Best Drama Movies of 1929

1.

Blackmail

4.2
7.0/10 IMDB

London, 1929. Frank Webber, a very busy Scotland Yard detective, seems to be more interested in his work than in Alice White, his girlfriend. Feeling herself ignored, Alice agrees to go out with an elegant and well-mannered artist who invites her to visit his fancy apartment…

Starring: Anny Ondra, Sara Allgood, Charles Paton, John Longden, Donald Calthrop, Cyril Ritchard, Hannah Jones, Harvey Braban, Ex-Det. Sergt. Bishop, Alfred Hitchcock ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1929-07-28
Best Drama Movies of 1929 : Lucky Star
2.

Lucky Star

4.1
7.8/10 IMDB

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, Gloria Grey, Hector V. Sarno, Jack Pennick, Delmar Watson ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1929-08-18
Best Drama Movies of 1929 : Queen Kelly
3.

Queen Kelly

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

A prince betrothed to a mad queen falls in love with an orphan girl from a convent.

Starring: Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen, Sidney Bracey, Tully Marshall, Sylvia Ashton, Wilson Benge, Rae Daggett, Florence Gibson, Madge Hunt ..
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim
Release date: 1929-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1929 : The Trespasser
4.

The Trespasser

3.6
6.6/10 IMDB

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, William Holden, Blanche Friderici, Kay Hammond, Mary Forbes, Marcelle Corday ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1929-11-11
Best Drama Movies of 1929 : Piccadilly
5.

Piccadilly

3.5
7.2/10 IMDB

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, Charles Laughton, Cyril Ritchard, King Hou Chang, Hannah Jones, Gordon Begg, John Longden, Ray Milland ..
Directed by: E.A. Dupont
Release date: 1929-02-01
Best Drama Movies of 1929 : Desert Nights
6.

Desert Nights

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

A con man with his beautiful accomplice and a hostage steals a half million dollars worth of diamonds but finds they're all lost in the desert without water.

Starring: John Gilbert, Ernest Torrence, Mary Nolan ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1929-03-09
7.

Hallelujah

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A black laborer turns preacher after accidentally killing a man.

Starring: Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine, Harry Gray, Fanny Belle DeKnight, Everett McGarrity, Victoria Spivey, Milton Dickerson, Robert Couch, Walter Tait ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1929-08-20
Best Drama Movies of 1929 : Disraeli
8.

Disraeli

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Prime Minister of Great Britain Benjamin Disraeli outwits the subterfuge of the Russians and chicanery at home in order to secure the purchase of the Suez Canal.

Starring: George Arliss, Doris Lloyd, David Torrence, Joan Bennett, Florence Arliss, Anthony Bushell, Michael Visaroff, Ivan F. Simpson, Gwendolyn Logan, Charles E. Evans ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1929-11-01
Best Drama Movies of 1929 : The Bridge of San Luis Rey
9.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

3.2
6.9/10 IMDB

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, Henry B. Walthall, Michael Vavitch, Emily Fitzroy, Jane Winton ..
Directed by: Charles Brabin
Release date: 1929-03-30
Best Drama Movies of 1929 : A Cottage on Dartmoor
10.

A Cottage on Dartmoor

3.2
7.6/10 IMDB

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

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