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[[caption-width-right:306:The '20s actually ''[[RealityEnsues 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'''

An "era of wonderful nonsense", as conservative newspaper columnist Westbrook Pegler later termed it. A dizzy, giddy time of [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll petting parties, bootleg gin, jazz]] and [[TheFlapper flappers]]. Where coffee cost a dime.

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]]''!

Style is almost exclusively ArtDeco ''moderne'', all minimalist lines and coolly fluid shapes. (Side point- Art Deco's fascination with streamlining household objects whose actual wind resistance is irrelevant proved popular because leveling incomes led for the first time to a group of people who could afford good design but not household servants. It seems that a streamlined Art Deco lamp is easier to ''dust'' than a frilly Victorian one...)

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. 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.

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 and wide Oxford bags and play ukuleles while [[DanceSensation dancing the Charleston]] and shouting "[[TwentyThree 23]] skidoo!" 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 only in 'speakeasies', hole-in-the-wall bars highly prone to raids by stolid, humourless cops, or an ambush by the eccentric IzzyAndMoe prohibition agent team in disguise. 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.

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 influences like the theory of evolution out from 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. 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. An Afro-American woman, Creator/JosephineBaker, became a big star in Paris. Meanwhile, intellectuals of the community, such as W. E. B. Du Bois, planted the seeds of what would eventually become the CivilRightsMovement.

As for entertainment, [[SilentAgeOfHollywood silent films]] became an art medium of their own with classic films like ''Film/TheWind'' and ''{{Metropolis}}'' setting new heights for screen drama and the great silent comedians like Creator/CharlieChaplin, Creator/HaroldLloyd and Creator/BusterKeaton gaining enormous popularity. 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 late in the decade finished the job, however. 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, also changing the meaning of "popular music" and establishing the "pop idol" (Al Jolson, Ted Lewis, Rudy Vallee) in the process. Meanwhile, ultra-low-def mechanical television had brief success with early adopters (essentially beta-testing it) before TheGreatDepression and the advent of (relatively) high-definition all-electronic TV killed it off by the mid-'30s.

During all this, of course, the relics of TheGayNineties, now doughty dowagers and grumpy old Colonels, look on disapprovingly, from [[DangerouslyShortSkirt short skirts]] and [[TwentiesBobHaircut hair]], to [[UncannyValleyMakeUp make-up]] and [[BarelyThereSwimwear swimming]] [[RhymesOnADime wear]].

One should also note that while things were just swell in America, Britain and much of Western Europe (where it was dubbed TheGoldenTwenties across ThePond), if you were in an area hard hit by UsefulNotes/WorldWarI (say, [[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 rightwing paramilitary groups who have some very grand ambitions and there will be a few people who get a chilling feeling that [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler one loudmouth Austrian with a toothbrush 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 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.

[[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). 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.

For the 1939 movie of the same name, click [[Film/TheRoaringTwenties here.]]

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" - an 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 lady
* "Double cross" - [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder backstabbing]]
* "Dogs" - shoes
* "Drug-store cowboy" - Ladies' man
* "Dumb-bell" - stupid person
* "Earful" - enough
* "Egg" - Big cheese living the big life.
* "FallGuy" - frame victim
* "[[TheFlapper A flapper]]" and her "Dapper" - 20s girl 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" - a lady'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" - a fool
* "See?" - Essentially a VerbalTic that came 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
* "Torpedo" - a 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. 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.
* BlackFace: [[ValuesDissonance It was the 20's...]]
* 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...
* CocoChanel
* 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.
* TheDandy: Also known as the "Sheik" during this time.
* 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.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster
* DieselPunk, just starting out with Creator/FritzLang's ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''
* DryCrusader: to those who supported Prohibition.
* UsefulNotes/{{Evolution}}: Started to really enter the public consciousness during the 1920's, especially because of the Scopes trial.
* TheFlapper
* 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
* 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
* SugarWiki/TheLittleBlackDress: Which Chanel [[TropeMaker first designed during this period]].
* NiceHat: Fedoras, newsboy caps, straw hats and top hats for men; tight-fitting, head-hugging swanky cloche hats for women.
* PetitePride: The "washboard" look of the flappers.
* 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:
** CocoChanel: co-pioneer of TheFlapper chic, debuted Parfum #5 and the LittleBlackDress, focused on simple and sporty cuts;
** JeanPatou: Chanel's contemporary, also codifying TheFlapper, the guy who shortened the hemlines to the knees, only to lengthen it back later in the dacade.
** 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 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.
* The end of the Silent Age of [[SilentAgeOfHollywood film]] and [[TheSilentAgeOfAnimation animation]].
* ShesGotLegs: For the first time since antiquity. Whether she had Knee Socks or none.
* [[ZettaiRyouiki Short Skirt And Knee Socks]]: Flappers often had grade A or B.
* 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.
* 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 TVTropes possible.
* TwentiesBobHaircut: from the classic IreneCastle bob to Creator/JosephineBaker's boyish Eton Crop, from the sleek Creator/LouiseBrooks shingle cut to the ClaraBow puff and the wavy Creator/JoanCrawford perm; different styles, same cut.


