List of rediscovered films

Frankenstein (1910), a first film adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, was considered a lost film for decades until a print was discovered in the mid-1970s by a unaware film collector who bought the print in the 1950s from his mother-in-law, who also collected films.

This is a list of rediscovered films that, once thought lost, have since been discovered, in whole or in part. See List of incomplete or partially lost films and List of rediscovered film footage for films which were not wholly lost.

Silent era

Many films of the silent era have been lost.[1]

1890s

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1896 Défense d'afficher Georges Méliès Georges Méliès France. The film was recovered in 2004. [2]

1900s

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1900 Sherlock Holmes Baffled Arthur Marvin The names of the actors portraying Holmes and his assailant were not recorded. United States. Running only 30 seconds, this is the first recorded detective film and the first to feature Sherlock Holmes. A paper copy was identified in 1968 in the Library of Congress Paper Print archive by Michael Pointer, a historian of Sherlock Holmes films. It was transferred to 16 mm film in the Library of Congress collection. [3]
1901 The Death of Poor Joe George Albert Smith Laura Bayley Made in Great Britain and lost since 1954, the film was rediscovered in 2012 and is the oldest surviving film that features a Charles Dickens character. [4]
The Triple-Headed Lady Georges Méliès Short film rediscovered as part of the Brinton Entertainment traveling circuit of early films and magic lantern slides salvaged in Iowa in 1981, but not identified until 2015 and featured in the 2017 documentary Saving Brinton. [5]
1904 Match de Prestidigitation Georges Méliès Two minute-long film, discovered in 2016 at the Czech National Film Archive under a donated reel with a different name. [6]
The Wonderful Rose-Tree Georges Méliès Short film rediscovered as part of the Brinton Entertainment traveling circuit of early films and magic lantern slides salvaged in Iowa in 1981, but not identified until 2017 upon release of the documentary Saving Brinton. [5]
1904 or
1906
Living London or
The Streets of London
Charles Urban One reel (10 minutes) was found of this documentary of London life. The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (where the fragment was found) states it was identified by British film scholar Ian Christie as being from Living London,[7] but Urban's website claims that this is from the later documentary.[8]
1907 Katsudō Shashin Unknown The oldest animated film in Japan, lasting only three seconds. The piece of film was discovered in Kyoto on July 31, 2005. [9]
1908 Bobby's Kodak Wallace McCutcheon Edward Dillon, Robert Harron Thought lost until a print was discovered in the Library of Congress. [10]
El hotel eléctrico Segundo de Chomón Segundo de Chomón, Julienne Mathieu Spain, thought to be lost but was later recovered. Now in Filmoteca Española film archive. [11]

1910s

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1910 Frankenstein J. Searle Dawley Charles Ogle A print was bought by a film collector in the 1950s, who was not aware of its rarity until decades later. United States [12]
Il Guanto
(The Glove)
Luigi Maggi Alberto Capozzi, Mary Cleo Tarlarini, Mario Voller-Buzzi A print bought by a private collector from a recycling centre. United Kingdom. (2015) [13]
1911 Their First Misunderstanding Thomas H. Ince, George Loane Tucker Mary Pickford The first film that credited Pickford by name. Found in 2006 in a New Hampshire barn.[14] United States
