Best Drama Movies of 1925


The Gold Rush


A lone prospector ventures into Alaska looking for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters and falls in love with the beautiful Georgia. He tries to win her heart with his singular charm.

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1925-06-25

The Phantom of the Opera


A grotesquely disfigured composer known as "The Phantom" haunts Paris' opera house, where he's secretly grooming Christine Daae to be an opera diva. Luring her to his remote underground lair, The Phantom declares his love. But Christine loves Raoul de Chagny and plans to elope with him. When The Phantom learns this, he abducts Christine.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, John St. Polis
Directed by: Rupert Julian
Release date: 1925-09-06

The Big Parade


The story of an idle rich boy who joins the US Army's Rainbow Division and is sent to France to fight in World War I, becomes friends with two working class men, experiences the horrors of trench warfare, and finds love with a French girl.

Starring: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth, Claire McDowell, Claire Adams
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1925-11-05

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ


After having not seen one another in years, wealthy Jewish citizen Judah Ben-Hur and his boyhood close friend Messala, now a Roman tribune, happen to meet. When an accident occurs, Messala, who has become small-minded and arrogant, seeks to destroy the lives of Judah and his family members.

Starring: Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Carmel Myers, Nigel De Brulier
Directed by: Fred Niblo, Charles Brabin, Christy Cabanne, J.J. Cohn, Rex Ingram
Release date: 1925-12-30



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
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim
Release date: 1925-01-26

The Unholy Three

Three sideshow performers leave their lives of captivity and form a conspiracy known as "The Unholy Three" - a sideshow ventriloquist, midget, and strongman work together to commit a series of robberies.
Starring: Lon Chaney, Mae Busch, Matt Moore, Victor McLaglen, Harry Earles
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1925-09-16

Little Annie Rooney

A feisty little girl, the daughter of a beat cop, faces the challenges of growing up in a tough city neighborhood.
Starring: Mary Pickford, William Haines, Walter James, Gordon Griffith, Carlo Schipa
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1925-10-18

The Red Kimona

A woman is abandoned by her lover and prostitution is the only way she has to survive.
Starring: Priscilla Bonner, Nellie Bly Baker, Carl Miller, Mary Carr, Virginia Pearson
Directed by: Walter Lang, Dorothy Davenport
Release date: 1925-11-15

A Woman of the World

A European countess, after being betrayed by her lover, goes to live in small town Middle America with her cousins and causes havoc among the rather puritanical community members.
Starring: Pola Negri, Charles Emmett Mack, Holmes Herbert, Blanche Mehaffey, Chester Conklin
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1925-12-28

Body and Soul

A minister is malevolent and sinister behind his righteous facade. He consorts with, and later extorts from, the owner of a gambling house, and betrays an honest girl, eventually driving them both to ruin.
Starring: Paul Robeson, Marshall Rogers, Lawrence Chenault, Chester A. Alexander, Walter Cornick
Directed by: Oscar Micheaux
Release date: 1925-11-09

The Dark Angel

Alan Trent (Ronald Colman), his cousin Gerald Shannon (Wyndham Standing) and neighbor Kitty Vane (Vilma Bánky) have grown up together, as close playmates When World War I starts, both Alan and Gerald enlist in the British Army as officiers, and Kitty sees them off to war. Many months later, Alan and Gerald come back to Kitty, on a short furlow. Alan and Kitty reveal their love for each other. Gerald (who's in love with Kitty, too) congratulates his friends. But before Kitty and Alan can arrange to be married the next day, the furlow is cut short and both men head back to the front lines. Weeks later, Gerald will not give Alan leave to marry Kitty. Still arguing, both men volunteer for a reconiscience raid into enemy lines, where a grenade goes off near Alan and appears to kill him. Gerald and Kitty mourn Alan's death. After the war ends, Gerald and Kitty become engaged to be married.
Starring: Ronald Colman, Vilma Banky, Wyndham Standing, Frank Elliott, Charles Lane
Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
Release date: 1925-09-27

Pretty Ladies

Maggie, a headlining comedienne with the Follies, takes a fall off the stage into the orchestra pit and lands on the drum of musician Al Cassidy. One thing leads to another, they fall in love and get married. Al becomes a famous songwriter and Maggie stays home and has children. One day Al is hired to write a big number for Selma Larson, one of the Follies' most beautiful stars, and falls for her.
Starring: Zasu Pitts, Tom Moore, Ann Pennington, Lilyan Tashman, Norma Shearer
Directed by: Monta Bell
Release date: 1925-08-05

The Golden Bed

Femme fatale Flora marries a titled European to save the family planation. Her husband and a rival fall to their deaths in a glacier. Next Flora weds her sister Margaret's love Admah. She bleeds him dry, until he goes to prison.
Starring: Lillian Rich, Henry B. Walthall, Vera Reynolds, Theodore Kosloff, Rod La Rocque
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1925-01-25

The Rat

When bored courtesan Zelie de Chaumet begs her lover, the corrupt and powerful Stetz, to take her slumming, the pair encounter Pierre Boucheron, alias 'The Rat' , boy-king of the Paris underworld, and the innocent Odile. Love, life and jewels are risked and lost in this powerful romantic melodrama as the four characters' lives are changed by this chance encounter for ever.
Starring: Ivor Novello, Mae Marsh, Isabel Jeans, Robert Scholtz, James Lindsay
Directed by: Graham Cutts
Release date: 1925-09-07

Motherhood: Life's Greatest Miracle

In parallel stories, a social butterfly and a lower middle-class wife brace themselves for the challenge of birthing a child in the modern era.
Starring: Nance Newman, J. Thomas Hopkins, George E. Patten, Adelaide Chase
Directed by: Lita Lawrence
Release date: 1925-08-18

Pampered Youth

An silent adaptation of Booth Tarkington's "The Magnificent Ambersons."
Starring: Cullen Landis, Allan Forrest, Alice Calhoun, Emmett King, Charlotte Merriam
Directed by: David Smith
Release date: 1925-02-01

The Fighting Heart

This film is the story of a small-town boy and girl. The hero, Denny Bolton, thrashes the town bully only to meet him later in the boxing ring in New York City. Ambition has swept him to Broadway, but the search for love brings him back to the Main Street of his home town.
Starring: George O'Brien, Billie Dove, J. Farrell MacDonald, Victor McLaglen, Diana Miller
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1925-10-18


Shortly after his marriage, a millionaire begins an affair with another woman. His wife tries to win him back by starting an affair herself.
Starring: Hope Hampton, Lionel Barrymore, Louise Glaum, J. Moy Bennett, Arthur Donaldson
Directed by: Henri Diamant-Berger
Release date: 1925-11-15

His Supreme Moment

A 1925 film.
Starring: Blanche Sweet, Ronald Colman, Kathleen Myers, Belle Bennett, Cyril Chadwick
Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
Release date: 1925-04-12

Fighting Youth

Silent action drama film...
Starring: William Fairbanks, Pauline Garon, George Periolat, William Bailey
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1925-07-01

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