1920s French-language Movies

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The Smiling Madame Beudet(1923)

42min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 35 votes)

An unhappily married woman devises a scheme to get rid of her husband.


2h 30min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.4/5 (with 11 votes)

A government official, Count Muffat, falls under the spell of Nana, a young actress. She becomes his mistress, living in the sumptuous apartment which he provides for her. Instead of elevating herself to Muffat's level, however, Nana drags the poor man down to hers - in the end, both lives have been utterly destroyed.

Cœur fidèle(1923)

1h 27min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 22 votes)

The good guys win out in this sweet tale about a young orphan who is abused for much of her life but who eventually finds happiness when she marries an honest man who extricates her from her situation.

The Crazy Ray(1925)

3.4/5 (with 26 votes)

A night watchman on the Eiffel Tower wakes up to find the entire population of the city frozen in place.

La Roue(1923)

6h 58min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 26 votes)

Sisif, a railwayman, saves a young girl named Norma orphaned by a train crash and raises her as his own daughter alongside his son, Elie. As she becomes an adult, Sisif grapples with whether to tell Norma the truth about her parentage.

The Little Match Girl(1928)

32min | Drama, Fantasy
3.4/5 (with 17 votes)

An impoverished girl tries to sell matches on NYE. Shivering with cold and unable to sell her wares, she sits in a sheltered nook. Striking a match to keep warm, she sees things in the flame.

The Starfish(1928)

3.5/5 (with 26 votes)

Two people stand on a road, out of focus. Seen distorted through a glass, they retire upstairs to a bedroom where she undresses. He says, "Adieu." Images: the beautiful girl, a starfish in a jar, city scenes, newspapers, tugboats. More images: starfish, the girl. "How beautiful she is." Repeatedly. He advances up the stair, knife in hand, starfish on the step. Three people stand on a road, out of focus. "How beautiful she was." "How beautiful she is." "Beautiful.".

Directed by Man Ray, Jacques-André Boiffard - With Alice Prin, Robert Desnos

The Seashell and the Clergyman(1928)

40min | Mystery
3.5/5 (with 28 votes)

Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own appetites.

Siren of the Tropics(1927)

1h 26min | Music, Drama
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Marquis Sévéro, a rich, lazy Parisian, wants to divorce his wife so that he can marry his own goddaughter Denise. But Denise herself loves André Berval, an engineer employed by the marquis. Filled with jealousy, the marquis sends André to the Antilles, to prospect some land he has just acquired. He promises André that he can marry Denise if he is successful in the tropics, but he then writes to Alvarez, his manager at the site, asking him to prevent André from ever returning to France. The brutal Alvarez forms an instant hatred for André when the engineer breaks up Alvarez's attempt to rape Papitou, a beautiful native girl. Papitou becomes devoted to André, and protects him against Alvarez's schemes. But she faces a crisis herself when she learns that André plans to marry Denise.

Lady Harrington(1926)

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The House of Mystery(1923)

6h 23min | Drama
2.5/5 (with 3 votes)

Film composed of 10 episodes: 1.- L'Ami felon. 2.- Le secret de L'etang. 3.- L'Ambition au service de la haine. 4.- L'Implacable verdict. 5.- Le Pont vivant. 6.- La Voix du sang. 7.- Les Caprices du destin. 8.- En Champ clos. 9.- Les Angoisses de Corradin. 10.- Le Triomphe de L'amour.

Monte Cristo(1929)

3h 43min | Adventure
3.4/5 (with 3 votes)

This epic adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo was directed by Henri Fescourt, and stars Jean Angelo, Lil Dagover, Pierre Batcheff, the beautiful Marie Glory, and Bernhard Goetzke as the Abbé Faria.

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1h 28min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.0/5 (with 4 votes)

Romantic novelist George Sand's Mauprat as adapted by cinema visionary Jean Epstein. As a child, orphan Bernard de Mauprat was adopted by Tristan, a brigand who brought him up with his biological sons to hate, kill and pillage. Hubert de Mauprat, the elder brother of Tristan, the very incarnation of nobility, and his daughter, the beautiful and intrepid Edmée, undertake to tear wild-eyed Bernard away from his uncle. Still uncouth and rough, Bernard endeavors to wrest the love of Edmée away from her betrothed.

Directed by Jean Epstein - With Sandra Milovanoff

Finis Terrae(1929)

1h 20min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 13 votes)

On the islet Bannec, off the coast of Brittany, four fishermen have set up camp for three months to harvest seaweed. If processed correctly, the ash of the seaweed can be sold for high prices. It is therefore burnt in several large piles on the island.

