What This Page Contains
On this page you will find a list of all 50 American silent feature films of 1921 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 1921 Online Films
1921 was a turning point in silent film history, as it represented the first year in which (1) multiple block-bluster films were released, and (2) major comedians began to regularly churn out full-length films instead of shorts.
Still-familiar titles such as The Three Musketeers (in which Douglas Fairbanks changed from a comic actor to an adventure superstar), The Sheik and Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (which made Rudolph Valentino a mega-star), and D.W. Griffith’s Orphans of the Storm were all released in 1921.
With respect to comedies, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd released their first feature films in 1921 (The Kid and A Sailor-Made Man, respectively), and the lesser-known Max Linder released two feature-length comedies this year.
Meanwhile, stalwarts Cecil B. DeMille, Mary Pickford and William S. Hart continued to churn out multiple popular films in 1921.
Want to See 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
1921 Statistics (per the Library of Congress silent movie database):
Number of Features Released: 687
Number Extant (complete and incomplete): 206
Number Completely Lost: 481
1921 American Feature Films Available for Viewing Online
|Title||# Reels||Director||Stars||Genre||Youtube |
|Ace of Hearts, The||6||Wallace Worsley||Lon Chaney,|
|Crime, Drama||Link I|
|Link I: looping organ soundtrack.
Link II: traditional strings and piano score.
Link III: modernistic piano score.
|Affairs of Anatol, The||9||Cecil B. DeMille||Wallace Reid,|
|Link I: old time organ score.
Link II: small ensemble accompaniment.
|All Dolled Up||5||Rollin S. Sturgeon||Gladys Walton,|
|Annabel Lee||5||William J. Scully||John B. O'Brien,|
|Drama||Link||Quality not great; an ominous background noise provides the "soundtrack".|
|Be My Wife||5||Max Linder||Max Linder,|
|Beau Revel||6||John Griffith Wray||Lewis Stone,|
|Drama||Link||Film could use some restoration.|
|Black Beauty||7||David Smith||Jean Baige||Drama||Link||No music. Only 3 reels out of 7 survive.|
|Blot, The||7||Lois Weber||Louis Calhern,|
|Drama||Link||No music. Link is to archive.org.|
|Bride's Play, The||7||George Terwilliger||Marion Davies,|
John B. O'Brien
|Burn 'em Up Barnes||6||George Beranger||Johnny Hines||Comedy||Link||No music.|
|Camille||6||Ray C. Smallwood||Rudolph Valentino,|
|Link I: no music, but best quality.
Link II: marginally colorized; contemporary electronic-music soundtrack.
Link III: traditional mixed soundtrack, with Portuguese subtitles.
|Conquering Power, The||7||Rex Ingram||Alice Terry,|
|Dream Street||10 (est)||D.W. Griffith||Carol Dempster,|
|Link I: organ score.
Link II: old-recording small-ensemble soundtrack. Lots of ads.
|Enchantment||7||Robert G. Vignola||Marion Davies,|
|Every Woman's Problem||5||Willis Robards||Dorothy Davenport||Drama||Link||This is the same film as 1917's Mothers of Men, which was re-released under this new title in 1921.|
|Flower of the North||7||David Smith||Henry B. Walthall,|
|Drama, Western||Link||No music; intertitles in Dutch.|
|Forbidden Fruit||7||Cecil B. DeMille||Agnes Ayres,|
|Link I: great score, but aspect incorrect (too wide).
Link II: no music, but correct aspect ratio.
|Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The||11||Rex Ingram||Rudolph Valentino,|
|Drama, War||Link I|
|Link I: with orchestral score. Better video quality.
Link II: with piano score composed and played by composer Keith Taylor.
|Jesse James Under the Black Flag / Jesse James as the Outlaw||8||Franklin B. Coates||Jesse James, Jr.||Western||Link||The original full-length features are lost; this is a 1930 splicing of abridged versions of both films, released in 1930, with music and narration added.|
|Kid, The||6||Charlie Chaplin||Charlie Chaplin,|
|Link I: original 68 minute version.
Link II: slightly abbreviated 1972 version.
|Leap Year||5||James Cruze,|
|Little Lord Fauntleroy||10||Alfred E. Green,|
|Little Minister, The||6||Penrhyn Stanlaws||Betty Bompson,|
|Drama||Link||No music; intertitles in Dutch, with English CC.|
|Lotus Blossom||7||Francis J. Granden,|
James B. Leong
|Lady Tsen Mei,|
|Drama||Link||Only one reel (#5 out of 7) survives.|
|Love Light, The||8||Frances Marion||Mary Pickford,|
|Link I: no music, but no ads.
Link II: with traditional piano and strings score, but lots of ads.
|Love Never Dies||7||King Vidor||Lloyd Hughes,|
|Man-Woman-Marriage||9||Allen Holubar||Dorothy Phillips,|
|Drama||Link||No music, but thanks are due to uploader for translating Dutch intertitles to English.|
|Miss Lulu Bett||7||William C. DeMille||Lois Wilson,|
|Link I: nice small-ensemble soundtrack, with Spanish subtitles.
