Best Crime Movies of 1920


The Penalty

7.4/10 IMDB

Blizzard, deranged from a childhood operation in which both his legs were needlessly amputated after an accident, becomes a vicious criminal, and eventually mob leader of the San Francisco underworld.

Starring: Charles Clary, Doris Pawn, Claire Adams, Lon Chaney, Jim Mason, Milton Ross, Ethel Grey Terry, Kenneth Harlan, Cesare Gravina, Montgomery Carlyle ..
Directed by: Wallace Worsley
Release date: 1920-08-15
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : The Wonderful Chance

The Wonderful Chance

5.7/10 IMDB

Upon leaving prison, an ex con vows to go straight, but circumstances force him to return to crime. Meanwhile, a gang of crooks kidnaps a visiting British aristocrat, but the ex-con has an incredible likeness to the Englishman, and his intended hosts take him home to their mansion.

Starring: Eugene O'Brien, Martha Mansfield, Tom Blake, Rudolph Valentino, Joseph Flanagan, Warren Cook ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1920-09-27
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : Nomads of the North

Nomads of the North

5.8/10 IMDB

A Canadian Mountie allows an innocent fugitive to escape with the women he loves.

Starring: Betty Blythe, Lon Chaney, Lewis Stone, Francis McDonald, Spottiswoode Aitken, Melbourne MacDowell, Gordon Mullen, Charles Smiley ..
Directed by: David Hartford
Release date: 1920-09-25
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : April Folly

April Folly

8.1/10 IMDB

April Poole (Davies), a young writer in love with publisher Kerry Sarle (Tearle), visits the office of Mr. Sarle and his partner Ronald Kenna (Frank) and reads her latest story to them. She has made Sarle the hero, Kenna the villain, and herself the heroine. In the story, April changes places with Lady Diana Mannister (Marshall), who is being sent to South Africa to separate her from her lover, a young artist. A famous diamond that Lady Diana is to deliver at the end of her journey is given to April. Thieves trail her during her journey. With efforts by Kenna to steal the diamond prevented by the intervention of Sarle, the story comes to a close.

Starring: Marion Davies, Madeline Marshall, Hattie Delaro, Amelia Summerville, Conway Tearle, J. Herbert Frank, Warren Cook, Spencer Charters, Charles Peyton, Agnes Neilson ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1920-03-20
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : Alias Jimmy Valentine

Alias Jimmy Valentine

6.2/10 IMDB

The saga of Alias Jimmy Valentine began with the O. Henry story "A Retrieved Reformation". This surprise-ending tale was adapted into a stage play by Paul Armstrong, which subsequently was adapted to film several times

Starring: Bert Lytell, Vola Vale, Eugene Pallette, Wilton Taylor, Marc Robbins, Robert Dunbar, Winter Hall, Jim Farley, Fred Kelsey ..
Directed by: Edmund Mortimer, Arthur Ripley
Release date: 1920-02-29
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : The Empire of Diamonds

The Empire of Diamonds

5.2/10 IMDB

Shot on location in Paris, Monte Carlo and the Riviera with both American and French actors. When Matthew Versigny discovers that the jewels his diamond company has been buying are fake, he travels to Europe to track down the counterfeiter. With him are his sister, Marguerite and her sweetheart, Paul Bernac, who is an agent in the French Secret Service.

Starring: Robert Elliott, Lucy Fox, Henry G. Sell, Léon Mathot, Jacques Volnys, Laurent Morléas, Fernand Mailly, Charles De Rochefort, Marcel Lévesque, Louis Monfils ..
Directed by: Léonce Perret
Release date: 1920-12-19
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : Over the Hill to the Poorhouse

Over the Hill to the Poorhouse

4.3/10 IMDB

The mother of a large family is abandoned by her children and faces consignment to the poorhouse. But one of her offspring, the one no one had faith in, returns to rescue her.

Starring: Mary Carr, James Sheridan, Noel Tearle, William Welsh, Stephen Carr, Mary Carr, Jerry Devine, Johnnie Walker, Wallace Ray ..
Directed by: Harry F. Millarde
Release date: 1920-09-17
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : The White Moll

The White Moll

0.0/10 IMDB

Desperate because a wealthy man has reduced her father to thievery, Rhoda agrees to rob the poor box of the church, although she finds the act abhorrent.

Starring: Pearl White, Richard Travers, Jack Baston, Walter P. Lewis, Eva Gordon, John Woodford, George Pauncefort, Charles Slattery, John P. Wade, William Harvey ..
Directed by: Harry F. Millarde
Release date: 1920-07-24
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : Love Madness

Love Madness

0.0/10 IMDB

When respectable Lloyd Norwood becomes infatuated with moll Goldie Lewis, he falls into a life of debasement, which results in his being accused of the murder of gangland henchman Joe the Swell. Norwood's wife Mary, convinced of her husband's innocence, determines to clear his name. Disguising herself as a vamp and infiltrating the underworld, Mary extracts a confession from the real murderer, Pussyfoot Connor, who is duped by Mary into believing that he sees the ghost of the murdered man. Later, in order to have witnesses to the story, Mary takes a midnight dinner with gang leader Jack Frost, arousing the jealousy of Connor, who enters and accuses Frost of instigating the murder. The police, alerted to the scheme, rush in and arrest the criminals.

Starring: Louise Glaum, Matt Moore, William Conklin, Noah Beery, Jack Nelson, Arthur Millett, Peggy Pearce ..
Directed by: Joseph Henabery
Release date: 1920-08-29
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : The Deep Purple

The Deep Purple

0.0/10 IMDB

Doris Moore is a country girl who is conned by two crooks, Harry Leland and Pop Clark. They convince the naive girl to come with them to New York City and play the badger game on William Lake. But the intervention of Kate Fallon, who runs the gang's New York home, saves the innocent and traps the guilty. Instead of tricking Lake, Doris marries him.

