Best Drama Movies of 1922

1.

Foolish Wives

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Writer/director Erich von Stroheim stars as a fraudulent count, living high on the hog in Monte Carlo. He supports himself by extorting huge sums of money from silly married ladies who are dumb enough to fall for his romantic charms. Von Stroheim's partners in crime, phony princesses Mae Busch and Maud George, live in a state of perpetual depravity with the count in a huge mansion. Their latest victim, played by an actress who insisted upon being billed as Miss DuPont, is the wife of an American financier. Von Stroheim's attempted seduction of this particular foolish wife is thwarted at every turn, and the count ultimately gets his comeuppance.

Starring: Rudolph Christians, Miss DuPont, Maude George, Erich von Stroheim, Mae Busch, Dale Fuller, Cesare Gravina, Malvina Polo, Albert Edmondson, Harrison Ford ..
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim
Release date: 1922-01-11
2.

Robin Hood

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Amid big-budget medieval pageantry, King Richard goes on the Crusades leaving his brother Prince John as regent, who promptly emerges as a cruel, grasping, treacherous tyrant. Apprised of England's peril by message from his lady-love Marian, the dashing Earl of Huntingdon endangers his life and honor by returning to oppose John, but finds himself and his friends outlawed, and Marian apparently dead. Enter Robin Hood, acrobatic champion of the oppressed, laboring to set things right through swash buckling feats and cliffhanging perils!

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Enid Bennett, Wallace Beery, Sam De Grasse, Alan Hale, Bud Geary, Willard Louis, Lloyd Talman, Paul Dickey, William Lowery ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1922-08-18
Best Drama Movies of 1922 : Beyond the Rocks
3.

Beyond the Rocks

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A young woman marries an older millionaire and then falls in love with a handsome nobleman on her honeymoon.

Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Edythe Chapman, Alec B. Francis, Robert Bolder, Gertrude Astor, June Elvidge, Mabel Van Buren, Helen Dunbar, Raymond Blathwayt ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1922-05-07
Best Drama Movies of 1922 : Back Pay
4.

Back Pay

3.4
7.1/10 IMDB

This 1922 Frank Borzage film is a masterwork waiting to be rediscovered. Hester Bevins is a simple country girl who yearns for adventure. Though she has a handsome young man, Jerry, who is devoted to her, she leaves her village and goes to New York in search of a grander life. There she becomes the lover of a wealthy and unscrupulous businessman. But when Jerry returns blinded and dying from the war, Hester must choose between her new life and the man whose loyalty to her has never failed.

Starring: Seena Owen, Matt Moore, J. Barney Sherry, Ethel Duray, Charles Craig, Jerry Sinclair ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1922-01-08
Best Drama Movies of 1922 : Alexandra
5.

Alexandra

3.1
6.2/10 IMDB

Drama about the unhappily married Alexandra who hopes to recover from tuberculosis in a mountain resort, but instead meets the multimillionaire Edgar Buchanan.

Starring: Margit Barnay, Paul de Groot, Coen Hissink, Annie de Freeze, Robert Scholtz, Willy Kaiser-Heyl, Henny Schroeder, Oskar Marion, Vera van Haeften, Theo Frenkel ..
Directed by: Theo Frenkel
Release date: 1922-06-08
Best Drama Movies of 1922 : Monte Cristo
6.

Monte Cristo

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

A film adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he meets the Abbe Faria, a fellow prisoner whom everyone believes to be mad. The Abbe tells Edmond of a fantastic treasure hidden away on a tiny island, that only he knows the location of...

Starring: John Gilbert, Estelle Taylor, Robert McKim, William V. Mong, Virginia Brown Faire, George Siegmann, Spottiswoode Aitken, Ralph Cloninger, Harry Lonsdale, Albert Prisco ..
Directed by: Emmett J. Flynn
Release date: 1922-09-03
7.

When Knighthood Was in Flower

3.0
6.4/10 IMDB

Mary Tudor falls in love with a new arrival to court, Charles Brandon. She convinces her brother King Henry VIII to make him his Captain of the Guard. Meanwhile, Henry is determined to marry her off to the aging King Louis XII of France as part of a peace agreement.

Starring: Marion Davies, Forrest Stanley, Lyn Harding, Theresa Maxwell Conover, Pedro de Cordoba, Ruth Shepley, Ernest Glendinning, Arthur Forrest, Johnny Dooley, William Kent ..
Directed by: Robert G. Vignola
Release date: 1922-09-15
Best Drama Movies of 1922 : The Prisoner of Zenda
8.

The Prisoner of Zenda

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

A kingdom's ascending heir, marked for assassination, switches identities with a lookalike, who takes his place at the coronation. When the real king is kidnapped, his followers try to find him, while the stand-in falls in love with the king's intended bride, the beautiful Princess Flavia.

Starring: Lewis Stone, Alice Terry, Robert Edeson, Stuart Holmes, Ramon Novarro, Barbara La Marr, Malcolm McGregor, Edward Connelly, Lois Lee, John George ..
Directed by: Rex Ingram
Release date: 1922-09-11
Best Drama Movies of 1922 : The Young Rajah
9.

The Young Rajah

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

A young man raised in the American South discovers he is an Indian prince whose throne was taken by usurpers.

Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Fanny Midgley, Charles Ogle, George Periolat, George Field, Bertram Grassby, Josef Swickard, William Boyd, Robert Ober, Jack Giddings ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1922-11-11
Best Drama Movies of 1922 : Tess of the Storm Country
10.

Tess of the Storm Country

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Wealthy Elias Graves builds his home on the top of a hill, where a group of squatters have taken up residence at the bottom. Many of the men in the squatters' village have their eyes on young Tess, and one of them, Ben Letts, frames Tess's father for murder. While maintaining her father's innocence, Tess must keep her love for Graves' son a secret, while caring for Elias' daughter's illegitamate child.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Lloyd Hughes, Gloria Hope, David Torrence, Forrest Robinson, Jean Hersholt, Danny Hoy, Robert Russell, Gus Saville, Madame De Bodamere ..
Directed by: John S. Robertson
Release date: 1922-11-12

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