Best Drama Movies of 1928


The Cameraman

8.0/10 IMDB

A photographer takes up newsreel shooting to impress a secretary.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Sidney Bracey, Harry Gribbon, Ray Cooke, Vernon Dent, Harry Keaton, Louise Keaton, Bert Moorhouse ..
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1928-09-10

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

7.8/10 IMDB

The just out of college effete son of a no-nonsense steamboat captain comes to visit his father whom he's not seen since he was little.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Tom McGuire, Marion Byron, Tom Lewis, James T. Mack, Tom Lewis ..
Directed by: Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1928-05-09
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Crowd

The Crowd

8.1/10 IMDB

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, Dell Henderson, Lucy Beaumont, Freddie Burke Frederick, Alice Mildred Puter, Sidney Bracey ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1928-03-03

The Man Who Laughs

7.7/10 IMDB

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, Stuart Holmes, John George, Sam De Grasse, Josephine Crowell, Károly Huszár ..
Directed by: Paul Leni
Release date: 1928-04-27

The Wind

8.0/10 IMDB

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 leave Letty increasingly disturbed.

Starring: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love, Dorothy Cumming, Edward Earle, William Orlamond, Carmencita Johnson, Leon Janney, Billy Kent Schaefer, Sam Appel ..
Directed by: Victor Sjöström
Release date: 1928-09-15
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Last Command

The Last Command

8.0/10 IMDB

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, Michael Visaroff, Fritz Feld, Harry Cording, Shep Houghton, Alexander Ikonnikov ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1928-01-21
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Mysterious Lady

The Mysterious Lady

7.2/10 IMDB

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, Richard Alexander, Symona Boniface, Geraldine Dvorak, Nicholai Konovaloff, William H. O'Brien ..
Directed by: Fred Niblo, Harold S. Bucquet
Release date: 1928-08-04


7.8/10 IMDB

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, Andy Devine ..
Directed by: Pál Fej?s
Release date: 1928-06-20
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : West of Zanzibar

West of Zanzibar

7.2/10 IMDB

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, Tiny Ward, Kalla Pasha, Curtis Nero, Mae Busch, Noble Johnson ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1928-11-24
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg

The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg

7.6/10 IMDB

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, Edgar Norton, Bobbie Mack, Edward Connelly, Otis Harlan, John S. Peters ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1928-01-30
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Patsy

The Patsy

7.5/10 IMDB

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, Jane Winton, William H. O'Brien ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1928-04-22
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Sadie Thompson

Sadie Thompson

7.2/10 IMDB

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, James A. Marcus, Sophia Artega, Will Stanton, Raoul Walsh, Charles Sullivan ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1928-01-07
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Laugh, Clown, Laugh

Laugh, Clown, Laugh

7.5/10 IMDB

A despairing clown suffering a broken heart and a self-indulgent count who uncontrollably laughs learn to help each other with their problems, but both fall in love with the same young woman.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Bernard Siegel, Loretta Young, Nils Asther, Cissy Fitzgerald, Gwen Lee, Emmett King, Mickey McBan ..
Directed by: Herbert Brenon
Release date: 1928-04-14
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Last Moment

The Last Moment

8.2/10 IMDB

A man drowns himself in lake. As he is dying, he recalls the crucial moments of his life and the incidents that led to his final, fatal decision.

Starring: Otto Matieson, Julius Molnar, Lucille La Verne, Anielka Elter, Georgia Hale, Isabel La Mal, Vivian Winston ..
Directed by: Pál Fej?s
Release date: 1928-02-15
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Docks of New York

The Docks of New York

7.5/10 IMDB

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, Guy Oliver, May Foster, Lillian Worth, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Richard Alexander ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1928-09-16
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Beggars of Life

Beggars of Life

7.5/10 IMDB

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, Andy Clark, Mike Donlin, Roscoe Karns, Bob Perry, Johnnie Morris ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1928-09-22
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Street Angel

Street Angel

7.3/10 IMDB

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, Alberto Rabagliati, cino conti, louis liggett, milton dickinson, helena herman ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1928-04-09
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Wedding March

The Wedding March

7.4/10 IMDB

A young impoverished aristocrat falls in love with an inn-keeper's daughter, but has to marry money.

Starring: Erich von Stroheim, Fay Wray, George Fawcett, Maude George, Cesare Gravina, Dale Fuller, Matthew Betz, Zasu Pitts ..
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim
Release date: 1928-10-06
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra

The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra

7.1/10 IMDB

This short experimental film tells the story of a man who comes to Hollywood to become a star, only to fail and be dehumanized. He is identified by the number 9413 written on his forehead.

