Index of Movie Reviews

My complete alphabetized index of nearly 500 silent movie reviews. Reviews listed in order by title with no divisions for genre or length. I post new silent movie reviews every Sunday and sometimes in between as well! These films differ significantly from the kind of big-budget action films you might see being released in movie theatres, and for reviews on these you can visit DMG Entertainment on Facebook instead, but that’s not to say they’re any less interesting. It all depends on your personal tastes.


49-17 (1917): Ruth Ann Baldwin wrote and directed this love story set in a restored western ghost town.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916): Jules Verne’s classic novel gets the blockbuster treatment in this watery epic.

The ‘?’ Motorist (1906): Zany and twisted British science-fiction featuring a couple escaping to outer space after the run over a traffic cop.


Absalom (1912): A biblical tale of rebellion, revolution, revenge and a guy with just too much hair.

The Ace of Hearts (1921): Lon Chaney plays an anarchist with a broken heart and access to explosives.

Across the Mexican Line (1911): Action-romance with spies and telegraphs and early film heartthrob Romaine Fielding.

Adam’s Rib (1923): Affairs, romance and parental love collide in this DeMille bedroom comedy. Heavily influenced Bringing Up Baby.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926): Cut paper silhouettes tell this Arabian Nights tale.

Aelita Queen of Mars (1924): Groundbreaking science fiction hidden inside a social comedy.

After Midnight (1915): Broncho Billy Anderson takes a non-western role as a burglar who stumbles onto domestic drama.

Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915): A bank robber tries to go straight but may be done in by his own kindness.

Alias Jimmy Valentine (1928): The silent version of an early all-talkie about a bank robber going straight.

Alice in Wonderland (1915): A version of the famous tale that faithfully captures the flavor of the original illustrations.

All Night (1918): A very young Rudolph Valentino stars as a would-be suitor locked in a room with his love… all night.

The Ancient Law (1923): German film about a Jewish lad who leaves his shtetl for the bright lights and stage of Vienna.

Annabell Lee (1921): New England boiled romance.

Antosha Ruined by a Corset (1916): A wayward husband must get rid of an incriminating undergarment before his wife returns.

Are Parents People? (1925): A spunky kid gets just a little tired of her parents’ bitter breakup and takes matters into her own hands.

Are Parents Pickles (1925): James Parrott stars as a fire extinguisher salesman who must join a secret society to make a sale.

The Artist (2011): This Oscar-winning romantic comedy is one of the more controversial silent films in my collection.

Asphalt (1929): Gloriously seedy romance between a German traffic cop and a sophisticated thief.


Back to God’s Country (1919): Nell Shipman’s wilderness adventure with feminist overtones. Good stuff.

Bad Buck of Santa Ynez (1915): William S. Hart’s Good Bad Man takes a tragic turn.

Barbed Wire (1927): Pola Negri’s farm gets turned into a POW camp. Fortunately, one of the prisoners is Clive Brook.

Bare Knees (1928): Virginia Lee Corbin plays a fun-loving flapper who just may be the moral girl in town.

The Bargain (1914): William S. Hart’s very first feature and a real rip-snorter of a western!

Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life (1913): Ford Sterling’s nefarious plots against Mabel Normand are thwarted by Mack Sennett and a race car.

The Bat (1926): Proto-Batman yarn set on a dark and stormy night.

Battleship Potemkin (1925): The Soviet epic to end all epics. A new restoration makes all the difference!

Behind the Door (1919): The infamous film about a sea captain and taxidermist who has a grudge and some knives.

Behind the Screen (1916): Charlie Chaplin is a stagehand at a comedy studio who engages in what is possibly the screen’s first pie fight.

The Bells (1926): Lionel Barrymore is a murderer wrestling with his conscience. Boris Karloff in a supporting role.

The Beloved Blackmailer (1918): A young lady is tired of her boyfriends hypochondria, so she has him kidnapped by boxers. And then sends a ransom note to his dad.

The Beloved Rogue (1927): John Barrymore’s medieval swashbuckler and Conrad Veidt’s American debut!

Below the Surface (1920): Paternal love and treasure diving collide in this little-known drama.

Ben-Hur (1925): The remarkable and epic (in every way) production is still unrivaled for beauty and scope.

Beyond the Border (1925): Harry Carey’s droll western romantic comedy of mistaken identity.

The Big Swallow (1901): A charming and slightly twisted English trick film.

The Black Pirate (1926): Douglas Fairbanks takes on color and piracy in this adventure classic.

Blackmail (1929): Alfred Hitchcock’s last silent and his first talkie.

Blue Beard (1901): Georges Melies goes gory in this macabre adaptation of an equally macabre fairy tale.

The Blue Bird (1918): Maurice Tourneur’s style over substance approach is perfect for this fantasy.

Blue Blazes Rawden (1918): William S. Hart plays a lumberjack (he’s okay) with a guilty secret.

Body and Soul (1925): Paul Robeson makes his screen debut as both a corrupt preacher and his shy twin brother.

The Bold Bank Robbery (1904): Sleazy crime melodrama from Lubin, one of the brasher early American studios.

The Boob (1926): A very young Joan Crawford puts in an appearance in this comedy about a wannabe federal agent.

Bout de Zan Steals an Elephant (1913): Exactly what it says on the tin.

Brute Island (1914): A truly nasty film about horrible people doing awful things.

Bucking Broadway (1917): A jolly western romp. John Ford was still in his first year of directing.

Bug Vaudeville (1921): Winsor McCay animates his own Rarebit Fiend cartoons.

Bully for Pink (1965): The Pink Panther finds himself with a surprising partner when he tries to become a toreador.

The Burglar on the Roof (1898): A burglar learns not to mess with women and their brooms. One of the earliest available Vitagraph films.

The Burglar’s Dilemma (1912): A burglar is used as a scapegoat when Henry B. Walthall needs someone to blame for the murder of his brother.

Burlesque on Carmen (1915): Charlie Chaplin takes on Cecil B. DeMille and opera in this spoof.

The Burning Crucible (1923): A perfectly insane comedy of romance, mystery and the world’s craziest detective agency.

The Busher (1919): The story of baseball and egos. Pre-stardom Colleen Moore and John Gilbert co-star.


The Cabbage-Patch Fairy (1900): Where do babies come from? This short endeavors to explain with cruciferous vegetables

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920): The legendary expressionist tale of a man, a box and a sleepwalker.

