Best Adventure Movies of 1914


The Perils of Pauline

6.4/10 IMDB

The Perils of Pauline is a motion picture serial shown in weekly installments featuring the actress Pearl White playing the title character. Pauline has often been cited as a famous example of a damsel-in-distress, although viewers will find her character more resourceful and less helpless than the classic 'damsel' stereotype. Nine episodes (from a condensed 1916 re-release) survive to this day.

Starring: Milton Berle, Edward José, Pearl White, Crane Wilbur, Paul Panzer, Donald MacKenzie, Francis Carlyle, Eleanor Woodruff, Jack Standing, Clifford Bruce ..
Directed by: Louis J. Gasnier, Donald MacKenzie
Release date: 1914-03-31
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz

His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz

5.3/10 IMDB

A wicked king has taken over the Emerald City, and wants his daughter, Princess Gloria to marry the horrid courtier Googly-Goo, though she loves Pon, the Gardener's Boy. The camera follows two farmers placing a Scarecrow upon a pole in a cornfield. Pon rescues a Kansas girl named Dorothy from the evil witch Mombi, whom Princess Gloria has been taken to by King Krewl to freeze her heart so she will no longer love Pon. An Indian princess has a ceremony to bring the Scarecrow to life. Pon rescues the cold-hearted princess and they flee for help, discovering the Scarecrow, who promptly falls in love with the princess, and Button-Bright, a lost boy from America. They come to the castle of the Tin Emperor, Nick Chopper, and after oiling him, he falls in love with Gloria. After a bit of a chase aided by the Sawhorse and the Wizard, Mombi turns Pon into a Kangaroo, and a slough of Fred Woodward's animals battle it out.

Starring: Violet MacMillan, Frank Moore, Pierre Couderc, Fred Woodward, Raymond Russell, Arthur Smollet, J. Charles Haydon, Todd Wright, Vivian Reed, Mai Wells ..
Directed by: L. Frank Baum, J. Farrell MacDonald
Release date: 1914-10-14
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : The Patchwork Girl of Oz

The Patchwork Girl of Oz

5.5/10 IMDB

Ojo and Unc Nunkie are out of food, so they decide to journey to the Emerald City where they will never starve. Along the way, they meet Mewel, a waif and stray (mule) who leads them to Dr. Pipt, who has been stirring the powder of life for nine years. Ojo adds plenty of brains to Margolotte's Patchwork servant before she is brought to life with the powder. When Scraps does come to life, she accidentally knocks the liquid of petrifaction upon Unc Nunkie, Margolotte, and Danx (daughter Jesseva's boyfriend). So all go on separate journeys to find the ingredients to the antidote. (Of course Jesseva has Danx shrunken to take with her, which causes trouble with Jinjur.) Of course, no one ever told Ojo that some of the ingredients were illegal to obtain...

Starring: Frank Moore, Pierre Couderc, Raymond Russell, Fred Woodward, Violet MacMillan, Leontine Dranet, Bobbie Gould, Richard Rosson, Jessie May Walsh, Frank Bristol ..
Directed by: J. Farrell MacDonald
Release date: 1914-09-28
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : Brute Force

Brute Force

5.4/10 IMDB

A thin gent in formal wear, amid a club or party, reads a book about primitive man after he's ignored by a pretty lady. We see the book enacted: Weakhands loses his girlfriend to Bruteforce, but chances upon a design for a weapon to vanquish his rival and win her back. His tribe sees this and sets him up as their leader. With the club, he fends off various creatures (a winged lizard, a snake, a dinosaur) and a rival tribe led by Monkeywalk. The women even manage to repel an attack. But the rival tribe discovers the secret of the club themselves, and capture the women. Weakhands, sitting in despair, chances upon a new weapon: the bow and arrow.

Starring: Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, Lionel Barrymore, Wilfred Lucas, Alfred Paget, William J. Butler, Jennie Lee, Harry Carey ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1914-04-24
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : The Call of the North

The Call of the North

5.2/10 IMDB

Graehme, Ned Stewart's father, was accused of adultery and killed being innocent. Ned decided to avenge his father, but got captured and sent to the long journey to death "la longue traverse".

Starring: Robert Edeson, Theodore Roberts, Winifred Kingston, Horace B. Carpenter, Florence Dagmar, Milton Brown, Vera McGarry, Jode Mullally, Sydney Deane, Fred Montague ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille, Oscar Apfel
Release date: 1914-08-10
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : The Magic Cloak of Oz

The Magic Cloak of Oz

5.2/10 IMDB

The fairies of Oz gather in the forest of Burzee one evening and weave a magic cloak that gives the wearer one wish, so long as it has not been stolen.

Starring: Mildred Harris, Violet MacMillan, Fred Woodward, Vivian Reed, Pierre Couderc, Juanita Hansen, Frank Moore, Bernadine Zuber, Dave Anderson, Leontine Dranet ..
Directed by: J. Farrell MacDonald
Release date: 1914-09-28
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : McVeagh of the South Seas

McVeagh of the South Seas

4.7/10 IMDB

Harvard grad Bruce McVeagh has fled San Francisco for the South Seas, where he rules as a king on a remote island. With his half-crazed first-mate 'Pearly' Gates, he keeps the natives subjugated with gin. Any who dare disobey him find brutal punishment on his dreaded torture rack. But his kingdom threatens to crash down around him when his lost love, Nancy Darrell, is shipwrecked on the island, just as the aroused natives rise up against their tormentor in an armed rebellion.

