Downloading movies from the Internet has become a good option due to the growth of file sharing technologies and the availability of high-speed network connections. If you have a good Internet connection and some free space on your hard drive, you can easily learn how to download a movie even if you are a novice computer user.
- Address the necessary legal issues. In most jurisdictions, downloading a movie that you don't already own on another format (such as a DVD) will put you in violation of copyright laws. Films which are in the public domain will not be subject to this rule; they are free to use and not governed by any intellectual property laws. Be careful to address the legality of downloading a particular film before you begin.
- Download and install a BitTorrent client. While many other file sharing protocols exist, BitTorrent is the most effective and popular method for downloading feature-length films. To use this method, you need to install a piece of client software on your computer. Many of these applications are available for free; some of the most popular clients are Tixati, Vuze, Transmission, and uTorrent.
- Search for the movie on a BitTorrent search engine. After installing your torrent client software, you can download the torrent file for the movie in which you're interested. The best way to do this is to search for the film on a torrent search engine; 2 popular sites are Pirate Bay and Isohunt. You can also find torrent files using a regular search engine. A torrent file has a ".torrent" extension, and is actually just a text file telling your torrent client where to download the pieces of the movie.
- Load the torrent file into your BitTorrent software to begin the download. Double-click on the torrent file to load it into your torrent client. The download should begin automatically. Once the file has downloaded completely, leave the torrent software open for several hours to allow other users to download the file from you. This will improve your "torrent ratio," and will allow you to download additional files more quickly.
- Open the movie file in a media player application. Once the torrent has finished downloading, your client software will save the actual video file on your hard drive (check the settings in your torrent software to determine where the file is saved). Double-click the file to open it in your default media player. You can safely delete the torrent file itself once the video clip has finished downloading.
- Torrents files with a large number of "seeders" (users who are sharing the whole file) will download the fastest.
- The website Archive.org maintains a large database of public domain films. If the film in which you're interested is public domain, consider checking for it on this site (or a similar site) first.