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List of the best movies of 1928, with movie trailers when available. These top movies of 1928 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 1928. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1928 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1928 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 movies like The Passion of Joan of Arc and Two Tars.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1928?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1928?"

1928 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1928. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1928 aren't just one persons opinion.
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The Last Command William Powell, Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent The Last Command is a 1928 silent film directed by Josef von Sternberg, and written by John F. Goodrich and Herman J. Mankiewicz from a story by Lajos Bíró. Star Emil Jannings won ...more

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The Man Who Laughs Conrad Veidt, Stuart Holmes, Mary Philbin The Man Who Laughs is a 1928 American silent film directed by the German Expressionist filmmaker Paul Leni. The film is an adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel of the same name and stars Mary ...more

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The Wind Lillian Gish, Montagu Love, Edward Earle The Wind is a 1928 American silent romantic drama film directed by Victor Sjöström. The movie was adapted by Frances Marion from the novel of the same name written by Dorothy ...more

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Two Tars Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin Two Tars is a Laurel and Hardy short film, directed by James Parrott and released in 1928. A silent film, it largely consists of a 'reciprocal destruction' involving motorists in a traffic jam, ...more

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The Passion of Joan of Arc Antonin Artaud, Michel Simon, Renée Jeanne Falconetti The Passion of Joan of Arc is a 1928 silent French film based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc. The film was directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and stars Renée Jeanne ...more

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Their Purple Moment Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Lyle Tayo Their Purple Moment is a 1928 short comedy silent film starring Laurel and Hardy.

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Leave 'Em Laughing Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin Leave 'Em Laughing is a 1928 two-reel silent film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Produced by the Hal Roach Studios, it was shot in October, 1927 and released January 28, 1928 by ...more

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Should Married Men Go Home? Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin Should Married Men Go Home? is a silent two-reel comedy produced by the Hal Roach Studios and starring Laurel and Hardy. It was filmed in March and May 1928, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ...more

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The Finishing Touch Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin The Finishing Touch is a 1928 short comedy silent film produced by Hal Roach, directed by Clyde Bruckman and starring Laurel and Hardy. It was shot in November and December 1927 and released ...more

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Steamboat Willie Walt Disney Steamboat Willie is a 1928 American animated short film directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. It was produced in black-and-white by Walt Disney Studios and was released by Celebrity ...more

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The Cameraman Buster Keaton, Vernon Dent, Edward Brophy The Cameraman is a 1928 American silent comedy directed by Edward Sedgwick and an uncredited Buster Keaton. The picture stars Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, and others. The ...more

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The Viking Donald Crisp, Pauline Starke, LeRoy Mason The Viking was the first feature-length Technicolor film that featured a soundtrack, and the first film made in Technicolor's Process 3. It stars Pauline Starke, Donald Crisp and LeRoy Mason. ...more

The Best Horror Movies of 1928

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The Docks of New York George Bancroft, Richard Alexander, Guy Oliver The Docks of New York is a silent drama film directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring George Bancroft, Betty Compson, and Olga Baclanova. The movie was adapted by Jules Furthman from the ...more

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Tempest John Barrymore, Michael Visaroff, Louis Wolheim Tempest is a feature silent film directed by Sam Taylor. V. I. Nemirovich-Dantchenko wrote the screenplay and William Cameron Menzies won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his work in ...more

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From Soup to Nuts Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin From Soup to Nuts is a 1928 short comedy film starring Laurel and Hardy as butlers hired for a high society dinner party. When Stan is asked to serve the salad undressed he serves it in his ...more

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The Law of the Range Joan Crawford, Tim McCoy, Rex Lease The Law of the Range is a 1928 American silent Western film starring Tim McCoy and Joan Crawford and Rex Lease.

