This page shows you the list charts. By default, the movies are ordered by how many times they have been marked as a favorite. However, you can also sort by other information, such as the total number of times it has been marked as a dislike.
All the films from the Silent Era top 100, plus the 200 films that didn't make the list.
The original list actually contains 298 movies. This iCM-list contains 304 movies because the following titles consist of multiple entries:
- Die Nibelungen (2 parts)
- Das indische Grabmal (2 parts)
- Fantômas (5 parts)
The top 300 best silent era films are based on the votes on the silentera.com website. The list is not limited to features exclusively. True silent films (like City Lights) not made in the default silent cinema timeline (1891-1929) are also accepted. Films receiving votes must still exist somewhere and in some viewable form. We limit the list to films that were produced to be silent films exclusively (synchronized music tracks are acceptible, but part-talkies and talkies that have only survived as silents are out).
From a poll of 63 critics and film experts conducted in the 1970s by film critic and director Paul Rotha, each asked for a list of their 30 top silent films. This makes for a list of the Top 338 Silent Films. Ties are sorted by imdb original title.
Several movies are considered lost:
Die Abenteuer eines Zehnmarkscheines
The Last Moment
Composed by feature films from 1907 to 2006 and a few short films from the silent period in Portugal, this list was commissioned by Instituto Camões.
1-37 - silent period
38-156 - feature films
Instituto Camões (Camoes Institute) was created in 1992 for the promotion of the Portuguese language and culture world-wide. The list was organized by José de Matos-Cruz, a Portuguese writer, journalist, editor, high-school teacher, investigator, encyclopedist. Since 1980 he works at the Cinemateca Portuguesa (Portuguese Film Archive), in Lisbon. He is a prominent historian of the Portuguese cinema.
The Top 300 Silent Era Films list has a great selection of silents, and I hope it will help many explore deeper into this great and largely forgotten era. However, the list as it stands is highhly Americanized while several countries such as Germany, Sweden, Japan and more were going incredibly strong. So to broaden the perspective here's a selection great non-American silents I hope will leave an impression on you as well. It's ranked in reverse chronological order.
The ten most voted movies on IMDb from the 1920's. These are the movies from the 20's that have been sought out, watched and rated by the most people. It is more a popularity list than a "highest rating" list. This far back one would expect that rating and votes should follow each other closely but it is not always the case. The list contains quite a number of short movies as it was the golden age of Chaplin and Keaton.