The 25 best movies of 1900s and 1910s

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

Passed | 197 min | Drama, History

92 Metascore

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: 12,961 | Gross: $2.18M

2. 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: 1,510

3. A Dog's Life (1918)

Not Rated | 33 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

The Little Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Dave Anderson, Bert Appling

Votes: 6,525

4. 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: 20,624 | Gross: $10.00M

5. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

TV-G | 13 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet

Votes: 39,292

6. Broken Blossoms (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: 8,619

7. I Don't Want to Be a Man (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: 1,138

8. Dante's Inferno (1911)

68 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream.

Directors: Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe de Liguoro | Stars: Salvatore Papa, Arturo Pirovano, Giuseppe de Liguoro, Pier Delle Vigne

Votes: 1,942

9. The Immigrant (1917)

Unrated | 30 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin

Votes: 6,687

10. The Oyster Princess (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: 1,520

11. A Corner in Wheat (1909)

G | 14 min | Short, Crime, Drama

An unscrupulous and greedy capitalist speculator decides to corner the wheat market for his own profit, establishing complete control over the markets.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Frank Powell, Grace Henderson, James Kirkwood, Linda Arvidson

Votes: 1,938

12. Suspense (1913)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Alone in the house is a mother and her infant... See full summary »

Directors: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber | Stars: Lois Weber, Val Paul, Douglas Gerrard, Sam Kaufman

Votes: 1,090

13. The Voyage Across the Impossible (1904)

Not Rated | 24 min | Short, Action, Adventure

Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey through the Alps to the Sun which finishes under the sea.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Fernande Albany, Jehanne d'Alcy, May de Lavergne

Votes: 2,839

14. The Great Train Robbery (I) (1903)

TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Crime

A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, A.C. Abadie, George Barnes, Justus D. Barnes

Votes: 15,350

15. Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics (1911)

Not Rated | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Cartoon figures announce, via comic strip balloons, that they will move - and move they do, in a wildly exaggerated style.

Directors: Winsor McCay, J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Winsor McCay, John Bunny, Maurice Costello, George McManus

Votes: 1,391

16. Carmen (1918)

80 min | Drama

The tragic story of Don Jose, a Spanish cavalryman, who falls under the spell of a gypsy girl, Carmen, who treats him with both love and contempt and leads him into temptation and thus ... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Pola Negri, Harry Liedtke, Leopold von Ledebur, Grete Diercks

Votes: 245

17. Meyer from Berlin (1919)

58 min | Comedy

A bumbling, self-indulgent husband goes on a vacation away from his wife. There he meets a popular, attractive young woman also on a vacation. Both go on a mountain climb which is going to be far from an ideal adventure.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Ernst Lubitsch, Ossi Oswalda, Ethel Orff, Heinz Landsmann

Votes: 157

18. 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: 491

19. Easy Street (1917)

Unrated | 24 min | Short, Comedy

A reformed tramp becomes a police constable who must fight a huge thug who dominates an inner city street.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin

Votes: 4,363

20. Where is My Treasure? (1916)

35 min | Short, Comedy

Husband is hounded by his nagging mother-in-law who lives with him and his wife. After coming home drunk one night he is kicked out by the mother-in-law. He disguises himself as a servant and gets a job at his own house.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Ernst Lubitsch, Louise Schenrich, Helene Voß, Julius Falkenstein

Votes: 209

21. The Woman Always Pays (1910)

38 min | Short, Drama

At a tramcar in Copenhagen the piano teacher Magda Vang meets the young man Knud Svane, who falls in love with her. She is invited to spend the summer with him and his parents at the ... See full summary »

Director: Urban Gad | Stars: Asta Nielsen, Robert Dinesen, Poul Reumert, Hans Neergaard

Votes: 678

22. The Eyes of the Mummy (1918)

Approved | 63 min | Drama, Horror

A girl is kidnapped and held captive in an ancient Egyptian temple. She is rescued and flees to England, but soon finds that her mysterious captor is still haunting her.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Pola Negri, Harry Liedtke, Emil Jannings, Max Laurence

Votes: 526

23. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)

Not Rated | 13 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Short

An early version of the classic, based more on the 1902 stage musical than on the original novel.

Director: Otis Turner | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Hobart Bosworth, Eugenie Besserer, Robert Z. Leonard

Votes: 1,270

24. Shoe Palace Pinkus (1916)

45 min | Comedy

Sally Pinkus is an German-Jewish boy who takes a job as a shoe store clerk after being expelled from school for goofing around. Soon fired for trying to court the owner's daughter, Pinkus ... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Ernst Lubitsch, Else Kentner, Guido Herzfeld, Ossi Oswalda

Votes: 157



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