10 Silent Movies Sure to Please the Skeptics

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Whether you’re a silent film buff or are new to cinema before talkies, here’s a list of ten silent films spanning the genres that are worth watching and re-watching — from romantic comedies to creepy horror movies to high drama to historical epics. Whatever the occasion, you can find a silent film on this list to suit the mood and convince those in your life who may be skeptical that a silent film could actually be entertaining or edgy that something from the genre can appeal to any movie lover.

The Artist

Some silent movie buffs will be mad at me for including this, but I promise the rest of this list is composed of films made pre-1936. The Artist is a French film made in 2011 that swept that year’s Academy Awards, including Best Picture. This movie focuses on an aging star of the silent screen played by Jean Dujardin who watches his career fall apart as he’s replaced by stars better suited for “talkies,” like the young and beautiful dancer-turned-actress played by Bérénice Bejo. The actor and actress fall in love as their careers are propelled in opposite directions by the rise of talkies.

The film is a romantic comedy that’s simultaneously a lesson in film history. This is the perfect movie to watch with friends or family who may not be so into old silent movies and to introduce skeptics to the genre of silent film. The Artist was the first silent movie to win Best Picture, since Wings won at the very first Academy Awards in 1929.

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