List of films in the public domain in the United States (New 2012)

This is a list of films that certain cited sources believe are in the public domain in the United States. Being in the public domain refers to cinematic, dramatic, literary, musical and artistic works that no government, organization, or individual owns, and as such is common property. Note: Films in this list may incorporate elements from other works that are still under copyright, even though the film itself is out of copyright.
(List made in 2012)
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1.
Angel and the Badman (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in. (100 mins.)
 
2.
The Animal Kingdom (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Tom Collier has had a great relationship with Daisy, but when he decides to marry, it is not Daisy whom he asks... (85 mins.)
 
3.
Algiers (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Beautiful Gaby meets a romantic jewel thief in the mysterious Casbah. (96 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
4.
Beau Brummel (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
George Bryan Brummel, a British military officer, loves Lady Margery, the betrothed of Lord Alvanley... (135 mins.)
Director: Harry Beaumont
 
5.
Beau Ideal (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
An American joins the French Foreign Legion in order to rescue a boyhood friend. (79 mins.)
Director: Herbert Brenon
 
6.
Behind Office Doors (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Mary Linden is the secretary who is the unheralded power behind successful executive James Duneen. He takes her for granted until rival Wales tries to take her away from him. (82 mins.)
Director: Melville Brown
 
7.
Bird of Paradise (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A native girl falls for a visitor to her island, but she's chosen to be sacrificed to the volcano god. (80 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
8.
Blood on the Sun (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A dedicated American reporter in 1930s Japan is determined to expose that government's plan for world domination. (98 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
9.
Charade (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? (113 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
10.
Check and Double Check (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle... (77 mins.)
Director: Melville Brown
 
11.
Conspiracy (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
For the last four years Margaret Holt has been helping her brother, assistant D.A. Victor Holt, to try... (69 mins.)
Director: Christy Cabanne
 
12.
The Dance of Life (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A vaudeville comic and a pretty young dancer aren't having much luck in their separate careers, so they decide to combine their acts... (115 mins.)
 
13.
Danger Lights (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The tough boss of a railroad yard befriends a young hobo, and unwittingly places in jeopardy his relationship with the woman he loves. (74 mins.)
Director: George B. Seitz
 
14.
Dixiana (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
In antebellum New Orleans, two men vie for the affections of a beautiful young girl during Mardi Gras. (100 mins.)
Director: Luther Reed
 
15.
The Driller Killer (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill. (96 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
16.
Father's Little Dividend (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In this sequel to Father of the Bride, newly married Kay Dunstan announces that she and her husband are going to have a baby, leaving her father having to come to grips with the fact that he will soon be a granddad. (82 mins.)
 
17.
A Farewell to Arms (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I. (80 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
18.
The General (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. (67 mins.)
 
19.
The Gold Rush (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. (95 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
20.
Go for Broke! (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of Japanese-American soldiers who fought in Europe during World War II. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Pirosh
 
21.
Half Shot at Sunrise (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The stage stars Wheeler and Woolsey play two soldiers who go absent without leave in Paris, during World War I. (78 mins.)
Director: Paul Sloane
 
22.
Hemp for Victory (1943 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An informational film produced to encourage farmers to grow hemp for the war effort during WW2. The film details the many industrial uses of hemp, including cloth and cordage, as well as a detailed history of the plant's use. (15 mins.)
Director: Raymond Evans
 
23.
His Girl Friday (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. (92 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
24.
Hook Line and Sinker (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two fast-talking insurance salesmen meet Mary, who is running away from her wealthy mother, and they agree to help her run a hotel that she owns... (75 mins.)
Director: Edward Cline
 
25.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen. (133 mins.)
Director: Wallace Worsley
 
26.
Inside the Lines (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
During World War 1, German spies will stop at nothing to spy on the allied war plans stored at Gibraltar. (72 mins.)
Director: Roy Pomeroy
 
27.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
28.
Kept Husbands (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Blue collar steelworker Richard Brunton (McCrea) saves two of his fellow workers after an accident at a factory... (76 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
29.
The Lady Refuses (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A wealthy London nobleman hires a pretty but poor young girl to distract his playboy son from marrying a golddigger... (72 mins.)
 
30.
A Lady to Love (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Middle-aged Napa Valley grape-grower Tony posts a marriage proposal to San Francisco waitress Lena enclosing... (92 mins.)
Director: Victor Seastrom
 
31.
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Charles returns to Paris to reminisce about the life he led in Paris after it was liberated. He worked... (116 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
32.
Lawful Larceny (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A woman of low morals who runs a gambling operation in her house takes pride in destroying the men she ensnares in her net... (66 mins.)
Director: Lowell Sherman
 
33.
Leathernecking (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(79 mins.)
Director: Edward F. Cline
 
34.
Letter of Introduction (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An aging actor, trying to make a comeback on Broadway, is surprised when his estranged daughter shows up... (104 mins.)
Director: John M. Stahl
 
35.
The Little Princess (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to Africa with the army. (93 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
36.
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it. (72 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
37.
Lonely Wives (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A lonely husband, whose wife has been away, hires a look-a-like impersonator to fill his place and fool his mother-in-law while he plays around with a pretty coquette. His wife returns that night and confusion prevails. (85 mins.)
Director: Russell Mack
 
38.
Love Affair (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
French playboy Michel Marnet and American Terry McKay fall in love aboard ship. They arrange to reunite 6 months later... (88 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
39.
Babes in Toyland (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage... (77 mins.)
“ March of the Wooden Soldiers (1950) in the public domain. Babes in Toyland (1934) still in copyright. ” - olicool10
 
40.
McLintock! (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Wealthy rancher G.W. McLintock uses his power and influence in the territory to keep the peace between farmers, ranchers, land-grabbers, Indians and corrupt government officials. (127 mins.)
 
41.
Meet John Doe (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins. (122 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
42.
Millie (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Millie's life begins to crumble when she finds out her husband is having an affair. (85 mins.)
 
43.
Mr. Imperium (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A beautiful singer/dancer turned actress and playboy crown prince turned monarch have their clandestine... (87 mins.)
Director: Don Hartman
 
44.
My Favorite Brunette (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Shortly before his execution on the death row in San Quentin, amateur sleuth and baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, tells reporters how he got there. (87 mins.)
Director: Elliott Nugent
 
45.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse. (96 mins.)
 
46.
Nothing Sacred (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Hazel Flagg of Warsaw, Vermont receives the news that her terminal case of radium poisoning from a workplace... (77 mins.)
 
47.
Of Human Bondage (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young man finds himself attracted to a cold and unfeeling waitress who may ultimately destroy them both. (83 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
48.
The Outlaw (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Western legends Pat Garrett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid are played against each other over the law and the attentions of vivacious country vixen Rio McDonald. (116 mins.)
Director: Howard Hughes
 
49.
The Painted Hills (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
An intrepid dog comes to the rescue when a boy's life is put at risk by the greed inflamed by a gold strike. (68 mins.)
Director: Harold F. Kress
 
50.
The Pay-Off (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A thug robs a young engaged couple of their last few dollars. When the thug's gang boss hears of the robbery... (65 mins.)
Director: Lowell Sherman
 
51.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. (93 mins.)
Director: Rupert Julian
 
52.
Rain (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A prostitute finds redemption in Pago Pago thanks to a hard missionary man. (94 mins.)
 
53.
Rock Rock Rock! (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A young teenage girl (Tuesday Weld) desperately tries to earn enough money to buy a dress for a school rock and roll dance... (85 mins.)
Director: Will Price
 
54.
The Royal Bed (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The hapless king of a small European nation must put up with a domineering queen, a daughter who wants to elope with her boyfriend... (75 mins.)
Director: Lowell Sherman
 
55.
Royal Wedding (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Tom and Ellen Bowen are a brother and sister dance act whose show closes in New York. Their agent books... (93 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
56.
The Secret Hour (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(80 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
57.
The Silver Horde (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A salmon fisherman has to choose between a bad girl and a society doll. (75 mins.)
 
58.
Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Dowdy Sylvia accepts her boss' marriage proposal, even though he only asked her to avoid marriage to another woman... (81 mins.)
Director: Paul L. Stein
 
59.
Sinners in Paradise (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A seaplane departs for China. On board are a nurse escaping a loveless marriage to do work with refugees... (65 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
60.
Smouldering Fires (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A successful businesswoman falls in love with one of her (much younger) factory workers. She doesn't know that he is in love with her younger sister. (80 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
61.
A Star Is Born (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him. (111 mins.)
 
62.
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A ruthless, domineering woman is married to an alcoholic D.A., her childhood companion who is the only living witness to her murder of her rich aunt seventeen years earlier. (116 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
63.
Swing High, Swing Low (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In Panama, Maggie King meets soldier Skid Johnson on his last day in the army and reluctantly agrees to a date to celebrate... (92 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
64.
Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
A young alien (David Love) falls for a pretty teenage Earth girl (Dawn Anderson) and they team up to try to stop the plans of his invading cohorts... (86 mins.)
Director: Tom Graeff
 
65.
Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A stewardess becomes romantically involved with an airline pilot, a college professor, and a successful businessman... (90 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
 
66.
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Light bio-pic of American Broadway pioneer Jerome Kern, featuring renditions of the famous songs from his musical plays by contemporary stage artists... (132 mins.)
Director: Richard Whorf
 
67.
Topper Returns (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A sassy girl finds herself dead after trading bedrooms with her heiress friend. Her ghost seeks aid from banker Cosmo Topper to find out why and by whom. (88 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
68.
Vengeance Valley (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The sons of a Colorado cattle baron, one biological and the other adopted, resent one another and fight for control of their father's cattle empire. (83 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
69.
Prelude to War (1942 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought. (52 mins.)
“ Part of "Why We Fight" (1942-1944). ” - olicool10
 
70.
The Nazis Strike (1943 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The official World War II US government account of Nazi international aggression leading up to the British and French declarations of war. (41 mins.)
“ Part of "Why We Fight" (1942-1944). ” - olicool10
 
71.
Divide and Conquer (1943 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The World War II US Government account of the European theatre of the war from after the English and French entry to the fall of France. (57 mins.)
“ Part of "Why We Fight" (1942-1944). ” - olicool10
 
72.
The Battle of Britain (1943 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The official World War II US government account of Great Britain's stand against the Nazi war machine after the Dunkirk evacuation. (54 mins.)
“ Part of "Why We Fight" (1942-1944). ” - olicool10
 
73.
The Battle of Russia (1943 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Documentary revealing the nature and process of the fight between the Soviet Union and Germany in the Second World War. (83 mins.)
“ Part of "Why We Fight" (1942-1944). ” - olicool10
 
74.
The Battle of China (1944 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Official World War II US Government account of Chinese defense against Japanese aggression. (65 mins.)
“ Part of "Why We Fight" (1942-1944). ” - olicool10
 
75.
War Comes to America (1945 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Part VII of the "Why We Fight" series of wartime documentaries. This entry attempts to describe the factors leading up to America's entry into the Second World War. (70 mins.)
“ Part of "Why We Fight" (1942-1944). ” - olicool10
 
76.
Wives Under Suspicion (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A prosecutor trying a case where a husband shot his adulterous wife begins to suspect that his own wife is having an affair, and starts to have his own thoughts about killing her. (69 mins.)
Director: James Whale