Best Drama Movies of 1921


The Kid

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 Drama Movies of 1921 : Orphans of the Storm

Orphans of the Storm

7.3/10 IMDB

France, on the eve of the French Revolution. Henriette and Louise have been raised together as sisters. When the plague that takes their parents' lives causes Louise's blindness, they decide to travel to Paris in search of a cure, but they separate when a lustful aristocrat crosses their path.

Starring: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut, Frank Losee, Katherine Emmet, Morgan Wallace, Lucille La Verne, Sheldon Lewis, Frank Puglia, Creighton Hale ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1921-12-28
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

7.2/10 IMDB

Set in the years before and during World War I, this epic tale tells the story of a rich Argentine family, one of its two descending branches being half of French heritage, the other being half German. Following the death of the family patriarch, the man's two daughters and their families resettle to France and Germany, respectively. In time the Great War breaks out, putting members of the family on opposing sides.

Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Josef Swickard, Alice Terry, Alan Hale, Pomeroy Cannon, Bridgetta Clark, Virginia Warwick, Mabel Van Buren, Stuart Holmes, John St. Polis ..
Directed by: Rex Ingram
Release date: 1921-03-06
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Tol'able David

Tol'able David

7.1/10 IMDB

Young David Kinemon is a good-natured, easy-going lad in a mountain village. Circumstances force him to take his brother's place as mail carrier for the community, and this brings him into deadly contact with the vicious Hatburn brothers.

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette, Walter P. Lewis, Ernest Torrence, Ralph Yearsley, Forrest Robinson, Laurence Eddinger, Edmund Gurney, Warner Richmond, Marion Abbott ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1921-12-31
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Ace of Hearts

The Ace of Hearts

6.8/10 IMDB

A romantic rivalry among members of a secret society becomes even more tense when one of the men is assigned to carry out an assassination.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Leatrice Joy, John Bowers, Hardee Kirkland, Raymond Hatton, Edwin Wallock, Roy Laidlaw, Cullen Landis ..
Directed by: Wallace Worsley
Release date: 1921-09-17

The Sheik

6.2/10 IMDB

Sheik Ahmed desperately desires feisty British socialite Diana, so he abducts her and carries her off to his luxurious tent-palace in the desert. The free-spirited Diana recoils from his passionate embraces and yearns to be released. Later, allowed to go into the desert, she escapes and makes her way across the sands...

Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Ruth Miller, George Waggner, Frank Butler, Charles Brinley, Lucien Littlefield, Adolphe Menjou, Walter Long, Sally Blane ..
Directed by: George Melford
Release date: 1921-11-20
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Affairs of Anatol

The Affairs of Anatol

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 Drama Movies of 1921 : Straight Is the Way

Straight Is the Way

6.6/10 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 Drama Movies of 1921 : Little Lord Fauntleroy

Little Lord Fauntleroy

6.8/10 IMDB

An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental lord who oversees the trust.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Claude Gillingwater, Joseph J. Dowling, James A. Marcus, Kate Price, Fred Malatesta, Rose Dione, Arthur Thalasso, Francis Marion, Milton Berle ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green, Jack Pickford
Release date: 1921-09-15
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Blot

The Blot

6.7/10 IMDB

Professor Griggs, teaching at the college, doesn't get paid a living wage; his next door neighbor, successful shoemaker Olsen, has money and plentiful food, while the Griggses have hardly any. When the professor's rich student Phil West falls for beautiful Griggs daughter Amelia and also befriends the poor Reverend Gates (a young man who is also in love with Amelia), he observes the difference in his life and theirs and tries to help make a difference.

Starring: Philip Hubbard, Margaret McWade, Claire Windsor, Louis Calhern, Marie Walcamp, William H. O'Brien, Gertrude Short, Larry Steers ..
Directed by: Lois Weber
Release date: 1921-09-04
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Little Minister

The Little Minister

6.8/10 IMDB

In 1840 Scotland, a young lass named Babbie revels in the country life and frolics with the locals, simple weavers whose livelihood is threatened by increasing industrialization. When Lord Rintoul attempts to rout the rebellious weavers, Babbie always manages to send word in time to prevent their being taken by surprise. Gavin, new minister to the town, falls in love with Babbie, and his relationship with the young gypsy almost costs him his position. But what Gavin and his parishioners do not know is that Babbie is actually Lady Babbie, ward of Lord Rintoul.

Starring: Betty Compson, George Hackathorne, Edwin Stevens, Nigel Barrie, Will Walling, Guy Oliver, Fred Huntley, Robert Brower, Joseph Hazelton, Mary Wilkinson ..
Directed by: Penrhyn Stanlaws
Release date: 1921-12-25
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Love Light

The Love Light

6.4/10 IMDB

Angela maintains a coastal lighthouse in Italy, where she awaits the return of her brothers from the war. She learns they are casualties and takes solace in the arms of an American sailor washed ashore. However, the sailor turns out to be a German spy, and she is torn between her love for him and her realization that he is part of the enemy force that has destroyed her family.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Evelyn Dumo, Raymond Bloomer, Fred Thomson, Albert Prisco, George Regas, Eddie Phillips, Jean De Briac ..
Directed by: Frances Marion
Release date: 1921-01-08
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : A Daughter of the Law

A Daughter of the Law

6.1/10 IMDB

A city girl revenuer spies on illegal whiskey making in the hills.

Starring: Grace Cunard, Cole Hebert, Gordon Griffith ..
Directed by: Grace Cunard
Release date: 1921-02-06
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Love Never Dies

Love Never Dies

6.8/10 IMDB

John and Tilly's happy marriage is ruined when Tilly's father finds out about the scandalous past of John's mother. John, unaware of his father-in-law's meddling, thinks Tilly has left him, and he leaves town. Her father leads Tilly to believe that John has died in an accident, and he pushes her to marry someone else.

Starring: Madge Bellamy, Lloyd Hughes, Claire McDowell, Lillian Leighton, Fred Gamble, Julia Brown, Frank Brownlee, Winifred Greenwood, Joseph Bennett ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1921-11-11

Outside the Law

6.5/10 IMDB

Silent Madden and his daughter Molly have left the criminal underworld of San Francisco thanks to the wise teachings of Chang Low, a Confucian master. But the evil Black Mike Sylva is determined to frame Madden to avenge a mistake from the past…

Starring: Priscilla Dean, Wheeler Oakman, Lon Chaney, Ralph Lewis, E. Alyn Warren, Stanley Goethals, Melbourne MacDowell, Wilton Taylor, Anna May Wong, Bessie Wong ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1921-01-06
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Through The Back Door

Through The Back Door

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 Drama Movies of 1921 : Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit

6.5/10 IMDB

Mary Maddock works as a seamstress to bring home money while her husband Steve, unemployed, has no real prospects of earning money. Mary's employers, are trying to strike an oil related business deal with a rich man by the name of Nelson Rogers. The deal does not seem to be on the table, as Mr. Rogers is leaving town shortly and does not have the time to work out the details of such a deal. In an order to entice him to stay, Mrs. Mallory - wife of Mr. Mallory who is proposing the business deal - convinces Mary to be her guest at a dinner party with the intent of making Mr. Rogers fall for her and thus stay long enough for Mr. Mallory to make him agree to a business deal.

Starring: Agnes Ayres, Clarence Burton, Theodore Roberts, Kathlyn Williams, Forrest Stanley, Theodore Kosloff, Shannon Day, Bertram Johns, Julia Faye, William Boyd ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1921-01-03
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Conquering Power

The Conquering Power

6.8/10 IMDB

Young playboy Charles Grandet is sent to live with his miserly uncle after his father loses his fortune. He and his cousin Eugenie fall in love, but his uncle sends him away and tries to arrange a marriage more to his liking (and profit!). Will true love triumph?

Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Alice Terry, Ralph Lewis, Carrie Daumery, Bridgetta Clark, Mark Fenton, Ward Wing, Eric Mayne, Edward Connelly, George Atkinson ..
Directed by: Rex Ingram
Release date: 1921-07-08
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Miss Lulu Bett

Miss Lulu Bett

6.8/10 IMDB

Lois Wilson (as Lulu) is the spinsterish member of the Deacon family: "The family beast of burden, whose timid soul has failed to break the bonds of family servitude." Her brother-in-law is patriarchal Theodore Roberts (as Dwight Deacon); running the house with an iron fist, he is both a dentist and a Justice of the Peace. As the latter, he accidentally marries Ms. Wilson to his visiting brother Clarence Burton (as Ninian Deacon) while they are out for dinner. Schoolteacher Milton Sills (as Neil Cornish) is also interested in Wilson...

Starring: Lois Wilson, Milton Sills, Theodore Roberts, Helen Ferguson, Mabel Van Buren, Mae Giraci, Clarence Burton, Ethel Wales, Taylor Graves, Charles Ogle ..
Directed by: William C. de Mille
Release date: 1921-11-01
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Devil

The Devil

6.0/10 IMDB

Dr. Muller, a friend to all, finds pleasure in turning the goodness in people to evil ends. He meets Marie Matin and her fiancée, Georges Roben, while viewing a new painting, "The Martyr--Truth Crucified by Evil." Marie declares that the picture was wrong--evil could never triumph over truth--and though Muller says he agrees with her, he plots to prove otherwise.

Starring: George Arliss, Sylvia Breamer, Lucy Cotton, Florence Arliss, Edmund Lowe, Roland Bottomley, Fredric March ..
Directed by: James Young
Release date: 1921-01-17
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Camille


6.5/10 IMDB

Camille is a courtesan in Paris. She falls deeply in love with a young man of promise, Armand Duval. When Armand's father begs her not to ruin his hope of a career and position by marrying Armand, she acquiesces and leaves her lover. However, when poverty and terminal illness overwhelm her, Camille discovers that Armand has not lost his love for her.

Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Alla Nazimova, Rex Cherryman, Arthur Hoyt, Zeffie Tilbury, Patsy Ruth Miller, Elinor Oliver, William Orlamond, Consuelo Flowerton ..
Directed by: Ray C. Smallwood
Release date: 1921-09-26
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : My Boy

My Boy

6.2/10 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 Drama Movies of 1921 : Soul of the Cypress

Soul of the Cypress

6.3/10 IMDB

Influenced by California Pictorialist photography of the preceding decades, it was in its own day recognized as an avant-garde film, but nevertheless it secured successful commercial distribution.

Starring: Chase Harringdine ..
Directed by: Dudley Murphy
Release date: 1921-07-10
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : A Tale of Two Worlds

A Tale of Two Worlds

5.9/10 IMDB

A white child is adopted and raised by a Chinese citizen and brought to San Francisco, where no one surmises that she is actually not Chinese.

Starring: J. Frank Glendon, Leatrice Joy, Wallace Beery, E. Alyn Warren, Margaret McWade, Togo Yamamoto, Irene Rich, Yutaka Abe, Anna May Wong ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1921-03-13
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Dream Street

Dream Street

5.5/10 IMDB

Three men in London compete for the love of a dance-hall girl.

Starring: Carol Dempster, Charles Emmett Mack, Ralph Graves, Edward Peil Sr., Tyrone Power Sr., Morgan Wallace, William J. Ferguson, George Neville, Charles Slattery, Porter Strong ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1921-04-12
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Too Wise Wives

Too Wise Wives

5.8/10 IMDB

An insecure wife fears her husband may be straying back to an old flame.

Starring: Louis Calhern, Claire Windsor, Mona Lisa, Phillips Smalley ..
Directed by: Lois Weber
Release date: 1921-05-22
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Beggar Maid

The Beggar Maid

5.9/10 IMDB

The painter Burne-Jones and his famed painting "The Beggar Maid" are depicted in this speculative drama about the creation of the painting. Burne-Jones plays matchmaker for a young British nobleman who has fallen in love with a servant girl on his estate. The artist shows that love can thrive between members of different classes by depicting on canvas a picture from Tennyson's poem about the love of King Cophetua for a beggar maid. As he relates the story of the poem in words and through his painting, the young earl sees the application to his own situation.

Starring: Reginald Denny, Mary Astor ..
Directed by: Herbert Blaché
Release date: 1921-09-25
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Where Lights Are Low

Where Lights Are Low

6.2/10 IMDB

The Chinese prince T'Su Wong Shih loves Quan Yin, the daughter of a gardener, but his uncle wants him to marry a girl of his own class. Leaving to study in the United States, the young man promises his beloved that they two will be together soon. Having finished university, one day T'Su Wong Shih visits the market of San Francisco, and at an auction of slaves, he finds Quan Yin auctioned. To save her, he agrees to pay a price of five thousand dollars but, not possessing the full amount, he makes a deal with the auctioneer for a three-year extension in which he must work to raise the money needed to rescue the girl. T'Su Wong Shih has no great success until he manages to win a large sum in a lottery. However, Quan Yin is now in danger because a Chinese gangster wants to have it and, to do that, goes to threaten the auctioneer who is forced to comply. T'Su Wong Shih is then engaged in a struggle to liberate his beloved: he defeats the gangster, rescues Quan Yin and claims her as his...

