Top 100 Silent Films

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1.
An Inn in Tokyo (1935)
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Unemployed Kihachi and his two sons struggle to make ends meet. But that doesn't keep Kihachi from wooing single mother Otaka. (80 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
2.
The Faithful Heart (1923)
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Marie wants to escape from her job and also from her lover, Paul, an unemployed drunk. She dreams of going off with Jean... (87 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
 
3.
Napoleon (1927)
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A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
4.
Balançoires (1928 Short Film)
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(25 mins.)
Director: Noël Renard
 
5.
Po zakonu (1926)
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A five-person team of gold prospectors in the Yukon has just begun to enjoy great success when one of the members snaps... (80 mins.)
Director: Lev Kuleshov
 
6.
Apart from You (1933)
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Two Geisha with a connection to a young man deal with life's hardships. (61 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
7.
Strike (1925)
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A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia. (82 mins.)
 
8.
The New Babylon (1929)
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In the beginning of the industrial revolution, the Paris Commune was established in 1871 against the rich and the powerful... (120 mins.)
 
9.
Enthusiasm (1931 Documentary)
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How the miners of the Don coal basin (one of the industrial regions of Ukraine) were striving to fulfill in four years their part of the Five Year Plan. (67 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
Saint Joan the Maid (1929)
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(125 mins.)
 
13.
Japanese Girls at the Harbor (1933)
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Two schoolgirl friends drift apart when one of them falls for a handsome boy. (72 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
 
14.
Our Heavenly Bodies (1925)
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(92 mins.)
 
15.
Fragment of an Empire (1929)
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(96 mins.)
Director: Fridrikh Ermler
 
16.
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
 
17.
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
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
Karelian Wedding in the Land of the Kalevala (1921 Documentary)
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(65 mins.)
Director: A.O. Väisänen
 
20.
Le brasier ardent (1923)
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A woman, named simply "Elle" and her husband, a wealthy industrialist, are not on the best of terms... (120 mins.)
Director: Ivan Mozzhukhin
 
21.
Fanny Hawthorne (1927)
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A celebration of working class leisure activities at Hindle, Lancashire, during "Wakes Week", an annual... (120 mins.)
Director: Maurice Elvey
 
22.
Pesn o geroyakh (1932 Documentary)
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Soviet solidarity is strong in Germany where the Communist Party (KPD) marches under the clenched fist in spite of police harassment... (50 mins.)
Director: Joris Ivens
 
23.
Dom na Trubnoy (1928)
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A girl Parasha Pitunova comes to Moscow from a deep province, eventually she arrives at a house. This is a story about the house and its inhabitants. (64 mins.)
Director: Boris Barnet
 
24.
Umirayushchii lebed (1917)
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A grief-stricken ballerina becomes the obsession of an increasingly unhinged artist. (49 mins.)
Director: Yevgeni Bauer
 
25.
Limite (1931)
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Three people sail aimlessly while remembering their past. (114 mins.)
Director: Mario Peixoto
 
26.
Arsenal (1929)
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Set in the bleak aftermath and devastation of the World War I, a recently demobbed soldier, Timosh, returns to his hometown Kiev... (90 mins.)
 
27.
Vom Reiche der sechs Punkte (1927 Documentary)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Hugo Rütters
 
29.
Ecstasy (1933)
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Eva has just gotten married to an older gentleman, but discovers that he is obsessed with order in his life and doesn't have much room for passion... (82 mins.)
Director: Gustav Machatý
 
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.
At 3:25 (1924 Short Film)
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A scientist's invisible ray freezes Paris into immobility. (35 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
32.
Satan's Rhapsody (1917 Short Film)
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A Faustian tale about an old woman who makes a pact with Mephisto to regain her youth, in return she must stay away from love. After the deal she meets two brothers who fall in love with her. (55 mins.)
Director: Nino Oxilia
 
33.
Seven Years Bad Luck (1921)
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After breaking a mirror in his home, superstitious Max tries to avoid situations which could bring bad luck-- but in doing so, causes himself the worst luck imaginable. (62 mins.)
Director: Max Linder
 
34.
The Bride of Glomdal (1926)
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Tore takes over the rundown family farm. Applying his youthful energy, he intends to make it into a... (115 mins.)
 
