Best Movies of 1919

1.

Broken Blossoms

3.9

The love story of an abused English girl and a Chinese Buddhist in a time when London was a brutal and harsh place to live.

Starring: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp, Arthur Howard, Edward Peil Sr.
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1919-05-13
2.

Daddy-Long-Legs

3.8
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Wealthy Jervis Pendleton acts as benefactor for orphan Judy Abbott, anonymously sponsoring her in her boarding school. But as she grows up, he finds himself falling in love with her, and she with him, though she does not know that the man she has fallen for is her benefactor.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Milla Davenport, Percy Haswell, Fay Lemport, Mahlon Hamilton
Directed by: Marshall Neilan
Release date: 1919-05-11
3.

True Heart Susie

3.8
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True Heart Susie (Gish) secretly loves her neighbor, William Jenkins (Harron), but neither, it seems, can confess their feelings for each other.
Starring: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Wilbur Higby, Loyola O'Connor, George Fawcett
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1919-06-01
4.

Male and Female

3.8
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Gloria Swanson plays a spoiled maiden who always gets her way until shipwrecked with her butler, then learns which qualities are really admirable in a person.
Starring: Thomas Meighan, Theodore Roberts, Raymond Hatton, Robert Cain, Gloria Swanson
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1919-11-23
5.

Sunnyside

3.5
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Chaplin plays a handyman at a hotel. His love interest in the village is the girl played by Edna Purviance. A young man from the city arrives and appears to have an eye for Edna too. Chaplin tries to win her back.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Tom Wilson, Tom Terriss, Henry Bergman
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1919-06-15
6.

Blind Husbands

3.4
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An Austrian military officer and roue' attempts to seduce the wife of a surgeon. The two men confront each other in a test of abilities that ends surprisingly.
Starring: Erich von Stroheim, Gibson Gowland, Sam De Grasse, Francelia Billington, Fay Holderness
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim
Release date: 1919-10-21
7.

A Day's Pleasure

3.4
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A quickly made Chaplin two-reeler to help fill a gap while working on his first feature The Kid. It's about a an outing with his wife and kids and things don't go smoothly.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Babe London, Loyal Underwood
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1919-12-15
8.

A Romance of Happy Valley

3.2
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John Logan leaves his parents and sweetheart in bucolic Happy Valley to make his fortune in the city. Those he left behind become miserable and beleaguered in his absence, but after several years he returns, a wealthy man. But his embittered father, not recognizing him for who he is, plans to murder the newly- arrived "stranger" for his money.
Starring: Lillian Gish, Lydia Yeamans Titus, Robert Harron, Kate Bruce, George Fawcett
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1919-01-26
9.

Heart o' the Hills

2.9
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Family tensions in the Kentucky hills are inflamed by an outsider's dishonest scheme to exploit the area for its coal.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Harold Goodwin, Fred Huntley, Claire McDowell, Sam De Grasse
Directed by: Joseph De Grasse, Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1919-11-30
10.

The Hoodlum

2.9
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A spoiled young rich girl is forced by misfortune to fight for survival in the slums and alleys, where she becomes involved with all manner of unpleasantness.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Ralph Lewis, Kenneth Harlan, T.D. Crittenden, Aggie Herring
Directed by: Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1919-08-31
11.

Bumping Into Broadway

2.9
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A young playwright spends his last cent to pay the past-due rent for the pretty dancer who's his boarding house next-door neighbor. Soon after, he winds up at a gambling club, where he wins big - just before a police raid.
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, 'Snub' Pollard, Helen Gilmore, Noah Young
Directed by: Hal Roach
Release date: 1919-11-02
12.

Back Stage

2.8
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Roscoe and Buster give a bullying Strongman the what-for, and after the performance troupe quits it's up to Fatty and Buster and St. John to keep the show going.
Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John, Molly Malone, Charles A. Post
Directed by: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Release date: 1919-09-07
13.

Scarlet Days

2.7
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A romantic bandit named Alvarez, wanted for raids on the mining camps of the California gold rush in 1849, is reformed by the love of a good woman.
Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Eugenie Besserer, Carol Dempster, Clarine Seymour, Ralph Graves
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1919-11-18
14.

The Hayseed

2.6
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Buster manages the store while Roscoe delivers the mail, taking time out for hide-and-seek with Molly. The constable, also interested in Molly, steals $300 while being observed by Buster.
Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Molly Malone, Jack Coogan Sr.
Directed by: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Release date: 1919-10-26
15.

Just Neighbors

2.5
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Suburban neighbors (Lloyd and Pollard) join together to build a garden shed, but through carelessness, wind up ruining the garden, as well as the laundry, which is drying in the yard.
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, 'Snub' Pollard
Directed by: Harold Lloyd, Frank Terry
Release date: 1919-07-13
16.

Next Aisle Over

2.4
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In this Harold Lloyd short, a salesman demolishes a department store while helping the unlucky customers.
Starring: Harold Lloyd, 'Snub' Pollard, Bebe Daniels
Release date: 1919-03-30
17.

Der Mädchenhirt

1.7
"The Girl's Shirt" - at that time a common name for a pimp. About promiscuity and naivety leading up to complicated situations.
Starring: Roma Bahn, Peter Arnolds, Magnus Stifter, Rose Lichtenstein, Lotte Stein
Directed by: Karl Grune
Release date: 1919-10-10
18.

Unknown Love

1.4
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Doris Parker, the daughter of an American Marine Officer, becomes Harry Townsend's pen pal. Harry is a young American soldier with no family who has gone to fight in France. As they exchange letters, Doris falls for Harry, despite advances made by Jack Tims, a captain of the Royal Navy training with the American Marines. On the front in France, Harry's face is wounded. Overwhelmed by the news, Doris asks Jack Tims to take Harry onboard a ship he is taking to France. During the voyage, Jack foils an attack from an enemy submarine but is wounded in the battle and dies.
Starring: Dolores Cassinelli, E.K. Lincoln, Warren Cook, Robert Elliott, Bradley Barker
Directed by: Léonce Perret
Release date: 1919-04-26
19.

Marked Men

1.1
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Lost film. A remake of 1916's "The Three Godfathers," which also starred Harry Carey. Director John Ford would adapt the Peter B. Kyne story again in 1948's "3 Godfathers."
Starring: Harry Carey, Winifred Westover, J. Farrell MacDonald, Joe Harris, Ted Brooks
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1919-12-21
20.

Bare Fists

1.0
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Harry's father is killed in a gunfight, and his mother makes him swear he'll never again use his gun, and rely only on his bare fists. But when his little brother is branded on the chest by cattle rustlers, will Harry break his promise?
Starring: Harry Carey, Betty Schade, Joe Harris, Vester Pegg, Mollie McConnell
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1919-05-05

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