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Lost Films

List of missing or lost silent movies, which are known to have existed but have no available, undamaged, viewable prints or extant copies. Some have estimated that only about 10-15% of the total films produced during the silent era (from the turn of the 20th Century through the 1920s) have survived to the present day.

During the initial era of silent filmmaking, thousands of films were being produced, both independently, from studios and by experimental filmmaking collectives. The infrastructure for preserving and caring for the negatives of these films was not yet in existence, and indeed the ownership rights to the films themselves was often cast into doubt. (The Martin Scorsese film "Hugo" detailed the situation with Georges Méliès' missing films, many of which were destroyed by the creator himself.) Though new prints of previously-thought lost films are discovered all the time, and restoration efforts can make some of these older films thought to have vanished viewable, there will likely always remain a large number of recorded and discussed films that are simply not viewable for modern audiences.

[A version of this list originally appeared on <a href="http://www.silentera.com/lost">SilentEra.com</a>

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    ABEND – NACHT – MORGEN

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    The Accidental Honeymoon

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    Grace Cunard, Monte Montague, Albert Prisco

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    The Ace of Spades Geraldine Fitzgerald, Felix Aylmer, Michael Hogan

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    THE ACE OF THE SADDLE

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    Hoot Gibson

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    The Active Life of Dolly of the Dailies Edward Boulden, Charles Stanton Ogle, Miriam Nesbitt

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    Anthony Perkins, Teresa Wright, Jean Simmons

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    The Actress and the Singer

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    Adele’s Wash Day

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    The Adorable Outcast John Gavin, Arthur McLaglen, Fred Twitcham

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    Yvonne Printemps, Junie Astor, Pierre Fresnay

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    The Adventures of Buffalo Bill

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    The Adventures of Kathlyn Kathlyn Williams

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    The Adventures of Peg o’ the Ring

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    Harry Myers, Noble Johnson

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    Ruth Roland, Herbert Heyes, George Larkin

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    Basil Rathbone, Arthur Hohl, Henry Stephenson

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    Frank Whitson, Elmo Lincoln, Lillian Worth

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    THE ADVENTUROUS SEX

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    Aftensmaden

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    After the Fog

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    The Aggressor

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    THE AIR CIRCUS

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    Akrobater

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    Estelle Taylor, Anna May Wong, Thomas Meighan

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    The Albany Night Boat

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    Alene i Verden

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    Lionel Barrymore, William Haines

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    Ralph Graves, Hillary Brooke, John Beal

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    All Dolled Up

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    Almost an Actress Louise Fazenda

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    Brigitte Helm, Paul Wegener

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    Conway Tearle, Mae Murray

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    Ford Sterling, Louise Brooks, Esther Ralston

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    The Ancient Highway

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    The Ancient Mariner

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    Andrew Carnegie

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    Alice Brady, Nita Naldi, David Powell

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    Vasili Lanovoy, Iya Savvina, Anastasiya Vertinskaya

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    James Carew, Gerald Ames, Alma Taylor

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    Richard Farnsworth, Colleen Dewhurst, Jayne Eastwood

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    Anne of the Mines

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    The Antics of Ann

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    Lon Chaney, Franklyn Farnum

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    Apachepigens hævn

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    Olle Sarri, Samuel Haus, Thore Flygel

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    THE APOSTLE OF VENGEANCE

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    David Powell

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