35.
L'agonie de Byzance (1913 Short Film)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
36.
Jealousy (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.)
 
37.
The Land Beyond the Sunset (1912 Short Film)
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A young boy, opressed by his mother, goes on an outing in the country with a social welfare group where he dares to dream of a land where the cares of his ordinary life fade. (14 mins.)
Director: Harold M. Shaw
 
38.
The Woman Always Pays (1910 Short Film)
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At a tramcar in Copenhagen the piano teacher Magda Vang meets the young man Knud Svane, who falls in love with her... (38 mins.)
Director: Urban Gad
 
39.
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.)
 
40.
Madame DuBarry (1919)
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The story of Madame DuBarry, the mistress of Louis XV of France, and her loves in the time of the French revolution. (85 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
41.
The Goddess (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Street walker by night, devoted mother by day, a woman fights to get her young son an education amid criminal and social injustice in China. (85 mins.)
Director: Yonggang Wu
 
42.
The Big Parade (1925)
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A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War. (151 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
43.
Bezucelná procházka (1930 Documentary)
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A young man sets out for an aimless stroll by tram from the center to the outskirts of Prague. (9 mins.)
 
44.
Salt for Svanetia (1930 Documentary)
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Story of distant mountainous region in Georgia that depicts folklore, lifestyle and daily routines of Svani people... (55 mins.)
 
45.
Asphalt (1929)
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Joe May's sensual drama of life in the Berlin underworld is in many ways the perfect summation of German... (90 mins.)
Director: Joe May
 
46.
A Page of Madness (1926)
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A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife. (70 mins.)
 
47.
Misdeal (1928)
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Maldone is a canal worker, happy with his life after running away from his family estate. He falls in love with Zita... (102 mins.)
Director: Jean Grémillon
 
48.
Three Loves (1929)
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Southern France, the present. About to marry, Charles Leblanc glimpses beautiful Stascha with her autocratic older companion... (76 mins.)
Director: Kurt Bernhardt
 
49.
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.)
 
50.
Die Straße (1923)
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(74 mins.)
Director: Karl Grune
 
51.
Friedrich Schiller - Eine Dichterjugend (1923)
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Despite his wish to become a pastor, Friedrich Schiller is ordered to join a military school. There, he begins to write poetry... (111 mins.)
Director: Kurt Götz
 
52.
Rojô no reikion (1921)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Minoru Murata
 
53.
Hyas and Stenorhynchus, marine crustaceans (1929 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In close-ups and extreme close-ups, we watch two small species of marine crustaceans, the slender long-legged stenorhynchus and the clumsy... (10 mins.)
Director: Jean Painlevé
 
54.
The Man with Wax Faces (1914 Short Film)
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(11 mins.)
 
55.
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.)
 
56.
Images d'Ostende (1929 Documentary)
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Belgian director Henri Storck presents a tribute to one of the most well-known spots in Belgium: the Ostende beach... (15 mins.)
Director: Henri Storck
 
57.
Ballet mécanique (1924 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles... (19 mins.)
 
58.
The Life and Works of Richard Wagner (1913)
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The story of the great German composer, from his childhood through his great triumphs in orchestral and operatic music. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Froelich
 
59.
Mother (1926)
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The Film Version Of Gorki's Great Story Of The 1905 Revolution (89 mins.)
 
60.
Homunculus, 1. Teil (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Part of the artificial-creature series encompassing Der Golem (1914 and 1920), Alraune (1918, 1928, 1930) and Metropolis (1926)... (69 mins.)
Director: Otto Rippert
 
61.
The Conquest of the Pole (1912 Short Film)
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Scientists from all over the world are meeting to discuss the best way to reach the North Pole. Professor... (33 mins.)
 
62.
Regen (1929 Documentary)
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Rain falls on a Dutch city. (14 mins.)
 
63.
Ménilmontant (1926 Short Film)
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A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways. (38 mins.)
 
64.
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.)
 
65.
Tao hua qi xue ji (1931)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Richard Poh
 
66.
Nathan der Weise (1922)
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(128 mins.)
Director: Manfred Noa
 
67.
Labor on the Douro River (1931 Documentary)
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A documentary that looks at the people working in the river Douro, around the city of Porto. (20 mins.)
 