Karađorđe Ilija Stanojević-Čiča The first Serbian feature film, thought lost since 1928. Material from this movie was found in Austrian Film Archives in 2003. Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
1912 A Fool and His Money Alice Guy-Blaché William Haines United States [15]
In Nacht und Eis Mime Misu The second Titanic movie, was presumed lost around 1914, but was found in the possession of a private film collector in Germany in 1998. Germany. [16]
Richard III André Calmettes, James Keane Robert Gemp, Frederick Warde The first known full-length William Shakespeare film was returned in 1996 by Oregon projectionist William Buffum. [17][18]
En Stærkere magt Hjalmar Davidsen, Eduard Schnedler-Sørensen Valda Valkyrien Preserved by the Danish Film Institute. Denmark. [19]
1913 Poor Jake's Demise Allen Curtis Lon Chaney, Sr., Louise Fazenda Chaney's first credited role. A fragment was discovered in 2006 among several hundred other reels of film in an English collection. United States. [20]
A Sister to Carmen Charles Gaskill Helen Gardner Silver nitrate positive print recovered in 1996. England, UK. [21]
When Lincoln Paid Francis Ford Francis Ford Was found in 2006 in a barn in New Hampshire that was going to be demolished. United States. [22]
1914 The Active Life of Dolly of the Dailies Walter Edwin Mary Fuller, Yale Boss Discovered in 2009 in the New Zealand Film Archive. [23]
Cruel, Cruel Love George Nichols Charlie Chaplin
Minta Durfee
Complete nitrate copy found in South America. United States. [citation needed]
The Girl Stage Driver Webster Cullison Norbert A. Myles, Edna Payne, Will E. Sheerer An incomplete 35mm positive print was discovered in 2009 in the New Zealand Film Archive. [24][25]
Der Hund von Baskerville (The Hound of the Baskervilles) Rudolf Meinert [26]
Pirates of the Plains Otis Thayer Discovered in 1993 in a private collection in Antigo, Wisconsin. It is thought to be the only film made by the Colorado Motion Picture Company to have survived. [27]
Salomy Jane William Nigh, Lucius Henderson Beatriz Michelena, House Peters Complete nitrate copy found in Australia in 1996. [28]
The Stain Frank Powell Edward José, Theda Bara A print of the film was discovered in Australia in the 1990s. [29]
A Thief Catcher Charlie Chaplin (bit part) A print was discovered in 2010 at a Michigan antique sale. [30]
Won in a Closet Mabel Normand Mabel Normand Discovered in 2009 in the New Zealand Film Archive. [23]
1915 The Price of Betrayal Victor Sjöström Egil Eide, John Ekman Found by CNC in 2017. [31]
A Mix-up for Maisie Hal Roach Harold Lloyd Found in Gosfilmofond Archive (Moscow) in 2017. [32]
Peculiar Patients' Pranks Hal Roach Harold Lloyd Found in Australia's National Film and Sound Archive.
A Munkászubbony (The Work Jacket) István Bródy Gyula Hegedűs Found in the Netherlands in 2017. [33][34]
1916 Als ich tot war Ernst Lubitsch Found in 1994 in a Slovenian archive by the Ljubljana Film Museum and screened at the Pordenone Festival of Silent Cinema in 1995.[35]
East Lynne Bertram Bracken Theda Bara One of Bara's six surviving films. [15]
The Moment Before Robert G. Vignola Pauline Frederick A nearly complete print, lacking only the opening scene, was found in an archive in Rome. [36][37]
Mysteriet natten till den 25:e Georg af Klercker
Purity Rae Berger Audrey Munson The Centre Nation de la Cinematographie film archive has a print. [15]
Snow White J. Searle Dawley Marguerite Clark, Creighton Hale It was thought to have been destroyed in a vault fire. A "substantially complete" print, with Dutch intertitles and missing a few scenes, was found in Amsterdam in 1992 and restored at George Eastman House.[38] It inspired Walt Disney to make it the subject of his first feature-length animated film.
