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1. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working-class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 166,701 | Gross: $1.24M

2. Intolerance (1916)

Passed | 197 min | Drama, History

99 Metascore

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, F.A. Turner

Votes: 14,951 | Gross: $2.18M

3. Hollywood (1923)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy

Angela comes to Hollywood with only two things: Her dream to become a movie star, and Grandpa. She leaves an Aunt, a brother, Grandma, and her longtime boyfriend back in Centerville. ... See full summary »

Director: James Cruze | Stars: Hope Drown, Luke Cosgrave, George K. Arthur, Ruby Lafayette

Votes: 72 | Gross: $0.31M

4. Modern Times (1936)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford

Votes: 228,620 | Gross: $0.16M

5. Scarface (1932)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

An ambitious and nearly insane violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson | Stars: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins

Votes: 26,765

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: 3,250 | Gross: $9.20M

7. 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: 2,167 | Gross: $5.36M

8. The Sheik (1921)

Passed | 86 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A charming Arabian sheik becomes infatuated with an adventurous, modern-thinking Englishwoman and abducts her to his home in the Saharan desert.

Director: George Melford | Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Ruth Miller, George Waggner

Votes: 3,312

9. The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed.

Director: Fred Niblo | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, Robert McKim, Noah Beery

Votes: 2,410

10. The Hands of Orlac (1924)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Strassny, Paul Askonas

Votes: 2,747

11. The Golem (1915)

60 min | Horror

In this version of the golem legend, the golem, a clay statue brought to life by Rabbi Loew in 16th century Prague to save the Jews from the ongoing brutal persecution by the city's rulers,... See full summary »

Directors: Paul Wegener, Henrik Galeen | Stars: Paul Wegener, Henrik Galeen, Lyda Salmonova, Rudolf Blümner

Votes: 1,135

12. The Golem and the Dancing Girl (1917)

Horror, Comedy

As a practical joke, an actor impersonates the screen monster he made famous. Complications ensue.

Directors: Paul Wegener, Rochus Gliese | Stars: Paul Wegener, Lyda Salmonova, Rochus Gliese, Wilhelm Diegelmann

Votes: 51

13. Waxworks (1924)

Not Rated | 107 min | Fantasy, Horror

A wax museum hires a writer to give the sculptures stories. The writer imagines himself and the museum owner's daughter in the stories.

Directors: Leo Birinsky, Paul Leni | Stars: Emil Jannings, Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss, William Dieterle

Votes: 1,987

14. Faust (1926)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

Votes: 14,649

15. Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 68,259

16. The Lonely Villa (1909)

8 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A gang of thieves lure a man out of his home so that they can rob it and threaten his wife and children. The family barricade themselves in an interior room, but the criminals are ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: David Miles, Marion Leonard, Mary Pickford, Gladys Egan

Votes: 916

17. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)

Not Rated | 7 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

The fiend faces the spectacular mind-bending consequences of his free-wheeling rarebit binge.

Directors: Wallace McCutcheon, Edwin S. Porter | Star: Jack Brawn

Votes: 1,812

18. A Photographic Contortion (1901)

1 min | Comedy, Short

A man, objecting to being filmed, comes closer and closer to the camera lens until his mouth is all we see. Then he opens wide and swallows camera and cinematographer. He steps back, chews, and grins.

Director: James Williamson | Star: Sam Dalton

Votes: 1,750

19. The Man with the Rubber Head (1901)

3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,748

20. The Kingdom of the Fairies (1903)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

In this spectacular free adaptation of the popular theatre play "La Biche au Bois", the valiant Prince Bel-Azor pursues a baleful old witch to her impregnable castle, to save the beautiful young Princess Azurine.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Marguerite Thévenard, Bleuette Bernon, André Deed

Votes: 1,446

21. The Devilish Tenant (1909)

6 min | Short, Comedy

A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Charles Claudel, Octavie Huvier, François Lallement, André Méliès

Votes: 1,775

22. The Black Imp (1905)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,028

23. The Bewitched Inn (1897)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

At a solitary cheap inn, a distant traveller overcome with fatigue has a close encounter with the supernatural.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,016

24. A Terrible Night (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

A man tries to get a good night's sleep, but is disturbed by a giant spider that leaps onto his bed, and a battle ensues in hilarious comic fashion.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,267

25. The Devil's Castle (1897)

3 min | Short, Horror

Released under different titles in France--and not surprisingly, often confused with its analogous 1896 movie, "Le Manoir du Diable (1896)"--Georges Méliès' Haunted Castle is considered, by all means, a remake.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,093

26. The Infernal Cauldron (1903)

2 min | Short, Horror

Two demons throw helpless captives into a boiling cauldron, and then try to summon forth their spirits.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,493

27. The 400 Tricks of the Devil (1906)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Two travelers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventually experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,113

28. The Monster (1903)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Against a moonlit Egyptian backdrop duly encompassing the Sphinx, a narrator explains how a prince hires a mystic to bring back his beloved late wife.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,157

29. The Damnation of Faust (1903)

6 min | Short, Fantasy

Scenes. 1. The Route to the Depths of Perdition (a Dazzingly Sensational New Effect.) 2. The Fantastical Ride. 3. The Gloomy Pass. 4. The Stream. 5. The Entrance to the Lower Regions. 6. ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 363

30. Toodles, Tom and Trouble (1915)

10 min | Short, Comedy

Tom is asked to look after Baby Toodles while his wife and her friends go shopping. But a dog runs off with the baby -- or so Tom believes.

