Best Drama Movies of 1924



8.1/10 IMDB

A lottery win of $5,000 forever changes the lives of a miner turned dentist and his wife.

Starring: Zasu Pitts, Gibson Gowland, Jean Hersholt, Dale Fuller, Tempe Pigott, Sylvia Ashton, Chester Conklin, Joan Standing, Jack Curtis, James F. Fulton ..
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim
Release date: 1924-12-04
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : He Who Gets Slapped

He Who Gets Slapped

7.8/10 IMDB

Story of an inventor who, suffering betrayal in life, makes a career of it by becoming a clown whose act consists of getting slapped by all the other clowns. He falls in love with another circus performer, and those who betrayed him enter his life yet again.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, Tully Marshall, Marc McDermott, Ford Sterling, Edward Arnold, Ruth King, Ruth King, Paulette Duval ..
Directed by: Victor Sjöström
Release date: 1924-12-22
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Manhandled


6.7/10 IMDB

Comedy which concerns the struggles of an ambitious department store sales clerk who is caught up in New York high society.

Starring: Gloria Swanson, Tom Moore, Lilyan Tashman, Ian Keith, Arthur Housman, Paul McAllister, Frank Morgan, Pierre Collosse, Marie Shelton, Carrie Scott ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1924-07-21
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Enchanted Cottage

The Enchanted Cottage

6.9/10 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 : Beau Brummel

Beau Brummel

6.6/10 IMDB

George Bryan Brummel, a British military officer, loves Lady Margery, the betrothed of Lord Alvanley. Despite her own desperate love for Brummel, she submits to family pressure and marries Lord Alvanley. Brummel, broken-hearted, embarks upon a life of revelry.

Starring: John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Willard Louis, Carmel Myers, Irene Rich, Alec B. Francis, Richard Tucker, George Beranger, William Humphrey, Clarissa Selwynne ..
Directed by: Harry Beaumont
Release date: 1924-03-30
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The White Sin

The White Sin

7.2/10 IMDB

Wealthy playboy Grant Van Gore means to have his way with his beautiful maid, the innocent Hattie Lou. He swears his love to the naive girl, and in an act so heinous as to defy belief, has the captain of his yacht perform a fake marriage ceremony. He ruins poor Hattie Lou, and then abandons her ashore the very next morning. A year later, the destitute girl and her starving baby are wandering the streets. When she sees a newspaper headline announcing that Grant has drowned at sea, Hattie Lou hatches a desperate plan for survival. She will present herself to the wealthy Van Gore's, who cannot fail to provide for their late son's widow and child!

Starring: Madge Bellamy, John Bowers, Francelia Billington, Hallam Cooley, James Corrigan, Billy Bevan, Norris Johnson, Ethel Wales, Otis Harlan, Myrtle Vane ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1924-02-24
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Red Lily

The Red Lily

7.2/10 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 : The White Shadow

The White Shadow

6.1/10 IMDB

The White Shadow is a British drama film directed by Graham Cutts based on the novel "Children of Chance" by Michael Morton. Alfred Hitchcock worked on it as assistant director and also handled the writing, editing, and art direction. The film was long thought to be lost. In August 2011, it was announced that the first three reels of the six-reel picture had been found in a garden shed and donated to the NFPF. The film cans were mislabled Two Sisters and Unidentified American Film and only later identified. The film was restored by Park Road Studios and is now in the New Zealand Film Archive.

Starring: Betty Compson, Clive Brook, Henry Victor, A.B. Imeson, Olaf Hytten ..
Directed by: Graham Cutts
Release date: 1924-05-05
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Captain January

Captain January

7.0/10 IMDB

During a tempestuous storm, a lighthouse keeper finds an infant girl who washes ashore tied to some wreckage. He adopts her and they become inseparable. Eventually her real family finds her and wants her to live with them.

Starring: Hobart Bosworth, Baby Peggy, Irene Rich, Lincoln Stedman, Harry T. Morey, Barbara Tennant, Wilmuth Merkyl, Emmett King ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1924-07-06
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Sea Hawk

The Sea Hawk

7.1/10 IMDB

The adventures of Oliver Tressilian, who goes from English gentry to galley slave to captain of a Moorish fighting ship.

