1920s movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant 1920s movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out melancholic, interesting, talky, realistic, clever and stylized films and TV shows about / with mentor, storytelling, dialogue, runaway, catastrophe, destiny, adaptation, greed, beautiful scenery and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
1920s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 1920s: The Great Gatsby (2013), The Artist (2011), Raise the Red Lantern (1991), The Danish Girl (2015), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Zelig (1983), Heart of a Dog (1988), The Fall (2006), The Twelve Chairs (1970), The Skeleton Key (2005).

List of 1920s movies

The Great Gatsby (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche ...
Style: serious, sentimental, stylized, emotional, colourful ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, obsession, millionaire, destructive relationship, love triangle, loneliness, party, love affair, high society, american dream, unfulfilled love, social differences ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, long island
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The Artist (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA, Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.
Style: feel good, stylized, sentimental, clever, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: actor, ambition, hollywood, dog, love and romance, actor's life, movie star, flapper, marquee, silent film, filmmaking, french ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1950s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: China in the 1920s. After her father's death, 19 year old Songlian is forced to marry the much older lord of a powerful family. With three wives already, each living in a separate house within the great castle, there is fierce competition for ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, realistic, meditative ...
Plot: feminism, marriage, polygamy, romantic rivalry, intrigue, wealth, rivalry, mistress, singer, insanity, jealousy, contests and competitions ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: china, asia
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The Danish Girl (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When Gerda Wegener asks her husband Einar to fill in as a portrait model, Einar discovers the person she's meant to be and begins living her life as Lili Elbe. Having realized her true self and with Gerda's love and support, Lili embarks ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, dramatic, emotional ...
Plot: transsexual, lgbt, artist, art, gays and lesbians, couple relations, painter, painting, artists and showbiz, surgery, gender, society ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark, paris france ...
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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA, Canada
Duration: 229 min.
Story: A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Style: rough, atmospheric, epic, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prohibition, rape, corruption, gangsters, rise and fall, friendship, organized crime, brooklyn bridge, opium, memory, torture, murder ...
Time: 30s, 1930s, 60s, 1920s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa
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Zelig (1983)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Fictional documentary about the life of human chameleon Leonard Zelig, a man who becomes a celebrity in the 1920s due to his ability to look and act like whoever is around him. Clever editing places Zelig in real newsreel footage of Woodrow Wilson, ...
Style: talky, clever, humorous, witty, not serious ...
Plot: supernatural, psychiatrist, great depression, therapy, switching roles, postmodernism, artists and showbiz, celebrity, newsreel footage, media, fall in love, supernatural ability ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s, 20th century
Place: paris france, bronx new york city
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Heart of a Dog (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Old Prof. Preobrazhensky and his young colleague Dr. Bormental inserted the human's hypophysis into a dog's brain. Couple of weeks later the dog became "human looking". The main question is "Is anybody who is looking like a ...
Style: offbeat, humorous, thought provoking, intellectual, philosophical ...
Plot: experiment gone awry, doctors and patients, chaos and mayhem, revolution, society, medical experiment, farce, dog, obsession, adaptation, life philosophy, communism ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 80s
Place: russia, ussr
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The Fall (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, South Africa, India
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story about 5 mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, ...
Style: offbeat, epic, surreal, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: imaginary kingdom, hospital, imagination, storytelling, princess, morphine, sacrifice, friendship, suicide attempt, adventure, nun, translator ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, istanbul turkey, india, taj mahal
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In 1926, Newt Scamander arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America with a magically expanded briefcase, which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the ...
Style: surprise ending, fairy tale, dark, interesting, entertaining ...
Plot: teleportation, chase, rescue, robbery, good versus evil, witch, magic, steampunk, magic wand, suitcase, magical creature, subway station ...
Time: 1920s
Place: manhattan new york city, dungeon, new york, england
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The Twelve Chairs (1970)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A treasure hunt. An aging ex-nobleman of the Czarist regime has finally adjusted to life under the commisars in Russia. Both he and the local priest find that the family jewels were hidden in a chair, one of a set of twelve. They return separately ...
Style: witty, satirical, stylized, talky, philosophical ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: farce, chase, treasure hunt, adventurer, odd couple, obsessive quest, nothing goes right, escapades, goofy hero, dishonesty, partners, cons and scams ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: russia, soviet union
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The Skeleton Key (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.
Style: gothic, serious, suspenseful, surprise ending, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: voodoo, ghost, attic, suspicion, supernatural, occult, paralysis, nurse, mysterious character, patient, nursing, workplace ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: new orleans, louisiana
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The Moderns (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Nick Hart is a struggling American artist who lives amongst the expatriate community in 1920s Paris. He spends most of his time drinking and socializing in local café's and pestering gallery owner Libby Valentin to sell his paintings. He ...
Style: clever, surreal, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: forgery, art, expatriate, cons and scams, love and romance, expressionism, sensuality, romance, actor's life, intrigue, couple relations, love affair ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: europe, france, paris france, canada, new york
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Michael Collins (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Michael Collins plays a crucial role in the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s, but becomes vilified by those hoping to create a completely independent Irish republic.
Style: epic, serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: fighting the system, civil war, politics, irish, fight, terrorism, war, ira, treason, secret service, leadership, rise and fall ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, israel
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A Passage to India (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 164 min.
