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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    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas

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  3. 53
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    Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe


    Buster Crabbe, Charles Middleton, Anne Gwynne

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  4. 54
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    Lillian Gish, Joseph Schildkraut, Dorothy Gish

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  5. 55
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    Beat the Devil


    Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre

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  6. 56
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    - 13
    The Killer Shrews


    Ken Curtis, James Best, Ingrid Goude

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  7. 57
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    The Boy in the Plastic Bubble


    John Travolta, Robert Reed, Ralph Bellamy

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    Joan Blondell, Carole Landis, Roland Young

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    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Dorothy Ford

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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    Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Lionel Atwill

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    Cab Calloway, Mae Questel

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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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    Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou

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  19. 69
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    The Brain That Wouldn't Die


    Marilyn Hanold, Eddie Carmel, Jason Evers

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  20. 70
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    Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea

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    Fred Graham, Shug Fisher, Don Sullivan

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  22. 72
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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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    Lou Costello, Shemp Howard, Hillary Brooke

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    Ernie Morrison, Allen Hoskins, Mickey Daniels

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    Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Lowell Sherman

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    Dean Jagger, George Cleveland, Mantan Moreland

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    Jane Russell, Walter Huston, Thomas Mitchell

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    Bela Lugosi, Clarence Muse, Betty Compson

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    Manos: The Hands of Fate


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

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    Mae Questel, Jack Mercer, Gus Wickie

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    Anne Baxter, Claude Rains, Paul Muni

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    Barbara Steele, William Campbell, Paul Muller

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    Lillian Gish, Kid McCoy, Donald Crisp

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    Ann Savage, Tom Neal, Tim Ryan

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Basil Rathbone, Billy Bevan, Nigel Bruce

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    Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette

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    Steve Reeves, Herbert Rawlinson, Lyle Talbot

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    Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard

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    Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla


    Bela Lugosi, Martin Garralaga, Sammy Petrillo

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    Bela Lugosi, Angelo Rossitto, Joan Barclay

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    Anthony Eisley, Susan Cabot, Roy Gordon

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    Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

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    Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

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    Sylva Koscina, Steve Reeves, Primo Carnera

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