Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
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Holds up well when comparing to the 1959 remake. I watched the restored version where there were sequences in COLOR!! Awesome! One of the better silent's I've seen. 9/10
Epic, but William Wyler's is better.
The best silent epic I have seen.
Only Intolerance (1916) comes close to this one. Intolerance is more colossal and more ahead of its time, but overall I think Ben-Hur is a little better.
I also think this one is better than the 1959 version. The naval battle is much better, that's for sure.
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This movie ranks #20 in 1920s
This movie ranks #25 in The Top 300 Silent Era Films
This movie ranks #39 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #120 in Silent but not Forgotten: The best silent films
This movie ranks #209 in National Film Registry
This movie ranks #954 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown