Best Drama Movies of 1926


The General

8.1/10 IMDB

During America’s Civil War, Union spies steal engineer Johnnie Gray's beloved locomotive, 'The General'—with Johnnie's lady love aboard an attached boxcar—and he single-handedly must do all in his power to both get The General back and to rescue Annabelle.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley, Frederick Vroom, Charles Henry Smith, Frank Barnes, Joe Keaton, Mike Donlin, Tom Nawn ..
Directed by: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1926-12-25
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Flesh and the Devil

Flesh and the Devil

7.6/10 IMDB

When lifelong best friends Leo and Ulrich return home after completing their military training, Leo meets the stunning Felicitas at a railway station and is mesmerized by her beauty. A scandal follows, for which Leo is sent away. Returning home three years later, he discovers that much has changed.

Starring: John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, Lars Hanson, Barbara Kent, George Fawcett, Eugenie Besserer, Marc McDermott, Marcelle Corday, Philippe De Lacy, Polly Moran ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1926-12-25


7.4/10 IMDB

Molly, the eldest child of a group of orphans being used as slaves on a farm hidden deep in a swamp, must rescue the others when their cruel master decides that one of them will be disposed of.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Roy Stewart, Mary Louise Miller, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Charlotte Mineau, Spec O'Donnell, Lloyd Whitlock, Billy Butts, Monty O'Grady, Jack Lavine ..
Directed by: William Beaudine, Tom McNamara
Release date: 1926-09-19
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Bardelys the Magnificent

Bardelys the Magnificent

7.1/10 IMDB

Rafael Sabatini's story of the swashbuckling era and of Bardeleys, the handsome courtier who could win any woman he set his mind to...and was not above boasting about it to all who would listen.

Starring: John Gilbert, Eleanor Boardman, Roy D'Arcy, Lionel Belmore, Emily Fitzroy, John Wayne, Joan Crawford, Arthur Lubin, Theodore von Eltz, Karl Dane ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1926-09-30
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Return of Grey Wolf

The Return of Grey Wolf

7.8/10 IMDB

Grey Wolf, a German Shepherd Dog, leads the human hero to victory in this silent western.

Starring: James Pierce, Helen Lynch, Walter Shumway, Edward Coxen, Lionel Belmore, Whitehorse ..
Directed by: Jack Rollens
Release date: 1926-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow

7.3/10 IMDB

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, Tully Marshall, Edward Connelly, Sidney Bracey, Albert Conti, Joan Crawford ..
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim
Release date: 1926-09-27

Tell It to the Marines

7.1/10 IMDB

U.S. Marine Sergeant O'Hara has his hands full training raw recruits, one of whom, 'Skeets' Burns, is a particular thorn in his side. If Burns's lackadaisical approach to the military were not bad enough, he also makes advances on nurse Nora Dale, whom Sergeant O'Hara secretly loves. Nora is oblivious to O'Hara's feelings and is attracted to the handsome 'Skeet.' But an indiscretion turns her against him, and it takes an expedition to China and a battle with a warlord's bandit brigade to sort things out among the nurse and her two Marines.

Starring: Lon Chaney, William Haines, Eleanor Boardman, Eddie Gribbon, Carmel Myers, Warner Oland, Mitchell Lewis, Frank Currier, Maurice E. Kains, Lori Bara ..
Directed by: George W. Hill
Release date: 1926-12-23
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Black Pirate

The Black Pirate

7.0/10 IMDB

A nobleman vows to avenge the death of his father by the hands of pirates. To this end, he infiltrates the pirate band; Acting in character, he single-handedly captures a merchant vessel, but things are complicated when he finds that there is a beautiful young woman of royal blood aboard.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Billie Dove, Anders Randolf, Donald Crisp, Tempe Pigott, Sam De Grasse, Charles Stevens, John Wallace, Fred Becker, Charles Belcher ..
Directed by: Albert Parker
Release date: 1926-03-08

