Silent Films I'd like to watch

by phoebe0856 | created - 01 Dec 2018 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

Primarily German Expressionist films

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1. The Hands of Orlac (1924)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Strassny, Paul Askonas

Votes: 2,052

2. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 94 min | Fantasy, Horror

Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

Votes: 83,980

3. Destiny (1921)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Bernhard Goetzke, Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Hans Sternberg

Votes: 4,785 | Gross: $0.01M

4. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Not Rated | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A handsome prince rides a flying horse to faraway lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess.

Directors: Lotte Reiniger, Carl Koch

Votes: 4,993

5. Different from the Others (1919)

Not Rated | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History

Two male musicians fall in love, but blackmail and scandal makes the affair take a tragic turn.

Director: Richard Oswald | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Leo Connard, Ilse von Tasso-Lind, Alexandra Willegh

Votes: 1,071

6. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 222,262 | Gross: $44.67M

7. The Violinist of Florence (1926)

68 min | Comedy

The young Renée is a bubbly, fun-loving, young woman. She has a very close relationship with her young father, the worse her relationship with her stepmother is.

Director: Paul Czinner | Stars: Elisabeth Bergner, Conrad Veidt, Nora Gregor, Walter Rilla

Votes: 53

8. Husbands or Lovers (1924)

Passed | 56 min | Drama, Romance

A wife is bored by her overweight slob of a husband, so she gives in to the temptation of a slickly seductive poet.

Director: Paul Czinner | Stars: Elisabeth Bergner, Emil Jannings, Conrad Veidt, Maria Bard

Votes: 70

9. Journey into the Night (1921)

81 min | Drama

Dr Eigil Borne is engaged to Hélène, a girl who is madly in love with him. At Hélène's birthday celebration, Eigil invites her to a cabaret, where he meets his other love, Lily, a passionate, fiery and funny dancer.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Olaf Fønss, Erna Morena, Conrad Veidt, Gudrun Bruun Stephensen

Votes: 285

10. The Last Performance (1929)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A middle-aged magician is in love with his beautiful young assistant. She, on the other hand, is in love with the magician's young protege, who turns out to be a bum and a thief.

Director: Pál Fejös | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, Leslie Fenton, Fred MacKaye

Votes: 299

11. The Last Laugh (1924)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz

Votes: 11,560 | Gross: $0.09M

12. Phantom (1922)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Romance

A shiftless young man becomes obsessed with a mysterious woman and yearns to find her again.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Alfred Abel, Frida Richard, Aud Egede-Nissen, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

Votes: 1,462

13. From Morn to Midnight (1920)

65 min | Drama, Thriller

A Cashier in a bank in a small German town is alerted to the power of money by the visit of a rich Italian lady. He embezzles 60, 000 Marks and leaves for the capital city, where he ... See full summary »

Director: Karl Heinz Martin | Stars: Ernst Deutsch, Erna Morena, Roma Bahn, Adolf E. Licho

Votes: 401

14. This Ancient Law (1923)

128 min | Drama

Baruch Mayr, son of an orthodox rabbi from a poor shtetl in Galizia, decides to break with the family tradition and leave the shtetl to become an actor. Due to this behaviour his father ... See full summary »

Director: Ewald André Dupont | Stars: Henny Porten, Ruth Weyher, Hermann Vallentin, Avrom Morewski

Votes: 112

15. The Student of Prague (1913)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Balduin, a student of Prague, leaves his roystering companions in the beer garden, when he finds he has reached the end of his resources. He is scarcely seated in a quiet corner when a ... See full summary »

Directors: Paul Wegener, Stellan Rye | Stars: Paul Wegener, Grete Berger, Lyda Salmonova, John Gottowt

Votes: 1,689

16. Nerves (1919)

110 min | Drama

Doubt and uncertainty ensue when the figurehead of a rebellion goes to court for an alleged rape.

Director: Robert Reinert | Stars: Eduard von Winterstein, Lia Borré, Erna Morena, Paul Bender

Votes: 216

17. The Haunted Castle (1921)

Not Rated | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

In the castle Vogeloed, a few aristocrats are awaiting baroness Safferstätt. But first count Oetsch invites himself.. Everyone thinks he murdered his brother, baroness Safferstat's first ... See full summary »

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Arnold Korff, Lulu Kyser-Korff, Lothar Mehnert, Paul Hartmann

Votes: 1,310

18. The Chronicles of the Gray House (1925)

110 min | Drama

A lord falls in love with one of his serfs and chooses to be disinherited and stripped of his title in order to marry her. Her love and gratitude extend beyond the grave.

Director: Arthur von Gerlach | Stars: Arthur Kraußneck, Paul Hartmann, Rudolf Forster, Gertrude Welcker

Votes: 122

19. The Head of Janus (1920)

107 min | Horror

See everything in the book "Conrad Veidt on Screen" by John T. Soister (McFarland 2002), pages 109-113.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Magnus Stifter, Margarete Schlegel, Willy Kaiser-Heyl

Votes: 90

20. Desire (1921)

59 min

A young Russian dancer in Geneva returns to Russia, where he falls in love with a grand duchess. He is arrested but manages to escape.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Gussy Holl, Eugen Klöpfer, Margarete Schlegel

Votes: 44

21. Lady Hamilton (1921)

Drama, History

The dramatic story of Lady Hamilton's rise and fall in European society during the 1700s and early 1800s, including the romantic love story with Lord Nelson.