Starring: Lloyd Hughes, Wallace Beery, Milton Sills, Enid Bennett, Marc McDermott, Wallace MacDonald, Bert Woodruff, Claire Du Brey, Lionel Belmore, Christina Montt ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1924-06-14
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Wild Oranges

Wild Oranges

6.7/10 IMDB

Millie Stope lives with her grandfather on a remote island. Man-child Nicholas, a fugitive from justice, also lives there and is terrorizing them - and he's interested in Millie. One day widower John Woolfolk, sailing on his yacht, happens upon the island. Soon he and Millie fall in love. Will jealous Nicholas stand for this?

Starring: Frank Mayo, Virginia Valli, Ford Sterling, Nigel De Brulier, Charles A. Post ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1924-01-20
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Isn't Life Wonderful

Isn't Life Wonderful

6.9/10 IMDB

A family from Poland has been left homeless in the wake of World War I. They move to Germany and struggle to survive the conditions there, during the Great Inflation. Inga is a Polish war orphan who has only accumulated a small amount of money from the rubble and hopes to marry Paul. Weakened by poison gas, Paul begins to invest in Inga's future and he serves as their symbol of optimism.

Starring: Carol Dempster, Neil Hamilton, Erville Alderson, Helen Lowell, Marcia Harris, Frank Puglia, Lupino Lane, Hans Adalbert Schlettow, Paul Rehkopf, Robert Scholtz ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1924-12-05
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Chechahcos

The Chechahcos

6.6/10 IMDB

A fire engulfs a shipload of prospectors and adventurers making their way to Alaska. In the confusion, Mrs. Stanlaw is separated from her young daughter, who ends up in the care of 'Horseshoe' Riley and Bob Dexter.

Starring: William Dills, Albert Van Antwerp, Eva Gordon, Baby Margie, Alexis B. Luce, Gladys Johnson ..
Directed by: Lewis H. Moomaw
Release date: 1924-05-14
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Monsieur Beaucaire

Monsieur Beaucaire

6.0/10 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, John Davidson, Oswald Yorke, Flora Finch, Louis Waller ..
Directed by: Sidney Olcott
Release date: 1924-08-11
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Roaring Rails

Roaring Rails

6.5/10 IMDB

A railroad engineer adopts a French orphan while he's fighting in the army in World War I, and takes him back to the US when the war ends. Later the boy needs an eye operation that the engineer can't afford, so he takes the rap for a murder he didn't commit in order to get his son the operation.

Starring: Harry Carey, Frankie Darro, Edith Roberts, Wallace MacDonald, Frank Hagney, Duke R. Lee ..
Directed by: Tom Forman
Release date: 1924-09-20
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Average Woman

The Average Woman

6.0/10 IMDB

Reporter Jimmy Munroe is writing an article on "the average woman". He meets Sally Whipple in the library and chooses her as a likely subject, following her around to gather material for his article, and eventually falls in love with her. Her father, Judge Whipple, doesn't like it; he has Jimmy arrested and allows him to see Sally only once a week. Meanwhile, disreputable businessman Van Alten is after Sally, and tries to pressure her into marrying him by threatening to release letters he says will embarrass her father.

Starring: Pauline Garon, Harrison Ford, David Powell, Burr McIntosh, Russell Griffin, Coit Albertson, De Sacia Mooers, William H. Tooker ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1924-03-01
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Wolf Man

The Wolf Man

5.2/10 IMDB

Gerald Stanley (John Gilbert) is an English gentleman who is engaged to Beatrice Joyce (Alma Frances). But Stanley's personality changes whenever he drinks, and his brother (who also loves Beatrice) uses this to his advantage.

Starring: John Gilbert, Norma Shearer, Alma Francis, George Barraud, Eugene Pallette, Edgar Norton, Thomas R. Mills, Max Montisole, Charles Wellesley, Richard Blaydon ..
Directed by: Edmund Mortimer
Release date: 1924-02-17
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Pierrot, Pierrette

Pierrot, Pierrette

7.0/10 IMDB

Pierrot et Pierrette, brother and sister, live in a caravan with their grandfather, the former ringmaster of a circus. To earn a living, they sing in the streets, and their lives are happy. But a charitable lady interferes, determined to put grandfather in an old folks' home and the children in an orphanage. Pierrot and Pierrette run away, and fall into the hands of a travelling vendor who wants to use them for burglaries.