Starring: Jules Raucourt, George Voya, Robert Florey, Adriane Marsh ..
Directed by: Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich
Release date: 1928-06-16
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : A Woman of Affairs

A Woman of Affairs

7.2/10 IMDB

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, Hobart Bosworth, Dorothy Sebastian, Agostino Borgato, Gertrude Astor, Sydney Jarvis ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1928-12-15
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Our Dancing Daughters

Our Dancing Daughters

6.7/10 IMDB

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, Kathlyn Williams, Edward Nugent, Dorothy Cumming, Huntley Gordon, Evelyn Hall ..
Directed by: Harry Beaumont
Release date: 1928-09-01
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Love


6.9/10 IMDB

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, Emily Fitzroy, Mathilde Comont, Edward Connelly, Carrie Daumery, Nicholai Konovaloff ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1928-01-02
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Across to Singapore

Across to Singapore

6.2/10 IMDB

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, Duke Martin, Edward Connelly, Jim Mason, Stanley Fields, Chris-Pin Martin ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1928-04-07
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : West Point

West Point

6.6/10 IMDB

Arrogant and wise-cracking Brice Wayne enrolls at the United States Military Academy at West Point and adjusts to life as a plebe. He tries out for the plebe football team, where he excels and shows up the varsity team. However, his ego is unrivaled, especially in competition with upperclassman Bob Sperry. At the same time, Brice meets a local girl named Betty Channing who cheers for him at football practices.

Starring: William Haines, Joan Crawford, William Bakewell, Neil Neely, Ralph Emerson, Leon Kellar, Raymond G. Moses, Edward Brophy, E.H. Calvert ..
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick
Release date: 1928-01-07
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Racket

The Racket

6.7/10 IMDB

A renegade police captain sets out to catch a sadistic mob boss.

Starring: Thomas Meighan, Louis Wolheim, Marie Prevost, G. Pat Collins, Henry Sedley, George E. Stone, Sam De Grasse, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, John Darrow, Lucien Prival ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1928-11-01
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Walking Back

Walking Back

6.9/10 IMDB

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, James Bradbury Sr., Ivan Lebedeff, Ray Cooke, Joseph Depew, Rupert Julian ..
Directed by: Rupert Julian
Release date: 1928-05-21
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : 4 Devils

4 Devils

7.1/10 IMDB

The circus provides the backdrop for this melodrama that chronicles the lives of four children raised within the big top. Film historian and collector William K. Everson stated that the only surviving print was lost by actress Mary Duncan who had borrowed it from Fox Studios. In the December 1974 issue of "Films in Review," he explained that Mary Duncan, one of the film's stars, wanted it to show to a group of friends in Florida. The star was aware that it was a dangerous nitrate print and assumed that Fox had others. She threw the only copy in the ocean, a mistake characterized by Everson as "a monumental blunder to rank with Balaclava, Sarajevo, and the Fall of Babylon as one of history's blackest moments."

Starring: Janet Gaynor, Mary Duncan, Charles Morton, Barry Norton, J. Farrell MacDonald, Anders Randolf, Anita Louise, Anne Shirley, Nancy Drexel, George Davis ..
Directed by: F. W. Murnau
Release date: 1928-10-03
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Divine Woman

The Divine Woman

7.0/10 IMDB

[For 9 minute surviving fragment] Lucian, a soldier in Paris, is to ship out for Algiers at 9 that evening. He stops by for a last meal with his love, Marianne. He may be worried that when he leaves she will find another soldier to love. They argue then embrace and, when the clock strikes midnight, he is still in her arms. Is desertion in the cards? Can the relationship survive the military demands and a soldier's obligations? A lost film.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Lars Hanson, Lowell Sherman, Polly Moran, Dorothy Cumming, Johnny Mack Brown, Cesare Gravina, Paulette Duval, Jean De Briac ..
Directed by: Victor Sjöström
Release date: 1928-01-13
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Four Sons

Four Sons

7.2/10 IMDB

A family saga in which three of a Bavarian widow's sons go to war for Germany and the fourth goes to America, Germany's eventual opponent.

Starring: Margaret Mann, James Hall, Charles Morton, Francis X. Bushman Jr., George Meeker, June Collyer, Earle Foxe, Albert Gran, Frank Reicher, Archduke Leopold of Austria ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1928-02-13
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Farmer's Wife

The Farmer's Wife

5.8/10 IMDB

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, Louie Pounds, Olga Slade, Ruth Maitland, Antonia Brough, Haward Watts ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1928-03-02


7.3/10 IMDB

A working-class love story set in and around the London Underground of the 1920s. Two men - gentle Bill and brash Bert - meet and are attracted to the same woman on the same day at the same Underground station. But the lady chooses Bill, and Bert isn't the type to take rejection lightly...

