Watch 5,000 Films for Free That Are Now in the Public Domain
Although we have Netflix, Hulu and all the platforms offering to stream online, watching old movies, even sometimes worldwide classics, is still not an easy exercise. Fortunately, archive.org is a giant and evolving catalog that lists thousands of films, documentaries, animations, video essays etc. that are available online to be downloaded or streamed for free as they fell into Public Domain. Pretty awesome, you said? I couldn’t agree more.
Now it takes some time and digging, especially if you don’t have a specific title in mind, but that should prove fun for the curious. And if you are a fan of horror movies, you are in for a treat! Below is a small selection in chronological order of titles to get you going.
From IMDB: Alice goes with her sister to a picnic and then she falls asleep and starts dreaming about a wonder land full of talking animals and walking playing cards.
The Immigrant (1917) directed by Charlie Chaplin along with a whole list of titles from the master of silent films.
From IMDB: Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.
Nosferatru (1922) directed by F.W. Murnau
From IMDB: Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife. Silent classic based on the story “Dracula.”
Metropolis (1927) directed by Fritz Lang
From IMDB: In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
Zero de Conduite (1933) directed by Jean Vigo(with English Subtitles)
From IMDB: In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day.
From IMDB: A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and he stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring trying to steal top secret information.
King of the Zombies (1941) directed by Jean Yarbrough
From IMDB: On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies.
Five minutes to Live directed by Bill Karn (1961)
From IMDB: A gang of bank robbers terrorize a small town by knocking on doors and then killing whoever answers.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) directed by George A. Romero
From IMDB: A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.
Sherlock Holmes a long list of films featuring the famous british detective, for the Doyle’s hard-core fans.
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check the archives for a taste of it.