Starring: René Poyen, Henri-Amédée Charpentier, Julio de Romero, Emile Dupré, Jean-Pierre Stock, Bouboule ..
Directed by: Louis Feuillade
Release date: 1924-07-22
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Arizona Express

The Arizona Express

6.8/10 IMDB

A man is framed for the murder of his uncle, a bank president, and sentenced to hang. His sister and a mail clerk who's helping her discover information that may clear him, but they have to get to the governor in time to present their new evidence and get a stay of execution.

Starring: Pauline Starke, Evelyn Brent, Anne Cornwall, Harold Goodwin, David Butler, Francis McDonald, Frank Beal, William Humphrey, Otto Hoffman, Bud Jamison ..
Directed by: Tom Buckingham
Release date: 1924-03-23
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Three Women

Three Women

6.5/10 IMDB

A frivolous middle aged socialite is suddenly put upon to have her daughter live with her. Her conniving paramour dumps her for the daughter, leaving the young boyfriend crushed.

Starring: May McAvoy, Pauline Frederick, Marie Prevost, Lew Cody, Willard Louis, Pierre Gendron, Mary Carr, Raymond McKee ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1924-10-04
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Secrets


6.4/10 IMDB

An old woman's memories are rekindled as she rereads her diary. She recalls her youth in England when she married a suitor over the objections of her parents and moved with him to the Wyoming frontier. They live a hardscrabble life there and suffered deprivation, hunger, Indian attacks, and the death of her baby. Although they eventually make a go of it, her husband becomes involved with another woman. Now that he is on his deathbed, will she forgive her husband after 40 years.

Starring: Norma Talmadge, Eugene O'Brien, Patterson Dial, Emily Fitzroy, Claire McDowell, George Nichols, Charles Ogle, Gertrude Astor, Winter Hall, Florence Wix ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1924-03-24
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Family Secret

The Family Secret

6.3/10 IMDB

Early film adaptation of a popular 19th century melodrama. The daughter of a wealthy man secretly marries a man below her station—one whom her father violently disapproves of. The father, in an excess of parental concern, separates the lovers by sending his daughter away so that she might forget her lover, 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: 1924-09-28
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Mademoiselle Midnight

Mademoiselle Midnight

6.3/10 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


6.3/10 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, Arthur Donaldson, Downing Clarke, John Dunton, Charles Bennett ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1924-02-21
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Reckless Age

The Reckless Age

6.2/10 IMDB

Lord Harrowby takes out an $100,000 insurance policy to be paid if his wedding to Cecilia Meyrick is cancelled. The insurance company sends Dick Minot to make sure the wedding takes place, but he falls in love with the bride.

Starring: Reginald Denny, Ruth Dwyer, John Steppling, May Wallace, William Austin, Tom McGuire, Fred Malatesta, Henry A. Barrows, Frederick Vroom, W.E. Lawrence ..
Directed by: Harry A. Pollard
Release date: 1924-08-16
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Signal Tower

The Signal Tower

6.5/10 IMDB

A railroad worker accepts a colleague's offer to stay in his home, but when his friend is called out one night to stop a runaway train, he makes a play for the man's wife.

Starring: Virginia Valli, Rockliffe Fellowes, Frankie Darro, Wallace Beery, James O. Barrows, J. Farrell MacDonald, Dot Farley, Clarence Brown ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1924-07-19
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Dynamite Dan

Dynamite Dan

5.7/10 IMDB

Dan (Kenneth MacDonald) knocks out the foreman (Boris Karloff) at his workplace so the foreman accuses him of stealing money from the company safe. Dan takes off to visit his girlfriend when they're attacked by a man who Dan eventually knocks out with a single punch. A boxing manager see this and signs him up.

