Best Movies of 1926


The General

8.1/10 IMDB

During America’s Civil War, Union spies steal engineer Johnnie Gray's beloved locomotive, 'The General'—with Johnnie's lady love aboard an attached boxcar—and he single-handedly must do all in his power to both get The General back and to rescue Annabelle.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley, Frederick Vroom, Charles Henry Smith, Frank Barnes, Joe Keaton, Mike Donlin, Tom Nawn ..
Directed by: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1926-12-25
Best Movies of 1926 : Flesh and the Devil

Flesh and the Devil

7.6/10 IMDB

When lifelong best friends Leo and Ulrich return home after completing their military training, Leo meets the stunning Felicitas at a railway station and is mesmerized by her beauty. A scandal follows, for which Leo is sent away. Returning home three years later, he discovers that much has changed.

Starring: John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, Lars Hanson, Barbara Kent, George Fawcett, Eugenie Besserer, Marc McDermott, Marcelle Corday, Philippe De Lacy, Polly Moran ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1926-12-25


7.4/10 IMDB

Molly, the eldest child of a group of orphans being used as slaves on a farm hidden deep in a swamp, must rescue the others when their cruel master decides that one of them will be disposed of.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Roy Stewart, Mary Louise Miller, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Charlotte Mineau, Spec O'Donnell, Lloyd Whitlock, Billy Butts, Monty O'Grady, Jack Lavine ..
Directed by: William Beaudine, Tom McNamara
Release date: 1926-09-19
Best Movies of 1926 : For Heaven's Sake

For Heaven's Sake

7.5/10 IMDB

An irresponsible young millionaire changes his tune when he falls for the daughter of a downtown minister.

Starring: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Noah Young, Jim Mason, Paul Weigel, Constantine Romanoff, Richard Daniels, Oscar Smith, Robert Dudley, Hal Craig ..
Directed by: Sam Taylor
Release date: 1926-04-05
Best Movies of 1926 : Bardelys the Magnificent

Bardelys the Magnificent

7.1/10 IMDB

Rafael Sabatini's story of the swashbuckling era and of Bardeleys, the handsome courtier who could win any woman he set his mind to...and was not above boasting about it to all who would listen.

Starring: John Gilbert, Eleanor Boardman, Roy D'Arcy, Lionel Belmore, Emily Fitzroy, John Wayne, Joan Crawford, Arthur Lubin, Theodore von Eltz, Karl Dane ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1926-09-30
Best Movies of 1926 : 3 Bad Men

3 Bad Men

7.5/10 IMDB

Three outlaws come to the aid of a young girl after her father is killed.

Starring: George O’Brien, Olive Borden, Lou Tellegen, Tom Santschi, Frank Campeau, J. Farrell MacDonald, Priscilla Bonner, Otis Harlan, Phyllis Haver, Alec B. Francis ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1926-08-28
Best Movies of 1926 : The Return of Grey Wolf

The Return of Grey Wolf

7.8/10 IMDB

Grey Wolf, a German Shepherd Dog, leads the human hero to victory in this silent western.

Starring: James Pierce, Helen Lynch, Walter Shumway, Edward Coxen, Lionel Belmore, Whitehorse ..
Directed by: Jack Rollens
Release date: 1926-01-01
Best Movies of 1926 : The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow

7.3/10 IMDB

When Prince Danilo falls in love with American dancer Sally O'Hara, his uncle, King Nikita I of Monteblanco, forbids him to marry her because Sally is a commoner. Thinking she has been jilted by her prince, Sally marries wealthy Baron Sadoja. When the elderly man dies suddenly, Sally must be wooed all over again by Danilo.

Starring: Mae Murray, John Gilbert, Roy D'Arcy, Josephine Crowell, George Fawcett, Tully Marshall, Edward Connelly, Sidney Bracey, Albert Conti, Joan Crawford ..
Directed by: Erich von Stroheim
Release date: 1926-09-27

Tell It to the Marines

7.1/10 IMDB

U.S. Marine Sergeant O'Hara has his hands full training raw recruits, one of whom, 'Skeets' Burns, is a particular thorn in his side. If Burns's lackadaisical approach to the military were not bad enough, he also makes advances on nurse Nora Dale, whom Sergeant O'Hara secretly loves. Nora is oblivious to O'Hara's feelings and is attracted to the handsome 'Skeet.' But an indiscretion turns her against him, and it takes an expedition to China and a battle with a warlord's bandit brigade to sort things out among the nurse and her two Marines.

