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Top Films of the 1920s

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Metropolis 1927 Fritz Lang 38
2 The General 1926 Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton 51
3 Nosferatu 1922 F.W. Murnau 89
4 Sunrise 1927 F.W. Murnau 92
5 The Battleship Potemkin 1925 Sergei M. Eisenstein 96
6 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer 124
7 The Gold Rush 1925 Charles Chaplin 127
8 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1920 Robert Wiene 168
9 The Man with the Movie Camera 1929 Dziga Vertov 174
10 Sherlock, Jr. 1924 Buster Keaton 229
11 Un chien andalou 1929 Luis Buñuel 259
12 Greed 1924 Erich von Stroheim 285
13 Napoléon 1927 Abel Gance 338
14 Nanook of the North 1922 Robert J. Flaherty 402
15 The Crowd 1928 King Vidor 426
16 The Kid 1921 Charles Chaplin 439
17 The Last Laugh 1924 F.W. Murnau 485
18 The Wind 1928 Victor Sjöström 566
19 Pandora's Box 1929 Georg Wilhelm Pabst 576
20 The Jazz Singer 1927 Alan Crosland 631
21 The Big Parade 1925 King Vidor 746
22 Safety Last! 1923 Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor 755
23 The Thief of Bagdad 1924 Raoul Walsh 768
24 The Phantom of the Opera 1925 Rupert Julian 785
25 Faust 1926 F.W. Murnau 834
26 Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler 1922 Fritz Lang 863
27 Our Hospitality 1923 John G. Blystone and Buster Keaton 935
28 Steamboat Bill, Jr. 1928 Charles Reisner 956
29 The Cameraman 1928 Edward Sedgwick 967
30 Strike 1925 Sergei M. Eisenstein 1028
31 October 1928 Grigori Aleksandrov and Sergei M. Eisenstein 1036
32 Siegfried 1924 Fritz Lang 1109
33 The Freshman 1925 Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor 1169
34 The Circus 1928 Charles Chaplin 1224
35 Fall of the House of Usher 1928 Jean Epstein 1282
36 Wings 1927 William A. Wellman 1326
37 Berlin: Symphony of a Great City 1927 Walter Ruttmann 1333
38 Ben-Hur 1925 Fred Niblo 1422
39 Häxan: Witchcraft through the Ages 1922 Benjamin Christensen 1424
40 Foolish Wives 1922 Erich von Stroheim 1456
41 The Phantom Chariot 1921 Victor Sjöström 1504
42 Kriemhild's Revenge 1924 Fritz Lang 1595
43 The Navigator 1924 Donald Crisp and Buster Keaton 1621
44 Seventh Heaven 1927 Frank Borzage 1705
45 The Adventures of Prince Achmed 1926 Lotte Reiniger 1714
46 The Iron Horse 1924 John Ford 1738
47 The Last Command 1928 Josef von Sternberg 1782
48 Seven Chances 1925 Buster Keaton 1802
49 The Docks of New York 1928 Josef von Sternberg 1876
50 A Page of Madness 1926 Teinosuke Kinugasa 1896
51 The Golem 1920 Carl Boese and Paul Wegener 1935
52 The Ten Commandments 1923 Cecil B. DeMille 1949
53 Mother 1926 Vsevolod Pudovkin 1973
54 The Lodger 1927 Alfred Hitchcock 2008
55 The Lost World 1925 Harry O. Hoyt 2063
56 Blackmail 1929 Alfred Hitchcock 2129
57 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1921 Rex Ingram 2140
58 Spione 1928 Fritz Lang 2143
59 Ménilmontant 1926 Dimitri Kirsanoff 2145
60 Entr'acte 1924 René Clair 2178
61 The Unknown 1927 Tod Browning 2206
62 Storm over Asia 1928 Vsevolod Pudovkin 2249
63 La Roue 1923 Abel Gance 2264
64 Hallelujah! 1929 King Vidor 2285
65 Way Down East 1920 D.W. Griffith 2319
66 Diary of a Lost Girl 1929 Georg Wilhelm Pabst 2321
67 Underworld 1927 Josef von Sternberg 2339
68 Big Business 1929 James W. Horne and Leo McCarey 2350
69 The Broadway Melody 1929 Harry Beaumont 2404
70 The Smiling Madame Beudet 1923 Germaine Dulac 2426
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