California Straight Ahead (1925): Reginald Denny loses his fiancee but decides to win her back on the road to California.

The Cameraman’s Revenge (1912): Pioneering stop motion animation short about the lives of adulterous insects.

Camille (1921): Alla Nazimova is breathtaking in this adaptation of the famous Dumas book and play.

The Campus Vamp (1928): Carole Lombard’s early career as a Sennett girl.

The Canadian (1926): Superbly acted story of a city girl trying to survive life and marriage in the Canadian heartland.

Captain Fracasse (1927): A proper French swashbuckler with an unknown Charles Boyer as the baddie.

Captain January (1924): Baby Peggy and Hobart Bosworth form an unlikely family determined to stay together no matter what.

Captain Kidd’s Kids (1919): Harold Lloyd is trying to win back his fiancee but is thwarted by a band of flapper pirates.

The Captive (1915): Early DeMille romance is a saucy, winking affair about a Turkish POW and his Montenegrin jailer, played by Blanche Sweet.

The Captive God (1916): William S. Hart plus Aztecs equals… I’m not sure. Wonderfully weird.

Carmen (1915): The oft-told tale of Gypsy flirtation and romantic obsession.

The Cat and the Canary (1927): An old dark house comedy. It was a dark and stormy night…

Celebrating 300 Years of the Romanov Dynasty (1913): Documentary short showcasing the doomed royal family.

The Charlatan (1929): Little-known whodunnit. A light and clever mystery. Highly recommended.

The Cheat (1915): Splendidly lurid melodrama. Embezzlement, affairs and a branding iron.

Chess Fever (1925): Think gaming addiction is a modern problem? This charming Russian comedy will prove you wrong!

The Chess Player (1927): Historical sci-fi mashup about Polish independence and life-like robots.

Chicago (1927): The original version of the future musical. Cecil B. DeMille is the uncredited director.

The Children in the House (1916): Weird little melodrama about a playboy who gets involved in a bank robbery to finance his mistress.

Children of Eve (1915): Viola Dana plays a street waif who becomes an undercover agent trying to expose abusive child labor practices.

Christine of the Big Tops (1926): Pauline Garon stars as a trapeze artist who falls for a doctor. As they do.

La Cigarette (1919): A wry domestic comedy from Germaine Dulac about a husband, a wife and a poisoned cigarette.

The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom (1924): Everybody is in love with the cigarette vendor of the title but she only has eyes for a film director.

Cinderella (1914): Mary Pickford’s take on the ever-popular tale of a cinder girl, a ball and evil gnomes. Yes, evil gnomes.

Cinderella (1922): Lotte Reiniger’s gorgeous silhouette animation on display in this classic fairy tale.

Circus Clowns (1922): Baby Peggy plays a circus bareback rider who was kidnapped by an evil ringmaster.

City Lights (1931): Chaplin proves that the silents are not dead.

Clash of the Wolves (1925): Rin-Tin-Tin and his lovely lady Nanette must save Charles Farrell from claim jumpers.

Claws of Gold (1926): A Colombian expose of the Panama Canal’s shady past.

Cleopatra (1912): Helen Gardner’s passion project about the Queen of the Nile.

The Colleen Bawn (1911): A real-life Irish murder provides the framework for this story of jealousy, death and money.

The Confederate Ironclad (1912): Anna Q. Nilsson stars as a spy trying to blow up an ironclad battleship.

The Copper Beeches (1912): The first authorized screen adaptation of Sherlock Holmes is a study in accidental hilarity.

Corporal Kate (1926): All about the doughgirls of WWI. Well, kinda. A war buddy comedy with Vera Reynolds and Julia Faye.

The Cossack Whip (1916): Viola Dana stars as a petite Bolshevik who wants a bit of gory revenge.

The Cossacks (1928): Obnoxious ripoff and general bomb, ostensibly based on a novel by Tolstoy.

A Cottage on Dartmoor (1929): A stylish late silent directed by Anthony Asquith.

The Country Doctor (1909): A rare chance to see Florence Lawrence in her prime.

The Cradle of Courage (1920): William S. Hart hangs up his spurs and joins the San Francisco Police.

Crazy Like a Fox (1926): Charley Chase feigns insanity in order to escape an arranged marriage.

The Crazy Ray (1923): Rene Clair’s debut as a director is a charming sci-fi comedy about a global freeze ray and subsequent bank robbing opportunities.

The Cruise of the Jasper B (1926): A bizarre pirate comedy that could not possibly have been made by a sober crew.

The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916): The earliest surviving Chinese-American feature written, produced and directed by a woman.

Custer’s Last Fight (1912): The Battle of Little Bighorn is dramatized in sunny California.

Cyrano de Bergerac (1900): This short film features hand-color and sound. You read the date right.

Cyrano de Bergerac (1925): Gorgeous stencil-colored take on the famous play.


Daddy Long Legs (1919): Mary Pickford has a secret admirer but she has to get through college, darn it.

Dance of the Seasons: Winter, Snow Dance (1900): Short dance film directed by Alice Guy.

The Dancer’s Peril (1917): A Russian-flavored ballet drama starring a very young Alice Brady.

The Daughter of Dawn (1919): A gentle romance shot in Oklahoma with a cast made up entirely of Comanche and Kiowa locals.

The Delicious Little Devil (1919): Mae Murray is the tasty succubus of the title with a pre-fame Rudolph Valentino as her leading man.

Derby Day (1923): Our Gang decides to host their own derby with whatever “horses” they can find.

The Detectress (1919): Gale Henry gets to the bottom of a surreal mystery.

The Devil’s Needle (1916): Norma Talmadge and Tully Marshall play a couple of artistic junkies in this exploitation picture.

Diplomatic Henry (1915): Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew’s long lost domestic comedy deals with a tattletale husband and a pair of plaid pants.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912): A sanitized and abbreviated take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920): John Barrymore’s take on this classic tale of terror.

Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (1925): Stan Laurel’s uproarious spoof of the famous book and film adaptations.

Don’t Change Your Husband (1919): If she followed that advice, we wouldn’t have a movie. Swanson and DeMille collaboration.

The Doll (1919): A mama’s boy does not want to get married. So he buys a lifelike doll to pose as his wife. Of course.

The Doll-House Mystery (1915): When a stack of valuable bonds go missing, an ex-con neighbor is blamed for the crime.

Don Juan (1926): John Barrymore romances his way across Europe but falls for Mary Astor.

