American Feature Films of 1916

What This Page Contains

On this page you will find a table listing all 45 American silent feature films of 1916 that can be viewed online, mostly on YouTube. For each film on the list, you will find a link to the best online version of the film.

Highlights of Our List of 1916 Online Films

1916 appears to have been the year of Douglas Fairbanks, as all 9 of his released features for this year survive, and 8 appear on our list. Included here are his first feature-length collaborations with directors Allan Dwan and John Emerson. Douglas’ first regular co-stars were Jewel Carmen and Bessie Love, who appear in three and two of Douglas’ offerings respectively in 1916.

Other blockbusters of 1916 included D.W. Griffith’s epic Intolerance, and Cecil B. DeMille’s masterful study of Joan of Arc, starring Geraldine Farrar, entitled Joan the Woman. Abortion is the topic of Lois Weber’s controversial Where Are My Children? A slim Eugene Pallette appears in his first feature films in 1916, most notably in Gretchen the Greenhorn, with Dorothy Gish. Directors Lloyd Ingraham and James Kirkwood debut on our lists in 1915. Westerns are well represented with three offerings starring William S. Hart. The first American Sherlock Holmes feature-length film, starring William Gillette as the sleuth, and America’s first full-length science-fiction thriller, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, were also released in 1916.

Want to See American Feature Films from Other Years?

Go to American Feature Films of: 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931

1916 Statistics (per the Library of Congress database):

Number of Features Released: 843
Number Extant (complete and incomplete): 242
Number Completely Lost: 601

1916 American Feature Films Available for Viewing Online

 Title# ReelsDirectorStarsGenreYouTube
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea8Stuart PatonAllen Holubar,
Dan Hanlon
Science fictionLink I
Link II
Link I: superior print, with electronic-music soundtrack.
Link II: very nice tinted print, mixed small ensemble, contemporary score.
American Aristocracy5Lloyd IngrahamDouglas Fairbanks,
Jewel Carmen
ComedyLink I
Link II
Link I: soundtrack of period orchestra recordings.
Link II: soundtrack of jazzy-style cuts.
Aryan, The5Reginald Barker,
William S. Hart
William S. Hart,
Bessie Love
WesternLinkWith Spanish intertitles and English CC.
Charlie Chaplin's Burlesque on Carmen4Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin,
Edna Purviance
Children in the House, The5Chester M. Franklin,
Sidney Franklin
Norma Talmadge,
Jewel Carmen,
Eugene Pallette
Civilization10Reginald Barker,
Thomas Ince
Howard Hickman,
Herschel Mayall,
George Fisher
War, DramaLink
Crisis, The12Colin CampbellGeorge Fawcett,
Bessie Eyton
Historical DramaLinkNo music.
Devil's Needle, The5Chester WitheyTully Marshall,
Norma Talmadge
East Lynne5Bertram BrackenTheda BaraDramaLinkFilm needs restoration
Flirting with Fate5Christy CabanneDouglas Fairbanks,
Jewel Carmen
Going Straight5Chester M. Franklin,
Sidney Franklin
Norma Talmadge,
Ralph Lewis
Crime, DramaLink
Golden Chance, The5Cecil B. DeMilleCleo Ridgely,
Wallace Reid
Good Bad Man, The5Allan DwanDouglas Fairbanks,
Bessie Love,
Sam De Grasse
WesternLinkFilm survives in this 1923 re-issue.
Gretchen, the Greenhorn5Chester M. Franklin,
Sidney Franklin
Dorothy Gish,
Ralph Lewis,
Eugene Pallette
Crime, DramaLink
Habit of Happiness, The5Allan DwanDouglas FairbanksComedyLinkNo music. May be a short.
Heart of a Hero, the6Emile ChautardRobert Warwick,
Gail Kane
Hell's Hinges5William S. Hart,
Charles Swickard
William S. Hart,
Clara Williams
WesternLink I
Link II
Link I: traditional piano score.
Link II: original contemporary score by Andre Fratto.
His Picture in the Papers5John EmersonDouglas Fairbanks,
Clarence Handyside,
Rene Boucicault
ComedyLink I
Link II
Link I: soundtrack of period Dixieland-style recordings.
Link II: traditional piano accompaniment, slightly lesser video quality.
Hoodoo Ann5Lloyd IngrahamMae Marsh,
Robert Harron
ComedyLink I
Link II
Link I: good print with music.
Link II: side by side comparison of unrestored and restored versions, with music.
Idle Wives7Lois Weber,
Phillips Smalley
Lois Weber,
Phillips Smalley
DramaLinkOnly the first two reels or so appear to survive.
Innocence of Lizette, The5James KirkwoodMary Miles Minter,
Eugene Ford
DramaLinkIntertitles in Dutch.
Intolerance14D.W. GriffithLillian Gish,
Robert Harron,
Mael Marsh
Historical Drama
Link I
Link II
Link III
Link IV
Link I: piano + small ensemble score.
Link II: mixed grand orchestra soundtrack.
Link III: another grand orchestral soundtrack.
Link IV: improvised live piano accompaniment by the artist Somtow,
Intrigue, The5Frank LloydLenore Ulrich,
Cecil Van Auker
Science FictionLink
Joan the Woman12Cecil B. DeMilleGeraldine Farrar,
Raymond Halton
Historical DramaLink
King Lear5Ernest C. WardeFrederick Warde,
Lorraine Hulig
Literary DramaLinkNo music; film needs restoration.
Less Than the Dust7Joh EmersonMary Pickford,
David Powell
DramaLinkNo music.
Little Mary Sunshine5Henry KingMarie Osborne,
Henry King
DramaLinkNo music.
Lottery Man, The5Theodore WhartonThurlow Bergen,
Elsie Esmond
ComedyLinkFilm quality not great.
Oliver Hardy plays a woman!
Manhattan Madness5Allan DwanDouglas Fairbanks,
Jewel Carmen
ComedyLinkVideo is only 29 minutes long; may be abbreviated version. No music.
Matrimaniac, The5Paul PowellDouglas Fairbanks,
Constance Talmadge
Ocean Waif, The5Alice GuyCarlyle Blackwell,
Doris Kenyon
ComedyLink I
Link II
Link I: with piano score, includes superimposed Portuguese subtitles.
Link II: no music.
Poor Little Peppina7Sidney OlcottMary Pickford,
Eugene O'Brien
DramaLinkNo music.
Reggie Mixes In5Christy CabanneDouglas Fairbanks,
Bessie Love
ComedyLinkNo music; film quality not great.
Return of Draw Egan, The5William S. HartWilliam S. Hart,
Margery Wilson
WesternLink I
Link II
The two videos contain a different soundtrack of period orchestra music each.
Sherlock Holmes7Arthur BertheletWilliam Gillette,
Marjorie Kay
Drama, MysteryLink
Shoes5Lois WeberMary MacLaren,
Harry Griffith
DramaLinkLink is to videos.
Silas Marner7Ernest C. WardeFrederick WardeDramaLinkNo music; film quality not great. According to, this is abbreviated version of original longer film.
Sister of Six, An/aChester M. Franklin,
Sidney Franklin
Ben Lewis,
Bessie Love
WesternLinkMay be only surviving portion of this partially-lost film.
Snow White6J. Searle DawleyDorothy Cummings,
Creighton Hale,
Marguerite Clark
FantasyLink I
Link II
Link III
Link IV
Link I: tradtional piano score.
Links II and III: each contains a widely varying soundtrack of orchestral music.
Link IV: recorded at live theater showing with real orchestra accompaniment (audience laughter included).
Social Secretary, The5John EmersonNorma TalmadgeComedyLinkEnglish intertitles, with French subtitles.
Sold for Marriage5Christy CabanneLillian Gish,
Frank Bennett,
Walter Long
Son of Erin, A5Julia Crawford IversDustin Farnum,
Winifred Kingston
Sunshine Dad5Edward DillonDeWolf Hopper, Sr.
Fay Tincher
ComedyLinkVideo is 19 minutes long, likely abbreviated or incomplete version of full 5-reel film.
Where are My Children?5Lois Weber,
Phillips Smalley
Tyrone Power, Sr.DramaLink I
Link II
Link I: with piano score. Full restoration quality.
Link II: with ensemble score. Good quality.
World and the Woman, The5Eugene MooreJeanne Eagels,
Boyd Marshall
DramaLinkLink is to website page. Film shown in very small screen.