Story: The film is set during the period of growing influence of the Indian independence movement in the British Raj. It begins with the arrival in India of a British woman, Miss Adela Quested (Judy Davis), who is joining her fiancé, a city magistrate ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, twists and turns, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: culture clash, racism, doctor, mosque, cave, hindu, small town, grudge, false accusation, politics, friendship, adventure ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: india, asia, bombay india, england
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Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Millie Dillmount, a fearless young lady fresh from Salina, Kansas, determined to experience Life, sets out to see the world in the rip-roaring Twenties. With high spirits and wearing one of those new high hemlines, she arrives in New York to test ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: hotel, stenographer, pursuit, flapper, love, boss and employee, farce, love and romance, workplace, amateur detective, opposites attract, workplace romance ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan new york city
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Chicago (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Musical
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.
Style: clever, stylized, semi serious, sexy, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: femme fatale, jazz, desire for fame, rising to stardom, prison, cabaret, jail, ambition, lawyer, crimes of passion, female killer, warden ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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Reds (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.
Style: epic, captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: journalism, revolution, russian revolution, playwright, politics, love triangle, romance, lovers reunited, deportation, rehearsal, writer's life, journalist ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: russia, new york, usa, portland oregon, middle east ...
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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.
Style: witty, talky, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: prohibition, alcohol, filmmaking, hotel, writer's life, drugs/alcohol, verbal byplay, friendship, addiction, rise and fall, romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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Live by Night (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.
Style: tragic ending, surprise ending, emotional, melancholic, bloody ...
Plot: prohibition, betrayal, organized crime, revenge, love, mafia, gangster, chase, death, vengeance, violence, car chase ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s
Place: florida, cuba, boston
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The Mummy (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Dashing legionnaire Rick O'Connell and his companion, Beni stumble upon the hidden ruins of Hamunaptra while in the midst of a battle in 1923, 3,000 years after Imhotep has suffered a fate worse than death – his body will remain undead for ...
Style: exciting, scary, semi serious, entertaining, humorous ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, family outing
Plot: treasure hunt, mummy, adventurer, adventure, deadly creature, opposites attract, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, chase, ancient, tomb, sandstorm ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: egypt, africa, middle east, cairo egypt, north africa
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Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, sentimental, heartbreaking ...
Plot: investigation, missing child, fighting the system, uncover truth, insanity, missing person, corruption, police, disorder, life is a bitch, conspiracy, mother love ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, seattle washington, canada
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The Lover (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: France, UK, Vietnam
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A poor French teenage girl engages in an illicit affair with a wealthy Chinese heir in 1920s Saigon. For the first time in her young life she has control, and she wields it deftly over her besotted lover throughout a series of clandestine meetings ...
Style: sexy, sexual, serious, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: forbidden love, fall in love, lust, tragic love, interracial relations, lolita, boarding school life, age difference, desire, love affair, arranged marriage, true love ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: vietnam, asia, france
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Gun City (2018)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Barcelona, ​​Spain, 1921. A tough cop from Madrid arrives in the city to locate, under the suspicious scrutiny of corrupt local police officers, a significant amount of military weaponry stolen from a train, allegedly by revolutionary anarchists.
Plot: cabaret, police corruption, train robbery, mob, anarchism, syndicate, country, car, homosexuality, revolt, cornfield, killer ...
Time: 1920s
Place: barcelona spain, spain, barcelona
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The Lodgers (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 1920, rural Ireland. Anglo-Irish twins Rachel and Edward share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence (The Lodgers) which enforces three rules upon the twins: they ...
Style: gothic
Plot: twins, haunted house, gothic horror, supernatural, ghost, surrealism, attorney, witchcraft, war veteran, period piece, ghosts, curse ...
Time: 1920s
Place: ireland
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Cable Girls (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 50 min.
Story: In 1920s Madrid, four women at the National Telephone Company ring in revolution as they deal with romance, envy and the modern workplace.
Plot: women, workplace romance, telephone, woman, flapper, female protagonist, workplace
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: spain
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Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years is an 8-part 1981 drama serial based on the life of Winston Churchill, and particularly his years in enforced exile from political position during the 1920s and 30s. It was written and directed by Ferdinand ...
Plot: british history, exile, prime minister, political leader, member of parliament, british soldier, world war two
Time: 1920s, 1930s
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Frankie Drake Mysteries (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Toronto’s only female private detective in the 1920s takes on the cases the police don’t want or can’t handle. From airplanes and booze running to American G-men, Communists and union busters, Frankie’s fearless sense of adventure gets her ...
Plot: female detective, private detective, female protagonist, mother daughter relationship, crime solving, female partner, investigation
Time: 1920s
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The Age of Shadows (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop ...
Plot: japanese occupation, resistance, spy, train
Time: 1920s
Place: korea
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Syndare i sommarsol (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the mid-1920s, four young men and women have decided to spend their summer holiday studying together and have rented a wonderful house in the Swedish archipelago. Rationally, they realize that this cohabitation may lead to some of the members ...
Plot: sex, passionate kiss, coitus, bare breasts, female full frontal nudity, female nudity, jealousy, dancing, boat, sex scene, island, sea ...
Time: 1920s
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The Mummy: The Animated Series (2001)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: The Mummy: The Animated Series is an animated television series produced by Universal Animation Studios to capitalize on the success of The Mummy. It premiered on Kids' WB! On the The WB network on September 29, 2001. It is set sometime ...
Plot: mummy, ancient egypt, based on movie, exploration, magic, quest, chase, father son relationship
Time: 1920s
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