Best Movies of 1921

1.

The Kid

6.0

Considered one of Charlie Chaplin's best films, The Kid also made a star of little Jackie Coogan, who plays a boy cared for by The Tramp when he's abandoned by his mother, Edna. Later, Edna has a change of heart and aches to be reunited with her son. When she finds him and wrests him from The Tramp, it makes for what turns out be one of the most heart-wrenching scenes ever included in a comedy.

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Edna Purviance, Albert Austin, Beulah Bains
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1921-01-21
2.

Tol'able David

4.1
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Young David Kinemon is a good-natured, easy-going lad in a mountain village. Circumstances force him to take his brother's place as mailman for the community, and this brings him into deadly contact with the vicious Hatburn brothers.
Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette, Walter P. Lewis, Ernest Torrence, Ralph Yearsley
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1921-12-31
3.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

4.0
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Set in the years before and during World War I, this epic tale tells the story of a rich Argentine family, one of its two descending branches being half of French heritage, the other being half German. Following the death of the family patriarch, the man's two daughters and their families resettle to France and Germany, respectively. In time the Great War breaks out, putting members of the family on opposing sides.
Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Josef Swickard, Alice Terry, Alan Hale, Pomeroy Cannon
Directed by: Rex Ingram
Release date: 1921-03-06
4.

The Goat

4.0
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A series of adventures begins when Buster is mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the evil bad guy.
Starring: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Malcolm St. Clair, Edward F. Cline
Directed by: Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1921-05-14
5.

Orphans of the Storm

4.0
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Henriette and Louise, a foundling, are raised together as sisters. When Louise goes blind, Henriette swears to take care of her forever. They go to Paris to see if Louise's blindness can be cured, but are separated when an aristocrat lusts after Henriette and abducts her. Only Chevalier de Vaudrey is kind to her, and they fall in love. The French Revolution replaces the corrupt Aristocracy with the equally corrupt Robespierre. De Vaudrey, who has always been good to peasants, is condemned to death for being an aristocrat, and Henriette for harboring him. Will revolutionary hero Danton, the only voice for mercy in the new regime, be able to save them from the guillotine?
Starring: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut, Frank Losee, Katherine Emmet
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1921-12-28
6.

The High Sign

3.9
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Buster is thrown off a train near an amusement park. There he gets a job in a shooting gallery run by the Blinking Buzzards mob. Ordered to kill a businessman, he winds up protecting the man and his daughter by outfitting their home with trick devices.
Starring: Buster Keaton, Bartine Burkett, Charles Dorety, Joe Roberts, Al St. John
Directed by: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1921-04-18
7.

The Play House

3.9
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After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.
Starring: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Virginia Fox, Joe Murphy, Joe Roberts
Directed by: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1921-10-26
8.

The Idle Class

3.7
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A tramp sneaks into a upper class golf resort. The tramp meets a rich woman who is having an argument with her drunken husband. Complications arise when she mistakes the tramp for her husband.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Mack Swain, Henry Bergman, Al Ernest Garcia
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1921-09-25
9.

The Sheik

3.6

Sheik Ahmed (Valentino) desperately desires fiesty British socialite Diana (Ayres), so he abducts her and carries her off to his luxurious desert tent-palace. The free-spirited Diana recoils from his passionate embraces and yearns to be released. Only after being kidnapped by desert bandits does Diana realize how much she has grown to love Ahmed, who comes to her rescue in the nick of time

Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Ruth Miller, George Waggner, Frank Butler
Directed by: George Melford
Release date: 1921-11-20
10.

The Haunted House

3.6
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Buster Keaton is a bank teller who becomes involved with a hold-up, counterfeiters, and a theatrical troupe posing as spooks in a haunted house.
Starring: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Edward F. Cline, Natalie Talmadge
Directed by: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1921-02-21
11.

Little Lord Fauntleroy

3.5
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An American boy turns out to be the long-lost heir of a British fortune. He is sent to live with the cold and unsentimental lord who oversees the trust.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Claude Gillingwater, Joseph J. Dowling, James A. Marcus, Kate Price
Directed by: Alfred E. Green, Jack Pickford
Release date: 1921-09-15
12.

