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The Top 100 Silent Era Films

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People who added this item 678 Average listal rating (421 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
The General (1926)

Directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman


"Johnnie loves his train ("The General") and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he's more valuable as an engineer. Annabelle thinks it's because he's a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnny must rescue both his loves."


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People who added this item 1850 Average listal rating (928 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Metropolis (1927)

Directed by Fritz Lang


"It is the future, and humans are divided into two groups: the thinkers, who make plans (but don't know how anything works), and the workers, who achieve goals (but don't have the vision). Completely separate, neither group is complete, but together they make a whole. One man from the "thinkers" dares visit the underground where the workers toil, and is astonished by what he sees..."


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People who added this item 594 Average listal rating (326 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.2
Sunrise (1927)

Directed by F.W. Murnau


"A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife."


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People who added this item 1232 Average listal rating (743 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.6
City Lights (1931)

Directed by Charles Chaplin


"A tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind girl. Her family is in financial trouble. The tramp's on-and-off friendship with a wealthy man allows him to be the girl's benefactor and suitor."


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People who added this item 1603 Average listal rating (899 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
Nosferatu (1922)

Directed by F.W. Murnau


"Count Orlok moves to Wisburg and brings the plague. This reveals his connection to the Realtor Thomas Hutter, and the Count's obsession with Hutter's wife, Ellen - the only one with the power to end the evil."


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People who added this item 902 Average listal rating (568 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
The Gold Rush (1925)

Directed by Charles Chaplin


"A lone prospector ventures into Alaska looking for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters and falls in love with the beautiful Georgia. He tries to win her heart with his singular charm."


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People who added this item 676 Average listal rating (356 ratings) 8.8 IMDB Rating 8.2

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer


"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 1119 Average listal rating (627 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1

Directed by Robert Wiene


"Francis and his friend, Alan, visit a traveling fair where one of the acts is a certain Dr. Caligari's presentation of a hypnotized sleepwalker named Cesare who can tell the future. Cesare predicts Alan will be dead by the next morning, and he is in fact murdered in the night. Francis becomes suspicious of Caligari and Cesare."


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People who added this item 815 Average listal rating (496 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8

Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein


"A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre."


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People who added this item 307 Average listal rating (111 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
Greed (1924)

Directed by Erich von Stroheim


"Miner-turned-dentist McTeague wins young Trina Sieppe away from her cousin Marcus, McTeague's friend. When Trina wins five thousand dollars in a lottery, Marcus accuses McTeague of marrying her for her money. Trina becomes more and more obsessed with money, refusing to spend any of her winnings even though she and her husband are forced into dire straits. When Marcus informs the authorities that McTeague is not licensed as a dentist, thus depriving him of his meagre living, the friendship and the marriage are destroyed."


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People who added this item 366 Average listal rating (153 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
Pandora's Box (1929)

Directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst


"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 171 Average listal rating (83 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
The Crowd (1928)

Directed by King Vidor


"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 140 Average listal rating (65 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Wind (1928)

Directed by Victor Sjöström


"Letty moves to West Texas from the East and it seems that the wind always blows and the sand gets everywhere. While living with relatives, she finds that she is not welcomed by the wife. With no where to go, she marries a man who disgusts her."


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People who added this item 186 Average listal rating (73 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.5
Napoléon (1927)

Directed by Abel Gance


"A massive biopic of Napoleon, tracing his career from his schooldays, his flight from Corsica, through the French Revolution and the Terror, culminating in his triumphant invasion of Italy in 1797."


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People who added this item 472 Average listal rating (221 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7

Directed by D.W. Griffith


"Two brothers, Phil and Ted Stoneman, visit their friends in Piedmont, South Carolina: the family Cameron. This friendship is affected by the Civil War, as the Stonemans and the Camerons must join up opposite armies. The consequences of the War in their lives are shown in connection to major historical events, like the development of the Civil War itself, Lincoln's assassination, and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan."


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People who added this item 354 Average listal rating (172 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Intolerance (1916)

Directed by D.W. Griffith


"Intolerance and its terrible effects are examined in four historical eras. In ancient Babylon, a mountain girl is caught up in the religious rivalry that leads to the city's downfall. In Judea, the hypocritical Pharisees condemn Jesus Christ. In 1572 Paris, unaware of the impending St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, two young Huguenots prepare for marriage. Finally, in modern America, social reformers destroy the lives of a young woman and her beloved."


