It turns out that a lot, if not all, of Charlie Chaplin’s famous comedies from the early 20th Century are copyright free, so I can show them here! Most of Charlie Chaplin’s films get high ratings on IMDb and other movie sites, of course, so although they come from the pioneering age of film, they remain hilarious classics even today. Rather than have a separate page for each film, I’m just going to put them here, in order of their IMDb rating (best first).

City Lights (1931)

[1h 26m, IMDb 8.6]

Our tramp tries to help a blind flower-girl whose family is in financial trouble.


The Great Dictator (1940)

[2h 5m, IMDb 8.5]

This is Charlie Chaplin’s first fully talking feature film, made just after the start of World War II (depending on which country you’re in). Clearly, it spoofs Hitler and others like him.

The Great Dictator Adenoid Hynkel has a double: a poor Jewish barber living in the slums…


Modern Times (1936)

[1h 23m, IMDb 8.5]

This was Charlie Chaplin’s last silent movie: it does not have human dialogue but it does have sound effects, and various gadgets speak too.

Charlie has difficulty living in modern industrial society, but is helped by a young homeless woman.


The Gold Rush (1925)

[1h 35m, IMDB 8.3]

Charlie heads to the Klondike in Alaska in search of gold and finds love…


The Kid (1921)

[1h 8m, IMDb 8.3]

Our tramp finds an abandoned child in a dustbin and decides to look after him.


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