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[[caption-width-right:300:The '20s actually ''[[TruthInTelevision were]]'' just like this.]]

->''"There seemed little doubt about what was going to happen. America was going on the greatest, gaudiest spree in history and there was going to be plenty to tell about it."''
-->-- '''Creator/FScottFitzgerald'''

"The era of wonderful nonsense", as newspaper columnist Westbrook Pegler later termed it. A dizzy, giddy time of [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll petting parties, bootleg gin, jazz]], and [[TheFlapper flappers]]. When coffee and movie tickets cost a dime, trolley rides cost a nickel (the same as hot dogs or hamburgers), newspapers cost two cents... and sliced bread was considered the greatest invention ever.

The setting of many an [[GenteelInterbellumSetting Agatha Christie]] mystery, this is one era that absolutely lives up to the stereotypes and then some. The [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Great War]] was over, (most of) the Western world had never been so prosperous -- time to [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY par-]]''[[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY tay]]''! And after four years of trench warfare ''and'' a flu pandemic that killed over ''50 million'' people, most everybody needed cheering up.

Style is almost exclusively ArtDeco ''moderne'', all minimalist lines and coolly fluid shapes. There were plenty of additional opportunities for employing that style in the many new consumer appliances that came on the market. Electric refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, fans, toasters, phonographs, radios and other gadgets were sold by the millions, with installment plans allowing more people than ever to buy them. And automobiles stopped being referred to as "horseless carriages" mainly used for Sunday rides and became a wanted everyday commodity, ´pretty much helped by its wartime use, the same for "flying machines" and "air balloons" (the latter of which would, unfortunately, have a tragic end in mainstream terms in the late '30s).

Dresses are short and so is ladies' hair. Bobbed hair had actually emerged earlier, around 1915, and was popularized during the late 1910s out of convenience during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the war]], as well as through the earlier 1920s. Hemlines gradually rose from ankle to calf-length during the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI First World War]] and to knee-length by 1925. Hosiery and high heels were on display, and younger women sometimes rolled down the tops of their stockings and applied rouge to their knees. Despite those costumes you buy these days, most dresses were not fringed or figure-hugging, and above-the-knee hemlines were nonexistent for grown women at any time. Dresses had boxy and boyish silhouettes, dropped waists and were minimally or highly decorated depending on the occasion. Women's hat styles included a head-hugging shape called a ''cloché'' (after the French word for "bell").

Characters include gangsters and G-men, flappers and their "sheiks" (sort of proto-{{metrosexual}} young males), languid white movie idols and jolly black jazz singers and dancers, and lots of cheery collegiate types who wear huge fur coats, straw hats and wide "Oxford bags" (flared trousers) and play ukuleles while [[DanceSensation dancing the Charleston]] and shouting "[[TwentyThree 23]] skidoo!" People sat on flagpoles and swallowed live goldfish, and stunt men swung golf clubs and played tennis while standing atop airplanes in flight. The basic idea was to shock, amaze and amuse at all costs; there were apparently some women of the era who would greet their guests ''in the bath''.

The fun and excitement is only heightened by the fact that much of it is totally illegal, at least in the USA. There Prohibition is in full swing, so gin is made in bathtubs, smuggled by the likes of UsefulNotes/AlCapone and served in 'speakeasies', hole-in-the-wall bars highly prone to raids by stolid, humourless cops, or an ambush by the eccentric [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izzy_Einstein_and_Moe_Smith Izzy and Moe]] prohibition agent team in disguise. Hip flasks are handy for taking your booze along for the ride, and the mixers in cocktails will take the edge off the cheap stuff. Unless you're Treasury Agent Eliot Ness or one of his elite team of incorruptible agents, [[Series/TheUntouchables The Untouchables]], be extra cautious to never insult a tough-looking Italian in a sharp suit, or you'll find yourself looking down the barrel of a Tommy Gun (some of those Jewish and Irish guys are no pushovers either).

However, this growth of the influence of modern life in urbanized northern states ran headlong into more conservative communities (especially in the south) which tried to keep modern ideas like the theory of evolution out of their schools. The state of Tennessee tried to do so with the Butler Act, which banned evolution from school curriculums. The small town of Dayton, suffering from an economic slump, took advantage of this and persuaded the local teacher, John Scopes, to be indicted under this law in order to have a big publicity trial to bring in the tourists. The plan worked perfectly, and the resulting "Monkey Trial" (as journalist and satirist Creator/HLMencken famously dubbed it) proved to be one of the most dramatic and publicized of the century, with the confrontation between the noted populist leader and religious conservative William Jennings Bryan and the famed defense lawyer and noted agnostic Clarence Darrow being the highlight of the event. As it happens, the prosecution's win was never seriously in doubt, but the victory was a Pyrrhic one for religious fundamentalists, with Bryan being publicly embarrassed by Darrow's questioning that forced him to concede that a literal interpretation of the Bible was indefensible; Bryan died less than a week later. (The trial would later be immortalized, [[HollywoodHistory albeit with certain dramatic liberties taken,]] by the classic play ''Theatre/InheritTheWind'' and its subsequent film adaptations.)

