TOP 10 FILMS: 1920-29

In order of preference:


  1. The Golem (Carl Boese, Paul Wegener)
  2. The Mark of Zorro (Fred Niblo)
  3. Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene)
  4. Last of the Mohicans (Maurice Tourneur, Clarence Brown)
  5. Way Down East (D.W. Griffith)
  6. The Penalty (Wallace Worsley)
  7. Neighbors (Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton)
  8. The Scarecrow (Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton)
  9. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (John S. Robertson)
  10. The Spiders, Part 2: The Diamond Ship (Fritz Lang)


  1. Orphans of the Storm (D.W. Griffith)
  2. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Rex Ingram)
  3. The Kid (Charles Chaplin)
  4. Ace of Hearts (Wallace Worsley)
  5. The Sheik (George Melford)
  6. Never Weaken (Fred C. Newmeyer)
  7. The Adventures of Tarzan (Robert F. Hill, Scott Sidney)
  8. The Haunted House (Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton)
  9. A Sailor-Made Man (Fred C. Newmeyer)


  1. Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (F.W. Murnau)
  2. Robin Hood (Allan Dawn)
  3. Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (Benjamin Christensen)
  4. Nanook of the North (Robert J. Flaherty)
  5. Grandma’s Boy (Fred C. Newmeyer)
  6. Dr. Mabuse: King of Crime (Fritz Lang)
  7. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (Fritz Lang)
  8. Sherlock Holmes (Albert Parker)
  9. Beyond the Rocks (Sam Wood)
  10. Oliver Twist (Frank Lloyd)


  1. Safety Last! (Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor)
  2. Hunchback of Notre Dame (Wallace Worsley)
  3. Our Hospitality (John G. Blystone, Buster Keaton)
  4. The Pilgrim (Charles Chaplin)
  5. Scaramouche (Rex Ingram)
  6. The Ten Commandments (Cecil B. DeMille)
  7. The Balloonatic (Edward F. Cline and Buster Keaton)
  8. Three Ages (Edward F. Cline and Buster Keaton)
  9. Woman of Paris (Charles Chaplin)
  10. Alice’s Wonderland (Walt Disney)


  1. The Last Laugh (F.W. Murnau)
  2. Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton)
  3. The Thief of Bagdad (Raoul Walsh)
  4. He Who Gets Slapped (Victor Snowstorm)
  5. Greed (Erich von Stroheim)
  6. The Navigator (Donald Crisp, Buster Keaton)
  7. The Hands of Orlac (Robert Wiene)
  8. Girl Shy (Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor)
  9. Waxworks (Leo Birinsky, Paul Leni)
  10. Michael (Carl Theodor Dreyer)


  1. The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin)
  2. Seven Chances (Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton)
  3. The Freshman (Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor)
  4. The Big Parade (King Vidor)
  5. The Phantom of the Opera (Rupert Julian)
  6. Battleship Potemkin (Sergei M. Eisenstein)
  7. Clash of the Wolves (Noel M. Smith)
  8. The Unholy Three (Tod Browning)
  9. Lazybones (Frank Borzage)
  10. The Pleasure Garden (Alfred Hitchcock)


  1. The Black Pirate (Albert Parker)
  2. Faust (F.W. Murnau)
  3. La Bohème (King Vidor)
  4. The Scarlet Letter (Victor Sjöström)
  5. The General (Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton)
  6. Flesh and The Devil (Clarence Brown)
  7. Battling Butler (Buster Keaton)
  8. Torrent (Monta Bell)
  9. Mother (Vsevolod Pudovkin)
  10. Sparrows (William Beaudine, Tom McNamara)


  1. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F.W. Murnau)
  2. The Unknown (Tod Browning)
  3. Metropolis (Fritz Lang)
  4. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harry A. Pollard)
  6. The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (Ernst Lubitsch, John M. Stahl)
  7. Napoleon (Abel Gance)
  8. My Best Girl (Sam Taylor)
  9. Wings (William Wellman)
  10. 7th Heaven (Frank Borzage)


  1. The Crowd (King Vidor)
  2. The Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  3. The Cameraman (Buster Keaton, Edward Sedgwick)
  4. Steamboat Bill Jr. (Buster Keaton, Charles Reisner)
  5. The Last Command (Josef von Sternberg)
  6. The Wind (Victor Sjöström)
  7. The Circus (Charles Chaplin)
  8. Laugh Clown Laugh (Herbert Brenon)
  9. West of Zanzibar (Tod Browning)
  10. Speedy (Ted Wilde)


  1. Piccadilly (Ewald André Dupont)
  2. Lucky Star (Frank Borzage)
  3. Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. The Love Parade (Ernst Lubitsch)
  5. Hallelujah (King Vidor)
  6. Hell’s Heroes (William Wyler)
  7. The Divine Lady (Frank Lloyd)
  8. Un Chien Andalou (Luis Buñuel)
  9. Pandora’s Box (G. W. Pabst)
  10. Diary of a Lost Girl (G. W. Pabst)

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