Movies: Popular Movies of 1920

Movies in chronological context: 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar and a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar, the 1920th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 920th year of the 2nd millennium, the 20th year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 1920s decade. As of the start of 1920, the Gregorian calendar was 13 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923. ()

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari(1920)

| 1h 18min | Drama, Horror, Thriller, Crime
4.0/5 (with 325 votes)

Francis, a young man, recalls in his memory the horrible experiences he and his fiancée Jane recently went through. It is the annual fair in Holstenwall. Francis and his friend Alan visit The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an exhibit where the mysterious doctor shows the somnambulist Cesare, and awakens him for some moments from his death-like sleep. When Alan asks Cesare about his future, Cesare answers that he will die before dawn. The next morning Alan is found dead. Francis suspects Cesare of being the murderer, and starts spying on him and Dr. Caligari.

One Week(1920)

25min | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 49 votes)

The story involves two newlyweds, Keaton and Seely, who receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift. The house can be built, supposedly, in "one week." A rejected suitor secretly re-numbers packing crates. The movie recounts Keaton's struggle to assemble the house according to this new "arrangement.".

The Golem: How He Came into the World(1920)

1h 25min | Fantasy, Horror
3.6/5 (with 32 votes)

In the 16th century, the Jews of Prague face persecution. Rabbi Loew creates a giant golem out of clay, to protect the people. This film should not be confused with director Paul Wegener's with Henrik Galeen 1915 mostly lost film The Golem (Der Golem) which was his first film to explore the myth.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde(1920)

3.5/5 (with 28 votes)

A doctor's research into the roots of evil turns him into a hideous depraved fiend.

Directed by John S. Robertson - With John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Nita Naldi, Charles Lane, George Stevens, Edgar Varese, ...

The Scarecrow(1920)

21min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 26 votes)

Buster competes with another farmhand for the love of the farmer's daughter.


3.6/5 (with 25 votes)

The Romeo and Juliet story played out in a tenement neighborhood with Buster and Virginia's families hating each other over the fence separating their buildings.

Convict 13(1920)

20min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 20 votes)

A young golfer is mugged by an escaped convict and finds himself in a prison where he foils a jailbreak.

Way Down East(1920)

3.4/5 (with 18 votes)

A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock.

Within Our Gates(1920)

1h 19min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.8/5 (with 14 votes)

Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated negro woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished negro youths.

Directed by Oscar Micheaux - With Ralph Johnson, Evelyn Preer

The Garage(1920)

25min | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 12 votes)

Two men who work as both automobile mechanics and firemen operate a garage in a fire station. A car has been left for them to clean, but they destroy it instead. In the second half of the film, Roscoe and Keaton have been called to a fire, but it turns out to be a false alarm. When they return, they find their own fire station on fire.

The Penalty(1920)

1h 30min | Crime, Drama
3.5/5 (with 11 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 Mark of Zorro(1920)

3.8/5 (with 9 votes)

Douglas Fairbanks impersonates a wealthy young Spanish noble who, in his proper person, is an indolent imbecile, the despair of his father and of his charming sweetheart. When he sallies forth a masked black figure on a black horse, the terrible Zorro, he rescues the oppressed and leaves “The Mark of Zorro,” a “Z” made with his rapier, on the oppressor of the weak.

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An Eastern Westerner(1920)

27min | Comedy, Western
3.6/5 (with 9 votes)

A young man in New York has exasperated his father because of his constant carousing and irresponsibility, so his father sends him to his uncle's ranch in the west. The young man arrives in the town of Piute Pass, which is being terrorized by Tiger Lip Tompkins and his gang, the Masked Angels. The Easterner befriends a young woman whose father is being held captive by Tompkins, and he decides to help her.

Directed by Hal Roach - With Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Sammy Brooks, Noah Young, Belle Mitchell, Charles Stevenson, ...

The Saphead(1920)

1h 17min | Drama, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 8 votes)

Nick Van Alstyne owns the Henrietta silver mine and is very rich. His son Bertie is naive and spoiled. His daughter Rose is married to shady investor Mark. Mark wrecks Bertie's wedding plans by making him take the blame for Mark's illegitimate daughter. Mark also nearly ruins the family business by selling off Henrietta stock at too low a price. Bertie, of all people, must come to the rescue on the trading floor.


44min | Horror
3.1/5 (with 7 votes)

Genuine (original German title: Genuine, die Tragödie eines seltsamen Hauses; literally: Genuine, the tragedy of a strange house) is a 1920 silent horror film from director by Robert Wiene (the same year he directed Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari). It was also released as Genuine: A Tale of a Vampire. The film's sets were designed by the Expressionist painter César Klein.

The Parson's Widow(1920)

1h 11min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
3.9/5 (with 6 votes)

A young man is elected by a small village to be its parson. As part of his duties, he is required to marry the widow of the parson before him. This poses two problems--first, the widow is old enough to be his grandmother, and second, he is already engaged to another woman.

