A Silent Westerns Selection

by quietgiant2 | created - 22 Oct 2017 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Sadly, the movies: Hands Up!(1917) and The Life of General Villa(1914) and The Battle of Gettysburg(1913) and The Immortal Alamo(1911) and Billy the Kid(1911) are lost.

see too Lost Treasures http://www.imdb.com/list/ls020658935/ see too Men in silence http://www.imdb.com/list/ls000060357/

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1. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Crime

A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, A.C. Abadie, George Barnes, Justus D. Barnes

Votes: 16,502

2. Ben's Kid (1909)

Short, Western

Buck Minor was the most detested man in Wolf Hollow, partly because he was quarrelsome and treacherous, partly because he abused and neglected his little wife, Molly, whom all the camp ... See full synopsis »

Director: Francis Boggs | Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Tom Santschi, Harry Todd

Votes: 9

3. The Sergeant (1910)

Short, Western

A story laid in the Great Yosemite Valley during the eighties. Col. Westley has an only daughter who is the one softening influence in his rugged nature. She is fond of taking morning rides... See full summary »

Director: Francis Boggs | Stars: Hobart Bosworth, Iva Shepard, Tom Santschi, Frank Clark

Votes: 35

4. In the Border States (1910)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Drama, War

During the Civil War, a father living in a border state leaves to join the Union Army. After he leaves, Confederate troops forage on his property, where a soldier encounters one of his ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Charles West, Charles Arling, Owen Moore, William J. Butler

Votes: 446

5. The Battle (1911)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Action, Drama

Union soldiers march off to battle amid cheering crowds. After the battle turns against the Union Army, one soldier runs away, hiding in his girlfriend's house. Ashamed of his cowardice, he... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Charles West, Blanche Sweet, Charles Hill Mailes, Spottiswoode Aitken

Votes: 251

6. Little Dove's Romance (1911)

Short, Western

Burns is hunting in the woods, and fires as Little Dove comes riding up. The report startles her horse, and it wheels suddenly, throwing the girl to the ground. Burns carries her to his ... See full summary »

Director: Fred J. Balshofer | Stars: Red Wing, Charles Inslee, J. Barney Sherry, James Young Deer

Votes: 14

7. The Deserter (1912)

20 min | Western, Drama, Short

A deserting soldier encounters a wagon train of settlers. When they are faced with an Indian attack, he risks court martial to return to the Army post for help.

Director: Thomas H. Ince | Stars: Francis Ford, William Clifford, J. Barney Sherry, Lillian Christy

8. The Confederate Ironclad (1912)

Unrated | 16 min | Drama, War, Short

Lieutenant Yancey's southern sweetheart, Rose, is jealous of Elinor, a northern girl, who is visiting her aunt Mary de Lane. This jealousy is excited by an invitation which Yancey receives ... See full summary »

Director: Kenean Buel | Stars: Guy Coombs, Anna Q. Nilsson, Hal Clements, Miriam Cooper

Votes: 198

10. The Invaders (1912)

Not Rated | 41 min | Short, Western

The U.S. Army and the Indians sign a peace treaty. However, a group of surveyors trespass on the Indians' land and violate the treaty. The army refuses to listen to the Indians' complaints,... See full summary »

Directors: Francis Ford, Thomas H. Ince | Stars: Francis Ford, Ethel Grandin, Ann Little, Ray Myers

Votes: 249

11. Geronimo's Last Raid (1912)

20 min | Short, Thriller, Western

Lieutenant Parker reports for duty to Major Wilkins, commanding Ft. Sill, where Geronimo is a prisoner. Parker quickly wins the love of Pauline, the major's daughter, and the undying hatred... See full summary »

Director: John Emerson | Stars: J. Warren Kerrigan, Pauline Bush, Jack Richardson, Jessalyn Van Trump

Votes: 8

12. The Pony Express Girl (1912)

Short, Western

Two desperadoes plan to rob the pony express and their plot is overheard by May, the girl at the station. May rides after her sweetheart, the express rider, and overtakes him just as he is ... See full summary »

Director: Pat Hartigan | Stars: Marin Sais, Edward Coxen

Votes: 6

13. The Battle of Elderbush Gulch (1913)

Not Rated | 29 min | Short, Action, Western

The fact that an Indian tribe is eating puppies starts an action packed battle in a western town.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Mae Marsh, Leslie Loveridge, Alfred Paget, Robert Harron

Votes: 719

14. The Virginian (1914)

Passed | 55 min | Western

A good-natured but chivalrous cowboy romances the local schoolmarm and leads the posse that brings a gang of rustlers, which includes his best friend, to justice.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Dustin Farnum, Jack W. Johnston, Sydney Deane, William Elmer

Votes: 168

15. The Squaw Man (1914)

Not Rated | 74 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A chivalrous British officer takes the blame for his cousin's embezzlement and journeys to the American West to start a new life on a cattle ranch.

