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Total: 338  
Seen: 178 (52.7%)
See Again: 0 (0.0%)
Unseen: 160 (47.3%)

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Paul Rotha's "Silent But Not Forgotten: The Best Silent Films"

TOP 50 (plus ties)

 
(#1-#49)(assuming on 11 or more of 63 "Top 30" lists)
1. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
2. Greed (1924)
3. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
4. The Gold Rush (1925)
5. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
6. Pandora's Box (1929)
7. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
8. Man With the Movie Camera (1929)  (Documentary Feature)
9. The Last Laugh (1924)
10. The General (1927)
11. A Woman of Paris (1923)
12. Un Chien Andalou (1929)  (16m short)
13. Flesh and the Devil (1926)
14. Nosferatu (1922)
15. The Joyless Street (1925)
16. Intolerance (1916)
17. Metropolis (1927)
18. Kriemhild's Revenge (1924)
19. Siegfried (1924)
20. City Lights (1931)
21. Destiny (1921)
22. The Phantom Carriage (1921)
23. The Crowd (1928)
24. Show People (1928)
25. The Big Parade (1925)
26. October (1928)
27. The Circus (1928)
28. The Wedding March (1928)
29. Spione (1928)
30. City Girl (1930)
31. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
32. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)
33. Po zakonu (1926)
34. Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
35. The Wind (1928)
36. Broken Blossoms (1919)
37. Finis terrae (1929)
38. The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
39. Nanook of the North (1922)  (Documentary Feature)
40. Storm Over Asia (1928)
41. Tol'able David (1921)
42. Earth (1930)
43. Mother (1926)
44. The Docks of New York (1928)
45. Variety (1925)
46. The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927)
47. Faust (1926)
48. Tartuffe (1925)
49. White Shadows In the South Seas (1928)
 
(#50-#53)(4 tied)(assuming on 10 of 63 "Top 30" lists)
50. Robin Hood (1922)
51. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
52. The Patsy (1928)
53. The Pilgrim (1923)  (40m short)

THE REST (#54-#187)

 
(#54-#59)(5 tied)(assuming on 9 of 63 "Top 30" lists)
54. Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)  (Documentary Feature)
55. Foolish Wives (1922)
56. The Story of Gosta Berling (1924)
57. Menilmontant (1926)  (38m short)
58. The Lodger (1927)
59. Waxworks (1924)
 
(#60-#67)(8 tied)(assuming on 8 of 63 "Top 30" lists)
60. Grass: A Nation's Battle For Life (1925)  (Documentary Feature)
61. The End of St. Petersburg (1927)
62. Madame DuBarry (1919)
63. Seven Chances (1925)
64. The Black Pirate (1926)
65. The Scarlet Letter (1926)
66. The Italian Straw Hat (1928)
67. Way Down East (1920)
 
(#68-#81)(14 tied)(assuming on 7 of 63 "Top 30" lists)
68. 7th Heaven (1927)
69. Arsenal (1929)
70. The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920)
71. Die wunderbare Luge der Nina Petrowna (1929)
72. Lonesome (1928)
73. Napoleon (1927)
74. Our Hospitality (1923)
75. Strike (1925)
76. The General Line (1929)
77. The Iron Horse (1924)
78. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
79. Bed and Sofa (1927)
80. Turksib (1929)  (Documentary Feature)
81. Underworld (1927)
 
(#82-#92)(11 tied)(assuming on 6 of 63 "Top 30" lists)
82. Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)
83. The Faithful Heart (1923)
84. The Doll (1919)
85. He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
86. L'Argent (1928)
87. The New Babylon (1929)
88. Warning Shadows (1923)
89. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
90. The Last Command (1928)
91. True Heart Susie (1919)
92. Faces of Children (1925)
 
