Ulrich von Eltz (Lars Hanson) and Leo von Harden (John Gilbert) are lifelong best friends serving in the army together. At the station during leave, Leo sees Felicitas (Greta Garbo), and it's love at first sight. Unfortunately, her husband discovers their budding romance, and after Leo kills Felicitas' husband in the resulting duel, he is sent away to Africa for five years. He asks Ulrich to please watch over her while he's away (you see where this is heading). Without giving away the rest of the plot, suffice it to say their friendship is torn apart...but something towards the end of the film changes everything.
You have to see this film. Yes, it has a good story, and the entire cast does a fantastic job (including Barbara Kent as Hertha, Ulrich's little sister who is hopelessly in love with Leo), but the main reason to watch it? Jack and Garbo. Both are absolutely gorgeous in this film, and when in each others' embrace...WOW. I always doubted it before, but now, after seeing it for myself...you can see the explosive chemistry between them. Especially Jack - he looks positively bewitched by Garbo. They were NOT acting. Jesus, that scene in the garden with the cigarette was one of the sexiest things I've ever seen in my life.
I give this one: