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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    Metropolis

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    99
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    1931 More
    99
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    1922 More
    97
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    1959 More
    94
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    1920 More
    94
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    1964 More
    93
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    1925 More
    93
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    1960 More
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    1959 More
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    1935 More
    84
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    1926 More
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    1959 More
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    1932 More
    81
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    1945 More
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    1962 More
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    1917 More
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    1940 More
    73
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    1961 More
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    1932 More
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    1976 More
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    1942 More
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    Orphans of the Storm

    1921 More
    67
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    1952 More
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    1951 More
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