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1.
Annie Oakley (1894 Documentary)
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The 'Little Sure Shot' of the 'Wild West.' Exhibition of Rifle Shooting at Glass Balls, etc. (from the Edison Catalog) (1 mins.)
 
2.
The Boxing Cats (Prof. Welton's) (1894 Short Film)
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"A glove contest between trained cats. A very comical and amusing subject, and is sure to create a great laugh." (by Edison Films) (1 mins.)
 
3.
Das boxende Känguruh (1895 Short Film)
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A man and a kangaroo stand up in front of each other with boxing gloves, and simulate a boxing match on a theatre stage. (1 mins.)
Stars: Delaware
 
4.
Tables Turned on the Gardener (1895 Short Film)
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A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose... (1 mins.)
Director: Louis Lumière
 
5.
The Conjuring of a Woman at the House of Robert Houdin (1896 Short Film)
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A woman disappears on stage. (1 mins.)
 
6.
The Kiss (1896 Short Film)
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Two people kiss. (1 mins.)
Director: William Heise
 
7.
The One-Man Band (1900 Short Film)
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A band-leader assembles an orchestra by mystifying means. (2 mins.)
 
8.
The India Rubber Head (1901 Short Film)
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A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head. (3 mins.)
 
9.
The Devil and the Statue (1901 Short Film)
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A magnificent Venetian oratory. On the left a large bay window through which may be seen the Grand Canal of the city of Venice... (2 mins.)
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903 Short Film)
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Two demons throw helpless captives into a boiling cauldron, and then try to summon forth their spirits. (2 mins.)
 
12.
The Music Lover (1903 Short Film)
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The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music. (3 mins.)
 
13.
The Cook in Trouble (1904 Short Film)
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A cook has his hands full with three mischievous devils, who pop in and out of his kitchen. (4 mins.)
 
14.
The Black Imp (1905 Short Film)
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A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room. (4 mins.)
 
15.
A Crazy Composer (1905 Short Film)
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A composer alone in his music room has a better imagination while asleep than awake.
 
16.
The Little Train Robbery (1905 Short Film)
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In this parody of 1903's _Great Train Robbery, The (1903)_, also made by Edwin S. Porter, young bandits rob the passengers of a kiddie train and are chased by police officers. (12 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
17.
Three American Beauties (1906 Documentary)
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Images of a rose, a young woman, and the American flag. (1 mins.)
 
18.
Tunneling the Channel (1907 Short Film)
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(23 mins.)
 
19.
The Electric Hotel (1908 Short Film)
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According to the rapid strides that electricity is making in this wonderful age we are not surprised... (8 mins.)
 
20.
Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy (1909 Short Film)
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A smoker falls asleep, and two mischievious fairies play with his pipe. He discovers this, and imprisons them in a cigar box... (5 mins.)
 
21.
Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics (1911 Short Film)
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Cartoon figures announce, via comic strip balloons, that they will move - and move they do, in a wildly exaggerated style. (7 mins.)
 
22.
How a Mosquito Operates (1912 Short Film)
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A hungry mosquito spots and follows a man on his way home. The mosquito slips into the room where the man is sleeping, and gets ready for a meal. His first attempts startle the man and wake him up, but the mosquito is very persistent. (6 mins.)
Director: Winsor McCay
 
23.
The Revenge of a Kinematograph Cameraman (1912 Short Film)
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A jilted husband takes his revenge by filming his wife and her lover and showing the result at the local cinema... (12 mins.)
 
24.
Gertie the Dinosaur (1914 Short Film)
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The cartoonist, Winsor McCay, brings the Dinosaurus back to life in the figure of his latest creation, Gertie the Dinosaur. (12 mins.)
Director: Winsor McCay
 
25.
Les vampires (1915)
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An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires. (399 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
26.
Judex (1916)
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A twelve part serial following the adventures of the masked vigilante Judex as he fights against criminals led by the corrupt banker Favrauxom. (300 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
27.
The Pawnshop (1916 Short Film)
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Charlie competes with his fellow shop assistant. He is fired by the pawnbroker and rehired. He nearly destroys everything in the shop and and himself. He helps capture a burglar. He destroys a client's clock while examining it in detail. (25 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
28.
The Cure (1917 Short Film)
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An alcoholic checks into a health spa and his antics promptly throw the establishment into chaos. (24 mins.)
 
29.
The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917)
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Gwen's family is rich, but her parents ignore her and most of the servants push her around, so she is lonely and unhappy... (65 mins.)
 
30.
The Blue Bird (1918)
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Two peasant children, Mytyl and Tyltyl, are led by Berylune, a fairy, to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness... (75 mins.)
 
31.
A Dog's Life (1918 Short Film)
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The Little Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city. (33 mins.)
 
32.
Out West (1918 Short Film)
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A satire of western movies. Roscoe comes into town after riding the rails. The saloon has a trap door... (25 mins.)
 
33.
Shoulder Arms (1918 Short Film)
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Charlie is a boot camp private who has a dream of being a hero who goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines. (45 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
34.
Billy Blazes, Esq. (1919 Short Film)
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Billy Blazes confronts Crooked Charley, who has been ruling the town of Peaceful Vale through fear and violence. (12 mins.)
 
35.
Blind Husbands (1919)
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An Austrian officer sets out to seduce a neglected young wife. (99 mins.)
Director: Erich Stroheim
 
36.
Bumping Into Broadway (1919 Short Film)
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Young playwright spends his last cent to pay the rent of struggling actress in a theatrical boarding house. Pursuing her, he winds up at a gambling club, where he wins big, just before a police raid. (25 mins.)
 
