Best Drama Movies of 1929

1.

Lucky Star

4.2
7.8/10
Lucky Star
Mary, a poor farm girl, meets Tim just as word comes that war has been declared. Tim enlists in the army and goes to the battlefields of Europe, where he is wounded and loses the use of his legs. Home again, Tim is visited by Mary, and they are powerfully attracted to each other; but his physical handicap prevents him from declaring his love for her. Deeper complications set in when Martin, Tim's former sergeant and a bully, takes a shine to Mary.
Starring: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Guinn Williams, Paul Fix, Hedwiga Reicher
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1929-08-18
2.

The Trespasser

4.1
6.7/10
The Trespasser
A stenographer who works for a lawyer falls in love with and marries a wealthy young man. His family has the marraige annulled, after which she gives birth to a child. Her former boss helps her out to ensure the child's welfare, which starts gossip that she is a "kept woman."
Starring: Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt, Henry B. Walthall, Wally Albright
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1929-11-11
3.

The Iron Mask

3.9
7.1/10
The Iron Mask
King Louis XIII of France is thrilled to have born to him a son - an heir to the throne. But when the queen delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for revolution, and has him sent off to Spain to be raised in secret to ensure a peaceful future for France. Alas, keeping the secret means sending Constance, lover of D'Artagnan, off to a convent. D'Artagnan hears of this and rallies the Musketeers in a bid to rescue her. Unfortunately, Richelieu out-smarts the Musketeers and banishes them forever.
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Belle Bennett, Marguerite De La Motte, Dorothy Revier, Vera Lewis
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1929-02-21
4.

Piccadilly

3.8
7.2/10
Piccadilly
A young Chinese woman, working in the kitchen at a London dance club, is given the chance to become the club's main act.
Starring: Anna May Wong, Gilda Gray, Jameson Thomas, Cyril Ritchard, King Hou Chang
Directed by: E.A. Dupont
Release date: 1929-02-01
5.

Queen Kelly

3.8
7.2/10
Queen Kelly
Prince Wolfram is the betrothed of mad Queen Regina V of Kronberg. Supreme ruler, her word is law and he is a playboy. On maneuvers as punishment for partying with other women, he sees Kelly walking the the other students of a convent. He is intrigued by her beauty and wants her. He kidnaps her that night from the convent and takes her to his room and professes his love for her. When the Queen finds them together the next morning , she whips Kelly and throws her out of the castle. Regina then puts Wolfram into prison for not wanting to marry the Queen. Kelly goes to German East Africa to visit her dying Aunt and is forced to marry the disgusting Jan. The Aunt dies after the wedding and Kelly refuses to live with Jan and becomes the head of Aunties Brothel. Her extravagances and style earn her the name 'Queen Kelly' and Prince Wolfram does not marry Queen Regina V.
Starring: Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen, Sidney Bracey, Tully Marshall
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim
Release date: 1929-01-01
6.

Coquette

3.5
5.9/10
Coquette
A Southern belle's flirtation with a working man leads to tragedy.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Matt Moore, John St. Polis, William Janney
Directed by: Sam Taylor
Release date: 1929-04-06
7.

Hallelujah

3.4
6.8/10

A black laborer turns preacher after accidentally killing a man.

Starring: Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine, Harry Gray, Fanny Belle DeKnight
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1929-08-20
8.

The Manxman

3.3
6.2/10
The Manxman
A fisherman and a rising lawyer who grew up as brothers fall in love with the same woman.
Starring: Carl Brisson, Malcolm Keen, Anny Ondra, Randle Ayrton, Clare Greet
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1929-01-21
9.

The Broadway Melody

3.3
5.8/10

Harriet and Queenie Mahoney, a vaudeville act, come to Broadway, where their friend Eddie Kerns needs them for his number in one of Francis Zanfield's shows. Eddie was in love with Harriet, but when he meets Queenie, he falls in love to her, but she is courted by Jock Warriner, a member of the New Yorker high society. It takes a while till Queenie recognizes, that she is for Jock nothing more than a toy, and it also takes a while till Harriet recognizes, that Eddie is in love with Queenie

Starring: Charles King, Anita Page, Bessie Love, Nacio Herb Brown, Mary Doran
Directed by: Harry Beaumont
Release date: 1929-02-08
10.