1916 Films Commercially Available,
But Not Yet Uploaded Online

The goal is to get the films listed below uploaded to YouTube. All of these films are in the public domain. However, any musical accompaniment is likely not in the public domain, and may be flagged by YouTube; consequently, you may wish to upload them without any soundtrack (or add your own).

 TitleDirectorStarsBuy FromNotes
Ben BlairWilliam Desmond TaylotDustin Farnum,
Winifred Kingston
Child of the Paris Streets, ALloyd IngrahamMae Marsh,
Robert Harron
Cossack Whip, TheJohn H. CollinsViola DanaGrapevine,
D'artagnanCharles SwickardOrrin Johnson,
Dorothy Dalton
Oldies.comaka The Three Musketeers
Destiny's ToyJames B. O'BrienLouise HuffGrapevine
If My Country Should FallJoseph De GrasseDorothy
Innocence of Ruth, TheJohn H. CollinsEdward Earle,
Viola Dana
Manhattan MadnessAllan DwanDouglas Fairbanks,
Jewel Carmen
n/aYouTube version may be abbreviated version: IMDB says film is 50 minutes long; if so, need full film to uploaded.
Place Beyond the Winds, TheJoseph de GrasseDorothy Phillips,
Lon Chaney
Sunshine DadEdward DillonDeWolf Hopper, Sr.n/aYouTube version may be abbreviated version; need full film to be uploaded.
Trail of the Lonesome Pine, TheCecil B. DeMilleCharlotte Walker,
Thomas Meighan
Vagabond Prince, TheCharles GiblynH.B. Warner,
Dorothy Dalton
World and the Woman, TheEugene MooreJeanne EagelsThanhouser.orgFilm needs to be uploaded to YouTube; current online version shown in format too small to watch.