Top Movies of 1920s


The top movies of 1920s list is calculated by community movie ratings and members' "Top Movies List". Lists are updated daily.

1. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Year of Release: 1927
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Drama/Crime
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: F.W. Murnau
Actors: Janet Gaynor, George O'Brien, J. Farrell McDonald, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing, Ralph Sipperly
Plot: A farmer falls in love with a city girl who tries to convince him to murder his wife and make it look like a suicide.

2. Metropolis

Year of Release: 1927
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Sci-Fi/Drama
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Fritz Lang
Actors: Alfred Abel, Gustav Froehlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp, Theodor Loos, Erwin Biswanger
Plot: In the future, where the society is divided into thinkers and workers, one man appears to be more than just a thinker and more than a worker.

3. The Gold Rush

Year of Release: 1925
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Charles Chaplin
Actors: Charles Chaplin
Plot: A man ventures into a new life looking for gold when he falls in love with Georgia. Will he strike it rich? Silent.

4. Passion of Joan of Arc, The ( passion de Jeanne d'Arc, La )

Year of Release: 1929
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Actors: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz, Antonin Artaud, Michel Simon
Plot: Silent French film about the trial and execution of St. Joan of Arc.

5. Nosferatu the Vampire ( Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens )

Year of Release: 1922
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: F.W. Murnau
Actors: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Ruth Landshoff, Georg H. Schnell, John Gottowt
Plot: German horror masterpiece. A mysterious count heads to London to spread the plague of the living dead.

6. The General

Year of Release: 1927
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Romance/War
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Buster Keaton
Actors: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Charles Henry Smith, Jim Farley, Frank Barnes
Plot: A spy from the union steels a man?s train. He is determined to get it back by himself no matter what it takes. Silent

7. Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The ( Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, Das )

Year of Release: 1920
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Drama/Horror
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Robert Wiene
Actors: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Rudolf Lettinger
Plot: Dr. Caligari and his somnambulist predict deadly things.

8. Battleship Potemkin ( Bronenosets Potyomkin )

Year of Release: 1925
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: Russian
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Actors: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov, Mikhail Gomorov, Aleksandr Levshin
Plot: A Russian naval mutiny occurs, which leads to riots in the streets.

9. The Kid

Year of Release: 1921
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Charles Chaplin
Actors: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Carl Miller
Plot: A poor man cares for a boy by raising him on the streets.

10. Safety Last!

Year of Release: 1923
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Action/Comedy
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Actors: Mildred Davis, Harold Lloyd, Noah Young, Westcott Clarke, Bill Strother
Plot: A sales associate puts on a bet about climbing the building on the outside which creates consequences unknown from the beginning. Silent.

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