Meanwhile, the African American community started to finally gain its voice in American culture. Many black Southerners moved to Northern cities during the 1910's and the early part of this decade, leading to the emergence of a black middle class. Harlem, a neighborhood in New York City, was the most famous African American community, and so many of the most famous African American writers, artists, and musicians were based there that many historians call this period the Harlem Renaissance. Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and other famous authors wrote stories that captured the African American experience and were read by millions, and {{Jazz}} started to spread throughout the country when white people realized that Music/LouisArmstrong and Music/DukeEllington and the others sounded really awesome. This trend would continue in the 1930s, leading to Big Band and Swing music. Such progress had its limits, though: lynchings continued, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) enjoyed a resurgence beginning in 1915, reaching a peak in membership in 1925 before a fast decline, and while African-American Creator/JosephineBaker became a big star in Paris, she faced racial hostility in America. Meanwhile, intellectuals of the community, such as W. E. B. [=DuBois=], planted the seeds of what would eventually become the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement.

Shorter work hours, coupled with higher wages and a larger part of the population working in cities paved the way for the beginning of a proper entertainment industry, which itself heralded the birth of what we call "pop culture": While in [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the decade before]] the first "true" celebrities came around (Houdini and Chaplin), the term would become popular as many personalities would become worshiped by their followers.

[[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfHollywood Silent films]] became an art medium of their own with classic films like ''Film/TheWind'' and ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' setting new heights for screen drama and the great silent comedians like Creator/CharlieChaplin, Creator/HaroldLloyd and Creator/BusterKeaton gaining enormous popularity, along with fellow film stars Clara Bow, Rudolph Valentino and child actors Creator/BabyPeggy and Jackie Coogan. The fact that they didn't have sound meant that movies still hadn't killed off {{Vaudeville}} or MinstrelShows just yet, but the advent of talkies beginning with ''Film/TheJazzSinger'' finished the job-- and also killed the careers of many silent actors. Radio progressed quickly through the last of its experimental phases and was firmly established as a mass-market medium by the end of the decade (including radios in cars, brought to you by some lowly company called Motorola), also establishing what is now known as "popular music" in the process. Sports became items of true passion with star slugger Creator/BabeRuth, portentous pugilist Jack Dempsey, pigskin powerhouse Red Grange, golfing great Bobby Jones and others became heroes for the common man. Basketball, pool and hockey also gained popularity, and bowling became a popular informal sport decades before becoming a [[BowlingForRatings sitcom staple]].

Magazines and newspapers enjoyed a booming circulation, including plenty of tabloids (New York had the ''Daily News'', the ''Mirror'' and the ''[[LuridTalesOfDoom Evening Graphic]]'', not that the broadsheets like the ''World'', the ''American'' or the ''Evening Journal'' were too objective) to fill everybody in on sensational divorce trials in New York, graphic pictures of shootouts in Chicago, the scandalous doings of celebrities in Hollywood, and the typical tales of daring people sitting in poles for several hours. Magazines were subject to new ideas such as investigative reporting and the digesting of articles of different magazines into a single publication. Lurid "dime novels" printed on pulp were also very popular. Meanwhile, ultra-low-def mechanical television had brief success with early adopters (essentially beta-testing it) before TheGreatDepression killed it off by the mid-'30s. The advent of (relatively) high-definition all-electronic TV would have to wait until [[TheForties another postwar]] [[TheFifties prosperity boom]].

This came at a time when the progressivism of TheGildedAge embodied by UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt and UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson was replaced by a new conservative order led by Republican Presidents UsefulNotes/WarrenGHarding (1921-23), UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge (1923-29) and UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover (1929-33), while the Democratic party became dominated by Southern conservatives. There were fears Bolshevism would take over the world if the League of Nations consolidated or if those impish immigrants, those undesirable unions or that pesky Pope with the protocols would undermine the free enterprise system among other American values.

Of course, the relics of TheGayNineties and TheEdwardianEra, now doughty dowagers and grumpy old Colonels, look on disapprovingly, condemning everything from [[DangerouslyShortSkirt short skirts]] and [[TwentiesBobHaircut hair]], to [[UncannyValleyMakeUp make-up]] and [[BarelyThereSwimwear swimming]] [[RhymesOnADime wear]]. Of course, the "Bright Young Things" weren't really listening, and since those killjoys were among the ones who thought Prohibition and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI that not-so-great Great War]] were such good ideas, who could blame them? The new-fangled movies took a lot of the heat, as much for the off-screen antics of the stars [[Creator/FattyArbuckle (paging Mr. Arbuckle)]] as for the films' content.

Many studio execs were immigrants, Jewish/Catholic, ''[[BreadEggsBreadedEggs or both]]'', and critics charged they were intentionally corrupting America's youth with their films. [[MoralGuardians Local censorship boards]] threatened to make life impossible for the studio bosses, who started thinking [[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode that guy who ran the Post Office]] might be able to help.