Starring: Lon Chaney, William Haines, Eleanor Boardman, Eddie Gribbon, Carmel Myers, Warner Oland, Mitchell Lewis, Frank Currier, Maurice E. Kains, Lori Bara ..
Directed by: George W. Hill
Release date: 1926-12-23
Best Movies of 1926 : The Black Pirate

The Black Pirate

7.0/10 IMDB

A nobleman vows to avenge the death of his father by the hands of pirates. To this end, he infiltrates the pirate band; Acting in character, he single-handedly captures a merchant vessel, but things are complicated when he finds that there is a beautiful young woman of royal blood aboard.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Billie Dove, Anders Randolf, Donald Crisp, Tempe Pigott, Sam De Grasse, Charles Stevens, John Wallace, Fred Becker, Charles Belcher ..
Directed by: Albert Parker
Release date: 1926-03-08
Best Movies of 1926 : Ella Cinders

Ella Cinders

7.0/10 IMDB

Poor Ella Cinders is much abused by her evil step-mother and step-sisters. When she wins a local beauty contest she jumps at the chance to get out of her dead-end life and go to Hollywood, where she is promised a job in the movies. When she arrives in Hollywood, she discovers that the contest was a scam and the job non-existent. But through pluck, luck, and talent, she makes it in the movies anyway, and finds true love.

Starring: Colleen Moore, Lloyd Hughes, Vera Lewis, Doris Baker, Emily Gerdes, Mike Donlin, Jed Prouty, Jack Duffy, Harry Allen, Alfred E. Green ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1926-06-06

Battling Butler

7.0/10 IMDB

Meek millionaire Alfred Butler goes on a camping excursion with his faithful servant. Once in the wilderness, Alfred ignores outdoor activities in favor of trying to woo a charming mountain girl, who wants nothing to do with her spoiled suitor. Trying to impress the girl, Alfred masquerades as boxing star "Battling" Butler.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Sally O'Neil, Walter James, Budd Fine, Francis McDonald, Mary O'Brien, Tom Wilson, Eddie Borden, Snitz Edwards ..
Directed by: Buster Keaton
Release date: 1926-09-19
Best Movies of 1926 : La Bohème

La Bohème

7.2/10 IMDB

It is 1830 in Paris and the rent is due, but the money is not there. An article here, a painting there and a monkey with a cup gives them enough money for the rent, but not for food. Fortunately, Musette from downstairs has enough food for everyone including Mimi - the poor little waif from next door who Rodolphe has met. But Count Paul also has his lusting eye on Mimi and uses her embroidery to get close to her. Rodolphe and Mimi fall in love and Mimi works endlessly to support Rodolphe who is writing his play with a new found passion. He does not know that he has been discharged from writing for 'Dog and Cat Fanciers'. Mimi wants to get his play produced and Count Paul offers to help, but there is a terrible fight when Rodolphe thinks that Mimi is faithless to him with Count Paul. After the fight, he seeks out a doctor as she is sick, but she has left when Rodolphe returns and will stay away until his play is finished.

Starring: Lillian Gish, John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Roy D'Arcy, Edward Everett Horton, Karl Dane, Gino Corrado, George Hassell, Mathilde Comont, Eugene Pouyet ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1926-03-13
Best Movies of 1926 : The Temptress

The Temptress

6.9/10 IMDB

A seductive woman forsakes her husband and lover to pursue a young engineer.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno, Marc McDermott, Lionel Barrymore, Armand Kaliz, Roy D'Arcy, Robert Anderson, Constantine Romanoff ..
Directed by: Fred Niblo
Release date: 1926-10-03
Best Movies of 1926 : Young April

Young April

7.7/10 IMDB

Young orphan Victoria Sax becomes a grand duchess and is summoned to a remote kingdom.

