American Feature Films of 1919

What This Page Contains

On this page you will find a table listing all 54 American silent feature films of 1919 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 1919 Online Films

Our 1919 list contains 7 films by the great D.W. Griffith, including some of his greatest offerings ever, such as Broken Blossoms and True Heart Susie. You can see Erich von Stroheim’s initial directing effort, Blind Husbands, a film in which he also plays his patented on-screen role of the severe Prussian officer. Cecil B. DeMille was also hitting his stride in 1919, a year in which three of his greatest films appear on our list, two of which (Don’t Change Your Husband and For Better, For Worse) feature DeMille favorites Elliot Dexter and Gloria Swanson. Director Tod Browning also debut’s on our list, with The Wicked Darling.

In fact, there are a number of entries on our list which demonstrate individual directors working on multiple films with the same stars: James Cruze directed handsome Wallace Reid and the lovely Lila Lee in two movies on our list; D.W. Griffith directed Richard Barthelmess and Carol Dempster in one pair of films, and Lillian Gish and Robert Harron together on three!

Marion Davies can be found in Getting Mary Married, her earliest complete surviving film. Olive Thomas, Sessue Hayakawa, Mary Pickford and Lon Chaney appear each in a trio of our films, and Harry Houdini’s debut feature film, The Grim Game, also can be be found on our 1919 list.

Movies about the Great War frequent 1919’s list, including features such as Behind the Door, The Girl Who Stayed Home, and The Lost Battalion, the latter of particular interest as it includes actual veterans of the 77th Division recreating their getting trapped in behind German line the Argonne Forest in October 1918.

Other films of interest from our list include Deliverance, the first screen biography of Helen Keller; Bolshevism on Trial, in which idealistic young Marxists are forced to put their beliefs to the test against real-life human nature; and Broken Blossoms, which addresses the topic of child abuse, and features Richard Barthelmess playing a Chinese man.

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

1919 Statistics (per the Library of Congress database):

Number of Features Released: 761
Number Extant (complete and incomplete): 204
Number Completely Lost: 557

