10 Silent Films Worth Watching!

Jeremy Urquhart at Collider came up with a list of The 10 Best Silent Films Worth Watching If You’ve Never Seen a Silent Film Before.  Urquhart’s list is a good one and it got me thinking about the ten films I’d suggest.  So before you click over to his post, here’s a chart comparing our lists…



‘Metropolis’ (1927)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920): Dr. Caligari awakens Cesare from his death-like sleep to go out and murder. Has a great twist ending! nambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.

‘Häxan’ (1922)

The Kid (1921): A Chaplin masterpiece featuring a young Jackie Coogan.

‘Die Nibelungen: Siegfried’ (1924)

The Phantom Carriage (1921): On New Year’s Eve, three drunks discuss a legend that the last to die each a year, if a great sinner, must become the driver of the Phantom Chariot, which travels the world to retreive the souls of the dead. One of the drunkards dies at the stroke of midnight and the Chariot comes for him!

‘Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild’s Revenge’ (1924)

Payday (1922): Charlie Chaplin is a bricklayer who has a rough day and night despite it being payday!

‘Faust’ (1926)

Body and Soul (1925): Oscar Micheaux’s classic starring Paul Robeson as an evil Preacher.

‘The General’ (1926)

The Unknown (1927): Tod Browning cowrote and directed Lon Chaney and a young Joan Crawford in an underrated classic. A creepy film filled with twists.

‘Un Chien Andalou’ (1929)

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928): Buster Keaton plays a young man who hasn’t seen his father since he was a child. His dad is a rough riverboat owner while Buster is a soft city-boy. Let the good times roll!

‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’ (1926)

West of Zanzibar (1928): Tod Browning directs Lon Chaney and Lionel Barrymoore in a drama with a shocking twist!

‘City Lights’ (1931)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925): The original Lon Chaney classic that still amazes audiences!

‘Modern Times’ (1936)

The Unholy Three (1925): Tod Browning directs Lon Chaney. Three sideshow performers (a ventriloquist, a midget and a strongman) leave the circus and team up to for a series of robberies.