Starring: Bessie Love, Joseph Schildkraut, Rudolph Schildkraut, Bryant Washburn, Clarence Geldart ..
Directed by: Donald Crisp
Release date: 1926-10-11
Best Movies of 1926 : The Son of the Sheik

The Son of the Sheik

6.6/10 IMDB

Ahmed, son of Diana and Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan, falls in love with Yasmin, a dancing girl who fronts her father's gang of mountebanks. She and Ahmed meet secretly until one night when her father and the gang capture the son of the sheik, torture him, and hold him for ransom.

Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky, George Fawcett, Montagu Love, Agnes Ayres, Karl Dane, Bull Montana, Bynunsky Hyman ..
Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
Release date: 1926-09-05
Best Movies of 1926 : The College Boob

The College Boob

7.0/10 IMDB

Ally Appleby is a country boy headed for the college campus, courtesy of his Aunt Polly and Uncle Lish. They're financing his education providing that he stay away from sports. Before his train even arrives at its destination, he earns the enmity of senior Horatio Winston. Winston is determined to make Appleby into the college boob and his plan is working until pretty coed Angel Boothby reveals the plot.

Starring: Jean Arthur, Maurice 'Lefty' Flynn, Jimmy Anderson, Bob Steele, Cecil Ogden, Dorothea Wolbert, William Malan, Ray Turner ..
Directed by: Harry Garson
Release date: 1926-08-15

Exit Smiling

7.1/10 IMDB

Silent comedy about the travails of a third-rate traveling theatre company.

Starring: Beatrice Lillie, Jack Pickford, Doris Lloyd, DeWitt Jennings, Harry Myers, Franklin Pangborn, Tenen Holtz, Louise Lorraine, Dorothea Wolbert, Charles K. French ..
Directed by: Sam Taylor
Release date: 1926-11-06

The Cruise of the Jasper B

7.3/10 IMDB

The film stars actor Rod La Rocque as 'Jerry Cleggert', a good-natured descendant of an infamous clan of pirates who resides aboard the rickety ship Jasper B. Cleggert is informed that in order to inherit a large inheritance, he must marry by his twenty-fifth birthday - otherwise he would relinquish all claims to his impending fortune. Jerry soon meets his ideal would-be bride Agatha Fairhaven (Mildred Harris) and the two immediately fall in love. Complications arise when Jerry's cousin, the dastardly lawyer Reginald Maltravers (Snitz Edwards) claims Agatha as his own. The courting couple suffer a series of mishaps on the way to altar; they are waylaid en route by a trio of bandits, escape from a runaway taxi cab, and outrun a mob of unscrupulous state authorities.

Starring: Rod La Rocque, Mildred Harris, Snitz Edwards, Jack Ackroyd, Otto Lederer, James T. Mack, Tiny Sandford, Billy Engle ..
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1926-12-12
Best Movies of 1926 : Brown of Harvard

Brown of Harvard

6.3/10 IMDB

Tom Brown shows up at Harvard, confident and a bit arrogant. He becomes a rival of Bob McAndrew, not only in football and rowing crew, but also for the affections of Mary Abbott, a professor's daughter.

Starring: William Haines, Jack Pickford, Mary Brian, Francis X. Bushman Jr., Mary Alden, David Torrence, Edward Connelly, Donald Reed, John Wayne ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1926-05-02
Best Movies of 1926 : The Nickel-Hopper

The Nickel-Hopper

7.3/10 IMDB

Dance hall Romeos and an irresponsible father create comic complications in the life of a nickel-per-whirl taxi dancer.

Starring: Mabel Normand, Michael Visaroff, Theodore von Eltz, Oliver Hardy, Boris Karloff ..
Directed by: F. Richard Jones, Hal Yates
Release date: 1926-12-04
Best Movies of 1926 : The Devil's Circus

The Devil's Circus

6.7/10 IMDB

In 1913, Carl is released from prison, where he served a sentence for stealing. Spurned by his circumstance, Carl rejects God and resumes his fast life of crime. Before long, his fate intersects with that of Mary, a devout orphan, prompting a romance and a reevaluation.