Double Whoopee (1929): Laurel and Hardy meet Jean Harlow.

The Dragon Painter (1919): Sessue Hayakawa’s contemplative drama examines the roots of the creative process.

The Dream (1911): Mary Pickford gives her wayward husband what for, at least in his dreams.

Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906): Too much cheese toast = wild, wild dreams! Trippy stuff.

The Dreyfus Affair (1899): Georges Melies directed a series of newsworthy vignettes about the then-current trial of Alfred Dreyfus.

The Drummer of the 8th (1913): Melodrama about a little boy who runs away from home to join the Union army.

Duck Soup (1927): Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are true partners for the first time in this early version of Another Fine Mess.

The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916): Lois Weber directs ballerina Anna Pavlova in an epic historical romance set in Naples.


The Eagle (1925): Valentino goes Russian as a masked bandit who robs from the rich and.. oh, you know the rest.

East Lynne (1916): Theda Bara is the vampee instead of the vamper in this warhorse Victorian melodrama.

East and West (1923): The earliest surviving Yiddish film is also a delightful romantic comedy.

The Egyptian Mummy (1914): A young Constance Talmadge stars in this comedy of archeological fraud.

Eleven P.M. (1928): A bizarre melodrama about crime, death, revenge and dogs with human heads.

Ella Cinders (1926): Colleen Moore’s fast and funny roaring twenties Cinderella story.

The Enchanted Cottage (1924): Richard Barthelmess is a WWI veteran who finds healing and love in unexpected places.

Eve’s Leaves (1926): Lesson: Don’t shanghai the man you love! Highly empowered heroine.

An Excursion to the Moon (1908): Segundo de Chomon’s copycat lunar adventure is still worth checking out.

The Extra Girl (1923): Mabel Normand dreams of film stardom but reality isn’t quite what she expected.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1925): Fast and funny farce about an American in Moscow.

The Eyes of the Mummy (1918): Ernst Lubitsch’s melodrama about a dancer, a stalker and a pyramid.


The Faithful Dog; or, True to the End (1907: A short film about an incredibly loyal little poodle.

Falling Leaves (1912): A little girl tries to save her dying sister in this O. Henry-esque tearjerker directed by Alice Guy.

Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition (1915): Our leads run into trouble due to roving eyes and electric couches.

Feel My Pulse (1928): Bebe Daniels is a hypochondriac and reluctant heroine. Richard Arlen and William Powell support.

Felix the Cat Trifles with Time (1925): Felix finds himself transported back to prehistoric days.

The Fighting Eagle (1927): Rod La Rocque and Phyllis Haver are delightful in this Napoleonic swashbuckler.

Finlandia (1922): Documentary about, well, Finland.

First International Competition for Airplanes in Brescia (1909): A real Italian airshow caught on film.

Flirting with Fate (1916): Douglas Fairbanks is unlucky in love and so, in a fit of despair, he hires a hitman to kill him. And then he changes his mind. Oh dear.

The Flying Ace (1926): When the railroad payroll is stolen, it’s up to a WWI pilot to recover it.

A Fool There Was (1915): Theda Bara is a vamp who destroys men because it’s fun. Mwahahaha!

For Ireland’s Sake (1914): Rebellion and romance in British-ruled Ireland, filmed on location.

The Forbidden City (1918): A variation on Madame Butterfly that follows both the doomed mother and her daughter.

Forbidden Fruit (1921): Cecil B. DeMille’s deliciously overdone take on the story of Cinderella.

The Forty-First (1927): A Soviet sniper falls in love with her target, a czarist officer.

The Four Feathers (1929): Heart-pounding version of the famous adventure story. Prominently features a pre-stardom William Powell.

Four-Square Steve (1926): Fun, unpretentious western with a very young Fay Wray as the uncredited leading lady.

Fox Trot Finesse (1915): Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew play a zany May-December couple.

A Friend in Need (1914): A charming Hepworth short about a heroic pony and a very naughty spaniel.

Friends (1912): Mary Pickford is a mining town resident caught between Lionel Barrymore and Henry B. Walthall. Biograph Short.

From the Manger to the Cross (1912): Early feature film written by Gene Gauntier and shot on location in Egypt and the Holy Land.

The Frozen North (1922): Major mythbusting for this Buster Keaton comedy.


The Garden of Eden (1928): A humorous look at a singer’s quest for love in Monte Carlo.

Getting Gertie’s Garter (1927): Marie Prevost is the proud owner of a scandalous undergarment. Gasp!

The Ghost Train (1927): An action-adventure film from Mexico concerning the exploits of a bandit and an investigator.

The Girl of the Rancho (1919): Famed hostess Texas Guinan stars as a two-fisted ranch boss.

Girl Shy (1924): Harold Lloyd is terrified of women but that doesn’t stop him from writing a guide to seducing them.

The Girl with the Hat Box (1927): Anna Sten is a delight as a milliner who marries a penniless student so that he can use her apartment.

A Girl’s Folly (1917): Doris Kenyon plays a country teen who hopes to break into films. Great behind-the-scenes footage.

The Godless Girl (1929): Cecil B. DeMille’s story of teenage atheists battling their religious peers takes a turn for the weird when everyone lands in a brutal reform school.

The Gold Rush (1925): Charlie Chaplin heads to the frozen north looking for love and gold. Classic.

The Golden Chance (1915): Early DeMille melodrama about a modern Cinderella and the burglar she is married to.

The Great Divide (1915): A perfectly vile melodrama set in Arizona. Often remade, for some reason.

The Great Train Robbery (1903): Edwin S. Porter’s western adventure classic.

The Great White Silence (1924): Footage of Captain Scott’s doomed Antarctic expedition edited into a groundbreaking documentary.

Gretchen the Greenhorn (1916): Dorothy Gish charms as a Dutch girl who gets enmeshed by a counterfeiting scheme.

The Gun Fighter (1917): William S. Hart plays a character called The Killer. What else do you need to know?

Gypsy Blood (1918): Pola Negri and Ernst Lubitsch’s take on Carmen.


Habeas Corpus (1928): Stan and Ollie turn to grave robbery in this delightfully sick short.

Haldane of the Secret Service (1923): Harry Houdini’s final film concerns a gang of Chinese counterfeiters.

The Hands of Orlac (1924): Conrad Veidt loses his hands but the mitts of a recently-executed killer are sewn on in their place.

Hands Up! (1926): Raymond Griffith plays a spy caught between two women. The solution is novel.

