Ten most influential silent films

In honour of The Artist, TCM has compiled a list of the 10 most influential silent films:

The Birth of a Nation (1915) – Directed by D.W. Griffith
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) – Directed by Rex Ingram
Nanook of the North (1922) – Directed by Robert Flaherty
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) – Directed by Wallace Worsley
The Ten Commandments (1923) – Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
The Gold Rush (1925) – Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Battleship Potemkin (1925) – Directed by Sergei Eisenstein
Metropolis (1927) – Directed by Fritz Lang
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) – Directed by F.W. Murnau
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) – Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

I’ve been fortunate to have seen all but Sunrise. To this list, I would add:

Nosferatu (1922) – Directed by F. W. Murnau
M (1931) – Directed by Fritz Lang. A silent-talkies hybrid.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) – Directed by Robert Wiene

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