Starring: Norma Shearer, Charles Emmett Mack, Carmel Myers, John Miljan, Claire McDowell, Joyce Coad, Charles Murray ..
Directed by: Benjamin Christensen
Release date: 1926-02-14
Best Movies of 1926 : Twinkletoes


7.0/10 IMDB

"Twinkletoes" Minasi wants to be a great dancer like her deceased mother. Twink meets Chuck Lightfoot, a noted prizefighter, who falls in love with her at first sight. She tries to avoid falling in love with Chuck, whose wife, Cissie, is a drunken harridan and more than a little bit spiteful. Meanwhile, Twink has secured a job in a singing-dancing act in a Limehouse theater, under the auspices of Roseleaf, who has more than just a protective interest in the girl. The jealous Cissie discovers that Twink's sign-painting father also has a night job as a burglar, and she turns him into the police. While a big success dancing on the stage, the arrest of her father has left her somewhat down in the dumps, and she decides to toss herself into the Thames. Possibly, the now-free Chuck, since Cissie has been killed in an accident, might come along and rescue her.

Starring: Colleen Moore, Kenneth Harlan, Tully Marshall, Gladys Brockwell, Lucien Littlefield, Warner Oland, John Kolb, Julanne Johnston, William McDonald, Dorothy Vernon ..
Directed by: Charles Brabin
Release date: 1926-11-28
Best Movies of 1926 : Skinner's Dress Suit

Skinner's Dress Suit

7.0/10 IMDB

Honey Skinner is proud of her successful husband. When he tells her he's going to ask for a raise, she knows he'll get it. He asks his boss just as their big client announces he's not renewing his contract. He doesn't get the raise, but he's too embarrassed to tell his wife the truth. She starts making plans to spend that extra $10 a week; the first thing is a new dress suit for him and a new outfit for her so they can fit in at a swanky party. They're the hit of the party, and Honey is embraced by the 'smart set.' Meanwhile, business is bad and Skinner loses his job. The tailor is after him for payment on the suit, and Honey is still spending the salary he doesn't have.

Starring: Reginald Denny, Laura La Plante, Ben Hendricks Jr., E.J. Ratcliffe, Janet Gaynor, Hedda Hopper, Lionel Braham, Frona Hale, William H. Strauss, Betty Morrissey ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1926-04-18
Best Movies of 1926 : So This Is Paris

So This Is Paris

7.1/10 IMDB

Paul and Suzanne Giraud are happily married and living in a quiet neighborhood. When Suzanne notices that their new neighbors are expressive dancers in revealing outfits, she demands Paul speak to them about their lack of morality. Paul discovers that the woman is Georgette Lalle, an old flame.

Starring: Monte Blue, Monte Blue, Patsy Ruth Miller, Patsy Ruth Miller, George Beranger, George Beranger, Myrna Loy, Myrna Loy, Lilyan Tashman, Lilyan Tashman ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1926-07-31
Best Movies of 1926 : Torrent


6.9/10 IMDB

A young girl and her father are kicked out of their house by a cruel noblewoman, and the girl's heart is broken when her sweetheart, the noblewoman's son, won't go to Paris with them. After becoming an opera star in Paris, the girl returns to her homeland and finds her romance with the nobleman rekindled.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Ricardo Cortez, Gertrude Olmstead, Edward Conelly, Lucien Littlefield, Martha Mattox, Lucy Beaumont, Tully Marshall, Mack Swain, Arthur Edmund Carewe ..
Directed by: Monta Bell
Release date: 1926-02-21
Best Movies of 1926 : Beau Geste

Beau Geste

7.1/10 IMDB

Michael "Beau" Geste leaves England in disgrace and joins the infamous French Foreign Legion. He is reunited with his two brothers in North Africa, where they face greater danger from their own sadistic commander than from the rebellious Arabs.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Neil Hamilton, Ralph Forbes, Alice Joyce, Mary Brian, Noah Beery, Norman Trevor, William Powell, George Regas, Bernard Siegel ..
Directed by: Herbert Brenon
Release date: 1926-08-24
Best Movies of 1926 : Scents and Nonsense

Scents and Nonsense

6.0/10 IMDB

It's a fairly straightforward piece in which Krazy gets involved with a dance contest, a bear, a skunk and a pawnbroker.

