Most Popular Feature Films Released 1917-01-01 to 1917-12-31


1. Cleopatra (1917)

125 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.0
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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: 268

2. Jack and the Beanstalk (1917)

Approved | 100 min | Fantasy

4.8
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Jack,exchanges his cow for some magic beans. The beans grow overnight into a beanstalk which Jack climbs, arriving at a magical land ruled over by a cruel giant. Jack battles the giant and ... See full summary »

Directors: Chester M. Franklin, Sidney Franklin | Stars: Francis Carpenter, Virginia Lee Corbin, Violet Radcliffe, 'Baby' Carmen De Rue

Votes: 11

3. American Maid (1917)

Drama

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Virginia Lee, daughter of a United States Senator, meets David Starr, a wounded United States soldier, in a field hospital in which she is serving as a Red Cross nurse. Star returns to the ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Capellani | Stars: Edna Goodrich, George Henry, William B. Davidson, Jack Hopkins

4. The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917)

65 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.8
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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: 1,068

5. The Little Princess (1917)

62 min | Drama

6.6
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Little Sara Crewe is placed in a boarding school by her father when he goes off to war, but he does not understand that the headmistress is a cruel, spiteful woman who makes life miserable ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan | Stars: Mary Pickford, Norman Kerry, Katherine Griffith, Anne Schaefer

Votes: 562

6. Betsy Ross (1917)

60 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

4.9
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Revolutionary War heroine Betsy Ross finds herself in competition with her sister for the affections of a British soldier.

Directors: George Cowl, Travers Vale | Stars: Alice Brady, John Bowers, Lillian Cook, Victor Kennard

Votes: 29

7. The Fall of the Romanoffs (1917)

80 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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A dramatization of the Russian revolution and the influence upon the Russian royal family of the famous "mad monk," Rasputin.

Director: Herbert Brenon | Stars: Edward Connelly, Iliodor, Alfred Hickman, Conway Tearle

Votes: 9

8. Terje Vigen (1917)

48 min | Drama, War

7.4
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Terje Vigen, a sailor, suffers the loss of his family through the cruelty of another man. Years later, when his enemy's family finds itself dependent on Terje's beneficence, Terje must ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström | Stars: Victor Sjöström, August Falck, Edith Erastoff, Bergliot Husberg

Votes: 1,100

9. Bucking Broadway (1917)

53 min | Western

5.9
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A ranch foreman battles a rich stockbroker for the affections of a beautiful young woman.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Harry Carey, Molly Malone, L.M. Wells, Vester Pegg

Votes: 367

10. House of Cards (1917)

Drama

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The Mannings are a professional couple--she's a doctor, he's a lawyer--who are so absorbed in their careers that they have little time for their young daughter Louise, who is basically left... See full summary »

Director: Alice Guy | Stars: Catherine Calvert, Frank Mills, Kittens Reichert, James O'Neill

12. The Little American (1917)

80 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.5
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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: 538

13. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)

78 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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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: 661

14. Satan's Rhapsody (1917)

55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.0
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A Faustian tale about an old woman who makes a pact with Mephisto to regain her youth, in return she must stay away from love. After the deal she meets two brothers who fall in love with her.

Director: Nino Oxilia | Stars: Lyda Borelli, Andrea Habay, Ugo Bazzini, Giovanni Cini

Votes: 366

15. Straight Shooting (1917)

Unrated | 57 min | Western

6.2
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Cattleman Flint cuts off farmer Sims' water supply. When Sims' son Ted goes for water, one of Flint's men kills him. Cheyenne is sent to finish off Sims, but finding the family at the newly dug grave, he changes sides.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Harry Carey, Duke R. Lee, George Berrell, Molly Malone

Votes: 279

16. Umirayushchii lebed (1917)

49 min | Drama

7.0
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A grief-stricken ballerina becomes the obsession of an increasingly unhinged artist.

Director: Yevgeni Bauer | Stars: Vera Karalli, Aleksandr Kheruvimov, Vitold Polonsky, Andrej Gromov

Votes: 675

17. Leoni Leo (1917)

Adventure

9.2
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Director: Alfréd Deésy | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Annie Góth, Lajos Gellért, Lilla Bársony

Votes: 5

18. El apóstol (1917)

70 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Argentinian President Yrigoyen burns Buenos Aires using Jupiter's thunderbolts.

