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25 April 2012

25 Greatest Silent Films (prior to 1936)

Well, this is the second top silent films list I have made, except a little longer. Now, I have watched over 65 silent films and most of them have been very entertaining indeed. From Chaplin to Murnau, watchign silent films is an enchanting experience were you get to take a step back into history of how films were made. Here are what I consider the best 25 silent films of all time (excluding The Artist). 


25.The Crowd

24. Orphans of the Storm


23. Sherlock Jr


22.Nanook of the North


21. The Tramp


20. A Woman of Paris


19. Intolerance


18. Our Relations


17. Battleship Potemkin


16. The Passion of Joan of Arc
15. A Dog’s Life

14. The Last Laugh


13. Safety Last


12. Steamboat Bill Jr
11. The Circus


10. The General



9. Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror









8. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari



7. City Lights



6. The Gold Rush





5. Metropolis

Known as the first true sci-fi film, Metropolis takes you on a still-astounding trip into a vision of the future. Fritz Lang's terrific direction, the amazing set designs and still relevant to today's world plot makes it a masterpiece of science fiction. 

4. The Kid

It is hard saying which is the best chaplin film, but this is certainly among his best. Lavished with sentiment and terrific slapstick, it is a silent masterwork. 


3. Greed

Over time I have appreciated the film more for its efforts, and it is truly an astonishing piece of work. With a whopping runtime of 4 hours (restored) we see the ultimate tale of greed. Terrific direction and great performances all around. 


2.Sunrise

Despite its simplicity the humanity and sentimentality shown in Sunrie makes it one of the most enchanting romance films to date. Beautifully crafted by F.W Murnau and still one of my favourite films. 


1. Modern Times

Chaplin's masterpiece and a film that holds up today as funny, charming and surprisingly intelligent. 








3 comments:

  1. Good list. I've seen your top 10, except for Greed (it's not available on DVD.) I'm glad to see Harold Lloyd getting a nod. I probably would have had The Passion of Joan of Arc a lot higher if I were to make a list.

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  2. Filmmaster_pollock27 April 2012 at 21:51

    Thanks for reading. They should bring a release of Greed on blu ray. Perhaps with filmmakers talking about it. If they don't then I'll make one and sell it to people. They must see it!

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  3. Outstanding list Tom, i must congratulate you on the extraordinary and brilliantly artistic motion pictures you picked for it. Goodshow my friend!!!

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