Manhatta

3.4
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This groundbreaking silent documentary captures the beauty and majesty of the New York City in its streets, skyscrapers, bridges, rail yards and harbors.
Directed by: Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler
Release date: 1921-01-01
13.

The Haunted Castle

3.3

The sinister Count Oetsch scandalizes the aristocratic social gathering at Castle Vogelod as he announces his intention to "crash" the festivities. Baroness Safferst├Ątt is expected shortly, and the guests are well-aware of the rumors that Count Oetsch murdered the baroness' late husband. Oetsch refuses to leave, vowing that he will reveal the identity of the real killer. Before the weekend is through, the Count and Baroness will reveal secrets too shocking to be believed!

Starring: Arnold Korff, Lulu Kyser-Korff, Lothar Mehnert, Paul Bildt, Olga Tschechowa
Directed by: F.W. Murnau
Release date: 1921-04-07
14.

The Sky Pilot

3.2
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The sky pilot is a preacher who helps Gwen walk again after a near-fatal accident.
Starring: Colleen Moore, John Bowers, John Bowers, Harry Todd, James Corrigan
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1921-04-16
15.

Through The Back Door

3.2
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A young Belgian girl (Mary Pickford), raised by her longtime nanny, flees Europe at the advent of World War I and travels to America to find her real mother. This 1921 melodrama, co-directed by Alfred E. Green and Jack Pickford, also stars Gertrude Astor, John Harron, Helen Raymond and Adolphe Menjou.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Gertrude Astor, John Harron, Helen Raymond, Adolphe Menjou
Directed by: Alfred E. Green, Jack Pickford
Release date: 1921-05-05
16.

The Love Light

3.0
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Angela maintains a coastal lighthouse in Italy, where she awaits the return of her brothers from the war. She learns they are casualties and takes solace in the arms of an American sailor washed ashore. However, the sailor turns out to be a German spy, and she is torn between her love for him and her realization that he is part of the enemy force that has destroyed her family.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Evelyn Dumo, Raymond Bloomer, Fred Thomson, Albert Prisco
Directed by: Frances Marion
Release date: 1921-01-08
17.

The Blot

3.0
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Professor Griggs, teaching at the college, doesn't get paid a living wage; his next door neighbor, successful shoemaker Olsen, has money and plentiful food, while the Griggses have hardly any. When the professor's rich student Phil West falls for beautiful Griggs daughter Amelia and also befriends the poor Reverend Gates (a young man who is also in love with Amelia), he observes the difference in his life and theirs and tries to help make a difference.
Starring: Philip Hubbard, Margaret McWade, Claire Windsor, Louis Calhern, Marie Walcamp
Directed by: Lois Weber
Release date: 1921-09-04
18.

Camille

3.0
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Camille is a courtesan in Paris. She falls deeply in love with a young man of promise, Armand Duval. When Armand's father begs her not to ruin his hope of a career and position by marrying Armand, she acquiesces and leaves her lover. However, when poverty and terminal illness overwhelm her, Camille discovers that Armand has not lost his love for her.
Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Alla Nazimova, Rex Cherryman, Arthur Hoyt, Zeffie Tilbury
Directed by: Ray C. Smallwood
Release date: 1921-09-26
19.

Seven Years Bad Luck

3.0
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After breaking a mirror in his home, superstitious Max tries to avoid situations which could bring bad luck but in doing so, causes himself the worst luck imaginable.
Starring: Max Linder, Alta Allen, Ralph McCullough, Betty K. Peterson, F.B. Crayne
Directed by: Max Linder
Release date: 1921-02-06
20.

The Three Musketeers

2.8
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The young Gascon D'Artagnan arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the king's Musketeers. He is taken under the wings of three of the most respected and feared Musketeers, Porthos, Aramis, and Athos. Together they fight to save France and the honor of a lady from the machinations of the powerful Cardinal Richelieu.
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Adolphe Menjou, Mary MacLaren, Nigel De Brulier, Thomas Holding
Directed by: Fred Niblo
Release date: 1921-08-28

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