Favorite Films from 1900-1929

Updated: 7/28/16

I have watched 52 feature films with a release date between 1900 & 1929. I have listed them here ranked from best to worst (in my opinion).
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1.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
 
2.
Metropolis (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
3.
Sunrise (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
4.
The Lodger (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. (68 mins.)
 
5.
Blackmail (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After killing a man in self-defence, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing. (85 mins.)
 
6.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. (93 mins.)
Director: Rupert Julian
 
7.
The General (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. (67 mins.)
 
8.
Safety Last! (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When a store clerk organizes a publicity stunt, in which a friend climbs the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself. (70 mins.)
 
9.
Go West (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
With little luck at keeping a job in the city a New Yorker tries work in the country and eventually finds his way leading a herd of cattle to the West Coast. (68 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
10.
The Unholy Three (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A sideshow ventriloquist, midget, and strongman form a conspiracy known as "The Unholy Three" and commit a series of robberies. (86 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
11.
Battling Butler (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A love-struck weakling must pretend to be boxer in order to gain respect from the family of the girl he loves. (77 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
12.
Girl Shy (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A shy, young man, who is completely incapable of talking to women, decides to write a book that details to other bachelors how to find a girlfriend. (87 mins.)
 
13.
Häxan (1922 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. (91 mins.)
 
14.
Faust (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul. (85 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
15.
The Unknown (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost. (63 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
16.
Destiny (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate. (114 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
17.
Nosferatu (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
18.
The Cat and the Canary (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Leni
 
19.
Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A professional clown and a self-indulgent count learn to help each other with their problems, but then become romantic rivals. (73 mins.)
Director: Herbert Brenon
 
20.
The Penalty (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A deformed criminal mastermind plans to loot the city of San Francisco as well as revenge himself on the doctor who mistakenly amputated his legs. (90 mins.)
Director: Wallace Worsley
 
21.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
 
22.
The Gold Rush (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. (95 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
23.
The Man Who Cheated Life (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
For Balduin, going out to beer parties with his fellow students and fighting out disputes at the tip of the sword have lost their charms... (110 mins.)
Director: Henrik Galeen
 
24.
Spies (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
27.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
28.
Frankenstein (1910 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster... (16 mins.)
 
29.
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew. (70 mins.)
 
30.
The Bat (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A masked criminal who dresses like a giant bat terrorizes the guests at an old house rented by a mystery writer. (86 mins.)
 
31.
The Great Train Robbery (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels. (11 mins.)
 
32.
The Mysterious Island (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
On a volcanic island near the kingdom of Hetvia rules Count Dakkar, a benevolent leader and scientist... (95 mins.)
Director: Lucien Hubbard
 
33.
The Manxman (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A fisherman and a rising young lawyer, who grew up as brothers, fall in love with the same girl. (110 mins.)
 
34.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan. (195 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
35.
Snow White (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Snow White is a motherless princess, who arouses the jealousy and hatred of Mary Jane, her mother's former lady-in-waiting... (63 mins.)
 
36.
The Ring (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Two boxers compete for the love of a woman. (116 mins.)
 
37.
The Student of Prague (1913)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A poor student rescues a beautiful countess and soon becomes obsessed with her. A sorcerer makes a deal... (85 mins.)
 
38.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Captain Nemo has built a fantastic submarine for his mission of revenge. He has traveled over 20,000 leagues in search of Charles Denver... (105 mins.)
Director: Stuart Paton
 
39.
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess. (155 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
40.
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.)
 
41.
The Cocoanuts (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
During the Florida land boom, The Marx Brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves. (96 mins.)
 
42.
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Allan has a hard time finding the Usher's house, which is known to be cursed... But he is a personal friend of Roderick Usher... (63 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
 
43.
The Farmer's Wife (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
After his daughter weds, a middle-aged widower with a profitable farm decides to remarry but finds choosing a suitable mate a problematic process. (100 mins.)
 
44.
Easy Virtue (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A recently divorced woman hides her scandalous past from her new husband and his family. (80 mins.)
 
45.
Dante's Inferno (1911)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream. (68 mins.)
 
46.
Behind That Curtain (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Eve Mannering realizes too late that her abusive husband is a philanderer and murderer and seeks protection with her true love, explorer John Beetham. (91 mins.)
Director: Irving Cummings
 
47.
The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Ojo and Unc Nunkie are out of food, so they decide to journey to the Emerald City where they will never starve... (81 mins.)
 
48.
Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A mysterious radio message is beamed around the world, and among the engineers who receive it are Los... (111 mins.)
 
49.
The Golem (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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.)
 
50.
On with the Show! (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A musical advertised as the first 100% natural color, all-singing production. The plot concerns a wide-eyed former hatcheck girl who takes the place of a rebellious star. (104 mins.)
Director: Alan Crosland
 
51.
A Florida Enchantment (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young woman discovers a seed that can make women act like men and men act like women. She decides to take one, then slips one to her maid and another to her fiancé. The fun begins. (63 mins.)
Director: Sidney Drew
 
52.
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants, Roderick and Madeline Usher... (13 mins.)