37.
The Doll (1919)
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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... (48 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
38.
When the Clouds Roll by (1919)
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Psychiatrist Dr. Ulrich Metz attempts to drive Daniel Brown to suicide. (85 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
39.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
 
40.
Convict 13 (1920 Short Film)
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A young golfer is mugged by an escaped convict and finds himself in a prison where he foils a jailbreak. (19 mins.)
 
41.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
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Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. (49 mins.)
 
42.
The Garage (1920 Short Film)
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Roscoe and Buster operate a combination garage and fire station. In the first half they destroy a car left for them to clean. In the second half they go off on a false alarm and return to find their own building on fire. (25 mins.)
 
43.
The Mark of Zorro (1920)
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A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed. (107 mins.)
Director: Fred Niblo
 
44.
Neighbors (1920 Short Film)
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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.)
 
45.
One Week (1920 Short Film)
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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.)
 
46.
The Penalty (1920)
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A deformed criminal mastermind plans to loot the city of San Francisco as well as revenge himself on the doctor who mistakenly amputated his legs. (90 mins.)
Director: Wallace Worsley
 
47.
The Scarecrow (1920 Short Film)
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Two inventive farmhands compete for the hand of the same girl. (19 mins.)
 
48.
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
 
49.
The Boat (1921 Short Film)
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Buster and his family go on a voyage on his homemade boat that proves to be one disaster after another. (23 mins.)
 
50.
The 'High Sign' (1921 Short Film)
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A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang. (20 mins.)
 
51.
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
 
52.
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921)
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An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental lord who oversees the trust. (112 mins.)
 
53.
Orphans of the Storm (1921)
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Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way. (150 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
54.
The Play House (1921 Short Film)
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After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works. (23 mins.)
 
55.
The Blacksmith (1922 Short Film)
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Buster Keaton shoes horses and repairs cars, with mixed results. (21 mins.)
 
56.
The Frozen North (1922 Short Film)
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Buster plays a bumbling villain in this parody of melodrama. (17 mins.)
 
57.
Häxan (1922 Documentary)
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Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. (91 mins.)
 
58.
Kodachrome Color Motion Picture Tests (1922 Short Film)
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Experimental film done by Eastman Kodak to test the abilities of Kodachrome film stock. (5 mins.)
 
59.
My Wife's Relations (1922 Short Film)
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By accident, Buster and an intimidating woman end up married. (24 mins.)
 
60.
Nanook of the North (1922 Documentary)
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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.)
 
61.
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
 
62.
The Paleface (1922 Short Film)
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Buster helps a Native American tribe save their land from greedy oil barons. (20 mins.)
 
63.
The Balloonatic (1923 Short Film)
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A hapless amusement park attendant finds his run away balloon ride has left him in a strange predicament. (22 mins.)
 
64.
The Love Nest (1923 Short Film)
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In an attempt to forget his lost sweetheart, Buster takes a long trip at sea where he boards a whaling ship with a strict captain. (20 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
65.
Our Hospitality (1923)
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A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family. (65 mins.)
 
66.
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.)
 
67.
The Wheel (1923)
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Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (whom Sisif rescued from... (273 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
68.
Three Ages (1923)
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The misadventures of Buster in three separate historical periods. (63 mins.)
 
69.
Entr'acte (1924 Short Film)
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An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear. (22 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
70.
He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
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A bitter clown endeavors to rescue the young woman he loves from the lecherous count who once betrayed him. (95 mins.)
Director: Victor Seastrom
 
71.
The Navigator (1924)
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Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship. (59 mins.)
 
72.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
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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
 
73.
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
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Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms... (97 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
74.
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
 
75.
At 3:25 (1924 Short Film)
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A scientist's invisible ray freezes Paris into immobility. (35 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
76.
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
 
77.
Chess Fever (1925 Short Film)
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With an international chess tournament in progress, a young man becomes completely obsessed with the game... (28 mins.)
 
78.
Faces of Children (1925)
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A man whose wife has died remarries, and his new wife has a daughter of her own from a previous marriage... (114 mins.)
Director: Jacques Feyder
 
79.
Go West (1925)
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With little luck at keeping a job in the city a New Yorker tries work in the country and eventually finds his way leading a herd of cattle to the West Coast. (68 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
80.
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
 
81.
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
 
82.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
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A handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess. (81 mins.)
Director: Lotte Reiniger
 
83.
Anemic Cinema (1926 Short Film)
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A spiral design spins dizzily. It's replaced by a spinning disk. These two continue in perfect alternation until the end: a spiral design... (7 mins.)
Director: Marcel Duchamp
 
84.
Battling Butler (1926)
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A love-struck weakling must pretend to be boxer in order to gain respect from the family of the girl he loves. (77 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
 
85.
The Black Pirate (1926)
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Seeking revenge, an athletic young man joins the pirate band responsible for his father's death. (88 mins.)
Director: Albert Parker
 
86.
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
 
87.
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.)
 
88.
Now You Tell One (1926 Short Film)
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The Liars Club is holding their contest to see who can tell the most unbelievable story, with a gold medallion waiting to be awarded to the winner... (20 mins.)
 
89.
The Cat and the Canary (1927)
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Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Leni
 
90.
College (1927)
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To reconcile with his girlfriend, a bookish college student tries to become an athlete. (66 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
 
91.
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.)
 
92.
My Best Girl (1927)
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Joe Merrill, son of the millionaire owner of a chain of 5 and 10 cent stores, poses as Joe Grant, and... (80 mins.)
Director: Sam Taylor
 
93.
Napoleon (1927)
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A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
94.
Sunrise (1927)
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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
 
95.
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.)
 
96.
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
 
97.
The Circus (1928)
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The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus. (71 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
98.
L'argent (1928)
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The business tycoon Nicolas Saccard is nearly ruined by his rival Gunderman, when he tries to raise capital for his company... (195 mins.)
 
99.
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.)
 
100.
Lonesome (1928)
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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