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The Best Movies From The 1920s

“What are the best 1920s Movies?” We looked at 110 of the top 1920s films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 20 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best 1920s” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 75+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 20 Best 1920s Movies Ever Made



20 .) Greed (1924) directed by Erich von Stroheim

	Greed (1924)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • White City

A lottery win of $5,000 forever changes the lives of a miner turned dentist and his wife.



19 .) The Cameraman (1928) directed by Edward Sedgwick

	The Cameraman (1928)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • Ranker

A photographer takes up newsreel shooting to impress a secretary.



18 .) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) directed by Rex Ingram

	The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart
  • List Challenges
  • White City

Set in the years before and during World War I, this epic tale tells the story of a rich Argentine family, one of its two descending branches being half of French heritage, the other being half German. Following the death of the family patriarch, the man’s two daughters and their families resettle to France and Germany, respectively. In time the Great War breaks out, putting members of the family on opposing sides.



17 .) The Last Laugh (1924) directed by F.W. Murnau

	The Last Laugh (1924)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges

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.



16 .) Man with a Movie Camera (1929) directed by Dziga Vertov

	Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • White City

A cameraman wanders around Moscow, Kharkov, Kiev and Odessa with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.



15 .) Our Hospitality (1923) directed by Buster Keaton, John G. Blystone

	Our Hospitality (1923)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • Ranker
  • White City

A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family.



14 .) Pandora’s Box (1929) directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst

	Pandora's Box (1929)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • White City

Lulu is a young woman so beautiful and alluring that few can resist her siren charms. The men drawn into her web include respectable newspaper publisher Dr. Ludwig Schön, his musical producer son Alwa, circus performer Rodrigo Quast and Lulu’s seedy old friend, Schigolch. When Lulu’s charms inevitably lead to tragedy, the downward spiral encompasses them all.



13 .) Safety Last! (1923) directed by Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor

	Safety Last! (1923)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • Ranker
  • White City

When a store clerk organizes a contest to climb the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself.



12 .) Sherlock Jr. (1924) directed by Buster Keaton

	Sherlock Jr. (1924)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Ranker

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.



11 .) The Circus (1928) directed by Charles Chaplin

	The Circus (1928)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Compass Classroom
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • Ranker

Charlie, a wandering tramp, becomes a circus handyman and falls in love with the circus owner’s daughter. Unaware of Charlie’s affection, the girl falls in love with a handsome young performer. Charlie’s versatility makes him star of the show when he substitutes for an ailing tightwire walker. He is discharged from the company when he protects the girl from her father’s abuse, but he returns and appeals to the handsome performer to marry the girl. After the wedding the father prevails upon them to rejoin the circus. Charlie is hired again, but he stays behind when the caravan moves on. ×



10 .) The Phantom Carriage (1922) directed by Victor Sjöström

	The Phantom Carriage (1922)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flick Chart 2
  • List Challenges
  • Ranker
  • White City

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 Chariot, that picks up the souls of the dead.



9 .) Metropolis (1927) directed by Fritz Lang

	Metropolis (1927)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Crave
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Watch Mojo

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.



8 .) The Kid (1921) directed by Charles Chaplin

	The Kid (1921)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film Crave
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Watch Mojo

Considered one of Charlie Chaplin’s best films, The Kid also made a star of little Jackie Coogan, who plays a boy cared for by The Tramp when he’s abandoned by his mother, Edna. Later, Edna has a change of heart and aches to be reunited with her son. When she finds him and wrests him from The Tramp, it makes for what turns out be one of the most heart-wrenching scenes ever included in a comedy.



