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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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Little Lord Fauntleroy is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Little Lord Fauntleroy Mickey Rooney, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith

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Beat the Devil Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre

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Our Gang is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Our Gang Ernie Morrison, Allen Hoskins, Mickey Daniels

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The Fast and the Furious is listed (or ranked) 54 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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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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Horror Express is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Horror Express 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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Father's Little Dividend is listed (or ranked) 58 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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Orphans of the Storm is listed (or ranked) 59 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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The Killer Shrews Ken Curtis, James Best, Ingrid Goude

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

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

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Bowery at Midnight is listed (or ranked) 65 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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Nothing Sacred is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Nothing Sacred Carole Lombard, Hattie McDaniel, Margaret Hamilton

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Jack and the Beanstalk is listed (or ranked) 67 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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Mr. Robinson Crusoe Douglas Fairbanks, William Farnum, Maria Alba

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Bluebeard is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Bluebeard John Carradine, Nils Asther, Jean Parker

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The Bat is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Bat Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Darla Hood

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The Phantom Planet is listed (or ranked) 71 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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Creature from the Haunted Sea Robert Towne, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Sonia Noemí

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Disorder in the Court is listed (or ranked) 73 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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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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The Hitch-Hiker is listed (or ranked) 75 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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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 76 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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The Birth of a Nation is listed (or ranked) 77 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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Bloody Pit of Horror Mickey Hargitay, Femi Benussi, Alfredo Rizzo

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

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Scarlet Street is listed (or ranked) 80 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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To the Shores of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain

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Way Down East is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Way Down East Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Lowell Sherman

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Modern Times is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Modern Times Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Edward LeSaint

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Africa Screams is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Africa Screams Lou Costello, Shemp Howard, Hillary Brooke

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The Wasp Woman is listed (or ranked) 85 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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Brutna Blommor is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Brutna Blommor Lillian Gish, Kid McCoy, Donald Crisp

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Revolt of the Zombies is listed (or ranked) 87 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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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Stranger Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young

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Giant Gila Monster is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Giant Gila Monster Fred Graham, Shug Fisher, Don Sullivan

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

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The Terror is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Terror Jack Nicholson, Boris Karloff, Dick Miller

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The City of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain

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Horrors of Spider Island is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain

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Invisible Ghost is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Invisible Ghost Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Betty Compson

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Zorro's Black Whip is listed (or ranked) 95 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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Kansas City Confidential is listed (or ranked) 96 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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Tormented Richard Carlson, Lillian Adams, Larissa Wilson

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Fresh Hare is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
Fresh Hare Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

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The Inspector General is listed (or ranked) 99 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 Corpse Vanishes is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain
The Corpse Vanishes Bela Lugosi, Angelo Rossitto, Joan Barclay