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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)

PG
| 1h 17min | Drama, Horror, Thriller, Crime
4.0/5 (with 394 votes)

Francis, a young man, recalls in his memory the horrible experiences he and his fiancée Jane recently went through. 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.

One Week(1920)

25min | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 60 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 40 votes)

Suffering under the tyrannical rule of Rudolf II in 16th-century Prague, a Talmudic rabbi creates a giant warrior to protect the safety of his people. Sculpted of clay and animated by the mysterious secrets of the Cabala, the Golem was a seemingly indestructible juggernaut, performing acts of great heroism, yet equally capable of dreadful violence. When the rabbi's assistant takes control of the Golem and attempts to use him for selfish gain, the lumbering monster runs rampant, abducting the rabbi's daughter and setting fire to the ghetto.

The Scarecrow(1920)

3.7/5 (with 31 votes)

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

Neighbors(1920)

3.5/5 (with 30 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.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde(1920)

3.5/5 (with 30 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, Edgard Varèse, ...

Convict 13(1920)

20min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 24 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)

3.5/5 (with 21 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
2.9/5 (with 18 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 14 votes)

Roscoe and Buster operate a combination garage and fire station. In the first half they destroy a car left for them to clean. In the second half they go off on a false alarm and return to find their own building on fire.

The Penalty(1920)

1h 30min | Crime, Drama, Horror
3.5/5 (with 12 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 10 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 10 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.

The Last of the Mohicans(1920)

3.2/5 (with 10 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.

Genuine(1920)

1h 28min | Horror
3.0/5 (with 9 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 Saphead(1920)

1h 17min | Drama, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 9 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.

Number, Please?(1920)

G
| 25min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 9 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.

Haunted Spooks(1920)

25min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 9 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.

The Daughter of Dawn(1920)

2.4/5 (with 8 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

The Parson's Widow(1920)

1h 11min | Comedy, Drama
3.8/5 (with 8 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.

High and Dizzy(1920)

26min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

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

Anna Boleyn(1920)

1h 58min | History, Drama
3.6/5 (with 7 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.

His Royal Slyness(1920)

27min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 6 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

Sumurun(1920)

3.1/5 (with 6 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.

Leaves from Satan's Book(1920)

2h 1min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 6 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, ...

Erotikon(1920)

2.9/5 (with 6 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.

From Morn to Midnight(1920)

1h 12min | Crime, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 6 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.

Just Pals(1920)

50min | Drama, Western
3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

This engaging adventure/character study is one of John Ford's best! Bim (Buck Jones) seems to be his town's biggest loser, but when he takes a needy 13-year-old boy named Bill (George Stone) under his wing, it seems there may be some hope for Bim. After learning about Bill, a young teacher, Mary (Helen Ferguson), whom Bim secretly adores, helps get the young boy into school. And when Bim then helps Mary repay a loan, defaulted on by shifty boyfriend (William Buckley), it becomes evident that Bim can reform. As the plot in this captivating film twist and turns, the stakes get higher, the action gets more intense and hope for Bim bounds upward.

Directed by John Ford - With Buck Jones, Helen Ferguson, Duke R. Lee, William Buckley, Pedro León

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

Sex(1920)

1h 27min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Adrienne, the queen of the Frivolity Theater, is a self-centered vamp who steals other women's husbands. Her current conquest is Phillip Overman, and when Overman's wife pleads with the vamp to free her husband, Adrienne turns a deaf ear. Daisy, a chorine, is shocked by her colleague's callousness, but Adrienne asserts that she is only being practical. When she meets Pittsburgh millionaire Dave Wallace, Adrienne falls in love and casts Overman aside. Soon after their marriage, Adrienne learns that her husband is having an affair with Daisy, who is now the reigning queen of Broadway. She pleads with Daisy to release her husband, who responds by repeating the philosophy that Adrienne had given her. Despondently boarding a boat bound for Europe, Adrienne sees the Overmans, who are now happily reunited, and realizes the shallowness of her life.

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