1920s Crime Drama Movies

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The Penalty(1920)

| 1h 30min | Crime, Drama, Horror
3.5/5 (with 21 votes)

Blizzard, deranged from a childhood operation in which both his legs were needlessly amputated after an accident, becomes a vicious criminal, and eventually mob leader of the San Francisco underworld.

The Pleasure Garden(1927)

| 1h 15min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.8/5 (with 26 votes)

Patsy Brand is a chorus girl at the Pleasure Garden music hall. She meets Jill Cheyne who is down on her luck and gets her a job as a dancer. Jill meets adventurer Hugh Fielding and they get engaged, but when Hugh travels out of the country, she begins to play around.


| 1h 27min | Drama, Crime, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 30 votes)

Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend.

Beggars of Life(1928)

| 1h 22min | Adventure, Drama
3.6/5 (with 18 votes)

After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal a car in their attempt to escape the police, and reach Canada.

The Street(1923)

1h 14min | Drama, Crime
3.5/5 (with 8 votes)

The movie follows two distinct plot lines until the two eventually merge: the first is that of the bored middle-aged man seeking a departure from monotony in his life; the second is that of the blind man and the little boy, his grandson, who are interdependent. None of the characters have been given names and are therefore referred to only by description. The city is an expressionistic nightmare, a dangerous and chaotic place.

The Unholy Three(1925)

3.3/5 (with 19 votes)

Three sideshow performers form a conspiracy known as "The Unholy Three" - a ventriloquist, midget, and strongman working together to commit a series of robberies.

The Ace of Hearts(1921)

3.3/5 (with 13 votes)

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.

While the City Sleeps(1928)

1h 6min | Drama, Crime
2.9/5 (with 4 votes)

A tough New York cop is determined to bring down a crook who has always managed to provide an alibi for the crimes he's been accused of, even though the detective knows he's guilty of committing them.

The Light in the Dark(1922)

33min | Drama, Crime
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

A young girl is struck and seriously injured by a wealthy society matron's car. The woman brings the girl back to her house. Later, a hardened thief is told by the girl of a goblet, that could be the Holy Grail, which has healing powers and could help her. The thief, touched by her predicament, sets out to steal the goblet and bring it to her.

Directed by Clarence Brown - With Lon Chaney

The Deep Purple(1920)

| 1h | Crime, Drama

Doris Moore is a country girl who is conned by two crooks, Harry Leland and Pop Clark. They convince the naive girl to come with them to New York City and play the badger game on William Lake. But the intervention of Kate Fallon, who runs the gang's New York home, saves the innocent and traps the guilty. Instead of tricking Lake, Doris marries him.

Even as Eve(1920)

1h | Crime, Drama

Eileen O'Hara lives as a member of a cult in a remote retreat in the Adirondacks with her father, an embittered man since his wife's infidelity years earlier. Because his wife was untrue, O'Hara is determined that his daughter, Eileen, shall never marry. Peyster Sproul was the man who had the affair Mrs. O'Hara's infidelity, and when he shows up as president of the Sagamore Club and attempts to buy O'Hara's land, the two men come to blows.

Lights of New York(1928)

| 57min | Crime, Drama
2.6/5 (with 5 votes)

Eddie is conned into fronting a speakeasy for a local gangster who intends to frame him for the murder of a cop.

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The Lawful Cheater(1925)

50min | Drama

Disguised as a boy, a young woman gets an inner-city street gang back on the straight and narrow path.

The Humming Bird(1924)

1h 20min | Drama

A pickpocket falls in love with a newspaperman. When he is sent off to war and she disguises herself as a boy, joins a gang and sets out to save him.

Directed by Sidney Olcott - With Gloria Swanson, Adrienne D'Ambricourt, Cesare Gravina, Edmund Burns, Mario Majeroni, Regina Quinn, ...

Through the Dark(1924)

| 1h 20min | Drama, Crime

Through the Dark is a 1924 silent mystery drama produced by Cosmopolitan Productions and distributed through Goldwyn Pictures. It is based on a short story "The Daughter of Mother McGinn" by Jack Boyle.


1h 23min | Drama, Crime
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Paramount's first all-talking picture, Interference was dismally directed by Roy Pomeroy, whose lofty status as the studio's "technical wizard" did not necessarily qualify him to be a director. Evelyn Brent heads the cast as scheming Deborah Kane, who sets out to blackmail Faith Marley (Doris Kenyon), the above-reproach wife of Sir John Marlay.

The Drag Net(1928)

1h 20min | Crime, Drama

A 1928 silent film crime drama produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures, directed by Josef von Sternberg from an original screen story and starring George Bancroft and Evelyn Brent.