Starring: Kenneth MacDonald, Frank Rice, Boris Karloff, Eddie Harris, Diana Alden, Harry Woods, Jack Richardson, Emily Gerdes, Jack Waltemeyer, Max Asher ..
Directed by: Bruce Mitchell
Release date: 1924-10-02
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall

Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall

6.9/10 IMDB

In the year 1550, Sir George Vernon agrees to have his young daughter Dorothy betrothed to John Manners, the son of the Earl of Rutland. Sir George signs a contract, promising that the marriage will take place on Dorothy's 18th birthday, or else he will have to pay a large penalty to Rutland. But when the two children have grown older, rumors of John's wild behavior in France provoke Sir George to call off the engagement, and to pledge his daughter instead to her cousin Malcolm. Rutland now claims the forfeit from Sir George, and meanwhile, John has befriended Mary Stuart, the sworn enemy of Elizabeth, who is now Queen of England.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Anders Randolf, Marc McDermott, Carrie Daumery, Allan Forrest, Lottie Pickford, Wilfred Lucas, Clare Eames, Estelle Taylor, Courtenay Foote ..
Directed by: Marshall Neilan, Mary Pickford
Release date: 1924-05-24
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Good Bad Boy

The Good Bad Boy

5.5/10 IMDB

Billy Benson has a reputation as a "bad boy" largely due to his habit of winding up in fist fights. Billy is usually fighting to defend his dad's reputation. John Benson is the town ne'er-do-well: a failed inventor who has labored the past 20 years on what he believes is a revolutionary fire extinguisher. Wealthy businessman Walter Howe realizes that it really is a million-dollar idea, and plots...

Starring: Joe Butterworth, Mary Jane Irving, Forrest Robinson, Lucy Beaumont, Arthur Stuart Hull, Richard Wayne, Edwards Davis, Brownie the Dog, Julie Bishop, Dorothy Seay ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1924-06-01
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : A Boy of Flanders

A Boy of Flanders

8.4/10 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, Russ Powell ..
Directed by: Victor Schertzinger
Release date: 1924-04-06
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Cytherea


8.0/10 IMDB

Lee Randon, weary of business duties and a conventional home life, acquires a long-lost sense of excitement and romance with young flapper Claire Morris. When he meets her married aunt, Savina Grove, she appears to be the woman he imagines whenever he gazes at a doll he has christened Cytherea, goddess of love -----Cytherea features two dream sequences filmed in an early version of the Technicolor color film process.

Starring: Irene Rich, Lewis Stone, Norman Kerry, Alma Rubens, Charles Wellesley, Constance Bennett, Peaches Jackson, Michael D. Moore, Hugh Saxon, Lee Hill ..
Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
Release date: 1924-05-04
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Triumph


6.4/10 IMDB

At the center of the story is Ann Land. Ann is a small factory worker and has only ever dreamed of great fame, recognition as an artist and applause ...

Starring: Leatrice Joy, Rod La Rocque, Victor Varconi, Charles Ogle, Theodore Kosloff, Elmo Billings ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1924-04-27
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Humming Bird

The Humming Bird

8.1/10 IMDB

A pickpocket falls in love with a newspaperman. When he is sent off to war and she disguises herself as a boy, joins a gang and sets out to save him.

Starring: Gloria Swanson, Edmund Burns, William Ricciardi, Cesare Gravina, Mario Majeroni, Adrienne D'Ambricourt, Helen Lindroth, Rafael Bongini, Regina Quinn, Aurelio Coccia ..
Directed by: Sidney Olcott
Release date: 1924-01-13
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Warrens of Virginia

The Warrens of Virginia

7.4/10 IMDB

As the Civil War begins, Ned Burton leaves his Southern love Agatha Warren and joins the Union army. He is later protected and saved from death by Agatha in spite of her loyalty to the South.

Starring: Martha Mansfield, Wilfred Lytell, George Backus ..
Directed by: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 1924-10-12
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Romola


6.1/10 IMDB

In Renaissance Florence, a Florentine trader meets a shipwrecked stranger, who introduces himself as Tito Melema, a young Italianate-Greek scholar. Tito becomes acquainted with several other Florentines, including Nello the barber and a young girl named Tessa. He is also introduced to a blind scholar named Bardo de' Bardi, and his daughter Romola. As Tito becomes settled in Florence, assisting Bardo with classical studies, he falls in love with Romola.

