Best Movies of 1923

1.

Safety Last!

5.9

When a store clerk organizes a contest to climb the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself.

Starring: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother, Noah Young, Westcott Clarke
Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Release date: 1923-04-01
2.

Our Hospitality

4.0
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A man returns to his Appalachian homestead. On the trip, he falls for a young woman. The only problem is her family has vowed to kill every member of his family.
Starring: Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts, Natalie Talmadge, Francis X. Bushman Jr., Craig Ward
Directed by: John G. Blystone, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1923-11-19
3.

The Pilgrim

3.8
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The Tramp is an escaped convict who is mistaken as a pastor in a small town church.
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Kitty Bradbury, Syd Chaplin, Mack Swain
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1923-02-26
4.

Three Ages

3.7
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The rituals of courtship, romantic rivalry and love play out three times as a man vies with a villain for the girl. In the Stone Age, the rivalry is set off by dinosaurs, a turtle used as a ouija board, and a round of golf with stones. In ancient Rome, the men display their brawn through a chariot race, using dogs instead of horses. In contemporary times, the man finds himself overcome by modernity, including a very fragile car.
Starring: Buster Keaton, Margaret Leahy, Wallace Beery, Joe Roberts, Lillian Lawrence
Directed by: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1923-09-24
5.

A Woman of Paris

3.7
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When Marie St. Clair believes she has been jilted by her artist fiance Jean, she decides to leave for Paris on her own. After spending a year in the city as a mistress of the wealthy Pierre Revel, she is reunited with Jean by chance. This leaves her with the choice between a glamorous life in Paris, and the true love she left behind.
Starring: Edna Purviance, Clarence Geldart, Carl Miller, Lydia Knott, Charles K. French
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1923-10-01
6.

Why Worry?

3.7
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Harold Van Pelham (Lloyd) is a hypochondriac, rich businessman who sails to the tropics for his 'health.' Instead of the peace and seclusion he is seeking, he finds himself in the middle of a revolution. He is imprisoned where he befriends the friendly giant, Colosso (Aasen), and they engineer an escape. Together, they quell the revolution.
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, John Aasen, Wallace Howe, Jim Mason
Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Release date: 1923-09-09
7.

The Ten Commandments

3.7
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The first part tells the story of Moses leading the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land, his receipt of the tablets and the worship of the golden calf. The second part shows the efficacy of the commandments in modern life through a story set in San Francisco. Two brothers, rivals for the love of Mary, also come into conflict when John discovers Dan used shoddy materials to construct a cathedral.
Starring: Theodore Roberts, Charles De Rochefort, Estelle Taylor, Julia Faye, Pat Moore
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1923-11-23
8.

The Love Nest

3.6
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In an attempt to forget his lost sweetheart, Buster takes a long trip at the sea when he's caught by pirates.
Starring: Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts, Virginia Fox
Directed by: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1923-03-01
9.

Scaramouche

3.2
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A law student becomes an outlaw French revolutionary when he decides to avenge the unjust killing of his friend. To get close to the aristocrat who has killed his friend the student adopts the identity of Scaramouche the clown.
Starring: Ramon Novarro, Alice Terry, Lewis Stone, Lloyd Ingraham, Julia Swayne Gordon
Directed by: Rex Ingram
Release date: 1923-09-15
10.

The White Sister

3.2
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Angela Chiaromonte (Lillian Gish) is the daughter of a wealthy Italian prince who is killed in a fall from his horse. Though Angela stands to inherit half of a large estate, her older half-sister burns the will and thus inherits everything herself, throwing Angela into poverty. Fortunately, Angela is engaged to marry dashing Captain Giovanni Severi (Ronald Colman) - but he soon is captured by Arabs while on an expedition to Africa. Believing him dead, Angela, dedicating her life to his memory, becomes a nun, unaware that her lover has escaped his captors and is returning to Italy! The dramatic climax takes place against a backdrop of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Starring: Lillian Gish, Ronald Colman, Gail Kane, J. Barney Sherry, Charles Lane
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1923-09-05
11.

