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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    often listed Pia Zadora, Ned Wertimer, Bill McCutcheon

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    Mickey Rooney, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith

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  3. 53
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    José Ferrer, William Prince, Mala Powers

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  4. 54
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    John Ford, Lillian Gish, Raoul Walsh

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  5. 55
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    often listed Tom Graeff, Thomas Lockyer, King Moody

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  6. 56
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    Dave O'Brien, Carleton Young, Harry Harvey Jr.

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  7. 57
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    Bela Lugosi, Dave O'Brien, J. Farrell MacDonald

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  8. 58
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    Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre

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    Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Madge Bellamy

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  10. 60
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    Richard Carlson, Lillian Adams, Larissa Wilson

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  11. 61
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    John Hamilton, George J. Lewis, Linda Stirling

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    Douglas Fairbanks, William Farnum, Maria Alba

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    Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, George E. Stone

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    Joan Blondell, Carole Landis, Roland Young

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    Mickey Hargitay, Femi Benussi, Alfredo Rizzo

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    Irving Berlin, Johnny Weissmuller, Eddie Cantor

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  17. 67
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    James Best, Ingrid Goude, Ken Curtis

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    often listed Jane Russell, Walter Huston, Thomas Mitchell

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    John Carradine, Nils Asther, Jean Parker

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    John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey

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    Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ian Wolfe

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    Richard Kiel, Arch Hall, Sr., Arch Hall, Jr.

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    Marilyn Hanold, Eddie Carmel, Jason Evers

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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Shemp Howard

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    Bob Hope, Peter Lorre, Dorothy Lamour

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    Darla Hood, Darwood Kaye

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    Carole Lombard, Hattie McDaniel, Fredric March

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    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

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    Danny DeVito, Charlton Heston, James Woods

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    Dolores Faith, Richard Kiel, Merissa Mathes

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    Ernie Morrison, Allen Hoskins, Jackie Condon

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    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Dorothy Ford

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    George Wallace, Peter Brocco, Aline Towne

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  36. 86
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    Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette

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    Mae Questel, Jack Mercer

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    Sylva Koscina, Steve Reeves, Primo Carnera

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    Jane Hylton, Peter Dyneley, Jerry Ito

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    Adolphe Menjou, Janet Gaynor, Fredric March

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  41. 91
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    Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard

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    Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman

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    Danny Kaye, Elsa Lanchester, Gene Lockhart

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    Phyllis Diller, Horace B. Carpenter, William Woods

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    Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Betty Compson

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    Claude Rains, Anne Baxter, Paul Muni

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    Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Andy García

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    Jack Nicholson, Boris Karloff, Dick Miller

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    Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Darla Hood

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    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas

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