List of rediscovered 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.
|1896||Défense d'afficher||Georges Méliès||Georges Méliès||France. The film was recovered in 2004.|||
|1897||The X-Rays||George Albert Smith||Tom Green, Laura Bayley||Great Britain.||[dubious ]|
|1900||Sherlock Holmes Baffled||Arthur Marvin||Identities 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.|||
|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.|||
|1904||Match de Prestidigitation||Georges Méliès||2 minute long film, discovered in 2016 at the Czech National Film Archive under a donated reel with a different name.|||
|Living London or
The Streets of London
|Charles Urban||One reel (10 minutes) was recently 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, but Urban's website claims that this is from the later documentary.|
|1907||Katsudō Shashin||Unknown||animation||The oldest animated film in Japan, lasting only three seconds. The piece of film was discovered in Kyoto on July 31, 2005.|||
|1908||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.|||
|1909||Jephtah's Daughter: A Biblical Tragedy||Unknown||Annette Kellerman, Maurice Costello||The short film exists in the British Film Institute archive.|||
|La Tosca||André Calmettes, Charles le Bargy||Cécile Sorel||Currently in the BFI National Archive.|||
|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|||
|Luigi Maggi||Alberto Capozzi, Mary Cleo Tarlarini, Mario Voller-Buzzi||A print bought by a private collector from a recycling centre. United Kingdom. (2015)|||
|1911||At the Duke's Command||Thomas H. Ince||United States|||
|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. 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)|
|Maid or Man||Thomas H. Ince||United States|||
|A Manly Man||Thomas H. Ince||United States|||
|The Mirror||Thomas H. Ince||United States|||
|In the Sultan's Garden||Thomas H. Ince||United States|||
|1912||A Fool and His Money||Alice Guy-Blaché William Haines||United States|||
|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.|||
|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, who admitted that he stole it and kept it for over thirty years.|||
|En Stærkere magt||Hjalmar Davidsen, Eduard Schnedler-Sørensen||Valda Valkyrien||Preserved by the Danish Film Institute. Denmark.|||
|Under Two Flags||United States|||
|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.|||
|The Prisoner of Zenda||Edwin S. Porter, Hugh Ford||James K. Hackett, Beatrice Beckley, David Torrence||Prints survive in the Library of Congress, and a partial print in the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House.|||
|A Sister to Carmen||Charles Gaskill||Helen Gardner||Silver nitrate positive print recovered in 1996. England, UK.|||
|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.|||
|1914||The Active Life of Dolly of the Dailies||Walter Edwin||Mary Fuller, Yale Boss||Discovered in 2009 in the New Zealand Film Archive.|||
|Cruel, Cruel Love||George Nichols||Charlie Chaplin
|Complete nitrate copy found in South America. United States.|||
|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.|||
|Der Hund von Baskerville (The Hound of the Baskervilles)||Rudolf Meinert|||
|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.|||
|Salomy Jane||William Nigh, Lucius Henderson||Beatriz Michelena, House Peters||Complete nitrate copy found in Australia in 1996.|||
|The Stain||Frank Powell||Edward José, Theda Bara||A print of the film was discovered in Australia in the 1990s.|||
|A Thief Catcher||Charlie Chaplin (bit part)||A print was discovered in 2010 at a Michigan antique sale.|||
|Won in a Closet||Mabel Normand||Mabel Normand||Discovered in 2009 in the New Zealand Film Archive.|||
|1915||Double Trouble||William Christy Cabanne|||
|His Lordship's Dilemma||W. C. Fields||Found in a Belgian film archive.|||
|Peculiar Patients' Pranks||Hal Roach||Harold Lloyd||Found in Australia's National Film and Sound Archive.|
|Youth||Harry Handworth||Film exists in the British Film Institute archive.|||
|A Munkászubbony (The Work Jacket)||István Bródy||Gyula Hegedűs||Found in the Neatherlands in 2017.|||
|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.|
|East Lynne||Bertram Bracken||Theda Bara||One of Bara's six surviving films.|||
|The Moment Before||Robert G. Vignola||Pauline Frederick||A nearly complete print, lacking only the opening scene, was found in an archive in Rome.|||