One should also note that while things were just swell in America, Britain and (to a lesser extent) much of Western Europe (where it was dubbed TheGoldenTwenties across UsefulNotes/ThePond), if you were in an area hard hit by UsefulNotes/WorldWarI (say, [[UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic Germany]], [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly Italy]], Russia, Turkey or the entire Caucasus Mountains region... before the Soviets annexed it) this was ''not'' a fun time. However, it doesn't mean that they didn't try, once they were able to pull themselves together again. But in Germany, there are communist and fascist paramilitary groups who have some very grand ambitions and there will be a few people who get a chilling feeling that [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler one loud-mouth Austrian with a tooth-brush mustache]] is going to be very big trouble.

America's booming wealth and newfound geopolitical importance meant that lots of American writers and intellectuals (many of them disaffected by what they saw as the country's political complacency, puritanical moralism, and empty materialism) spent most of their time in Europe during this period, soaking up Europe's old culture even as European thinkers dreamed of wiping it all clean and starting over. The contrast between "naive" Americans and "decadent" Europe set a fictional pattern which has endured nearly a century.

[[UsefulNotes/TheSovietTwenties Soviet Russia]] (called USSR since 1922), after a devastating civil war, experienced a short period of economic growth thanks to the NEP (new economic policy), a series of reforms that allowed free enterprise and private property. A new Soviet bourgeoisie was born, with a penchant for over-the-top parties and a slavish fascination with American fashion, music and dance. The Soviet NouveauRiche (typically called a ''nepman'') was a stock character in 20's Russian satire. Rather funny, they left behind the most durable heritage in Soviet arts and design, as most Soviet architecture and industrial design from [[TheRoaringTwenties the 1920s]] to [[TheSeventies the 1970s]] [[NotSoDifferent was ludicrously similar to period American design]].

This period lasted sometime after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI till the [[TheGreatDepression Crash of 1929 or just before the New Deal of 1933]], or the entire Prohibition era (1920-1933). In cultural terms however, the 20s didn't end until ''1935''. Understandably, there was much nostalgia for this period as soon as it ended, with a lot of 1930's movies (especially the gangster ones) being set during this decade, and it was often a nostalgic setting during TheForties, TheFifties, TheSixties, and well into TheSeventies and TheEighties. Actually, it has gotten to the point of people from almost a century later still relating to this decade.

For the 1939 movie of the same name, see ''Film/TheRoaringTwenties1939''.

For more information about the decade see the [[UsefulNotes/TheRoaringTwenties Useful Notes]] page.

Also see: TheGayNineties, TheEdwardianEra, TheGreatDepression, TheForties, TheFifties, TheSixties, TheSeventies, TheEighties, TheNineties, TurnOfTheMillennium, and TheNewTens for more decade nostalgia.


[[folder:Twenties Slang]]
!! This ain't baloney, this is [[SeriousBusiness Serious Beeswax]], as most words and phrases we use nowadays originated from this decade, so here are some examples, see?:
* "Ab-so-lute-ly"
* "And how!" - I agree!
* "Applesauce" - Nonsense!
* "Attaboy!/Attagirl!" - well done, son/lad/lass/boy/girl/kid.
* "Baby" - sweetheart, also a respectable word.
* "Bank's closed" - NoHuggingNoKissing
* "Baloney" - BlatantLies or just nonsense
* "Bear cat" - {{Tsundere}}
* "Beat it" or "23 skidoo" - get lost or GTFO!
* "Bee's knees" or "Cat's meow" - an extraordinarily splendid person, idea or thing.
* "Big cheese" - important person
* "Big six" - TheBigGuy
* "Blind date" - dating a stranger
* "Bootleg", "hooch" or "giggle water" - alcoholic beverage
* "Bump off" - to kill
* "Butt me" - I'll take a cigarette, please.
* "Cheaters" - eyeglasses
* "Crush" - infatuation
* "Dick" - no, [[HaveAGayOldTime not that dick, a private investigator]]
* "Doll" or "Dame" - sexy woman
* "Double cross" - [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder backstabbing]]
* "Dogs" - shoes
* "Drug-store cowboy" - ladies' man
* "Dumb-bell" - stupid person
* "Dumb Dora" - [[BrainlessBeauty a pretty, but dim-witted girl]] ([[ObfuscatingStupidity she may not be that dumb]])
* "Earful" - enough
* "Egg" - big cheese living the big life.
* "FallGuy" - frame victim
* "Flapper" and her "Dapper" - a young woman and her dad.
* "Fire extinguisher" - cock blocker or chaperone
* "Fish" - first timer in college or in prison.
* "Fly boy" - aviator
* "For crying out loud!" - the period's BigOMG
* "Gams" - woman's legs
* "Gin mill" - illegal liquor joint
* "GoldDigger" - woman who marries a man for his wealth
* "Goofy" - in love
* "Hard-boiled" or "bimbo" - tough guy. Overlaps with "big six".
* "Hit on a sixes" - to perform 100 percent
* "Hoofer" - dancer
* "Hotsy-totsy" - pleasing
* "I/You/They is" - replacing "am" or "are"
* "It" - sex appeal
* "Jock" - high school/college athlete
* "Kisser" - mouth
* "Middle aisle" - to marry
* "Moll" - gangster's girl
* "Nertz" - "Aw, nuts"
* "Nifty" - great
* "Nix" - No!
* "Pipe down" - shut up
* "Putting on the Ritz" - go high style
* "Sap" - fool
* "See?" - essentially a VerbalTic that comes at the end of sentences, see?
* "See a man about a dog" - an old excuse to where he's leaving without any apparent reason
* "Sheik" and "Sheba" - man and woman with sex appeal, respectively
* "Spiffy" - [[SheCleansUpNicely an elegant appearance]].
* "Swell" - wonderful
* "Tomato" - sexy woman
* "Torpedo" - hired gun
* "What's eating you?" - What's wrong?
* "Whoopee!" - [[HaveAGayOldTime having a gay old time]]
* "You slay me" - that's funny.