(#93-#118)(26 tied)(assuming on 5 of 63 "Top 30" lists)
93. 3 Bad Men (1926)
94. Am Rande der Welt (1927)
95. Beggars of Life (1928)
96. The Outlaw and His Wife (1918)
97. Blind Husbands (1919)
98. The Oyster Princess (1919)
99. The Street (1923)
100. Entr'Acte (1924)  (22m short)
101. The Living Dead Man (1926)
102. L'enfant de Paris (1913)
103. A Trip To the Moon (1902)  (13m short)
104. Limite (1931)
105. Moana (1926)  (Documentary Feature)
106. The Hands of Orlac (1924)
107. Piccadilly (1929)
108. The Queen of Spades (1916)
109. Queen Kelly (1929)
110. Regeneration (1915)
111. Safety Last (1923)
112. Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
113. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
114. Street Angel (1928)
115. The Cameraman (1928)
116. The Great Train Robbery (1903)  (11m short)
117. The Merry Widow (1925)
118. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
 
(#119-#152)(34 tied)(assuming on 4 of 63 "Top 30" lists)
119. Asphalt (1929)
120. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
121. Blackmail (1929)
122. Cabiria (1914)
123. Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)  (Documentary Feature)
124. The Student of Prague (1913)
125. The House On Trubnaya (1928)
126. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
127. En rade (1928)
128. Secrets of a Soul (1926)
129. Haxan (1922)
130. The Treasure of Arne (1919)
131. Kino-Eye: Life Caught Unawares (1924)  (Documentary Feature)
132. L'Inhumaine (1924)
133. The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928)  (28m short)
134. The Three-Sided Mirror (1927)
135. Lucky Star (1929)
136. People On Sunday (1930)
137. One Week (1920)  (25m short)
138. Orphans of the Storm (1921)
139. Phantom (1922)
140. Sadie Thompson (1928)
141. A Man There Was (1917)
142. Tess of the Storm Country (1922)
143. The Cheat (1915)
144. The Iron Mask (1929)
145. The Kid (1921)
146. The Lost World (1925)
147. The Mark of Zorro (1920)
148. The Marriage Circle (1924)
149. The Navigator (1924)
150. The Penalty (1920)
151. The Student Prince In Old Heidelberg (1927)
152. The Dying Swan (1917)
 
(#153-#187)(35 tied)(assuming on 3 of 63 "Top 30" lists)
153. A Corner In Wheat (1909)  (14m short)
154. The Devious Path (1928)
155. Beau Geste (1926)
156. Body and Soul (1925)
157. Genuine (1920)
158. Homecoming (1928)
159. I Don't Want To Be a Man (1918)
160. Ingeborg Holm (1913)
161. Edmund Kean: Prince Among Lovers (1924)
162. Man of the Sea (1920)
163. La Boheme (1926)
164. La Roue (1923)
165. The Smiling Madame Beudet (1923)
166. Two Timid Souls (1928)
167. The New Gentlemen (1929)
168. Les Vampires (1915)
169. The Revenge of a Kinematograph Cameraman (1912)  (12m short)
170. Chained: The Story of the Third Sex (1924)
171. Nana (1926)
172. The Eleventh Year (1928)  (Documentary Feature)
173. Opus I (1921)  (13m short)
174. The Witch Woman (1920)
175. Rhythmus 21 (1923)  (3m short)
176. Chess Fever (1925)  (28m short)
177. Sherlock Holmes (1922)
178. New Year's Eve (1924)
179. Shadows of Fear (1928)  [LOST?]
180. The Cat and the Canary (1927)
181. The Girl and Her Trust (1912)  (17m short)
182. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
183. The King of Kings (1927)
184. The Racket (1928)
185. The Unknown (1927)
186. The Way of All Flesh (1927)
187. Wings (1927)

THE REST (#188-#338)

