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1. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.5
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83 Metascore

In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 261,526 | Gross: $73.82M

2. The Fall (2006)

R | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Kim Uylenbroek

Votes: 93,888 | Gross: $2.28M

3. Chaplin (1992)

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

7.6
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47 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 45,560 | Gross: $9.49M

4. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Passed | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.5
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A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.

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

Votes: 152,673

5. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.3
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Votes: 166,998

6. The Artist (I) (2011)

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

7.9
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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: 201,100 | Gross: $44.67M

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.

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

Votes: 7,047

8. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror

6.9
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71 Metascore

The filming of Nosferatu (1922) is hampered by the fact that its star Max Schreck is taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible.

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

Votes: 35,374 | Gross: $8.28M

9. 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 »

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Rudolf Nureyev, Leslie Caron, Michelle Phillips, Carol Kane

Votes: 1,269

10. 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: 1,162

11. The Cat's Meow (2001)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Romance

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.

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

Votes: 7,062 | Gross: $3.18M

12. Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary

7.4
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79 Metascore

Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work.

Director: Kent Jones | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Wes Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, David Fincher

Votes: 3,649 | Gross: $0.30M

13. Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015)

Unrated | 105 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.3
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60 Metascore

Rejected by Hollywood and facing pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Mexico to shoot a new film. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino, he experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos, happy to create their effects in cinema, troubled to suffer them in life.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Maya Zapata, Lisa Owen

Votes: 1,848 | Gross: $0.03M

14. Nickelodeon (1976)

PG | 121 min | Comedy

6.3
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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 »

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds, Tatum O'Neal, Brian Keith

Votes: 1,591

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.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 1,891

17. Irma Vep (1996)

Not Rated | 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.

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

Votes: 3,883 | Gross: $0.19M

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.

Directors: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Sidney Bracey

Votes: 8,119

19. Dust (I) (2001)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.7
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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 »

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

Votes: 1,900

20. Reel Injun (2009)

85 min | Documentary, Western

7.6
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63 Metascore

The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films.

Directors: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes | Stars: Adam Beach, Chris Eyre, Russell Means, John Trudell

Votes: 1,088

21. The Wild Party (1975)

R | 95 min | Drama, Comedy

5.6
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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: 408

22. 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.

Director: Paul Aaron | Stars: Glenn Close, Mandy Patinkin, Ruth Gordon, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 856

23. Jacquot de Nantes (1991)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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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 »

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

Votes: 728 | Gross: $0.15M

24. Feeling (2017)

9 min | Short, Drama, Horror

8.8
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A silent, blindfolded dancer is filmed by an unseen voyeur.

Director: Finn Callan | Stars: Erin Urquhart, Sebastian Sanger

Votes: 6

25. 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.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Fred Clark, Lynn Bari

Votes: 1,826

26. 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 »

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

Votes: 1,221

27. Good morning Babilonia (1987)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance, War

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

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Vincent Spano, Joaquim de Almeida, Greta Scacchi, Désirée Nosbusch

Votes: 1,304 | Gross: $0.18M

28. Hollywood (1980– )

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: 562

29. Le silence est d'or (1947)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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1910 : A friend leaves his daughter, Madeleine, 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 »

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

Votes: 346

30. Forever (1993)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery

4.6
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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: 70

31. Unknown Chaplin (1983– )

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, Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff, Virginia Cherrill, Jackie Coogan

Votes: 436

32. Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995– )

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: 324

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

24 min | Documentary, Short

5.9
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Director: Robert G. Beecher | Stars: David Shepard, Miriam Cooper, Lillian Gish, D.W. Griffith

Votes: 39

34. Valentino (1951)

Approved | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

5.8
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Italian immigrant Rudolph Valentino makes it big in silent Hollywood, but he ends up struggling between his career and the woman he loves.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Eleanor Parker, Richard Carlson, Patricia Medina, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 210

35. Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987– )

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, Charles Lamont, William R. Cox, Loyal T. Lucas

Votes: 414

36. Wonderworks: Young Charlie Chaplin (1989– )

160 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

6.5
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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: 39

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

730 min | Documentary

8.4
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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, Steven Higgins, Paul Israel, Patrick Loughney

Votes: 44

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

85 min | Documentary, Biography

6.9
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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: 330

39. 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)"

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

Votes: 298

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

89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.2
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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 »

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

Votes: 12

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

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.6
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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 »

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

Votes: 83

42. Goofy Movies Number Three (1934)

Approved | 10 min | Comedy, Short

5.7
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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: 52

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

102 min | Documentary

7.7
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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: 145

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

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

6.2
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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.

Director: Hugh Munro Neely | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Marc Wanamaker, Christopher Sanders, Joy Noe

Votes: 11

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

128 min | Documentary

6.6
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A 100 year history of the development of movie marketing, reflecting technical improvements, audience taste and cultural sensibilities.

Directors: Michael J. Shapiro, Jeff Werner | Stars: Robert Osborne, Chris Arnold, Dan Asma, John Barrymore

Votes: 34

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

60 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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Follows the life and work of animator Lotte Reiniger.

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

Votes: 27

47. Lillian Gish (1983)

58 min | Documentary

7.9
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Director: Jeanne Moreau | Stars: Lillian Gish, Jeanne Moreau

Votes: 12

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

26 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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Director: Serge Bromberg | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Peter Lord

Votes: 76

49. The Age of Ballyhoo (1973 Video)

45 min | Documentary

6.6
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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: 15

50. Harry Langdon: Lost and Found - A Story in Five Parts (1997 Video)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

6.7
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An off-screen narrator and nine talking heads make the case for Harry Langdon being ranked just below Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd as a fine movie comedian. They celebrate his slowed-down ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Arkus, Charles Chaplin, Beth Daniels, Ken Gordon

Votes: 12