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People who added this item 516 Average listal rating (309 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Sherlock, Jr. (1924)

Directed by Buster Keaton


"A projectionist is studying to be a detective and is in love with a young lady. When he proposes her, his rival steals the chain watch of her father and incriminates him. The disappointed young projectionist returns to his job and while projecting the film, he dreams on being the detective of the story."


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People who added this item 144 Average listal rating (50 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.3

Directed by King Vidor


"The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War One. He is sent to France, where he becomes friends with two working-class soldiers. He also falls in love with a Frenchwoman, but has to leave her to move to the frontline."


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People who added this item 315 Average listal rating (181 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Safety Last! (1923)

Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor


"When a store clerk organizes a contest to climb the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself."


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People who added this item 425 Average listal rating (220 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7

Directed by Rupert Julian


"At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta and thus forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae. Christine meets this phantom (a masked man) in the catacombs, where he lives. What's his goal? What's his secret?"


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People who added this item 267 Average listal rating (127 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6

Directed by D.W. Griffith


"A frail waif, abused by her brutish boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences."


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People who added this item 282 Average listal rating (137 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1

Directed by F.W. Murnau


"An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society."


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People who added this item 917 Average listal rating (583 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Kid (1921)

Directed by Charles Chaplin


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


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People who added this item 263 Average listal rating (168 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8

Directed by Charles Reisner


"The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew."


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Directed by Fred Niblo


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People who added this item 207 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9

Directed by Raoul Walsh


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People who added this item 100 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1

Directed by Clarence Brown


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People who added this item 223 Average listal rating (130 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9

Directed by John G. Blystone and Buster Keaton


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People who added this item 172 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Wings (1927)

Directed by William A. Wellman


"Two young men fall in love with the same same girl. After the US enters WWI, both join the Air Corps and become aces. They remain friends, but the relation to the girl threatens their friendship."


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People who added this item 525 Average listal rating (278 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.4

Directed by Dziga Vertov


"This playful film is at once a documentary of a day in the life of the Soviet Union, a documentary of the filming of said documentary, and a depiction of an audience watching the film."


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People who added this item 324 Average listal rating (163 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7

Directed by Robert J. Flaherty


"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 366 Average listal rating (154 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Faust (1926)

Directed by F.W. Murnau



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People who added this item 134 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Way Down East (1920)

Directed by D.W. Griffith


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Directed by Benjamin Christensen


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People who added this item 125 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8

Directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst


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People who added this item 199 Average listal rating (99 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Unknown (1927)

Directed by Tod Browning


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People who added this item 226 Average listal rating (131 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Cameraman (1928)

Directed by Edward Sedgwick


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People who added this item 454 Average listal rating (292 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Circus (1928)

Directed by Charles Chaplin


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People who added this item 63 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.2
Show People (1928)

Directed by King Vidor


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People who added this item 1169 Average listal rating (677 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8

Directed by Luis Buñuel


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People who added this item 102 Average listal rating (52 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3

Directed by Wallace Worsley


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People who added this item 258 Average listal rating (112 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9

Directed by Fritz Lang


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Directed by Rex Ingram and Kevin Brownlow


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People who added this item 57 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Sheik (1921)

Directed by George Melford


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People who added this item 111 Average listal rating (51 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
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Directed by Fritz Lang


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People who added this item 106 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Freshman (1925)

Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor


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People who added this item 63 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.3

Directed by Fred Niblo


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People who added this item 30 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
(1921)

Directed by Henry King
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People who added this item 125 Average listal rating (52 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 7.9

Directed by Victor Sjöström


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People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
Girl Shy (1924)

Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor


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Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Apr 15 13:05
great!
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 17 23:26
Great list! :)
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Apr 15 15:06
So glad i found this list! :)
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Apr 15 16:08
Excellent list!
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Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Apr 15 16:21
Great list!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 21 23:11
Buster Keaton was a film making genius.
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Aug 9 11:47
totally agree with the first one! :)
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Dec 10 10:19
A fine list. Here are my own favourites : http://www.listal.com/list/my-favourite-silent-era-films I think Feuillade is under-represented here.

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