Best of the 1920s

My 50 favorite from the 1920s. Yeah, there's a lot of Keaton on here right now. Definitely in the process of expanding my horizons here.
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1.
Street Angel (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
2.
Ménilmontant (1926 Short Film)
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A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways. (38 mins.)
 
3.
The Faithful Heart (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Marie wants to escape from her job and also from her lover, Paul, an unemployed drunk. She dreams of going off with Jean... (87 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
 
4.
Fanny Hawthorne (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A celebration of working class leisure activities at Hindle, Lancashire, during "Wakes Week", an annual... (120 mins.)
Director: Maurice Elvey
 
5.
Brumes d'automne (1929 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(15 mins.)
 
6.
Lazybones (1925)
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Steve Tuttle, the titular lazybones, takes on the responsibility of raising a fatherless girl, causing a scandal in his small town... (80 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
7.
The Docks of New York (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A blue-collar worker on New York's depressed waterfront finds his life changed after he saves a woman attempting suicide. (76 mins.)
 
8.
3 Bad Men (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Three outlaws come to the aid of a young girl after her father is killed. (92 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
9.
Lucky Star (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Mary, a poor farm girl, meets Tim just as word comes that war has been declared. Tim enlists in the army and goes to the battlefields of Europe... (100 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
10.
Sunrise (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
11.
Regen (1929 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Rain falls on a Dutch city. (14 mins.)
 
12.
The Three-Sided Mirror (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Psychological narrative avantgarde film about a wealthy young businessman who consecutively falls in love with a classy English woman (Pearl)... (45 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
 
13.
The Scarecrow (1920 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two inventive farmhands compete for the hand of the same girl. (19 mins.)
 
14.
Lonesome (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two lonely people in the big city meet and enjoy the thrills of an amusement park, only to lose each other in the crowd after spending a great day together. Will they ever see each other again? (69 mins.)
Director: Paul Fejos
 
15.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
16.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
 
17.
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
 
18.
The Skeleton Dance (1929 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The clock strikes midnight, the bats fly from the belfry, a dog howls at the full moon, and two black cats fight in the cemetery: a perfect time for four skeletons to come out and dance a bit. (6 mins.)
Director: Walt Disney
 
19.
Just Pals (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Small-town tramp befriends runaway boy. (50 mins.)
Director: Jack Ford
 
20.
7th Heaven (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes. (110 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
21.
The Last of the Mohicans (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
As Alice and Cora Munro attempt to find their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War... (73 mins.)
 
22.
The 'High Sign' (1921 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang. (20 mins.)
 
23.
The River (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
24.
Finis terrae (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(80 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
The Kid (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy. (68 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
27.
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
 
28.
Balançoires (1928 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(25 mins.)
Director: Noël Renard
 
29.
Beggars of Life (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond... (100 mins.)
 
30.
Nanook of the North (1922 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle. (78 mins.)
 
31.
One Week (1920 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A newly wedded couple attempt to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival sabotaged the kit's component numbering. (25 mins.)
 
32.
Seven Chances (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man learns he will inherit a fortune if he marries. By 7 p.m. Today. (56 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
33.
Steamboat Willie (1928 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck. (8 mins.)
Director: Ub Iwerks
 
34.
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
 
35.
La belle Nivernaise (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Bargeman Louveau finds an abandoned boy, Victor, and with the authorities permission takes him back to his own family where he raises him... (69 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
 
36.
The Frozen North (1922 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Buster plays a bumbling villain in this parody of melodrama. (17 mins.)
 
37.
Underworld (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend. (80 mins.)
 
38.
The Smiling Madame Beudet (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage... (54 mins.)
Director: Germaine Dulac
 
39.
Arizona Days (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
To stop the rustling of Hicks, Martin turns to the Cattlemen's Assiciation. They send undercover agent Drexel who sets a trap for the gang... (57 mins.)
Director: J.P. McGowan
 
40.
The Play House (1921 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works. (23 mins.)
 
41.
The Goat (1921 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A series of adventures begins when an accident during photographing causes Buster to be mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the evil badguy. (23 mins.)
 
42.
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. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
 
43.
White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An alcoholic doctor on a Polynesian island, disgusted by white exploitation of the natives, finds himself marooned on a pristinely beautiful island. (88 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
44.
Return to Reason (1923 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Experimental film, white specks and shapes gyrating over a black background, a light-striped torso, a gyrating eggcrate... (3 mins.)
Director: Man Ray
 
45.
The King of Kings (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection. (155 mins.)
 
46.
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
 
47.
De brug (1928 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Close shots of a railway train underway: track racing underneath, steam escaping, cars coupling, gears ratchetting... (15 mins.)
Director: Joris Ivens
 
48.
Neighbors (1920 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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.)
 
49.
The Salvation Hunters (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A cowardly young man, a bitter young woman and a helpless child live on the docks, spend their days... (65 mins.)
 
50.
The Iron Horse (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After witnessing the murder of his father by a renegade as a boy, the grown-up Brandon helps to realize his father's dream of a transcontinental railway. (150 mins.)