Silent Films

The Balloonatic (1923)
Surreal Buster Keaton silent comedy

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920)
Silent horror, German expressionist classic

The Cat and the Canary (1927)
Silent horror film about a millionaire who dies alone leaving a mysterious will, part of the first wave of Universal’s “classic monster” series

Cops (1922)
Silent comedy by Buster Keaton, made during the trial of his colleague Fatty Arbuckle

Fantasmagorie (1908)
Brief and silent, this is the world’s first cartoon

The Haunted House (1921)
Short silent comedy by Buster Keaton, who plays a clerk in a large town bank

Häxan (1922)
Silent documentary/dramatisation about witchcraft, originally banned on its release

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
Silent romantic drama starring Lon Chaney, based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo

Der letzte Mann (1924)
Silent drama about a hotel doorman, famous for its innovative cinematography

The Lost World (1925)
First screen adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle novel, explorers from London set out to prove the existence of living dinosaurs

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916)
Silent comedy featuring Douglas Fairbanks as detective Coke Ennyday who loves to take drugs

The Night Before Christmas (1905)
Very early silent short about a family waiting for Father Christmas to deliver their presents

Nosferatu (1922)
Silent horror film, unofficially based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula

One Week (1920)
Silent comedy by Buster Keaton, a newlywed couple decide to build their own house

The Ten Commandments (1923)
Epic version of the Biblical book of Exodus, followed by a modern day drama about applying the commandments in everyday life

Three Ages (1923)
Feature-length Buster Keaton silent comedy, set in the stone age, ancient Rome and the modern day

A Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire (1906)
High-quality footage filmed from a cable car of Market Street in pre-disaster San Francisco

Vampyr (1932)
Semi-silent horror by Carl Theodor Dreyer