Best Silent Movies Ever


Silent movie is known as a popular way of entertainment which became famous in the early 20th century. Silent film is actually a kind of film without dialogues or human voices, and mostly based on the effect of visual images. Let’s have a look at the greatest silent films ever made:

1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

The film described the final hours of French national hero and saint, Joan of Arc. Moreover, the main factor that makes “The passion of Joan of Arc” become the best silent movie is its creative movement, use of Dutch angles, and Maria Falconetti’s incredible passionate acting performance as the martyred young French maid in the film.


The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)



2. City Lights (1931)

This was Charlie Chaplin‘s last silent film. In “City Lights,” the Little Tramp falls in love with a blind flower salesgirl who thinks him to be a rich man, and he tries to have enough money to pay for a costly operation to save her eyesight. Its ending is also regarded to be the greatest in film history.


A romantic scene in “City Lights”


City Lights (1931)



3. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

“Battleship Potemkin” is a Russian film of director Sergei Eisenstein and is highly appreciated by stunning visuals. In its plot, the film presents a version of the mutiny taking place in 1905 as the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin rebelled against their officers of the Tsarist regime.


A scene of lots of deaths in the battle in “Battleship Potemkin”


“Battleship Potemkin”



4. Metropolis (1927)

“Metropolis” is the first modern science-fiction film and is considered as the most expensive silent film ever made. Metropolis’s setting is in a futuristic urban dystopia and examines the social crisis between workers and owners in capitalism.


A scene in “Metropolis”


“Metropolis” silent film



5. The General (1927)

“The General” is a comedy in which stars Keaton play as a young railroad engineer who aspires to become a soldier in the Civil War. However, unfortunately, he is turned down. The climax of the film contains a spectacular moment where a bridge collapses when a railroad train crosses it. This scene continued to inspire lots of other films like “The Bridge on the River Kwai” and “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.”


“The General”



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