The Best Silent Movies of All Time

A list of the best silent films ever made, ranked by film fans' votes. This list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about Hercules are at the top of the list. If there are any great films you think we missed, please feel free to add them yourself. 

The films on this list are the most famous silent movies of all time, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already if you're a fan of the genre.


This list answers the questions, "What are the best silent films?" and contains items like A Woman of Paris and America.


Various bits of information are included with these popular silent movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. So whether you're watching these movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these are some good silent films to enjoy. And when you're done, check out our list of classic romance movies.

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  • Metropolis
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    Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich
    • Released: 1927
    • Directed by: Fritz Lang
  • Nosferatu
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    Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim
    • Released: 1922
    • Directed by: F.W. Murnau
  • Intolerance
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    Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Bessie Love
    • Released: 1916
    • Directed by: D.W. Griffith
  • The Gold Rush
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    Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray
    • Released: 1925
    • Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
  • A Trip to the Moon
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    Georges Méliès, Jehanne d'Alcy, Bleuette Bernon
    • Released: 1902
    • Directed by: Georges Méliès
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
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    Doug Jones, Richard Herd, Tim Russ
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: David Lee Fisher
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
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    Janet Gaynor, Fletcher Henderson, George O'Brien
    • Released: 1927
    • Directed by: F. W. Murnau
  • Our Hospitality
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    Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge, Buster Keaton
    • Released: 1923
    • Directed by: John G. Blystone, Buster Keaton
  • The Sheik
    10
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    Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Adolphe Menjou
    • Released: 1921
    • Directed by: George Melford
  • Seven Chances
    11
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    Buster Keaton, T. Roy Barnes, Snitz Edwards
    • Released: 1925
    • Directed by: Buster Keaton
  • City Lights
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    Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
  • The Phantom of the Opera
    13
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    Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry
    • Released: 1925
    • Directed by: Rupert Julian
  • She
    14
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    Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott, Helen Mack
    • Released: 1935
    • Directed by: Irving Pichel, Lansing C. Holden
  • Faust
    15
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    Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn
    • Released: 1926
    • Directed by: F.W. Murnau
  • Blood and Sand
    16
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    Rudolph Valentino, Lila Lee, Nita Naldi
    • Released: 1922
    • Directed by: Fred Niblo, Dorothy Arzner
  • Tabu
    17
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    Anna Chevalier, Matahi, Hitu
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: F.W. Murnau
  • Cops
    19
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    Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Joe Roberts
    • Released: 1922
    • Directed by: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
  • An Andalusian Dog
    20
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    Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Luis Buñuel, Simone Mareuil
    • Released: 1929
    • Directed by: Luis Buñuel
  • Sparrows
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    Mary Pickford, Gustave von Seyffertitz, Roy Stewart
    • Released: 1926
    • Directed by: William Beaudine
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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    John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Brandon Hurst
    • Released: 1920
    • Directed by: John S. Robertson
  • Nanook of the North
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    Berry Kroeger
    • Released: 1922
    • Directed by: Robert J. Flaherty
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    24
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    Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Ernest Torrence
    • Released: 1923
    • Directed by: Wallace Worsley
  • The Big Parade
    25
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    John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth
    • Released: 1925
    • Directed by: King Vidor