Best Drama Movies of 1916


Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

7.7/10 IMDB

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, F.A. Turner, Sam De Grasse, Vera Lewis, Lillian Langdon, Olga Grey, Erich von Ritzau, Bessie Love ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1916-09-04
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

6.1/10 IMDB

Captain Nemo has built a fantastic submarine for his mission of revenge. He has traveled over 20,000 leagues in search of Charles Denver - a man who caused the death of Princess Daaker. Seeing what he had done, Denver took the daughter to his yacht and sailed away.

Starring: Lois Alexander, Curtis Benton, Wallace Clarke, Howard Crampton, Jane Gail, Joseph W. Girard, Dan Hanlon, Allen Holubar, Leviticus Jones, Matt Moore ..
Directed by: Stuart Paton
Release date: 1916-12-24
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The Devil's Needle

The Devil's Needle

6.5/10 IMDB

Renee is a French artist's model who uses morphine as an escape from the dull reality of her life. She recommends it to a neurotic artist because "it kindles the fires of genius." The artist quickly becomes addicted to the drug and the quality of his work begins to disintegrate. He takes on a new model, marries her, and starts her on the same path of moral degradation, until a guilt-ridden Renee decides to intervene in order to save them both. According to silent film historian Kevin Brownlow, THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE was banned by the state of Ohio, but the censor board reversed its decision after recognizing the positive message beneath the film's scandalous surface. This special edition was mastered from a 35mm preservation print of the 1923 re-release version. The only known surviving copy, the element suffers significant nitrate decomposition during some scenes.

Starring: Norma Talmadge, Tully Marshall, Marguerite Marsh, F.A. Turner, Howard Gaye, John E. Brennan, Paul Le Blanc, Monte Blue, William Courtright ..
Directed by: Chester Withey
Release date: 1916-08-12
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The Crisis

The Crisis

6.2/10 IMDB

Stephen Brice, a young lawyer in Civil War-era St. Louis, falls in love with Virginia Carvel, the daughter of his benefactor. But she is loyal to the South and Brice is committed to Lincoln's cause. In the course of the war, their convictions separate them, and Virginia becomes engaged to her cousin Clarence Colfax, a Confederate officer. Brice becomes an officer under General Sherman, and eventually finds himself faced with the captured Colfax, facing execution for spying. Brice must decide whether or not to intercede in his rival's behalf.

Starring: George Fawcett, Matt Snyder, Bessie Eyton, Tom Santschi ..
Directed by: Colin Campbell
Release date: 1916-12-21
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : When Little Lindy Sang

When Little Lindy Sang

6.0/10 IMDB

Lindy, the lone Black girl in her class, is mostly ostracized by her classmates. When Lindy emerges as a heroine during a school fire, attitudes change.

Starring: Ernestine Jones, Nora Dempsey, Margaret Whistler, Clara Horton, Irma Sorter, Ben Suslow ..
Directed by: Lule Warrenton
Release date: 1916-10-15
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The Dumb Girl of Portici

The Dumb Girl of Portici

6.5/10 IMDB

Fenella, a poor Italian girl, falls in love with a Spanish nobleman, but their affair triggers a revolution and national catastrophe.

Starring: Anna Pavlova, Rupert Julian, Wadsworth Harris, Douglas Gerrard, Jack Holt, Nigel De Brulier, Betty Schade, Edna Maison, Jack Hoxie, William Wolbert ..
Directed by: Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley
Release date: 1916-01-30
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : A Daughter of the Gods

A Daughter of the Gods

7.2/10 IMDB

A sultan agrees to help an evil witch destroy a mysterious beauty if the witch will bring his young son back to life.

Starring: Annette Kellerman, William E. Shay, William E. Shay ..
Directed by: Herbert Brenon
Release date: 1916-10-16
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Shoes


6.9/10 IMDB

A young working girl must support her family on only five dollars a week. The strain of trying to feed, house and clothe her mother, her father and three sisters finally gets to be too much, and she winds up selling her body for a pair of shoes.