Starring: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, William Powell, Ronald Colman, Charles Lane, Herbert Grimwood, Bonaventura Ibáñez, Frank Puglia, Amelia Summerville, Tina Ceccaci Renaldi ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1924-12-06
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Wine


7.2/10 IMDB

John Warriner, facing financial ruin, accepts the proposal of a bootlegger, Benedict, to underwrite the business of illegal wine-selling. His daughter, Angela, takes up with the jazz set and is caught in a raid, at a cafe owned by Benedict. Her former sweetheart, Carl Graham, comes to the rescue and saves her from notoriety, while the family struggles back to its former respectability following Warriner's prison term.

Starring: Clara Bow, Forrest Stanley, Huntley Gordon, Myrtle Stedman, Robert Agnew, Walter Long ..
Directed by: Louis J. Gasnier
Release date: 1924-08-31
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Lighthouse by the Sea

The Lighthouse by the Sea

6.6/10 IMDB

A lighthouse keeper and his daughter are in trouble on two fronts--if the authorities find out he is going blind they will remove him, and a gang of liquor-smugglers is trying to destroy the lighthouse so they can land their illegal cargo on shore without being spotted.

Starring: Rin-Tin-Tin, Louise Fazenda, Charles Hill Mailes, Douglas Gerrard, Matthew Betz, Joseph W. Girard, Lew Harvey, Texas Kid, William Collier Jr. ..
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1924-12-01
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : A Society Scandal

A Society Scandal

7.7/10 IMDB

Hector Colbert sues his wife Marjorie for a divorce after Peters, an admirer of Marjorie, deliberately compromises her. Colbert's lawyer, Daniel Farr, believing that Marjorie's behavior was wrong, gets the divorce, but he ruins the reputation of a fun-loving woman who was simply bored with her husband. Later, she and Farr meet; she plots a revenge against the lawyer but confesses her fabrication when she realizes that she loves him.

Starring: Gloria Swanson, Rod La Rocque, Ricardo Cortez, Allan Simpson, Ida Waterman, Thelma Morgan, Catherine Coleburn, Catherine Proctor, Wilfred Donovan, Yvonne Hughes ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1924-03-09
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Lover of Camille

The Lover of Camille

7.1/10 IMDB

The Lover of Camille was a 1924 American silent romantic drama film directed by Harry Beaumont, and starring Monte Blue. The film was based on the French novel Deburau by Sacha Guitry, which was also adapted into a Broadway play by Harley Granville-Barker.

Starring: Monte Blue, Marie Prevost, Willard Louis, Pat Moore, Pierre Gendron, Carl Miller, Rosa Rosanova, Winifred Bryson, Brandon Hurst, Rose Dione ..
Directed by: Harry Beaumont
Release date: 1924-11-10
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : So Big

So Big

6.6/10 IMDB

After graduating from a fashionable finishing school and touring Europe with her father, Selina Peake returns to the United States, where her father is accidentally killed after losing his fortune in a gambling den. Selina is reduced to teaching in a high school in the Dutch community at High Prarie near Chicago. She boards in the farmhouse of Klass Poole, a dull-witted market gardener, and finally marries Pervus DeJong, a poor and backward farmer. She shares the drudgery of her husband's futile life and finds happiness only in their small son, Dirk, whom she calls "So-Big."

Starring: Colleen Moore, Joseph De Grasse, John Bowers, Ben Lyon, Wallace Beery, Gladys Brockwell, Jean Hersholt, Charlotte Merriam, Dot Farley, Ford Sterling ..
Directed by: Charles Brabin
Release date: 1924-12-28
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Hoosier Schoolmaster

The Hoosier Schoolmaster

6.5/10 IMDB

Oliver L. Sellers Indiana silent teaching romantic melodrama starring Jane Thomas, Henry Hull, Frank Dane, Mary Foy, and Walter Palm. This drama featured the debut of Nat Pendleton.

Starring: Henry Hull, Jane Thomas, Frank Dane, Mary Foy, Walter Palm, Nat Pendleton, Dorothy Allen, G.W. Hall, George Pelzer, Arthur Ludwig ..
Directed by: Oliver L. Sellers
Release date: 1924-02-14
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Lilies of the Field

Lilies of the Field

6.7/10 IMDB

A young mother, Mildred, doesn't know that her husband Walter is cheating on her. One night she attends a party with a friend of her husband's, and the man gets drunk and begins groping her when they get home. Her husband sees this and uses it as an excuse to sue his wife for divorce. In the ensuing trial he wins, due to fraudulent evidence, and gets custody of the child. Complications ensue.