[[note]] Had an earful, sap? I have to see a man about a dog, so pipe down or I'll bump ya off, see?[[/note]]

[[folder: Popular tropes]]
* ArtDeco in her full blossomed glory.
* {{B Movie}}s: Surged around this time as bigger budgets became more common, with the film industry ending up differentiated between larger studios such as Paramount and Universal from "Poverty Row" companies.
** The first {{Exploitation Film}}s also came out around this time, presented as "educational" fare, often presented by a "Professor" or a [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate "Doctor"]]. However many of them were just excuses to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar display more explicit content (namely nudity)]] than the major studios yet allowed at the time (this being the pre-Code era).
* [[BannedInChina Banned In Boston]]: [[AndZoidberg and the rest of America]], alcoholic beverages.
* BarelyThereSwimwear: nowadays it's an OldTimeyBathingSuit, but it was completely daring on that era. Two-piece bathing suits (the forerunner to the bikini) were specially controversial (even though it were just the same type --better known as the "pin up" nowadays-- used in TheFifties and TheEighties).
* BlackFace: [[ValuesDissonance It was the 20's...]]
* CosmicHorrorStory, if you're Creator/HPLovecraft
* DanceSensation[=/=]HappyDance: In prosperous times like these, dances like The Shimmy, The Charleston and The BlackBottom would set the dance floor ablaze with sensational flappers cutting the rug. The former was banned as bootleg, yet praised as a good aerobic dance; the latter two became the rage during the rest of the decade. Creator/JosephineBaker became a dance sensation in Paris.
* TheDandy: Also known as the "Sheik" during this time.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: With the onset of Prohibition, organized crime became rampant.
* DieselPunk, just starting out with Creator/FritzLang's ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''
* DryCrusader: to those who supported Prohibition.
* DumbBlonde: While the trope has older example the ''modern'' dumb blonde stereotype was given a huge surge in popularity via Anita Loos's ''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'' (1925).
* UsefulNotes/{{Evolution}}: Started to really enter the public consciousness during the 1920's, especially because of the Scopes trial.
* TheFlapper: All women in this dance era are usually "flappers". She would typically wear a:
** DangerouslyShortSkirt: Despite being knee length due to a flourishing economy (the lengths were seemingly influenced by how the stock market performed that week), they were scandalous, at the time, according to their Victorian parents.
** [[ZettaiRyouiki Short Skirt And Knee Socks]]: While modern depictions of flappers are shown in grade A or B, actual flappers with their knee-length skirts and rolled stockings often go for grade C.
** PetitePride: The "washboard" look of the flappers.
** CoolCrown: Though not royalty, the feathered sequinned headbands give added glamour in the evening.
* ForeignCultureFetish: Following the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922, a wave of Egyptomania followed suit.
** A minor one, at least for Chanel, are all things Russian like Cossack coats and constructivist motifs.
** In this decade, [[UsefulNotes/WeimarGermany Berlin]] became a cultural mecca for any budding artist whose streets and [[GratuitousGerman Kaffeehäuser]] are filled to the brim with intellectuals and writers writing off their Lost Generation woes, films filled with [[GermanExpressionism expressionist motifs]], and art filled with abstract and deconstructive tones.
* TheFundamentalist: Religious organizations became influential forces in many fields.
* TheGayNineties: A nostalgic setting during the period, with many sketches poking fun at all those "Belle Epoque" fashions.
* TheGenerationGap between flapper girls and their Victorian parents.
* GenteelInterbellumSetting
* GoodOldWays: The activism of the Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson eras faced a serious backlash during the era. Warren G. Harding's campaign proposed a "return to normalcy".
* JiveTurkey
* [[UsefulNotes/{{KuKluxKlan}} Ku Klux Klan]]: A ''major'' organization during the decade. The number of members was over 5 million, and they were so powerful that they had a 50,000-person strong march on Washington in 1925.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy
* MusicOfThe1920s:
** {{Blues}}: Popular throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
** {{Jazz}}: Became universally popular thanks to the orchestras of Paul Whiteman ("The King of Jazz"), Rudy Vallee and Ted Lewis among others, while songwriters such as Cole Porter, George Gershwin and the team of Rodgers & Hart began the "Great American Songbook". Music/LouisArmstrong and Music/DukeEllington also became wildly popular with black and white audiences alike.
* NiceHat: Fedoras, newsboy caps, straw hats and top hats for men; tight-fitting, head-hugging swanky cloche hats for women.
* PimpedOutDress: Perhaps the most prominent decade of the 20th century for this trope. There's the figureless beaded chemise dresses as you see on old photographs and fashion magazines, the little black dresses made by Chanel, and then there's the 1920s alternative dress, the ''robes de style'',. Popular couturiers at this era include:
** UsefulNotes/CocoChanel: co-pioneer of TheFlapper chic, debuted Parfum #5 and the LittleBlackDress, focused on simple and sporty cuts;
** UsefulNotes/JeanPatou: Chanel's contemporary, also codifying TheFlapper, the guy who shortened the hemlines to the knees, only to lengthen it back later in the decade.
** UsefulNotes/MadeleineVionnet: perfected the bias-cut [[note]]a method of slanting the seams, which would hug the body and would make a flowing, draping effect[[/note]] in 1922.
** Jeanne Lanvin: Designer for matching mother-daughter outfits and is the prominent user of the ''robes de style''[[note]]full-skirted 1920s ball gowns[[/note]]
** Elsa Schiaparelli: a latecomer throughout the decade, her early collections included knitwear with fake bows and sailor collars knitted in the sweater.
* PrettyInMink: Dyeing furs different colors became popular, whether it was the raccoon coats worn by men, or the feather boas by women.
* RedScare: [[TheFifties Thirty years]] {{older than you think}}. Russia succumbed to it, and almost all of Europe being more threatened with it, Germany the most, after the war.
* ShesGotLegs: For the first time since antiquity. Whether she had Knee Socks or none.
* The end of the Silent Age of [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfHollywood film]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation animation]].
* {{Slapstick}}: The big three are Creator/CharlieChaplin, Creator/HaroldLloyd and Creator/BusterKeaton, joined by the end of the decade by Creator/LaurelAndHardy and Creator/TheMarxBrothers.
* StepfordSmiler: Inside the parties and the booze-laden shell lies an empty core filled with economic downturns, depression and wartime trauma waiting to crack.
* {{Suburbia}}: Surged during this time as automobiles and bungalow houses became increasingly popular and affordable.
* TheNewRockAndRoll: Jazz is really the {{Trope Maker|s}}.
* TropeMakers: ''Everything'' we know as "popular culture" emerged at one time or another during the decade, thus making Wiki/TVTropes possible. Popular tropes that originated and/or popularized in this era are:
** CharlieChaplinShoutOut: In 1914 Creator/CharlieChaplin became such a huge movie star that he became the first pop culture icon, with countless references to his character the Tramp.
** TheCheerleader: Before about 1925 ''all'' cheer squads featured only ''men'' (yup, even in "co-ed" campuses, believe it or not), but soon after some flappers decided to get in the act, and the rest its history...
** SugarWiki/TheLittleBlackDress: Which Chanel [[TropeMaker first designed during this period]].
** OdessaSteps: While the mass shooting during the Russian Revolution of 1905 [[ArtisticLicense never happened]], this was the SignatureScene for ''Film/TheBattleshipPotemkin'' , and it had been paid homage ever since.
** ProductPlacement: While this trope is actually OlderThanDirt, it only became popular during the decade thanks to radio and movies.
** TheVamp: The more seductive counterpart of TheFlapper, with her shadowy makeup and sultry looks, popularized by actresses Theda Bara and Creator/GloriaSwanson.
** WomenDrivers: As cars became more commonplace, and more women pursuing a more active role had little experience of driving at first, we have this trope.
* TwentiesBobHaircut: from the classic IreneCastle bob to Creator/JosephineBaker's boyish Eton Crop, from the sleek Creator/LouiseBrooks shingle cut to the Creator/ClaraBow puff and the wavy Creator/JoanCrawford perm; different styles, same cut.

