Paramount's Vault on YouTube brings you dozens of classic movies

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 8, 2015
Updated • Oct 8, 2015
Music and Video

While YouTube always had its fair share of movies that you could watch on site if you knew how to find them, the selection of movies from official sources has increased significantly in recent years.

The Paramount Vault on YouTube brings you a selection of classic Paramount movies and clips that you can watch in full length on the site.

The selection seems to be restricted to the United States though (maybe other countries as well) and if you are not connecting from one of the allowed regions you will receive the dreaded "this video is not available. Sorry about that" error instead.

Only the clips uploaded to the channel seem to be available without geo-restrictions while all full-length movies are restricted.

A good starting point to find out what is being offered is the playlists page. There you find most movies listed into categories such as classics, drama or science fiction, and a click on the title opens all movies added to that playlist.

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You will notice that some movies are listed in more than one category which reduces the number of unique movies available slightly.

You are probably wondering what you can expect to see there; here is a short selection of full movies offered by the Paramount Vault channel on YouTube:

  • Hamlet (Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates)
  • Missing in Action (Chuck Norris)
  • Bound (Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano)
  • Flashback (Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland, Carol Kane)
  • Masters of the Universe (Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster)

As you can see, these movies are mostly from the 90s or earlier with only a handful of movies from 2000 onward (like The Chumscrubber or Beneath). All in all, the selection does not include many blockbuster movies

As far as clips are concerned, you find a better selection there such as Braveheart's full freedom speech, the full choosing the Holy Grail scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the opening fight scene from Once Upon a Time in the West, or the end of Sunset Boulevard.

The selection of full movies pales to that of commercial streaming services for obvious reasons but that does not mean that you may not find a handful of movies there you will enjoy watching. Considering that these movies are free to watch if you are connecting from the right region, there is little to say against the offering as a whole.

Paramount's Vault on YouTube brings you dozens of classic movies
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Paramount's Vault on YouTube brings you dozens of classic movies
The Paramount Vault is a YouTube channel that is offering free full-length Paramount movies.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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