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The 1920s were an innovative decade in which both "talkies" and color films made their first appearance. Film became so popular that the first real stars arose in the persons of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. A lot of European stars were imported during the 20s, such as Fritz Lang and Greta Garbo. That was not all Europe had to offer as German Expressionism became an influential artistic movement. The most popular genres were swashbucklers, historical extravaganzas and melodramas. The greatest output of films was actually in the 1920s and 1930s, which was made possible by the studios' factory-like production system.

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    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
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    The Kid

    1921, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Gold Rush

    1925, in 28 top lists Check
  4. 4 +2

    The Circus

    1928, in 10 top lists Check
  5. 5 -1

    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 27 top lists Check
  6. 6 -1

    Sherlock Jr.

    1924, in 23 top lists Check
  7. 7 +3

    Greed

    1924, in 20 top lists Check
  8. 8 -1

    Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

    1920 — a.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in 27 top lists Check
  9. 9 -1

    The General

    1926, in 31 top lists Check
  10. 10 -1

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 32 top lists Check
  11. 11 +1

    Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage

    1926 — a.k.a. Faust, in 15 top lists Check
  12. 12 -1

    Körkarlen

    1921 — a.k.a. The Phantom Carriage, in 14 top lists Check
  13. 13 +4

    Napoléon vu par Abel Gance

    1927 — a.k.a. Napoleon, in 22 top lists Check
  14. 14 +2

    Der letzte Mann

    1924 — a.k.a. The Last Laugh, in 16 top lists Check
  15. 15 -1

    Safety Last!

    1923, in 16 top lists Check
  16. 16 -3

    The Wind

    1928, in 13 top lists Check
  17. 17 +1

    The Cameraman

    1928, in 12 top lists Check
  18. 18 +1

    The Crowd

    1928, in 18 top lists Check
  19. 19 -4

    Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

    1924, in 11 top lists Check
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    Bronenosets Potemkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 26 top lists Check
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    Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache

    1924 — a.k.a. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Last Command

    1928, in 8 top lists Check
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    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

    1922 — a.k.a. Nosferatu, in 26 top lists Check
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    Die Büchse der Pandora

    1929 — a.k.a. Pandora's Box, in 16 top lists Check
  25. 25 +5

    The Big Parade

    1925, in 12 top lists Check
  26. 26 -1

    Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    1928, in 12 top lists Check
  27. 27 -1

    Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler

    1922 — a.k.a. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, in 12 top lists Check
  28. 28 -1

    Seven Chances

    1925, in 9 top lists Check
  29. 29 -1

    Tagebuch einer Verlorenen

    1929 — a.k.a. Diary of a Lost Girl, in 7 top lists Check
  30. 30 -1

    Our Hospitality

    1923, in 11 top lists Check
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    Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

    1925, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Thief of Bagdad

    1924, in 12 top lists Check
  33. 33 +3

    He Who Gets Slapped

    1924, in 6 top lists Check
  34. 34 -1

    The Navigator

    1924, in 12 top lists Check
  35. 35 -1

    The Unknown

    1927, in 8 top lists Check
  36. 36 -1

    Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed

    1926 — a.k.a. The Adventures of Prince Achmed, in 10 top lists Check
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    Lonesome

    1928, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Man Who Laughs

    1928, in 7 top lists Check
  39. 39 +1

    Der müde Tod

    1921 — a.k.a. Destiny, in 6 top lists Check
  40. 40 -1

    7th Heaven

    1927, in 10 top lists Check
  41. 41 +1

    The Kid Brother

    1927, in 6 top lists Check
  42. 42 -1

    Flesh and the Devil

    1926, in 8 top lists Check
  43. 43 +1

    Girl Shy

    1924, in 2 top lists Check
  44. 44 -1

    Speedy

    1928, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Phantom of the Opera

    1925, in 12 top lists Check
  46. 46 +2

    Stachka

    1925 — a.k.a. Strike, in 14 top lists Check
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    Spione

    1928 — a.k.a. Spies, in 9 top lists Check
  48. 48 +1

    Show People

    1928, in 5 top lists Check
  49. 49 -2

    Underworld

    1927, in 8 top lists Check
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    Wings

    1927, in 10 top lists Check
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