American Feature Films of 1921

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# ReelsDirectorStarsGenreYoutube
Ace of Hearts, The6Wallace WorsleyLon Chaney,
Leatrice Joy
Crime, DramaLink I
Link II
Link III
Link I: looping organ soundtrack.
Link II: traditional strings and piano score.
Link III: modernistic piano score.
Affairs of Anatol, The9Cecil B. DeMilleWallace Reid,
Gloria Swanson
ComedyLink I
Link II
Link I: old time organ score.
Link II: small ensemble accompaniment.
All Dolled Up5Rollin S. SturgeonGladys Walton,
Florence Turner,
Edward Hearn
Annabel Lee5William J. ScullyJohn B. O'Brien,
Lorraine Harding
DramaLinkQuality not great; an ominous background noise provides the "soundtrack".
Be My Wife5Max LinderMax Linder,
Alta Allen
Beau Revel6John Griffith WrayLewis Stone,
Florence Vidor
DramaLinkFilm could use some restoration.
Black Beauty7David SmithJean BaigeDramaLinkNo music. Only 3 reels out of 7 survive.
Blot, The7Lois WeberLouis Calhern,
Claire Windsor
DramaLinkNo music. Link is to
Bride's Play, The7George TerwilligerMarion Davies,
John B. O'Brien
DramaLinkNo music.
Burn 'em Up Barnes6George BerangerJohnny HinesComedyLinkNo music.
Camille6Ray C. SmallwoodRudolph Valentino,
Alla Nazimova
DramaLink I
Link II
Link III
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, The7Rex IngramAlice Terry,
Rudolph Valentino
Dream Street10 (est)D.W. GriffithCarol Dempster,
Ralph Graves
ComedyLink I
Link II
Link I: organ score.
Link II: old-recording small-ensemble soundtrack. Lots of ads.
Enchantment7Robert G. VignolaMarion Davies,
Forrest Stanley
ComedyLinkNo music.
Every Woman's Problem5Willis RobardsDorothy DavenportDramaLinkThis is the same film as 1917's Mothers of Men, which was re-released under this new title in 1921.
Flower of the North7David SmithHenry B. Walthall,
Pauline Starke
Drama, WesternLinkNo music; intertitles in Dutch.
Forbidden Fruit7Cecil B. DeMilleAgnes Ayres,
Clarence Burton
DramaLink I
Link II
Link I: great score, but aspect incorrect (too wide).
Link II: no music, but correct aspect ratio.
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The11Rex IngramRudolph Valentino,
Alice Terry
Drama, WarLink I
Link II
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 Outlaw8Franklin B. CoatesJesse James, Jr.WesternLinkThe 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, The6Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin,
Edna Purviance,
Jackie Coogan
ComedyLink I
Link II
Link I: original 68 minute version.
Link II: slightly abbreviated 1972 version.
Leap Year5James Cruze,
Roscoe Arbuckle
Roscoe Arbuckle,
Mary Thurman
Little Lord Fauntleroy10Alfred E. Green,
Jack Pickford
Mary Pickford,
Claude Gillingwater
Little Minister, The6Penrhyn StanlawsBetty Bompson,
George Hackathorne
DramaLinkNo music; intertitles in Dutch, with English CC.
Lotus Blossom7Francis J. Granden,
James B. Leong
Lady Tsen Mei,
Tully Marshall
DramaLinkOnly one reel (#5 out of 7) survives.
Love Light, The8Frances MarionMary Pickford,
Fred Thomson
DramaLink I
Link II
Link I: no music, but no ads.
Link II: with traditional piano and strings score, but lots of ads.
Love Never Dies7King VidorLloyd Hughes,
Madge Bellamy
Man-Woman-Marriage9Allen HolubarDorothy Phillips,
James Kirkwood
DramaLinkNo music, but thanks are due to uploader for translating Dutch intertitles to English.
Miss Lulu Bett7William C. DeMilleLois Wilson,
Milton Sills
DramaLink I
Link II
Link I: nice small-ensemble soundtrack, with Spanish subtitles.
Link II: no music, but with extra-sharp picture.
Molly O'8F. Richard JonesMabel Normand,
John Mulhall
ComedyLinkWith ads; intertitles in Russian; film needs some restoring.
