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Film Online: Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns & More

Freely available movie classics

Where to watch classic movies online? Open Culture has listed 500+ films divided into the following categories: Comedy & Drama; Film Noir, Horror & Hitchcock; Westerns & John Wayne; Silent Films; Documentaries, and Animation. While they are not all appropriate for the classroom, you will find some gems that could be used in Lit, English or Drama classes. Take a close look at the documentary section.

Here are a few of the offerings:

  • Cyrano De Bergerac- Michael Gordon's tale based on the classic French tale. (1950)
  • Great Expectations – Based on the great Charles Dickens novel. (1946)
  • Pygmalion – Film based on George Bernard Shaw's play. Won Oscar for best screenplay. (1938)
  • The Machine Stops - A UK science fiction TV show adapted E.M. Forster's 1909 techno-dystopia story, The Machine Stops. (1966)
  • A Christmas Carol -- Marc McDermott stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this 1910 silent film version of Dickens' classic ghost story.
  • Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde  – John Barrymore stars in the renowned silent adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. (1920)
  • Animal Farm – The animated film based on George Orwell's classic novella. (1954)
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