The Last of the Mohicans(1920)

3.1/5 (with 6 votes)

As Alice and Cora Munro attempt to find their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War, they are set upon by French soldiers and their cohorts, Huron tribesmen led by the evil Magua. Fighting to rescue the women are Chingachgook and his son Uncas, the last of the Mohican tribe, and their white ally, the frontiersman Natty Bumppo, known as Hawkeye.

Haunted Spooks(1920)

25min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 6 votes)

After numerous failed attempts to commit suicide, our hero (Lloyd) runs into a lawyer who is looking for a stooge to stand in as a groom in order to secure an inheritance for his client (Davis). The inheritance is a house, which her scheming uncle "haunts" so that he can scare them off and claim the property.

Number, Please?(1920)

| 25min | Comedy
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

While at an amusement park, trying vainly to forget the girl he has lost, a young man sees the girl with her new boyfriend. When her dog gets loose in the park, both suitors have to help her catch it. Then, the girl's uncle, a balloonist, gives her a pass for two in his balloon, provided that her mother approves. She then offers to take along the first of her admirers who is able to get her mother's consent.

Directed by Hal Roach, Fred C. Newmeyer - With Harold Lloyd, Mildred B. Davis, Mildred Davis, Hal Roach, Sammy Brooks, Charles Stevenson, ...

The Daughter of Dawn(1920)

1h 20min | Western
2.5/5 (with 6 votes)

Daughter of Dawn told the story of a Comanche chief's daughter torn between two lovers, one wealthy but cowardly, the other poor but honest and loyal. A contest of bravery involving a dangerous jump off of a cliff reveals the true nature of each man. The cowardly lover disgraced by his failing defects to the rival Kiowa tribe and joins in a failed attack on the Comanche village. When the Comanches successfully repel the attack the Chief gladly sends his daughter off with her true love and the young lovers, paddling together in a canoe, sail into the proverbial sunset.

With White Parker

High and Dizzy(1920)

26min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 6 votes)

A tipsy doctor encounters his patient sleepwalking on a building ledge, high above the street.

Directed by Hal Roach - With Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Noah Young, Charles Stevenson

From Morn to Midnight(1920)

1h 12min | Crime, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 5 votes)

A cashier in a bank in a small German town is alerted to the power of money by the visit of a rich Italian lady. He embezzles 60, 000 Marks and leaves for the capital city, where he attempts to find satisfaction in politics, sport, love and religion.

His Royal Slyness(1920)

27min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

A young adventurer trades places with a European prince and falls in love above his station.

Directed by Hal Roach - With Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Snub Pollard, Gus Leonard, Noah Young

The Spiders - The Diamond Ship(1920)

1h 45min | Adventure
2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

When last we saw Kay Hoog (millionaire adventurer, courageous hunk), he’d been beset with tragedy. Having escaped an ancient Incan city by the skin of his gleaming teeth, Hoog looked forward to a few years of settled life with his (amicably) captured Incan lovely, Naela. But the past struck quickly. Hoog’s arch-nemesis, the homicidal femme Lio Sha, murdered Naela on the very grounds of Hoog’s estate, prompting him to swear revenge upon her and her criminal organization, the Spiders. Now he must find them, as the Spiders continue their global quest for the Buddha-head Diamond. The head, it’s said, has the power to restore Asia to world dominance.

Directed by Fritz Lang - With Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Lil Dagover, Rudolf Lettinger


2.8/5 (with 4 votes)

Erotikon is a 1920 Swedish romantic comedy film directed by Mauritz Stiller, starring Tora Teje, Karin Molander, Anders de Wahl and Lars Hanson. It is based on the 1917 play A kék róka by Ferenc Herczeg. The story revolves around an entomology professor obsessed with the sexual life of bugs, and his easygoing wife who is courted by two suitors.

Outside the Law(1920)

3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

Outside the Law is a 1920 crime film directed by Tod Browning. Browning would remake the film in 1930. Outside the Law is considered to be one of the first psychologically driven films in the gangster genre.

Leaves from Satan's Book(1920)

2h 1min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 4 votes)

The power of Satan is highlighted in four historical tales: the betrayal and subsequent arrest of Jesus, the Spanish Inquisition, the French Revolution and the execution of Marie Antoinette, and the Finnish War of Independence in 1918.

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer - With Clara Pontoppidan, Elith Pio, Halvard Hoff, Jeanne de Tramcourt, Johannes Meyer, Björn Halldén, ...

Anna Boleyn(1920)

1h 58min | History, Drama
3.9/5 (with 4 votes)

The story of the ill-fated second wife of the English king Henry VIII, whose marriage to the Henry led to momentous political and religious turmoil in England.

Get Out and Get Under(1920)

25min | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

The comic adventures of a new car owner.

Directed by Hal Roach - With Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Ernie Morrison, Charles Stevenson


3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

The favorite slave girl of a tyrannical sheik falls in love with a cloth merchant. Meanwhile, a hunchback clown suffers unrequited love for a traveling dancer who wants to join the harem.

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