Silents from the Sound Era

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Silent Films from the Sound Era (post 1929), and a few no-dialogue films,

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1. Earth (1930)

Unrated | 75 min | Drama

In the peaceful countryside, Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming.

Director: Aleksandr Dovzhenko | Stars: Stepan Shkurat, Semyon Svashenko, Yuliya Solntseva, Yelena Maksimova

Votes: 4,364

2. City Girl (1930)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Romance

A Chicago waitress falls in love with a Minnesota farmer, and decides to face a life in the country.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Charles Farrell, Mary Duncan, David Torrence, Edith Murgatroyd

Votes: 2,615

3. Borderline (1930)

Not Rated | 63 min | Drama

A negro woman having an adulterous affair with a white man causes his wife to go mad and re-enforces the towns-folk's prejudice against Negroes.

Director: Kenneth MacPherson | Stars: Paul Robeson, Eslanda Robeson, Hilda Doolittle, Gavin Arthur

Votes: 385

4. Vigathakumaran (1930)

Drama

Chandrakumar, son of a rich man in Trivandrum is kidnapped by the villain Bhoothanathan to Ceylon. The efforts of his parents to find him do not succeed and Chandrakumar is brought up as a ... See full summary »

Director: J.C. Daniel | Stars: J.C. Daniel, Johnson, Rosy, Raj Sunder

Votes: 72

5. The Silent Enemy (1930)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

A documentary about the life of Indians in Northern Canada.

Director: H.P. Carver | Stars: Chief Yellow Robe, Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, Chief Akawanush, Mary Alice Nelson Archambaud

Votes: 167

6. Tarakanova (1930)

90 min | Drama

Emperess Catherine II wants to get rid of Princess Elisabeth Tarakanova who is to replace her on the throne of Russia. She asks Prince Orloff to travel to Venice so he can seduce Elisabeth ... See full summary »

Director: Raymond Bernard | Stars: Édith Jéhanne, Paule Andral, Olaf Fjord, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 17

7. Lábios Sem beijos (1930)

53 min | Drama, Romance

Lelita, a rich young lady, is courted by Paulo, her cousin, but she has reason to believe he is also having na affair with Lelita's sister, which causes jealousy trouble, until all becomes clear and true love prevails.

Director: Humberto Mauro | Stars: Lelita Rosa, Paulo Morano, Didi Viana, Gina Cavalieri

Votes: 26

9. People on Sunday (1930)

Not Rated | 73 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two men and two women enjoy a pleasant Sunday at the beach amid the unending toil of the working week.

Directors: Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, Rochus Gliese, Curt Siodmak, Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Erwin Splettstößer, Brigitte Borchert, Wolfgang von Waltershausen, Christl Ehlers

Votes: 2,473

10. And Quiet Flows the Don (1930)

75 min | Drama

The first screen adaptation of an epic Russian novel about a village of Cossacks on the Don River, covering the First World War, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the subsequent Civil War ... See full summary »

Directors: Ivan Pravov, Olga Preobrazhenskaya, Mikhail Provor | Stars: Nikolay Podgorny, Andrei Abrikosov, Emma Tsesarskaya, Raisa Puzhnaya

Votes: 77

11. The Cursed Village (1930)

57 min | Drama

In an impoverished Castilian village live Juan, his wife Acacia, their son and Juan's blind father. The harsh weather conditions force the peasants to emigrate to a better land. Acacia goes... See full summary »

Director: Florián Rey | Stars: Carmen Viance, Pedro Larrañaga, Amelia Muñoz, Pilar Torres

Votes: 171

12. Maria do Mar (1930)

94 min | Drama, Romance

Falacha is the captain of a fishing boat of Nazaré who lost part of his men in a shipwreck. Among them was the husband of Aunt Aurélia, who holds Falacha responsible for this tragedy. A few... See full summary »

Director: José Leitão de Barros | Stars: Rosa María, Oliveira Martins, Adelina Abranches, Alves da Cunha

Votes: 63

13. That Night's Wife (1930)

65 min | Crime, Drama

A desperate man with a sick daughter decides to commit a robbery in order to help her. He begins to feel remorse though, which makes him question his decision.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Mitsuko Ichimura, Tokihiko Okada, Chishû Ryû, Tatsuo Saitô

Votes: 589

14. Prividenie, kotoroe ne vozvrashchaetsya (1930)

67 min | Drama

"The Ghost That Never Returns" is an outstanding Soviet film by Abram Room, the director of Bed and Sofa (1927). Released to little notice in 1930, it joins other very late silents to show ... See full summary »

