Best Movies of 1916


Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages


The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, F.A. Turner, Sam De Grasse
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1916-09-04

The Pawnshop

Chaplin plays an assistant in a pawnshop run by Bergman. He engages in a slapstick battles with his fellow pawnshop assistant, deals with eccentric customers, and flirts with the pawnbroker's daughter. One customer, posing as a jewelry buyer, pulls a gun and tries to rob the place. Chaplin disarms him.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Henry Bergman, Edna Purviance, John Rand, Albert Austin
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1916-10-02

The Rink

After amusements working in a restaurant, Charlie uses his lunch break to go roller skating.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, James T. Kelley, Eric Campbell, Lloyd Bacon
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1916-12-04

Where Are My Children?

A District Attorney discovers his wife is part of a secret abortion ring.
Starring: Tyrone Power Sr., Helen Riaume, Marie Walcamp, Cora Drew, Rena Rogers
Directed by: Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley
Release date: 1916-04-16

The Half-Breed

In an attempt to brand himself as a serious actor, the smiling swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks starred in THE HALF-BREED (1916), a Western melodrama written by Anita Loos and directed with flair by Allan Dwan. Fairbanks stars as Lo Dorman, who has been ostracized from society because of this mixed ethnicity - his Native American mother was abandoned by his white father. When Lo catches the eye of the rich white debutante Nellie (Jewel Carmen), he becomes a target for the racist Sheriff Dunn (Sam De Grasse), who wants to break them up and take Nelli for his own. This love triangle becomes a quadrangle with the arrival of Teresa (Alma Rubens), who is on the run from the law. Through fire and fury Lo must decide who and what he truly loves.
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Alma Rubens, Sam De Grasse, Tom Wilson, Frank Brownlee
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1916-07-30

Poor Little Peppina

Holding a grudge against Robert Torrens and his wife, who live in Italy, a member of the Mafia kidnaps their infant daughter Lois. Fifteen years later, after having been raised by Italian peasants, Lois, now called Peppina, dresses as a boy and stows away on a ship to America in order to avoid a marriage to a particularly loathsome count. While aboard ship she befriends Hugh Carroll, an assistant district attorney, who arranges first-class transportation for the "boy." In New York, she once again meets her kidnapper, who fled to America after the crime. He forces Peppina to maintain the masculine disguise and to pass counterfeit bills for him, for which she is arrested. Peppina gladly exposes the kidnapper's operation to the authorities, one of whom, Hugh, recognizes her as the "boy" he met on the ship. Then, once the kidnapper has been apprehended, Peppina is reunited with her parents, after which she and Hugh, who has finally discovered that she is female, get married.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Eugene O'Brien, Antonio Maiori, Ernest Torti, Edwin Mordant
Directed by: Sidney Olcott
Release date: 1916-03-02

Joan the Woman

A WWI English officer is inspired the night before a dangerous mission by a vision of Joan of Arc, whose story he relives.
Starring: Geraldine Farrar, Raymond Hatton, Wallace Reid, Hobart Bosworth, Theodore Roberts
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1916-12-25

Sherlock Holmes

Long considered lost since its first release, the Gillette film is a vital missing link in the history of Holmes on screen.By the time the film was made, Gillette had been established as the world’s foremost interpreter of Holmes on stage. He gave his face and manner to the detective and inspired the classic illustrations of Frederic Dorr Steele.The film faithfully retains the play’s famous set pieces—Holmes’s encounter with Professor Moriarty, his daring escape from the Stepney Gas Chamber, and the tour-de-force deductions—and illustrates how Gillette wove bits from Conan Doyle’s stories, ranging from “A Scandal in Bohemia” to “The Final Problem,” into an original, innovative mystery play.
Starring: William Gillette, Ernest Maupain, Marjorie Kay, Edward Fielding, Stewart Robbins
Directed by: Arthur Berthelet
Release date: 1916-06-30

