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The Roku Channel is adding 29 free movies in October – here’s the full list

Free movies on The Roku Channel in October 2022.

Every month, streaming services add dozens of new TV shows and movies to their libraries. They do this in order to keep their subscribers around and entice new ones into signing up. But no matter how exciting these additions may be, there are far too many services for any of us to subscribe to them all. Thankfully, paid services aren’t the only choices — many free alternatives have started popping up all over. One of the best options is The Roku Channel, and the service is adding a bunch of free movies to its library in October.

Free movies on The Roku Channel in October

The Roku Channel added 35 new movies back in September, including Superman, Point Break, and The Departed. Another 29 movies will join the library in October. Some of the highlights are John Wick and its sequels, The Hulk, and American Gangster.

They are all free to watch on The Roku Channel. You can access The Roku Channel on nearly any smart device. The service is also available online at

In addition to on-demand movies and shows, The Roku Channel also features a number of live channels. These include ABC News Live, Family Feud, Real Crime, Fubo Sports Network, Movie Favorites by Lifetime, and WeatherNation.

Free action movies on The Roku Channel | October 2022

  • John Wick – An ex-hit-man comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him. 
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 – After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.  
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassins’ guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head, he is the target of hit men and women everywhere. 
  • The Hulk – Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government, must find a cure for the monster he turns into whenever he loses his temper. 
  • Anna – Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins. 
  • Salt – A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. 
  • Desperate Riders – A loner and a female sharpshooter must save a boy’s mother from a ruthless outlaw. 
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines – A machine from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a man and a woman from an advanced robotic assassin to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack. 
  • Terminator Salvation – In 2018, a mysterious new weapon in the war against the machines, half-human and half-machine, comes to John Connor on the eve of a resistance attack on Skynet. But whose side is he on, and can he be trusted?

Free drama movies on The Roku Channel | October 2022

  • Law Abiding Citizen – A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family’s killers free. 
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby – One couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. 
  • American Gangster – An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film. 
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) – A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional career. 

Free comedy movies on The Roku Channel | October 2022

  • Meet the Fockers – All hell breaks loose when the Byrnes family meets the Focker family for the first time. 
  • Meet the Parents – Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend’s parents before proposing, but her suspicious father is every date’s worst nightmare. 
  • Little Fockers – Family-patriarch Jack Byrnes wants to appoint a successor. Does his son-in-law, the male nurse Greg Focker, have what it takes? 
  • You Don’t Mess with the Zohan – An Israeli Special Forces Soldier fakes his death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist. 
  • Kindergarten Cop – A tough cop must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to locate a dangerous criminal’s ex-wife, who may hold the key to putting him behind bars.  
  • Burn After Reading – A disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous and daft gym employees who attempt to sell it. 
  • The Watch (2012) – Four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion. 
  • Never Been Kissed – A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story. 
  • While You Were Sleeping – A hopelessly romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient. 

Free kids & family movies on The Roku Channel | October 2022

  • The Sandlot – In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures. 
  • Gnomeo & Juliet – Separated by a garden fence and a feud, are blue gnomes on one side and red gnomes on the other. This doesn’t stop blue Gnomeo and red Juliet from falling in love with each other. Do they have a future together? 
  • The Book of Life – Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. 
  • Rookie of the Year – When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. 

Free thriller movies on The Roku Channel | October 2022

  • A Simple Favor (Launch Oct. 4) – Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate. 
  • Arachnophobia – A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill. 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) – Flighty teenage girl Buffy Summers learns that she is her generation’s destined battler of vampires.

Those are all of the free movies coming to The Roku Channel in October. There are also a few new TV shows and original series streaming free in October:

  • This Old House (10/3) – The host guides various participants as they repair and renovate various houses. 
  • Ask This Old House (10/3) – Tom Silva, Richard Trethewey, Roger Cook and host Kevin O’Connor, the experts of Ask This Old House, travel the country making house calls in order to answer homeowner questions and everyday home improvement projects.
  • Young Rock (10/4) – A look at the formative years of superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as he grows up through life.
  • Martha Gardens (10/14) – With it’s acres of gardens, pastures, orchards, greenhouses, and animals, Martha Stewart’s Bedford Farm serves as the backdrop for her gardening lessons and tips.  
  • Milk Street’s Cooking School (10/28) – Christopher Kimball seeks to inspire home cooks to try new techniques, ingredients, and tools.  
  • Milk Street’s My Family Recipe (10/28) – With a combination of historical context and modern culinary know-how, chefs Christopher Kimball and Cheryl Day help home cooks recreate lost or forgotten cherished family recipes.  

