Silent Features 1912-1931

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1. Lazybones (1925)

Passed | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Steve Tuttle, the titular lazybones, takes on the responsibility of raising a fatherless girl, causing a scandal in his small town. Many years later, having returned from World War I, he ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Madge Bellamy, Buck Jones, Zasu Pitts, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 399

2. The Invaders (1912)

Not Rated | 41 min | Short, Western

The U.S. Army and the Indians sign a peace treaty. However, a group of surveyors trespass on the Indians' land and violate the treaty. The army refuses to listen to the Indians' complaints,... See full summary »

Directors: Francis Ford, Thomas H. Ince | Stars: Francis Ford, Ethel Grandin, Ann Little, Ray Myers

Votes: 222

3. Traffic in Souls (1913)

TV-PG | 88 min | Crime, Drama

A woman, with the aid of her police officer sweetheart, endeavors to uncover the prostitution ring that has kidnapped her sister, and the philanthropist who secretly runs it.

Director: George Loane Tucker | Stars: Jane Gail, Ethel Grandin, William H. Turner, Matt Moore

Votes: 485 | Gross: $0.43M

4. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914)

81 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Ojo and Unc Nunkie are out of food, so they decide to journey to the Emerald City where they will never starve. Along the way, they meet Mewel, a waif and stray (mule) who leads them to Dr.... See full summary »

Director: J. Farrell MacDonald | Stars: Violet MacMillan, Frank Moore, Raymond Russell, Leontine Dranet

Votes: 310

5. Sumerki zhenskoi dushi (1913)

48 min | Drama

A young, rich woman decides to dedicate her life to helping the poor, but a tragic incident changes her life.

Director: Yevgeni Bauer | Stars: Nina Chernova, A. Ugrjumov, V. Demert, V. Brianski

Votes: 471

6. Cabiria (1914)

Not Rated | 148 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna. She is sold as a slave in Carthage, and as she is just going to be sacrificed to... See full summary »

Director: Giovanni Pastrone | Stars: Italia Almirante-Manzini, Lidia Quaranta, Bartolomeo Pagano, Carolina Catena

Votes: 2,558

7. A Florida Enchantment (1914)

Unrated | 63 min | Comedy

A young woman discovers a seed that can make women act like men and men act like women. She decides to take one, then slips one to her maid and another to her fiancé. The fun begins.

Director: Sidney Drew | Stars: Sidney Drew, Edith Storey, Charles Kent, Mrs. Sidney Drew

Votes: 161

8. The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England (1914)

54 min | Comedy, Drama

After being expelled from college, Giles runs away from home and meets a young lady who he falls for.

Director: Maurice Tourneur | Stars: Vivian Martin, Alec B. Francis, Chester Barnett, Gyp Williams

Votes: 194

9. Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy

A con man from the city dupes a wealthy country girl into marriage.

Directors: Mack Sennett, Charles Bennett | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand, Mack Swain

Votes: 2,947

10. Cinderella (1914)

52 min | Fantasy, Drama

Though mistreated by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is able to attend the royal ball through the help of a fairy godmother.

Director: James Kirkwood | Stars: Mary Pickford, Owen Moore, Isabel Vernon, Georgia Wilson

Votes: 878

11. A Fool There Was (1915)

Not Rated | 67 min | Drama

A married diplomat falls hopelessly under the spell of a predatory woman.

Director: Frank Powell | Stars: Runa Hodges, Mabel Frenyear, Edward José, May Allison

Votes: 653

12. Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915)

50 min | Crime, Drama

After robbing a bank, a criminal is wrongfully pardoned from prison.

Director: Maurice Tourneur | Stars: Robert Warwick, Robert Cummings, Alec B. Francis, Frederick Truesdell

Votes: 179

13. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Not Rated | 195 min | Drama, History, War

The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper

Votes: 19,133 | Gross: $10.00M

14. Regeneration (1915)

Passed | 72 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A boy surrounded by violence grows up to become an infamous gangster.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Rockliffe Fellowes, Anna Q. Nilsson, William Sheer, John McCann

Votes: 911

15. The Coward (I) (1915)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, History, War

Confederate soldier Frank Winslow is terrified of the war and eventually runs away from battle. But when he finds himself behind enemy lines with vital information, he must decide between ... See full summary »

Directors: Reginald Barker, Thomas H. Ince | Stars: Frank Keenan, Charles Ray, Gertrude Claire, Patricia Palmer

Votes: 186

16. The Italian (1915)

Passed | 78 min | Drama

An immigrant leaves his sweetheart in Italy to find a better life across the sea in the grimy slums of New York. They are eventually reunited and marry. But life in New York is hard and ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Barker | Stars: George Beban, Clara Williams, J. Frank Burke, Leo Willis

Votes: 237

17. Carmen (I) (1915)

Not Rated | 59 min | Drama

In order to help her smuggler kinsmen, a sultry gypsy seduces and corrupts an officer of the Civil Guard turning him into a traitor and murderer.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Pedro de Cordoba, Horace B. Carpenter

