Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain Films

Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain

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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.

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

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Metropolis

    1927 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 53
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    often listed
    Nosferatu

    1922 More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 58
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    ranked low on reranks
    M

    1931 More
    98
  4. 4
    Up 60
    Down 8
    1968 More
    95
  5. 5
    Up 39
    Down 3
    1920 More
    94
  6. 6
    Up 41
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    1925 More
    93
  7. 7
    Up 39
    Down 4
    1964 More
    89
  8. 8
    Up 36
    Down 3
    1935 More
    88
  9. 9
    Up 34
    Down 5
    1960 More
    85
  10. 10
    Up 29
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    House on Haunted Hill

    1959 More
    84
  11. 11
    Up 23
    Down 3

    most listed
    Faust

    1926 More
    84
  12. 12
    Up 27
    Down 2

    ranked low on reranks
    The Phantom of the Opera

    1925 More
    83
  13. 13
    Up 32
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    ranked low on reranks
    Freaks

    1932 More
    82
  14. 14
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    1923 More
    82
  15. 15
    Up 24
    Down 2
    1962 More
    81
  16. 16
    Up 27
    Down 5
    1963 More
    80
  17. 17
    Up 37
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    ranked high on reranks
    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    1959 More
    80
  18. 18
    Up 28
    Down 6
    1925 More
    80
  19. 19
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    A Bucket of Blood

    1959 More
    79
  20. 20
    Up 32
    Down 6
    1940 More
    78
  21. 21
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Gold Rush

    1925 More
    77
  22. 22
    Up 16
    Down 1

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Little Princess

    1917 More
    76
  23. 23
    Up 27
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    ranked low on reranks
    Charade

    1963 More
    75
  24. 24
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    1932 More
    74
  25. 25
    Up 17
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    1945 More
    74
  26. 26
    Up 20
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    1936 More
    73
  27. 27
    Up 19
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    1968 More
    72
  28. 28
    Up 19
    Down 3
    1963 More
    72
  29. 29
    Up 20
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    1942 More
    72
  30. 30
    Up 14
    Down 3
    1952 More
    71
  31. 31
    Up 20
    Down 4
    1951 More
    71
  32. 32
    Up 21
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

    1976 More
    71
  33. 33
    Up 20
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    1961 More
    70
  34. 34
    Up 21
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    ranked high on reranks
    Road to Bali

    1952 More
    70
  35. 35
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    ranked high on reranks
    Tormented

    1960 More
    70
  36. 36
    Up 20
    Down 5
    No image

    ranked low on reranks
    Meet John Doe

    1941 More
    70
  37. 37
    Up 13
    Down 4

    often listed
    Intolerance

    1916 More
    69
  38. 38
    Up 16
    Down 2
    No image

    ranked low on reranks
    The Flying Deuces

    1939 More
    69
  39. 39
    Up 16
    Down 7

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Manos: The Hands of Fate

    1966 More
    69
  40. 40
    Up 14
    Down 2
    1965 More
    69
  41. 41
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    ranked high on reranks
    Revolt of the Zombies

    1936 More
    69
  42. 42
    Up 16
    Down 3
    No image

    ranked low on reranks
    The Lost World

    1925 More
    68
  43. 43
    Up 20
    Down 7

    ranked low on reranks
    The Birth of a Nation

    1915 More
    68
  44. 44
    Up 15
    Down 3
    1936 More
    68
  45. 45
    Up 13
    Down 5
    1940 More
    68
  46. 46
    Up 18
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    ranked low on reranks
    D.O.A.

    1950 More
    67
  47. 47
    Up 15
    Down 4
    1933 More
    67
  48. 48
    Up 10
    Down 4

    often listed
    Orphans of the Storm

    1921 More
    67
  49. 49
    Up 9
    Down 3

    often listed
    Häxan

    1923 More
    66
  50. 50
    Up 19
    Down 9
    1936 More
    66
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