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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    Mickey Rooney, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith

    ) open
  2. 52
    + 22
    - 6


    Bob Hope, Peter Lorre, Dorothy Lamour

    ) open
  3. 53
    + 25
    - 10


    Lon Chaney, Jr., Sid Haig, Mantan Moreland

    ) open
  4. 54
    + 24
    - 8


    José Ferrer, William Prince, Mala Powers

    ) open
  5. 55
    + 20
    - 5


    Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ian Wolfe

    ) open
  6. 56
    + 28
    - 14


    John Travolta, Robert Reed, Ralph Bellamy

    ) open
  7. 57
    + 11
    - 12

    often listed
    Attilio Dottesio, Nando Tamberlani, Paola Pitti

    ) open
  8. 58
    + 20
    - 6


    Adolphe Menjou, Janet Gaynor, Fredric March

    ) open
  9. 59
    + 29
    - 15


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

    ) open
  10. 60
    + 18
    - 5


    Carole Lombard, Hattie McDaniel, Fredric March

    ) open
  11. 61
    + 22
    - 9


    Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre

    ) open
  12. 62
    + 18
    - 4


    John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey

    ) open
  13. 63
    + 19
    - 7


    Douglas Fairbanks, William Farnum, Maria Alba

    ) open
  14. 64
    + 18
    - 5


    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas

    ) open
  15. 65
    + 30
    - 18


    John Ford, Lillian Gish, Raoul Walsh

    ) open
  16. 66
    + 16
    - 5


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

    ) open
  17. 67
    + 14
    - 2


    Dolores Faith, Richard Kiel, Merissa Mathes

    ) open
  18. 68
    + 16
    - 4


    Joan Blondell, Carole Landis, Roland Young

    ) open
  19. 69
    + 19
    - 8


    Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Darla Hood

    ) open
  20. 70
    + 10
    - 11

    often listed
    Tom Graeff, Thomas Lockyer, King Moody

    ) open
  21. 71
    + 21
    - 11


    James Best, Ingrid Goude, Ken Curtis

    ) open
  22. 72
    + 20
    - 10


    Marilyn Hanold, Eddie Carmel, Jason Evers

    ) open
  23. 73
    + 11
    - 14

    often listed
    Pia Zadora, Ned Wertimer, Bill McCutcheon

    ) open
  24. 74
    + 20
    - 10


    Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, George E. Stone

    ) open
  25. 75
    + 20
    - 10


    John Carradine, Nils Asther, Jean Parker

    ) open
  26. 76
    + 17
    - 7


    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Dorothy Ford

    ) open
  27. 77
    + 17
    - 7


    John Hamilton, George J. Lewis, Linda Stirling

    ) open
  28. 78
    + 19
    - 10


    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Shemp Howard

    ) open
  29. 79
    + 14
    - 4


    Edward G. Robinson, Judith Anderson, Rory Calhoun

    ) open
  30. 80
    + 16
    - 8


    Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Betty Compson

    ) open
  31. 81
    + 15
    - 6


    Barbara Steele, William Campbell, Paul Muller

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  32. 82
    + 16
    - 6


    Danny Kaye, Elsa Lanchester, Gene Lockhart

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  33. 83
    + 17
    - 10


    Richard Carlson, Lillian Adams, Larissa Wilson

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  34. 84
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    - 8
    ) open
  35. 85
    + 16
    - 8


    Anthony Eisley, Susan Cabot, Roy Gordon

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  36. 86
    + 14
    - 5


    Ernie Morrison, Allen Hoskins, Jackie Condon

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  37. 87
    + 15
    - 8


    Irving Berlin, Johnny Weissmuller, Eddie Cantor

    ) open
  38. 88
    + 16
    - 8


    Claude Rains, Anne Baxter, Paul Muni

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  39. 89
    + 17
    - 9


    Danny DeVito, Charlton Heston, James Woods

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  40. 90
    + 16
    - 8


    Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard

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  41. 91
    + 12
    - 4


    George Wallace, Peter Brocco, Aline Towne

    ) open
  42. 92
    + 14
    - 6


    Sylva Koscina, Steve Reeves, Primo Carnera

    ) open
  43. 93
    + 13
    - 6


    Darla Hood, Darwood Kaye

    ) open
  44. 94
    + 16
    - 11


    Mickey Hargitay, Femi Benussi, Alfredo Rizzo

    ) open
  45. 95
    + 14
    - 6


    Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea

    ) open
  46. 96
    + 11
    - 4


    Steve Reeves, Herbert Rawlinson, Lyle Talbot

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  47. 97
    + 13
    - 3


    Cab Calloway, Mae Questel

    ) open
  48. 98
    + 13
    - 6


    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

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  49. 99
    + 14
    - 6


    Fred Graham, Shug Fisher, Don Sullivan

    ) open
  50. 100
    + 13
    - 7


    Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette

    ) open
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