Top 50 Films of 1927

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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: 151,636 | Gross: $1.24M

2. Sunrise (1927)

Passed | 94 min | Drama, Romance

An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing

Votes: 45,073 | Gross: $0.54M

3. Napoleon (1927)

240 min | Biography, Drama, History

A film about the French general's youth and early military career.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële, Alexandre Koubitzky

Votes: 6,526

4. October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1927)

95 min | Drama, History

A large-scale view on the events of 1917 in Russia, when the monarchy was overthrown.

Directors: Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Boris Livanov, Nikolay Popov, Vasili Nikandrov, Layaschenko

Votes: 6,612

5. The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)

Passed | 106 min | Drama, Romance

A cloistered, overprotected Austrian prince falls in love with a down-to-earth barmaid in this "Viennese fairy tale."

Directors: Ernst Lubitsch, John M. Stahl | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer, Jean Hersholt, Gustav von Seyffertitz

Votes: 1,286

6. The End of St. Petersburg (1927)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

A peasant comes to St. Petersburg to find work. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader. The unemployed peasant is also arrested and sent to ... See full summary »

Directors: Vsevolod Pudovkin, Mikhail Doller | Stars: Aleksandr Chistyakov, Vera Baranovskaya, Ivan Chuvelyov, V. Obolensky

Votes: 1,404

7. 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: 3,633 | Gross: $1.55M

8. 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: 6,775 | Gross: $0.41M

9. The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

In the Crimea, the Reds and the Whites aren't done fighting, and Jeanne discovers that the man she loves is a Bolshevik (when he kills her father). Penniless, she returns to Paris where she... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Édith Jéhanne, Uno Henning, Fritz Rasp, Brigitte Helm

Votes: 631

10. Wings (1927)

PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance, War

Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.

Directors: William A. Wellman, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast | Stars: Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston

Votes: 10,698 | Gross: $6.59M

11. The Way of All Flesh (1927)

94 min | Drama

After a robbery, a happy bank clerk loses own identity and has been presumed dead.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Emil Jannings, Belle Bennett, Phyllis Haver, Donald Keith

Votes: 123 | Gross: $0.86M

12. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

Not Rated | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: June Tripp, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney

Votes: 9,585

13. The Gaucho (1927)

Approved | 115 min | Adventure, Romance

A girl is saved by a miracle after she falls from a cliff in the Argentine Andes, and is blessed with healing powers. A shrine is built on the site, and a whole city grows around it, rich ... See full summary »

Director: F. Richard Jones | Stars: Lupe Velez, Joan Barclay, Eve Southern, Gustav von Seyffertitz

Votes: 268

14. The Jazz Singer (1927)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Music, Musical

66 Metascore

The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer

Votes: 8,512 | Gross: $7.63M

15. The Scar of Shame (1927)

TV-PG | 68 min | Drama

An educated, upscale young black musician marries a woman from a lower socioeconomic class to get her out of the clutches of her stepfather, who beats and abuses her. However, once he "... See full summary »

Director: Frank Peregini | Stars: Harry Henderson, Norman Johnstone, Ann Kennedy, Lucia Lynn Moses

Votes: 266

16. Underworld (1927)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend.

Directors: Josef von Sternberg, Arthur Rosson | Stars: George Bancroft, Clive Brook, Evelyn Brent, Fred Kohler

Votes: 2,407 | Gross: $1.64M

17. London After Midnight (1927)

Passed | 69 min | Horror

The abandoned home of a wealthy man who supposedly committed suicide five years earlier is taken over by ghoulish figures - could they be vampires?

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Henry B. Walthall, Percy Williams

Votes: 1,140 | Gross: $0.52M

18. Children of Divorce (1927)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Romance

A young flapper tricks her childhood sweetheart into marrying her. He really loves another woman, but didn't marry her for fear the marriage would end in divorce, like his parents'. Complications ensue.

Directors: Frank Lloyd, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Clara Bow, Esther Ralston, Gary Cooper, Einar Hanson

Votes: 195

19. The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Passed | 108 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will.

Director: Paul Leni | Stars: Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, Forrest Stanley, Tully Marshall

Votes: 2,576 | Gross: $0.33M

20. Bed and Sofa (1927)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

A married couple have a small apartment in Moscow. When an old friend of the husband's arrives in the city, he is unable to find lodgings. Kolia, the husband, invites his friend to move in with them.

Director: Abram Room | Stars: Vladimir Fogel, Nikolay Batalov, Lyudmila Semyonova, Leonid Yurenev

Votes: 992

21. 7th Heaven (1927)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

A street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Ben Bard, Albert Gran

Votes: 2,975 | Gross: $3.92M

22. College (1927)

Not Rated | 66 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

To reconcile with his girlfriend, a bookish college student tries to become an athlete.

Directors: James W. Horne, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Anne Cornwall, Flora Bramley, Harold Goodwin

Votes: 4,124

23. The Beloved Rogue (1927)

Not Rated | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, History

François Villon, in his lifetime the most renowned poet in France, is also a prankster, an occasional criminal, and an ardent patriot.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt, Marceline Day, Lawson Butt

Votes: 689

24. Annie Laurie (1927)

90 min | Drama, Romance

The story of the famous battle between the Scots clans of Macdonald and Campbell, and the young woman who comes between them, Annie Laurie.