Haunted Spooks (1920): Harold Lloyd has to stay overnight in a mansion with a few… uncanny residents.

Hawthorne of the U.S.A. (1919): A jingoistic “comedy” starring Wallace Reid and Harrison Ford.

Head Winds (1925): An eccentric, yacht-owning millionaire decides to kidnap the debutante of his dreams.

Headin’ Home (1920): Babe Ruth stars in his own biopic, which, naturally, has little to do with reality.

The Heart of a Hero (1916): Robert Warwick plays doomed American Revolution spy Nathan Hale in this lavish historical production.

The Heart of Humanity (1918): Erich von Stroheim arrived in style as the cartoonishly wicked villain of this propaganda flick.

Heart of Wetona (1919): Norma Talmadge tries to go native. The results are mixed, to say the least.

Hell’s Hinges (1916): William S. Hart takes out the trash as only William S. Hart can.

The Helpful (?) Sisterhood (1914): Norma Talmadge is a poor student who turns to shoplifting in order to keep up with her rich sorority sisters.

Her Night of Romance (1924): Constance Talmadge is an heiress who falls for Ronald Colman’s gold-digger.

Her Sister from Paris (1925): Constance Talmadge plays twins who send a caddish Ronald Colman’s head spinning.

Here and the Great Elsewhere (2012): Gorgeous and deep pinscreen animated film.

The Hessian Renegades (1909): Mary Pickford helps win the American Revolution.

Himmelskibet (1918): Considered the world’s first space opera, this Danish pacifist epic revolves around a manned mission to Mars.

His First Flame (1927): Harry Langdon is a recent college graduate who joins the fire department.

His People (1925): An immigrant family struggles to to understand one another in this understated drama.

Hobson’s Choice (1920): A “spinster” decides to take her future into her own hands as she sets up business with her father’s workman.

Hotel Imperial (1927): Pola Negri’s biggest American hit, a wartime espionage romance.

A House Divided (1913): Alice Guy’s domestic comedy addresses the then-novel idea of legal separation plus cohabitation.

The House in Kolomna (1913): Ivan Mosjoukine disguises himself as a cook in order to sneak into his girlfriend’s house. Does not go according to plan.

The House of Mystery (1921): Ivan Mosjoukine headlines this exciting serial about a man who is wrongfully convicted of murder.

The House on Trubnaya (1928): Delightful Soviet rom-com about love, humor and unionizing domestic workers.

Hula (1927): Clara Bow sets her cap for Clive Brook and nothing can deter her.

The Hussar of Death (1925): This Chilean adventure film tells the story of real-life freedom fighter Manuel Rodriguez.


The Idol Dancer (1920): D.W. Griffith’s tale of an island girl who is caught between a missionary and an atheist. Clarine Seymour’s only starring role.

The Immigrant (1917): Charlie Chaplin brilliant short examines immigration, injustice and the best way to eat a plate of beans.

In the Days of the Thundering Herd (1914): Early, non-glitzy Tom Mix westerns about the perils of wagon train travel.

In the Moonshine Country (1918): A mini documentary about moonshiners and their wild, wild ways.

The Indian Tomb (1921): Conrad Veidt as a maharajah looking to bury his wife. She’s not dead yet but he’ll be seeing to that shortly.

The Inside of the White Slave Traffic (1913): Melodrama allegedly showing the inner workings of trafficking.

The Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship (1905): Melies treats us to another fantasy but this one has dark hidden depths.

IT (1927): Clara Bow’s signature film about a shopgirl falling for the boss’s son.

The Italian (1915): Acclaimed drama about the perils endured by recent immigrants in the United States.

Ivanhoe (1913): The Universal film crew ventured to Wales for this adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s medieval epic.


Jewish Luck (1925): The best of the Soviet Yiddish stage assembled to make this comedy about a would-be matchmaker.

Joan the Woman (1916): Cecil B. DeMille’s very first epic takes on the life of Joan of Arc.

John Rance, Gentleman (1914): Antonio Moreno is thoroughly vamped by Norma Talmadge.

Judex (1916-1917): The vengeance and love life of a caped vigilante. Move over Batman!

Judith of Bethulia (1914): Blanche Sweet wields a wicked sword in D.W. Griffith’s ancient epic.


Kean (1924): Biopic of the regency stage legend. Stars Ivan Mosjoukine.

Keno Bates, Liar (1915): William S. Hart’s tall tales get him into a pickle, including being shot by his leading lady.

Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914): Audiences first saw Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp character in this short.

Kidnapped (1917): The earliest feature adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, thought lost for decades.

Kiki (1926): Norma Talmadge is a would-be showgirl who falls for her boss and proceeds to squat in his apartment.

King of the Wild Horses (1924): Rex the Wonder Horse is the equine monarch of the title.

Kismet (1920): The earliest surviving version of this Arabian Nights fantasy about a beggar trying to get his daughter married.

A Kiss from Mary Pickford (1927): Sendup of the cult of celebrity and a cute and appealing romance in its own right.


The Lad from Old Ireland (1910): The first fiction film shot in Ireland, this is an immigrant romance.

Lady Godiva (1911): The famous au naturel horseback ride is dramatized by Vitagraph.

The Lady of the Dugout (1918): Real-life outlaw Al Jennings makes a movie about his adventures.

Lady of the Night (1925): Norma Shearer tackles dual roles as a tough chick and a pampered debutante both in love with the same man.

Lady of the Pavements (1929): Lupe Velez steals the show in D.W. Griffith’s last silent film.

Lady Windermere’s Fan (1925): Ernst Lubitsch’s gloriously clever adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play.

The Last Command (1928): Emil Jannings and Josef von Sternberg join forces to create this tragedy of the Russian Revolution.

The Last Performance (1929): Conrad Veidt is a jealous magician with a box full of swords. I foresee nothing going wrong.

The Last Warning (1929): Astonishingly stylish theatrical murder mystery from director Paul Leni.

Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928): Lon Chaney and Loretta Young star in this under-horrified circus flick.

Leaving Jerusalem by Railway (1896): Early travel footage and one of the earliest moving shots in cinema.

Legende du roi Gambinus (1912): A French musical with gorgeous stencil color. Yes, I said musical.

L’enfant du Carnaval (1921): Ivan Mosjoukine wrote, directed and starred in this early version of Three Men and a Baby.

Les Vampires (1915): Louis Feuillade’s anarchic serial about a mad criminal gang terrorizing Paris.