Gunnar Hede's Saga

3.1
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Gunnar Hede is raised by a strict mother, who wants him to become respectable to match his family’s wealth. He is more interested in his grandfather, who started as an itinerant violin player, but got rich by leading a herd of wild reindeer south to market. He falls for a violinist working with a married couple of traveling performers and renounces his fortune to go with them. He then tries to earn a fortune by driving reindeer to market, but it doesn’t work out and he goes insane. He is finally restored to sanity by the violinist when she returns with the performers. - imdb
Starring: Gustav Aronson, Hugo Björne, Pauline Brunius, Einar Hanson, Stina Berg
Directed by: Mauritz Stiller
Release date: 1923-01-01
12.

The Extra Girl

3.1
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Sue Graham is a small town girl who wants to be a motion picture star. She wins a contract when a picture of a very pretty girl is sent to a studio instead of her picture. When she arrives in Hollywood, the mistake is discovered and she starts working in the props department of the studio instead. Her parents then come out to California and invest some money with a very shifty individual.
Starring: Mabel Normand, Ralph Graves, George Nichols, Anna Dodge, Vernon Dent
Directed by: F. Richard Jones
Release date: 1923-10-28
13.

Souls for Sale

3.1
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A young woman hits Hollywood, determined to become a star.
Starring: Eleanor Boardman, Frank Mayo, Richard Dix, Mae Busch, Barbara La Marr
Directed by: Rupert Hughes
Release date: 1923-04-22
14.

Rosita

2.9
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The King tosses Rosita in jail and when Don Diego, who Rosita loves, tries to defend her, he too is thrown in jail. While Don Diego is sentenced to be executed, the King lusts after Rosita and decides to put her up in a luxurious villa. To give her a title, he marries her to a masked nobleman, who turns out to be Don Diego.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Holbrook Blinn, Irene Rich, George Walsh, Charles Belcher
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch, Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1923-09-03
15.

Salomé

2.8
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Based on Oscar Wilde's play telling the story of how Salomé agrees to dance for King Herod in return for the head of John the Baptist
Starring: Alla Nazimova, Nigel De Brulier, Mitchell Lewis, Rose Dione, Earl Schenck
Directed by: Charles Bryant, Alla Nazimova
Release date: 1923-02-15
16.

Alice's Wonderland

2.7
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Instead of Wonderland, Alice visits the Walt Disney animation room.
Starring: Virginia Davis, Walt Disney, Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Ub Iwerks
Directed by: Walt Disney
Release date: 1923-01-01
17.

Oranges and Lemons

2.4
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After getting into a scuffle with his boss and some co-workers, an orange packer tries to help another co-worker, only to wind up in a conflict with him as well. Trying to elude his boss, he heads inside the packing house, and visits with the women who are packing fruit into cases. Then he heads to a storage area, and tries to use the machinery to escape his pursuers
Starring: Stan Laurel, Katherine Grant, Eddie Baker, George Rowe, Sammy Brooks
Directed by: George Jeske
Release date: 1923-08-12
18.

Pathé Review: Monsters of the Past

2.4
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Sculptress Virginia May is seen making a clay model of a tyrannosaurus rex, which is animated using stop motion, and then fights a stop-motion triceratops. Although Miss May's only known relationship with the movies is this particular short, her contemporary, Willis O'Brien and his student Ray Harryhausen certainly made the field a lively one until computer animation caught up in the 1990s -- and arguably their artistry is still unsurpassed. (IMDb)
Starring: Virginia May
Release date: 1923-05-04
19.

Long Live the King

1.6
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A young crown prince, wishing to be just an ordinary boy, runs away with his friend. The king dies, and when the prince does not appear, the people begin to rise in revolution. When the crown prince finally hears the death knell for the late king he immediately attempts to return to the palace, however is abducted by revolutionaries and held captive. Will he be rescued in time to restore order?
Starring: Jackie Coogan, Rosemary Theby, Ruth Renick, Vera Lewis, Alan Hale
Directed by: Victor Schertzinger
Release date: 1923-11-26
20.

The White Rose

1.6
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A wealthy young Southern aristocrat, Joseph, graduates from a seminary and, before he takes charge of his assigned parish, decides to go out and see what "the real world" is all about. He winds up in New Orleans and finds himself attracted to a poor, unsophisticated orphan girl, Bessie. One thing leads to another, and before long Bessie finds that she is pregnant with Joseph's child.
Starring: Mae Marsh, Carol Dempster, Ivor Novello, Neil Hamilton, Lucille La Verne
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1923-05-21

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