Best Drama Movies of 1914

1.

The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Thwarted by his despotic uncle from continuing his love affair, a young man's thoughts turn dark as he dwells on ways to deal with his uncle. Becoming convinced that murder is merely a natural part of life, he kills his uncle and hides the body. However, the man's conscience awakens; Paranoia sets in and nightmarish visions begin to haunt him.

Starring: Henry B. Walthall, Spottiswoode Aitken, Blanche Sweet, George Siegmann, Ralph Lewis, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, George Beranger, Donald Crisp ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1914-08-02
Best Drama Movies of 1914 : A Christmas Carol
2.

A Christmas Carol

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

A miser is reformed by visions of past, present and future.

Starring: Charles Rock, Edna Flugrath, George Bellamy, Mary Brough ..
Directed by: Harold M. Shaw
Release date: 1914-11-10
Best Drama Movies of 1914 : Home, Sweet Home
3.

Home, Sweet Home

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

John Howard Payne leaves home and begins a career in the theater. Despite encouragement from his mother and his sweetheart, Payne begins to lead a life of dissolute habits, and this soon leads to ruin and misery. In deep despair, he thinks of better days, and writes a song that later provides inspiration to several others in their own times of need.

Starring: Henry B. Walthall, Josephine Crowell, Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Jack Pickford, Fay Tincher, Spottiswoode Aitken, Miriam Cooper ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1914-05-16
Best Drama Movies of 1914 : Cajus Julius Caesar
4.

Cajus Julius Caesar

2.2
6.3/10 IMDB

A colossal epic film like this that tries to depict the life and glory of Julius Caesar, must have a variety of scenery appropriate to the film's hero. This includes the Senate and its conspirators..or .. strange places beyond Rome full of barbarians that must fall under the Rome yoke. Let's not forget the sequences depicting the masses mentioned before.. or.. the human side of Caesar and his troublesome relationship with his son Brutus.

Directed by: Enrico Guazzoni
Release date: 1914-11-13
Best Drama Movies of 1914 : The Last of the Line
5.

The Last of the Line

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

A film about Sioux leader Chief Gray Otter (Joe Goodboy) who sends his son Tiah (Sessue Hayakawa) off to a "white man's school" so that he can become a great leader. The son returns home as a worthless drunk, disappointing the father but things get worse when the son joins a group of renegades and robs a payroll. The father is then forced to make a decision.

Starring: Sessue Hayakawa, Joe Goodboy, Tsuru Aoki, Stanley Bigham, Gladys Brockwell ..
Directed by: Jay Hunt
Release date: 1914-12-24
Best Drama Movies of 1914 : My Official Wife
6.

My Official Wife

1.4
6.1/10 IMDB

This LOST film was Clara Kimball Young's first feature, and her last film for Vitagraph, where she had made all of her short films. It was a sensational success and launched her as the most popular star that year. Its Russian setting was drawn upon by Young for many more of her features. Two short clips of the film exists in Warner Brother's 1931 Vitaphone short "The Movie Album," and have been mounted on Internet Archive and Google Video. One scene shows the meeting of Helene's terrorist cell with an extra alleged to be Leon Trostky. The other clip appears to be when she and Lennox are visiting the Weletsky's. (cont. http://web.stanford.edu/~gdegroat/CKY/reviews/mow.htm)

Starring: Clara Kimball Young, Harry T. Morey, Earle Williams, L. Rogers Lytton, Rose Tapley, Mary Anderson ..
Directed by: James Young
Release date: 1914-07-12
Best Drama Movies of 1914 : Martin Eden
7.

Martin Eden

1.4
6.0/10 IMDB

A sad story about how a working-class man tries, and succeeds, to become a writer, but finds difficulty in fitting into that world.?

Starring: Lawrence Peyton, Viola Barry, Herbert Rawlinson, Rhea Haines, Ann Ivers, Ray Myers, Elmer Clifton, Hobart Bosworth, Myrtle Stedman, Joe Ray ..
Directed by: Hobart Bosworth
Release date: 1914-08-16
8.

The Maid of Cefn Ydfa

1.4
5.8/10 IMDB

A lawyer tries to drown a thatcher to prevent his marriage to an heiress.

Starring: Will Haggar Jr., Jenny Haggar, Will Fyffe, Jennie Haggar ..
Directed by: William Haggar
Release date: 1914-08-26
Best Drama Movies of 1914 : The Dream Woman
9.

The Dream Woman

1.3
5.7/10 IMDB

In this story the hero is haunted by a beautiful young woman who tries to stab him to death with a knife. This fantasy recurs on each of his birthdays, becoming more and more real as the years go on. He leaves home to secure a place as groom, but arrives at his destination too late. Forced to retrace his steps, he seeks shelter in a little inn, forgetting that the hour of his birth is approaching. In the middle of the night he awakens, terrified with fright… Based on Wilkie Collins' novel “The Dream Woman”.

Starring: Fraunie Fraunholz, Claire Whitney, Joseph Levering, Vinnie Burns ..
Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché
Release date: 1914-03-01
Best Drama Movies of 1914 : The Merchant of Venice
10.

The Merchant of Venice

1.3
5.4/10 IMDB

A rich merchant, Antonio is depressed for no good reason, until his good friend Bassanio comes to tell him how he's in love with Portia. Portia's father has died and left a very strange will: only the man that picks the correct casket out of three (silver, gold, and lead) can marry her. Bassanio, unfortunately, is strapped for cash with which to go wooing, and Antonio wants to help, so Antonio borrows the money from Shylock, the money-lender. But Shylock has been nursing a grudge against Antonio's insults, and makes unusual terms to the loan. And when Antonio's business fails, those terms threaten his life, and it's up to Bassanio and Portia to save him.

Starring: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber, Douglas Gerrard, Rupert Julian, Jeanie Macpherson ..
Directed by: Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley
Release date: 1914-02-01

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