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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 

    D-E-F 
  • D.O.A. (1950)
  • Daniel Boone (1936)
  • Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer (1956)
  • The Day the Sky Exploded (1958)
  • Dead Men Walk (1943)
  • Death Rides a Horse (1967)
  • Dementia 13 (1963)
  • Detour (1945)
  • The Devil's Messenger (1961)
  • Dick Tracy (1937)
  • Disorder in the Court (1936)
  • The Divorce of Lady X (1938)
  • 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) — Made by the US government. Under US copyright law, all works created by the federal government, or by its employees who are acting within the scope of their employment, are public domain from their creation. Note that this does not necessarily apply to works made by state or local governments.
  • 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 from creation as work of the US 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 

    P-Q-R 
  • Paper Bullets - Gangs Inc. (1941)
  • Phantom from Space (1953)
  • The Phantom Empire (1935)
  • 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)
  • Rosita (1923)

    S-T-U 

     V-W-X 

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

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