­ry…

  • Faustina says:

    I’m not sure if this chan­nel is valid, I clicked and non of the films can be played, all showed“this video is not avail­able”. And I try clucked its Face­book link and can’t con­nect. What’s going on? Even the clip you attached above already showed unavail­able from your arti­cle, or are they only avail­able in the the States, I’m from Cana­da. Please ver­i­fy, thanks!

  • Warren Oates says:

    Every­body in Cana­da who’s seri­ous about inter­net con­nec­tiv­i­ty should sub­scribe to a VPN to bypass geo-block­ing. There’s some free ones out there, but you’d do bet­ter with one of the secu­ri­ty-seri­ous com­mer­cial ones. Look it up on Google. Costs about US$60 per year for the full ser­vice; well worth it.

  • jh says:

    Can you give me any names of some VPNs you know are good?

  • Warren Oates says:

    I don’t want to post com­mer­cial stuff here. Like I said, Google is your friend. Try “Best VPN.”

  • Gary says:

    Use Hola app if you are sream­ing out­side the US.

  • Lobsang says:

    Hola did­n’t work for me. Maybe I should set fire to Para­mount HQ and see if they get the mes­sage.

  • Anita says:

    Some of these movies you can watch for free on

  • doreet says:

    you should down­load the pro­gram “Hola!”. or its an extension,or plug-in; it cuts the geo­graph­ic restric­tion, peo­ple in the USA can see stuff online their coun­try restricts them from.try it,and read the tes­ti­mo­ni­als as to how well it works.–free soft­ware.

  • Random Flux says:

    It would be nice if you could put one real­ly obvi­ous link at the top or bot­tom of the arti­cle so I could get to the site with­out hav­ing to weed through the dross.

    Sec­ond, if you are geo blocked try this:

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