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Public Domain Feature Films
Here is a list of feature-length films in the Public Domain, at least in the United States. In addition to those listed, all feature films made before 1923 are in the public domain as well. There is also a book from the 1970s called 50,000 Motion Pictures in the Public Domain, which the compilers created by checking films that had been registered for copyright but whose copyright was never renewed. (Renewals became automatic after about 1978.)
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    Numbers, A-B-C 
  • The 39 Steps (1935)
  • Abilene Town (1946) PD
  • Abraham Lincoln (1930)
  • Ace Drummond (1936)
  • The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (1943)
  • Aerial Gunner (1943) is PD.
  • Africa Screams (1949)
  • Algiers (1938)
  • The Amazing Mr. X (1948)
  • Assignment Outer Space
  • The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)
  • And Then There Were None (1945)
  • Angel And The Badman (1946)
  • Angel On My Shoulder (1946)
  • Angels Hard As They Come (1971)
  • The Ape (1940)
  • The Ape Man (1943)
  • Assassin Of Youth (1937)
  • At War With The Army (1950)
  • Atom Age Vampire (1963)
  • Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
  • Attack from Space
  • The Bat (1959)
  • The Battleship Potemkin
  • Bear Shooters (1930)
  • Beat The Devil (1953)
  • Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)
  • The Bigamist (1953)
  • Beneath the 12 Mile Reef (1953)
  • The Big Show (1936)
  • The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  • Black Dragons (1942)
  • The Blood Of Jesus (1941)
  • Bloody Pit of Horror (1965)
  • Bluebeard (1944)
  • Bowery at Midnight (1942)
  • Boy Meets Dog (1938)
  • The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)
  • The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)
  • Bride of the Gorilla (1951)
  • Brideless Groom (1947)
  • Broken Blossoms (1919)
  • A Bucket of Blood (1959)
  • Bulldog Drummound (1929)
  • Burn 'Em Up Barnes (1934)
  • Bad Man of Deadwood (1941)
  • Beachcomber, The - aka - Vessel of Warth (1938)
  • Beachcomber, The (1939) is PD.
  • Becky Sharp (1935)
  • Behave Yourself (1951)
  • Beloved Rogue, The (1927) - The United Artists feature film is PD and the R-C comedy short is not.
  • Betsy Ross (1917) PD
  • Black Pirate, The (1926)
  • Black Raven, The (1943)
  • Blue Steel (1934) PD
  • Born to the West - Hell Town (1937) PD
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
  • Captain Kidd (1945)
  • Carnival of Souls (1962)
  • Cause For Alarm! (1951)
  • Cavalcade of the West (1936) PD
  • Chained For Life (1951)
  • Charade (1963) Please note — — the film is PD, but the soundtrack in isolation is not.
  • Check And Double Check (1930)
  • The Chicken Of Tomorrow' (1948)
  • Child Bride (1938)
  • The City of the Dead (1960)
  • The Corpse Vanishes (1942)
  • Corregidor (1943)
  • Crash of the Moons (1954)
  • Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

    D-E-F 
  • D.O.A. 1950
  • Daniel Boone (1936) PD
  • Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer (1956) PD
  • Day the Sky Exploded, The
  • Detour (1945) PD
  • Devil's Messenger, The (1961) PD
  • Dead Men Walk 1943
  • Death Rides A Horse 1967
  • Dementia 13 1963
  • Detour 1945
  • Dick Tracy 1937 serial
  • Disorder in the Court: Three Stooges serial 1936
  • Dogs of War 1923 Our Gang short
  • Doomed to Die 1940
  • Dressed to Kill 1946
  • The Driller Killer 1979
  • Duck and Cover 1952
  • Eegah! (1962) PD
  • Eagle, The (1925)
  • Embryo 1976
  • The Eternal Jew 1940
  • Eternally Yours 1939
  • Experiments in the Revival of Organisms 1940
  • A Farewell to Arms 1932
  • The Fast and the Furious (1955)
  • The Fatal Hour (1940)
  • Father's Little Divident 1951
  • Faust 1926
  • Fear in the Night 1947
  • Fight for the Sky, The (1945) PD, U.S. Government
  • Fighting Caravans (1931) PD
  • Fire Over England (1937)
  • Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe 1941
  • The Flying Devices 1939
  • Foolish Wives 1922
  • Freaks 1932
  • The Front Page 1931
  • Frozen North, The (1922) PD