Starring: Sessue Hayakawa, Tôgô Yamamoto, Goro Kino, Gloria Payton, Kiyosho Satow, Misao Seki, Toyo Fujita, Jay Eaton, Harold Holland, Togo Yamamoto ..
Directed by: Colin Campbell
Release date: 1921-09-04
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Sky Pilot

The Sky Pilot

6.1/10 IMDB

Arthur Moore, a missionary preacher, attempts to fit into the cowboy community so he can set up a church in the local saloon. Gwen, daughter of the "Old Timer," is injured in a stampede and loses her ability to walk. Though rejected by the townsfolk, the preacher's wisdom and love are needed if the young girl is to be healed. Shot in 'Vidor Village', Vidor's ill-fated studio property in California's High Sierra.

Starring: Colleen Moore, John Bowers, John Bowers, Harry Todd, James Corrigan, Donald MacDonald, Kathleen Kirkham, Donald MacDonald, David Butler ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1921-04-16
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : By Right of Birth

By Right of Birth

5.0/10 IMDB

Based on a story told by George Johnson, featuring Booker T. Washington. Only four minutes survive.

Starring: Clarence Brooks, Anita Thompson, Webb King, Booker T. Washington ..
Directed by: Harry A. Gant
Release date: 1921-06-22
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Salome


5.6/10 IMDB

Herodias, spurned by Egyptian prince who is in love with Salome, has him secretly thrown in dungeon next to the Baptist. Herodias threatens to kill her lover if Salome does not ask for death of the Baptist. Salome does so, later rescues the prince and flees with him into the desert.

Starring: Diana Allen, Christine Winthrop, Vincent Coleman, Flora Finch, Malcolm Bradley ..
Directed by: Malcolm Strauss
Release date: 1921-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Whistle

The Whistle

6.2/10 IMDB

Robert must avenge his son who was killed in a workplace accident.

Starring: William S. Hart, Frank Brownlee, Myrtle Stedman, Georgie Stone, Will Jim Hatton, Richard Headrick, Bob Kortman ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1921-04-08

Theodor Herzl, der Bannerträger des jüdischen Volkes

5.5/10 IMDB

This early film biography of the founder of modern Zionism depicts a young Herzl learning about Jewish persecution throughout the ages and developing his theory of political Zionism, which he saw as the only solution to anti-semitism.

Starring: Ernst Bath, Rudolph Schildkraut, Joseph Schildkraut, Josefa Gettke, Ludwig Donath ..
Directed by: Otto Kreisler
Release date: 1921-07-30
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Lotus Blossom

Lotus Blossom

5.4/10 IMDB

The film is perhaps the only remaining example of silent era cinema from a Chinese-American production company, and was co-written, co-directed (with Francis J. Grandon) and produced by James B. Leong, who changed his name from Leong But-jung after emigrating from Shanghai in 1913. Of the seven reels that originally comprised 'Lotus Blossom,' only one (the fifth, running for 12 minutes at 20fps) is known to survive. This remaining reel of film is now available on Disc 2 of the DVD Collection "More Treasures from the American Film Archives," and was preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Starring: Lady Tsen Mei, Tully Marshall, Noah Beery, Yutaka Abe, Goro Kino ..
Directed by: Francis J. Grandon, James B. Leong
Release date: 1921-12-01
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Life Story of John Lee, or The Man They Could Not Hang

The Life Story of John Lee, or The Man They Could Not Hang

6.0/10 IMDB

The Life Story of John Lee, or the Man They Could Not Hang is a 1921 Australian silent film (which is now considered lost) based on the true life story of John Babbacombe Lee. It is a remake of a 1912 film with some extra scenes of Lee's childhood.

Starring: Rose Rooney, David Edelsten ..
Directed by: Arthur W. Sterry
Release date: 1921-12-23
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Beau Revel

Beau Revel

4.9/10 IMDB

"Beau" Revel, "An Ince-Vance Special Paramount Picture," was introduced with the subtitle, "This is the story of a man who played at love, forgetting in his vain selfishness, the rules of Duty, even Decency—conceitedly 'wasting his manhood in a game unworthy of man.'" That is a precise definition of Lewis Stone as the title character, first shown having his nails trimmed, his shoes shined, and receiving a shave. His latest fancy is Alice (Kathleen Kirkham), a woman whose husband's drunkenness has given Beau an opening.