|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.|||
|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. 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.|||
|Zepped||Charlie Chaplin||A copy of this propaganda short film was found in 2009; and a second turned up in 2011.|||
|1917||Beatrice Fairfax||Olive Thomas||All but the first of 15 episodes of this series survive in the Library of Congress archive.|||
|Bliss||Alfred J. Goulding||Harold Lloyd||Found in 1978 in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.|||
|Bucking Broadway||John Ford||Found in 2002 in a French archive.|||
|His Wedding Night||Roscoe Arbuckle||Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton|||
|The Image Maker||Eugene Moore||Film survives in a private collection.|||
|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.|||
|The Rough House||Roscoe Arbuckle||Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton|||
|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.|||
|The Floor Below||Clarence G. Badger||Mabel Normand, Tom Moore, Helen Dahl||Found "in the estate of a Dutch collector" by the Nederlands Filmmuseum.|||
|Hell Bent||John Ford||A print exists in the Czechoslovak Film Archive.|||
|1919||Back Stage||Roscoe Arbuckle||Roscoe Arbuckle, Buster Keaton|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|The Spiders (1st of 2)||Fritz Lang||Restored in 1978 from a newly discovered original print, first part of a 2-part series.|||
|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.|||
|When Bearcat Went Dry||Oliver L. Sellers||Lon Chaney, Sr.||Found in a projectionist's collection.|||
|The Wicked Darling||Tod Browning||Lon Chaney, Sr.||A copy was found in Europe in the 1990s, and now resides in the Nederlands Filmmuseum.|||
|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.|||
|You're Fired||James Cruze||Wallace Reid||Found in Russian state archives Gosfilmofond, Moscow. Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010.|||
|1920||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.|||
|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.|||
|The Daughter of Dawn||Norbert Myles||White Parker, Wanada Parker, Esther LeBarre, Jack Sankadoty||Bought and restored by the Oklahoma Historical Society in 2007.|||
|Genuine||Robert Wiene||Fern Andra, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski||Complete copy was discovered in the Berlin film archive.|||
|Helen of Four Gates||Cecil Hepworth||Alma Taylor
|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.|||
|If I Were King||J. Gordon Edwards||William Farnum, Betty Ross Clarke, Fritz Leiber, Sr.||Print is held by the Library of Congress.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|Der Wildtöter und Chingachgook||Arthur Wellin||Bela Lugosi||Recovered in the 1990s, exists in private film collection.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|Brownie's Little Venus||Fred Fishback||Baby Peggy||Rediscovered in Switzerland in 2010.|||
|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.|||
|The Devil||Ferenc Molnár||George Arliss||Exists in the Library of Congress film archive.|||
|Hard Luck||Edward F. Cline
|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.|||
|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.|||
|Der Tanz auf dem Vulkan||Richard Eichberg||Bela Lugosi||Found in a film archive in the 1990s, albeit in its American release version.|
|Ludzie bez jutra (People with no Tomorrow)||Aleksander Hertz||Polish film rediscovered in Germany in 2015.|||
|1922||For the Defense||Paul Powell||Ethel Clayton, Zasu Pitts||Rediscovered in 2014 in the archive of EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.|||
|Beyond the Rocks||Sam Wood||Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino||Donated by collector Joop Van Liempd (1913–2002) to Nederlands Filmmuseum and restored by them in 2005.|||
|Kick In||George Fitzmaurice||Betty Compson
|Found in Russian state archives; Gosfilmofond (Moscow). Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|Oliver Twist||Frank Lloyd||Jackie Coogan, Lon Chaney||Thought lost for half a century until found in Yugoslavia in the 1970s. Exists in:
|Phantom||F. W. Murnau||Alfred Abel, Grete Berger, Lil Dagover||Prints exist in the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv film archive.|||
|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.|||