Directed by: William Nolan
Release date: 1926-01-02

The Open Road

7.6/10 IMDB

In the summer of 1924 Claude Friese-Greene, a pioneer of colour cinematography, set out from Cornwall with the aim of recording life on the road between Land’s End and John O’Groats. Entitled The Open Road, his remarkable travelogue was conceived as a series of shorts, 26 episodes in all, to be shown weekly at the cinema. The result is a fascinating portrait of inter-war Britain, in which town and country, people and landscapes are captured as never before, in a truly unique and rich colour palette.

Directed by: Claude Friese-Greene
Release date: 1926-01-01
Best Movies of 1926 : The Show Off

The Show Off

6.7/10 IMDB

A blowhard who poses as a railroad executive (but is really just a $30-a-week clerk) catches a young bride and then drives her family's finances to the brink of ruin.

Starring: Ford Sterling, Lois Wilson, Claire McDowell, Louise Brooks, Gregory Kelly, Charles Goodrich ..
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1926-08-16
Best Movies of 1926 : You Never Know Women

You Never Know Women

6.8/10 IMDB

You Never Know Women is a thrilling romance that constructs a combustible love triangle between a Russian dancer, a handsome escape artist, and a wealthy broker. Vera Janova (Florence Vidor) is on her way to star in a Russian vaudeville revue when a falling girder nearly kills her. A construction worker saves her life, but before she wakes up the conniving Eugene Foster (Lowell Sherman) takes Vera into his arms, pretending to be the one who rescued her. Susceptible to Eugene’s oily charms, Vera begins ignoring Ivan Norodin (Clive Brook), a Houdini-like master of illusion who had loved her his whole life. Racked with jealousy, Norodin plans the ultimate illusion, one that could change their lives forever. Filmed with knockabout energy by the great director William A. Wellman (The Ox-Bow Incident), You Never Know Women is a silent era gem.

Starring: Clive Brook, Florence Vidor, Lowell Sherman, El Brendel, Roy Stewart, Joe Bonomo, Sidney Bracey, Eugene Pallette, Irma Kornelia ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1926-09-20

Stork Mad

6.4/10 IMDB

Silent comedy short starring Bobby Ray.

Starring: Bobby Ray, Molly Malone, Bud Jamison ..
Directed by: Al Christie
Release date: 1926-01-01
Best Movies of 1926 : Kiki


6.8/10 IMDB

Kiki, a poor young woman who sells newspapers on the street corners of Paris, is able to land a job singing and dancing at a nearby theater. While she is there, she invites herself into the life of the revue's manager, with whom she has fallen in love.

Starring: Norma Talmadge, Ronald Colman, Gertrude Astor, Marc McDermott, George K. Arthur, William Orlamond, Frankie Darro, Mack Swain, Erwin Connelly, Eugenie Besserer ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1926-04-04
Best Movies of 1926 : Don Juan

Don Juan

7.1/10 IMDB

If there was one thing that Don Juan de Marana learned from his father Don Jose, it was that women gave you three things - life, disillusionment and death. In his father's case it was his wife, Donna Isobel, and Donna Elvira who supplied the latter. Don Juan settled in Rome after attending the University of Pisa. Rome was run by the tyrannical Borgia family consisting of Caesar, Lucrezia and the Count Donati. Juan has his way with and was pursued by many women, but it is the one that he could not have that haunts him. It will be for her that he suffers the wrath of Borgia for ignoring Lucrezia and then killing Count Donati in a duel. For Adriana, they will both be condemned to death in the prison on the river Tigre.