Starring: Lewis Stone, Florence Vidor, Lloyd Hughes, Kathleen Kirkham, Dick Ryan, Harland Tucker, William Conklin, Lydia Yeamans Titus, William Musgrave, Joe Campbell ..
Directed by: John Griffith Wray
Release date: 1921-03-19
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Lotus Eater

The Lotus Eater

7.1/10 IMDB

Naive Jacques Lenoi marries money-hungry Madge Vance. When Madge realizes he isn't as moneyed as she assumed she turns a cold shoulder to him and he takes off on a balloon trip to China.

Starring: John Barrymore, Colleen Moore, Anna Q. Nilsson, Ida Waterman, Frank Currier, Wesley Barry ..
Directed by: Marshall Neilan
Release date: 1921-11-27
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Dangerous Lies

Dangerous Lies

7.1/10 IMDB

A widow's husband returns after her second marriage, and dies while assaulting her.

Starring: David Powell, Mary Glynne, Minna Grey, Warburton Gamble, Clifford Grey, Arthur M. Cullin, Harry Ham, Ernest A. Douglas, Daisy Sloane, Philip Hewland ..
Directed by: Paul Powell
Release date: 1921-09-18
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Desire


7.1/10 IMDB

Ivan, a poor Russian student, lives in Switzerland. He is unexpectedly invited to Russia by a distant relative, Princess Wirsky. To finance the journey, he works as a messenger for revolutionaries who want to depose Grand Duke Wirsky. In Moscow, he delivers the message and falls in love with Marja, the daughter of the revolutionary, but Marja's father loves Princess Wirsky and wants to betray the revolutionaries. The princess falls in love with Ivan, and jealously deports Marja to Siberia. In revenge, Ivan strangles the princess. He spends the rest of his life yearning for Marja, whom he has never kissed. When he receives the news of Marja's death, he commits suicide.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Gussy Holl, Eugen Klöpfer, Margarete Schlegel ..
Directed by: F.W. Murnau
Release date: 1921-02-01
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Love Special

The Love Special

6.9/10 IMDB

Jim Glover is an engineer in charge of constructing a railroad to the sea. He gives the company president Gage a tour of the area of land coveted for its use as a short cut that can save hours on the journey. After the officials visit a recently constructed dam, the train makes a stop in a dull town, and Gage's daughter Laura throws a charity bazaar to combat the boredom. Jim puts together a mock-holdup that saves the event from financial ruin, endearing Laura to him. Later, an accident traps three workers in a cave, and Jim is called away to rescue the victims.

Starring: Wallace Reid, Agnes Ayres, Theodore Roberts, Lloyd Whitlock, Sylvia Ashton, William Gaden, Clarence Burton, Snitz Edwards, Ernest Butterworth, Zelma Maja ..
Directed by: Frank Urson
Release date: 1921-03-20
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Ladies Must Live

Ladies Must Live

7.1/10 IMDB

A societal romance drama based on an Alice Duer Miller novel.

Starring: Robert Ellis, Mahlon Hamilton, Betty Compson, Leatrice Joy, Hardee Kirkland, Gibson Gowland, John Gilbert, Cleo Madison, Snitz Edwards, Lucille Hutton ..
Directed by: George Loane Tucker
Release date: 1921-10-29
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Bonnie Brier Bush

The Bonnie Brier Bush

7.0/10 IMDB

A Lord's son is engaged to his rich ward, but prefers a peasant.

Starring: Donald Crisp, Mary Glynne, Alec Fraser, Dorothy Fane, Jack East, Langhorn Burton, Jerrold Robertshaw, Adeline Hayden Coffin, H.H. Wright ..
Directed by: Donald Crisp
Release date: 1921-11-27
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Midsummer Madness

Midsummer Madness

7.1/10 IMDB

Because Bob Meredith (Jack Holt) spends all his time working, his wife Margaret (Lois Wilson) feels the romance has ebbed away from their marriage. One night, while Meredith is at the office, family friend Julian Osborn (Conrad Nagel) -- whose own spouse (Lila Lee) is out of town -takes Margaret to a dance. They wind up at a hunting lodge and begin to get carried away, but stop before things get out of hand. The pair agree to keep their encounter a secret, but unfortunately, they've been seen and word gets back to their spouses.

