Top-grossing films: 1913-1919

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1. Traffic in Souls (1913)

TV-PG | 88 min | Crime, Drama

A woman, with the aid of her police officer sweetheart, endeavors to uncover the prostitution ring that has kidnapped her sister, and the philanthropist who secretly runs it.

Director: George Loane Tucker | Stars: Jane Gail, Ethel Grandin, William H. Turner, Matt Moore

Votes: 523 | Gross: $0.43M

2. The Million Dollar Mystery (1914)

Adventure, Mystery

This twenty-three episode serial told the story of a secret society called The Black Hundred and its attempts to gain control of a lost million dollars.

Director: Howell Hansel | Stars: Florence La Badie, Marguerite Snow, James Cruze, Frank Farrington

Votes: 20 | Gross: $3.27M

3. The Squaw Man (1914)

Not Rated | 74 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A chivalrous British officer takes the blame for his cousin's embezzlement and journeys to the American West to start a new life on a cattle ranch.

Directors: Oscar Apfel, Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Dustin Farnum, Monroe Salisbury, Winifred Kingston, Mrs. A.W. Filson

Votes: 799 | Gross: $0.53M

4. Dough and Dynamite (1914)

Not Rated | 33 min | Comedy, Short

Charlie and another waiter must become bakers when the regular bakers go out on strike. The strikers put dynamite in a piece of bread which is delivered to the cake counter. It winds up in the oven and explodes.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Chester Conklin, Fritz Schade, Norma Nichols

Votes: 823 | Gross: $0.13M

5. Rose of the Rancho (1914)

Passed | Action, Adventure, Romance

Esra Kincaid takes land by force and, having taken the Espinoza land, his sights are set on the Castro rancho. US government agent Kearney holds him off till the cavalry shows up and he can... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Bessie Barriscale, Jane Darwell, Dick La Reno, Jack W. Johnston

Votes: 20 | Gross: $0.09M

6. The Man from Home (1914)


Wealthy brother and sister Horace and Ethel Simpson, touring Europe, fall prey to Russian conmen, one of whom plans a marriage with Ethel. Executor of their fortune Daniel Pike, assisted by... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charles Richman, Theodore Roberts, Fred Montague, Monroe Salisbury

Gross: $0.06M

7. What's His Name (1914)

Comedy, Drama

Soda jerk Harvey is the most popular man in Blakeville NY and deliriously happy through three years of poverty-stricken marriage to Nellie. After a musical comedy troupe comes through ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Max Figman, Lolita Robertson, Sydney Deane, Richard L'Estrange

Votes: 9 | Gross: $0.06M

8. The Call of the North (1914)

Adventure, Drama

Trader Ned Stewart's father Graehme was unjustly accused of adultery and killed. Ned sets out to avenge his father but is captured and send on "la longue traverse," the long journey to ... See full summary »

Directors: Oscar Apfel, Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Robert Edeson, Theodore Roberts, Winifred Kingston, Horace B. Carpenter

Votes: 25 | Gross: $0.05M

9. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Not Rated | 195 min | Drama, History, War

The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper

Votes: 20,814 | Gross: $10.00M

10. Carmen (I) (1915)

Not Rated | 59 min | Drama

In order to help her smuggler kinsmen, a sultry gypsy seduces and corrupts an officer of the Civil Guard turning him into a traitor and murderer.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Pedro de Cordoba, Horace B. Carpenter

Votes: 857 | Gross: $0.15M

11. The Cheat (1915)

Not Rated | 59 min | Drama, Romance

A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the charity she chairs and desperately turns to a Burmese ivory trader to replace the stolen money.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Dean, James Neill

Votes: 2,207

12. Temptation (1915)

60 min | Drama, Romance

Opera singer Renee Dupree is in love with struggling composer Julian who falls very seriously ill. She goes to impresario Mueller for the money Julian needs but is saved from sacrificing her virtue when a jealous lover kills Mueller.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Geraldine Farrar, Theodore Roberts, Pedro de Cordoba, Elsie Jane Wilson

Votes: 6 | Gross: $0.10M

13. The Girl of the Golden West (1915)

50 min | Romance, Western

Road agent Ramerrez hides out in his girlfriend's store where the Sheriff knows him to be. The Sheriff plays The Girl a game of cards to decide Ramerrez's future. She wins. She later saves him from a hanging. She rides off with him.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Mabel Van Buren, Theodore Roberts, House Peters, Anita King

Votes: 23 | Gross: $0.10M

14. The Warrens of Virginia (1915)

50 min | Drama, War

As the Civil War begins Ned Burton leaves his Southern love Agatha Warren and joins the Union army. He is later protected and saved from death by Agatha in spite of her loyalty to the South.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Blanche Sweet, James Neill, Page Peters, Mabel Van Buren

Votes: 10 | Gross: $0.09M

15. The Golden Chance (I) (1915)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama

Mary Denby becomes a seamstress after her husband Steve wastes their money on booze. Her employer provides her as an escort to accompany millionaire Roger Manning. Her husband tries ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Cleo Ridgely, Wallace Reid, Horace B. Carpenter, Ernest Joy