Keep scrolling for all of the free movies on The Roku Channel from September.

Free action movies on The Roku Channel | September 2022

  • Superman (1978) – An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest superhero.
  • Superman II (1980) – Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.
  • Superman III (1983) – Synthetic kryptonite laced with tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) – The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor’s latest creation, Nuclear Man.
  • Superman Returns (2006) – Mob Superman returns to Earth after spending five years in space examining his homeworld Krypton. But he finds things have changed while he was gone, and he must once again prove himself important to the world.
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers’ war.
  • Hidalgo – In 1890, a down-and-out cowboy and his horse travel to Arabia to compete in a deadly cross desert horse race.
  • S. Marshals – U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard and his team of Marshals are assigned to track down Sheridan, who has been accused of a double-murder.
  • Point Break – An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) – Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) – The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last canister of the ooze that created the Turtles, with which Shredder wants to unleash an army of new mutants.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) – When their closest friend April O’Neil discovers an ancient scepter with magical powers, the turtles must cow-a-bunga their way back to 17th century Japan to rescue her from the evil clutches of Lord Norinaga.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) – When a kingpin threatens New York City, a group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect their home.
  • TMNT – When the world is threatened by an ancient evil, the four adolescent turtles must reunite and overcome their faults in order to stand against it.

Free drama movies on The Roku Channel | September 2022

  • Fried Green Tomatoes – A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady at a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.
  • The Departed – An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
  • The Color Purple – A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.
  • Detroit – Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.
  • Focus – In the midst of veteran con man Nicky’s latest scheme, a woman from his past – now an accomplished femme fatale – shows up and throws his plans for a loop.
  • All Eyez On Me – Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.
  • Spanglish – A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife.
  • Bombshell – A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.

Free romance movies on The Roku Channel | September 2022

  • Employee of the Month – A slacker competes with a repeat winner for the “Employee of the Month” title at work, in order to gain the affections of a new female employee.
  • Sweet Home Alabama – A young woman who has reinvented herself as a New York City socialite must return home to Alabama to obtain a divorce from her husband after seven years of separation.
  • Sleepless in Seattle – A recently widowed man’s son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.
  • Must Love Dogs – A thirty-something preschool teacher looks to the personals for a change of pace and a relationship, with hilarious results.

Free comedy movies on The Roku Channel | September 2022

  • Scooby-Doo – After an acrimonious break up, the Mystery Inc. gang are individually brought to an island resort to investigate strange events.
  • Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed – The Mystery Inc. gang must save Coolsville from an attack of their past monsters brought to life by an evil masked figure trying to take down the gang.
  • Grumpy Old Men – A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.
  • Madea’s Family Reunion – While planning her family reunion, a pistol-packing grandma must contend with the other dramas on her plate, including the runaway who has been placed under her care, and her love-troubled nieces.
  • Groundhog Day – A narcissistic, self-centered weatherman finds himself in a time loop on Groundhog Day, and the day keeps repeating until he gets it right.
  • Blazing Saddles – In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle – A Korean-American office worker and his Indian-American stoner friend embark on a quest to satisfy their desire for White Castle burgers.
  • Joe Dirt – After being abandoned by his parents at the Grand Canyon, Joe Dirt tells the story of his journey to find his parents.

Free thriller movies on The Roku Channel | September 2022

  • The Ring – A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it.

Those are the free movies coming to The Roku Channel this September. There are also a few TV shows that you’ll be able to watch for free on the service:

  • The Neighborhood (Seasons 1-4) – A friendly guy from the Midwest tries to fit in in a tough L.A. neighborhood.
  • Bones (All 12 Seasons) – Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan and cocky F.B.I. Special Agent Seeley Booth build a team to investigate murders. Quite often, there isn’t more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones.
  • Bull (Season 6 – All seasons now available) – Brilliant, brash, and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition, and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses, and the accused tick.

We’ll be back next month with all of the latest movies and shows on The Roku Channel.

More Roku coverage: For even more Roku news, visit our Roku guide.

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.