Top Ten List from The Silent Era

  • Seven Chances (1925, Buster Keaton)
  • The Last Laugh (1924, F.W. Murnau)
  • The Wind (1928, Victor Seastrom)
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  • Sherlock, Jr. (1924, Buster Keaton)
  • Greed (1924, Erich von Stroheim)
  • The Man with a Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Robert Wiene)
  • The Gold Rush (1925, Charles Chaplin)
  • The Last Command (1928, Josef von Sternberg)
  • Additional Films from The Silent Era By Rating

  • Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei M. Eisenstein)
  • The Docks of New York (1928, Josef von Sternberg)
  • Safety Last! (1923, Fred Newmeyer & Sam Taylor)
  • Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang)
  • Our Hospitality (1923, Buster Keaton & Jack Blystone)
  • Battling Butler (1926, Buster Keaton)
  • Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928, Chas. F. Reisner)
  • The Crowd (1928, King Vidor)
  • The General (1926, Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman)
  • College (1927, James W. Horne)
  • Underworld (1927, Josef von Sternberg)
  • The Marriage Circle (1924, Ernst Lubitsch)
  • Strike (1925, S. Eisenstein)
  • Speedy (1928, Ted Wilde)
  • The Freshman (1925, Sam Taylor & Fred Newmeyer)
  • The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927, Ernst Lubitsch)
  • Foolish Wives (1922, Erich von Stroheim)
  • The Navigator (1924, Donald Crisp & Buster Keaton)
  • Nosferatu (1922, F.W. Murnau)
  • Why Worry? (1923, Fred Newmeyer & Sam Taylor)
  • Nanook of the North: A Tale of Life and Love in the Actual Arctic (1922, no director credited) [Robert J. Flaherty]
  • Street Angel (1928, Frank Borzage)
  • The Love Parade (1929, Ernst Lubitsch)
  • The Phantom Carriage (1921, Victor Sjöström)
  • Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge (1924, Fritz Lang)
  • Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924, Fritz Lang)
  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927, Alfred Hitchcock)
  • The Iron Mask (1929, Allan Dwan)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1925, Rupert Julian)
  • Go West (1925, Buster Keaton)
  • The Unknown (1927, Tod Browning)
  • The Great K&A Train Robbery (1926, Lewis Seiler)
  • The Scarlet Letter (1926, Victor Seastrom)
  • Lonesome (1928, Paul Fejos)
  • Pandora's Box (1929, G.W. Pabst)
  • The Thief of Bagdad (1924, Raoul Walsh)
  • Eternal Love (1929, Ernst Lubitsch)
  • The Late Mathias Pascal (1925, Marcel L'Herbier)
  • The Epic of Everest (1924, J.B.L. Noel)
  • Tartuffe (1926, F.W. Murnau)
  • Tumbleweeds (1925, King Baggot)
  • Children of Eve (1915, John H. Collins)
  • The Devil's Needle (1916, Chester Withey)
  • The Hoodlum (1919, Sidney A. Franklin)
  • The Jazz Singer (1927, Alan Crosland)