Less Than Dust (1916): Mary Pickford stars as a nice girl from India who falls for a British officer.

Limite (1931): One of the most famous Brazilian films ever made, this artie indie deserves its reputation.

The Lion of the Moguls (1924): Ivan Mosjoukine plays an Asian prince who flees to Paris and becomes a film star.

The Little American (1917): An American girl falls for a German boy on the eve WWI. Rare collaboration between Mary Pickford and Cecil B. DeMille.

Little Annie Rooney (1925): Mary Pickford is a spunky kid trying to save the fella she loves, who is a wannabe gangster.

The Little Match Seller (1902): Elaborate special effects in this tragic little fable about an impverished child.

Little Nemo (1911): Charming early animated film from Winsor McCay.

Little Old New York (1923): Marion Davies dresses as a boy to gain an inheritance in early-1800s New York.

Little Orphant Annie (1918): No, the title is not a typo. Twee film features a very young Colleen Moore.

The Little Princess (1917): Mary Pickford and ZaSu Pitts charm in this adaptation of the beloved classic.

Lizzies of the Field (1924): A wild car race culminates in a spectacular crash. It’s Sennett!

Lorna Doone (1922): Romance, bandits and a lost heiress all figure into the Maurice Tourneur film.

The Lost Battalion (1919): A recreation and dramatization of historic events starring some of the surviving veterans.

The Lost World (1925): Dinosaurs on a lost plateau! Early stop-motion is a showstopper.

The Love Charm (1928): A showcase for early Technicolor.

The Love Flower (1920): Criminal acts in the South Seas; Carol Dempster stars in the D.W. Griffith tale of a man and daughter on the run from the law.

The Love Light (1921): Mary Pickford is an Italian lighthouse keeper who falls for a German spy. Frances Marion directs.

Luck (1923): Johnny Hines plays a rich kid who takes a bet that he can earn a fortune on his own in a year.

The Lucky Devil (1925): Richard Dix plays a male model on a road trip with a cursed car. Chaos and comedy ensue.

The Lumberjack (1914): A romance of Wisconsin made by itinerant filmmakers and starring the local who’s who.


Mabel at the Wheel (1914): Mabel Normand takes on double duty as the director and star of this racing comedy.

Mabel’s Dramatic Career (1913): Mabel Normand is a jilted maid who makes good in the movies.

Madame Tutli-Putli (2007): Brilliant stop motion animation.

Made for Love (1926): A zany melodrama about an archaeologist, a tomb, a curse and some dynamite.

The Magic Cloak of Oz (1914): L. Frank Baum himself oversaw this production. The results are mixed but entertainingly so.

The Man and the Moment (1929): Rod La Rocque and Billie Dove play a pair of posh lovers in this part-talkie.

The Man with the Twisted Lip (1921): Eille Norwood’s Sherlock Holmes tries to solve the case of a missing banker.

Manhandled (1924): Gloria Swanson ditches the glamour stuff to play a shop girl looking for love in all the wrong places.

Manslaughter (1922): Cecil B. DeMille at his most wacky, this is the story of a madcap heiress who runs over a speed cop.

Mantrap (1926): Clara Bow runs wild in the Canadian woods. Great fun!

The Mark of Zorro (1920): Douglas Fairbanks leaps, dashes, fences and fights his way across old California.

The Married Virgin (1918): A very young Rudolph Valentino is the slimy villain of this picture.

Max Learns to Skate (1907): Max Linder is a dapper gent who quickly becomes un-dapper once he hits the ice.

Max Sets the Style (1914): Max Linder charms as a foppish fellow who must convince everyone that work boots are the new style.

The Mayor of Casterbridge (1921): Rare British production of the novel by Thomas Hardy.

The Merry Jail (1917): Early Lubitsch comedy of wackiness and wicked wit.

The Merry Widow (1925): Erich von Stroheim’s megahit of class, love and… wink wink, nudge nudge.

A Message from Mars (1913): The red planet sends a representative to Earth in order to turn a selfish boor’s life around.

Michael Strogoff (1926): A mega-epic with heart, brains, beauty and more Ivan Mosjoukine than you can shake a stick at!

Mickey (1918): Mabel Normand takes on feature films in a mining camp Cinderella tale.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1909): An unfaithful but fun take on the Shakespeare comedy.

Mighty Like a Moose (1926): Charley Chase gets plastic surgery. Chaos ensues.

Miss Lulu Bett (1921): Feminism and family drama blend in this subtle film of ugly ducklings and second chances.

Miss Mend (1926): Soviet serial in the American style with plenty of action and intrigue.

Mr. Flip (1909): Early Ben Turpin comedy from Essanay. Contrary to popular opinion, NOT the first cinematic pie in the face.

M’Liss (1918): Mary Pickford is hell on wheels and armed with a slingshot, determined to bring her dad’s killers to justice.

A Modern Musketeer (1917): Douglas Fairbanks is out to save Kansas with his chivalry! Kansas says: “Thanks but no thanks.”

The Monster (1903): An Egyptian man tries to bring his wife back from the dead.

The Monster (1925): Lon Chaney is the mad scientist, not the monster. A pity. Cute comedy-mystery set in an asylum.

Monte Cristo (1922): John Gilbert as Dumas’s famous vengeance-seeker.

Moscow Clad in Snow (1909): A Pathe actuality showing the once and future Russian capital on a snowy winter day.

Mr. Silent Haskins (1915): William S. Hart plays a saloon operator who falls for his partner’s heiress.

Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1919): One of those smiling-through-the-tears dramas about poverty, love but no cabbages.

A Muddy Romance (1913): Curses! Foiled again! A very messy Keystone comedy with Ford Sterling and Mabel Normand.

Mum’s the Word (1926): Charley Chase must pose as a butler when he goes to meet his new step-father.

My Best Girl (1927): Mary Pickford’s last silent feature. Co-starring future husband Buddy Rogers.

My Cousin (1918): Enrico Caruso plays dual roles in this comedy about love in Little Italy.

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916): Douglas Fairbanks is wild and crazy in this cocaine-fueled Sherlock Holmes spoof.

The Mystery of the Rocks of Kador (1912): Classic melodrama with all the trimmings and a decidedly French accent.


The Narrow Road (1912): Elmer Booth is an ex-con trying to go straight. It helps that he is married to Mary Pickford.

Naughty Boy (1927): British comedian Lupino Lane must pose as a small child to help his dad land a date.

