Best Romance Movies of 1921

1.

Orphans of the Storm

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

France, on the eve of the French Revolution. Henriette and Louise have been raised together as sisters. When the plague that takes their parents' lives causes Louise's blindness, they decide to travel to Paris in search of a cure, but they separate when a lustful aristocrat crosses their path.

Starring: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut, Frank Losee, Katherine Emmet, Morgan Wallace, Lucille La Verne, Sheldon Lewis, Frank Puglia, Creighton Hale ..
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Release date: 1921-12-28
Best Romance Movies of 1921 : The Ace of Hearts
2.

The Ace of Hearts

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A romantic rivalry among members of a secret society becomes even more tense when one of the men is assigned to carry out an assassination.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Leatrice Joy, John Bowers, Hardee Kirkland, Raymond Hatton, Edwin Wallock, Roy Laidlaw, Cullen Landis ..
Directed by: Wallace Worsley
Release date: 1921-09-17
3.

The Sheik

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

Sheik Ahmed desperately desires feisty British socialite Diana, so he abducts her and carries her off to his luxurious tent-palace in the desert. The free-spirited Diana recoils from his passionate embraces and yearns to be released. Later, allowed to go into the desert, she escapes and makes her way across the sands...

Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Ruth Miller, George Waggner, Frank Butler, Charles Brinley, Lucien Littlefield, Adolphe Menjou, Walter Long, Sally Blane ..
Directed by: George Melford
Release date: 1921-11-20
Best Romance Movies of 1921 : The Affairs of Anatol
4.

The Affairs of Anatol

3.2
6.6/10 IMDB

Socialite Anatol Spencer, finding his relationship with his wife lackluster, goes in search of excitement. After bumping into old flame Emilie, he lets an apartment for her only to find that she cheats on him. He is subsequently robbed, conned, and booted from pillar to post. He decides to return to his wife and discovers her carousing with his best friend Max.

Starring: Wallace Reid, Gloria Swanson, Wanda Hawley, Theodore Roberts, Elliott Dexter, Theodore Kosloff, Agnes Ayres, Monte Blue, Bebe Daniels ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1921-09-25
Best Romance Movies of 1921 : That Ice Ticket
5.

That Ice Ticket

3.1
6.1/10 IMDB

An important example of amateur filmmaking during this era, That Ice Ticket was made by Angela Murray Gibson who ran Gibson Studios in the small community of Casselton, North Dakota. Gibson cast community members in her productions, taking on multiple roles herself, writing, directing and acting in the films, operating the camera during filming, then processing the footage and editing the finished picture together. Here she plays a young woman managing multiple male suitors with the "help" of her mischievous kid brother.

Starring: Angela Murray Gibson ..
Directed by: Angela Murray Gibson
Release date: 1921-11-28
Best Romance Movies of 1921 : The Three Musketeers
6.

The Three Musketeers

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

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, Marguerite De La Motte, Willis Robards, Barbara La Marr, Sidney Franklin, Eugene Pallette ..
Directed by: Fred Niblo
Release date: 1921-08-28
Best Romance Movies of 1921 : Outside the Law
7.

Outside the Law

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Silent Madden and his daughter Molly have left the criminal underworld of San Francisco thanks to the wise teachings of Chang Low, a Confucian master. But the evil Black Mike Sylva is determined to frame Madden to avenge a mistake from the past…

Starring: Priscilla Dean, Wheeler Oakman, Lon Chaney, Ralph Lewis, E. Alyn Warren, Stanley Goethals, Melbourne MacDowell, Wilton Taylor, Anna May Wong, Bessie Wong ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1921-01-06
Best Romance Movies of 1921 : Forbidden Fruit
8.

Forbidden Fruit

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Mary Maddock works as a seamstress to bring home money while her husband Steve, unemployed, has no real prospects of earning money. Mary's employers, are trying to strike an oil related business deal with a rich man by the name of Nelson Rogers. The deal does not seem to be on the table, as Mr. Rogers is leaving town shortly and does not have the time to work out the details of such a deal. In an order to entice him to stay, Mrs. Mallory - wife of Mr. Mallory who is proposing the business deal - convinces Mary to be her guest at a dinner party with the intent of making Mr. Rogers fall for her and thus stay long enough for Mr. Mallory to make him agree to a business deal.

Starring: Agnes Ayres, Clarence Burton, Theodore Roberts, Kathlyn Williams, Forrest Stanley, Theodore Kosloff, Shannon Day, Bertram Johns, Julia Faye, William Boyd ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1921-01-03
Best Romance Movies of 1921 : The Conquering Power
9.

The Conquering Power

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Young playboy Charles Grandet is sent to live with his miserly uncle after his father loses his fortune. He and his cousin Eugenie fall in love, but his uncle sends him away and tries to arrange a marriage more to his liking (and profit!). Will true love triumph?

Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Alice Terry, Ralph Lewis, Carrie Daumery, Bridgetta Clark, Mark Fenton, Ward Wing, Eric Mayne, Edward Connelly, George Atkinson ..
Directed by: Rex Ingram
Release date: 1921-07-08
10.

The Centaurs

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

A female centaur enters a clearing in the woods and picks flowers. She is met by a male centaur and the two romance each other. They then seek parental consent for their union. Surviving footage of a now lost film.

Directed by: Winsor McCay
Release date: 1921-09-25

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