Battling Butler

7.0/10 IMDB

Meek millionaire Alfred Butler goes on a camping excursion with his faithful servant. Once in the wilderness, Alfred ignores outdoor activities in favor of trying to woo a charming mountain girl, who wants nothing to do with her spoiled suitor. Trying to impress the girl, Alfred masquerades as boxing star "Battling" Butler.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Sally O'Neil, Walter James, Budd Fine, Francis McDonald, Mary O'Brien, Tom Wilson, Eddie Borden, Snitz Edwards ..
Directed by: Buster Keaton
Release date: 1926-09-19
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : La Bohème

La Bohème

7.2/10 IMDB

It is 1830 in Paris and the rent is due, but the money is not there. An article here, a painting there and a monkey with a cup gives them enough money for the rent, but not for food. Fortunately, Musette from downstairs has enough food for everyone including Mimi - the poor little waif from next door who Rodolphe has met. But Count Paul also has his lusting eye on Mimi and uses her embroidery to get close to her. Rodolphe and Mimi fall in love and Mimi works endlessly to support Rodolphe who is writing his play with a new found passion. He does not know that he has been discharged from writing for 'Dog and Cat Fanciers'. Mimi wants to get his play produced and Count Paul offers to help, but there is a terrible fight when Rodolphe thinks that Mimi is faithless to him with Count Paul. After the fight, he seeks out a doctor as she is sick, but she has left when Rodolphe returns and will stay away until his play is finished.

Starring: Lillian Gish, John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Roy D'Arcy, Edward Everett Horton, Karl Dane, Gino Corrado, George Hassell, Mathilde Comont, Eugene Pouyet ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1926-03-13
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Temptress

The Temptress

6.9/10 IMDB

A seductive woman forsakes her husband and lover to pursue a young engineer.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno, Marc McDermott, Lionel Barrymore, Armand Kaliz, Roy D'Arcy, Robert Anderson, Constantine Romanoff ..
Directed by: Fred Niblo
Release date: 1926-10-03
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Young April

Young April

7.7/10 IMDB

Young orphan Victoria Sax becomes a grand duchess and is summoned to a remote kingdom.

Starring: Bessie Love, Joseph Schildkraut, Rudolph Schildkraut, Bryant Washburn, Clarence Geldart ..
Directed by: Donald Crisp
Release date: 1926-10-11
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Son of the Sheik

The Son of the Sheik

6.6/10 IMDB

Ahmed, son of Diana and Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan, falls in love with Yasmin, a dancing girl who fronts her father's gang of mountebanks. She and Ahmed meet secretly until one night when her father and the gang capture the son of the sheik, torture him, and hold him for ransom.

Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky, George Fawcett, Montagu Love, Agnes Ayres, Karl Dane, Bull Montana, Bynunsky Hyman ..
Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
Release date: 1926-09-05
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Brown of Harvard

Brown of Harvard

6.3/10 IMDB

Tom Brown shows up at Harvard, confident and a bit arrogant. He becomes a rival of Bob McAndrew, not only in football and rowing crew, but also for the affections of Mary Abbott, a professor's daughter.

Starring: William Haines, Jack Pickford, Mary Brian, Francis X. Bushman Jr., Mary Alden, David Torrence, Edward Connelly, Donald Reed, John Wayne ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1926-05-02
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Devil's Circus

The Devil's Circus

6.7/10 IMDB

In 1913, Carl is released from prison, where he served a sentence for stealing. Spurned by his circumstance, Carl rejects God and resumes his fast life of crime. Before long, his fate intersects with that of Mary, a devout orphan, prompting a romance and a reevaluation.

Starring: Norma Shearer, Charles Emmett Mack, Carmel Myers, John Miljan, Claire McDowell, Joyce Coad, Charles Murray ..
Directed by: Benjamin Christensen
Release date: 1926-02-14
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Twinkletoes


7.0/10 IMDB

"Twinkletoes" Minasi wants to be a great dancer like her deceased mother. Twink meets Chuck Lightfoot, a noted prizefighter, who falls in love with her at first sight. She tries to avoid falling in love with Chuck, whose wife, Cissie, is a drunken harridan and more than a little bit spiteful. Meanwhile, Twink has secured a job in a singing-dancing act in a Limehouse theater, under the auspices of Roseleaf, who has more than just a protective interest in the girl. The jealous Cissie discovers that Twink's sign-painting father also has a night job as a burglar, and she turns him into the police. While a big success dancing on the stage, the arrest of her father has left her somewhat down in the dumps, and she decides to toss herself into the Thames. Possibly, the now-free Chuck, since Cissie has been killed in an accident, might come along and rescue her.

