The Kid (1921)
> Audience approval: 95% (15,449 user ratings)
> Starring: Charles Chaplin, Jackie Coogan
Charlie Chaplin acted, directed, and produced “The Kid,” his first full length feature film. A century after its making, the movie is still considered a silent masterpiece. The Tramp (Chaplin) finds an abandoned newborn and takes care of the orphan for five years until his mother reclaims him.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
> Audience approval: 86% (18,929 user ratings)
> Starring: Alexander Antonov, Vladimir Barsky
“Battleship Potemkin” tells the story of a battleship’s crew who rise against the brutal officers commanding the vessel and the harsh conditions the sailors are forced to live in. Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus hails the movie as “Soviet cinema at its finest,” adding that “its montage editing techniques remain influential to this day.”
The Gold Rush (1925)
> Audience approval: 93% (20,562 user ratings)
> Starring: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain
“The Gold Rush” follows the story of a young man’s adventures on his quest to find gold. The film, which was written and directed by Charlie Chaplin who stars in the main role, was nominated for two Oscars. James Agee of Time Magazine describes the film as “a sight for sore eyes, for old-style Chaplin fans and novitiates alike.”
> Audience approval: 87% (5,661 user ratings)
> Starring: Colin Clive, Boris Karloff
Mary Shelley’s novel has been the basis for many Hollywood movies. “Frankenstein,” starring Colin Clive in the titular role, is one of the first adaptations of the book and still one of the best. The film follows Dr. Frankenstein, who tries to create life by assembling a human monster out of dead body parts. The legendary Boris Karloff played the monster.
> Audience approval: 95% (36,195 user ratings)
> Starring: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann
“M” is a German psychological thriller that follows a serial child killer who is the target not only of the entire Berlin police force but also other criminals. Carrie Rickey of the Philadelphia Inquirer describes the movie as “that rare thing, a nail-biting soul-searcher.”
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