Best Silent Films of All Time – Ranked

I collected 10 lists of the best silent films from the Internet and compiled them into a single meta-list.  The results are below – every film on two or more of the original source lists.  Films on the same number of lists are arranged chronologically.  I have included the title (in English), date, director and country of origin.  If I have seen the movie, I’ve also included my personal rating on a 1-10 scale.

For the same list arranged in chronological order, go here.

On 8 “Best Silent Films” Lists
The General (1926) (10/10)
Dir: Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman (US)

Sunrise: A Story of Two Humans (1927) (10/10)
Dir: F.W. Murnau (US)

On 6 Lists
Intolerance (1916) (10/10)
Dir: D.W. Griffith (US)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) (10/10)
Dir: Robert Wiene (Germany)

Metropolis (1927) (7/10)
Dir: Fritz Lang (Germany)

5 Lists
The Kid (1921) (9/10)
Dir: Charles Chaplin (US)

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) (8/10)
Dir: F.W. Murnau (Germany)

Battleship Potemkin (1925) (10/10)
Dir: Sergei Eisenstein (USSR)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) (10/10)
Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer (France)

City Lights (1931) (10/10)
Dir: Charles Chaplin (US)

4 Lists
The Birth of a Nation (1915) (9/10)
Dir: D.W. Griffith (US)

Greed (1924) (10/10)
Dir: Erich Von Stroheim (US)

The Cameraman (1928)
Dir: Edward Sedgwick & Buster Keaton (US)

The Last Command (1928)
Dir: Josef von Sternberg (US)

The Wind (1928)
Dir: Victor Sjöström (US)

Pandora’s Box (1929) (9/10)
Dir: G.W. Pabst (Germany)

Man with a Movie Camera (1929) (10/10)
Dir: Dziga Vertov (USSR)

Modern Times (1936) (9/10)
Dir: Charles Chaplin (US)

3 Lists
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Dir: Rex Ingram (US)

Safety Last! (1923) (9/10)
Dir: Fred Newmeyer & Sam Taylor (US)

He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
Dir: Victor Sjöström (US)

The Thief of Bagdad (1924) (8/10)
Dir: Raoul Walsh (US)

Sherlock, Jr. (1924) (10/10)
Dir: Buster Keaton & William Goodrich (US)

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
Dir: Fred Niblo (US)

The Gold Rush (1925) (10/10)
Dir: Charles Chaplin (US)

Flesh and the Devil (1927) (8/10)
Dir: Clarence Brown (US)

7th Heaven (1927)
Dir: Frank Borzage (US)

It (1927)
Dir: Clarence G. Badger & Josef von Sternberg (US)

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) (9/10)
Dir: Charles Reisner & Buster Keaton (US)

The Crowd (1928)
Dir: King Vidor (US)

Un Chien Andalou (1929) (10/10)
Dir: Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dalí (France)

2 Lists
Broken Blossoms (1919) (8/10)
Dir: D.W. Griffith (US)

The Mark of Zorro (1920)
Dir: Fred Niblo (US)

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922) (7/10)
Dir: Fritz Lang (Germany)

Cops (1922)
Dir: Edward F. Cline & Buster Keaton (US)

The Last Laugh (1924) (8/10)
Dir: F.W. Murnau (Germany)

Strike (1925) (9/10)
Dir: Sergei Eisenstein (USSR)

The Big Parade (1925)
Dir: King Vidor (US)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925) (7/10)
Dir: Rupert Julian (US)

Faust (1926)
Dir: F.W. Murnau (Germany)

The Lodger (1926)
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock (UK)

Sparrows (1926)
Dir: William Beaudine (US)

The Son of the Sheik (1926)
Dir: George Fitzmaurice (US)

Wings (1927)
Dir: William A. Wellman (US)

The Unknown (1927)
Dir: Tod Browning (US)

The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)
Dir: Ernst Lubitsch (US)

The King of Kings (1927)
Dir: Cecil B. DeMille (US)

The Circus (1928)
Dir: Charles Chaplin (US)

Show People (1928)
Dir: King Vidor (US)

The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
Dir: Jean Epstein (France)

Queen Kelly (1928) (8/10)
Dir: Erich von Stroheim (US)

Sadie Thompson (1928)
Dir: Raoul Walsh (US)

Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
Dir: G.W. Pabst (Germany)

Big Business (1929)
Dir: James W. Horne & Leo McCarey (US)

Earth (1930) (9/10)
Dir: Aleksandr Dovzhenko (USSR)

Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
Dir: F.W. Murnau (US)