films Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain

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List Rules 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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Beat the Devil Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre

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The Fast and the Furious is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Fast and the Furious Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

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Father's Little Dividend is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Father's Little Dividend Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett

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Smokey and the Bandit is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Smokey and the Bandit Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason

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Detour is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Detour Ann Savage, Tom Neal, Tim Ryan

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Our Gang is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Our Gang Ernie Morrison, Allen Hoskins, Mickey Daniels

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Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe Buster Crabbe, Charles Middleton, Anne Gwynne

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Orphans of the Storm is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Orphans of the Storm Lillian Gish, Joseph Schildkraut, Dorothy Gish

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Reefer Madness Dave O'Brien, Carleton Young, Harry Harvey Jr.

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Nothing Sacred is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Nothing Sacred Carole Lombard, Hattie McDaniel, Margaret Hamilton

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The Vampire Bat is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Vampire Bat Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Lionel Atwill

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The Killer Shrews Ken Curtis, James Best, Ingrid Goude

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Topper Returns is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Topper Returns Joan Blondell, Carole Landis, Roland Young

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The Brain That Wouldn't Die Marilyn Hanold, Eddie Carmel, Jason Evers

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Horror Express is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Horror Express Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas

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Jack and the Beanstalk is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Jack and the Beanstalk Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Dorothy Ford

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The Bat is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Bat Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Darla Hood

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Disorder in the Court is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Disorder in the Court Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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Scarlet Street is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Scarlet Street Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea

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Creature from the Haunted Sea Robert Towne, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Sonia Noemí

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Mr. Robinson Crusoe Douglas Fairbanks, William Farnum, Maria Alba

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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
A Star Is Born Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou

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To the Shores of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain

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Terror by Night is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Terror by Night Basil Rathbone, Billy Bevan, Nigel Bruce

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Bowery at Midnight is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Bowery at Midnight Bela Lugosi, Dave O'Brien, J. Farrell MacDonald

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Africa Screams is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Africa Screams Lou Costello, Shemp Howard, Hillary Brooke

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Zorro's Black Whip is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Zorro's Black Whip John Hamilton, George J. Lewis, Linda Stirling

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The Boy in the Plastic Bubble John Travolta, Robert Reed, Ralph Bellamy

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The Phantom Planet is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Phantom Planet Richard Kiel, Dolores Faith, Coleen Gray

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Tormented Richard Carlson, Lillian Adams, Larissa Wilson

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The Inspector General is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Inspector General Danny Kaye, Elsa Lanchester, Gene Lockhart

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The Birth of a Nation is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Birth of a Nation Lillian Gish, John Ford, Raoul Walsh

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The Hitch-Hiker is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Hitch-Hiker Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, José Torvay

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Manos: The Hands of Fate Harold P. Warren, William Bryan Jennings, Jackey Neyman Jones

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Horrors of Spider Island is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain

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Kansas City Confidential is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Kansas City Confidential Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam, Coleen Gray

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Snow White is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Snow White Cab Calloway, Mae Questel

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Nightmare Castle is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Nightmare Castle Barbara Steele, William Campbell, Paul Muller

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Bluebeard is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Bluebeard John Carradine, Nils Asther, Jean Parker

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The Outlaw is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Outlaw Jane Russell, Walter Huston, Thomas Mitchell

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The Wasp Woman is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Wasp Woman Anthony Eisley, Susan Cabot, Roy Gordon

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Angel on My Shoulder is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Angel on My Shoulder Anne Baxter, Claude Rains, Paul Muni

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Sing a Song of Six Pants is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Sing a Song of Six Pants Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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Brutna Blommor is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Brutna Blommor Lillian Gish, Kid McCoy, Donald Crisp

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The Red House is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Red House Edward G. Robinson, Julie London, Judith Anderson

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Hercules Unchained is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Hercules Unchained Sylva Koscina, Steve Reeves, Primo Carnera

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The Corpse Vanishes is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Corpse Vanishes Bela Lugosi, Angelo Rossitto, Joan Barclay

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Revolt of the Zombies is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Revolt of the Zombies Dean Jagger, George Cleveland, Mantan Moreland

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Bloody Pit of Horror Mickey Hargitay, Femi Benussi, Alfredo Rizzo

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Way Down East is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Way Down East Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Lowell Sherman