Best Picture 1925

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1. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History

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: 45,333 | Gross: $0.05M

2. Stachka (1925)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Maksim Shtraukh, Mikhail Gomorov, I. Ivanov

Votes: 5,756

3. Poil de carotte (1925)

108 min | Drama

François' mother, Mme Lepic, hates him and she nicknames him "Poil de Carotte" (Carrot hair). His father is more interested in politics and hunting that he is in him. In spite of the ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Henry Krauss, Charlotte Barbier-Krauss, André Heuzé, Fabien Haziza

Votes: 163

4. The Big Parade (1925)

Not Rated | 151 min | Drama, Romance, War

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

Directors: King Vidor, George W. Hill | Stars: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth, Claire McDowell

Votes: 5,403 | Gross: $11.00M

5. Seven Chances (1925)

Passed | 56 min | Comedy, Romance

A man learns he will inherit a fortune if he marries by 7 p.m. that same day.

Director: Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Ruth Dwyer, T. Roy Barnes, Snitz Edwards

Votes: 7,383 | Gross: $0.21M

6. Shakhmatnaya goryachka (1925)

Not Rated | 28 min | Comedy, Short

With an international chess tournament in progress, a young man becomes completely obsessed with the game. His fiancée has no interest in it, and becomes frustrated and depressed by his ... See full summary »

Directors: Vsevolod Pudovkin, Nikolai Shpikovsky | Stars: José Raúl Capablanca, Vladimir Fogel, Anna Zemtsova, Natalya Glan

Votes: 941

7. The Freshman (1925)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

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: 4,162 | Gross: $0.00M

8. Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)

Approved | 120 min | Comedy

A society woman believes her husband is having an affair, a misconception which may have dire personal consequences for all involved.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Irene Rich, May McAvoy, Bert Lytell, Ronald Colman

Votes: 815

9. The Goose Woman (1925)

80 min | Drama

A famous opera singer lost her voice when her son was born, and has drowned her sorrows in drink. When a murder is committed near her house, she invents a story in order to get herself back... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Jack Pickford, Louise Dresser, Constance Bennett, Marc McDermott

Votes: 121

10. Paths to Paradise (1925)

78 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

A con-woman has a nice business going in fleecing gullible tourists who want a genuine 'underworld' experience -- but the tables are turned when one of her victims turns out to be less ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence G. Badger | Stars: Betty Compson, Raymond Griffith, Tom Santschi, Bert Woodruff

Votes: 107

11. Whirlpool of Fate (1925)

TV-PG | 71 min | Drama, Romance

After her father's death and her uncle having drunk all the inheritance, Virginia is left alone. She is accepted by a family of bohemians but a quarrel between the bohemians and the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Catherine Hessling, Charlotte Clasis, Pierre Champagne, Maurice Touzé

Votes: 472

12. Visages d'enfants (1925)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A man whose wife has died remarries, and his new wife has a daughter of her own from a previous marriage. The man's young son, however, who loved his mother deeply and misses her terribly, ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Feyder | Stars: Jean Forest, Victor Vina, Pierrette Houyez, Jeanne Marie-Laurent

Votes: 563

13. Tartuffe (1925)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama

Young man shows his millionaire grandfather a film based on Molière's Tartuffe, in order to expose the old man's hypocritical governess who covets his own inheritance.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Hermann Picha, Rosa Valetti, André Mattoni, Werner Krauss

Votes: 1,563

14. Master of the House (1925)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama

When a man becomes tyrannical towards his family, the women of the house decide to teach him a lesson in gratitude.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Johannes Meyer, Astrid Holm, Karin Nellemose, Mathilde Nielsen

Votes: 1,349

15. The Gold Rush (1925)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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

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

Votes: 82,497 | Gross: $5.45M

16. At 3:25 (1924)

Unrated | 35 min | Short, Sci-Fi

A scientist's invisible ray freezes Paris into immobility.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Henri Rollan, Charles Martinelli, Louis Pré Fils, Albert Préjean

Votes: 1,297

17. Stage Struck (1925)

70 min | Comedy

A young woman dreams of becoming a great actress. When her boyfriend starts to flirt with an actual actress, she becomes jealous and decides to fight with her rival.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Lawrence Gray, Gertrude Astor, Oliver Sandys

Votes: 723 | Gross: $0.24M

18. Don Q Son of Zorro (1925)

Not Rated | 111 min | Adventure, Romance

Don Cesar, son of Zorro, is framed for murder while visiting Spain, and becomes the whip-wielding outlaw Don Q.