|Three Live Ghosts||George Fitzmaurice||Norman Kerry||Found in a Russian archive and shown publicly at British Silent Film Festival in September 2015.|||
|The Toll of the Sea||Chester Franklin||Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan|||
|The Young Rajah||Phil Rosen||Rudolph Valentino||Film partially found, surviving footage and still pictures were merged to make an incomplete film.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|Circus Days||Edward F. Cline||Jackie Coogan|||
|Defying Destiny||Louis Chaudet||Monte Blue, Irene Rich||Rediscovered in New Zealand Film Archive in 2010. Video of preserved print available for online viewing|||
|The Eternal Struggle||Reginald Barker||Renée Adorée|||
|Love, Life and Laughter||George Pearson||Betty Balfour||Found in a small cinema in the Netherlands in 2014.|||
|Maytime||Louis J. Gasnier||Clara Bow, Ethel Shannon, Harrison Ford||4 out of 7 reels were found in the New Zealand Film Archive in 2009; preserved and available for online viewing.|||
|Souls for Sale||Rupert Hughes||Eleanor Boardman||Discovered and restored in 2006 by Turner Classic Movies and Warner Archive Collection.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|The Arab||Rex Ingram||Ramón Novarro, Alice Terry|||
|The Breaking Point||Herbert Brenon||Nita Naldi, Patsy Ruth Miller, George Fawcett||Exists in the Library of Congress Film Archive.|||
|Empty Hearts||Alfred Santell||John Bowers, Clara Bow||Held by UCLA Film and Television Archive.|||
|Peg o' the Mounted||Alfred J. Goulding||Baby Peggy||A print was discovered amongst the holdings of the Nederlands Filmmuseum.|||
|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.|||
|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|||
|1925||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:|||
|Keep Smiling||Albert Austin, Gilbert Pratt||Monty Banks||Found in Russian state archives. Digital copy given to the Library of Congress in 2010.|||
|The Last Edition||Emory Johnson||Ralph Lewis||Rediscovered at the Dutch EYE Film Institute.|||
|Seven Sinners||Lewis Milestone||Clive Brook, Marie Provost||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.|||
|1926||Bardelys the Magnificent||King Vidor||John Gilbert||Restored in 2008 from a nearly-complete print discovered in France in 1998.|||
|The Bat||Roland West||Tullio Carminati||Print exists at UCLA Film And Television Archive.|||
|The Devil's Circus||Benjamin Christensen||Norma Shearer, Charles Emmett Mack||Thought to have been lost, a print of The Devil's Circus was found and has been preserved by George Eastman House.|
|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.|||
|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.|||
|Mare Nostrum||Rex Ingram||Antonio Moreno, Alice Terry|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|Mockery||Benjamin Christensen||Lon Chaney, Barbara Bedford, Ricardo Cortez||Thought to have been lost, it was rediscovered in the mid-1970s, it is available from George Eastman House 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.|||
|Why Girls Love Sailors||Fred Guiol||Laurel & Hardy||Thought lost for many years, but then officially surfaced in 1985.|||
|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.|||
|1928||The Cameraman||Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton||Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin||The last print was destroyed at MGM Archive in 1967. A complete print was discovered in Paris in 1968. A second, incomplete (but better-quality) print surfaced in 1991.|||
|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)|||
|The Constant Nymph||Adrian Brunel||Ivor Novello, Benita Hume|||
|The Crimson City||Archie Mayo||Myrna Loy, Conrad Nagel, Anna May Wong||A complete print was discovered in Argentina in 2008.|||
|Forbidden Hours||Harry Beaumont||Ramon Novarro, Renée Adorée||A complete print has survived, as well as a 16 mm reduction positive trailer.|||
|Hungry Hoboes||Walt Disney||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Peg-Leg Pete||Cartoon film made by Disney recovered in 2011 in the Huntley Film Archives.|||
|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.|||
|The Passion of Joan of Arc||Carl Theodor Dreyer||Maria Falconetti||The truncated reissue was thought all that remained until it was found in 1981, in the closet of a Norwegian mental institution.|||
|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 Netherlands. (2016)|||
