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The Top 100 Silent Era Films

The Silent Era website is a highly comprehensive guide to silent movies that is a must for anyone interested in such things. It includes a list of The Top 100 Silent Era Films, none of which are lost films but many of which are unfortunately still hard to find.

Here's the source list at SilentEra.com, though as it's updated there periodically, it won't quite match this one which was the original.

The List

# Title Year Director IMDb
1 The General 1926 Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman IMDb
2 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 1927 F W Murnau IMDb
3 Metropolis 1927 Fritz Lang IMDb
4 City Lights 1931 Charles Chaplin IMDb
5 Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terror 1922 F W Murnau IMDb
6 The Gold Rush 1925 Charles Chaplin IMDb
7 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer IMDb
8 Greed 1924 Erich Von Stroheim IMDb
9 The Cabinet of Dr Caligari 1920 Robert Wiene IMDb
10 Pandora's Box 1929 G W Pabst IMDb
11 The Crowd 1928 King Vidor IMDb
12 Intolerance 1916 D W Griffith IMDb
13 Battleship Potemkin 1925 Sergei Eisenstein IMDb
14 Napoleon 1927 Abel Gance IMDb
15 The Big Parade 1925 King Vidor IMDb
16 The Wind 1928 Victor Seastrom IMDb
17 Sherlock, Jr 1924 Buster Keaton IMDb
18 The Last Laugh 1924 F W Murnau IMDb
19 Safety Last! 1923 Fred Newmeyer & Sam Taylor IMDb
20 The Phantom of the Opera 1925 Rupert Julian IMDb
21 The Birth of a Nation 1915 D W Griffith IMDb
22 Broken Blossoms 1919 D W Griffith IMDb
23 The Thief of Bagdad 1924 Raoul Walsh IMDb
24 Flesh and the Devil 1927 Clarence Brown IMDb
25 Faust 1926 F W Murnau IMDb
26 The Kid 1921 Charles Chaplin IMDb
27 Wings 1927 William Wellman IMDb
28 Steamboat Bill, Jr 1928 Charles F Reisner IMDb
29 Way Down East 1920 D W Griffith IMDb
30 Our Hospitality 1923 Buster Keaton & Jack Blystone IMDb
31 Häxan 1922 Benjamin Christensen IMDb
32 Man with a Movie Camera 1929 Dziga Vertov IMDb
33 The Unknown 1927 Tod Browning IMDb
34 Show People 1928 King Vidor IMDb
35 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ 1925 Fred Niblo IMDb
36 The Lodger 1926 Alfred Hitchcock IMDb
37 The Wedding March 1928 Erich Von Stroheim IMDb
38 Un Chien Andalou 1928 Luis Buñuel IMDb
39 The Freshman 1925 Sam Taylor & Fred Newmeyer IMDb
40 The Diary of a Lost Girl 1929 G W Pabst IMDb
41 Nanook of the North 1922 Robert J Flaherty IMDb
42 Foolish Wives 1922 Erich Von Stroheim IMDb
43 Tol'able David 1921 Henry King IMDb
44 Girl Shy 1924 Fred Newmeyer & Sam Taylor IMDb
45 Die Nibelungen 1924 Fritz Lang IMDb
46 7th Heaven 1927 Frank Borzage IMDb
47 The Cameraman 1928 Edward Sedgwick IMDb
48 Seven Chances 1925 Buster Keaton IMDb
49 He Who Gets Slapped 1924 Victor Seastrom IMDb
50 Dr Mabuse the Gambler 1922 Fritz Lang IMDb
51 The Circus 1928 Charles Chaplin IMDb
52 The Mark of Zorro 1920 Fred Niblo IMDb
53 Tabu 1931 F W Murnau & Robert J Flaherty IMDb
54 Orphans of the Storm 1921 D W Griffith IMDb
55 The Navigator 1924 Donald Crisp & Buster Keaton IMDb
56 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1923 Wallace Worsley IMDb
57 The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg 1927 Ernst Lubitsch IMDb
58 Earth 1930 Alexander Dovzhenko IMDb
59 Beggars of Life 1928 William Wellman IMDb
60 The Man Who Laughs 1928 Paul Leni IMDb
61 My Best Girl 1927 Sam Taylor IMDb
62 The Last Command 1928 Josef Von Sternberg IMDb
63 The Kid Brother 1927 Ted Wilde & J A Howe IMDb
64 Cops 1922 Buster Keaton & Eddie Cline IMDb
65 Strike 1924 Sergei M Eisenstein IMDb
66 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1921 Rex Ingram IMDb
67 A Trip to the Moon 1902 George Melies IMDb
68 The Sheik 1921 George Melford IMDb
69 The Immigrant 1917 Charles Chaplin IMDb
70 October 1928 Sergei M Eisenstein IMDb
71 The Golem 1920 Paul Wegener IMDb
72 The Docks of New York 1928 Josef Von Sternberg IMDb
73 It 1927 Clarence Badger IMDb
74 Les Vampires 1915 Louis Feuillade IMDb
75 Destiny 1921 Fritz Lang IMDb
76 The Great Train Robbery 1903 Edwin S Porter IMDb
77 Robin Hood 1922 Allen Dwan IMDb
78 Speedy 1928 Ted Wilde IMDb
79 Cabiria 1914 Giovanni Pastrone IMDb
80 Queen Kelly 1929 Erich Von Stroheim IMDb
81 The Joyless Street 1925 G W Pabst IMDb
82 Big Business 1929 James W Horne IMDb
83 Variety 1925 E A Dupont IMDb
84 The Iron Horse 1924 John Ford IMDb
85 The Cheat 1915 Cecil B DeMille IMDb
86 The Unholy Three 1925 Tod Browning IMDb
87 Sadie Thompson 1928 Raoul Walsh IMDb
88 The Strong Man 1926 Frank Capra IMDb
89 Sparrows 1926 William Beaudine IMDb
90 Mother 1926 Vsevolod I Pudovkin IMDb
91 Storm Over Asia 1928 Vsevolod I Pudovkin IMDb
92 Stella Maris 1918 Marshall Neilan IMDb
93 Aelita 1924 Yakov Protazanov IMDb
94 Underworld 1927 Josef Von Sternberg IMDb
95 A Woman of Affairs 1929 Clarence Brown IMDb
96 Tess of the Storm Country 1922 John S Robertson IMDb
97 The Student of Prague 1926 Henrik Galeen IMDb
98 A Woman of Paris 1923 Charles Chaplin IMDb
99 The Lost World 1925 Harry O Hoyt IMDb
100 The Son of the Sheik 1926 George Fitzmaurice IMDb


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