Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ (1925/26), 145 minutes, D: Fred Niblo
First filmed in 1907, this remake cost $2 million at the time, and is one of the most outstanding examples of silent film spectaculars. Set at the time of Christ, the film is the story of a Palestinian Jewish nobleman, Ben-Hur (Ramon Novarro), who is exiled to galley slavery by his Roman boyhood friend and centurion Messala (Francis X. Bushman), and later returns to seek vengeance. Includes an exciting and spectacular chariot race sequence. Ben-Hur's mother and sister are healed of leprosy by Christ.
Son of the Sheik (1926), 74 minutes, D: George Fitzmaurice
The sequel to the original The Sheik of 1921, and generally considered the better picture.