Index of Movie Reviews

My complete alphabetized index of more than 270 silent movie reviews. Reviews listed in order by title. I post new silent movie reviews every Sunday and sometimes in between as well!

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

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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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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…

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

Kismet (1920): The earliest surviving version of this Arabian Nights fantasy.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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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.

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

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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 (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.

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

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

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.

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Son of the Sheik (1926): Valentino’s final film. The much superior sequel to The Sheik.

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…

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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 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.

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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