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Discover Lost Movies: Read Reviews of Unfinished and Lost Films

In an era of nearly limitless streaming options, it seems inconceivable that thousands of films from the early days of cinema are either incomplete or totally lost because of destruction or neglect. In fact, it’s estimated that between 75 and 90 percent of films made before 1929 have experienced this fate. But while you won’t be able to see any of these movies anytime soon, you can get an idea of what they were like, and how audiences reacted to them at the time, by reading reviews from contemporaneous critics. You also get a picture of film criticism finding its feet, with writers finding ways to engage with a relatively new medium as they had been with books and plays for centuries.

Working with libraries and digital archives, we’ve added reviews for more than 100 lost films from dozens of newspapers and magazines across the world. Some of these movies may have been masterpieces, and some may have been duds, but all of them are part of a forgotten piece of film history that we hope to shed some light upon. And because we’re always unearthing more archival reviews, we’ll update this guide as these old movies get brand-new Tomatometers – which happens when a film gets at least five reviews in our system. Now, step back in time and discover lost films through critics’ reviews, ordered chronologically. Click on the films to go to their movie pages and read full reviews.

#115
#115
Adjusted Score: 100%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: W.W. Freeman

#114
#114
Adjusted Score: 100%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring:

#113
#113
Adjusted Score: 84.25%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Charles Tait

#112

Neptune's Daughter (1914)
100%

#112
Adjusted Score: 101.348%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This film stars Annette Kellerman as the daughter of King Neptune himself. Her principal antagonist is the Witch of the... [More]
Directed By: Herbert Brenon

#111
#111
Adjusted Score: 80.304%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1914, during the Mexican Revolution, the Mutual Film Co. contracted Pancho VIlla to produce this silent film documenting his... [More]
Directed By: Christy Cabanne

#110
#110
Adjusted Score: 83.565%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Some sources list Tom Mix as one of the cast members in Your Girl and Mine, but this is unlikely,... [More]
Directed By: Giles Warren

#109

Inspiration (1915)
100%

#109
Adjusted Score: 80.745%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Actress Audrey Munson, whose chief claim to fame was her voluptuous figure, was the star of the Thanhouser five-reeler Inspiration.... [More]
Starring: Audrey Munson
Directed By: George Foster Platt

#108
#108
Adjusted Score: 100.615%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In a war-torn world, enemies of the United States use pacifists as pawns to insure that the Government doesn't spend... [More]

#107

Carmen (1915)
78%

#107
Adjusted Score: 78.453%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Spanish soldier falls under the spell of a fiery gypsy girl named Carmen. His obsession with her leads to... [More]
Directed By: Raoul Walsh

#106
#106
Adjusted Score: 64.596%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This exotic adventure set in Egypt, Baghdad, and New York follows a bank robbery and the theft of a sacred... [More]
Directed By: Colin Campbell

#105
#105
Adjusted Score: 44.596%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Thomas Dixon Jr.

#104
#104
Adjusted Score: 94.562%
Critics Consensus: As visually compelling as it is narratively engaging, Daughter of the Gods is a stunning celebration of beauty supported by a moving story.
Synopsis: This film is a lavish fairy tale, set long long ago in a land far far away. The setting was... [More]
Directed By: Herbert Brenon

#103

Life Without Soul (1916)
100%

#103
Adjusted Score: 92.697%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This film is nothing more nor less than Mary Shelley's Frankenstein -- though the main character has been rechristened "Victor... [More]
Directed By: Joseph W. Smiley

#102

The Iron Claw (1916)
100%

#102
Adjusted Score: 92.697%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Leaving the character of Elaine behind after three successful serials, Pearl White played Margery Golden in The Iron Claw, the... [More]
Starring:

#101

The Vixen (1916)
60%

#101
Adjusted Score: 55.618%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Legendary silent-screen "vamp" Theda Bara played the title character in Fox's The Vixen. The story concerns two sisters, Elsie and... [More]
Directed By: J. Gordon Edwards

#100

Cleopatra (1917)
91%

#100
Adjusted Score: 97.588%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: By 1917, Theda Bara had become one of the screen's biggest stars, and her fans had long been suggesting that... [More]
Directed By: J. Gordon Edwards

