The Top 300 Silent Era Films

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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).

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  1. 1 -

    The General

    1926, in 32 top lists Check
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    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
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    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 34 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 31 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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    The Gold Rush

    1925, in 28 top lists Check
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    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 27 top lists Check
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    Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

    1920 — a.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in 26 top lists Check
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    Bronenosets Potemkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 26 top lists Check
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    Greed

    1924, in 20 top lists Check
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    Die Büchse der Pandora

    1929 — a.k.a. Pandora's Box, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Crowd

    1928, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Wind

    1928, in 14 top lists Check
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    Napoléon vu par Abel Gance

    1927 — a.k.a. Napoleon, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
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    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    1916, in 23 top lists Check
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    Sherlock Jr.

    1924, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Big Parade

    1925, in 14 top lists Check
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    Safety Last!

    1923, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Phantom of the Opera

    1925, in 12 top lists Check
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    Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl

    1919 — a.k.a. Broken Blossoms, in 13 top lists Check
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    Der letzte Mann

    1924 — a.k.a. The Last Laugh, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Kid

    1921, in 14 top lists Check
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    Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    1928, in 13 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 13 top lists Check
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    Flesh and the Devil

    1926, in 8 top lists Check
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    Our Hospitality

    1923, in 11 top lists Check
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    Wings

    1927, in 10 top lists Check
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    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 21 top lists Check
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    Nanook of the North

    1922, in 16 top lists Check
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    Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage

    1926 — a.k.a. Faust, in 15 top lists Check
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    Way Down East

    1920, in 7 top lists Check
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    Häxan

    1922 — a.k.a. The Witches, in 14 top lists Check
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    Tagebuch einer Verlorenen

    1929 — a.k.a. Diary of a Lost Girl, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Unknown

    1927, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Cameraman

    1928, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Circus

    1928, in 7 top lists Check
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    Show People

    1928, in 5 top lists Check
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    Un chien andalou

    1929 — a.k.a. Un Chien Andalou, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    1923, in 4 top lists Check
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    Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler

    1922 — a.k.a. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

    1921, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Sheik

    1921, in 3 top lists Check
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    Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

    1924, in 11 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 Freshman

    1925 — a.k.a. College Days, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Mark of Zorro

    1920, in 3 top lists Check
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    Tol'able David

    1921, in 4 top lists Check
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    He Who Gets Slapped

    1924, in 6 top lists Check