Votes: 173 | Gross: $0.08M

16. Chimmie Fadden (1915)

40 min | Short, Comedy

Bowery hooligan Chimmie is saved from false arrest by socialite dogooder Fanny. She takes in him, his brother and mother as servants. His brother schemes to steal the good lady's silver.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Victor Moore, Raymond Hatton, Mrs. Lewis McCord, Ernest Joy

Gross: $0.08M

17. Chimmie Fadden Out West (1915)

50 min | Comedy, Western

Chimmie is sent to Death Valley CA as part of a railroad scheme. He's to pretend to have discovered gold there, then set a new transcontinental record heading east. It doesn't quite work out that way.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Victor Moore, Camille Astor, Raymond Hatton, Mrs. Lewis McCord

Votes: 9 | Gross: $0.07M

18. The Arab (1915)

50 min | Adventure, Drama

An old sheik punishes his son Jamil for robbing a caravan by giving his horse to the wronged merchant. The horse is sold to a Turkish general then given to a Christian missionary Mary ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Edgar Selwyn, Horace B. Carpenter, Milton Brown, William Elmer

Votes: 25 | Gross: $0.07M

19. Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

Passed | 197 min | Drama, History

92 Metascore

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, F.A. Turner

Votes: 13,076 | Gross: $2.18M

20. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)

Passed | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A French professor and his daughter accompany Captain Nemo on an adventure aboard a submarine.

Director: Stuart Paton | Stars: Allen Holubar, Dan Hanlon, Edna Pendleton, Curtis Benton

Votes: 1,436 | Gross: $8.00M

21. Joan the Woman (1916)

Passed | 138 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A WWI English officer is inspired the night before a dangerous mission by a vision of Joan of Arc, whose story he relives.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Geraldine Farrar, Raymond Hatton, Hobart Bosworth, Theodore Roberts

Votes: 472 | Gross: $1.32M

22. Maria Rosa (1916)

50 min | Drama

Ramon loves Catalonian peasant Maria Rosa. He uses a knife belonging to her love Andreas to kill fisherman Pedro, so Andreas goes to jail for ten years. Maria will wait for him, but Ramon ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Pedro de Cordoba, James Neill

Votes: 9 | Gross: $0.10M

23. The Heart of Nora Flynn (1916)

50 min | Drama

Nora is nursemaid to a wealthy family and in love with their chauffeur Nolan. When she hides her mistress' lover in her room, jealous Nolan shoots him and Nora, who refuses to tell about her mistress affair, is dismissed.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Marie Doro, Elliott Dexter, Ernest Joy, Lola May

Votes: 8 | Gross: $0.09M

24. The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1916)

50 min | Drama

Jack Hale, a revenue agent, is sent into the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to track down illegal alcohol producers - "moonshiners." His task is complicated when he falls in love with ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charlotte Walker, Thomas Meighan, Earle Foxe, Theodore Roberts

Votes: 13

26. A Grid-Iron Hero (1916)

Animation, Comedy, Short

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Gross: $0.02M

27. The Innocent Lie (1916)

50 min | Drama

Nora O'Brien leaves Ireland to visit her brother in America. On the trip she suffers a concussion, and soon is mistaken for another Irish girl named Nora who is on her way to visit her aunt... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Olcott | Stars: Valentine Grant, J.J. Clark, J. Morris Foster, Hunter Arden

28. Hulda from Holland (1916)


Hulda, a plucky Dutch girl, brings her three little brothers from Holland to America to live with their rich Uncle Peter. Hulda finds love with a poor artist.

Director: John B. O'Brien | Stars: Mary Pickford, Frank Losee, John Bowers, Russell Bassett

Votes: 9

29. Cleopatra (1917)

125 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Cleopatra, the fabulous queen of Egypt, and the epic romances between her and the greatest men of Rome, Julius Caesar and Antony.

Director: J. Gordon Edwards | Stars: Theda Bara, Fritz Leiber, Thurston Hall, Alan Roscoe

Votes: 289

30. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)

Passed | 78 min | Comedy, Drama

With her family in financial difficulties, Rebecca is sent to live with her two strict, unfeeling aunts, who do not appreciate the young girl's charm and energy. Rebecca must make new ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan | Stars: Mary Pickford, Eugene O'Brien, Helen Jerome Eddy, Charles Ogle

Votes: 743

31. The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917)

Not Rated | 65 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The wealthy but selfish parents of a lonely young girl begin to rethink what is important to them after a servant's irresponsibility results in a crisis.