Nero (1909): Early Italian epic about a mad monarch, a lyre and a pesky city that needs burning.

The New York Hat (1912): Lionel Barrymore is Mary Pickford’s mysterious benefactor in this tale of gossip, love and hats.

Nicholas Nickleby (1912): A condensed adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel with colorful characters galore.

Nick Winter and the Theft of the Mona Lisa (1911): This comedy was filmed just weeks after the real Mona Lisa heist.

A Night in the Show (1915): Charlie Chaplin takes on two roles in this variation of a music hall classic.

Nomads of the North (1920): Playing a leading man for once, Lon Chaney is a Canadian trapper on the run from the law.

The Nose (1963): Alexeïeff and Parker’s pinscreen animation adaptation of Gogol’s surreal masterpiece.

Nursery Favorites (1913): Edison’s players have fun dressing up as Mother Goose characters in this early musical.


Oh, Doctor! (1925): Reginal Denny plays a hypochondriac who turns daredevil when he falls for Mary Astor.

The Old Oregon Trail (1928): There’s not much actual pioneering in this poverty row western but the background story is fascinating.

Onésime the Clockmaker (1912): Our hero decides to interfere with the laws of time and space in order to get an early inheritance.

Onésime vs Onésime (1912): A twisted and violent comedy about our title character’s clone problems.

Onésime You’ll Get Married or Else (1913): A bride auction does not go as planned and our hero must escape.

Only Me (1929): Lupino Lane plays every role in a vaudeville show– from the chorus girls to the audience!

The Original Movie (1922): Animated film visualizes the woes of a filmmaker in prehistoric times.

Out of the Deep (1912): Perfectly bizarre melodrama about a sunken treasure and a caped villain.

Out West (1918): Arbuckle, Keaton and St. John take on the tropes of the wild west in the usual zany manner.

Over the Fence (1917): Harold Lloyd introduced his signature Glass character in this baseball-themed short.

The Oyster Princess (1919): Early Lubitsch film regarding an American girl’s quest to marry a penniless German prince and all the problems it causes.


The Palace of the Arabian Nights (1905): Georges Melies dives into fantasy with this fairy tale potpourri.

A Pair of Silk Stockings (1918): Constance Talmadge and Harrison Ford (not that one) play a divorced couple in this marital farce.

A Pair of Tights (1929): Iconic humor from the short-lived but wonderful comedy duo of Marion Bryant and Anita Garvin.

Parabola (1937): An exciting examination of curves on the screen.

Parisian Love (1924): One of Clara Bow’s poverty row films, it tells the tale of love among the French Apache.

The Patsy (1928): Marion Davies’ wit and charm make for a delightful comedy.

The Peasant Women of Ryazan (1927): A drama about two young ladies dealing with love, loss and war.

The Peasants’ Lot (1912): Rare pre-revolution  Russian silent, a gorgeous celebration of village life.

Peck’s Bad Boy (1921): Jackie Coogan cemented his star status in the painful comedy.

The Penalty (1920): Lon Chaney becomes Lon Chaney in this crime/horror classic about a legless mastermind.

The Perils of Pauline (1914): The iconic Pearl White serial is… well… not all that good.

Peter and the Wolf (2006): Academy Award winning stop motion animation.

The Phantom of the Opera (1925): The iconic Lon Chaney horror film with love, hate, jealousy and, of course, opera.

The Pinch Hitter (1917): Charles Ray stars in this baseball/college dramedy about a nobody making good when he’s called up to bat.

The Pirates of 1920 (1911): A near-future bit of science-fiction about sky pirates who attack by zeppelin.

The Plastic Age (1925): Clara Bow stars as the wild girl on the college campus who has to be noble to save her football player boyfriend.

The Play House (1921): Buster Keaton takes on dozens of roles in this absurdest comedy of showbiz.

The Polish Dancer (1917): Pola Negri’s earliest surviving film appearance, a cautionary tale about the wild Polish night life.

Polly of the Circus (1918): Mae Marsh plays a circus rider who is injured and falls for a minister.

Pool Sharks (1915): W.C. Fields makes his movie debut in this knockabout comedy.

The Power of the Press (1928): Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. wows as a cub reporter out to solve a murder. Frank Capra directs.

The Prairie Pirate (1925): Unintentionally hilarious western about a bandit who steals cigarette butts. Really.

Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy (1909): An impressive trick film from the folks at Vitagraph.

The Prisoner of Zenda (1922): What do you do if your identical cousin, a king, is kidnapped? Replace him until he can be rescued!

Putting Pants on Philip (1927): Oliver Hardy must try to get his Scottish nephew, Stan Laurel, to wear trousers.


Que Viva Mexico! (1932/1979): Sergei Eisenstein’s unfinished celebration of Mexico and its people.


Raffles (1925): House Peters takes on the role of Raffles, gentleman crook and results are mixed. Hedda Hopper supports.

Raffles the Amateur Cracksman (1917): A very early John Barrymore feature concerning Raffles, the gentleman crook.

The Railway of Death (1912): Madcap and violent French (!) western with one of the best chases in pre-feature film.

Ramona (1910): A tragic tale of racism and displacement, this was also one of the earliest authorized film adaptations of a novel.

Ranson’s Folly (1926): Richard Barthelmess plays an Army officer with too much time on his hands so he decides to stage a fake robbery.

The Rat (1925): Ivor Novello and Mae Marsh are reunited in this story of a Parisian street criminal and his naive roommate.

A Reckless Rover (1918): A comedy from the infamous Ebony company.

The Red Lily (1924): Ramon Novarro and Enid Bennett are innocent lovers who fall into degradation and despair.

The Red Mill (1927): Marion Davies goes Netherlands with mixed results.

The Red Spectre (1907): A gloriously strange special effects showcase that also features an enchanted battle of the sexes.

Redskin (1929): A sensitive and sympathetic portrayal of life at the Indian schools of the southwest. Shot in Technicolor.

Regeneration (1915): Raoul Walsh enters the seedy criminal underworld in this tale of criminal reform.

Rescued by Rover (1905): A delightful early entry in the Genius Heroic Dog genre, this British film still charms.

The Return of Boston Blackie (1927): This crime melodrama is a vehicle for Strongheart, the handsome German Shepherd.

The Return of Draw Egan (1916): William S. Hart plays a bandit-turned-lawman. Standard Hart fare but executed rather well.

Revolution in Russia (1905): The Potemkin Mutiny is dramatized in this French production.