Director: John S. Robertson | Stars: Lillian Gish, Norman Kerry, Creighton Hale, Joseph Striker

Votes: 352 | Gross: $0.43M

25. 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: 1,807 | Gross: $1.77M

26. The Loves of Carmen (1927)

90 min | Drama, Romance

Prosper Merimee's story of a Spanish gypsy girl working in a cigar factory, and the rivalry for her affections among several men,including a soldier who helps her escape from jail and a famed bullfighter who at first finds her obnoxious.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Don Alvarado, Victor McLaglen, Nancy Nash

Votes: 33 | Gross: $0.49M

27. The Patent Leather Kid (1927)

150 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

A boxer has difficulty balancing his sport with a budding romance; both are further jeopardized when the United States enters the first World War.

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Molly O'Day, Lawford Davidson, Matthew Betz

Votes: 449

29. Quality Street (1927)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A fresh young beauty becomes an old maid waiting for her suitor to return from the Napoleonic wars. When he returns, clearly disappointed, she disguises herself as her own niece in order to test his loyalty.

Director: Sidney Franklin | Stars: Marion Davies, Conrad Nagel, Helen Jerome Eddy, Flora Finch

Votes: 724

30. Hula (1927)

64 min | Drama, Romance

The daughter of a pineapple plantation owner in Hawaii sets her sights on a married English engineer.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Clara Bow, Clive Brook, Arlette Marchal, Arnold Kent

Votes: 177 | Gross: $0.44M

31. Long Pants (1927)

60 min | Comedy

Harry Shelby receives his first pair of long pants. He immediately falls in love with a cocaine-smuggling flapper named Bebe. When Bebe is imprisoned, Harry decides to rescue her. To do so,... See full summary »

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Harry Langdon, Gladys Brockwell, Alan Roscoe, Priscilla Bonner

Votes: 418

32. When a Man Loves (1927)

Passed | 111 min | History, Romance

A nobleman studying for the priesthood abandons his vocation in 18th Century France when he falls in love with a beautiful, but reluctant, courtesan.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: John Barrymore, Dolores Costello, Warner Oland, Sam De Grasse

Votes: 280 | Gross: $0.89M

33. Love (1927)

Passed | 82 min | Drama, Romance

A married woman compromises her social standing and family life when she falls for a young officer.

Directors: Edmund Goulding, John Gilbert | Stars: John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, George Fawcett, Emily Fitzroy

Votes: 873 | Gross: $0.95M

34. Her Wild Oat (1927)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy

Mary Lou Smith is a hardworking owner of a food wagon. She decides to take her hard earned money and splurge on a vacation where the rich and famous gather for fun. The guests at this beach... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan | Stars: Colleen Moore, Larry Kent, Hallam Cooley, Gwen Lee

Votes: 39

35. 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: 363

36. The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927)

Passed | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Queen Helen of Troy, in response to her husband Menelaus' lack of interest in her, elopes with Paris to Sparta. Menelaus, egged on by his henchman, starts a war with Paris, finally ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: María Corda, Lewis Stone, Ricardo Cortez, George Fawcett

Votes: 41 | Gross: $0.48M

37. Madame Pompadour (1927)

70 min | Drama

The French king's mistress frees her jailed lover and makes him her bodyguard.

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Dorothy Gish, Antonio Moreno, Nelson Keys, Henri Bosc

Votes: 8

38. The Dove (1927)

Passed | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A despot falls for a dancing girl. After she rejects him, he has her other beau framed for murder.

Director: Roland West | Stars: Norma Talmadge, Noah Beery, Gilbert Roland, Eddie Borden

Votes: 49

39. His First Flame (1927)

48 min | Comedy

Fire chief Amos McCarthy, a confirmed misogynist, counsels his nephew Harry Howells to avoid matrimony at all costs. Still, the lovestruck Harry is determined to marry his sweetheart Ethel.... See full summary »

Director: Harry Edwards | Stars: Harry Langdon, Natalie Kingston, Ruth Hiatt, Vernon Dent

Votes: 121

40. Man from the Restaurant (1927)

62 min | Drama

An elderly man works as a waiter at a luxurious restaurant. He's content and full of hope, and treasures his family more than anything. But it's time of the First World War and news from the front change his life.

Director: Yakov Protazanov | Stars: Michael Chekhov, Mikhail Klimov, Mikhail Narokov, Stepan Kuznetsov

Votes: 95

41. The Love of Sunya (1927)

Passed | 78 min | Drama

A young woman at life's crossroads is granted mystic visions of how her decisions will affect her future life.

Director: Albert Parker | Stars: Gloria Swanson, John Boles, Pauline Garon, Ian Keith

Votes: 753 | Gross: $0.50M

43. Chicago (1927)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A wild jazz-loving and boozing wife Roxie Hart, kills her boyfriend in cold blood after he leaves her.

Director: Frank Urson | Stars: Phyllis Haver, Victor Varconi, Virginia Bradford, Robert Edeson

Votes: 355 | Gross: $1.05M

44. Sorok pervyy (1927)

66 min | Drama, War

Tragic romance between a female Red Army sharpshooter and a White Army officer.

Director: Yakov Protazanov | Stars: Ivan Koval-Samborsky, Ivan Shtraukh, Ada Vojtsik

Votes: 91

45. Mockery (1927)

75 min | Drama, Romance

During the Russian Revolution, a mentally challenged peasant saves then obsesses over a beautiful countess.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Lon Chaney, Ricardo Cortez, Barbara Bedford, Mack Swain

Votes: 378 | Gross: $0.45M