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List of the best movies of 1921, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1921 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 1921. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1921 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1921 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

Examples of movies on this list include The Three Musketeers and Orphans of the Storm.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1921?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1921?"

1921 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1921. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1921 aren't just one persons opinion.
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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro, Wallace Beery The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a 1921 American silent epic war film produced by Metro Pictures Corporation and directed by Rex Ingram. Based on the Spanish novel The Four Horsemen of the ...more

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The Kid Charlie Chaplin, Lita Grey, Jackie Coogan The Kid is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film written by, produced by, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, and features Jackie Coogan as his adopted son and sidekick. This was ...more

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Orphans of the Storm Lillian Gish, Joseph Schildkraut, Dorothy Gish Orphans of the Storm is a 1921 drama film by D. W. Griffith set in late-18th-century France, before and during the French Revolution. The last Griffith film to feature Lillian and Dorothy Gish, ...more

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Hard Luck Buster Keaton, Bull Montana, Joe Roberts Hard Luck is a 1921 American short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline. The runtime is 22 minutes. For sixty years it was ...more

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The Idle Class Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Mack Swain The Idle Class is a 1921 American silent film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin for First National Pictures.

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The Sheik Rudolph Valentino, Loretta Young, Adolphe Menjou The Sheik is a 1921 American silent romantic drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky, directed by George Melford and starring Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, and Adolphe Menjou. It was based ...more

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The Three Musketeers Douglas Fairbanks, Adolphe Menjou, Eugene Pallette The Three Musketeers is a 1921 American silent film based on the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, père. It was directed by Fred Niblo and starred Douglas Fairbanks as ...more

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The Playhouse Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Joe Roberts The Playhouse is a 1921 silent short film written, directed by, and starring Buster Keaton. The movie runs for 22 minutes, and is most famous for an opening sequence in which Keaton plays every

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Camille Rudolph Valentino, Alla Nazimova, Arthur Hoyt Camille is a 1921 silent film starring Rudolph Valentino and Alla Nazimova. It is one of numerous screen adaptations of the book and play La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils. ...more

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The High Sign Buster Keaton, Al St. John, Bartine Burkett The High Sign is a 1921 American short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline. The runtime is 21 minutes. Although One Week was ...more

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The Goat Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Jean C. Havez The Goat is a 1921 American short comedy film written, directed by, and starring comedian Buster Keaton.

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The Haunted House Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge, Edward F. Cline The Haunted House is a 1921 short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline. The runtime is 21 minutes. One of the more memorable ...more

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Sweet Revenge Hoot Gibson Sweet Revenge is a 1921 American short Western film directed by Edward Laemmle and featuring Hoot Gibson.

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Forbidden Fruit Agnes Ayres Forbidden Fruit is a 1921 American drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. It is a remake of the 1915 film The Golden Chance, which was also directed by DeMille. The film survives in prints at ...more

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Tol'able David Ernest Torrence, Richard Barthelmess, Warner Richmond Tol'able David is a 1921 American silent film based on the Joseph Hergesheimer short story. It was adapted to the screen by Edmund Goulding and directed by Henry King for Inspiration Pictures. A ...more

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The Phantom Carriage Victor Sjöström, Einar Axelsson, Hilda Borgström The Phantom Carriage is a 1921 Swedish film generally considered to be one of the central works in the history of Swedish cinema. Released on New Year's Day 1921, it was directed by and starred ...more

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Destiny Georg John, Lil Dagover, Bernhard Goetzke Destiny is a 1921 silent film directed in Germany by Fritz Lang. The film, rich in special effects, is structured as a frame tale with three stories within the story.

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Red Courage Hoot Gibson Red Courage is a 1921 American Western film directed by B. Reeves Eason and featuring Hoot Gibson.

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Experience Reginald Denny, Richard Barthelmess, Nita Naldi Experience is a 1921 American silent morality drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The allegorical film was directed by George Fitzmaurice and ...more

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The Driftin' Kid Hoot Gibson The Driftin' Kid is a 1921 American short Western film directed by Albert Russell and featuring Hoot Gibson.

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Woman's Place Constance Talmadge Woman's Place is a 1921 American comedy romance film directed by Victor Fleming. It stars Constance Talmadge and Kenneth Harlan. It was produced by Talmadge's brother-in-law, Joseph Schenck and ...more

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The Fightin' Fury Hoot Gibson The Fightin' Fury is a 1921 short Western film directed by and starring Hoot Gibson.

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The White Horseman Art Acord The White Horseman was a 1921 American Western film serial directed by Albert Russell. The serial consisted of eighteen episodes and is now is considered lost although some print clippings are ...more

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Action Hoot Gibson Action is a 1921 American Western film directed by John Ford and featuring Hoot Gibson. It was based on Peter B. Kyne's popular novel The Three Godfathers. The film is considered to be lost. ...more

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Sure Fire Hoot Gibson Sure Fire is a 1921 American Western film directed by John Ford and featuring Hoot Gibson. The film is considered to be lost.

