Best Drama Movies of 1924

1.

The Enchanted Cottage

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

The Enchanted Cottage stars Richard Barthelmess as Oliver, a physically and emotionally wounded World War I veteran who comes home to a fiancée who promptly leaves him. Licking his wounds in solitude, he meets a young woman named Laura (May McAvoy). They fall in love and agree to marry, but unexpected and magical events occur inside The Enchanted Cottage where they have agreed to spend their wedding night.

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, May McAvoy, Ida Waterman, Florence Short, Alfred Hickman, Marion Coakley, Holmes Herbert, Ethel Wright, Harry Allen ..
Directed by: John S. Robertson
Release date: 1924-03-23
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Wine of Youth
2.

Wine of Youth

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

Based on a play be Rachel Crothers, WINE OF YOUTH is a solid drama about "the modern young generation" and how they think they know it all. It's also a play about love and marriage.

Starring: Eleanor Boardman, William Haines, Gertrude Claire, Jean Arthur, Zasu Pitts, James Morrison, Johnnie Walker, Niles Welch, Creighton Hale, Ben Lyon ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1924-09-15
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Red Lily
3.

The Red Lily

3.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Jean and Marise, young lovers forced from their homes, flee to Paris. Irrevocably separated there, their lives deviate into the slums and hard labor of low-class French society. All the while, the two desperately search for one another.

Starring: Ramon Novarro, Enid Bennett, Wallace Beery, Frank Currier, Mitchell Lewis, Rosita Marstini, Sidney Franklin, George Nichols, Emily Fitzroy, George Periolat ..
Directed by: Fred Niblo
Release date: 1924-09-08
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Janice Meredith
4.

Janice Meredith

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

It is 1774, the eve of the American War of Independence. Janice comes from a Tory household. She cavorts with American and British alike, is pursued by Charles Fownes, patriot and friend of General Washington.

Starring: Marion Davies, Holbrook Blinn, Harrison Ford, Macklyn Arbuckle, Hattie Delaro, Joseph Kilgour, George Nash, Tyrone Power Sr., May Vokes, W.C. Fields ..
Directed by: E. Mason Hopper
Release date: 1924-12-08
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Family Secret
5.

The Family Secret

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

The Family Secret is an early film adaptation of a popular 19th century melodrama. The plot concerns the daughter of a wealthy man who has secretly married a man below her station of whom her father violently disapproves. The father, in an excess of parental concern, separates the lovers by sending his daughter away so that she might forget her inamorata, unaware of their married state; during this time, she gives birth to a daughter. After some months, the young mother returns to her family manor and presents her father with his new granddaughter, which causes a most unfortunate scene. Unbeknownst to the young woman, her enraged father falsely accuses his son-in-law of theft and has him incarcerated in order to separate the lovers in an irrational attempt to force his daughter to forget this "unworthy" young man.

Starring: Baby Peggy, Gladys Hulette, Frank Currier, Lucy Beaumont, Edward Earle, Elizabeth Mackey, Martha Mattox, Cesare Gravina, Martin Turner ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1924-09-27
6.

Kean

2.6
6.7/10 IMDB

By 1820, Edmund Kean is the most admired Shakespearan actor. But if his art is peerless, his free lifestyle is ill thought of, particularly by the high society. Kean has fallen passionately in love with Countess Elena de Koefeld, the wife of the ambassador of Denmark. Elena loves him too but hesitates to give up her rank in society and follow Kean. On the other hand, Anna, a rich heiress who refuses to marry Lord Mewill, the husband chosen by her parents, confesses her love for Kean and decides to become an actress like him... The aristocrats, outraged by Edmund's profligate ways, decide to boycott his performances and his career is broken. Kean does not recover from such a blow and, on a stormy night, dies in Elena's arms.

Starring: Ivan Mosjoukine, Nathalie Lissenko, Pauline Po, Otto Detlefsen ..
Directed by: Alexandre Volkoff
Release date: 1924-02-14
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Mademoiselle Midnight
7.

Mademoiselle Midnight

2.6
6.6/10 IMDB

Renée (Mae Murray) is the heiress of a Mexican ranch, granddaughter of a woman known for her recklessness and frivolity at night. This first "Mademoiselle Midnight" is banished in the opening scene by Napoleon III at Empress Eugenie's insistence to Mexico. Renee is kept locked at the hacienda at night by her father to prevent her following in her grandmother's wayward footsteps. She falls in love with a visiting American (Monte Blue) but is also pursued by the craven outlaw Manuel Corrales. Miss Murray gets to do some of her trademark dancing, but this one isn't a comedy, despite comic relief provided by Johnny Arthur.

Starring: Mae Murray, John St. Polis, Paul Weigel, Earl Schenck, Clarissa Selwynne, J. Farrell MacDonald, Monte Blue, Robert McKim, Robert Edeson, Nick De Ruiz ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1924-04-14
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : America
8.

America

2.4
6.4/10 IMDB

The story of a family caught up in the American Revolutionary War.

Starring: Neil Hamilton, Erville Alderson, Carol Dempster, Charles Emmett Mack, Lee Beggs, Lionel Barrymore ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1924-02-21
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : A Boy of Flanders
9.

A Boy of Flanders

1.8
7.2/10 IMDB

An orphan boy wins a prize for his drawing.

Starring: Jackie Coogan, Nigel De Brulier, Lionel Belmore, Nell Craig, Jeanne Carpenter, Sidney Franklin, Toby Wing ..
Directed by: Victor Schertzinger
Release date: 1924-04-06
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Monsieur Beaucaire
10.

Monsieur Beaucaire

1.7
5.8/10 IMDB

The Duke of Chartres is in love with Princess Henriette, but she seemingly wants nothing to do with him. Eventually he grows tired of her insults and flees to England when Louis XV insists that the two marry. He goes undercover as Monsieur Beaucaire, the barber of the French Ambassador, and finds that he enjoys the freedom of a commoner’s life. After catching the Duke of Winterset cheating at cards, he forces him to introduce him as a nobleman to Lady Mary, with whom he has become infatuated. When Lady Mary is led to believe that the Duke of Chartres is merely a barber she loses interest in him. She eventually learns that he is a nobleman after all and tries to win him back, but the Duke of Chartres opts to return to France and Princess Henriette who now returns his affection.

Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Bebe Daniels, Lois Wilson, Doris Kenyon, Lowell Sherman, Paulette Duval ..
Directed by: Sidney Olcott
Release date: 1924-08-11

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