Best Movies of 1913



7.4/10 IMDB

An isolated house is too remote for a lone servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Left alone in the house is a mother and her infant. A tramp has watched the servant leave and begins to skulk. When the lady of the house sees him outside as he discovers the key, she's terrified and desperately phones her husband, who's at work in town. He jumps into a car that's idling in front of his office and races toward home, the car's owner, and police, in hot pursuit.

Starring: Lois Weber, Val Paul, Sam Kaufman, Douglas Gerrard, Lule Warrenton ..
Directed by: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber
Release date: 1913-07-06
Best Movies of 1913 : On His Wedding Day

On His Wedding Day

5.4/10 IMDB

When some pranksters pour red pepper on a new groom's bouquet, the wedding becomes a hijinks factory.

Starring: Ford Sterling, Dot Farley, Nick Cogley, Hale Studebaker, Chester M. Franklin, Helen Holmes, Bert Hunn, Mabel Normand, Carmen Phillips, Arthur Tavares ..
Directed by: Mack Sennett
Release date: 1913-03-31

The Rattlesnake

6.7/10 IMDB

Short silent feature filmed on location in New Mexico.

Starring: Romaine Fielding, Mary E. Ryan, Maurice Cytron, Jesse Robinson, Alice Danzinger ..
Directed by: Romaine Fielding
Release date: 1913-10-30
Best Movies of 1913 : The Grasshopper and the Ant

The Grasshopper and the Ant

6.7/10 IMDB

An ant works to prepare for winter while a drunken grasshopper plays his violin and dances away his time. When the snow arrives, the grasshopper pleads with the ant for shelter and is turned away to die.

Directed by: Wladyslaw Starewicz
Release date: 1913-01-01

Stenographer Troubles

5.9/10 IMDB

A comic one-act film featuring the character Bunny, which takes place in an office.

Starring: John Bunny, Florence Turner, Flora Finch, Lillian Walker, Norma Talmadge, Clara Kimball Young, James Morrison, Tom Powers, George Cooper ..
Directed by: Frederick A. Thomson
Release date: 1913-02-06
Best Movies of 1913 : Traffic in Souls

Traffic in Souls

6.0/10 IMDB

A woman, with the aid of her police officer sweetheart, endeavors to uncover the prostitution ring that has kidnapped her sister, and the philanthropist who secretly runs it.

Starring: Jane Gail, Ethel Grandin, William H. Turner, Matt Moore, Irene Wallace, Millie Liston, William Welsh, Howard Crampton, Jane Gail, William Cavanaugh ..
Directed by: George Loane Tucker
Release date: 1913-11-24
Best Movies of 1913 : The Evidence of the Film

The Evidence of the Film

6.2/10 IMDB

A messenger boy is wrongfully accused of stealing bonds worth $20,000. Luckily, a film crew is shooting a moving picture on the same street. The boy's accuser has the police convinced, until...

Starring: William Garwood, Marie Eline, Riley Chamberlin, Florence La Badie, Mignon Anderson ..
Directed by: Lawrence Marston, Edwin Thanhouser
Release date: 1913-01-10
Best Movies of 1913 : The Mothering Heart

The Mothering Heart

6.4/10 IMDB

A young couple struggle to get ahead, the wife always assuaging the troubles of her melancholy husband. As he climbs the ladder of success, he abandons the homely values and begins an affair with a beautiful woman. His wife leaves him, returning to her mother's home where she bears a child. When the husband is abandoned by his lady friend, remorse drives him to find his wife.

Starring: Lillian Gish, Walter Miller, Kate Bruce, Viola Barry, Adolph Lestina, Jennie Lee, Charles Murray, Gertrude Bambrick, William Elmer ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1913-06-21
Best Movies of 1913 : A House Divided

A House Divided

6.0/10 IMDB

A married couple, suspecting one another of infidelity, decide to "live separately together."