7 .) The General (1926) directed by Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman

	The General (1926)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Compass Classroom
  • Film Crave
  • Flick Chart
  • Flick Chart 2
  • Ranker
  • Watch Mojo

During America’s Civil War Union spies steal engineer Johnnie Gray’s beloved locomotive The General – his lady love, Annabelle Lee, aboard an attached boxcar – and he single-handedly must do all in his power to both get The General back and to rescue Annabelle. Released throughout most of the world in 1927, this Silent comedy-action film flopped when originally released, but now is regarded as one of the great American motion pictures. The story is based on actual historic events. ×



6 .) The Gold Rush (1925) directed by Charles Chaplin

	The Gold Rush (1925)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Compass Classroom
  • Film Crave
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Watch Mojo

A lone prospector ventures into Alaska looking for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters and falls in love with the beautiful Georgia. He tries to win her heart with his singular charm.



5 .) The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

	The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Compass Classroom
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Watch Mojo
  • White City

A classic of the silent age, this film tells the story of the doomed but ultimately canonized 15th-century teenage warrior. On trial for claiming she’d spoken to God, Jeanne d’Arc is subjected to inhumane treatment and scare tactics at the hands of church court officials. Initially bullied into changing her story, Jeanne eventually opts for what she sees as the truth. Her punishment, a famously brutal execution, earns her perpetual martyrdom.



4 .) Battleship Potemkin (1925) directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein

	Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Compass Classroom
  • Film Crave
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Watch Mojo
  • White City

A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resultant public demonstration, showing support, which brought on a police massacre. The film had an incredible impact on the development of cinema and is a masterful example of montage editing.



3 .) Nosferatu (1922) directed by F.W. Murnau

	Nosferatu (1922)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Eskify
  • Film Crave
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Ranker
  • Watch Mojo

Vampire Count Orlok is interested in a new residence and in his real estate agent’s young wife. F. W. Murnau’s unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”



2 .) Sunrise (1927) directed by F.W. Murnau

	Sunrise (1927)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Compass Classroom
  • Film Crave
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Watch Mojo
  • White City

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



1 .) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) directed by Robert Wiene

	The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Eskify
  • Film Crave
  • Flick Chart 2
  • IMDB
  • List Challenges
  • Ranker
  • Watch Mojo
  • White City

Francis, a young man, recalls in his memory the horrible experiences he and his fiancée Jane recently went through. It is the annual fair in Holstenwall. Francis and his friend Alan visit The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an exhibit where the mysterious doctor shows the somnambulist Cesare, and awakens him for some moments from his death-like sleep. When Alan asks Cesare about his future, Cesare answers that he will die before dawn. The next morning Alan is found dead. Francis suspects Cesare of being the murderer, and starts spying on him and Dr. Caligari. ×



 


The 75+ Additional Best 1920s Films



 