 
(#188-#235)(48 tied)(assuming on 2 of 63 "Top 30" lists)
188. A Woman of Affairs (1928)
189. Ballet mecanique (1924)  (19m short)
190. Burning Soil (1922)
191. The Student of Prague (1926)
192. The Waltz Dream (1925)
193. Sex In Chains (1928)
194. Go West (1925)
195. Night of Revenge (1916)
196. Hell's Hinges (1916)
197. Hotel Imperial (1927)
198. In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914)
199. J'accuse! (1919)
200. Dante's Inferno (1911)
201. The March of the Machines (1927)  (9m short)
202. Male and Female (1919)
203. Manon Lescaut (1926)
204. Monte-Cristo (1929)
205. The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West In the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924)
206. Husbands Or Lovers (1924)
207. I Was Born, But... (1932)
208. The Crazy Ray (1925)  (35m short)
209. Police Report! Assault (1928)  (21m short)
210. After Death (1915)
211. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)
212. Regen (1929)  (14m short)
213. S.V.D. - Soyuz velikogo dela (1927)
214. Sangen om den eldroda blomman (1919)
215. Happiness (1934)
216. Shadows (1922)
217. Shoulder Arms (1918)
218. So This Is Paris (1926)
219. Stella Maris (1918)
220. Sumurun (1920)
221. Tarzan of the Apes (1918)
222. The Informer (1929)
223. The Kiss (1929)
224. The Last of the Mohicans (1920)
225. The Man Who Laughs (1928)
226. The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)  (17m short)
227. The Sheik (1921)
228. The Ten Commandments (1923)
229. Thomas Graals basta film (1917)
230. Three Ages (1923)
231. Vanina oder Die Galgenhochzeit (1922)
232. Ghosts Before Breakfast (1928)  (6m short)
233. Why Change Your Wife? (1920)
234. Within Our Gates (1920)
235. Zvenigora (1928)
 
(#236-#338)(103 tied)(assuming on 1 of 63 "Top 30" lists)
236. 4 Devils (1928)  [LOST?]
237. Escape From Dartmoor (1929)
238. Broadway Brevities (1938-1939 season) (#19): A Small Town Idol (1921)
239. Anna Boleyn (1920)
240. Women of Ryazan (1927)
241. Beggar On Horseback (1925)
242. Big Business (1929)  (19m short)
243. Leaves From Satan's Book (1921)
244. Brumes d'automne (1929)  (15m short)
245. Carmen (1918)
246. Cinq minutes de cinema pur (1926)  (5m short)
247. Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)
248. The Indian Tomb: Part I, the Mission of the Yogi (1921)
249. The Indian Tomb: Part II, the Tiger of Bengal (1921)
250. Passing Fancy (1933)
251. Der steinerne Reiter (1923)
252. Der verlorene Schuh (1923)
253. The Girl With the Hat Box (1927)
254. Uneasy Money (1926)  [LOST?]
255. White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929)
256. Dirnentragodie (1927)
257. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)  (7m short)
258. Drifters (1929)  (Documentary Feature)
259. Thou Shalt Honour Thy Wife (1925)
260. Easy Street (1917)  (24m short)
261. Ella Cinders (1926)
262. Emak-Bakia (1927)  (18m short)
263. Seduction (1929)
264. Erotikon (1920)
265. Filmstudie (1926)  (7m short)
266. Forbidden Paradise (1924)
267. Forgotten Faces (1928)
268. Frankenstein (1910)  (16m short)
269. Woman In the Moon (1929)
270. Hands Up! (1926)
271. Harakiri (1919)
272. It (1927)
273. Jujiro (1928)
274. Jeux des reflets et de la vitesse (1925)  (8m short)
275. Joan the Woman (1916)
276. Judex (1916)
277. A Page of Madness (1926)
278. The Starfish (1928)  (21m short)
279. L'arrivee D'un Train a La Ciotat (1896)  (1m short)
280. Lost Atlantis (1921)
281. The India Rubber Head (1901)  (3m short)
282. The Little Match Girl (1928)  (40m short)
283. Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)
284. Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)
285. Le mystere des roches de Kador (1912)
286. The Imaginary Voyage (1925)
287. The Mysteries of the Chateau de De (1929)  (27m short)
288. Life of an American Fireman (1903)  (6m short)
289. Manhatta (1921)  (11m short)
290. Mechanics of the Brain (1926)  (Documentary Feature)
291. Misere au Borinage (1933)  (36m short)
292. Miss Lulu Bett (1921)
293. The Adventures of the Three Reporters (1926)
294. Montparnasse (1929)  (17m short)
295. Mother Krause's Journey To Happiness (1929)
296. Fragment of an Empire (1929)
297. Father Sergius (1917)
298. The Ghost That Does Not Return (1929)
299. Quo Vadis? (1913)
300. Crime and Punishment (1923)
301. Nothing But the Hours (1930)  (Documentary Feature)
302. The Haunted Castle (1921)
303. Seven Years Bad Luck (1921)
304. The Goddess (1934)
305. The Overcoat (1926)
306. Shooting Stars (1928)
307. Sparrows (1926)
308. Stark Love (1927)
309. Stella Dallas (1925)
310. Tokyo Chorus (1931)
311. An Inn In Tokyo (1935)
312. The Adventurer (1917)  (24m short)
313. The Battle of the Somme (1916)  (Documentary Feature)
314. The Covered Wagon (1923)
315. The Divine Lady (1929)
316. The Godless Girl (1929)
317. The Goose Woman (1925)
318. The Hoodlum (1919)
319. The Immigrant (1917)  (30m short)
320. The Kid Brother (1927)
321. The Last Moment (1928)  [LOST?]
322. The Love of Sunya (1927)
323. The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)
324. The Salvation Hunters (1925)
325. The Sea Hawk (1924)
326. The Son of the Sheik (1926)
327. The Temptress (1926)
328. The Unholy Three (1925)
329. The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)
330. Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)
331. Two Tars (1928)  (21m short)
332. A Story of Floating Weeds (1934)
333. Underground (1929)
334. Torgus (1921)
335. When the Clouds Roll By (1919)
336. White Gold (1927)
337. Zaza (1923)
338. The Chronicles of the Gray House (1925)

