Top 300 Silent Era Films

Silent Era, probably the most important silent film site on the internet, has a long-running poll to find the best silent era films.

The list is obviously far from perfect and suffers from three problems all acknowledged by the creators of the poll. The first is that some silent films are lost, either partially or wholly, while many others suffer from severe deterioration, and as such no definitive list of silent films is possible. The second problem is that, being a poll, the list will naturally favor those films which are more readily available for viewing on DVD and other media. The third problem is defining exactly what a "silent film" is.

To solve this last problem "silent film" is…

  • The General

    1

  • Metropolis

    2

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    3

  • City Lights

    4

  • Nosferatu

    5

  • The Gold Rush

    6

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    7

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    8

  • Battleship Potemkin

    9

  • Greed

    10

  • Pandora's Box

    11

  • The Crowd

    12

  • The Wind

    13

  • Napoleon

    14

  • The Birth of a Nation

    15

  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    16

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    17

  • The Big Parade

    18

  • Safety Last!

    19

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    20

  • Broken Blossoms

    21

  • The Last Laugh

    22

  • The Kid

    23

  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    24

  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

    25

  • The Thief of Bagdad

    26

  • Flesh and the Devil

    27

  • Our Hospitality

    28

  • Wings

    29

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    30

  • Nanook of the North

    31

  • Faust

    32

  • Way Down East

    33

  • Häxan

    34

  • Diary of a Lost Girl

    35

  • The Unknown

    36

  • The Cameraman

    37

  • The Circus

    38

  • Show People

    39

  • Un Chien Andalou

    40

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    41

  • Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler

    42

  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

    43

  • The Sheik

    44

  • Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

    45

  • The Freshman

    46

  • The Mark of Zorro

    47

  • Tol'able David

    48

  • He Who Gets Slapped

    49

  • Girl Shy

    50

  • The Wedding March

    51

  • The Man Who Laughs

    52

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    53

  • Seven Chances

    54

  • The Last Command

    55

  • Foolish Wives

    56

  • Orphans of the Storm

    57

  • Sparrows

    58

  • The Navigator

    59

  • Earth

    60

  • Tabu

    61

  • Les Vampires

    62

  • The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg

    63

  • Beggars of Life

    64

  • My Best Girl

    65

  • Cops

    66

  • The Golem: How He Came into the World

    67

  • A Trip to the Moon

    68

  • The Son of the Sheik

    69

  • 7th Heaven

    70

  • It

    71

  • The Lost World

    72

  • The Kid Brother

    73

  • The Immigrant

    74

  • Queen Kelly

    75

  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

    76

  • Cabiria

    77

  • Robin Hood

    78

  • The Docks of New York

    79

  • Strike

    80

  • The Great Train Robbery

    81

  • Destiny

    82

  • Speedy

    83

  • Sadie Thompson

    84

  • Tess of the Storm Country

    85

  • A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

    86

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    87

  • The Last of the Mohicans

    88

  • The Unholy Three

    89

  • Mother

    90

  • The Cheat

    91

  • Variety

    92

  • Joyless Street

    93

  • Big Business

    94

  • The Iron Mask

    95

  • The King of Kings

    96

  • The Iron Horse

    97

  • The Penalty

    98

  • Stella Maris

    99

  • Underworld

    100