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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.

Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain Films
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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat

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    Peter Lorre, Theo Lingen, Georg John

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    Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos

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    Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

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    Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy, Roscoe Ates

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    Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Georgia Hale

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    Lon Chaney, Ernest Torrence, Raymond Hatton

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    Vincent Price, Richard Long, Elisha Cook Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Barry Fitzgerald

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas

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    Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Antonov Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Edmond O'Brien, Beverly Garland, Neville Brand

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    William Dieterle, Emil Jannings, Yvette Guilbert Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge, Joanna Lee Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Jack Nicholson, Dick Miller, Mel Welles

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    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Mary Pickford, ZaSu Pitts, Theodore Roberts Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Arthur Conan Doyle, Bessie Love, Wallace Beery

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    Patrick Magee, William Campbell, Luana Anders Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Parker Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Dick Miller, Paul Horn, Bert Convy Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Mae Questel, Jack Mercer, Gus Wickie

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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    John Qualen, Sabu Dastagir, Rosemary DeCamp

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    William S. Burroughs, Benjamin Christensen, Elith Pio Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Peter Lorre, Dorothy Lamour, Lon Chaney Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Madge Bellamy Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Erich von Stroheim Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Mickey Rooney, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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    John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas

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    Carole Lombard, Hattie McDaniel, Margaret Hamilton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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