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List Rules Vote up your favorite silent films that were released in the 1920s.

If not for the greatest silent movies of the '20s, we wouldn't have the same cinematic knowledge and techniques that we do today. The 1920s saw an explosion of film making, with feature-length films taking precedence over short films, or “two-reelers.” Smaller film studios were incorporated into much larger enterprises, giving birth to the Studio System that would dominate Hollywood for the rest of the century.


What are the best ‘20s silent movies? This list includes some of the most classic, iconic films of all time. Megastars like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin did some of their best work in this decade, starring in films such as
The General, The Gold Rush, and Sherlock Jr.

Foreign filmmakers also had a massive influence on film making in the 1920's. Many of the top ‘20s silent movies were helmed by foreign directors. German expressionist films like Nosferatu, directed by F.W. Murnau, showed American filmmakers the power of symbolism and lighting.


Also on this list, you’ll find
Un Chien Andalou, Luis Buñuel’s surrealist short film containing that infamous shot of an eyeball being sliced by a razor. Vote up the best silent films of the '20s, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.
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The General Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin, Glen Cavender - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Nosferatu Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans Janet Gaynor, Fletcher Henderson, George O'Brien

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Metropolis Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Gold Rush is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1920s Silent Movies
The Gold Rush Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Georgia Hale

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The Passion of Joan of Arc Antonin Artaud, Michel Simon, Renée Jeanne Falconetti

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The Cameraman Buster Keaton, Vernon Dent, Edward Brophy

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Sherlock, Jr. Buster Keaton, George Davis, Kewpie Morgan

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Our Hospitality is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1920s Silent Movies
Our Hospitality Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge, Joe Roberts - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Steamboat Bill Jr. Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Marion Byron - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Kid Charlie Chaplin, Lita Grey, Jackie Coogan - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Safety Last! Harold Lloyd, Sam Lufkin, William Gillespie

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Battleship Potemkin Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Antonov - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Pandora's Box is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1920s Silent Movies
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The Circus Charlie Chaplin, Albert Austin, Stanley Blystone

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The Wind Lillian Gish, Montagu Love, Edward Earle

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Dr. Mabuse the Gambler Georg John, Charles Puffy, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

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The Phantom of the Opera Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Phantom Carriage Victor Sjöström, Einar Axelsson, Hilda Borgström

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Seven Chances Buster Keaton, Snitz Edwards, T. Roy Barnes - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Navigator Buster Keaton, Noble Johnson, Clarence Burton - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Big Parade Karl Dane, Renée Adorée, John Gilbert

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Faust William Dieterle, Emil Jannings, Yvette Guilbert - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Last Laugh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1920s Silent Movies
The Last Laugh Emil Jannings, Georg John, O. E. Hasse - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Man Who Laughs Conrad Veidt, Stuart Holmes, Mary Philbin

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Go West is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 1920s Silent Movies
Go West Buster Keaton, Roscoe Arbuckle, Gus Leonard

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The Thief of Bagdad Douglas Fairbanks, Anna May Wong, Philip Ahn - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Nanook of the North Nyla, Allakariallak, Cunayou

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Un Chien Andalou is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 1920s Silent Movies
Un Chien Andalou

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Lon Chaney, Ernest Torrence, Raymond Hatton

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Wings Gary Cooper, Clara Bow, Hedda Hopper

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 1920s Silent Movies

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro, Wallace Beery

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Show People Charlie Chaplin, Marion Davies, William Haines

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An Andalusian Dog Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Luis Buñuel, Simone Mareuil

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October: Ten Days That Shook the World Eduard Tisse, Boris Livanov, Vladimir Popov

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Diary of a Lost Girl Louise Brooks, Kurt Gerron, Sig Arno

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Greed ZaSu Pitts, Chester Conklin, Jack Curtis

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The Kid Brother Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Leo Willis

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The Freshman Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston

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Napoléon Antonin Artaud, Albert Dieudonné, Gina Manès

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The Jazz Singer Myrna Loy, Al Jolson, William Demarest

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde John Barrymore, Edgard Varèse, Charles Lane

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Girl Shy Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston

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Beau Geste William Powell, Ronald Colman, Neil Hamilton

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The Last Command William Powell, Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent

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Aelita Mikhail Zharov, Yuliya Solntseva, Igor Ilyinsky

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Orphans of the Storm Lillian Gish, Joseph Schildkraut, Dorothy Gish