It’s incredible that movies have been around for more than a century. There are already a large number of classic movies, both short and feature-length, that have survived for more than a century after the advent of cinema. Once we get to the 2030s, the novelty of a movie being 100 years old might start to wear off. Here are 10 excellent silent movies that will still be around in 2022.
1. A Trip To The Moon (1902)
Director- Georges Méliès
The brilliant and bold director, Georges Méliès, provides his audience with a fantastical, turn-of-the-century extravaganza. It is made up of 30 stunning tableaux and 18 fabulously complex decors. The acclaimed members of the renowned Institute of Incoherent Astronomy, led by the brave Professor Barbenfouillis. They decide that it is about time they organised an exploratory mission to the Moon. Hence, ventured into the great unknown. Soon after, the brave explorers land their bullet-shaped spacecraft on the seemingly empty lunar plains. They get a close look at the wonders of outer space. They are completely unaware. Meanwhile, that the dry hills are watching them and that the troops of the Moon Emperor’s terrifying Selenites are standing by to repel the intrusion.
2. Les vampires (1915)
Director- Louis Feuillade
Philippe Guérande is an intrepid reporter for The Globe. Oscar Mazamette, a devoted ally. They set out on a perilous mission to uncover the Vampires—a sinister, well-connected group of arch-criminals preying on the defenseless. As a spate of gruesome murders and puzzling disappearances terrorise Paris. The Grand Vampires and Irma Vep, the homicidal muse of the evil underground society. They are difficult opponents for the fearless comrades in this high-stakes game of cat and mouse of death. In the upcoming, ultimate battle against the forces of evil that will finally put an end to them.
3. The Great Train Robbery (1903)
Director- Edwin S. Porter
Edwin S. Porter’s spectacle- and drama-filled short, which consists of fourteen independent shots of non-continuous, non-overlapping action. It is usually regarded as the first narrative film to achieve temporal continuity of action. The eleven-minute adventure, which is largely hand-tinted, establishes a realistic story. Through showing a merciless group of bandits’ bold effort to rob a passenger train in broad daylight. The action-packed movie has thrilling bright-orange-yellow dynamite explosions, scary moments of the robbers’ infiltration. Along with dramatic chase scenes with a group of gallant heroes. Finally, a shocking last shot put the unaware spectators in the unfortunate passengers’ shoes, shocking the then-unaccustomed-to-violence crowds.
4. The Phantom Carriage (1921)
Director- Victor Sjöström
On New Year’s Eve, Edit, a Salvation Army sister who has tuberculosis, requests that David Holm phone her mother and her workmate Maria to come see her as she lies dying. At the meantime, two more inebriated people are listening to David, an alcoholic, tell the legend of “The Phantom Coach and His Coachmen” in the cemetery. According to a tradition, the final sinner to pass away at the start of the New Year is transformed into a soul collector who gathers souls in a coach. David’s friends argue with him over going to see Edit, they fight, and David dies as a result. When the coachman shows up, he immediately recognises his friend Georges, who passed away at the end of the previous year. In flashbacks, George reveals how cruel and self-centered David was by revisiting several unpleasant aspects of David’s life.
5. The Kid (1921)
Director- Charlie Chaplin
An unmarried single mother abandons her child when she must raise her fatherless son by alone. The carefree vagrant reluctantly takes on the role of the child’s surrogate father after meeting the infant in The Tramp (1915) on a street corner. However, five years can bring quite a lot of change. The close-knit couple now manages a glazing company without even realising that their already precarious happiness is in jeopardy.
6. Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
Director- D.W. Griffith
Four episodes from various historical eras that highlight “Love’s struggle throughout the years” are juxtaposed in this classic movie by director D.W. Griffith. The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of French Protestants by King Charles the IX of France on the perfidious advice of his mother is one of these, as are a number of incidents from Jesus’ life; a tale from ancient Babylon, whose king is betrayed by those who dislike his rejection of religious sectarianism; the story of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of French Protestants; and a contemporary story in which a young boy. There is no series of these tales. Instead, Griffith alternates between the stories while frequently introducing suspenseful crosscutting.
7. Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)
Director- Benjamin Christensen
This seven-chapter hybrid, which is equal parts documentary and fiction, aims to shed light on the many myths that revolve around the mysterious mental diseases that sparked the unrelenting witch hunts of mediaeval times. Witchcraft Through the Ages depicts the horrifying torture techniques and inhumane interrogation techniques used by the Inquisition through a series of graphic vignettes and original gravures. The sadistically ruthless inquisitors would break human limbs and torture human flesh until the accused hag confessed or implicated another woman in witchcraft. Hysteria has been mistaken for demonolatry throughout history, from the Middle Ages through the 1920s.
8. Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922)
Director- Fritz Lang
The latest criminal operation by Dr. Mabuse and his gang involves the theft of information that will enable Mabuse to make enormous gains on the stock market. After that, Mabuse dons a costume and goes to the Folies Bergères performance where the star of the play, Cara Carozza, gives him information about Mabuse’s next target, the young millionaire Edgar Hull. Hull is then tricked into a card game by Mabuse via mental manipulation, where he suffers a severe loss. Police Commissioner von Wenk has little information to work with as he starts looking into this unexplained crime wave, so he needs to locate someone who can assist him.
9. The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Director- Robert Wiene
Cesare the 23-year-old somnambulist who has lain for 23 years is the star of Dr. Caligari’s tent show, which he sets up at a fair in the Hostenwall village. Alan asks Cesare to predict his future while in a trance-like state during Francis and his friend Alan’s visit to the well-known show. Cesare says that Alan will pass away that night, and when he is discovered dead the next morning, it appears to be another in a string of recent murders of this nature. After Cesare tries to kidnap his fiancée, Frances is even more motivated to locate his friend’s killer. He pursues him to a mental hospital, but not everything is what it seems.
10. Nosferatu (1922)
Director- F. W. Murnau
Thomas Hutter, an estate agent, is dispatched to Transylvania by his boss to meet with Count Orlok, a new customer who wants to purchase a property. He starts his adventure after leaving his wife Ellen in the capable hands of his friend. He stops at an inn for dinner while travelling through the mountainous areas. The townspeople try to talk Hutter out of going to the Count’s castle, but Hutter takes a coach instead. The coachman declines to take him any further than the bridge because it is getting dark. After crossing the bridge, a mysterious coach approaches, and a mysterious coachman motions for Hutter to join. Hutter continues on his journey alone. The coach departs after leaving Hutter in front of the Count’s castle. Count Orlok welcomes Hutter to the castle.