Starring: Miriam Cooper, Helen Ware, Vincent Serrano, William J. Ferguson, Stuart Sage, William B. Mack, Lincoln Plumer, Ethel Hallor, Lorraine Frost, Louise Mackintosh ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1920-05-02
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : The Green Flame

The Green Flame

0.0/10 IMDB

Country bumpkin Frank Marham comes to New York City to work in a world-famous jewelry store. At the hotel where he lives, Frank meets Ruth Gardner, a newspaper reporter who is investigating the operations of a gang of jewel thieves, as is also her admirer, detective Dan Lantry. The store's manager, Roger Imlay, is a member of the gang

Starring: J. Warren Kerrigan, Fritzi Brunette, Jay Morley, Claire Du Brey, Miles McCarthy, Edwin Wallock, William F. Moran ..
Directed by: Ernest C. Warde
Release date: 1920-07-08
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : The Forged Bride

The Forged Bride

0.0/10 IMDB

Professional forger Bill Butters realizes one day that the police are closing in on him, and convinces his daughter Peggy to flee.

Starring: Thomas Jefferson, Mary MacLaren, Harold Miller, Dorothy Hagan, J. Barney Sherry, Dagmar Godowsky ..
Directed by: Douglas Gerrard
Release date: 1920-03-08

Anna the Adventuress

4.2/10 IMDB

Two identical sisters are able to switch places, leading to a series of unfortunate incidents.

Starring: Alma Taylor, Jean Cadell, James Carew, Gerald Ames, Gwynne Herbert, Ronald Colman, Christine Rayner, James Annand ..
Directed by: Cecil M. Hepworth
Release date: 1920-02-01
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : The Master Mind

The Master Mind

0.0/10 IMDB

The defense attorney who was unable to obtain the acquittal of an innocent young man concocts a complicated and diabolical scheme to revenge himself upon the prosecutor.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Gypsy O'Brien, Ralph Kellard, Bradley Barker, Charles Brandt, Marie Shotwell, Bernard Randall, Charles Michael Edwards, Percy Helton ..
Directed by: Kenneth S. Webb
Release date: 1920-09-12
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : The Strange Boarder

The Strange Boarder

0.0/10 IMDB

Honest Arizona rancher Sam Gardner, goes with his motherless son Billy to the city, where he is cheated out of ten thousand dollars by a band of crooks. Taking up residence in a boardinghouse where he meets Jane Ingraham, Sam decides that the only way to regain his losses is by gambling. To achieve this, he makes friends with gambler Kittie Hinch who takes him to Jack Bloom's gambling house. When Bloom begins flirting with Hinch's wife Florry, the injured husband kills his rival and the evidence points to Sam as the killer. Jane tries to provide him with an alibi, but fails. Just as things look grim for the rancher, a wire arrives from Hinch, now in Mexico, confessing to the crime. His faith in mankind thus rewarded, Sam is free to marry Jane

Starring: Will Rogers, Irene Rich, Jimmy Rodgers, James Mason, Doris Pawn, Lionel Belmore, Jack Richardson, Sydney Deane, Louis Durham, Jack Richardson ..
Directed by: Clarence G. Badger
Release date: 1920-04-01
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : Wanted at Headquarters

Wanted at Headquarters

0.0/10 IMDB

Although she is the mastermind of a gang of crooks, Kate Westhanger's talents are unknown to those outside her circle, thus enabling her to infiltrate George Flanbaugh's gold syndicate. While ostensibly working for Flanbaugh, Kate actually is compiling information on a large gold shipment. One day, while working, Kate meets young criminologist Michael Pretherson, and although finding herself attracted to the sleuth, she laughs at his detective work and challenges him to stop her.

Starring: Eva Novak, Agnes Emerson, Lee Shumway, William Marlon, Lloyd Sedgwick ..
Directed by: Stuart Paton
Release date: 1920-10-25
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : Parted Curtains

Parted Curtains

0.0/10 IMDB

A young man just released from prison can't find work because no employer will hire an ex-convict. Broke and hungry, he steals money off of a painter. The painter, however, takes pity on him and decides to help him get his life back together.

Starring: Henry B. Walthall, Mary Alden, William Clifford, Edward Cecil, Margaret Landis, Michael D. Moore, Ann Davis, Charles Wheelock, Richard Morris ..
Directed by: Bertram Bracken, James C. Bradford
Release date: 1920-04-02
Best Crime Movies of 1920 : The Mystery Mind

The Mystery Mind

0.0/10 IMDB

A murderous gang of mysterious creepy killers mark a young heiress for death. They are led by a ghostly voice known only as the "The Mystery Mind."

Starring: J. Robert Pauline, Violet MacMillan, Paul Panzer, Ed Rogers, Peggy Shanor ..
Directed by: Will S. Davis, Fred Sittenham
Release date: 1920-11-01

The Face at the Window

0.0/10 IMDB

A detective is on the verge of revealing the identity of an elusive criminal. At the crucial moment, hedrops dead, the victim of foul play. A revolutionary electric devise is utilized to bring the detective back to life long enough for the successful completion of his mission.

Starring: C. Aubrey Smith, Gladys Jennings, Jack Hobbs, Charles Quatermaine, Ben Field, Simeon Stuart ..
Directed by: Wilfred Noy
Release date: 1920-04-01

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