Starring: Mary MacLaren, Mattie Witting, Jessie Arnold, William V. Mong, Harry Griffith, John George, Lina Basquette, Violet Schram ..
Directed by: Lois Weber
Release date: 1916-06-26
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Little Mary Sunshine

Little Mary Sunshine

6.6/10 IMDB

Just after Bob's fiancée breaks off their engagement, he meets young Mary, whose mother has just died, and the two of them comfort each other.

Starring: Marie Osborne, Henry King, Marguerite Nichols, Andrew Arbuckle, Mollie McConnell ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1916-03-03
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Her Defiance

Her Defiance

6.3/10 IMDB

A woman is deserted by her wealthy young lover.

Starring: Cleo Madison, Taylor N. Duncan, Edward Hearn, Willis Marks, Adele Farrington ..
Directed by: Joe King, Cleo Madison
Release date: 1916-01-14
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : He Did and He Didn’t

He Did and He Didn’t

6.4/10 IMDB

A doctor, very much in love with his beautiful wife, comes to suspect that her visiting childhood friend Jack is more than just a friend. Jack's intentions are honorable, but everything he does tends to show his actions in a suspicious light, especially when burglars invade the house and Jack and the wife are caught together in their nightclothes.

Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, William Jefferson, Al St. John, Joe Bordeaux, Lloyd Peddrick, Jimmy Bryant, Gilbert Ely ..
Directed by: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Release date: 1916-01-29
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The Innocence of Ruth

The Innocence of Ruth

6.4/10 IMDB

The young Ruth Travers, left an orphan after the death of her father financially ruined by Mortimer Reynolds, is welcomed at home by Jimmy Carter, a young millionaire who becomes her guardian. Ruth's winsome qualities gradually win Jimmy's heart. Meanwhile at a Charity Ball, Ruth meets Mr. Reynolds, who is contriving to ruin her virtue.

Starring: Edward Earle, Viola Dana, Augustus Phillips, Lena Davril, T. Tamamoto ..
Directed by: John H. Collins
Release date: 1916-01-26
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Where Are My Children?

Where Are My Children?

6.3/10 IMDB

Walton, the District Attorney, yearns to have children. Soon after defending an author on trial for publishing indecent literature, Walton discovers a secret his wife and her socialite friends have been hiding from him.

Starring: Tyrone Power Sr., Helen Riaume, Marie Walcamp, Cora Drew, Rena Rogers, Alva D. Blake, Juan de la Cruz, C. Norman Hammond, William J. Hope, Marjorie Blynn ..
Directed by: Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley
Release date: 1916-04-16

Sold for Marriage

6.3/10 IMDB

A poor Russian girl's beauty leads her unscrupulous uncle to bring her to the United States. There he is going to sell her into a marriage with a rich old man she has never met. But her lover, an returning immigrant visiting Russia from the U.S., sails on the same ship. When they arrive he learns, to his surprise, that the American police, unlike those of his native country, are not oppressors of the poor, but friends that will aid in securing the release of his beloved Marfa.

Starring: Lillian Gish, Frank Bennett, Walter Long, Allan Sears, Pearl Elmore, Curt Rehfeld, William Lowery, Fred Burns, Mike Siebert, Frank Brownlee ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1916-04-15
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Snow White

Snow White

6.3/10 IMDB

Snow White, a beautiful girl, is despised by a wicked queen who tries to destroy her. With the aid of dwarfs in the woods, Snow White overcomes the queen.

Starring: Marguerite Clark, Dorothy Cumming, Creighton Hale, Lionel Braham, Alice Washburn ..
Directed by: J. Searle Dawley
Release date: 1916-12-24
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Going Straight

Going Straight

5.9/10 IMDB

A man and his wife both have criminal pasts, but have quit crime and are now respectable citizens. One day a member of their old gang shows up and threatens to expose them if they don't help him pull a heist.