Starring: Colleen Moore, Kenneth Harlan, Tully Marshall, Gladys Brockwell, Lucien Littlefield, Warner Oland, John Kolb, Julanne Johnston, William McDonald, Dorothy Vernon ..
Directed by: Charles Brabin
Release date: 1926-11-28
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Torrent


6.9/10 IMDB

A young girl and her father are kicked out of their house by a cruel noblewoman, and the girl's heart is broken when her sweetheart, the noblewoman's son, won't go to Paris with them. After becoming an opera star in Paris, the girl returns to her homeland and finds her romance with the nobleman rekindled.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Ricardo Cortez, Gertrude Olmstead, Edward Conelly, Lucien Littlefield, Martha Mattox, Lucy Beaumont, Tully Marshall, Mack Swain, Arthur Edmund Carewe ..
Directed by: Monta Bell
Release date: 1926-02-21
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Beau Geste

Beau Geste

7.1/10 IMDB

Michael "Beau" Geste leaves England in disgrace and joins the infamous French Foreign Legion. He is reunited with his two brothers in North Africa, where they face greater danger from their own sadistic commander than from the rebellious Arabs.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Neil Hamilton, Ralph Forbes, Alice Joyce, Mary Brian, Noah Beery, Norman Trevor, William Powell, George Regas, Bernard Siegel ..
Directed by: Herbert Brenon
Release date: 1926-08-24
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Show Off

The Show Off

6.7/10 IMDB

A blowhard who poses as a railroad executive (but is really just a $30-a-week clerk) catches a young bride and then drives her family's finances to the brink of ruin.

Starring: Ford Sterling, Lois Wilson, Claire McDowell, Louise Brooks, Gregory Kelly, Charles Goodrich ..
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1926-08-16
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : You Never Know Women

You Never Know Women

6.8/10 IMDB

You Never Know Women is a thrilling romance that constructs a combustible love triangle between a Russian dancer, a handsome escape artist, and a wealthy broker. Vera Janova (Florence Vidor) is on her way to star in a Russian vaudeville revue when a falling girder nearly kills her. A construction worker saves her life, but before she wakes up the conniving Eugene Foster (Lowell Sherman) takes Vera into his arms, pretending to be the one who rescued her. Susceptible to Eugene’s oily charms, Vera begins ignoring Ivan Norodin (Clive Brook), a Houdini-like master of illusion who had loved her his whole life. Racked with jealousy, Norodin plans the ultimate illusion, one that could change their lives forever. Filmed with knockabout energy by the great director William A. Wellman (The Ox-Bow Incident), You Never Know Women is a silent era gem.

Starring: Clive Brook, Florence Vidor, Lowell Sherman, El Brendel, Roy Stewart, Joe Bonomo, Sidney Bracey, Eugene Pallette, Irma Kornelia ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1926-09-20
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Winning of Barbara Worth

The Winning of Barbara Worth

7.0/10 IMDB

While building an irrigation system for a Southwestern desert community, an engineer vies with a local cowboy for the affections of a rancher's daughter.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Vilma Banky, Gary Cooper, Charles Lane, Paul McAllister, E.J. Ratcliffe, Clyde Cook, Erwin Connelly, Ed Brady, Sammy Blum ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1926-10-14
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Magician

The Magician

6.7/10 IMDB

A young woman, Margaret Dauncey, is caught between the forces of a charlatan magician, Oliver Haddo, whom she is unable to resist, and the love of a handsome surgeon, Arthur Burdon, who has saved her from being a helpless cripple by performing a delicate operation on her spine.

Starring: Alice Terry, Paul Wegener, Firmin Gémier, Iván Petrovich, Gladys Hamer, Henry Wilson, Hubert I. Stowitts, Claude Fielding, Gerald Fielding, Rosita Garcia ..
Directed by: Rex Ingram
Release date: 1926-10-24
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Road to Mandalay

The Road to Mandalay

6.3/10 IMDB

Joe, a former sea captain whose wife died during the birth of their child at sea, is now a pockmarked, disreputable divekeeper in Singapore where he indulges in shady operations with Herrick, known as The Admiral. They ship for Mandalay, where Joe's daughter lives with a priest, Father James, and tends a curio shop, unaware that her father regularly sends money to Father James for her support. Although his daughter clearly finds him abhorrent, Joe determines to take her away until he learns that The Admiral has fallen in love with her and plans to marry her. He persuades Father James (actually his brother) not to perform the ceremony, and The Admiral is shanghaied by Joe's men. The girl, suspecting Joe, goes to his brothel in Singapore and is about to be assaulted by Charlie, a lecherous Chinaman, when Joe intervenes and is stabbed. The Admiral comes to her rescue and escapes with her on a boat.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Lois Moran, Owen Moore, Henry B. Walthall, John George ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1926-06-26
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Upstage


6.9/10 IMDB

Dolly Havens, a small-town girl with big-town ambitions that are larger than her talents, hooks up with Johnny Storm, a vaudeville performer, whose talents make the act a success. Dolly, thinking she is the reason, meets a handsome leading man and joins up with him but, before long, he discovers 'she ain't a trouper' and she is soon performing with 4th-class acts in Tank Town America

Starring: Norma Shearer, Oscar Shaw, Tenen Holtz, Gwen Lee, Dorothy Phillips, J. Frank Glendon, Ward Crane, Charles Meakin ..
Directed by: Monta Bell
Release date: 1926-11-06
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Sorrows of Satan

The Sorrows of Satan

6.2/10 IMDB

Geoffrey is desperately in love with Mavis, who lives at his boardinghouse and is also pursuing a writing career. Unable to marry her because of his poverty, in his anger he curses God for abandoning him. Soon Geoffrey meets Prince Lucio de Rimanez, a wealthy, urbane gentleman who informs Geoffrey that he has inherited a fortune, but that he must place himself in the Prince's hands in order to enjoy the fruits of his inheritance. What Geoffrey doesn't know is that Prince Lucio is actually Satan.

Starring: Adolphe Menjou, Ricardo Cortez, Carol Dempster, Lya De Putti, Ivan Lebedeff, Marcia Harris, Lawrence D'Orsay, Nellie Savage, Dorothy Hughes, Josephine Dunn ..
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Release date: 1926-10-12

The Duchess of Buffalo

7.0/10 IMDB

An American dancer on a tour of pre-Boleshevik Russia falls for a young army officer, and the feeling is mutual. However, the officer's father is the Grand Duke of Russia, and he has designs on the girl himself--not letting a minor detail like his already being married bother him--and refuses to let his son marry her.

Starring: Constance Talmadge, Tullio Carminati, Edward Martindel, Rose Dione, Chester Conklin, Lawrence Grant ..
Directed by: Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1926-09-04
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Blackbird

The Blackbird

6.8/10 IMDB

Two thieves, the Blackbird and West End Bertie, fall in love with the same girl, a French nightclub performer named Fifi. Each man tries to outdo the other to win her heart.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Owen Moore, Renée Adorée, Doris Lloyd, Andy MacLennan, William Weston, Sidney Bracey, Ernie Adams ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1926-01-11
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Old Ironsides

Old Ironsides

6.9/10 IMDB

An embellished account of the 1813 expedition by famed frigate U.S.S. Constitution--a.k.a. "Old Ironsides"--against the Barbary pirates then terrorizing American shipping, focusing on the crew and passengers of a fictional merchant ship, The Esther, who fall afoul of the same pirates and thus become involved with the Constitution's mission.

Starring: Charles Farrell, Esther Ralston, Wallace Beery, George Bancroft, Charles Hill Mailes, Johnnie Walker, Eddie Fetherston, Guy Oliver, George Godfrey, William Conklin ..
Directed by: James Cruze
Release date: 1926-12-06
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Love 'Em and Leave 'Em

Love 'Em and Leave 'Em

6.2/10 IMDB

Mame Walsh promised their mother on her deathbed to look after little sister Janie. But Janie helps herself to everything of her sister's, be it her clothes or her men - even the money entrusted to her by fellow employees at the store they work at. Regardless, Mame can't break her promise. So when it comes to getting Janie out of trouble, big sister comes to the rescue.

Starring: Evelyn Brent, Lawrence Gray, Louise Brooks, Osgood Perkins, Jack Egan, Marcia Harris, Edward Garvey, Vera Sisson, Joseph McClunn, Arthur Donaldson ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1926-03-19
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Nell Gwyn

Nell Gwyn

6.1/10 IMDB

An actress becomes the king's mistress and persuades him to convert the palace to a serviceman's home.

Starring: Dorothy Gish, Randle Ayrton, Juliette Compton, Sydney Fairbrother, Donald Macardle, Johnny Butt, Gibb McLaughlin, Judd Green, Edward Sorley, Forrester Harvey ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1926-01-02
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Bells

The Bells

6.4/10 IMDB

A kindly but desperate Alsatian innkeeper named Mathias murders and robs a rich Jewish merchant staying at his inn, but the ghost of his victim will not let him rest. Meanwhile, a mysterious Mesmerist has come to town, claiming he has made many criminals confess their crimes...

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Caroline Frances Cooke, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Lorimer Johnston, Boris Karloff, Eddie Phillips, Lola Todd, Laura La Varnie, John George, E. Alyn Warren ..
Directed by: James Young
Release date: 1926-07-29
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Volga Boatman

The Volga Boatman

6.7/10 IMDB

During the Russian Revolution Princess Vera, though betrothed to Prince Dimitri, is attracted to the peasant Feodor.

Starring: William Boyd, Elinor Fair, Robert Edeson, Victor Varconi, Julia Faye, Theodore Kosloff, Arthur Rankin, John George ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1926-05-23
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Moth of Moonbi

The Moth of Moonbi

5.5/10 IMDB

Charles Chauvel's first feature tells the story of a country girl, Dell Ferris (the Moth of Moonbi), drawn to the bright lights of the big city where her inheritance is soon frittered away with high society revelling. A wiser Dell returns to Moonbi Station where she is beset by the cattle rustler Jack Bronson, but finally finds peace and happiness with the faithful head stockman, Tom. Only part of the film survives to this day.

Starring: Doris Ashwin, Colleen Richards, Darla Townend, Michael Dwyer, Marsden Hassall, Charles O'Mara, Billie Stokes, Charles Chauvel ..
Directed by: Charles Chauvel
Release date: 1926-01-24
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : What Price Glory

What Price Glory

6.9/10 IMDB

U.S. Marine sergeants Quirt and Flagg are inveterate romantic rivals on peacetime assignments in China and the Philippines. In 1917, W.W. I brings them to France, where Flagg, now a captain, takes up with flirtatious Charmaine, inn-keeper's daughter. Of course, Quirt has to arrive and spoil his fun. But the harsh realities of war and the threat of a shotgun marriage give the two men a common cause...

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Victor McLaglen, Dolores del Río, William V. Mong, Phyllis Haver, J. Carrol Naish, Elena Jurado, Leslie Fenton, Barry Norton, Sammy Cohen ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1926-11-23

Irish Destiny

6.3/10 IMDB

An IRA man races to Dublin to warn his colleagues of a forthcoming raid, but he is captured by British forces.

Starring: Paddy Dunne Cullinan, Frances Macnamarra, Daisy Campbell, Clifford Pembroke, Brian Magowan, Cathal MacGarvey, Evelyn Henchey, Kit O'Malley, Valentine Vousden, Tom Flood ..
Directed by: George Dewhurst
Release date: 1926-03-24
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Flying Ace

The Flying Ace

6.1/10 IMDB

A veteran World War I fighter pilot returns home a war hero and immediately regains his former job as a railroad company detective. His first case: recover a stolen satchel filled with $25,000 of company payroll, locate a missing employee, and capture a gang of railroad thieves.

Starring: Laurence Criner, Kathryn Boyd, Boise De Legge, Harold Platts, Lions Daniels, George Colvin, Sam Jordan, R.L. Brown, Steve Reynolds ..
Directed by: Richard E. Norman
Release date: 1926-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Triumph of the Rat

The Triumph of the Rat

6.1/10 IMDB

Pierre Boucheron, alias 'The Rat' and a former underworld notoriety, is now living the high life as the kept man of Zelie de Chaumet. But when she learns he is planning to marry another woman, her vengeance pursues him into the murkiest depths of Paris...

Starring: Ivor Novello, Isabel Jeans, Nina Vanna, Marie Ault, Julie Suedo, Lewin Mannering, Adeline Hayden Coffin, Charles Dormer, Gabriel Rosca, Mickey Brantford ..
Directed by: Graham Cutts
Release date: 1926-03-21
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Stolen Ranch

The Stolen Ranch

5.7/10 IMDB

Returning home from the Great War, "Breezy" Hart (Fred Humes) and his shell-shocked buddy Frank Wilcox (Ralph McCullough) discover the Wilcox property in the hands of evil Sam Hardy (William Norton Bailey). Frank, who is the rightful heir to the ranch, goes into hiding, while "Breezy" takes a job in the ranch kitchen. Learning of Frank's whereabouts, Hardy plots to have the young heir killed. Luckily, Breezy overhears the villain plotting with his henchmen and is able to rescue his friend. Hardy and his men are arrested, and Frank, now cured of his illness, is reunited with his girl, June Marston (Nita Cavalier). Breezy, meanwhile, is busy romancing his kitchen staff colleague, Mary Jane (Louise Lorraine).

Starring: Fred Humes, Louise Lorraine, William Bailey, Ralph McCullough, Nita Cavalier, Edward Cecil, Howard Truesdale, Slim Whitaker, Jack Kirk, Janet Gaynor ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1926-12-26
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Ten Nights in a Barroom

Ten Nights in a Barroom

6.2/10 IMDB

A man pursues the vice lord who killed his daughter, but his journey leads to self-discovery and the desire for a better life.

Starring: Charles Gilpin, Myra Burwell, Lawrence Chenault, Harry Henderson, William A. Clayton Jr., Ethel Smith, Arline Mickey, W.R. Johnson, Edgar Moore, Sam Sadler ..
Directed by: Roy Calnek
Release date: 1926-12-27
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Better 'Ole

The Better 'Ole

6.2/10 IMDB

The adventures of Old Bill and his friends Bert and Alf in the trenches of the first World War.

Starring: Syd Chaplin, Harold Goodwin, Jack Ackroyd, Edgar Kennedy, Charles K. Gerrard, Arthur Clayton, Doris Hill, Olaf Hytten, Tom Kennedy, Theodore Lorch ..
Directed by: Charles Reisner
Release date: 1926-10-23
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Ranson's Folly

Ranson's Folly

4.9/10 IMDB

U. S. Cavalry Lieutenant Ranson belittles the exploits of a bandit known as "The Red Rider," and boasts to his fellow officers that he could hold up a stagecoach with a pair of scissors. And rides out and does so. But the next day, the postmaster, returning from a neighboring town, is also held up and his bodyguard is killed. Ranson is arrested on suspicion and placed on trial. But at the trial suspicion point to Cahill, post trader, and father of Ranson's sweetheart, Mary. In order to save him, Ranson pleads guilty but, in return and knowing that his daughter loves Ranson, Cahill admits he is "The Red Rider." Meanwhile, the real "Red Rider" is still at large.

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Dorothy Mackaill, Anders Randolf, Pat Hartigan, William Bailey, Brooks Benedict ..
Directed by: Sidney Olcott
Release date: 1926-05-30
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Fire Brigade

The Fire Brigade

7.5/10 IMDB

Terry O'Neill is the youngest of a family of Irish firefighters. He falls in love with Helen Corwin, but complications ensue when Terry learns that her father, a wealthy contractor, has cut costs by putting his buildings in danger of fire.

Starring: May McAvoy, Charles Ray, Holmes Herbert, Tom O'Brien, Eugenie Besserer, Warner Richmond, Bert Woodruff, Vivia Ogden, DeWitt Jennings, Dan Mason ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1926-12-20
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Shamrock Handicap

The Shamrock Handicap

6.1/10 IMDB

Because he refuses to collect rent payments from his impoverished tenants, kindly Irish nobleman Sir Miles Gaffney is in danger of losing his estate. He is forced to sell off part of his racing stable to a wealthy American, who takes along Gaffney's jockey Neil Ross as part of the bargain. When Neil is crippled in a racing accident, Sir Miles and his daughter Sheila sail to America with their prize horse "Dark Rosaleen" in tow. The first film having an Irish motif that John Ford directed, a six reel delight set in Eire's County Kildare and in the United States, with a steeplechase background, mixing charged elements of comedy and sentimental drama.

