Individuals can legally download movies for free as long as the movie is in the public domain, claims About.com. A movie in the public domain no longer has an individual copyright owner, which means it is owned by the public.
There are several websites that offer free public domain movie downloads, such as PublicDomainTorrents.net, PublicDomainFlicks.com and Archive.org, notes About.com. Public Domain Torrents organizes movies by genre and lists the movies alphabetically. Archive.org arranges movies based on movie type, such as feature films, short format films and silent films. PublicDomainFlicks.com does not separate movies by category but lists movies alphabetically or by year. Visitors can also use the search box to find movies.