Best Drama Movies of 1928

1.

The Cameraman

5.1
8.1/10

A photographer takes up newsreel shooting to impress a secretary.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Sidney Bracey, Harry Gribbon
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1928-09-10
2.

The Crowd

4.1
8.1/10
The Crowd
John, an ambitious but undisciplined New York City office worker, meets and marries Mary. They start a family, struggle to cope with marital stress, financial setbacks, and tragedy, all while lost amid the anonymous, pitiless throngs of the big city.
Starring: Eleanor Boardman, James Murray, Bert Roach, Estelle Clark, Daniel G. Tomlinson
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1928-02-18
3.

The Wind

4.1
8.1/10

When Letty Mason relocates to West Texas, she finds herself unsettled by the ever-present wind and sand. Arriving at her new home at the ranch of her cousin, Beverly, she receives a surprisingly cold welcome from his wife, Cora. Soon tensions in the family and unwanted attention from a trio of suitors, including neighbor Lige Hightower, leave Letty increasingly disturbed, resulting in tragedy.

Starring: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love, Dorothy Cumming, Edward Earle
Directed by: Victor Sjöström
Release date: 1928-09-15
4.

Lonesome

4.1
7.9/10
Lonesome
Two lonely people in the big city meet and enjoy the thrills of an amusement park, only to lose each other in the crowd after spending a great day together. Will they ever see each other again?
Starring: Barbara Kent, Glenn Tryon, Fay Holderness, Gusztáv Pártos, Eddie Phillips
Directed by: Pál Fej?s
Release date: 1928-06-20
5.

The Mysterious Lady

4.1
7.3/10
The Mysterious Lady
A beautiful Russian spy seduces an Austrian military officer in order to obtain secret plans. When she falls in love with him, both are placed in danger.
Starring: Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Albert Pollet, Edward Connelly
Directed by: Fred Niblo, Harold S. Bucquet
Release date: 1928-08-04
6.

The Patsy

4.1
7.5/10
The Patsy
Jealous that her older sister Grace has landed handsome and successful Tony Anderson, Patricia Harrington launches an elaborate charm offensive to win his heart. Patricia shrugs off her diffidence and, in the hope that Tony will be drawn to her new persona, tries to carry herself with the self-confidence of the era's silent film stars. When this doesn't have the desired effect, Patricia takes things a step further.
Starring: Marion Davies, Orville Caldwell, Marie Dressler, Lawrence Gray, Dell Henderson
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1928-04-22
7.

The Last Command

4.0
8.0/10
The Last Command
A former Imperial Russian general and cousin of the Czar ends up in Hollywood as an extra in a movie directed by a former revolutionary.
Starring: Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, William Powell, Jack Raymond, Nicholas Soussanin
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1928-01-22
8.

The Man Who Laughs

4.0
7.7/10
The Man Who Laughs
Gwynplaine, son of Lord Clancharlie, has a permanent smile carved on his face by the King, in revenge for Gwynplaine's father's treachery. Gwynplaine is adopted by a travelling showman and becomes a popular idol. He falls in love with the blind Dea. The king dies, and his evil jester tries to destroy or corrupt Gwynplaine.
Starring: Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, Olga Baclanova, Brandon Hurst, Cesare Gravina
Directed by: Paul Leni
Release date: 1928-04-27
9.

The Docks of New York

3.9
7.5/10
The Docks of New York
A blue-collar worker on New York's depressed waterfront finds his life changed after he saves a woman attempting suicide.
Starring: George Bancroft, Betty Compson, Olga Baclanova, Clyde Cook, Mitchell Lewis
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1928-09-16
10.

West of Zanzibar

3.9
7.2/10
West of Zanzibar
A magician seeks vengeance upon the man who paralyzed him and the illegitimate daughter he sired with the magician's wife.
Starring: Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore, Mary Nolan, Warner Baxter, Jacqueline Gadsden
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1928-11-24
11.

The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg

3.9
7.7/10
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
A young prince falls in love with a beautiful barmaid while at university in old Heidelberg.
Starring: Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer, Jean Hersholt, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Philippe De Lacy
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1928-01-30
12.