Source: http://www.imdb.com/list/N02VMyOGo2k/

 

Source Quote 1: "From a poll of 63 critics and film experts conducted in the 1970s by film critic and director Paul Rotha, each asked for a list of their 30 top silent films. This makes for a list of the Top 338 Silent Films. Ties are sorted by IMDb original title."

Source Quote 2: "Several movies are considered lost: (1) Shadows of Fear; (2) Uneasy Money; (3) The Last Moment; (4) 4 Devils"

 

Carville Note #1: Although I have found numerous references to this Paul Rotha silent film list on the internet, I have been unable to find the original manuscript/list (which I am assuming would show details on ties, etc.). I am continuing to try to locate.

 

Carville Note #2: This list is ordered exactly the same as the one included in the source above.

 

Carville Note #3: Based on the fact that "Ties are sorted by IMDb original title", I have attempted to establish which films comprise groups of ties based on the cycles of alphabetization within the list. The groupings are quite obvious at the bottom of the list moving upwards (#338 up to #93) given the extremely large sizes of the alphabetized A-to-Z groups (i.e. 103, 48, 35, 34, 26). However, they become increasingly less certain above that (#92 up to #50) when the alphabetized A-to-Z groups are significantly smaller in size (i.e. 11, 14, 8, 6, 4?). Although there are almost certainly small groupings of ties within the top 49 films, they are ignored due to the high level of uncertainty, and because they (along with the four films presumed tied at #50) essentially comprise a "Top 50" list.

 

Carville Note #4: Note that some silent films go by a number of different titles; note also that IMDb has changed the "official" title of some silent films through the years (most notably changing from the foreign title to the USA title); and note finally that some titles within "The Film-Lover's Check List" differ from what IMDb has for those movies. Therefore, a current/previous/original IMDb title does not necessarily match the title as listed within this "The Film-Lover's Check List" list. I point this out to explain why some titles above deviate from smooth alphabetization patterns. I established the alphabetization groupings using my master spreadsheet for this list which includes all of the different titles a movie can go by. Using this spreadsheet I was able to confirm the alphabetization patterns above are perfectly in order within each and every alphabetization grouping when an alternate title for the same film is assumed to have been the "original IMDb title".