100 Greatest Silent Films

(NEW March 2018) This is where it all began. Some of these classics are have created tears and laughter for an entire century.  You can see a list of sources used to compile the list here.

 
 
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#1) Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

(1927 - dir. F. W. Murnau) 

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#2) La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

(1928 - dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer)

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#3) City Lights

(1931 - dir. Charlie Chaplin)

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#4) The General

(1926 - dir. Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton)

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#5) Battleship Potemkin

(1925 - dir. Sergei Eisenstein)

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#6) Man with a Movie Camera

(1929 - dir. Dziga Vertov)

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#7) Metropolis

(1927 - dir. Fritz Lang)

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#8) The Gold Rush

(1925 - dir. Charlie Chaplin)

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#9) Greed

(1924 - dir. Erich von Stroheim)

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#10) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

(1920 - dir. Robert Wiene)

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#11) Nosferatu

(1920 - dir. F. W. Murnau)

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#12) Pandora's Box

(1929 - dir. G. W. Pabst)

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#13) Sherlock Jr.

(1924 - dir. Buster Keaton, William Goodrich)

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#14) The Big Parade

(1925 - dir. King Vidor)

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#15) The Wind

(1928 - dir. Victor Sjöström)

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#16) The Birth of a Nation

(1915 - dir. D. W. Griffith)

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#17) Intolerance

(1916 - dir. D. W. Griffith)

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#18) The Circus

(1928 - dir. Charlie Chaplin)

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#19) Way Down East

(1920 - dir. D. W. Griffith)

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#20) Flesh and the Devil

(1926 - dir. Clarence Brown)

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#21) The Last Laugh

(1924 - dir. F. W. Murnau)

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#22) Safety Last!

 

(1923 - dir. Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor)

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#23) Modern Times

(1936 - dir. Charlie Chaplin)

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#24) Un chien andalou

(1929 - dir. Luis Buñuel

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#25) The Crowd

(1928 - dir. King Vidor)

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#26) Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

(1924 - dir. Fritz Lang)

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#27) The Kid

(1921 - dir. Charlie Chaplin)

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#28) Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

(1925 - dir. Fred Niblo)

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#29) Napoléon

(1927 - Abel Gance)

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#30) Nanook of the North

(1922 - dir. Robert J. Flaherty)

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#31) Broken Blossoms

(1919 - dir. D. W. Griffith)

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#32) Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache

(1924 - dir. Fritz Lang)

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#33) Faust

(1926 - dir. F. W. Murnau)

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#34) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

(1921 - dir. Rex Ingram)

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#35) Diary of a Lost Girl

(1929 - dir. G. W. Pabst)

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#36) The Thief of Bagdad

(1924 - dir. Raoul Walsh)

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#37) The Phantom of the Opera

(1925 - dir. Rupert Julien)

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#38) Show People

(1928 - dir. King Vidor)

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#39) Our Hospitality

(1923 - dir. Buster Keaton, John G. Blystone)

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#40) Steamboat Bill, Jr.

(1928 - dir. Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton)

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#41) Wings

(1927 - dir. William A. Wellman)

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#42) The Unknown

(1927 - dir. Tod Browning)

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#43) The Cameraman

(1928 - dir. Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton)

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#44) Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler

(1922 - dir. Fritz Lang)

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#45) Tol'able David

(1921 - dir. Henry King)

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#46) The Hunchback of Notre Dame

(1923 - dir. Wallace Worsley)

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#47) The Lodger

(1927 - dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

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#48) Seven Chances

(1925 - dir. Buster Keaton)

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#49) 7th Heaven

(1927 - dir. Frank Borzage)

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#50) Zemlya

(1930 - dir. Alexander Dovzhenko)

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#51) Häxan

(1922 - dir. Benjamin Christensen)

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#52) Orphans of the Storm

(1921 - dir. D. W. Griffith)

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#53) The Wedding March

(1928 - dir. Erich von Stroheim

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#54) The Man Who Laughs

(1928 - dir. Paul Leni)

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#55) The Phantom Carriage

(1921 - dir. Victor Sjöström)

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#56) The Navigator

(1924 - dir. Buster Keaton, Donald Crisp

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#57) He Who Gets Slapped

(1924 - dir. Victor Sjöström

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#58) Girl Shy

(1924 - dir. Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor)

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#59) The Last Command

(1928 - dir. Josef von Sternberg)

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#60) The Golem

(1920 - dir. Paul Wegener)

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#61) Strike

(1925 - dir. Sergei Eisenstein)

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#62) The Freshman

(1925 - dir. Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor)

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#63) The Fall of the House of Usher

(1928 - dir. James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber)

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#64) Foolish Wives

(1922 - dir. Erich von Stroheim)

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#65) It

(1927 - dir. )Clarence G. Badger, Josef von Sternberg

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#66) Beggars of Life

(1928 - dir. William A. Wellman)