Sherlock Holmes Arthur Berthelet William Gillette, Marjorie Kay A copy was discovered in 2014 in the Cinematheque Francaise archive. This is the only film made by Gillette, a famed stage actor best known for his portrayal of Holmes. [39]
Zepped Charlie Chaplin A copy of this propaganda short film was found in 2009; and a second turned up in 2011. [40][41]
The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West Marion E. Wong Violet Wong, Harvey Soohoo Filmed ca. 1916 or 1917, apparently never released and long thought lost. Restored in 2006 by the Academy Film Archive from two reels preserved by filmmaker Arthur Dong. It is the earliest known Chinese American feature film, and one of the earliest films directed by a woman. Parts of this are still missing. [42] [43][44]
1917 Bliss Alfred J. Goulding Harold Lloyd Found in 1978 in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. [45]
Bucking Broadway John Ford Found in 2002 in a French archive. [15]
A Reckless Romeo Roscoe Arbuckle Roscoe Arbuckle, Al St. John Found in an unmarked canister at the Norwegian Film Institute in 1998, alongside The Cook. [46]
1918 The Cook Roscoe Arbuckle Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton Found in an unmarked canister at the Norwegian Film Institute in 1998, alongside A Reckless Romeo. A second print, containing more footage was found in 2002, and the two were combined to create a restored version. However, some scenes are still missing. [46]
The Floor Below Clarence G. Badger Mabel Normand, Tom Moore, Helen Dahl Found "in the estate of a Dutch collector" by the Nederlands Filmmuseum. [47][48]
1919 Back to God's Country David Hartford Nell Shipman Print discovered in Europe and restored in the 1990s. Scenario by Nell Shipman and novelist James Oliver Curwood. [49]
Camping Out Roscoe Arbuckle Roscoe Arbuckle, Al St. John Reconstructed from reels found in the Nederlands Filmmuseum and Cineteca Nazionale (Rome) storage vaults in 2002.
Different from the Others Richard Oswald Conrad Veidt German copies destroyed by the Nazis in 1933 and thought lost since then. A copy was found in Ukraine in the late 1970s and restored by the Stadtmuseum München. One of the earliest known sympathetic depictions of homosexuality in film. [50]
The Grim Game Irvin Willat Harry Houdini Although fragments of the movie were known to have survived, this was widely considered to be a lost film until it was purchased from a private collector in 2014. It was scheduled to be screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival in March 2015. [51][52]
A Romance of Happy Valley D. W. Griffith Lilian Gish It was found in the State Film Archives of the Soviet Union, which donated it to the Museum of Modern Art. [53]
Scarlet Days D. W. Griffith Richard Barthelmess, Eugenie Besserer Found in the State Film Archives of the Soviet Union, which donated it to the Museum of Modern Art. [53]
The Spiders (1st of 2) Fritz Lang Restored in 1978 from a newly discovered original print, first part of a 2-part series. [citation needed]
The Valley of the Giants James Cruze Wallace Reid Found in Gosfilmofond Russian state archives, Moscow. Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010. [54]
When Bearcat Went Dry Oliver L. Sellers Lon Chaney, Sr. Found in a projectionist's collection. [citation needed]
The Wicked Darling Tod Browning Lon Chaney, Sr. A copy was found in Europe in the 1990s, and now resides in the Nederlands Filmmuseum. [55]
The Witness for the Defense George Fitzmaurice Elsie Ferguson Print discovered in Gosfilmofond. Screened at Univ. of North Dakota. Ferguson's only surviving silent film. [56][57]
You're Fired James Cruze Wallace Reid Found in Russian state archives Gosfilmofond, Moscow. Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010. [54]

1920s

Year Film Director Cast Notes Ref
1920 Aimsir Padraig Norman Whitten Vernon Whitten, Gilbert Greene, Ira Allen Also known as "In the Days of St. Patrick", exists in the British Film Institute. [58]
Algol Hans Werckmeister Emil Jannings, John Gottowt, Käthe Haack, Hanna Ralph Recovered and screened by Museum of Modern Art on November 29, 2010 as part of their film exhibition Weimar Cinema, 1919–1933: Daydreams and Nightmares. [59][60]
The Daughter of Dawn Norbert Myles White Parker, Wanada Parker, Esther LeBarre, Jack Sankadoty Bought and restored by the Oklahoma Historical Society in 2007. [61][62]
