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Best Free Movies To Stream This Christmas Weekend (No Cable Or Login Needed)

By Lyn Atwood / December 23, 2016 / Tags:

Here are some great movies you can watch free online this long holiday weekend — no pay-TV subscription needed.

Best free movies to stream Christmas weekend

With some extra time off this Christmas weekend, you can catch up on family time — and movie time. After that delicious holiday dinner, what’s better than settling in for a movie marathon?

Well, watching free movies is better. So here are the best movies you can stream online this weekend, Friday-Monday, totally for free — no login, no cable, no pay-TV of any kind needed. You will need to bypass the location-restrictions though — see how to do so here. If you want to watch any of these at a different time, check our free UK TV section to see each channel’s on-demand options.


Oz the Great and Powerful: Fantasy. A shady circus magician (James Franco) crashes his balloon in the magical land of Oz, where he encounters three beautiful witches and becomes a reluctant leader in an epic battle of good vs. evil. Watch on BBC One, Friday, 10:10 AM EST.

Saving Mr. Banks: Docudrama. Uplifting drama telling the tale of how Walt Disney persuaded the guarded author of “Mary Poppins” to bring her creation to the big screen. Watch on BBC Two, Friday, 3:30 PM EST.

Casino Royale: Action. Action-packed reboot of the James Bond series. Newly qualified agent 007 is sent on his first mission  investigating banker Le Chiffre, who is suspected of aiding international terrorists. Bond follows Le Chiffre’s trail from the Bahamas and Miami to the poker tables of Montenegro, aided by beautiful Treasury official Vesper Lynd. Watch on ITV2, Friday, 4:00 PM EST.

Saturday, Christmas Eve

One Hundred and One Dalmatians: Animation (the original). Tired of the bachelor-dog life, Pongo spies the lovely female Dalmatian Perdita and tricks his master, Roger, into falling for and marrying her owner, Anita. After Perdita gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies, Anita’s old school friend Cruella De Ville wants to buy them all; when Roger declines her offer, Cruella hires the larcenous Badun brothers to steal them for her. An incredible Disney classic. Watch on ITV, Saturday, 11:20 AM EST.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Fantasy. This first adaptation of J K Rowling’s novel was, for a while, the second highest-grossing film ever. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are endearing (and very young) in the lead roles but the film lacks the original book’s compulsiveness. Watch on ITV, Saturday, 8:30 AM EST.

The Muppet Christmas Carol: Kid’s. Dickens’s tale of the miserly Scrooge as told by the Great Gonzo and the rest of the Muppet gang, including Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and Miss Piggy as his wife. Watch on Channel 4, Saturday, 12:50 PM EST.

The Lady in the Van: Comedy-Drama. The true story of Miss Shepherd, an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who ‘temporarily’ parked her brokendown van in writer Alan Bennett’s London driveway, and proceeded to live there for the next 15 years. Watch on BBC Two, Saturday, 4:00 PM EST.

Sunday, Christmas Day

It’s a Wonderful Life: Holiday Classic. Frank Capra’s Oscar-winning drama is compulsory Christmas viewing. Pillar-of-the community George Bailey (James Stewart) is racked with self-doubt and contemplating suicide on Christmas Eve, before an intervention from his guardian angel (Henry Travers). It’s a dark journey to the final joyous scene in which he realises how much he is loved and valued. Watch on Channel 4, Sunday, 9:20 AM EST.

The Artist: Art Film. Michel Hazanavicius’s silent, black-and-white film falls into the tradition of movies about the movies, and centres on the love between an established film star, George (Jean Dujardin), and a beguiling actress, Peppy (Bérénice Bejo), during the rise of the talkies in Hollywood. Drained of noise and colour, The Artist might just be moving pictures, but pictures are seldom as moving as this. Watch on BBC Two, Sunday, 9:25 AM EST.

Frozen: Children’s Animation. Disney’s 53rd feature is an enchanting combination of fairytale derring-do and heart-popping musical numbers that has left children and adults powerless to its charms. It follows Elsa (Idina Menzel), a shy princess driven into exile when her magical powers are discovered. Her sister Anna (Kristen Bell) gallops off to fetch her from her beautiful ice palace. Watch on BBC One, Sunday, 10:10 AM EST.

Dallas Buyers Club: Drama. Matthew McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a macho Texas rodeo cowboy with an alarmingly unhealthy lifestyle who is blindsided when he is diagnosed with HIV. Woodroof became a hero to Aids sufferers in the mid-Eighties by not only treating his own illness but supply the same drugs to thousands of others. The film, quite rightly, won multiple Oscars. Watch on Channel 5, Sunday, 5:30 PM EST.


Great Expectations: Drama. David Lean’s peerless version of Dickens’s novel is packed with memorable moments, from its opening scenes on the desolate marshes, where Pip first meets the escaped convict Magwitch, to the enduring images of Miss Havisham’s house… not forgetting Pip’s boxing match with Herbert Pocket – surely the most endearing fight scene in film history. Watch on More4, Monday, 4:50 AM EST.

Brave: Children’s Animation. The first of Pixar’s films to have a female protagonist won the Oscar for Best Animated Film. It’s set in the Highlands during some indeterminate feudal period. Kelly MacDonald plays feisty Merida, who would rather ride her horse than play the role of simpering princess; unable to sway her mother (Emma Thompson), she seeks the help of a witch (Julie Walters). A lot of fun. Watch on BBC One, Monday, 9:50 AM EST.

Captain Phillips: Drama. In this account of Somali pirates boarding an American cargo ship and kidnapping its captain (Tom Hanks), he remains at the top of his game. Watch on ITV, Monday, 4:00 PM EST.

Pride: Docudrama. Pride tells the real-life story of gay and lesbian activists who rallied to the support of striking Welsh miners in 1984. It’s groaning with pints of mild and choral singing, acid-wash denim and disco. and has the energy of a great stage show. It features a fine British cast, including Imelda Staunton. Watch on BBC Two, Monday, 5:30 PM EST.


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