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#67) Les vampires

(1915 - dir. Louis Feuillade)

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#68) Destiny

(1921 - dir. Fritz Lang)

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#69) October (10 Days that Shook the World)

(1928 - dir. Sergei Eisenstein & Grigori Aleksandrov)

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#70) The Sheik

(1921 - dir. George Melford)

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#71) The Mark of Zorro

(1920 - dir. Fred Niblo & Theodore Reed

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#72) The Son of the Sheik

(1926 - dir. George Fitzmaurice)

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#73) The Docks of New York

(1928 - dir. Josef von Sternberg)

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#74) Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

(1931 - dir. F. W. Murnau)

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#75) Robin Hood

(1922 - dir. Allan Dwan)

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#76) Underworld

(1927 - dir. Josef von Sternberg)

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#77) Cabiria

(1914 - dir. Giovanni Pastrone)

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#78) Cops

(1922 - dir. Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton)

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#79) The Artist

(2011 - dir. Michel Hazanavicius)

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#80) Finis terrae

(1928 - dir. Jean Epstein)

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#81) The Joyless Street

(1925 - dir. Georg William Pabst)

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#82) A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

(1923 - dir. Charlie Chaplin)

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#83) The Great Train Robbery

(1903 - dir. Edwin S. Porter)

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#84) The Adventures of Prince Achmed

(1926 - dir. Lotte Reiniger & Carl Koch)

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#85) Queen Kelly

(1929 - dir. Erich von Stroheim)

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#86) The Kid Brother

(1927 - dir. Ted Wilde)

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#87) Sparrows

(1926 - dir. William Beaudine)

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#88) City Girl

(1930 - dir. F. W. Murnau)

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#89) Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

(1927 - dir. Walter Ruttmann)

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(1924 - dir. Mauritz Stiller)

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#91) Spione

(1928 - dir. Fritz Lang)

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#92) The Scarecrow

(1920 - dir. Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton)

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#93) The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg

(1927 - dir. Ernst Lubitsch)

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#94) A Page of Madness

(1926 - dir. Teinosuke Kinugasa)

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#95) People on Sunday

(1930 - dir. Robert Siodmak & Edgar G. Ulmer

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#96) My Best Girl

(1927 - dir. Sam Taylor)

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#97) The Cheat

(1915 - dir. Cecil B. DeMille

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#98) Speedy

(1928 - dir. Tom Wilde)

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#99) Le Voyage dans la lune

(1902 - dir. Georges Méliès)

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#100) The Covered Wagon

(1923 - dir. James Cruze)

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LIST NOTES:

Films from Each Decade:
1900s: 2
1910s: 6
1920s: 85
1930s: 6
2010s: 1

Oldest Film: 1902, La Voyage dans la lune
Newest Film: 2011, The Artist

Year with the most represented films:
16, 1928 (La passion de Jeanne d'Arc, The Wind, The Circus, The Crowd, Show People, Steamboat Bill, Jr., The Cameraman, The Wedding March, The Man Who Laughs, The Last Command, The Fall of the House of Usher, Beggars of Life, October (Ten Days that Shook the World), The Docks of New York, Finis terrae, Spione, Speedy)

Directors with Multiple Films Listed:
9, Buster Keaton (The Scarecrow, Cops, Our Hospitality, The Navigator, Sherlock Jr., Seven Chances, The General, The Cameraman, Steamboat Bill, Jr.)
6, Charlie Chaplin (The Kid, A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate, The Gold Rush, The Circus, City Lights, Modern Times)
6, Fritz Lang (Destiny, Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler, Die Nibelungen: Siegfried, Die Nibelungen, Kriemhilds Rache, Metropolis, Spione)
6, F. W. Murnau (Nosferatu, The Last Laugh, Faust, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, City Girl, Tabu: A Story of the South Seas)
5, D. W. Griffith (The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, Broken Blossoms, Way Down East, Orphans of the Storm)
4, Josef von Sternberg (It, Underworld, The Docks of New York, The Last Command)
4, Erich von Stroheim (Foolish Wives, Greed, The Wedding March, Queen Kelly)
4, Sam Taylor (Safety Last!, Girl Shy, The Freshman, My Best Girl)
3, Sergei Eisenstein (Battleship Potemkin, Strike, October)
3, Fred. C. Newmeyer (Safety Last!, Girl Shy, The Freshman)
3, G. W. Pabst (The Joyless Street, Diary of a Lost Girl, Pandora's Box)
3, Victor Sjöström (The Phantom Carriage, He Who Gets Slapped, The Wind)
3, King Vidor (The Big Parade, The Crowd, Show People)
2, Edward F. Cline (The Scarecrow, Cops)
2, Fred Niblo (The Mark of Zorro, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ)
2, William A. Wellman (Wings, Beggars of Life)
2, Ted Wilde (The Kid Brother, Speedy)