Genuine Robert Wiene Fern Andra, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski Complete copy was discovered in the Berlin film archive. [63]
Go and Get It Marshall Neilan, Henry Roberts Symonds Pat O'Malley, Wesley Barry, Agnes Ayres Thought lost until a print was discovered in the Cineteca Italiana film archive in Italy. [64][65]
Helen of Four Gates Cecil Hepworth Alma Taylor
James Carew
Found in a film vault in Quebec, Canada in 2008. However, footage from the film had been excerpted in the 1995 documentary Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood. [66]
If I Were King J. Gordon Edwards William Farnum, Betty Ross Clarke, Fritz Leiber, Sr. Print is held by the Library of Congress. [67]
The Spiders (2nd of 2) Fritz Lang Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Georg John Restored in 1978 from a newly discovered original print, second part of a 2-part series. [68]
Unseen Forces Sidney Franklin Sylvia Breamer, Conrad Nagel, Sam De Grasse Rediscovered at the New Zealand Film Archive in 2010. A video of the preserved film can be viewed at the National Film Preservation Foundation website. [69]
Der Wildtöter und Chingachgook Arthur Wellin Bela Lugosi Recovered in the 1990s, exists in private film collection. [70]
Where Are Your Husbands? Billy B. Van Billy B. Van Found in the Library of Congress film archive in June 2017 and was screened at Dexter's Inn in Sunapee, New Hampshire on July 12, 2017. [71]
Within Our Gates Oscar Micheaux Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements. James D. Ruffin Lost for decades, a single print of the film, entitled La Negra (The Black Woman), was discovered in Spain in the 1970s. In 1993, the Library of Congress Motion Picture Conservation Center restored the film as closely as possible to the original.[72] [72][73]
1921 The Blue Fox Duke Worne Ann Little, J. Morris Foster Portions of the first 12 chapters of this serial exist in UCLA Film and Television Archive; parts 13–15 are believed lost. [74]
Brownie's Little Venus Fred Fishback Baby Peggy Rediscovered in Switzerland in 2010. [75]
The Conquest of Canaan Roy William Neill Thomas Meighan, Doris Kenyon Found in Russian state archives Gosfilmofond Moscow. Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010. [54]
The Devil Ferenc Molnár George Arliss Exists in the Library of Congress film archive. [76]
Hard Luck Edward F. Cline
Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton Long considered Keaton's major lost film until partially reconstructed in 1987. The climactic final scene was later recovered in a Russian archive. [77]
Ludzie bez jutra (People with no Tomorrow) Aleksander Hertz Polish film rediscovered in Germany in 2015. [78]
Molly O' F. Richard Jones Mabel Normand Prints exist in the Library of Congress film archive, UCLA Film and Television Archive and Gosfilmofond Russian Film Archive. [79][80]
Der Tanz auf dem Vulkan Richard Eichberg Bela Lugosi Found in a film archive in the 1990s, albeit in its American release version.
1922 Beyond the Rocks Sam Wood Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino Collector Joop Van Liempd (1913–2002) donated a large collection of film canisters to Nederlands Filmmuseum. A print of Beyond the Rocks was found among them in 2003 and restored in 2005. [81]
For the Defense Paul Powell Ethel Clayton, Zasu Pitts Rediscovered in 2014 in the archive of EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. [82]
Kick In George Fitzmaurice Betty Compson
Bert Lytell
Found in Russian state archives; Gosfilmofond (Moscow). Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010. [54]
Little Red Riding Hood Walt Disney animation One of the first theatrical animated cartoons from Walt Disney. Found in a London film library in 1998 and restored the same year. [83][84]
The Loves of Pharaoh Ernst Lubitsch Emil Jannings Long thought lost, it has been restored from various sources, though it still lacks 10 minutes of the roughly one hour and 50-minute original running time. [85]
Oliver Twist Frank Lloyd Jackie Coogan, Lon Chaney Thought lost for half a century until found in Yugoslavia in the 1970s. Exists in:
  • Cineteca Del Friuli (Gemona, Italy)
  • Gosfilmofond of Russia (Moscow, Russia)
  • Library of Congress (Washington DC, United States)
  • UCLA Film and Television Archive (Los Angeles, California, United States)
  • Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • BFI/National Film and Television Archive (London, United Kingdom).
