Movies: Popular Movies of 1926

Movies in chronological context: 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1926th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 926th year of the 2nd millennium, the 26th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1920s decade. ()

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The General(1926)

4.1/5 (with 340 votes)

During America’s Civil War, Union spies steal engineer Johnnie Gray's beloved locomotive, 'The General'—with Johnnie's lady love aboard an attached boxcar—and he single-handedly must do all in his power to both get The General back and to rescue Annabelle.

Directed by Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman - With Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Charles Henry Smith, Joe Keaton, Glen Cavender, Frederick Vroom, ...


1h 56min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
4.0/5 (with 96 votes)

God and Satan war over earth; to settle things, they wager on the soul of Faust, a learned and prayerful alchemist.

Directed by F. W. Murnau - With Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, William Dieterle, Yvette Guilbert, Frida Richard, ...

The Adventures of Prince Achmed(1926)

3.9/5 (with 56 votes)

Based on stories from "The Arabian Nights". A wicked sorcerer tricks Prince Achmed into riding a magical flying horse. The heroic prince is able to subdue the magical horse, which he uses to fly off to many adventures. While travelling, he falls in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu, and must defeat an army of demons to win her heart. The film is animated using the silhouette technique.

A Page of Madness(1926)

1h 10min | Drama, Horror
3.7/5 (with 27 votes)

A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife.

Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa - With Masao Inoue

Anemic Cinema(1926)

3.2/5 (with 25 votes)

Short film about a spiral design spins dizzily. It's replaced by a spinning disk. These two continue in perfect alternation until the end: a spiral design, a disk. Each disk is labelled and can be read as it rotates. The messages, in French, feature puns and whimsical rhymes and alliteration. The final message comments on the spiral motif itself.

Directed by Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray


58min | Mystery, Drama
3.6/5 (with 24 votes)

A pair of sisters leave the country for the city after their parents are slaughtered in a mysterious axe murder. The original 58 minute version is thought to be lost, with the longest surviving version running 43 minutes.

Directed by Dimitri Kirsanoff - With Nadia Sibirskaïa

Battling Butler(1926)

1h 17min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 19 votes)

Meek millionaire Alfred Butler goes on a camping excursion with his faithful servant. Once in the wilderness, Alfred ignores outdoor activities in favor of trying to woo a charming mountain girl, who wants nothing to do with her spoiled suitor. Trying to impress the girl, Alfred masquerades as boxing star "Battling" Butler.

Directed by Buster Keaton - With Sally O'Neil, Buster Keaton, Snitz Edwards, Francis McDonald, Tom Wilson


1h 29min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 18 votes)

A story about a family torn apart by a worker's strike. At first, the mother wants to protect her family from the troublemakers, but eventually she realizes that her son is right and the workers should strike.

Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin - With Vera Baranovskaya, Nikolai Batalov, Ivan Koval-Samborskij, Vsevolod Pudovkin

The Black Pirate(1926)

| 1h 34min | Adventure, Drama, Action
3.5/5 (with 15 votes)

A nobleman vows to avenge the death of his father at the hands of pirates. To this end he infiltrates the pirate band. Acting in character he is instrumental in the capture of a ship, but things are complicated when he finds that there is a young woman on board whom he wishes to protect from the threat of rape.

Directed by Albert Parker - With Douglas Fairbanks, Billie Dove, Tempe Pigott, Donald Crisp, Mary Pickford, Anders Randolf, ...


18min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 15 votes)

Emak-Bakia (Basque for Leave me alone) is a 1926 film directed by Man Ray. Subtitled as a cinépoéme, it features many techniques Man Ray used in his still photography (for which he is better known), including Rayographs, double exposure, soft focus and ambiguous features. The film features sculptures by Pablo Picasso, and some of Man Ray's mathematical objects both still and animated using a stop motion technique.

Directed by Man Ray - With Alice Prin, Jacques Rigaut, Man Ray

Flesh and the Devil(1926)

| 1h 52min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 14 votes)

As lifelong best friends Leo and Ulrich return home following completion of their military training, Leo sees stunning Felicitas at the railway station and, mesmerized by her beauty, is smitten. A scandal follows, for which Leo is sent away. Returning home three years later, he discovers that much has changed.

