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Best of 1900-1929

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People who added this item 1141 Average listal rating (656 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8


Director: Luis Buñuel
Cast: Simone Mareuil, Pierre Batcheff, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí

Story: Seventeen minutes of bizarre and surreal images that may or may not mean anything.
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People who added this item 1094 Average listal rating (621 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1


Director: Robert Wiene
Cast: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

Story: Francis and his friend Alan visit The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an exhibit where the mysterious doctor shows the somnambulist Cesare, and awakens him for some moments from his death-like sleep.
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People who added this item 166 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
The Crowd (1928)


Director: King Vidor
Cast: Eleanor Boardman, James Murray, Bert Roach, Estelle Clark

Story: The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls.
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People who added this item 120 Average listal rating (51 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 7.9


Director: Victor Sjöström
Cast: Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, Ruth King

Story: An inventor who, suffering betrayal in life, makes a career of it by becoming a clown whose act consists of getting slapped by all the other clowns.
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Director: Benjamin Christensen
Cast: Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan, Elith Pio, Oscar Stribolt

Story: A documentary about the history of witchcraft, told in a variety of styles, from illustrated slideshow to dramatised events of alleged real-life events, right up to the early twentieth century.
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People who added this item 892 Average listal rating (563 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Kid (1921)


Director: Charles Chaplin
Cast: Charles Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Edna Purviance, Carl Miller

Story: The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.

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The Circus (1928)
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People who added this item 512 Average listal rating (268 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.4


Director: Dziga Vertov
Cast: Mikhail Kaufman

Story: A cameraman travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling inventiveness.
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People who added this item 1807 Average listal rating (905 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Metropolis (1927)


Director: Fritz Lang
Cast: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Story: In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
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People who added this item 320 Average listal rating (161 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7


Director: Robert J. Flaherty
Cast: Allakariallak, Nyla, Allee, Cunayou

Story: In this silent-film predecessor to the modern documentary, filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuit Eskimos living in the Arctic Circle.
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People who added this item 356 Average listal rating (148 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
Pandora's Box (1929)


Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Cast: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz

Story: The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.
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People who added this item 666 Average listal rating (347 ratings) 8.8 IMDB Rating 8.3


Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Cast: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz

Story: A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.
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People who added this item 304 Average listal rating (138 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
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People who added this item 506 Average listal rating (302 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Sherlock, Jr. (1924)


Director: Buster Keaton
Cast: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Ward Crane

Story: A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.
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People who added this item 199 Average listal rating (111 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.7
Strike (1925)


Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Cast: Maksim Shtraukh, Grigori Aleksandrov, Mikhail Gomorov, I. Ivanov

Story: In Russia's factory region during Czarist rule, there's restlessness and strike planning among workers; management brings in spies and external agents. When a worker hangs himself after being falsely accused of thievery, the workers strike.
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People who added this item 580 Average listal rating (316 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
Sunrise (1927)


Director: F.W. Murnau
Cast: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing

Story: A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city.

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Nosferatu (1922)
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People who added this item 1109 Average listal rating (638 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2


Director: Georges Méliès
Cast: Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet, Henri Delannoy

Story: A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the moon.
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People who added this item 193 Average listal rating (99 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Unknown (1927)


Director: Tod Browning
Cast: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford, John George

Story: Alonzo, an armless knife thrower and gun shooter for a circus, is actually a burglar with his arms intact. He and his accomplice are hiding from the police, and Alonzo views his disguise as perfect, especially since it keeps from view an unusual deformity of his left hand that would immediately give him away as the burglar.
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People who added this item 233 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.9
Les Vampires (1915)


Director: Louis Feuillade
Cast: Musidora, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque, Jean Aymé

Story: An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires.
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