Director: Quirino Cristiani

Votes: 26

19. Wild and Woolly (1917)

72 min | Comedy, Western, Romance

6.8
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A rich young Easterner who has always wanted to live in "the Wild West" plans to move to a Western town. Unknown to him, the town's "wild" days are long gone, and it is an orderly, ... See full summary »

Director: John Emerson | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Eileen Percy, Calvert Carter, Charles Stevens

Votes: 448

20. Sirens of the Sea (1917)

60 min | Fantasy

5.2
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Director: Allen Holubar | Stars: Louise Lovely, Carmel Myers, Jack Mulhall, Sydney Deane

Votes: 5

21. The Bottle Imp (1917)

50 min | Fantasy, Drama

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Lopaka, a poor Hawaiian fisherman, falls in love with Kokua, a young girl of royal blood. Her father refuses to let him marry her, though, unless Lopaka can bring him two feather cloaks ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan | Stars: Sessue Hayakawa, Lehua Waipahu, H. Komshi, George Kuwa

22. The Golem and the Dancing Girl (1917)

Horror, Comedy

6.9
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As a practical joke, an actor impersonates the screen monster he made famous. Complications ensue.

Directors: Rochus Gliese, Paul Wegener | Stars: Paul Wegener, Lyda Salmonova, Rochus Gliese, Wilhelm Diegelmann

Votes: 18

23. A Romance of the Redwoods (1917)

70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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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: 646 | Gross: $0.42M

24. The Coming Out of Maggie (1917)

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Director: Martin Justice | Stars: Nellie Spencer, Carlton S. King

25. Tom Sawyer (1917)

Unrated | 59 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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Tom Sawyer, a young Missouri lad, finds fun and adventure with his pals Joe Harper and Huckleberry Finn, running away to hide out on Jackson's Island and pretending to be Mississippi River ... See full summary »

Director: William Desmond Taylor | Stars: Jack Pickford, George Hackathorne, Alice Marvin, Edythe Chapman

Votes: 104

26. Furcht (1917)

72 min | Horror

6.8
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Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Bruno Decarli, Bernhard Goetzke, Mechthildis Thein, Conrad Veidt

Votes: 84

27. Patria (1917)

Action, Drama

6.0
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Serial about Japanese spies trying to invade the US but whose plans are foiled by a rich heiress and a Secret Service agent.

Directors: Jacques Jaccard, Leopold Wharton, Theodore Wharton | Stars: Irene Castle, Milton Sills, Warner Oland, Dorothy Green

Votes: 10

28. The Torture of Silence (1917)

80 min | Drama

6.5
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Sad story of an unfaithful wife and her subsequent sufferings as a mother.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Emmy Lynn, Firmin Gémier, Armand Tallier, Anthony Gildès

Votes: 80

29. Gipsy (1917)

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Director: Nino Martinengo

30. A Tale of Two Cities (1917)

70 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.3
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Alcoholic lawyer Sydney Carton travels to Paris during the Reign of Terror to rescue French aristocrat Charles Darnay, husband of the woman he loves.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: William Farnum, Jewel Carmen, Charles Clary, Herschel Mayall

Votes: 73

31. Man and Beast (1917)

Adventure

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Director: Henry MacRae | Stars: Harry Clifton, Eileen Sedgwick, L.M. Wells, Mattie Witting

32. Panthea (1917)

78 min | Drama

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A woman sacrifices everything for her husband's career.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Norma Talmadge, Earle Foxe, L. Rogers Lytton, George Fawcett

33. Reaching for the Moon (1917)

69 min | Adventure

6.3
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A factory worker has always dreamed that he was meant for better things, to be rich and famous and in "the company of kings". One day he discovers that he is indeed the only heir to the ... See full summary »

Director: John Emerson | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Eileen Percy, Richard Cummings, Millard Webb

Votes: 46

34. The Secret Man (1917)

50 min | Western

5.1
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Director: John Ford | Stars: Harry Carey, Edythe Sterling, J. Morris Foster, Elizabeth Janes

Votes: 24

35. A Modern Musketeer (1917)

TV-G | 68 min | Adventure, Comedy, Western

6.6
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A restless young man travels west, encountering adventure, romance, and danger.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Marjorie Daw, Kathleen Kirkham, Eugene Ormonde