|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|||
|Sadie Thompson||Raoul Walsh||Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh||A print was found in Mary Pickford's personal archive after her death.|||
|Sleigh Bells||Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks||An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit film thought to be lost, but discovered in 2015.|||
|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.|||
|Show Girl||Alfred Santell||Alice White, Donald Reed||In 2015, a print was discovered in an Italian film archive.|||
|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|
|1930||Bed and Breakfast||Walter Forde||Jane Baxter
|It was found as a result of a 1992 British Film Institute campaign to search for lost films.|||
|Follow Thru||Lloyd Corrigan
|Charles 'Buddy' Rogers
|Thought to be lost until a complete print was discovered in the 1990s. Restored and preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.|
|Mamba||Albert S. Rogell||Jean Hersholt
|Footage from the final reel (stored at the UCLA Film and Television Archive) and all the Vitaphone soundtrack discs for this Technicolor film were originally thought to be the only elements from the film to survive. A complete print of the film, running nine reels, and four soundtrack discs were discovered in Australia in 2009.|||
|Wara Wara||José Maria Velasco Maidana||Juanita Taillansier, Martha de Velasco, Arturo Borda||The only known surviving Bolivian film of the silent era. Discovered in a La Paz basement in 1989, it required over a decade of restoration and was not released until 2010.|||
|1931||Dracula||George Melford||Carlos Villarías, Lupita Tovar||This Spanish-language version was made at night, while Tod Browning's Dracula was filmed during the day, using the same sets. It was considered lost until a print was rediscovered in the 1970s.|||
|The Ghost Train||Walter Forde||Jack Hulbert
|It was found as a result of a 1992 British Film Institute campaign to search for lost films.|||
|Love and Duty||Bu Wancang||Ruan Lingyu||Silent film made in China, and rediscovered in Uruguay in the 1990s.|||
|The Smiling Lieutenant||Ernst Lubitsch||Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins||Rediscovered in Denmark in the 1980s.|||
|The Stolen Jools||William C. McGann||All-star cast||Made for a charity, film was discovered in the 1990s in the UK under its alternate title The Slippery Pearls.|||
|1932||Condemned to Death||Walter Forde||Arthur Wontner
|It was found as a result of a 1992 British Film Institute campaign to search for lost films.|||
|His Lordship||Michael Powell||Jerry Verno
|Declared to be "Missing, Believed Lost" by the British Film Institute, but a copy was subsequently found.|||
|The Old Dark House||James Whale||Boris Karloff
|Thought lost for decades, filmmaker Curtis Harrington discovered a print in the Universal Studios vault, which was restored by Eastman House.|||
|Rynox||Michael Powell||Stuart Rome, John Longden||Found in the vaults of Pinewood Studios in 1990 and was subsequently transferred and restored by the BFI National Archive.|||
|1933||Berkeley Square||Frank Lloyd||Leslie Howard, Heather Angel, Valerie Taylor||Rediscovered in the 1970s.|||
|Blood Money||Rowland Brown||George Bancroft, Judith Anderson, Frances Dee||It was considered a lost film for nearly 40 years before resurfacing.|||
|Deluge||Felix E. Feist||Sidney Blackmer||For many years, Deluge was thought to be a lost film, but a print dubbed in Italian was found in a film archive in Italy in the late 1980s. Before the discovery, the only part of the film known to have survived was the impressive footage of the tidal wave destroying New York City, which was used in the Republic Pictures serials Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941) and King of the Rocket Men (1949).|||
|The Ghoul||T. Hayes Hunter||Boris Karloff, Ernest Thesiger||A damaged, incomplete print was found in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s, and was thought to be the only surviving copy until a nearly-pristine one was found in the archives of the British Film Institute.|||
|Hello Pop!||Jack Cummings||Ted Healy, The Three Stooges||Full Technicolor print found in Sydney, Australia in January 2013.|||
|Laughter in Hell||Edward L. Cahn||Pat O'Brien,
|Long thought to be lost, a print of this gritty chain gang drama was found in mid-2012 and was screened by the American Cinematheque in Hollywood in October of that year.|||
