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. 51
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    John Travolta, Robert Reed, Ralph Bellamy

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  2. 52
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    John Ford, Lillian Gish, Raoul Walsh

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  3. 53
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    Mickey Rooney, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith

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  4. 54
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    often listed Pia Zadora, Ned Wertimer, Bill McCutcheon

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  5. 55
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    Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Madge Bellamy

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  6. 56
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    José Ferrer, William Prince, Mala Powers

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  7. 57
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    often listed Tom Graeff, Thomas Lockyer, King Moody

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  8. 58
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    Dave O'Brien, Carleton Young, Harry Harvey Jr.

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  9. 59
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    Richard Carlson, Lillian Adams, Larissa Wilson

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  10. 60
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    John Hamilton, George J. Lewis, Linda Stirling

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  11. 61
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    Douglas Fairbanks, William Farnum, Maria Alba

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  12. 62
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    Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ian Wolfe

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  13. 63
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    Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre

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  14. 64
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    Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, George E. Stone

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  15. 65
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    often listed Jane Russell, Walter Huston, Thomas Mitchell

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  16. 66
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    Joan Blondell, Carole Landis, Roland Young

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  17. 67
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    Bob Hope, Peter Lorre, Dorothy Lamour

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  18. 68
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    Bela Lugosi, Dave O'Brien, J. Farrell MacDonald

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  19. 69
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    Irving Berlin, Johnny Weissmuller, Eddie Cantor

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  20. 70
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    James Best, Ingrid Goude, Ken Curtis

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  21. 71
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    John Carradine, Nils Asther, Jean Parker

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  22. 72
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    John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey

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  23. 73
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    Marilyn Hanold, Eddie Carmel, Jason Evers

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  24. 74
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    Adolphe Menjou, Janet Gaynor, Fredric March

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  25. 75
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    Mickey Hargitay, Femi Benussi, Alfredo Rizzo

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  26. 76
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    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Shemp Howard

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  27. 77
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    Carole Lombard, Hattie McDaniel, Fredric March

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  28. 78
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    Dolores Faith, Richard Kiel, Merissa Mathes

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  29. 79
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    George Wallace, Peter Brocco, Aline Towne

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  30. 80
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    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Dorothy Ford

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  31. 81
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    Steve Reeves, Herbert Rawlinson, Lyle Talbot

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  32. 82
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    Richard Kiel, Arch Hall, Sr., Arch Hall, Jr.

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  33. 83
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    Sylva Koscina, Steve Reeves, Primo Carnera

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  34. 84
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    Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Betty Compson

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  35. 85
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    Darla Hood, Darwood Kaye

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  36. 86
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    Danny Kaye, Elsa Lanchester, Gene Lockhart

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  37. 87
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    Claude Rains, Anne Baxter, Paul Muni

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  38. 88
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    Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Darla Hood

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  39. 89
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    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas

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  40. 90
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    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

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  41. 91
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    Danny DeVito, Charlton Heston, James Woods

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  42. 92
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    Ernie Morrison, Allen Hoskins, Jackie Condon

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  43. 93
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  44. 94
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  45. 95
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    Anthony Eisley, Susan Cabot, Roy Gordon

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  46. 96
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    Mae Questel, Jack Mercer

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  47. 97
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    Edward G. Robinson, Judith Anderson, Rory Calhoun

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  48. 98
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    Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette

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  49. 99
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    Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez

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  50. 100
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    Jane Hylton, Peter Dyneley, Jerry Ito

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