Where To Download Public Domain Movies

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. Watching free movies is now easy, just download public domain films application and watch free movies with one click. There are plenty of choices available. With every update the list will becomes bigger. Popular classic movies are waiting for you, in the app you will find a list of comedy, action, horror films etc. Requires internet connection! Jun 07, 2014 Download Public Domain Movies for iOS to public Domain: The status of a published work or invention upon which the copyright or patent has expired or which has not been patented or subject.

Browse and download over one million public domain movies, audiobooks and live concerts using BitTorrent. It's all thanks to The Internet Archive, who you might know as the organization behind the Wayback Machine. They've started adding torrent files to their massive archive of public domain files, all of which are hosted by two different Archive servers alongside the usual seeders and peers.

Put simply, BitTorrent is now the fastest way to download files from The Internet Archive's massive collection of completely legal files.

Bittorrent is frequently seen as a piracy tool, and not without reason. However, there are also legal uses for the peer-to-peer technology. Linux fans frequently use BitTorrent to download their favorite distro and there are various sites out there for downloading legal torrents. The Internet Archive added over one million more legal uses for Bittorrent overnight last week when it announced their new torrent files. Just because this stuff is public domain doesn't mean you won't find something you like.

Not sure how to use Bittorrent? Check out our free BitTorrent guide - it explains the basics.


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Ready to explore what the archive is offering? Simply head to the Archive's BitTorrent page for an overview or to the Archive's hotlist to see the most popular downloads.


If the file you check out is audio or video you'll be able to access it entirely in your browser. This is a great way to check the quality of the file before you commit to downloading, or to simply enjoy the file without downloading.

Ready to download the file? You'll find plenty of options below the preview, but we're focusing on BitTorrent today. You'll find it near the bottom, clearly labeled:

Open that torrent file with your BitTorrent client of choice and the download will begin. Remember - seed generously!

Legal Movie Torrents

Looking for a movie? Head to the Archive's feature films collection. From there you can search for movies.

Do not expect recent Hollywood blockbusters - all the movies you'll find here are in the public domain, meaning most are black and white and many are silent-era. Still, the films of Charlie Chaplin are timeless and old science fiction films are unintentionally hilarious, so there is more than enough to explore here.

Legal Audiobook Torrents

Do you prefer to lean back and listen to a good book? There are over 5,000 high-quality audio versions of literary classics for you to discover, all from the Librivox Catalog.

Head to the Archive's audiobooks page to get started. You'll like what you find.

Download Live Concerts Legally

If you're a music fan this is potentially the best part of the site - a massive collection of fan-recorded concerts, all from bands that allow non-commercial taping and distribution. The collection, maintained by the eTree community, offers over 100,000 recordings – so you're bound to find something you're into, and again - it's all completely legal.

As with other sections of the site you can easily preview the files to ensure the audio quality is to your tastes. Check out the live concert offerings now and start exploring.

Download Old-Fashioned Radio Shows

Whether you want to share classic shows with family who remember them or experience some history first-hand, The Internet Archive offers you access to over 2,000 radio shows from the Golden Era. Check out the Archive's collection of old-time radio shows.


John Gilmore, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, puts it best:

'I supported the original creation of BitTorrent because I believe in building technology to make it easy for communities to share what they have. The Archive is helping people to understand that BitTorrent isn’t just for ephemeral or dodgy items that disappear from view in a short time. BitTorrent is a great way to get and share large files that are permanently available from libraries like the Internet Archive.'

The Internet Archive is showing us what BitTorrent can do to make the world better, by giving us access to classic examples of our collective global culture. Take advantage of it.

And again: seed generously. It saves The Archive bandwidth costs and lets you contribute to the project in a small way.

What's the best thing you've found while exploring The Internet Archive's torrent offerings? Share with the world in the comments below!

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Features, commercials, art pieces, stock footage, home movies, propaganda: the history of cinema so far has produced countless individual forms, all of which also count as documentaries. Watch any kind of film made sufficiently long ago and you look through a window onto the attitudes, aesthetics, and accoutrements of another time.

And if it’s one made long enough ago or of obscure enough ownership to fall into the public domain, you can incorporate that piece of history into your own modern, era-spanning work in any way you like. Now, Prelinger Archives has made that easier than ever by making more than 6600 films free on the Internet Archive to download and use.

“Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City,” says the collection’s about page. “Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 ‘ephemeral’ (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division,” and now holds “approximately 11,000 digitized and videotape titles (all originally derived from film) and a large collection of home movies, amateur and industrial films acquired since 2002.” Its mission? “To collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven’t been collected elsewhere.”

And what can you find amid these 6000-odd pieces of ephemerahosted on Archive.org? At first glance, they may really strike you as 6000 odd pieces. We’ve previously featured 1958’s Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?, a UCLA student short Ayun Halliday described as the tale of “a white-collar dad and housewife mom… marooned in their individual existential hells, unable to connect” due to the labor-saving devices of the day. 1965’s equally cautionary (as well as often unintentionally hilarious) Perversion for Profit, offers a stern two–part warning against the “pornography which may appear at the local newsstand, malt shop or drugstore.”

Midcentury moralism manifests in countless entertaining forms across the Prelinger Archives collection, including in Make Mine Freedom, a Cold War cartoon treatment of the various treacherous “-isms” out to undermine truth, justice, and the American Way. That came out in 1948, just as fears started roiling again after the United States’ victory in the Second World War. The year before, the husband-and-wife experimental filmmaking team of Alexander Hammid and Maya Deren completed The Private Life of a Cat. “Using their own cats in their own apartment,” writes Dangerous Minds’ Amber Frost, “they chronicle the interior world of a cat ‘family,’ and it’s just insanely compelling, even outside of the cat-lady milieu!” Further down, we have House in the Middle (1954), which suggests that a clean, tidy house can help you survive an atomic blast.

But you don’t have to watch everything you dig up from the Prelinger Archives collection in an ironic or avant-garde frame of mind. Some pieces, like amateur filmmaker and inventor Tullio Pellegrini’s 1955 Cinemascope homage to the city of San Francisco just above, offer much in the way of pure historical interest. You can find a few more suggestions about where to start from Tim Brookes at MakeUseOf, who highlights even earlier footage of the City by the Bay, perhaps the most generic film ever made, and instructions on what to do on a date as well as what to do in the event of a nuclear attack — all valuable material for those of us remixing history, one ephemeral clip at a time.


One final thing worth keeping in mind, the Archive comes with this invitation:

You are warmly encouraged to download, use and reproduce these films in whole or in part, in any medium or market throughout the world. You are also warmly encouraged to share, exchange, redistribute, transfer and copy these films, and especially encouraged to do so for free. Any derivative works that you produce using these films are yours to perform, publish, reproduce, sell, or distribute in any way you wish without any limitations.

If you happen to get creative with the films in the Archive, please feel free to share your creations in the comments section below.

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Based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and style. He’s at work on a book about Los Angeles, A Los Angeles Primer, the video series The City in Cinema, the crowdfunded journalism project Where Is the City of the Future?, and the Los Angeles Review of Books’ Korea Blog. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.

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