Cinema's 100 Most Wanted

100 of the most sought after (and if not, they should be) lost or partially lost films. I don't want people coming on here and chiding me for choosing to be concerned about this, so please don't. Some have at least 5 IMDb votes, so please report any findings to egmeinder@gmail.com.
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1.
The Jeffries-Sharkey Contest (1899 Documentary)
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Director: James H. White
 
2.
Hiawatha (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
20 scenes: The birth, life, marriage and death of Hiawatha. (15 mins.)
Director: Joe Rosenthal
 
3.
Kit Carson (1903 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Kit Carson is captured by Indians and tied to a tree in the Indian village. An Indian maiden helps him make his escape. (21 mins.)
 
4.
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1905 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
The millionaire's child is kidnapped. Sherlock Holmes after many thrilling adventures and narrow escapes rescues the child.
 
5.
The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
True story of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80). (70 mins.)
Director: Charles Tait
 
6.
The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
L. Frank Baum would appear in a white suit and present his live actors, slide shows and films as a live... (120 mins.)
 
7.
The Music Master (1908 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
What is more miserable than love-blighted life? For the heart that truly loves can never forget. Such...
 
8.
In Old California (1910 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An historical dramatization of a Spanish woman during the reign of Spanish and Mexican owned California in the early 19th century. (17 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
9.
A Victim of the Mormons (1911 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A Mormon missionary seduces and kidnaps an attractive young woman, forcing her to accompany him to Utah to become one of his wives.
Director: August Blom
 
10.
Saved from the Titanic (1912 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young woman tells her parents and fiance (in flashback) about the recent sinking of the Titanic and... (10 mins.)
Director: Étienne Arnaud
 
11.
The Werewolf (1913 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An old Indian legend tells of the supposed ability of persons who have been turned into wolves through magic power to assume human form at will for purposes of vengeance. (18 mins.)
Director: Henry McRae
 
12.
The Battle of the Sexes (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(50 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
13.
My Official Wife (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Helene Marie, on the run from the Russian police in St. Petersburg, plots to kill the Czar.
Director: James Young
 
14.
Her Friend the Bandit (1914 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Lost Charles Chaplin's comedy film about her friend. (16 mins.)
Director: Mack Sennett
 
17.
A Study in Scarlet (1914 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
(20 mins.)
Director: Francis Ford
 
18.
The Escape (1914)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A dramatic comparison between the mating habits of animals and the way humans choose their own partners.
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
19.
The Golem (1915)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In this version of the golem legend, the golem, a clay statue brought to life by Rabbi Loew in 16th... (60 mins.)
 
20.
Last Night of the Barbary Coast (1913 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This film -- now lost -- supposedly showed the last night of the depraved Barbary Coast section of San Francisco... (10 mins.)
Director: Sol Lesser, Hal Mohr
 
21.
The Fall of a Nation (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Three acts and a prologue. Act 1, a nation falls. Act 2, The heel of the conquerer. Act 3, the uprising two years later. Sequel to "Birth of a Nation" by the same author.
Director: Thomas Dixon
 
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23.
El apóstol (1917)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Argentinian President Yrigoyen burns Buenos Aires using Jupiter's thunderbolts. (70 mins.)
 
24.
Cleopatra (1917)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The story of Cleopatra, the fabulous queen of Egypt, and the epic romances between her and the greatest men of Rome, Julius Caesar and Antony. (125 mins.)
 
25.
Imokawa Mukuzô genkan-ban no maki (1917 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
lost film. (5 mins.)
Director: Ôten Shimokawa
 
26.
The Great Love (1918)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An idealistic young American during World War I, itching to fight the Germans and not wanting to wait until the U... (70 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
27.
The First Men in the Moon (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The inventor of a space sphere flies to the moon and is marooned by a crooked financier.
 
28.
The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1918 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In a dream Uncle Jack looks through a magic telescope owned by the ghost of a hermit and sees what life was like millions of years ago, including a battle between prehistoric monsters. (16 mins.)
 
29.
Auction of Souls (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Aurora Mardiganian, a young and beautiful Armenian girl, lives with her parents in the Turkish city of Havpoul... (80 mins.)
Director: Oscar Apfel
 
30.
The Grim Game (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Jailed unjustly for a murder he did not commit, a young man uses his amazing powers of escape to free himself and pursue the actual killers... (71 mins.)
Director: Irvin Willat
 
31.
Emerald of Death (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(54 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
32.
The Miracle Man (1919 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A gang of crooks evade the police by moving their operations to a small town. There the gang's leader... (34 mins.)
 
33.
The Devil's Passkey (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The wife of an American playwright in Paris becomes ensnared in the seductive wiles of an American Army officer... (130 mins.)
 