Nut, The6Theodore ReedDouglas Fairbanks,
Marguerite De La Motte
ComedyLink I
Link II
Link I: mixed, "moody" soundtrack.
Link II: no music, but superior picture quality.
Old Swimmin' Hole, The5Joseph De GrasseCharles Ray,
Laura La Plante
ComedyLinkFilm could use some restoration.
Orphans of the Storm14D.W. GriffithLillian Gish,
Dorothy Gish
Historical DramaLink I
Link II
Link I: with orchestra score, good quality print.
Link II: superior quality video, no music, with French subtitles.
Peck's Bad Boy5Sam WoodJackie Coogan,
Doris May
Rip Van Winkle7Edward LudwigThomas JeffersonFantasyLinkFilm needs some restoring.
Sailor-Made Man, A4Fred C. NewmeyerHarold Lloyd,
Mildred Davis
Sea Lion, The5Rowland V. LeeHobart Bosworth,
Bessie Love
Adventure, DramaLink I
Link II
Link I: looping period organ soundtrack.
Link II: live accordion accompaniment by Francis Strange.
Seven Years' Bad Luck5Max LinderMax Linder,
Alta Allen
Link II
Link I: small ensemble accompaniment.
Link II: appropriate piano accompaniment.
Sheik, The7George MelfordRudolph Valentino,
Agnes Ayres
Adventure, DramaLink I
Link II
Link III
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, The7King VidorJohn Bowers,
Colleen Moore
DramaLinkWith contemporary accompaniment.
Small Time Idol, A7Eric C. Kenton,
Mack Sennett
Ben Turpin,
James Finlayson
ComedyLink20-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 Trails5Charles BartlettNeal Hart,
Violet Palmer
Western, AdventureLinkNo music.
Three Musketeers, The12Fred NibloDouglas Fairbanks,
Marguerite De La Motte
AdventureLink I
Link II
Link III
Link IV
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 Brand7Lambert HillyerWilliam S. Hart,
Jane Novak
WesternLinkWith Ben Model piano score.
Through the Back Door7Alfred E. Green,
Jack Pickford
Mary PickfordComedyLink
Tol'able David7Henry KingRichard Barthelmess,
Gladys Hulette
DramaLink I
Link II
Link I: period organ score, good quality.
Link II: small ensemble score, slightly lesser quality print.
Too Wise Wives6Lois WeberLouis Calhern,
Claire Windsor
Trailin'5Lynn ReynoldsTom Mix,
Eva Novak
Western, MysteryLinkFilm needs restoration.
Whistle, The6Lambert HillyerWilliam S. HartWesternLink
White Oak7Lambert HillyerWilliam S. Hart,
Vola Vale
WesternLink I
Link II
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)5n/aJack Dempsey,
Georges Carpentier
SportsLink I
Link II
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.

 TitleDirectorStarsBuy FromNotes
Blasphemer, TheO.E. GoebelGeorge Howard,
Augusta Anderson
Buried TreasureGeorge D. BakerMarion Davies,
Norman Kerry
Grapevine version is part of Marion Davies double feature, with "April Folly".
SHOF #140.
Devil, TheJames YoungGeorge
Ducks and DrakesMaurice CampbellBebe Daniels,
Jack Holt
Hail the WomanJohn Griffith WrayFlorence Vidor,
Lloyd Hughes
Home Stretch, TheJack NelsonDouglas
Is Life Worth LivingAlan CroslandEugene O'BrienSHOFSHOF #93
One a MinuteJack NelsonDouglas MacLeanOldies.comPart of "The Douglas MacLean Collection".
Stampede, TheFrancis FordTexas GuinanGrapevine
The version is part of the "Texas Guinan Collection".
Straight From ParisHarry GarsonClara Kimball YoungGrapevine
Part of Clara Kimball Young double feature with "Mid-Channel".
Tale of Two Worlds, AFrank LloydJ. Frank Glendon,
Leatrice Joy
That Girl MontanaRobert ThornbyBlanche SweetGrapevine
What Do Men Want?Lois WeberClaire WindsorOldies.comPart of "Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers" Collection. According to LOC, 4 of 7 reels survive. Collection lists this entry as "fragment".
What No Man KnowsHarry GarsonClara Kimball YoungSHOFSHOF #74