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Top Films by Year (1896-1929)

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

1895

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory Louis Lumière 1926

1896

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Auguste and Louis Lumière 1144

1902

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Voyage to the Moon Georges Méliès 367

1903

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Great Train Robbery Edwin S. Porter 856

1913

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Fantomas Louis Feuillade 2027

1914

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Cabiria Giovanni Pastrone 1824

1915

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Birth of a Nation D.W. Griffith 228
2 Les Vampires Louis Feuillade 944

1916

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Intolerance D.W. Griffith 243

1917

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Immigrant Charles Chaplin 2278

1919

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Broken Blossoms D.W. Griffith 818

1920

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Robert Wiene 168
2 The Golem Carl Boese and Paul Wegener 1935
3 Way Down East D.W. Griffith 2319

1921

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Kid Charles Chaplin 439
2 The Phantom Chariot Victor Sjöström 1504
3 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Rex Ingram 2140

1922

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Nosferatu F.W. Murnau 89
2 Nanook of the North Robert J. Flaherty 402
3 Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler Fritz Lang 863
4 Häxan: Witchcraft through the Ages Benjamin Christensen 1424
5 Foolish Wives Erich von Stroheim 1456

1923

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Safety Last! Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor 755
2 Our Hospitality John G. Blystone and Buster Keaton 935
3 The Ten Commandments Cecil B. DeMille 1949
4 La Roue Abel Gance 2264
5 The Smiling Madame Beudet Germaine Dulac 2426

1924

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Sherlock, Jr. Buster Keaton 229
2 Greed Erich von Stroheim 285
3 The Last Laugh F.W. Murnau 485
4 The Thief of Bagdad Raoul Walsh 768
5 Siegfried Fritz Lang 1109
6 Kriemhild's Revenge Fritz Lang 1595
7 The Navigator Donald Crisp and Buster Keaton 1621
8 The Iron Horse John Ford 1738
9 Entr'acte René Clair 2178

1925

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Battleship Potemkin Sergei M. Eisenstein 96
2 The Gold Rush Charles Chaplin 127
3 The Big Parade King Vidor 746
4 The Phantom of the Opera Rupert Julian 785
5 Strike Sergei M. Eisenstein 1028
6 The Freshman Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor 1169
7 Ben-Hur Fred Niblo 1422
8 Seven Chances Buster Keaton 1802
9 The Lost World Harry O. Hoyt 2063

1926

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The General Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton 51
2 Faust F.W. Murnau 834
3 The Adventures of Prince Achmed Lotte Reiniger 1714
4 A Page of Madness Teinosuke Kinugasa 1896
5 Mother Vsevolod Pudovkin 1973
6 Ménilmontant Dimitri Kirsanoff 2145

1927

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Metropolis Fritz Lang 38
2 Sunrise** F.W. Murnau 92
3 Napoléon Abel Gance 338
4 The Jazz Singer Alan Crosland 631
5 Wings** William A. Wellman 1326
6 Berlin: Symphony of a Great City Walter Ruttmann 1333
7 Seventh Heaven* Frank Borzage 1705
8 The Lodger Alfred Hitchcock 2008
9 The Unknown Tod Browning 2206
10 Underworld Josef von Sternberg 2339

1928

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Passion of Joan of Arc Carl Theodor Dreyer 124
2 The Crowd* King Vidor 426
3 The Wind Victor Sjöström 566
4 Steamboat Bill, Jr. Charles Reisner 956
5 The Cameraman Edward Sedgwick 967
6 October Grigori Aleksandrov and Sergei M. Eisenstein 1036
7 The Circus Charles Chaplin 1224
8 Fall of the House of Usher Jean Epstein 1282
9 The Last Command Josef von Sternberg 1782
10 The Docks of New York Josef von Sternberg 1876
11 Spione Fritz Lang 2143
12 Storm over Asia Vsevolod Pudovkin 2249

1929

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Man with the Movie Camera Dziga Vertov 174
2 Un chien andalou Luis Buñuel 259
3 Pandora's Box Georg Wilhelm Pabst 576
4 Blackmail Alfred Hitchcock 2129
5 Hallelujah! King Vidor 2285
6 Diary of a Lost Girl Georg Wilhelm Pabst 2321
7 Big Business James W. Horne and Leo McCarey 2350
8 The Broadway Melody** Harry Beaumont 2404

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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