Best Drama Movies of 1928

1.

The Cameraman

4.3

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.

Lonesome

4.2
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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 Fejős
Release date: 1928-06-20
3.

The Wind

4.1

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.

The Mysterious Lady

4.1
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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
5.

The Patsy

4.1
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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
6.

The Last Command

4.0
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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
7.

The Man Who Laughs

4.0
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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
8.

The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg

3.9
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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
9.

A Woman of Affairs

3.9
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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
10.

West of Zanzibar

3.9
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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.

Sadie Thompson

3.9
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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
12.

Street Angel

3.9
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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
13.

The Wedding March

3.8
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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
14.

Our Dancing Daughters

3.6
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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
15.

Across to Singapore

3.4
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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
16.

The Farmer's Wife

3.2
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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
17.

The Mating Call

3.1
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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
18.

Beggars of Life

3.1
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After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal a car in their attempt to escape the police, and reach Canada.
Starring: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Blue Washington, Kewpie Morgan
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1928-09-22
19.

Shooting Stars

3.1

The husband and wife acting team of Mae Feather and Julian Gordon is torn apart when he discovers she is having an affair with the screen comedian Andy Wilks.

Starring: Annette Benson, Brian Aherne, Donald Calthrop, Wally Patch, David Brooks
Directed by: Anthony Asquith, A.V. Bramble
Release date: 1928-02-06
20.

The Telltale Heart

3.0
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An insane man first loves then grows to hate his neighbor, an old man whose penetrating gaze unnerves the insane man. He plans a perfect crime and executes it one night. The next day, two officers knock on the insane man's door, investigating a shriek heard in the night. The insane man invites them in, answers their questions, and submits to an examination of his eyes by one of the officers, who proclaims him innocent. The insane man invites them to stay and relax awhile, then regales them with his theories of crime. His heart begins to beat louder. Angles on the set are skewed to suggest the man's internal disarray.
Starring: Otto Matieson, William Herford, Hans Fuerberg, Charles Darvas
Directed by: Charles Klein, Leon Shamroy
Release date: 1928-01-01

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