The Hidden Way(1926)

1h 10min | Crime

The film tells the tale of three ex-cons who finally go straight, through the redemptive power of love. After rescuing Mary from certain death, the “three bad men” meet her saintly mother and stay on to help on their farm. In The Hidden Way, two of the ex-cons conspire to steal the family’s tiny nest egg, but through plot twists involving a medicinal spring, a wronged woman, a villainous Casanova, his avaricious father, and government inspectors (!), the pair eventually see their error and join the third in turning over a new leaf.

Directed by Joe De Grasse

The Shield of Honor(1927)

| 1h | Drama, Crime
2.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Can Neil Hamilton, the first flying policeman on the force, save his dad from stop-at-nothing jewel thieves?

Directed by Emory Johnson - With Neil Hamilton

The Racket(1928)

1h 24min | Crime, Drama
3.2/5 (with 12 votes)

A renegade police captain sets out to catch a sadistic mob boss.

The Dying Detective(1921)

2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

Sherlock Holmes (Eille Norwood) knows that a man has killed a former partner but he can't prove it unless he finds a dying detective who knows what really happened. Norwood would play Holmes in over thirty films and he's quite good in the role bring an intelligent looking character.


21min | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 8 votes)

A tense vignette about the fate of an unlucky man in poverty-stricken Weimar-era Germany.


Jim Warren, a crook, is married to Norma, but there was a flaw in their marriage papers and he must marry her again to protect their unborn child. He returns home and gives her some money but it has been stolen and she is sent to jail as an accomplice. To get her out, he is forced to marry another woman and Norma, thinking Jim has deserted her marries Phil Powers, and gives birth to Jim's daughter. Years later, Jim meets his daughter in the midst of a blackmail scheme against Norma over her earlier imprisonment. The daughter shoots the blackmailer, and Jim takes the blame.



Torment is a 1924 American silent film crime drama produced and directed by Maurice Tourneur and distributed by Associated First National. This film stars Bessie Love, Owen Moore, and Jean Hersholt.

Outside the Law(1921)

3.2/5 (with 8 votes)

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….

The Street of Forgotten Men(1925)

| 1h 16min | Drama, Crime
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Easy-Money Charley, the best fake crippled beggar in New York, loses his beloved dog and adopts a dying prostitute's daughter to fill the empty place in his heart. But his fellow crooks and dissemblers mock him for sentimentality, and he disowns the child in order to bring her up secretly in the safety of a distant suburb. He brings her up as a young lady in ignorance of her true history or of his; but when he discovers that her affections have taken an unexpected slant, it brings about an end to their tranquil life, a crisis of conscience, and an opportunity for the sinister 'White-Eye' to take a hand...

Boomerang Bill(1922)

| 1h | Action, Adventure, Crime

When New York City police officer O'Malley learns of a young man who is about to embark on a life of crime by taking part in a robbery, he takes the boy aside and tells him the story of Boomerang Bill, another wanna-be gangster who wanted to be a big shot in the New York crime scene. It seems that Bill fell for a pretty young dance-hall girl, and went up against local gang boss Tony the Wop when he insulted her. Tony, who never forgot a slight, found a way to make things very, very tough for Boomerang Bill, in a way that he never saw coming.

Heroes of the Street(1922)

1h | Crime, Drama

When a smart-alec street kid's father, a policeman, is killed in the line of duty, the boy turns over a new leaf and goes to work to support his mother, brothers, and sisters. He gets a job as an usher in a theater but really wants to become a policeman to avenge the death of his father. He soon finds himself involved in a fake kidnapping, real gangsters and a tip on the identity of the man who killed his dad.

Directed by William Beaudine

The Confidence Man(1924)

| 1h 20min | Crime, Drama

Wade is a promoter of fake oil stock who sends two of his men, Dan Corvan and Larry Maddox, down to the small Florida town of Fairfield to make a sale to the miserly Godfrey Queritt (Charles Dow Clark). When Corvan discovers that Sunday school teacher Margaret Leland is friends with the old man, he romances her. He also helps out the local charities and endears himself to the local folk. Corvan is too good at his tricks -- all this hard-won trust is turning him into an honest man.

Dressed to Kill(1928)

| 1h 10min | Comedy, Crime

A mob boss' gang gets suspicious about their boss' new girlfriend, a beautiful young girl who doesn't seem to be the type who'd hang out with gangsters. They're not quite certain if she's actually a police agent or just a "groupie".

Directed by Irving Cummings - With Mary Astor
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