Best Movies of 1914


Neptune's Daughter

The daughter of King Neptune takes on human form to avenge the death of her young sister, who was caught in a fishing net. However, she falls in love with the king, the man she holds responsible.
Starring: Annette Kellerman, William E. Shay, William Welsh, Leah Baird, Mrs. Herbert Brenon
Directed by: Herbert Brenon
Release date: 1914-04-14

Gertie the Dinosaur

Although not the first feature-length animated film, as is sometimes thought, it was the first cartoon to feature a character with an appealing personality. The appearance of a true character distinguished it from earlier animated "trick films", such as those of Blackton and Cohl, and makes it the predecessor to later popular cartoons such as those by Walt Disney. The film was also the first to be created using keyframe animation.
Starring: Winsor McCay, George McManus, Roy L. McCardell, Thomas A. 'Tad' Dorgan, Tom Powers
Directed by: Winsor McCay
Release date: 1914-09-15

Judith of Bethulia

The story is from the Biblical Book of Judith. During the siege of the Jewish city of Bethulia by the Assyrians led by the brutish Holofernes (Henry Walthall), a widow named Judith (Blanche Sweet) has a plan to stop the war as her people suffer starvation and are ready to surrender.
Starring: Blanche Sweet, Henry B. Walthall, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Kate Bruce
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1914-03-08

Tillie's Punctured Romance

A womanizing city man meets Tillie in the country, after a fight with his girlfriend. When he sees that Tillie's father has a very large bankroll for his workers, he persuades her to elope with him.
Starring: Marie Dressler, Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Mack Swain, Charles Bennett
Directed by: Mack Sennett
Release date: 1914-11-14

The Rounders

Two drunks fight with their wives and then go out and get even drunker.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Phyllis Allen, Minta Durfee, Al St. John
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1914-09-07

Laughing Gas

Although only a dental assistant, Charlie pretends to be the dentist. After receiving too much anesthesia, a patient can't stop laughing, so Charlie knocks him out with a club.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Fritz Schade, Alice Howell, Joseph Sutherland, Slim Summerville
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1914-07-09

The Masquerader

Charlie plays an actor who bungles several scenes and is kicked out. He returns convincingly dressed as a lady and charms the director, but Charlie never makes it into the film. The plot involving a guy dressing up as a woman is quite popular in old silent movies.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Chester Conklin, Charles Murray, Jess Dandy
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1914-08-27

Kid Auto Races at Venice


The Tramp interferes with the celebration of several kid auto races in Venice, California (Junior Vanderbilt Cup Race, Jan. 10 and 11, 1914), standing himself in the way of the cameraman who is filming the event.

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Henry Lehrman, Frank D. Williams, Gordon Griffith
Directed by: Henry Lehrman
Release date: 1914-02-07

Making a Living


A swindler scams a journalist to get some money and then applies for a job at his newspaper.

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Henry Lehrman, Virginia Kirtley, Alice Davenport, Minta Durfee
Directed by: Henry Lehrman
Release date: 1914-02-02

A Film Johnnie

The Tramp, a film Johnnie (someone who loiters near theaters or studios to meet stars or get a job), attempts to meet his favorite movie actress at the Keystone Studio, but does not win friends there.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Ford Sterling, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, Peggy Pearce
Directed by: George Nichols
Release date: 1914-03-02

The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'

Thwarted by his despotic uncle from continuing his love affair, a young man turns to thoughts of murder. Experiencing a series of visions, he sees murder as a normal course of events in life and kills his uncle. Tortured by his conscience, his future sanity is uncertain as he is assailed by nightmarish visions of what he has done.
Starring: Henry B. Walthall, Spottiswoode Aitken, Blanche Sweet, George Siegmann, Ralph Lewis
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1914-08-02

Mabel's Strange Predicament


The Tramp gets drunk in a hotel lobby and causes some misunderstandings between Mabel and her lover.

Starring: Mabel Normand, Charlie Chaplin, Chester Conklin, Alice Davenport, Harry McCoy
Directed by: Mabel Normand
Release date: 1914-02-14

Between Showers

Mr. Snookie steals an umbrella and then, while trying to help a woman to cross a puddle, the Tramp appears.
Starring: Ford Sterling, Charlie Chaplin, Chester Conklin, Emma Bell Clifton, Edward Nolan
Directed by: Henry Lehrman
Release date: 1914-02-28

The Squaw Man

Blamed for th theft of an orphans fund, Captain James Wynnegate flees to the West where he makes a new life with the Indian woman Nat-U-Rich
Starring: Dustin Farnum, Monroe Salisbury, Winifred Kingston, Red Wing, Mrs. A.W. Filson
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1914-02-14

Tess of the Storm Country

A young girl, squatting on a wealthy man's land fights for her fellow squatters' right to stay.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Harold Lockwood, Olive Carey, David Hartford, Louise Dunlap
Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1914-03-30

The New Janitor

The hero, a janitor played by Chaplin, is fired from work for accidentally knocking his bucket of water out the window and onto his boss the chief banker (Tandy). Meanwhile, one of the junior managers (Dillon) is being threatened with exposure by his bookie for gambling debts unpaid. Thus the manager decides to steal from the company.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Jess Dandy, John T. Dillon, Al St. John, Glen Cavender
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1914-09-14

A Christmas Carol

A miser is reformed by visions of past, present and future.
Starring: Charles Rock, Edna Flugrath, George Bellamy, Mary Brough
Directed by: Harold M. Shaw
Release date: 1914-11-10

Home, Sweet Home

John Howard Payne leaves home and begins a career in the theater. Despite encouragement from his mother and his sweetheart, Payne begins to lead a life of dissolute habits, and this soon leads to ruin and misery. In deep despair, he thinks of better days, and writes a song that later provides inspiration to several others in their own times of need.
Starring: Henry B. Walthall, Josephine Crowell, Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Mae Marsh
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1914-05-16


Based on Charles Perrault's fairy tale: Cinderella is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, but she is able to go to the Royal Ball with the help of the Fairy Godmother.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Owen Moore, Isabel Vernon, Georgia Wilson, Lucille Carney
Directed by: James Kirkwood
Release date: 1914-12-28

His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz

A wicked king has taken over the Emerald City, and wants his daughter, Princess Gloria to marry the horrid courtier Googly-Goo, though she loves Pon, the Gardener's Boy. The camera follows two farmers placing a Scarecrow upon a pole in a cornfield. Pon rescues a Kansas girl named Dorothy from the evil witch Mombi, whom Princess Gloria has been taken to by King Krewl to freeze her heart so she will no longer love Pon. An Indian princess has a ceremony to bring the Scarecrow to life. Pon rescues the cold-hearted princess and they flee for help, discovering the Scarecrow, who promptly falls in love with the princess, and Button-Bright, a lost boy from America. They come to the castle of the Tin Emperor, Nick Chopper, and after oiling him, he falls in love with Gloria. After a bit of a chase aided by the Sawhorse and the Wizard, Mombi turns Pon into a Kangaroo, and a slough of Fred Woodward's animals battle it out.
Starring: Violet MacMillan, Frank Moore, Pierre Couderc, Fred Woodward, Raymond Russell
Directed by: L. Frank Baum, J. Farrell MacDonald
Release date: 1914-10-14

Also check Best movies of 1913.

Check out our top containing the Best Movies of 1914. This top was obtained with our unique algorithm ordered by our unique ranking system.