1920's and older US Top Grossingby kevinjackowski | created - 4 months ago | updated - 4 months ago | Public
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2. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.
Votes: 6,944 | Gross: $12.45M
4. The Singing Fool (1928)
105 min | Musical, Drama
A singing waiter and composer (Al Jolson) loves two women (Betty Bronson, Josephine Dunn), conquers Broadway and holds his dying son, singing "Sonny Boy."
Votes: 199 | Gross: $10.90M
5. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
TV-PG | 195 min | Drama, History, War
The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.
Votes: 21,205 | Gross: $10.00M
6. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Passed | 150 min | Drama, Romance, War
An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I.
Votes: 2,996 | Gross: $9.20M
7. Something to Think About (1920)
78 min | Drama
Wealthy cripple Markley finances the education of blacksmith's daughter Ruth. When she returns to their small town he asks to marry her, but she runs off with city worker Jim Dirk who is ... See full summary »
Votes: 568 | Gross: $9.16M
9. The Jazz Singer (1927)
Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Music, Musical
The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.
Votes: 8,476 | Gross: $7.63M
10. The Covered Wagon (1923)
98 min | Adventure, Romance, Western
Two wagon caravans converge at what is now Kansas City, and combine for the westward push to Oregon. On their quest the pilgrims will experience desert heat, mountain snow, hunger, and ... See full summary »
Votes: 481 | Gross: $7.63M
11. Wings (1927)
PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance, War
Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.
Votes: 10,626 | Gross: $6.59M
12. Aloma of the South Seas (1926)
90 min | Comedy, Drama
Young South Seas native boy is sent to the U.S. for his education, returns to his island after his father dies to try to stop a revolution.
Votes: 10 | Gross: $6.54M
13. The Broadway Melody (1929)
Passed | 100 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt.
Votes: 6,071 | Gross: $6.12M
16. Robin Hood (1922)
Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Romance
A nobleman becomes the vigilante Robin Hood who protects the oppressed English people from the tyrannical Prince John.
Votes: 1,915 | Gross: $5.45M
18. The Ten Commandments (1923)
Passed | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy
After hearing the story of Moses, the sons of a devout Christian mother go their own ways, while the atheist brother's breaking of the Ten Commandments leads to tragedy.
Votes: 1,807 | Gross: $5.36M
19. Way Down East (1920)
Passed | 145 min | Drama, Romance
A naive country girl is tricked into a sham marriage by a wealthy womanizer, then must rebuild her life despite the taint of having borne a child out of wedlock.
Votes: 4,801 | Gross: $4.50M
20. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Not Rated | 155 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.
Votes: 5,222 | Gross: $4.36M
21. Oliver Twist (I) (1922)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama
An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.
Votes: 687 | Gross: $4.36M
22. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Passed | 93 min | Horror
A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.
Votes: 15,751 | Gross: $3.75M
23. The Iron Mask (1929)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, History
King Louis XIII of France is thrilled to have born to him a son - an heir to the throne. But when the queen delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,103 | Gross: $3.27M
24. The Three Musketeers (1921)
119 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
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, ... See full summary »
Votes: 817 | Gross: $3.27M
25. Tarzan of the Apes (1918)
Not Rated | 73 min | Action, Adventure
Reared by a childless ape, the orphaned heir of the Greystokes becomes one of the apes. Then, Dr Porter organises a rescue expedition, and his beautiful daughter, Jane, catches his attention. Has Tarzan of the Apes found the perfect mate?
Votes: 648 | Gross: $3.27M
26. The Million Dollar Mystery (1914)
This twenty-three episode serial told the story of a secret society called The Black Hundred and its attempts to gain control of a lost million dollars.
Votes: 21 | Gross: $3.27M
27. Welcome Danger (1929)
Passed | 113 min | Comedy
Harold Bledsoe, a botany student, is called back home to San Francisco, where his late father had been police chief, to help investigate a crime wave in Chinatown.
Votes: 658 | Gross: $3.10M
28. His People (1925)
Passed | 93 min | Drama, Romance
The two sons of a poor Russian-Jewish pushcart peddler on New York's Lower East Side are causing their father grief. As Morris and Sammy stray from traditions cherished by their parents, ... See full summary »
Votes: 20 | Gross: $3.00M
29. Over the Hill to the Poorhouse (1920)
Passed | 110 min | Drama, Crime
The mother of a large family is abandoned by her children and faces consignment to the poorhouse. But one of her offspring, the one no one had faith in, returns to rescue her.
Votes: 7 | Gross: $3.00M
30. The Miracle Man (1919)
Not Rated | 80 min | Drama
A gang of crooks evade the police by moving their operations to a small town. There the gang's leader encounters a faith healer and uses him to scam gullible public of funds for a supposed ... See full summary »
Votes: 144 | Gross: $3.00M
31. The Road to Ruin (1928)
60 min | Drama
A controversial, low-budget drama about the life of a young teenage girl that goes on the "road to ruin." Sally is a 16-year-old New York City teen who, neglected by her parents, takes up ... See full summary »
Votes: 35 | Gross: $2.50M
33. My Best Girl (1927)
Unrated | 80 min | Comedy, Romance
A department store's stock girl falls in love with a co-worker, the son of the store's manager; the feeling is mutual though he is engaged to a debutante and focusing on becoming successful without the influence of his father.
Votes: 758 | Gross: $2.24M
34. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (I) (1923)
Passed | 133 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen.
Votes: 4,543 | Gross: $2.22M
Passed | 197 min | Drama, History
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.
Votes: 13,327 | Gross: $2.18M
36. The Iron Horse (1924)
Passed | 150 min | History, Romance, Western
After witnessing the murder of his father by a renegade as a boy, the grown-up Brandon helps to realize his father's dream of a transcontinental railway.
Votes: 1,836 | Gross: $2.06M
38. The Merry Widow (1925)
Not Rated | 137 min | Drama, Romance
A prince must woo the now wealthy dancer he once abandoned in order to keep her money in the country in order to keep it from crashing economically.
Votes: 2,069 | Gross: $1.92M
39. The King of Kings (1927)
Not Rated | 155 min | Biography, Drama, History
Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection.
Votes: 1,798 | Gross: $1.77M
40. Beau Geste (1926)
101 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Michael "Beau" Geste leaves England in disgrace and joins the infamous French Foreign Legion. He is reunited with his two brothers in North Africa, where they face greater danger from their... See full summary »
Votes: 323 | Gross: $1.71M
41. The Kid Brother (1927)
Passed | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A sheriff's milquetoast son has a chance to prove himself when a medicine show run by con artists comes into town.
Votes: 3,612 | Gross: $1.55M