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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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    Florence Ellinwood Allen, Crauford Kent, Herbert Prior

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

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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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    Anthony Perkins, Spencer Tracy, 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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    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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    Noble Johnson, Harry Myers

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    Ruth Roland, Herbert Heyes, George Larkin

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    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

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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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    Hillary Brooke, Martha Vickers, John Beal

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    All Dolled Up

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    Almost an Actress Louise Fazenda

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    Paul Wegener, Brigitte Helm

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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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    Nita Naldi, Alice Brady, David Powell

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    Anastasiya Vertinskaya, Vasili Lanovoy, Yury Yakovlev

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    Jean Cadell, Gerald Ames, James Carew

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    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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