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Top Silent Films

This list includes films with little to no dialogue even if they have musical scores and/or sound effects.

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Metropolis 1927 Fritz Lang 38
2 The General 1926 Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton 51
3 City Lights 1931 Charles Chaplin 60
4 Nosferatu 1922 F.W. Murnau 89
5 Sunrise 1927 F.W. Murnau 92
6 The Battleship Potemkin 1925 Sergei M. Eisenstein 96
7 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer 124
8 The Gold Rush 1925 Charles Chaplin 127
9 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1920 Robert Wiene 168
10 The Man with the Movie Camera 1929 Dziga Vertov 174
11 The Birth of a Nation 1915 D.W. Griffith 228
12 Sherlock, Jr. 1924 Buster Keaton 229
13 Intolerance 1916 D.W. Griffith 243
14 Un chien andalou 1929 Luis Buñuel 259
15 Greed 1924 Erich von Stroheim 285
16 Napoléon 1927 Abel Gance 338
17 Voyage to the Moon 1902 Georges Méliès 367
18 Nanook of the North 1922 Robert J. Flaherty 402
19 The Crowd 1928 King Vidor 426
20 The Kid 1921 Charles Chaplin 439
21 The Last Laugh 1924 F.W. Murnau 485
22 Koyaanisqatsi 1982 Godfrey Reggio 564
23 The Wind 1928 Victor Sjöström 566
24 Pandora's Box 1929 Georg Wilhelm Pabst 576
25 Earth 1930 Aleksandr Dovzhenko 592
26 Meshes of the Afternoon 1943 Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid 687
27 The Big Parade 1925 King Vidor 746
28 Safety Last! 1923 Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor 755
29 The Thief of Bagdad 1924 Raoul Walsh 768
30 The Phantom of the Opera 1925 Rupert Julian 785
31 Broken Blossoms 1919 D.W. Griffith 818
32 Faust 1926 F.W. Murnau 834
33 The Great Train Robbery 1903 Edwin S. Porter 856
34 Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler 1922 Fritz Lang 863
35 Our Hospitality 1923 John G. Blystone and Buster Keaton 935
36 Les Vampires 1915 Louis Feuillade 944
37 Steamboat Bill, Jr. 1928 Charles Reisner 956
38 The Cameraman 1928 Edward Sedgwick 967
39 Strike 1925 Sergei M. Eisenstein 1028
40 October 1928 Grigori Aleksandrov and Sergei M. Eisenstein 1036
41 Siegfried 1924 Fritz Lang 1109
42 Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat 1896 Auguste and Louis Lumière 1144
43 The Freshman 1925 Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor 1169
44 The Circus 1928 Charles Chaplin 1224
45 I Was Born, But... 1932 Yasujirô Ozu 1281
46 Fall of the House of Usher 1928 Jean Epstein 1282
47 Wings 1927 William A. Wellman 1326
48 Berlin: Symphony of a Great City 1927 Walter Ruttmann 1333
49 The Artist 2011 Michel Hazanavicius 1348
50 Ben-Hur 1925 Fred Niblo 1422
51 Häxan: Witchcraft through the Ages 1922 Benjamin Christensen 1424
52 Foolish Wives 1922 Erich von Stroheim 1456
53 The Phantom Chariot 1921 Victor Sjöström 1504
54 Kriemhild's Revenge 1924 Fritz Lang 1595
55 The Navigator 1924 Donald Crisp and Buster Keaton 1621
56 Seventh Heaven 1927 Frank Borzage 1705
57 The Adventures of Prince Achmed 1926 Lotte Reiniger 1714
58 The Iron Horse 1924 John Ford 1738
59 The Last Command 1928 Josef von Sternberg 1782
60 Seven Chances 1925 Buster Keaton 1802
61 Cabiria 1914 Giovanni Pastrone 1824
62 The Docks of New York 1928 Josef von Sternberg 1876
63 A Page of Madness 1926 Teinosuke Kinugasa 1896
64 Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory 1895 Louis Lumière 1926
65 The Golem 1920 Carl Boese and Paul Wegener 1935
66 The Ten Commandments 1923 Cecil B. DeMille 1949
67 Baraka 1992 Ron Fricke 1961
68 Mother 1926 Vsevolod Pudovkin 1973
69 The Lodger 1927 Alfred Hitchcock 2008
70 Fantomas 1913 Louis Feuillade 2027
71 The Lost World 1925 Harry O. Hoyt 2063
72 Un chant d'amour 1950 Jean Genet 2075
73 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1921 Rex Ingram 2140
74 Spione 1928 Fritz Lang 2143
75 Ménilmontant 1926 Dimitri Kirsanoff 2145
76 Entr'acte 1924 René Clair 2178
77 The Unknown 1927 Tod Browning 2206
78 Prelude: Dog Star Man 1962 Stan Brakhage 2243
79 Storm over Asia 1928 Vsevolod Pudovkin 2249
80 La Roue 1923 Abel Gance 2264
81 The Immigrant 1917 Charles Chaplin 2278
82 Way Down East 1920 D.W. Griffith 2319
83 Diary of a Lost Girl 1929 Georg Wilhelm Pabst 2321
84 Underworld 1927 Josef von Sternberg 2339
85 Big Business 1929 James W. Horne and Leo McCarey 2350
86 Dog Star Man: Part IV 1964 Stan Brakhage 2384
87 People on Sunday 1930 Curt and Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, and Fred Zinnemann 2411
88 The Smiling Madame Beudet 1923 Germaine Dulac 2426
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