Starring: Fraunie Fraunholz, Marian Swayne, Vinnie Burns ..
Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché
Release date: 1913-05-02
Best Movies of 1913 : The Battle at Elderbush Gulch

The Battle at Elderbush Gulch

6.2/10 IMDB

Two young girls are sent away to live with their uncle, which sets off a chain of events resulting in an Indian attack on the town.

Starring: Lillian Gish, Alfred Paget, Robert Harron, Charles Hill Mailes, Mae Marsh, Kate Bruce, Leslie Loveridge, Charles Hill Mailes, William A. Carroll, Frank Opperman ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1913-12-01
Best Movies of 1913 : The Gangsters

The Gangsters

6.8/10 IMDB

An amusing burlesque of gang fighters. The police go after them, one by one, and each guardian of the peace is caught and despoiled of his clothing and compelled to return to the station.

Starring: Fred Mace, Nick Cogley, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Charles Avery, Jewel Carmen, William Hauber, Edgar Kennedy, Hank Mann ..
Directed by: Henry Lehrman
Release date: 1913-05-29
Best Movies of 1913 : Death's Marathon

Death's Marathon

6.1/10 IMDB

Two business partners pursue the same woman. She accepts the marriage proposal of the irresponsible partner, much to her later regret. He squanders money on gambling, as his interest in her gradually wanes. One day after losing the company money in a card game, he decides to commit suicide. He telephones his wife from the office, as he puts a revolver near his head. The wife tries to keep him talking while the reliable business partner races to the office in an attempt to save his old friend. Will he make it in time?

Starring: Blanche Sweet, Henry B. Walthall, Walter Miller, Lionel Barrymore, Robert Harron, Kate Bruce ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1913-06-14
Best Movies of 1913 : The Drummer of the 8th

The Drummer of the 8th

5.9/10 IMDB

When the Civil War begins, young Billy runs away from home to enlist in the Northern Army as a drummer; he's wounded in battle and taken prisoner. He manages to escape and deliver an important message to his commanding officer, but loses his life in the process.

Starring: Cyril Gardner, Mildred Harris, Frank Borzage ..
Directed by: Thomas H. Ince, Jay Hunt
Release date: 1913-05-28
Best Movies of 1913 : Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life

Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life

6.0/10 IMDB

When Mabel Normand romantically rejects a villain, he ties her to the railroad tracks, leaving her bashful suitor to appeal to famous racecar driver Barney Oldfield for help.

Starring: Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling, Barney Oldfield ..
Directed by: Mack Sennett
Release date: 1913-06-02
Best Movies of 1913 : Granddad


6.0/10 IMDB

Mildred is staying with her grandfather, Civil War veteran Jabez Burr, when she receives a letter from her father. Her father has re-married, and will be bringing his new wife home soon. But when Mildred's stepmother finds out that Jabez drinks, she takes a dislike to him, and begins to resent his closeness with Mildred...

Starring: William Desmond Taylor, Mildred Harris, Frank Borzage, J. Barney Sherry ..
Directed by: Jay Hunt
Release date: 1913-07-23
Best Movies of 1913 : Jack's Joke

Jack's Joke

6.7/10 IMDB

A comic sketch that features two players who think each one is deaf, causing them to shout. Part of the Edison Kinetophone Collection. The Kinetophone was a fairly complex mechanical means of creating talking pictures. Unlike previous systems, in which actors would be required to lip sync to preexisting recordings on camera, the Kinetophone was one of the earliest film technologies to record sound at the same time as the image.

Starring: Arthur Housman, Nellie Grant, Edward Boulden, Alice Washburn, Cora Williams ..
Directed by: Allen Ramsey
Release date: 1913-02-07
Best Movies of 1913 : Alas! Poor Yorick!

Alas! Poor Yorick!

6.6/10 IMDB

A mentally deranged sanatorium patient imagines that he is the world's greatest actor.

