Favorite Films of the 20s

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1.
The Crowd (1928)
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The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls. (98 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
The Trail of '98 (1928)
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Fortune hunters from all over the country rush to the Klondike in 1897 to seek their fortunes in the gold are tested by hardships of the journey. (87 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
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
 
9.
Seven Chances (1925)
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A man learns he will inherit a fortune if he marries by 7 p.m. that same day. (56 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
10.
The Love Parade (1929)
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The queen of mythical Sylvania marries a courtier, who finds his new life unsatisfying. (107 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
11.
Steamboat Willie (1928 Short Film)
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Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck. (8 mins.)
Director: Ub Iwerks
 
12.
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
 
13.
Show People (1928)
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A young lady from Georgia goes to Hollywood in the hopes of becoming an actress. (83 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
14.
The Cameraman (1928)
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Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire. (69 mins.)
Director: Edward Sedgwick
 
15.
The Unknown (1927)
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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.
West of Zanzibar (1928)
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A magician seeks vengeance upon the man who paralyzed him and the illegitimate daughter he sired with the magician's wife. (65 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
17.
The River (1928)
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A naïve young man is working on a logging camp beside a turbulent river. When it closes for winter, he opts to stay for the experience... (84 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
18.
Safety Last! (1923)
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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.)
 
19.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
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In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
20.
Strike (1925)
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A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia. (82 mins.)
 
21.
The Big Parade (1925)
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A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War. (151 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
22.
Flesh and the Devil (1926)
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Childhood friends are torn apart when one of them marries the woman the other once fiercely loved. (112 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
23.
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
 
24.
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
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On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life. (93 mins.)
 
25.
The Patsy (1928)
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An awkward teenager hopelessly in love with her elder sister's boyfriend tries to make him notice her. (78 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
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
 
28.
The Scarlet Letter (1926)
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After having a child out of wedlock, a young Puritan woman is pressured to reveal the name of her lover. (115 mins.)
Director: Victor Seastrom
 
29.
The Goat (1921 Short Film)
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A series of adventures begins when an accident during photographing causes Buster to be mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the evil badguy. (23 mins.)
 
30.
Liberty (1929 Short Film)
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Two escaped convicts (Laurel & Hardy) change clothes in the getaway car, but wind up wearing each other's pants... (20 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
31.
Hallelujah (1929)
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In a juke joint, sharecropper Zeke falls for a beautiful dancer, Chick, but she's only setting him up for a rigged craps game... (109 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
32.
Cops (1922 Short Film)
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A series of mishaps manages to make a young man get chased by a big city's entire police force. (18 mins.)
 
33.
Street Angel (1928)
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A woman on the run from the law finds her past catching up to her just as she is on the verge of true happiness. (102 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
34.
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
 
35.
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
 
36.
The Circus (1928)
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The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus. (72 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
37.
One Week (1920 Short Film)
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A newly wedded couple attempts to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival sabotaged the kit's component numbering. (25 mins.)
 
38.
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
 
39.
Convict 13 (1920 Short Film)
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A young golfer is mugged by an escaped convict and finds himself in a prison where he foils a jailbreak. (19 mins.)
 
40.
The Son of the Sheik (1926)
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The son of the sheik and a dancing girl fall in love, but when he is made to believe she has betrayed him he seeks revenge. (68 mins.)
 
41.
He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
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A bitter clown endeavors to rescue the young woman he loves from the lecherous count who once betrayed him. (95 mins.)
Director: Victor Seastrom
 
42.
The Mysterious Lady (1928)
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An attractive Russian spy seduces an Austrian officer in order to get some important plans, but when she actually falls in love with him, both of them are placed in a dangerous situation. (96 mins.)
Director: Fred Niblo
 
43.
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. (110 mins.)
 
44.
The Freshman (1925)
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Nerdy college student will do anything to become popular on campus. (76 mins.)
 
45.
The Balloonatic (1923 Short Film)
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A hapless amusement park attendant finds his run away balloon ride has left him in a strange predicament. (22 mins.)
 
46.
Hard Luck (1921 Short Film)
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Strange things ensue after a young man attempts to take his own life. (22 mins.)
 
47.
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.)
 
48.
Battling Butler (1926)
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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
 
49.
The Frozen North (1922 Short Film)
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Buster plays a bumbling villain in this parody of melodrama. (17 mins.)
 
50.
Häxan (1922 Documentary)
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Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. (91 mins.)
 
51.
7th Heaven (1927)
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A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes. (110 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
52.
The Broadway Melody (1929)
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A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt. (100 mins.)
Director: Harry Beaumont
 
53.
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
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The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew. (70 mins.)
 
54.
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
 
55.
Go West (1925)
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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
 
56.
Alice's Spooky Adventure (1924 Short Film)
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When a ball is accidentally knocked through the window of a neighborhood haunted house, Alice is the only one brave enough to go inside to retrieve it... (8 mins.)
Director: Walt Disney
 
57.
Blood and Sand (1922)
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A toreador's familial and social life is threatened when he has an affair. (80 mins.)
Director: Fred Niblo
 
58.
The Boat (1921 Short Film)
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Buster and his family go on a voyage on his homemade boat that proves to be one disaster after another. (23 mins.)
 
59.
Big Business (1929 Short Film)
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Ollie and Stanley are two Christmas Tree sales reps who get into one of their usual mutual destruction fights with a homeowner. (19 mins.)
 
60.
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.)
 
61.
Spite Marriage (1929)
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An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous. (76 mins.)
Director: Edward Sedgwick
 
62.
The Jazz Singer (1927)
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The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer. (88 mins.)
Director: Alan Crosland
 
63.
Neighbors (1920 Short Film)
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A young couple who live next to each other in tenement apartments do everything they can to be together despite of their feuding families. (18 mins.)
 
64.
Three Ages (1923)
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The misadventures of Buster in three separate historical periods. (63 mins.)
 
65.
The Sheik (1921)
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A charming Arabian sheik becomes infatuated with an adventurous, modern-thinking Englishwoman and abducts her to his home in the Saharan desert. (86 mins.)
Director: George Melford
 
66.
The Show (1927)
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Performers in a Budapest sideshow encounter love, greed, and murder. (76 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
67.
The Little Match Girl (1928 Short Film)
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An impoverished girl tries to sell matches on NYE. Shivering with cold and unable to sell her wares, she sits in a sheltered nook. Striking a match to keep warm, she sees things in the flame. (40 mins.)