A Public Domain Movies List

By Michelle Wallace on 02/21/2012

Are you creating a movie project and need some clips? Do you like to dub over movies and create your own versions? Finding a public domain movies list will help you out quite a bit in either case. The public domain is a legal classification of property. Public domain property is available for free use by anyone who might want it, for any purpose whatsoever. These products are considered items of cultural heritage. They are not owned or copyrighted by anyone.

Hundreds of films, videos, shows, cartoons, and other media are in the public domain. Any film made before 1923 is automatically in this classification. Some famous titles in the public domain are The Man Who Knew Too Much, Night Of The Living Dead, and the Superman cartoons. Wikipedia contains a short public domain movies list, but there are other websites that will be more useful to you.

Ranker.com has a great public domain movies list that lists them in order of popularity. Metropolis, a 1927 science fiction classic, is the number one ranked movie. Some other top movies are The Last Man On Earth, Popeye, and Plan 9 from Outer Space. Sites that rank their public domain movies list like these are excellent because you can save a lot of time by looking at recommended movies.

Open Culture.com has a list of 450 movies in the public domain. They have broken them up into Comedy & Drama, Western & John Wayne, Silent Films, Documentaries, and Animations. There are some surprisingly notable titles throughout these lists such as Alice In Wonderland, Yellow Submarine, and Brave New World.

Listal.com is a good place to find a public domain movies list. Their number one ranked film is Intolerance, from 1916. Some other top rated films are Battleship Potemkin, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and Buster Keaton's The General. Mubi.com has lists of public domain movies arranged according to the starring actor as well as by letter. They have many films by Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, D.W. Griffith, and Georges Melies. Some of their top rated movies are The Sin of Harold Diddlebock, Man With A Movie Camera, Haxan, T-Men, and M.

Public Domain Flicks.com is another good site to find copyright free movies. This site, along with Emol.org, even lets you download the films you find on their public domain movies list. Emol has movies arranged by Adventure, Cartoons, Comedy, Family/Kids, Horror/Sci Fi, Westerns, and Travel. Their most popular movies feature The Three Stooges, John Wayne, Sherlock Holmes, Bugs Bunny, and Laurel & Hardy.

On the site, they recommend not downloading and watching these movies using a mobile phone because the files are too large. There are also options for you to stream the movies directly to your computer without a big download. There are plenty of public domain movies list sites out there, and hundreds of movies available to you. With a bit of looking around you will be able to easily find enough films or footage for whatever your needs may be.

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