movie apps iphone

I like to think of myself as a movie lover. I worked at an independent theater in my town during my entire college years. I used to go to the movies a lot more often than I do now, but I still make time to go whenever I can. These days, it’s so easy to watch blockbuster hits at home that I almost prefer the comforts of my living room more than a dark theater.

Whether you prefer to make a bowl of popcorn at home, or like to sneak a bag of candies into your favorite theater, we have a list of what we think are the best apps for movie lovers…

iTunes Movie Trailers

iTunes Trailers

I love this app. It is a great place to catch up on movies that will be coming out within the year. You can watch trailers in crystal clear HD and send them to your T.V. through AirPlay. Even better, if you have Apple TV, there is already an iTunes Movie Trailers app installed. You can save your favorite theaters to quickly look up what is playing in your area. With the recent update, you can have notifications sent to you when a new movie comes out. This app is available for free.

Movies by Flixter

Flixter

This app is special for a number of reasons. It is deeply integrated with Rotten Tomatoes, which is the number one source for critic reviews. You can also look up show times and buy tickets from your favorite theater and watch high quality trailers. One additional great feature is that you can stream and download content from your UltraViolet collection, which is the digital storage system that makes the download code for most of those Blu-Ray and DVDs you buy. This app is available for free.

Fandango

Fandango

For a while now, Fandango has been the go-to place for online movie ticket purchases. You can now order tickets from your favorite theater, store them in Passbook, and even have your ticket scanned right at the front door from your iPhone instead of having to get a printed copy. On the iPad, you can watch Fandango original videos, get special content, and more. This app is available for free.

IMDb

IMDb

We’ve all done it. We are watching a movie and a familiar actor appears on screen. We can’t remember where he is from, so we head to the Internet Movie Database to find out what else he has been in. This is an all-encompassing site for practically everything you want to know about a film including release date, location, director, and a link to every major actor’s other work. The app was recently updated to include whether a title is available on Amazon Prime for all you Fire TV owners. This app is available for free.

Extratv

Extratv

I’ll never forget the catchy tagline, “Extra! Extra!” when I think of the entertainment news TV show that has been on the air for two decades. Fans of movies and television get small tidbits of gossip about their favorite celebrities, as well as information about upcoming movies, who is slated to star in your favorite book adaptation, and exclusive interviews with big wigs in the industry. This app is available for free.

Netflix

Netflix

Of course, you don’t have to go to the theater to enjoy movie night. Sometimes, a night in is better anyway, especially if you have to tote a gaggle if little one’s with you. Netflix makes it possible for you to watch a huge variety of titles any time, anywhere. All you need is a reasonably priced monthly subscription and you can watch as many TV shows and movies as your brain can handle. This app is available for free.

Hulu Plus

Hulu Plus

Those who have “cut the cord” on cable know just how important Hulu is to keeping up on some current shows. With a small monthly subscription price, you can watch current seasons of comedies like The Daily Show with John Stewart” and cartoons like “Sanjay and Craig.” These are shows you couldn’t normally watch without a cable subscription. The app also lets you watch your favorite shows on Xbox One, PS4, and PS3. This app is available for free.

tvtag – formerly GetGlue

tvtag

Watching television has become a social event, even if you don’t have a single friend in the room. With this app, you can talk about what you loved and hated about the last episode of The Walking Dead with others who’ve just finished watching it, too. You can also participate in live audience polls, create memes from TV moments, and unlock digital stickers when you check in with a show you are watching. This app is available for free.

Redbox Instant

Redbox Instant

When I think of renting movies from a vending machine, I think of some futuristic movie from the 1980s, like “Back to the Future,” or “Death Race 2000.” Who would have thought that it would be possible to check out a movie from the local 7-Eleven without even having to speak to a human. With this app, you can reserve titles, and even stream movies right on your iPhone. If you are going to be without Internet access, you can download titles you’ve purchased for offline viewing. This app is available for free.

Trailerpop

Trailerpop

You know how when you get to a movie early at the theater, there are oftentimes trivia questions to help you pass the time? Well, this app makes it possible for you to have that same experience at home. Plus, you can compete against friends, strangers, and even celebrity guests. It is integrated with iTunes, Fandango, Netflix and more for a full-featured experience. Oh, and you can watch a bunch of movie trailers, too. This app is available for free.

Want more apps for movie lovers? Here are a few more to add to your collection.

Don’t forget to check out our previous best-of lists

What are your favorite movie-related apps?

  • Jeffrey

    and jailbreak app ‘movie box’, same as netflix but free and it doesnt need an account

    • XboxOne

      I think everyone knows that already.

      • Jeffrey

        a lot of people don’t, movie box isn’t super popular, just trying to help here…

    • workin

      It’s amazing(movie box or the android version) but its from Russian servers with illegal stolen stuff. Supposedly steals your data too.

      • Jeffrey

        oh lol didn’t know that, thanks:) still, movie box is too awesome not to use hahah.

    • Erny Carrillo

      Cartoon HD. Cant beat that. Better than Movie Box. No jailbreak required. Actual app.

      • Jeffrey

        hmm looked it up but cant find it in the app store, maybe it’s not available in my country, the netherlands…

      • Erny Carrillo

        Google it. It used to be on app store. But got removed. Google “cartoon hd”. Click on the app store logo once page loads. It will ask permission to install. Click yes install. Runs like a charm.

      • Jeffrey

        hmm i got the site but when i click on the app store logo it won’t open anything… it looks like there only are movies and series for 12 an under though:P

      • Erny Carrillo

        Go to “categories” and then “top movies”

      • Jeffrey

        i would, but i cant install it. it does nothing when i click on the app store logo on the site

  • McBobson

    FROZEN IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER!!!
    hahaha lol just kidding

    • Daniela Margarete

      Awww I love frozen :3

    • JulianZH

      haha frozen.

  • Eni

    the best app for us movie lovers is Movie Box

    • Daniela Margarete

      Yeah

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    Movie box ftw

    • neogeo71

      I cannot get Moviebox to work, constant buffering at All times, too frustrating…

      • White Michael Jackson

        For some reason it does not work some cellular networks. I have heard of one fix to enable vpn, play movie then turn off vpn

  • Keegan

    Suprised you didn’t mention the ToDoMovies app. I love the idea of a to do list for movies. It’s a fantastic app; works smoothly and looks amazing!

  • JulianZH

    which app offer movies that still in theater?

  • White Michael Jackson

    Movie Box and Cartoon HD. Free movies all day.

  • Jason P McCrory

    Forgot on must have! RunPee (It has summaries of first 2 minutes in case you are running late when you can slip out for Restroom without missing major plot with recap of what you miss and notes on if there is anything after credits. How did I ever make it through movies without extreme duress without this? For me a must have.

  • Daniel Green Hersing

    I can highly recommend the app My Movies, which let you easily make a list of all DVD’s and BluRay’s you own.
    To add them you either scan the barcode on the back, or types the name of the movie…
    It sorts them alphabetically with pictures , and comes with filter options in case you need to find a special genre of movies, or producer…
    You can mark movies friends borrowed so you don’t forget, and even mark a movie as one you are trying to sell.

    I LOVE THIS APP!