Starring: Corinne Griffith, Conway Tearle, Alma Bennett, Sylvia Breamer, Myrtle Stedman, Crauford Kent, Charles Murray, Phyllis Haver, Cissy Fitzgerald, Edith Ransom ..
Directed by: John Francis Dillon
Release date: 1924-02-29
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Butterfly


7.0/10 IMDB

Silent Feature Film by Clarence Brown

Starring: Laura La Plante, Ruth Clifford, Kenneth Harlan, Norman Kerry, Cesare Gravina, Margaret Livingston, Freeman Wood, T. Roy Barnes, Walter Wilkinson ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1924-10-11
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : The Turmoil

The Turmoil

6.7/10 IMDB

Industrialist James Sheridan, Sr., once a laborer, insists on moulding the careers of his three sons; however, he loses James, Jr., in a flood disaster, and Roscoe suffers a mental breakdown. Realizing his mistake, he begins to insure the happiness of the third son, Bibbs, by bringing him together with Mary, the girl he loves.

Starring: Emmett Corrigan, George Hackathorne, Edward Hearn, Theodore von Eltz, Eileen Percy, Pauline Garon, Eleanor Boardman, Winter Hall, Kitty Bradbury, Kenneth Gibson ..
Directed by: Hobart Henley
Release date: 1924-09-14
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Wages of Virtue

Wages of Virtue

7.3/10 IMDB

A carnival strongman and his girlfriend flee to Algiers to escape a murder charge but there they are caught again in a web of jealousy, deceit and murder.

Starring: Gloria Swanson, Ben Lyon, Norman Trevor, Ivan Linow, Armand Cortes, Adrienne D'Ambricourt, Paul Panzer, Joe Moore ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1924-11-10
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

6.6/10 IMDB

A young girl is seduced and raped by an older middle class man in Victorian England. After moving on with her path, she gets married. All is well until her husband discovers her past. Leading her on a life of wandering, murder, and execution.

Starring: Blanche Sweet, Conrad Nagel, Stuart Holmes, George Fawcett, Victory Bateman, Courtenay Foote, Joseph J. Dowling ..
Directed by: Marshall Neilan
Release date: 1924-08-11
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Code of the Sea

Code of the Sea

5.8/10 IMDB

Young Bruce McDow tries to live with the specter of his late Father's perceived folly as a Sailor. That led to the loss of a ship and its crew many years earlier. Struggling with his personal demons in a town that doesn't seem to want to forgive or forget.

Starring: Rod La Rocque, Jacqueline Logan, George Fawcett, Maurice 'Lefty' Flynn, Luke Cosgrave, Lillian Leighton, John George ..
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Release date: 1924-06-02
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Empty Hearts

Empty Hearts

6.5/10 IMDB

Milt Kimberlin is a down-on-his luck horse owner, but Rosalie, a cabaret performer (the lively and engaging Clara Bow), doesn't care -- she turns down the fancy jewelry offered by oily Frank Gorman for a wedding ring from Kimberlin. Even though his finances never improve, Rosalie sticks by her husband only to sicken and die in a garret. Kimberlin's luck changes almost overnight and he becomes incredibly wealthy.

Starring: John Bowers, Charles Murray, John Miljan, Clara Bow, Buck Black, Lillian Rich, Joan Standing ..
Directed by: Alfred Santell
Release date: 1924-09-15
Best Drama Movies of 1924 : Wine of Youth

Wine of Youth

6.5/10 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 : Poisoned Paradise

Poisoned Paradise

6.3/10 IMDB

Margot Le Blanc loses her small fortune at Monte Carlo and makes the acquaintance of Hugh Kildair, an artist, who hires her as a housekeeper. A gang of thieves set a trap for Kildair when they find that he knows a mathematical system guaranteed to win at the gambling table.

Starring: Clara Bow, Kenneth Harlan, Barbara Tennant, George Beranger, Carmel Myers, Raymond Griffith ..
Directed by: Louis J. Gasnier
Release date: 1924-02-29

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