Best Comedy Movies of 1921

1.

The Kid

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

A tramp cares for a boy after he's abandoned as a newborn by his mother. Later the mother has a change of heart and aches to be reunited with her son.

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Edna Purviance, Albert Austin, Beulah Bains, Carl Miller, Henry Bergman, Kitty Bradbury, Nellie Bly Baker, F. Blinn ..
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1921-01-21
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : The Goat
2.

The Goat

4.6
7.7/10 IMDB

A series of adventures begins when Buster is mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the evil bad guy.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Malcolm St. Clair, Edward F. Cline, Jean C. Havez, Joe Keaton, Louise Keaton, Myra Keaton ..
Directed by: Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1921-05-15
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : The High Sign
3.

The High Sign

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Buster is thrown off a train near an amusement park. There he gets a job in a shooting gallery run by the Blinking Buzzards mob. Ordered to kill a businessman, he winds up protecting the man and his daughter by outfitting their home with trick devices.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Bartine Burkett, Charles Dorety, Joe Roberts, Al St. John, Ingram B. Pickett ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1921-04-18
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Never Weaken
4.

Never Weaken

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Our hero is infatuated with a girl in the next office. In order to drum up business for her boss, an osteopath, he gets an actor friend to pretend injuries that the doctor "cures", thereby building a reputation. When he hears that his girl is marrying another, he decides to commit suicide and spends the bulk of the film in thrilling, failed attempts.

Starring: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Roy Brooks, Mark Jones, Charles Stevenson, William Gillespie, Helen Gilmore ..
Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer
Release date: 1921-10-22
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : The Play House
5.

The Play House

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Virginia Fox, Joe Murphy, Joe Roberts ..
Directed by: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1921-10-26
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : The Idle Class
6.

The Idle Class

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

At an upper class golf resort, a tramp discovers he's the lookalike of a rich man with a beautiful, unhappy wife.

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Mack Swain, Henry Bergman, Al Ernest Garcia, John Rand, Rex Storey, Lillian McMurray, Lita Grey ..
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1921-09-25
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Hard Luck
7.

Hard Luck

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A down on his luck young man makes several attempts at committing suicide but fails them too. He then finds himself becoming more confident through a series of petty adventures, to such an extent that this becomes his undoing.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Bull Montana ..
Directed by: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1921-03-14
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Seven Years Bad Luck
8.

Seven Years Bad Luck

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

After breaking a mirror in his home, superstitious Max tries to avoid situations which could bring bad luck, but in doing so causes himself the worst luck imaginable.

Starring: Max Linder, Alta Allen, Ralph McCullough, Betty K. Peterson, F.B. Crayne, Chance Ward, Hugh Saxon, Thelma Percy, C.E. Anderson, Lola Gonzales ..
Directed by: Max Linder
Release date: 1921-02-06
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : The Haunted House
9.

The Haunted House

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Buster Keaton is a bank teller who becomes involved with a hold-up, counterfeiters, and a theatrical troupe posing as spooks in a haunted house.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Edward F. Cline, Natalie Talmadge, Dorothy Cassil, Mark Hamilton ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1921-02-21
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : The Boat
10.

The Boat

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Buster's handmade boat, The Damfino, is finished and is, of course, too large to get through the basement door. When he drives off with it in tow, the side of his house, then the whole thing, collapses. At the harbor he rides the boat out only to have it sink beneath him. The rest is a series of adventures he and his family have with the restored boat.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Sybil Seely ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1921-11-10
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : A Sailor-Made Man
11.

A Sailor-Made Man

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

An idle, wealthy playboy foolishly joins the Navy when the father of the girl he wants to marry tells him to get a job to prove himself worthy.

Starring: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Noah Young, Dick Sutherland, Sybil Seely ..
Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer
Release date: 1921-12-25
12.

Dodge Your Debts

3.3
5.6/10 IMDB

A top-hatted bill collector is given the unenviable assignment of collecting the debts of a bad-tempered innkeeper.

