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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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    Joan Blondell, Carole Landis, Roland Young Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Buster Crabbe, Charles Middleton, Anne Gwynne

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    Douglas Fairbanks, William Farnum, Maria Alba Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Dorothy Ford Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou

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    Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Ken Curtis, James Best, Ingrid Goude

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    John Travolta, Robert Reed, Ralph Bellamy

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    Bela Lugosi, Dave O'Brien, J. Farrell MacDonald Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Lillian Gish, John Ford, Raoul Walsh Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    John Hamilton, George J. Lewis, Linda Stirling

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    Edward G. Robinson, Julie London, Judith Anderson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Dean Jagger, George Cleveland, Mantan Moreland Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Anne Baxter, Claude Rains, Paul Muni

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    Bela Lugosi, Martin Garralaga, Sammy Petrillo

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    Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Lillian Gish, Kid McCoy, Donald Crisp

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    Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Lowell Sherman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette

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    Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Betty Compson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Lou Costello, Shemp Howard, Hillary Brooke Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Anthony Eisley, Susan Cabot, Roy Gordon

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    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

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