|Ojo Okichi (Miss Okichi)||Kenji Mizoguchi||Isuzu Yamada||This film did not actually appear in official filmographies of Mizoguchi until a print was discovered in the vaults of Shochiku studios in 2008.|||
|Der Sieg des Glaubens||Leni Riefenstahl||Adolf Hitler||This 64-minute documentary was ordered destroyed by Hitler for showing Nazi party member Ernst Röhm, who had been murdered on Hitler's orders. A copy was found in Britain in the 1990s.|||
|This Week of Grace||Maurice Elvey||Gracie Fields, Henry Kendall, John Stuart||The comedy turned up as a result of the British Film Institute's 2010 drive to find missing films.|||
|1934||Hitler's Reign of Terror||Michael Mindlin||Found in Belgian customs in 2013|
|Of Human Bondage||John Cromwell||Leslie Howard, Bette Davis||The negative was discovered to have been destroyed in 1964 when actress Kim Novak requested a print. A copy was recovered several years later.|||
|1935||Charlie Chan in Paris||Lewis Seiler||Warner Oland|||
|Tag der Freiheit: Unsere Wehrmacht||Leni Riefenstahl||Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess, Heinrich Himmler||Thought to have been lost following World War II, an incomplete print running 28 minutes was discovered in the 1970s.|||
|Yowamushi Chinsengumi||Kon Ichikawa||Cartoon film recovered in the United States in 2014.|||
|Oidhche Sheanchais||Robert J. Flaherty||Maggie Dirrane, Colman 'Tiger' King, Michael Dirrane, Patch 'Red Beard' Ruadh||A recording of traditional Irish storytelling, and the earliest Irish language sync sound film. A fire was believed to have destroyed all copies in 1943, but a nitrate print was discovered in 2012 in Harvard University's Houghton Library. A restored 35mm version was premiered in 2015.|||
|Kliou the Tiger||Henry de La Falaise||The first feature film shot in Indochina and the last commercially released American silent film. It was also the last American feature film to use the 2-color Technicolor process. A black and white print recovered from the collection of Jerry Haber in the early 2000s.|||
|1936||The Flying Doctor||Miles Mander||Charles Farrell, Mary Maguire||The first eight of nine reels were saved by an Australian office worker who noticed a truck loaded with film cans driving past his window on its way to dispose of them. He gave chase in his car and rescued the film, which included the incomplete print of The Flying Doctor. Two years later, the shortened British version was discovered. Despite this print having been "totally rearranged", its eighth and last reel was found to take up exactly where the Australian one left off.|||
|1937||Summer Rain||Mario Monicelli||The first film to be directed by the then 21-year-old Italian director Mario Monicelli, with the pseudonym of Michele Badiek. Never published for theatrical release, was thought to be a lost film until 2011, when some fragments were discovered in the editor's personal archive.|||
|1938||Too Much Johnson||Orson Welles||Joseph Cotten, Mary Wickes, Arlene Francis, Ruth Ford||The film was thought lost in a 1971 fire at Welles' home in Spain; footage was found in Pordenone, Italy, and restored at George Eastman House for premiere in October 2013|||
|1939||L'espoir||André Malraux||Andrés Mejuto, Nicolás Rodríguez, José Sempere, Julio Peña||It was finished in July 1939 and shown twice in Paris, but Francoist regime applied pressure to censor it. All known copies were destroyed in World War II. A copy was found and the film was released again in 1945. In Spain, it wasn't screened until 1977.|||
|Le Jour Se Lève||Marcel Carné||Jean Gabin, Jules Berry, Arletty||When RKO acquired the distribution rights to Le Jour se lève in preparation for remaking it as The Long Night, they also sought to buy up and destroy all available prints of the original film. For a time, it was thought that the French film had been lost completely, but copies reappeared in the 1950s.|||
|Smith||Michael Powell||Ralph Richardson, Flora Robson||A short film made in 1939 to promote an ex-servicemen's charity. It got caught up in the start of World War II and wasn't shown publicly, nor was it even mentioned by Powell in his autobiography. A copy was found in 2003 and it had its first public screening in the UK in 2004, 65 years after it was completed.|||
|Tevya||Maurice Schwartz||Maurice Schwartz
|Long thought lost, a print was discovered and restored in 1978.|||