Directed by Jean Epstein

Michel Strogoff(1926)

2h 48min | Adventure
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Adapted from Jules Verne's 1876 novel Michael Strogoff, the film tells the tale of a Russian courier named Michael Strogoff who has to dash across Russia with a vital message for the tsar's brother, wrestling with bears and fighting off ferocious Tatar rebels along the way. Captured by the Tatars, he is brought before their leader and blinded with a red hot sword by the executioner.

Whirlpool of Fate(1925)

1h 12min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.2/5 (with 8 votes)

Jean Renoir's directional debut and first silent film stars his wife, Catherine Hessling, as a young girl who manages to turn her tragic family life into one of joy and happiness.

Directed by Jean Renoir - With Catherine Hessling, Pierre Lestringuez, Pierre Champagne, Charlotte Clasis, Pierre Renoir, André Derain, ...

La Terre(1921)

1h 37min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

As Jean is walking across the countryside in search of work, he helps and befriends a young woman, Françoise, who is having trouble controlling the cow that she is leading. Jean finds work at a local farm, but he soon finds himself caught in the middle of the conflicts in Françoise's family.

Directed by André Antoine - With Germaine Rouer, Armand Bour, René Alexandre, Berthe Bovy, Jean Hervé, René Hiéronimus, ...

In Old Stamboul(1928)

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Directed by Roger Goupillières

Le petit Jacques(1924)

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Directed by Georges Lannes


1h 53min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 5 votes)

Gribiche, a young boy whose mother is a war widow, gets adopted by a rich woman. She wants to turn him into a perfect gentleman, but soon he feels unhappy.

Mister Mustard's Millions(1926)

51min | Comedy

When bored American billionaire Charles Vanel is amused by the happiness of poor railroad man Nicolas Koline, he offers him a wager: if Koline and his family can spend 20,000 francs a day (about $11,000 in current American money) for a year, then he'll give him a nice pension. The rest of the movie is about the poor man and his family's efforts to win the bet.

Directed by Nikolay Kolin - With Charles Vanel

Verdun: Visions of History(1928)

2h 31min | War, Drama, Documentary
3.7/5 (with 2 votes)

A dramatized re-enactment and documentary of the Battle of Verdun as seen by both French and German soldiers, shot on site of the actual battle.

Directed by Léon Poirier - With Albert Préjean, Maurice Schutz, Philippe Pétain, Suzanne Bianchetti

Poil de Carotte(1925)

1h 48min | Drama, Comedy
3.3/5 (with 6 votes)

The suffering and rebellion of 12-year-old François Lepic, nicknamed "Poil de Carotte" by his mother, who hates him. Occupied with the council elections, his father appears unaware that the young boy is increasingly tempted by suicide.

Le Bled(1929)

1h 44min | Adventure
2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

A young French woman who inherits her uncle's property in Algeria finds herself schemed against by her envious cousins, and romanced by a handsome but previously irresponsible young man who works for his uncle on a neighbouring farm.


6h 20min

One of the longest films ever made.

Miracle of the Wolves(1924)

| 2h 12min | History, Drama
2.6/5 (with 2 votes)

King Louis XI tries to unify France by all means fair or foul, which does not please his powerful rival Charles the Bold. It is against this troubled backdrop that the loves of the daughter of a wealthy bourgeois and the king's god-daughter Jeanne Fouquet and knight Robert Cottereau unfurl in spite of all the obstacles in their way. One of these being a pack of hungry wolves trying to stop Jeanne from carrying out an important mission assigned to her by the king himself.

La grande passion(1928)

1h 20min

- No description / details available yet. -

Directed by André Hugon - With Lil Dagover, Rolla Norman, Adolphe Jauréguy, Jean Delannoy, Léon Larive


A Princess learns that the captain of a ship she owns has struck a passenger, indirectly causing the passenger's death. The Captain is immediately sacked without realising that his action was in defence of her honour. Later, in Cyprus, the Princess meets a handsome man and they're mutually attracted. Only when he expresses contempt for the name of Princess Beatrice Doriani for costing him his job does she realise that this is the same Captain whom she had sacked.


1h 36min

An adaptation of the first part of Balzac's History of the Thirteen, centered on the secret society of the Thirteen and helmed by René Navarre in the titular role of the former convict who became a sublime father.


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