Directors: Oscar Apfel, Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Dustin Farnum, Monroe Salisbury, Winifred Kingston, Mrs. A.W. Filson

Votes: 864 | Gross: $0.53M

16. Salomy Jane (1914)

85 min | Western

The story opens with the arrival in Hangtown of Madison Clay and his daughter, Salomy Jane, who have emigrated all the way from Kentucky. Straightway the young men and bachelors of the camp... See full summary »

Directors: Lucius Henderson, William Nigh | Stars: Beatriz Michelena, House Peters, William Pike, Clara Beyers

Votes: 39

17. In the Days of the Thundering Herd (1914)

48 min | Western

Tom and Sally are the only survivors when their wagon train is attacked by Swift Wing's braves. Starlight aids in their escape and they join a group of hunters. But there is more trouble when the tribe attacks again.

Directors: Colin Campbell, Francis J. Grandon | Stars: Tom Mix, Bessie Eyton, Wheeler Oakman, Red Wing

Votes: 16

18. The Spoilers (1914)

110 min | Drama, Western

The first of many filmed adaptations of Rex Beach's adventure novel of the Alaskan gold-rush.

Director: Colin Campbell | Stars: William Farnum, Kathlyn Williams, Tom Santschi, Bessie Eyton

Votes: 50

19. The Bargain (1914)

70 min | Western

After the bandit Jim Stokes robs the stage he is wounded fleeing. Recuperating at a ranch, he falls in love with and marries the daughter. Now wishing to go straight he tries to return the ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Barker | Stars: William S. Hart, J. Frank Burke, Clara Williams, J. Barney Sherry

Votes: 139

20. Broncho Billy's Sentence (1915)

17 min | Western, Short

A robber on the run from the law hides out in a house with a young girl and her grandfather, and treats them shabbily. He is later shot and badly wounded, but is rescued and cared for by an... See full summary »

Director: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, Virginia True Boardman, Ernest Van Pelt, Carl Stockdale

Votes: 32

21. The Coward (I) (1915)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, History, War

Confederate soldier Frank Winslow is terrified of the war and eventually runs away from battle. But when he finds himself behind enemy lines with vital information, he must decide between ... See full summary »

Directors: Reginald Barker, Thomas H. Ince | Stars: Frank Keenan, Charles Ray, Gertrude Claire, Patricia Palmer

Votes: 238

22. The Grudge (1915)

20 min | Short, Western

Rio Ed comes down from the mountains and invites all the men in the saloon to drink with him. They are all afraid to refuse, excepting Dick Wayne, who tells Rio he is particular with whom ... See full synopsis »

Director: William S. Hart | Stars: William S. Hart, Charles Ray, Margaret Thompson, KisaburĂ´ Kurihara

Votes: 11

23. Martyrs of the Alamo (1915)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama, History, War

The story of the defense of the mission-turned-fortress by 185 Texans against an overwhelming Mexican army in 1836.

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Sam De Grasse, Allan Sears, Walter Long, Alfred Paget

Votes: 135

24. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

TV-PG | 195 min | Drama, History, War

The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper

Votes: 21,697 | Gross: $10.00M

25. The Aryan (1916)

50 min | Western

Steve Denton, rich from years of prospecting, is fleeced by the citizens of Yellow Ridge. In his rage, he kidnaps the woman most responsible and makes her his slave in a desert hideaway. He... See full summary »

Directors: Reginald Barker, William S. Hart, Clifford Smith | Stars: William S. Hart, Gertrude Claire, Charles K. French, Louise Glaum

Votes: 17

26. Local Color on the A-1 Ranch (1916)

14 min | Short, Comedy, Western

Tom is working on a ranch where things have been pretty quiet lately. But today the foreman has received a letter from an old friend, who is sending his daughter to the ranch to get some '... See full summary »

Director: Tom Mix | Stars: Tom Mix, Old Blue, Pat Chrisman, Victoria Forde

Votes: 11

27. Hell's Hinges (1916)

Unrated | 64 min | Romance, Western

In the wayward western town known as Hell's Hinges, a local tough guy is reformed by the faith of a good woman.

