Best Drama Movies of 1916

1.

Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

5.5
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
2.

The Devil's Needle

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE (1916, dir: Chester Withey) stars silent superstar Norma Talmadge as Renee, 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 played by Tully Marshall (Queen Kelly), 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 Dumb Girl of Portici
3.

The Dumb Girl of Portici

2.9
6.6/10 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
4.

A Daughter of the Gods

2.8
7.3/10 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 : Little Mary Sunshine
5.

Little Mary Sunshine

2.7
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 : Shoes
6.

Shoes

2.7
6.9/10 IMDB

A young working girl must suport her family on only five dollars a week. The strain of trying to feed, house and clothe her mother, her father and three brothers 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 : The Children in the House
7.

The Children in the House

2.7
4.6/10 IMDB

Silent melodrama.

Starring: Norma Talmadge, Alice Wilson, Jewel Carmen, William Hinckley, W.E. Lawrence, George C. Pearce, Eugene Pallette, Walter Long, A.D. Blake, Georgie Stone ..
Directed by: Chester M. Franklin, Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1916-04-29
Best Drama Movies of 1916 : He Did and He Didn’t
8.

He Did and He Didn’t

2.7
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 : Sherlock Holmes
9.

Sherlock Holmes

2.6
6.3/10 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 : Joan the Woman
10.

Joan the Woman

2.6
6.5/10 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

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