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)
  • The Beachcomber - aka - Vessel of Wrath (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)
  • Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer (1956)
  • The Day the Sky Exploded (1958)
  • Detour (1945)
  • The Devil's Messenger (1961)
  • Dead Men Walk (1943)
  • Death Rides a Horse (1967)
  • Dementia 13 (1963)
  • Detour (1945)
  • Dick Tracy (1937)
  • Disorder in the Court (1936)
  • Dogs of War (1923)
  • Doomed to Die (1940)
  • Dressed to Kill (1946)
  • The Driller Killer (1979)
  • Duck and Cover (1952)
  • Eegah! (1962)
  • The Eagle (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 Dividend (1951)
  • Faust (1926(
  • Fear in the Night (1947)
  • The Fight for the Sky (1945)
  • Fighting Caravans (1931)
  • Fire Over England (1937)
  • Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1941)
  • The Flying Deuces (1939)
  • Foolish Wives (1922)
  • Freaks (1932)
  • The Front Page (1931)
  • The Frozen North (1922)

    G-H-I 

    J-K-L 
  • Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)
  • The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
  • Jail Bait (1954)
  • Jap Zero (1943) PD, U.S. Government
  • Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966)
  • Jungle Book (1942)
  • Kansas City Confidential (1952)
  • The Killer Shrews (1959)
  • King Kong (1933)
  • King of the Zombies (1941)
  • La Ciociara - Two Women (1960)
  • Lady Frankenstein (1971)
  • Lady Gangster (1942)
  • The Lady Vanishes (1938)
  • The Last Man on Earth (1964)
  • Last of the Mohicans (1920)
  • Last Time I Saw Paris, The (1954) — The film is PD, but the soundtrack in isolation is not.
  • Last Woman on Earth (1960)
  • Let There Be Light (1946) PD, U.S. Government
  • The Light of Western Stars (1940)
  • 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)
  • The Lodger (1927)

    M-N-O 
  • M (1931)
  • Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960)
  • 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) — 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 aka Silver Blaze (1937)
  • Mutiny (1952)
  • My Favorite Brunette (1947)
  • Neath Brooklyn Bridge (1942)
  • The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • Nightmare Castle (1965)
  • The North Star (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)
  • Phantom from Space (1953)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  • Quicksand (1950)
  • Rainbow Valley (1935)
  • The Red House (1947)
  • Reign of Terror (1949)
  • Return of The Streetfighter (1974/5)

    S-T-U 

     V-W-X 

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

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