My List of Silent Classics to View

Several years ago, I had the opportunity of viewing a silent classic film on Turner Classic Movies for the very first time and I’ve deeply enjoyed seeing it ever since; the film was entitled Sherlock Jr. (1924) starring one of silent cinema’s greats from Hollywood’s Golden Era, actor Buster Keaton.

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1924: American comedian Buster Keaton (1895-1966) armed with only a magnifying glass and a copy of ‘How To Be A Detective’ hopes to become a great detective in the film ‘Sherlock Junior’.


Sometimes a memorable, appreciated and venerated film doesn’t require the sounds of special effects in order to prove the infinite legacy and cinematic ingenuity it has selflessly contributed over the years. From one classic film lover to another, a passion and adoration for all things classic exists from a source only we could call our own and for me it was personal: my family. I’ve posted my reasons why my mom & dad has made a significant difference in my life as a classic film lover along with my profound inspiration for loving classic films embodied my endless passion for classic films; this article is dedicated to the silent cinema era from The Golden Age of Hollywood. 1es6o


Although there are quite a number of silent films that I’ve had the immense pleasure of viewing, both from my friends’ insight as well as those that I’ve seen online, some films that have graced the silver screen are worth taking a second look honestly—or in this case a first glance! The following list of silent films that I’ve posted below are ones that I would love to view because I’ve never had the chance in doing so; some are quite long (but then again I do love epics very much) and some are from the comedy, horror and drama genres.  So without further adieu, here’s my Top 10 list of silent classics that I would love to view for the 1st time:

  1. Any silent classic starring Louise Brooks (like 1929s Pandora’s Box)pandora's box
  2. Intolerance (1916)film-intolerance-1916
  3. The Thief of Bagdad (1917)the-thief-of-bagdad-julanne-johnston-douglas-fairbanks-sr-1924
  4. Regeneration (1915)regeneration_01
  5. The Birth of a Nation (1915)Birth-of-a-Nation-Still
  6. Safety Last! (1923)harold-lloyd-in-safety-last
  7. The Cameraman (1928)the camerman
  8. Metropolis (1927)metropolis
  9. Nosferatu (1922)Nosferatu
  10. Way Down East (1920)

    1920: Lillian Gish (1893 – 1993) the screen name of Lillian De Guiche, in a tense moment from ‘Way Down East’, directed and produced by D W Griffith.
  11. The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse (1921)   Valentino,_Rudolph_(Four_Horsemen_of_the_Apocalypse,_The) 1921

I’m also open to any suggestions from my fellow silent film fanatics in regards to which silent classic is their favorite and/or which ones are recommended worth viewing for the first time via  posting a comment or two below; I’m very grateful to be a lifelong fan of all things classic as well as to gain an even greater sense of appreciation & respect of the silent era from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Of course this wasn’t an easy list to begin with because there are so many great silent classic films that I have yet to see, but I have to start somewhere and to me it is only the beginning; in the end, seeing every classic film from those particular film genres is, for me, such a profoundly inspiring feat worth obtaining & from the bottom of my heart I thank you for listening.




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