!!Works set in this time period:
[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/NinetyOneDays'' - Opens in 1921, and the main story takes place in 1928.
* ''Manga/AkatsukiNoAria'' - Takes place in 1923, and has [[spoiler: the Great Kanto Earthquake]] as a plot point.
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' - The prequel to ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', featuring Takiko aka Genbu No Miko, who lived in this decade's UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan before being TrappedInAnotherWorld. More exactly, it takes place in 1923.
* ''Manga/HaikaraSanGaTooru'' - Another piece that happens in 1923 ''and'' includes [[spoiler: the Great Kanto Earthquake]]
* ''Manga/GoldenDays''
* ''Anime/KaseiYakyoku'' - Third one that both takes place in 1923 ''and'' features [[spoiler: the Great Kanto Earthquake]] as a plot twist/point.
* ''Anime/MyDaddyLongLegs''
* ''Manga/SakuraGari'' - Happens through 1920
* ''Manga/SakuraNoIchiban''
* ''Anime/SakuraWars''
* ''Anime/SteelAngelKurumi''
* ''LightNovel/TaishoBaseballGirls'' - Takes place in 1925
* ''Anime/PorcoRosso''
* ''Manga/BungouStrayDogs'' - The Character design is inspired by this trope but it is set in the modern times.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''. First appeared in January, 1929. ''Recap/TintinTintinInTheLandOfTheSoviets'' (1929-1930).
* The ComicBook/{{Necronauts}} comic is set during this period, and involves several celebrities of the time.
* King Mob of ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' gets to travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties.
* The Grace Brannagh incarnation of ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'' held that role in the Twenties and Thirties.
* An [[ComicBook/DieAbrafaxe Abrafaxe]] arc (''Mosaik'' No. 301-322) is set in America in 1929. Prohibition-era gangsters abound, Abrax is a G-man and Califax makes a fortune selling hotdogs, but as he invests his profits on the stock market he loses it all on Black Friday.
* The Italian [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Disney]] series ''The Amazing Adventures of Fantomius-GentlemanThief'' is mostly set in this period, crossing in the Thirties in its eleventh story.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/RupertBear''. First appeared in November 1920.
* ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie''. First appeared in August 1924.
* ''ComicStrip/BuckRogers''. First appeared in January 1929.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}''. First appeared in January 1929.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}''. As the bulk in the movie takes place in Russia, this aspect is downplayed, since (as noted above) things weren't so great there at the time. Once Anya and friends arrive in Paris however, it's this trope all the way.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' is a particularly {{Troperiffic}} example, set in TheBigEasy during [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans Mardi Gras]] for added effect. Naturally most of the soundtrack is jazz-based.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheArtist''
* ''Film/BugsyMalone''
* ''Film/BulletsOverBroadway''
* ''Film/TheCatsMeow''
* Creator/CharlieChaplin movies such as ''[[Film/TheKid1921 The Kid]]''
* ''Film/{{Changeling}}''
* ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' (based on a 1926 play)
* ''Film/DickTracy''
* ''Film/EasyVirtue'''s motif is more GenteelInterbellumSetting but Larita's presence and John's lifestyle evoke the spirit of the Roaring 20s - and how it clashes heavily with a conservative English countryside still mourning World War I. Other characters like Sarah seem like they're on their way to embracing the free-spirited lifestyle.
* ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'': The film is set in 1926 New York City seventy years before the start of ''Film/HarryPotter'' series. For context, Harry's adolescence occurred during the 1990s.
* ''Film/FantasticBeastsTheCrimesOfGrindelwald'': The sequel to the above. It is set in 1927 Paris this time around.
* ''Film/{{The Great Gatsby|1974}}'' (1974)
* ''Film/TheGreatGatsby'' (2013)
* ''Film/TheGreatWaldoPepper''
* ''Film/TheJazzSinger''
* ''Film/JohnnyDangerously''
* ''Film/TheLastGangster'' (the first half takes place in 1927, then there's a ten-year TimeSkip)
* ''Film/{{Leatherheads}}''
* ''Film/LittleCaesar''
* ''Film/LiveByNight''
* ''Lucky Lady''
* ''Film/MagicInTheMoonlight''
* ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' was released in 1927 and features a futuristic dystopia version of the era.
* Some of ''Film/MidnightInParis''
* ''Film/MillersCrossing''
* ''Film/TheMummy1999''
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica''
* ''Theatre/{{Oscar}}''
* ''Film/OurDancingDaughters''
* ''Film/ThePublicEnemy''
* ''Film/TheRoaringTwenties1939''
* ''Film/{{Robin and the 7 Hoods}}''
* ''Film/SinginInTheRain''
* ''Film/SomeLikeItHot''
* ''Film/{{Splendor in the Grass}}''
* ''The St. Valentine's Day Massacre''
* ''Film/{{Sunset}}''
* ''Film/ThoroughlyModernMillie''
* ''Film/TheShining'' (only the scene in the ballroom with Grady, the rest of it takes place in the Seventies)
* ''Film/TheUntouchables''
* ''Film/WhyBeGood'' A film from 1929, starring flapper sensation, Colleen Moore.

