The only way to legally download free movies is through public domain sites, such as Public Domain Torrents, Internet Movie Archives and Public Domain Flicks, states About.com. These sites host movies whose copyrights are now in the public domain, making them legal and free for anyone to download.
While its interface may be a bit outdated, Public Domain Torrents offers a substantial selection of free movies to download across many different genres. Using the navigation menu on the left side of the main page, users can browse the newest or most popular downloads organized by category, including science fiction, comedy, horror, drama and action. All of the site’s movies are offered in Divx AVI format, and many are available for PlayStation Portable and Apple devices.
Internet Movies Archives features a huge selection of old public domain films, with particularly strong selections in film noir, silent films, foreign film and classic science fiction. Users can browse through categories or select different tags to find related films. Users can also browse staff picks and most popular downloads. Many of the films are available in multiple formats.
Public Domain Flicks offers a large selection of films, but its interface is not the most convenient to navigate. Users can search for films by title or browse from an alphabetized list, but the site offers no category distinctions. In spite of these limitations, the site’s selection is still thorough.