Stars: Baby Marie Gereghty, Colin Campbell, Trouble Lady the Dog

Votes: 29

31. Sporting Life (1925)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Sport

A young British nobleman, impoverished and desperate, clings to the hope that either a prizefighter or a racehorse in which he holds interests can save his fortunes.

Director: Maurice Tourneur | Stars: Bert Lytell, Marian Nixon, Paulette Duval, Cyril Chadwick

Votes: 17

32. The Wanderer (1925)

90 min | Drama

It's the story of a biblical-era country boy, Jether, who goes off to an unnamed city and gets pulled into the high-life with Tisha, played by Greta Nissen (in maybe her first Hollywood appearance). She's protected by the crooked Tola.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Greta Nissen, William Collier Jr., Ernest Torrence, Wallace Beery

Votes: 33 | Gross: $0.26M

33. Don Juan (1926)

Passed | 110 min | Adventure, Romance

In 16th Century Italy, devil-may-care playboy Don Juan runs afoul of the despotic Borgias.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Jane Winton, John Roche, Warner Oland, Estelle Taylor

Votes: 807 | Gross: $1.92M

34. The Water Nymph (1912)

Not Rated | 8 min | Comedy, Short

Mabel and her sweetheart go to the beach and play a trick on the boyfriend's father.

Director: Mack Sennett | Stars: Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling, Gus Pixley

Votes: 229

35. Wrestling Swordfish (1931)

8 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

Add a Plot

Votes: 27

36. Sally of the Sawdust (1925)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy

Judge Foster throws his daughter out because she married a circus man. She leaves her baby girl with Prof. McGargle before she dies. Years later Sally is a dancer with whom Peyton, a son of... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Carol Dempster, W.C. Fields, Alfred Lunt, Erville Alderson

Votes: 536 | Gross: $0.30M

37. The Old Fashioned Way (1934)

Passed | 71 min | Comedy

The Great McGonigle and his troupe of third-rate vaudevillians manage to stay one step ahead of the bill collectors and the sheriff.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: W.C. Fields, Joe Morrison, Baby LeRoy, Judith Allen

Votes: 945

38. Alice in Wonderland (1933)

Passed | 76 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

54 Metascore

In Victorian England a bored young girl dreams that she has entered a fantasy world called Wonderland populated by even more fantastic characters.

Directors: Norman Z. McLeod, Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising | Stars: Richard Arlen, Roscoe Ates, William Austin, Gary Cooper

Votes: 2,110

39. You're Telling Me! (1934)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy

A hard-drinking, socially-awkward inventor wrecks his daughter's chances of marriage into a rich family and bungles his own chances of success by selling one of his more practical inventions.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: W.C. Fields, Joan Marsh, Buster Crabbe, Adrienne Ames

Votes: 1,007

40. It's a Gift (1934)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy

A henpecked New Jersey grocer makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: W.C. Fields, Kathleen Howard, Jean Rouverol, Julian Madison

Votes: 5,198

41. You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy

The owner of a debt-ridden circus contends with pursuant bill collectors and sheriffs and his beloved daughter's relationships with one of his performers and a stuffy but wealthy young man.

Directors: George Marshall, Edward F. Cline | Stars: W.C. Fields, Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson

Votes: 1,652

42. My Little Chickadee (1940)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Western

After a scandal runs a gold-digger out of town, she meets a con artist and becomes embroiled in a string of petty deceits.

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Mae West, W.C. Fields, Joseph Calleia, Dick Foran

Votes: 2,762

43. Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)

Passed | 71 min | Comedy, Musical

A filmmaker attempts to sell a surreal script he has written, which comes to life as he pitches it.

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: W.C. Fields, Gloria Jean, Leon Errol, Billy Lenhart

Votes: 2,296

44. The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A young Spanish aristocrat must masquerade as a fop in order to maintain his secret identity of Zorro as he restores justice to early California.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard

Votes: 9,792 | Gross: $4.36M

45. That Royle Girl (1925)

Passed | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

Joan Royle, beautiful but naive model who came from the slums, falls for Fred Ketlar, the leader of a dance band. When Fred's estranged wife Adele is murdered, Fred is arrested and ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Carol Dempster, W.C. Fields, James Kirkwood, Harrison Ford

Votes: 28

46. The Bank Dick (1940)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy