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Top 100 Silent Era Films

Original list can be found here: silentera.com
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Last updated: August 28, 2019
First submittedApril 22, 2014
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Rank
Year
Director
Country
Answer
1
1926
Buster Keaton
USA
The General
2
1927
Fritz Lang
Germany
Metropolis
3
1927
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
USA
Sunrise
4
1931
Charles Chaplin
USA
City Lights
5
1922
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Germany
Nosferatu
6
1925
Charles Chaplin
USA
The Gold Rush
7
1928
Carl Theodor Dreyer
France
The Passion of Joan of Arc
8
1920
Robert Wiene
Germany
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
9
1925
Sergei Eisenstein
USSR
Battleship Potemkin
10
1924
Erich von Stroheim
USA
Greed
11
1929
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Germany
Pandora's Box
12
1928
King Vidor
USA
The Crowd
13
1928
Victor Sjöström
USA
The Wind
14
1927
Abel Gance
France
Napoléon
15
1915
D. W. Griffith
USA
The Birth of a Nation
16
1916
D. W. Griffith
USA
Intolerance
17
1924
Buster Keaton
USA
Sherlock, Jr.
18
1925
King Vidor
USA
The Big Parade
19
1923
Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
USA
Safety Last!
20
1925
Rupert Julian
USA
The Phantom of the Opera
21
1919
D. W. Griffith
USA
Broken Blossoms
22
1924
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Germany
The Last Laugh
23
1921
Charles Chaplin
USA
The Kid
24
1928
Charles F. Reisner
USA
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
25
1925
Fred Niblo
USA
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
26
1924
Raoul Walsh
USA
The Thief of Bagdad
27
1927
Clarence Brown
USA
Flesh and the Devil
28
1923
Buster Keaton, John G. Blystone
USA
Our Hospitality
29
1927
William A. Wellman
USA
Wings
30
1929
Dziga Vertov
USSR
Man With The Movie Camera
31
1922
Robert J. Flaherty
USA
Nanook of the North
32
1926
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Germany
Faust
33
1920
D. W. Griffith
USA
Way Down East
34
1922
Benjamin Christensen
Sweden
Witchcraft through the Ages
35
1929
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Germany
The Diary of a Lost Girl
36
1927
Tod Browning
USA
The Unknown
37
1928
Edward Sedgwick
USA
The Cameraman
38
1928
Charles Chaplin
USA
The Circus
39
1928
King Vidor
USA
Show People
40
1929
Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí
France
An Andalusian Dog
41
1923
Wallace Worsley
USA
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
42
1922
Fritz Lang
Germany
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
43
1921
Rex Ingram
USA
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
44
1921
George Melford
USA
The Sheik
45
1924
Fritz Lang
Germany
Die Nibelungen
46
1925
Sam Taylor, Fred Newmeyer
USA
The Freshman
47
1920
Fred Niblo
USA
The Mask of Zorro
48
1921
Henry King
USA
Tol'able David
49
1924
Victor Sjöström
USA
He Who Gets Slapped
50
1924
Sam Taylor, Fred Newmeyer
USA
Girl Shy
51
1928
Erich von Stroheim
USA
The Wedding March
52
1928
Paul Leni
USA
The Man Who Laughs
53
1926
Alfred Hitchcock
United Kingdom
The Lodger
54
1925
Buster Keaton
USA
Seven Chances
55
1928
Josef von Sternberg
USA
The Last Command
56
1922
Erich von Stroheim
USA
Foolish Wives
57
1921
D. W. Griffith
USA
Orphans of the Storm
58
1926
William Beaudine
USA
Sparrows
59
1924
Buster Keaton, Donald Crisp
USA
The Navigator
60
1930
Alexander Dovzhenko
USSR
Earth
61
1931
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Robert J. Flaherty
USA
Tabu
62
1915-16
Louis Feuillade
France
Les Vampires
63
1927
Ernst Lubitsch
USA
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
64
1928
William A. Wellman
USA
Beggars of Life
65
1927
Sam Taylor
USA
My Best Girl
66
1922
Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline
USA
Cops
67
1920
Paul Wegener
USA
The Golem
68
1902
Georges Méliès
France
Trip to the Moon
69
1926
George Fitzmaurice
USA
The Son of the Sheik
70
1927
Frank Borzage
USA
7th Heaven
71
1927
Clarence Badger
USA
It
72
1925
Harry O. Hoyt
USA
The Lost World
73
1927
Ted Wilde, J.A. Howe
USA
The Kid Brother
74
1917
Charles Chaplin
USA
The Immigrant
75
1918
Erich von Stroheim
USA
Queen Kelly
76
1928
Sergei Eisenstein
USSR
October
77
1914
Giovanni Pastrone
Italy
Cabiria
78
1922
Allan Dwan
USA
Robin Hood
79
1928
Josef von Sternberg
USA
The Docks of New York
80
1924
Sergei Eisenstein
USSR
Strike
81
1903
Edwin S. Porter
USA
The Great Train Robbery
82
1921
Fritz Lang
Germany
Destiny
83
1928
Ted Wilde
USA
Speedy
84
1928
Raoul Walsh
USA
Sadie Thompson
85
1922
John S. Robertson
USA
Tess of the Storm Country
86
1923
Charles Chaplin
USA
A Woman of Paris
87
1920
John S. Robertson
USA
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
88
1920
Maurice Tourneur, Clarence Brown
USA
The Last of the Mohicans
89
1925
Tod Browning
USA
The Unholy Three
90
1926
Vsevolod Pudovkin
USSR
Mother
91
1915
Cecil B. DeMille
USA
The Cheat
92
1925
E. A. Dupont
Germany
Variety
93
1924
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Germany
The Joyless Street
94
1929
James W. Horne
USA
Big Business
95
1929
Allan Dwan
USA
The Iron Mask
96
1927
Cecil B. DeMille
USA
The King of Kings
97
1924
John Ford
USA
The Iron Horse
98
1920
Wallace Worsley
USA
The Penalty
99
1918
Marshall Neilan
USA
Stella Martis
100
1927
Josef von Sternberg
USA
Underworld
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level 65
Apr 23, 2014
Now that was a challenge!
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level 70
Apr 23, 2014
Indeed!
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level 70
Apr 23, 2014
I wonder why The Golden Age and Modern Times are missing. Would've liked People on Sunday to be here, too. All in all, my own score wasn't fantastic (41), but it's one of those lists which you read to expand your knowledge, so that's ok.
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level 55
Aug 28, 2019
The wind (#12) is by Victor Sjostrom (not Sjorstom)
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level 70
Aug 28, 2019
Fixed the typo, thanks.
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