Public Domain Movies

Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Running Time: 66 mins Black & White
Starring: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov
In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.

Be My Wife (1921)
Running Time: 55 mins Black & White
Starring: Max Linder, Alta Allen, Caroline Rankin
Max is determined to woo Mary, despite her Aunt Agatha's disapproval.

Birth of a Nation (1983)
Running Time: 79 mins Black & White
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Robert Stephens, Bruce Myers
A new teacher at a highly problematic comprehensive school feels that corporal punishment may just be inflaming the problems, and so begins to campaign against it.

Black Pirate (1926)
Running Time: 88 mins Black & White
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Billie Dove, Tempe Pigott
Seeking revenge, an athletic young man joins the pirate band responsible for his father's death.

Brothers (1929)
Running Time: Black & White

Captive (1915)
Running Time: 50 mins Black & White
Starring: Blanche Sweet, House Peters, Gerald Ward
With her brother killed Sonya is given Turkish captive Mahmud to do the hard work on the farm. After they become fond of each other he strikes a Turkish officer. When peace arrives, his blow costs him his noble lands. She is burned out of her house. They meet again on the road with nothing but each other.

Children of Eve (1915)
Running Time: 73 mins Black & White
Starring: Viola Dana, Robert Conness, Tom Blake

College (1927)
Running Time: 88 mins Black & White
Starring: Buster Keaton, Anne Cornwall
Awkward nebbish scholar Buster Keaton fails to make the grade at school with the jocks and the ladies -- until circumstances climactically push him to prove his athletic prowess and win the girl of his dreams. One of Buster's lesser -- but still classic -- silent features.

Convict 13 (1920)
Running Time: 19 mins Black & White
Starring: Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts
A young golfer is mugged by an escaped convict and finds himself in a prison where he foils a jailbreak.

Daughter of Dawn (1920)
Running Time: 80 mins Black & White
Starring: Belo Cozad, Emkoyetie, Hunting Horse
This restored silent film features a love triangle involving a Kiowa chief's daughter and ensuing conflict between Kiowa and Comanche villages.

Destiny (1921)
Running Time: 114 mins Black & White
Starring: Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Bernhard Goetzke
When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.

Dr. Mabuse: Gambler (1922)
Running Time: 242 mins Black & White
Starring: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Aud Egede-Nissen, Gertrude Welcker
Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him.

East is East (1916)
Running Time: 80 mins Black & White
Starring: Florence Turner, Henry Edwards, Ruth Mackay
Victoria Vickers, a little East End Cockney girl, is left a vast fortune by an uncle in America. She is finally discovered hoppicking in Kent by her solicitor, who has given up the search and gone off on a photographic holiday instead! The conditions of the legacy are that she must spend three years learning to be a lady before she inherits absolutely. 'Vicky' does her best, but she is not happy in high society. Meanwhile her old East End beau Bert accepts a loan from her in order to 'better himself' and starts a highlysuccessful fishandchip shop business. He takes elocution lessons and buys gentleman's clothes in the hopes of aspiring to her hand. But Vicky, who thinks he has deserted her now she is a fine lady, is lonely enough to accept an offer of marriage from her guardian's spendthrift son, and when Bert reads of the engagement in the newspapers he abandons London and goes down to live in Kent where they were once happy together. When Vicky discovers her suitor's true mercenary nature, however, she abandons the high life and the conditions of her fortune along with it and seeks out Bert... who is nowhere to be found... With the last of her money she goes back to the hopfields and the little house they once wished they could buy. Unbeknownst to her, Bert used the profits from the sale of his business to buy it himself and the lovers are reunited, with Victoria's troublesome inheritance happily relinquished to charitable works.

Faust (1926)
Running Time: 85 mins Black & White
Starring: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn
The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Foolish Wives (1922)
Running Time: 117 mins Black & White
Starring: Rudolph Christians, Miss DuPont, Maude George
A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat.

General, The (1926)
Running Time: 107 mins Black & White
Starring: Buster Keaton
When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single handedly and straight through enemy lines.

