Top Films of 1928 



In 1928 the Academy Awards are handed out for the first time.

Wings wins Best Picture. 1928 was the last year silent movies were king. Watch the movies listed below and other silent movies online at





 "Jolie" sings a reprise of "Sonny Boy" in the last segment of the 1928 talkie, "The Singing Fool". WORLD'S GREATEST ENTERTAINER! The sequence was filmed live at The Winter Garden Theater .Sonny Boy" became the first song from a movie to sell over a million copies. It eventually sold over 3 million copies of sheet music, piano rolls and phonograph records


1. The Singing Fool , a musical drama Part-Talkie motion picture which was released in 1928 by Warner Brothers. The film starred Al Jolson and was a follow-up to his previous film, The Jazz Singer.Jolson plays a singing waiter who becomes a Broadway star .




 A scene from the 1928 film "Lights of New York," with Robert Elliott, Gladys Brockwell, Cullen Landis and Eugene Pallette.


2. The Lights of New York : the first all-talking feature film . The plot of the film centers around Eddie (Cullen Landis), a young kid from Upstate New York who is conned into fronting for a speakeasy on Broadway.



 Street Angel (1928), by Frank Borzage (Full Movie)

3. Street Angel  

A spirited young woman (Gaynor) finds herself involved in illegal ways of gaining money to help pay for her ill mother's medicine. She is caught in the act, runs away from punishment, and finds her mother dead. Destitute and on the streets, she joins a traveling carnival, where she meets a vagabond painter (Farrell). Though they fall in love, her past will not leave her alone. As one of the early, transitional sound film releases, it did not include recorded dialogue, but used intertitles along with recorded sound effects and musical selections.



 West of Zanzibar (1928) Trailer and Promo


4.West of Zanzibar . In one of his last silent films, Lon Chaney plays a magician who went into a kind of exile in the Belgian Congo after a fight with a man who stole his wife and left him a cripple .


Other Films



Lillan Gish in The Wind




The Wind (1928) trailer


A classic with stark realism, Gish plays Letty who goes out west to a cousin's ranch.She kills a man who tries to rape her and goes insane as the wind keeps uncovering the killers body .The movie, unlike the book upon which it was based , has an upbeat ending as her new husband helps her recover .


A Man With a Movie Camera



 A Man With a Movie Camera  full movie

 An experimental silent documentary film, with no story and no actors .

This film is famous for the range of cinematic techniques


A Woman of Affairs, Greta Garbo and John Gilbert

A movie about fast living, 20s style


Lilac Time  Gary Cooper and Colleen Moore a WWI love story

There was a resurgence in WWI films in the late 20s .


Watch Lilac Time 1928

 Gary Cooper and Colleen Moore a WWI love story

Beggars of Life Wallace Berry, Richard Allen, Louise Brooks

An offbeat film about pre Depression hobos. Richard Allen is a gentleman hobo, who comes upon a crime scene.Brooks has killed her adoptive father, who tried to rape her .They travel together with her dressed as a boy


watch Beggars of Life


 Watch Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box


Myma Loy and Dolores Costello in Noah's Ark

One of Warner Brother's most expensive movies .


 Noah's Ark 1928

Un Chien Andalou



Un Chien Andalou (English: An Andalusian Dog) is a 16-minute surrealist film made in France in 1928 by Spanish writer/directors Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí .It is one of the best-known surrealist films of the French avant-garde film movement of the 1920s.  .


The Last Command




The Last Command : A decorated, aristocratic Czarist General is reduced to penury after the collapse of Imperial Russia. An old adversary, now a successful director hires the general to re-enact the revolution which deposed him.


Chicago with Phyllis Haver and Victor Varconi







Best Sellers of 1928