Director: Richard Oswald | Stars: Liane Haid, Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss, Reinhold Schünzel

Votes: 18

22. Lucrezia Borgia (1922)

75 min | Drama, History, War

Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, has three adult children: Juan, who is virtuous and has a sweetheart who is a woman of the people, Lucrezia, who is virtuous and wants to marry Alfonso, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Oswald | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Liane Haid, Albert Bassermann, Paul Wegener

Votes: 69

24. The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured.

Director: Paul Leni | Stars: Mary Philbin, Conrad Veidt, Julius Molnar, Olga Baclanova

Votes: 5,368

25. The Beloved Rogue (1927)

Not Rated | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, History

François Villon, in his lifetime the most renowned poet in France, is also a prankster, an occasional criminal, and an ardent patriot.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt, Marceline Day, Lawson Butt

Votes: 686

26. A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923)

Passed | 82 min | Drama, Romance

A kept woman runs into her former fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Edna Purviance, Clarence Geldart, Carl Miller, Lydia Knott

Votes: 4,493 | Gross: $0.39M

27. The Circus (1928)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Romance

90 Metascore

The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Ernest Garcia, Harry Crocker

Votes: 24,172

28. The Kid (1921)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Carl Miller

Votes: 103,841 | Gross: $5.45M

29. The Gold Rush (1925)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman

Votes: 93,410 | Gross: $5.45M

30. I Kiss Your Hand Madame (1929)

66 min | Drama

Laurence Gerard has just divorced. While leading fat lover Talandier by the nose, She meets the count Lerski, who now works as waiter but do not tell her. When she hears from her husband he... See full summary »

Director: Robert Land | Stars: Harry Liedtke, Marlene Dietrich, Pierre de Guingand, Károly Huszár

Votes: 104

31. The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Passed | 108 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will.

Director: Paul Leni | Stars: Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, Forrest Stanley, Tully Marshall

Votes: 2,564 | Gross: $0.33M

32. Tartuffe (1925)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama

A young man shows his millionaire grandfather a film based on Molière's Tartuffe, in order to expose the old man's hypocritical governess who covets his own inheritance.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Hermann Picha, Rosa Valetti, André Mattoni, Werner Krauss

Votes: 1,809

33. Warning Shadows (1923)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A wealthy man invites the local wealthy bachelors over for a puppet show about men who covet another man's wife. The puppeteer is actually a witch and gives the men nightmares about what could happen if they date the lady of the house.

Director: Arthur Robison | Stars: Alexander Granach, Max Gülstorff, Lilli Herder, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 801

34. Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922)

Not Rated | 242 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Aud Egede-Nissen, Gertrude Welcker, Alfred Abel

Votes: 6,946

35. Satanas (1920)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A three-part historical film, with episode one taking place in ancient Egypt, the second is based on the Hugo novel, and the third episode takes place during the 1917 Russian revolution.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Fritz Kortner, Sadjah Gezza, Ernst Hofmann, Margit Barnay

Votes: 51

38. Wahnsinn (1919)

70 min | Horror

A banker, after a prophetic meeting with a Gypsy fortune teller, becomes delusional as he searches for a trunk which the seer has told him holds the key to either his happiness or his death.

Director: Conrad Veidt | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Reinhold Schünzel, Grit Hegesa, Gussy Holl

40. Mysteries of India, Part II: Above All Law (1921)

100 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Howard is infected with leprosy, Mac Allen was captured by the Maharadsha, and now the Maharadsha offers Irene a deal: one night for letting healing Howard. She accepts, but when she tries ... See full summary »

Director: Joe May | Stars: Olaf Fønss, Mia May, Conrad Veidt, Erna Morena

Votes: 277

42. Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama

After falling pregnant to a pharmacist and refusing to marry, a young woman is thrown from her home and sent to a strict girls' reform school.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Louise Brooks, Josef Rovenský, Fritz Rasp, André Roanne

Votes: 3,858

43. Finances of the Grand Duke (1924)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

The likeable and carefree Grand Duke of Abacco is in dire straits. There is no money left to service the State's debt; the main creditor is looking forward to expropriating the entire Duchy... See full summary »

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Mady Christians, Harry Liedtke, Robert Scholtz, Alfred Abel

Votes: 704

45. The Waltz Dream (1925)

80 min | Drama, Romance

It is a 1925 German silent drama film directed by Ludwig Berger and starring Willy Fritsch, Mady Christians and Xenia Desni. It was based on the 1907 operetta Ein Walzertraum composed by ... See full summary »

Director: Ludwig Berger | Stars: Willy Fritsch, Mady Christians, Xenia Desni, Lydia Potechina

Votes: 25