SASY Rank – The Silent Years

We were thinking earlier today that it might be nice to throw up a couple of mini-posts offering our rankings for some related types of Sight & Sound films. We already keep ongoing rankings of our respective 10 favorite films (check out the sidebar), and after we watch a block of 10 films we rank them against each other in our SASY Wrap posts. But this doesn’t seem adequate. For one thing, our Top 10 rankings are ultimately going to leave up to 240 films unaccounted for at the end of this experiment. And while the SASY Wrap rankings are great for gathering our thoughts to do a round-up post, it’s not necessarily fair to be comparing something like 2001: A Space Odyssey to Greed (which we did anyway).

So with that in mind we are offering up a few sets of rankings that we hope will clarify where we stand on different types of films, either by ranking films by genre or time period. This first set of rankings covers both, as it looks at the silent films on the Sight & Sound list. All told, there are 21 silent movies on the list, and below we each present our 10 favorites. We’re not going to discuss any of these films in this post, but hope this serves as a quick way for readers to sort through the flicks from that period that we think worked best. Click on a movie title and you will be whisked off to our yammer about that film. We hope you like the list, and we’ll be back with another mini-post with our favorite Sight & Sound films from the 1930s.

S. and J.’s Top 10 Sight & Sound Films of the Silent Era

S.

J.

1. The General (1926) 1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
2. Man With a Movie Camera (1929) 2. Man With a Movie Camera (1929)
3. Battleship Potemkin (1925) 3. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) 4. The General (1926)
5. I Was Born, But… (1932) 5. Napoleon (1927)
6. Napoleon (1927) 6. Metropolis (1927)
7. Sherlock, Jr. (1924) 7. I Was Born, But… (1932)
7. The Last Laugh (1924) 8. Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
9. City Lights (1931) 9. The Last Laugh (1924)
10. Metropolis (1927) 10. Earth (1930)
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