Starring: Wheeler Oakman, Tom Santschi, Lillian Hayward, Hobart Bosworth, John Lancaster, Frank Clark, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ..
Directed by: Colin Campbell
Release date: 1913-04-21
Best Movies of 1913 : A Noise from the Deep

A Noise from the Deep

7.3/10 IMDB

Mabel and Roscoe love each other, but her father likes another boy. A rather sissified young man. Roscoe and Mabel stages an accident.

Starring: Mabel Normand, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Charles Avery, Nick Cogley, Alice Davenport, William Hauber, Charles Inslee, Edgar Kennedy, Al St. John ..
Directed by: Mack Sennett
Release date: 1913-07-17
Best Movies of 1913 : Matrimony's Speed Limit

Matrimony's Speed Limit

5.9/10 IMDB

A man must marry by noon or lose his inheritance. It's 11:50 a.m. and he can't find his fiancée.

Starring: Fraunie Fraunholz, Marian Swayne ..
Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché
Release date: 1913-06-11
Best Movies of 1913 : A Fishy Affair

A Fishy Affair

5.5/10 IMDB

A man goes fishing in the same pond where a burglar has thrown a sock of money stolen from the man's house.

Starring: Ford Sterling, Laura Oakley, Nick Cogley, Dot Farley, Bert Hunn, William Hauber, Rube Miller ..
Directed by: Mack Sennett
Release date: 1913-04-24

Over the Back Fence

5.6/10 IMDB

Harry Beaumont and Bessie Learn are in love, but their respective uncle and aunt, back fence neighbors, feud bitterly with each other and insist the youngsters have nothing to do with each other. The young leads come up with a plan in this pleasant Edison comedy. (IMDb)

Starring: William Wadsworth, Alice Washburn, Harry Beaumont, Bessie Learn ..
Directed by: C.J. Williams
Release date: 1913-02-03
Best Movies of 1913 : The Artist's Dreams

The Artist's Dreams

6.1/10 IMDB

An animated dachshund fools his live-action creator by eating the sausages he has drawn.

Starring: John Randolph Bray, Margaret Bray ..
Directed by: John Randolph Bray
Release date: 1913-06-12
Best Movies of 1913 : The Making of Broncho Billy

The Making of Broncho Billy

6.3/10 IMDB

Broncho Billy runs into trouble in a bar when he gets into a confrontation with a bully. Since the bully has a gun and Billy doesn't, he's forced to endure the bully's humiliating tactics until he manages to get away. He determines to find himself a gun, learn how to use it and then go back and find the bully for a little payback.

Starring: Gilbert M. Anderson, Brinsley Shaw, Harry Todd, Victor Potel, Patrick Rooney, Fred Church, Willis Elder, Kite Robinson, Joe Cassidy, Roland Totheroh ..
Directed by: Gilbert M. Anderson
Release date: 1913-02-01
Best Movies of 1913 : A Lady and Her Maid

A Lady and Her Maid

5.7/10 IMDB

The photographer sends miss Ophelia a dozen photographs of her in different poses. Selecting the best one, she presents it to her favorite boarder, Billy, who does not think much of it and who gets very indignant when it is compared with the photo of his sweetheart. Miss Ophelia goes up to her room in tears and tells her faithful maid, Belinda, that her heart is broken. Belinda goes down and forcibly tells Billy what she thinks of him. Miss Ophelia resolves on suicide, because no one seems to love her. Belinda gets back in time to prevent this and, to divert her mistress, she suggests that they go together to a beauty specialist. Arriving there, both receive attention. Miss Ophelia gets a new complexion, while Belinda gets new teeth. Both invest in new gowns and dresses and the transformation is complete. At supper time, the boarders are all astounded.

