Best Silent Movies

  • The Artist

    The Artist (PG-13, 2011)

    Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller
    Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talki... read morees will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies. -- (C) Weinstein
    • thomasharris14
      thomasharris14: First of all, I was a little skeptical about this movie because I didn't believe a silent film would work in the 21st century since it had been a long time since the end of the silent
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • moviesbewithyou2
      moviesbewithyou2: . The black and white and silent element of the movie is used as a beneficial, ironic element. It's about a movie star during
      Reviewed 59 days days ago
    • fb7106233
      fb7106233: Silent films work in two ways: being broad enough to understand without words and having stars so l
      Reviewed 28 days days ago
  • WALL-E

    WALL-E (G, 2008)

    Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, Macintalk
    After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL-E (short for Waste Allocation Lo... read moread Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. EVE comes to realize that WALL-E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, WALL-E chases EVE across the galaxy and sets into motion one of the most exciting and imaginative comedy adventures ever brought to the big screen. Joining WALL-E on his fantastic journey across a universe of never-before-imagined visions of the future, is a hilarious cast of characters including a pet cockroach, and a heroic team of malfunctioning misfit robots.
    • fb1729406813
      fb1729406813: It's one of those nearly silent films I'd love to watch over and over again
      Reviewed 11 months days ago
    • asjklasjklas
      asjklasjklas: Influenced by the silent film era and the sci-fi genre and narrated through effective visual delight and little dialog
      Reviewed 10 months days ago
    • fb1025970122
      fb1025970122: . The chracters are so likeable, the first part of the film or the "silent section" i enjoyed most-it showed true humanity in a robot-it expressed tons of emotions thro
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard (Unrated, 1950)

    William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark
    Aging silent-film star Norma Desmond ensnares a young screenwriter in this poison-pen valentine to H... read moreollywood.
    • ohagankieran
      ohagankieran: . If that weren't enough, there's even a cameo by silent film great Buster Keaton (among others).

      One of the most appealing aspects of this film is h
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • SJMJ91
      SJMJ91: . Norma is an aging ex silent film star who has moved away to live in a mansion on Sunset Boulevard. Her one companion is M
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • tsigur
      tsigur: . I also enjoyed seeing some other great silent film era legends in the film like Buster Keaton and Cecil B. DeMille. Extraordinary film.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire)

    Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (Unrated, 1922)

    Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Georg H. Schnell
    F. W. Murnau's landmark vampire film Nosferatu isn't merely a variation on Bram Stoker's Dracula: it... read more's a direct steal, so much so that Stoker's widow went to court, demanding in vain that the Murnau film be suppressed and destroyed. The character names have been changed to protect the guilty (in the original German prints, at least), but devotees of Stoker will have little trouble recognizing their Dracula counterparts. The film begins in the Carpathian mountains, where real estate agent Hutter (Gustav von Wagenheim) has arrived to close a sale with the reclusive Herr Orlok (Max Schreck). Despite the feverish warnings of the local peasants, Hutter insists upon completing his journey to Orlok's sinister castle. While enjoying his host's hospitality, Hutter accidently cuts his finger-whereupon Orlok tips his hand by staring intently at the bloody digit, licking his lips. Hutter catches on that Orlok is no ordinary mortal when he witnesses the vampiric nobleman loading himself into a coffin in preparation for his journey to Bremen. By the time the ship bearing Orlok arrives at its destination, the captain and crew have all been killed-and partially devoured. There follows a wave of mysterious deaths in Bremen, which the local authorities attribute to a plague of some sort. But Ellen, Hutter's wife, knows better. Armed with the knowledge that a vampire will perish upon exposure to the rays of the sun, Ellen offers herself to Orlok, deliberately keeping him "entertained" until sunrise. At the cost of her own life, Ellen ends Orlok's reign of terror once and for all. Rumors still persist that Max Schreck, the actor playing Nosferatu, was actually another, better-known performer in disguise. Whatever the case, Schreck's natural countenance was buried under one of the most repulsive facial makeups in cinema history-one that was copied to even greater effect by Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzog's 1979 remake - Nosferatu the Vampyre. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
  • Metropolis

    Metropolis (PG-13, 1927)

    Alfred Abel, Gustav Froehlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Theodor Loos, Heinrich George
    In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the... read more city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
    • fb1008742212
      fb1008742212: and combined with the story's allegorical sense it really is a primary display of some of the best silent films Germany or even the world had to offer.
      Metropolis' view of a dystopian future is a per
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
    • jlhaines2011
      jlhaines2011: Beautiful. The Silent Movie Theater (with Chrome Canyon dj set)
      Reviewed 9 months days ago
    • lizziemay81gmailcom
      lizziemay81gmailcom: Metropolis is a movie that many other movies have reflected off of. It is a very interesting movie,
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
  • City Lights

    City Lights (G, 1931)

    Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers, Hank Mann, Allan Garcia
    Charles Chaplin was deep into production of his silent City Lights when Hollywood was overwhelmed by... read more the talkie revolution. After months of anguished contemplation, Chaplin decided to finish the film as it began--in silence, save for a musical score and an occasional sound effect. Once again cast as the Little Tramp, Chaplin makes the acquaintance of a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill), who through a series of coincidences has gotten the impression that the shabby tramp is a millionaire. A second storyline begins when the tramp rescues a genuine millionaire (Harry Myers) from committing suicide. When drunk, the millionaire expansively treats the tramp as a friend and equal; when sober, he doesn't even recognize him. The two plots come together when the tramp attempts to raise enough money for the blind girl to have an eye operation. Highlights include an extended boxing sequence pitting scrawny Chaplin against muscle-bound Hank Mann, and the poignant final scene in which the now-sighted flower girl sees her impoverished benefactor for the first time. Chaplin's decision to release the silent City Lights three years into the talkie era was partially vindicated when more than one critic singled out this "comedy in pantomime" as the best picture of 1931. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
  • Modern Times