    G-H-I 
  • Gangster's Den, The (1945) PD
  • Gangster Story (1960)
  • The General (1927) — Starring Buster Keaton.
  • The Giant Gila Monster 1959
  • Glamour Gal 1945
  • Glorifying the American Girl (1929)
  • Go Down, Death! 1944
  • The Gold Rush 1925
  • The Gorilla 1939
  • The Great Alaskan Mystery 1944
  • The Great Rupert 1950
  • Greed 1924
  • Gullivers Travels 1939 (the Max Fleischer animated version)
  • Gumbasia 1953
  • Happy Go Lovely 1951
  • Haxan 1922
  • He Walked By Night 1948
  • The Head Hunter 1982 (English dub, American public domain)
  • Hell's House 1932
  • Hemp for Victory 1942
  • Hercules 1958
  • Hercules Unchained 1959
  • Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon 1964
  • Hercules vs. The Moon Men 1964
  • His Girl Friday (1940)
  • Hittin' the Trail (1937) PD
  • Hoodlum, The (1951) PD
  • The Hitch-Hiker 1953
  • Holy Ghost People 1967
  • Horror Express 1972
  • Horrors of Spider Island 1960
  • House on Haunted Hill (1959) 1959
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1923
  • The Hurricane Express 1932
  • I Cover the Waterfront 1933
  • Impact 1949
  • The Incredible Petrified World 1957
  • The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant 1971
  • Indestructible Man 1956
  • The Inspector General 1949
  • Invisible Ghost 1941
  • Intolerance 1916
  • It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Please Note — — While the films images are Public Domain, under the rulings of Stewart Vs. Abend the script is based off the copyrighted story The Greatest Gift. Republic Pictures also purchased exclusive rights to the movies copyrighted music to further shore up its rights.

    J-K-L 
  • Jap Zero (1943) PD, U.S. Government
  • Jungle Book, The (1942) is PD.
  • King Kong
  • La Ciociara - Two Women (1960) PD
  • Lady Gangster (1942) PD
  • Last of the Mohicans (1920 silent)
  • Last Tme I Saw Paris, The (1954) Please note — — the film is PD, but the soundtrack in isolation is not.
  • Let There Be Light (1946) PD, U.S. Government
  • The Little Shop of Horrors 1960 PD
  • Light of Western Stars, The (1940) PD
  • Jack and the Beanstalk 1952
  • The Jackie Robinson Story 1950
  • Jail Bait 1954
  • Jesses James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter 1966
  • The Killer Shrews 1959
  • King of the Zombies 1941
  • Kansas City Confidential 1952
  • Lady Frankenstein 1971
  • The Lady Vanishes 1938
  • The Last Man on Earth 1964
  • Last Woman on Earth 1960
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy 1936
  • The Little Princess 1939
  • The Little Shop of Horrors 1960
  • The Lost City 1935
  • The Lost Jungle 1934
  • The Lost World 1925

    M-N-O 
  • M 1931
  • Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960) PD
  • The Mad Monster 1942
  • Malice in the Palace 1949
  • Man with a Movie Camera 1929
  • Manfish 1956
  • Maniac 1934
  • "Manos" The Hands of Fate (1966)
  • The Manster 1959
  • Marihuana 1936
  • McLintock! 1963 Please note — — the film is PD, but the soundtrack in isolation is not.
  • Meet John Doe 1941
  • Metropolis 1927
  • Midnight Manhunt 1945
  • My Dear Secretary 1949
  • The Monster Maker 1944
  • The Monster Walks 1932
  • Mr. Adam's Bomb (1949)
  • Mr. Boggs Steps Out 1938
  • Mr. Robinson Cruesoe 1932
  • Murder at the Baskervilles
  • Mutiny (1952) PD
  • My Favorite Brunette
  • Neath Brooklyn Bridge
  • The New Adventures of Tarzan 1935
  • Night of the Living Dead 1968
  • Nightmare Castle 1965
  • North Star, The (1943)
  • Nosferatu 1922
  • Nothing Sacred 1937
  • One Body Too Many 1944
  • Orphans Of The Storm (1921)
  • Our Gang (1922)
  • Our Gang Follies of 1938 (1937)
  • The Outlaw (1943)

    P-Q-R 
  • Paper Bullets - Gangs Inc. (1941) PD
  • Phantom from Space
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  • Quicksand (1950) PD
  • Rainbow Valley (1935) PD
  • Red House, The (1947)
  • Reign of Terror (1949)
  • Return of The Streetfighter (1974/5)

    S-T-U 
  • Santa Fe Trail (1940) PD
  • The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1974) - United Kingdom should be okay.
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green (1945) PD
  • Sign of Four, The (1932)
  • Sin of Harold Diddlebock, The (1947) PD
  • Sin Takes a Holiday 1930
  • Sinners in Paradise 1939
  • Sister Streetfighter (1974/6)
  • Snows of Kilimanjaro,The (1952) PD
  • The Streetfighter (1974/5)
  • The Streetfighter's Last Revenge (1974/9)
  • A Study in Scarlet (1933)
  • Swing Parade Of 1946 (1946)
  • Target for Today (1944) PD, U.S. Government
  • Teenage Zombies (1959) - United States should be okay
  • Teenagers from Outer Space (1959) PD
  • The Terror (1963)
  • The Thief of Bagdad (1924) - there are at least five versions of this film, only the first of which is in the public domain. The spelling 'Bagdad' is used for all five.
  • Too Late for Tears (1949) PD
  • Unknown World (1951)

     V-W-X 
  • Whistle Stop (1946) PD
  • Whom the Gods Destroy (1916)
  • Why We Fight series (1942-45)

     Y-Z 
  • Young and Innocent (aka Girl Was Young, The (USA) (1937) PD

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