Starring: Brian Aherne, Elissa Landi, Cyril McLaglen, Norah Baring ..
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1928-07-01
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : A Lady of Chance

A Lady of Chance

6.9/10 IMDB

A con woman working the Atlantic City hotels targets a visiting businessman from Alabama.

Starring: Norma Shearer, Johnny Mack Brown, Lowell Sherman, Gwen Lee, Eugenie Besserer, Polly Moran, Buddy Messinger, Charles K. French ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1928-12-01
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : A Perfect Gentleman

A Perfect Gentleman

6.9/10 IMDB

Monty Banks gets involved in tracking down a stolen fortune, his adventures culminating in a whirlwind, gag-filled climax at sea.

Starring: Monty Banks, Ernest Wood, Henry A. Barrows, Ruth Dwyer, Arthur Thalasso, Hazel Howell, Agostino Borgato, Mary Foy, Syd Crossley, Jackie Combs ..
Directed by: Clyde Bruckman
Release date: 1928-01-15

Shooting Stars

7.2/10 IMDB

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, Ella Daincourt, Chili Bouchier, Tubby Phillips, Ian Wilson, Judd Green ..
Directed by: Anthony Asquith, A.V. Bramble
Release date: 1928-02-06
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Woman Disputed

The Woman Disputed

7.4/10 IMDB

An adventuress in love with an Austrian agrees to become the mistress of a Russian officer in exchange for the release of Austrian hostages.

Starring: Norma Talmadge, Gilbert Roland, Arnold Kent, Boris de Fast, Michael Vavitch, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Gladys Brockwell, Nicholas Soussanin, Olga Baclanova, Jack Manick ..
Directed by: Henry King, Sam Taylor
Release date: 1928-09-01
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark

6.7/10 IMDB

The Biblical story of Noah and the Great Flood, with a parallel story of soldiers in the First World War.

Starring: Dolores Costello, George O’Brien, Noah Beery, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Paul McAllister, Louise Fazenda, Malcolm Waite, Myrna Loy, Anders Randolf, Armand Kaliz ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz, Darryl F. Zanuck
Release date: 1928-11-01

The Far Paradise

7.5/10 IMDB

This second feature film from the McDonagh sisters is an emotional romance of an innocent young woman, Cherry Carson, forbidden to continue the relationship with the man she loves, Peter Lawton, because he is a son of her father’s enemy.

Starring: Marie Lorraine, Gaston Mervale, Paul Longuet, Arthur McLaglen ..
Directed by: Paulette McDonagh
Release date: 1928-07-14
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : White Shadows in the South Seas

White Shadows in the South Seas

6.9/10 IMDB

An alcoholic doctor on a Polynesian island, disgusted by white exploitation of the natives, finds himself marooned on a pristinely beautiful island.

Starring: Monte Blue, Raquel Torres, Robert Anderson, Renee Bush, Napua, Dorothy Janis ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1928-11-11
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue

5.5/10 IMDB

Larita Filton is named as correspondent in a scandalous divorce case. She escapes to France to rebuild her life where she meets John Whittaker. They are later married, but John's well-to-do family finds out Larita's secret.

Starring: Isabel Jeans, Franklin Dyall, Eric Bransby Williams, Ian Hunter, Robin Irvine, Violet Farebrother, Frank Elliott, Dacia Deane, Dorothy Boyd, Enid Stamp-Taylor ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1928-03-05
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : A Girl in Every Port

A Girl in Every Port

6.6/10 IMDB

Two sailors with a rivalry over chasing women become friends. But when one decides to finally settle down, will this mysterious young woman come between them?

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Robert Armstrong, Louise Brooks, Natalie Joyce, Maria Alba, Francis McDonald, Leila Hyams, Elena Jurado, Natalie Kingston, Caryl Lincoln ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1928-02-26
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Telltale Heart

The Telltale Heart

6.9/10 IMDB

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
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Cossacks

The Cossacks

6.8/10 IMDB

Stirring romance, hard riding, desperate fighting with the Cossacks playing their game of war and chivalry. A mighty picturization of Count Leo Tolstoi's famous novel of the same name.

Starring: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Ernest Torrence, Nils Asther, Paul Hurst, Dale Fuller, Mary Alden, Josephine Borio, Yorke Sherwood, Lou Costello ..
Directed by: George W. Hill
Release date: 1928-06-23
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Tempest


6.8/10 IMDB

In the final days of Czarist Russia, a peasant is raised from the ranks to Lieutenant. The other officers, aristocrats all, resent him, and make his life difficult. He falls in love with a princess, who spurns him. When he is caught in her room, he is stripped of his rank and thrown into prison. Then comes the Red Terror, and the tables are turned.