* Most works of Creator/HPLovecraft (1890-1937) not set in a DreamWorld.
* Several ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' stories (1917-1966) by Creator/PGWodehouse, and a decent number of his many other ones, too.
* The first published works by Creator/AgathaChristie appeared in this decade.
** ''Literature/HerculePoirot''. The novel series started in 1920.
** ''Literature/TommyAndTuppence''. The series started in 1922.
** ''Literature/MissMarple''. First appeared in December, 1927. Starred in a number of short stories.
* ''Literature/BulldogDrummond''. The novel series started in 1920.
* ''{{Literature/Babbitt}}''. First published in 1922.
* ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey''. The novel series started in 1923.
* ''Literature/TheMostDangerousGame''. First published in January 1924.
* ''Literature/CharlieChan''. The franchise began with a series of novels that started in 1925.
* ''Literature/GentlemenPreferBlondes'' - the novel first published in 1925 and the stage musical based on it. The movie musical starring Creator/MarilynMonroe and Jane Russell was however set in the 1950s.
* ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'' (1925) is probably the best-known novel set in the 1920s. It features a number of classic elements of the era, including the wartime memories, Jazz Age parties, and wealthy bootleggers. For that matter, much of Creator/FScottFitzgerald oeuvre was produced in the 1920s and set there.
* ''Literature/SannikovLand'' (1926)
* Some of Creator/ErnestHemingway's work.
** Including his (actual) debut novel, ''Literature/TheSunAlsoRises'' (1926). ''The Torrents of Spring'' being a blatant SpringtimeForHitler.
* ''Literature/TheHardyBoys''. Series started in June, 1927.
* ''Literature/ElmerGantry'' (1927)
* ''Literature/LadyChatterleysLover'' (1928)
* ''Literature/TheTwelveChairs'' (1928) is a famous depictions of the Soviet 20's culture.
** and its sequel ''Literature/TheLittleGoldenCalf'' (1931), still set in this era.
* ''Literature/AlbertCampion''. This series of novels started in 1929.
* ''Literature/{{Bony}}''. This series of novels started in 1929.
* ''Literature/TenderIsTheNight'' (1934) is set in France, but mostly portrays Americans of the era.
* Practically the entire published output of Creator/EdwardGorey (1925-2000).
* The Literature/PhryneFisher mysteries (1989-) are set in 1928 and 1929, in Melbourne, Australia.
* The novel ''Maisie Dobbs'' (2003) by Jacqueline Winspear is set in 1929, and introduces a series of books following a woman who went from a life "in service" (working as a maid in a grand house at 13) to university student, front-line nurse in The Great War, and eventually a private detective.
* ''Literature/TheFullMatilda'' (2004) has events starting in this period. Matilda's main storyline starts here, and she continues to live this lifestyle until the day she dies.
* ''Literature/ThePrincess99'' (c. 2009) takes place in 1924, in New Orleans... but with wizards!
* ''Literature/BrideOfTheRatGod'' takes place in the Hollywood silent film era.
* ''Literature/LiveByNight'' (pub. 2012)
* ''Literature/TheDiviners2012'' (pub. 2012)
* ''[[Literature/TheAnderssons Nya tider]]'' by Solveig Olsson-Hultgren takes place in 1920 and 1921. A brand new fashion has started to emerge (Greta and Rebecka even cut their hair short!), in the fall women vote for the first time. Jazz is the new popular music for young people.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonBerlin''
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': The 1973 episode "Never Too Young" has the family planning for a Roaring Twenties party. At one point, Mike and Carol duet on "I Want To Be Loved By You" (originally from the 1928 musical "Good Boy"), the older kids pore through a stack of old phonographs and laughing at some of the absurd titles of some of the songs, and the family rehearsing for a Charleston competition.
* ''Series/CableGirls'', in late '20s Madrid.
* In the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Pardon My Past", Prue, Piper and Phoebe time-travel back to the Twenties.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': Starting in Series 3.
* ''Series/{{The House of Eliott}}''
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries''
* ''Series/MrSelfridge''
* ''Series/PeakyBlinders''
* ''Series/{{Poirot}}'', the TV series; the books actually span a much longer period. (The ''Miss Marple'' series, meanwhile, is set in a different version of this trope - what might be called the suburban one. Middle-aged housewives sit around musing how hard it is to get good help since The War gave the rabble ideas.)
* Creator/KenBurns produced a three-part documentary entitled ''Prohibition'' about, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Prohibition]]. The Roaring Twenties take up most of the second and third episodes.
* ''The Roaring '20s'', a 1960-62 crime drama on Creator/{{ABC}}, was naturally set in this period.
* Though we never get to see it, the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS5E17CourseOblivion Course: Oblivion]]" has a holodeck program set in Chicago of that period, which would have been the place for the duplicate ''Voyager'''s Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres' honeymoon.
* ''Series/{{Underbelly}}: Razor'' begins in 1927. The prequel, ''Underbelly: Squizzy'', ends in 1927.
* ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' (seasons 3-5)
* ''Series/ZTheBeginningOfEverything'' begins in 1917 but gets to the 20s by the fifth episode of so, showing how Zelda Fitzgerald embraced TheFlapper lifestyle, and she and her husband Creator/FScottFitzgerald got famous for their rowdy partying.

