Top Ten Films of the Silent Era (Ranked)

1. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 1927. Dir. F.W. Murnau. With George O'Brien A+
2. Nanook of the North 1922. Dir. Robert Flaherty. Documentary about an Inuit family A+
3. The Battleship Potemkin 1925. Dir. Sergei Eisenstein. With Alexander Antonov A
4. Metropolis 1927. Dir. Fritz Lang. With Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel A
5. Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror 1922. Dir. F.W. Murnau. With Max Schreck A
6. The Gold Rush 1925. Dir. Charlie Chaplin. With Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain A
7. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1920. Dir. Robert Wiene. With Werner Krauss A
8. The Joyless Street 1925. Dir. G.W. Pabst. With Greta Garbo, Asta Nielsen A
9. Intolerance 1916. Dir. D.W. Griffith. With Constance Talmadge, Robert Harron A–
10. 7th Heaven 1927. Dir. Frank Borzage. With Charles Farrell, Janet Gaynor A–

Top Shorts of the Silent Era (Chronological)

– . A Trip to the Moon 1902. Dir. Georges Méliès. With Henri Delannoy, Brunnet, Farjaut
– . The Great Train Robbery 1903. Dir. Edwin S. Porter. With Broncho Billy Anderson
– . The Life of an American Fireman 1903. Dir. Edwin S. Porter. With Arthur White
– . The Lonedale Operator 1911. Dir. D.W. Griffith. With Blanche Sweet, Francis J. Grandon
– . The Immigrant 1917. Dir. Charlie Chaplin. With Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance
– . The Smiling Madame Beudet 1922. Dir. Germaine Dulac. With Germaine Dermoz
– . Entr'acte 1924. Dir. René Clair. With Jean Börlin, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia

Reviews from the Silent Era
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   7th Heaven 1927. Dir. Frank Borzage. With Charles Farrell, Janet Gaynor, David Butler A–
   Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness 1927. Dirs. Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack B+
©   Corner in Wheat Dir. D.W. Griffith. With Frank Powell, James Kirkwood, Linda Arvidson A–
©   The Country Doctor Dir. D.W. Griffith. With Frank Powell, Florence Lawrence, Gladys Egan B
   Dickson Experimental Sound Film 1895. Dir. William K.L. Dickson N/A
   The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots 1895. Dirs. Alfred Clark and William Heise N/A
©   The House of Cards Dir. Edwin S. Porter. With Marc McDermott, Herbert Prior, Mary Fuller C–
©   Nero, or The Fall of Rome Dir. Luigi Maggi. With Albert Capozzi, Lydia De Roberti B+
©   Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy Dir. J. Stuart Blackton. With Paul Panzer C+
©   The Sealed Room Dir. D.W. Griffith. With Arthur V. Johnson, Marion Leonard D+
©   Those Awful Hats Dir. D.W. Griffith. With Mack Sennett, Flora Finch, Robert Harron B
©   Within Our Gates 1919. Dir. Oscar Micheaux. With Evelyn Preer, Charles D. Lucas A–

More Grades from the Silent Era
Unreviewed titles I have seen recently enough to grade
 
      The Birth of a Nation 1915. Dir. D.W. Griffith. With Lillian Gish, Henry B. Walthall B+
      Broken Blossoms 1919. Dir. D.W. Griffith. With Richard Barthelmess, Lillian Gish A–
      Destiny (Der Müde Tod) 1921. Dir. Fritz Lang. With Lil Dagover, Bernard Goetze B+
      Different from the Others 1919. Dir. Richard Oswald. With Conrad Veidt, Fritz Schulz B
      A Florida Enchantment 1914. Dir. Sidney Drew. With Edith Storey, Lillian Burns B+
      From the Manger to the Cross 1912. Dir. Sidney Olcott. With Robert Henderson-Bland B
      The Jazz Singer 1927. Dir. Alan Crosland. With Al Jolson, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer B
      The Last Laugh 1924. Dir. F.W. Murnau. With Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Georg John A–
      The Merry Jail 1917. Dir. Ernst Lubitsch. With Kitty Dewall, Harry Liedtke, Agda Nielson A–
      Secrets of a Soul 1926. Dir. G.W. Pabst. With Werner Krauss, Ruth Weyher, Pawel Pawloff B+
      The Sheik 1921. Dir. George Melford. With Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres B
      True Heart Susie 1919. Dir. D.W. Griffith. With Lillian Gish, Robert Harron B+
      Wings Dir. William Wellman. With Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Richard Arlen, Clara Bow A–
 

Also from the Silent Era
The memories are fading, but they're somewhere in my brain
 
      Greed Dir. Erich von Stroheim. With Gibson Gowland, Zasu Pitts, Jean Hersholt
      Sherlock, Jr. Dir. Buster Keaton. With Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Ward Crane

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