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1. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.6
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83 Metascore

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Writers: John Logan, Brian Selznick | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 219,773

2. The Fall (2006)

R | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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64 Metascore

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.

Writers: Dan Gilroy, Nico Soultanakis, Tarsem Singh, Valeri Petrov | Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Kim Uylenbroek

Votes: 80,263

3. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.4
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Writers: Adolph Green, Betty Comden | Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Votes: 127,903

4. Chaplin (1992)

PG-13 | 143 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy film-maker.

Writers: David Robinson, Charles Chaplin, Diana Hawkins, William Boyd, Bryan Forbes, William Goldman | Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Rhys, John Thaw

Votes: 38,644

5. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

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

Writers: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr. | Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 119,490

6. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror

6.9
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71 Metascore

The filming of Nosferatu is hampered by the fact that the star is taking his role far more seriously than what seems humanly possible.

Writer: Steven Katz | Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes

Votes: 32,336

7. 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.

Writers: E.L. Doctorow, Michael Weller | Director: Milos Forman | Stars: James Cagney, Elizabeth McGovern, Howard E. Rollins Jr., Brad Dourif

Votes: 5,977

8. The Cat's Meow (2001)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama

6.4
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63 Metascore

Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924.

Writer: Steven Peros | Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Cary Elwes, Edward Herrmann, Eddie Izzard

Votes: 6,492

10. Valentino (1977)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama

6.1
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In 1926 the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female moviegoers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. ... See full summary »

Writers: Ken Russell, Mardik Martin, Brad Steiger, Chaw Mank | Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Rudolf Nureyev, Leslie Caron, Michelle Phillips, Carol Kane

Votes: 946

11. Nickelodeon (1976)

PG | 121 min | Comedy

6.2
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This homage to the childhood days of the motion pictures starts in 1910, when the young attorney Leo Harrigan by chance meets a motion picture producer. Immediately he's invited to become a... See full summary »

Writers: Peter Bogdanovich, W.D. Richter | Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds, Tatum O'Neal, Brian Keith

Votes: 1,367

12. Irma Vep (1996)

99 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set.

Writer: Olivier Assayas | Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard, Antoine Basler

Votes: 3,292

13. Dust (I) (2001)

R | 127 min | Drama, Western

6.6
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41 Metascore

Two parallel tales of redemption, a century apart. A burglar is held at gunpoint and forced to listen to a story. At the turn of the 20th Century, two brothers feud over a woman. She ... See full summary »

Writer: Milcho Manchevski | Director: Milcho Manchevski | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, David Wenham, Adrian Lester, Anne Brochet

Votes: 1,741

14. 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.

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

Votes: 982

15. Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

122 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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The life and career of vaudevillian and silent screen horror star Lon Chaney, his contentious relationship with his neurotic wife, and his premature death.

Writers: Ralph Wheelwright, R. Wright Campbell, Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts | Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 1,709

16. Maxie (1985)

PG | 98 min | Comedy

5.4
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A 1920s flapper who haunts her old house possesses a dull housewife who just moved in. Hilarity ensues.

Writers: Jack Finney, Patricia Resnick | Director: Paul Aaron | Stars: Glenn Close, Mandy Patinkin, Ruth Gordon, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 802

17. 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.

Writers: Walter Marks, Joseph Moncure March | Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Coco, Raquel Welch, Perry King, Tiffany Bolling

Votes: 357

18. The Cameraman (1928)

Not Rated | 69 min | Comedy, Romance, Family

8.3
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Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire.

Writers: Clyde Bruckman, Lew Lipton, Richard Schayer, Joseph Farnham | Directors: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Sidney Bracey

Votes: 6,600

19. Jacquot de Nantes (1991)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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Jacquot Demy is a little boy at the end of the thirties. His father owns a garage and his mother is a hairdresser. The whole family lives happily and likes to sing and to go to the movies. ... See full summary »

Writers: Jacques Demy, Agnès Varda | Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Philippe Maron, Edouard Joubeaud, Laurent Monnier, Brigitte De Villepoix

Votes: 570

20. Good morning Babilonia (1987)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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After the bankruptcy of their father's stonemasonry firm, brothers Nicola and Andrea emigrate to America to restore their fortunes. After many adventures and near-disasters, they end up in ... See full summary »

Writers: Lloyd Fonvielle, Tonino Guerra, Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Vincent Spano, Joaquim de Almeida, Greta Scacchi, Désirée Nosbusch

Votes: 1,087

21. Hollywood (1980 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Documentary, History

9.1
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The definitive documentary about the American silent film industry.

