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1. Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

8.5
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A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 140,193

2. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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89 Metascore

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 190,594 | Gross: $44.67M

3. Chaplin (1992)

PG-13 | 143 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charles Chaplin.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Rhys, John Thaw

Votes: 43,092 | Gross: $9.49M

4. Ragtime (1981)

PG | 155 min | Drama

7.3
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57 Metascore

A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: James Cagney, Elizabeth McGovern, Howard E. Rollins Jr., Brad Dourif

Votes: 6,685

5. In a Lonely Place (1950)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts...

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 16,989

6. Inserts (1975)

NC-17 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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A young, once-great Hollywood film director refuses to accept changing times during the early 1930s, and confines himself to his decaying mansion to make silent porn flicks.

Director: John Byrum | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Jessica Harper, Bob Hoskins, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 1,059

7. Show People (1928)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

8.2
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A young lady from Georgia goes to Hollywood in the hopes of becoming an actress.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Marion Davies, William Haines, Dell Henderson, Paul Ralli

Votes: 2,759

8. The Wild Party (1975)

R | 95 min | Drama, Comedy

5.5
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An aging silent movie comic star tries for a comeback by staging a wild party that turns into a sexual free-for-all. The comic ends up killing his mistress and her latest boyfriend.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Coco, Raquel Welch, Perry King, Tiffany Bolling

Votes: 378

9. The Buster Keaton Story (1957)

91 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

5.2
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An inaccurate retelling of the life of silent filmmaker and comedian Buster Keaton.

Director: Sidney Sheldon | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Ann Blyth, Rhonda Fleming, Peter Lorre

Votes: 193

10. The Perils of Pauline (1947)

Approved | 96 min | Biography, Comedy

7.1
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The real life story of actress Pearl White during her rise to fame in silent serials.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Betty Hutton, John Lund, Billy De Wolfe, William Demarest

Votes: 752

11. Hollywood (1980 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Documentary, History

9.2
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The definitive documentary about the American silent film industry.

Stars: James Mason, Viola Dana, Byron Haskin, Colleen Moore

Votes: 529

12. Hollywood Babylon (1972)

87 min | Drama

4.8
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This is like a documentary on the scandals in the Golden Age of Hollywood during the 1920's. Contains many reenactments of major scandals.

Director: Van Guylder | Stars: Roger Gentry, Myron Griffin, Ashley Phillips, Uschi Digard

Votes: 72

13. Hollywood Story (1951)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.8
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Hollywood 1950: The successful producer Larry O'Brian arrives in Los Angeles to found a motion picture company. He buys an old studio which was unused since the days of silent movies. He's ... See full summary »

Director: William Castle | Stars: Richard Conte, Julie Adams, Richard Egan, Henry Hull

Votes: 157

14. Forever (1993)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery

4.5
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A director of rock videos moves into the house where William Desmond Taylor, a famous director during the silent era, was murdered. He finds some old reels of film, and as he plays the film... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Palmer Jr. | Stars: Sean Young, Terence Knox, Diane Ladd, Steve Railsback

Votes: 68

15. Merton of the Movies (1947)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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A Kansas bumpkin goes to Hollywood to become a movie star and gets a job burlesquing his favorite actor - only he thinks the role is serious.

Director: Robert Alton | Stars: Red Skelton, Virginia O'Brien, Gloria Grahame, Leon Ames

Votes: 233

16. Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995 TV Mini-Series)

348 min | Documentary, History

8.7
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Documentary mini-series about the rise and fall of the European silent film industry.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Ulrich Tukur, Sidney Gilliat

Votes: 305

17. Wonderworks: Young Charlie Chaplin (1989– )

160 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

6.4
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A film about the early life of the great comedy film maker.

Stars: Joe Geary, Lee Whitlock, Twiggy, Ian McShane

Votes: 33

18. The Bachelor's Daughters (1946)

Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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A semi-trifle with Adolphe Menjou as a department store floor walker who is persuaded by four husband-seeking salesgirls---two-bordering-on-three of which were well beyond the "girl" stage-... See full summary »

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Gail Russell, Claire Trevor, Ann Dvorak, Adolphe Menjou

Votes: 36

19. Ella Cinders (1926)

Passed | 75 min | Comedy, Romance

8.2
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Poor Ella Cinders is much abused by her evil step-mother and step-sisters. When she wins a local beauty contest she jumps at the chance to get out of her dead-end life and go to Hollywood, ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Colleen Moore, Lloyd Hughes, Vera Lewis, Doris Baker

Votes: 703

20. Houdini (1996)

61 min | Documentary, Biography

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The film takes a look back at the life of the great Houdini, escape-artist and magician extraordinaire. It also looks into his trying to debunk spiritualists and his silent movie career. It... See full summary »

Director: Gene M. Gamache | Stars: Hal Douglas, Harry Houdini

21. Chaplin's Goliath (1996)

54 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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A film about the tall actor who was most famous for playing the quintessential villian for Charles Chaplin's Tramp character.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Bill Paterson, Brenda Bull, Peter Menzies, Jimmy Logan

Votes: 75

22. Good Night Valentino (2003)

15 min | Drama, Short

7.2
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Dramatization of an H.L. Mencken story. Rudolph Valentino comes to Menckin's hotel room to seek advice about how to deal with a newspaper editorial that claims Valentino's screen career has emasculated the American male.

Director: Edoardo Ballerini | Stars: Edoardo Ballerini, John Rothman, Blaire Chandler

Votes: 57

23. Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008)

102 min | Documentary

7.8
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A chronicle of the life and career of silent film star Mary Pickford.