The Road to Yesterday (1925): Weird and wacky time travel melodrama with major starpower.

Roald Amundsen’s South Pole Journey (1910-1912): Real footage of the Norwegian explorer’s successful expedition to Antarctica.

Robin Hood (1912): A French production company making an English legend in New Jersey. Empowered Maid Marian is the highlight.

A Romance of the Redwoods (1917): Mary Pickford and Cecil B. DeMille join forces. City girl + stagecoach bandit + trees = romance!

Rubber Tires (1927): Road trip comedy about a family driving from New York to California ahead of the tax man.


Saturday Night (1922): Cecil B. DeMille takes a look at what happens after “happily ever after”

Sawdust and Salome (1914): Norma Talmadge plays a circus performer who marries into a scandalized family of snobs.

Scaramouche (1923): Ramon Novarro is a lawyer-turned-actor-turned-swordsman seeking revenge as the French Revolution dawns.

The School for Scandal (1923): A very young Basil Rathbone plays a scoundrel in this adaptation of the famous Georgian play.

The Sea Hawk (1924): Milton Sill plays an Elizabethan privateer who is framed for murder and forced to join the Barbary corsairs.

The Sea Lion (1921): Hobart Bosworth is a bitter captain who seeks revenge against the woman who betrayed him.

The Seine Flood (1910): Rare footage of Paris underwater. (Don’t worry, no one died in the disaster.)

Seven Keys to Baldpate (1917): George M. Cohan is an amateur detective who must solve the murder of… Hedda Hopper?

Seven Years Bad Luck (1921): Max Linder works his magic in his very first American feature. Includes the famous mirror scene.

The Shamrock and the Rose (1927): An Irish family battles their Jewish neighbors– until their oldest kids fall in love.

Shaun the Sheep (2015): Aardman’s masterful family film about a clever little sheep in the big city.

She Goes to War (1929): Eleanor Boardman plays a socialite who finds herself on the front lines and under enemy fire during WWI.

The Sheik (1921): Valentino’s signature role: A love-sick sheik who kidnaps an Englishwoman to be his bride.

Sherlock Holmes (1916): William Gillette’s legendary take on Holmes, long lost but recently recovered.

Sherlock Holmes (1922): John Barrymore takes on the role of the world’s greatest detective.

Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900): A mysterious snippet of film that may be the first appearance of Holmes on the screen– or not.

Shivering Spooks (1926): Our Gang must deal with a phony psychic and a “haunted” house.

Show People (1928): Marion Davies stars in this riff on show biz. One of the cutest, most sparkling comedies of the 20’s.

The Sick Kitten (1903): Cute little British short about children caring for their kitten.

Silent Movie (1976): Mel Brooks sets out to revive silent films by making one himself.

Skinner’s Dress Suit (1926): A young couple tries to climb the social ladder in the 1920s with hilarious results.

Slick Sleuths (1926): Mutt and Jeff attempt to track down an incorporeal criminal.

Slipping Wives (1927): Early pairing of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

The Smiling Madame Beudet (1922): A dark domestic comedy with a feminist twist from Germaine Dulac.

Snow White (1916): Walt Disney’s inspiration for his famous cartoon.

The Social Secretary (1916): A secretary tries to fend off amorous employers by pretending to be plain. Rare Norma Talmadge dramedy.

Sodom and Gomorrah (1922): An Austrian mega-epic with a cast of tens of thousands under the direction of Michael Curtiz.

Soft Shoes (1925): A cute comedy about a western sheriff who travels to San Francisco and falls for a lady burglar.

Sold at Auction (1923): Snub Pollard finds nothing but trouble when he accidentally auctions off the wrong house.

Soldier Man (1926): Harry Langdon spoofs The Prisoner of Zenda in this darling comedy.

Son of the Sheik (1926): Valentino’s final film. A fancier, bigger sequel to The Sheik.

The Song of Love (1923): Desert romance cornball with a spectacularly mismatched cast. Obviously, a must-see.

The Soul of the Beast (1923): The story of a girl and her talking elephant who are mistaken for the antichrist.

Souls for Sale (1923): A behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood with all the trimmings: Star cameos, studios, sets, serial killers…

South (1919): Real footage from the disastrous/heroic Shackleton Antarctic exploration.

Sparrows (1926): Mary Pickford’s southern gothic tale is one of her best.

Spies (1928): Fritz Lang’s stylish thriller lays the groundwork for all espionage films that followed.

The Squaw Man (1914): One of the first features filmed in Hollywood and Cecil B. DeMille’s directorial debut.

The Star Prince (1918): A sort of sci-fi fairy tale written and directed by Madeline Brandeis about a celestial child on earth.

Stella Maris (1918): Mary Pickford plays dual roles in this Dickensian drama.

Straight Shooting (1917): John Ford’s first feature is a cattlemen vs. farmers yarn with plenty of, well, shooting.

The Stolen Voice (1915): Robert Warwick is an opera star whose voice disappears courtesy of a romantic rival who is an evil hypnotist.

The Strong Man (1926): Harry Langdon’s hit comedy about a Belgian soldier looking for his wartime pen pal.

The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927): A Lubitsch-directed royal rom-com with Ramon Novarro and Norma Shearer.

The Sunbeam (1912): A gentle comedy from D.W. Griffith about misfits who form an unlikely family.

Surrender (1927): The village rabbi’s daughter falls for a genocidal Cossack. As one does.

Suspense (1913): Lois Weber directs and stars in this stylish film that lives up to its title.

Sweet Alyssum (1915): Tyrone Power, Sr. heads up this family melodrama.


The Taking of Luke McVane (1915): William S. Hart is badder than usual in this western tragedy.

A Tale of Two Cities (1911): The Vitagraph players take on the massive novel in a truncated adaptation.

A Tale of Two Cities (1917): Director Frank Lloyd gives us the French Revolution on an epic scale.

Tales of the Thousand and One Nights (1921): An Arabian Nights fantasy shot on location in Tunisia.

The Taming of the Shrew (1908): Florence Lawrence was at the height of her fame when she starred in this loose adaptation of the Shakespeare play.

Tarzan of the Apes (1918): Everyone’s favorite vine swinger makes his motion picture debut.

Tempest (1928): John Barrymore’s Russian tale of love, madness and love. Oh, and that pesky revolution.

Ten Nights in a Bar Room (1926): The oft-filmed alcoholism melodrama made with an all-black cast.