Starring: Gaylord Lloyd, Estelle Harrison, Tiny Ward, George Rowe, William Gillespie ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1921-10-16
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : The Affairs of Anatol
13.

The Affairs of Anatol

3.2
6.7/10 IMDB

Socialite Anatol Spencer, finding his relationship with his wife lackluster, goes in search of excitement. After bumping into old flame Emilie, he lets an apartment for her only to find that she cheats on him. He is subsequently robbed, conned, and booted from pillar to post. He decides to return to his wife and discovers her carousing with his best friend Max.

Starring: Wallace Reid, Gloria Swanson, Wanda Hawley, Theodore Roberts, Elliott Dexter, Theodore Kosloff, Agnes Ayres, Monte Blue, Bebe Daniels ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1921-09-25
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : That Ice Ticket
14.

That Ice Ticket

3.1
6.1/10 IMDB

An important example of amateur filmmaking during this era, That Ice Ticket was made by Angela Murray Gibson who ran Gibson Studios in the small community of Casselton, North Dakota. Gibson cast community members in her productions, taking on multiple roles herself, writing, directing and acting in the films, operating the camera during filming, then processing the footage and editing the finished picture together. Here she plays a young woman managing multiple male suitors with the "help" of her mischievous kid brother.

Starring: Angela Murray Gibson ..
Directed by: Angela Murray Gibson
Release date: 1921-11-28
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Straight Is the Way
15.

Straight Is the Way

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

Bob Carter and "Loot" Follet, are two thieves who locate themselves in the unused part of the New Hampshire home of Aunt Mehitable and her niece Dorcas. Loan shark Jonathan Squoggs presses Mehitable for payment of the mortgage, and the two crooks decide to help the ladies when they consult their Ouija board to find a hidden treasure. Finding the treasure reveals a surprise thief and a chance for new lives for the crooks, Dorcas, and Mehitable.

Starring: Matt Moore, Mabel Bert, Gladys Leslie, George Parsons, Henry Sedley, Van Dyke Brooke, Emily Fitzroy, Peggy Parr ..
Directed by: Robert G. Vignola
Release date: 1921-03-06
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : One a Minute
16.

One a Minute

3.0
6.0/10 IMDB

An excellent silent comedy starring unjustly forgotten star Douglas MacLean. Its indictment of pharmaceutical entrepreneurs is far sharper than Side Effects'.

Starring: Douglas MacLean, Marian De Beck, Victor Potel, Frances Raymond, Andrew Robson, Graham Pettie, Robert Dudley, Wilfred Lucas, Patsy Ruth Miller, George Reed ..
Directed by: Jack Nelson
Release date: 1921-06-19
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Invisible Ink
17.

Invisible Ink

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Koko The Clown continually interrupts an animator, who turns his attention to trapping the clown.

Starring: Max Fleischer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1921-12-03
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : The Bell Hop
18.

The Bell Hop

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

A government official staying in a hotel puts some important secret papers in the hotel safe. A ring of spies out to get the papers manages to steal them from the safe, and a lady government agent enlists the help of the hotel's bumbling bellhop in getting back the papers and breaking up the spy ring.

Starring: Larry Semon, Oliver Hardy, Frank Alexander, Al Thompson, Pete Gordon, Norma Nichols, William Hauber ..
Directed by: Larry Semon, Norman Taurog
Release date: 1921-09-17
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Be My Wife
19.

Be My Wife

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Max is determined to woo Mary, despite her Aunt Agatha's disapproval.

Starring: Max Linder, Alta Allen, Caroline Rankin, Lincoln Stedman, Rose Dione, Charles McHugh, Viora Daniel, Arthur Clayton ..
Directed by: Max Linder
Release date: 1921-04-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Flying House
20.

Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Flying House

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

After eating a rarebit at a party, a woman has a strange dream in which her husband converts their home into a flying machine to escape having to pay the exorbitant interest on the mortgage, on a flight that takes them around the world and to the moon.

Directed by: Winsor McCay
Release date: 1921-09-24
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Modeling
21.