Starring: John Barrymore, Camilla Horn, Louis Wolheim, Boris de Fast, George Fawcett, Ullrich Haupt, Michael Visaroff ..
Directed by: Sam Taylor
Release date: 1928-05-27
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Garden of Eden

The Garden of Eden

6.8/10 IMDB

Toni Le Brun, a beautiful Viennese singer, becomes the ward of the wardrobe mistress of a Monte Carlo nightclub. Her benefactor, however, is actually a baroness incognito. Toni falls in love with the handsome Richard, but as they prepare to marry, she comes to believe he is only after the wealth accompanying her new noble status. But truth, like true love, will not be kept secret long.

Starring: Corinne Griffith, Louise Dresser, Lowell Sherman, Maude George, Charles Ray, Edward Martindel, Bertram Marburgh, Carrie Daumery, Dot Farley, Tenen Holtz ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1928-02-04
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Road to Ruin

The Road to Ruin

6.8/10 IMDB

A controversial, low-budget drama about the life of a young teenage girl that goes on the "road to ruin." Sally is a 16-year-old New York City teen who, neglected by her parents, takes up smoking and drinking, engages in affairs with a series of older men, gets arrested by the police during a strip poker game, is sent home only to discover later that she's pregnant, and after getting an illegal abortion, the words "The Wages of Sin is Death" inexpliably appear over her bed in fire.

Starring: Helen Foster, Grant Withers, Florence Turner, Charles Miller, Virginia Roye, Thomas Carr, Don Rader, Eddie Dunn ..
Directed by: Norton S. Parker
Release date: 1928-03-23
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Hangman's House

Hangman's House

6.6/10 IMDB

Forced by her mean-spirited father, Lord Chief Justice James O'Brien, to marry a man she doesn't love, Connaught O'Brien gives up hope of ever with her true love, Dermot McDermot. After her father dies and a hunted rebel leader returns to town, however, Connaught finds a renewed hope that the tides of oppression will shift and she might again find happiness. This silent romantic drama, set in Ireland, is the first film in which a then-unknown John Wayne is clearly visible.

Starring: Victor McLaglen, June Collyer, Earle Foxe, Hobart Bosworth, Larry Kent, Joseph Burke, Mary Gordon, Brian Desmond Hurst, Eric Mayne, Jack Pennick ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1928-05-13
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : The Mating Call

The Mating Call

6.8/10 IMDB

A World War I veteran takes on the Ku Klux Klan when he loses his wife to a womanizing Klansman.

Starring: Thomas Meighan, Evelyn Brent, Renée Adorée, Alan Roscoe, Gardner James, Helen Foster, Luke Cosgrave, Cyril Chadwick, Delmer Daves, Herman J. Mankiewicz ..
Directed by: James Cruze
Release date: 1928-07-21
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

6.6/10 IMDB

An odd and tightly directed tale of a singer/dancer at the Moulin Rouge, who meets her daughter's fiance, only to have him fall obsessively in love with her and she with him. Alienation, betrayal and near tragedy result.

Starring: Olga Tschechowa, Eve Gray, Jean Bradin, Georges Tréville, Marcel Vibert, Blanche Bernis, Ellen Pollock, Ray Milland ..
Directed by: E.A. Dupont
Release date: 1928-03-21


6.7/10 IMDB

Based on the Helen Hunt Jackson novel of 1884 about a young woman of partial Native American descent, who experiences love and loss in 1800s California.

Starring: Dolores del Río, Warner Baxter, Roland Drew, Vera Lewis, Michael Visaroff, John T. Prince, Mathilde Comont, Carlos Amor, Jess Cavin, Rita Carewe ..
Directed by: Edwin Carewe
Release date: 1928-03-27
Best Drama Movies of 1928 : Stand and Deliver

Stand and Deliver

6.5/10 IMDB

Our heroine, Miss Velez (despite the fact that she seems to be just along for the ride) is much her usual over-eloquent self (how fortunate she has no sound track!), while Warner Oland makes such an impressive and villainously seedy bandit, he needs no sound track at all. We can just imagine his oily, purring accents all too well.

Starring: Rod La Rocque, Lupe Vélez, Warner Oland, Louis Natheaux, Clarence Burton, Charles Stevens, Donald Crisp ..
Directed by: Donald Crisp
Release date: 1928-02-18

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