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The Trail of '98 Dolores del Río, Harry Carey, Karl Dane The Trail of '98 is a 1928 American silent drama film featuring Harry Carey. The film was originally released by MGM in a short-lived widescreen process called Fanthom Screen. The film is based ...more

The Best Disney Princesses

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Flying Elephants Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dorothy Coburn Flying Elephants is a two-reel silent film from 1928. It stars Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy—before they became the popular team of Laurel and Hardy—as cavemen. The title refers to three animated ...more

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The Circus Charlie Chaplin, Albert Austin, Stanley Blystone The Circus is a 1928 silent film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin with Joseph Plunkett as an uncredited writer. The film stars Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker, ...more

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White Shadows in the South Seas Monte Blue, Raquel Torres White Shadows in the South Seas is a 1928 American silent film adventure romance produced by Cosmopolitan Productions in association with MGM and distributed by MGM. The movie was directed by ...more

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Four Sons John Wayne, George Meeker, Earle Fox Four Sons is a 1928 silent drama film directed and produced by John Ford and written for the screen by Philip Klein from a story by I. A. R. Wylie first published in the Saturday Evening Post as ...more

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Steamboat Bill Jr. Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Marion Byron Steamboat Bill Jr. is a 1928 feature-length comedy silent film featuring Buster Keaton. Released by United Artists, the film is the last product of Keaton's independent production team and set ...more

The Best G-Rated Music Movies

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Street Angel Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Henry Armetta Street Angel is a 1928 silent film, directed by Frank Borzage, was adapted by H.H. Caldwell, Katherine Hilliker, Philip Klein, Marion Orth and Henry Roberts Symonds from the play Lady ...more

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Abie's Irish Rose Thelma Todd, Buddy Rogers, J. Farrell MacDonald Abie's Irish Rose is a 1928 early talking film directed by Victor Fleming, based on the play Abie's Irish Rose by Anne Nichols.

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Laugh, Clown, Laugh Lon Chaney, Loretta Young, Nils Asther Laugh, Clown, Laugh is a 1928 silent film starring Lon Chaney and Loretta Young. The movie was directed by Herbert Brenon and produced and released through MGM Studios. The film is based on the ...more

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The Vanishing West Jack Perrin, Eileen Sedgwick The Vanishing West is a 1928 American Western film serial directed by Richard Thorpe. The film is considered to be lost.

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Tillie's Punctured Romance W. C. Fields, Chester Conklin, Grant Withers Tillie's Punctured Romance is a 1928 circus comedy starring W. C. Fields as a ringmaster and Louise Fazenda as a runaway. Written by Monte Brice and Keene Thompson and directed by A. Edward ...more

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Sadie Thompson Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh Sadie Thompson is a 1928 American silent drama film that tells the story of a "fallen woman" who comes to Pago Pago on the island of Tutuila to start a new life, but encounters a ...more

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The Matinee Idol Bessie Love, Lionel Belmore, Sidney D'Albrook The Matinee Idol is a 1928 silent romantic comedy film directed by Frank Capra, and starring Bessie Love and Johnnie Walker. A Broadway star falls in love with a woman who does not know his real ...more

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The Patriot Lewis Stone, Emil Jannings, Neil Hamilton The Patriot is a 1928 semi-biographical film that was directed by Ernst Lubitsch and released by Paramount Pictures. While mainly a silent film, the film did have a synchronized soundtrack as ...more

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Spook Spoofing Charles A. Bachman Spook Spoofing is a 1928 Our Gang short silent comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan. It was the 70th Our Gang short that was released.

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Spione Paul Hörbiger, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp Spione is a German silent espionage thriller written and directed by Fritz Lang in 1928. Lang's wife, Thea von Harbou, worked as a co-writer. The film was Lang's penultimate silent film, and the ...more

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Show People Charlie Chaplin, Marion Davies, William Haines Show People is a 1928 American silent comedy film directed by King Vidor. The film was a starring vehicle for actress Marion Davies and actor William Haines and included notable cameo ...more

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The Wedding March Fay Wray, Erich von Stroheim, ZaSu Pitts The Wedding March is a 1928 American silent romantic drama film written and directed by and starring Erich von Stroheim. It also stars Fay Wray and ZaSu Pitts. Paramount Pictures forced von ...more