[86][87]
[88][89]
Phantom F. W. Murnau Alfred Abel, Grete Berger, Lil Dagover Prints exist in the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv film archive. [90]
Sherlock Holmes Albert Parker John Barrymore, Roland Young, William Powell Film was restored over a thirty-year period from the original camera negatives at the George Eastman House. [91]
Three Live Ghosts George Fitzmaurice Norman Kerry Found in a Russian archive and shown publicly at British Silent Film Festival in September 2015. [92]
The Toll of the Sea Chester Franklin Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan [93]
The Young Rajah Phil Rosen Rudolph Valentino Film partially found, surviving footage and still pictures were merged to make an incomplete film. [94]
1923 The Call of the Canyon Victor Fleming Richard Dix Found in Russian state archives; Gosfilmofond (Moscow). Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010. [54]
Canyon of the Fools Val Paul Harry Carey, Marguerite Clayton, Jack Curtis Found in Russian state archives; Gosfilmofond (Moscow). Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010. [54]
Circus Days Edward F. Cline Jackie Coogan Found in Russian state archives; Gosfilmofond (Moscow). Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010. [54]
Defying Destiny Louis Chaudet Monte Blue, Irene Rich Rediscovered in New Zealand Film Archive in 2010. Video of preserved print available for online viewing [95]
The Eternal Struggle Reginald Barker Renée Adorée Found in Russian state archives; Gosfilmofond (Moscow). Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010. [54]
Love, Life and Laughter George Pearson Betty Balfour Found in a small cinema in the Netherlands in 2014. [96]
Maytime Louis J. Gasnier Clara Bow, Ethel Shannon, Harrison Ford 4 out of 7 reels were found in the online viewing.[97] [24]
Souls for Sale Rupert Hughes Eleanor Boardman Discovered and restored in 2006 by Turner Classic Movies and Warner Archive Collection. [98]
The White Shadow Graham Cutts Betty Compson, Clive Brook, Henry Victor, A.B. Imeson The first three of six reels were found in the New Zealand Film Archive in August 2011. [99]
1924 $20 A Week Harmon F. Weight George Arliss, Taylor Holmes, Edith Roberts Held in the Library of Congress Film Archive and New Zealand Film Archive. [100][101]
The Arab Rex Ingram Ramón Novarro, Alice Terry Found in Russian state archives; Gosfilmofond (Moscow). Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010. [54]
The Breaking Point Herbert Brenon Nita Naldi, Patsy Ruth Miller, George Fawcett Exists in the Library of Congress Film Archive. [102]
The City Without Jews Hans Karl Breslauer Johannes Riemann, Eugen Neufeld, Hans Moser Found by collector in Paris flea market, 2015. Restored by Filmarchiv Austria, via crowd-funding. [103]
Empty Hearts Alfred Santell John Bowers, Clara Bow Held by UCLA Film and Television Archive. [104]
Our Pet Herman C. Raymaker Baby Peggy A print was discovered after Japanese auction in October 2016. [105]
Peg o' the Mounted Alfred J. Goulding Baby Peggy A print was discovered amongst the holdings of the Nederlands Filmmuseum. [106]
Pied Piper Malone Alfred E. Green Thomas Meighan, Lois Wilson, Emma Dunn Discovered in a Russian film archive by historians Mark Tiedje and John Coles. It was screened in 2007 in Georgetown, South Carolina, where it was filmed. Now stored in National Film Foundation of Russian Federation Archive. [107][108][109]
Secrets of the Night Herbert Blaché James Kirkwood Sr., Madge Bellamy, ZaSu Pitts Discovered in a basement in Mississauga, Ontario in 2017. [110]
Venus of the South Seas James R. Sullivan Annette Kellerman, Roland Purdu, Norman French Restored by Library of Congress in 2004. Last reel of 55-minute film is in Prizmacolor. Held by New Zealand Film Archive and British Film Institute [111][112]
1925 Borrowed Finery Oscar Apfel Louise Lorraine, Ward Crane, Lou Tellegen Found in a Czech film archive in late 2016. [113]
The Clash of the Wolves Noel M. Smith Rin Tin Tin, Charles Farrell, June Marlowe, Heinie Conklin A 35mm projection print was uncovered in South Africa and repatriated to the United States. It underwent restoration and preservation in 2003. Exists in:
  • George Eastman House (Rochester, New York, United States)
  • Library of Congress (Washington DC, United States)
  • National Archives of Canada (Ottawa, Canada)
  • Filmmuseum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • UCLA Film and Television Archive (Los Angeles, California, United States)
[114][115]
Keep Smiling Albert Austin, Gilbert Pratt Monty Banks Found in Russian state archives. Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010. [54]
The Last Edition Emory Johnson Ralph Lewis Rediscovered at the Dutch EYE Film Institute. [116]
Seven Sinners Lewis Milestone Clive Brook, Marie Prevost A private collector obtained the film, Milestone's first feature, from a closed-down cinema in Melbourne. Warner Archive Collection and Turner Entertainment plans to restore the film for a 2017 DVD release and showing at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. [117]
1926 Bardelys the Magnificent King Vidor John Gilbert Restored in 2008 from a nearly-complete print discovered in France in 1998. [118]
The Bat Roland West Tullio Carminati Print exists at UCLA Film And Television Archive. [119]
The Devil's Circus Benjamin Christensen Norma Shearer, Charles Emmett Mack Thought to have been lost,[120] a print of The Devil's Circus was found and has been preserved by George Eastman House.[121]
His Busy Hour J. P. McGowan James Pierce Thought lost until a print was discovered in the closet of a French asylum in the 1990s. [122]
Ko-Ko's Queen Dave Fleischer Koko the Clown (animation) Rediscovered in 2014 in the archive of EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. It is an Out of the Inkwell cartoon, in which Koko the Clown designs his ideal woman. [82]
Mare Nostrum Rex Ingram Antonio Moreno, Alice Terry [123]
A Page of Madness Teinosuke Kinugasa Masao Inoue, Yoshie Nakagawa Found by the director in his garden shed in 1970; he had buried it during World War II and forgotten it, but a third of the original footage is still missing. [124][125]
1927 The Cave of the Silken Web Dan Duyu Yin Mingzhu Thought lost until a copy surfaced in 2013 in the National Library of Norway in Mo i Rana. [126][127]
A Diary of Chuji's Travels Daisuke Itō Denjirō Ōkōchi Originally released in three parts, all of which were long thought to be lost until portions of the second part and much of the third part were discovered and restored in 1991. [128]
Duck Soup Fred Guiol Laurel & Hardy Thought lost until a copy surfaced in 1974.
Empty Socks Walt Disney Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Cartoon film made by Disney recovered in Norway in 2014. [129]
Eyes of the Totem W. S. Van Dyke Tom Santschi, Wanda Hawley One of three silent films made by Tacoma, Washington based studio H.C. Weaver Productions. Thought lost until discovered in Van Dyke's archives at the Museum of Modern Art in 2014. Screened in Tacoma on September 18, 2015. [130]
Garras de oro P. P. Jambrina The restoration of the extant footage was screened in New York City in 2008. The film has since been referred to as the first anti-imperialist film. [131]
Her Wild Oat Marshall Neilan Colleen Moore, Larry Kent, Hallam Cooley Found by Hugh Neely in the Czech National Film Archive in Prague in 2001 and subsequently restored by the Academy Film Archive. [132][133]
It Clarence G. Badger Clara Bow Believed lost until a print surfaced in Prague in the 1960s.
Metropolis Fritz Lang Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm In 2008, two different versions of the film were found: one by Museo del Cine from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and another in the National Film Archive of New Zealand. Both versions were then edited into one cut to get as near the original version as possible. [134][135]
Mickey's Circus Albert Herman Mickey Rooney Rediscovered in 2014 in the archive of EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. This was Rooney's first starring role. [82]
Mockery Benjamin Christensen Lon Chaney, Barbara Bedford, Ricardo Cortez Thought to have been lost,[120] it was rediscovered in the mid-1970s, it is available from George Eastman House[121] and on DVD from Warner Bros.
