Best Drama Movies of 1927


Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans


A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife.

Starring: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing, J. Farrell MacDonald
Directed by: F.W. Murnau
Release date: 1927-11-04

The Unknown

Lon Chaney is carnival knife thrower Alonzo the Armless and Joan Crawford is the scantily clad carnival girl he hopes to marry.
Starring: Lon Chaney, Joan Crawford, Norman Kerry, Nick De Ruiz, John George
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1927-06-04

7th Heaven

A dejected Parisian sewer worker feels his prayers have been answered when he falls in love with a street waif.
Starring: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Albert Gran, David Butler, Marie Mosquini
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1927-01-01



Two young men, one rich, one middle class, both in love with the same woman, become US Air Corps fighter pilots and, eventually, heroic flying aces during World War I. Devoted best friends, their mutual love of the girl eventually threatens their bond. Meanwhile, a hometown girl who's the lovestruck lifelong next door neighbor of one of them, pines away.

Starring: Clara Bow, Charles Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston, El Brendel
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1927-08-12

The Kid Brother

The most important family in Hickoryville is (not surprisingly) the Hickorys, with sheriff Jim and his tough manly sons Leo and Olin. The timid youngest son, Harold, doesn't have the muscles to match up to them, so he has to use his wits to win the respect of his strong father and also the love of beautiful Mary.
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Walter James, Leo Willis, Olin Francis
Directed by: Ted Wilde, J.A. Howe
Release date: 1927-01-17


A flapper shopgirl woos her rich boss with animal magnetism, otherwise known as "it."
Starring: Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno, William Austin, Priscilla Bonner, Jacqueline Gadsden
Directed by: Clarence G. Badger
Release date: 1927-02-15

My Best Girl

Joe Merrill, son of the millionaire owner of a chain of 5 and 10 cent stores, poses as Joe Grant, and takes a job in the stockroom of one of his father's stores, to prove that he can be a success without his father's influence. There he meets stockroom girl Maggie Johnson, and they fall in love. This causes problems, because Mrs. Merrill had planned for her son to marry Millicent Rogers, a high society girl.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Charles Rogers, Sunshine Hart, Lucien Littlefield, Carmelita Geraghty
Directed by: Sam Taylor
Release date: 1927-10-31

The King of Kings


The King of Kings is the Greatest Story Ever Told as only Cecil B. DeMille could tell it. In 1927, working with one of the biggest budgets in Hollywood history, DeMille spun the life and Passion of Christ into a silent-era blockbuster. Featuring text drawn directly from the Bible, a cast of thousands, and the great showman’s singular cinematic bag of tricks, The King of Kings is at once spectacular and deeply reverent—part Gospel, part Technicolor epic.

Starring: H.B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming, Ernest Torrence, Joseph Schildkraut, James Neill
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1927-01-01

The Jazz Singer


A young Jewish man is torn between tradition and individuality when his old-fashioned family objects to his career as a jazz singer. This is the first full length feature film to use synchronized sound, and is the original film musical.

Starring: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer
Directed by: Alan Crosland
Release date: 1927-10-06

London After Midnight


The abandoned Balfour House, which former owner was found dead five years earlier, comes back to life with the arrival of two suspicious sinister-looking tenants: a devilish-looking man with pointed teeth, bulging eyes and a tall beaver hat; and a pale young woman in a long dress. (This movie was lost in 1965 during a fire.)

Starring: Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Henry B. Walthall, Percy Williams, Conrad Nagel
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1927-12-03


After public school student Roddy Berwick takes the blame for a friend's transgression and is expelled, his life goes downhill.
Starring: Ivor Novello, Annette Benson, Isabel Jeans, Ian Hunter, Ben Webster
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1927-10-24

The Ring

Both Jack Sander and Bob Corby are boxers in love with Mabel. Jack and Mabel wed, but their marriage is flat. The young wife looks to Bob for comfort.
Starring: Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter, Forrester Harvey, Harry Terry
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1927-10-01


In Imperial Russia, Anna Karenina falls in love with the dashing military officer Count Vronsky and abandons her husband and child to become his mistress.
Starring: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Brandon Hurst, Philippe De Lacy, George Fawcett
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1927-11-28

Hotel Imperial

During World War I, an Austrian officer is trapped behind the Russian lines. He tries to sneak through to his own lines, but is forced to take refuge in a small hotel, where he is hidden by the establishment's chambermaid. The two fall in love, but a Russian general makes the hotel his headquarters and sets his sights on the maid. In addition, the Austrian must find out the identity of a spy who is feeding the Russians military information that could lead to the destruction of the Austrian army.
Starring: Pola Negri, James Hall, George Siegmann, Max Davidson, Michael Vavitch
Directed by: Mauritz Stiller
Release date: 1927-01-01

The Enemy

Carl Behrend, son of a wealthy businessman, marries Pauli Arndt, daughter of a pacifist professor. When World War I breaks out, Carl is drafted. Pauli and her family and friends are left behind to experience the suffering which befell civilians during the war. Her luck worsens when her father is dismissed from his professorship for teaching that war is evil. Her father argues violently with Carl's father, and degradation and despair descend on Pauli and her family as they await Carl's return from the front.
Starring: Lillian Gish, Ralph Forbes, Ralph Emerson, Frank Currier, George Fawcett
Directed by: Fred Niblo
Release date: 1927-12-08

Man, Woman and Sin

A young man takes a succession of odd jobs in order to save enough money to buy he and his mother a house. He lands a position in a newspaper office and falls in love with the beautiful society editor, who is secretly having an affair with the married managing editor. She returns the young man's affections in order to make her lover jealous, but finds herself falling for him.
Starring: John Gilbert, Jeanne Eagels, Gladys Brockwell, Marc McDermott, Philip W. Anderson
Directed by: Monta Bell
Release date: 1927-11-19

Madame Pompadour

The French king's mistress frees her jailed lover and makes him her bodyguard.
Starring: Dorothy Gish, Antonio Moreno, Nelson Keys, Henri Bosc, Gibb McLaughlin
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1927-08-01

She's a Sheik

The daughter of a desert chief kidnaps a member of the French Foreign Legion in the hopes of wooing him.
Starring: Bebe Daniels, Richard Arlen, William Powell, Josephine Dunn, James Bradbury Jr.
Directed by: Clarence G. Badger
Release date: 1927-11-12

Venus of Venice

A slick caper movie about a petty thief falls for a wealthy American artist.
Starring: Constance Talmadge, Antonio Moreno, Julanne Johnston, Michael Vavitch, Carmelita Geraghty
Directed by: Marshall Neilan
Release date: 1927-03-20

The Crystal Cup

A beautiful young girl has been raised by her bitter mother to hate all men, but her beauty means that men are constantly after her. She rejects them all, leading some to believe that she may be a lesbian. To stop those rumors, she begins a platonic relationship with a young writer, but things don't work out exactly as planned.
Starring: Dorothy Mackaill, Rockliffe Fellowes, Jack Mulhall, Clarissa Selwynne, Jane Winton
Release date: 1927-10-16

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