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Last updated September 26, 2022

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Man with a Movie Camera

1929 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

This landmark silent film highlights the buzz of everyday city life (shops, traffic, children, coal miners, nature) as seen through the eyes of a roving cameraman. Filmic devices are used to comment on life, Marxism and modernity in the Soviet Union.
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Metropolis Restored

1927 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

In the year 2026, when the populace is divided between workers who must live underground and the wealthy, who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor, a man from the upper class abandons his privileged life to join oppressed workers in a revolt.
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Sherlock Jr.

1924 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

From comedy icon Buster Keaton comes this masterwork about a hapless projectionist whose sweetheart is pursued by an unscrupulous rival. After being falsely accused of theft, Buster dreams himself into an exciting detective movie and cracks the case.
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The Artist

2011 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Winner of five Oscars, this artful black-and-white silent film follows the romance between a silent-era superstar on a downward spiral and a rising young starlet who embraces the future of cinema at the dawn of the "talkies."
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Charlie Chaplin Collection: Shorts

1914 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Silent-film legend Charlie Chaplin dishes out long laughs in this collection of comedic shorts that finds the mischievous Tramp portraying a waiter, a drunk and a man mistakenly accused of shoplifting, among many other characters.
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Charlie Chaplin Collection

1914 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Silent-film legend Charlie Chaplin dishes out long laughs in this collection of comedic shorts that finds the mischievous Tramp portraying a waiter, a drunk and a man mistakenly accused of shoplifting, among many other characters.
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Steamboat Bill, Jr.

1928 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

A young dandy gets caught in the midst of a feud between his father, Steamboat Bill Sr., and rival riverboat proprietor J.J. King. As Bill Sr. goes about toughening up his foppish son, Junior is busy falling for King's daughter.
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Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis

1984 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Oscar-winning composer Giorgio Moroder's labor of love restores Fritz Lang's silent sci-fi classic and adds songs by the biggest names in 1980s pop. Color tinting and sound effects also enhance the film, which incorporates long-lost footage.
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

1920 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

In this silent classic, an inmate in an insane asylum explains to his psychiatrist how he came to the institution, telling the shrink the story of the evil hypnotist Caligari and his unwitting pawn, the sleepwalker Cesare.
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Seven Chances

1925 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

This silent classic stars Buster Keaton as a young man who stands to inherit $7 million -- if he can find a wife by his 27th birthday. When appeals to the longtime object of his affection fail, a news story brings out hundreds of potential brides.
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1926 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

German director F.W. Murnau cast the inimitable Emil Jannings as Mephisto, to whom the aging Faust sells his soul for renewed youth, wealth and power. Channeling Goethe, Murnau creates a phantasmagoric vision of the struggle between good and evil.
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Our Hospitality

1923 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Legendary funnyman Buster Keaton stars in this wild and woolly comedy as Willie McKay, a Yankee traveling in the antebellum South who unwittingly finds himself on the business end of a blood feud being waged by his would-be sweetheart's clan.
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The Battleship Potemkin

1925 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Director Sergei M. Eisenstein's cinematic landmark charts the events that led to the Bolshevik Revolution. The rebellion of a battleship crew ignites a citizens' uprising, resulting in czarist troops' infamous slaughter of insurgents and bystanders.
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Nosferatu: Original Version

1929 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Max Schreck sports grotesque makeup in the scariest Dracula adaptation ever. The chilling tale kicks off when a real estate agent begins conducting business with Count Orlok, who goes on a rampage when he becomes obsessed with the man's comely wife.
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It Poster


1927 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

This silent comedy stars Clara Bow as Betty Lou Spence, a spirited department store clerk who sets her cap for her handsome boss. But complications ensue when Betty steps in to help her roommate, an unwed mother being harassed by social workers.
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

1923 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Publicly lashed for trying to abduct the lovely Esmeralda, grotesque bell ringer Quasimodo comes to love the gypsy girl after she takes pity on him. When Esmeralda is later unjustly sentenced to death, Quasimodo rushes to her rescue.
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The General

1926 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Rejected by the Confederate Army, Johnnie Gray sets out to single-handedly win the war with his cherished locomotive in this classic silent film. When Northern spies steal his train, the intrepid Johnnie takes on the entire Union army to get it back.
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The Phantom of the Opera

1925 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

A grotesquely disfigured composer known as the "Phantom" (Lon Chaney) haunts Paris' opera house, where he's secretly grooming Christine Daae (Mary Philbin) to be an opera diva. Luring her to his underground lair, the Phantom declares his love. But Christine loves Raoul de Chagny and plans to elope with him after her next performance. When the Phantom finds out, he abducts Christine, incurring the wrath of Raoul -- and a horde of rabid Parisians.
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Go West

1925 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Having no luck in the city, a downtrodden chap known as Friendless heads west. His odyssey takes him to a ranch, where he builds a relationship with a neglected cow dubbed Brown Eyes. But he learns she's on the way to a Los Angeles slaughterhouse.
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Three Ages

1923 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Using a trio of story lines and a common theme -- the timelessness of courtship -- Buster Keaton hilariously skewers romance as he portrays a hapless suitor who vies for the girl against a stronger rival in three historic eras.
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1925 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

The suicide of a worker unjustly accused of theft prompts the laborers working at a Moscow factory to call a strike. The managers, the owner and the Czarist government dispatch infiltrators in an attempt to break the workers' unity.
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The Thief of Bagdad

1924 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

A devil-may-care thief in Bagdad falls for a beautiful princess. In order to win her love and best his rival, he performs astonishing feats of daring in the Valley of Fire, Valley of the Monsters and Cavern of the Enchanted Trees.
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Broken Blossoms

1919 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

Cheng Huan migrates to England hoping to sow the seeds of Buddhism's pacifist canons. Instead, he ends up as an opium addict in London's seedy Limehouse district. There, he rescues an abused waif, and romance blooms as he nurses her back to health.
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Intolerance Poster


1916 | NR | 3.2 out of 5 Stars

In D.W. Griffith's monumental epic, four stories spanning two millennia illustrate how intolerance has played a pernicious role in such historic events as Christ's crucifixion and the fall of Babylon.
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1924 | NR | 3.2 out of 5 Stars

The first film in Fritz Lang's two-part Die Nibelungen series recounts the story of legendary Norse hero Siegfried, who embarks on a quest to win the hand of Kriemhild, the princess of Burgundy, and has a life-changing run-in with a dragon.
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