Starring: John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Myrna Loy, Hedda Hopper, Estelle Taylor, Warner Oland, Jane Winton, John Roche, Montagu Love, Josef Swickard ..
Directed by: Alan Crosland
Release date: 1926-08-06
Best Movies of 1926 : Irene


7.0/10 IMDB

Irene, a feisty Irish girl in Philadelphia, clashes with her family and walks out, heading to New York City to seek fame and fortune. She gets a job as a dressmaker's model and becomes involved with Donald, the scion of a wealthy family. Donald's mother doesn't approve of Irene and sets out to discredit her in Donald's eyes.

Starring: Colleen Moore, Lloyd Hughes, George K. Arthur, Charles Murray, Kate Price, Ida Darling, Eva Novak, Edward Earle, Larry Wheat, Marion Aye ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1926-01-24
Best Movies of 1926 : Uncle Tom's Uncle

Uncle Tom's Uncle

6.9/10 IMDB

The Gang stages their own revisionist version of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in Mickey's barn. But Joe's mother thinks the back yard needs cleaning, and there are several interruptions when they lose a leading character. Mickey plays Simon Legree; Mary as Eva; Joe as Uncle Tom; and Farina essays the role of Topsy.

Starring: Joe Cobb, Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels, Johnny Downs, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins, Mary Kornman ..
Directed by: Robert F. McGowan
Release date: 1926-05-29
Best Movies of 1926 : Mighty Like a Moose

Mighty Like a Moose

7.1/10 IMDB

After a homely married couple separately undergo plastic surgery, they unwittingly plan an extramarital affair with each other.

Starring: Charley Chase, Vivien Oakland, Ann Howe, Charles Clary, Gale Henry, Malcolm Denny, Harry Bowen, Charlie Hall, Kenneth McMillan, Rolfe Sedan ..
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1926-07-18
Best Movies of 1926 : Baby Clothes

Baby Clothes

6.5/10 IMDB

Mr. and Mrs. Weedle are desperate to find two babies, for their rich uncle has sent them money for years thinking they have children. Now that he’s coming into town, the couple must find a pair of babies as soon as possible. The Our Gang kids are ready for the job, but a 27-year old midget is also in the running for the job and he doesn’t play fairly.

Starring: Joe Cobb, Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins, Johnny Downs, Mary Kornman ..
Directed by: Robert F. McGowan
Release date: 1926-04-24
Best Movies of 1926 : Dog Shy

Dog Shy

7.0/10 IMDB

Charley is chased into a phone booth by a dog and agrees to help a young woman on the phone avoid getting married.

Starring: Charley Chase, Stuart Holmes, Mildred June, Josephine Crowell, William Orlamond, Fred Kelsey ..
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1926-04-04
Best Movies of 1926 : Up in Mabel's Room

Up in Mabel's Room

7.0/10 IMDB

Mabel catches her husband buying lingerie, and he won't explain who it's for. She divorces him, but later learns he was buying her an anniversary gift. She becomes determined to win him back.

Starring: Marie Prevost, Harrison Ford, Phyllis Haver, Harry Myers, Sylvia Breamer, Paul Nicholson, Carl Gerard, Maude Truax, William Orlamond, Arthur Hoyt ..
Directed by: E. Mason Hopper
Release date: 1926-06-20
Best Movies of 1926 : There Ain't No Santa Claus

There Ain't No Santa Claus

7.3/10 IMDB

Charley has several dilemmas facing him at Christmas, all posed by his greedy, heartless landlord Noah and his family.

Starring: Charley Chase, Eugenia Gilbert, Noah Young, Kay Deslys, Mickey Bennett ..
Directed by: James Parrott
Release date: 1926-12-12


6.8/10 IMDB

Robert J. Flaherty's South Seas follow-up to Nanook of the North is a Gauguin idyll moved by "pride of beauty... pride of strength."

Starring: Ta'avale, Fa'amgase, Tama, T'ugaita, Pe'a, Leupenga ..
Directed by: Robert J. Flaherty, Frances H. Flaherty
Release date: 1926-01-07
Best Movies of 1926 : Spirals


6.5/10 IMDB

In 'Spirals' Oskar Fischinger designed visual patterns of extreme complexity which often develop in overlapping cycles, yet he interrupts these patterns with radical editing of single frames of contrasting imagery. 'Spirals' exists as a fragmentary unfinished experimental film.