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

Votes: 495

22. Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955)

80 min | Comedy

7.1
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Harry and Willie buy the Edison Movie Studio in the year 1912 from Joseph Gorman, a confidence man. They follow Gorman to Hollywood where, as stunt men, they find him directing movies as Sergei Trumanoff and stealing the studio payroll.

Writers: John Grant, Lee Loeb | Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Fred Clark, Lynn Bari

Votes: 1,678

23. Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003)

TV-PG | 132 min | Documentary, Biography

8.0
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80 Metascore

Narrated by Sydney Pollack, film critic Richard Schickel's dazzling two-hour plus documentary to one of the towering figures in film: Charles Chaplin. Hardcore Chaplin fans may not find ... See full summary »

Writer: Richard Schickel | Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Sydney Pollack, Bill Irwin, Norman Lloyd

Votes: 1,119

24. Forever (1993)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery

4.3
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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 »

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

Votes: 66

25. Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987 TV Mini-Series)

160 min | Documentary, Biography

8.9
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A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius.

Stars: Lindsay Anderson, Buster Keaton, Eleanor Keaton, Raymond Rohauer

Votes: 378

26. Man About Town (1947)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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1910 : A friend leaves his daughter, Lucette, with Emile a French film producer. Emile falls in love with her. Problems starts when his young friend Jacques returns from military service ... See full summary »

Writer: René Clair | Director: René Clair | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, François Périer, Marcelle Derrien, Dany Robin

Votes: 310

27. Unknown Chaplin (1983 TV Mini-Series)

156 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.7
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Using in part rare out-take footage, the film-making methods and techniques of Charles Chaplin are explored.

Stars: James Mason, Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Albert Austin

Votes: 385

28. 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, Louise Brooks

Votes: 289

29. Wonderworks: Young Charlie Chaplin (1989– )

160 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

6.3
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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: 38

30. Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000 TV Movie)

85 min | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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Lon Chaney, the silent movie star and makeup artist, renowned for his various characterizations and celebrated for his horror films, becomes the subject of this documentary.

Director: Kevin Brownlow | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Forrest J Ackerman, Michael F. Blake, Teresa Blake

Votes: 306

31. Buster Keaton Rides Again (1965)

55 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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The film is a documentary about the filming of one of Buster Keaton's movies: "The Railrodder (1965)"

Writer: Donald Brittain | Director: John Spotton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Eleanor Keaton, Gerald Potterton, Michael Kane

Votes: 247

32. 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.

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

Votes: 88

33. Coming Attractions: The History of the Movie Trailer (2009)

128 min | Documentary

6.1
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A 100 year history of the development of movie marketing, reflecting technical improvements, audience taste and cultural sensibilities.

Writers: Frederick L. Greene, Scott McIsaac | Directors: Michael J. Shapiro, Jeff Werner | Stars: Robert Osborne, Chris Arnold, Dan Asma, John Barrymore

Votes: 34

34. Star Power: The Creation of United Artists (1998 Video)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

5.3
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The careers of D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin are chronicled culminating in the formation of United Artists and 1919.

Writers: John J. Flynn, Hugh Munro Neely | Director: Hugh Munro Neely | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Marc Wanamaker, Douglas Fairbanks, Christopher Sanders

Votes: 12

35. Lotte Reiniger: Homage to the Inventor of the Silhouette Film (1999 Video)

60 min | Documentary, Biography

6.9
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Follows the life and work of animator Lotte Reiniger.

