Best Movies of 1925

1.

The Gold Rush

5.9

A lone prospector ventures into Alaska looking for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters and falls in love with the beautiful Georgia. He tries to win her heart with his singular charm.

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Henry Bergman
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1925-06-25
2.

The Phantom of the Opera

5.3

A grotesquely disfigured composer known as "The Phantom" haunts Paris' opera house, where he's secretly grooming Christine Daae to be an opera diva. Luring her to his remote underground lair, The Phantom declares his love. But Christine loves Raoul de Chagny and plans to elope with him. When The Phantom learns this, he abducts Christine.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, John St. Polis
Directed by: Rupert Julian
Release date: 1925-09-06
3.

The Big Parade

4.3

The story of an idle rich boy who joins the US Army's Rainbow Division and is sent to France to fight in World War I, becomes friends with two working class men, experiences the horrors of trench warfare, and finds love with a French girl.

Starring: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth, Claire McDowell, Claire Adams
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1925-11-05
4.

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

4.3

After having not seen one another in years, wealthy Jewish citizen Judah Ben-Hur and his boyhood close friend Messala, now a Roman tribune, happen to meet. When an accident occurs, Messala, who has become small-minded and arrogant, seeks to destroy the lives of Judah and his family members.

Starring: Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Carmel Myers, Nigel De Brulier
Directed by: Fred Niblo, Charles Brabin, Christy Cabanne, J.J. Cohn, Rex Ingram
Release date: 1925-12-30
5.

Greed

4.1

A lottery win of $5,000 forever changes the lives of a miner turned dentist and his wife.

Starring: Zasu Pitts, Gibson Gowland, Jean Hersholt, Dale Fuller, Tempe Pigott
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim
Release date: 1925-01-26
6.

Seven Chances

4.1
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Struggling stockbroker Jimmie Shannon learns that, if he gets married by 7 p.m. on his 27th birthday -- which is today -- he'll inherit $7 million from an eccentric relative.
Starring: Buster Keaton, T. Roy Barnes, Snitz Edwards, Ruth Dwyer, Frances Raymond
Directed by: Buster Keaton
Release date: 1925-03-11
7.

The Freshman

3.9
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Harold Lamb is so excited about going to college that he has been working to earn spending money, practicing college yells, and learning a special way of introducing himself that he saw in a movie. When he arrives at Tate University, he soon becomes the target of practical jokes and ridicule. With the help of his one real friend Peggy, he resolves to make every possible effort to become popular.
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict, Hazel Keener, Joseph Harrington
Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Release date: 1925-09-20
8.

The Eagle

3.7
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Vladimir Dubrouvsky, a lieutenant in the Russian army, catches the eye of Czarina Catherine II. He spurns her advances and flees, and she puts out a warrant for his arrest, dead or alive. Vladimir learns that his father's lands have been taken by the evil Kyrilla Troekouroff, and his father dies. He dons a black mask, and becomes the outlaw The Black Eagle. He enters the Troekouroff household disguised as a French instructor for Kyrilla's daughter Mascha. He is after vengeance, but instead falls in love with Mascha.
Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky, Louise Dresser, Albert Conti, James A. Marcus
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1925-11-08
9.

The Unholy Three

3.7
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Three sideshow performers leave their lives of captivity and form a conspiracy known as "The Unholy Three" - a sideshow ventriloquist, midget, and strongman work together to commit a series of robberies.
Starring: Lon Chaney, Mae Busch, Matt Moore, Victor McLaglen, Harry Earles
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1925-09-16
10.

Go West

3.7
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With little luck at keeping a job in the city a New Yorker tries work in the country and eventually finds his way leading a herd of cattle to the West Coast
Starring: Buster Keaton, Howard Truesdale, Kathleen Myers, Ray Thompson, Brown Eyes
Directed by: Buster Keaton
Release date: 1925-11-01
11.

Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life

3.3
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A silent documentary which follows a branch of the Bakhtiari tribe of Persia as they and their herds make their seasonal journey to better pastures.
Starring: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Marguerite Harrison, Haidar Khan
Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Release date: 1925-03-20
12.