Directed by Clarence Brown - With Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lars Hanson, Barbara Kent, Eugenie Besserer, George Fawcett, ...

For Heaven's Sake(1926)

3.5/5 (with 11 votes)

An irresponsible young millionaire changes his tune when he falls for the daughter of a downtown minister.

Directed by Sam Taylor - With Harold Lloyd, James Mason, Blanche Payson, Earl Mohan, Jobyna Ralston, Leo Willis, ...
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1h 17min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 11 votes)

Robert J. Flaherty's South Seas follow-up to Nanook of the North is a Gauguin idyll moved by "pride of beauty... pride of strength.".

Directed by Robert J. Flaherty


1h 24min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 9 votes)

Evil Mr.Grimes keeps a rag-tag bunch orphans on his farm deep in a swamp in the US South. He forces them to work in his garden and treats them like slaves. They are watched over by the eldest, Molly. A gang in league with Mr. Grimes kidnaps Doris, the beautiful little daughter of a rich man, and hides her out on Grimes' farm, awaiting ransom. When the police close in, and Mr. Grimes threatens to throw Doris into the bottomless mire, Molly must lead her little flock out through the alligator-infested swamp.

Directed by William Beaudine, Carl Harbaugh, Earle Brown - With Mary Pickford, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Charlotte Mineau, Spec O'Donnell, Roy Stewart, Lloyd Whitlock, ...

Secrets of a Soul(1926)

1h 37min | Thriller, Drama
3.0/5 (with 8 votes)

Werner Krauss, who had played the deranged Dr. Caligari six years earlier, stars as a scientist who is tormented by an irrational fear of knives and the irresistible compulsion to murder his wife. Driven to the brink of madness by fantastic nightmares (designed by Ernö Metzner and photographed by Guido Seeber in a brilliant mix of expressionism and surrealism), he encounters a psychoanalyst who offers to treat the perplexing malady.

Directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst - With Werner Krauss, Ruth Weyher, Jack Trevor, Hertha von Walther, Ilka Grüning, Renate Brausewetter, ...

The Holy Mountain(1926)

1h 40min | Adventure, Drama
3.3/5 (with 8 votes)

Professional dancer Diotima finds herself the apex of a love triangle when she is pursued by two mountain climbers, Vigo and his unnamed older friend.

Directed by Arnold Fanck - With Leni Riefenstahl, Luis Trenker, Ernst Petersen, Friedrich Schneider, Hannes Schneider, Frida Richard, ...

3 Bad Men(1926)

3.6/5 (with 7 votes)

Three outlaws come to the aid of a young girl after her father is killed. A silent film directed by John Ford.

Directed by John Ford - With George O'Brien, Olive Borden, Lou Tellegen, J. Farrell MacDonald, Vester Pegg, Alec B. Francis, ...

By the Law(1926)

1h 20min | Western, Drama
3.8/5 (with 7 votes)

A five-person team of gold prospectors in the Yukon has just begun to enjoy great success when one of the members snaps, and suddenly kills two of the others. The two survivors, a husband and wife, subdue the killer but are then faced with an agonizing dilemma. With no chance of turning him over to the authorities for many weeks, they must decide whether to exact justice themselves or to risk trying to keep him restrained until they can return to civilization.

Directed by Lev Kuleshov - With Vladimir Fogel, Aleksandra Khokhlova, Sergei Komarov


3.5/5 (with 7 votes)

In 'Spirals' Oskar Fischinger designed visual patterns of extreme complexity which often develop in overlapping cycles, yet he interrupts these patterns with radical editing of single frames of contrasting imagery. 'Spirals' exists as a fragmentary unfinished experimental film.

Film Study(1926)

2.9/5 (with 7 votes)

Entertaining Dadaist experimental short, similar to Man Ray's work, full of shifting geometric shapes, stock footage of seagulls, flying eyeballs, and glaring floating heads.

Directed by Hans Richter

Five Minutes of Pure Cinema(1926)

3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

Avant-garde short focused on the pure elements of film like form, visual composition, and rhythm.