Directed by: Oskar Fischinger
Release date: 1926-05-23
Best Movies of 1926 : The Winning of Barbara Worth

The Winning of Barbara Worth

7.0/10 IMDB

While building an irrigation system for a Southwestern desert community, an engineer vies with a local cowboy for the affections of a rancher's daughter.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Vilma Banky, Gary Cooper, Charles Lane, Paul McAllister, E.J. Ratcliffe, Clyde Cook, Erwin Connelly, Ed Brady, Sammy Blum ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1926-10-14
Best Movies of 1926 : Good Cheer

Good Cheer

6.7/10 IMDB

On Christmas Eve, the Gang copes with hardships, helps capture a gang of thieves, and learns that Santa Claus really exists for those who wish fervently enough.

Starring: Joe Cobb, Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels, Johnny Downs, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins, Mary Kornman, Jay R. Smith, David Durand, Jannie Hoskins ..
Directed by: Robert F. McGowan
Release date: 1926-01-09
Best Movies of 1926 : Now You Tell One

Now You Tell One

7.1/10 IMDB

The Liars Club is holding their contest to see who can tell the most unbelievable story, with a gold medallion waiting to be awarded to the winner. Disappointed with the other members' bland efforts, one member brings in Charley Bowers, who has an extraordinary tale to tell. Charley claims to have invented a magic potion that enables him to grow absolutely anything by a simple grafting process, and he proceeds to tell his story to the club.

Starring: Charles R. Bowers ..
Directed by: Charles R. Bowers, Harold L. Muller
Release date: 1926-12-27
Best Movies of 1926 : The Magician

The Magician

6.7/10 IMDB

A young woman, Margaret Dauncey, is caught between the forces of a charlatan magician, Oliver Haddo, whom she is unable to resist, and the love of a handsome surgeon, Arthur Burdon, who has saved her from being a helpless cripple by performing a delicate operation on her spine.

Starring: Alice Terry, Paul Wegener, Firmin Gémier, Iván Petrovich, Gladys Hamer, Henry Wilson, Hubert I. Stowitts, Claude Fielding, Gerald Fielding, Rosita Garcia ..
Directed by: Rex Ingram
Release date: 1926-10-24
Best Movies of 1926 : Fine Manners

Fine Manners

6.1/10 IMDB

The film depicts what happens when a rich boy accidentally meets a crude girl on New Year's Eve.

Starring: Gloria Swanson, Eugene O'Brien, Helen Dunbar, Roland Drew, John Miltern, Jack La Rue, Ivan Lebedeff ..
Directed by: Richard Rosson, Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1926-08-29
Best Movies of 1926 : The Road to Mandalay

The Road to Mandalay

6.3/10 IMDB

Joe, a former sea captain whose wife died during the birth of their child at sea, is now a pockmarked, disreputable divekeeper in Singapore where he indulges in shady operations with Herrick, known as The Admiral. They ship for Mandalay, where Joe's daughter lives with a priest, Father James, and tends a curio shop, unaware that her father regularly sends money to Father James for her support. Although his daughter clearly finds him abhorrent, Joe determines to take her away until he learns that The Admiral has fallen in love with her and plans to marry her. He persuades Father James (actually his brother) not to perform the ceremony, and The Admiral is shanghaied by Joe's men. The girl, suspecting Joe, goes to his brothel in Singapore and is about to be assaulted by Charlie, a lecherous Chinaman, when Joe intervenes and is stabbed. The Admiral comes to her rescue and escapes with her on a boat.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Lois Moran, Owen Moore, Henry B. Walthall, John George ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1926-06-26
Best Movies of 1926 : The Sea Beast

The Sea Beast

6.2/10 IMDB

Based on Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick."

Starring: John Barrymore, Dolores Costello, George O'Hara, Mike Donlin, Sam Baker, George Berrell, Sam Allen, Frank Nelson, Mathilde Comont, James O. Barrows ..
Directed by: Millard Webb
Release date: 1926-01-15

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