Watch The Best Movies in the Public Domain on

Although we have Netflix, Hulu, and all the platforms offering to stream online, sometimes, watching old movies, even sometimes worldwide classics, is still not an easy exercise.

Fortunately, the folks over at have built a 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.

Here are 10 worth watching.

1. Detour (1945)

Snappy dialog, femme fatale, guilt-ridden hero, flimsy sets – it’s protonoir that helped launch a genre.

2. Driller Killer (1979)

Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant) directs and plays a homicidal artist. Not the 1948 dance hit Killer Diller.

3. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

George Romero’s gritty classic out-brains the avalanche of zombie flicks it inspired. Mmm … brains.

4. The Chinese Ring (1947)

Soon after a Chinese princess comes to the US to buy planes for her people, she is murdered by a poison dart fired by an air rifle.

5. Superman cartoons (early 1940s)

Modern superhero flicks got nothin’ on these perfectly drawn shorts.

6. The Battle of San Pietro (1943)

Forget Private Ryan and get into real WW II bunkers with this gripping John Huston documentary.

7. The General (1927)

Buster Keaton is still the king of physical comedy. This train-hijacking romp is his masterpiece.

8. The Lost World (1925)

We’ll take the stop-motion dinosaurs in this seminal f/x flick over Jurassic Park’s CG crap any day.

9. The Street Fighter (1974)

Quentin Tarantino’s idol Sonny Chiba literally tears bad guys apart in a graphic karate-palooza.

10. Reefer Madness (1936)

One puff of wacky tobacky turns Depression-era teens into sex fiends, pinkos, and jazz pianists.