68.
7th Heaven (1927)
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A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes. (110 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
69.
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
 
70.
Moscow (1927 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
 
71.
Different from the Others (1919)
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Two male musicians fall in love, but blackmail and scandal makes the affair take a tragic turn. (50 mins.)
Director: Richard Oswald
 
72.
Cenere (1917 Short Film)
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Set in Sardinia, a barren and disconsolate land, where Rosalia, a poor young mother, entrusts her only son... (30 mins.)
Director: Febo Mari
 
73.
Nerves (1919)
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(110 mins.)
Director: Robert Reinert
 
74.
Little Toys (1933)
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(114 mins.)
Director: Yu Sun
 
75.
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.)
 
76.
Ghosts Before Breakfast (1928 Short Film)
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Hans Richter, noted for his abstract shorts, has everyday objects rebelling against their daily routine. (6 mins.)
Director: Hans Richter
 
77.
The Love of Zero (1928 Short Film)
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While playing his trombone one Sunday, the enthusiastic Zero sees Beatrix and falls in love. He returns the next week to express his feelings... (15 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
 
78.
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927 Documentary)
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This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night. (65 mins.)
 
79.
Tretya meshchanskaya (1927)
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A married couple have a small apartment in Moscow. When an old friend of the husband's arrives in the city, he is unable to find lodgings. Kolia, the husband, invites his friend to move in with them. (95 mins.)
Director: Abram Room
 
80.
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
 
81.
Manhatta (1921 Documentary)
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Morning reveals New York harbor, the wharves, the Brooklyn Bridge. A ferry boat docks, disgorging its huddled mass... (11 mins.)
 
82.
The House of Ghosts (1908 Short Film)
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A group of travelers go into a house for protection. Little do they know, it is filled with ghosts who make unusual things happen to them.
 
83.
Woman in the Moon (1929)
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A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there. (156 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
84.
Emak-Bakia (1927 Short Film)
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A long series of unrelated images, revolving, often distorted: lights, flowers, nails. A lightboard... (18 mins.)
Director: Man Ray
 
85.
The Student of Prague (1913)
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A poor student rescues a beautiful countess and soon becomes obsessed with her. A sorcerer makes a deal... (85 mins.)
 
86.
Un Chien Andalou (1929 Short Film)
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery. (16 mins.)
Director: Louis Bunuel
 
87.
Aladdin and His Wonder Lamp (1906 Short Film)
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The legend of Aladdin and his magic lamp: Aladdin finds a magic lamp which brings him wealth, luxury... (12 mins.)
 
88.
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.)
 
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90.
A Day in the Life of a Coal Miner (1910 Documentary)
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A coal miner says good-bye to his wife and children, and heads off to work. He reaches the mine, prepares his lamp... (9 mins.)
 
91.
Hyas and Stenorhynchus, marine crustaceans (1929 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In close-ups and extreme close-ups, we watch two small species of marine crustaceans, the slender long-legged stenorhynchus and the clumsy... (10 mins.)
Director: Jean Painlevé
 
92.
The '?' Motorist (1906 Short Film)
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A British trick film in which a motorist ends up driving around the rings of Saturn. (3 mins.)
Director: Walter R. Booth
 
93.
Die elf Teufel (1927)
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(98 mins.)
 
94.
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
 
95.
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
 
96.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
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The American Civil War divides friends and destroys families, but that's nothing compared to the anarchy in the black-ruled South after the war. (165 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
97.
Symphonie diaganale (1924 Short Film)
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A tilted figure, consisting largely of right angles at the beginning, grows by accretion, with the addition... (5 mins.)
Director: Viking Eggeling
 
98.
The Telltale Heart (1928 Short Film)
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An expressionistic film based on Poe's story, about a murderer and his mental breakdown. (24 mins.)
 
99.
The Runaway Horse (1908 Short Film)
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A laundry man parks his horse-drawn cart to make a delivery. While he is inside, his horse sees a bag of oats and starts to eat them... (7 mins.)
 
100.
The Thieving Hand (1908 Short Film)
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A one-armed man obtains an artificial limb. The man cannot control his new arm, which steals from passers-by. (5 mins.)