1919 American Feature Films Available for Viewing Online

 Title# ReelsDirectorStarsGenreBest
A.B.C. of Love, The6Léonce PerretMae Murray,
Holmes Herbert
DramaLinkIntertitles in Dutch, with English CC. Thanks to this uploader for adding music and the English translation.
Behind the Door7Irvin WillatHobart Bosworth,
Jane Novak,
Wallace Beery
Drama, WarLinkNo music.
Blind Husbands8Erich von StroheimSam De Grasse,
Francelia Billington,
Erich von Stroheim
DramaLink I
Link II
Link I: with piano score, good quality.
Link II: no music, but extra-sharp picture.
Bolshevism on Trial6Harley KnolesRobert Frazer,
Pinna Nesbit
DramaLinkaka "Shattered Dreams".
Broken Blossoms6D.W. GriffithLillian Gish,
Richard Barthelmess
DramaLink I
Link II
Link III
Link I: lovely orchestral score.
Link II: older orchestral score.
Link III: alternate orchestral score.
Burglar by Proxy5John Francis DillonJack Pickford,
Gloria Hope
ComedyLinkWith ads and no music; but poster deserves thanks for restoring intertitles.
Daddy Long Legs7Marshall NeilanMary Pickford,
Mahlon Hamilton
ComedyLinkNo music.
Delicious Little Devil, The6Robert Z. LeonardMae Murray,
Richard Cummings
ComedyLink I
Link II
Link I: good quality print, Intertitles in Dutch with English CC.
Link II: same film as Link I, with same music, but faster speed, and lesser quality print.
Deliverance9George Foster PlattEtna Ross,
Edith Lyle
BiographyLink I
Link II
With brief introduction and live piano accompaniment by Cliff Retallick, from the great folks at Retroformat.
Link II: the Library of Congress' own version, with different piano score.
Don't Change Your Husband5Cecil B. DeMilleElliot Dexter,
Gloria Swanson
Dragon Painter, The5William WorthingtonSessue Hayakawa,
Tsuru Aoki
End of the Game, The5Jesse D. HamptonJ. Warren Kerrigan,
Lois Wilson
WesternLinkIntertitles in French and German only.
Eyes of Youth7Albert ParkerClara Kimball Young,
Gareth Hughes
DramaLinkFilm is only 1 hour 24 minutes in length, but repeated in full in video. Film needs restoration.
Fall of Babylon, The7D.W. GriffithConstance Talmadge,
Tully Marshall,
Seena Owen
Historical DramaLinkFilm is abbreviated form of 1916's Intolerance, focusing solely on Babylon story, with some added footage.
False Faces7Irvin WillatHenry B. Walthall,
Mary Anderson,
Lon Chaney
DramaLink I
Link II
Link I: lesser quality video, with organ soundtrack.
Link II: abbreviated version, with fewer and different intertitles, but high quality, if slightly darker, video.
For Better, For Worse7Cecil B. DeMilleElliot Dexter,
Gloria Swanson,
Tom Forman
Getting Mary Married5Allan DwanMarion Davies,
Norman Kerry
Girl Who Stayed Home, The7D.W, GriffithRichard Barthelmess,
Carol Dempster
Drama, WarLink I
Link II
Link I: with piano score.
Link II: classical soundtrack, with ads.
Glorious Lady, The5George IrvingOlive Thomas,
Matt Moore
DramaLinkNo music; intertitles in Dutch with available English CC.
Greatest Question, The6D.W. GriffithLillian Gish,
Robert Harron
Grim Game, The5.5Irvin WillatHarry Houdini,
Ann Forrest
Hawthorne of the USA5James CruzeWallace Ried,
Lila Lee
Heart O' the Hills6Joseph De Grasse,
Sidney Franklin
Mary Pickford,
Harold Goodwin
DramaLinkNo music.
Heart of Humanity, The8Allen HolubarDorothy Phillips,
Erich von Stroheim
Drama, WarLinkNo music.
His Majesty, the American8Joseph HenaberyDouglas Fairbanks,
Marjorie Daw
Comedy, AdventureLink
Hoodlum, The7Sidney FranklinMary PickfordComedyLinkNo music.
Jubilo5Clarence C. BadgerWill Rogers,
Josie Sedgwick
Western, ComedyLinkNo music. Link is to
Lost Battalion, The8Burton L. KingRobert AlexanderDrama, WarLinkNo music.
Love's Prisoner6John Francis DillonOlive Thomas,
Joe King
Drama, CrimeLinkNo music, video of poor quality.
Male and Female9Cecil B. DeMilleThomas Meighan,
Gloria Swanson
Drama, AdventureLink
Man Beneath, The5William WorthingtonSessue Hayakawa,
Helen Jerome Eddy
DramaLinkIntertitles in Dutch; no music.
Miracle Man, The8George Loane TuckerThomas Meighan,
Lon Chaney
DramaLinkOnly this brief fragment of the film survives.
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch5Hugh FordMarguerite Clark,
Mary Carr
Comedy, DramaLink
Mystery of the Yellow Room, The6Emile ChautardEthel Grey TerryMysteryLinkIntertitles in Italian, with optional Spanish CC. No music.
Other Half, The5King VidorFlorence Vidor,
Charles Meredith
DramaLinkIntertitles in Dutch.
Out Yonder6Ralph InceOlive Thomas,
Huntley Gordon
DramaLinkIntertitles in Dutch; no music.
Ravished Armenia8Oscar ApfelAurora MardiganianDramaLinkaka Auction of Souls. Most of the film is lost. This is a reconstruction using stills and surviving footage.
Red Lantern, The7Albert ParkerAlla NazimovaDramaLink I
Link II
Link I: more peaceful, mostly piano soundtrack.
Link II: more intense, more contemporary soundtrack, slightly lesser quality video.
Right to Happiness, The8Allen HolubarDorothy Phillips,
William Stowell
DramaLinkIntertitles in Dutch, with optional English CC. No music.
Roaring Road, The5James CruzeWallace Reid,
Ann Little
Comedy, SportsLinkNo music.
Romance of Happy Valley, A6D.W. GriffithLillian Gish,
Robert Harron
Scarlet Days7D.W. GriffithRichard Barthelmess,
Carol Dempster
Should a Woman Tell6John InceAlice Lake,
Jack Mulhall
DramaLinkIntertitles in Dutch, with optional Spanish CC. No music.
Sporting Chance, A5Henry KingWilliam Russell,
Fritzi Bonheur
Comedy, MysteryLinkFilm survives in incomplete form; this is a reconstruction, with intertitles added to describe action in missing sections.
Through the Toils5Harry O. HoytMontagu Love,
Ellen Burford
DramaLinkIntertitles in Dutch; no music.
Tong Man, The5William WorthingtonSessue Hayakawa,
Helen Jerome Eddy
Crime, DramaLink I
Link II
Link I: with inappropriate soundtrack and with ads.
Link II: no music, but no ads.
True Heart Susie6D.W. GriffithLillian Gish,
Robert Harron
ComedyLink I
Link II
Link I: piano score.
Link II: small ensemble score.
Virtuous Sinners5Emmett J. FlynnNorman Kerry,
Wanda Hawley
Wagon Tracks5Lambert HillyerWilliam S. Hart,
Jane Novak
WesternLink I
Link II
Link I: organ score.
Link II: piano score.
When Bearcat Went Dry6Oliver L. SellersVangie Valentine,
Bernard J. Durning
DramaLinkFilm rediscovered in 1996 with Dutch intertitles; we must thank the fellow who retranslated them into English, even if English appears not to be his first language; the translations are hilarious. Film needs restoration.
When the Clouds Roll By6Victor FlemingDouglas Fairbanks,
Kathleen Clifford
ComedyLinkWith optional Russian CC.
Wicked Darling, The6Tod BrowningPriscilla Dean,
Wellington A. Playter,
Lon Chaney
World and Its Woman, The7Frank LloydGeraldine Farrar,
Lou Tellegen
DramaLinkIntertitles in French and Dutch, with English CC; no music.
Yankee Doodle in Berlin5F. Richard JonesBothwell Browne,
Ford Sterling

American Feature Films of 1919 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
Busher, TheJerome StormCharles Ray,
Colleen Moore
Oldies.comPart of Charles Ray double feature, with "The Pich Hitter".
Dangerous HoursFred NibloLloyd HughesGrapevine
SHOF #146.
Like "Bolshevism on Trial", story of idealistic youngster who falls under the spell of the glories of Communism.
Heart of Wetona, TheSidney FranklinNorma
SHOF #55.
Talmadge plays a half-breed Indian in this Western.
Human DesireWilfrid NorthAnita Stewart,
Conway Tearle
Mother and the Law, TheD.W. GriffithMae Marsh,
Robert Harron
GrapevineThis is a re-edited, stand-alone version of the "modern" sub-story from "Intolerance".
Phantom Honeymoon, TheJ. Searle DawleyMarguerite MarshGrapevine
Sandy Burke of the U-Bar-UIra M. LowryLouis Bennison,
Virginia Lee
Six Feet FourHenry KingWilliam Russell,
Vola Vale
Oldies.comPart of Western double feature with "Salomy Jane".
Twin Pawns, TheLéonce PerretMae
SHOF #132
Unknown Love, TheLéonce PerretDolores Cassinelli,
E.K. Lincoln
VictoryMaurice TourneurJack Holt,
Seena Owen