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
    + 27
    - 5

    Jackie Cooper, Trevor Howard, Terence Stamp

    ) open buy at  
  2. 52
    + 23
    - 6

    Dorothy Lamour, Reginald Denny, Lon Chaney

    ) open buy at  
  3. 53
    + 25
    - 10

    Joan Keller Stern, Beverly Washburn, Sid Haig

    ) open buy at  
  4. 54
    + 12
    - 12

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Anna Maria Polani, Nando Tamberlani, Jean-Pierre Honoré

    ) open buy at  
  5. 55
    + 25
    - 8

    José Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince

    ) open buy at  
  6. 56
    + 21
    - 5

    Patricia Morison, Basil Rathbone, Carl Harbord

    ) open buy at  
  7. 57
    + 28
    - 14

    Ralph Bellamy, Glynnis O'Connor, John Travolta

    ) open buy at  
  8. 58
    + 19
    - 4

    John Wayne, Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot

    ) open buy at  
  9. 59
    + 20
    - 6

    Lionel Stander, Janet Gaynor, Fredric March

    ) open buy at  
  10. 60
    + 20
    - 7

    Douglas Fairbanks, William Farnum, Maria Alba

    ) open buy at  
  11. 61
    + 29
    - 15

    Dave O'Brien, Warren McCollum, Carleton Young

    ) open buy at  
  12. 62
    + 18
    - 5

    Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Hattie McDaniel

    ) open buy at  
  13. 63
    + 22
    - 9

    Gina Lollobrigida, Saro Urzì, Humphrey Bogart

    ) open buy at  
  14. 64
    + 17
    - 4

    Patsy Kelly, Eddie Anderson, Joan Blondell

    ) open buy at  
  15. 65
    + 18
    - 5

    Telly Savalas, Christopher Lee, George Rigaud

    ) open buy at  
  16. 66
    + 30
    - 18

    Lillian Gish, Eugene Pallette, Mae Marsh

    ) open buy at  
  17. 67
    + 10
    - 11

    often listed
    King Moody, Bryant Grant, Tom Graeff

    ) open buy at  
  18. 68
    + 21
    - 10

    John Carradine, Nils Asther, Iris Adrian

    ) open buy at  
  19. 69
    + 16
    - 5

    Dave O'Brien, John Berkes, Vince Barnett

    ) open buy at  
  20. 70
    + 14
    - 2

    Francis X. Bushman, Merissa Mathes, Marya Carter

    ) open buy at  
  21. 71
    + 18
    - 7

    Buddy Baer, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello

    ) open buy at  
  22. 72
    + 19
    - 8

    Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Harvey Stephens

    ) open buy at  
  23. 73
    + 18
    - 7

    John Hamilton, George J. Lewis, Linda Stirling

    ) open buy at  
  24. 74
    + 11
    - 14

    often listed
    Bill McCutcheon, Pia Zadora, Vincent Beck

    ) open buy at  
  25. 75
    + 21
    - 11

    James Best, Ken Curtis, Gordon McLendon

    ) open buy at  
  26. 76
    + 20
    - 10

    Marilyn Hanold, Virginia Leith, Adele Lamont

    ) open buy at  
  27. 77
    + 20
    - 10

    Melvyn Douglas, George E. Stone, William V. Mong

    ) open buy at  
  28. 78
    + 19
    - 10

    Shemp Howard, Joe Besser, Hillary Brooke

    ) open buy at  
  29. 79
    + 14
    - 4

    Edward G. Robinson, Julie London, Rory Calhoun

    ) open buy at  
  30. 80
    + 16
    - 8

    Clarence Muse, Betty Compson, Bela Lugosi

    ) open buy at  
  31. 81
    + 17
    - 8

    Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard

    ) open buy at  
  32. 82
    + 17
    - 10

    Richard Carlson, Susan Gordon, Lillian Adams

    ) open buy at  
  33. 83
    + 15
    - 6

    William Campbell, Paul Muller, Rik Battaglia

    ) open buy at  
  34. 84
    + 16
    - 6

    Alan Hale, Sr., Walter Catlett

    ) open buy at  
  35. 85
    + 16
    - 8

    Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Gus Wickie

    ) open buy at  
  36. 86
    + 14
    - 6

    Darla Hood, Darwood Kaye

    ) open buy at  
  37. 87
    + 15
    - 6

    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

    ) open buy at  
  38. 88
    + 15
    - 6

    Primo Carnera, Andrea Fantasia, Sylva Koscina

    ) open buy at  
  39. 89
    + 15
    - 3

    Cab Calloway, Mae Questel

    ) open buy at  
  40. 90
    + 15
    - 8

    Rudy Vallée, Helen Morgan, Adolph Zukor

    ) open buy at  
  41. 91
    + 16
    - 8

    Anthony Eisley, Susan Cabot, Roy Gordon

    ) open buy at  
  42. 92
    + 14
    - 5

    Allen Hoskins, Ernie Morrison, Winston and Weston Doty

    ) open buy at  
  43. 93
    + 17
    - 9

    Anne Baxter, Paul Muni, Claude Rains

    ) open buy at  
  44. 94
    + 17
    - 9

    James Woods, Matt Frewer, Samantha Eggar

    ) open buy at  
  45. 95
    + 17
    - 11

    Roberto Messina, Femi Benussi, Mickey Hargitay

    ) open buy at  
  46. 96
    + 12
    - 4

    George Wallace, Peter Brocco, Aline Towne

    ) open buy at  
  47. 97
    + 15
    - 6

    Edward G. Robinson, Samuel S. Hinds, Joan Bennett

    ) open buy at  
  48. 98
    + 12
    - 4

    Timothy Farrell, Dolores Fuller, Lyle Talbot

    ) open buy at  
  49. 99
    + 15
    - 6

    Shug Fisher, Fred Graham, Don Sullivan

    ) open buy at  
  50. 100
    + 14
    - 7

    Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Charles Judels

    ) open buy at  
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