Link II: no music, but with extra-sharp picture.
|Molly O'||8||F. Richard Jones||Mabel Normand,|
|Comedy||Link||With ads; intertitles in Russian; film needs some restoring.|
|Nut, The||6||Theodore Reed||Douglas Fairbanks,|
Marguerite De La Motte
|Link I: mixed, "moody" soundtrack.
Link II: no music, but superior picture quality.
|Old Swimmin' Hole, The||5||Joseph De Grasse||Charles Ray,|
Laura La Plante
|Comedy||Link||Film could use some restoration.|
|Orphans of the Storm||14||D.W. Griffith||Lillian Gish,|
|Historical Drama||Link I|
|Link I: with orchestra score, good quality print.
Link II: superior quality video, no music, with French subtitles.
|Peck's Bad Boy||5||Sam Wood||Jackie Coogan,|
|Rip Van Winkle||7||Edward Ludwig||Thomas Jefferson||Fantasy||Link||Film needs some restoring.|
|Sailor-Made Man, A||4||Fred C. Newmeyer||Harold Lloyd,|
|Sea Lion, The||5||Rowland V. Lee||Hobart Bosworth,|
|Adventure, Drama||Link I|
|Link I: looping period organ soundtrack.
Link II: live accordion accompaniment by Francis Strange.
|Seven Years' Bad Luck||5||Max Linder||Max Linder,|
|Link I: small ensemble accompaniment.
Link II: appropriate piano accompaniment.
|Sheik, The||7||George Melford||Rudolph Valentino,|
|Adventure, Drama||Link I|
|Link I: period organ score; superior film quality.
Link II: good, mixed contemporary-style score; good quality.
Link III: Middle-Eastern-style score; good quality.
|Sky Pilot, The||7||King Vidor||John Bowers,|
|Drama||Link||With contemporary accompaniment.|
|Small Time Idol, A||7||Eric C. Kenton,|
|Comedy||Link||20-minute video. According to the LOC, only two reels survive; this is either an abridged version or just the surviving material, with a later voice-over by Jim Backus.|
|Tangled Trails||5||Charles Bartlett||Neal Hart,|
|Western, Adventure||Link||No music.|
|Three Musketeers, The||12||Fred Niblo||Douglas Fairbanks,|
Marguerite De La Motte
|Link I: with live organ accompaniment, from Circle Cinema; best picture quality, though movie is not shown full-screen.
Link II: period organ score, medium picture quality.
Link II: piano score, medium picture quality.
Link III: classical soundtrack, medium picture quality.
|Three Word Brand||7||Lambert Hillyer||William S. Hart,|
|Western||Link||With Ben Model piano score.|
|Through the Back Door||7||Alfred E. Green,|
|Tol'able David||7||Henry King||Richard Barthelmess,|
|Link I: period organ score, good quality.
Link II: small ensemble score, slightly lesser quality print.
|Too Wise Wives||6||Lois Weber||Louis Calhern,|
|Trailin'||5||Lynn Reynolds||Tom Mix,|
|Western, Mystery||Link||Film needs restoration.|
|Whistle, The||6||Lambert Hillyer||William S. Hart||Western||Link|
|White Oak||7||Lambert Hillyer||William S. Hart,|
|Link I: from Circle Cinema, with live organ accompaniment; film starts at 11:47.
Link II: with piano soundtrack.
|World's Heavyweight Contest (between Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier)||5||n/a||Jack Dempsey,|
|Link I: original film, no music, needs restoration.
Link II: appears to be an abridged version of film, restored, with music and commentary.
American Feature Films of 1921 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). And of course, IF YOU ADD A NEW FILM TO YOUTUBE, LET US KNOW, and we will link to your video.
|Blasphemer, The||O.E. Goebel||George Howard,|
|Buried Treasure||George D. Baker||Marion Davies,|
|Grapevine version is part of Marion Davies double feature, with "April Folly".
|Devil, The||James Young||George Arliss||Oldies.com|
|Ducks and Drakes||Maurice Campbell||Bebe Daniels,|
|Hail the Woman||John Griffith Wray||Florence Vidor,|
|Home Stretch, The||Jack Nelson||Douglas MacLean||Oldies.com|
|Is Life Worth Living||Alan Crosland||Eugene O'Brien||SHOF||SHOF #93|
|One a Minute||Jack Nelson||Douglas MacLean||Oldies.com||Part of "The Douglas MacLean Collection".|
|Stampede, The||Francis Ford||Texas Guinan||Grapevine|
|The Oldies.com version is part of the "Texas Guinan Collection".|
|Straight From Paris||Harry Garson||Clara Kimball Young||Grapevine|
|Part of Clara Kimball Young double feature with "Mid-Channel".|
|Tale of Two Worlds, A||Frank Lloyd||J. Frank Glendon,|
|That Girl Montana||Robert Thornby||Blanche Sweet||Grapevine|
|What Do Men Want?||Lois Weber||Claire Windsor||Oldies.com||Part of "Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers" Collection. According to LOC, 4 of 7 reels survive. Collection lists this entry as "fragment".|
|What No Man Knows||Harry Garson||Clara Kimball Young||SHOF||SHOF #74|