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Lost Films

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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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    Florence Ellinwood Allen, Crauford Kent, Herbert Prior

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    The Ace of Spades Geraldine Fitzgerald, Sebastian Shaw, Felix Aylmer

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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 Charles Stanton Ogle, Mary Fuller, Harry Beaumont

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    Spencer Tracy, Anthony Perkins, 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 Walter Long, John Gavin, Arthur McLaglen

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    Pierre Fresnay, Yvonne Printemps, Junie Astor

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    The Adventures of Buffalo Bill

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    The Adventures of Kathlyn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Lost Films

    The Adventures of Kathlyn Kathlyn Williams

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    The Adventures of Peg o’ the Ring

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    Noble Johnson, Harry Myers

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    Ruth Roland, Herbert Heyes, George Larkin

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    The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Lost Films

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone, Ida Lupino, George Zucco

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    Elmo Lincoln, Lillian Worth, Frank Whitson

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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 Sue Carol, Arthur Lake

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    Akrobater

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    Anna May Wong, Estelle Taylor, 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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    Martha Vickers, 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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    Mae Murray, Conway Tearle

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    Louise Brooks, Edna May Oliver, Ford Sterling

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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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    Anastasiya Vertinskaya, Vasili Lanovoy, Maya Plisetskaya

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    Jean Cadell, Gerald Ames, James Carew

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    Anne of Green Gables is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Lost Films

    Anne of Green Gables Richard Farnsworth, Zack Ward, Colleen Dewhurst

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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, Eva Rexed

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    THE APOSTLE OF VENGEANCE

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    David Powell

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