#99
#99
Adjusted Score: 87.309%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: You'd never know it from the title, but The Darling of Paris was a film version of Victor Hugo's Hunchback... [More]
Directed By: J. Gordon Edwards

#98

The Gulf Between (1917)
83%

#98
Adjusted Score: 83.979%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Wray Physioc

#97

Arizona (1918)
71%

#97
Adjusted Score: 71.313%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Silent star Douglas Fairbanks made a rare visit to the director's chair (accompanied by his friend and frequent collaborator Albert... [More]

#96

Madame Jealousy (1918)
71%

#96
Adjusted Score: 71.313%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: One of silent screendom's most famed dramatic actresses, Pauline Frederick, somehow got herself involved in this silly allegorical tale: When... [More]
Directed By: Robert G. Vignola

#95
Adjusted Score: 38.5%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Mary MacLane was a real life vamp who wrote a sensational book, I, Mary MacLane. Some savvy film executive at... [More]
Directed By: Arthur Berthelet

#94

Queen of the Sea (1918)
80%

#94
Adjusted Score: 75%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Annette Kellerman, the Australian swimming star of the early 1900s, made a number of films, most of them in the... [More]
Directed By: John G. Adolphi

#93
#93
Adjusted Score: 75%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Raised on the wild windjammer stories of her sea-captain grandfather Obadiah Wolf (Theodore Roberts), heroine Patricia (Lila Lee) yearns for... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: George H. Melford

#92
Adjusted Score: 93.751%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By:

#91
#91
Adjusted Score: 100.125%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Madge Kennedy, arguably the most versatile actress in the Goldwyn Studios stable, went into her "romantic" mode for The Kingdom... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Clarence G. Badger

#90

She Devil (1918)
33%

#90
Adjusted Score: 33.125%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this film, Pancha O'Brien is the Irish-Mexican daughter of a Wyoming sheep rancher. The two men in Pancha's life... [More]
Directed By:

#89
#89
Adjusted Score: 63.5%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A rather ridiculous war time romance, The Splendid Sinner was one of two films to star opera diva Mary Garden.... [More]
Starring: Mary Garden
Directed By: Edwin Carewe

#88
#88
Adjusted Score: 100.391%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Mary Miles Minter was supposed to be a contender for Mary Pickford's girlish crown, but she never came close. It's... [More]

#87

The Gray Horizon (1919)
80%

#87
Adjusted Score: 80.159%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This drama highlights the fine dramatic talents of Sessue Hayakawa. Yano Masata (Hayakawa) is a Japanese artist whose sister, O... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: William Worthington

#86

Ravished Armenia (1919)
90%

#86
Adjusted Score: 91.318%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Oscar Apfel

#85

Salome (1923)
56%

#85
Adjusted Score: 56.563%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this adaptation of Oscar Wilde's tale, the story remains as always: Salome is coerced by her mother Herodias to... [More]
Directed By: Charles Bryant

#84

Better Wife (1919)
40%

#84
Adjusted Score: 40.159%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: American girl Charmian Page (Clara Kimball Young) visits England with her father (Edward M. Kimball). While staying with their friends... [More]
Starring:
Directed By:

#83
#83
Adjusted Score: 100.159%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sessue Hayakawa was making the transition from Oriental villain to sympathetic hero in this picture. The plot is a combination... [More]
Directed By: William Worthington

#82

The Miracle Man (1919)
88%

#82
Adjusted Score: 88.855%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A group of crooks in New York City's Chinatown hear about an old hermit (Joseph J. Dowling) in a small... [More]
Directed By: George Loane Tucker

#81

Unpardonable Sin (1919)
29%

#81
Adjusted Score: 29.623%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on the Rupert Hughes novel, this film concerns the German atrocities committed in Belgium at the beginning of the... [More]
Directed By: Marshall Neilan

#80
#80
Adjusted Score: 79.086%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Lord Angus Cameron (H.E. Herbert), a Scottish nobleman, becomes tired of his common-law wife Marion (Mabel Ballin) and tries to... [More]
Directed By: Maurice Tourneur

#79

Wildcat of Paris (1919)
80%

#79
Adjusted Score: 80.159%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The titular character of this film is Colette, the sweetheart of a criminal gangleader. Colette and her lover break into... [More]
Starring: Priscilla Dean
Directed By:

#78

An Arabian Knight (1920)
100%

#78
Adjusted Score: 100.134%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Japanese actor Sessue Hayakawa is cast as an ancient Egyptian donkey boy in An Arabian Knight. The humble Hayakawa rescues... [More]
Directed By: Charles Swickard

#77

Double Speed (1920)
100%

#77
Adjusted Score: 101.042%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When "Speed" Carr (Wallace Reid) has to travel from New York to Los Angeles to meet his uncle and claim... [More]
Directed By: Sam Wood

#76
#76
Adjusted Score: 100.134%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A band of aeroplane robbers, led by Van Arland (Ray Ripley), plan to steal $20,000 in gold, which is meant... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Jacques Jaccard

#75
#75
Adjusted Score: 86.588%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Small town American girl Polly Shannon (Ina Claire) goes to Paris to study singing, but winds up as a maid... [More]
Directed By: Leander De Cordova

#74
#74
Adjusted Score: 86.588%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Lillian Gish tried her hand at film-directing in this gentle comedy of marital infidelity. Dorothy Gish is Janie, the young... [More]
Directed By: Lillian Gish

#73
#73
Adjusted Score: 100.361%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Japanese girl, Yuki Onda (Tsuru Aoki), is studying at an American college in 1903 when war breaks out between... [More]
Directed By:

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 80.134%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Made in between his two classics, Blind Husbands and Foolish Wives, this drama from director Erich von Stroheim centers on... [More]
Directed By: Erich von Stroheim

#71

The Right of Way (1920)
100%

#71
Adjusted Score: 100.134%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This film was adapted from a well-known novel by Sir Gilbert Parker. Charley Steele (Bert Lytell) is a hard-drinking lawyer... [More]
Directed By: John Francis Dillon

#70

Treasure Island (1920)
82%

#70
Adjusted Score: 83.495%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Treasure Island was the third of Fox's "Sunshine Kiddies" series, a group of literary adaptations starring child actors in adult... [More]
Directed By: Maurice Tourneur

#69
Adjusted Score: 100.703%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Story has it that Douglas Fairbanks was approached for the role of the Yankee, Martin Cavendish. It certainly would have... [More]
Directed By: Emmett J. Flynn

#68
#68
Adjusted Score: 101.189%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this film version of the old theatrical chestnut, Roscoe Arbuckle plays a young lawyer who inherits a vast fortune.... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Henaberry

#67

Jane Eyre (1921)
80%

#67
Adjusted Score: 80.216%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This drama is taken from the classic novel by Charlotte Bronte. Rochester (Norman Trevor) takes in the adult orphan Jane... [More]
Directed By: Hugo Ballin, Hugo Bailin

#66
#66
Adjusted Score: 100.459%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring: Bill Williams
Directed By: Lottie Lyell

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 93.919%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Betty Blythe stars as the Queen of Sheba in this historical drama. King Solomon (Fritz Lieber) and his jealous brother... [More]
Directed By: J. Gordon Edwards

#64

Disraeli (1921)
100%

#64
Adjusted Score: 100.946%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Photos reveal that stage and film luminary George Arliss made a perfect Benjamin Disreli -- this silent was the filmed... [More]
Directed By: Henry Kolker

#63
#63
Adjusted Score: 43.703%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Elsie Ferguson, who played the role of Carlotta Peel on stage, also starred in the film. Carlotta's aunt (Helen Dunbar... [More]

#62

A Blind Bargain (1922)
50%

#62
Adjusted Score: 50.231%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An eccentric scientist experimenting with animal-gland transplants creates a bestial, half-human ape-man. This film is an early collaboration for Lon... [More]
Directed By: Wallace Worsley Sr.

