What are the best silent films?

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    #1The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc is a silent film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. The film was released in 1928 and features Maria Falconetti as Joan of Arc. The Passion of Joan of Arc depicts her trial and execution.


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    Yolanda Zúñiga
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "Even though this was a silent film, I still felt all of the emotion and feeling Maria Falconetti was trying to express. She was the star of this film in so many ways. Shame she didn't continue acting after this."
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    Metropolis is a 1927 German science fiction motion picture directed by Fritz Lang. It was set in a futuristic city in the year 2026 where the human race is divided between mistreated workers and the rich people who enjoys a lavish living.


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    Jeffrey Martin
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "I'm not surprised that this film ended up being so influential. Even after almost a century, the imagery and the concepts in Metropolis still resonate in our current society."
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    #3The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a German Expressionist silent film by Robert Wiene. The film was released in 1920 and was written by Carl Mayer and Hans Janowitz. It features Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, and Friedrich Feher in the lead roles.


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    James Allen
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "The jagged aesthetic of this movie is freaky and totally amazing! I don't know what kind of inspiration spirit possessed the makers of this film but this film was INSPIRED!!"
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    Nosferatu is a German Expressionist silent horror film written by Henrik Galeen and directed by F.W. Murnau, with Max Schreck playing the role of Count Orlok. It was released in 1922 and was based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker.


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    Samuel Mendez
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "Creepy and disconcerting are the only words I can think of whenever I watch this film. Unlike most horror films today that are filled with jumpscares and scary music, Nosferatu manages to instill fear with just images and atmosphere."
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    #5City Lights

    City Lights

    With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. City Lights is a 1931 silent film from directed by Charlie Chaplin. 


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    Jose Larson
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "The ending of the film still makes me cry whenever I watch it! That ending when the flower girl and the trap finally see each other is so poignant!"
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    #6Battleship Potempkin

    Battleship Potempkin

    Battleship Potempkin is a silent film directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein. It was written by Nina Agadzhanova and features Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, and Grigory Aleksandrov in the lead roles. It was released in 1925 in Russia.


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    Aaron Diaz
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "The imagery of this film was brutal so don't watch it if you're queasy about that kind of stuff. That said, this IS a monument of a film and passing it up will totally be your loss"
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    #7The Gold Rush

    The Gold Rush

    A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. The Gold Rush is a 1925 American comedy film written, produced, and directed by Charlie Chaplin.  


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    Megan Harvey
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "One of the funniest films I've ever watched, Whenever I watch this movie, I can't help but feel a sense of nostalgia for comedy shows like this one."
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    #8Birth of a Nation

    Birth of a Nation

    Birth of a Nation is a silent film directed by D.W. Griffith and written by Thomas Dixon, Jr. The film was released on March 21, 1915 and features Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, and Henry B. Walthall among the main cast.


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    Teresa Roberts
    Written on July 5, 2018
    "I know this is an extremely influential film and all that jazz but I just can't stomach all of the racism in this film. Yeah sure, it's a product of its time but still :/"


Best What are the best silent films
1The Passion of Joan of ArcMovies 15 Paid
2MetropolisMovies 11 Paid
3The Cabinet of Dr. CaligariMovies 10 Paid
4NosferatuMovies 8 Paid
5City LightsMovies 6 Paid
6Battleship PotempkinMovies 5 Paid
7The Gold RushMovies 4 Paid
8Birth of a NationMovies 1 Paid

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