Modeling

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

A man with a huge hooked nose enters the Fleischer studios to have his bust sculpted. Meanwhile, across the studio, Max is animating Koko. When he's called over to consult on the too-accurate bust, Koko gets mischievous and creates his own drawings. He then escapes and crawls inside the clay bust, eventually wriggling off like an inchworm. He gets into a fight with the man being modelled, both of them flinging wads of clay.

Starring: Max Fleischer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1921-10-08
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : A Small Town Idol
22.

A Small Town Idol

2.9
6.3/10 IMDB

Sam, a young man in a small town, is accused of being a thief. Unable to prove his innocence--and not knowing that he's being framed by a local villain to keep him away from pretty young Mary, the town beauty whom the villain wants for himself--he leaves town and goes to Hollywood to become an actor. He eventually returns home to town as a star, but once again finds himself the victim of the town villain, who this time abducts sweet young Mary. Sam must use all his acting skills to track down the villain and save Mary.

Starring: Ben Turpin, James Finlayson, Phyllis Haver, Bert Roach, Charles Murray, Marie Prevost, Billy Bevan, Ramon Novarro ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton, Mack Sennett
Release date: 1921-02-13
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Through The Back Door
23.

Through The Back Door

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

A young Belgian girl, raised by her longtime nanny, flees Europe at the advent of World War I and travels to America to find her real mother.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Gertrude Astor, John Harron, Helen Raymond, Adolphe Menjou, Wilfred Lucas, C. Norman Hammond, Elinor Fair, Peaches Jackson, Doreen Turner ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green, Jack Pickford
Release date: 1921-05-05
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Now or Never
24.

Now or Never

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

A young man, unaccustomed to children, must accompany a young girl on a train trip.

Starring: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Anna Mae Bilson, Roy Brooks, Sammy Brooks, William Gillespie, Wallace Howe, Charles Stevenson, Noah Young ..
Directed by: Hal Roach, Fred C. Newmeyer
Release date: 1921-03-27
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : The Rent Collector
25.

The Rent Collector

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

The Rent Collector is a 1921 American silent comedy film featuring Larry Semon & Oliver Hardy.

Starring: Larry Semon, Oliver Hardy, Norma Nichols, Eva Thatcher, Frank Alexander, Pete Gordon, William Hauber, Leo Willis ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog, Larry Semon
Release date: 1921-05-22
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Ducks and Drakes
26.

Ducks and Drakes

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A spoiled rich young woman overspends from her parents' savings and ruthlessly vamps on young men that she calls up randomly on the telephone. When her fiancée and his friends get word of this, they hatch a plan to teach her a valuable lesson.

Starring: Bebe Daniels, Jack Holt, Mayme Kelso, Edward Martindel, W.E. Lawrence, Wade Boteler, Maurie Newell, Elsie Andrean ..
Directed by: Maurice Campbell
Release date: 1921-02-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Among Those Present
27.

Among Those Present

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

An ambitious coat-room checker impersonates an English nobleman.

Starring: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, James T. Kelley, Aggie Herring, Vera White, William Gillespie ..
Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer
Release date: 1921-05-29
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : The Nut
28.

The Nut

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Eccentric inventor Charlie Jackson tries to interest wealthy investors in his girlfriend's plan to help children from poor neighbourhoods.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, William Lowery, Gerald Pring, Morris Hughes, Barbara La Marr, Frank Campeau, Jeanne Carpenter, Charles Stevens ..
Directed by: Theodore Reed
Release date: 1921-03-06
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : My Boy
29.

My Boy

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

An orphan escapes immigration officials at Ellis Island and goes to live with an old ship's master who can't find work and can't pay the rent.

Starring: Jackie Coogan, Claude Gillingwater, Mathilde Brundage, Patsy Marks ..
Directed by: Albert Austin, Victor Heerman
Release date: 1921-12-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Enchantment
30.

Enchantment

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

The frothy experiences of a vain little flapper. Her father induces an actor friend to become a gentlemanly cave man and the film becomes another variation of the 'Taming of the Shrew' theme.

