A Decade of Films: Top Ten of the 1920s and Earlier

My favorite films released from the beginning of film through 1929. Suggestions for films to fill out the list are welcome and appreciated!

  • Nosferatu


  • Metropolis


  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.


  • The Phantom of the Opera


  • The Golem: How He Came Into the World


  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


  • The General



  • The earliest film I have with a like on this website is The Cameraman's Revenge. It's a short film (not sure if you are only looking for feature length recommendations) but it's really inventive and pretty funny as well.

    It's here if you've got thirteen minutes.


  • A selection of great films from this era:

    - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - My favourite silent film (and one of my favourite films of all time)
    - F. W. Murnau's Faust - such a beautiful film, and better than his more famous (but still excellent) Nosferatu, in my opinion.
    - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    - Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
    - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    - The Man Who Laughs
    - Metropolis
    - The Phantom Carriage

  • Thanks, Dan and bizarre_eye!

    I've seen bits and pieces of many of the above in film classes etc., but need to devote some time to them in their enirety.

  • Dr Caligari, of course! That's crazy. Birth of a Nation, Man With a Movie Camera and Battleship Potemkin are very significant to the time as well.

  • You have to go with some Buster Keaton. Sherlock Jr. is on Netflix, I just re-watched it and it is perfection. 1924.

    Seconding Dr. Caligari, Metropolis, Man with a Movie Camera.

  • Thanks for the recommendations, Julie. It looks like "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and "Metropolis" are available on the 'flix too.

  • Finally able to add "Metropolis" and "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari."

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