Movies About Silent Movies

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1. ¡Three Amigos! (1986)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Western

52 Metascore

Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 64,726 | Gross: $39.25M

2. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 221,389 | Gross: $44.67M

3. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

99 Metascore

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Votes: 204,771 | Gross: $8.82M

4. Silent Movie (1976)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy

A film director and his strange friends struggle to produce the first major silent feature film in forty years.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Sid Caesar

Votes: 15,257 | Gross: $36.15M

5. Chaplin (1992)

PG-13 | 143 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

47 Metascore

A movie about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Rhys, John Thaw

Votes: 50,990 | Gross: $9.49M

6. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 186,762

7. Sunset (1988)

R | 102 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Bruce Willis, James Garner, Malcolm McDowell, Mariel Hemingway

Votes: 3,691 | Gross: $4.59M

8. The Cat's Meow (2001)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Cary Elwes, Edward Herrmann, Eddie Izzard

Votes: 7,452 | Gross: $3.21M

9. Nickelodeon (1976)

PG | 121 min | Comedy

52 Metascore

A lawyer, then a writer, then a film director, is the career path of the bashful Leo Harrigan. But Leo has problems as well, such as being hopelessly smitten with his leading lady, who ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds, Tatum O'Neal, Brian Keith

Votes: 1,865

10. Forever (1992)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery

A director of rock videos moves into the house where William Desmond Taylor, a famous director during the silent era, was murdered. He finds some old reels of film, and as he plays the film... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Palmer Jr. | Stars: Sean Young, Terence Knox, Diane Ladd, Steve Railsback

Votes: 86

11. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror

71 Metascore

The filming of Nosferatu (1922) is hampered by the fact that its star Max Schreck is taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible.

Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes

Votes: 38,821 | Gross: $8.29M

12. Garbo Talks (1984)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

The son of a woman dying of a brain tumour tries to fulfil his mother's last wish: to meet Greta Garbo.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Ron Silver, Carrie Fisher, Catherine Hicks

Votes: 1,363 | Gross: $1.49M

13. The Aviator (2004)

PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly

Votes: 317,116 | Gross: $102.61M

14. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

83 Metascore

In 1931 Paris, an orphan living in the walls of a train station gets wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 291,521 | Gross: $73.86M

15. Inserts (1975)

NC-17 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

A young, once-great Hollywood film director refuses to accept changing times during the early 1930s, and confines himself to his decaying mansion to make silent porn flicks.

Director: John Byrum | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Jessica Harper, Bob Hoskins, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 1,349

16. The Wild Party (1975)

R | 95 min | Drama, Comedy

With the arrival of talking pictures, a silent film comedian (a Fatty Arbuckle-type) throws a lavish party to try and save his failing career. His plan is to release one last, great silent ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Coco, Raquel Welch, Perry King, Tiffany Bolling

Votes: 489

17. The Perils of Pauline (1947)

Approved | 96 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

The real life story of actress Pearl White during her rise to fame in silent serials.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Betty Hutton, John Lund, Billy De Wolfe, William Demarest

Votes: 961

18. The Perils of Pauline (1967)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy

Pauline becomes involved in a series of adventures around the world and is aided by her ever present friend George. The adventures are unrelated as the film was made up from television episodes.

Directors: Herbert B. Leonard, Joshua Shelley | Stars: Pat Boone, Terry-Thomas, Pamela Austin, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 242

19. My Favorite Year (1982)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna

Votes: 8,247 | Gross: $20.12M

20. Ragtime (1981)

PG | 155 min | Drama

57 Metascore

A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: James Cagney, Elizabeth McGovern, Howard E. Rollins Jr., Brad Dourif

Votes: 8,290 | Gross: $21.02M

21. Valentino (1977)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama

In 1926, the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female movie-goers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Rudolf Nureyev, Leslie Caron, Michelle Phillips, Carol Kane

Votes: 1,566

22. Maxie (1985)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A 1920s flapper who haunts her old house possesses a reserved housewife who just moved in. However, she cannot leave before she receives her massive audition for a Hollywood studio.

Director: Paul Aaron | Stars: Glenn Close, Mandy Patinkin, Ruth Gordon, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 948 | Gross: $2.56M

23. Good Morning Babylon (1987)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance, War

After the bankruptcy of their father's stonemasonry firm, Nicola and Andrea emigrate to America to restore their fortunes. After many adventures and near-disasters, they end up in Hollywood... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Vincent Spano, Joaquim de Almeida, Greta Scacchi, Désirée Nosbusch

Votes: 1,453 | Gross: $0.18M

24. Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy

Harry and Willie buy the Edison Movie Studio in the year 1912 from Joseph Gorman, a confidence man. They follow Gorman to Hollywood where, as stunt men, they find him directing movies as Sergei Trumanoff and stealing the studio payroll.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Fred Clark, Lynn Bari

Votes: 2,010

25. Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987)

160 min | Documentary, Biography

A series about the life, career and works of the movie comedy genius.