Starring: Norma Talmadge, Florence Radinoff, James Morrison, Lillian Walker, Hughie Mack, Kate Price, Flora Finch ..
Directed by: Bert Angeles
Release date: 1913-05-21
Best Movies of 1913 : Mabel's Dramatic Career

Mabel's Dramatic Career

5.7/10 IMDB

A young man falls in love with his mother's kitchen maid, Mabel. But his mother objects strongly, and arranges for him to meet another young woman whom she considers more suitable. Mabel confronts the young woman, and is dismissed from her position. Later, when the young man learns about the new career that Mabel has found, he begins to act in an agitated and unpredictable manner.

Starring: Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Alice Davenport, Virginia Kirtley, Charles Avery, Ford Sterling, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Billy Jacobs, Charles Inslee, Dave Anderson ..
Directed by: Mack Sennett
Release date: 1913-09-08
Best Movies of 1913 : The House of Darkness

The House of Darkness

6.1/10 IMDB

A potentially violent patient in an insane asylum is calmed when he hears a nurse playing the piano. But shortly afterwards he breaks free, eludes his pursuers, and acquires a gun. He soon comes to a house where a young wife is home alone, and there is a tense confrontation.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Charles Hill Mailes, Claire McDowell, Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Christy Cabanne, William Elmer ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1913-05-10
Best Movies of 1913 : Jerry's Mother-in-Law

Jerry's Mother-in-Law

5.6/10 IMDB

Using hypnosis and two agents, Jerry manages to get rid of his mother in law.

Starring: Sidney Drew, Clara Kimball Young, Kate Price, L. Rogers Lytton, James Young ..
Directed by: James Young
Release date: 1913-11-15
Best Movies of 1913 : The Struggle

The Struggle

6.0/10 IMDB

In The Struggle (Broncho, 1913) a prospector and his son Bob depart from home in the morning, while the wife, at home, offers food to a passing stranger. His shifting eyes reveal his nature; he assaults her, and although her husband and son return in time to save her, the father is killed in the ensuing fight. The stranger gets away, but five years later Bob, now a government scout, recognizes the stranger just as he is accused of cheating at cards.

Starring: Richard Stanton, Elmer Morrow, E.H. Allen ..
Directed by: Thomas H. Ince
Release date: 1913-01-20
Best Movies of 1913 : A Bit of Blue Ribbon

A Bit of Blue Ribbon

4.9/10 IMDB

A short Western in which a cowboy is rescued from a lynching in the nick of time.

Starring: Mary Charleson, Anne Schaefer, Bob Burns, Eagle Eye, Edward Elkas, Charles Bennett ..
Directed by: Rollin S. Sturgeon
Release date: 1913-01-04
Best Movies of 1913 : The Switch Tower

The Switch Tower

5.9/10 IMDB

Arrogant tramps, a railroad man , counterfeiters, detectives and a boy to the rescue.

Starring: Henry B. Walthall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire McDowell, Marion Emmons, Charles West, John T. Dillon, William A. Carroll, Frank Evans, George Beranger, Anthony O'Sullivan ..
Directed by: Anthony O'Sullivan
Release date: 1913-06-15
Best Movies of 1913 : How Men Propose

How Men Propose

5.6/10 IMDB

Three men in succession propose marriage to Grace Darling; she accepts all! Since they are roommates, the three discover their problem in short order; when they return for an explanation, they're in for a surprise.

Starring: Chester Barnett, Grace Darling, Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber ..
Directed by: Lois Weber
Release date: 1913-07-19
Best Movies of 1913 : Absinthe


5.7/10 IMDB

A French artist in love with his model, but is abandoned by her because he is addicted to absinthe. He dreams about how his life is going downhill as he continues to drink.

Starring: Sadie Weston, Glen White ..
Release date: 1913-01-07
Best Movies of 1913 : Three Friends

Three Friends

5.8/10 IMDB

Each night, after the day's work at the factory, the three bachelor friends met and declared anew their attachment over a social glass. They bound themselves to remain thus as long as life might last, never to marry. But one was a traitor, while the other two were called away. A widened breach, a quarrel, fanned the resentment, but true friendship at last claimed its own.

