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Movies: Popular Movies of 1921

Movies in chronological context: 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar, the 1921st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 921st year of the 2nd millennium, the 21st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1920s decade. As of the start of 1921, the Gregorian calendar was 13 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923. ()

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The Kid(1921)

53min | Comedy, Drama
4.1/5 (with 697 votes)

A tramp cares for a boy after he's abandoned as a newborn by his mother. Later the mother has a change of heart and aches to be reunited with her son.

The Phantom Carriage(1921)

NR
| 1h 47min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
3.9/5 (with 97 votes)

It's New Year's Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year, if he is a great sinner, will have to drive during the whole year the Phantom Chariot, that picks up the souls of the dead.

Destiny(1921)

1h 45min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 48 votes)

As a young couple stops and rests in a small village inn, the man is abducted by Death and is sequestered behind a huge doorless, windowless wall. The woman finds a mystic entrance and is met by Death, who tells her three separate stories set in exotic locales, all involving circumstances similar to hers.

The Goat(1921)

23min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 47 votes)

A series of adventures begins when Buster is mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the evil bad guy.

The Play House(1921)

22min | Comedy, Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 42 votes)

After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

The Boat(1921)

26min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 37 votes)

Buster's handmade boat, The Damfino, is finished and is, of course, too large to get through the basement door. When he drives off with it in tow, the side of his house, then the whole thing, collapses. At the harbor he rides the boat out only to have it sink beneath him. The rest is a series of adventures he and his family have with the restored boat.

The Haunted House(1921)

NR
| 21min | Comedy, Horror
3.3/5 (with 36 votes)

Buster Keaton is a bank teller who becomes involved with a hold-up, counterfeiters, and a theatrical troupe posing as spooks in a haunted house.

The High Sign(1921)

21min | Crime, Comedy
3.7/5 (with 36 votes)

Buster is thrown off a train near an amusement park. There he gets a job in a shooting gallery run by the Blinking Buzzards mob. Ordered to kill a businessman, he winds up protecting the man and his daughter by outfitting their home with trick devices.

The Idle Class(1921)

32min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 31 votes)

At an upper class golf resort, a tramp discovers he's the lookalike of a rich man with a beautiful, unhappy wife.

Hard Luck(1921)

22min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 28 votes)

A down on his luck young man makes several attempts at committing suicide but fails them too. He then finds himself becoming more confident through a series of petty adventures, to such an extent that this becomes his undoing.

Orphans of the Storm(1921)

NR
| 2h 30min | Drama, History, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 26 votes)

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.

Manhatta(1921)

11min | Documentary
3.3/5 (with 23 votes)

Morning reveals New York harbor, the wharves, the Brooklyn Bridge. A ferry boat docks, disgorging its huddled mass. People move briskly along Wall St. or stroll more languorously through a cemetery. Ranks of skyscrapers extrude columns of smoke and steam. In plain view. Or framed, as through a balustrade. A crane promotes the city's upward progress, as an ironworker balances on a high beam. A locomotive in a railway yard prepares to depart, while an arriving ocean liner jostles with attentive tugboats. Fading sunlight is reflected in the waters of the harbor. The imagery is interspersed with quotations from Walt Whitman, who is left unnamed.

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Rhythm 21(1921)

3min | Animation
2.7/5 (with 21 votes)

Abstract animated short film. Grey and white squares change size and shape on a black background.

Directed by Hans Richter

The Sheik(1921)

3.2/5 (with 20 votes)

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...

Lichtspiel: Opus I(1921)

12min
3.1/5 (with 17 votes)

Against a dark background, several bright, curved or rounded shapes pulse towards the center of the screen, one at a time. They are followed by many other shapes, some irregular, some pointed, others rounded. The abstract shapes move into or across the screen in harmony with the musical score.

Directed by Walter Ruttmann

The Haunted Castle(1921)

1h 21min | Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery
3.3/5 (with 16 votes)

The sinister Count Oetsch scandalizes the aristocratic social gathering at Castle Vogelod as he announces his intention to "crash" the festivities. Baroness Safferstätt is expected shortly, and the guests are well-aware of the rumors that Count Oetsch murdered the baroness' late husband. Oetsch refuses to leave, vowing that he will reveal the identity of the real killer. Before the weekend is through, the Count and Baroness will reveal secrets too shocking to be believed!

Never Weaken(1921)

G
| 29min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 15 votes)

Our hero (Lloyd) is infatuated with a girl in the next office. In order to drum up business for her boss, an osteopath, he gets an actor friend to pretend injuries that the doctor "cures", thereby building a reputation. When he hears that his girl is marrying another, he decides to commit suicide and spends the bulk of the film in thrilling, failed attempts.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse(1921)

2h 12min | Drama, War
3.6/5 (with 14 votes)

Set in the years before and during World War I, this epic tale tells the story of a rich Argentine family, one of its two descending branches being half of French heritage, the other being half German. Following the death of the family patriarch, the man's two daughters and their families resettle to France and Germany, respectively. In time the Great War breaks out, putting members of the family on opposing sides.

Directed by Rex Ingram - With Josef Swickard, Bridgetta Clark, Rudolph Valentino, Wallace Beery, Alice Terry, Alan Hale, ...

Seven Years Bad Luck(1921)

1h 2min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 12 votes)

After breaking a mirror in his home, superstitious Max tries to avoid situations which could bring bad luck, but in doing so causes himself the worst luck imaginable.

Directed by Max Linder - With Max Linder, Alta Allen, Hugh Saxon, Lola Gonzales

The Ace of Hearts(1921)

3.3/5 (with 11 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.

Der Sieger(1921)

3min | Animation
2.8/5 (with 11 votes)

An animated commercial for tire company Excelsior Reifen.

The Wildcat(1921)

3.4/5 (with 11 votes)

A charismatic lieutenant newly assigned to a remote fort is captured by a group of mountain bandits, thus setting in motion a madcap farce that is Lubitsch at his most unrestrained. A wonderfully anarchic and playfully subversive satire of military life from one of the great comedy filmmakers.

Invisible Ink(1921)

3.4/5 (with 10 votes)

Koko The Clown continually interrupts an animator, who turns his attention to trapping the clown.

Directed by Dave Fleischer

The Lucky Dog(1921)

G
| 24min | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 9 votes)

In their first screen appearance together, Stan plays a penniless dog lover and Oliver plays a crook who tries to rob him and his new paramour.

Now or Never(1921)

36min | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 9 votes)

A young man, unaccustomed to children, must accompany a young girl on a train trip.

The Three Musketeers(1921)

3.3/5 (with 9 votes)

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.

I Do(1921)

25min | Comedy
2.8/5 (with 9 votes)

Comic adventures of newlyweds and children.

Among Those Present(1921)

35min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 8 votes)

An ambitious coat-room checker impersonates an English nobleman.

The Centaurs(1921)

3.2/5 (with 8 votes)

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

Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet(1921)

3.4/5 (with 8 votes)

After eating a rarebit, a man falls asleep and dreams his wife adopts a mysterious animal with an insatiable appetite. The pet eats its milk, the house cat, the house's furnishings, rat poison, and passing vehicles, including airplanes and a blimp, while growing larger and larger. This cartoon is part of a Dream trilogy animated by Winsor McCay in 1921. (CBGP)

Directed by Winsor McCay, Bob McCay
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