|1940||Confucius||Fei Mu||Tang Huaiqiu,
|A print was anonymously donated to the Hong Kong Film Archive in 2001.|||
|Kampf um Norwegen – Feldzug 1940||Martin Rikli
|No cast listed||Considered a lost film for many years. The Berlin Bundesarchiv held only a few clips of the film. However, a complete nitrate copy of the film surfaced on an Internet auction in 2005. The Norwegian college professor and media expert Jostein Saakvitne discovered this and purchased the copy.|||
|Swiss Family Robinson||Edward Ludwig||Thomas Mitchell,
|Walt Disney bought the rights to the film, because he didn't want people comparing it with his new 1960 film. It was believed that Disney destroyed all copies until it was released briefly from their Vault DVD Collection in 2010, sold by Turner Classic Movies only.||.|
|1941||Kukan||Rey Scott||No cast listed||An extant print of this Academy Award-winning documentary was located by Hawaiian filmmaker Robin Lung.|||
|1943||Deadlock||Ronald Haines||John Slater||Its appearance on the BFI 75 Most Wanted list led to it being found.|||
|1944||Melusine||Hans Steinhoff||Olga Tschechowa, Siegfried Breuer||Believed to be lost until the late 1990s, the film had its premiere on March 2, 2014, in Berlin.|||
|Welcome, Mr. Washington||Leslie S. Hiscott||Barbara Mullen, Donald Stewart, Peggy Cummins||A wartime drama, Welcome, Mr. Washington was listed as one of the British Film Institute's "75 Most Wanted" lost films for some years. It emerged in early 2016 that a complete print had been discovered in a locker in London's Cinema Museum, giving Cummins the opportunity to see the film on her 90th birthday. It will be screened at BFI Southbank in late January.|
|1945||Momotarō: Umi no Shinpei||Mitsuyo Seo||No cast listed||Japan's first feature animated film. Presumed to have been confiscated and burnt by the American occupation, but a negative was found in Shochiku's vault in 1984.|||
|1946||Spree for All||Seymour Kneitel||A Famous Studios' Noveltoon featuring Snuffy Smith. Most prints, including the original negatives, were destroyed by request of King Features Syndicate (owners of the character), but a 16mm print of the film in black and white with French subtitles was found on eBay and uploaded to YouTube in 2016.|||
|1949||Aux quatre coins||Jacques Rivette||Francis Bouchet||Rivette's first short film, long believed to be lost until Rivette's widow found a copy in their apartment shortly after Rivette's death in 2016.|||
|1950||Double Confession||Ken Annakin||Derek Farr||After being listed on the BFI 75 Most Wanted, it has been found and is now available on DVD.|||
|Le quadrille||Jacques Rivette||Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Cazalis||Rivette's second short film, long believed to be lost until Rivette's widow found a copy in their apartment shortly after Rivette's death in 2016.|||
|1952||Hammer the Toff||Maclean Rogers||John Bentley, Patricia Dainton, Valentine Dyall||On the BFI 75 Most Wanted list. It was released Renown Films in March 2016 on DVD coupled with Mrs Prym of Scotland Yard (1940).|||
|Salute the Toff||Maclean Rogers||John Bentley, Carol Marsh, Valentine Dyall||Sequel to Hammer the Toff and also one of the BFI 75 Most Wanted. Released by Renown Pictures in 2013.|||
|Le divertissement||Jacques Rivette||Sacha Briquet, Olga Waren||Rivette's third short film, long believed to be lost until Rivette's widow found a copy in their apartment shortly after Rivette's death in 2016.|||
|1953||Small Town Story||Montgomery Tully||Donald Houston, Susan Shaw, Alan Wheatley, Kent Walton||Another of the BFI 75 Most Wanted. It has been found and released by Network Distributing on DVD.|||
|1955||The Noble Experiment||Tom Graeff||Tom Graeff||Surviving print found by Elle Schneider in Los Angeles, now in UCLA Film and Television Archives.|||
|1957||Final Curtain||Ed Wood||Duke Moore, Dudley Manlove||Found and restored in 2011, premiering in 2012 at the Slamdance Film Festival.|||
|Second Fiddle||Maurice Elvey||Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Lisa Gastoni||Another member of the BFI 75 Most Wanted that is now available on DVD.|||
|1959||Shadows||John Cassavetes||Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni||Cassavetes showed a first version of his film only a handful of times, then scrapped it and re-shot the movie entirely. Found in 2004 at a sale of items lost on the New York City Subway, and tracked down by cinema historian Ray Carney.|||