Director: Donald Crisp | Stars: Mary Astor, Jack McDonald, Donald Crisp, Stella De Lanti

Votes: 337

20. Sally of the Sawdust (1925)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy

Judge Foster throws his daughter out because she married a circus man. She leaves her baby girl with Prof. McGargle before she dies. Years later Sally is a dancer with whom Peyton, a son of... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Carol Dempster, W.C. Fields, Alfred Lunt, Erville Alderson

Votes: 431 | Gross: $0.30M

21. The Joyless Street (1925)

125 min | Drama

Vienna in the biggest depression, directly after WW1. In a slum, Lila Leid, the wife of lawyer Leid is murdered, Egon, secretary of one of Leid's clients is arrested. He was with her, and ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Asta Nielsen, Greta Garbo, Ágnes Eszterházy, Werner Krauss

Votes: 1,159

22. His Wooden Wedding (1925)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Comedy

A few moments before Charley is going to marry, a "friend", who is jealous, gives him an anonymous note, stating that the bride has a wooden leg. Charley cancels the wedding, but agrees to ... See full summary »

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Charley Chase, Katherine Grant, Gale Henry, Fred DeSilva

Votes: 120

23. The Salvation Hunters (1925)

70 min | Drama

A cowardly young man, a bitter young woman and a helpless child live on the docks, spend their days full of ennui watching a dredge dig the same hole day in and day out, chased around by ... See full summary »

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: George K. Arthur, Georgia Hale, Bruce Guerin, Otto Matieson

Votes: 264

24. Go West (1925)

Not Rated | 68 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: 2,985

25. 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: 1,364 | Gross: $0.70M

26. Orochi (1925)

74 min | Action, Adventure

The story of a decent samurai who is widely considered a scum and a criminal. His bad luck and numerous misunderstandings drag him down the social ladder straight to the gutter.

Director: Buntarô Futagara | Stars: Tsumasaburô Bandô, Misao Seki, Utako Tamaki, Kensaku Haruji

Votes: 223

27. Lazybones (1925)

Passed | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Steve Tuttle, the titular lazybones, takes on the responsibility of raising a fatherless girl, causing a scandal in his small town. Many years later, having returned from World War I, he ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Madge Bellamy, Buck Jones, Zasu Pitts, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 397

28. The Merry Widow (1925)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama, Romance

A prince must woo the now wealthy dancer he once abandoned in order to keep her money in the country in order to keep it from crashing economically.

Director: Erich von Stroheim | Stars: Mae Murray, John Gilbert, Roy D'Arcy, Josephine Crowell

Votes: 1,913 | Gross: $0.88M

29. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Not Rated | 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: 13,908 | Gross: $0.72M

30. In Youth, Beside the Lonely Sea (1925)

5 min | Short

Thomas Bailey Aldrich's poem is dramatized in triptych. In the center panel, a young man muses on the seashore where mermaids beckon, then he walks through the woods, accompanied by ... See full summary »

Votes: 161

31. The Circle (1925)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama

Elizabeth Cheney has a wealthy husband, social prominence and everything she could want in life . . . except Ted Lutton, the man she loves. Now, she must decide whether to give up ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Eleanor Boardman, Malcolm McGregor, Alec B. Francis, Eugenie Besserer

Votes: 456

32. Variety (1925)

Passed | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Prologue: The murderer "Boss" Huller - after having spent ten years in prison - breaks his silence to tell the warden his story. "Boss", a former trapeze artist, and his wife own a cheap ... See full summary »

Director: Ewald André Dupont | Stars: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Lya De Putti, Warwick Ward

Votes: 747 | Gross: $0.71M

33. 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: 6,557 | Gross: $12.45M

34. The Lady (1925)

96 min | Drama

A young woman marries the wastrel son of a British aristocrat. Her husband, who has been disinherited by his father, loses what little money he has left gambling in casinos and then dies, ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Norma Talmadge, Wallace MacDonald, Brandon Hurst, Alfred J. Goulding

Votes: 115 | Gross: $0.19M

35. Cyrano de Bergerac (1923)

TV-G | 113 min | Drama, Romance, War

Cyrano de Begerac is joyous, witty, a poet, a leader and filled with plenty of charisma and bravado in 17th Century France. He has only one flaw: an unusually long nose which makes him ... See full summary »

Director: Augusto Genina | Stars: Pierre Magnier, Linda Moglia, Angelo Ferrari, Maurice Schutz

