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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    Lon Chaney, Jr., Sid Haig, Mantan Moreland

    ) open
  2. 52
    + 8
    - 4

    often listed Jane Russell, Walter Huston, Thomas Mitchell

    ) open
  3. 53
    + 21
    - 6

    Bob Hope, Peter Lorre, Dorothy Lamour

    ) open
  4. 54
    + 11
    - 11

    often listed Attilio Dottesio, Nando Tamberlani, Paola Pitti

    ) open
  5. 55
    + 29
    - 14

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

    ) open
  6. 56
    + 28
    - 14

    John Travolta, Robert Reed, Ralph Bellamy

    ) open
  7. 57
    + 30
    - 15

    John Ford, Lillian Gish, Raoul Walsh

    ) open
  8. 58
    + 19
    - 5

    Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ian Wolfe

    ) open
  9. 59
    + 19
    - 6

    Adolphe Menjou, Janet Gaynor, Fredric March

    ) open
  10. 60
    + 19
    - 7

    Douglas Fairbanks, William Farnum, Maria Alba

    ) open
  11. 61
    + 21
    - 8

    José Ferrer, William Prince, Mala Powers

    ) open
  12. 62
    + 9
    - 9

    often listed Tom Graeff, Thomas Lockyer, King Moody

    ) open
  13. 63
    + 16
    - 5

    Carole Lombard, Hattie McDaniel, Fredric March

    ) open
  14. 64
    + 20
    - 9

    Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre

    ) open
  15. 65
    + 11
    - 13

    often listed Pia Zadora, Ned Wertimer, Bill McCutcheon

    ) open
  16. 66
    + 17
    - 6

    John Hamilton, George J. Lewis, Linda Stirling

    ) open
  17. 67
    + 16
    - 4

    John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey

    ) open
  18. 68
    + 16
    - 4

    Joan Blondell, Carole Landis, Roland Young

    ) open
  19. 69
    + 21
    - 11

    James Best, Ingrid Goude, Ken Curtis

    ) open
  20. 70
    + 18
    - 8

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Shemp Howard

    ) open
  21. 71
    + 19
    - 9

    John Carradine, Nils Asther, Jean Parker

    ) open
  22. 72
    + 15
    - 5

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

    ) open
  23. 73
    + 16
    - 5

    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas

    ) open
  24. 74
    + 19
    - 10

    Marilyn Hanold, Eddie Carmel, Jason Evers

    ) open
  25. 75
    + 19
    - 10

    Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, George E. Stone

    ) open
  26. 76
    + 17
    - 8

    Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Darla Hood

    ) open
  27. 77
    + 12
    - 2

    Dolores Faith, Richard Kiel, Merissa Mathes

    ) open
  28. 78
    + 15
    - 7

    Irving Berlin, Johnny Weissmuller, Eddie Cantor

    ) open
  29. 79
    + 12
    - 3

    Edward G. Robinson, Judith Anderson, Rory Calhoun

    ) open
  30. 80
    + 17
    - 10

    Richard Carlson, Lillian Adams, Larissa Wilson

    ) open
  31. 81
    + 17
    - 9

    Danny DeVito, Charlton Heston, James Woods

    ) open
  32. 82
    + 16
    - 10

    Mickey Hargitay, Femi Benussi, Alfredo Rizzo

    ) open
  33. 83
    + 14
    - 7

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Dorothy Ford

    ) open
  34. 84
    + 15
    - 8
    ) open
  35. 85
    + 14
    - 6

    Sylva Koscina, Steve Reeves, Primo Carnera

    ) open
  36. 86
    + 15
    - 8

    Claude Rains, Anne Baxter, Paul Muni

    ) open
  37. 87
    + 14
    - 8

    Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Betty Compson

    ) open
  38. 88
    + 11
    - 4

    George Wallace, Peter Brocco, Aline Towne

    ) open
  39. 89
    + 13
    - 7
    ) open
  40. 90
    + 13
    - 6

    Barbara Steele, William Campbell, Paul Muller

    ) open
  41. 91
    + 11
    - 4

    Steve Reeves, Herbert Rawlinson, Lyle Talbot

    ) open
  42. 92
    + 12
    - 2

    Cab Calloway, Mae Questel

    ) open
  43. 93
    + 12
    - 5

    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

    ) open
  44. 94
    + 12
    - 6

    Darla Hood, Darwood Kaye

    ) open
  45. 95
    + 14
    - 8

    Anthony Eisley, Susan Cabot, Roy Gordon

    ) open
  46. 96
    + 12
    - 5

    Ernie Morrison, Allen Hoskins, Jackie Condon

    ) open
  47. 97
    + 13
    - 6

    Danny Kaye, Elsa Lanchester, Gene Lockhart

    ) open
  48. 98
    + 13
    - 8
    ) open
  49. 99
    + 12
    - 7

    Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette

    ) open
  50. 100
    + 12
    - 7

    Jane Hylton, Peter Dyneley, Jerry Ito

    ) open
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