|1960||Private Property||Leslie Stevens||Corey Allen||Crime drama set in Los Angeles, also starring Warren Oates and Kate Manx. Condemned by the National Legion of Decency, it was re-released in 2016 to critical acclaim.|||
|1962||Pages of Death||Charles Keating||Tom Harmon||Anti-pornography short produced by Charles Keating. A faded 16mm print was discovered in the Moving Image collection at the Oregon Historical Society in late 2015. When lost, the film was ranked #14 in Gambit Magazine’s list of 15 Films Lost to Time.|||
|1962||Crosstrap||Robert Hartford-Davis||Laurence Payne||British B movie thriller much criticized at the time for its violence. The film vanished without trace for decades until a negative print was found in a film lab in the early 2010's.|||
|1964||Richard Burton's Hamlet||Bill Colleran||Richard Burton||By contractual agreement, all prints of the film were to have been destroyed after its theatrical run. However, a single print was discovered in Burton's garage following his death.|||
|Batman Dracula||Andy Warhol||Jack Smith||Avant-garde film featuring Batman and Dracula. Thought to be lost for years until footage appeared in Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis in 2006.|||
|1966||Incubus||Leslie Stevens||William Shatner||Surviving print found at Cinémathèque Française with French subtitles.|||
|1966||The Naked Fog||Joe Sarno||Tammy Latour
|Exploitation film thought lost or destroyed for many years until found for sale as part of an ebay film lot. Restored for upcoming DVD release.|||
|1970||Heartbeat in the Brain||Joey Mellen||Amanda Feilding||Trepanation film with Feilding drilling a hole in her own head. Was due to be screened by Feilding at the ICA in April 2011; however, she did not in the end take part in the event.|||
|Sex Power||Henry Chapier||Jane Birkin||After a brief, limited theatrical release, the film was placed in storage and was presumed lost. The film was rediscovered and subsequently remastered for DVD release in 2010. Notable in part for its soundtrack by acclaimed composer Vangelis.|||
|1971||Bun-Rye's Story||Yu Hyun-mok||Yoon Jeong-hee
|Although once thought to be lost, a print was recovered overseas and restored by the Korean Film Council, which screened the film at their theater in northern Seoul on May 18, 2009.|||
|Necromania||Edward D. Wood, Jr.||Maria Arnold Rene Bond||Believed lost for years until an edited version resurfaced at a yard sale in 1992, followed by a complete, unedited print in 2001.|||
|Wake in Fright||Ted Kotcheff||Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty||For many years, Wake in Fright enjoyed a reputation as Australia's great "lost film". Wake in Fright's editor, Anthony Buckley, found the negatives of the movie in a shipping container labelled "For Destruction", in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.|||
|The Young Marrieds||Edward D. Wood, Jr.||Louis Wolf
|Believed lost for years until rediscovered in Canada in 2004.|||
|1972||An American Hippie in Israel||Amos Sefer||Asher Tzarfati||Once thought lost, it was rediscovered decades later.|||
|1973||Amore||Henry Chapier||Sonia Petrovna||After a brief, limited theatrical release, the film was placed in storage and was presumed lost. The film was rediscovered and subsequently remastered for online release in 2012. Notable in part for its soundtrack by acclaimed composer Vangelis.|||
|Roberts Blossom||Disappeared after its release in 1974 and was later rediscovered in Florida in the mid 1990s.|||
|Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire||Tony Palmer||Leonard Cohen||Vanished after being heavily edited at Cohen's insistence; discovered in 2009, released on DVD in 2010 and in theaters 2017.|||
|1978||Showdown at the Cotton Mill||Chi Ping Chang
San Lin Chen
|Wu Ma||Discovered in a Taiwanese film vault by Rarescope.|||
|1980||Black Angel||Roger Christian||Tony Vogel||Rediscovered in December 2011 by an archivist at Universal Studios.|||
|1985||Santo Gold's Blood Circus||Santo Rigatuso||Santo Gold||Rediscovered in 2008, its release has been sought by the producers.|||
- Bezhin Meadow, directed by Sergei Eisenstein, the production was halted in 1937 by the Soviet government; it was thought lost in World War II, but cuttings and partial prints were found and used to make a 35-minute "silent film slide show".
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