Best Drama Movies of 1926

1.

Sparrows

4.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Evil Mr.Grimes keeps a rag-tag bunch orphans on his farm deep in a swamp in the US South. He forces them to work in his garden and treats them like slaves. They are watched over by the eldest, Molly. A gang in league with Mr. Grimes kidnaps Doris, the beautiful little daughter of a rich man, and hides her out on Grimes' farm, awaiting ransom. When the police close in, and Mr. Grimes threatens to throw Doris into the bottomless mire, Molly must lead her little flock out through the alligator-infested swamp.

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: 1926-05-14
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : La Bohème
2.

La Bohème

4.0
7.3/10 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 : Tell It to the Marines
3.

Tell It to the Marines

3.8
6.9/10 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
4.

The Black Pirate

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

A nobleman vows to avenge the death of his father at the hands of pirates. To this end he infiltrates the pirate band. Acting in character he is instrumental in the capture of a ship, but things are complicated when he finds that there is a young woman on board whom he wishes to protect from the threat of rape.

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
Best Drama Movies of 1926 : Battling Butler
5.

Battling Butler

3.7
7.1/10 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 : The Son of the Sheik
6.

The Son of the Sheik

3.7
6.7/10 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 : The Temptress
7.

The Temptress

3.6
7.0/10 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 : Nell Gwyn
8.

Nell Gwyn

3.3
5.3/10 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 : Brown of Harvard
9.

Brown of Harvard

3.2
6.2/10 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 : Bardelys the Magnificent
10.

Bardelys the Magnificent

3.2
7.0/10 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

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