Writer: Katja Raganelli | Director: Katja Raganelli | Stars: Jenny Evans, Hillary Owers, David Kehoe, Louis Hagen

Votes: 25

36. Life Is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri (2006)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

5.8
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Before Dietrich and Garbo, there was Negri. What does it mean to be a star? Why do some actors become stars and legends for all time? This documentary film answers these questions by ... See full summary »

Writer: Lynn Moran | Director: Mariusz Kotowski | Stars: Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach, A.C. Lyles, Cyndi Williams

Votes: 13

37. Goofy Movies Number Three (1934)

Approved | 10 min | Comedy, Short

5.6
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This "complete show on one reel" starts with Super-Stupid Picture's "The Heel of a Nation", in which the narrator tells a humorous story while the audience sees scenes from a totally ... See full summary »

Star: Pete Smith

Votes: 50

38. Lillian Gish (1983)

58 min | Documentary

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Director: Jeanne Moreau | Stars: Lillian Gish, Jeanne Moreau

Votes: 13

39. Goofy Movies Number Two (1934)

Approved | 10 min | Comedy, Short

5.8
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A satire on movie newsreels combines with humorous narration of silent screen footage in this one reel comedy short.

Stars: Pete Smith, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 46

40. Before the Nickelodeon: The Cinema of Edwin S. Porter (1982)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.5
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This documentary is produced by one of the world's foremost authorities and biographers of Edwin S. Porter. Since little is known of Porter's personal life, the emphasis here is on his ... See full summary »

Writers: Warren Leight, Charles Musser | Director: Charles Musser | Stars: Blanche Sweet, Jay Leyda, Rob Issen, Robert Sklar

Votes: 70

41. Chaplin Today: City Lights (2003 TV Short)

26 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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Director: Serge Bromberg | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Peter Lord

Votes: 68

42. The King of Paris (1995)

102 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

5.7
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Writers: Jacques Fieschi, Dominique Maillet, Bernard Minoret, Jérôme Tonnerre | Director: Dominique Maillet | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Veronika Varga, Jacques Roman, Manuel Blanc

Votes: 27

43. The Making of 'The Birth of a Nation' (1998 Video)

24 min | Documentary, Short

5.8
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Writer: Russell Merritt | Director: Robert G. Beecher | Stars: David Shepard, Miriam Cooper, Lillian Gish, D.W. Griffith

Votes: 37

44. Spills for Thrills (1940)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Action, Adventure

6.8
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Warner Bros. short about stuntmen and stuntwomen and how they do their work, featuring real-life stunt artists Parry, Wiggins, and Pomeroy.

Director: De Leon Anthony | Stars: Harvey Parry, Mary Wiggins, Allen Pomeroy, Knox Manning

Votes: 36

45. The Forgotten Films of Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle (2005 Video)

TV-G | 600 min | Documentary, Comedy

8.0
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Popular rival of friend Charlie Chaplin, mentor of sidekick Buster Keaton, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle (1887-1933) dominated silent film comedy from the days of Keystone until tragic events in ... See full summary »

Writer: Paul E. Gierucki | Director: Paul E. Gierucki | Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Johnny Arthur, Monty Banks, Charles Chaplin

Votes: 24

46. The West That Never Was (1987 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Tribute to the cowboy as portrayed in American motion picture Westerns.

Writer: Tony Thomas | Director: Tony Thomas | Stars: Gene Autry, William Boyd, Harry Carey, Hoot Gibson

47. Der olympische Sommer (1993)

85 min | Drama, History, Sport

7.0
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In 1936 Nazi Germany, a young,innocent apprentice, full of Olympic fever, leaves his rural village to see the ceremonies in Berlin. Upon arriving in the capitol, he meets a widow and a ... See full summary »

Writers: Gordian Maugg, Günther Rücker | Director: Gordian Maugg | Stars: Susanne Binninger, Jost Gerstein, Marcus Hambsch, Joachim John

Votes: 23

48. Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005 Video)

730 min | Documentary

8.0
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A history of the Edison Company, the pioneering film production company begun by Thomas A. Edison. Included are more than 140 complete films produced by the company between 1891 and 1918, ... See full summary »

Stars: Thomas A. Edison, Charles Musser

Votes: 42

49. The Age of Ballyhoo (1973 Video)

45 min | Documentary

6.2
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A documentary about the film industry, narrated by 'Gloria Swanson', in the period between World War I and World War II. Included are clips from a variety of films of that period.

Director: David Shepard | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Clara Bow, Calvin Coolidge, Grace Coolidge

Votes: 16