Director: Maurice Tourneur | Stars: Mary Pickford, Madlaine Traverse, Charles Wellesley, Gladys Fairbanks

Votes: 1,221

32. A Romance of the Redwoods (1917)

70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A young girl travels west to live with her uncle during the California Gold Rush only to find that he has been killed by Indians and his identity assumed by an outlaw.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Mary Pickford, Elliott Dexter, Tully Marshall, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 713 | Gross: $0.42M

33. The Woman God Forgot (1917)

60 min | History, Romance

Cortez sends Alvarado to Montezuma who throws him into a dungeon from which he is rescued by Tecza who loves him. He is recaptured when her lover Guatemoco finds Alvarado hiding in her ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Wallace Reid, Raymond Hatton, Hobart Bosworth, Theodore Kosloff

Votes: 51 | Gross: $0.34M

34. The Devil-Stone (1917)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

Fishermaid Marcia Manot finds an emerald which once belonged to a Norse queen and is cursed. Greedy American Silas Martin marries her, then sets her up for divorce. She kills him and weds ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Hobart Bosworth, Tully Marshall

Gross: $0.30M

35. Mothers of Men (1917)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama

A melodrama about a woman governor whose husband is accused and convicted of a bombing and the dilemma she has to struggle with --- whether to let the law take its course and the pressures ... See full summary »

Director: Willis Robards | Stars: Dorothy Davenport, Willis Robards, Maclyn King, Hal Reid

Votes: 69 | Gross: $0.04M

36. The Little American (1917)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Romance, War

A young American has her ship torpedoed by a German U-boat but makes it back to ancestral home in France, where she witnesses German brutality firsthand.

Directors: Cecil B. DeMille, Joseph Levering | Stars: Mary Pickford, Jack Holt, Raymond Hatton, Hobart Bosworth

Votes: 578

37. Mickey (1918)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

Mickey, an orphan who has been brought up in a mining settlement, is sent to New York to live with her aunt.

Directors: F. Richard Jones, James Young | Stars: Mabel Normand, George Nichols, Laura La Varnie, Lew Cody

Votes: 1,038 | Gross: $17.20M

38. Stella Maris (1918)

Unrated | 84 min | Drama

Two young women - a paraplegic girl sheltered by her wealthy guardians and a more experienced orphan - fall in love with a man separated from his violent wife.

Director: Marshall Neilan | Stars: Mary Pickford, Ida Waterman, Herbert Standing, Conway Tearle

Votes: 1,323

39. Tarzan of the Apes (1918)

Not Rated | 73 min | Action, Adventure

Kohn and Alice Clayton set sail for Africa. Mutineers maroon them. After his parents die, the newborn Tarzan is taken by a great Ape, Kala. Later the boy finds his father's knife and uses ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Sidney | Stars: Elmo Lincoln, Enid Markey, True Boardman, Kathleen Kirkham

Votes: 626 | Gross: $3.27M

40. The Squaw Man (1918)

60 min | Western

Captain Wynnegate leaves England, accepting the blame for embezzling charity funds though knowing that his cousin Sir Henry is guilty. Out West he and the Indian girl Nat-U-Rich save each ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Elliott Dexter, Ann Little, Katherine MacDonald, Theodore Roberts

Votes: 22 | Gross: $0.62M

41. Old Wives for New (1918)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama

Charles Murdock neglects his fat and lazy wife in favor of Juliet Raeburn but, when Juliet's name is involved in murder, he marries Viola and takes her to Paris.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Elliott Dexter, Florence Vidor, Sylvia Ashton, Wanda Hawley

Votes: 161 | Gross: $0.29M

42. The Whispering Chorus (1918)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

John Trimble has embezzled and obtains another identity by having a mutilated body buried in his place. He is later arrested for murdering himself. During the trial his mother, before dying... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Raymond Hatton, Kathlyn Williams, Edythe Chapman, Elliott Dexter

Votes: 242 | Gross: $0.24M

43. The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1918)

Not Rated | 16 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

In a dream Uncle Jack looks through a magic telescope owned by the ghost of a hermit and sees what life was like millions of years ago, including a battle between prehistoric monsters.

Director: Willis H. O'Brien | Stars: Alan V. Day, Chauncey A. Day, Herbert M. Dawley, Willis H. O'Brien

Votes: 211 | Gross: $0.10M

44. Shoulder Arms (1918)

45 min | Comedy, War

Charlie is a boot camp private who has a dream of being a hero who goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Edna Purviance, Charles Chaplin, Syd Chaplin, Loyal Underwood

Votes: 5,368

46. Bound in Morocco (1918)

64 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

A young man traveling in Morocco comes to the rescue of a beautiful harem girl.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Pauline Curley, Edythe Chapman, Tully Marshall

47. The Miracle Man (1919)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

A gang of crooks evade the police by moving their operations to a small town. There the gang's leader encounters a faith healer and uses him to scam gullible public of funds for a supposed ... See full summary »

Director: George Loane Tucker | Stars: Lon Chaney, Betty Compson, Joseph J. Dowling, J.M. Dumont

Votes: 141 | Gross: $3.00M

48. Male and Female (1919)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Drama

Lady Mary Lasenby is a spoiled maiden who always gets her way until shipwrecked with her butler, then learns which qualities are really admirable in a person.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Thomas Meighan, Theodore Roberts, Raymond Hatton, Robert Cain

Votes: 1,662

49. Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)

Unrated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

An orphan discovers that she has an anonymous benefactor who is willing to pay her college tuition, unaware he's the same man who has been romantically pursuing her.

Director: Marshall Neilan | Stars: Mary Pickford, Milla Davenport, Percy Haswell, Fay Lemport

Votes: 1,283

50. Passion (1919)

Not Rated | 85 min | Biography, Drama, Romance