Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain Films

Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain

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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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    - 39
    Night of the Living Dead


    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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  2. 2
    + 165
    - 30
    Nosferatu


    Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

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  3. 3
    + 131
    - 18
    M


    Peter Lorre, Theo Lingen, Georg John

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  4. 4
    + 168
    - 29
    Metropolis

    the people's #1
    Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos

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  5. 5
    + 111
    - 12
    The 39 Steps


    Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat

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  6. 6
    + 161
    - 32
    Wizard of Oz


    Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard

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  7. 7
    + 94
    - 14
    His Girl Friday


    Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy

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  8. 8
    + 93
    - 17
    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


    Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

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  9. 9
    + 70
    - 11
    The Phantom of the Opera


    Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin

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  10. 10
    + 76
    - 11
    Charade


    Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

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  11. 11
    + 85
    - 19
    The Last Man on Earth


    Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho

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  12. 12
    + 87
    - 17
    Freaks


    Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy, Roscoe Ates

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  13. 13
    + 73
    - 13
    The Gold Rush


    Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Georgia Hale

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  14. 14
    + 79
    - 24
    House on Haunted Hill

    most listed
    Vincent Price, Richard Long, Elisha Cook

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  15. 15
    + 63
    - 12
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame


    Lon Chaney, Ernest Torrence, Raymond Hatton

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  16. 16
    + 61
    - 12
    And Then There Were None


    Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Barry Fitzgerald

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  17. 17
    + 61
    - 10


    Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas

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  18. 18
    + 62
    - 14
    Battleship Potemkin


    Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Antonov

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  19. 19
    + 56
    - 11


    Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin, Glen Cavender

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  20. 20
    + 57
    - 17
    Carnival of Souls


    Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey, Candace Hilligoss

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  21. 21
    + 59
    - 23
    McLintock!


    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers

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  22. 22
    + 44
    - 13
    Faust


    William Dieterle, Emil Jannings, Yvette Guilbert

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  23. 23
    + 76
    - 38
    Plan 9 from Outer Space


    Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge, Joanna Lee

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  24. 24
    + 47
    - 10


    Edmond O'Brien, Beverly Garland, Neville Brand

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  25. 25
    + 64
    - 31
    The Little Shop of Horrors


    Jack Nicholson, Dick Miller, Mel Welles

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  26. 26
    + 44
    - 10


    Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan

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  27. 27
    + 40
    - 13


    Arthur Conan Doyle, Bessie Love, Wallace Beery

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  28. 28
    + 37
    - 10
    Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor


    Mae Questel, Jack Mercer, Gus Wickie

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  29. 29
    + 33
    - 10


    Mary Pickford, ZaSu Pitts, Theodore Roberts

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  30. 30
    + 40
    - 13
    Road to Bali


    Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby

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  31. 31
    + 34
    - 15
    A Bucket of Blood


    Dick Miller, Paul Horn, Bert Convy

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  32. 32
    + 32
    - 7


    Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Parker

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  33. 33
    + 34
    - 9
    Dementia 13


    Patrick Magee, William Campbell, Luana Anders

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  34. 34
    + 39
    - 13
    A Farewell to Arms


    Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou

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  35. 35
    + 35
    - 9


    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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  36. 36
    + 16
    - 1

    added by JaniceWells-Lipton
    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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  37. 37
    + 31
    - 12


    William S. Burroughs, Benjamin Christensen, Elith Pio

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  38. 38
    + 27
    - 7


    Peter Lorre, Dorothy Lamour, Lon Chaney

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  39. 39
    + 23
    - 6


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  40. 40
    + 30
    - 10
    Jungle Book


    John Qualen, Sabu Dastagir, Rosemary DeCamp

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  41. 41
    + 33
    - 13
    White Zombie


    Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Madge Bellamy

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  42. 42
    + 15
    - 1

    added by JaniceWells-Lipton
    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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  43. 43
    + 29
    - 10


    José Ferrer, William Prince, Mala Powers

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  44. 44
    + 25
    - 7


    Basil Rathbone, Patricia Morison, Nigel Bruce

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  45. 45
    + 28
    - 10


    Mickey Rooney, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith

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  46. 46
    + 23
    - 6


    John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey

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  47. 47
    + 26
    - 12


    Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Erich von Stroheim

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  48. 48
    + 27
    - 11


    Lon Chaney, Jr., Sid Haig

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  49. 49
    + 27
    - 11


    Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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  50. 50
    + 20
    - 6


    Carole Lombard, Hattie McDaniel, Margaret Hamilton

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