Director: Abram Room | Stars: Boris Ferdinandov, A. Filippov, Karl Gurnyak, Dmitriy Kara-Dmitriev

Votes: 168

16. Au bonheur des dames (1930)

85 min | Drama, Romance

Denise, an orphaned girl, moves to Paris where she hopes to find work at her uncle's store. But the glamorous department store 'Aux Bonheur des Dames' across the street crunches all the little businesses around. She finds a position there.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Dita Parlo, Ginette Maddie, Andrée Brabant, Mireille Barsac

Votes: 365

17. Sangue mineiro (1930)

82 min | Drama

In the beginning of the Twentieth Century, in Belo Horizonte, the industrial Sampaio lives in a manor house with his stepdaughter Carmen, who has a sort of engagement with Roberto. ... See full summary »

Director: Humberto Mauro | Stars: Maury Bueno, Ernani de Paula, Pedro Fantol, Rosendo Franco

Votes: 57

19. Walk Cheerfully (1930)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A small-time hood wants to go straight for a good girl but finds that starting over isn't as simple as it sounds.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Minoru Takada, Hiroko Kawasaki, Satoko Date, Takeshi Sakamoto

Votes: 434

20. The White Devil (1930)

110 min | Drama

His son and mother in peril at the hands of his enemies, a banished Caucasian warrior is forced to make an alliance with the Russians.

Director: Alexandre Volkoff | Stars: Ivan Mozzhukhin, Lil Dagover, Betty Amann, Fritz Alberti

Votes: 63

21. Miss Europe (1930)

93 min | Drama

Lucienne, typist and gorgeous bathing beauty, decides to enter the 'Miss Europe' pageant sponsored by the French newspaper she works for. She finds her jealous lover Andre violently ... See full summary »

Director: Augusto Genina | Stars: Louise Brooks, Georges Charlia, Augusto Bandini, André Nicolle

Votes: 481

22. Salt for Svanetia (1930)

TV-14 | 55 min | Documentary

Story of distant mountainous region in Georgia that depicts folklore, lifestyle and daily routines of Svani people, focuses on the scarcity of salt in Svaneti region. Rich with documentary ... See full summary »

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov

Votes: 541

23. Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance, Adventure

On the South Pacific island of Bora Bora, a young couple's love is threatened when the tribal chief declares the girl a sacred virgin.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Anne Chevalier, Matahi, Hitu, Bill Bambridge

Votes: 4,484

24. Flunky, Work Hard! (1931)

29 min | Short, Comedy

The story of a poor insurance salesman who struggles to provide for his wife and family.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Shizue Akiyama, Seiichi Katô, Tomoko Naniwa, Tokio Seki

Votes: 367

25. Labor on the Douro River (1931)

20 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary that looks at the people working in the river Douro, around the city of Porto.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira

Votes: 600

26. Tao hua qi xue ji (1931)

TV-PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance

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Director: Wancang Bu | Stars: Lingyu Ruan, Yan Jin, Lili Zhou, Guilin Wang

Votes: 138

27. City Lights (1931)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

99 Metascore

With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

Votes: 150,751 | Gross: $0.02M

28. Limite (1931)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Romance

Three people sail aimlessly while remembering their past.

Director: Mario Peixoto | Stars: Olga Breno, Tatiana Rey, Raul Schnoor, Brutus Pedreira

Votes: 1,572

29. A Spray of Plum Blossoms (1931)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

Bai Le De and Hu Lun tung are military cadets. After graduating, Hu Lin Tung is appointed captain of Guangdong headquarters and goes away. Later, Bae Le De is also appointed to a post at ... See full summary »

Director: Wancang Bu | Stars: Lingyu Ruan, Cho-cho Lam, Cilong Wang, Yan Jin

Votes: 46

30. Nail in the Boot (1931)

53 min | Drama, War

Sympathetic portrayal of a soldier who inadvertently commits sabotage through his ineptitude on the battlefield.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Aleksandre Jaliashvili, Siko Palavandishvili, Akaki Khorava, Arkadi Khintibidze

Votes: 166

31. I Was Born, But... (1932)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

Two young brothers throw a tantrum when they discover that their father isn't the most important man in his workplace.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Hideo Sugawara

Votes: 4,369

32. Queen Kelly (1932)

Passed | 101 min | Drama

A convent girl is abducted and seduced by a prince before being sent off to a brothel in East Africa.