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The Crowd Eleanor Boardman, Bert Roach, Estelle Clark The Crowd is a 1928 American silent film directed by King Vidor and starring Eleanor Boardman and James Murray. The picture is an influential and acclaimed feature and was nominated for the ...more

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Pass the Gravy Gene Morgan, Martha Sleeper, Spec O'Donnell Pass the Gravy is a 1928 short comedy silent film directed by Fred Guiol and Leo McCarey. It stars Max Davidson, Gene Morgan, Spec O'Donnell, Martha Sleeper, and Bert Sprotte. The movie was ...more

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Noah's Ark John Wayne, Dolores Costello, George O'Brien Noah's Ark is a 1928 American early romantic melodramatic disaster film directed by Michael Curtiz. The story was by Darryl F. Zanuck. The film starred Dolores Costello and George O'Brien. ...more

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Love Greta Garbo, John Gilbert Love is a silent film directed by Edmund Goulding and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. MGM made the film in order to capitalize on its winning romantic team of Greta Garbo and John Gilbert who ...more

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Burning Bridges Harry Carey Burning Bridges is a 1928 American Western film featuring Harry Carey, directed by James P. Hogan and released through Pathe Exchange.

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Vultures of the Sea Shirley Mason Vultures of the Sea is a 1928 American adventure film serial directed by Richard Thorpe. The film is considered to be lost.

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Tenderloin Conrad Nagel, Dolores Costello, George E. Stone Tenderloin is a part-talkie crime film directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Dolores Costello. It had some talking sequences but was some silent with music and effects. It was produced and ...more

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The Power of the Press Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Mildred Harris The Power of the Press is a 1928 silent film directed by Frank Capra and starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr as an aspiring newspaper reporter and Jobyna Ralston as a young woman suspected of murder. ...more

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The Patsy Marion Davies, Marie Dressler, Lawrence Gray The Patsy is a 1928 American silent comedy-drama film directed by King Vidor, produced and starring Marion Davies for her Cosmopolitan Productions, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was ...more

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Red Hair Gary Cooper, Clara Bow, Lane Chandler Red Hair is a 1928 silent film starring Clara Bow and Lane Chandler, directed by Clarence G. Badger, based on a novel by Elinor Glyn, and released by Paramount Pictures. The film had one ...more

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Our Dancing Daughters Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Nils Asther Our Dancing Daughters is a 1928 American silent drama film starring Joan Crawford and John Mack Brown, about the "loosening of youth morals" that took place during the 1920s. The film ...more

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Habeas Corpus Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Rogers Habeas Corpus is a 1928 short comedy silent film starring Laurel and Hardy as grave-robbers hired by a mad scientist. It was shot in July 1928 and released by M-G-M on December 1st. Although ...more

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A Certain Young Man Ramon Novarro, Carmel Myers, Renée Adorée A Certain Young Man is a 1928 comedy film directed by Hobart Henley. The film stars Ramon Novarro, Marceline Day, Renée Adorée, Carmel Myers and Bert Roach. The film is considered ...more

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Zvenigora Vladimir Uralsky, Semyon Svashenko, Georgi Astafyev Zvenigora is a 1928 Soviet silent film by Ukrainian director Alexander Dovzhenko, first shown on April 13, 1928. This was the fourth film by Dovzhenko, but the first one which was widely noticed ...more

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The Singing Fool Al Jolson, Betty Bronson, Reed Howes The Singing Fool is a 1928 musical drama Part-Talkie motion picture which was released by Warner Brothers. The film starred Al Jolson and was a follow-up to his previous film, The Jazz Singer. ...more

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West of Zanzibar Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore, Mary Nolan West of Zanzibar is a 1928 American silent film directed by Tod Browning about the vengefulness of a cuckolded magician paralyzed in a brawl with his rival. The supporting cast includes Mary ...more