Starring: Marion Davies, Edith Shayne, Tom Lewis, Arthur Rankin, Corinne Barker, Maude Turner Gordon, Edith Lyle, Huntley Gordon, Forrest Stanley ..
Directed by: Robert G. Vignola
Release date: 1921-10-29
31.

Lyman H. Howe's Famous Ride on a Runaway Train

2.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A runaway train speeds down the track.

Directed by: Lyman H. Howe
Release date: 1921-05-29
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : I Do
32.

I Do

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Comic adventures of newlyweds and children.

Starring: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Noah Young, Jack Morgan, Jack Edwards, Dorothy Cassil ..
Directed by: Hal Roach
Release date: 1921-09-11
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : The Lucky Dog
33.

The Lucky Dog

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

In their first screen appearance together, Stan plays a penniless dog lover and Oliver plays a crook who tries to rob him and his new paramour.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Florence Gilbert, Jack Lloyd, Edward Jefferson ..
Directed by: Jess Robbins
Release date: 1921-10-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Gertie on Tour
34.

Gertie on Tour

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Windsor McCay's partially lost follow-up to his tremendouly successful Gertie the Dinosaur. Gertie has been brought into the modern world. Continually perplexed by her new surroundings, she begins to explore the new sights. But when she sleeps, she dreams of the way it used to be, in the days when the world was full of dinosaurs like herself.

Directed by: Winsor McCay
Release date: 1921-09-25
35.

Flip's Circus

2.2
5.5/10 IMDB

Flip is balancing his hat on his face while leaning forwards and backwards. He eventually falls face forward. Flip opens the tent flap to reveal a lot of large animals behind him. A large animal creature-I have no idea what it is-comes out and starts to interact with Flip. Flip keeps hitting him. Flip puts his head in the animal's mouth. At one point, the animal swallows him as we see moving bumps on the stomach. He then spits him back out!

Directed by: Winsor McCay
Release date: 1921-09-25
36.

Newman Laugh-O-Grams

2.1
4.5/10 IMDB

Still cartoons and animation in a newsreel format.

Starring: Walt Disney ..
Directed by: Walt Disney
Release date: 1921-12-19
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Peck's Bad Boy
37.

Peck's Bad Boy

2.1
6.3/10 IMDB

This portrayal of small town life before the War is based on a small boys determination to get to see the circus, over all obstacles. Escaped lions, lightheaded blackmail of his father, and playfully planting stolen papers on his sisters boyfriend are all in a days work for little Henry Peck.

Starring: Jackie Coogan, Wheeler Oakman, Doris May, Raymond Hatton, James Corrigan, Lillian Leighton, Charles Hatton, K.T. Stevens, Dean Riesner, Queenie the Dog ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1921-04-21
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : The Fall Guy
38.

The Fall Guy

1.9
5.4/10 IMDB

Larry falls afoul of wanted criminal Gentleman Joe, who runs a saloon full of tough guys and gunslingers.

Starring: Larry Semon, Oliver Hardy, Norma Nichols, Frank Alexander, William Hauber, Al Thompson ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog, Larry Semon
Release date: 1921-07-15
39.

Blowing Bubbles

1.9
4.8/10 IMDB

A man poses as a lifeguard but his rescue techniques are not the most desirable.

Starring: William F. Moran, Dorothy Earle ..
Directed by: Marcel Perez
Release date: 1921-01-01
40.

At Your Service

1.8
5.2/10 IMDB

“At Your Service” (aka James Manages a Restaurant), 1921, starring Sidney Smith, is a nice and inventive silent comedy. James and George are seen driving down the street in an extremely dilapidated vehicle and they stop when they see a sign on a restaurant window asking for buyers OR someone willing to trade for the business. Well, given that the car is a mess, they figure to make a killing by trading it for the restaurant.

Starring: Sidney Smith, Gilbert Wells ..
Directed by: Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1921-11-09
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Humor Risk
41.