Starring: Janet Gaynor, Leslie Fenton, Willard Louis, J. Farrell MacDonald, Claire McDowell, Louis Payne, George Harris, Andy Clark, Ely Reynolds, Thomas Delmar ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1926-05-02
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Camille: The Fate of a Coquette

Camille: The Fate of a Coquette

4.7/10 IMDB

A home movie version of the Dumas play. A young woman becomes a courtesan and tragedy befalls her. Appearances are made by many socialites of 1920s Paris and New York.

Starring: Paul Robeson, Sinclair Lewis, Anita Loos, Theodore Dreiser, Sherwood Anderson, Clarence Darrow, Sacha Guitry, H.L. Mencken, Charlie Chaplin, Ethel Barrymore ..
Directed by: Ralph Barton
Release date: 1926-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Sweet Adeline

Sweet Adeline

8.0/10 IMDB

A shy and sensitive young man is disregarded by his parents and his older brother. Bill becomes jealous and schemes to send his brother away when Ben wins the affections of pretty neighbor Adeline. Ben wins out when the trip on which Bill has sent him becomes a great success.

Starring: Charles Ray, Gertrude Olmstead, Jack Rube Clifford, J.P. Lockney, Sabel Johnson, Gertrude Short, Ida Lewis, Lillian Leighton, John Hall ..
Directed by: Jerome Storm
Release date: 1926-01-14
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Devil's Island

Devil's Island

7.5/10 IMDB

A wealthy Parisian surgeon finds himself serving time in a brutal penal colony.

Starring: Pauline Frederick, Marian Nixon, George J. Lewis, Richard Tucker, William R. Dunn, Leo White, John Miljan, Harry Northrup ..
Directed by: Frank O'Connor
Release date: 1926-07-20
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Her Man o' War

Her Man o' War

6.6/10 IMDB

During World War I, an American soldier is captured and taken prisoner by the Germans. However, instead of being placed in a prisoner-of-war camp, he is assigned to the small farm of a young woman and her son to help raise crops to help feed the German army and people.

Starring: Jetta Goudal, William Boyd, Jimmie Adams, Grace Darmond, Kay Deslys, Frank Reicher, Michael Vavitch, Robert Edeson, Frank Coghlan Jr. ..
Directed by: Frank Urson
Release date: 1926-08-25
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Canadian

The Canadian

7.4/10 IMDB

A couple undergo hardship homesteading in Alberta, where they are plagued by bad weather and financial woes.

Starring: Thomas Meighan, Mona Palma, Wyndham Standing, Dale Fuller, Charles Winninger, Billy Butts ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1926-11-27
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Night Cry

The Night Cry

7.1/10 IMDB

A giant condor decimates a herd of sheep, and Rin-Tin-Tin is accused of having turned killer.

Starring: Rin-Tin-Tin, John Harron, June Marlowe, Gayne Whitman, Heinie Conklin, Don Alvarado, Mary Louise Miller ..
Directed by: Herman C. Raymaker
Release date: 1926-02-27
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : The Quarterback

The Quarterback

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Elmer Stone, quarterback of the 1899 Colton College football team vows to remain a student until Colton beats its biggest rival, State University. Twenty-seven years later, Elmer is still in school and is a classmate of his son, Jack. Other than driving a milk wagon in his spare time, Jack is also the quarterback of the football team. A matter of his eligibility comes up but he is cleared and goes out to do-or-die for Colton against State University. Maybe they will win The Big Game, and Jack's father can get a life...and a job.

Starring: Richard Dix, Esther Ralston, Harry Beresford, David Butler, Robert W. Craig, Mona Palma, John Merton, Robert Allen, Ruby Blaine, Barton MacLane ..
Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer
Release date: 1926-10-11

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