Votes: 251

36. Parisian Love (1925)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Street people Armand and Marie are madly in love, and she persuades Armand and other gang members to rob the home of Pierre Marcel, a wealthy scientist. The police break up the robbery but ... See full summary »

Director: Louis J. Gasnier | Stars: Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Lillian Leighton, J. Gordon Russell

Votes: 184

37. The Rag Man (1925)

Passed | 68 min | Drama, Comedy

Tim Kelly is an orphan who runs away after his orphanage burns down. Presumed to be killed in the fire, he is able to roam the streets of New York freely. He meets Max Ginsberg, an old ... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Lydia Yeamans Titus, Ethel Wales, Robert Edeson, William Conklin

Votes: 265

38. The Eagle (1925)

Unrated | 73 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A wanted Russian lieutenant becomes a masked vigilante seeking vengeance upon the man who stole his family's land, only to fall for his charming daughter.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, Louise Dresser, Albert Conti

Votes: 1,402 | Gross: $0.32M

39. The Road to Yesterday (1925)

107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A married couple discover their strained relationship is the result of unhappiness in their past lives.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Joseph Schildkraut, Jetta Goudal, William Boyd, Vera Reynolds

Votes: 96 | Gross: $0.52M

40. Lady of the Night (1925)

TV-G | 70 min | Drama, Romance

A world-weary prostitute yearns after respectability and the love of an inventor.

Director: Monta Bell | Stars: Norma Shearer, Malcolm McGregor, Dale Fuller, George K. Arthur

Votes: 473 | Gross: $0.21M

41. La voix du rossignol (1925)

13 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A partly-animated short film, a fairy-tale-like telling of why the nightingale only sings at night. A young girl who has caught a nightingale dreams about the nightingale and its mate, and ... See full summary »

Director: Wladyslaw Starewicz | Star: Nina Star

Votes: 290

42. Les misérables (1925)

359 min | Drama

Jean Valjean is a good man who is nevertheless convicted and imprisoned for a minor offense. When he escapes, he is pursued for decades by the unrelenting lawman, Javert.

Director: Henri Fescourt | Stars: Gabriel Gabrio, Paul Jorge, Sandra Milovanoff, Andrée Rolane

Votes: 45

43. The Red Kimona (1925)

Unrated | 77 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A small town girl finds escape from her cruel home life in the arms of a handsome stranger. Soon she finds herself working as a prostitute in New Orleans, desperately clinging to the belief that he really loves her.

Directors: Walter Lang, Dorothy Davenport | Stars: Priscilla Bonner, Nellie Bly Baker, Carl Miller, Mary Carr

Votes: 200

44. Lightnin' (1925)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

Lightnin' Bill Jones, a man partial to the bottle, does chores and odd jobs around the Calivada Hotel, which is run by his wife and their adopted daughter, Millie. Real estate hucksters, ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford | Stars: Jay Hunt, Wallace MacDonald, Richard Travers, J. Farrell MacDonald

Votes: 71

45. The Mystic (1925)

70 min | Drama

An American criminal imports a gang of Hungarian gypsies to gain control over a fortune. The victim, Doris Merrick, is persuaded by fake medium Zara to hand over her jewels to Nash.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Aileen Pringle, Conway Tearle, Mitchell Lewis, Robert Ober

Votes: 84

46. Maciste in Hell (1925)

95 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

The devil takes Maciste down to hell in an attempt to corrupt and ruin his morality.

Director: Guido Brignone | Stars: Bartolomeo Pagano, Umberto Guarracino, Mario Saio, Franz Sala

Votes: 344

47. The Lost World (1925)

Unrated | 106 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

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

Director: Harry O. Hoyt | Stars: Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughes, Lewis Stone

Votes: 3,819 | Gross: $0.55M

48. 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 potentially dangerous street gang.

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

Votes: 761 | Gross: $1.10M

49. Cobra (1925)

70 min | Drama, Romance

A penniless, skirt-chasing Italian nobleman finds love and scandal when he travels to New York City.

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Nita Naldi, Casson Ferguson, Gertrude Olmstead

Votes: 613

50. The Unchastened Woman (1925)

52 min | Drama

When she goes to tell her husband Hubert that she is expecting a child, Caroline Knollys finds him in the arms of another woman. Caroline leaves him and, not telling him of her pregnancy, ... See full summary »

Director: James Young | Stars: Theda Bara, Wyndham Standing, Dale Fuller, John Miljan

Votes: 70

51. Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925)

Passed | 71 min | Documentary

7.8