Stage Struck

3.3
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Stage Struck (1925) is a silent comedy film starring Gloria Swanson, Lawrence Gray, Gertrude Astor, and Ford Sterling. The film was directed by Allan Dwan, and released by Paramount Pictures with sequences filmed in the early two-color Technicolor. The film, including its Technicolor sequences was restored by the George Eastman House film archive in 2004.
Starring: Gloria Swanson, Lawrence Gray, Gertrude Astor, Oliver Sandys, Ford Sterling
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1925-11-16
13.

Little Annie Rooney

3.3
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A feisty little girl, the daughter of a beat cop, faces the challenges of growing up in a tough city neighborhood.
Starring: Mary Pickford, William Haines, Walter James, Gordon Griffith, Carlo Schipa
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1925-10-18
14.

Lady Windermere's Fan

3.1
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Mrs Erlynne, the mother of Lady Windermere - her daughter does not know about her - wants to be introduced in society, so that she can marry Lord Augustus Lorton. Lord Windermere, who helped her with a cheque, invites her to his wifes birthday-party, but Lady Windermere thinks, she has reason to be jealous, so she decides to leave her husband and go to Lord Darlington, who is pining for her. Mrs Erlynne finds this out and tries to prevent her of this mistake, but her daughter leaves her fan in Lord Darlingtons residence.
Starring: Ronald Colman, May McAvoy, Bert Lytell, Irene Rich, Edward Martindel
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1925-12-26
15.

What Price Goofy?

3.1
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Jamison has a very jealous wife. Mrs. Jamison has a very gossipy friend. When the friend spots Jamison on the street talking to an attractive young woman, she reports back to Mrs. Jamison that her husband is obviously having an affair. Mrs. Jamison storms out, and a few minutes later a guest arrives for a visit -- a Professor Brown. Jamison doesn't realize the professor is a woman, and Mrs. Jamison, who has returned, doesn't realize the woman is Professor Brown. She presumes she has caught her husband with his mistress. A dancing butler, a game-playing dog, and a very accommodating burglar complicate the situation.
Starring: Charley Chase, Katherine Grant, Lucian Littlefield, Jane Sherman, Buddy the Dog
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1925-06-06
16.

The Red Kimona

3.1
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A woman is abandoned by her lover and prostitution is the only way she has to survive.
Starring: Priscilla Bonner, Nellie Bly Baker, Carl Miller, Mary Carr, Virginia Pearson
Directed by: Walter Lang, Dorothy Davenport
Release date: 1925-11-15
17.

Don Q Son of Zorro

3.0
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Returning to the legend that inspired his first swashbuckling adventure, Fairbanks appeared in DON Q, SON OF ZORRO. Don Cesar De Vega (Fairbanks) crosses swords with a vicious member of the Queen's Guard (Donald Crisp, who also directed), and steals the affection of a young heiress (Mary Astor). When the officer frames the young upstart for murder, Don Cesar fakes his own death and retreats to the crumbling ruins of the family castle he plots his vengeance.
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Astor, Donald Crisp, Jack McDonald, Warner Oland
Directed by: Donald Crisp
Release date: 1925-06-15
18.

A Woman of the World

2.8
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A European countess, after being betrayed by her lover, goes to live in small town Middle America with her cousins and causes havoc among the rather puritanical community members.
Starring: Pola Negri, Charles Emmett Mack, Holmes Herbert, Blanche Mehaffey, Chester Conklin
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1925-12-28
19.

Beggar on Horseback

2.7
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Neil McRae, an impoverished composer, loves Cynthia Mason, but, fearing poverty, proposes to wealthy Gladys Cady. Can he compose himself and find the courage to seek love over comfort?
Starring: Edward Everett Horton, Esther Ralston, Erwin Connelly, Gertrude Short, Ethel Wales
Directed by: James Cruze
Release date: 1925-06-05
20.

Body and Soul

2.7
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A minister is malevolent and sinister behind his righteous facade. He consorts with, and later extorts from, the owner of a gambling house, and betrays an honest girl, eventually driving them both to ruin.
Starring: Paul Robeson, Marshall Rogers, Lawrence Chenault, Chester A. Alexander, Walter Cornick
Directed by: Oscar Micheaux
Release date: 1925-11-09

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