Best Movies of 1927


Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans


A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife.

Starring: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston, Bodil Rosing, J. Farrell MacDonald
Directed by: F.W. Murnau
Release date: 1927-11-04

The Unknown

Lon Chaney is carnival knife thrower Alonzo the Armless and Joan Crawford is the scantily clad carnival girl he hopes to marry.
Starring: Lon Chaney, Joan Crawford, Norman Kerry, Nick De Ruiz, John George
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1927-06-04

7th Heaven

A dejected Parisian sewer worker feels his prayers have been answered when he falls in love with a street waif.
Starring: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Albert Gran, David Butler, Marie Mosquini
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1927-01-01



Two young men, one rich, one middle class, both in love with the same woman, become US Air Corps fighter pilots and, eventually, heroic flying aces during World War I. Devoted best friends, their mutual love of the girl eventually threatens their bond. Meanwhile, a hometown girl who's the lovestruck lifelong next door neighbor of one of them, pines away.

Starring: Clara Bow, Charles Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston, El Brendel
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1927-08-12

The Kid Brother

The most important family in Hickoryville is (not surprisingly) the Hickorys, with sheriff Jim and his tough manly sons Leo and Olin. The timid youngest son, Harold, doesn't have the muscles to match up to them, so he has to use his wits to win the respect of his strong father and also the love of beautiful Mary.
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Walter James, Leo Willis, Olin Francis
Directed by: Ted Wilde, J.A. Howe
Release date: 1927-01-17

The Cat and the Canary

Rich old Cyrus West's relatives are waiting for him to die so they can inherit. But he stipulates that his will be read 20 years after his death. On the appointed day his expectant heirs arrive at his brooding mansion. The will is read and it turns out that Annabelle West, the only heir with his name left, inherits, if she is deemed sane. If she isn't, the money and some diamonds go to someone else, whose name is in a sealed envelope. Before he can reveal the identity of her successor to Annabelle, Mr. Crosby, the lawyer, disappears. The first in a series of mysterious events, some of which point to Annabelle in fact being unstable.
Starring: Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, Forrest Stanley, Tully Marshall, Gertrude Astor
Directed by: Paul Leni
Release date: 1927-09-09


A flapper shopgirl woos her rich boss with animal magnetism, otherwise known as "it."
Starring: Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno, William Austin, Priscilla Bonner, Jacqueline Gadsden
Directed by: Clarence G. Badger
Release date: 1927-02-15

My Best Girl

Joe Merrill, son of the millionaire owner of a chain of 5 and 10 cent stores, poses as Joe Grant, and takes a job in the stockroom of one of his father's stores, to prove that he can be a success without his father's influence. There he meets stockroom girl Maggie Johnson, and they fall in love. This causes problems, because Mrs. Merrill had planned for her son to marry Millicent Rogers, a high society girl.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Charles Rogers, Sunshine Hart, Lucien Littlefield, Carmelita Geraghty
Directed by: Sam Taylor
Release date: 1927-10-31

The King of Kings


The King of Kings is the Greatest Story Ever Told as only Cecil B. DeMille could tell it. In 1927, working with one of the biggest budgets in Hollywood history, DeMille spun the life and Passion of Christ into a silent-era blockbuster. Featuring text drawn directly from the Bible, a cast of thousands, and the great showman’s singular cinematic bag of tricks, The King of Kings is at once spectacular and deeply reverent—part Gospel, part Technicolor epic.

Starring: H.B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming, Ernest Torrence, Joseph Schildkraut, James Neill
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1927-01-01

The Jazz Singer


A young Jewish man is torn between tradition and individuality when his old-fashioned family objects to his career as a jazz singer. This is the first full length feature film to use synchronized sound, and is the original film musical.

Starring: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer
Directed by: Alan Crosland
Release date: 1927-10-06

London After Midnight


The abandoned Balfour House, which former owner was found dead five years earlier, comes back to life with the arrival of two suspicious sinister-looking tenants: a devilish-looking man with pointed teeth, bulging eyes and a tall beaver hat; and a pale young woman in a long dress. (This movie was lost in 1965 during a fire.)

Starring: Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Henry B. Walthall, Percy Williams, Conrad Nagel
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1927-12-03


After public school student Roddy Berwick takes the blame for a friend's transgression and is expelled, his life goes downhill.
Starring: Ivor Novello, Annette Benson, Isabel Jeans, Ian Hunter, Ben Webster
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1927-10-24

The Ring

Both Jack Sander and Bob Corby are boxers in love with Mabel. Jack and Mabel wed, but their marriage is flat. The young wife looks to Bob for comfort.
Starring: Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter, Forrester Harvey, Harry Terry
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1927-10-01


In Imperial Russia, Anna Karenina falls in love with the dashing military officer Count Vronsky and abandons her husband and child to become his mistress.
Starring: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Brandon Hurst, Philippe De Lacy, George Fawcett
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1927-11-28

Why Girls Love Sailors

Stan is a sailor whose girl gets kidnapped by a rough sea captain. Stan dresses in drag and seduces the captain but the captain's wife catches him. Stan and his girl beat a hasty retreat as the captain's wife fires off a parting shot.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Viola Richard, Anita Garvin, Malcolm Waite
Directed by: Fred Guiol
Release date: 1927-07-17

Duck Soup

Fleeing a group of forest rangers, who are rounding up tramps to serve as firefighters, they take refuge in a mansion. The owner has gone on vacation and the servants are away, so Hardy pretends to be the owner and offers to rent the house to an English couple. Hardy gets Laurel to pose as the maid. Unfortunately, the owner returns and tells the would-be renters that he owns the house; Laurel and Hardy then flee again and are caught by the rangers and forced to fight wildfires.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Madeline Hurlock, Bob Kortman, William Courtright
Directed by: Fred Guiol
Release date: 1927-03-13

Do Detectives Think?

An escaped convict is out to kill the judge who sentenced him. Two inept detectives are hired to guard the judge.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Viola Richard, Noah Young
Directed by: Fred Guiol
Release date: 1927-11-20

Two Arabian Knights

During World War I, two American soldiers fight to escape the Germans while squabbling over a beautiful harem girl.
Starring: William Boyd, Mary Astor, Louis Wolheim, Ian Keith, Michael Vavitch
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1927-09-23

The Battle of the Century

Fight manager (Hardy) takes out an insurance policy on his puny pugilist (Laurel) and then proceeds to try to arrange for an accident so that he can collect. The film is most noted for the final sequence - a wonderfully-choreographed custard pie fight - that utilized an entire day's output of the Los Angeles Pie Company.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dorothy Coburn, Lou Costello, Anita Garvin
Directed by: Clyde Bruckman
Release date: 1927-12-31

Twenty-Four Dollar Island

A visual celebration of Manhattan and its waterways on the 300th anniversary of purchase from the local Native Americans.
Directed by: Robert J. Flaherty
Release date: 1927-12-04

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