This film, dating back to 1926-27, was the first film to receive an Academy Award. Not only that, but it managed to win 3 during an age when dime-a-dozen films were churned out at amazing speed. It won awards for Best Actress - Janet Gaynor (whose body of work that year included Seventh Heaven and Street Angel); Best Cinematography; and Best Unique and Artistic Production (interesting category, huh).
"Sunrise" is a beautifully shot movie, with visually brilliant and fairy tale-esquire landscapes. Yes, it is a silent movie, but that will not matter in the beef of the story. I won't give it away for you, but it is the type of old movie that puts todays stories to shame.
In the height of the silent film era, studios were shooting whole movies daily (see the early work of Charlie Chaplin as a reference). This movie stands out from the pack. And for hardcore movie lovers, it is a must have, right up there with "M" and "Tillie's Punctured Romance."