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The Fire Eater Hoot Gibson The Fire Eater is a 1921 American Western film directed by B. Reeves Eason and featuring Hoot Gibson.

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Double Crossers Hoot Gibson Double Crossers is a 1921 American short Western film directed by William James Craft and featuring Hoot Gibson.

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Desperate Trails Harry Carey Desperate Trails is a 1921 American western film directed by John Ford and featuring Harry Carey. The film is considered to be lost.

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The Wallop Harry Carey The Wallop is a 1921 American western film directed by John Ford and starring Harry Carey. The film is considered to be lost.

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Miss Lulu Bett Theodore Roberts, Lois Wilson, Milton Sills Miss Lulu Bett is a 1921 American silent comedy drama film based on a 1920 play and bestselling novel of the same name by Zona Gale. The screenplay was written by Clara Beranger, and the film ...more

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Peacock Alley Monte Blue, Mae Murray Peacock Alley is an American silent drama film starring Monte Blue and Mae Murray. The film was directed by Murray's husband at the time, Robert Z. Leonard. An incomplete print survives at the ...more

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The Indian Tomb Conrad Veidt, Olaf Fønss, Lya De Putti The Indian Tomb was a two-part German silent film adaptation of a novel by Thea von Harbou directed by Joe May. It comprised two parts: Part I: the Mission of the Yogi Part II: the Tiger of ...more

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The Haunted Castle Paul Bildt, Olga Chekhova, Arnold Korff The Haunted Castle, also known as Schloß Vogelöd and Castle Vogeloed, is a silent chamber-drama directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.

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Bits of Life Lon Chaney, Anna May Wong, Noah Beery Bits of Life is a 1921 American film produced, written, and directed by Marshall Neilan. The film is notable as the first anthology film. The cast included Lon Chaney and Noah Beery, Sr. For her ...more

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Humor Risk Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx Humor Risk was the first Marx Brothers film. The short film was never released and is now considered a lost film. The print may have been accidentally thrown away when left in the screening box ...more

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Hearts Up Harry Carey Hearts Up is a 1921 American Western film starring Harry Carey.

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The Big Punch Buck Jones, Barbara Bedford The Big Punch is a 1921 American western film directed by John Ford. Its survival status is classified as unknown, which suggests that it is a lost film. In France, the film was known under the ...more

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Molly O Mabel Normand, George Nichols Molly O is a 1921 American silent film starring Mabel Normand and directed by F. Richard Jones.

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Beating the Game Hoot Gibson Beating the Game is a 1921 American short Western film directed by Lee Kohlmar and featuring Hoot Gibson.

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The Saddle King Hoot Gibson The Saddle King is a 1921 short Western film directed by Edward Laemmle and featuring Hoot Gibson.

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The Wildcat Pola Negri, Victor Janson, Hermann Thimig Die Bergkatze is a 1921 film written by Hanns Kräly and Ernst Lubitsch and directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

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The Sign on the Door Norma Talmadge, Lew Cody, Helen Weir The Sign on the Door is a 1921 American silent drama film starring Norma Talmadge and Lew Cody. The film was directed and written by Herbert Brenon, and based upon the play of the same name by ...more

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Winners of the West Art Acord Winners of the West is a 1921 American western film serial directed by Edward Laemmle. This serial is considered to be a lost film.

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Dream Street Ralph Graves, Carol Dempster, Tyrone Power Dream Street is a 1921 American silent romantic drama film directed by D. W. Griffith, and starring Carol Dempster, Charles Emmett Mack, and Ralph Graves in a story about a love triangle set in ...more

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The Freeze-Out Harry Carey, Helen Ferguson The Freeze-Out is a 1921 American Western film directed by John Ford and starring Harry Carey. The film is considered to be a lost film.

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The Great Moment Gloria Swanson, Milton Sills, Alec B. Francis The Great Moment is a 1921 American silent drama film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gloria Swanson, Alec B. Francis and Milton Sills. The film is now considered lost though a fragment still ...more

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Through the Back Door Mary Pickford, Adolphe Menjou, Gertrude Astor Through the Back Door is a silent film directed by Alfred E. Green and Jack Pickford, and starring Mary Pickford.

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The Avenging Arrow Ruth Roland, Guy Edward Hearn The Avenging Arrow is a 1921 American western film serial directed by William Bowman and W. S. Van Dyke. It is now considered to be lost.

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The Wild Wild West Hoot Gibson The Wild Wild West is a 1921 short Western film directed by Lee Kohlmar and featuring Hoot Gibson.

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Never Weaken Harold Lloyd, Charles Stevenson, Mildred Davis Never Weaken is a 1921 silent comedy film starring Harold Lloyd and directed by Fred Newmeyer. It was Lloyd's last short film, running to three reels, before he moved permanently into ...more