Starring: Henry B. Walthall, Blanche Sweet, John Francis Dillon, Lionel Barrymore, Joseph McDermott, Mae Marsh ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1913-01-02

On to Washington

5.1/10 IMDB

This particular film uses real film footage to show a march by women demanding the right to vote. This coincided with the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson and some of the marchers walked all the way from Newark, New Jersey to Washington, DC.

Starring: Elisabeth Freeman, Rosalie Jones ..
Release date: 1913-05-07
Best Movies of 1913 : The Telephone Girl and the Lady

The Telephone Girl and the Lady

5.4/10 IMDB

D.W. Griffith short intercuts two different stories before mixing them together at the end. The film focuses on a telephone girl who leaves work for her lunch break at the same time as "The Lady" goes to a jewelry store to pick up some priceless jewels. When the telephone girl returns to work she gets a phone call from the house of "The Lady" as a robber has broken in and is trying to steal the jewels.

Starring: Mae Marsh, Claire McDowell, Alfred Paget, Charles Hill Mailes, Harry Carey, John T. Dillon, Madge Kirby, Joseph McDermott, Kate Bruce, Gertrude Bambrick ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1913-01-06
Best Movies of 1913 : The Inside of the White Slave Traffic

The Inside of the White Slave Traffic

5.6/10 IMDB

A dramatization of the methods in which young women are abducted or otherwise procured for prostitution.

Starring: Edwin Carewe, Ninita Bristow, Virginia Mann, Jean Thomas, Elinor O. Peterson, Nettie Hechter ..
Directed by: Frank Beal
Release date: 1913-12-08
Best Movies of 1913 : Fate


4.4/10 IMDB

Sim Sloane and his beloved son were the reprobates of the village, not what would be called lovers of peace and kindness. But granddad dwelt in a house filled more with love, and when Sim came in for his brutal sport, he soon went out assisted by granddad. Incited by ridicule and drink, Sim swore to get even. That was where granddad's new supply of powder came in. Sim appropriated it and although he wrecked the house of love, he destroyed through his venom the only thing he cherished in life.

Starring: Charles Hill Mailes, Robert Harron, John T. Dillon, Lionel Barrymore, Mae Marsh, Gladys Egan ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1913-03-22
Best Movies of 1913 : A Serenade by Proxy

A Serenade by Proxy

5.4/10 IMDB

A farmer’s daughter helps a farmhand win the heart of a cook by convincing him to serenade her, with unexpected results.

Starring: Mrs. Wallace Erskine, Gertrude McCoy, Augustus Phillips, Alice Washburn, William Wadsworth, Edward O’Connor, Bigelow Cooper, Frank A. Lyons ..
Directed by: C. Jay Williams
Release date: 1913-01-29

The Trail of Cards

4.4/10 IMDB

A woman is kidnapped, but is resourceful enough to drop playing cards as she's carried along on horseback so the hero can follow her trail.

Starring: Edward Coxen, Lillian Christy, J. Walter Kerrigan, Louise Lester ..
Directed by: Gilbert P. Hamilton
Release date: 1913-01-09
Best Movies of 1913 : Fatty Joins the Force

Fatty Joins the Force

5.3/10 IMDB

Fatty rescues the daughter of the police commisioner and is given a job as an officer as a reward, but its not all its cracked up to be!

Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Minta Durfee, Edgar Kennedy, Charles Avery, Lou Breslow, Harry DeRoy, Dot Farley, William Hauber, Bert Hunn, George Jeske ..
Directed by: George Nichols
Release date: 1913-11-23
Best Movies of 1913 : A Little Hero

A Little Hero

5.3/10 IMDB

Mabel has a canary bird, a tiny pet dog and a cat. She goes out, and the cat goes after the canary. Doggie hears the racket and takes in the situation. Knowing he is no match for Tabbie he runs as fast as his little legs will carry him to a kennel where he tells his troubles to three big collies, who run back with him. They secure entrance to the house through a basement window, and arrive in time to save the bird's life. Tabby runs away, and an exciting chase follows. When Mabel comes home and sees the overturned bird cage and the canary's tall feathers palled out she thinks her little doggie has chased the cat away, and hugs her hero.