Votes: 218

36. Nächte des Grauens (1917)

56 min | Drama, Horror

7.6
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Directors: Richard Oswald, Arthur Robison | Stars: Emil Jannings, Werner Krauss, Laurence Köhler, Hans Mierendorff

Votes: 5

37. The Seven Deadly Sins (1917)

50 min | Drama

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A series of seven 5-reel features (q.v.), based on stories published in The Ladies World, a McClure publication, depicting each of the Seven Deadly Sins: (1) Envy (1917), (2) Pride (1917), ... See full summary »

Directors: Theodore Marston, Richard Ridgely | Stars: George LeGuere, Shirley Mason, Anna Murdock, Lumsden Hare

38. The Cinderella Man (1917)

60 min | Comedy

7.1
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Director: George Loane Tucker | Stars: Mae Marsh, Tom Moore, Alec B. Francis, George Fawcett

Votes: 28

39. The High Sign (1917)

50 min | Drama

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Director: Elmer Clifton | Stars: Herbert Rawlinson, Agnes Vernon, Hayward Mack, Nellie Allen

40. Les Misérables (1917)

100 min | Drama

5.9
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Jean Valjean, a good and decent man who has committed a minor crime, is imprisoned but escapes. He is pursued thereafter for years by Javert, the cruel and implacable arm of the law.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: William Farnum, George Moss, Hardee Kirkland, Gretchen Hartman

Votes: 13

41. The Woman God Forgot (1917)

60 min | History, Romance

6.5
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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: 28 | Gross: $0.34M

42. Darkest Russia (1917)

Drama, History

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Director: Travers Vale | Stars: Alice Brady, John Bowers, J. Herbert Frank, Norbert Wicki

43. Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray (1917)

80 min | Fantasy, Thriller

7.1
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A variation of the famous Oscar Wilde tale in which Dorian Gray's soul is manifested in a painting instead of his own body.

Director: Richard Oswald | Stars: Bernd Aldor, Ernst Pittschau, Ernst Ludwig, Andreas Van Horn

Votes: 16

44. Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1917)

80 min | Fantasy

5.6
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The story of Aladdin and the Princess Badr al-badr's adventures as told through child actors.

Directors: Chester M. Franklin, Sidney Franklin | Stars: Francis Carpenter, F.A. Turner, Virginia Lee Corbin, Alfred Paget

Votes: 58

45. Polly of the Circus (1917)

80 min | Drama

7.7
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When circus aerialist Polly Fisher is injured, she is taken to the nearby home of minister John Hartley. The two fall in love and marry secretly. But when the news leaks out, the minister ... See full summary »

Directors: Edwin L. Hollywood, Charles Horan | Stars: Mae Marsh, Vernon Steele, Harry La Pearl, Wellington A. Playter

Votes: 25

46. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1917)

Passed | 60 min | Drama

6.8
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A doctor's wife is the head of a bureau that publishes and hands out literature on birth control. However, the police stop it and forbid her to speak in meetings about the secret that was ... See full summary »

Directors: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber | Stars: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber, Priscilla Dean, Wedgwood Nowell

Votes: 10

47. Masks and Faces (1917)

Comedy

5.7
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An actress cures an aged flirt by posing as his wife.

Director: Fred Paul | Stars: Johnston Forbes-Robertson, Irene Vanbrugh, Henry S. Irving, Gerald du Maurier

Votes: 6

48. The Black Stork (1917)

50 min | Drama

4.8
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A young man and woman are considering marriage; eugenicist Harry J Haiselden warns that they are ill-matched and will produce defective offspring. He is right; their baby is born defective,... See full summary »

Directors: Leopold Wharton, Theodore Wharton | Stars: Jane Fearnley, Allan Murnane, Hamilton Revelle, Elsie Esmond

Votes: 13

49. Il Fauno (1917)

73 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.0
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Director: Febo Mari | Stars: Febo Mari, Nietta Mordeglia, Helena Makowska, Vasco Creti

Votes: 36

50. Wenn Frauen lieben und hassen (1917)

40 min

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Director: Jaap Speyer | Stars: Ludwig Hartau, Ernst Hofmann, Werner Krauss, Hans Lanser-Ludolff