1921 in film

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This article is about films in the year 1921. For the 1988 Indian film about Mappila Uprising, see 1921 (film).
List of years in film (table)

The year 1921 in film involved some significant events.


  • January 21 – The silent comedy-drama The Kid, written by, produced by, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin (in his Tramp character) – his first full-length film as a director – and featuring Jackie Coogan, is released in the United States. It is the year's second-highest-grossing film.
  • March 6 – The silent epic war film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, adapted for the screen by June Mathis, is released in the United States. It is the year's highest-grossing film (and the sixth-best-grossing silent film of all time), propels Rudolph Valentino to stardom and inspires a tango craze and a fashion for gaucho pants.
  • October 21 – George Melford's silent film The Sheik, which enhances leading actor Rudolph Valentino's international reputation as a Latin Lover, is premiered in Los Angeles. Within the first year of its release, it exceeds $1 million in ticket sales.
  • October 26 – The Chicago Theatre, which will be the oldest surviving French-style Baroque Revival grand movie palace, opens.

Top-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

Rank Title Gross
1. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
2. The Kid
3. The Three Musketeers
4. The Sheik
5. Little Lord Fauntleroy
6. The Love Light
7. Every Woman's Problem
8. Brewster's Millions
9. White and Unmarried
10. The Passion Flower
11. The Wonderful Thing
12. The Idle Class

Notable films released in 1921[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

Comedy film series[edit]

Animated short film series[edit]



Film debuts[edit]

See also[edit]