Gipsy Anne (1920)
Running Time: 93 mins Black & White
Starring: Asta Nielsen, Einar Tveito, Johanne Bruhn
The story of an orphaned girl brought up by the Storlein family. Young Anne (Asta Nielsen) is brought as an infant to the Storlein farm by her mother, who has been traveling and is in need of a rest. The two are turned away at the door, and the mother takes her young daughter to the barn to sleep. The farmhand Jon discovers them in the morning but the mother has not made it through the night, so young Anne is taken in and raised by the family. She is a rambunctious little girl, always getting her younger (step) brother into trouble. Finally mother Storlein has had enough, and lets slip that she never should have taken Anne in. Young Anne goes to Jon and learns the truth of her arrival at the farm. Years pass, and she and her younger stepbrother are now smitten. But Jon, the farmhand who found her in the barn all those years ago is also in love with Anne. Anne will be betrayed by one and saved from a life in prison by the other, and in the end will find true happiness in a new land.

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
Running Time: 95 mins Black & White
Starring: Lon Chaney
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.

Intolerance (1916)
Running Time: 197 mins Black & White
Starring: Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Mae Marsh
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

Last Laugh (1925)
Running Time: 77 mins Black & White
Starring: Emil Jannings.
Classic German story of a hotel's pompous doorman who is shamed when he is demoted to washroom attendant because of his age. English titles. Dir. F.W. Murnau.

Madame DuBarry (1919)
Running Time: 85 mins Black & White
Starring: Pola Negri, Emil Jannings, Harry Liedtke
The story of Madame DuBarry, the mistress of Louis XV of France, and her loves in the time of the French revolution.

Mark of Zorro )
Running Time: 97 mins Black & White
Starring: George Hilton, Lionel Stander, Charo López
Il misterioso Zorro, intervenuto per impedire le nozze tra Carmen e Marcel, nel compiere la solita acrobatica e strategica ritirata, cade rimanendo impedito nei movimenti. Preoccupato per le ribalderie dei mercenari francesi del Governatore, Frŕ Donato, con l'aiuto del sagrestano Archimede, costringe l'inetto Felipe a fingersi Zorro. Il timido ed impaurito giovanotto riesce nell'intento, anche spinto dall'amore verso Rosita e sotto la spinta del vino, cui non č abituato. L'impresa, tuttavia, diviene assai ardua quando il Governatore sta per impiccare il conte Manuel La Paz sotto la protezione del De Colegnac, migliore lama di Francia. Anche questa volta, perň, la coalizione del finto Zorro e dei suoi seguaci finisce per avere la meglio sull'oppressore.

Miss Lulu Bett (1921)
Running Time: 71 mins Black & White
Starring: Lois Wilson, Milton Sills, Theodore Roberts
A oncetimid young woman gains newfound confidence after a failed marriage, much to the chagrin of her miserable family.

Navigator, The (1924)
Running Time: 59 mins Black & White
Starring: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Frederick Vroom
Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship.

New School Teachers (1924)
Running Time: 52 mins Black & White
Starring: Charles 'Chic' Sale, Doris Kenyon, Mickey Bennett
The new teacher is brutally terrorized by the pupils and becomes the laughingstock of town. Then dramatic events occur which give him a chance for redemption.

One Week (1920)
Running Time: 25 mins Black & White
Starring: Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts
A newly wedded couple attempts to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival sabotaged the kit's component numbering.

Our Hospitality (1923)
Running Time: 65 mins Black & White
Starring: Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge, Joe Keaton
A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family.

Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Running Time: 114 mins Black & White
Starring: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley
In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Penalty (1920)
Running Time: 90 mins Black & White
Starring: Charles Clary, Doris Pawn, Jim Mason
A deformed criminal mastermind plans to loot the city of San Francisco as well as revenge himself on the doctor who mistakenly amputated his legs.

