Most Popular Feature Films Released 1920-01-01 to 1929-12-31


1. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

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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.

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

2. Nosferatu (1922)

Unrated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Writers: Henrik Galeen, Bram Stoker | Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck, Greta Schröder, Ruth Landshoff, Gustav von Wangenheim

3. Sunrise (1927)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife.

Writers: Carl Mayer, Hermann Sudermann, Katherine Hilliker, H.H. Caldwell | Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing

4. The Kid (1921)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.3
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The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.

Writer: Charles Chaplin | Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Carl Miller

5. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Unrated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

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Dr. Caligari's somnambulist, Cesare, and his deadly predictions.

Writers: Carl Mayer, Hans Janowitz | Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

6. Souls for Sale (1923)

Passed | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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A young woman hits Hollywood, determined to become a star.

Writer: Rupert Hughes | Director: Rupert Hughes | Stars: Eleanor Boardman, Frank Mayo, Richard Dix, Mae Busch

7. The General (1926)

Unrated | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.2
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When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines.

Writers: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman, Al Boasberg, Charles Henry Smith | Directors: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley

8. The Gold Rush (1925)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.3
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A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.

Writer: Charles Chaplin | Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman

9. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Unrated | 93 min | Horror, Romance

7.7
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A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

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

10. Untamed (1929)

Approved | 86 min | Drama

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When her rich oilman father is killed, Bingo, raised in the wilds of South America, inherits the company. Her guardians Ben and Howard send her to New York for civilizing but on the way she... See full summary »

Writers: Charles E. Scoggins, Sylvia Thalberg, Frank Butler, Willard Mack | Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Ernest Torrence, Holmes Herbert

11. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

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

12. The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.8
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When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured.

Writers: Victor Hugo, J. Grubb Alexander, Walter Anthony | Director: Paul Leni | Stars: Mary Philbin, Conrad Veidt, Julius Molnar, Olga Baclanova

13. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Unrated | 66 min | Drama, History, War

8.0
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A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre.

Writer: Nina Agadzhanova | Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov

14. Wings (1927)

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

7.8
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Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.

Writers: John Monk Saunders, Hope Loring, Louis D. Lighton, Julian Johnson | Directors: William A. Wellman, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast | Stars: Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston

15. Our Modern Maidens (1929)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, Comedy

5.6
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A flapper charms a diplomat to procure her fiancé a career opportunity, while the fiancé starts a relationship with her best friend.

Writers: Josephine Lovett, Marian Ainslee, Ruth Cummings | Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Joan Crawford, Rod La Rocque, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Anita Page

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

Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

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

Writers: Lew Wallace, June Mathis, Carey Wilson, Bess Meredyth, Katherine Hilliker, H.H. Caldwell | Directors: Fred Niblo, Charles Brabin, Christy Cabanne, J.J. Cohn, Rex Ingram | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson

17. The Unholy Three (1925)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.3
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A sideshow ventriloquist, midget, and strongman form a conspiracy known as "The Unholy Three" and commit a series of robberies.

Writers: Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins, Waldemar Young | Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Mae Busch, Matt Moore, Victor McLaglen

18. The Jazz Singer (1927)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.8
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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.

Writers: Samson Raphaelson, Alfred A. Cohn, Jack Jarmuth | Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer

19. Faust (1926)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.1
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The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Writers: Gerhart Hauptmann, Hans Kyser, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe | Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

20. The Circus (1928)

Unrated | 71 min | Comedy, Romance

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

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

21. Sex (1920)

87 min | Drama

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A broadway actress uses her sex appeal to ruin a marriage only to dump her lover for a richer prospect.

Writer: C. Gardner Sullivan | Director: Fred Niblo | Stars: Louise Glaum, Irving Cummings, Peggy Pearce, Myrtle Stedman

22. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Not Rated | 70 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

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The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew.

Writer: Carl Harbaugh | Directors: Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, Tom Lewis

23. The Lodger (1927)

Unrated | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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

Writers: Marie Belloc Lowndes, Eliot Stannard | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: June, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney

24. Pandora's Box (1929)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

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The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.

Writers: Frank Wedekind, Ladislaus Vajda | Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer, Carl Goetz

25. The Smart Set (1928)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy

8.2
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An American polo player, arrogant and full of himself, must vindicate his actions to win the heart of a girl, Polly, after getting himself booted off the U.S. polo team.

Writers: Byron Morgan, Ann Price, Robert E. Hopkins | Director: Jack Conway | Stars: William Haines, Jack Holt, Alice Day, Hobart Bosworth

26. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (I) (1923)

Unrated | 133 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen.

Writers: Victor Hugo, Perley Poore Sheehan, Edward T. Lowe Jr. | Director: Wallace Worsley | Stars: Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry, Kate Lester

27. It (1927)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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A salesgirl with plenty of "it" (sex appeal) pursues a handsome playboy.

Writers: Elinor Glyn, Hope Loring, Louis D. Lighton, George Marion Jr. | Directors: Clarence G. Badger, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno, William Austin, Priscilla Bonner

28. The Broadway Melody (1929)

Passed | 100 min | Musical, Romance

6.3
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A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt.

Writers: Edmund Goulding, Sarah Y. Mason, Norman Houston, James Gleason | Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King, The Angeles Twins

29. Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Unrated | 45 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

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A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.