Directors: Erich von Stroheim, Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen, Sylvia Ashton

Votes: 2,964

33. No Blood Relation (1932)

79 min | Drama

An actress returns to Tokyo after a successful stint in Hollywood to reclaim - with the help of her gangster brother - the daughter she abandoned years before.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Yoshiko Okada, Shin'yô Nara, Yukiko Tsukuba, Toshiko Kojima

Votes: 275

34. Japanese Girls at the Harbor (1933)

72 min | Drama

Two schoolgirl friends drift apart when one of them falls for a handsome boy.

Director: Hiroshi Shimizu | Stars: Michiko Oikawa, Yukiko Inoue, Ureo Egawa, Ranko Sawa

Votes: 494

35. Passing Fancy (1933)

100 min | Drama

Two Tokyo co-workers come across a destitute young lady in search of a place to live.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Takeshi Sakamoto, Nobuko Fushimi, Den Ohinata, Chôko Iida

Votes: 1,152

36. Apart from You (1933)

64 min | Drama

Two Geisha with a connection to a young man deal with life's hardships.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Akio Isono, Sumiko Mizukubo, Reikichi Kawamura

Votes: 413

37. Taki no shiraito (1933)

110 min | Drama

The tragic tale of a woman who despite doing good where she can gets punished by society.

Directors: Kenji Mizoguchi, Takuaki Seiryô | Stars: Tokihiko Okada, Ichirô Sugai, Bontarô Miake, Kumeko Urabe

Votes: 317

39. Keisatsukan (1933)

121 min | Crime, Drama

Fatalistic silent film-noir cop drama.

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Eiji Nakano, Isamu Kosugi, Taisuke Matsumoto, Sôji Ubukata

Votes: 81

40. Dragnet Girl (1933)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A gangster tries to find redemption with the inadvertent help of an innocent shop girl and his jealous girlfriend will do anything to keep him.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Jôji Oka, Sumiko Mizukubo, Kôji Mitsui

Votes: 587

41. Woman of Tokyo (1933)

47 min | Drama

Ryoichi and Chikako are brother and sister. They live together. Chikako works during the day in an office and at night she prostitutes herself to fund her brother's studies at the ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Yoshiko Okada, Ureo Egawa, Kinuyo Tanaka, Shin'yô Nara

Votes: 705

42. The Goddess (1934)

TV-PG | 85 min | Drama

Street walker by night, devoted mother by day, a woman fights to get her young son an education amid criminal and social injustice in China.

Director: Yonggang Wu | Stars: Lingyu Ruan, Tian Jian, Zhizhi Zhang, Keng Li

Votes: 1,631

43. A Story of Floating Weeds (1934)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Takeshi Sakamoto, Chôko Iida, Kôji Mitsui, Rieko Yagumo

Votes: 2,653

44. Misère au Borinage (1934)

36 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary about a miner's strike in Borinage.

Directors: Joris Ivens, Henri Storck

Votes: 328

45. New Women (1935)

106 min | Drama

Overnight, the sexy Wei Ming will become a successful novelist. But, desperate to get the money that she needs to cure her little daughter (and harassed by a rich, unscrupulous rake), she ... See full summary »

Director: Chusheng Cai | Stars: Lingyu Ruan, Naidong Wang, Junli Zheng, Moqiu Wang

Votes: 140

46. Legong: Dance of the Virgins (1935)

Approved | 65 min | Drama, Romance

In Bali, a young woman falls in love with a musician, but he may have eyes for her half-sister.

Director: Henri de la Falaise | Stars: Poetoe Aloes Goesti, Bagus Mara Goesti, Saplak Njoman, Njong Njong Njoman

Votes: 203

47. The Big Road (1935)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Musical, Drama

Six young men from the city take jobs on a road crew, building a highway of strategic importance to the Chinese Army. The story relates the men's interactions with each other, the local ... See full summary »

Director: Yu Sun | Stars: Yan Jin, Yanyan Chen, Li-li Li, Peng Luo

Votes: 225

48. Orizuru Osen (1935)

87 min | Drama

In Tokyo, Osen is the servant girl of an unscrupulous antiques dealer, Kumazawa, who takes in the penniless Sokichi Hata. Kumazawa mistreats Sokichi and Osen, while swindling some Buddhist ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Isuzu Yamada, Daijirô Natsukawa, Mitsusaburô Ramon, Genichi Fuji

Votes: 220

49. An Inn in Tokyo (1935)

80 min | Drama

Unemployed Kihachi and his two sons struggle to make ends meet. But that doesn't keep Kihachi from wooing single mother Otaka.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Takeshi Sakamoto, Yoshiko Okada, Chôko Iida, Tomio Aoki

Votes: 1,147