A Cottage on Dartmoor

3.2
7.6/10
A Cottage on Dartmoor
Flashback story of an escape from the lonely, high-security Dartmoor Prison. A jealous barber's assistant is enraged by the attentions that his manicurist girlfriend pays to a customer. He threatens the customer with an open razor and lands in jail.
Starring: Norah Baring, Uno Henning, Hans Adalbert Schlettow, Anthony Asquith, Judd Green
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1929-10-01
11.

The Godless Girl

3.2
7.2/10
The Godless Girl
High school students led by the Girl and Boy turn from Christianity toward secret atheistic meetings. When a girl is accidentally killed by a stairway collapse, the Girl and Boy go to reform school where they are treated brutally.
Starring: Lina Basquette, Tom Keene, Marie Prevost, Noah Beery, Eddie Quillan
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1929-03-31
12.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

3.2
7.0/10
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
This first cinematic version of the classic book is a part-talkie, although the only surviving print is silent (housed in the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY). It is a straight-forward telling of the intermingled lives of a group of strangers doomed to die in a collapsing bridge accident. The Art Direction, paltry and unremarkable, surprisingly won an Oscar over the far more remarkable work nominated in THE IRON MASK. The special effect scene of the lovers plummeting with the bridge into the chasm is unforgettable and remarkably done.
Starring: Lili Damita, Ernest Torrence, Raquel Torres, Don Alvarado, Duncan Renaldo
Directed by: Charles Brabin
Release date: 1929-03-30
13.

Laila

3.1
7.3/10
Laila
Ranged across several generations, the story begins with a wealthy merchant, Lind, and his wife travelling in the coldest depths of winter to christen their baby daughter. Attacked by wolves, they lose the baby, which is found by the Lapp Jaampa (a dominating performance by Tryggve Larssen) and subsequently raised by a rich reindeer herder,
Starring: Mona MÃ¥rtenson, Tryggve Larssen, Harald Schwenzen, Peter Malberg, Cally Monrad
Directed by: George Schnéevoigt
Release date: 1929-10-14
14.

Hell's Heroes

3.0
7.1/10
Hell's Heroes
Three bank robbers on the run happen across a woman about to give birth in an abandoned covered wagon. Before she dies, she names the three bandits as her newborn son's godfathers.
Starring: Charles Bickford, Fred Kohler, Raymond Hatton, Fritzi Ridgeway, Maria Alba
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1929-12-27
15.

The Kiss

3.0
6.9/10
The Kiss
A chaste kiss between a woman and a younger man leads to tragedy.
Starring: Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel, Anders Randolf, Holmes Herbert, Lew Ayres
Directed by: Jacques Feyder
Release date: 1929-11-16
16.

The Single Standard

3.0
6.8/10
The Single Standard
A bored socialite finds fleeting romance with an artist.
Starring: Greta Garbo, Nils Asther, Johnny Mack Brown, Dorothy Sebastian, Lane Chandler
Directed by: John S. Robertson
Release date: 1929-07-27
17.

The Bridge

3.0
7.3/10
The Bridge
In this short silent film (Charles Vidor's first as director) a convicted spy manages to avoid being hanged from a bridge when the rope breaks and he flees for his life and freedom.
Starring: Nicholas Bela, Charles Darvas
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1929-04-30
18.

The Lady Lies

2.9
6.7/10
The Lady Lies
Much to the disapproval of his snooty children, a wealthy widowed attorney takes up with a beautiful but "lower-class" woman.
Starring: Walter Huston, Claudette Colbert, Charles Ruggles, Patricia Deering, Tom Brown
Directed by: Hobart Henley
Release date: 1929-09-21
19.

She Goes to War

2.9
7.1/10
She Goes to War
A young woman disguises herself as a man and follows her fiancéé into the trenches during World War I to find out what war is really like.
Starring: Eleanor Boardman, Edmund Burns, Alma Rubens, Al St. John, Glen Walters
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1929-06-07
20.

The Pagan

2.9
6.9/10
The Pagan
Henry, the pagan son of a white father and native mother, has inherited land and a store, but he prefers the simple life. When he falls in love with a native girl, her guardian, who is trying to bring her up as a 'proper' Christian, but who also lusts after her himself, plots to keep them apart.
Starring: Ramon Novarro, Donald Crisp, Renée Adorée, Dorothy Janis
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1929-04-26

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