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. 20
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Dick Miller, Paul Horn, Bert Convy

    ) open
  2. 149
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    - 7

    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

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  3. 44
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    Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou

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  4. 151
    + 8
    - 6

    Ginger Rogers, Louise Beavers, Lyle Talbot

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  5. 58
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    Adolphe Menjou, Janet Gaynor, Fredric March

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  6. 248
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    Darren McGavin, Marsha Hunt

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  7. 103
    + 10
    - 4

    Walter Huston, Una Merkel, Hobart Bosworth

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  8. 175
    + 4
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    Jean Rogers, John 'Dusty' King

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  9. 79
    + 18
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    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Shemp Howard

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  10. 196
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    Jack Mercer, Margie Hines

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  11. 144
    + 9
    - 6

    Hedy Lamarr, Charles Boyer, Gene Lockhart

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  12. 280
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    added by logmein Ali Baba Et 40 Voleures

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  13. 138
    + 7
    - 4
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  14. 12
    + 45
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    Judith Anderson, Walter Huston, Barry Fitzgerald

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  15. 65
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    John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey

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  16. 81
    + 16
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    Claude Rains, Anne Baxter, Paul Muni

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  17. 225
    + 5
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    Gary Busey, Scott Glenn, Charles Dierkop

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  18. 177
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    Arthur Gardner, Earl Dwire, Dorothy Vaughan

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  19. 205
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    Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Polly Bergen

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  20. 147
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    Sergio Fantoni, Ivo Garrani, Andrea Scotti

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  21. 209
    + 7
    - 8

    Yvette Vickers, Ken Clark, Susan Cabot

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  22. 267
    + 10
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    added by JaniceWells-Lipton Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Jason Hervey

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  23. 21
    + 54
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    Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Antonov

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  24. 212
    + 2
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    Jackie Cooper, Allen Hoskins, Bobby Hutchins

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  25. 63
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    Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre

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  26. 39
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    Bela Lugosi, Martin Garralaga, Sammy Petrillo

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  27. 184
    + 5
    - 3

    Rock Hudson, Robert Wagner, Peter Graves

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  28. 119
    + 9
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    Bela Lugosi, Joan Barclay

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  29. 86
    + 16
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    Mickey Hargitay, Femi Benussi, Alfredo Rizzo

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  30. 64
    + 20
    - 9

    John Carradine, Nils Asther, Jean Parker

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  31. 71
    + 15
    - 5

    Bela Lugosi, Dave O'Brien, J. Farrell MacDonald

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  32. 193
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    Billy Bletcher

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  33. 245
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  34. 274
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    added by wrongsoul11 Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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  35. 222
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    Raymond Burr, Lon Chaney, Jr., Barbara Payton

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  36. 185
    + 5
    - 4

    Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard

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  37. 38
    + 15
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    often listed Lillian Gish, Donald Crisp, Kid McCoy

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  38. 122
    + 10
    - 6

    Joan Bennett, Ronald Colman, Lawrence Grant

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  39. 257
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    Jack Mulhall, Francis McDonald, Frankie Darro

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  40. 180
    + 5
    - 3

    Charles Laughton, John Carradine, Randolph Scott

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  41. 22
    + 46
    - 10

    Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey, Art Ellison

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  42. 219
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    Loretta Young, Barry Sullivan, Margalo Gillmore

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  43. 148
    + 10
    - 9

    Allen Jenkins, Patricia Wright, Daisy Hilton

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  44. 25
    + 54
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    Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

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  45. 237
    + 2
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    Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Sue Carol

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  46. 192
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    Angelo Rossitto, Warner Richmond, Shirley Mills

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  47. 181
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  48. 34
    + 24
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robert Towne, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Sonia Noemí

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  49. 59
    + 22
    - 8

    José Ferrer, William Prince, Mala Powers

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  50. 36
    + 35
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    ranked low on reranks Edmond O'Brien, Beverly Garland, Neville Brand

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