Watch Free Public Domain Movies Online
Public Domain is an intellectual property designation
referring to the body of creative works and knowledge in which no
person, government or organization has any proprietary interest such as
These works are considered part of the public cultural and intellectual
heritage of content that is not owned or controlled by anyone and which
may be freely used by all.
Following are the some of the best resources for watching or downloading free movies online that fall under the public domain.
- Internet Moving Image Archive
This is the best site for watching or downloading public domain films. A sub-site of the Internet Archives (www.archives.org), it provides near-unrestricted access to thousands of digital films uploaded by Archives users. Users may search by title or genre, with topics ranging from classic feature-length movies and news broadcasts to cartoons and musical performances. The largest collection is comprised of over 1,200
"ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films made
from 1927 through the present.
- Tech Blorge compiled a list of the Internet Archive's "Top 40 free legal movies you can watch right now," as well as the "40 best free legal comedy movies."
- Uncle Earl's Classic Television Channel
All of these classic television shows and movies are in the public domain. Over 4,200 titles are organized by categories such as Kids Shows, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror, Mystery/Detectives/Crime Dramas, Features Films, and so on.
- Video Cellar Collection
The Video Cellar's mission is to collect and preserve forgotten and lost
films, to make them freely available to the public, and to promote the
use of historical film in education.
Their eclectic collection of narrative, documentary and educational films is available for free viewing through their web site, Internet Archives, YouTube's "Video Cellar's Classic Movies" channel.
- Classic Movies EZ
This site enables you to search for feature-length public domain films by title or genre (action, comedy, drama, family, thriller, horror, sci-fi).