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The Top 100 Silent Era Films

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People who added this item 720 Average listal rating (460 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
The General (1927)

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 1941 Average listal rating (1017 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 634 Average listal rating (362 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
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 1300 Average listal rating (813 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.5
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 1679 Average listal rating (968 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
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 941 Average listal rating (610 ratings) 8.1 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 724 Average listal rating (411 ratings) 8.8 IMDB Rating 8.1

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 1191 Average listal rating (688 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 862 Average listal rating (530 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 320 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
Greed (1924) (1925)

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 378 Average listal rating (168 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.9

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."


People who added this item 180 Average listal rating (96 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
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."


People who added this item 156 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
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 205 Average listal rating (91 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
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 506 Average listal rating (249 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.4

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 383 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
Intolerance (1918)

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 552 Average listal rating (344 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.2
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 159 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9

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."


People who added this item 334 Average listal rating (197 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1

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 449 Average listal rating (239 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6

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?"


People who added this item 278 Average listal rating (142 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.4

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 303 Average listal rating (148 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 965 Average listal rating (634 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 275 Average listal rating (176 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9

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


People who added this item 218 Average listal rating (105 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8

Directed by Raoul Walsh


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People who added this item 105 Average listal rating (48 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 7.7

Directed by Clarence Brown


People who added this item 241 Average listal rating (141 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8

Directed by John G. Blystone and Buster Keaton


People who added this item 189 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.5
Wings (1927) (1928)

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 548 Average listal rating (296 ratings) 8.4 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 342 Average listal rating (177 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6

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 379 Average listal rating (175 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Faust (1926)

Directed by F.W. Murnau



People who added this item 145 Average listal rating (70 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
Way Down East (1920)

Directed by D.W. Griffith



Directed by Benjamin Christensen


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People who added this item 130 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 7.9

Directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst


People who added this item 204 Average listal rating (109 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Unknown (1927)

Directed by Tod Browning


People who added this item 241 Average listal rating (140 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1

Directed by Edward Sedgwick


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People who added this item 463 Average listal rating (305 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2

Directed by Charles Chaplin


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People who added this item 64 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
Show People (1928)

Directed by King Vidor


People who added this item 1200 Average listal rating (717 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7

Directed by Luis Buñuel


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People who added this item 118 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3

Directed by Wallace Worsley


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People who added this item 272 Average listal rating (120 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9

Directed by Fritz Lang



Directed by Rex Ingram and Kevin Brownlow


People who added this item 68 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Sheik (1921)

Directed by George Melford


Including both Sigfried and Kriemhilds Rache.

Directed by Fritz Lang


People who added this item 110 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5

Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor


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People who added this item 71 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.1

Directed by Fred Niblo


People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0
(1921)

Directed by Henry King
People who added this item 132 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 7.8

Directed by Victor Sjöström


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People who added this item 72 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Girl Shy (1924)

Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor


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