Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in Lucky Star (Frank Borzage, 1929)
A simple, heartfelt story of love and redemption among poor mountain folk during and after World War I, it’s sensitively directed and perfectly photographed (by Chester A. Lyons). If you’re leery of silent films, this is a good one to start with. The acting is naturalistic and no one is tied to railroad tracks or attacked by a mustachioed villain. Definitely worth seeing.