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1.
The Life and Death of King Richard III (1912)
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Richard of Gloucester uses manipulation and murder to gain the English throne. (55 mins.)
 
2.
Stella Maris (1918)
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Stella Maris is a beautiful, crippled girl, who is cared for by a rich family. They shield her from the harsh realities of the world... (84 mins.)
 
3.
Mickey (1918)
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Mickey, an orphan who has been brought up in a mining settlement, is sent to New York to live with her aunt. (93 mins.)
 
4.
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
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A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences. (90 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
5.
Male and Female (1919)
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Lady Mary Lasenby is a spoiled maiden who always gets her way until shipwrecked with her butler, then learns which qualities are really admirable in a person. (116 mins.)
 
6.
South (1919 Documentary)
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The story of the 1914-1916 Antarctic exploration mission of Sir Ernest Shackleton. The ship sails south... (88 mins.)
 
7.
J'accuse! (1919)
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The story of two men, one married, the other the lover of the other's wife, who meet in the trenches of the First World War, and how their tale becomes a microcosm for the horrors of war. (166 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
8.
Within Our Gates (1920)
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Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated black woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youths. (79 mins.)
Director: Oscar Micheaux
 
9.
Cabiria (1914)
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Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna... (148 mins.)
 
10.
Way Down East (1920)
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A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock. (145 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
11.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
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An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I. (150 mins.)
Director: Rex Ingram
 
12.
Why Worry? (1923)
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A hypochondriac vacations in the tropics for the fresh air-- and finds himself in the middle of a revolution instead. (63 mins.)
 
13.
The Ten Commandments (1923)
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The first part tells the story of Moses leading the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land, his receipt... (136 mins.)
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
The Navigator (1924)
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Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship. (59 mins.)
 
16.
Isn't Life Wonderful (1924)
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A family of Polish refugees tries to survive in post-World War I Germany. For a while it seems that they are making it, but soon the economic and political deterioration in the country begins to take their toll. (115 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
17.
The Iron Horse (1924)
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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.)
 
18.
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
 
19.
The Last Laugh (1924)
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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
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
Mother (1926)
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The Film Version Of Gorki's Great Story Of The 1905 Revolution (89 mins.)
 
22.
Sorrell and Son (1927)
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Stephen Sorrell, a decorated war hero, raises his son Kit alone after Kit's mother deserts husband and child in the boy's infancy... (100 mins.)
Director: Herbert Brenon
 
23.
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
 
24.
Napoleon (1927)
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A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
25.
Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925 Documentary)
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The struggles of a hardscrabble Iranian nomadic tribe as they journey through bleak country to reach the grasslands that will save their livestock. (71 mins.)
 
26.
It (1927)
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A salesgirl with plenty of "it" (sex appeal) pursues a handsome playboy. (72 mins.)
Director: Clarence Badger
 
27.
The Wedding March (1928)
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A young impoverished aristocrat falls in love with an inn-keepers daughter, but has to marry money. (113 mins.)
 
28.
The Docks of New York (1928)
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A blue-collar worker on New York's depressed waterfront finds his life changed after he saves a woman attempting suicide. (76 mins.)
 
29.
Underworld (1927)
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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.)
 
30.
Beggars of Life (1928)
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After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond... (100 mins.)
 
31.
Man with a Movie Camera (1929 Documentary)
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A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. (68 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
32.
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
 
33.
The Dawn Patrol (1930)
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World War I ace Dick Courtney derides the leadership of his superior officer, but Courtney is soon promoted to squadron commander and learns harsh lessons about sending subordinates to their deaths. (108 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
34.
The Divorcee (1930)
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When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she decides to respond to his infidelities in kind. (84 mins.)
 
35.
Disraeli (1929)
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Prime Minister of Great Britain Benjamin Disraeli outwits the subterfuge of the Russians and chicanery at home in order to secure the purchase of the Suez Canal. (90 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
 
36.
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
 
37.
Bulldog Drummond (1929)
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A bored WWI veteran helps out a young woman, who believes her uncle is being held hostage. (90 mins.)
 
38.
Whoopee! (1930)
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Western sheriff Bob Wells is preparing to marry Sally Morgan; she loves part-Indian Wanenis, whose race is an obstacle... (93 mins.)
 
39.
Such Men Are Dangerous (1930)
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A wealthy and powerful industrialist changes his identity to avenge himself on the wife that spurned him on their wedding night. (83 mins.)
 
40.
M (1931)
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
41.
East Lynne (1931)
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The refined Lady Isabel Carlisle, after leaving her family and enduring nearly a decade of hardships, learns that her son has fallen ill. Despite being nearly blinded as the result of an explosion, she returns home to see her son again. (102 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
42.
Trader Horn (1931)
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Two white traders in the darkest Africa of the 1870s find a missionary's daughter, who was captured as a child by a savage tribe and now worshiped as a goddess. (122 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
 
43.
Min and Bill (1930)
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Min, the owner of a dockside hotel, is forced to make difficult decisions about the future of Nancy, the young woman she took in as an infant. (69 mins.)
Director: George Hill
 
44.
King of Jazz (1930)
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This revue presents its numbers around the orchestra leader Paul Whiteman, besides that it shows in... (98 mins.)
 
45.
Arrowsmith (1931)
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Based on Sinclair Lewis's novel "Arrowsmith". A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine. (108 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
46.
Bad Girl (1931)
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A man and woman, skeptical about romance, nonetheless fall in love and are wed, but their lack of confidence in the opposite sex haunts their marriage. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
47.
The Champ (1931)
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Alcoholic ex-boxer struggles to provide a good living for his son. (86 mins.)
 
48.
Five Star Final (1931)
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The City Editor of a sleazy tabloid goes against his own journalistic ethics to resurrect a twenty year old murder case... with tragic results. (89 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
49.
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
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An amorous lieutenant is forced to marry a socially awkward princess, though he tries to keep his violin-playing girlfriend on the side. (93 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
50.
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
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On the South Pacific island of Bora Bora, a young couple's love is threatened when the tribal chief declares the girl a sacred virgin. (86 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
51.
Freaks (1932)
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A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance. (64 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
52.
Vampyr (1932)
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A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire. (83 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
53.
A Farewell to Arms (1932)
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An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I. (80 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
54.
À Nous la Liberté (1931)
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Seeking better life, two convicts escape from prison. (104 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
55.
Le Million (1931)
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An impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket. (81 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
56.
Hell's Angels (1930)
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Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms. (127 mins.)
Director: Howard Hughes
 
57.
The Blue Angel (1930)
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An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. (124 mins.)
 
58.
Anna Christie (1930)
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A young woman reunites with her estranged father and falls in love with a sailor, but struggles to tell them about her dark past. (89 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
59.
Sons of the Desert (1933)
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When Stan and Ollie trick their wives into thinking that they are taking a medicinal cruise while they're actually going to a convention, the wives find out the truth the hard way. (68 mins.)
 
60.
I'm No Angel (1933)
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Circus performer Tira seeks a better life pursuing the company of wealthy New York men with improbable comic complications along the way. (87 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
 
61.
Baby Face (1933)
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A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank -- by gleefully sleeping her way to the top. (71 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
 
62.
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
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A Chinese warlord and an engaged Christian missionary fall in love. (88 mins.)
Director: Frank R. Capra
 
63.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
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A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade. (122 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
64.
Design for Living (1933)
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A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship. (91 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
65.
Bombshell (1933)
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Sexpot film star Lola Burns seeks a new image and tries marrying a marquis, adopting a baby -- all sorts of schemes which go awry. (96 mins.)
 
66.
The Patriots (1933)
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Outskirts is an internationally renowned masterpiece of early sound cinema. In a remote Russian village during World War I... (98 mins.)
Director: Boris Barnet
 
67.
The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)
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The pilots of a Royal Air Force squadron in World War I face not only physical but mental dangers in their struggle to survive while fighting the enemy. (73 mins.)
Director: Stuart Walker
 
68.
Counsellor at Law (1933)
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Successful attorney has his Jewish heritage and poverty-stricken background brought home to him when he learns his wife has been unfaithful. (82 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
69.
Heroes for Sale (1933)
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The saga of Tom Holmes - a man of principles - from the Great War to the Great Depression. Will he ever get a break... (76 mins.)
 
70.
Liebelei (1933)
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Vienna in the beginning of the twentieth century. Cavalry Lieutenant Fritz Lobheimer is about to end... (88 mins.)
 
71.
The Mayor of Hell (1933)
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Five members of a teen-age gang, including leader Jimmy Smith, are sent to the State Reformatory, presided... (90 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
72.
State Fair (1933)
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An Iowa family finds adventure, love, and heartbreak, when they spend a week at the state fair. (99 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
73.
Smilin' Through (1932)
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John has led a solitary life for thirty years since the death of Moonyeen Clare. But now Owens, a close friend... (98 mins.)
Director: Sidney Franklin