Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain Films
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Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain

List Criteria: The best films whose copyrights have expired. Includes all films made before 1923 and films that failed to renew copyright

The best free movies in the public domain number among some of the best movies of all time, and since their copyrights have lapsed, they are free to watch, distribute, and remake. Many of these free films in the public domain were once high-grossing, Academy Award-winning movies that have since become open to public use. Classic movies like The Wizard of Oz, Metropolis, and Metropolis are now part of the general public experience.

What is the best film in the public domain? What Oscar winning films are now free to use? What are the greatest films whose copyrights have lapsed? Vote on the movies you think are the best available in the public domain. If you know of a movie that is now free to public use and not here on this list of the best films in the public domain, make sure to add it and vote it up so others can have a chance to find their new favorite movie in the public domain.
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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Metropolis

    1927 More
    95
  2. 2
    Up 75
    Down 11
    1968 More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 65
    Down 6
    1931 More
    94
  4. 4
    Up 62
    Down 7
    1922 More
    93
  5. 5
    Up 35
    Down 8

    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    House on Haunted Hill

    1959 More
    91
  6. 6
    Up 48
    Down 3
    1920 More
    91
  7. 7
    Up 55
    Down 8
    1925 More
    90
  8. 8
    Up 46
    Down 6
    1964 More
    88
  9. 9
    Up 37
    Down 9
    1960 More
    82
  10. 10
    Up 41
    Down 15
    1959 More
    81
  11. 11
    Up 29
    Down 7
    1963 More
    80
  12. 12
    Up 43
    Down 3

    ranked low on reranks
    The 39 Steps

    1935 More
    80
  13. 13
    Up 24
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Faust

    1926 More
    79
  14. 14
    Up 21
    Down 3
    1945 More
    78
  15. 15
    Up 19
    Down 3

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    A Bucket of Blood

    1959 More
    78
  16. 16
    Up 39
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    ranked low on reranks
    Freaks

    1932 More
    76
  17. 17
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    1923 More
    75
  18. 18
    Up 35
    Down 6
    1925 More
    74
  19. 19
    Up 35
    Down 6
    1925 More
    74
  20. 20
    Up 29
    Down 5
    1925 More
    73
  21. 21
    Up 27
    Down 4
    1962 More
    72
  22. 22
    Up 19
    Down 2
    1917 More
    69
  23. 23
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    Down 7
    1961 More
    67
  24. 24
    Up 35
    Down 6
    1940 More
    66
  25. 25
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    No image
    1925 More
    65
  26. 26
    Up 19
    Down 7
    1926 More
    65
  27. 27
    Up 32
    Down 5

    ranked low on reranks
    Charade

    1963 More
    65
  28. 28
    Up 16
    Down 6
    1936 More
    65
  29. 29
    Up 14
    Down 4
    1916 More
    64
  30. 30
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    1940 More
    64
  31. 31
    Up 14
    Down 5
    1952 More
    63
  32. 32
    Up 17
    Down 8
    1966 More
    63
  33. 33
    Up 11
    Down 4
    1921 More
    62
  34. 34
    Up 27
    Down 6

    ranked low on reranks
    A Farewell to Arms

    1932 More
    62
  35. 35
    Up 11
    Down 4

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Häxan

    1923 More
    62
  36. 36
    Up 7
    Down 0
    1929 More
    62
  37. 37
    Up 21
    Down 3
    1936 More
    61
  38. 38
    Up 21
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    1942 More
    60
  39. 39
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    1951 More
    60
  40. 40
    Up 20
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    1968 More
    60
  41. 41
    Up 20
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    1963 More
    60
  42. 42
    Up 25
    Down 8
    1976 More
    60
  43. 43
    Up 3
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    often listed
    Way Down East

    1920 More
    59
  44. 44
    Up 10
    Down 6

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hercules vs. the Moon Men

    1964 More
    59
  45. 45
    Up 23
    Down 7
    1952 More
    59
  46. 46
    Up 17
    Down 2
    No image
    1939 More
    59
  47. 47
    Up 21
    Down 6
    No image
    1941 More
    58
  48. 48
    Up 20
    Down 5
    1950 More
    58
  49. 49
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Broken Blossoms

    1919 More
    58
  50. 50
    Up 17
    Down 4
    1938 More
    57
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