That Certain Thing (1928): Frank Capra’s charming romantic comedy about a gold-digger who ends up providing her own gold.

Theodor Körner (1912): Patriotic and epic biopic of the German soldier-poet who died during the Napoleonic Wars.

The Thief of Bagdad (1924): Douglas Fairbanks plays a thief who lives in Bagdad. It really is that simple.

Three Million Dollars (1911): A pleasantly goofy western rom-com starring matinee idol J. Warren Kerrigan.

Tiger Rose (1923): A young woman tries to save her boyfriend from the long arm of the law in this smashing little adventure.

Tol’able David (1921): Richard Barthelmess is his country David vs. Goliath tale.

The Toll Gate (1920): William S. Hart gets very dark indeed in this violent revenge tale.

The Toll of the Sea (1922): Anna May Wong plays a young Chinese girl who is seduced and abandoned by an American merchant.

The Tong Man (1919): Sessue Hayakawa is a gangland assassin who (shock!) falls for the daughter of his target.

The Trail of ’98 (1928): This Alaskan gold rush epic was one of the last of the big silents.

A Trip to the Moon (1902): Melies’ iconic science fiction short.

Troubles of a Grass Widower (1908): Max Linder discovers that the single life is no fun at all when his wife goes home to mother.

Two Arabian Knights (1927): Howard Hughes-produced action/comedy. Fast, funny and thoroughly enjoyable.

Two-Gun Gussie (1918): Harold Lloyd is a jazz pianist out west who accidentally becomes the most feared man in town.

Two Knights of Vaudeville (1915): A trio of rascals sneak into a vaudeville playhouse and chaos ensues.


Under Royal Patronage (1914): Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne were THE power couple of the ‘teens. See them in action.

Under the Claw (1912): A wacky and wonderful French adventure starring the fearless Berthe Dagmar.

The Unholy Three (1925): Lon Chaney is a ventriloquist and would be criminal mastermind who uses parrots to steal jewels.

The Unknown (1927): Lon Chaney plays an armless serial killer posing as a knife-thrower. Yeah…

An Unseen Enemy (1912): Lillian and Dorothy Gish make their debut as sisters under attack.

An Unsullied Shield (1913): Family portraits come to life to berate their descendant in this Edison drama.

Upstream (1927): Long lost showbiz comedy from John Ford.


The Vagabond Prince (1916): Kind of a gender-reversed Roman Holiday with the prince of a Balkan kingdom running away to San Francisco and taking up with a dancer named fluffy.

Variety (1925): Emil Jannings stars in E.A. Dupont’s stylish tale of carnivals, jealousy and murder.

The Volga Boatman (1926): The alternate title should be Communists Need Love Too. Yummy hokum from DeMille.


Wagon Tracks (1919): William S. Hart is a wagon guide out for revenge in this grim western.

Wara Wara (1930): The only known surviving silent era film made in Bolivia, this is a star-crossed romance between a conquistador and an Aymara princess.

Warning Shadows (1923): Jealousy, murder and shadow puppets blend into an intense cinematic experience.

Way Down East (1920): D.W. Griffith’s rural melodrama. Blizzards, chases, romance, what else could you want?

Waxworks (1924): A writer is dragged into a nightmare world that he has created through his stories. German classic.

West of Zanzibar (1928): A entertaining and grotesque melodrama from the incomparable Lon Chaney.

When the Clouds Roll By (1919): Douglas Fairbanks plays a superstitious young man who is being driven insane by a mad scientist.

Where Are My Children? (1916): Lois Weber tackles both birth control and abortion in this melodrama starring Tyrone Power.

Where the North Holds Sway (1927): A two-fisted Mountie attempts to avenge the death of his brother.

The Whispering Chorus (1918): DeMille gets serious in this drama of crime, guilt and conscience.

The White Devil (1930): Ivan Mosjoukine, Lil Dagover, Betty Amann. ‘Nuff said.

The White Rose (1923): Later melodrama by D.W. Griffith. A sort of Southern Scarlet Letter.

Why Change Your Wife? (1920): DeMille’s best bedroom comedy with Gloria Swanson as a prude who learns to loosen up.

The Wicked Darling (1919): Thought lost for years, this is the first collaboration between Lon Chaney and Tod Browning.

Wild and Woolly (1917): Douglas Fairbanks plays New Yorker obsessed with the old west but gets more than he bargained for when he finally gets to Arizaona.

The Wildcat (1921): Deranged German comedy concerning the hyperkinetic romance between a bandit girl and a smooth-talking army officer.

The Wind (1928): Lillian Gish’s silent masterpiece, co-starring Lars Hanson and a wind machine. A true psychological classic. Do not miss this one!

The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926): Ronald Colman and a very young Gary Cooper vie for the hand of Vilma Banky.

The Wishing Ring (1914): A delightful gem about a lord’s son and a parson’s daughter having the cutest little romance.

Within Our Gates (1920): Oscar Micheaux takes on racism, lynching and white supremacy in this harrowing picture.

The Wizard of Oz (1925): Widely considered one of the worst silent films ever made. But is it really?

The Woman in the Suitcase (1920): Enid Bennett plays detective as she tries to track down her father’s mistress.

A Woman of the World (1925): Small-town America meets Pola Negri. And she’s got a whip, folks!

Won in a Cupboard (1914): Mabel Normand directs and stars in this raucous romantic comedy.

Wonderful Absinthe (1899): Alice Guy’s short comedy about the perils of distracted drinking.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910): The first 100% motion picture adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s famous tale.

The Wrath of the Gods (1915): Sessue Hayakawa, Tsuru Aoki and Frank Borzage (!) star in this Japan-themed Inceville flick.


The X-Rays (1897): A mischievous scientist uses his x-rays on a courting couple.


The Yankee Clipper (1927): William Boyd captains a wooden ship in a race from China to North America.

Yizkor (1924): A Yiddish production shot in Austria about a handsome Jewish guardsman who catches the eye of a lusty, aristocratic Christian.

You Remember Ellen (1912): Romantic film shot in Ireland and based on the poem of the same name by Thomas Moore.

You’d Be Surprised (1926): Raymond Griffith plays a coroner who hopes to date the prime suspect in a sensational murder.

Young April (1926): Bessie Love and Joseph Schildkraut are as cute as can be in this Ruritanian romantic comedy.


Zander the Great (1925): Marion Davies tries on the drama-comedy-western-crime genre for size.