Top 50 Films from the 1910's to the 1920's

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1.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
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A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned. (143 mins.)
Director: Fred Niblo
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
2.
The Last Command (1928)
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A former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary. (88 mins.)
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
3.
Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924)
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After Siegfried's dead, Kriemhild marries Etzel, the King of the Huns. She gives birth to a child, and invites her brothers for a party... (129 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
4.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
5.
Metropolis (1927)
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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. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
6.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929 Documentary)
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A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. (68 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
7.
The Kid Brother (1927)
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A sheriff's milquetoast son has a chance to prove himself when a medicine show run by con artists comes into town. (82 mins.)
Director: Ted Wilde, J.A. Howe
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
8.
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
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The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history. (163 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
9.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
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In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre. (75 mins.)
Director: S.M. Eisenstein
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
10.
Greed (1924)
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The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved. (140 mins.)
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
11.
Napoleon (1927)
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A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
12.
The Wind (1928)
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A frail young woman from the east moves in with her cousin in the west, where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad. (95 mins.)
Director: Victor Seastrom
“ 10 ” - bwolskin-9
 
13.
Nosferatu (1922)
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Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
14.
The Docks of New York (1928)
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A blue-collar worker on New York's depressed waterfront finds his life changed after he saves a woman attempting suicide. (76 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
15.
The Big Parade (1925)
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A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War. (151 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
16.
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
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Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms... (97 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
17.
The General (1926)
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When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. (67 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
18.
Strike (1925)
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A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia. (82 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
19.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
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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. (45 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
20.
Sparrows (1926)
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Molly, the eldest child at a baby farm hidden deep in a swamp, must rescue the others when their cruel master decides that one of them will be disposed of. (84 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
21.
Our Hospitality (1923)
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A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family. (65 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
22.
Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
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Thymiane is a beautiful young girl who is not having a storybook life. Her governess, Elizabeth, is thrown out of her home when she is pregnant... (104 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
23.
Sunrise (1927)
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An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
24.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
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In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen. (133 mins.)
Director: Wallace Worsley
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
25.
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)
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A cloistered, overprotected Austrian prince falls in love with a down-to-earth barmaid in this "Viennese fairy tale." (106 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
26.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
27.
Don Juan (1926)
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Misogynistic skirt chaser Don Juan falls for a convent girl. (110 mins.)
Director: Alan Crosland
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
28.
The Crowd (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls. (98 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
29.
The Man Who Laughs (1928)
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When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured. (110 mins.)
Director: Paul Leni
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
30.
Wings (1927)
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Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I. (144 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
31.
Pandora's Box (1929)
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The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her. (109 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
32.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
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A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. (93 mins.)
Director: Rupert Julian
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
33.
Tumbleweeds (1925)
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The government will grant a fringe of terrain for the settlers who want to live and work there. The... (78 mins.)
Director: King Baggott
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
34.
The Freshman (1925)
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Nerdy college student will do anything to become popular on campus. (76 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
35.
The Ten Commandments (1923)
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The first part tells the story of Moses leading the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land, his receipt... (136 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
36.
The Kid (1921)
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The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy. (68 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
37.
Faust (1926)
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The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul. (85 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
38.
Queen Kelly (1929)
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A convent girl is abducted and seduced by a prince before being sent off to a brothel in East Africa. (101 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
39.
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
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Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him. (242 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
40.
The Golem (1920)
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In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. (91 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
41.
The Last Laugh (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (77 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
42.
Blackmail (1929)
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After killing a man in self-defence, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing. (85 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
43.
Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925 Documentary)
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The struggles of a hardscrabble Iranian nomadic tribe as they journey through bleak country to reach the grasslands that will save their livestock. (71 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
44.
The Gold Rush (1925)
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A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. (95 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
45.
Spies (1928)
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The mastermind behind a ubiquitous spy operation learns of a dangerous romance between a Russian lady in his employ and a dashing agent from the government's secret service. (178 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
46.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. (49 mins.)
“ 9 ” - bwolskin-9
 
47.
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life. (93 mins.)
“ 8 ” - bwolskin-9
 
48.
A Day's Pleasure (1919 Short Film)
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A father takes his family for an outing, which turns out to be a ridiculous trial. (24 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
“ 8 ” - bwolskin-9
 
49.
The Lodger (1927)
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A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. (68 mins.)
“ 8 ” - bwolskin-9
 
50.
The Black Pirate (1926)
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Seeking revenge, an athletic young man joins the pirate band responsible for his father's death. (88 mins.)
Director: Albert Parker
“ 8 ” - bwolskin-9