This list is taken from Digital Dream Door’s list of 100 best movies from the silent film era. These are only the first 25.

Here are my other top 25 lists:

Silent :: 1930s :: 1940s :: 1950s :: 1960s :: 1970s :: 1980s :: 1990s :: 2000s

Underlined means I’ve seen it. Blue text means I haven’t.

Film poster for Metropolis

1. The Birth of a Nation – (1915, D.W. Griffith)
2. Wings – (1927, William A. Wellman)
3. Modern Times – (1936, Charles Chaplin)
4. Intolerance – (1916, D.W. Griffith)
5. Metropolis – (1927, Fritz Lang)
6. The Battleship Potemkin – (1925, Sergei M. Eisenstein)
7. City Lights – (1931, Charles Chaplin)
8. Napoleon – (1927, Abel Gance)
9. The General – (1927, Clyde Bruckman)
10. The Phantom of the Opera – (1925, Rupert Julian)
11. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – (1921, Rex Ingram)
12. Nosferatu, the Vampire – (1922, F.W. Murnau)
13. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – (1923, Wallace Worsley)
14. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – (1920, Robert Wiene)
15. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ – (1925, Fred Niblo)
16. The Passion of Joan of Arc – (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
17. The Gold Rush – (1925, Charles Chaplin)
18. The Big Parade – (1925, King Vidor)
19. The Wind – (1928, Victor Sjöström)
20. Greed – (1924, Erich von Stroheim)
21. Beau Geste – (1926, Herbert Brenon)
22. The Circus – (1928, Charles Chaplin)
23. Sunrise – (1927, F.W. Murnau)
24. Orphans of the Storm – (1921, D.W. Griffith)
25. Show People – (1928, King Vidor)

David Bordwell on the missing scenes of Metropolis.

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