!!Works set in this time period:
* ''Manga/AkatsukiNoAria'' - Takes place in 1923, and has [[spoiler: the Great Kanto Earthquake]] as a plot point.
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' - The prequel to FushigiYuugi, featuring Takiko aka Genbu No Miko, who lived in this decade's 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''
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars''
* ''Anime/SteelAngelKurumi''
* ''Anime/TaishouYakyuuMusume''
* ''Anime/PorcoRosso''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''. First appeared in January, 1929. ''Recap/TintinTintinInTheLandOfTheSoviets'' (1929-1930).
* The {{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.

[[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}}''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheArtist''
* ''Film/BulletsOverBroadway''
* ''Film/TheCatsMeow''
* Creator/CharlieChaplin movies such as ''Film/TheKid''
* ''Film/{{Changeling}}''
* ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' (based on a 1926 play)
* ''Film/DickTracy''
* ''Film/TheGreatGatsby''
* ''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''
* ''Lucky Lady''
* ''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}} Oscar (Film)]]''
* ''Film/OurDancingDaughters''
* ''The Public Enemy''
* ''Film/TheRoaringTwenties''
* ''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''

* 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.
* ''Franchise/CharlieChan''. The franchise began with a series of novels that started in 1925.
* ''Literature/GentlemenPreferBlondes'' (the novel first published in 1925 and the musical later based on it, but not, however, the movie musical)
* ''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 Depression-era dust bowl, 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.
* ''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/TheDiviners'' (pub. 2012)

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''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.)
* ''UpstairsDownstairs'' (seasons 3-5)
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''
* In the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Pardon My Past", Prue, Piper and Phoebe time-travel back to the Twenties.
* ''Series/{{The House of Eliott}}''
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries''
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': Starting in Series 3.
* 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.
* ''Series/{{Underbelly}}: Razor'' begins in 1927. The prequel, ''Underbelly: Squizzy'', ends in 1927.
* Though we never get to see it, the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "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.

* ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' began its original run in 1923.

* Music/LouisArmstrong rose to fame in this decade.
** ''Music/TheCompleteHotFiveAndHotSevenRecordings'' (recorded between 1925 and 1928, but the CD release is from 2000.)
* Music/BelaBartok: Composed "The Miraculous Mandarin" (premiered in 1926) and his "Third and Fourth String Quartets".
* Music/IrvingBerlin with his musicals and individual songs was rising to fame during this time.
* Music/GeorgeGershwin wrote two of his most popular works, "Rhapsody In Blue" and "An American In Paris", during this decade.
* Al Jolson was really big during this era.
* Music/IgorStravinsky started his neoclassical phase during this decade.
* Music/EdgardVarese began composing during this decade.
* Music/KurtWeill began his collaboration with Creator/BertoltBrecht.
** ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' (1928)

* 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 WorldWarOne 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.

[[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 ''TaishouYakyuuMusume'').
** 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.
* ''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.

* ''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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* TheSilentAgeOfAnimation was still ongoing, until ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'' debuted.
* The 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/FelixInHollywood''(1923)
* The ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'' comic strip received several animated adaptations (1920-1921, 1925-1929, 1929-1939).
* WaltDisney got his start in this decade with his company {{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.
** Disney/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.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' by Disney is set in 1926, with a prologue set in November, 1912.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is set in the 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.

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

* See FilmsOfThe1920s
* See LiteratureOfThe1920s