The Best Silent Films

Watching silent films is a lot like watching foreign films and reading subtitles...but once you've watched enough of them and gotten used to the difference from your everyday usual films they can be some of the most amazing, funny and emotional films you may ever see.
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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
Robin Hood (1922)
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A nobleman becomes the vigilante Robin Hood who protects the oppressed English people from the tyrannical Prince John. (143 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
5.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
 
6.
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
 
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.
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
 
9.
City Lights (1931)
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With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
10.
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
 
11.
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
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A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess. (155 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
12.
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
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
Faust (1926)
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The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul. (85 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
16.
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
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)
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A cloistered, overprotected Austrian prince falls in love with a down-to-earth barmaid in this "Viennese fairy tale." (106 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
19.
Foolish Wives (1922)
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A con artist masquerades a Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat. (117 mins.)
 
20.
Girl Shy (1924)
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A shy, young man, who is completely incapable of talking to women, decides to write a book that details to other bachelors how to find a girlfriend. (87 mins.)
 
21.
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.)
 
22.
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
 
23.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
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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
 
24.
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
 
25.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
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The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan. (195 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
26.
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
 
27.
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
 
28.
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
 
29.
The Lodger (1927)
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A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. (68 mins.)
 
30.
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.)
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
The Immigrant (1917 Short Film)
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Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America. (30 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
33.
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.)
 
34.
The King of Kings (1927)
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Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection. (155 mins.)
 
35.
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.)
 
36.
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923)
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A kept woman runs into her former fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort. (78 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
37.
Variety (1925)
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Prologue: The murderer "Boss" Huller - after having spent ten years in prison - breaks his silence to tell the warden his story... (72 mins.)
 
38.
The Navigator (1924)
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Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship. (59 mins.)
 
39.
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.)
 
40.
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.)
 
41.
Napoleon (1927)
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A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
42.
Pandora's Box (1929)
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The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her. (109 mins.)
 
43.
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
 
44.
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
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The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history. (163 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
45.
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
 
46.
The Big Parade (1925)
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A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War. (151 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
47.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
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In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen. (133 mins.)
Director: Wallace Worsley
 
48.
The Freshman (1925)
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Nerdy college student will do anything to become popular on campus. (76 mins.)
 
49.
The Last Command (1928)
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A former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary. (88 mins.)
 
50.
The Great Train Robbery (1903 Short Film)
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A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels. (11 mins.)