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The Best Movies of 1920 

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Updated September 24, 2019 953 votes 59 voters 4.4k views

List of the best movies of 1920, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1920 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1920. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1920 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1920 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

This list is made up of many different movies, including The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1920?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1920?"

1920 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1920. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1920 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

Released: 1920

Directed by: Robert Wiene

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist ...more

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John Barrymore, Edgard Varèse, Charles Lane

Released: 1920

Directed by: John S. Robertson

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1920 horror silent film, produced by Famous Players-Lasky and released through Paramount/Artcraft. The film is based upon Robert Louis Stevenson's novella The ...more
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Boris Karloff, Wallace Beery, George Hackathorne

Released: 1920

Directed by: Maurice Tourneur, Clarence Brown

The Last of the Mohicans is a 1920 American film adapted from James Fenimore Cooper's novel of the same name. Clarence Brown and Maurice Tourneur directed an adaption by Robert Dillon — a story ...more
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Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely

Released: 1920

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

One Week is a 1920 American short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton, the first film to be released made by Keaton on his own; Keaton had worked with Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle ...more
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Bela Lugosi, Conrad Veidt, Willy Kaiser-Heyl

Released: 1920

Directed by: F. W. Murnau

The Head of Janus is a 1920 German horror silent film directed by F. W. Murnau. The film was an unauthorized adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. ...more
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Buster Keaton, Al St. John, Sybil Seely

Released: 1920

Directed by: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

The Scarecrow is a 1920 American short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline. The runtime is 19 minutes. One of the more ...more
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Fritz Feld, Ernst Deutsch, Paul Wegener

Released: 1920

Directed by: Carl Boese, Paul Wegener

The Golem: How He Came into the World is a 1920 silent horror film co-directed by and starring Paul Wegener. The picture was directed by Carl Boese and Wegener, written by Wegener and Henrik ...more
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Milton Berle, Douglas Fairbanks, Noah Beery

Released: 1920

Directed by: Fred Niblo, Theodore Reed

The Mark of Zorro is a 1920 silent film starring Douglas Fairbanks and Noah Beery. This genre-defining swashbuckler adventure was the first movie version of The Mark of Zorro. Based on the 1919 ...more
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Lon Chaney, Kenneth Harlan, Claire Adams

Released: 1920

Directed by: Wallace Worsley

The Penalty is an American crime film starring Lon Chaney and originally released in 1920. The movie was directed by Wallace Worsley, and written by Philip Lonergan and Charles Kenyon, based ...more
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Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Edward F. Cline

Released: 1920

Directed by: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

Convict 13 is a 1920 short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline.
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Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Lowell Sherman

Released: 1920

Directed by: D. W. Griffith

Way Down West is a 1920 film directed by D. W. Griffith.
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Roscoe Arbuckle, Wallace Beery, Lucien Littlefield

Released: 1920

Directed by: George Melford

The Round-Up is a 1920 Western film starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and featuring Wallace Beery. The movie was written by Edmund Day and Tom Forman, directed by George Melford, and ...more
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Hoot Gibson

Released: 1920

Directed by: B. Reeves Eason

Held Up for the Makin's is a 1920 short Western film directed by B. Reeves Eason.
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Hoot Gibson

Released: 1920

Directed by: Phil Rosen

The Jay Bird is a 1920 short Western film directed by Phil Rosen and featuring Hoot Gibson.
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Hoot Gibson

Released: 1920

Directed by: Edward Laemmle

The Man with the Punch is a 1920 American short Western film directed by Edward Laemmle and featuring Hoot Gibson.
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Buck Jones

Released: 1920

Directed by: John Ford

Just Pals is a 1920 American Western film directed by John Ford, and was Ford's first film for Fox Film Corporation.
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Mary Pickford, Theodore Roberts, Albert Austin

Released: 1920

Directed by: John Francis Dillon

Suds is a 1920 silent film directed by John Francis Dillon and starring Mary Pickford. The film is based on the 1904 English stage play 'Op o' Me Thumb, a one-act work first produced in London ...more
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Art Acord

Released: 1920

Directed by: B. Reeves Eason, Theodore Wharton

The Moon Riders was a 1920 American Western film serial directed by B. Reeves Eason and Theodore Wharton. The serial is considered lost.
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Ruth Roland, Herbert Heyes

Released: 1920

Directed by: George Marshall

Ruth of the Rockies is a 1920 American Western film serial directed by George Marshall. Two of the 15 episodes survive in the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
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Elmo Lincoln, Louise Lorraine

Released: 1920

Directed by: J. P. McGowan

Elmo the Fearless is a 1920 American Western film serial directed by J. P. McGowan. The film is now considered to be lost.
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Ernst Lubitsch, Pola Negri, Paul Wegener

Released: 1920

Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch

One Arabian Night is a 1920 film written by Hanns Kräly and Ernst Lubitsch and directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
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Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen

Released: 2014

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

Neighbors is a 2014 American comedy film, directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien. The film stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, with Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, and ...more
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Emil Jannings, John Gottowt, Käthe Haack

Released: 1920

Directed by: Hans Werckmeister

Algol: Tragedy of Power is a 1920 German science fiction film about an alien from the planet Algol.
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Harry Carey

Released: 1920

Directed by: Val Paul

Sundown Slim is a 1920 American silent western film starring Harry Carey.
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Hoot Gibson

Released: 1920

Directed by: B. Reeves Eason

Hair Trigger Stuff is a 1920 American short Western film directed by B. Reeves Eason and starring Hoot Gibson.