#61

Clarence (1922)
67%

#61
Adjusted Score: 67.231%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Wallace Reid plays against type in this comedy-drama, based on the play by Booth Tarkington. As a matter of fact,... [More]
Directed By: William C. deMille

#60

One Glorious Day (1922)
100%

#60
Adjusted Score: 101.051%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This quirky comedy with its mystical overtones was a departure for the down-to-earth Will Rogers. The story opens up with... [More]
Directed By: James Cruze

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 50.231%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Beautiful and Damned is one of the earliest cinemazations of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Kenneth Harlan and Marie... [More]
Directed By: William A. Seiter

#58

Sin Flood (1922)
100%

#58
Adjusted Score: 100.846%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This character study was adapted from Henning Berger's play, Synafloden, which was known as The Deluge in its English translation.... [More]
Directed By: Frank Lloyd

#57
#57
Adjusted Score: 60.026%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring:
Directed By:

#56

Thirty Days (1922)
33%

#56
Adjusted Score: 33.231%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Lucille (Wanda Hawley) is the jealous girlfriend who believes her man John (Wallace Reid) falls too easily to feminine wiles.... [More]
Directed By: James Cruze

#55

Trifling Women (1922)
80%

#55
Adjusted Score: 81.051%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Zareda (Barbara LaMarr) is the fortune teller and sorceress who watches as Marquis Ferroni (Lewis Stone) and his son Ivan... [More]
Directed By: Rex Ingram

#54
#54
Adjusted Score: 56.846%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Everybody at Mack Sennett's Keystone studios was expected to do a little bit of everything, which is why bassett-faced comedian... [More]
Directed By: John Ford

#53

Flaming Youth (1923)
91%

#53
Adjusted Score: 93.822%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This picture practically defined the Roaring Twenties and shot Colleen Moore to superstardom. Because she is neglected by her husband... [More]
Directed By: John Francis Dillon

#52

Hollywood (1923)
100%

#52
Adjusted Score: 100.042%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The premise is clichéd -- it's the usual tale of a pretty girl from the sticks trying to break into... [More]
Directed By: James Cruze

#51

Human Wreckage (1923)
71%

#51
Adjusted Score: 71.216%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dorothy Davenport billed herself by her private name, Mrs. Wallace Reid, for this melodrama about drug addiction. She was making... [More]
Directed By: John Griffith Wray

#50

A Sainted Devil (1924)
64%

#50
Adjusted Score: 64.897%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: There's something very calculated about this Rudolph Valentino vehicle. As he did in Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the star... [More]

#49

So Big (1932)

#49
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this film, Chicago truck farmer Selena sacrifices everything for her son Dirk, dreaming that the boy will become a... [More]
Directed By: William Wellman

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 29.207%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This dramatic tragedy is taken from the famous novel by Thomas Hardy. Tess (Blanche Sweet) is the young daughter of... [More]
Directed By: Marshall Neilan

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 86.011%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A struggling composer must abandon his classical music and begins writing more popular jazz compositions to survive. He hates this... [More]
Directed By: James Cruze

#46

Forty Winks (1925)
100%

#46
Adjusted Score: 86.624%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Raymond Griffith's star was on the rise when he made this comedy, based on the play Lord Chumley by David... [More]
Directed By: Paul Iribe, Frank Urson

#45

Graustark (1925)
82%

#45
Adjusted Score: 82.588%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On a train traveling from the West, Grenfall Lorry, an American (Eugene O'Brien), meets the mysterious and beautiful Yetive (Norma... [More]
Directed By: Dmitri Buchowetzki

#44

Madame Sans-Gene (1923)
50%

#44
Adjusted Score: 50.042%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a 1907 play by Victorien Sardou and Émile Moreau, much ado was made of Madame Sans-Gêne when it... [More]
Directed By: Léonce Perret

#43

That Royle Girl (1925)
89%

#43
Adjusted Score: 89.299%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The stars and director of Sally of the Sawdust, namely Carol Dempster, W. C. Fields and D. W. Griffith, were... [More]
Directed By: D.W. Griffith

#42

The Alaskan (1924)
33%

#42
Adjusted Score: 33.552%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Thomas Meighan single-handedly saves Alaska in this James Oliver Curwood tale of the Northwest, which was shot on-location in British... [More]
Directed By: Herbert Brenon

#41

The Dark Angel (1925)
100%

#41
Adjusted Score: 100.299%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This sentimental drama, based on the stage play by H.B. Trevelyan (actually a pseudonym for Guy Bolton), was the American... [More]
Directed By: George Fitzmaurice