Humor Risk

1.8
8.0/10 IMDB

Harpo played the hero, a detective named Watson who "made his entrance in a high hat, sliding down a coal chute into the basement". Groucho played an "old movie" villain, who "sported a long moustache and was clad in black", while Chico was probably his "chuckling [Italian] henchman". Zeppo portrayed a playboy who was the owner of a nightclub in which most of the action took place, including "a cabaret, [which allowed] the inclusion of a dance number". The final shot showed Groucho "in ball and chain, trudging slowly off into the gloaming". Harpo, in a rare moment of romantic glory, gets the girl in the end.

Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Jobyna Ralston ..
Directed by: Dick Smith
Release date: 1921-12-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Trolley Troubles
42.

Trolley Troubles

1.7
7.7/10 IMDB

A guy has troubles on a trolley

Starring: Gaylord Lloyd, Beatrice La Plante, George Rowe, Vera White ..
Directed by: Alfred J. Goulding
Release date: 1921-10-23
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Fishing
43.

Fishing

1.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Max is too rushed to do a thorough job of drawing Koko this morning. Max is going fishing. However, to amuse the clown, he draws a fishing pole and a pond before he goes.

Starring: Max Fleischer ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1921-11-21
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Brewster's Millions
44.

Brewster's Millions

1.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Monte Brewster learns that he has inherited $10 million from his late grandfather, but then learns that he must spend $2 million in less than a year and remain unmarried to inherit the rest of the money.

Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Betty Ross Clarke, Fred Huntley, Marian Skinner, James Corrigan, Jean Acker, Charles Ogle, Neely Edwards, William Boyd ..
Directed by: Joseph Henabery
Release date: 1921-01-28
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
45.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

1.5
7.0/10 IMDB

In 1921, a young man, having read Mark Twain's classic novel of the same title, dreams that he himself travels to King Arthur's court, where he has similar adventures and outwits his foes by means of very modern inventions including motorcycles and nitroglycerine.

Starring: Harry Myers, Pauline Starke, Rosemary Theby, Charles Clary, William V. Mong, George Siegmann, Charles Gordon ..
Directed by: Emmett J. Flynn
Release date: 1921-03-13
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : The Pickaninny
46.

The Pickaninny

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

The comical, classic movie of the big city misadventures of Little Casino.

Starring: Sunshine Sammy Morrison, Joseph White, Ethel Broadhurst, George Rowe ..
Directed by: James Parrott, Robert P. Kerr
Release date: 1921-12-04
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Doubling for Romeo
47.

Doubling for Romeo

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Slim Cody works in the movie industry, doubling for the performers. He has a dream in which he portrays Romeo in a movie version of "Romeo and Juliet," and arranges for someone to double for him when the fight scenes get scary. ....

Starring: Will Rogers, Sylvia Breamer, Raymond Hatton, Sidney Ainsworth, Al Hart, John Cossar, Charles Thurston, Cordelia Callahan, Roland Rushton, Jimmy Rogers ..
Directed by: Clarence G. Badger
Release date: 1921-10-22
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : His Nibs
48.

His Nibs

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Shenanigans at a small town movie theater.

Starring: Charles 'Chic' Sale, Colleen Moore, Joseph J. Dowling, J.P. Lockney, Lydia Yeamans Titus, Walt Whitman, Harry Edwards ..
Directed by: Gregory La Cava
Release date: 1921-10-21
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Moonlight Follies
49.

Moonlight Follies

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Vivacious Marie Prevost starred in this pleasant little Universal comedy about a flirt who stages moonlight dances at her father's country estate in order to provoke eligible men to fall in love with her.

Starring: Marie Prevost, Lionel Belmore, Marie Crisp, George Fisher, Clyde Fillmore ..
Directed by: King Baggot
Release date: 1921-09-24
Best Comedy Movies of 1921 : Bright Eyes
50.

Bright Eyes

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

An oil heir and the daughter of a social climbing family are set to marry.

Starring: Ben Turpin, Phyllis Haver, Billy Bevan, Harriet Hammond, Dot Farley, Bud Ross, John J. Richardson, Louise Fazenda, Kalla Pasha, George O'Hara ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth, Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1921-12-24

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