Public Domain Documentary Films

The Ultimate  Archive for Public Domain Film Documentaries

Classic public domain movies & television shows on broadcast quality masters for media professionals.

The documentary category encompasses thousands of films from the vault.  Browse for the public domain film documentary categories below.

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In addition to be used as full length programs, the contents of these documentaries can be used for royalty free stock footage purposes.

Public Domain Documentary Subjects

Documentaries (Unsorted)
American History
Astrology
Atomic Age
Automobiles
African Tribes
Alcoholism
Black Heritage
Car Racing
Clowns
Comedy
Dance
Dracula
Drugs
Earthquakes
Education
Educational Films
Goldmining
Gone With the Wind
Great Depression
Hemp
Hollywood
Hurricanes
Judaism
Manufacturing
Marriage
Modeling
Mount Everest
Nature
Nature (Africa)
Nazi Propoganda
Nudism
Race Relations
Radio and Television History
Red Scare
Religion
Science
Space
Technology
Tornadoes
Titanic, The
Trains
Transportation
Trees
Vaudeville
Volcanoes
Walt Disey
War
Western Movies

People

Adolph Hitler
John F. Kennedy
Abraham Lincoln
Jane Mansfield
Bela Lugosi
Richard Nixon
Ronald Reagan
Elizabeth Taylor

Places

Africa
Bengal
Budapest
China
Cuba
England
Germany
Indonesia
Japan
Louisiana
Mexico
Middle East
New York
Paris
Puerto Rico
Sri Lanka
Spain
Vancouver, BC

Military

Army
Navy
Submarines

Sports

Baseball
Boxing
Horse Racing
Olympics

Wars

Korean War
Vietnam War
World War 1
World War 2
Wartime Propaganda

Documentaries (General)

A wide variety of public domain documentary films.

World War 2 Documentaries

World War 2 Documentaries including the Frank Capra “Why We Fight” Series, Night and Fog, Olympia, and much more

Atomic Age Documentaries

Documentaries Focusing on the Atom Bomb

BLACK HISTORY DOCUMENTARIES

African-American history.

CELEBRITY DOCUMENTARIES

Documentaries focusing on a celebrity.

HISTORIC FOOTAGE

Raw footage that is not in a full documentary form.

NOVEL FILMS

Feature films based on classic novels and literature.

BLACK HERITAGE FILMS

African American Cinema

MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Live Music Performance

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