34.
Treasure Island (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Young Jim Hawkins is caught up with the pirate Long John Silver in search of the buried treasure of the buccaneer Captain Flint... (76 mins.)
 
35.
Remodeling Her Husband (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(50 mins.)
Director: Lillian Gish
 
36.
Dracula's Death (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A girl has frightening visions after visiting an insane asylum where one of the inmates claims to be Drakula and she can not be sure whether they were a nightmare or real. (65 mins.)
Director: Károly Lajthay
 
37.
Humor Risk (1921 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
This silent short saw the Marx Bros. teamed for the first time prior to their move to features. The film had only one public screening. Groucho later claimed that it was not very good.
Director: Dick Smith
 
38.
Dangerous Lies (1921)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A widow's husband returns after her second marriage, and dies while assaulting her. (60 mins.)
Director: Paul Powell
 
39.
The Power of Love (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Because of his financial trouble, Don Almeda (Noah Beery) promises his daughter, Maria (Barbara Bedford)...
 
40.
Adam's Rib (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Michael Ramsay only has time for gathering his fortune in wheat. His wife seeks comfort elsewhere and, to avoid a scandal, her daughter Matilda assumes her mother's guilt. Ramsay nearly goes broke but gets rich again; his wife returns.
 
41.
Hollywood (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Angela comes to Hollywood with only two things: Her dream to become a movie star, and Grandpa. She leaves an Aunt...
Director: James Cruze
 
42.
Love, Life and Laughter (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A chorus girl, who dreams of being a music-hall star, falls for an impoverished author.
Director: George Pearson
 
43.
Human Wreckage (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An attorney's wife is determined to fight the evils of addictive substances. (80 mins.)
 
44.
The Courtship of Myles Standish (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A dramatization of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem 'The Courtship of Miles Standish,' this is the... (90 mins.)
 
45.
Who Is the Man? (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In Paris an addicted artist takes the blame for his married sister's lover. (60 mins.)
Director: Walter Summers
 
46.
Greed (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved. (140 mins.)
“ Released on VHS in edited form. Originally 9 hours. ” - egmeinder
 
47.
White Man (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(70 mins.)
Director: Louis Gasnier
 
48.
That Royle Girl (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Joan Royle, beautiful but naive model who came from the slums, falls for Fred Ketlar, the leader of a dance band... (114 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
49.
The Dark Angel (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
(80 mins.)
 
50.
The House Without a Key (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
A Pathe serial in ten chapters of two-reels each: Dan Winterslip, a wealthy man in Honolulu, has not spoken to his brother... (210 mins.)
 
51.
The Great Gatsby (1926)
Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbour... (80 mins.)
Director: Herbert Brenon
 
52.
The Mountain Eagle (1926)
In the Kentucky hills a store keeper tries to win the love of an innocent schoolteacher. She runs away and seeks refuge with a hermit. (57 mins.)
 
53.
Blade of Penitence (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Ishimatsu is out of jail and wants to rebuild his life. But his brother, Sakichi, and his old partners are not going to allow it. (70 mins.)
 
54.
London After Midnight (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The abandoned home of a wealthy man who supposedly committed suicide five years earlier is taken over by ghoulish figures - could they be vampires? (69 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
55.
The Battle of the Century (1927 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Fight manager (Hardy) takes out an insurance policy on his puny pugilist (Laurel) and then proceeds... (19 mins.)
Director: Clyde Bruckman
 
56.
Rough House Rosie (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A poor but ambitious young girl is determined to crash high society, but isn't prepared for the reception she receives. (66 mins.)
Director: Frank Strayer
 
57.
The City Gone Wild (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Hard-boiled underworld melodrama, with gang wars and gunfights, in which criminal lawyer turns prosecutor to avenge a friend's death. (60 mins.)
Director: James Cruze
 
58.
The Way of All Flesh (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story takes place in Milwaukee during the early 1900s with a bank clerk named August Schiller who is happy with both his job and his family... (94 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
59.
Burning of the Red Lotus Monastery (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
This movie was adapted from a newspaper serial (Strange Tales of the Adventurer in the Wild Country)...
Director: Shichuan Zhang
 
60.
Manhattan Cocktail (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(72 mins.)
Director: Dorothy Arzner
 
61.
The Patriot (1928)
In 18th-Century Russia, the Czar, Paul, is surrounded by murderous plots and trusts only Count Pahlen... (113 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
62.
Beau Sabreur (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(70 mins.)
Director: John Waters
 
63.
The Last Moment (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(60 mins.)
Director: Pál Fejös
 
64.
Say It with Sables (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
(70 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
65.
4 Devils (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Four orphans, raised by an aging clown, becomes a high wire act in a circus. (100 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
66.
The Honeymoon (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
"The Wedding March" ended with the marriage between Nikki and the crippled Cecilia takes place. Eberle...
 