Starring: Harry Carey, Fern Foster, Herbert Russell, Kathleen Butler, Jack Terry, Kathleen Butler ..
Directed by: Harry Carey, Cyril Bruce
Release date: 1914-11-02
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : The Life of General Villa

The Life of General Villa

6.5/10 IMDB

Silent biographical action–drama film starring Pancho Villa as himself. The movie incorporates both staged scenes and authentic live footage from real battles during the Mexican Revolution.

Starring: Eagle Eye, Robert Harron, Irene Hunt, Mae Marsh, Juano Hernández, W.H. Lawrence, Walter Long, Teddy Sampson, F.A. Turner, Pancho Villa ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh, Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1914-05-09
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : The Million Dollar Mystery

The Million Dollar Mystery

6.0/10 IMDB

This twenty-three episode serial told the story of a secret society called The Black Hundred and its attempts to gain control of a lost million dollars.

Starring: Florence La Badie, Marguerite Snow, James Cruze, Frank Farrington, Sidney Bracey, Alfred Norton, Lila Chester, Creighton Hale, Shep the Dog, Mitchell Lewis ..
Directed by: Howell Hansel
Release date: 1914-01-02
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : An Odyssey of the North

An Odyssey of the North

5.5/10 IMDB

Based on the short story "An Odyssey of the North" by Jack London in his The Son of the Wolf: Tales of the Far North

Starring: Hobart Bosworth, Rhea Haines, Gordon Sackville, Joe Ray ..
Directed by: Hobart Bosworth
Release date: 1914-09-03
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : Zudora


5.2/10 IMDB

Zudora, not knowing she's an heiress to a $20 million fortune, lives with her uncle, a mystic and detective, who covets her inheritance. She wants to marry John Storm but her uncle is against it. However, the uncle makes a bargain; if Zudora can solve the next twenty mysteries brought to him, she can marry as she chooses. Episodes 1,2 and 8, plus another unidentified chapter, survive. The rest is believed to be lost.

Starring: Marguerite Snow, James Cruze, Harry Benham, Sidney Bracey, Frank Farrington, Mary Elizabeth Forbes, Jane Fairbanks, Morgan Niblack, Helen Badgley, Donald Gallaher ..
Directed by: Howell Hansel, Frederick Sullivan
Release date: 1914-11-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : The Master Key

The Master Key

5.3/10 IMDB

A movie serial from 1914

Starring: Robert Z. Leonard, Ella Hall, Harry Carter, Jean Hathaway, Alfred Hickman, Wilbur Higby, Charles Manley, Jack Holt, Jim Corey, Allan Forrest ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1914-11-16
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : Burning Daylight: The Adventures of 'Burning Daylight' in Alaska

Burning Daylight: The Adventures of 'Burning Daylight' in Alaska

4.7/10 IMDB

Elam Harnish, known as "Burning Daylight," is a leader among the men of Circle City, Alaska in the days before the gold rush. Nell, a dance hall girl, loves Harnish, though he has never offered her anything but friendship. Harnish's hunch that the big strike is coming soon proves true, and he throws himself into the frenzy of activity that follows, staking claims and eventually accumulating eleven million dollars. Harnish leaves Alaska for San Francisco without knowing that Nell has killed herself because of his departure. -From Database, powered by the AFI.

Starring: Hobart Bosworth, Rhea Haines, J. Charles Haydon, Elmer Clifton, Jack Conway ..
Directed by: Hobart Bosworth
Release date: 1914-09-14
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : The Ghost Breaker

The Ghost Breaker

4.5/10 IMDB

Carmen, a maid, steals a locket belonging to the Aragon princess Maria Theresa and sells it to Gaines, a New York art collector, not knowing that the locket contains the clue to the Aragon family fortune's whereabouts. Based on the 1909 Broadway play of the same name by Paul Dickey and Charles W. Goddard.

Starring: H.B. Warner, Rita Stanwood, Theodore Roberts, Betty Johnson, Jode Mullally, Horace B. Carpenter, Jeanie Macpherson, Mabel Van Buren, William Elmer, Richard L'Estrange ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille, Oscar Apfel
Release date: 1914-12-07
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : Across the Pacific

Across the Pacific

4.1/10 IMDB

The Escott family, on their way to Montana, is attacked by Indians. Army Lt. Joe Lanier finds little Elsie Escott, the only survivor,

Starring: Dorothy Dalton, Samuel E. Hines, Millar ..
Directed by: Edwin Carewe
Release date: 1914-11-02
Best Adventure Movies of 1914 : The Rose of the Rancho

The Rose of the Rancho

3.1/10 IMDB

Esra Kincaid takes land by force and, having taken the Espinoza land, his sights are set on the Castro rancho. Government agent Kearney holds him off till the cavalry shows up and he can declare his love for Juanita, called “the Rose of the Rancho.”

Starring: Bessie Barriscale, Jane Darwell, Dick La Reno, Jack W. Johnston, Monroe Salisbury, James Neill, Sydney Deane, William Elmer, Jeanie Macpherson, William C. de Mille ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1914-11-15

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