Votes: 790 | Gross: $0.15M

18. The Cheat (1915)

Not Rated | 59 min | Drama

A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the charity she chairs and desperately turns to a Burmese ivory trader to replace the stolen money.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Dean, James Neill

Votes: 2,022

19. Posle smerti (1915)

46 min | Drama

Andrei lives a secluded life with his aunt, studying and thinking about his now-deceased mother. His friend Tsenin is concerned, and tries to get Andrei to accompany him to social events. ... See full summary »

Director: Yevgeni Bauer | Stars: Vitold Polonsky, Olga Rakhmanova, Vera Karalli, Mariya Khalatova

Votes: 682

20. Hell's Hinges (1916)

Unrated | 64 min | Romance, Western

In the wayward western town known as Hell's Hinges, a local tough guy is reformed by the faith of a good woman.

Directors: Charles Swickard, William S. Hart, Clifford Smith | Stars: William S. Hart, Clara Williams, Jack Standing, Alfred Hollingsworth

Votes: 707

21. Gretchen the Greenhorn (1916)

Not Rated | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A kindly Dutch immigrant and her bumbling father are blackmailed by a gang of counterfeiters.

Directors: Chester M. Franklin, Sidney Franklin | Stars: Dorothy Gish, Ralph Lewis, Eugene Pallette, Elmo Lincoln

Votes: 457

22. Hoodoo Ann (1916)

65 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A little orphan girl believes that her life is falling apart. It seems that everything that could possibly go wrong does go wrong. However, certain things happen that begin to make her ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Ingraham | Stars: Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, William H. Brown, Wilbur Higby

Votes: 790

23. Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

Not Rated | 197 min | Drama, History

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, F.A. Turner

Votes: 11,992 | Gross: $2.18M

24. Snow White (I) (1916)

Unrated | 63 min | Fantasy, Romance

Snow White is a motherless princess, who arouses the jealousy and hatred of Mary Jane, her mother's former lady-in-waiting, who is the ugliest woman in the kingdom, but aspires to the ... See full summary »

Director: J. Searle Dawley | Stars: Dorothy Cumming, Creighton Hale, Lionel Braham, Alice Washburn

Votes: 311

25. His Picture in the Papers (1916)

Not Rated | 62 min | Comedy

A young man can only get the woman he loves if he becomes famous and manages to get his picture in the newspapers. He determines to let nothing stand in the way of his doing exactly that, ... See full summary »

Director: John Emerson | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Clarence Handyside, Rene Boucicault, Jean Temple

Votes: 91

26. Flirting with Fate (1916)

Not Rated | 50 min | Adventure, Comedy

In the midst of an emotional depression, a man hires a murderer to kill him. But the despair soon passes, and the man must now escape the killer he's hired to end his life.

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Jewel Carmen, Howard Gaye, W.E. Lawrence

Votes: 106

27. The Matrimaniac (1916)

Not Rated | 44 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

A young couple attempts to elope, with the bride's irate father in hot pursuit. The train stops briefly and the young man dashes off to find a minister, but before he can get himself and ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Powell | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Constance Talmadge, Wilbur Higby, Fred Warren

Votes: 539

28. Where Are My Children? (1916)

Approved | 62 min | Drama

A District Attorney's outspoken stand on abortion gets him in trouble with the local community.

Directors: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber | Stars: Tyrone Power Sr., Mrs. Tyrone Power, Marie Walcamp, Cora Drew

Votes: 409

29. Les vampires (1915)

Not Rated | 421 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires.

Director: Louis Feuillade | Stars: Musidora, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque, Jean Aymé

Votes: 3,572

30. The Little Princess (1917)

62 min | Drama

Little Sara Crewe is placed in a boarding school by her father when he goes off to war, but he does not understand that the headmistress is a cruel, spiteful woman who makes life miserable ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan | Stars: Mary Pickford, Norman Kerry, Katherine Griffith, Anne Schaefer

Votes: 587

31. The Merry Jail (1917)

48 min | Comedy

A neglected wife disguises herself in order to lure her wastrel husband into a compromising position.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Harry Liedtke, Emil Jannings, Paul Biensfeldt, Erich Schönfelder

Votes: 456

32. Ich möchte kein Mann sein (1918)

Not Rated | 45 min | Comedy, Romance

A teenaged tomboy, tired of being bossed around by her strict guardian, impersonates a man so she can have more fun, but discovers that being the opposite sex isn't as easy as she had hoped.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Ossi Oswalda, Curt Goetz, Ferry Sikla, Margarete Kupfer

Votes: 978

33. The Doll (1919)

Not Rated | 48 min | Comedy, Fantasy

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. Lancelot flees to a monastery to escape ... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Ossi Oswalda, Hermann Thimig, Victor Janson, Max Kronert

Votes: 1,334

34. Die Austernprinzessin (1919)

Not Rated | 58 min | Comedy

An American heiress seeks the hand of an impoverished German prince.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Victor Janson, Ossi Oswalda, Harry Liedtke, Julius Falkenstein

