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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    Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Darla Hood

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    Beat the Devil


    Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre

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    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas

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    Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe


    Buster Crabbe, Charles Middleton, Anne Gwynne

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    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Dorothy Ford

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    Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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    The Killer Shrews


    Ken Curtis, James Best, Ingrid Goude

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    Cab Calloway, Mae Questel

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    The Boy in the Plastic Bubble


    John Travolta, Robert Reed, Ralph Bellamy

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

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    Mr. Robinson Crusoe


    Douglas Fairbanks, William Farnum, Maria Alba

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    Lillian Gish, John Ford, Raoul Walsh

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    John Carradine, Nils Asther, Jean Parker

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    Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Lionel Atwill

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    Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou

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    Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea

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    Reefer Madness


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

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    Richard Kiel, Dolores Faith, Coleen Gray

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    John Hamilton, George J. Lewis, Linda Stirling

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    Creature from the Haunted Sea


    Robert Towne, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Sonia Noemí

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    Edward G. Robinson, Julie London, Judith Anderson

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    The Brain That Wouldn't Die


    Marilyn Hanold, Eddie Carmel, Jason Evers

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    Ernie Morrison, Allen Hoskins, Mickey Daniels

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    Manos: The Hands of Fate


    Harold P. Warren, William Bryan Jennings, Jackey Neyman Jones

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    Fred Graham, Shug Fisher, Don Sullivan

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    Dean Jagger, George Cleveland, Mantan Moreland

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    Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Betty Compson

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    Jane Russell, Walter Huston, Thomas Mitchell

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    Mae Questel, Jack Mercer, Gus Wickie

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    Anne Baxter, Claude Rains, Paul Muni

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    Ann Savage, Tom Neal, Tim Ryan

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    Lillian Gish, Kid McCoy, Donald Crisp

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Lowell Sherman

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    Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette

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    Steve Reeves, Herbert Rawlinson, Lyle Talbot

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    Lou Costello, Shemp Howard, Hillary Brooke

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    Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Anthony Eisley, Susan Cabot, Roy Gordon

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    Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla


    Bela Lugosi, Martin Garralaga, Sammy Petrillo

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    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

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    Barbara Steele, William Campbell, Paul Muller

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    Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

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    Sylva Koscina, Steve Reeves, Primo Carnera

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    Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Edgar Buchanan

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    Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Roger Moore, Eva Gabor

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