Starring: Jack Holt, Conrad Nagel, Lois Wilson, Lila Lee, Betty Francisco, Claire McDowell, Peaches Jackson, Ethel Wales, Charles Ogle, Lillian Leighton ..
Directed by: William C. de Mille
Release date: 1921-01-23
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : All Dolled Up

All Dolled Up

6.0/10 IMDB

The department store clerk Mary prevents a robbery at the store where she works, involving a necklace belonging to a rich unmarried woman named Eva Bandy. Later, she manages via a misunderstanding to prevent a million-dollar robbery of the same woman. With the man of her dreams, who helped her foil the robberies, she is "adopted" by Eva.

Starring: Gladys Walton, Edward Hearn, Richard Norton, Florence Turner, Helen Broneau, Fred Malatesta, Ruth Royce, John Goff, Frank Norcross, Muriel Godfrey Turner ..
Directed by: Rollin S. Sturgeon
Release date: 1921-03-28
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : What Do Men Want?

What Do Men Want?

6.2/10 IMDB

According to this Lois Weber production, men don't really seem to know what they want at all -- first Frank (J. Frank Glendon) wants to be an inventor. Then he wants to marry his childhood sweetheart, Hallie (the lovely Claire Windsor). Then he wants children. Then, when his inventions bring him financial success, he becomes restless, so he takes up with another woman. Eventually he figures out that the woman's reputation is less than squeaky clean, so he wants his wife back.

Starring: Claire Windsor, J. Frank Glendon, George Hackathorne, Hallam Cooley, Edith Kessler ..
Directed by: Lois Weber
Release date: 1921-11-13
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : Under the Lash

Under the Lash

5.4/10 IMDB

The wife of a tyrannical Boer husband discovers what life could be like when a handsome Englishmen visits their home.

Starring: Gloria Swanson, Mahlon Hamilton, Russell Simpson, Lillian Leighton, Lincoln Stedman, Thena Jasper, Clarence Ford ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1921-10-16
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : A Perfect Crime

A Perfect Crime

6.2/10 IMDB

Wally Griggs is your classic meek, mild bank messenger, destined to a threadbare life of earning 63 dollars a month. At least this is what he seems to be. But when he's not working Griggs is the dashing James Brown, an adventurer and storyteller who is familiar with bank president Halliday. A publisher, fascinated by Brown's wild tales, offers him a deal. Griggs also uses his alter ego to help Mary Oliver, the girl her loves.

Starring: Monte Blue, Jacqueline Logan, Stanton Heck, Hardee Kirkland, Carole Lombard ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1921-03-05
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : After the Show

After the Show

6.2/10 IMDB

After the Show was adapted from Rita Weiman's story "The Stage Door." Lila Lee plays Eileen, a starry-eyed young girl employed as a chorus dancer in New York. Eileen can never be certain if the men in her life are sincere, or if they perceive her as mere temporary plaything. Among the "stage door johnnies," "tired businessmen" and "sugar daddies" surrounding Eileen are Jack Holt and Carlton S. King.

Starring: Jack Holt, Lila Lee, Charles Ogle, Eve Southern, Shannon Day, Carlton S. King, Stella Seager, Ethel Wales, William Boyd ..
Directed by: William C. de Mille
Release date: 1921-10-30
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Passion Flower

The Passion Flower

6.6/10 IMDB

A 1921 film directed by Herbert Brenon.

Starring: Norma Talmadge, Courtenay Foote, Eulalie Jensen, Harrison Ford, Charles A. Stevenson, Alice May, H.D. McClellan, Austin Harrison, Herbert Vance, Robert Agnew ..
Directed by: Herbert Brenon
Release date: 1921-04-02
Best Drama Movies of 1921 : The Great Moment

The Great Moment

6.4/10 IMDB

Sir Edward Pelham, married to a Russian Gypsy, fears that his daughter will follow in her mother's footsteps and arranges a marriage with her cousin, whom she does not love. During a trip to Nevada with her father, she meets engineer Bayard Delavel, who saves her life when she is bitten by a snake; when her father finds her with Bayard in his cabin, he forces them to marry. Believing that Nadine does not love him, Delavel leaves her and prepares to sue for divorce.

Starring: Gloria Swanson, Alec B. Francis, Milton Sills, Frank Butler, Raymond Blathwayt, Helen Dunbar, Julia Faye, Clarence Geldart, Ann Grigg, Arthur Stuart Hull ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1921-09-03

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