#40

The Lady (1925)
83%

#40
Adjusted Score: 71.898%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this romantic melodrama, Polly Pearl is a bar manager who doubles as a cabaret performer. Wealthy society swell Leonard... [More]
Directed By: Frank Borzage

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 68.275%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this romantic adventure, a handsome hero sails to a tropical paradise in hopes of forgetting the woman who spurned... [More]
Directed By: Maurice Tourneur

#38

Camille (1926)
40%

#38
Adjusted Score: 40.264%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This was the most popular of the many silent adaptations of Alexandre Dumas' famous story of a courtesan who finds... [More]
Directed By: Fred Niblo

#37

The Great Gatsby (1926)
52%

#37
Adjusted Score: 56.308%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Accurately described as "a beautiful job" by novelist John O'Hara, this 1926 silent version of F. Scott's Fitzgerald's The Great... [More]
Directed By: Herbert Brenon

#36

Babe Comes Home (1927)
75%

#36
Adjusted Score: 54.769%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Baseball great George Herman "Babe" Ruth's second starring film (the first was 1920's Headin' Home) was the amiable romantic comedy... [More]
Directed By: Ted Wilde

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 45.64%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Starring:
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 64.004%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Scotland Yard detective's obsession leads to his solving a five year old case. It was closed after authorities ruled... [More]
Directed By: Tod Browning

#33

Rolled Stockings (1927)
70%

#33
Adjusted Score: 63.897%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this campus comedy, two collegiate brothers, Jim and Ralph Treadway, are in love with the same girl, Carol Fleming.... [More]
Directed By: Richard Rosson

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 73.004%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: "Rough House Rosie" Reilly (Clara Bow) just can't seem to stay out of trouble. Hoping to become a Broadway actress,... [More]
Directed By: Frank R. Strayer

#31

She's a Sheik (1927)
67%

#31
Adjusted Score: 55.042%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This belated but hilarious spoof of the Valentino craze stars Bebe Daniels as Zaida, the daughter of Arab sheik Yussif... [More]
Directed By: Clarence G. Badger

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 63.897%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Originally titled 10 Modern Commandments, this sophisticated romantic comedy-drama was the third directorial effort by Dorothy Arzner -- not to... [More]
Directed By: Dorothy Arzner

#29

The Dove (1927)
67%

#29
Adjusted Score: 55.042%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Adapted from the warhorse stage play by Willard Mack, The Dove proved a so-so vehicle for Norma Talmadge, but the... [More]
Directed By: Roland West

#28
Adjusted Score: 81.282%
Critics Consensus: If its story isn't always as transporting as it should be, The Private Life of Helen of Troy offers an amusing -- albeit historically inaccurate -- diversion.
Synopsis: Queen Helen of Troy, piqued by her husband's lack of interest in her, elopes with Paris to Sparta. Menelaus, her... [More]
Directed By: Alexander Korda

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 91.377%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Bank clerk August Schiller (Emil Jannings in his American screen debut) is known as a model husband and father. His... [More]
Directed By: Victor Fleming

#26

Beau Sabreur (1928)
67%

#26
Adjusted Score: 67.245%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This silent romantic adventure is set in the Sahara desert, and purports to be a sequel to the successful Beau... [More]
Directed By: John Waters

#25

4 Devils (1928)
84%

#25
Adjusted Score: 87.29%
Critics Consensus: 4 Devils combines thrilling cinematography and an affecting story to produce an absorbing and well-acted drama.
Synopsis: The circus provides the backdrop for this melodrama that chronicles the lives of four children raised within the big top.... [More]
Directed By: F.W. Murnau

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 89.245%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The present unavailability of 1928's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is especially frustrating for those who'd like to compare this first version... [More]
Directed By: Malcolm St. Clair

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 83.661%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The principal lady in Ladies of the Mob is jazz-baby Clara Bow. After her father is executed, Bow goes to... [More]
Directed By: William Wellman

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 56.245%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this film, Babs is a college coed who dreams of becoming a famous actress. Joining up with her campus... [More]
Directed By: Dorothy Arzner

#21

My Man (1928)
86%

#21
Adjusted Score: 83.308%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A largely silent musical, My Man is primarily a showcase for the enormously popular Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice who... [More]
Directed By: Archie Mayo