Directed by Henri Chomette


2h 30min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.6/5 (with 6 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.

Directed by Jean Renoir - With Catherine Hessling, Werner Krauss, André Cerf, Claude Autant-Lara, Jacqueline Ford, Jean Angelo, ...

Egged On(1926)

24min | Fantasy, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 6 votes)

Charley invents a machine that turns ordinary, breakable eggs into rubbery, unbreakable ones for transport. He builds a Rube Goldberg contraption of parts stolen from his neighbors. Rival egg companies want his invention, one of them stooping to sabotage to get it.

Directed by Charles Bowers

The Bride of Glomdal(1926)

1h 55min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

Tore takes over the rundown family farm. Applying his youthful energy, he intends to make it into a big farm like Glomgården on the other side of the river, where beautiful Berit loves. Tore falls in love with her, but her father has promised her to rich Gjermund. As her wedding to Gjermund draws near, Berit runs away and seeks refuge with Tore and his parents. She soon falls deathly ill but recovers, asking for, and getting, her father’s permission to marry Tore. Jealous Gjermund is determined to prevent their wedding, however, in a dramatic climactic scene playing out around the rushing river.

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer - With Einar Sissener, Tove Tellback, Julie Lampe, Rasmus Rasmussen, Sophie Reimers, Alfhild Stormoen, ...

The Son of the Sheik(1926)

3.4/5 (with 6 votes)

Ahmed, son of Diana and Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan, falls in love with Yasmin, a dancing girl who fronts her father's gang of mountebanks. She and Ahmed meet secretly until one night when her father and the gang capture the son of the sheik, torture him, and hold him for ransom.

Directed by George Fitzmaurice - With Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, Montagu Love, Karl Dane, George Fawcett, Agnes Ayres, ...

Tell It to the Marines(1926)

1h 43min | Action, Comedy, Drama
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

U.S. Marine Sergeant O'Hara has his hands full training raw recruits, one of whom, 'Skeets' Burns, is a particular thorn in his side. If Burns's lackadaisical approach to the military were not bad enough, he also makes advances on nurse Nora Dale, whom Sergeant O'Hara secretly loves. Nora is oblivious to O'Hara's feelings and is attracted to the handsome 'Skeet.' But an indiscretion turns her against him, and it takes an expedition to China and a battle with a warlord's bandit brigade to sort things out among the nurse and her two Marines.

Directed by George W. Hill - With Lon Chaney

Now You Tell One(1926)

20min | Fantasy, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

The Liars Club is holding their contest to see who can tell the most unbelievable story, with a gold medallion waiting to be awarded to the winner. Disappointed with the other members' bland efforts, one member brings in Charley Bowers, who has an extraordinary tale to tell. Charley claims to have invented a magic potion that enables him to grow absolutely anything by a simple grafting process, and he proceeds to tell his story to the club.

The Blackbird(1926)

3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

Two thieves, the Blackbird and West End Bertie, fall in love with the same girl, a French nightclub performer named Fifi. Each man tries to outdo the other to win her heart.

Directed by Tod Browning - With Lon Chaney, Owen Moore, Doris Lloyd, Lionel Belmore, Renée Adorée, Willie Fung, ...

A Sixth Part of the World(1926)

1h 5min | Documentary
4.2/5 (with 6 votes)

Through the travelogue format, it depicts the multitude of Soviet peoples in remote areas of USSR and details the entirety of the wealth of the Soviet land. Focusing on cultural and economic diversity, the film is in fact a call for unification in order to build a "complete socialist society".

Directed by Dziga Vertov

Ella Cinders(1926)

3.7/5 (with 5 votes)

Poor Ella Cinders is much abused by her evil step-mother and step-sisters. When she wins a local beauty contest she jumps at the chance to get out of her dead-end life and go to Hollywood, where she is promised a job in the movies. When she arrives in Hollywood, she discovers that the contest was a scam and the job non-existent. But through pluck, luck, and talent, she makes it in the movies anyway, and finds true love.

Directed by Alfred Edward Green - With Colleen Moore, Lloyd Hughes
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