Writers: Jean C. Havez, Joseph A. Mitchell, Clyde Bruckman | Director: Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Erwin Connelly

30. Greed (1924)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Thriller

7.9
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The sudden fortune won from a lottery fans such destructive greed that it ruins the lives of the three people involved.

Writers: June Mathis, Erich von Stroheim, Frank Norris | Director: Erich von Stroheim | Stars: Gibson Gowland, Zasu Pitts, Jean Hersholt, Dale Fuller

31. London After Midnight (1927)

Unrated | 69 min | Horror

7.0
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The abandoned home of a wealthy man who supposedly committed suicide five years earlier is taken over by ghoulish figures - could they be vampires?

Writers: Tod Browning, Waldemar Young, Joseph Farnham | Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Henry B. Walthall, Percy Williams

32. The Golem (1920)

Unrated | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem, and using sorcery, brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

Writers: Henrik Galeen, Paul Wegener | Directors: Carl Boese, Paul Wegener | Stars: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Ernst Deutsch, Lyda Salmonova

33. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)

Not Rated | 242 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.9
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Arch-criminal Dr. Mabuse sets out to make a fortune and run Berlin. Detective Wenk sets out to stop him.

Writers: Norbert Jacques, Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou | Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Aud Egede-Nissen, Gertrude Welcker, Alfred Abel

34. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

Approved | 155 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.

Writers: Lotta Woods, Douglas Fairbanks | Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Julanne Johnston, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher

35. The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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It's New Year's Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year, if he is a great sinner, will have to drive during the whole year the Phantom ... See full summary »

Writers: Selma Lagerlöf, Victor Sjöström | Director: Victor Sjöström | Stars: Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg, Astrid Holm

36. Blackmail (1929)

85 min | Crime, Thriller

7.0
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After killing a man in self-defence, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing.

Writers: Charles Bennett, Alfred Hitchcock, Benn W. Levy | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anny Ondra, John Longden, Sara Allgood, Charles Paton

37. The Unknown (1927)

Unrated | 63 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

7.9
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A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.

Writers: Tod Browning, Waldemar Young, Joseph Farnham | Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford, Nick De Ruiz

38. Orphans of the Storm (1921)

Not Rated | 150 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.9
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Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way.

Writers: Adolphe d'Ennery, Eugène Cormon, D.W. Griffith | Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut, Frank Losee

39. The Last Laugh (1924)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

8.1
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An aging doorman, after being fired from his prestigious job at a luxurious Hotel is forced to face the scorn of his friends, neighbours and society.

Writer: Carl Mayer | Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz

40. Safety Last! (1923)

Not Rated | 70 min | Comedy, Thriller

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When a store clerk organizes a publicity stunt, in which a friend climbs the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself.

Writers: Hal Roach, Sam Taylor, Tim Whelan, H.M. Walker | Directors: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother, Noah Young

41. The Cameraman (1928)

Not Rated | 69 min | Comedy, Romance, Family

8.3
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Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire.

Writers: Clyde Bruckman, Lew Lipton, Richard Schayer, Joseph Farnham | Directors: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Sidney Bracey

42. When Boys Leave Home (1927)

74 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.1
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Public schoolboy Roddy Berwick is expelled from school when he takes the blame for a friend's charge and his life falls apart in a series of misadventures.

Writers: Constance Collier, Ivor Novello, Eliot Stannard | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ivor Novello, Ben Webster, Norman McKinnel, Robin Irvine

43. The Lost World (1925)

Unrated | 106 min | Adventure, Fantasy

7.1
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The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.

Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Marion Fairfax | Director: Harry O. Hoyt | Stars: Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughes, Lewis Stone

44. Destiny (1921)

114 min | Fantasy, Thriller

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When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.

Writers: Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou | Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Bernhard Goetzke, Hans Sternberg

45. The King of Kings (1927)

Not Rated | 155 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection.

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

46. The Cocoanuts (1929)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Musical

7.2
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During the Florida land boom, the Marx brothers run a hotel, auction off some land, thwart a jewel robbery, and generally act like themselves.

Writers: George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind | Directors: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

47. The Big Parade (1925)

Not Rated | 151 min | Drama, Romance, War

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A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War.

Writers: Laurence Stallings, Harry Behn, Joseph Farnham | Directors: King Vidor, George W. Hill | Stars: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth, Claire McDowell

48. The Wizard of Oz (1925)

TV-G | 81 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

5.2
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Dorothy, heir to the Oz throne, must take it back from the wicked Prime Minister Kruel with the help of three farmhands.

Writers: L. Frank Baum, Frank Joslyn Baum, Leon Lee, Larry Semon | Director: Larry Semon | Stars: Dorothy Dwan, Charles Murray, Oliver Hardy, Mary Carr

49. Piccadilly (1929)

TV-PG | 92 min | Drama, Crime

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89 Metascore

A young Chinese woman, working in the kitchen at a London dance club, is given the chance to become the club's main act which soon leads to a plot of betrayal, forbidden love and murder.

Writer: Arnold Bennett | Director: Ewald André Dupont | Stars: Gilda Gray, Anna May Wong, Jameson Thomas, Charles Laughton

50. The Pleasure Garden (1925)

75 min | Drama, Romance

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Patsy Brand is a chorus girl at the Pleasure Garden music hall. She meets Jill Cheyne who is down on her luck and gets her a job as a dancer. Jill is engaged to adventurer Hugh Fielding and... See full summary »

Writers: Oliver Sandys, Eliot Stannard | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Virginia Valli, Carmelita Geraghty, Miles Mander, John Stuart