Director: Nicholas Eliopoulos | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Votes: 94

24. What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of 'Singin' in the Rain' (2002 Video)

36 min | Documentary, Short

7.5
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Movie and stage icon Debbie Reynolds hosts the making of "Singin' in the Rain". The short documentary includes Donald O'Connor, who played the comical "Cosmo Brown", Stanley Donen, one half... See full summary »

Director: Peter Fitzgerald | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Rudy Behlmer, Cyd Charisse, Betty Comden

Votes: 97

25. 4 Clowns (1970)

G | 97 min | Comedy

7.5
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The "four clowns" of this Robert Youngson anthology are: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase and Buster Keaton. There are examples of Laurel and Hardy's individual work prior to their ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Youngson | Stars: Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel, Buster Keaton, Charley Chase

Votes: 119

26. Le Petit Nuage (2012)

8 min | Short, Musical, Romance

8.2
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LE PETIT NUAGE (The Little Cloud), where two people meet in a cafe and it's love at first sight. One glance and a flicker of attraction transforms into wistful love as we are delighted by ... See full summary »

Director: Renée George | Stars: Joffrey Platel, Sébastien Pierre, Sarah Demeestere

Votes: 15

27. Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: The Life of William Haines (2001)

TV-MA | 45 min | Documentary, Biography

7.1
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In 1930, Billy Haines was America's number one box office star. Then he came out. When Louis B. Mayer ordered him to dump his lover, Jimmie Shields, Haines refused and started a second ... See full summary »

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: William Haines, Chris Allen, Stockard Channing, Christina Crawford

Votes: 31

28. Taxi Dancer (1998)

40 min | Short, Drama

4.2
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Black and white silent film dealing with the death of Rudolph Valentino as perceived by a deaf elevator operator (liftboy) who's become fascinated with him.

Director: Caroline Strubbe | Stars: Delphine Roy, Georgette Stulens, Jeroen Willems

Votes: 5

29. In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter (1924)

70 min | Comedy

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Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Alexander Carr, George Sidney, Vera Gordon, Betty Blythe

30. Mabel and Fatty Viewing the World's Fair at San Francisco (1915)

9 min | Comedy, Documentary, Short

5.4
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Frequent comedy co-stars Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand take viewers on a tour of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. Attractions shown include the U.S. Battleship "... See full summary »

Directors: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Mabel Normand | Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, James Rolph Jr., Mme. Ernestine Schumann-Heink

Votes: 66

31. Curse of the Remote Island (2008)

16 min | Animation, Short

6.7
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Director: Christer Lindström | Stars: Christer Lindström, Perttu Helin, Heikki Jytilä, Saku Toivanen

Votes: 42

32. The Life and Times of Harold Lloyd (2005 Video)

Documentary, Short

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Stars: Leonard Maltin, Harold Lloyd

33. Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 8: Looking Back (1946)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Comedy, History

6.7
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Screen Snapshots No.8 in 1945-46 series (production number 7858) is a review of the film comedy talents of previous eras and years.

Director: Ralph Staub | Stars: Ralph Staub, Bud Abbott, Edgar Bergen, Charles Chaplin

Votes: 7

34. Hollywood (1980– )
Episode: Autocrats (1980)

Documentary, History

8.5
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Autocratic directors like the martinet Cecil B. DeMille and the idiosyncratic Eric Von Stroheim are highlighted in this episode.

Directors: Kevin Brownlow, David Gill | Stars: James Mason, Karl Brown, Agnes de Mille, Valerie Germonprez

Votes: 20

35. Les dossiers de l'écran (1967–1989)
Episode: Boulevard du crépuscule (1969)

200 min

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Gloria Swanson and old French film stars gather to watch Sunset Boulevard (1950) and talk about the silent era.

Director: Guy Labourasse | Stars: Joseph Pasteur, Charles Ford, Ginette Leclerc, Viviane Romance

36. Hollywood (1980– )
Episode: Hazard of the Game (1980)

Documentary, History

8.4
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A tribute to the death-defying and sometimes deadly art of the silent movie stuntman is featured in this episode.

Directors: Kevin Brownlow, David Gill | Stars: James Mason, Yakima Canutt, Viola Dana, Mildred Davis

Votes: 23

37. Hollywood (1980– )
Episode: In the Beginning (1980)

Documentary, History

8.4
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Some of the less affluent studios escape bad weather and legal entanglements in New Jersey and make Hollywood the world film capitol.

Directors: Kevin Brownlow, David Gill | Stars: James Mason, Viola Dana, Agnes de Mille, Allan Dwan

Votes: 25

38. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Mary Pickford (2005)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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Director: Sue Williams | Stars: Laura Linney, Tino Balio, Jeanine Basinger, David Belasco

Votes: 71

39. Hollywood (1980– )
Episode: Out West (1980)

Documentary, History

8.2
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The development of the uniquely American film genre, the Western, is shown from its inception with archival footage and interviews with surviving artists.

Directors: Kevin Brownlow, David Gill | Stars: James Mason, Karl Brown, Yakima Canutt, Olive Carey

Votes: 16

40. Hollywood (1980– )
Episode: Pioneers (1980)

Documentary, History

8.8
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Contrary to popular belief the silent film in general had reached a high state of sophistication by the late 1920s.

Directors: Kevin Brownlow, David Gill | Stars: James Mason, Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, Karl Brown, Gaylord Carter

Votes: 30