#20

Red Hair (1928)
100%

#20
Adjusted Score: 96.87%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It was romance novelist Elinor Glyn who dubbed Clara Bow the "It" girl, so it was hardly a surprise when... [More]
Directed By: Clarence G. Badger

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 63.107%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Previously filmed in 1920, Harold Bell Wright's "backwoods" novel Shepherd of the Hills was remade in 1928. The story is... [More]
Directed By: Albert Rogell

#18

Tenderloin (1928)
29%

#18
Adjusted Score: 28.092%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Michael Curtiz

#17

The Divine Woman (1928)
70%

#17
Adjusted Score: 70.384%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: One of the great directors of the silent era, Victor Sjostrom, teamed with fellow Swede Greta Garbo for this drama.... [More]
Directed By: Victor Sjöström

#16
Adjusted Score: 90.384%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Director William Wellman's follow-up to Wings was based in part on his own WWI experiences with the Lafayette Flying Corps.... [More]
Directed By: William Wellman

#15

The Patriot (1928)
100%

#15
Adjusted Score: 100.245%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ernst Lubitsch, well-known for his sophisticated romantic comedies, proved that he was equally adept at historical drama in this lavishly-mounted... [More]
Directed By: Ernst Lubitsch

#14

Three Week-Ends (1928)
60%

#14
Adjusted Score: 41.516%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Clara Bow vehicle Three Week Ends was based on a story by Elinor Glyn, the romance novelist who bestowed... [More]
Directed By: Clarence G. Badger

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 96.75%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Previously filmed in 1923, Avery Hopwood's 1920 comedy The Gold Diggers was resurrected in 1929 as the Technicolor musical Gold... [More]
Directed By: Roy Del Ruth

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 40.638%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this melodrama, a high-born school girl has a breakdown after learning that her supposedly blue-blooded mother is in reality... [More]
Directed By: Michael Curtiz

#11

Paris (1929)
92%

#11
Adjusted Score: 92.966%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this drama, a domineering, over-protective mother leaves her Massachusetts home for Paris to stop her beloved son from marrying... [More]
Directed By: Clarence G. Badger

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 60.638%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A lesser-known effort from director Josef Von Sternberg, The Case of Lena Smith has been unfairly chastised for all the... [More]
Directed By: Josef von Sternberg

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 63.31%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The disastrous 1929 Stock Market crash was still several months in the future when Wolf of Wall Street made its... [More]
Directed By: Rowland V. Lee

#8

Thunder (1929)
75%

#8
Adjusted Score: 75.31%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A compulsively on-time locomotive engineer's fixation on promptness causes grief for himself and his family -- until his obsession saves... [More]
Directed By: William Nigh

#7

Kismet (1930)
85%

#7
Adjusted Score: 86.289%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Edward Knoblock's warhorse theatrical piece Kismet, first filmed in 1920, resurfaced as a talkie in 1930. Repeating the role he'd... [More]
Directed By: John Francis Dillon

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 80.761%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This lavish musical is based on a play by Oscar Hammerstein II and tells the story of a young girl... [More]
Directed By: Alan Crosland

#5

The Cat Creeps (1930)
75%

#5
Adjusted Score: 75.409%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Cat Creeps is the first of three talkie versions of John Willard's durable stage melodrama The Cat and the... [More]

#4

The Rogue Song (1930)
86%

#4
Adjusted Score: 86.232%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Russian bandit king takes revenge then finds himself enamored with the sister of the rogue he's killed. This costume... [More]

#3

Men of Tomorrow (1932)
50%

#3
Adjusted Score: 50.181%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Originally released in 1932, Men of Tomorrow represented the film debut of Robert Donat. The story follows a young, idealistic... [More]

#2

Convention City (1933)
86%

#2
Adjusted Score: 90.458%
Critics Consensus: A delightful depiction of bad behavior, Convention City tests taboos and busts guts with equal abandon.
Synopsis: Practically every member of the Warner Bros. stock company except Glenda Farrell shows up in the rowdy, raunchy pre-Code comedy... [More]
Directed By: Archie Mayo

#1

White Heat (1934)
40%

#1
Adjusted Score: 40.155%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this melodrama filmed on location in Hawaii, a sugar plantation manager finds himself falling in love with a native... [More]
Directed By: Lois Weber

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