Oscars, Schmoscars! We’re choosing the best films of 1918!

It’s award season but who needs those talkies? We sure don’t! And since the Academy Awards weren’t a thing in 1918, I think it’s high time we make our own silent film award. We’re going to choose the Best Picture for 1918.

Here’s what you have to do:

Comment and nominate your picks.

Any feature-length film (shall we say 4 reels or more?) from any country that was released in 1918 is eligible. Feel free to second anyone else’s choices.

That’s it! Please have fun and I will start up voting on the final picks next week. The number of rounds will depend on how many films are nominated.

I hereby nominate Stella Maris (1918) as Best Picture of 1918 with The Whispering Chorus as the runner-up.

For a bit of inspiration, here are the other films of 1918 I have reviewed. You are by no means limited to this list and there are many, many other films from 1918 available to view, I just haven’t gotten to them yet. Feel free to think outside the box as long as the picture was originally four reels or longer.

All Night

The Beloved Blackmailer

The Blue Bird

Blue Blazes Rawden

The Eyes of the Mummy

The Forbidden City

The Heart of Humanity


The Lady of the Dugout

The Married Virgin



My Cousin

A Pair of Silk Stockings

Tarzan of the Apes

Obviously, a lot of films are lost and this will be very much the best of what survives and is available for viewing but we’ll do the best we can. I am looking forward to your choices.


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  1. Steve Phillips

    I’ve never seen Stella Maris (he said, sheepishly). Any suggestions on how to see it? There’s a 2000 DVD by Milestone, but that’s out of print; used copies are going for $60 on Amazon. Any suggestions on places to look for it?

      1. Overseas Visitor

        Thanks a lot! This I must see.

        From 1918 I’ve only seen films I don’t want to nominate. On the other hand, several interesting films are hard to obtain. 1919 is a totally different case…

  2. Shari Polikoff

    Somewhat similar in plot and setting, but I’m fond of both ‘Mickey’ and ‘M’liss.’ But for Best of 1918 honors, I think I’d go with ‘Stella Maris.’

  3. Lisa Cross

    Love the idea of four reels or longer for best film, but no categories for best lead / supporting actor / actress, short, comedic short or any of the other genres?

    If it’s merely a matter of overwhelming logistics, just shout! Happy to help in any way, shape or form 🙂

  4. Kurt

    I’d go along with Stella Maris and The Whispering Chorus as frontrunners, but I’m going to throw in Hearts of the World as at least a likely nominee in 1918.

  5. Alexsandro Lopes Vieira

    Stella Maris is my favorite out of the feature-length 1918 movies I watched. By the way, would Victor Sjöström’s The Outlaw and his Wife be eligible?

  6. R.D. Stock

    As I have something of a taste for mystical & morbid movies, I’ll nominate The Whispering Chorus and The Outlaw and His Wife to share first place in 1918. Second place would go to Eyes of the Mummy & third possibly to The Blue Bird, though I agree with much of your review, especially the bit about cats!

    As I was doing a final viewing before discarding of my video tapes last year, I watched The Heart of Humanity for the first time in a long while. I decided to hold on to it as it fell into that category “not worth replacing with a disc but something I might want to view again.” It is all very well to consider the “infamous scene” too horrible, but the murders of marginalized types or minority groups in our present world show how little things have changed in the century since the Great War!

  7. Antony Gould

    Hi, My first choice would also be Stella Maris. Followed up by.- 2) Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley 3) Old Wives For New 4) The Outlaw and his Wife.

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