# Movies Directors Lists
21 Coeur Fidele (1923)   List Challenges
White City
22 Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild’s Revenge (1924) Fritz Lang IMDB
List Challenges
23 Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924) Fritz Lang IMDB
List Challenges
24 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)   Eskify
List Challenges
25 Faust (1926) F.W. Murnau IMDB
Ranker
26
Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)
  Eskify
List Challenges
27 Last of the Mohicans (1920)  
Compass Classroom
List Challenges
28 Nanook of the North (1922) Robert J. Flaherty IMDB
List Challenges
29 Robin Hood (1922)   Flick Chart
List Challenges
30 Steamboat Bill Jr.   Flick Chart 2
Ranker
31 The Big Parade (1925)  
Compass Classroom
Ranker
32 The Crowd (1928) King Vidor IMDB
White City
33 The Docks of New York (1928) Josef von Sternberg IMDB
White City
34 The Iron Horse (1924)   Flick Chart
List Challenges
35 The Man Who Laughs (1928)   Eskify
Ranker
36 The Phantom of the Opera (1925)   Eskify
Ranker
37 The Thief of Bagdad   Ranker
White City
38 The Wind (1928) Victor Sjöström IMDB
Ranker
39 Wings   Flick Chart
Ranker
40 3 Bad Men   White City
41 A Blind Bargain (1922)   Eskify
42 A Page of Madness   White City
43 A Woman of Paris (1923)   List Challenges
44 Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927) Walter Ruttmann IMDB
45 Cops (1922)  
Compass Classroom
46 Destiny (1921)   List Challenges
47 Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) Georg Wilhelm Pabst IMDB
48 Don Q Son of Zorro   Flick Chart
49 Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler   White City
50 Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (1925)   Eskify
51 Faust: A German Folk Legend   Flick Chart 2
52 Foolish Wives (1922)   List Challenges
53 For Heaven’s Sake   Flick Chart
54 Four Sons (1924)   List Challenges
55 Hands Up!   Flick Chart
56 He Who Gets Slapped (1924)   List Challenges
57 Hindle Wakes   White City
58 Humoresque (1920)   List Challenges
59 Isn’t Life Wonderful   White City
60 L’Argent (1928) Marcel L’Herbier IMDB
61 La Roue (1923)   List Challenges
62 Lady Windermere’s Fan (1925) Ernst Lubitsch IMDB
63 London After Midnight (1927)   Eskify
64 Lonesome   White City
65 Lucky Star   White City
66 Miss Lulu Bett (1921)   List Challenges
67 Mother (1926) Vsevolod Pudovkin IMDB
68 Napoleon (1927) Abel Gance IMDB
69 October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1927) Grigoriy Aleksandrov IMDB
70 One Week (1920)  
Compass Classroom
71 Orphans of the Storm (1921)   List Challenges
72
Passion of Joan of Arc, The ( passion de Jeanne d’Arc, La )
  Film Crave
73 Peter Pan (1924)   List Challenges
74 Phantom (1922)   List Challenges
75 Phantom Carriage, The ( Körkarlen )   Film Crave
76 Regen (1929) Mannus Franken IMDB
77 Scaramouche   Flick Chart
78 Sky High (1922)   List Challenges
79 Speedy   Flick Chart
80 Tell It to the Marines   Flick Chart
81 The Black Pirate (1926)  
Compass Classroom
82 The Bronze Bell   Flick Chart
83 The Covered Wagon (1923)   List Challenges
84 The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)   Eskify
85 The Godless Girl   Flick Chart
86
The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920)
  List Challenges
87 The House of Mystery   White City
88
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
  List Challenges
89 The Iron Mask   Flick Chart
90 The Jazz Singer” (1927)   Watch Mojo
91 The Lodger (1927)*  
Compass Classroom
92 The Mark of Zorro (1920)   List Challenges
93 The Marriage Circle (1924) Ernst Lubitsch IMDB
94 The Mollycoddle   Flick Chart
95 The Mysterious Lady   Flick Chart
96 The Navigator (1924)   List Challenges
97 The Penalty (1920)   List Challenges
98
The Spiders, Part II: The Diamond Ship
  Flick Chart
99 The Ten Commandments (1923)   List Challenges
100 The Three Musketeers   Flick Chart
101 The Unknown   White City
102 The Viking   Flick Chart
103 The Virginian (1929)  
Compass Classroom
104 Tol’able David (1921)   List Challenges
105 Un Chien Andalou (1929) Luis Buñuel IMDB
106 Underworld (1927) Josef von Sternberg IMDB
107 Variety   White City
108 Way Down East (1920)   List Challenges
109 Within Our Gates (1920)   List Challenges
110 Won in the Clouds   Flick Chart

 


 


10 Best 1920s Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Compass Classroom Great Films from the 1920s
Eskify 10 Best 1920s Horror Films
Film Crave Top Movies of 1920s List, Best Movies 1920s
Flick Chart The Best Action Movies of the 1920s
Flick Chart 2 The Best Movies of the 1920s
IMDB Greatest films of the 1920s
List Challenges Top 120 Films From the 1920s
Ranker 1920s Silent Movies | List of Best 20s Silent Films
Watch Mojo Top 10 Movies of the 1920s
White City Best Films of the 1920s

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