Most Popular Silent Titles


1. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

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98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 118,833 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Nosferatu (1922)

Unrated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror

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Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck, Greta Schröder, Ruth Landshoff, Gustav von Wangenheim

Votes: 71,277

3. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Unrated | 136 min | Drama, War

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A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy

Votes: 48,550

4. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Not Rated | 165 min | Drama, History, War

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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: 17,906 | Gross: $3.00M

5. City Lights (1931)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

Votes: 116,708

6. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Unrated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

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Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

Votes: 41,828

7. The Kid (1921)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Carl Miller

Votes: 73,994 | Gross: $2.50M

8. The Gold Rush (1925)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman

Votes: 72,641

9. The General (1926)

Unrated | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines.

Directors: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley

Votes: 57,076

10. Sunrise (1927)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

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An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing

Votes: 31,906

11. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

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A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz

Votes: 28,359

12. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Unrated | 66 min | Drama, History

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A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov

Votes: 42,127 | Gross: $0.05M

13. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

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

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

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

Votes: 31,345

14. Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí

Votes: 36,125

15. Moana (1926)

85 min | Documentary

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Filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty presents a docufictional account of a family living in a Samoan village in the early 1920s.

Directors: Frances H. Flaherty, Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Ta'avale, Fa'amgase, T'ugaita, Tama

Votes: 340

16. Wings (1927)

PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance, War

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Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.

Directors: William A. Wellman, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast | Stars: Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston

Votes: 8,414

17. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Unrated | 93 min | Horror

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A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

Directors: Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney, Ernst Laemmle, Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe

Votes: 12,922

18. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

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A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.

Directors: Fred Niblo, Charles Brabin, Christy Cabanne, J.J. Cohn, Rex Ingram | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson

Votes: 6,273 | Gross: $9.00M

19. The Immigrant (1917)

Unrated | 30 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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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: 5,589

20. Pandora's Box (1929)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz

Votes: 7,792 | Gross: $0.01M

21. Häxan (1922)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Horror

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Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Votes: 8,390

22. Faust (1926)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

Votes: 11,072

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

Not Rated | 197 min | Drama, History

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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, Douglas Fairbanks, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron

Votes: 11,274

24. The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured.

Director: Paul Leni | Stars: Mary Philbin, Conrad Veidt, Julius Molnar, Olga Baclanova

Votes: 3,929

25. Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Music

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A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

Director: Dziga Vertov | Star: Mikhail Kaufman

Votes: 16,444

26. The Call of Cthulhu (2005)

47 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

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While sorting the affairs of his late Uncle, a man accidentally stumbles across a series of dark secrets connected to an ancient horror waiting to be freed.

Director: Andrew Leman | Stars: Matt Foyer, John Bolen, Ralph Lucas, Chad Fifer

Votes: 6,535

27. The Circus (1928)

Unrated | 72 min | Comedy, Romance

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The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Ernest Garcia, Harry Crocker

Votes: 19,390

28. The Lodger (1927)

Unrated | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: June Tripp, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney

Votes: 7,237

29. Snow White (2012)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Fantasy

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82 Metascore

A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter.

Director: Pablo Berger | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Emilio Gavira, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina

Votes: 8,320 | Gross: $0.22M

30. London After Midnight (1927)

Unrated | 69 min | Horror

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The abandoned home of a wealthy man who supposedly committed suicide five years earlier is taken over by ghoulish figures - could they be vampires?

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Henry B. Walthall, Percy Williams

Votes: 1,008

31. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

Approved | 155 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Julanne Johnston, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher

Votes: 4,338

32. The Lost World (1925)

Unrated | 106 min | Adventure, Fantasy

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The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.

Director: Harry O. Hoyt | Stars: Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughes, Lewis Stone

Votes: 3,543

33. Sex (1920)

87 min | Drama

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A broadway actress uses her sex appeal to ruin a marriage only to dump her lover for a richer prospect.

Director: Fred Niblo | Stars: Louise Glaum, Irving Cummings, Peggy Pearce, Myrtle Stedman

Votes: 213

34. Greed (1924)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

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The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved.

Director: Erich von Stroheim | Stars: Gibson Gowland, Zasu Pitts, Jean Hersholt, Dale Fuller

Votes: 7,328

35. The Unknown (1927)

Unrated | 63 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

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A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford, Nick De Ruiz

Votes: 5,594

36. The Last Laugh (1924)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

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An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz

Votes: 9,579

37. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

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

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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: 12,412

38. Körkarlen (1921)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life.

Director: Victor Sjöström | Stars: Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg, Astrid Holm

Votes: 7,084

39. The Golem (1920)

Unrated | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror

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In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

Directors: Carl Boese, Paul Wegener | Stars: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Ernst Deutsch, Lyda Salmonova

Votes: 5,024

40. Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Unrated | 45 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

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A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.

Director: Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Erwin Connelly

Votes: 23,162

41. October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1928)

95 min | Drama, History

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In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in ... See full summary »

Directors: Grigori Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Boris Livanov, Nikolay Popov, Vasili Nikandrov, Layaschenko

Votes: 5,196

42. Safety Last! (1923)

Not Rated | 70 min | Comedy, Thriller

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When a store clerk organizes a publicity stunt, in which a friend climbs the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself.

Directors: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother, Noah Young

Votes: 13,776

43. Napoleon (1927)

240 min | Biography, Drama, History

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A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële, Alexandre Koubitzky

Votes: 5,597

44. It (1927)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Romance

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A salesgirl with plenty of "it" (sex appeal) pursues a handsome playboy.

Directors: Clarence G. Badger, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno, William Austin, Priscilla Bonner

Votes: 2,345

45. The Broadway Melody (1929)

Passed | 100 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

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A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King, The Angeles Twins

Votes: 4,799 | Gross: $2.81M

46. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)

Unrated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms, he kills a dragon and finds a treasure, the Hort. He helps Gunther to... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Paul Richter, Margarete Schön, Theodor Loos, Gertrud Arnold

Votes: 3,990

47. Nanook of the North (1922)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

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In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty | Stars: Allakariallak, Nyla, Allee, Cunayou

Votes: 8,235

48. The Wizard of Oz (1925)

TV-G | 81 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

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Dorothy, heir to the Oz throne, must take it back from the wicked Prime Minister Kruel with the help of three farmhands.

Director: Larry Semon | Stars: Dorothy Dwan, Charles Murray, Oliver Hardy, Mary Carr

Votes: 1,182

49. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)

Not Rated | 242 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Aud Egede-Nissen, Gertrude Welcker, Alfred Abel

Votes: 5,578

50. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Not Rated | 70 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

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The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew.

Directors: Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, Tom Lewis

Votes: 9,952