A few things to know about Charlie Chaplin. He starred in over 80 films, reeling off most during the silent film era. In 1914 alone, he acted in 40 films, then another 15 in 1915. By the 1920s, Chaplin had emerged as the first larger-than-life movie star and director, if not the most recognizable person in the world.
The film icon died on Christmas Day in 1977, and we’re commemorating this just-passed anniversary by highlighting 15 Chaplin films available on the web. Above, you will find a Chaplin mini-film festival that brings together four movies shot in 1917: The Adventurer, The Cure, Easy Street and The Immigrant. And then housed in our Free Movies Collection, you will find another 11 Chaplin movies, all neatly listed here for you.
- A Dog’s Life - Free – This endearing short film tells the story of underdogs, hunan and canine, succeeding despite the odds. (1918)
- A Burlesque On Carmen - Free - Original two-reel parody of Bizet’s Carmen by Charlie Chaplin. Also stars Leo White & Edna Purviance. (1915)
- A Fair Exchange – Free – Originally released as Getting Acquainted, the film’s plot has been summarized as follows: “Charlie and his wife are walking in the park when they encounter Ambrose and his wife. The partners become fond of their counterparts and begin chasing each other around. A policeman looking for a professional Don Juan becomes involved, as does a Turk.” (1914)
- Behind the Screen – Free – A short film written and directed by Chaplin, the film is long on slapstick, but it also gets into themes dealing with gender bending and homosexuality. (1916)
- Between Showers - Free – A short Keystone film from 1914 starring Charlie Chaplin, Ford Sterling, and Emma Bell Clifton.
- Charlie Shanghaied - Free - Charlie Chaplin and his Tramp character gets shanghaied by crooks. (1915)
- Charlie’s Recreation – Free - Out of costume, Charlie is a clean-shaven dandy who, somewhat drunk, visits a dance hall. There the wardrobe girl has three rival admirers: the band leader, one of the musicians, and now Charlie. (1914)
- City Lights - Free – The funny and moving tale of a tramp who falls in love with a blind girl, City Lights is one of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest works. A silent film released two years after the arrival of “talkies,” it was nevertheless a huge popular and critical success. Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky all placed City Lights on their list of the ten greatest films ever made. (1931)
- Kid Auto Races at Venice – Free – It’s the first film in which Charlie Chaplin’s iconic “Little Tramp” character makes his appearance. (1914)
- Laughing Gas - Free - Film starring Chaplin is sometimes known as ”Busy Little Dentist”, “Down and Out”, “Laffing Gas”, “The Dentist”, and “Tuning His Ivories”.
- Mabel’s Strange Predicament – Free – Watch lots of lots of high jinks go down in a hotel. (1914)
- Making a Living - Free – Premiering on February 2, 1914, Making a Living marks the first film appearance by Charlie Chaplin.
- Modern Times - Free - Comedy film featuring Charlie Chaplin, in his Little Tramp character, offers commentary on modern industrialized world and the dismal employment conditions of the Great Depression. (1936)
- One A.M. – Free – The first silent film Charlie Chaplin starred in alone. (1916)
- The Count – Free – The Count was Charlie Chaplin’s 5th film for Mutual Films. Co-starring Eric Campbell and Edna Purviance, it is a story about Charlie and his boss finding an invitation to a party from a real Count. (1916)
- The Gold Rush – Free – Charlie Chaplin wrote, produced, directed and starred in The Gold Rush. Chaplin repeatedly said that this is the film he most wanted to be remembered for. (1925)
- The Good for Nothing - Free - Made at the Keystone Studios, the film involves Chaplin taking care of a man in a wheelchair. (1914)
- The Kid – Free – This was Charlie Chaplin’s first full-length film as a director, and it is still considered one of his best. (1921)
- The Pawnshop – Free – Rich in slapstick, The Pawnshop was one of Chaplin’s more popular movies for Mutual Film, the producer of many fine Chaplin comedies. (1916)
- The Rink – Free – The Rink, Chaplin’s 8th film for Mutual Films, showcases the actor’s roller skating abilities. (1916)
- The Tramp - Free – The film made Chaplin’s great Tramp character famous. (1915)
- The Vagabond - Free - A silent film by Charlie Chaplin that co-starred Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Leo White and Lloyd Bacon. Chaplin appears as The Tramp. (1916)
- Tillie’s Punctured Romance – Free – Among other things, the film is notable for being the last film that Chaplin didn’t write or direct by himself. (1914)