Sorrell and Son Herbert Brenon H. B. Warner, Anna Q. Nilsson, Carmel Myers, Nils Asther, Louis Wolheim, Mary Nolan
Tarzan and the Golden Lion J. P. McGowan James Pierce Thought lost until a print was discovered in the closet of a French asylum in the 1990s.
Upstream John Ford Nancy Nash, Earle Foxe, Grant Withers Discovered in New Zealand in 2010 among 75 silent films being returned to the US, many of which were thought lost. [136]
Why Girls Love Sailors Fred Guiol Laurel & Hardy Thought lost for many years, but then officially surfaced in 1985. [137]
Wings William A. Wellman Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, Gary Cooper Found in the Cinémathèque Française film archive in Paris. Winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture. [138]
1928 The Cameraman Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin The last print was presumed destroyed in the 1965 MGM vault fire. A complete print was discovered in Paris in 1968. A second, incomplete (but better-quality) print surfaced in 1991. [139]
The Cardboard Lover Robert Z. Leonard Marion Davies, Jetta Goudal, Nils Asther A print bought by a private collector from a recycling centre. United Kingdom. (2015) [13]
The Constant Nymph Adrian Brunel Ivor Novello, Benita Hume [140]
The Crimson City Archie Mayo Myrna Loy, Conrad Nagel, Anna May Wong A complete print was discovered in Argentina in 2008. [141]
Forbidden Hours Harry Beaumont Ramon Novarro, Renée Adorée A complete print has survived, as well as a 16 mm reduction positive trailer. [142]
Hungry Hoboes Walt Disney Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Peg-Leg Pete Cartoon film made by Disney recovered in 2011 in the Huntley Film Archives. [143]
The Mating Call James Cruze Thomas Meighan, Evelyn Brent, Renée Adorée Produced by Howard Hughes, and long thought lost until a print was found in his vault after his death. [144]
The Passion of Joan of Arc Carl Theodor Dreyer Maria Falconetti The truncated reissue was thought all that remained, until a complete version was found in 1981 in the closet of a Norwegian mental institution. [145]
A Race for Life D. Ross Lederman Rin Tin Tin Originally, the film was presumed to be lost. However, according to the Library of Congress Database, the film was found in the Netherlands in 2016. [146]
The Racket Lewis Milestone Thomas Meighan, Marie Prevost, Louis Wolheim Produced by Howard Hughes, and discovered following his death in his private collection.
Ramona Edwin Carewe Dolores del Río Recovered in Prague and screened in Los Angeles in March 2014 [147]
Sadie Thompson Raoul Walsh Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh A print was found in Mary Pickford's personal archive after her death. [148]
Sleigh Bells Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit film thought to be lost, but discovered in 2015. [149]
The Spanking Age Robert F. McGowan Mary Ann Jackson, Bobby Hutchins, Jean Darling An Our Gang film thought to be lost, but discovered in 1990. [150]
Show Girl Alfred Santell Alice White, Donald Reed In 2015, a print was discovered in an Italian film archive. [151]
Two Arabian Knights Lewis Milestone William Boyd, Mary Astor, Louis Wolheim Produced by Howard Hughes, and long thought lost until a print was found in his vault after his death.
1929 Drag Frank Lloyd Richard Barthelmess, Lucien Littlefield, Kathrin Clare Ward
Synthetic Sin William Seiter Colleen Moore, Antonio Moreno In the late 1990s, a 35mm print of the film was discovered to survive in an Italian archive.
Why Be Good? William Seiter Colleen Moore, Neil Hamilton, Bodil Rosing In the late 1990s, a 35mm print of the film was discovered to survive in an Italian archive.
Wonder of Women Clarence Brown Lewis Stone, Leila Hyams, Peggy Wood