Phantom Carriage, The (1920)
Running Time: 89 mins Black & White
Starring: Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Astrid Holm
David Holm (Victor Sjostrom) is the abusive husband who finds his wife (Hilda Borgstrom) has left him after he is released from prison. He vows vengeance for her abandonment in his hour of need. The couple is reunited in a Salvation Army mission where David convinces his estranged wife to reconcile their differences. Edith Larssen (Astrid Holm) aids in bringing the troubled couple together. A year later, David has regressed to his alcoholic ways and sees the messenger of death in a harrowing dream. He rushes to save his wife from suicide as she contemplate the murder of the couple's children in this implausible melodrama.

Phantom Honeymoon (1919)
Running Time: 62 mins Black & White
Starring: Marguerite Marsh, Vernon Steele, Henry Guy Carleton

Saphead, The (1920)
Running Time: 77 mins Black & White
Starring: Edward Jobson, Beulah Booker, Edward Connelly
The simple-minded son of a rich financier must find his own way in the world.

Seven Years of Bad Luck (1921)
Running Time: 62 mins Black & White
Starring: Max Linder, Alta Allen, Ralph McCullough
After breaking a mirror in his home, superstitious Max tries to avoid situations which could bring bad luck but in doing so, causes himself the worst luck imaginable.

Sheik (1921)
Running Time: 86 mins Black & White
Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Ruth Miller
A charming Arabian sheik becomes infatuated with an adventurous, modern-thinking Englishwoman and abducts her to his home in the Saharan desert.

Sherlock Holmes (1922)
Running Time: 97 mins Black & White
Starring: John Barrymore, Roland Young
This British production includes five of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories about the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. The stories presented are The Man With The Twisted Lip, The Dying Detective, The Beryl Coronet, Resident Patient, and The Devil's Foot. Eilly Norwood plays Holmes in all five mysteries.

Son Of Sheik (1926)
Running Time: 68 mins Black & White
Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, George Fawcett
The son of the sheik and a dancing girl fall in love, but when he is made to believe she has betrayed him he seeks revenge.

Sparrows (1926)
Running Time: 81 mins Black & White
Starring: Mary Pickford, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Roy Stewart.
Woman cares for nine orphans while trying to fend off starvation and kidnappers. Dir. Victor Saville.

Spiders , The (1919)
Running Time: 137 mins Black & White
Starring: Lil Dagover, Carl de Vogt, Georg John, Ressel Orla
A film buff's dream, Spiders is comprised of two episodes from an unfinished silent serial from Fritz Lang. Filled with excitement and adventure, it tells the story of a brave explorer who is questing for the fabulous Incan diamond. To get it though, he must keep ahead of the powerful Spider cult, who want it for their own evil purposes. The episodes were originally titled "The Golden Lake" and "The Diamond Ship." Many of the techniques and production designs Fritz Lang experimented with in this aborted series, he later refined in his classic Dr. Mabuse films. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Steamboat Bill, Jr. )
Black & White
Starring: Buster Keaton
An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

Street, The (1927)
Running Time: Black & White

Strike (1925)
Running Time: 82 mins Black & White
Starring: Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Maksim Shtraukh, Mikhail Gomorov
A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia.

