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Free Movies! The Best Films In The Public Domain

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Vote up your favorite royalty free movies.

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 royalty free to watch, distribute, and remake. Many of these free films in the public domain and out of copyright 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 and if you want to see them again, you might be able to watch them on YouTube. 

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  • His Girl Friday
    1
    Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • Charade
    2
    Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau
    • Released: 1963
    • Directed by: Stanley Donen
  • Night of the Living Dead
    3
    Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman
    • Released: 1968
    • Directed by: George A. Romero
  • The Phantom of the Opera
    4
    Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry
    • Released: 1925
    • Directed by: Rupert Julian
  • The Gold Rush
    5
    Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray
    • Released: 1925
    • Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
  • The General
    6
    Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender
    • Released: 1926
    • Directed by: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    7
    Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Ernest Torrence
    • Released: 1923
    • Directed by: Wallace Worsley
  • The Last Man on Earth
    8
    Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Sidney Salkow, Ubaldo Ragona
  • D.O.A.
    9
    Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: Rudolph Maté
  • McLintock!
    10
    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Yvonne De Carlo
    • Released: 1963
    • Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
  • Carnival of Souls
    11
    Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: Herk Harvey
  • Meet John Doe
    12
    Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold
    • Released: 1941
    • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • The Little Shop of Horrors
    13
    Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles
    • Released: 1960
    • Directed by: Roger Corman
  • Road to Bali
    14
    Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
    • Released: 1952
    • Directed by: Hal Walker
  • Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor
    15
    Mae Questel, Jack Mercer, Gus Wickie
    • Released: 1936
    • Directed by: Dave Fleischer
  • Detour
    16
    Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
  • The Little Princess
    17
    Mary Pickford, ZaSu Pitts, Theodore Roberts
    • Released: 1917
    • Directed by: Marshall Neilan
  • Angel and the Badman
    18
    John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey
    • Released: 1947
    • Directed by: James Edward Grant
  • Gulliver's Travels
    19
    Lanny Ross, Pinto Colvig, Jessica Dragonette
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: Dave Fleischer
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
    20
    José Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: Michael Gordon
  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
    21
    Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Kirk Douglas
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Lewis Milestone
  • A Farewell to Arms
    22
    Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou
    • Released: 1932
    • Directed by: Frank Borzage
  • White Zombie
    23
    Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Robert Frazer
    • Released: 1932
    • Directed by: Victor Halperin
  • Disorder in the Court
    24
    Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Curly Howard
    • Directed by: Jack White
  • Royal Wedding
    25
    Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: Stanley Donen