67.
The Terror (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Guests at an old English manor house are stalked by a mysterious killer known only as 'The Terror.' (85 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
68.
Sins of the Fathers (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A married restaurant owner is persuaded to become a bootlegger by a beautiful young girl. When he starts making money at it...
Director: Ludwig Berger
 
69.
Honky Tonk (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Nightclub hostess Sophie Leonard educates her daughter Beth abroad and keeps her life secret for her. But suddenly the daughter shows up. (71 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
70.
Song of the West (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(82 mins.)
Director: Ray Enright
“ Missing above: Has anyone heard of Black Waters? ” - egmeinder
 
71.
Tol'able David (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Young David Kinemon is a good-natured, easy-going lad in a mountain village. Circumstances force him... (65 mins.)
 
72.
The Cat Creeps (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Disappearances and strange goings-on in a spooky old mansion. (75 mins.)
 
73.
Peludópolis (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of President Yrigoyen's corrupt government and its overthrow by a military coup. (80 mins.)
 
74.
Charlie Chan's Chance (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Charlie is the intended murder victim here, and he avoids death only by chance. To find the murderer (since, of course, murder does occur), Charlie must outguess Scotland Yard and New York City police. (73 mins.)
 
75.
Japanese King Kong (1933 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
 
76.
Murder at Monte Carlo (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(70 mins.)
Director: Ralph Ince
 
77.
Tag der Freiheit - Unsere Wehrmacht (1935 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Filming of the performance show the Deutsche Wehrmacht (German Army) made during the Reichsparteitag of the NSDAP in Nurnberg 1935... (28 mins.)
 
78.
Seventh Heaven (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Parisian sewer worker longs for a rise in status and a beautiful wife. He rescues a girl from the police... (102 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
80.
The Patient Vanishes (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
James Mason as a private detective, whose father is a Scotland Yard man, takes a case involving extortion and kidnapping... (73 mins.)
 
81.
The Woman Who Dared (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The wife of a mechanic and former fighter pilot falls in love with the idea of flying herself. This soon becomes an obsession and she undertakes a lofty feat: the longest solo flight ever made by a woman. (105 mins.)
Director: Jean Grémillon
“ Is this the right film? By Ozu? ” - egmeinder
 
82.
Escape Episode (1947 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(35 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Anger
 
83.
Little Iodine (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Based on the "Little Iodine" two-panel cartoon strip by Jimmy Hatlo, which had evolved from his "They'll Do It Everytime" strip... (57 mins.)
 
84.
Cinderella (1957 TV Special)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The first of three TV versions of the classic fairy tale that featured a Rodgers and Hammerstein score. (90 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
“ Missing above: IVAN THE TERRIBLE PART III. As for this, it was originally in color, but only B&W now survives. ” - egmeinder
 
85.
Big and Little Wong Tin Bar (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A child learns martial arts to become a kung fu warrior. (106 mins.)
 
86.
Farewell Performance (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A pop star is found murdered. To find the murderer the police must work out if rivalry or hate was the motive. (73 mins.)
Director: Robert Tronson
 
87.
Normal Love (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Andy Warhol films Jack Smith Filming "Normal Love". (105 mins.)
Director: Jack Smith
 
88.
Batman Dracula (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
(54 mins.)
Director: Andy Warhol
 
89.
 
90.
Las noches del Hombre Lobo (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Werewolf Waldemar Daninsky becomes a tool for a mad scientist.
Director: René Govar
 
91.
The Promise (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
During the siege of Leningrad Marat goes to the partly wrecked home of his parents and there finds Lika... (98 mins.)
Director: Michael Hayes
 
92.
Nobody Ordered Love (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
(87 mins.)
 
93.
The Day the Clown Cried (1972)
A circus clown is imprisoned by the Nazis and goes with Jewish children to their deaths. (90 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
 
94.
Together for Days (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Black radical activist and a young White woman find themselves drawn to one another during the politically and racially-charged atmosphere of early 1970s America. (84 mins.)
Director: Michael Schultz
 
95.
The Cherry Picker (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
Millionaire's son James Burn III (Bob Sherman) just wants to live a life free from responsibility (and... (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Curran
 
96.
Clockwork (1978 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A very wealthy, but lonely woman is stalked in her home by a violent serial killer. (7 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Above: HIM (1974) was discussed in the Golden Turkey Awards, but is not even listed at IMDb. ” - egmeinder
 
97.
My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
It's Mickey's Birthday and his girlfriend just left him, so that's when his friend Clarence shows him a birthday he'll never forget. (69 mins.)