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

    1927 More
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    A Bucket of Blood

    1959 More
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    1935 More
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