* ''Magazine/TimeMagazine'' began publishing in 1923.
* ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' began publishing in 1925.
* ''Magazine/RadioTimes'' began publishing in 1923.
* ''Reader's Digest'' began publishing in 1922.
* ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' began its original run in 1923.

* See MusicOfThe1920s

* Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}}'' is centered on mobsters and gangsters of this period.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury'' RPG is TheThemeParkVersion of this decade.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''
* ''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'''s historical supplement, ''Wraith: The Great War'', is set in this time period, as UsefulNotes/WorldWarI triggers upheaval and devastation in the realms of the dead.
* ''[[TabletopGame/AdventureTalesOfTheAeonSociety Adventure!]]'', one of the TabletopGame/TrinityUniverse games, takes place in this area -- 1924 to be precise.
* ''Gangbusters'' was set in an {{Expy}} of 1920's Chicago, with player-characters on both sides of the law.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Mysterium}}'' takes place during this decade, with mediums from all around the globe gathering to elucidate a murder which occured 35 years prior.

[[folder: Theater]]
* The '20s was when Broadway musicals as we know them first started to become popular, led by Music/ColePorter (although he didn't begin to achieve success until the late 20s, and his most well-known shows - ''Theatre/AnythingGoes'' and ''Theatre/KissMeKate'' didn't come out until the 30s and 40s, respectively). They reached a zenith in the 1930s, but many still associate Cole Porter with the Roaring 20s nonetheless.
** To the point that ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone'' specifically parodied musicals from the 20s, even though many of the shows it was parodying - like the above ''Anything Goes'' - didn't come out until the 1930s.
* ''Theatre/TheBoyFriend'', and its 1971 film adaptation.
* ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' is set in 1929 Berlin.

[[folder: VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/RollercoasterTycoon 2'', in the 'Time Twisters' expansion pack, provides a ''lot'' of iconic Roaring Twenties art deco architecture and memorabillia to create a park themed around it. (Literally an ExpansionPackPast?)
* ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'', set in year 20 of the Taisho era (think ''LightNovel/TaishoBaseballGirls'').
** Ditto with the sequel, ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon''.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts: From the New World'' is set in the mid-twenties, and one plot thread involves the Chicago mob war.
* ''VideoGame/DangerousHighSchoolGirlsInTrouble''.
* The ''VideoGame/PennyArcadeAdventures'' series
* ''{{VideoGame/Gangsters}}'', based entirely around the 20's criminal world, albeit in a fictional setting (no real-world bustling cities or shady individuals were harmed).
* Roaring Heights, a neighborhood for ''Videogame/TheSims3'' that can be downloaded from the Sims Store.
* The ''Dead Reckoning'' series of {{Hidden Object Game}}s from Eipix is set in this era.
* Creator/{{Activision}}'s UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} PlatformGame ''VideoGame/KeystoneKapers'' is set in this era.
* ''VisualNovel/SpeakeasyTonight''
* ''VideoGame/ElViento''
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' is set in an alternate timeline {{Steampunk}} version of this period.
* The fictional world of ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' contains lots of references to this era: Jazz music, Art-Deco-style buildings, detectives, etc.

* ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'', whose only inaccuracy is that the world is populated by [[TalkingAnimal anthropomorphic felines]].
** And the presence of a cathedral radio, and a few anachronistic cars (by ''one year''). And, maybe, checkbooks.
* ''Webcomic/ChessPiece'' takes place at the near end of this decade. Of course, it being an alternate universe, some things are very, very different. Like ghosts inhabiting Antarctica, demons ruling Australia (no, really), and America being ruled by a [[NobleDemon kindly]] [[DarkIsNotEvil demonic-looking]] king.
* ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'', save for the occasional AnachronismStew.
* ''[[http://www.allegedwhiskey.com/ Alleged Whiskey]]'' is set in 1928 California, just before talking motion pictures became popular.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shaderunners}}'' is based on a fantasy version of Prohibition where booze is swapped in for color.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation was still ongoing, until ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'' debuted.
* The Creator/FleischerStudios produced its first hit series
** ''WesternAnimation/OutOfTheInkwell'' series (1918-1929).
*** ''WesternAnimation/KokosEarthControl'' (1928).
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Talkartoons}}'' (1929-1932)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScreenSongs'' (1929-1938).
* Debuting in 1919, ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' was arguably the first famous cartoon character.
** ''WesternAnimation/FelineFollies'' (1919)
** ''WesternAnimation/FelixInHollywood''(1923)
* The ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'' comic strip received several animated adaptations (1920-1921, 1925-1929, 1929-1939).
* Creator/WaltDisney got his start in this decade with his company Creator/{{Disney}}. His first notable works were:
** The WesternAnimation/NewmanLaughOGrams (1921-1923)
** The ''WesternAnimation/AliceComedies'' (1923-1927)
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Pete}}'' debuted in 1925.
** ''WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'' (debuting in 1927).
** WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts. They start with the Mickey Mouse shorts of 1928.
** WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse got his start in 1928, at the end of this decade.
** WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse debuted in 1928.
*** ''WesternAnimation/PlaneCrazy'' (1928)
*** ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'' (1928)
** The first few ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' in 1929.
*** ''WesternAnimation/TheSkeletonDance'' (1929).
* Creator/WalterLantz got his start in this decade.
** ''WesternAnimation/DinkyDoodle'' (1924-1926).
* ''WesternAnimation/BoskoTheTalkInkKid'' by Creator/HarmanAndIsing and his film were both created in 1929. Though the character only got his public debut in 1930.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is set in the ''[[Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]]'' universe's version of this time period, and the soundtrack shows the influence, with WordOfGod describing it as "If Jazz was invented in China during the 20s."

* At Knotts Berry Farm, the "Boardwalk" area, which now holds most of the park's thrill rides, was previously called "The Roaring 20s," a literal [[TheThemeParkVersion theme park version]] of the era.
* ''Literature/{{Twig}}'' begins in an alternate version of 1921.
* ''WebAnimation/DorisAndMaryAnneAreBreakingOutOfPrison'' is set in 1922.

!!Works made in (but not necessarily set during) the twenties:

* See FilmsOfThe1920s
* See LiteratureOfThe1920s
* See MusicOfThe1920s