    Modern Times (G, 1936)

    Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley J. ('Tiny') Sandford, Chester Conklin
    This episodic satire of the Machine Age is considered Charles Chaplin's last "silent" film, although... read more Chaplin uses sound, vocal, and musical effects throughout. Chaplin stars as an assembly-line worker driven insane by the monotony of his job. After a long spell in an asylum, he searches for work, only to be mistakenly arrested as a Red agitator. Released after foiling a prison break, Chaplin makes the acquaintance of orphaned gamine (Paulette Goddard) and becomes her friend and protector. He takes on several new jobs for her benefit, but every job ends with a quick dismissal and yet another jail term. During one of his incarcerations, she is hired to dance at a nightclub and arranges for him to be hired there as a singing waiter. He proves an enormous success, but they are both forced to flee their jobs when the orphanage officials show up to claim the girl. Dispirited, she moans, "What's the use of trying?" But the ever-resourceful Chaplin tells her to never say die, and our last image is of Chaplin and The Gamine strolling down a California highway towards new adventures. The plotline of Modern Times is as loosely constructed as any of Chaplin's pre-1915 short subjects, permitting ample space for several of the comedian's most memorable routines: the "automated feeding machine," a nocturnal roller-skating episode, and Chaplin's double-talk song rendition in the nightclub sequence. In addition to producing, directing, writing, and starring in Modern Times, Chaplin also composed its theme song, Smile, which would later be adopted as Jerry Lewis' signature tune. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
  • Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)

    Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) (Unrated, 1920)

    Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Friedrich Feher, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
    In one of the most influential films of the silent era, Werner Krauss plays the title character, a s... read moreinister hypnotist who travels the carnival circuit displaying a somnambulist named Cesare (Conrad Veidt). In one tiny German town, a series of murders coincides with Caligari's visit. When the best friend of hero Francis (Friedrich Feher) is killed, the deed seems to be the outgrowth of a romantic rivalry over the hand of the lovely Jane (Lil Dagover). Francis suspects Caligari, but he is ignored by the police. Investigating on his own, Francis seemingly discovers that Caligari has been ordering the somnambulist to commit the murders, but the story eventually takes a more surprising direction. Caligari's Expressionist style ultimately led to the dark shadows and sharp angles of the film noir urban crime dramas of the 1940s, many of which were directed by such German émigrés as Billy Wilder and Robert Siodmak. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
    • asjklasjklas
      asjklasjklas: . Caligari impacted cinema altogether and is one of the greatest, most historically significant silent films to date.
      Reviewed 11 months days ago
    • 00Film
      00Film: . A masterpiece silent horror well worth a watch for horror buffs.
      Reviewed 21 months days ago
    • fb1533352175
      fb1533352175: Great silent film in the horror genre. This director was well ahead of his time. You almost sense this is
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Mr. Bean's Holiday

    Mr. Bean's Holiday (G, 2007)

    Rowan Atkinson, Emma de Caunes, Jean Rochefort, Karel Roden, Max Baldry
    Mr. Bean wins a trip to Cannes where he unwittingly separates a young boy from his father and must h... read moreelp the two come back together. On the way he discovers France, bicycling, and true love, among other things.
    • fb679193553
      fb679193553: Amusing almost-silent movie, set in beautiful surroundings. Bean does nothing to promote the image of the Englishm
      Reviewed 21 months days ago
    • fb1812324173
      fb1812324173: It was nice to see Mr Bean back on the big screen a really good recap on silent comedy good job Atkinson for bringing him back one more time
      Reviewed 24 months days ago
    • ColbyBryant
      ColbyBryant: . Worth a look for fans of silent/physical comedy.
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Talk to Her

    Talk to Her (R, 2002)

    Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Rosario Flores, Geraldine Chaplin
    Pedro Almodóvar follows his international success All About My Mother with an offbeat drama that exp... read morelores the friendship of two men brought together under unusual but strangely similar circumstances. Benigno (Javier Camára) is a male nurse whose apartment overlooks a dance studio run by Katerina (Geraldine Chaplin); he often sits on his balcony and watches one of Katerina's students, Alicia (Leonor Watling), and he finds himself becoming infatuated with her. When Alicia is severely injured in an auto accident that leaves her in a coma, Benigno discovers she has been admitted to the hospital where he works, and he spends his days caring for a woman he now deeply loves but has barely met. Marco (Darío Grandinetti) is a journalist who was assigned to interview Lydia (Rosario Flores), a well-known female bullfighter whose on-the-rocks romance with another toreador, "El Niño de Valencia" (Adolfo Fernández), has made her the focus of the tabloid press. During Marco's interview with Lydia, he goes out of his way to treat her kindly, and she appears to return his attention. During the bullfight which follows, Lydia is gored by the bull, and is now in a coma; Marco is certain his interview broke her steely concentration, and he spends most of his days at the hospital, convinced her injuries are his fault. Alicia and Lydia are both housed in the same ward of the same hospital, and in time Benigno and Marco become close friends, bonding in their shared devotion to women who cannot return their affection. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • odditie
      odditie: When Benigno does rape her comatose body Almodovar takes care, he uses cartoon like characters in a silent film to express the act and while its serious nature does not get overlooked as the film move
      Reviewed 7 years days ago