Starring: Norma Talmadge, Ralph Lewis, Ninon Fovieri, Francis Carpenter, Fern Collier, Ruth Handforth, Eugene Pallette, Georgie Stone, Kate Toncray, 'Baby' Carmen De Rue ..
Directed by: Chester M. Franklin, Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1916-06-03
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Joan the Woman

Joan the Woman

6.4/10 IMDB

A WWI English officer is inspired the night before a dangerous mission by a vision of Joan of Arc, whose story he relives.

Starring: Geraldine Farrar, Raymond Hatton, Wallace Reid, Hobart Bosworth, Theodore Roberts, Charles Clary, James Neill, Tully Marshall, Lawrence Peyton, Horace B. Carpenter ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1916-12-25
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Poor Little Peppina

Poor Little Peppina

6.1/10 IMDB

Holding a grudge against Robert Torrens and his wife, who live in Italy, a member of the Mafia kidnaps their infant daughter Lois. Fifteen years later, after having been raised by Italian peasants, Lois, now called Peppina, dresses as a boy and stows away on a ship to America in order to avoid a marriage to a particularly loathsome count. While aboard ship she befriends Hugh Carroll, an assistant district attorney, who arranges first-class transportation for the "boy." In New York, she once again meets her kidnapper, who fled to America after the crime. He forces Peppina to maintain the masculine disguise and to pass counterfeit bills for him, for which she is arrested. Peppina gladly exposes the kidnapper's operation to the authorities, one of whom, Hugh, recognizes her as the "boy" he met on the ship. Then, once the kidnapper has been apprehended, Peppina is reunited with her parents, after which she and Hugh, who has finally discovered that she is female, get married.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Eugene O'Brien, Antonio Maiori, Ernest Torti, Edwin Mordant, Jack Pickford, Edith Shayne, Cesare Gravina, William T. Carleton, N. Cervi ..
Directed by: Sidney Olcott
Release date: 1916-03-02
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Tom Brown's Schooldays

Tom Brown's Schooldays

5.5/10 IMDB

A squire's mischievous son becomes a boarder at Rugby.

Starring: Joyce Templeton, Jack Coleman, Miss Marley, Evelyn Boucher, Wilfred Benson, Mr. Daniels, Mr. Johnson, Leslie Laurier, E.C. Arundell, Mona Damt ..
Directed by: Rex Wilson
Release date: 1916-03-26
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The Ocean Waif

The Ocean Waif

6.4/10 IMDB

An abused young woman finds safety and love in the arms of a famous novelist.

Starring: Carlyle Blackwell, Doris Kenyon, Edgar Norton, Fraunie Fraunholz, William Morris, Augusta Burmeister, Lyn Donelson ..
Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché
Release date: 1916-11-02
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Discontent


6.0/10 IMDB

Ed Brown plays a old war veteran tired of living in a veterans' home and decides to move in with his wealthy nephew.

Starring: J. Edwin Brown, Charles Hammond, Katherine Griffith, Marie Walcamp, Alva D. Blake ..
Directed by: Allen G. Siegler, Lois Weber
Release date: 1916-01-25
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Hoodoo Ann

Hoodoo Ann

5.9/10 IMDB

A teenage orphan (who believes herself to be "hoodooed") is taken in by a childless couple and quickly falls for the boy next door; Her luck seems to have changed. But the idyll is broken up after a trip to the movies-- It seems the 'hoodoo' has returned after she tries to replicate what she'd seen on the screen.

Starring: Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, William H. Brown, Wilbur Higby, Loyola O'Connor, Mildred Harris, Pearl Elmore, Anna Dodge, Charles Lee, Elmo Lincoln ..
Directed by: Lloyd Ingraham
Release date: 1916-03-26
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

6.2/10 IMDB

When a couple of scammers hold young Alice Faulkner against her will to discover the whereabouts of letters whose dissemination could cause a scandal affecting the royal family, Sherlock Holmes decides to take over the case. (Considered lost, a copy was found in 2014, in the vaults of the Cinémathèque Française.)

Starring: William Gillette, Ernest Maupain, Marjorie Kay, Edward Fielding, Stewart Robbins, Hugh Thompson, Ludwig Kreiss, Mario Majeroni, William Postance, Chester Beery ..
Directed by: Arthur Berthelet
Release date: 1916-06-30
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Civilization


5.9/10 IMDB

Count Ferdinand, a submarine commander and secret pacifist refuses to torpedo a defenseless passenger ship during wartime. His submarine is sunk in the following fracas. In the spirit world, Christ commends the captain, and returns to earth in the commander's body to promote His message of peace.

Starring: Kate Bruce, J. Frank Burke, Claire Du Brey, George Fisher, Charles K. French, Thomas H. Ince, Herschel Mayall, Lola May, Howard Hickman, Enid Markey ..
Directed by: Thomas H. Ince, Reginald Barker, Raymond B. West
Release date: 1916-06-02
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Reggie Mixes In

Reggie Mixes In

5.5/10 IMDB

Reggie, a wealthy young man about town, is eager for excitement, so he takes to visiting the rougher sections of the city in search of thrills. He meets and falls for a cabaret singer, but she turns out to be the inamorata of the local gang boss. The gangster sends his men after Reggie, but eventually it comes down to a duel between the two men themselves.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love, Joseph Singleton, William Lowery, Alma Rubens ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1916-06-10
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The Social Secretary

The Social Secretary

5.8/10 IMDB

An attractive young girl struggles to hold a job as she deals with unwanted romantic advances from her boss.

Starring: Norma Talmadge, Kate Lester, Helen Weir, Gladden James, Herbert French, Erich von Stroheim, Nathaniel Sack, Nora Cecil, Vivia Ogden ..
Directed by: John Emerson
Release date: 1916-09-16
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Purity


7.8/10 IMDB

Purity, a simple country girl, comes to the city and is hired as an artist's model. A young poet becomes obsessed with her, and is distraught when he learns she has been posing nude. But his distress is diminished when he finds that she intends to use her income from modelling to publish his poetry. (IMDb)

Starring: Audrey Munson, Nigel De Brulier, Alfred Hollingsworth, William A. Carroll, Eugenie Forde ..
Directed by: Rae Berger
Release date: 1916-07-23
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Idle Wives

Idle Wives

5.6/10 IMDB

Characters in the film attend a movie titled 'Life’s Mirror', where they see parallel, cautionary versions of their own lives. Only the first two of the original seven reels survive.

Starring: Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley, Mary MacLaren, Edward Hearn, Seymour Hastings, Countess Du Cello, Pauline Aster, Cecilia Matthews, Ben F. Wilson, Maude George ..
Directed by: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber
Release date: 1916-09-16
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : East Lynne

East Lynne

5.6/10 IMDB

An adaptation of the 1861 novel by English author Ellen Wood: The story of long-suffering Lady Isabel Carlisle cast in a modern setting.

Starring: Theda Bara, Ben Deeley, Stuart Holmes, Claire Whitney, William H. Tooker, Loel Steuart, Eldean Steuart, Eugenie Woodward, Stanhope Wheatcroft, Frank Norcross ..
Directed by: Bertram Bracken
Release date: 1916-06-18
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : East Is East

East Is East

6.1/10 IMDB

Victoria Vickers, a little East End Cockney girl, is left a vast fortune by an uncle in America. She is finally discovered hop-picking in Kent by her solicitor, who has given up the search and gone off on a photographic holiday instead! The conditions of the legacy are that she must spend three years learning to be a lady before she inherits absolutely. 'Vicky' does her best, but she is not happy in high society. Meanwhile her old East End beau Bert accepts a loan from her in order to 'better himself' and starts a highly-successful fish-and-chip shop business. He takes elocution lessons and buys gentleman's clothes in the hopes of aspiring to her hand. But Vicky, who thinks he has deserted her now she is a fine lady, is lonely enough to accept an offer of marriage from her guardian's spendthrift son, and when Bert reads of the engagement in the newspapers he abandons London and goes down to live in Kent where they were once happy together.

Starring: Florence Turner, Henry Edwards, Ruth Mackay, W.G. Saunders, Edith Evans ..
Directed by: Henry Edwards
Release date: 1916-09-02
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The Children in the House

The Children in the House

5.3/10 IMDB

A woman is stuck with an unfaithful husband until he is killed robbing a bank.

Starring: Norma Talmadge, Alice Wilson, Jewel Carmen, William Hinckley, W.E. Lawrence, George C. Pearce, Eugene Pallette, Walter Long, Alva D. Blake, Georgie Stone ..
Directed by: Chester M. Franklin, Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1916-04-29
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : American Aristocracy

American Aristocracy

6.1/10 IMDB

A young man fights to overcome a piratical arms smuggler and to win the heart of a rich man's daughter.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Jewel Carmen, C.A. de Lima, Albert Parker, Artie Ortego, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Charles Stevens ..
Directed by: Lloyd Ingraham
Release date: 1916-11-05

King Lear

5.5/10 IMDB

Silent adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear

Starring: Frederick Warde, Lorraine Huling, Ernest C. Warde, Wayne Arey, J.H. Gilmour, Hector Dion, Edwin Stanley, Boyd Marshall, Ina Hammer, Edith Diestel ..
Directed by: Ernest C. Warde
Release date: 1916-12-17
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The World and the Woman

The World and the Woman

6.1/10 IMDB

In "The World and the Woman", Jeanne Eagels plays Mary, a prostitute (which is implied by her walking the streets and being hassled by policemen) who reluctantly takes a better position at a country lodge as a maid. In this woodland community, she attends church and the path to Salvation becomes clear to her. Through Mary's faith, the injured folk of the countryside are healed. However, her old employer, whose lustful advances she'd previously spurned, still has designs on her.

Starring: Jeanne Eagels, Boyd Marshall, Thomas A. Curran, Grace DeCarlton, Wayne Arey, Carey L. Hastings, Ethelmary Oakland ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd, Eugene Moore
Release date: 1916-11-18
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The Call of the Cumberlands

The Call of the Cumberlands

6.2/10 IMDB

An aspiring New York painter returns home to the Kentucky mountains to settle a feud between two rival families.

Starring: Dustin Farnum, Myrtle Stedman, Winifred Kingston, Herbert Standing, Page Peters, Howard Davies, Richard L'Estrange, Richard L'Estrange, Joe Ray, Virginia Foltz ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd, Julia Crawford Ivers
Release date: 1916-01-23
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Seventeen


8.0/10 IMDB

Seventeen year old William Sylvanus Baxter has fallen madly in love with young coquette, Lola Pratt. After spending all of his money on the fickle girl, she runs off with an older man. William now heartbroken, contemplates suicide, until a friend from childhood, May Parcher, pays a visit and William decides to fall in love with her.

Starring: Louise Huff, Jack Pickford, Winifred Allen, Madge Evans, Walter Hiers, Dick Lee, Richard Rosson, Julian Dillon, Helen Lindroth, Tony Merlo ..
Directed by: Robert G. Vignola
Release date: 1916-11-02
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The Dream Girl

The Dream Girl

6.6/10 IMDB

The father of San Francisco waif Meg runs an illegal liquor club and supports "English" Hal in scheme to blackmail a wealthy girl. Meg is put on probation to Benjamin Merton, father of the girl to be blackmailed. When she discovers her father's plan she reveals all, risking expulsion from her new home and the company of its very attractive son Tom.

Starring: Mae Murray, Theodore Roberts, Earle Foxe, James Neill, Charles West, Mary Mersch, Mrs. Lewis McCord ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1916-07-17
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The Misleading Lady

The Misleading Lady

7.2/10 IMDB

Helen Steele, who has theatrical aspirations, has been told by Sidney Parker that, owing to her lack of stage experience he cannot entertain her proposition of giving her the leading part in his new production, "The Siren." Believing that she can get Parker to consent if she is persuasive enough, Helen has her fiancé, Henry Tracey, invite the theatrical manager to the party to be given by John W. Cannell so that she may work upon him. At the affair Helen manages to obtain Parker's consent to give her a trial it she is successful in having Jack Craigen, a friend of Cannell, who has been living in Patagonia for a long time and who is a woman hater, propose to her.

Starring: Henry B. Walthall, Edna Mayo, Sidney Ainsworth, Edward Arnold, Harry Dunkinson, John Junior, John Cossar, Charles J. Stine, Grant Mitchell, Renee Clemmons ..
Directed by: Arthur Berthelet
Release date: 1916-01-03
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The Cossack Whip

The Cossack Whip

8.1/10 IMDB

Feodor Turov, chief of the Russian Czar's secret police, orders his Cossacks to attack a village he believes to be infested with rebels. The Cossacks attack the village and massacre almost everyone, and the young Katerina is whipped to death. Before escaping to England, her sister Darya swears to avenge her sister's death. Years later--now one of the world's most famous prima ballerinas--she returns to Russia. Turov falls in love with her and manages to secure a meeting. She coyly asks him to take her to see a prison first. As it turns out, what he has planned for her is nothing compared to what she has planned for him.

Starring: Viola Dana, Grace Williams, Robert Walker, Grace Williams, Frank Farrington, Richard Tucker, Sally Crute, William Wadsworth, Robert Brower, Saul Harrison ..
Directed by: John H. Collins
Release date: 1916-11-13
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Maria Rosa

Maria Rosa

6.6/10 IMDB

Ramon loves Catalonian peasant Maria Rosa. He uses a knife belonging to her love Andreas to kill fisherman Pedro, so Andreas goes to jail for ten years. Maria will wait for him, but Ramon convinces her Andreas dies in prison so she agrees to marry him. On their wedding day Ramon is paroled. Maria then stabs Ramon.

Starring: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Pedro de Cordoba, James Neill, Ernest Joy, Horace B. Carpenter, Anita King ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1916-05-07
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Arms and the Woman

Arms and the Woman

6.4/10 IMDB

Rozika is a Hungarian girl who can sing quite nice. She goes to the place known as the United States with her brother whose name happens to be Young Carl. Rozika marries a chap named Trevor and a predicament ensued after the Great War comes knocking at the door.

Starring: Mary Nash, Lumsden Hare, H. Cooper Cliffe, Robert Broderick, Rosalind Ivan, Carl Harbaugh, Edward G. Robinson, Suzanne Willa ..
Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
Release date: 1916-11-25
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : A Child of the Paris Streets

A Child of the Paris Streets

7.0/10 IMDB

When the son of a leader of a Paris underworld family known as The Apaches is arrested and tried in court, the boy's mother asks the judge for mercy, but he refuses. In retaliation, the family kidnaps the judge's young daughter, and raises her to be one of their own, schooling her in the ways of crime.

Starring: Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Jennie Lee, Carl Stockdale, Tully Marshall, Loyola O'Connor, Bert Hadley, Josephine Crowell, Paul Le Blanc ..
Directed by: Lloyd Ingraham
Release date: 1916-05-21
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

7.3/10 IMDB

Shakespeare's tragedy of two young people who fall desperately in love despite the ancient feud between their two families, and how the sins of the fathers bring disaster to their children.

Starring: Francis X. Bushman, Beverly Bayne, Horace Vinton, John Davidson, Eric Hudson, Edmund Elton, Leonard Grover, Fritz Leiber, Olaf Skavlan, Lawson Butt ..
Directed by: Francis X. Bushman, John W. Noble
Release date: 1916-10-19
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : War Brides

War Brides

6.6/10 IMDB

Joan is loved by a young man of the village and they are married. In a few weeks the husband, a soldier, is sent to the war-front along with his three brothers. Word is received that her husband has been killed in battle and Joan's first impulse is suicide by she is pregnant and her prospective motherhood makes her realize her new responsibility. The military authorities start a movement to get the young women of the country to marry departing soldiers, so that the empire may have another generation of fighting men. Word is received that the King is to pass through their village and Joan organizes the women in a general protest against the war. She leads them all, dressed in black, in a long procession to meet the Monarch. The soldiers threaten to shoot her unless she turns the women back, buy Joan comes face-to-face with the ruler and kills herself, as her message from the women that they refuse to make another generation victims of a ruthless militarism.

Starring: Alla Nazimova, Charles Hutchison, Charles Bryant, William Bailey, Richard Barthelmess, Nila Mac, Gertrude Berkeley ..
Directed by: Herbert Brenon
Release date: 1916-01-02
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The Foolish Virgin

The Foolish Virgin

8.1/10 IMDB

A 1916 film.

Starring: Clara Kimball Young, Conway Tearle, Paul Capellani, Catherine Proctor, James Sheridan, William Welsh, Marie Lines, Agnes Mapes, Edward Elkas, Jacqueline Morhange ..
Directed by: Albert Capellani
Release date: 1916-09-26
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : If My Country Should Call

If My Country Should Call

6.7/10 IMDB

A doctor is called to the home of a young man who wants to enlist in the Army.

Starring: Dorothy Phillips, Helen Leslie, Frank Whitson, Lon Chaney, Albert MacQuarrie, Jack Nelson, Carl Von Schiller, Gretchen Lederer ..
Directed by: Joseph De Grasse
Release date: 1916-09-25
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

6.7/10 IMDB

Jack Hale, a revenue agent, is sent into the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to track down illegal alcohol producers.

Starring: Charlotte Walker, Thomas Meighan, Theodore Roberts, Earle Foxe ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1916-02-13
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : The Children Pay

The Children Pay

7.0/10 IMDB

What will become of the Children in a home divided....

Starring: Lillian Gish, Keith Armour, Alma Rubens, Violet Wilkey, Ralph Lewis, Loyola O'Connor, Jennie Lee, Robert Lohmeyer, Carl Stockdale ..
Directed by: Lloyd Ingraham
Release date: 1916-11-26
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Life's Whirlpool

Life's Whirlpool

6.6/10 IMDB

Eight years before the release of Erich Von Stroheim's Greed, Frank Norris's 1899 novel McTeague was adapted to the screen by World Film. The basic story pretty much follows the book: McTeague (Holbrook Blinn) is a coarse young man who becomes a dentist, after a fashion. He is rivals for the hand of Trina Sieppe (Fania Marinoff) with his pal Marcus Schuller (Walter Green). McTeague weds her and she wins the lottery. But she refuses to let go of the money, and her miserly attitude destroys the marriage.

Starring: Holbrook Blinn, Walter Greene, Fania Marinoff, Philip Robson, Rosemary Dean, Eleanor Blanchard, Julia Stuart, Walter Greene ..
Directed by: Barry O'Neil
Release date: 1916-01-10
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : Silas Marner

Silas Marner

4.4/10 IMDB

After having been wrongly accused of murder and robbery, a heretofore kindly and gregarious weaver becomes a nasty, bitter, lonely old miser. Originally a seven-reel picture, a three-reel re-release survives.

Starring: Frederick Warde, Louise Bates, Morgan Jones, Thomas A. Curran, Valda Valkyrien, Ethel Jewett, Frank McNish, Hector Dion, Arthur Rankin, Elise Jordan ..
Directed by: Ernest C. Warde
Release date: 1916-02-18

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