Her Defiance

A woman is deserted by her wealthy young lover.
Starring: Cleo Madison, Taylor N. Duncan, Edward Hearn, Willis Marks, Adele Farrington
Directed by: Joe King, Cleo Madison
Release date: 1916-01-14

A Natural Born Gambler

A lovable scoundrel is busted for gambling and thrown into jail, where he dreams of playing poker - but even in his dreams, he loses.
Starring: Bert Williams, Wes Jenkins
Directed by: Bert Williams
Release date: 1916-07-24

The Ocean Waif

An abused young woman finds safety and love in the arms of a famous novelist.
Starring: Carlyle Blackwell, Doris Kenyon, Edgar Norton, Fraunie Fraunholz, William Morris
Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché
Release date: 1916-11-02

Maria Rosa

Ramon loves Catalonian peasant Maria Rosa. He uses a knife belonging to her love Andreas to kill fisherman Pedro, so Andreas goes to jail for ten years. Maria will wait for him, but Ramon convinces her Andreas dies in prison so she agrees to marry him. On their wedding day Ramon is paroled. Maria then stabs Ramon.
Starring: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1916-05-07

Tom Brown's Schooldays

A squire's mischievous son becomes a boarder at Rugby.
Starring: Joyce Templeton, Jack Coleman, Miss Marley, Evelyn Boucher, Wilfred Benson
Directed by: Rex Wilson
Release date: 1916-03-26

Daphne and the Pirate

Philip de Mornay, a courtier in the French royal court of the 18th century, falls in love with Daphne La Tour, the daughter of a nobleman. Knowing that her family would never approve of their marriage, he takes her and hides her in a brothel, but is soon captured by pirates. Soldiers looking for women to bring with them to a settlement across the ocean in Louisiana raid the brothel and take the girls, including Daphne. Later on the trip to the new world their ship is attacked by pirates--and she discovers that her lover Philip is on board the pirate ship.
Starring: Lillian Gish, Elliott Dexter, Walter Long, Howard Gaye, Lucille Young
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1916-03-04

The Rejuvenation of Aunt Mary

The first time that Jack was threatened with expulsion from college his Aunt Mary was much surprised and decidedly vexed -- mainly at the college. His family were less surprised, viewing the young man through a clearer atmosphere than his Aunt Mary ever had, and knowing that he had barely escaped similar experiences earlier in his career by invariably leaving school the day before the board of inquiry convened.
Starring: Reggie Morris, Gertrude Bambrick, Kate Toncray, Dell Henderson
Directed by: Edward Dillon
Release date: 1916-03-15

Heaven Will Protect a Woiking Goil

Nell leaves for the big city in search of her missing father, followed by a helpless boyfriend hoping to protect her.
Starring: Russ Powell, Priscilla Dean, Arthur Moon, Paddy McGuire, Louise Owen
Directed by: John Francis Dillon
Release date: 1916-02-20

Fore and Aft

Musty Suffer at sea.
Starring: Harry Watson, Maxfield Moree
Directed by: Louis Myll
Release date: 1916-08-23

Hold Fast!

Musty Suffer gets accidentally kidnapped and has to box for his life.
Starring: Harry Watson, George Bickel, Rosa Gore, H.H. McCullum, Maxfield Moree
Directed by: Louis Myll
Release date: 1916-03-15

The Blue Riders

The story of a group of young Colonial patriots battling in the Revolutionary War against the hated British and their murderous American Indian allies.
Starring: Rex Archer, Grace Durkin, John Halliday, Henry Van Bousen, Edward Roseman
Directed by: John Raymond
Release date: 1916-10-01

The Cost of High Living

Vitagraph comedy starring William Duncan & Corinne Griffith about The Cost of High Living.
Starring: William Duncan, Corinne Griffith, Carmen Phillips, Edgar Keller, Anne Schaefer
Directed by: William Wolbert
Release date: 1916-05-22

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