Starring: Mabel Normand ..
Directed by: George Nichols
Release date: 1913-05-07
Best Movies of 1913 : Bangville Police

Bangville Police

5.3/10 IMDB

A young farm maid overhears two cow-hands talking in the barn, and she becomes convinced they’re about to rob her. She barricades herself in a room and calls the police. Her call wakes the chief, who rallies the country justice constabulary and they set off toward the farm, in steam-car and on foot. Meanwhile, the maiden’s parents rush to save her. Everything points toward a showdown in the barn, where no one, including the police force, will be cowed.

Starring: Fred Mace, Mabel Normand, Nick Cogley, Charles Avery, Dot Farley, Rube Miller, Edgar Kennedy, Raymond Hatton, Jack Leonard, Fred Happ ..
Directed by: Henry Lehrman
Release date: 1913-04-24

Fatty's Day Off

4.5/10 IMDB

Fatty's Day Off is a 1913 movie starring Roscoe Arbuckle and Charles Avery.

Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Charles Avery, Grover Ligon, Fred Gamble, William Hauber ..
Directed by: Wilfred Lucas
Release date: 1913-09-01

He Poses for His Portrait

4.9/10 IMDB

A Émile Cohl animated short in The Newlyweds series.

Directed by: Émile Cohl
Release date: 1913-07-27
Best Movies of 1913 : When the West Was Young

When the West Was Young

4.7/10 IMDB

Short Western in which an Indian saves a girl.

Starring: George Holt, George Stanley, Maxine Elliott, Maxine Elliott Hicks ..
Directed by: William J. Bauman
Release date: 1913-09-28
Best Movies of 1913 : At Bear Track Gulch

At Bear Track Gulch

5.1/10 IMDB

This western, with its simple story set in a gold mining camp, recycles many of the elements found in David Belasco's influential play, THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST, produced a decade earlier.

Starring: William West, Herbert Prior, George Lessey, Bigelow Cooper, Edna Flugarth, John Sturgeon, Arthur Housman ..
Directed by: Harold M. Shaw
Release date: 1913-01-14
Best Movies of 1913 : Burstup Homes' Murder Case

Burstup Homes' Murder Case

5.1/10 IMDB

A spoof of Sherlock Holmes. Directed by Alice Guy-Blache for Solax Film Company.

Starring: Fraunie Fraunholz, Darwin Karr, Blanche Cornwall ..
Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché
Release date: 1913-03-26
Best Movies of 1913 : The Pickpocket

The Pickpocket

5.6/10 IMDB

A John Bunny comedy short featuring his usual leading lady Flora Finch. Confusion over a stolen ticket puts Finch in jail.

Starring: John Bunny, Flora Finch, Charles Eldridge, Frank Mason, Joseph Baker ..
Directed by: George D. Baker
Release date: 1913-07-21
Best Movies of 1913 : A Strong Revenge

A Strong Revenge

5.1/10 IMDB

Cobbler Meyer puts Limburger cheese in the shoes of grocer Schnitz to sabotage his attendance with Mabel at a house party.

Starring: Mack Sennett, Mabel Normand, Ford Sterling, Nick Cogley, Laura Oakley, William Hauber, Hale Studebaker, Dot Farley, Carmen Phillips, Charles Avery ..
Directed by: Mack Sennett
Release date: 1913-03-09
Best Movies of 1913 : The Disappearance of Onésime

The Disappearance of Onésime

5.0/10 IMDB

When Onésime gets declared dead by drowning, the supposed-widow consults a private detective specialized in missing persons.

Starring: Ernest Bourbon, Gaston Modot ..
Directed by: Jean Durand
Release date: 1913-01-01

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