Welcome back to my series all about films throughout the decades. We’re onto the roaring 20s looking at films made between 1920 and 1929. We’re getting into the golden age of Hollywood and the birth of Hollywood stars like Buster Keaton, Greta Garbo, Louise Brooks, and Clara Bow just to name a few. Let’s get into my recommendations of films from the 1920s.
1. Metropolis (1927)
A sci-fi film set in near future Metropolis. The city is Utopian-like where the rich can live carefree with no worries. One day one of these rich men sees a beautiful lady who he follows and discovers all of the workers who keep Metropolis running.
One of the longest-running films I’ve talked about in this series so far, running for 2 and a half hours. This movie is also on YouTube for free, well worth the watch!
2. Nosferatu (1922)
A list of 20s movies would not be complete without the iconic Nosferatu. Considered one of the best adaptations of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, the film includes some incredibly iconic scenes. The movie has been referenced and parodied in many modern pop culture moments, especially the infamous scene of Nosferatu’s shadow creeping around, I’d be surprised if you didn’t know it. You can watch the movie below!
3. The Kid (1921)
The Kid is the second Charlie Chaplin movie I’ll be talking about in this series. Arguably his most famous one, at least it’s the first one I ever watched I think. The film is about Charlie’s character, A Tramp, who makes a home for a child he finds by the bins. The child’s mother intended to leave him with people who could look after him, but the car he was in was stolen and the baby left in the garbage.
Watch the movie below.
4. Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
This is the only film starring Louise Brooks I have seen, I’m ashamed to admit that considering what a huge star she was. Diary of a Lost Girl is about a young girl who gets pregnant out of wedlock and is ultimately thrown out of her family home and sent to a strict girls reform school.
Louise Brooks is such an icon, especially in the fashion community. Her look was timeless and classic with her gorgeous short, blunt bobbed hair, she gives that classic 1920s look that we love.
I haven’t been able to find a free, English version of the movie, so you may have to rent or buy in order to watch. If you have been able to find an English version then please let me know!
5. The Man Who Laughs (1928)
Considered the inspiration for one of the world’s best villains, The Joker. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, The Man Who Laughs is about a man who was surgically disfigured as a boy after his father refused to kiss the hand of the King in 1690. I love this film a lot! It cemented itself within pop culture and will forever be a classic.
Again, I haven’t been able to find a free version of this film, but I really recommend finding it to watch, it is amazing.
What did you think of this list? Have you seen any of these movies? Let me know!