Favorite Silent Films
243 7.7 7.71. Broken Blossoms (1919)
995 8.2 8.12. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
By means of flashback, a young man tells of his unfortunate instance with Dr. Caligari and the deadly predictions of his somnambulist, Cesare.
The German Expressionism visual style is amazing! As well as the eerie storyline and the perfectly-executed early example of the "plot twist".
126 7.5 73. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
799 8.3 8.44. The Kid (1921)
92 7.6 7.75. Destiny (1921)
1451 8 86. Nosferatu (1922)
282 8 8.37. Safety Last! (1923)
When a store clerk organizes a contest to climb the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself.
My favorite film starring Harold Lloyd. His charming character make the film as a whole a wondrous delight. The last third also makes this one of the most suspenseful silent comedies I have ever seen.
442 8.5 8.38. Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his menial skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.
My favorite Buster Keaton film. Its intricate - at times, even surreal - style of narrative (as well as Buster's gravity-defying stunts) make every single moment of this film worth watching.
88 7.7 7.69. The Freshman (1925)
46 7.4 7.310. Go West (1925)
802 8.2 8.311. The Gold Rush (1925)
391 7.6 7.712. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
161 7.9 7.813. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
607 8.3 8.314. The General (1926)
77 8 7.515. It (1927)
116 7.6 7.616. The Kid Brother (1927)
1655 8.3 8.317. Metropolis (1927)
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.
I really can't say anything about this film that hasn't already been said many times before. Simply put: it is just so perfect, in every way, shape, and form.
529 8.6 8.418. Sunrise (1927)
198 8.4 8.319. The Cameraman (1928)
416 8.1 8.120. The Circus (1928)
600 8.8 8.421. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
225 7.8 822. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
337 8 823. Pandora's Box (1929)
1095 8.6 8.624. City Lights (1931)
A Little Tramp struggles to help a blind flower girl he has fallen in love with, taking advantage of a the generosity of a destructive millionaire who only remembers him when he is drunk.
As stated before, Chaplin had an exceptional talent for blending comedy with tragedy, and City Lights is probably the best example of this. It also has one of my all-time favorite ending scenes in cinema.
1559 8.4 8.625. Modern Times (1936)
A Little Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
My favorite Chaplin film. Every single scene is memorable, and the magic never fails with subsequent viewings. A nice little farewell to the silent era, and a greeting for new things to come.
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