Stars: Lindsay Anderson, Charles Lamont, William R. Cox, Loyal T. Lucas

Votes: 461

26. Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005 Video)

730 min | Documentary

A history of the Edison Company, the pioneering film production company begun by Thomas A. Edison. Included are more than 140 complete films produced by the company between 1891 and 1918, ... See full summary »

Stars: Thomas A. Edison, Steven Higgins, Paul Israel, Patrick Loughney

Votes: 46

27. Life Is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri (2006)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Before Dietrich and Garbo, there was Negri. What does it mean to be a star? Why do some actors become stars and legends for all time? This documentary film answers these questions by ... See full summary »

Director: Mariusz Kotowski | Stars: Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach, A.C. Lyles, Cyndi Williams

Votes: 13

28. Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000 TV Movie)

95 min | Documentary

This documentary traces the history of the B-Western from it's silent movie origins to its demise in the early 1950s. The film contains a large number of scenes from early silents and ... See full summary »

Director: Robert J. Emery | Stars: Dave Mann, Wally Albright, Rex Allen, Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson

Votes: 18

29. Hollywood Story (1951)

Passed | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

During the 1950s Hollywood, an independent producer unwisely opens an old can of worms when he decides to make a movie about the 1929 unsolved murder of a famous silent-film director.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Richard Conte, Julie Adams, Richard Egan, Henry Hull

Votes: 305

30. Hollywood Babylon (1972)

X | 87 min | Drama

This is like a documentary on the scandals in the Golden Age of Hollywood during the 1920's. Contains many reenactments of major scandals.

Director: Van Guylder | Stars: Roger Gentry, Myron Griffin, Ashley Phillips, Uschi Digard

Votes: 90

31. Valentino (1951)

Approved | 102 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Italian immigrant Rudolph Valentino makes it big in silent Hollywood, but he ends up struggling between his career and the woman he loves.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Eleanor Parker, Richard Carlson, Patricia Medina, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 243

32. It Happened in Hollywood (1937)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

While hospitalized young Billy meets his silent movie idol Tim Bart but then the talkies came, destroying Bart's career. Now Bart must convince his young friend he is still a star.

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Richard Dix, Fay Wray, Victor Kilian, Charles Arnt

Votes: 358

33. Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016)

120 min | Documentary, History

86 Metascore

The history of Dawson City, the gold rush town that had a historical treasure of forgotten silent films buried in permafrost for decades until 1978.

Director: Bill Morrison | Stars: Kathy Jones-Gates, Michael Gates, Sam Kula, Bill O'Farrell

Votes: 1,338 | Gross: $0.13M

34. Return to Babylon (2013)

Not Rated | 75 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

The scandals and decadent lives of the 1920's greatest movie stars.

Director: Alex Monty Canawati | Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Maria Conchita Alonso, Tippi Hedren, Debi Mazar

Votes: 137

35. The Roaring 20's (1960–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama

The adventures of a newspaper reporter covering the world of cops and gangsters in 1920s Chicago.

Stars: Dorothy Provine, Donald May, Gary Vinson, Mike Road

Votes: 132

36. The Impostors (1998)

R | 101 min | Comedy

In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Arthur (Stanley Tucci) and Maurice (Oliver Platt) team-up as two out-of-work actors who ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Tucci | Stars: Oliver Platt, Stanley Tucci, Walker Jones, Jessica Walling

Votes: 4,766 | Gross: $2.20M

37. Sidewalk Stories (1989)

R | 97 min | Comedy

Nearly silent comedy filmed in black and white follows a street artist (Charles Lane), who rescues a baby after her father was murdered. The artist then sets off to find the mother, but has... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lane | Stars: Charles Lane, Nicole Alysia, Tom Alpern, Edwin Anthony

Votes: 282 | Gross: $0.13M

38. Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama

The life and career of vaudevillian and silent screen horror star Lon Chaney, including his contentious relationship with his neurotic wife and his premature death.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 2,211

39. Silent Life (2020)

65 min | Drama | Post-production

1926. While on tour promoting his latest movie "Son Of The Sheik", Rudolph Valentino, the Hollywood silent screen icon, suffers a sudden collapse and is hospitalized at the New York ... See full summary »

Director: Vladislav Kozlov | Stars: Sherilyn Fenn, Isabella Rossellini, Franco Nero, Terry Moore

40. Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl (1999 TV Movie)

Unrated | 57 min | Documentary, Biography

Clara Bow: Discovering the 'It' Girl features scenes from 25 of her films, as well as interviews with family members an acquaintances. Including seven minutes of additional material not seen in the TV version.

Director: Hugh Munro Neely | Stars: Courtney Love, David Stenn, Budd Schulberg, Catherine Mulligan

Votes: 191

41. Birth of Hollywood (2011– )

60 min | Documentary, History

Paul Merton looks at the pioneers of early Hollywood and how they laid down the blueprint for the modern cinema industry.

Stars: Paul Merton, Carla Laemmle, Angela Lansbury, Will Green

Votes: 47

42. Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema (2007)

70 min | Documentary, History

An overview of the portrayal and influence of sexuality on film, from the silent era until the administration of the Hays Code in 1934.

Director: Elaina Archer | Stars: Diane Lane, Chris Basinger, Jeanine Basinger, Cari Beauchamp

Votes: 112

43. The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

Based on the first centenary of the largest exporter of films in the world, that is Hollywood, is the story told by its protagonists, actors and writers and other people who made life in ... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Workman | Stars: Peter Coyote, Robert Altman, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Fred Astaire

Votes: 191

44. Legends of Comedy (1992 TV Movie)

165 min | Documentary

Here are many of the greatest hits, finest performances and rarities of more than 50 legends of comedy, from vaudeville to video. Each major talent is showcased in their own segment. ... See full summary »

Stars: Bud Abbott, Gracie Allen, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Lucille Ball

45. When the Applause Died (1990 Video)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

Hollywood's glittering stars and starlets have always been the envy of the movie-going public. With their fame, wealth and lush lifestyles, they epitomize the "good life" we find so ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Bougas | Stars: Paul Durris, Beverly Aadland, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, John Belushi

Votes: 30

46. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

R | 155 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Votes: 211,069 | Gross: $11.99M

47. The Great Stone Face (1968)

93 min | Documentary

5.7