A Woman of Affairs

3.9
7.3/10
A Woman of Affairs
Childhood friends Diana, Neville and David are caught in a love triangle as adults. Diana and Neville have long been smitten with each other, but her father disapproves of the relationship, resulting in her eventual marriage to David. It's not long after their wedding, however, that tragedy strikes, sending Diana on a downward spiral. When Neville reappears in her life, will he be able to save her from her own misery?
Starring: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lewis Stone, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Johnny Mack Brown
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1928-12-15
13.

Sadie Thompson

3.9
7.3/10
Sadie Thompson
A young, beautiful prostitute named Sadie Thompson arrives on the South Pacific island of Pago Pago looking for honest work, and falls for Timothy O'Hara, an American sailor who is unfazed by her unsavory past. However, Mr. Davidson, a missionary who arrived on the island at the same time, aims to "save" Sadie from her sinful life and petitions to have her separated from her beau and deported back to San Francisco.
Starring: Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Blanche Friderici, Charles Lane, Florence Midgley
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1928-01-07
14.

Street Angel

3.9
7.4/10

A spirited young woman finds herself destitute and on the streets before joining a traveling carnival, where she meets a vagabond painter.

Starring: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Natalie Kingston, Henry Armetta, Guido Trento
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1928-04-09
15.

The Wedding March

3.8
7.5/10
The Wedding March
Prince Nikki, Lieutenant of the Guard in pre WWI Vienna, is flat broke, but the only advice he gets from his parents is either to shoot himself or to marry money. During the Chorpus Christi parade his horse accidentaly hurts poor Mitzi, the daughter of inn-keepers in a Viennese suburb, who is, according to the wishes of her parents, going to marry the butcher Schani. When Nikki visits her at the hospital, they fall in love, much to the dislike of her parents and Schani. Nikki's parents, meanwhile have arranged a prospective marriage with Cecilia, the limping daughter of a very rich non-aristocratic industrial. Due to the fact, that Nikki's father is a general in the Austrian-Hungarian Army, resitance is useless. When Mitzi, after hearing of it, is still refusing Schani's proposal, he vowes to shoot Nikki when he leaves the church.
Starring: Erich von Stroheim, Fay Wray, George Fawcett, Maude George, Cesare Gravina
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim
Release date: 1928-10-06
16.

Our Dancing Daughters

3.6
6.8/10
Our Dancing Daughters
A flapper sets her hat for a man with a hard-drinking wife.
Starring: Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Nils Asther, Dorothy Sebastian, Anita Page
Directed by: Harry Beaumont
Release date: 1928-09-01
17.

Walking Back

3.6
7.0/10
Walking Back
Jazz age youngster Smoke Thatcher "borrows" a neighbor's car to take Patsy, his sweetheart, to a dance after his father refuses to lend him his car. A car-fight with a rival results in the borrowed automobile's being so wrecked that Smoke cannot return it. The garage to which he and Patsy take the car for repair turns out to be actually a gang's hideaway and a place where stolen cars are brought and later fenced.
Starring: Sue Carol, Richard Walling, Robert Edeson, Jane Keckley, Arthur Rankin
Directed by: Rupert Julian
Release date: 1928-05-21
18.

Across to Singapore

3.4
6.1/10
Across to Singapore
While Joel and his older ship's captain brother Mark are at sea, the latter is abandoned in Singapore by devious ship's mate Finch who, upon their return, convinces the townspeople that Joel abandoned his brother. Joel, determined to not only find Mark but to see justice done, returns the ship to Singapore.
Starring: Ramon Novarro, Joan Crawford, Ernest Torrence, Frank Currier, Dan Wolheim
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1928-04-07
19.

The Farmer's Wife

3.2
5.9/10
The Farmer's Wife
Successful middle-aged farmer Samuel Sweetland becomes widowed, then his daughter marries and leaves home. Deciding he wishes to remarry, Sweetland pursues some local women he considers prospects.
Starring: Jameson Thomas, Lillian Hall-Davis, Gordon Harker, Gibb McLaughlin, Maud Gill
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1928-03-02
20.

The Mating Call

3.1
6.9/10
The Mating Call
Director James Cruze's 1928 silent film, with a plot involving infidelity in the Deep South, Ellis Island immigrants, and a Ku Klux Klan-like secret society.
Starring: Thomas Meighan, Evelyn Brent, Renée Adorée, Alan Roscoe, Gardner James
Directed by: James Cruze
Release date: 1928-07-21

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