TOP FILMS IN SILENT ERA & 1920s (estimated)

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1. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.

Directors: Fred Niblo, Charles Brabin, Christy Cabanne, J.J. Cohn, Rex Ingram | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson

Votes: 6,959 | Gross: $12.45M

2. The Big Parade (1925)

Not Rated | 151 min | Drama, Romance, War

A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War.

Directors: King Vidor, George W. Hill | Stars: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth, Claire McDowell

Votes: 5,938 | Gross: $11.00M

3. The Singing Fool (1928)

105 min | Musical, Drama

A singing waiter and composer (Al Jolson) loves two women (Betty Bronson, Josephine Dunn), conquers Broadway and holds his dying son, singing "Sonny Boy."

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Al Jolson, Betty Bronson, Josephine Dunn, Arthur Housman

Votes: 200 | Gross: $10.90M

4. 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: 21,320 | Gross: $10.00M

5. Napoleon (1927)

240 min | Biography, Drama, History

A film about the French general's youth and early military career.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële, Alexandre Koubitzky

Votes: 6,523

6. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Passed | 150 min | Drama, Romance, War

An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I.

Director: Rex Ingram | Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Alice Terry, Pomeroy Cannon, Josef Swickard

Votes: 2,999 | Gross: $9.20M

7. Something to Think About (1920)

78 min | Drama

Wealthy cripple Markley finances the education of blacksmith's daughter Ruth. When she returns to their small town he asks to marry her, but she runs off with city worker Jim Dirk who is ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Elliott Dexter, Gloria Swanson, Monte Blue, Theodore Roberts

Votes: 568 | Gross: $9.16M

8. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)

Passed | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A French professor and his daughter accompany Captain Nemo on an adventure aboard a submarine.

Director: Stuart Paton | Stars: Allen Holubar, Dan Hanlon, Edna Pendleton, Curtis Benton

Votes: 1,467 | Gross: $8.00M

9. Mickey (1918)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

Mickey, an orphan who has been brought up in a mining settlement, is sent to New York to live with her aunt.

Directors: F. Richard Jones, James Young | Stars: Mabel Normand, George Nichols, Laura La Varnie, Lew Cody

Votes: 1,053 | Gross: $17.20M

10. The Covered Wagon (1923)

98 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

Two wagon caravans converge at what is now Kansas City, and combine for the westward push to Oregon. On their quest the pilgrims will experience desert heat, mountain snow, hunger, and ... See full summary »

Director: James Cruze | Stars: J. Warren Kerrigan, Lois Wilson, Alan Hale, Ernest Torrence

Votes: 485 | Gross: $7.63M

11. The Jazz Singer (1927)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Music, Musical

66 Metascore

The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer

Votes: 8,510 | Gross: $7.63M

12. The Kid (1921)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Carl Miller

Votes: 104,604 | Gross: $5.45M

13. The Gold Rush (1925)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman

Votes: 93,939 | Gross: $5.45M

14. Way Down East (1920)

Passed | 145 min | Drama, Romance

A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Mrs. David Landau, Lowell Sherman

Votes: 4,810 | Gross: $4.50M

15. The Ten Commandments (1923)

Passed | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

After hearing the story of Moses, the sons of a devout Christian mother go their own ways, while the atheist brother's breaking of the Ten Commandments leads to tragedy.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Theodore Roberts, Charles de Rochefort, Estelle Taylor, Julia Faye

Votes: 1,817 | Gross: $5.36M

16. The Million Dollar Mystery (1914)

Adventure, Mystery

This twenty-three episode serial told the story of a secret society called The Black Hundred and its attempts to gain control of a lost million dollars.

Director: Howell Hansel | Stars: Florence La Badie, Marguerite Snow, James Cruze, Frank Farrington

Votes: 20 | Gross: $3.27M

17. Welcome Danger (1929)

Passed | 113 min | Comedy

Harold Bledsoe, a botany student, is called back home to San Francisco, where his late father had been police chief, to help investigate a crime wave in Chinatown.

Directors: Clyde Bruckman, Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Barbara Kent, Noah Young, Charles Middleton

Votes: 661 | Gross: $3.10M

18. His People (1925)

Passed | 93 min | Drama, Romance

The two sons of a poor Russian-Jewish pushcart peddler on New York's Lower East Side are causing their father grief. As Morris and Sammy stray from traditions cherished by their parents, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Sloman | Stars: Rudolph Schildkraut, Rosa Rosanova, Robert Gordon, George J. Lewis

Votes: 20 | Gross: $3.00M

19. Sunnyside Up (1929)

121 min | Comedy, Musical

Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Marjorie White, El Brendel

Votes: 347

20. The Miracle Man (1919)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

A gang of crooks evade the police by moving their operations to a small town. There the gang's leader encounters a faith healer and uses him to scam gullible public of funds for a supposed ... See full summary »

Director: George Loane Tucker | Stars: Lon Chaney, Betty Compson, Joseph J. Dowling, J.M. Dumont

Votes: 146 | Gross: $3.00M

21. Over the Hill to the Poorhouse (1920)

Passed | 110 min | Drama, Crime

The mother of a large family is abandoned by her children and faces consignment to the poorhouse. But one of her offspring, the one no one had faith in, returns to rescue her.

Director: Harry F. Millarde | Stars: Mary Carr, James Sheridan, Noel Tearle, William Welsh

Votes: 7 | Gross: $3.00M

22. Aloma of the South Seas (1926)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

Young South Seas native boy is sent to the U.S. for his education, returns to his island after his father dies to try to stop a revolution.

Director: Maurice Tourneur | Stars: Gilda Gray, Percy Marmont, Warner Baxter, William Powell

Votes: 10 | Gross: $6.54M

23. The Broadway Melody (1929)

Passed | 100 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King, The Angeles Twins

Votes: 6,107 | Gross: $6.12M

24. Robin Hood (1922)

Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Romance

A nobleman becomes the vigilante Robin Hood who protects the oppressed English people from the tyrannical Prince John.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Wallace Beery, Sam De Grasse, Enid Bennett, Paul Dickey

Votes: 1,929 | Gross: $5.45M

25. The Road to Ruin (1928)

60 min | Drama

A controversial, low-budget drama about the life of a young teenage girl that goes on the "road to ruin." Sally is a 16-year-old New York City teen who, neglected by her parents, takes up ... See full summary »

Director: Norton S. Parker | Stars: Helen Foster, Grant Withers, Florence Turner, Charles Miller

Votes: 35 | Gross: $2.50M

26. Oliver Twist (I) (1922)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Jackie Coogan, James A. Marcus, Aggie Herring, Lewis Sargent

Votes: 687 | Gross: $4.36M

27. What Price Glory (1926)

116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

U.S. Marine sergeants Quirt and Flagg are inveterate romantic rivals on peacetime assignments in China and the Philippines. In 1917, W.W. I brings them to France, where Flagg, now a captain... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe, Dolores del Rio, William V. Mong

Votes: 343 | Gross: $0.70M



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