This is a common question. There are hundreds of amateur silent films online and more are uploaded every day. What do most of them have in common? They are awful. What’s most irritating is that many of the mistakes that these would-be silent directors make could have been avoided if they had spent a little time studying actual silent films.
Pet peeve? People who decide to make a silent movie to save money on sound equipment. Look, if you love silent movies and want to save some coin, I have no complaint. But if you have never seen a silent movie, obviously think they are beneath your notice and want to save some coin? Ha! Failure is assured and deserved.
Footage sources and availability links:
(In the order that they appear in the video)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Canadian (1926)
The Penalty (1920)