Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain Films

Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domain

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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.

List Criteria: The best films whose copyrights have expired. Includes all films made before 1923 and films that failed to renew copyright

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  1. 51
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    1929 More
    66
  2. 52
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    1932 More
    66
  3. 53
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    1953 More
    66
  4. 54
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    1932 More
    66
  5. 55
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Killer Shrews

    1959 More
    66
  6. 56
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Brain That Wouldn't Die

    1962 More
    66
  7. 57
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    The Lady Vanishes

    1938 More
    65
  8. 58
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jack and the Beanstalk

    1952 More
    65
  9. 59
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    Bowery at Midnight

    1942 More
    65
  10. 60
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    1941 More
    65
  11. 61
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    1926 More
    65
  12. 62
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    Bluebeard

    1944 More
    65
  13. 63
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    1934 More
    65
  14. 64
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    1940 More
    64
  15. 65
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    64
  16. 66
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    1944 More
    64
  17. 67
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    Cyrano de Bergerac

    1950 More
    64
  18. 68
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    1964 More
    64
  19. 69
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    1963 More
    64
  20. 70
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    1959 More
    64
  21. 71
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    1949 More
    64
  22. 72
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Fast and the Furious

    2001 More
    64
  23. 73
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    Eegah

    1962 More
    64
  24. 74
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    1929 More
    64
  25. 75
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    Marihuana

    1936 More
    63
  26. 76
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    Dick Tracy

    1990 More
    63
  27. 77
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    1944 More
    63
  28. 78
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    1937 More
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  29. 79
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    Dressed to Kill

    1946 More
    63
  30. 80
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    1937 More
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  31. 81
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    1943 More
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  32. 82
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    1997 More
    63
  33. 83
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    Daffy - The Commando

    63
  34. 84
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    1937 More
    63
  35. 85
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    often listed
    Broken Blossoms

    1919 More
    63
  36. 86
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    Sing a Song of Six Pants

    1947 More
    63
  37. 87
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    1954 More
    63
  38. 88
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    1942 More
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  39. 89
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    Topper Returns

    1941 More
    62
  40. 90
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    My Favorite Brunette

    1947 More
    62
  41. 91
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    62
  42. 92
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    Angel and the Badman

    1947 More
    62
  43. 93
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    Our Gang

    1922 More
    62
  44. 94
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    1946 More
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  45. 95
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    often listed
    Way Down East

    1920 More
    62
  46. 96
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    Atom Age Vampire

    1963 More
    62
  47. 97
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    Hercules Unchained

    1959 More
    62
  48. 98
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    The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant

    1971 More
    62
  49. 99
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    Fear in the Night

    1947 More
    62
  50. 100
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    1941 More
    62
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