FAVORITE 1920'S MOVIES

by pauldpollard | created - 8 months ago | updated - 7 months ago | Public

A list of my favorite movies made in the 1920's.

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1. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 148,852 | Gross: $1.24M

2. Safety Last! (1923)

Not Rated | 74 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

A boy leaves his small country town and heads to the big city to get a job. As soon as he makes it big his sweetheart will join him and marry him. His enthusiasm to get ahead leads to some interesting adventures.

Directors: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother, Noah Young

Votes: 16,843 | Gross: $0.62M

3. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

Votes: 51,835

4. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror

Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

Votes: 83,093

5. Tell It to the Marines (1926)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A gruff Marine sergeant and a handsome new recruit compete for the affection of a nurse.

Director: George W. Hill | Stars: Lon Chaney, William Haines, Eleanor Boardman, Eddie Gribbon

Votes: 1,404 | Gross: $0.74M

6. The Unknown (1927)

Unrated | 63 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford, Nick De Ruiz

Votes: 6,673 | Gross: $0.41M

7. West of Zanzibar (1928)

TV-G | 65 min | Drama, Mystery

A magician seeks vengeance upon the man who paralyzed him and the illegitimate daughter he sired with the magician's wife.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore, Mary Nolan, Warner Baxter

Votes: 1,465 | Gross: $0.92M

8. Speedy (1928)

Passed | 85 min | Action, Comedy, Family

Harold "Speedy" Swift, a fan of Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees, saves from extinction the city's last horse-drawn trolley, operated by his girlfriend's grandfather.

Director: Ted Wilde | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff, Babe Ruth

Votes: 2,990

9. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Passed | 93 min | Horror

A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

Directors: Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney, Ernst Laemmle, Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe

Votes: 15,544 | Gross: $3.75M

10. The King of Kings (1927)

Not Rated | 155 min | Biography, Drama, History

Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: H.B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming, Ernest Torrence, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 1,783 | Gross: $1.77M

11. Little Annie Rooney (1925)

Unrated | 94 min | Drama, Comedy

The tenements are home to an international community, including the friends and family of a tough young ragamuffin named Annie Rooney, but their neighborhood may be threatened by a dangerous street gang.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Mary Pickford, William Haines, Walter James, Gordon Griffith

Votes: 854 | Gross: $1.10M

12. Hot Water (1924)

Passed | 60 min | Comedy

Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in ... See full summary »

Directors: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Josephine Crowell, Charles Stevenson

Votes: 1,164

13. Captain January (1924)

64 min | Drama

A lighthouse keeper finds a little girl who is washed ashore tied to some wreckage. He adopts her and they become inseparable. Eventually her real family finds her and tries to take her away.

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Hobart Bosworth, Baby Peggy, Irene Rich, Lincoln Stedman

Votes: 194

14. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz

Votes: 42,412 | Gross: $0.02M

15. The Circus (1928)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Romance

90 Metascore

The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Ernest Garcia, Harry Crocker

Votes: 23,714

16. Where East Is East (1929)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama, Romance

When an animal trapper in Indo-China finds that his daughter's fiancé is being successfully seduced by her estranged mother, he takes appropriate action.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Lupe Velez, Estelle Taylor, Lloyd Hughes

Votes: 445

17. The Kid Brother (1927)

Passed | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A sheriff's milquetoast son has a chance to prove himself when a medicine show run by con artists comes into town.

Directors: Ted Wilde, Harold Lloyd, Lewis Milestone, J.A. Howe | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Walter James, Leo Willis

Votes: 3,544 | Gross: $1.55M

18. Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927)

Passed | 144 min | Drama, History

Slavery tears apart a black family in the South before the start of the Civil War.

Director: Harry A. Pollard | Stars: Margarita Fischer, James B. Lowe, Arthur Edmund Carewe, George Siegmann

Votes: 356

19. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.

Directors: Fred Niblo, Charles Brabin, Christy Cabanne, J.J. Cohn, Rex Ingram | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson

Votes: 6,904 | Gross: $12.45M

20. Sparrows (1926)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama

Molly, the eldest child at a baby farm hidden deep in a swamp, must rescue the others when their cruel master decides that one of them will be disposed of.

Directors: William Beaudine, Tom McNamara | Stars: Mary Pickford, Roy Stewart, Mary Louise Miller, Gustav von Seyffertitz

Votes: 1,110 | Gross: $0.97M

21. The Unholy Three (1925)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A sideshow ventriloquist, midget, and strongman form a conspiracy known as "The Unholy Three" and commit a series of robberies.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Mae Busch, Matt Moore, Victor McLaglen

Votes: 1,553 | Gross: $0.70M

22. Go West (1925)

Not Rated | 69 min | Comedy, Western

With little luck at keeping a job in the city a New Yorker tries work in the country and eventually finds his way leading a herd of cattle to the West Coast.

Director: Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Howard Truesdale, Kathleen Myers, Ray Thompson

Votes: 3,502

23. The Freshman (1925)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

A nerdy college student will do anything to become popular on campus.

Directors: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict, James H. Anderson

Votes: 4,677 | Gross: $0.00M

24. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov

Votes: 49,351 | Gross: $0.05M

25. Wild Oranges (1924)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, Romance

Millie Stope lives with her grandfather on a remote island. Her grandfather fled there for political reasons. But they're not alone. An escaped prisoner, Nicholas, is terrorizing them, and ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Frank Mayo, Virginia Valli, Ford Sterling, Nigel De Brulier

Votes: 417



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