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The Top 100 Silent Era Films

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People who added this item 759 Average listal rating (493 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
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 2014 Average listal rating (1067 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 662 Average listal rating (382 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 1335 Average listal rating (835 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 1742 Average listal rating (1018 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9

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 986 Average listal rating (636 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2

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 766 Average listal rating (443 ratings) 8.7 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 1247 Average listal rating (722 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 890 Average listal rating (550 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9

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 336 Average listal rating (137 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8
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 392 Average listal rating (176 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
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."


People who added this item 191 Average listal rating (105 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 168 Average listal rating (85 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
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 228 Average listal rating (107 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
Napoleon (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 536 Average listal rating (275 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.1

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 407 Average listal rating (215 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.7
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 576 Average listal rating (370 ratings) 8.4 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 165 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 7.9 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 354 Average listal rating (212 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
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 469 Average listal rating (253 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5

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?"



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 321 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8

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 1007 Average listal rating (663 ratings) 8.2 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 290 Average listal rating (189 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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People who added this item 113 Average listal rating (56 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8

Directed by Fred Niblo



Directed by Raoul Walsh


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Directed by Clarence Brown



Directed by John G. Blystone and Buster Keaton


People who added this item 201 Average listal rating (104 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6

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 567 Average listal rating (314 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.3

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 347 Average listal rating (183 ratings) 7.7 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 407 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
Faust (1926)

Directed by F.W. Murnau



People who added this item 157 Average listal rating (79 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Way Down East (1920)

Directed by D.W. Griffith



Directed by Benjamin Christensen


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People who added this item 140 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.8

Directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst


People who added this item 222 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.7
The Unknown (1927)

Directed by Tod Browning



Directed by Edward Sedgwick


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People who added this item 490 Average listal rating (325 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1

Directed by Charles Chaplin


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People who added this item 71 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Show People (1928)

Directed by King Vidor


People who added this item 1236 Average listal rating (740 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7

Directed by Luis Buñuel


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People who added this item 124 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2

Directed by Wallace Worsley


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People who added this item 289 Average listal rating (134 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8

Directed by Fritz Lang



Directed by Rex Ingram and Kevin Brownlow


People who added this item 76 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
The Sheik (1921)

Directed by George Melford


People who added this item 139 Average listal rating (73 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Including both Sigfried and Kriemhilds Rache.

Directed by Fritz Lang


People who added this item 112 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5

Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor


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Directed by Fred Niblo


(1921)

Directed by Henry King

Directed by Victor Sjöström


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People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (50 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7

Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor


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