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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Francis, a young man, recalls in his memory the horrible experiences he and his fiancée Jane recently went through. Francis and his friend Alan visit The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an exhibit where the mysterious doctor shows the somnambulist Cesare, and awakens him for some moments from his death-like sleep.

Release On: 27th - February - 1920

Vote Count: 909
Vote Average: 7.9/10

One Week

The story involves two newlyweds, Keaton and Seely, who receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift. The house can be built, supposedly, in "one week." A rejected suitor secretly re-numbers packing crates. The movie recounts Keaton's struggle to assemble the house according to this new "arrangement."

Release On: 29th - August - 1920

Vote Count: 147
Vote Average: 7.9/10

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

A doctor's research into the roots of evil turns him into a hideous depraved fiend.

Release On: 18th - March - 1920

Vote Count: 81
Vote Average: 6.9/10

The Scarecrow

Buster competes with another farmhand for the love of the farmer's daughter.

Release On: 7th - November - 1920

Vote Count: 81
Vote Average: 7.4/10


The Romeo and Juliet story played out in a tenement neighborhood with Buster and Virginia's families hating each other over the fence separating their buildings.

Release On: 12th - December - 1920

Vote Count: 75
Vote Average: 7.1/10

Way Down East

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.

Release On: 3rd - September - 1920

Vote Count: 56
Vote Average: 7/10

Convict 13

A young golfer is mugged by an escaped convict and finds himself in a prison where he foils a jailbreak.

Release On: 27th - October - 1920

Vote Count: 71
Vote Average: 6.7/10

Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam

Suffering under the tyrannical rule of Rudolf II in 16th-century Prague, a Talmudic rabbi creates a giant warrior to protect the safety of his people. Sculpted of clay and animated by the mysterious secrets of the Cabala, the Golem was a seemingly indestructible juggernaut, performing acts of great heroism, yet equally capable of dreadful violence. When the rabbi's assistant takes control of the Golem and attempts to use him for selfish gain, the lumbering monster runs rampant, abducting the rabbi's daughter and setting fire to the ghetto.

Release On: 28th - October - 1920

Vote Count: 105
Vote Average: 7/10

Within Our Gates

Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated negro woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished negro youths.

Release On: 12th - January - 1920

Vote Count: 49
Vote Average: 5.8/10

The Mark of Zorro

Douglas Fairbanks impersonates a wealthy young Spanish noble who, in his proper person, is an indolent imbecile, the despair of his father and of his charming sweetheart. When he sallies forth a masked black figure on a black horse, the terrible Zorro, he rescues the oppressed and leaves “The Mark of Zorro,” a “Z” made with his rapier, on the oppressor of the weak.

Release On: 5th - December - 1920

Vote Count: 28
Vote Average: 7.2/10

The Penalty

Blizzard, deranged from a childhood operation in which both his legs were needlessly amputated after an accident, becomes a vicious criminal, and eventually mob leader of the San Francisco underworld.

Release On: 15th - August - 1920

Vote Count: 29
Vote Average: 6.7/10

An Eastern Westerner

A young man in New York has exasperated his father because of his constant carousing and irresponsibility, so his father sends him to his uncle's ranch in the west. The young man arrives in the town of Piute Pass, which is being terrorized by Tiger Lip Tompkins and his gang, the Masked Angels. The Easterner befriends a young woman whose father is being held captive by Tompkins, and he decides to help her.

Release On: 2nd - May - 1920

Vote Count: 26
Vote Average: 7/10

Why Change Your Wife?

Robert and Beth Bordon are married but share little. He runs into Sally at a cabaret and the Gordons are soon divorced. Just as he gets bored with Sally's superficiality, Beth strives to improve her looks. The original couple falls in love again at a summer resort.

Release On: 21st - May - 1920

Vote Count: 8
Vote Average: 6.5/10

The Garage

Roscoe and Buster operate a combination garage and fire station. In the first half they destroy a car left for them to clean. In the second half they go off on a false alarm and return to find their own building on fire.

Release On: 11th - January - 1920

Vote Count: 36
Vote Average: 6.1/10

High and Dizzy

A tipsy doctor encounters his patient sleepwalking on a building ledge, high above the street.

Release On: 11th - July - 1920

Vote Count: 22
Vote Average: 6.8/10

The Daughter of Dawn

Daughter of Dawn told the story of a Comanche chief's daughter torn between two lovers, one wealthy but cowardly, the other poor but honest and loyal. A contest of bravery involving a dangerous jump off of a cliff reveals the true nature of each man. The cowardly lover disgraced by his failing defects to the rival Kiowa tribe and joins in a failed attack on the Comanche village. When the Comanches successfully repel the attack the Chief gladly sends his daughter off with her true love and the young lovers, paddling together in a canoe, sail into the proverbial sunset.

Release On: 1st - October - 1920

Vote Count: 16
Vote Average: 4.8/10

Terror Island

Inventor Harry Harper (Harry Houdini) travels to the South Seas, where there is buried treasure belonging to a girl, Beverly West (Lila Lee). Naturally, others are after the loot, and Beverly's father (Fred Turner) is being held captive by cannibals until she returns to them with a pearl that belongs to one of their idols. The climax consists of Harper saving Beverly from a safe which has been lowered into the sea.

Release On: 8th - April - 1920

Vote Count: 9
Vote Average: 5.2/10

Just Pals

Bim (Buck Jones) seems to be his town's biggest loser, but when he takes a needy 13-year-old boy named Bill (George Stone) under his wing, it seems there may be some hope for Bim. After learning about Bill, a young teacher, Mary (Helen Ferguson), whom Bim secretly adores, helps get the young boy into school. And when Bim then helps Mary repay a loan, defaulted on by shifty boyfriend (William Buckley), it becomes evident that Bim can reform. As the plot in this captivating film twist and turns, the stakes get higher, the action gets more intense and hope for Bim bounds upward.

Release On: 21st - October - 1920

Vote Count: 12
Vote Average: 6.4/10

Something New

A young woman visiting in Mexico is kidnapped by a gang of bandits, who drag her through the rugged wilderness to their hideout. She manages to leave word for her friend Bill, who knows the country well. But when Bill cannot find a horse, his only available form of transportation is his roadster. Nevertheless, he is determined to come to her rescue, even though it means trying to drive the car across miles of rocky, broken terrain.

Release On: 1st - October - 1920

Vote Count: 5
Vote Average: 5.4/10

The Saphead

Nick Van Alstyne owns the Henrietta silver mine and is very rich. His son Bertie is naive and spoiled. His daughter Rose is married to shady investor Mark. Mark wrecks Bertie's wedding plans by making him take the blame for Mark's illegitimate daughter. Mark also nearly ruins the family business by selling off Henrietta stock at too low a price. Bertie, of all people, must come to the rescue on the trading floor.

Release On: 1st - September - 1920

Vote Count: 28
Vote Average: 6.3/10