50 Greatest Silent Films From Germanyby vivian_baum_cabral | created - 25 Dec 2013 | updated - 25 Dec 2013 | Public
Few films periods had greater influence as the silent films from Germany Here are fifty of them,some known masterpieces,while others are great films unknown to film audiences. P.S. Sadly,few of them are lost.
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1. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
Unrated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms, he kills a dragon and finds a treasure, the Hort. He helps Gunther to... See full summary »
The greatest german film ever made. Before Sauron's ring,there was Siegfried's ring
2. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache (1924)
Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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. She tries to persuade Etzel and the other Huns, that... See full summary »
The most unforgettable and violent revenge ever set on film
3. Metropolis (1927)
Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 126,052 | Gross: $0.03M
The most influencional sci-fi milm ever done. After this,all mad scientists are carbon copy of Rotwang.
4. Nosferatu (1922)
Unrated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.
The greatest horror film in history.
5. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Unrated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.
The expressionist film par excelence.
6. Pandora's Box (1929)
Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.
Votes: 8,100 | Gross: $0.01M
7. The Student of Prague (1913)
Approved | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A poor student rescues a beautiful countess and soon becomes obsessed with her. A sorcerer makes a deal with the young man to give him fabulous wealth and anything he wants, if he will sign... See full summary »
First great german film
8. The Man Who Cheated Life (1926)
110 min | Drama, Horror
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. He wants to find love; but how would he, a ... See full summary »
Great first german remake
9. The Haunted Castle (1921)
69 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
In the castle Vogeloed, a few aristocrats are awaiting baroness Safferstätt. But first count Oetsch invites himself.. Everyone thinks he murdered his brother, baroness Safferstat's first ... See full summary »
To all the world unknown,personally,my Murnau favorite.
10. Der Andere (1913)
A man has an accident while out riding his horse one day. He soon discovers that he now has a split personality, and that his alternate is helping a criminal to rob his house.
Albert Bassermann,the first german male star
11. The Joyless Street (1925)
125 min | Drama
Vienna in the biggest depression, directly after WW1. In a slum, Lila Leid, the wife of lawyer Leid is murdered, Egon, secretary of one of Leid's clients is arrested. He was with her, and ... See full summary »
The fading of the first female star,the born of another
12. Der müde Tod (1921)
Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.
Votes: 3,919 | Gross: $0.01M
The Inspiration for Bergman
13. Schatten - Eine nächtliche Halluzination (1923)
Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A wealthy man invites the local wealthy bachelors over for a puppet show about men who covet another man's wife. The puppeteer is actually a witch and gives the men nightmares about what could happen if they date the lady of the house.
14. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
Not Rated | 242 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him.
First greatest villain
15. Torgus (1921)
64 min | Drama, History
John, a young man raised by his aunt, is in love with Anna, a servant girl who is going to have his baby. He is willing to marry her but his stern aunt wants him to marry a rich girl. To ... See full synopsis »
A.K.A Torgus,a forgotten masterpiece
17. Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
Not Rated | 79 min | Drama
After falling pregnant to a pharmacist and refusing to marry, a young woman is thrown from her home and sent to a scrict girls' reform school.
18. The Last Laugh (1924)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama
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.
Emil Jannings in his prime
20. People on Sunday (1930)
Not Rated | 73 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Edwin, a taxi driver, lives with Annie, a neurasthenic model. They plan to spend Sunday at the Nikolassee beach with Wolfgang, an officer, gentleman, antiquarian, gigolo, at the moment a ... See full summary »
Billy Wilder's premiere
21. Anders als die Andern (1919)
Not Rated | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History
Two male musicians fall in love, but blackmail and scandal makes the affair take a tragic turn.
The first homossexual film.
22. Emerald of Death (1919)
54 min | Drama
The lost Murnau's premiere
23. Halbblut (1919)
The story of a man destroyed by love.
The lost Lang's premiere
24. Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)
65 min | Documentary
This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night.
One of the greatest documentary ever made.
25. Hintertreppe (1921)
50 min | Drama
A crippled mailman is in love with a maid who lives in the same building he does in one of the city's poor neighborhoods. She, however, is in love with a wealthy, handsome young man. ... See full summary »
The best Kammerspiel,with Fritz Kortner in one of the best performance of the era.