The Devil's Needle (1916)
Running Time: 59 mins Black & White
Starring: Tully Marshall, Norma Talmadge, Marguerite Marsh
Wynne Mortimer, a pampered society girl and daughter of William Mortimer, a prominent business man, chances to meet David White, a young artist whose fame is already assured, at an art exhibit. Despite the fact that she is engaged to marry Hugh Gordon, the junior partner of her father, she falls in love with the artist. He invites the girl and her father to visit his studio and the invitation is accepted. Renee, a model, has been in love with David White for years and he has seemingly reciprocated her love. When Wynne Mortimer appears on the scene, however, he forgets all thoughts of love for Renee. The model is quick to realize the change in her lover. Secretly, she has been a user of cocaine. To forget the heartache the growing attachment between her lover and Wynne causes her, she turns to the cocaine. Wynne, led on by her interest in the artist and his insistence that she is the only one who can justly typify the spirit of a new picture at which he is at work, goes to the studio and poses for him. Hugh Gordon follows her and after a violent scene with the painter takes Wynne to her father, who upbraids her and forbids her to again see the painter. David is dejected at the loss of Wynne and finally takes to using cocaine. Before he has become a complete victim to the habit, however, Wynne dares her father's vengeance and returns to the studio. She and David finally run away and are married. In his anger Wynne's father turns her from home. David rapidly becomes an habitual user of cocaine and Wynne is forced to return to her home. Renee, heartbroken at the evil she has done by really being responsible for the drug habit acquired by David, tries to reform him. It is not until David hears his wife, however, declare that she will stick to him as long as he has need of someone to look after him, and he finally manages to throw off the habit he has acquired. He is determined to free his wife of whatever obligation she may feel binds her to him. Her loyalty to her husband leads Wynne to seek him. Her search takes her into an evil part of the city and she is attacked by a thug. David, who has returned to the city, however, learns that his wife is seeking him and goes to find her. He arrives just in time to rescue her from the den into which she has been carried. When husband and wife are reunited after the horrors through which they have passed the year past, they find that their love has grown stronger and eventually they find happiness.

The Inside of the White Slave Traffic (1913)
Running Time: 28 mins Black & White
Starring: Edwin Carewe, Jean Thomas, Virginia Mann
A dramatization of the methods in which young women are abducted or otherwise procured for prostitution.

The Three Must-Get-Theres (1922)
Running Time: 58 mins Black & White
Starring: Max Linder, Bull Montana, Frank Cooke

Three Ages (1923)
Running Time: 63 mins Black & White
Starring: Buster Keaton, Margaret Leahy, Wallace Beery
The misadventures of Buster in three separate historical periods.

Thrillseekers (1927)
Running Time: Black & White
Starring: James F. Fulton, Ruth Clifford, Gloria Grey

Timothy's Quest (1922)
Running Time: 84 mins Black & White
Starring: Joseph Depew, Helen Rowland, Marie L. Day

Undesirable a.k.a. A Tolonc (1915)
Running Time: 67 mins Black & White
Starring: Lili Berky, Victor Varconi, Mari Jászai
Betty (Lili Berky, Duel For Nothing), a young woman living in the country, is told by her dying father that he is really her uncle and raised her as his own when her mother was sent to prison for killing her husband. Alone and not knowing her mother's fate, Betty travels to the city in search of work. There she finds employment as a maid in the house of a wealthy couple and their dashing son, Nick (Victor Varconi, For Whom The Bell Tolls), with whom she falls in love. When Betty is fired from her position after being unjustly accused of theft and escorted from the village, an ironic twist of fate propels the story forward with the sudden appearance of her mother Sarah (Mari Jászai, Bánk Bán) - presumed dead but recently released from prison - on a quest of her own to find her daughter.

Virginian (1923)
Running Time: 84 mins Black & White
Starring: Kenneth Harlan, Florence Vidor, Russell Simpson
Molly Wood arrives in a small western town to be the new schoolmarm. The Virginian, foreman on a local ranch, takes a shine to her, and vows that he will make her love him. The Virginian's best friend, Steve, falls in with bad guys led by Trampas. The Virginian catches them cattle rustling. As foreman, he must give the order to hang his friend. Trampas gets away and shoots the Virginian in the back. Molly nurses him to health, and falls in love with him. They plan to marry, but on their wedding day Trampas returns, looking for trouble.

Wagon Tracks (1919)
Running Time: 64 mins Black & White
Starring: William S. Hart, Jane Novak, Robert McKim
Buckskin Hamilton guides a wagon train across the wasteland, caring well for the pioneers he escorts, but hoping to solve the murder of his brother by one of the travellers.

Way Down East (D.W. Griffith's) (1920)
Running Time: 145 mins Black & White
Starring: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Mrs. David Landau
A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock.

Winter's Tale, A (1913)
Running Time: 43 mins Black & White