Votes: 1,330

35. The Wildcat (1921)

Not Rated | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A charismatic lieutenant newly assigned to a remote fort is captured by a group of mountain bandits, thus setting in motion a madcap farce that is Lubitsch at his most unrestrained.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Pola Negri, Victor Janson, Paul Heidemann, Wilhelm Diegelmann

Votes: 832

36. The Marriage Circle (1924)

85 min | Comedy

Professor Stock and his wife Mizzi are always bickering. Mizzi tries to seduce Dr. Franz Braun, the new husband of her good friend Charlotte. Dr. Braun's colleague, Dr. Mueller, who has had... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Florence Vidor, Monte Blue, Marie Prevost, Creighton Hale

Votes: 890 | Gross: $0.21M

37. Wild and Woolly (1917)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Western, Romance

A rich young Easterner who has always wanted to live in "the Wild West" plans to move to a Western town. Unknown to him, the town's "wild" days are long gone, and it is an orderly, ... See full summary »

Director: John Emerson | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Eileen Percy, Calvert Carter, Charles Stevens

Votes: 481

38. Reaching for the Moon (1917)

69 min | Adventure

A factory worker has always dreamed that he was meant for better things, to be rich and famous and in "the company of kings". One day he discovers that he is indeed the only heir to the ... See full summary »

Director: John Emerson | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Eileen Percy, Richard Cummings, Millard Webb

Votes: 47

39. Umirayushchii lebed (1917)

49 min | Drama

A grief-stricken ballerina becomes the obsession of an increasingly unhinged artist.

Director: Yevgeni Bauer | Stars: Vera Karalli, Aleksandr Kheruvimov, Vitold Polonsky, Andrej Gromov

Votes: 731

40. Stella Maris (1918)

Unrated | 84 min | Drama

Two young women - a paraplegic girl sheltered by her wealthy guardians and a more experienced orphan - fall in love with a man separated from his violent wife.

Director: Marshall Neilan | Stars: Mary Pickford, Ida Waterman, Herbert Standing, Conway Tearle

Votes: 1,229

41. M'Liss (1918)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama

M'liss, a feisty young girl in a mining camp, falls for Charles Gray, the school teacher. Charles is implicated in a murder of which he is innocent, and the two must fight to save him from ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan | Stars: Mary Pickford, Theodore Roberts, Thomas Meighan, Tully Marshall

Votes: 87

42. The Married Virgin (1918)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama

An already engaged young woman is blackmailed into marrying a count in order to save her father from imprisonment.

Director: Joseph Maxwell | Stars: Vera Sisson, Rudolph Valentino, Frank Newburg, Kathleen Kirkham

Votes: 592

43. Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley (1918)

Unrated | 67 min | Comedy, Romance

Amarilly comes from a large family in a working-class neighborhood. She is happy with her family and her boyfriend Terry, a bartender in a cafe. But one day she meets Gordon, a sculptor who... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan | Stars: Mary Pickford, William Scott, Kate Price, Ida Waterman

Votes: 700

44. The Blue Bird (1918)

Not Rated | 75 min | Fantasy

Two peasant children, Mytyl and Tyltyl, are led by Berylune, a fairy, to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness. Berylune gives Tyltyl a cap with a diamond setting, and when Tyltyl turns the... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Tourneur | Stars: Tula Belle, Robin Macdougall, Edwin E. Reed, Emma Lowry

Votes: 656

45. The Unbeliever (1918)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, War

A wealthy young American, bred to class distinction and racial intolerance, enters the Marines during the First World War. In the course of his training and his experiences in the trenches ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Marguerite Courtot, Raymond McKee, Erich von Stroheim, Kate Lester

Votes: 84

46. The Whispering Chorus (1918)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

John Trimble has embezzled and obtains another identity by having a mutilated body buried in his place. He is later arrested for murdering himself. During the trial his mother, before dying... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Raymond Hatton, Kathlyn Williams, Edythe Chapman, Elliott Dexter

Votes: 216 | Gross: $0.24M

47. The Outlaw and His Wife (1918)

72 min | Drama

A stranger comes to work at widow Halla's farm. Halla and the stranger fall in love, but when he is revealed as Eyvind, an escaped thief forced into crime by his family's starvation, they ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström | Stars: Victor Sjöström, Edith Erastoff, John Ekman, Jenny Tschernichin-Larsson

Votes: 1,249

48. Old Wives for New (1918)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama

Charles Murdock neglects his fat and lazy wife in favor of Juliet Raeburn but, when Juliet's name is involved in murder, he marries Viola and takes her to Paris.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Elliott Dexter, Florence Vidor, Sylvia Ashton, Wanda Hawley

Votes: 138 | Gross: $0.29M

49. Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, Arthur Howard

Votes: 7,993

50. True Heart Susie (1919)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices much of her own happiness to promote his own ambitions, all without his ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Wilbur Higby, Loyola O'Connor

Votes: 1,336

51. Male and Female (1919)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Drama

7.9