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, Tom O'Brien, Karl Dane, Claire McDowell
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1925-11-05

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ


The trials and tribulations of Judah Ben-Hur, a wealthy Jewish man forced into galley slavery, is juxtaposed with the rise of a man some consider to be the Messiah.

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 Merry Widow

The Merry Widow
When Prince Danilo falls in love with American dancer Sally O'Hara, his uncle, King Nikita I of Monteblanco, forbids him to marry her because Sally is a commoner. Thinking she has been jilted by her prince, Sally marries wealthy Baron Sadoja. When the elderly man dies suddenly, Sally must be wooed all over again by Danilo.
Starring: Mae Murray, John Gilbert, Roy D'Arcy, Josephine Crowell, George Fawcett
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim
Release date: 1925-08-26

The Unholy Three

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

The Lost World


The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.

Starring: Bessie Love, Lewis Stone, Wallace Beery, Lloyd Hughes, Alma Bennett
Directed by: Harry O. Hoyt
Release date: 1925-06-22

Little Annie Rooney

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

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

The Rag Man

The Rag Man
Tim Kelly is an orphan who runs away after his orphanage burns down. Presumed to be killed in the fire, he is able to roam the streets of New York freely. He meets Max Ginsberg, an old Jewish junk dealer with rheumatism, and the two strike a partnership and a close friendship.
Starring: Jackie Coogan, Max Davidson, Lydia Yeamans Titus, Ethel Wales, Robert Edeson
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1925-02-16

A Woman of the World

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

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 Plastic Age

The Plastic Age
Hugh Carver is an athletic star and a freshman at Prescott College. He falls in love with Cynthia Day, a popular girl who loves to go to parties. He finds that it is impossible to please her and still keep up with his studies and his athletic training, and soon the two face some difficult decisions.
Starring: Donald Keith, Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland
Directed by: Wesley Ruggles
Release date: 1925-12-14

The Other Woman's Story

Robert Marshall’s dying utterance seems to point to Colman Colby (Robert Frazer) as his killer. Colby is arrested and at trial all testimony points to his guilt. But as the jury deliberates, the unfairly named “other woman” (Helen Lee Worthing) sets out to prove his innocence.
Starring: Alice Calhoun, Robert Frazer, Helen Lee Worthing, Mahlon Hamilton
Directed by: BF Stanley
Release date: 1925-01-25

Pretty Ladies

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 Dark Angel

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

The Tower of Lies

The Tower of Lies
After his beloved daughter leaves for the city to pay off his debt, an old farmer goes mad when her letters become less frequent and it is suspected she may be using her body to get the money.
Starring: Norma Shearer, Lon Chaney, Ian Keith, Claire McDowell, William Haines
Directed by: Victor Sjöström
Release date: 1925-10-10

The Rat

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

The Golden Bed

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

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