Directors: Charles Swickard, William S. Hart, Clifford Smith | Stars: William S. Hart, Clara Williams, Jack Standing, Alfred Hollingsworth

Votes: 817

28. The Half-Breed (1916)

73 min | Western

An outcast named Lo Dorman encounters a young woman lost in the woods. He defends her from danger in the forest and from Sheriff Dunn.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Alma Rubens, Sam De Grasse, Tom Wilson

Votes: 134

29. The Good Bad-Man (1916)

50 min | Romance, Western

An outlaw calling himself Passin' Through halts his "evil" ways long enough to help out some children in difficulty.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Sam De Grasse, Pomeroy Cannon, Joseph Singleton

Votes: 147

30. The Return of Draw Egan (1916)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Outlaw leader "Draw" Egan, believed dead, turns up in the town of Yellow Dog. The townsfolk believe him to be William Blake, a strong and law-abiding man. They appoint him sheriff to rid ... See full summary »

Director: William S. Hart | Stars: William S. Hart, Margery Wilson, Robert McKim, Louise Glaum

Votes: 138

31. The Three Godfathers (1916)


Three outlaws fleeing a posse through the desert come upon a dying woman and her baby in a wagon. Before she passes away, she makes the men promise to take care of her baby and get it safely through the desert.

Director: Edward LeSaint | Stars: Stella Razeto, Harry Carey, George Berrell, Joe Rickson

Votes: 24

32. The Patriot (1916)

50 min | Western

Bob Wiley, a veteran and a patriot, discovers gold on his New Mexico ranch. He mines it secretly, hoping to build up a fortune for his son Bobby. But his secret is found out, and corrupt ... See full summary »

Director: William S. Hart | Stars: William S. Hart, Georgie Stone, Francis Carpenter, Joe Goodboy

Votes: 8

33. Fighting Mad (1917)

50 min | Western, Drama

Doctor Lambert takes his wife west to a mining town, where he can both minister and doctor. His wife is not happy and upon discovering she is pregnant, runs away with a gambler. He soon ... See full summary »

Director: Edward LeSaint | Stars: William Stowell, Helen Gibson, Hector Dion, Betty Schade

34. '49-'17 (1917)

Unrated | 61 min | Drama, Western

A retired judge comes West to restore a ghost town.

Director: Ruth Ann Baldwin | Stars: Joseph W. Girard, Leo Pierson, William Dyer, Mattie Witting

Votes: 257

35. Bucking Broadway (1917)

53 min | Western

A ranch foreman battles a rich stockbroker for the affections of a beautiful young woman.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Harry Carey, Molly Malone, L.M. Wells, Vester Pegg

Votes: 458

36. Straight Shooting (1917)

Passed | 57 min | Western

Cattleman Flint cuts off farmer Sims' water supply. When Sims' son Ted goes for water, one of Flint's men kills him. Cheyenne is sent to finish off Sims, but finding the family at the newly dug grave, he changes sides.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Harry Carey, Duke R. Lee, George Berrell, Molly Malone

Votes: 353

37. The Silent Man (1917)

61 min | Western

A gold prospector strikes it rich, but the crooks who run a frontier town take it away from him. He determines to get it back and clean up the town.

Director: William S. Hart | Stars: William S. Hart, Vola Vale, Robert McKim, Dorcas Matthews

Votes: 62

38. A Modern Musketeer (1917)

Passed | 68 min | Adventure, Comedy, Western

A restless young man travels west, encountering adventure, romance, and danger.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Marjorie Daw, Kathleen Kirkham, Eugene Ormonde

Votes: 254

39. A Romance of the Redwoods (1917)

Not Rated | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A young girl travels west to live with her uncle during the California Gold Rush only to find that he has been killed by Indians and his identity assumed by an outlaw.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Mary Pickford, Elliott Dexter, Tully Marshall, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 727 | Gross: $0.42M

40. Wild and Woolly (1917)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Western, Romance

A rich young Easterner who has always wanted to live in "the Wild West" plans to move to a Western town. Unknown to him, the town's "wild" days are long gone, and it is an orderly, ... See full summary »

Director: John Emerson | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Eileen Percy, Calvert Carter, Charles Stevens

Votes: 550

42. The Square Deal Man (1917)

50 min | Western

A gambler decides to play one last game before he turns over a new leaf. However, during the game one of the players accuses him of cheating. Suddenly the lights go out, shots are fired and... See full summary »

Director: William S. Hart | Stars: William S. Hart, Mary McIvor, Joseph J. Dowling, Mary Jane Irving

Votes: 13

43. The Narrow Trail (1917)

68 min | Western

Ice Harding, outlaw, tames a wild horse and names it King. Ice and his gang hold up a stagecoach and encounter San Francisco vice king Bates and his innocent niece Betty Werdin. Ice is ... See full summary »

Directors: William S. Hart, Lambert Hillyer | Stars: William S. Hart, Sylvia Breamer, Milton Ross, Bob Kortman

Votes: 59

44. Tom and Jerry (1917)

Passed | Short, Comedy, Western

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Director: Tom Mix | Stars: Tom Mix, Sid Jordan, Victoria Forde, Pat Chrisman

Votes: 125

46. Riders of the Purple Sage (1918)

Passed | 57 min | Western