26. Scherben (1921)
50 min | Drama
Set during the winter, the story tells the tale of a track checker and his family who live a poverty-stricken life next to a railway line. They receive a telegram announcing the arrival of ... See full summary »
The first kammerspiel
27. Crown of Thorns (1923)
102 min | Drama
By the director of Cabinet of Dr.Caligari, this is the Passion embedded in a contemporary story. An anarchist jailed for an attempted assassination is told the Passion story by the prison ... See full synopsis »
Germany's contribution to religious movies
28. Madame DuBarry (1919)
85 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Madame DuBarry, the mistress of Louis XV of France, and her loves in the time of the French revolution.
Ernst Lubitsch's german masterpiece.
29. Die elf Teufel (1927)
98 min | Drama
First sport's film
30. Hamlet (1921)
131 min | Drama
Danish silent movie-star Asta Nielsen formed her own production company to make this film, in which new elements are combined with features (and a few lines) familiar from Shakespeare's ... See full summary »
Hamlet as a woman
31. The Doll (1919)
Not Rated | 48 min | Comedy, Fantasy
Because the Baron of Chanterelle wants to preserve his family line, he forces his timid nephew Lancelot to choose one of the village maidens to wed. Lancelot flees to a monastery to escape ... See full summary »
The best Lubitsch's german comedy
32. The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927)
100 min | Drama, Romance
In the Crimea, the Reds and the Whites aren't done fighting, and Jeanne discovers that the man she loves is a Bolshevik (when he kills her father). Penniless, she returns to Paris where she... See full summary »
Fritz Rasp as the scoundrel all the women love to hate
33. Friedrich Schiller - Eine Dichterjugend (1923)
111 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Despite his wish to become a pastor, Friedrich Schiller is ordered to join a military school. There, he begins to write poetry...
The first writer's biograpy
34. Spies (1928)
Unrated | 90 min | Romance, Thriller
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.
Rudolf Klein-Rogge as the prototype of Bond's villains
35. Der heilige Berg (1926)
100 min | Drama
The dancer, Diotima, meets an engineer and skier, Karl, in his cottage in the mountains where they fall in love and have an affair. When Karl's young friend, Vigo, meets her she gives him ... See full summary »
The birth of the myth Leni Riefensthal
36. The Hands of Orlac (1924)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.
37. Finances of the Grand Duke (1924)
Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy
The likeable and carefree Grand Duke of Abacco is in dire straits. There is no money left to service the State's debt; the main creditor is looking forward to expropriating the entire Duchy... See full summary »
38. Homunculus, 1. Teil (1916)
69 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Part of the artificial-creature series encompassing Der Golem (1914 and 1920), Alraune (1918, 1928, 1930) and Metropolis (1926), 'Homunculus' was the most popular serial in Germany during ... See full summary »
Germany' contribution to the serials genre
39. The Golem (1920)
Unrated | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror
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.
The father of James Whale's frankenstein
41. Nerven (1919)
110 min | Drama
Doubt and uncertainty ensue when the figurehead of a rebellion goes to court for an alleged rape.
Unknown masterpieces about Germany's craziest years
42. Die Spinnen, 1. Teil - Der Goldene See (1919)
Not Rated | 130 min | Adventure, Western
Kay Hoog finds a message that indicates that some Incas are still alive, but the secret organisation "Die Spinnen" wants the Incas' gold....
Fritz Lang's walk to his masterpieces
43. Woman in the Moon (1929)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there.
Lang's last silent
45. Der Schatz (1923)
80 min | Drama, Romance
In and around a bell maker near Marburg (today Slovenia) people tell the story of a treasure that was hidden during the Turki invasion of 1683, the year the Turkish Army was besieging ... See full summary »
46. Othello (1922)
TV-PG | 79 min | Drama, Romance
Based on Shakespeare's play: The treacherous Iago plans to ruin the life of Othello by provoking him to jealousy.
Best Shakesperian german adaptation
47. The Merry-Go-Round (1920)
Drama about street walker Elena who marries shop keeper Albert. When her former pimp Peter shows up, her life is ruined. She shoots him and poisons herself.
Asta Nielsen's prime
48. The Chronicles of the Gray House (1925)
110 min | Drama
Hinrich, the son of a feudal German landowner, falls in love with the beautiful daughter of one of his father's serfs despite opposition from both families. But when he actually offers ... See full summary »